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Toy Story Cosbaby (S) Series

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To celebrate the launch of Toy Story Playland at Walt Disney Studios Park and Toy Story Land at Hong Kong Disneyland, Hot Toys will be releasing their Cosbaby (S) Series from Toy Story. This is Series 2 based on the Disney-Pixar film.

Each Cosbaby stands approximately 3" tall, featuring your favorite Toy Story movie characters in baby form.The six characters in this series are:

Spaceman Alien
Cowboy Alien
Buzz Lightyear
Woody
Evil Dr. Porkchop
Rex

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REVIEW: Stitch Santa and Gift Cosbaby

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Background

Hot Toys, which has worked with several Disney licenses in the past, has released two Christmas themed Cosbaby sets (actually, one set and one individual figure) featuring Stitch from Disney's Lilo & Stitch films.

The Cosbaby line features film characters in child form. It's essentially a combination of the words “Cosplay” and “baby”. “Cosplay” is short for costume play. And baby just means a little kid...in case that was in doubt.

We'll be taking a closer look at the Santa Stitch and Gift Set, which includes two figures (Santa Stitch and Red Ribbon Gift Stitch), and the Green Ribbon Gift Stitch.

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The Facts



Stitch Santa and Gift Cosbaby
Series: Cosbaby
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Authorized Likeness: Disney's Stitch
Material: Injection molded plastic snap kits
Dimensions: Santa – 3” tall, Gift – 2.5” tall
Points of Articulation: 9 (neck, shoulders, wrists, legs, and feet)
Designs: Santa and Gift Set; Green Ribbon Gift Version
Pricing: $8.99 - $17.99

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Packaging

The Santa and Gift Set is packaged in a plastic window-front box. It's shaped like a small gift box with a bow at the top. On the rear, there's a “To” space to label your gift.

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The Green Ribbon Gift packaging resembles the the aforementioned Stitch Cosbaby Set. It has a flap on the front, which is held on with a pair of Velcro tags. Underneath, there is a small plastic windowpane and a space to write a note to that lucky recipient.

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Our Opinion

The Stitch Santa and Gift Cosbaby Set includes a standing Santa Stitch and the seated Stitch (red ribbon) with a Christmas Tree in his right hand. The Green Ribbon version (sold separately) features a candy cane in Stitch's right hand.

Out of the two figure designs, I prefer the Santa Stitch. The Ribbon Stitch has downward pointing ears, which doesn't resemble most of the photos I have seen of Stitch (I'll admit that I've not seen the movie). Also, you need to position Ribbon Stitch's hands in front of him or else the figure doesn't sit correctly.

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But the one thing that bothers me the most about the Ribbon Stitch is the printing on the bottoms of his feet. I'm sure that Hot Toys uses the same feet for all of their Stitch Cosbaby figures, but when the figure is permanently seated...you get a primo view of the Hot Toys and Disney copyrights and a whole bunch of random numbers.

As far as sculpting and paint ops go, the Cosbaby line should not be confused with Hot Toys' 1/6th scale figures. Their 1/6th scale line is probably the best sculpted and intricately painted in the toy universe. The more affordable Cosbaby figures tend to compete with other mini figure lines.

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I think that both the sculpting and painting on the Stitch Cosbaby toys are average for mini figures. There are some visible seams, but the sculpts are fairly complex (they're made up of several different pieces) so that's to be expected. And I would have preferred the items (Christmas Tree and Candy Cane) not be attached to the hands.

I'm a sucker for fun designer toys that can make their way out of the self-appointed “man cave” and into the rest of the house. Being Christmas toys definitely allows you the ability to display these Cosbaby Stitch figures for a month or two during the year. And they're affordable (at less than $9 each). It's never too late to start your Christmas 2012 shopping...right?

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You can pick one up at the following:

Sideshow Collectibles:
Santa Stitch and Gift Set - $17.99
Green Ribbon Gift -
$8.99

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JAKKS unveils Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Line

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So...JAKKS Pacific will be releasing several new lines based on the upcoming film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (due in theaters on May 20th 2011). There will be both 4" and 6" tall lines, with the 4" line including LED accessories that reveal special hidden secrets about the figures (see above).

And while all of that is fine and dandy...I think we're getting a toy for the wrong Ian McShane character. C'mon! Where's our Al Swearengen collectible figure?

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Vinylmation…it’s “Urban”

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Well, Disney released another series of the Vinylmation figures this past Friday. And this is the series that folks in the designer toy (or urban vinyl, if you like that term better) love to hate. I'm talking about the Vinylmation Urban #5 series. You'd think that by the 5th series, we'd see a little progress. I'm actually only going to show two of the designs because, well, you'll get the point.

I'll start off by saying that there is one pretty interesting design - the "chaser" design - that features a 3D scheme with 3D glasses. And I don't entirely blame the artists for these designs, although several of the are downright uninspired. The above design looks like someone forgot to put together a design, so they let their kid play around in Photoshop and fill in the Vinylmation template. Voila! Finished!

It's that Disney really doesn't understand the "urban" vinyl genre (if that even still exists). Sorry, but there's nothing urban about a bag of movie popcorn. And when people talk about vinyl toys...they mean rotocast vinyl. Honestly, they just need to stick to Disney licenses with this platform. I'd buy a Tron or Toy Story Vinylmation figure...but these?

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