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REVIEW: Crazy Label’s Treeson

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Background

Crazy Label
is a fairly new toy company founded by the one and only Wookie.  They currently have a number of projects in the wings, but their first vinyl figure is known as Treeson.

The Treeson character is the main character from an illustrated story by the Hong Kong artist, Bubi Au YeungTreeson and Ren is a story about a creature that was raised by trees.  Ren finds him with a tree branch sticking out from his heart.  The story is about the friendship that the two form and how they face their past.

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Packaging

Treeson is packaged in a bright green, windowless box.  A brief background of the character is written on the rear of the box.  Also, there are drawings of Treeson, as well as some interesting reading.

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The Figure

The 5” Treeson is made of rotocast vinyl.  The figure comes with a removable tree branch and is limited to a run of 500 pieces.  If you look at the end of the branch that is inserted into Treeson, you can see his heart.  With a figure that is completely full of little spikes, you won’t want to let him sitting around of the floor to step on.  Don’t worry though; the spikes aren’t actually sharp. 

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REVIEW: Frank Kozik and Kidrobot’s Mongers

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FreeBento.com has sent us a few of Frank Kozik and Kidrobot’s latest collaboration – Mongers.

Background

If you see a figure with an X on its forehead and a cigarette in its mouth…it doesn’t take much to realize it’s from Frank Kozik.  He’s created Dunnys, Labbits and Bone Bunnies that have the “smorkin” look.  Kozik has teamed up with Kidrobot to bring Mongers to life.  Series 1 of these mini figures has 20 different designs…from smorkin’ bananas to smorkin’ sausage.

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Packaging

The Mongers series is blind-boxed.  Each box includes a sheet with drawings of the figures as well as ratios. 

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REVIEW CON’T: We All Speak Football Trexis

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Winston Ma – 9.2/10
Inspired by: I would like to express that Coke and Trexi are the most important units on this project. It looks like a Football Referee is the most important person on a Football game. So I’m using my favorite character ‘Ape’ on this design.

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Ultraman
– 8.5/10

Inspired by: The idea came from video consoles, It’s for fun anytime, anywhere. Just like Football brings people together around the world and makes it happy & fun!

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MCA of Evil Design
– 8.7/10

Inspired by: For me when I think of sport matches. What brings all fans together? No matter which team they are rooting for? The Mascot! So I tried to create a Mascot character that would live to do nothing more than make you smile. Whether you are a five year old child excited to be at your first match or you are a 55 year old plumber that had a horrible week & are trying to just relax.. The mascot is there to take the fall & make ya laugh..

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Koa
– 8.3/10

Inspired by: Coke and an old Sci-Fi Film. I was thinking about a Kaiju Eiga League that plays football and drinks Coke.

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Touma
– 9.2/10

Inspired by: My character is called Knuckle Bear. I used my style and the image of Coke and football together to create this character.

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Huang, Tzu-Chiao
– 7.6/10

Inspired by: Coke mixed with football (including the grass and net) with my eyebrows.

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REVIEW: We All Speak Football Trexis

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Background

Just in time for the 2006 World Cup, Play Imaginative has released their We All Speak Football line of Trexis.  With 25 designs from around the world, this series (sponsored by Coca-Cola) is for designer toy collectors and soccer fans alike.

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Packaging

Each 3” figure is packaged in a specialized, windowless box that is designed by the specific designer.  Included on the box is artwork as well as information about the designer and figure design.

The Figure

Being a platform toy, if you’ve seen one 3” Trexi, you’ve seen them all.  Well…sort of.  All of the 25 designers give these individual figures a different flavor.  All of them have their own bottle of Coca-Cola…since the line is sponsored by the beverage maker.

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REVIEW: MAD*L Artist Series

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Background

Wheaty Wheat Studios
has assembled some of the best designs from last year’s Custom MAD*L Show, as well as some new designs, in what is being referred to as the MAD*L Artist Series.   Phase 1 and 2 each had 3 figures designed by MAD.  This series consists of work by MAD, Sket One, Frank Kozik, Mimic, TADO and Christopher Lee.

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Packaging

The MAD*L Artist Series is very similar to the Phase 1 and 2 boxes.  It is a windowless box with a sticker of the enclosed character on the top lid.

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The Figure

Well, if you collect vinyl figures, I am sure that you have seen a MAD*L before.  The figures stand around 6” tall and have 1 point of articulation (the neck).  The MAD*L figure is quickly becoming one of the most popular *gasp* platform toys out there.  Originally modeled after MAD’s son, it allows for all types of customizations. 

