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2007 Toy Awards: The Readers’ Picks

Yeah...nothing like posting the final segment of our 2007 Toy Awards well into March.  But we've wrapped up collecting our readers' choices for several of the biggest categories.  So without further adieu....

Favorite Artist

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1. David Horvath
2. Joe Ledbetter
3. Kozik
4. Kaws
5. Erick Scarecrow

Favorite Company

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1. Kidrobot
2. Toy2R
3. MINDstyle
4. Pretty Ugly
5. Wheaty Wheat

Favorite Toy Line

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1. Uglydolls
2. Finders Keepers
3. Kaiju for Grownups
4. Bent World Vandals
5. Kaniza

Worst Toy

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1. Peecol
2. Smorkin' Labbits
3. El Panda
4. Bent World Vandals
5. Moneygrip

Favorite Plush

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1. Uglydolls (Deer Ugly)
2. Suzy Woodchuck
3. Uglydolls (Gato Deluxe)
4. Zombie Ninja
5. Mousey Micci

Favorite Vinyl

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1. Ringo Bear
2. Spider Boom Babies
3. Hell's Proprietor
4. Seamour Sheep Illuminated
5. Adios

2007 Toy Awards: Vinyl Toy of the Year

Here's our last and biggest category...the Vinyl Toy of the Year.  The competition was brutal.  Dogs and cats living together...mass hysteria!  Now, what was I saying?  We narrowed down our list to only 10 vinyl figures from the last year.  It was a tough job, but someone had to do it.

#10. Mellow from Wheaty Wheat Studios

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Wheaty Wheat has introduced us to the first two characters from Christopher Lee's series of figures - The Urbanites.  Mellow might be simple looking, but he was one of the most popular figures of '07.

#9. Liberty from Kaching Brands

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Erick Scarecrow's Liberty vinyl figure gave a graffiti-like spin to America's symbol of freedom.  While there were a number of colorways, we chose the traditional look.

#8. Hell's Proprietor from Dark Horse

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Glenn Barr's giant bug shows us that Dark Horse is serious about producing quality vinyl figures at an affordable price.

#7. Combat Mod Squad Titus from Rocket World

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2007 Toy Awards: Plush Toy of the Year

How difficult is it to narrow an entire year of plush toys down to the top 10?  Well, we've been up for hours, maybe even days, contemplating who's in and who's out...and who goes where. 

#10. Shiitakes from ESC-Toy

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These little mushrooms won't hearken you back to the days of frat parties and all nighters.  But the clip-on plushies were one of the tastier releases of 2007.

#9. Moonie from Sok-O

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Everyone enjoys a sock monkey.  But how about a sock plush who drinks coffee by the gallon?  They love him with a little more caffeine.

#8. Cloud Xmas from Bytedust

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While a Christmas themed plush not be a good gift, say in July, it made a great Xmas present.  And Bytedust is always out there combining plush with hazardous chemicals.

#7. Yeti & Sasquatch from Steff Bomb

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Why is it that Yetis and Sasquatches are always attached at the hip?  (or in this case the hand)  And why is it that they're always chugging down cheap swill.   Sheesh!

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2007 Toy Awards: Best Toy Line

When we select the Best Line of the year, we have to make sure that there is an abundance of quality as well as quantity.  Just having two or three figures released in any given year, probably won't qualify you as a "line".  Check out what we've chosen and voice your opinion in the comments section.

#5. Star Wars mimobots from mimoco

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What a great license for mimoco to grab!  Now, those of us who are computer geeks and Star Wars nerds (myself included) have a great option to store those files. 

#4. I.W.G. from Rocket World

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In 2007, Patrick Ma and Rocket World released Series 4 (snow monkey, penguin, elephant and platypus), 5 (Combat Mod Squad) and 6 (Baby Cubs) as well as a mini Rocket Ship.  Plus, there were a number of exclusives, including the FreeBento Nahanda pictured above.

#3. DC Stars TCFs from Tonner

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Tonner's DC Stars line reproduces the classic look of some of the most popular DC Comics characters.  In 2007, they gave us Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Aquaman and Poison Ivy...with several more revealed for '08.

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2007 Toy Awards: Best 1/6 Scale Figure – Female

We divided the 1/6th scale* category by gender.  Since we've already chosen our favorite male figure, we're now looking at the female figures.  What are we looking for?  A great sculpt, quality clothing and plenty of accessories.

#5. Wonder Woman TCF from Tonner

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While it's not Lynda Carter, Wonder Woman is the spitting image of the classic comic book character.  Would anyone pay for Lynda Carter - circa 2008 - as Wonder Woman?

#4. Ellowyne Wilde Red, White and Very Blue from Wilde Imagination

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The Ellowyne Wilde line gives a stylized flair to the normal designer doll.  It's the wide eyes and an oversize head that make the line stand out.

#3. Princess Leia Episode IV from Sideshow

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Who doesn't remember the iconic opening scene from Star Wars?  Well, Sideshow recreated the white dress wearing Leia with perfect buns...on her head.

