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New Wave of Resin from Daniel Yu

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Artist Daniel Yu will be releasing a number of items this Friday - May 1st 2015 - at 9PM ET via his webshop. There will be two categories of items available...the solid colored (some mixed parts) resin pieces measure 3" to 4" in height and range in price from $19.00 to $30.00. Also, there will be fully hand-painted versions that range from $60.00 to $80.00. These made their debut at Art Toy Culture Seoul (mid-April), and the quantity available online will be limited.

Daniel has also introduced several new characters into his universe, including Zuco Banana - the monkey general - and Porkins - the mutant pig. 

Goodleg Toys’ Walpurgis Night Release

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Goodleg Toys is celebrating Walpurgis Night 2015 (I had to Wikipedia it) by releasing a pair of bootlegs - the evil hag Walpurga and her lovely mate Luzifer. These figures are kit-bashed and re-sculpted MOTU and feature Underworld Warriors parts. The 5.5-inch tall figures are hand-cast and hand-painted, featuring 4 points of articulation. Depending on the character, there's a pitchfork or a broom as accessory. You'll be able to pre-order beginning on Thursday Night - April 30th 2015 - and they'll be priced at $75.00 each or $135.00 for both

Kickstarter: The Offbits – The Art of Spare Parts

The Offbits are cool little model robot toys that come in build-it-yourself kits, originally designed with unused and unloved bits and pieces that were upcycled and transformed into something so much greater. The kits' open-source modularity means you can add any of your own "spare parts" to the robot figure, tweak it, and create a whole new robot design of your own.

To fund a new generation of Offbits, they've taken to Kickstarter to raise funds for the project. As with all Kickstarter projects, there are various funding tiers that include your "rewards". If you're looking for the figures...they start at the $18.00 level with the basic KitStarter reward. Those tiers go up to $750.00 with a 24K gold plated Offbits figure.

 

This project will only be funded if at least $15,000 is pledged by .

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Galaxy Hero Plush

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Revolution Brewing and Shawnimals have collaborated on the release of the Galaxy Hero plush, a new designer collectible inspired by Revolution Brewing's Galaxy Hero India Pale Ale. While the plush debuted this weekend at C2E2, the remainder of the first edition of 500 pieces will be available to purchase at Revolution Brewing's online shop. The Galaxy Hero plushie measures 9" x 7" and is made of non-wool felt, poly-fil stuffing, and features plastic eyes. You'll be able to pick one up for $20.00.

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RETRO REVIEW: Computer Warriors

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The 1980’s were the heyday of transforming toys. Once the Transformers and Go-Bots hit it big, it felt like a dozen other transformable toy lines showed up on the shelves of your favorite toyshop.

Back in 1989, Mattel produced the Computer Warriors toy line. The series consisted of eight different transformable sets, from a small (plastic) soccer ball to a calculator to the splendid Pespi can shown above.

The storyline behind it goes something like: there was an accident with a secret government computer that created a wave of evil Virus troops that were able to hide in everyday objects. To combat the evil, the computer then generated the heroes – the Computer Warriors. And that’s how you get little guys covered in what appear to be circuits living inside of a can of cola.

The Pepsi can includes a little figure named Gridd. He’s a “Heroic Mechanic Specialist”. Well, a heroic mechanic and an electrical engineer. “Cloned from a quantum mechanics program, he understands everything there is to know about the mechanics of any object.” Wait a second! This is just the reverse plot of the original Tron movie. The programs are invading the real world.

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Gridd comes with a “hyper hoverjet” that features guns and bombs. The wings fold up so that it can be concealed in his Earthly home – that can of Pepsi. The sides on the plastic can come down when you press on the top tab. This lets you gander at the inner working of a can of “Pepsi. A Generation Ahead”. (That was the 1989 slogan…they went back to “The Choice of a New Generation the next year)

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I was fairly impressed with whatever glue Mattel used for all of the stickers. Over 26 years old and they stuck to the plastic like they hadn’t been sitting in some dude’s garage for the past two decades. I’m pretty sure that’s where they were.

The figure line has held up pretty well. Over the last few years, transforming toys have become en vogue again. You have figures that have no real reason for being able to turn into something else – I’m talking about you, you creepy TMNT Mutations. Heck, there are even plush toys that now transform. 

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And while this specific transformable Pepsi can might not look like it could fool many people...I'm guessing that some kids probably used it to play a trick or two on their unsuspecting grandparents. These kids and their new generation...