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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.

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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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Wavedog Custom Munnys

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Dan from Wavedog.com has sent us a photo of his 2 latest custom Munnys - Boo Pok (above) and Vooddha (below).  The Munny's headdress is made out of wood and the entire paintjob is fairly impressive.  Both of these custom figures will be made available through VinylFixx.

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Wavedog Limited Edition Print

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Limited Edition Prints from Wavedog are available now.  These are from his first custom vinyl ever - "Ping".  The print is limited to 30 and is only available at www.vinylfixx.com.  It is a giclee print on 70 year photo paper and is 8.5” by 11”.

Fatima Signing

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On April 6th, Sam Flores will be on-hand at Upper Playground in San Francisco.  He'll be there to sign one of the hottest new toys of 2006 - Fatima.  Be sure to get there early as it's only running from 6 pm until 9 pm.  The show is presented by Upper Playground, Ningyoushi and Fifty 24SF.

Carnival Cartoons T-Shirt

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The guys at Carnival Cartoons have sent word of their first t-shirt.  It is adorned by the CC logo - well, actually 2 of them.  There are 2 elephants facing each other on a red shirt - available in M, L and XL.  They cost $25 Canadian...for more information, click here.

8″ Qee – David Horvath & Sun-Min Kim

Toy2R has announced 2 new Qees from the creators of Uglydolls - David and Sun-Min.  The 8" Gel 3.0 Bear has been designed by David Horvath.  When you purchase the 8" Qee, you'll also receive a 2.5" artist Qee in the form of the designer.  Sun-Min Kim's 8" Spider Boom Toyer looks ready to eat a piece of cake.  It also includes a 2.5" artist Qee.

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RoboPuppetMonster Show in Berlin

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Its time for the RoboPuppetMonster show again!  The gallery – “Supalife-Kiosk” - in Berlin, is hosting 8 different artists this year for the show, and go-monos is going to participate with their handmade leather characters and some funky animations featuring those characters.

The opening will take place on the April 8th in Berlin.

“Primeval” Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Diamond Select Toys' upcoming “Primeval” Buffy the Vampire Slayer action figure is due to be released in Spring 2006.  The figure will only be available to U.S. fans through the DST web site, a limited quantity will also be available in Europe, the U.K. and Australia.

Due out in May of this year, the full release of seven action figures features the many incarnations of the Summers sisters - Buffy and Dawn!  In addition to the core release of Chosen Buffy, Lessons Dawn and the limited Once More With Feeling Dawn, three exclusive figures were previously announced for release.  "Primeval" Buffy marks the fourth and final exclusive figure and joins the ranks of Time and Space Toys' Buffybot, Action Figure Xpress' Cheerleader Buffy and Diamond Previews' Vampire Buffy.  Each action figure also features the scanned likeness of Buffy stars Sarah Michelle Gellar or Michelle Trachtenberg!

Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios, "Primeval" Buffy features several episode-specific accessories including an Initiative tazer, axe, stake as well as Adam's power core.  An Initiative-style base allows fans to recreate the Season 4 battle, which featured a "Super-Slayer" Buffy taking on the demon/human/robot hybrid, Adam.