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Goodbye to Rocket World

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Well here is some sad news from the land of Rocket World. Our pal Patrick Ma has posted the following regarding the future of Rocket World and the Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo (IWG), which has been on hiatus since 2010.

This was one of the first lines I ever reviewed (over at the now defunct Toytoons.com), and it's sad to see it come to an end...especially knowing how passionate Patrick was about his creations and the topic of wildlife conservation.

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REVIEW: IWG Starfleet Series

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Background

Rocket World’s IWG has been re-imagined as characters from the world of Star Trek: The Original Series. Captain Titus, Commander Affonso, and Lt. Commander Hannibal are on a mission to explore strange new worlds as they journey to the final frontier. Who knows what mischief and mayhem lie ahead as they boldly go where no animal has gone before?

Released as a 2010 San Diego Comic Con Exclusive, the IWG Starfleet Series was one of the more popular lines at the show. Rocket World was kind enough to hold on to some of the series for those who could not get to the show.

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The Facts



IWG Starfleet Series
Series: Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo
Manufacturer: Rocket World
Artist: Patrick Ma
Material: Rotocast vinyl
Dimensions: 7” tall
Points of Articulation: Titus – 3 (neck, arms); Affonso – 6 (neck, arms, legs, tail); Hannibal – 5 (neck, arms, legs)
Designs: Captain Titus, Commander Affonso and Lt. Commander Hannibal
Outfit: Federation Starfleet uniform shirt with Starfleet Insignia
Accessories: Type II Phaser, Communicator, Tricorder, and a mini plush Tribble
Edition Size: 300 pieces of each character (numbered on foot)

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SDCC10: Rocket World Booth

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A mainstay in the "Cultyard" at San Diego Comic Con, Rocket World again had a rather impressive setup. With the release of the new Star Trek IWG vinyl figures, which was selling quickly, Rocket World brought some otherwise non-IWG collectors into the fray. They also had artist Lana Crooks covered in Yeti fur as she sewed up a number of amazing plush IWG characters.

Booth Favorite: Star Trek IWG Series
I'm not even a huge Star Trek fan, and somehow these are my favorite version of the core Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo trio released. They just look like a perfect match.

VIEW THE BOOTH PHOTO GALLERY HERE

Rocket World’s Sun Tzu Panda Auction

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Rocket World will be auctioning off this handmade, one-of-a-kind Sun Tzu plush (from artist Lana Crooks) at SDCC. They're hoping to raise a ton of funds for the World Wildlife Fund and exceed the panda's retail price ($450).

The 16" tall (sitting) plush features bamboo fiber and bamboo batting, hand dyed sheep's wool, wooden eyes, 100% cotton thread and Ecospun felt (made from recycled plastic bottles).

The silent auction starts on Wednesday July 21st at 6PM and ends on Saturday July 24th at 7PM. The winner will be contacted by Sunday July 25th. The bidding begins at $100 and bids will be made in increments of $50.

Starfleet IWG Series

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Rocket World is traveling where no man has gone before! And we're lucky enough to get our first look at their Starfleet IWG Series. This lineup combines your favorite Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo characters with your favorite Star Trek characters.

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Each 7.5" figure comes with their very own phaser, tricorder, communicator and furry tribble. These are each limited to a numbered run of 300 pieces, retailing for $50.00 each. But there will be a special SDCC price of $100 when all three figures are bought as a set at Comic Con.

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REVIEW: Titus Plush

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Background

Rocket World has released their first production run plush. Based on the original – and arguably most popular – Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo member, the Titus Plush landed with a roar (err…a snarl). There was a treasure hunt that started right here on Plastic and Plush, and ended with a shot at receiving a prize of a plush Titus. Now, the limited edition plush (plus human skull) is available for all IWG fans to place alongside their vinyl collection.

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The Facts



Titus Plush
Series: Insurgent Wilderness Gruppo (IWG)
Manufacturer: Rocket World
Artist: Patrick Ma
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 17.5” feet to ears (13.5” seated)
Accessories: Removable plush skull
Edition Size: 1,000 pieces

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Tag

The plush has a very simple tag, which features the Rocket World logo. It’s tied around Titus’ neck with a red ribbon.

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Our Opinion

The plush resembles Titus from the IWG Baby Cubs line. I know…the Baby Cub and regular edition Titus are the same bear character. But the head on the plush is not in scale to the body (head – 9” and body – 8.5”).

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Big Rocket World Sale – This Weekend

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Rocket World - whose website is currently undergoing system upgrades - is having a big sale this weekend. Here's the kicker -> You'll have to place your online sales through email by sending a message to sales@rocketworld.org.

Here are the details:

  • 50% off all toys including the new Titus Plush
  • 30% off sterling silver jewelry

This promotion is ONLY for this weekend. It ends on Sunday December 13th 2009 at midnight. They're also having a holiday season sale where you can take 15% off the total of one RW purchase (ends January 1st). One use only.