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Mr Death Inside

RX Mr Death Preview

RX has shot us some details of his new Mr Death Inside resin figure. "This time I wanted to make a more generic Death, the design of the figure stands out more clearly from the classic comic book version." The figure measures in around 7" in height, and RX plans to release 5 unique pieces dressed in real fabric.

Kidrobot’s Homer Buddha

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Kidrobot is releasing another figure from The Simpsons - a 7-inch tall vinyl Homer Buddha. This is straight from The Simpsons' episode “Goo Gai Pan” where Homer poses as Buddha to gain entry into an orphanage in China. This for this figure to be available beginning on September 6th 2012 for $50.00 each.

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Tony Gil’s Red Diamond Ninja

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Tony Gil has revealed his latest one-off - the Red Diamond Ninja. This guy is "running through the streets showing off the diamond pride with a flag". This custom is perfectly balanced on one hand and holding a leather flag in the other. If you're interested, you can pick this guy up at the above link for $250.00.

EmilyBee’s Death By Fire

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Death By Fire is EmilyBee's third 8-inch resin custom Tuttz (from Argonaut Resins).The custom will be available for purchase this Tuesday - August 28th 2012 - at 1:00PM ET at emilybee.bigcartel.com.

More about Death By Fire from the artist:

Death By Fire was inspired by the song with the same name by Canadian band Land Of Talk. In this song the lead singer Elizabeth Powell laments over leaving a life worth living. She expresses that she lived it in sacrifice, however she should not be rewarded for it. She says that fate and dying in pain are both equal fears of hers. I find the song quite tragic, and with the upbeat melody and the mention of there being “no such thing as a bad day” makes me think of someone who is trekking on through the pain, unsure if it will ever pass. I painted Death By Fire to look like he is being consumed in bright orange flames.

Redd Robot adds Grrr Tosco

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Redd Robot has added a new design to the Tosco: The Alpha Series. The Grrr design is by Fuller Design (James Fuller). There are 200 pieces available through their Kickstarter project - 100 figures ($50.00) plus 100 I Love Customs packages ($65.00), which includes a DIY Tosco.

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REVIEW: Puppet Heap Playthings

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Background

From the land of Spudbottom, Puppet Heap Playthings brings to life a cast of characters that are based on the Puppet Heap Moving Picture Company short films, “Mother Hubbard” and “I Knew an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”. Series 1 of plush puppets consists of seven different characters: Mother Hubbard, Butcher, Cabby, Constable, Doctor, Lucy, Toby. For this review, we'll be taking a look at the Constable and Toby.

A little background... The Constable maintains the rules - “we have rules for a reason” And Toby is Mother Hubbard's dog. He's often caught “sticking his nose into trouble”, oftentimes by the Constable.

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The Facts



Constable and Toby
Series: Series 1 – Mother Hubbard, Among Others
Manufacturer: Puppet Heap Playthings
Material: Plush polyester fabric
Dimensions: Constable - 9” tall; Toby - 8” tall
Accessories: Toby includes a dog bone
Pricing: $19.99 - $24.99 ea.

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Packaging

Each Puppet Heap puppet comes displayed in an open-front box. They're secured with plastic tags so that you can try out the puppet through a hole in the bottom. The packaging design features a box-wide picture of all of the Puppet Heap characters, with a detailed biography of the character you purchased on the back.

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Our Opinion

Each Puppet Heap Playthings puppet comes with a unique code (under a scratch off panel) that unlocks a secret section of the Spudbottom website. You'll get some content exclusive to the figure you purchased, and – in the case of the Constable – get to watch an almost 3 minute short involving some of the characters. This adds a fun online interactive experience that's pretty unique.

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The puppets are based on characters from Puppet Heap's short films, however, they're not all exact reproductions. For instance, the Constable in the short films has a sculpted face, while the Constable puppet is entirely made of fabric that's been printed upon. Toby the dog, though, looks very similar to the puppet used in the shorts. It has the same fur, a printed mouth and tongue, and that spiffy little tie.

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For that, I think I like the Toby plush a little better than the Constable. However, I'd have to give the edge to the Constable character...as it looks like he jumped out of Mr. Rogers' Land of Make Believe. Get it? Basically, if they would have went with the sculpted face/hat/hands of the original Constable, I think most folks would have been willing to pay up to $30.00 for it.

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As they are, I would have pegged these as being in the $15-$20 range. The production quality matches that price point. The transfer of the Constable's art onto the plush is well done (although there are some issue with the stitching on the back of the head lining up), and – as said before - Toby looks similar to the original.

You can purchase one at the following:

Panik's Toy Box: $24.99 each
Spudbottom.com
: $19.99 each

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MINDstyle x COOLRAIN – DUNKEYS

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Apparently, MINDstyle is still producing toys. They've announced a collaboration with COOLRAIN to release a limited production run of DUNKEYS 23 figures. Limited to only 300 figures worldwide, the 18" tall figures will retail for $275.00 each.

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They've also teamed up to release a 5" tall figure series based on the DUNKEYS - #23 Pithecuse, #91 Simius and #3 Mono. These will be limited to only 500 figures of each figure, selling for $40.00 each. Look for both of these figures to be released on Saturday, September 29th 2012.

Bleacher Creatures announces 2012 NFL Plush Line

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Bleacher Creatures has announced their 2012 NFL Player Plush Collection. The 14" tall plush figures are currently available for $21.99 each. This season's lineup includes:

Peyton Manning - Denver Broncos - QB
Jay Cutler
- Chicago Bears - QB
Andy Dalton
- Cincinnati Bengals - QB
Larry Fitzgerald
- Arizona Cardinals - WR
Eli Manning
- New York Giants - QB (Second Edition)
Rob Gronkowski
- New England Patriots - TE
Brett Keisel
- Pittsburgh Steelers - DE

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Chebaka Power Toy Pre-Order

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Creo Design has announced that the long awaited Chebaka Power Toy is now available for pre-order exclusively through the Creo Design Shop. Chebaka is the 'First Russian Designer Toy' by IToyz and Creo Design. The 4'' tall figure is available in 5 different color versions:

Navy - Navy Chebaka Controls Water
Purple - The Almighty Chebaka will grant you any wish!
Yellow - Happy Chebaka brings you happiness
Green - Lucky Chebaka brings luck into your life
Cyan - Cool Chebaka makes things cool like Fonzie

This first edition of Chebaka is limited to 100 pieces worldwide. You can pre-order via the above link for $20.00 each. The figure will go on general sale at 9:00AM GMT on September 5th 2012.

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Leopard Cavey – Monday Release

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Holly has announced a new Cavey that will be released this coming Monday (August 27th 2012) at 3:00PM ET. The Leopard Cavey is made from soft fluffy leopard fleece (it will match those leopard print pants you enjoy wearing on Fridays). This Cavey has a first...pointy cat ears.

The Leopard Cavey is limited to 100 numbered pieces. They will be available via the Cavey Shop and include a glitter enamel Badge and Cavey Cube.