#2. Leia as Boushh from Sideshow

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Does this really count?  I mean...we didn't really know that Boushh was a female until she ripped off the helmet to reveal her true self and make out with a frozen Han Solo.  But the figure includes the Leia head sculpt as well as the Boushh helmet.

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2007 Toy Awards: Best 1/6 Scale Figure – Male

We decided to divide the 1/6 scale category into two - male and female figures.  A battle of the sexes, if you will.  A lot of you might be thinking to yourself (or shouting at your computer screen): "What does 1/6 scale mean!?!"  You'll see...

#5. Spider-Man TCF from Tonner

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While a number of companies could have gotten away with placing a blank body within the Spider-Man suit...not Tonner.  They went all out and included the Toby Maguire sculpt underneath the mask.

#4. Bespin Luke Skywalker from Sideshow

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Sideshow's Star Wars line is a definite favorite of collectors.  And who wasn't excited to see they'd be packaged Luke's severed stump of an arm with the Bespin figure?

#3. Jango Fett from Medicom

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There were a few bright spots in the prequel Star Wars trilogy, and Jango Fett was definitely one of them.  Medicom's done a great job with the outfit, accessories and the head sculpt underneath the helmet.

#2. Boba Fett from Medicom

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2007 Toy Awards: Artist of the Year

Choosing the best artist of the year is almost always our most difficult choice.  Having one great figure might get you nominated, but it takes a consistent year of quality releases to win this award.

#5. Bob Dob

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Bob Dob's Luey figures were some of our favorites of 2007.  And for that (and his great artwork), he makes our list.

#4. Patrick Ma

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The Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo line grew by several new characters, some old characters were reinvented and we got to meet a number of baby cubs.

#3. Amanda Visell

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Visell's Drunky McSkunky and Carnivorous Giraffe figures brought a new look to the designer toy scene.  We're looking forward to seeing more of her unique work in '08.

#2. David Horvath

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We received a huge dose of Uglydoll plushies in 2007.  Plus...Bossy Bear, Kaiju For Grown Ups, books...and he was on The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch.

#1. Erick Scarecrow - Winner!!

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2007 Toy Awards: Best Mini Line

The mini line field rarely sees as many entries as the larger variety.  Only those figures that are shorter than 4" in height and are part of a released line are eligible.  This year, there were a number of worthy candidates...but we had to narrow the field to only five.

#5. Glyos System Series from Onell Design

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These little action figures recall fond memories of the 1980's.  Yet, they are collectible and limited enough to be considered an art toy.

#4. Spider Baby Boom from Toy2R

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Sun-Min's Spider Baby character is always one of our favorites.  And now that she's had some offspring, we had to give these little guys equal love.

#3. Finders Keepers from Kidrobot

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All of those collectors who had been clamoring for new Joe Ledbetter figures were given an entire series full of new sculpts.  And Kidrobot came through with some quality figures.

#2. BUDS Series 2 from Jamungo

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The second series of Blow Up Dolls was even more impressive than the initial release.  The participating artists created a great array of characters.  Is there a better platform toy available?

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2007 Toy Awards: Best Customizer

As always, we like to give custom artists their just rewards for work well done.  So we've chosen five of the top customizers from the last year for our annual rundown.  You might see a few of the same names as last year, which shows you that these artists are consistently producing great customs.

#5. Nakanari

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Tony Shiau, aka Nakanari, branched out with some new characters and designs in '07.  He's also using some new color schemes...but has stuck to that fun, cartoon look.

#4. Bob Conge

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Conge is one of the primary designers at Plaseebo Custom.  His custom work is just as impressive as his original designs.  And they seem to feed off of one another.

#3. NVC Crew

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Bao and Spive, the duo that make up the NVC Crew, create amazingly creative customs that are always complex and relevant.  Their next step is to produce their very own designer toy.

#2. M.Heisler

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2007 Toy Awards: Best Sculpting

So what makes a well sculpted piece?  A realistic, lifelike look...a complex figure...a great representation of an animation.  The top 5 of this year include all of those.

#5. Buboicullar from Sideshow Toy

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Yep...it's that frog/dog vinyl figure from Jabba's Palace in Return of the Jedi.  The attention to detail is pretty amazing.

#4. Harriet Carney from Carnival Cartoons

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Last year, Buzz Carney finished in the top 3  in this award...and the guys from Carnival Cartoons did another great job on the bearded lady.

#3. Luey from STRANGEco

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Bob Dob's characters were brought to vinyl life from painting.  And Luey didn't lose an ounce of creepiness.

#2. Legend of Plaseebo by Plaseebo

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Bob Conge did a fun mash up of baby doll parts and original sculpting on the mummy figure.  And the sarcophagus has a gritty realness to it.

#1. Mary Jane Watson TCF from Tonner Doll Company - Winner!!

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By far the most realistic sculpt of the year.  The Kirsten Dunst...err...Mary Jane Watson Tonner Character Figure is from the Spider-Man 3 line and our favorite head sculpt of 2007.