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Kickstarter: The Offbits – The Art of Spare Parts

The Offbits are cool little model robot toys that come in build-it-yourself kits, originally designed with unused and unloved bits and pieces that were upcycled and transformed into something so much greater. The kits' open-source modularity means you can add any of your own "spare parts" to the robot figure, tweak it, and create a whole new robot design of your own.

To fund a new generation of Offbits, they've taken to Kickstarter to raise funds for the project. As with all Kickstarter projects, there are various funding tiers that include your "rewards". If you're looking for the figures...they start at the $18.00 level with the basic KitStarter reward. Those tiers go up to $750.00 with a 24K gold plated Offbits figure.

 

This project will only be funded if at least $15,000 is pledged by .

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Galaxy Hero Plush

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Revolution Brewing and Shawnimals have collaborated on the release of the Galaxy Hero plush, a new designer collectible inspired by Revolution Brewing's Galaxy Hero India Pale Ale. While the plush debuted this weekend at C2E2, the remainder of the first edition of 500 pieces will be available to purchase at Revolution Brewing's online shop. The Galaxy Hero plushie measures 9" x 7" and is made of non-wool felt, poly-fil stuffing, and features plastic eyes. You'll be able to pick one up for $20.00.

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RETRO REVIEW: Computer Warriors

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The 1980’s were the heyday of transforming toys. Once the Transformers and Go-Bots hit it big, it felt like a dozen other transformable toy lines showed up on the shelves of your favorite toyshop.

Back in 1989, Mattel produced the Computer Warriors toy line. The series consisted of eight different transformable sets, from a small (plastic) soccer ball to a calculator to the splendid Pespi can shown above.

The storyline behind it goes something like: there was an accident with a secret government computer that created a wave of evil Virus troops that were able to hide in everyday objects. To combat the evil, the computer then generated the heroes – the Computer Warriors. And that’s how you get little guys covered in what appear to be circuits living inside of a can of cola.

The Pepsi can includes a little figure named Gridd. He’s a “Heroic Mechanic Specialist”. Well, a heroic mechanic and an electrical engineer. “Cloned from a quantum mechanics program, he understands everything there is to know about the mechanics of any object.” Wait a second! This is just the reverse plot of the original Tron movie. The programs are invading the real world.

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Gridd comes with a “hyper hoverjet” that features guns and bombs. The wings fold up so that it can be concealed in his Earthly home – that can of Pepsi. The sides on the plastic can come down when you press on the top tab. This lets you gander at the inner working of a can of “Pepsi. A Generation Ahead”. (That was the 1989 slogan…they went back to “The Choice of a New Generation the next year)

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Hot Toys’ 1/6th scale Ultron Mark I

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“You're all puppets, tangled in strings…strings.” Yes...the bad guy from the much anticipated Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron will be available to collectors thanks to the folks at Hot Toys. The 1/6th scale Ultron Mark I collectible figure is crafted based on the image of Ultron Mark I from Avengers: Age of Ultron. It features a newly developed asymmetrical body with complicated mechanical details and cable wires throughout different parts, LED light-up eyes, mouth, and chest reactor, a damaged Iron Legion as an accessory, and a specially designed figure stand.

Sideshow Collectibles currently has the figure available to pre-order with an anticipated shipping date Q2 of 2016. It's now available to pre-order for $249.99.

The 1/6th scale Ultron Mark I features:

  • Complicated mechanical details and cable wires throughout body
  • Newly developed asymmetrical body with over 24 points of articulations
  • Metallic red, white, blue, and dark grey colored painting on armor with distressed effects
  • LED light-up eyes, mouth and chest reactor
  • Right hand with articulated fingers
  • Damaged Iron Legion
  • Specially-designed figure stand with Ultron Mark I nameplate and the movie logo

Super Festival 68 x Galaxy People

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Galaxy People will be releasing three new villains to their mini-sofubi line. These new bad guys are Drexyl, a teleporting cat assassin, Skreel, the galaxy bat, and Tragg, ruthless dinosaur-headed mercenary. These new additions to the line-up will be making their debut at Tokyo's Superfestival 68 on April 26th 2015, with a limited number of each reserved for the Galaxy People webshop. Online sales will start 10PM Japan Time (9AM ET), with Drexyl and Tragg priced at $30.00 each, and Skreel at $35.00

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Fools Paradise – Earthman

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Earthman is the newest figure available from the folks at Fools Paradise. The pre-order window is now open, with that window closing on May 20th 2015. The 12-inch tall figure is handcrafted and hand painted. It's made of resin and features a PVC skeleton. As this is a pre-order, the finished figures are estimated to begin shipping in Q3 of 2015. You can pre-order one now for $239.00 (including Global EMS Shipping).