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Mondo’s 1/6 scale Batman: The Animated Series Pre-order

A day after we posted about the teaser, Mondo has now released their Batman 1/6 Scale Figure - based on the crime fighter's appearance in Batman: The Animated Series - for pre-order. Available in a pair of editions, the Mondo Deluxe Exclusive  is only available until March 12th 2018. The Exclusive features a switch-out wind-swept cape, goggles, unique "Thumbs-Up of Bat Approval" hand, unique batarang, and a switch-out H.A.R.D.A.C. head - for $150.00. The Standard Version runs $125.00. Both of these amazingly authentic figures are expected to ship in the 4th quarter of 2018.

REVIEW: Hashtag Collectibles – Weird Animals

When you think of stuffed animals, images of teddy bears, puppies, and cats probably speckle your mind. You likely aren’t thinking about cuddly water bears or roly poly pill bugs. But Hashtag Collectibles is bringing a boatload of weird animals to plush collections around the world. They’ve sent us a handful (more like two handfuls) of their unique cuddly creatures to get a closer look at them.

Pangolin ($39.99)
Hashtag’s plush pangolin is much cuter than the real thing. I had never heard of the pangolin, so I had no idea what it was or how it looked. After doing a little research (yeah…just Googling), I came across an animal that looks fairly similar to an armadillo. No, these scaly anteaters aren’t bright pink. And they do have long, slender necks and tails. But, for some reason, I don’t think a scientifically accurate pangolin plush would be as cute as this one.

Mudskipper Mini ($15.99)
The mudskipper definitely qualifies as a weird animal. While I was already familiar with the animal (if only from Ren and Stimpy’s Muddy Mudskipper Show), I wasn’t aware that these amphibious fish can actually survive on land for three and a half days. Hashtag went for a look that’s quite close to that of Muddy, giving their mudskipper a blue-green body and blue fins/tail. And he/she has got a big old smile...or is just gasping for air.

Pill Bug Mini ($14.99)
When I was a youngster, I used to dig up all sort of creatures and put them into a homemade terrarium. Pill bugs were heavily represented, as they were in abundance. But I had no idea that they were actually a land crustacean. Yes…like a crab or a lobster. One thing I do remember is that pill bugs are not blue. But Hashtag’s version is by far better looking than the original. And if you try, you can probably scrunch the Pill Bug Mini into a little ball.

Blobfish Mini ($14.99)
Hashtag Collectibles’ blobfish plush is probably their most popular. I think folks like it because of how close it resembles the infamous blobfish photo that circulated several years ago (and likely freaked a lot of people out). This version of the deep-sea fish has its well-known frown and disturbingly human-like nose. This is one of their characters that they have available in all different sizes...including a pair of slippers.

Water Bear Mini ($14.99)
The Water Bear, or Tardigrade, is one of the most resilient animals on the face of the earth, being able to live through extreme temperatures and bouts of dehydration/starvation. Hashtag’s version is equally resilient. I watched my children toss it back and forth to each other without the little Water Bear taking any damage. This plush ‘weird animal’ might be my favorite of the lot, with it’s simple blue color palette and big black eyes.

KICKSTARTER: Gravy Toys Mega Load

Artist Bwana Spoons and Gravy Toys have started a brand-spanking-new Kickstarter project that's looking to produce some new characters in sofubi. The goal is to raise $9,000 to produce new Sons of Brodarr characters in Malba and Krackle & Klong. There are plenty of various funding levels, with chances to get your hands on one of a kind paint-ups...or have Bwana come crash on your sofa and paint a mural. 

This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sunday, March 18th 2018 at 2:28PM EDT. (The photos below are of early tests - resin/sculpt/etc) The Basic Malba reward is available at the $44.00 level, while the Basic Krackle & Klong is at $88.00.

As I say with all Kickstarter project I post about. Remember...this is not a pre-order. There are many instances of crowd funded projects that have been funded never making good on their promised goods. So back all Kickstarters with caution.

Year of the Earth Dog Chinese New Year Pitbull (Red)

Tenacious Toys is celebrating the Chinese New Year with the release of a 100% American-made resin figure - of an American dog breed - because, 'Merica. The Year of the Earth Dog Chinese New Year Pitbull (Red) measures in at a substantial 2.5-inches in height. The figure was sculpted by Mike NEMO Mendez, based on an illustration by Playful Gorilla, and produced by Dead Hand Toys. Pre-order yours for $25.00.

"This is a limited-edition red variant of our Tenacious Toys shop mascot Danger. Red is an auspicious color for the Chinese, so we had this little dude cast in red and bagged with a festive and totally on-brand header card fashioned after the lucky red envelopes handed out this time of year."

AJ Styles Bleacher Creature

Bleacher Creatures has announced the pre-order availability of their WWE - AJ Styles Bleacher Creature. "The Phenomenal One" will be making his first appearance in the line. And - as you can see - he's dressed in his red wrestling attire. You can currently pre-order this 10-inch tall plush for $19.99. It's expected to begin shipping around February 25th 2018 (which is just way too long for my 6-year-old son...who must have this).