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Lifestyles of the Cute and Dangerous

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Have you ever wondered what cartoon
characters do in their spare time? Do they get in trouble? Do they get
married? Do they hang out in bars? Tristan Eaton believes so. According
to Eaton they are just like us, filled with insecurities, ambitions,
mischief, love and bravery. These characters spend a lot of time
entertaining us in cartoons and in comics, but what exactly do cartoon
characters do when we turn off the TV or put down the comic book? Well,
they do graffiti, have sex, get arrested and of course fall in love.
Eaton will give you a rare, inside look into this secret worlds of
cartoons at his very first solo exhibition in Tokyo, set to debut at
Gallery LELE, April 4th, 2006. Eaton will display a vast series of
prints, paintings, toys and even bronze statues that will reveal the
'Cute & Dangerous' lifestyles of seemingly innocent cartoon.

The Opening Party will take place on Friday April 7th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and all are invited!

REVIEW: Phony Baloney

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Who would have thought up a line of law-enforcing swine, other than the minds of SEEN and Planet 6?  The Phony Baloney pigs seem to find themselves in some rather precarious situations.  The team of police officers can be seen in their first full length comic book – Phony Baloney: Phony Island Phiasco, which is produced by Terminal Press.  They also have been immortalized in plastic as a set of 8 figures and claim to be feeding you the truth about pork.

The Phony Baloney line can be purchased individually or in an 7-piece box set.   I guess it depends on whether or not you like a specific character or the entire line.  The box set does not include one figure – Porked!  However, I would recommend picking up a copy of the comic book, as it gives a nice background to the entire line.

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Kricky The Alien Frog

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Broken Heart Robot has not even been released yet and Genshi:Toy already has plans to release their second toy - Kricky The Alien Frog.  The photos are of the 3D renders, including the actual SoftImage XSI application workspace that they're modeling the figure in.

Unlike Broken Heart Robot, which was outsourced to do the 3D modeling (with Atomic Monkey), GENSHI:TOY is modeling this one in-house using SoftImage XSI.

This will be a platform vinyl toy, but unlike some other "platform" (dunnys, munnys, buds, etc.) toys, this will be 4 inches tall and will NOT be blind boxed.

Tentatively there will be 8 colorways of varying rarity and a couple of them customized by top artists (though NOT the usual suspects.)

Tentative suggested retail price of $24.95 and tentative release date of Fall 2006.

Check out the 360 degree view of the figure here.

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World Cup Soccabots

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World Cup Soccer might be one of my favorite sporting tournaments.  It only happens every 4 years, and since it’s happening in Germany in 2006, I’ll need to wake up extra early.

Hammeractive
is celebrating the World Cup in style – by creating a line of Soccabots.  The 4” tall soccer robots are available in 16 unique designs – representing 16 World Cup countries.  They also come with their own soccer ball. 

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