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2006 Toy Fair: Wheaty Wheat

Wheaty Wheat had a truckload of new designs and prototypes on hand for Toy Fair 2006.  This is the second straight year I have come away from their booth overwhelmed. 

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Chris Lee’s Urbanites were on display for those who did not see them at SDCC.  There is the giant orange Mellow (with his Jell-O), Cleubus the radish farmer, the Beatnik Brother and Polly & Wog.

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Series 2 of the MAD*L line was being shown off.  There are six different designs (with the Save Huck version also being shown).  Also, check out the poster for the MAD*L Minis. 12 designers, 2 inches tall and blind-boxed.  I know I see a Shawnimal one.  The first in MAD’s line of Clownies was also being shown.

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We previously saw glimpses of Sket’s Buckeye Rot, but it’s even more impressive in person.  It really leaves Eggster in the dust.  Buckeye has two removable knives that fit into the body and hands.  And the case is going to be wild, it a wooden, crate like box.

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Chronic Fatigue’s Mixy and Joe should be on their way soon.

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Brandt Peters figures might do what the Ledbetter’s did for Wheaty Wheat last year.  These figures should be hot!  The Boiler is just that...a fiery boiler.  He includes a cool little oilcan.  Ink Slinger No. 5 might be my favorite new figure from Toy Fair.  It’s a tattoo artist who is an octopus.  He can be removed from his stool as well.

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The Tragnark figure is Cait: The Alchemist.  (Cait is a male by the way)  His little bird friend is Bungee (I believe) and there are plans for the bird to come in variants.  This figure will also be packaged with a 3 minute long DVD animation that sounds very cool.

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2006 Toy Fair: DKE Toys

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DKE Toys is Dov Kelemer’s distribution company.  Anyone in the business knows that Dov is a great guy, and it was nice to see him and his wife showing off their great new setup.  DKE had a bunch of new products on display.  Check out El Panda, Blow Up Dolls…and my favorite…Fafi’s Irina from NTF.  They will also be distributing the Broken Heart Robot and a new line of Halfsies.

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2006 Toy Fair: mimoco

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The folks at mimoco, creators of mimobots, introduced a brand-spanking new design at Toy Fair 2006.  They are teaming up with TADO and the folks at Flying Cat for their latest artist series lines.  Hero, by TADO, might be the most colorful mimobot yet!  Evan at mimoco has some great stuff on the horizon...look for cool designs in the future.  And if you’re not familiar with this line, remember that these are also USB flash drives loaded with cool artist content (and packed full of storage).

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2006 Toy Fair: Kuma Central

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I’ve been aware of Kuma Central for some time now.  They create cute little – theme based - plush and vinyl bears.  (Kuma is Japanese for bear)  As you can see below: Love, Ninja, Kuma and Urban.  Kuma also has a line of smaller, vinyl figures.  These characters are similarly based on a one or two word theme and sell in the $12-14 range.  The larger vinyl figures are still in the “thinking stages”.  The ladies at Kuma Central are looking for input as to how they would sell.  I really like them.  How about you?  I think Maria Sarmiento has created a sweet line.

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2006 Toy Fair: Primer

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The first day of Toy Fair 2006 brought a TON of snow to the New York City area.  Most of the companies were there and had great displays on hand.  The snow didn’t slow them down!  However, the most…umm...interesting…part of the show was listening to William Hung sing YMCA and She Bangs.  It was great entertainment as I say down to eat my $10 hoagie and $4 Diet Coke. 

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(Disclaimer: us Eastern Pennsylvanians use the term Hoagie…you might call it a Hero or Sub)

Thanks to FreeBento.com for sponsoring Toy Fair 2006.

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Toy Fair ’06: An All New Uglydoll

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Plastic and Plush has some exclusive news: The Uglydoll Booth (#1353) will be displaying a brand new Uglydoll.  That means we get to add a new character to the existing group of Uglys.  The name and appearance of this new Uglydoll is now a mystery, so you'll need to check back on Sunday (Toy Fair).

Big Puff Maki Hitting Toy Fair ’06

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Well, our Toy Fair 2006 coverage is starting to come together.  I actually had a dream about being attacked by My Little Ponies at Toy Fair - so I know it's getting close.

The Toy Tokyo booth will be displaying Enjin Factory's Big Puff Maki figures.  There are three versions of this sweet toy.  I've seen them up close, so I know just how cool they are.  Big and sturdy!  So check out our coverage to see photo's of the first figure from the Instant Sapien line.

2005 Toy Awards: Toy of the Year

The most anticipated award of the 2005 is the Toy of the Year.  This is only open to vinyl (as we’ve already given our Best Plush toy to Thomas Han’s Cosmic Quigly).  This was a very difficult category to narrow down to only three…but we were able to do!

Gary Taxali’s Toy Monkey simply did not get enough press last year.  It was an amazing art piece that reminds us of the early 1900’s.  Who doesn’t love that sad look and removable fez?  Hopefully we hear more from Taxali and Chump Toys.

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Have you ever heard of Joe Ledbetter’s Fire Cat?  It was made by Wheaty Wheat Studios and was, by far and away, one of the most popular figures of the past year.  We actually could have included all of the Ledbetter toys…but I chose this one as my favorite of the lot.

STRANGEco had a runaway hit with their MARS-1 Observer.  This figure had multiple colorways – the black version being my favorite.  It’s for all of us fans of astronauts and outer space.

Winner: Joe Ledbetter’s Fire Cat
Ledbetter’s Mr. Bunny won our Reader’s Choice award…however, my favorite of Joe’s Wheaty Wheat figures is the Fire Cat.  It’s a truly unique figure as you all probably know.  With so many great figures is 2005 – what can we expect this year?

Plastic and Plush News: 1/31/06

Time for a little site update to let you know what we have going on:

- Check out the all new discussion board!  We want to build that thing up into a nice designer toy community.  We already have a Rocket World and Blythe forum...with more to come!

- We will be announcing our final award 2005 Toy Award tonight - Toy of the Year.

- Toy Fair 2006 is in less than 2 weeks.  We'll be there covering the events and uploading photos that same day.

- We'll be covering Wootini's Unnatural History (featuring Bloo Empire and Nakanari) on February 10th.

- Several reviews coming up: Petite Blythe, Big Puff Maki, My Beating Heart and more!

2005 Toy Awards: Best Plush Figure

2005 gave us a number of new plush lines and it introduced us to some new characters from several well established lines.  We chose our 3 favorite plushies (well...one might not actually be a plush) of the past year.

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Thomas Han's trippy artwork came to life with his Cosmic Quigly plush line.  With three super limited versions, this plush from Wheaty Wheat might have been the year's best kept secret.

Uglydog

The Uglydoll family added another member this past February.  David Horvath launched the Ugly Dog plush right around last year's Toy Fair.  It was the first Ugly to have two color variants - pink and orange.

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Hmm...are Circus Punks considered plush? Well, they definitely aren't vinyl and they do have stuffing...so they fall under this category (in my book).  Even though there were so many amazing designs, Sket One's Eggster Punk stands out as on of the year's best.

Winner: Thomas Han's Cosmic Quigly
This plush didn't nearly receive the amount of attention it deserved.  With the applied vinyl detailing and super soft material, it was the most unique plush of 2005.  I'm not sure if there are any available (or where they might be purchased from) but Wheaty Wheat did have a number of these available at SDCC.