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The New 52 Superman

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Play Imaginative has revealed details (and photos) of their 1/6 Scale Super Alloy The New 52 Superman Collectible Figure. The figure is estimated to be released in July 2013 and retail around $340.00.

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The New 52 Superman includes:

• Interchangeable head of The New 52 Superman.
• Interchangeable head of The New 52 Superman with heat vision eyes
• Five pairs of hands
• Two capes - with posable inner wire and without wire for flowing cape effect
• Red LED light in head with heat vision eyes
• Die-cast remote control to control LED light in head with heat vision eyes
• Crystal Fortress base with lights and fan to simulate flowing cape
• Base stand with claw comes with adjustable height
• Foldable backdrop

The Exclusive Edition comes with additional:

• Interchangeable head of The New 52 Superman with angered expression
• Three Krytonian crystals - red, green and blue - which can be inserted in the control console of the Crystal Fortress base

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Batman by Jim Lee x Play Imaginative

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Play Imaginative has announced details about their Dark Knight themed figure - the Super Alloy 1/6 Scale Collectable Figure "Batman by Jim Lee". Based on Jim Lee's unique vision, this Batman figure features a detachable utility belt, fabric cape, grappling gun, batarang accessories, and a magnetic dragon gargoyle display base.

The special edition "Batman by Jim Lee" figure is only available through pre-order and at the Play Imaginative Booth G3 at the Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention on September 1 2012.

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Chauskoskis’ Walt Mouse

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Walter Jacott aka Chauskoskis has revealed his custom Mickey Mouse for the upcoming Play Imaginative x Disney custom show. Named Walt Mouse, Walter went with a hybrid of Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney. Or maybe this is just the love child of Mr. Disney and Minnie Mouse...

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Brace Face Mickey Custom

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As we continue to show off those great Mickey Mouse customs that will be a part of the Play Imaginative/Disney Showcase, here is Alison Perez's submission. Named Brace Face Mickey, "he studies hard and never gets the girl . His favorite thing to do is read the dictionary."

Mickey Mouse Custom by breeanzz

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Brian Harsanto (aka breeanzz) sent along photos of his custom Mickey Mouse for Play Imaginative. This will be shown at STGCC later this month. If you haven't heard, P.I. has a licensing agreement to produce Disney will we see an artist blind box series?

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Care Bears: Share-A-Bear Series

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Play Imaginative has teamed up with American Greetings to introduce the Care Bears: Share-A-Bear Series. There are 34 Care Bears to choose from, and the gist of the series is that you're supposed to write a little message on the back of the bear's head...and then give it to someone special.

I'm pretty sure this has nothing to do with the designer toy world...but it's sorta retro and from a company that produces designer figures. I just hope I get Grumpy Bear...

Joe Ledbetter’s Chinese Zodiac Mini Series

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I must say...these look pretty impressive. 2011 will bring the release of Joe Ledbetter's Chinese Zodiac Mini Series from Play Imaginative. The Chinese Zodiac is based on a 12 year cycle, which is why the mini series will have 12 different figures. My favorite? It might come down to the rat or the rooster.

Contest: Win a Set of Gunmetal Little Trickers

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Thanks to the folks at Play Imaginative, we're going to be giving away 5 (five) sets of Touma's Little Trickers (Gunmetal Edition). can you enter this contest? Well, it's easy enough:

1. Follow us on Twitter
2. Post "I want to win the Gunmetal Little Trickers @PlasticandPlush"
3. That's're entered.

The contest runs through 11:59PM on Monday April 19th, 2010. We'll choose 5 random winners and send you a DM to let you know you won.

REVIEW: JLED’s Slander

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Slander Snake, he slithers around. Sometimes in the house, sometimes on the ground. Be careful much, if you're a mouse. Or inside his tummy might soon be your house!

Joe Ledbetter and Play Imaginative have teamed up to release Slander – a snake with quite an appetite. While the figure is available in four different colorways, we’ll be taking a look at the green version for purposes of this review.

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The Facts

Manufacturer: Play Imaginative
Artist: Joe Ledbetter
Material: PVC plastic
Dimensions: 4” tall by 3” wide (ball – 1” round)
Points of Articulation: Zero
Designs: Ice Version; Green Version; Purple Version; Lava Version
Accessories: Victim ball inside Slander’s stomach
Edition Size: Ice (500 pieces); Green (1,000 pieces); Purple (300 pieces); Lava (200 pieces)

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The Slander snake comes in the packaging style that has become synonymous with Joe Ledbetter toys. There’s a plastic window cutout (in a bubble shape) on the front and plenty of Joe’s artwork around the rest of the box.

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Our Opinion

When Wheaty Wheat released Joe Ledbetter’s Mr. Bunny, it was possibly the most sought after vinyl toy ever. Still is. Since then, Ledbetter has teamed up with several other companies (including Kidrobot, Toy2R, STRANGEco and Play Imaginative) to release figures produced in his unique style. And they’ve all been able to replicate that sleek look.

So how did Play Imaginative do? Pretty well. Slander will definitely be able to be displayed alongside your other Ledbetter figures. There are some slightly visible seams on the body and the paint has a few spotty places. The black on the tongue isn’t on the edge of the sculpt; the paint on the body isn’t as tight as the face; there’s some smearing on one of the teeth.

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There’s a small separation on the bottom of Slander’s belly. This allows you to separate the two pieces. Then, you can pop out the snake’s lunch, which fits in there rather snuggly. It’s a fun, little addition to a toy that probably could have gotten away without it.

The price on the Green colorway ($19.99) is much more reasonable than $39.99 for the Lava version. I can see paying $20 for a 4” tall figure…$40…not so much.

You can pick one up at the following:

Dragatomi: $19.99 - $39.99

Slander Grades

Figure Quality: 8/10
   Sculpt: 8/10
   Paint: 7/10
Accessories/Outfit: N/A
Packaging: 9/10
Durability: 8/10
Fun Factor: 9/10
Value: 9/10

Overall: 8.8/10

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Plaseebo and NERVISWR3K Collab

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Bob Conge and Plaseebo have announced that they'll be releasing an ultra limited edition of Night Gamer customs. These will be a collaboration with NERVISWR3K, consisting of an edition of only 5 pieces. These will be offered from the Plaseebo web shop early in 2010. (The above photo isn't one of the actual custom, but it's a NERVISWR3K custom from Bob Conge's collection.)