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Down to the Sweet Sixteen!

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Our March Madness Toy Artist Tourney is now down to the Sweet 16.  One of these artists will walk away with the prize of Toy Artist of 2006.  Voting for the new round will begin tonight and last until 12:01 AM EST on Tuesday March 28thBe sure to vote in the entire bracket!

Sasquatch Prototype

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If you've been waiting for some new Insurgent Wilderness Gruppo (IWG) sculpts...you're in luck!  Here is a photo of the Sasquatch prototype from Rocket World.  I definitely like the detailed chainsaw accessory.  The plan is for the saw to be orange and silver.  The actual figure will be tan skinned with brown hair.

The Sasquatch will be released around the same time as his companion - Yeti.  She will not have the soul patch (and she'll have noticeable nipples).  O my!

Fullmetal Alchemist

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If you watch Cartoon Network's Adult Swim , you've probably seenthe English dubbed version of the anime hit - Fullmetal Alchemist.  Now, Southern Island is creating 6" to 8" action figures of four of the main figures - Alphonse Elric, Edward Elric, Gluttony and Lust.  These should be available in quarter 2 or 3.

Here is more information of the show - straight from the Adult Swim site:

Edward and Alphonse Elric are gifted in the art of alchemy, but they soon learn limits when they attempt to resurrect their mother.  This costs Edward an arm and a leg and takes the entire body of his brother, Al, who is now bound to a huge suit of armor.  Outfitted with new metal limbs, Ed and Al set out to find the Philosopher’s Stone, the only thing that can restore them.

P&P in Entertainment Weekly!?!

That's right, folks!  J Neth from Neth Creatures forwarded me a copy of a snippet from Entertainment Weekly...yes...the magazine.  We were mentioned in a write-up about Art Toys - specifically Neth Creatures.  It's in the Listen to This section of the March 24th issue.  Check it out!

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Copper Rustboy

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If you didn't catch our Rustboy review a couple of weeks ago, you'll want to check that out.  But here is a figure many of you might not know exists.  This is the extremely limited version - Copper Rustboy.  He is sans rust, but this variant is still very cool.  I'm glad that Android 8 decided to go this route as opposed to the glow-in-the-dark one.  Very cool, indeed!

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McFarlane on BTLS

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Grab your Sirius Satellite radios...Todd McFarlane will be a featured guest on the Bubba the Love Sponge show next Wednesday, March 22 at 5PM EST. Todd will talk about upcoming movie projects, toy lines and may even give away some previously unrevealed information.

With his program following Howard Stern - arguably the biggest name in the history of radio - the always-controversial Bubba the Love Sponge has filled the afternoon time slot on Howard 101 better then anyone could have anticipated. Expect the unexpected, as the Sponge and his gang rock the satellite airwaves, shying away from NO topic.

BTLS airs on Howard 101 M-F from 3-7 EST...I listen to it every day.

News From Panik’s Toy Box

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Panik's Toy Box is giving away a Jeff Soto
Egg Qee
.  Enter the trivia contest for your chance to win!  Contest
ends 4/15/06.

Now In Stock:

All 3 versions of Instant Sapien Big Puff Maki
from
Enjin Factory.

Shawnimals Wee Ninja Flocked Vinyl from
adFunture Workshop.

Don't forget the Egg Hunt.  Now through
4/15/06 every purchase comes with a plastic easter egg with a chance to win even
more free stuff!

IWG Custom Bears

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So what happens when the factory sends a whole bunch of figures that aren't up to snuff?  Well...you use them for customs!!  Rocket World's Patrick Ma has been putting together some AMAZING custom bears.  He had one displayed at the MTV book release party at Toy Fair...and here are 2 more custom bears.  How cool are those mini guns and that nylon gear?

The Story of Kuggs – Part 2

We're back with the second part of our write-up of the creative process behind Blackwater Toys' Kuggs line.

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The factory we are working with in China requested some turn arounds to build us a prototype. We did do the turn arounds but thought how in the hell can they tell that we want this edge round or the leg is more "rounder" than what you draw in the turn around? So we thought maybe we can build a rough clay model, that way it would be easier with the factory to see what we want.

We though it can't be that hard?  So we googled and did some quick research - looks easy enough.  Got our shopping list together and went to Pearl Paint - aluminum wire for support, wire mesh for shaping, a box of Super Sculpey, and some materials for molding (I forget what that was - it was a recommendation from the person who worked there). After, we went home and started to try to sculpt.

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Limited Edition Bears from Rocket World

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Rocket World has received samples of their 5 newest bears.  Each of them are limited to 100 serial numbered pieces.  Below are the estimated release dates for the line.  Learn more about them in the Rocket World Forum.

left to right:

Midori the Eco-Bear / release date TBD
Sun Tzu the Panda Bear / release date July 2006 Comic Con Exclusive
Septimius the Black Bear / release date late April 2006
Henson the Polar Bear / release date late April 2006
Peary the Bloody Polar Bear / release date late April 2006 Kid Robot exclusive

*septimius and henson will be available at your favorite vinyl dealers.