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Bob Conge introduces The Misfits

Plaseebo Night Gamer Misfit Robot

Bob Conge (Plaseebo) has announced plans for a series of customs called "The Misfits". He plans to release six 9-inch tall one-of-a-kind Misfit customs over the next 12 months.

Each Misfit will use this new body sculpt in hand cast resin but will have a different head and hand paint. The body chamber is filled with a magical mix of slowly moving gel colors and shapes illuminated from the back by a switched color changing LED unit that also lights the interior of the head.

These photos are of the first figure in the series - "The Night Gamer Misfit" - which will debut at Bob's one man show this month at the Phillips Gallery in Rochester, NY.

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Here is the backstory...

The Misfits
© Bob Conge 2012

A familiar face at the Avon flea market every Sunday since the 60's, Walter would spend the cooler mornings in search of the maimed and abandoned toys of children no longer. He rarely paid more than ten or fifteen cents a piece for the ravaged figures as most were missing limbs or heads. The collection being assembled was not about condition, resale or profit.

These were much more than idols made of plastic and vinyl, for Walter could feel the spirits and hear the distant laughter of the many children who had once worshiped these love-worn toys. To him, these toys were markers in lives unfolding, indelibly printed with the character of those who had played with them so many years ago. Holding each one in his now aging hand, he would listen to its story and wonder what had become of the child later in life.

Walter enjoyed many comfortable evenings with the collection in the old farm house nestled in the rolling hills of upstate New York. He had retired here after a lifetime of inventing and designing useful things for various companies and then spent the next twenty some years assembling the collection that now filled not only all three floors of the house, but his barn as well.

This past winter Walter began working on his Geppetto project. He hoped to design a system to capture the psychic energy he felt being released from the old toys and use it to power the robot toy he was building.

It was now late fall and the the robot body, complete with arms and legs, sat on the work bench awaiting its head and power source. It was one of those unusually warm and sun filled days that are so rare this time of year, perhaps the last one before the snow would again cocoon Walter with his collection for another winter. Drawn by the cunning day, he found himself walking through the Naples yellow fields beyond the barn. Feeling the liability of his eighty plus years, he sat down beneath the comfort of the large and singular Maple in the middle of the fields warmth and fell asleep.

Walter was awakened by the voices of children to find he was covered by what looked like a soft blanket of diamonds glistening in the moonlight. He stood up wondering why he did not feel the cold of this night. The answer came as he looked down to his snow covered body still lying beneath the tree.

Long before this ground became tillable it was the now long forgotten cemetery for the Crowhaven orphanage, who's stone foundations still shown through the grass here and there at the edge of the woods. The field has been home these many years to those unknown children for whom no one came, save the reaper. Moving like curious cats, the children slowly floated over to Walter wherein he invited them to come to the house to see his toys.

As they entered the house, there on the workbench sat the headless robot with its power source window glowing in an array of changing colors like a miniature aurora borealis. The rest of that winter and many since found Walter building other robot bodies and the children selecting various heads from the collection to sit atop them. Misfits one and all.

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Hot Toys’ Sixth Scale Selina Kyle/Catwoman

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Hot Toys has revealed details about their sixth scale Selina Kyle (Catwoman) collectible figure from The Dark Knight Rises movie. Specially crafted based on the image of Anne Hathaway, the figure is slated to be released in March 2013.

Currently, Sideshow Collectibles has the regular and exclusive version available for $194.99 each.

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The sixth scale Selina Kyle/Catwoman features the following:

• Seven interchangeable gloved hands
• One-piece black patterned jumpsuit with belt
• Pair of black high-heel boots
• Pistol
• Pair of goggles
• Figure stand with patterns of water drops
• Special Edition – Bonus Accessory: Sixth scale Batman mask

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REVIEW: Dudebox – Neesh by Hicks

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Background

Meet Neesh, a magical little fixer-bot who can't help herself but to go around fixing everything that is broken. No matter how long it takes her, the task will get done.

Dudebox released Neesh as a part of their Big Dudes series. The Big Dudes stand 7.5” in height, while the Mini Dudes measure 3” tall. Designed by artist Hicks, Neesh makes use of the Big Dude Ted platform design and a wide array of colors.

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The Facts



Neesh
Series: Big Dudes
Manufacturer: Dudebox
Artist: Hicks
Material: Rotocast vinyl
Dimensions: 7.5” tall
Points of Articulation: 3 (shoulders and neck)
Edition Size: 300 pieces
Pricing: £39.95 - $59.99

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Packaging

The solid cardboard box features artwork on all sides. If you like the character, you'll like what Hicks has done with the packaging design. There's an illustrated version of the figure design on the front, with character illustrations (not fitting the Ted platform) on the sides.

