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Buzz Carney Custom Tattoo Competition

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With Halloween quickly approaching, Carnival Cartoons has decided to celebrate the season of ghosts, goblins, and all things geeky and freaky, by commissioning a handful of uber talented tattoo artists to take a stab at giving "Buzz Carney - The Tattooed strongman" (Carnival's first independently produced vinyl collector toy) some "Fresh Ink".  These hand picked artists will have a chance to customize blank Buzz toys with their own take on his tats, and their work will be displayed at Carnival Cartoons' table at this February's New York Comic Con.

Also, they are announcing a "Buzz Carney Custom Tattoo Competition".  Carnival wanted to give collectors a chance to be a part of the action as well.  Upon request, Carnival will be sending out templates as seen above for you to show them your wicked tattoo skills!  The competition will run from Oct. 31 - Nov. 30.  The grand prize winner will win his/her very own Buzz vinyl primed and ready for customization.  The grand prize winner will also win a screenprinted carnival cartoons t-shirt designed by Garnet Syberg-Olsen and a fitted "Pierce the Wild Child" Carney hat. The 2nd place winner will recieve a t-shirt and hat and the 3rd place will recive a Carnival t-shirt.

If enough interest is shown in the competition, Carnival Cartoons plans to have a gallery exhibit displaying customs and custom designs.  Email jareddeal@yahoo.com   for your hi-res custom template & for more info concerning the competition.

Chris Lee’s Urbanites – Mellow and Cleabus

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Wheaty Wheat is getting close to releasing the first 2 characters in Chris Lee's Urbanites series.  Mellow and Cleabus will be the first vinyl figures released from the line...and will be Lee's first original figures available. 

Mellow - The Gentle Confectioner: 8" tall, individually numbered, Standard Edition (660 pieces and SRP of $69.99), Marsh Mellow w/S'Mores (300 pieces and SRP of $79.99), Sherpa Mellow - flocked (180 pieces and SRP of $89.99) and Licorice & Love (84 pieces and SRP of $99.99).  Each figure comes with a Jello accessory.

Cleabus - Your Neighborhood Radish Farmer: 2.5" tall, individually numbered, Standard Edition (800 pieces and SRP of $13.99) and Vintage Edition (400 pieces and SRP of $19.99).  Each figure comes with a radish accessory and removable hat.

The variants are going to be store exclusives...so keep an eye out for where you can pick them up.

SketBots Released Today

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Sket One's SketBots are now available from Kidrobot3DRetro is carrying them for $5.95 each.  With the success of Dalek's Icebots...these are sure to be popular as well.  Like several of Kidrobot's products...they have inserted golden tickets in random blind boxes.  You'll have a chance to get your hands on a limited edition 7" SketBot (only 200 pieces) if you're lucky enough to find one. 

To celebrate the release of the new Kidrobot mini series, Sket is having a show in New Haven!  Channel 1 will be hosting Authentic Happiness on November 17th.  All are invited to share a night of Sketbots, art, toys, customs and giveaways.

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Yeast Infection Show

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What might be the nastiest name for a custom show...the Yeast Infection online auction is set to wrap up in a little over a day.  You can go to the ebay shop where El Maz (curator of the show) is auctioning off (currently) 27 customized Pillsbury Doughboys.  These figure were created circa 1971 and about 7.5" in height.  Participating artists include: Doktor A, motorbot, Rebelwookie, Ness, Mimic, puppetbrain and more!

PLUS Trexi Series 02 (TOUMA + Joe Ledbetter)

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PLUS trexi Series 02 (TOUMA + Joe
Ledbetter)

Play Imaginative is back with their second round of PLUS trexi sets.  PLUS trexi series 01 saw the formidable combination of
Tokidoki + Devilrobots.  And PLUS trexi
series 02
promises to be equally lethal! Two of the
hottest artists today TOUMA + Joe Ledbetter will
team up for this series. What's more, the super rare designs will feature the
designers creating trexi figures in each other's
styles.  See TOUMA's Knuckle bear designed in Joe Ledbetter's
signature style and vice versa!

Release Date: Nov/Dec 2006

Designers: Touma (Japan) + Joe Ledbetter (USA)

No. of Designs: 10 (basic) + 2 (rare) + 2 (super
rare)
Sold in: Blind box, blind assortment
Suggested Retail Price: $6.95 per
piece

Bruce Lee Game of Death Figure

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If you didn't get to San Diego over the summer...you missed out on a very impressive Kaching Brand display.  Possibly the most impressive figure was the 1/6th scale Bruce Lee (from Game of Death) sculpted by Arnie Kim.  The figure will be limited to a run of 555 pieces and distributed exclusively in the US and Canada by Kaching Brand.  It has a suggested retail price of $349.99, with a worldwide release of October 30th.  However, if you order before October 15th from the 1045Showroom, it will run you $299.99.

The Bruce Lee Game of Death figure is loaded with accessories: tailored jump suit, interchangeable eyes, 7 hands for posing, deluxe wooden diorama display base, and will be numbered with a certificate...plus a special Dim Mak CD sampler.  Will they think about doing a 1/6th scale Kareem Abdul-Jabaar to re-enact the famous fight from Game of Death??

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Strangekiss.com Launches – With Prizes!!!

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Strangekiss.com has decided to give away a whole bunch of toys and artwork in celebration of launching their website.  If you haven't checked it out, you'll find some amazing work from artists who should be household names.  You'll need to sign up for their mailing list to be entered for a chance to win the following:

Grand PrizeCustom Munny or Nade by David Lanham
1st Prize Martin Laksman limited edition signed Giclée print
2nd Prize Custom 20” Pabo Strangekiss limited edition
custom plush by Eli Bokori, the most talented 15-year-old plush toy
designer in the world!
3rd PrizeR.I.P Labbit 5” - By Dril One
4th Prize DJ Danny Howells Vinyl Art Toy