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A Tale of Two Toy Companies…

Take two toy companies.

The first company produces a figure. They ship it out to collectors. The artist decides he doesn't like the way the final piece turned out. They ship out a replacement figure (all free of charge) that's more along the lines of the artist's vision.

The second company produces a figure. They realize the paint work is super sloppy and not up to their standards. They decide to still sell the piece (all sales final), but mark it down 31% off of the original asking price.

Both companies addressed what they felt was an inferior product in a different way. Thoughts? Which scenario would you prefer?

REVIEW: Bellicose Bunny

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Merriam-Webster defines bellicose as “favoring or inclined to start quarrels or wars”. They define bunny as a “rabbit; especially : a young rabbit”.

Over the last few years, retailer 3DRetro has not only been selling designer toys...they have also been producing art collectibles. One of their recent releases was a collaboration with artist Nathan Hamill. The two worked together to release Nathan's Bellicose Bunny vinyl collectible.

Forged by the stars and space alike, and stuff and things, the Bellicose Bunny was enlisted by top minds throughout the universe to seek out, thwart and destroy all known evil. Equipped with a pair of space goggles and the Sword of Ulyssia, he mounted his Daucus: Class 8 Rocket and embarked on his quest. Now he's reached this galaxy and needs our help in his noble mission. Hear his cry for peace: 'Starbunny Fields Forever!'

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The Facts

Bellicose Bunny Regular Edition
Manufacturer: 3DRetro
Artist: Nathan Hamill
Material: Rotocast Vinyl
Dimensions: About 7.5" tall by 7.5" long
Points of Articulation: Zero
Designs: Regular Edition; Radioactive GID Edition; Stinker Edition
Edition Size: 200 pieces
Pricing: $49.95 - $50.00

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The Bellicose Bunny vinyl comes packaged in a fairly standard window front box. It features a large window with the figure's name and artist info on the front. The back has an illustrated scene featuring the Bellicose Bunny in black, white, red and pink. Inside, the vinyl is held in a single plastic tray.

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Our Opinion

Bellicose Bunny, the second vinyl figure released by artist Nathan Hamill, is a rabbit on a rocket...well, a carrot rocket. Following Nathan's Boris the Raccoon, it appears that there's an animal theme going on here. Unlike Boris, the Bellicose Bunny has been released by the folks at 3DRetro.

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The vinyl figure is a close replica of the illustrated version. The only difference I noticed was that the ears on the illustrated bunny sit a little closer to its eyes. There's no articulation to the figure, but it's a piece that wouldn't have gained much from a neck joint.

As far as vinyl quality goes...not much vinyl has come across the Plastic and Plush review desk over the past year. Part of that is due to the increase in vinyl production costs, combined with the ease of self-producing resin figures, adding in the overall economy. Luckily, 3DRetro has put out a pretty solid piece.

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I'll start off by saying that you can see the seam of the rotocast plug around the rabbit's tail. It's only noticeable when you look “butt-on”, and I'm guessing you won't be displaying your figure that way. The vinyl is a hard rotocast. And the paintwork is really well done.

I can't tell if the majority of the painting was pad printing, but if it looks that know it's done correctly. Especially when the painting is done on top of sculpting work. If you check out all of the rivets in the carrot rocket, they are all raised sculpts that have been painted without slop.

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So your decision ultimately comes down to whether or not you like Nathan Hamill's Bellicose Bunny character. While it's not my favorite character designed by Mr. Hamill, I really like the execution. If it would have just been the rabbit, you could probably take 10 points off of the final score. But by adding that carrot rocket ship, they've given you a background that you can create in your head.

You can pick one up at the following: $49.95
Dragatomi: $50.00
Tainted Visions: $49.95

3DRetro Bellicose Bunny Grades
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Toy Break Episode 193: Let Them Eat Toys!

Sarah Jo joins George and Ayleen on the newly cleaned Toy Break couch for Episode 193: Let Them Eat Toys! This week, they take a gander at the Go Gopher, Zombie Chibithulhu, Swiftwind, and plenty of other toys.

Rich Page’s Kermit

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There's some Muppets movie out there...right? I didn't hear anything about Kermit killing someone (or some puppet) in the film.

Back at NYCC, Rich Page (UME Toys) drew his version of Kermit for George of Toy Break. As a follow up, he decided to create this sculpt to send over to Toy Break. He even made it in time for The Muppets premiere.

Nathan Hamill’s The Winged One

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Nathan Hamill will be one of the artists taking part in the Feed South Africa Online (Ebay) Art Auction. "The Winged One" is a mixed media piece measuring 8.5" tall and 6.25" wide. This piece will be auctioned off to raise money for Feed South Africa (December 1st to December 10th).

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Santa Cavey and the Reindeer Coneys

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Holly has introduced the 2011 Christmas Cavey lineup. You can celebrate the holidays with Santa Cavey and his friends - the Reindeer Coneys.

Santa Cavey is limited to 100 numbered pieces and will sell for £16.00 (about $25). The Reindeer Coneys are limited to 9 pieces (blind-bagged and named after Santa's reindeer) and will sell for £25.00 (about $39).

Both Santa Cavey and the Reindeer Coneys will go on sale in the Cavey shop on Monday December 5th 2011 beginning at 8:00PM London time (3:00PM ET).

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Show Openings: November 29th to December 7th

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Cupco Is Dead - The Final Cupco Show
Opening reception on Tuesday November 29th 2011 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM
The show runs from November 29th to December 29th 2011

Damien Minton Gallery
61-63 Great Buckingham St.
Redfern 02 9699 7551

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“Inner Space, the Secrets of the Unknown!”
Artwork by FriendsWithYou
Opening reception on Thursday, December 1st 2011 from 7:00PM to 10:00PM
The show runs from December 1st 2011 to January 28th 2012

Art Basel
3930 NE 2nd Ave Suite 202
Miami FL 33137

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Misfit Toys Custom Toy Show by Fuller
Show opening takes place on December 1st 2011

Happy Panda Toys
Arts Factory Location
107 E Charleston Blvd
Suite 105A
Las Vegas, NV 89104

Strangekiss Cyber Monday 2011

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We haven't heard from one of our favorite toy companies - Strangekiss - in a while. Well, their site is back online, and according to Micheal's latest post, collectors are going to have the opportunity to pick up some ultra-rare pieces.

Items that you thought were long gone and could only be picked up for hefty Ebay prices? You might just find 'em there. While they might be posting these up on Ebay, I'd check out the Strangekiss website to get the latest news.

FEESA Online Art Auction

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Juxtapoz, Cardboard Spaceship and FEESA are teaming up to hold an online art auction. FEESA, or Feed South Africa, hires single moms in South Africa to make meals for children, and 100% of the profits will go to

Check out the post above to see some of the artists who are taking part in the fundraising. The auction runs from December 1st through December 10th. You can head to Ebay and search for FEESA to see all of the available items.

Anna’s Autumn Apples

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Anna Chambers is offering her new crop of plush apples. The Fermented Green and Sweet Southern Red were picked ripe off of the plush apple tree. Both versions are limited to editions of 250 pieces. Look for these to retail around $15.00 each.

For wholesale inquiries, contact DKE Toys.