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Happy Halloween From Jamungo

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Just in time for Halloween...Jamungo's Mechin 31 Halloween (3.75" tall) BUD has been designed by FERG and the accompanying 9x12" print has been done by VanBeater.  100 sets will be on sale for $31...that's after Jamungo
gives away the first 31 as a Halloween treat. (A total release of 131 sets)

Send  an email to info@jamungo.com with the subject
'TrickorTreat' for a chance to get one for free. Don't forget to include your
shipping address in the email.

REVIEW: Gwin Series 2

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Background

The Gwin is a curious creature based on Tux (the Linux mascot), created by Larry Ewing & The GIMP.  Gwins spend most of their time eating, sleeping, and hoarding treasure.  They often form "armies" to protect their amassed riches.

October Toys has released the second series of Gwin figures.  Series 1 included 8 figures, while Series 2 has introduced us to 7 more rotocast vinyl penguin characters.

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Packaging

Gwin Series 2 has a standard window-front box that all 7 designs are packaged in.  Include on the box are photos ad names of the figures as well as logos of the designers.

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The Figures

Gwins are rotocast vinyl designer penguins that stand 2.5” in height.  Series 2 includes work from 7 designers: El Maz (Tree), Alex Pardee (Captain Singer), Voltaire (Octogwin), C. Spliedt (Bunny!), Kruse (Voodoo Stew), Charlotte Link (Dragwin), and Christie (Jebus).  Each design is limited to 400 pieces.  Individual figures sell between $7.75 and $10.00.

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SHOW: Ron English at Bergamot Station

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Robert, from Kung Fu Toys, was lucky enough to attend the opening of Ron English's solo show at the Berman/Turner Projects - Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica.  A number of new pieces are being exhibited in the E-1 Gallery.

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BERGAMOT STATION

2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite D5
Santa Monica, California

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Creature Hoodie, Patches and IWG Mini Figure

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Rocket World is accepting pre-orders for their first Creature Hoodie (partially pictured above) through November 15th.  You'll need to wear this fleece outerwear to be officially accepted as a human member of the Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo.  There's only 444 available and all hoodie purchases
include an exclusive bonus IWG mini figure.  You can also pick up several patches to add to your hoodie...just attach via included velcro.

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Trexi PLUS Series 02

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We saw the design drawings for the new series of Trexis - PLUS Series 2 - from TOUMA and Joe Ledbetter...but here are the actual figures.  They might be prototypes, but it gives you the feel of what the new line of Trexi figures will really look like.

Now in at Fugitive Toys

Buzz Carney Custom Tattoo Competition

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With Halloween quickly approaching, Carnival Cartoons has decided to celebrate the season of ghosts, goblins, and all things geeky and freaky, by commissioning a handful of uber talented tattoo artists to take a stab at giving "Buzz Carney - The Tattooed strongman" (Carnival's first independently produced vinyl collector toy) some "Fresh Ink".  These hand picked artists will have a chance to customize blank Buzz toys with their own take on his tats, and their work will be displayed at Carnival Cartoons' table at this February's New York Comic Con.

Also, they are announcing a "Buzz Carney Custom Tattoo Competition".  Carnival wanted to give collectors a chance to be a part of the action as well.  Upon request, Carnival will be sending out templates as seen above for you to show them your wicked tattoo skills!  The competition will run from Oct. 31 - Nov. 30.  The grand prize winner will win his/her very own Buzz vinyl primed and ready for customization.  The grand prize winner will also win a screenprinted carnival cartoons t-shirt designed by Garnet Syberg-Olsen and a fitted "Pierce the Wild Child" Carney hat. The 2nd place winner will recieve a t-shirt and hat and the 3rd place will recive a Carnival t-shirt.

If enough interest is shown in the competition, Carnival Cartoons plans to have a gallery exhibit displaying customs and custom designs.  Email jareddeal@yahoo.com   for your hi-res custom template & for more info concerning the competition.

Collectors Unite!

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I came across a pretty cool site for collectors (of anything) to come together to show off photos of their collections - big or small.  At Squirl, you can show off toys, your shoe horn stash or maybe that pile of belly button lint you've been collecting.  You can then be connected to like minded folks and comment on others collections. Check it out!

Chris Lee’s Urbanites – Mellow and Cleabus

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Wheaty Wheat is getting close to releasing the first 2 characters in Chris Lee's Urbanites series.  Mellow and Cleabus will be the first vinyl figures released from the line...and will be Lee's first original figures available. 

Mellow - The Gentle Confectioner: 8" tall, individually numbered, Standard Edition (660 pieces and SRP of $69.99), Marsh Mellow w/S'Mores (300 pieces and SRP of $79.99), Sherpa Mellow - flocked (180 pieces and SRP of $89.99) and Licorice & Love (84 pieces and SRP of $99.99).  Each figure comes with a Jello accessory.

Cleabus - Your Neighborhood Radish Farmer: 2.5" tall, individually numbered, Standard Edition (800 pieces and SRP of $13.99) and Vintage Edition (400 pieces and SRP of $19.99).  Each figure comes with a radish accessory and removable hat.

The variants are going to be store exclusives...so keep an eye out for where you can pick them up.

Star Wars mimobot Series 1

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The first character in the new mimobot Star Wars series (from mimoco) is Darth Vader (now up for pre-order).  It's available in 1, 2 and 4 GB storage sizes and will be preloaded with Star Wars mimobot contest.  The Vader mimobot is the first of 4 charaters to be revealed.  The identities of the remaining 3 are being held in secrecy.