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It was an honor being nominated…

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So we've been nominated over at the Designer Toy Awards under the Best Blog section (thanks, Mom!). We're up against some stiff competition (I'm so out of the loop, I didn't even know about half of the sites).

Anyway...you can vote once every 24 hours, with voting running until July 1st 2013. Go vote...vote often...and you don't even need to vote for me. (Pretty sure that was my motto when I ran for student council in 4th grade)

Plastic and Plush in 2013

So I've been blogging about toys and the designer toy scene for nearly 9 years now. I started a site called Toytoons.com in the summer of 2004. The basic HTML site was going to be silly drawings I did, random interviews, and reviews of cheap toys my wife and I picked up in the local Target. I wanted to emulate the classic X-Entertainment site.

Then I discovered Monsterism, Uglydolls, and the Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo...and I was hooked on designer toys. At that time, there weren't any sites reporting on this niche market. You had the Kidrobot forum...and that's pretty much where everyone went to get their news. It was around February 2005 when I signed on with Action Online (Figures.com) to be their Designer Toy Portal. I thought it would be good exposure and help pay some bills (especially site/toy/travel related). Over six months, I made nothing. I left.

I decided to start up Plastic and Plush because I wanted to get back to having complete freedom over what I posted and when I posted it. I always said I started this and continued to do this because it's fun. And it's been a one-man-show.

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New Release Feature

From now on, I am going to be doing a weekly new release post (similar to our weekly show opening posts). This not only cuts down on the number of articles that you must search through to find out what's dropping...but it also cleans things up and is more informative for you, the reader.

I've decided to include both the New Releases and Show Openings segments in the Featured Articles slider above. The New Releases post will be continuously updated as we find out about them, so it would benefit you to check in throughout the week.

With all of that said, future weeks will look a little different from this week. I'll be posting release info and a link to the previous posting in the weekly roundups. Feedback is welcome, as always...

I Feel A Change Comin’ On

As I had written earlier, things will be changing on December 1st 2011. Actually...a lot of those changes are already being implemented.

I'd first like to announce the site's schedule. You'll still see plenty of posts during the day. But around 12:30PM ET every weekday, I will be posting something special - according to the following schedule:

• Monday - Interview or Artist Profile

• Tuesday - Upcoming Shows List

• Wednesday - Toy Review

• Thursday - Special Feature

• Friday - Toy Review

I will also be tweaking the Toy Review format. As you can see below, the grading will be changed slightly...and be given a more graphical look.

Plush Grade Template

Finally, if you're interested in advertising on the site...our ad rates have been cut in half beginning on December 1. Click the Contact page if you have questions.

Changes to Plastic and Plush

Beginning on Thursday December 1st 2011, Plastic and Plush is going to be undergoing some significant changes.

I have realized, running Plastic and Plush since December 2005 and Toytoons.com starting in mid-2004, that producing an up-to-the-minute toy news blog - in addition to an 8 hour a day job and being a father to a toddler (with another soon on the way) - can be physically and mentally draining. For those who don't know, it's only me running the show here.

There are several forces at play here. I just don't have enough time in the day to post everything I would like to. And there are about 20 other sites that drop the same press releases that I receive. So, you're basically going to see a lot of the same stuff at most sites.

This takes time away from writing real articles and informative reporting. I want to get back to interviewing...to giving opinions...and to bring the focus of Plastic and Plush back to our reviews. I'm looking for informative substance rather than blurbs. Quality over Quantity. And to bring my voice back to the site.

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Plastic and Plush Events Calendar

I've been wanting to put together an events calendar for a while. We often post toy release news or show information a week or more before it happens, so an events calendar would be a place you can keep track of all of this information.

I finally found what appears to be the perfect solution. I've created a public events calendar that will allow users to add new events. If you have a small run launching on a certain date and time. Add it. If your gallery is having an opening, or you're an artist with an art show opening. Add it.

The web address is:

plasticandplush.com/calendar 

You should be able to set up reminders, link to your site, export calendars to iCal. There will be some tweaking needed, but go ahead and get to work!

We’ll be right back!

As some folks might have heard, the Raleigh, NC area got hit with several tornados this weekend. We've seen some crazy things...houses demolished, sheds hanging from power lines, hundred foot tall trees uprooted, etc. Luckily we have power back, but they've estimated midweek for cable and Internet service to resume. That means posts will be sporadic until hopefully Wednesday or Thursday. Please continue to send in any news, etc. Thanks so much for checking out the site.

Plastic and Plush Jade Tuttz – Wave 2

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You might have heard of these Tuttz resin figures from Eric Nocella Diaz (Argonaut Resins). Our first exclusive wave of 6 pieces sold out in under an hour. Well, END has really stepped up his game with the Plastic and Plush Exclusive Jade Tuttz Wave 2.

Wave 2 features 6 new Tuttz resin tints: Hellion, Jade Tint Underworld, Fireball, Clear Tint, Jade Clear Tint, and Jade Tint. These will be made available for sale on Thursday August 12th 2010 at 8PM EST. They'll be packaged blindbox style this time around. And you can pick one up for $55.00 plus $10 shipping US ($20 international shipping).

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