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KICKSTARTER: Hotline Miami – Mafia Thug (and Camo Jacket)

Alright, folks, let's get this thing funded. Erick Scarecrow and ESC-Toy are in the middle of a Kickstarter project to try to get their Hotline Miami - Mafia Thug 1/6th scale figure funded and produced (and onto our shelves - yes, I have backed it). From the video game Hotline Miami, the Mafia Thug figure is available beginning at the $85.00 funding level.

The Mafia set comes with five removable heads: Mafia Thug, Shotgun Mafia Thug, Charlie (Octopus), Graham (Rabbit), and Future Biker head. The figure also comes with four weapons/accessories - a fire axe, a switch blade, a kitchen knife, and a flask. He is also fitted with a white jacket and pants, blue button-up shirt, and black dress shoes. 

Also, if you missed out on the Jacket figure from Hotline Miami, now is your chance to grab one. Plus, ESC-Toy is releasing a Camo Jacket figure set ($150-$175 funding levels) that is shown below.

This project will only be funded if it reaches its $75,000 goal by Saturday, October 28th 2017 at 12:59PM ET (it's currently funded at $32,499 - let's go!).

Remember...this is not a pre-order. There are many instances of crowd funded projects that have been funded never making good on their promised goods (everything I've backed from ESC-Toy has been delivered). So back all Kickstarters with caution.

Josh Keyes’ The Collector – from Toy Qube

Toy Qube's upcoming Art Sculpture release will be Josh Keyes' The Collector. The Collector print (shown below) was released in 2012 as a "timed edition" with the amount of prints sold in that time forming the final edition size, which was 3,117. And, now, the print is being transformed into an 18"x7"x9" collectible piece.

Look for this figure to be released on October 23rd 2017 on www.toyqube.com at Noon ET. It will run you $180.00 plus shipping.

Classicbot Classic Thailand Edition

The Classicbot Classic Thailand Edition celebrates the cooperation between playsometoys and JP Toys of Thailand. Inspired by the classic Macintosh and Tron, this version is a limited edition of 200 pieces. The figure is molded in black plastic with sharp cyan electronic tattoos printed on the body. It will be available to purchase beginning on Halloween (October 31st 2017) via Classicbot.com as well as official facebook page of JP Toys.

This has to be one of my most anticipated designer vinyl figures out there. Combining old school Macs and Tron? (Tron alone would have satisfied me)

Krampus Dunny by Scott Tolleson

I'm a little Krampus obsessed, so I'm very excited that Kidrobot has released this new 5-inch tall Krampus Dunny by Scott Tolleson. Children will cringe when their Elf On The Shelf is replaced by Krampus. Based on the 2016 DTA Dunny Show custom piece by Scott Tolleson and SeriouslySillyK, the Krampus 5-inch Dunny comes in two colors: Black (limited to 800 pieces) and the Kidrobot.com exclusive Blue (limited to 200 pieces). The Blue runs $80.00, while the Black runs $75.00.

Pop! WWE Series 6

Funko is expanding the Pop! WWE universe with Series 6 of the line. Four more characters are joining the ranks of Pop! stardom. The latest series includes Braun Strowman, a retro version of The Rock - complete with The People's Eyebrow, “The Bad Guy” Razor Ramon, and Alexa Bliss with all of her attitude. Look for the chase pieces of The Rock and Razor Ramon, both a rarity of 1-in-6.

Look for these figures to be released this winter. If you're interested in pre-ordering, check out Amazon.com...where you can also purchase figures from some of those already released series.

Bob Conge takes part in the Sacred Curiosities show

Artist Bob Conge (Plaseebo) will have a pair of new assemblage works in the "Sacred Curiosities" show opening Saturday October 21st 2017 from 4PM to 7PM at Main Street Arts Gallery in Clifton Springs N Y. This wide-ranging invitational exhibition includes the work of thirteen artists. Through sculpture, painting, and drawing, this exhibition is a meditation on the meaning we assign to things.

The show runs through November 17th 2017. Bob's pieces are the Shrine to Self and Family Shrine (eww...creepy umbilical cord), each one a mixed media and found objects in a hand crafted wood case.

Featuring:
Stephanie Albanese, Dianne Baker, Bob Conge, Jacquie Germanow, John Greene, Chad Grohman, Emily Kenas, Martha O'Connor, Joanna Poag, Richard Rockford, Bill Stephens, Jean Stephens, and Bill Stewart

Vynl.: It – Pennywise and Georgie

Funko is doing their best to freak you out with cuteness. Their Vynl.: It – Pennywise and Georgie features the two characters from the terrifying film It (their onscreen and offscreen chemistry is explosive!). This Vynl. pair features Pennywise holding his enticing red balloon, and Georgie - complete with his raincoat and SS Georgie boat.

If you’re interested in picking one up, you can head over to Amazon.com to pre-order this (or purchase some of the other Penywise nether Dancing Clown Funko collectibles).

REVIEW: September 2017 Loot Crate

Robotics is the theme of the September 2017 Loot Crate. And while you won’t find anything relating to Small Wonder in the monthly box, you will find items from Blade Runner 2049, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Aliens.

Cog Crispies Box
As always, you can turn the Loot Crate box into something related to the monthly theme. This month, you turn the Crate inside out to form the Cog Crispies cereal box. What exactly are they? Well, I’m guessing, something that robots eat for breakfast.