Inside, the figure comes secured between a pair of interlocking plastic trays. And packaged in there is a certificate of authenticity.

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Our Opinion

Out of the three toy platforms that Dudebox has released, I think the Ted design is the most unique. It has a robot vibe to it, and as you can see from Hicks' design...that's the route he went with Neesh.

When I first saw this design, I actually thought it was designed by Attaboy (Daniel does have some production pieces from Dudebox). It uses a black base with shades of pastels for the detail work. As you probably notice, there's a lot going on with the asymmetrical character design. And those details aren't just limited to the front of the figure. The back gives you more of a robotic look, with a myriad of shapes.

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As far as the actual figure, I didn't have any issues with the articulated joints. They move well, but aren't too loose. While the majority of the figure is rotocast vinyl, the legs and feet are made of ABS plastic (I believe). It's probably a smart move, as a number of larger fully rotocast figures end up having balance issues due to the vinyl becoming softer.

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The pad printing is very well done. The only thing I noticed was a not-so-straight black line by the left ear, which probably wouldn't noticeable unless you're looking for it.

Overall, I think it's a pretty cool design with a lot going on. Too much going on? Some might say so. But I like noticing something new every time I look at any given toy.

You can pick one up at the following:

Mindzai: $59.99
Dudebox: £39.95 (around $63)

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REVIEW: S.L.U.G. Zombies

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Background

JAKKS Pacific has a new series of mini figures. The S.L.U.G. Zombies (S.L.U.G. stands for Scary Little Ugly Guys) will bring back fond memories of M.U.S.C.L.E. men and Monster In My Pocket collectibles. Featuring various pop culture references, each Zombie features wacky names and stories (included on a Zombie Guide sheet).

They're already on Series 3 of the line, but for our review, we're going to take a look at a trio of figures from Series 2: Cleopatra Commin'Atcha, Blazin' Basel, and Mr. Jangles.

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The Facts



S.L.U.G. Zombies
Series: Series 2
Manufacturer: JAKKS Pacific
Material: PVC Plastic
Dimensions: Around 2” tall
Points of Articulation: Zero
Designs: Zombies (Mash-Up Mike, Stu B' You, Grim Trekker, Macho Mangler, Flesh-Eatin' Phil, Andrew Agony, Mr. Jangles, Dr. Outbreak, Maximus Cadaverous, Teddy Terror, Jump-Shot Rot, and Cleopatra Commin'Atcha) Safehouse (Blazin' Basel, Buck Wilde, Captain Payback, and Gator Jones)
Pricing: $3.99 - 3 Pack (MSRP)

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Packaging

The S.L.U.G. Zombies come packaged in three different varieties: Blind Packs, 3 Packs, and 12 Packs. We ended up getting a 3 Pack, which features a clear plastic bubble on a backer card. The bubble has a sticker with the series' logo on the front, and the card back has illustrations of all of the characters in the series.

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Our Opinion

With their S.L.U.G. Zombies line, JAKKS Pacific is building on the renewed popularity of mini figures designed in the M.U.S.C.L.E. style. Retro is where it's at, since – I'll admit – most toy collectors are trying to relive their youth.

I think most designer toy collectors will see these figures and compare them to October Toys' Z.O.M.B.I.E.S. line. But other than the zombie theme, the two aren't similar.

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The S.L.U.G. Zombies come in two colors – the zombies are green and the safehouse heroes are a flesh tone. That sets them apart from other M.U.S.C.L.E. inspired lines, which are often released in various color runs. Kids will probably like that it's easy to tell the good guys from the bad guys.

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The chosen designs have a familiar feel to them. JAKKS Pacific has gone with both generic characters (sheriff, basketball player, fireman, etc.) and loosely based pop culture references (Cleopatra, Andre Agassi, Hulk Hogan, Crocodile Dundee, John Rambo/Snake Plissken, and Indiana Jones).

The trio of figures that we received are well sculpted (considering their size and pricing) and would fit in with any M.U.S.C.L.E. collection. They're super durable, as my two year old can attest to (the Zombies were having an all-out brawl). And whether you want to set them on a shelf or play with them...they're fun.

You can pick one up at the following:

Toys R Us, Target and Walgreens should all carry these

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