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9th Annual DTAs – Voting is Open

The online voting for the 9th Annual Designer Toy Awards (DTAs) is currently open. The finalists have been announced and now it's up to the public to vote on your favorites. There are six categories open to the public vote, and the voting will end on May 16th 2019 at Noon ET. And don't worry...you won't need to vote for Plastic and Plush...because we haven't made the voting - holding true to our moniker of "The Award-Losing Plastic and Plush".

The Andretti Family OYO Collector Set

If you're a racing fan or you grew up where I did (Bethlehem, PA - I remember seeing Mario cruising around in his red Lambo many-a-time), then you're familiar with the Andretti family. Well, OYO has released The Andretti Family Collector Set, featuring 3 minifigures celebrating the legacy of the Andretti family in Indy Car racing history. The set includes Mario Andretti (featured in his 1969 Indy 500 winning firesuit), Michael Andretti (featured in his black Andretti Motorsport firesuit), and Marco Andretti (featured in his new Andretti Motorsport / US Concrete #98 firesuit). It's available to purchase for $29.99.

SDCC19: DC Collectibles – Mikey as Batman

DC Collectibles has announced the Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesBatman as Mikey - Previews Exclusive, which will be available during and at San Diego Comic Con 2019. This version of Michelangelo is decked out in Batman’s iconic cowl and cape. His accessories include a sewer lid, a slice of pizza, and two extra sets of hands. And I'm sure we'll be seeing Leonardo, Raphael, and Donatello as part of this mashup between the Dark Knight and TMNT.

Spongebob Squarepants Dissected Vinyl

Mondo is giving fans of Bikini Bottom a closer look (inside) of Spongebob Squarepants. The Spongebob Squarepants Dissected Vinyl is based on the artwork of Jason Freeny (whose pop-culture dissected icons are well-known). Each piece features Spongebob's exposed skeleton, including his squishy brain and a detachable figure stand.

The 10-inch tall Spongebob Squarepants Dissected Vinyl Figure is available in two versions (including a Mondo Exclusive). Expected to ship in July 2019, the regular version is an edition of 545 pieces, selling for $150.00 each. The Mondo Exclusive, which includes a skeleton that glows green and a brain that glows red, is a limited edition of 345 pieces and runs $155.00 each.

Marvel Venom Pop! Series

Feel the venom. Funko has announced a group of Marvel’s beloved Super Heroes as Pop! figures...infected by Venom. The Marvel Venom Pop! Series features Pop! versions of Daredevil, Rocket Raccoon, Storm, X-23, Groot, and the Mad Titan Thanos.

Look for these and other Marvel Venom Pop! figures to be available to purchase from Amazon.com.

Kidrobot announces Tiny Toon Adventures & Animaniacs Collectibles

Kidrobot has announced several new series based on the iconic cartoons - Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs. There's the Kidrobot x Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs Mini Series, Keychains, and Enamel Pins, featuring favorite Saturday morning pals like Babs and Buster, Freakazoid, Yakko, Wakko, Dot, and Pinky and The Brain (amongst many other).

The blind-box Mini Series features 14 different 3-inch tall figures, with each box running $9.99. The Enamel Pin Series (also blind-boxed) also include 14 different characters, but runs $4.99 each. Finally, the Keychain Series is blind-boxed and includes 12 different characters, with each blind-box keychain running $5.99.

McFarlane Toys’ Game of Thrones Figures

To celebrate the final season of the worldwide hit HBO series Game of Thrones, McFarlane Toys’ action figures and dragons have hit retailers nationwide. The 6-inch scale Game of Thrones action figures include fan-favorites such as Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, the Night King, Arya Stark, and Viserion the Ice Dragon

Each figure was modeled from digital scans of the cast, featuring iconic attire, 12 points-plus of articulation, and comes with character-specific and screen-accurate accessories. And the Game Of Thrones Viserion (ice dragon) features movable tail, legs, wings, and neck, and has a wingspan of 16.5 inches wide.

You can currently pick these up at Amazon.com, priced at $19.99 per figure and $25.99 for Viserion.

“MIMI The Cannibal Girl” Wonder Blue Edition by Utomaru

The newest MIMI The Cannibal Girl (based on the 1980 horror classic Cannibal Holocaust) colorway is the "MIMI The Cannibal Girl" Wonder Blue Edition. This sofubi vinyl figure - produced by Tomenosuke, designed by artist Utomaru, sculpted by Yohei Kaneko / Mirock Toy (Japan), and manufactured at Obitsu Plastic Manufacturing Co., ltd (Japan) - will be released on Saturday May 11th 2019 at 23:59 JST (10:59AM ET).

This colorway is limited to a run of 30 pieces. It will be available via the Tomenosuke International Store and the Tomenosuke Japan Store for ¥17,500 JPY (about $160).

Janky Series Two Comes to Kickstarter

Superplastic has announced that Janky Series Two will be launched on Kickstarter beginning tomorrow (May 7th 2019) at Noon ET. For early-bird Kickstarter backers, they will be given the chance at an exclusive top-secret King Janky The Fourth Storm Edition.

Funko – 5 Star: Horror

Funko has announced four new 5 Star: Horror figures from some of the most horrifying films in the horror genre. The 5 Star figures including Annabelle from Annabelle, The Nun from The Nun, Michael Myers from Halloween, and Jack Torrance from The Shining. These characters are accompanied by appropriately terrifying accessories. 

Look for these, plus additional 5 Star Horror figures, to be available over at Amazon.com.