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REVIEW: Captain Maxx

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Background

Max Toy Co. and Mark Nagata have released their first original figure.  Captain Maxx is perfectly replicated from the only known surviving figure from the 1970’s.  The figure and character are an homage to classic Japanese superheroes.  Captain Maxx is here to kick some kaiju butt! 

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Packaging

The figure comes bagged with a header and a backing card.  The backing card gives the packaging some stability and also allows you to check out some cool drawings of Maxx.  It also gives you a nice breakdown of Captain Maxx’s special suit.

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The Figure

Captain Maxx stands at 9” in height and is made of soft, rotocast vinyl.  There are 5 points of articulation (arms, legs, neck, waist).  The Captain Maxx helmet is removable, so you can reveal our superheroes true identity.  There will be several color variants, including glow-in-the-dark and black.  The original orange color is limited to a run of 150 pieces.

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REVIEW: Uglydoll – Moxy

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Background

We got our first glimpse of the latest Uglydolls at Toy Fair.  Chuckanucka and Moxy had fans talking.  Moxy was just recently released, so we should be seeing Chuckanucka in about 6 weeks or so.  Want to know more about Moxy?  Well read what her tag has to say!

Moxy’s got a lot of moxy.  She’s a real get up and go Ugly, with far more energy than her older brother OX.  Moxy’s favorite activity seems to be bouncing off the walls and jumping in and out of mischief.  Her giant antennas are always on the look out for a good time, and she can hear a party from miles away.  She could hear you coming from all the way back over there!

Are you a part animal?  No?  Would you like to take care of one?  No?

Well that’s because Moxy is here to take care of you.  She can take care of pretty much any problem you may have…it’s a gift of hers.  For example, see how messy your room is?  No problem!  See?  Moxy is on your side.

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REVIEW: So What’s Robot

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Background

The So What line of vinyl figures comes to us from Taiwan’s PhalanX Creative.  The 4.5” figures are designed by artist Mark Chang, who obviously has been influenced by the work of Michael Lau. 

FreeBento.com has sent us the So What Robot figure for this review.  Robot is from Series 1.5, which was released in July 2005.  That line consists of 5 designs…as well 3 exclusives.

Packaging

The So What figures are packaged in a window box that is then inside of a sleeve.  The sleeve is made with a graffiti-like stencil cut into it.  Just in case you want to let everyone know of your latest toy purchase…you can spray paint the town red!

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REVIEW: NTF and Fafi’s Irina

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Background

Fafi is a well-known French graffiti artist who has also taken the fine art and designer toy scene by storm.  Her paintings and drawings of her funny, sexy girls can be seen adorning walls, on canvas or styling clothing. 

Necessaries Toy Foundation had their Fafi Irina figure in the works for over 2 years.  It’s been a highly anticipated figure since it was originally announced.  Considering there are not many Fafi pieces available (other than the Sony capsule toys), all of her fans have clamored for the release.

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Packaging

The box the Irina figure comes packaged in is chocked full of Fafi artwork.  There is a drawing of Irina in front of various graffiti.  The box does not have a display window, so even though it’s nice to look at, you’ll need to display the figure outside of the box.

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The Figure

Irina is an 11” tall (on one knee) rotocast vinyl figure.  She includes 2 accessories – a baseball cap and a tiara.  Monster5 (Tequilla, El Panda, Afroman) did the sculpting on this figure.  There are two versions, or colorways, of the Irina figure.  The Pale version is limited to 800 pieces worldwide, while the Tan (or Colette version) Irina is limited to 200 pieces.  For purposes of this review, we looked at the Pale version.

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REVIEW: Mad Monster Party Vinyl Figures

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Background

Funko, and their Fantastik Plastik line, has brought us the Mad Monster Party set of vinyl figures.  What is the Mad Monster Party, you ask?  It’s the silliest party of the year…and you’re all invited. That was actually the tagline for the Rankin/Bass, late 60’s claymation special. 

Made by the same people who did the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Christmas special, Mad Monster Party stars Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller.  It was inspiration behind Tim Burton’s mega-hit – The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Packaging

All four of the figures (Dracula, Frankenstein, Werewolf and Zombie Bellhop) come packaged in a see through, cylindrical package.  There is little reading information, but there are a few pictures of the characters from the classic film.  The same package is used for all of the figures.

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The Figure

FreeBento.com has sent us the Werewolf and Dracula vinyl figures for this review.  These rotocast vinyl figures stand 6” tall and have no points of articulation.  So what you see, is essentially what you get.

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