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REVIEW: AJ’s Toy Boarders – Snow Series 1

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Background

With the release of their Snow Series 1, The Original AJ’s Toy Boarders has expanded their boarding empire from skateboards to snowboards. Similar in appearance to those unforgettable little green army men, the Toy Boarders – Snow Series 1 features eight different designs (some more action-packed than others) bagged with a header card.

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The Facts



Toy Boarders – Snow Series 1
Series: The Original AJ’s Toy Boarders
Manufacturer: Alfa-Row Inc.
Material: Injection Molded Plastic
Dimensions: Around 2” tall
Points of Articulation: Zero
Designs: 8 Poses - Big Air, Switch, Rail Slide, Rail Grab, Tail Grab, Cruising, Bomber, and 180
Pricing: $5.95/pack of 24

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Packaging

The lot of 24 figures comes bagged with a header card. The header card features simple silhouette illustrations of the poses, accompanied by their names, on the rear of the card. The front of the card has the AJ’s Toy Boarders logo.

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Our Opinion

Most people have played with or know someone who played with those little green army men. They were a cheap staple of toy collections since the 1950’s, and are still readily available at supermarkets and dollar stores. AJ’s Toy Boarders pay homage to those toys, although with a non-violent, more sports-oriented spin.

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You always knew those army guys would have some extra plastic on the top of their head from where they were hastily pulled from the injection molding. But that was part of the appeal. And it’s part of the appeal with the Toy Boarders.

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You get three of each figure, and sometimes that same sculpt/mold can produce figures that look very different. It’s possible to find one with the face of The Toxic Avenger and another one that looks perfectly fine. It’s all part of the fun.

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And while there are no moving parts, kids with surely love to play them. I can see the snowboarders being unknowing victims of an avalanche or a yeti. Sort of like extras on a film set.

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A number of the sculpts look similar to each other. I’m guessing that’s because you don’t have much mobility when you’re locked into a snowboard. I would have liked to see a sculpt that’s relatable to me…maybe some guy fallen down in the snow with a torn ACL. I will mention…the ladies are represented in this series, as there is one female snowboarder.

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I think the most important aspect of the Toy Boarders is the price. A pack of 24 figures runs $5.95, which is essentially $0.25 per figure. Not a bad deal, especially considering most of the items we review here fall into the $10.00 to $200.00 range. If this were the 1980’s and I had a hard-earned quarter lying around, I would have definitely popped it in a toy vending machine at the local Laneco in an attempt to get one of these.

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You can pick one of these up at the following:

AJ's Toy Boarders: $5.95 per 24 pack

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Crummy Gummy Black Friday Release

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The Black Friday Crummy Gummy release will take place today (November 29th 2013) at Noon PT. The double release will include "Raw Meat" and "Urinal Cake". They will come in two sizes - the original 3" for $30.00 and the Mini 1.75" for $17.00. They will only be made available for 36 hours, so get your order in by midnight Saturday.

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ESC-Toy Black Friday Releases

ESC Black Friday 2013

ESC-Toy will be releasing a number of new pieces this Black Friday:

ESC PS Bot Pearl

PS-Bot Snow: 5 pieces - $120.00

ESC buntakerropi

Buntakerropi: 6 pieces - $30.00

ESC Twin Gray Camo Drake

Twin Camo Drake x Monster Kolor: 2 pieces - $750.00

ESC Blue Camo Smaria

Blue Camo S.Maria: 6 pieces - $250.00

ESC Dark Pooh Bear

Dark Pooh Bear: 1 pieces - $150.00

ESC LVL9999 Vanilla

LVL9999 Vanilla Jellyshot Custom: 25 pieces - $50.00

They will also be offering a special 20% off discount on everything in the store starting NOW. Enter ESCBLACKFRIDAY the coupon code at check out. The coupon code ends Sunday at 12am EST.

Mint Chocolate Chip Creamy

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In collaboration with 3DRetro.com, Gary Baseman introduces Mint Chocolate Chip Creamy, the newest of their Creamy vinyl toys.

Available exclusively via Gary Baseman's Webstore, the Mint Chocolate Chip Creamy will also be released together with a signed, limited edition print. The figure is a limited edition run of 200 pieces and will be available beginning at 9AM PT today (November 29th 2013).

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Discordia’s Fairy Quest – Red and Mr W Deal

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Discordia Culture Shop is sharing a special deal with Plastic and Plush Fans.

These are going for 50% off this Holiday Season!

Fairy Quest - Red and Mr W
Its a huge light weight Vinyl Toy with impressive sculpt and a very quality paint job.

A Discordia Culture Shop Favorite and part of their private collection.

Get it while you can. Back in Stock for a Limited Time!

Suggested Retail $60
NOW $30!!!

The Monoclon Release

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Lulubell will be releasing the Monoclon by Cojica Toys of Japan on December 1st 2013 at Noon PT. Cast in flesh vinyl with blue and orange sprays, the Monoclon stands approximately 7.5" tall. These will be limited to one per household and run $65.00 each.

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Nathan Hamill’s Black Friday Sale

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This Friday (November 29th 2013), Nathan Hamill will be running a Black Friday sale via his online store. Everything will be 25% off from Midnight PT on Friday through Midnight PT on Saturday December 7th 2013. Just enter the code HAMILLHOLIDAY for the discount.

Doctor Who Artist Proofs

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Matt JOnes aka Lunartik aka the designer of the new Doctor Who Vinyl Figures for Titan Merchandise has released a run of 80 artist proofs. Each one has been signed, numbered, and bagged. They range in price from £15.00 to £40.00 ($24 - $65).

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Sideshow’s Sixth Scale Nathan Drake

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Sideshow Collectibles has revealed details surrounding their sixth scale Nathan Drake figure from Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. Available in both a regular and Sideshow Exclusive edition, these are both estimated to begin shipping in August 2014. You can pre-order one now for $159.99.

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The sixth scale Drake figure includes the following:

• Assault rifle with folding stock and removable magazine
• Pistol with magazine
• Bandolier
• Detailed shoulder cross holster rig
• Watch
• Map
• Lanyard with Francis Drake ring
• Shemagh
• Belt with horseshoe buckle
• Hand crafted shirt and pants
• Various alternately posed hands
• Sideshow Exclusive: Spider Accessory

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