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Soon…Rustboy Toy

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Android 8 has announced that later this month, they will be releasing Brian Talyor's Rustboy figure.  This characer is from Taylor's classic short film of the same name.  Collectors will want to get their hands on this piece.  You might have previously seen shots of a Glow-in-the-Dark version, however they have decided to go with a Regular (like the film character) and a Bronze version.

2005 Toy Awards: The Readers’ Picks

We asked our readers to submit their choices for 5 categories.  These included the Best Vinyl Figure, Best Plush Figure, Best Toy Line, Best Company and Toy of the Year.  The resutls are in and there were some very close races.

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Best Vinyl Figure
This award went to Mr. Bunny from Joe Ledbetter and Wheaty Wheat.  A close second was Huck Gee's Skullhead figures.

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Best Plush Figure
The Uglydolls were a runaway winner...although folks seemed to differ as to which was their favorite (Ugly Dog, Limited Edition Wage, Mini Uglys).  Readers chose Shawnimals for second place.

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Best Toy Line
Readers were definitely fans of Kidrobot's Dunny line.  Qees, produced by Toy2r, came in a close second.

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Most Outstanding Toy Company
This was the most competitive category with Wheaty Wheat Studios (on the heels of their Ledbetter line) squeaking out a victory over Kidrobot, Toy2R and STRANGEco.

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Toy of the Year
You folks chose Mr. Bunny as your favorite toy of thise past year.  In a somewhat ironic twist, Fire-Cat (also designed by Joe Ledbetter and Wheaty Wheat) came in a close second.

A Forum and a Mailing List!!

The New Year has brought added new features to Plastic and Plush! 

We now have a mailing list.  You can subscribe by entering your email address into the field on the right hand side of our homepage.  You will then be kept up to date with all of our contests, reviews and interviews.

In bigger news...we also have a brand spankin' new Discussion Board.  I'm hoping to build it up as a place where we all can go to discuss what's hot and new in the world of vinyl toys.  We'll be adding more discussion areas throughout the next week or so.  Also, it is through EZBoard, so your old Kidrobot usernames and passwords should work.  See you on there!

Mixy and Joe Pre-Order

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Chronic Fatigue (CF) sends word that his Mixy and Joe action figures are now available for pre-order.

After a year in production, the Mixy and Joe action figures are finally on their way. Produced by Wheaty Wheat Studios in Hollywood, USA, these action figures are things of beauty! Mixy and Joe come packaged together, with Joe's bloody axe! Hand signed by me, professionally packaged and limited to just 3,000 in existence (thats not many when you consider i have sold 15,000 comics!) So please get a
slice of Chronic Fatigue history with these amazing action figures! £20 postage paid, pre orders are being taken now, get them whilst theyre still available!

email zombie_attak@yahoo.co.uk or skinned_bunnies@yahoo.co.uk to place your pre order!

REVIEW: Ledbetter’s Fire-Cat and Ice-Cat

About two weeks ago, we reviewed Joe Ledbetter’s Mr. Bunny and Sno-Bunny rotocast vinyl figures from Wheaty Wheat Studios.  As you all know, Fire-Cat and Ice-Cat were also released around the same time as the two Mr. Bunny colorways.

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Folks seem to have a distinct preference as to which figure and colorway is their favorite of the group.  At this moment, mine is Fire-Cat.  However, that might change with the release of Ringo Bear in the coming year.

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Ledbetter’s work appears as if it would be extremely difficult to
transfer from canvas to vinyl.  However, Joe and Wheaty Wheat have done
an amazing job with the sculpting, shading and coloring on these
figures.  The dark black lines are transferred to the edges of the
vinyl toy, giving it a unique look.

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2005 Toy Awards: Best Toy Line – Ladies Choice

As we all know, it's not just us men who are designer toy collectors.  So it was decided to add this category for the female collectors. (We're not all Andy from the 40 Year Old Virgin) So what actually constitutes a girlie toy?  We'll we're not sure...but check out these three nominees.

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The Little Uglys mini plush dolls were the hit of San Diego's Comic Con.  They were literally selling them by the garbage can full.  People were collecting the entire set (2 series so far), which means a ton of plush in the house.

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The Blythe Dolls have been around since the 1970's...but just recently have they been re-introduced to collectors.  They might be a little difficult to find in the US (since CWC is overseas), but with a traveling exhibition and Hasbro beginning to sell them online...It'll be easier to find everyone's favorite fashion doll.

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Rocket World and STRANGEco's Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo mini line not only appeals to the vinyl toy collector...but to animal lovers as well.  I noticed a number of people who had no real interest in the "scene" just heaping praise on this line.

Winner: Blythe Dolls
CWC has done an amazing job bringing the Blythe dolls back from the toy vault.  There is now a traveling exhibition as well as books, dolls and doll clothes.