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The Black Drove Tug O’ War

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Zectron, Obsessed Panda, and Unbox have teamed up again - to create a hand painted micro-run of the Tug O' War vinyl figure for the upcoming toy event Black Drove. This run of 5 figures is based off the classic Tokyo colorway - a mix of yellow, green, black and red - and executed by Obsessed Panda. Exclusive to the event, these are priced at $65.00 each.

The Black Drove event will have free food and live music along with amazing vinyl and resin toys from over 40 different artists. If any are left over after the one night event they will be sold online shortly after.

WHEN
Saturday, August 27th 2016 from 6PM to 9PM

WHERE
The Rosemont - 63 Montrose Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Worry the Aromatherapy Plush

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Taylored Curiosities has released Worry the Aromatherapy Plush. The 3-inch tall plush is soft, stuffed with lavender and squishiness and complete with his trademark wonky eyes. Worry is made from soft, grey, cuddling fleece and has a wonky mismatched pair of safety eyes. You can purchase one now for £8.00 (about $10.50).

'Do you worry? Do you think over and over things or feel anxious?
Well this little creature does! Worrying like there's no tomorrow.
Luckily for you, if you keep it around it will do all your worrying for you.
Being the perfect size to fit in your pockey, lunch box, school bag, you'll always have your Worry around when you feel anxious. Whisper your worries to it and feel them melt away.

 

 

Skelevex Defaced

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Defaced is a collaborative "Skelevex Die Orama" custom series, featuring the work of the Birmingham UK graffiti artist known as Hoarser. Each Skelevex measures 3 inches long and is made of hand-cast polyurethane resin. The first 5 pieces, each a one of a kind, will go on sale on Saturday August 13th 2016 at 6PM BST (1PM ET) for £14.99 each (approx $19) plus shipping at Skelevex.com.

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One-Eyed Girl Customs at Strangecat Toys

Artist Kasey Tararuj aka One-Eyed Girl had three custom pieces that were supposed to be at Strangecat Toy's booth at Tampa Bay Comic Con lost in transit. Well, the package was eventually tracked down and the trio of custom pieces and they are now on sale at strangecattoys.com.

Morimugs is a 7-inch Custom Tricky that's available for $200.00Squeedley Dee - a 4-inch Custom Billy The Squid - is $100.00. And Cocoa the chocolate bar - a 4-inch custom Dookie-Poo - will run you $150.00.

REVIEW: Kawaii Cubes – DC Comics

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I’ll try to set the scene for you. I had taken off a week from work to hang out (care for) with my two sons (6 and 4 years old) during summer vacation. A FedEx box shows up on our doorstep. My kids’ first inclination is to ask if these are toys. In this case, they are. I open up the box and their eyes nearly pop out of their collective heads.

To say that the Wish Factory Kawaii Cubes were a hit with my little ones might be an understatement. They had begun divvying up the characters before the little plush squares had the chance to breath. And with licenses such as DC Comics and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there are plenty of well-known characters to choose from.

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For purposes of this review, I received Kawaii Cubes from the above-mentioned pair of licenses. But they have plenty of other licenses, including Star Trek and a number of classic Warner Bros. characters (Flintstones, Scooby Doo, Wizard of Oz).

So, if you were perplexed by the name of the plush line, Kawaii is Japanese for cute. Basically, they’re cute, little plush cubes. Just like the name says. Each character fits into the same platform.

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The bottoms are weighted with pellets to give each plush a little extra substance. This allows you to stack them (as you can see in the first photo) or peg your brother with them (which I quickly found out is possible).

Each character is done in a minimalistic Japanese anime style (smile, eyes, nose, rosy cheeks). I feel it works on a plush toy of this scale. You want something that’s small, recognizable, and fun…and I feel Wish Factory checked all three of those boxes.

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And with the tagline “Collect and Stack!”, it’s nice to see that the company is addressing the obsessive collectors and displayers out there. Although, if you have kids…your neatly stacked Kawaii Cube pyramid will likely end up crashing down.

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The Facts



Kawaii Cubes
Series: DC Comics and Superman vs. Batman
Manufacturer: Wish Factory
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 3 inches wide by 2.5 inches tall
Pricing: $4.99 each

You can pick one up at the following:

Amazon.com: Prices vary
Toysrus.com: $4.99 each

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Return of the Poopicorn

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The Poopicorn is back from Switcheroo with a new sculpt...and this time he has a little pal who can help clean up after him. From Amanda Visell and Michelle Valigura, each hand sculpted, hand cast, and hand painted set includes a Poopicorn, Rider, and giant Poop. The figure is available in both regular Poopicorn white (25 pieces) and Evil Poopicorn black (10 pieces). Both will run you $90.00 each.

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Skelevex Spectrum Stardust

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The Skelevex Spectrum Stardust is a 3-inch long handmade polyurethane resin cast piece by DMS. The figure will be released in a range of 12 high gloss colors, with a silver glittered protective clear coat. They'll be made available individually or as an entire set. Each figure will run £9.99 (about $13) plus shipping. There are discounts on sets of six and full sets. Look for the Skelevex Spectrum Stardust resins to go on sale beginning on Friday July 29th 2016 at 6PM BST (1PM ET) HERE.

Gary Taxali’s Hand-Painted Multiples

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Gary Taxali has announced the upcoming release of his 44 new Hand-Painted Multiples (HPM). Each HPM is an original work painted in acrylic on a 4 colour silkscreen print. They measure 20 inches by 26 inches on cotton rag and retail for $500.00 plus shipping.

The works will be part of a group exhibition entitled "Cluster", at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC. The opening reception is on Wednesday, August 3rd 2016 from 6PM to 8PM. To purchase, contact the Jonathan LeVine Gallery: sales@jonathanlevinegallery.com.