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Zombie Art Project 2014 Final Days

Mikie Graham ZAP Week 4

Mikie Graham is quickly winding down his Zombie Art Project for 2014. The project only runs through the end of October, so the reveals and your chances of picking a custom up are dwindling. You can pick one up over at the ZombieMonkie Shop, where they run $45.00 each.

The RetroBots Charity Auction for October

Retrobots Auction

Fresh Monkey Fiction has released details of The RetroBots eBay Giving Works Charity Auction for October features the work of (ironic enough) October Toys' George Gaspar. 100% of the profits support The Young Storytellers Foundation, a charity that supports children discovering their own voice through storytelling and they could use our support. Head over to the eBay page, as this auction goes though Halloween.

Witches Brew – A Lunartik Halloween Special

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Matt JOnes has released "Witches Brew" - A Lunartik Halloween Special for 2013. There are 213 Cups of Terror, each measuring in at 2.5" tall, and they will only be available until the October 31st 2013. You can pick one up now for £20.00 (around $32).

Crazy Label’s Moon Fox

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Crazy Label has released the details around Moon Fox, an all plastic assembly model kit, designed by Russian artist Sergey Safonov. Modeled on the character from the Moon Wanderers series, the figure (available in Cloudwhite and Moonlight) stands in at 3.5 inches when assembled.

Each box includes an unassembled figure, a mini folded story leaflet, assembly guide and glow-in-the-dark stick sheet. They are limited to 300 pieces of each colorway, and will be available for $19.95 each.

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Cameron Tiede’s Chester

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Cameron Tiede's new handcrafted, limited edition, all wood figure "Chester" will be released on Tuesday October 29th 2013 at Noon Central Time. From the Wood Candy Workshop, Chester will be an edition of 30 pieces. You can pick up one of these hand-crafted pieces for $99.00.

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Vampire Kritures

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With Halloween around the corner, there have been sightings of Vampire Kritures at the Kriture Shop. There are two versions and two colorways available. The colorways are Pink or Blue.

The hand sized version ($53.00) is also available in a bundle version ($73.00). The bundle includes his story as a poem in a small hand sized book, a chained pin, and a keychain. The larger version (2.5 times larger) an be pre-ordered for $123.00.

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3A Toys to release Noisy Boy

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The folks at 3A Toys have released all of the juicy details surrounding their release of the newest Real Steel robot - Noisy Boy. On November 1st 2013 at 9:00AM Hong Kong Time (9PM ET on Halloween), you'll be able to head to Bambalandstore.com to order your sixth-scale Noisy Boy. Retailing for $380.00, only the Bambaland Exclusive Edition comes with the sixth-scale Bot Controller and Headset.

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Some of the figure details are below:

• Noisy Boy Stands Over 17 Inches Tall
• Over 500 LED Lights Throughout The Figure (Eyes, Chest, Abdomen, Back, Arms, Thighs and Lower Legs)
• Randomized Animated LED Sequence on Forearms Displaying Five Different Symbols
• Realistic Rubberized Tread on Bottom of Feet
• Metallic Style Paint Application on Outer Armor

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Snake Plissken Sixth Scale Figure by Sideshow Collectibles

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Sideshow Collectibles has announced all of the details surrounding their upcoming Snake Plissken Sixth Scale Figure. Expected to begin shipping in August 2014, the leading anti-hero of the 80's cult classic Escape from New York can be pre-ordered for $159.99. Featuring an authentic likeness of actor Kurt Russell, the figure comes loaded with accessories.

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Accessories include the following:

• Revolver with scope
• SMG with removalbe silencer and scope
• Sculpted pistol and SMG holsters
• Wrist Timer
• Wrist Tracker
• Three Shurikens
• Homing Device
• Radio
• Cigarette
• Detailed Jacket and Clothing
• Various alternately posed hands
• Sideshow Exclusive: Hand holding nuclear fusion information cassette tape

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Brian Ewing’s Horror Business

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Rivet Gallery will be presenting Horror Business - a solo exhibition featuring the work of Brian Ewing. The show will encompass new and old limited edition screen print work by the poster artist, as well as an exclusive colorway release of his vinyl sofubi toy "Shub Zeroth" with Meta-Crypt.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 2nd 2013 from 7PM to 10PM with the artist in attendance. The exhibition will be on display through November 30th.

Rivet
1200 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43201

REVIEW: Monster Factory – Buddy Mini

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Background

The Toronto-based Monster Factory has been crafting plush monsters for around 10 years now. They’ve grown from their original six monsters to over one hundred unique characters from dozens of series.

This past summer, the company released their first retail line of mini plush monsters. These are currently available throughout North America. The series consists of twelve of Monster Factory’s most popular characters.

When I was asked which character I’d like to check out for a review, I had to go with the leader of their Buddy & Friends series. His bio states: “Buddy is surprisingly deep for someone who spends so much of his time 'zoned out'.” It was just something that resonated with me.

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The Facts



Buddy (Mini)
Series: Buddy & Friends
Manufacturer: Monster Factory
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 5” tall
Pricing: $12.95

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Tag

Buddy’s tag features a simple photograph of the plush on one side, and an illustration of the Monster Factory logo on the other side. Of course, since the plush toys are from Canada, the tag is in both English and French.

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Our Opinion

I’ve been reporting on Monster Factory plush releases for years now, but this is their first review on the site. While each plush character has a similar feel to others produced by the company, each individual series focuses on a slightly different unique look.

Most characters are simple. Yet they all elicit a goofy smile from onlookers. Recently, I noticed shelves full of Monster Factory plush toys in a Food Lion (a regional grocery chain) commercial. According to Monster Factory, it was apparently shot in Canada. But they’ve vastly underpriced the plush toys.

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The minis are what can currently be found at various retailers throughout North America. And while the mini versions are reproductions of the originals, they look slightly different than their larger brethren. That’s pretty standard for most plush lines that either shrink or grow their original character. I don’t think one way looks “better” than the other. They just have different personalities.

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Buddy, like most Monster Factory plush, is able to stand. That’s a definite plus if you like to display your plush toys alongside any other types of collectibles. At 5” tall, you’re probably not going to cuddle up with one of the minis. (I guess if you have T-Rex arms, it’s an option)

And since the design is fairly simple, there’s not a lot of intricate stitching that might subtract from the overall quality of Buddy. It’s pretty much: sewn-on eyes, a tannish mouth, and arms. And I found no fault with any of that workmanship.

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Overall, I think if you’re looking to get into collecting Monster Factory plushies or if you are looking for one for the office, the minis might likely be your best bet. However, I still do like the larger versions better as that size allows for more intricate details.

You can pick one up at the following:

Monster Factory: $12.95

Monster Factor Buddy Grades