Bubi Au Yeung, most famous for being the creator of Treeson, has released her newest vinyl figure - SOU. The 4.5-inch tall articulated vinyl figure is currently available to purchase from Fluffy House for $45.00. If you're a fan of Ren and Treeson, SOU seems to fit into that same universe.
She is called SOU, the soul keeper.
She is a little girl with a pure heart who is responsible to protect all fragile souls.
She’s seeing the lost, wandering souls, their fears, and their vulnerability.
Her duty is to assure that the lost souls are ready to step into the light and find their own peace.
Treeson and Ren have been lucky to cross the path with SOU.
She whispered to them and exhaled magic on her breath, and then they smile with joy and serenity.
Just about everyone has a smartphone nowadays. I’ve heard people debate whether or not 5th grade was too early to get a kid his or her own iPhone. And with all of these smartphones come smartphone accessories (chargers, stands, cases, etc.). And there are plenty of those available.
Toy Island has released what they call their App Dudes Smartphone Stands. Currently, there are two stands available – Iron Man and Captain America. With both being from Marvel’s Avengers license, Toy Island felt I should be a supporter of Team Iron Man for this review.
The Iron Man stand measures about 8.5 inches in height and is made of PVC plastic. It has no articulation. The stand works with the iPhone 7, 6/6S, 5/5S, SE and Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, 6 Edge smartphone models. I tested it out using the iPhone 7. Of course, if you use any sort of case, you’ll need to remove your case in order to fit the phone in the opening on the stand.
And that might be a deal breaker. I know taking off and putting on my UAG case is a royal pain in the butt. I wouldn’t want to do that every night just to charge my phone. But maybe it works a little better with a bumper case, or it’s possible that your case doesn’t take an engineering degree to remove.
The actual stand is only half of the equation. It doesn’t really work with the App Dudes app. You can download the free app from the App Store or Google Play, just search for App Dudes or Toy Island. The app allows you to choose your Character and Mode (Full Mode, Sleep Mode, Set Alarm). He speaks over 50 phrases and can speak randomly, respond to tilting, be interactive, or work as an alarm clock. You can check out some of the interactive functions in the video below.
The nice thing is that you can download the app for free first. So, check it out and if you like it, $19.99 is pretty reasonable for a smartphone stand that doubles as a Marvel superhero. Admittedly, this will likely be more entertaining for the youngsters. But maybe you’ll be able to get them up for school in the morning if Tony Stark or Steve Rogers is yelling at them to roll out of bed.
App Dudes Iron Man Smartphone Stand Series: App Dudes Manufacturer: Toy Island Material: Plastic Dimensions: 8.5 inches tall Points of Articulation: Zero Pricing: $19.99
K.Olin tribu and French artist Richard Orlinski join forces for their second-ever collaboration, a new Kong Porcelain. The Wild Kong Black Porcelain is a series of 10 numbered pieces. These are porcelain and not enameled, with black paint applied by a porcelain craftsman. The figure measures 11 inches x 8 inches x 3.5 inches. You can order one for 3,000€ tax included (about $3,180).
Javier Jiménez is releasing a micro run of 5"Maullidos Invisibles" Baby Wananekos this Sunday (January 8th 2017) via the Stickup Monsters Store. This figure is a collaboration with Maullidos Invisibles, a cat welfare association from Granada. They help abandoned and stray cats in need to find a home and get better when they're ill or wounded. All proceeds from this sale will be donated to them. By buying these toys you're actually donating to cat welfare while also getting a toy. Each mini "Maullidos Invisibles" Baby Wananeko will run $35.00.
A new weekly toy show has been announced via the video below. Toy Geeks: Behind The Counter will feature Jack Venturo, Ben Goretsky, and George Gaspar. If Ben and George are familiar, it's because they made up two-thirds of the crew at Toy Break - probably the most well-known (and longest running) toy show to survive the designer toy era.
If George and Ben are doing Toy Geeks...it wouldn't make sense for them to continue doing Toy Break (essentially two shows with the same premise). Right? Unless they completely repurposed Toy Break. So, I looked at Toy Break's website and Ayleen (Dority) is now listed as the lone host of that show. Also, the show has moved to a monthly format beginning in 2017. So what does it all mean?
I guess we will find out when both Toy Geeks and Toy Break begin producing new content.
To celebrate the Chinese New Year, which begins at the end of January, Obsessed Panda and Zectron have teamed up again. The Unbox vinyl beast Gristle (originally created by Zectron and Retroband) has been turned into a beautiful golden statue by Obsessed Panda. The Golden Gristle Spring Festival Micro Edition includes a traditional Spring Festival gift package including an over-sized version of the customary lucky red envelope along with replicas of ancient Chinese currency like the yuanbao gold ingot and even some classic new year candy as well.
The Golden Gristle Spring Festival Micro Edition will be dropping in the Obsessed Panda webshop on Wednesday, January 4th 2017 at 8AM PST for $90.00 each.
The Menage A Trois Deux Alavaka Bodhisattva figure is a 3 color marbled set that's been poured with orange, green and purple vinyl. The release includes both the standard and converted head along with the body. Made in Japan, the piece will be available for $80.00 each.
The Journeyman Jizo-Anarcho is the second official soft vinyl release of the Jizo-Anarcho. Cast in blue and GID marbled vinyl, the colors may look familiar to Nevermore Apalala winners. Adorned in shades of green, blue and brown paints, this guy will be available for $30.00 each.
Umm...you have less than a day until Christmas. So that means you should have purchased gifts or you should be in the process of getting them. We have some non-toy related items...and if you're like me, that means buying a lot of Pokémon stuff for your kids.
Pokémon The Series XY - Kalos Quest DVD Set Number 2 It features 23 Pokémon Episodes (#23-45). Released on December 13th from VIZ Media. $22.50 at Amazon.com
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl 4-Movie Blu-Ray Collection It features 4 Pokémon movies: The Rise of Darkrai; Giratina and the Sky Warrior; Arceus and the Jewel of Life; Zoroark: Master of Illusions. Released on December 6th from VIZ Media. $22.50 at Amazon.com
The Pokémon Cookbook by Maki Kudo
The book features 35 (easy to make) Pokémon-designed recipes. I hope they turn out like the pictures. $9.27 at Amazon.com
Movie Buff by Golden Games Not a true movie-trivia game as there are no trivia questions. But you make your own connections based on your own movie knowledge, connecting items like Actor, Movie, Role, Quote, etc. $24.95 at Amazon.com
Launching as part of this past weekends Gift Wrapped Gallery show, Scott Wilkowski's Infected Bedtime Bunnie: Sweet Dreams
is currently available to order from Clutter. Known for his Infected and X-Ray Action versions of popular designer toys, Wilkowski has taken on Peter Kato's Bedtime Bunnie. Standing in at 6-inches tall, his Infected Bunnie pieces are double cast in resin. Limited to 100 pieces in this colorway, these are available now for $120.00 from Clutter.
The Nebula Camazotz micro run by Obsessed Panda will be released today (December 13th 2016) at Noon ET. Limited to only 4 pieces, Obsessed Panda has teamed with Unbox Industries and Zectron. This time, putting his signature "nebula" paintwork on the 10-inch tall Camazotz vinyl figure designed and sculpted by Zectron (based on the Classic Brandt Peters Skelve head design). You'll be able to pick one up at Opcustoms.bigcartel.com for $150.00 plus shipping.