The winner of our Best Toy Line for the Females was everyone’s favorite
fashion doll – Blythe. As you probably know, Blythe is a joint
production between, CWC, Hasbro and Takara. They are referred to as Neo-Blythes, since they are not the original line – released in the
The Samedi Marche Encore Doll was originally released in Asia in June
of 2004. Hasbro has now made a limited number of figures available
through their online store - $89.99 apiece. If you’re located in Asia
or Japan, you probably know that CWC’s online shop has a number of
dolls and accessories to choose from.
About two weeks ago, we reviewed Joe Ledbetter’sMr. Bunny and Sno-Bunny rotocast vinyl figures from Wheaty Wheat Studios. As you all know, Fire-Cat and Ice-Cat were also released around the same time as the two Mr. Bunny colorways.
Folks seem to have a distinct preference as to which figure and colorway is their favorite of the group. At this moment, mine is Fire-Cat. However, that might change with the release of Ringo Bear in the coming year.
Ledbetter’s work appears as if it would be extremely difficult to
transfer from canvas to vinyl. However, Joe and Wheaty Wheat have done
an amazing job with the sculpting, shading and coloring on these
figures. The dark black lines are transferred to the edges of the
vinyl toy, giving it a unique look.
What’s there to say about the new Joe Ledbetter figures from Wheaty Wheat Studios? I’m sure that everyone knows that they are the hottest figures on the market right now. And we also realize that these are very limited edition toys.
For this review, I would like to focus on Mr. Bunny. He was first released way back in September. Well…the limited edition (50 piece) Lava Bunny was released in September. That sold out almost instantly, with those Lava Bunnies going to 50 lucky folks who attended the Kidrobot release event.
Mr. Bunny and Snow Bunny have just recently hit the market. They keep popping up little by little at lucky online shops…only to sell out moments later. Mr. Bunny (the yellow one) is limited to 400 pieces and the Snow Bunny (the blue one) is only a run of 100 figures. Your best bet for snagging one is to quit your job, sit in front of the computer, and bookmark all existing vinyl toy shops.
Everyone has either visited Meltdown Comics in person or via the Internet, correct? It’s one of the most well known comic shops on the West Coast (LA to be exact). In celebration of their 10th anniversary, Meltdown has released a figure in the likeness of their logo man – Mel.
Melto-Fu is a collaboration between Devilrobots and Meltdown Comics. They have combined Devilrobots’ To-Fu Oyako template with Meltdown’s Mel. Mel was designed back in 1996 by cartoonist Dan Clowes (Ghost World). This figure is approximately 13 inches tall and made of rotocast vinyl.
So have you become a fan of the wide-eyed Blythe girls yet? These are the fashion dolls with the color changing eyes. Just pull the string on the back of her head…she closes her eyes…and different color eyes magically appear. Remember that the Blythes you see are referred to as “Neo Blythes” as the original Blythe dolls were only produced in 1972.
The Asian Butterfly Encore was originally released in Japan by CWC, and Hasbro has recently made the Neo Blythe doll available to collectors in the United States through their online store. The dolls sell for $89.99 through HasbroToyShop.com and are recommended for ages 7 and over.
We wrap up our coverage of the Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo Mini Figure line with Part 3 of our review. The last 3 figures are Irra the Burrowing Owl, Desmond the Dolphin and Astrid the Jaguar. And remember that all 9 I.W.G. figures are currently available for $7.99 through the Rocket World website.
Irra the Burrowing Owl was one of the most unique 6-inch vinyl figures. She attaches directly to her laser guided bomb. The one difference is that the bomb on the mini figure does not have an LED light inside of it. The figure doesn’t stand well on it’s own, so you should probably leave it attached to the bomb. Overall Grade: 91%
Much to my jubilation, I was able to snag the 2005 Holiday Packs from Jones Soda Company. Jones is the self-described purveyor “of many
finely flavored beverages that can be found year round in grocery
stores, convenience stores, and everywhere else you wouldn’t expect to
find a soda.”
The National Holiday Pack from Jones is chocked full of flavors that would be
recognizable on your dinner table. However, when it comes to a soda,
some of these flavors might make you gag. This is the second year I
have heard of the Holiday Pack, and the company has changed it up and
added some new flavors. There is also a Regional Holiday Pack that is
only available in certain areas of the country (look for a review of
that later next month).
The 2005 Pack contains 5 delectable flavors that will make your mouth
salivate…one way or another. There is the infamous Turkey & Gravy, Wild Herb Stuffing, Brussels Sprouts with Prosciutto, Cranberry Sauce and Pumpkin Pie. The sodas are packaged in a lovely, displayable box. I
recommend keeping them as a displayable novelty item and not drinking
them. Enclosed with the soda is a recommended wine list, moistened towelette and three
sporks (you know – spoon/fork utensils).
I completely missed out on seeing the first set of Neth Creatures at this past summer’s San Diego Comic Con. Maybe I was too busy dressing up in my Klingon outfit and waiting in line for my Aeon Flux silk-screened t-shirt. Whatever it was, I missed out on seeing a very cool art toy…and I have been kicking myself ever since.
Well, lucky for me, the initial series of Neth Creatures was launched last month. With 9 figures in Series 1, the Nethies have made a pretty big splash. After being in development for over 2 years, we’ve been blessed with 3 unique figures having 3 different designs: Flora, Natural and Brushed.
Each figure is made up of 5 different pieces. There is a head and a base that are separated by a metal divider. The metal diecast ring is where the figure’s arms are secured. Both the head and the base are made of clear, translucent plastic. Within this plastic is where the artwork that differentiates the lines in housed. All of the figures can be disassembled and reassembled with different configurations.
In Part 2 of our Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo mini figure review, we examine three more of the little IWG characters. Remember that all 9 figures are currently available through the Rocket World website for $7.99 each. They are all sold individually and include a skull and crossbones with unique damage inflicted by the character’s weapon of choice.
Gimix Toys first release is the 4 figure line of Vice Do’s and Don’ts. They teamed up with Gavin McInnes (the founder of Vice Magazine) and Pat McEown (the cartoonist). I’m still not exactly sure what the difference between the Do’s and Don’ts are…but it makes for some interesting reading.
The line of Do’s and Don’ts contains 4 different characters. They are split into 2 Do’s and 2 Don’ts. There is one girl and one guy in each set. Becky and Craig are considered the Don’ts while Beatrice and Baby Balls are the Do’s.
Each package is designed like a New York City bodega. The front and sides are see-through, so it’s a box that can stand up in your collection. Even though each package looks identical, they all contain a specialized bio. The amusing bio tells readers exactly why the character is either a Do or a Don’t. There is also a funny Stats section that tells of height, weight, political beliefs, favorite bands, etc.