The editors and co-creators of Hi-Fructose magazine - Annie Owens and Attaboy - will have their artwork exhibited at Wootini in Carrboro, NC this Friday - March 10th. Check out the festivities from 7pm until midnight. I'll be there taking photos part of the time...so if you can't make it...check in here.
We’ve been waiting for Android 8 to release some of their own products since Comic Con. They have indulged us with some exclusives – Octopo, Astronaut Jesus and Opera Dude – but they’ve now presented us with the first Android 8 original figure – Brian Taylor’s Rustboy.
Rustboy is an animation project that Brian Taylor has been grooming to be a short (2 minute-ish) animation. Taylor is currently in negotiations for a large-scale feature length Rustboy flick. Here’s hoping that it takes place, because the test shot animations are amazing!
So Android 8 took hold of Brian’s character and turned it into a 7” tall vinyl figure. The figure comes packaged in a window box. It has a rather retro feel to it with the XL5 and Android 8 logos on it. (XL5 design is Brian Taylor’s design site)
When you think of Blythe, you probably usually imagine the 12” tall Neo Blythe dolls. But did you know that there are smaller versions known as Petite Blythes? These stand at about a third of the height (4”) of a Neo Blythe, and also cost about a third of the price.
Petite Blythe dolls are manufactured by Takara for Cross World Connections (CWC) under license from Hasbro. I know that is a little confusing, but here’s how it breaks down. Hasbro originally created Blythe in 1971, so when CWC decided they wanted to create the dolls in Japan…they needed to get Hasbro’s OK.
Rather than having a pull-string in the back of the doll’s head, Petite Blythe has eyes that close when she is set on her back. So they will only have one set of eye colors.
Mixy and Joe creator - Chronic Fatigue - is currently taking pre-orders for his figures. And just in time for the official release of his action figures, CF has announced that a web based video game is in the works. It's described as 80's - Zelda-ish - with tons of gore. Who wouldn't like that?
Max Toy Co. has a sneak peek of their first figure – Gumos! The figure appears to be a very low edition…and it will be glow-in-the-dark as well.
Designer plush maker Shawnimals and popular online designer toy store myplasticheart are set to launch an all-new line of artist-made mini-plush called Pocket Pork in the middle of March 2006 available exclusively at myplasticheart.com.
What's a Pocket Pork?
Besides being the cutest food-based plush EVER, Pocket Porks are Shawnimals plush versions of pot stickers - the little steamed or fried dumplings you can get at any Chinese restaurant. They're based on the popular Wee Sticker plush by Shawnimals. Plush never tasted so cute!
What do you get?
Each Pocket Pork take-out box is signed and numbered, and comes packed with three two-and-a-half-inch wide Pocket Porks, a button and a sticker. All this priced at a low $10 per box! There are 100 total boxes available, and five different Porks in the series: Standard Sticker, Veggie Sticker, Spicy Sticker, Stealth Sticker and an undisclosed uber-rare chase variety. Collect them all! Will you find the special character?
This is the contest you’ve been waiting for! Thanks to our friends from Wheaty Wheat Studios, we are going to be giving away a Fire Cat and Mr. Bunny figure.
As you probably know, these two figures, based on Joe Ledbetter’s work, have been the hottest things to hit the designer toy market. They immediately sold out every place they went on sale.
So here is what you need to do:
You’ll need to come up with a haiku based on why you collect vinyl toys. A haiku is a mode of Japanese poetry that is 3 lines and based on a 5, 7, 5 syllabic pattern. Each entry will be graded on a 10 point scale: 3 points for originality, 3 points for humor and 4 points for making sense. These will be graded by Wheaty Wheat’s Debbie Yoon and Chris Lee as well as me - Brian Slivka. The top 5 will be selected and voted upon by the readers. The winner will be able to choose between Mr. Bunny and Fire Cat and the runner up will receive the other. (Both of the figures are Artist Proofs and are a limited edition of 48 figures)
You will need to post your haiku in the Wheaty Wheat Forum on the PlasticandPlush.com Discussion Board.
Only 1 entry per person, and the contest will last until 12:01 am on April 2nd.
And Good Luck!
Jamungo recently released their first line of figures – Blow Up Dolls. Otherwise known as B.U.D.s, this blind-boxed line contains 10 figures of varying designs from the likes of Ferg, TVM and Frank Kozik. All of the figures use the same mold, however, there is a clear and a glow-in-the-dark character.
There is no surprise that B.U.D.s are the best selling line for a number of online designer vinyl sites. They are high quality and the printing on the plastic is definitely above average. Plus, they are rather affordable – as you’ll find out at the end of the review.
Series 1 consists of 10 different figures with varying chances of acquiring each one. You have a 12.5% chance of picking up the most readily available characters, and only a 2.5% chance of the special FBOMB B.U.D. (which isn’t pictured).
BAMOFLAUGE (12.5%) is a fairly basic green camouflage design. It’s a nice filler design, but probably my least favorite of the group.
BUD (12.5%) is the character you have seen on the packaging. He looks like a little bomb and is completely black except for his 2 red eyes. The design is basic…but it works!
Joe Ledbetter has 2 new prints available through his website. The Snake Charmer (pictured above) is an 8x10" giclee print, limited to 100 signed and numbered copies. The Good Morning Sunshine (pictured below) is a 16x20" giclee print also limited to 100 copies.
No...not those Blow Up Dolls. B.U.D.s - from Jamungo - are one of the hottest toy lines out there. The set of 10 blind-boxed figures are set to be reviewed tomorrow, and in anticipation of that, Pop Thirteen is offering the chance to win 3 B.U.D.s.
The contest will last until 12:01 am EST on March 9th. To enter, you will need to post under the B.U.D. contest thread in our discussion board. Having problems signing up for the forum? Check out these directions.