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2006 Toy Fair: Toy Tokyo

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Toy Tokyo had a number of new offerings on display at Toy Fair.  The first figure from the Instant Sapien line – Big Puff Maki – was being shown off.  (These will be carried by FreeBento.com)The newest figure from Go HeroYira – was also displayed.  Also, check out David and Sun-Min’s Little Yoya and Minty vinyl figures from Toy2R.

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2006 Toy Fair: Loconauts

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Evergrow has introduced a new line of figures on the heels of their Emotes vinyl.  Loconauts and Emotes were on display at Toy Fair 2006 – sharing a booth.  The Loconauts line will include both plush and small resin toys. 

All of the characters are based on wacky personality disorders.  With names like Baxter Burnout, Anna Anorexia and Barry Bi-Polar…you can see the theme.  Each figure also has a tagline about his or her specific ailment.  Shirts and hats will be available as well as key chains and travel mugs.

My personal favorite is Barry Bi-Polar.  He resembles a light bulb and his vinyl head actually lights up when activated.

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2006 Toy Fair: Ningyoushi, Super7 and Flying Cat

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Ningyoushi was in attendance at Toy Fair 2006.  They were showing off Super 7’s Kittyfire figure (due out in March).  If you remember, Super 7 had these at SDCC this past summer.  The booth was also showing off some of the TADO Flying Cat products.  I really enjoy these.  They are fun and colorful.  TADO are definitely one of my favorite up and coming artist duos.  The husband and wife team have their Ryoko and the Sissyfists set out as a full set (retailing around $55).  They also have several colorful plushies, both large (Albert) and small (Fortune Pork).

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Ningyoushi had a few new products on display as well.  Their Get Small Series – San Francisco has 4 characters that were created by 4 different artists.  These include Coro (Ortho), Sam Flores (Billy Bronze), David Choe (Siamese Twin) and Jeremy Fish (Bunny Skull).  All of these figures will come in “mini buses”.  Never being to San Francisco, I had to be told that these are the transit buses that everyone takes while in the city.

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The other product on display was Sam Flores’ Fatima.  This should be due out in April with 4 different versions available (two exclusive colorways).  The two versions that were on display were Fatima in a green dress (with a tiger print) and the pink dress version (with a dragon print).

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2006 Toy Fair: Blackwater Toys

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Blackwater Toys were on hand to premier their first toy line – Kuggs.  This series of toys will be built upon a strong back-story.  Briefly, it details the plight of an everyday guy who wakes up one day and realizes that there is something else in life (other than the daily drudge of work, etc.)  So all of the symbols on the actual figure have some significance in the story.

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The first 2 figures will be named Sheep and Black Sheep.  Each large figure will contain a mini subway train and several inch tall mini figures.  One nice detail in this line is that each hand of the large figure contains magnets.  These then work with the subway train (which has 2 magnets) and the mini figure (1 magnet).

The packaging is also worth mentioning.  It is shaped like half of a subway train and they can be placed next to each other to form a full train.  Look for this line to be launched before the San Diego Comic Con.

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2006 Toy Fair: Neth Creatures

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Neth Creatures was in attendance at Toy Fair 2006.  J of Neth Creatures was showing off his first series of 9 figures.  Look for some new, very different things coming from Neth Creatures.  They had some really cool prints on display…but the new project might be a little “softer”.  I’m really looking forward to seeing the amazing artwork that J creates next.

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2006 Toy Fair: Toyolink

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Toyolink is a distributor that has begun creating its own plush characters.  Donut Dog is a happy, little dog that wears a scarf and has donut shaped eyes.  Monza is another line of plush dolls (I really like the characters with the smiley faces).  The Freaky Dolls are handmade and appear to have their guts spilling out of their bodies.  My goodness…that looks painful!

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2006 Toy Fair: Monkey Fun Toys

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Monkey Fun Toys is a division of Slave Labor GraphicsFiller Bunny, Spooky and the new Z? Mug have all been created by Jhonen Vasquez.  The new, guitar-rocking Mummy figure was designed by Eric Jones.  Our 2006 Toy Fair sponsor, FreeBento.com, will be carrying this figure once it is released in March 2006.  Unfortunately, they didn’t have the Milk and Cheese vinyl figures on display.  These 7-inch tall vinyl figures should be released in July.

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2006 Toy Fair: Teddy Scares

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Teddy Scares Series 2 is a line of 5 truly cursed stuffed bears.  Each bear is a little over a foot tall and made of some of the softest plush material available. 

Mundy Drudge has a removable face (with a bloody head underneath) and a tattered sweatshirt.  Mazey Podge has been created from bits and pieces of other household items.  Eli Wretch is a truck stop bear that comes with his own tire iron.  Sheldon Grogg is decked out in his pajamas…and has some sleeping pills in his hand.  Granger Evermore is all dressed up in his jail attire.  He has a ball and chain as well as a sledgehammer.

Look for Series 2 to launch around June, with a new series of minis around July.  The minis will have two versions of Granger.  1 out of 48 will be wearing a striped jail suit as opposed to the orange jumpsuit.  Look for a SDCC exclusive Rita Mortis figure…right now there are plans for a mini version of Series 1 to be the exclusive.

 

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2006 Toy Fair: Uglydolls

I arrived at the Uglydoll booth just in the nick of time.  David and Sun had just trudged through the snow to show off two brand new Uglydoll characters.  And I must say…these might be my favorites so far!

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Moxy is the new, bluish Ugly.  It has long, rabbit-like ears.  Look for Moxy around May 1st.  Will that be too long for us to wait?

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Chuckanucka should land about 6 weeks later.  What ever happened to names like…Ox? I asked David to spell that one for me…and I think he might have even had some trouble.  Nevertheless, I think this guy might be my favorite Uglydoll so far. 

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Also, they have introduced an Uglydoll Card Game.  And be on the lookout for more Uglys as we approach San Diego Comic Con.

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