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Oh Crap!

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Sometimes, searching the internet reveals some strange and frightening things.  I came across a line of plush toys and plastic figurines known as The Turds...they definitely qualify as odd.  I'm not sure how well a line built around feces will do with collectors.  Maybe a gag gift?? 

Well, they do have a crapload of plastic characters.  There are a number of pop culture references in the line (think of Toxic Teddies - bears + poop).  I'm sure that about 50% of folks will crack up and 50% will think these toys really are crap.

REVIEW: Mark Beyer’s Amy and Jordan Bendables

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Background

Legendary "neo-primitive" artist/cartoonist Mark Beyer has influenced contemporary art and comics with his work over the last twenty years. Gaining attention through covers and stories in RAW magazine, he solidified his place with a long-running weekly comic strip, "Amy & Jordan," that appeared in alternative newspapers nationwide.

Dark Horse has worked with Beyer and the sculptors at Yoe Studio to create a bendable set of Amy and Jordan figures for collectors. 

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Packaging

The set is packaged in a window-front box with background artwork from Mark Beyer.  There is a single cell comic on the back of the box, which shows the characters in comic form.  Also, I must give Dark Horse credit for not inundating us with ties and tape.  You simply pop the figures out of the plastic casing.

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Skywalkers – Magic In The Sky

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ArtCenter/South
Florida
is premiering
Scion’s Skywalkers Parade curated by the artist collective
FriendsWithYou during Art Basel 2006.  On Thursday, December 7
at 2:00 p.m.
, a full-scale procession of 18 balloons designed by a
select group of prominent
and emerging artists will take place along South Beach’s shoreline
beginning at
17th Street and continuing down to 5th Street.

Internationally renowned artists, FriendsWithYou, Ara
Peterson
, Misaki
Kawai
, MumbleBoy, PaperRad, David Choe, and DEVILROBOTS, have designed
a
multitude of 5’ to 60’ balloons.  Magnificent in size and beauty, they
will be manned by over 150
volunteers and paraded along Miami Beach’s shore. 

FriendsWithYou statement: "We view this as a procession to inspire and envoke
everyones spirit. We asked each of these artists to represent an idea from their
part of the galaxy.  They each created an entity that has been summoned from a
distant sector of the universe to pay its respect to our planet by sharing
their celestial power with us all!”

SHOW: Urban Art Experiments

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This past weekend, The Banana Lab hosted the first installment of its Urban Art Experiments show. The show consisted of big name Detroit artists customizing both Nades and BUDs. Some artists were familiar with the world of vinyl toys, for others, the idea was foreign. The results were outstanding, and the large Detroit crowd in attendance was both awwed and amazed at the variety and detail throughout the show.

The pieces featured in the show are now available for purchase at The Banana Lab, and will be for the next few weeks.

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Hot Lunch Boxes From Dark Horse

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In the fall of 2005, La-La Land Gallery in Los Angeles held a custom
lunch box exhibit featuring over 30 artists. Visitors to the gallery's
website, lalalandgallery.com, voted on their favorite design from the
exhibit. Dark Horse is proud to offer the top designs from the Hot
Lunch
exhibit as the newest additions to our current lunch box line. If
only you had one of these lunch boxes when you were a kid!

The following lunch boxes will be released on December 6th and retail around $14.99:

Amanda Visell (A Robot Wants My Lunch Box), Coop, Gary Baseman (Lunch of Unearthly Delights), Greg Simkins (Wanna Sammich), Joe Ledbetter (Dragon Tongue), Kii Arens (La-La Lunch), Niagara (Baby Doll), Shag (My First Cocktail).

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REVIEWS: Mutts Figures From Dark Horse

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Background

If you’re a reader of the Sunday Comics, you might have seen (and even read) the rather popular strip named Mutts – by Patrick McDonnellDark Horse has the license to produce figures of the Mutts characters, and recently launched two lines of figures: Vinyl and PVC.

Working directly with Patrick McDonnell and the sculptors at Yoe! Studio, Dark Horse brought main characters, Mooch and Earl, to vinyl form in 8-inch tall rotocast figures.  They also released a boxed set of 4 PVC includes Mooch, Earl, Shtinky and Guard Dog.

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Packaging

Both lines have similar box artwork, as well as being window-front.  I give the advantage to the PVC packaging due to what’s on the back of the box.  The vinyl figures simply have a photo of the alternate vinyl figure, however, the PVC set has a comic on the rear (as well as character drawings).

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Deals at Panik’s

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Welcome to Black Wednesday!  (They couldn't wait
until Friday)

Panik's Toy Box has FREE Shipping within the United States on
purchases of $50.00 or more. (enter coupon code freeship)

Your choice of a Free Gift with purchases of $100.00 or more. (List of
free items is currently up on their website - good while supplies last)

They will also be adding many sale items over the next few days!

And there is a special discount for Plastic and Plush friends
- 15% OFF any purchase of $75.00 or more on any In-Stock merchandise
Valid through 11/26/06.  Just enter coupon code - plasticholiday -
before checkout. (not valid with other coupons)

Thanks to all of you for a great year!  Have a super holiday
season!!