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The Artwork of Doug Boehm

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It’s been 10 years since I graduated from high school.  It’s always interesting to see what some of your old classmates are up to, and sites like MySpace are key to rekindling old friendships and relationships.  Well, I caught up with a really talented artist from my class – Doug Boehm

His artwork has been seen in loads of publications, and he currently has a number of prints available.  Doug’s limited edition Stereo Friends print sold out in two days.  You still can pick up some of his prints at Thumbtack Press, however they are not limited edition.  Cool, nonetheless.

I feel that a number of his pieces would make great vinyl figures.  What's your opinion?  Check out more of Doug’s work at his flickr page.

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Tado’s Hero mimobot

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Mimoco’s second mimobot in their artist series (the first was Shawnimals) is the first release from their Flying Cat crossover project.  They have teamed up with TADO to create one of the coolest mimobots so far – Hero.

Hero is a loveable but hapless rogue, desperately trying to make his way in the world as a fortune-hunting swashbuckler! He'll bring you adventure, magic, riches beyond your wildest dreams, and above all a happy heart. When HERO takes a break from being stupendous, he likes to eat sweet melon buns and do jigsaws.

The figure is limited to 500 pieces in 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB sizes.  It’s up for pre-order now, but will not be released until April 21st.

3DRetro Lenin Print and Contest

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3DRetro.com has teamed up with Frank Kozik to produce this special, limited edition print of Vladimir Lenin in Dunny form.  The print is a limited run of 200 - signed and numbered.

Also, 3DRetro is sponsoring a one of a kind contestThey are giving away a Lenin Dunny as well as the above print.  You will have to take the Dunny design and draw your favorite communist leader - it can even be your version of Lenin or Mao.  All submissions will need to be emailed to retroadmin@3dretro.com.  Your artwork is due by midnight on April 25th.  The winner will be announced on April 27th.

Follow this link to the blank Dunny template.

Skelanimals Plush by Toynami

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Toynami's Skelanimals are looking for a home with that special someone to care for and love them, but not just anyone. They like people that have a warm heart, after all, they’re just bones. They need you to keep them warm and cozy. Snuggling is their favorite thing to do, especially when you watch a scary movie.  The 9" plush line consists of 5 dolls - Andy, Dax, Jack, Kit and Marcy.

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CONTEST: Win Some Little Uglys

Plastic and Plush and Uglydolls are teaming up to give away 3 Little Uglys - Wage, Jeero and Ox.  So what kind of contest is it this time?  We're asking you to post a photo of your pet in our forum.  What if you don't have a pet?  Well a photo of your favorite plush pet will work!  Get your submissions in by 12:01 AM EST on Monday April 17th, because that's when the contest ends.

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REVIEW: Big Puff Maki

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Enjin Factory recently introduced the first character in their Instant Sapien line – Big Puff Maki.  The character was produced in 3 different versions – Disco Fu (black), Makizinger Zeta (silver) and Motto-Rebel (yellow).  Disco Fu Big Puff Maki has a matte finish while the other two have more of a glossy feel.

Sean D’Anconia is the designer behind Enjin Factory and Big Puff Maki.  His background is in the pop culture, clothing design realm.  Maki is part Bruce Lee, part James Bond, and part Shaft.  He’s a kung-fu fighting, afro wearing secret agent.

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12-inch RAH Symbiote Spider-man

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Sideshow Toys is offering one of Medicom's most limited products, the 12-inch RAH Symbiote Spider-man. In Japan, this figure is a mail order exclusive, but Medicom has graciously allowed Sideshow to import a small number of this hard-to-find figure. In North America, the black costume Spider-man is available exclusively from Sideshow Collectibles. Each figure includes a display stand, interchangeable heads, interchangeable hands, and beautiful full-color comic book inspired packaging.  The figure is selling for $125 plus shipping and is expected to ship in June/July 2006.

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Hanna-Barbera Series 1

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McFarlane Toys has released photos of their highly anticipated Hanna-Barbera cartoon figure line.  This line is based on characters from a number of famous Hanna-Barbera cartoons. 

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Series 1 includes:

2 Fred Flintstone figures – one on his chopper and the other is a cruiser deluxe boxed set. 
Hong Kong Phooey is represented in a kick-butt stance…whooping up on the bad guys. 
Quick Draw McGraw is available as El Kabong.  I need that Baba Looey figure! 
And 2 Tom & Jerry figures – Rock ‘n’ Roll and No Trespassing.

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The Final Four

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Our March Madness Toy Artist Tournament is down to the Final Four - Tristan Eaton, MAD, Michael Lau and Huck Gee.  One of them will come out of this with ultimate bragging rights.  Who will it be?  Well that's up to you!  The next round will run until 12:01 AM EST on Friday April 14thGo Vote!

Up Next…Harriet Carney

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Jared from Carnival Cartoons has sent word of the next character from The Carneys line.  Here's a sneak peek at Harriet Carney - The Horrendously Hairy Housewife.  She is still subject to change, but the anticipate sculpting to begin later this month.  She's pretty hot...wives might get jealous!