September 2017 Loot Pin – Loot Bot
(Designed by Loot Crate)
The robot on the Loot Pin for the month is very similar to the character on the Cog Crispies box. Check out the four panels on the Loot Bot’s chest. You might completely miss the Loot Crate logo in one of them.

Blade Runner 2049 T-Shirt
(Licensed by Alcon Entertainment. Loot Crate Exclusive)
So, there’s this big sci-fi film out called Blade Runner 2049. You might have heard of it. It’s a sequel of another very popular film. And there are androids in it. September’s Loot Crate T-Shirt features the logo of the Wallace Corporation (which makes artificial intelligence). This dark blue tee has glow-in-the-dark writing on it…well, because…

Star Trek: The Next Generation Mirror Universe Comic
(Licensed by CBS. Made by IDW as a Loot Crate Exclusive)
Written by Scott and David Tipton, this full-length, alternate universe Star Trek comic book details the origin of the Mirror Universe version of Data (everyone’s favorite Star Trek android).

Star Wars R2-D2 IncrediBuild
(Licensed by Lucasfilm. Made by Insight Editions)
This one is the highlight of the September Loot Crate. The Star Wars R2-D2 IncrediBuild includes a book with loads of information about the character. Then, there’s a sheet with wooden pieces. You have to follow the included instructions to put the wood model together. It’s fairly simple, but includes a number of steps. Then, you have the option to paint up the whole thing to look like R2-D2. (I’ll admit that I picked up a few of these for my kids following this review).

Aliens “Queen Takes Bishop” Mini Figure
(Licensed by FOX. Designed by Loot Crate as an exclusive)
Recreating one of the key scenes from the film Aliens, Loot Crate and Phat Mojo have included the “Queen Takes Bishop” Mini Figure. It shows the android – Bishop – getting skewered by an Alien Queen. The mini figure comes disassembled and involves very little effort to assemble.

The Loot Crate subscription runs $15.99 for a single month; $13.25/mo for 3 months; $12.95/mo for 6 months; $11.95/mo for 12 months. Each Crate features over $45.00 retail value of collectible goods and gear.

REVIEW: Brienne and Daenerys Rock Candy (Game of Thrones)

With all of the controversy that sometimes revolves around Game of Thrones, the HBO show features some of the strongest (both physically and mentally) female characters in television. Just look at the plots of some of the major female figures - Arya, Cersei, Daenerys, Sansa, and Brienne - to see that one of these ladies is likely to wind up sitting on The Iron Throne at the end of Season 8.

In addition, collectibles for the series are in high demand. We’ve seen 1/6th scale, vinyl, and various blind box toy lines. And that’s not even including various statuettes, beer, apparel, etc. available. So with these strong female leads, one toy series that makes a lot of sense is Funko’s Rock Candy line.

Rock Candy is a line of 5-inch tall stylized vinyl figures based on various pop culture licenses. They have collectibles based on Marvel, DC, Disney, plus various movies and television shows. But, the caveat is that they’re all female. It’s an entire line showcasing strong female characters (except for a few early Harry Potter releases).

From Game of Thrones, the first two Rock Candy figures released are Daenerys Targaryen and Brienne of Tarth. You don’t get much more intimidating than these two.

My initial reaction was that I am an awful judge of scale. For some reason, reporting on these for as long as I have, I thought they were a lot larger. I think the 5-inch tall size is great for this stylized line. If they were larger, I likely wouldn’t have been as impressed. At this size, Funko is able to get some great sculpting and just the right amount of detail for a stylized character - with realistic clothing.

Each Rock Candy figure comes with a clear display stand with pegs that insert into holes on the bottoms of the vinyl toys’ feet. It’s an appreciated addition. And is sort of a middle ground for those who don’t like display stands, because it’s clear and difficult to see.

Each character is given a doll-like appearance with large eyes. The figures do resemble their on-screen counterparts, in as so much as a caricature resembles the person sitting for it. But they’re good caricatures. Like Tom Richmond caricatures.

Unlike Funko’s Pop! Line, the Rock Candy figures are posed and sculpted with unique bodies. Brienne is suited up in her armor and has one hand on the hilt of her sword, while Daenerys is in her Dothraki attire with Drogon perched on her hand. It gives them a unique look to other Funko offerings.

Overall, I have to give the Game of Thrones Rock Candy figures kudos for bringing these characters to life in a unique style that we’ve yet to see. Upon my first viewing, I think the Rock Candy line is pretty impressive. And who doesn’t like collectibles based on Game of Thrones? I mean I have a whole shelf dedicated to them. Though, when my kids ask me if they can watch the show about dragons, I have to tell them…in about 10 years.

The Facts



Game of Thrones Rock Candy Figures
Series: Rock Candy
Manufacturer: Funko
Material: Vinyl
Dimensions: 5 inches tall
Points of Articulation: Zero
Designs: Brienne of Tarth; Daenerys Targaryen
Pricing: $10.99 each

You can pick one up at the following: 

Amazon.com: $10.99 each

Trashbot Play Set and iBot G3

A little while back, we featured the in-development classic Mac-inspired toy Macinbot. Well, it's out of development and into the real world and has changed it's name to Classicbot. And that figure you might remember seeing is the Classicbot Classic.

And while we will hopefully have a more in-depth look at that figure, I wanted to take a look at some of the other in-development figures that they are showing off. For instance, pictured above is the Trashbot Play Set based on the classic Macintosh trash icon. And, below, you can see the iBot G3, base on the 1998 Bondi Blue iMac G3. Let's hope both of these come to fruition.