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Calling All Transformer Artists

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First 4 Figures is proud to announce a partnership with Transformer World 2005 for an art contest like no other! Starting from today, contestants have one month (October 1, 2005) to submit an original picture of a SD Transformer, in either 2D or 3D form. The grand prize winner will have their entry immortalised into an actual statue which will go into development as soon as the winner has been decided. The winner will be decided by public vote.

Here are the rules for the contest:

     

  • Entries to be submitted to TFW2005 before October 1, 2005
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  • Must be colored and of a single SD Transformer
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  • SD Transformer can be of anyone, any generation
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  • Entries will be judged on style, detail and pose

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Now that’s a lot of meat….

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Few things in life bring joy like scrumptious, delicious meat – whether it’s a nice juicy steak or a burger fresh off the grill.  The more meat the better… With this thought in mind, Palisades Toys is happy to announce that their first [adult swim] MEGA figureMEGA Meatwad – is in-stock and shipping to retailers now. 

His brain is a squeaky toy, and he’s susceptible to the influence of Moon people…  He’s created a balloon monster and burned down Carl’s house. And most of all, he loves his dolls… which are actually an apple and a paper towel roll.  He’s the lovable Meatwad, and now he is a “doll” himself.  Measuring over 5 ½ inches tall and over 6 inches long, the MEGA Meatwad action figure is sure to delight fans of [adult swim] and shape-shifting globs of meat, alike! MEGA Meatwad is available at fine retailers everywhere, and the suggested retail price is $24.99.  Get yours today, and create some wacky adventures of your own!

DISCLAIMER:  Palisades Toys’ MEGA Meatwad figure does not shape-shift.  Nor is he actually made of meat.  Please do not try to transform or eat him. Wacky adventures not guaranteed.

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Since there are so many very cool artists in this scene that are not household names yet...I'd like to introduce you to Ivey.  He creates all of his toys by hand using wire and clay. If you are interested in his work, he is planning on launching a website and also has one of his handmade toys up on ebay.

It took me a while to figure out why it is I like making my toys and I think the answer is in the mechanics. The form comes secondary to function in my mind. The biggest challenge in making these toys is trying to make a fully poseable action figure out of clay and wire. I didn't want to make a static object I wanted an "action" figure. I
  borrowed a lot of tricks from stop motion animation artists when it came to making the armatures. Most importantly, I wanted to make them sturdy. It's taken me 6 months of work to perfect the frame and is the most time intensive aspect of the whole process when it comes to making a single toy. Aesthetically there are so many great artists out there I cant think of one single person that influences me. The best thing about the custom toy scene right now is the vast amount of
  people involved. I think everyone has something to add, and without their support I wouldn't be writing this article.

-Ivey

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August CD Recommendation

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I always enjoy giving a great album it’s due...that's why my music recommendation for this month is Amy Rigby’s “Little Fugitive”.  If you’ve never heard of Amy Rigby, shame on you!  You’re missing out on witty, smart songwriting and a truly unique voice.  I was first introduced to this amazing artist by chance…I went to see a concert where she was the opening act.  I actually enjoyed her performance more than the “main talent” and have been a fan ever since.

The music can be categorized as alt.country.  (And for those of you who see country and go eek! Folks like Wilco and the Old 97’s are also considered alt.country.  And her album was recorded in Brooklyn!)  Amy’s songs have a great tune to them, but you would be cheating yourself if you didn’t listen to the lyrics.  Take, for example, Are We Ever Gonna Have Sex Again from her “Til The Wheels Fall Off” album (2003).  Who else could come up with lines like: Screw making love/It’s way too ambitious/Let’s get down on the rug/After you finish the dishes?

This new release begins with the rockin’ Like Rasputin.  Album standouts are Dancing With Joey Ramone, I Don’t Wanna Talk About Love No More as well as her cover of The Things You Leave Behind.  It’s not often that an artist can continue to top his or her last album, but it appears that Ms Rigby has done just that.   From track 1 through 12, this is one of the most solid and enjoyable albums I’ve purchased in a while.

Grab This Mars-1 Stuff

Mario is reporting that the Mars-1 store currently has new stock!

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Have you wanted to get your hands on the Black Mars-1 figure that premiered at SDCC? Well here is your chance! It's 9-inches tall and limited to only 56 pieces. I'm somewhat surprised it didn't sell out at Comic Con. $85 includes shipping.

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The 6-piece  Invisible Plan set is also on sale. This SDCC blue-grey colorway was limited to 350 sets. $50 includes shipping. I own this set and I must say....very cool!

There are also a number of very cool prints. If you're ar art collector, or just a fan of Mario's work, you might want to check these out.

Kozik Toy Set

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I know you've heard of Frank Kozik...and you might have even heard about the line of mini figures he did with Basik Toys.  Well here is your chance to own the whole set of infamous mini figs: Los Locos and Kozik Superstars.

Rotofugi has the entire set (65 total figures + 10 vending machine prints) for only $59 a pop.  The Superstars come group in sets of 4 figures in 12 different colors.  There are also 13 different Los Locos characters.  Two of the prints are signed and numbered by Kozik.

These figures were initially only available through vending machines (like the quarter machines you'd find at K-Mart).  Kozik at K-Mart?!?!  But now you'll only be able to find these through these sets...unless you're lucky enough to find a vending machine with these.

The Kozik Superstars/Los Locos sets are limited to only 100 numbered sets.