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Shawnimals Pocket Pork from MPH

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Designer plush maker Shawnimals and popular online designer toy store myplasticheart are set to launch an all-new line of artist-made mini-plush called Pocket Pork in the middle of March 2006 available exclusively at myplasticheart.com.

What's a Pocket Pork?

Besides being the cutest food-based plush EVER, Pocket Porks are Shawnimals plush versions of pot stickers - the little steamed or fried dumplings you can get at any Chinese restaurant. They're based on the popular Wee Sticker plush by Shawnimals. Plush never tasted so cute!

What do you get?

Each Pocket Pork take-out box is signed and numbered, and comes packed with three two-and-a-half-inch wide Pocket Porks, a button and a sticker. All this priced at a low $10 per box! There are 100 total boxes available, and five different Porks in the series: Standard Sticker, Veggie Sticker, Spicy Sticker, Stealth Sticker and an undisclosed uber-rare chase variety. Collect them all! Will you find the special character?

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CONTEST: Win Mr. Bunny or Fire Cat!!

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This is the contest you’ve been waiting for!  Thanks to our friends from Wheaty Wheat Studios, we are going to be giving away a Fire Cat and Mr. Bunny figure

As you probably know, these two figures, based on Joe Ledbetter’s work, have been the hottest things to hit the designer toy market.  They immediately sold out every place they went on sale.

So here is what you need to do:

You’ll need to come up with a haiku based on why you collect vinyl toys.  A haiku is a mode of Japanese poetry that is 3 lines and based on a 5, 7, 5 syllabic pattern.  Each entry will be graded on a 10 point scale: 3 points for originality, 3 points for humor and 4 points for making sense.  These will be graded by Wheaty Wheat’s Debbie Yoon and Chris Lee as well as me - Brian Slivka.  The top 5 will be selected and voted upon by the readers.  The winner will be able to choose between Mr. Bunny and Fire Cat and the runner up will receive the other.  (Both of the figures are Artist Proofs and are a limited edition of 48 figures)

You will need to post your haiku in the Wheaty Wheat Forum on the PlasticandPlush.com Discussion Board

Only 1 entry per person, and the contest will last until 12:01 am on April 2nd.

And Good Luck!

REVIEW: Blow Up Dolls (B.U.D.s)

Jamungo recently released their first line of figures – Blow Up Dolls.  Otherwise known as B.U.D.s, this blind-boxed line contains 10 figures of varying designs from the likes of Ferg, TVM and Frank Kozik.  All of the figures use the same mold, however, there is a clear and a glow-in-the-dark character.

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There is no surprise that B.U.D.s are the best selling line for a number of online designer vinyl sites.  They are high quality and the printing on the plastic is definitely above average.  Plus, they are rather affordable – as you’ll find out at the end of the review.

Series 1 consists of 10 different figures with varying chances of acquiring each one.  You have a 12.5% chance of picking up the most readily available characters, and only a 2.5% chance of the special FBOMB B.U.D. (which isn’t pictured).

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BAMOFLAUGE (12.5%) is a fairly basic green camouflage design.  It’s a nice filler design, but probably my least favorite of the group.

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BUD (12.5%) is the character you have seen on the packaging.  He looks like a little bomb and is completely black except for his 2 red eyes.  The design is basic…but it works!

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Win Blow Up Dolls!

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No...not those Blow Up Dolls.  B.U.D.s - from Jamungo - are one of the hottest toy lines out there.  The set of 10 blind-boxed figures are set to be reviewed tomorrow, and in anticipation of that, Pop Thirteen is offering the chance to win 3 B.U.D.s.

The contest will last until 12:01 am EST on March 9th.  To enter, you will need to post under the B.U.D. contest thread in our discussion board.  Having problems signing up for the forum?  Check out these directions.

March Madness Toy Tournament

We've set up all of the brackets for our first annual March Madness Toy Tournament.  We have assembled 64 of the top toy artists out there and have seeded them in 4 different regions (East Coast, West Coast, Asia and Worldwide).  The winners will be selected in online polling through our forum - go to the Polls section and vote in all of the matchups (they continue onto page 2). 

Round 1 voting will end on Saturday March 11th.  So go on vote..and check back in for the first round results.