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‘Rosy Red’ and ‘Tea For Two’ Encore Blythes


"Rosy Red" and "Tea for Two," were two extremely popular dolls from the early days of Neo Blythe. Now they return as the Superior Blythe!  "Rosy Red Encore" will be available only at official Blythe shops whereas "Tea for Two Encore" will be available at general shops near you.  The make up and hair styles will be inherited from the original versions but the ENCORES come in rearranged fashion such as newly designed bags. The “Tea for Two Encore” will go on sale around April and the “Rosy Red Encore” will go on sale in May of this year.

McFarlane Snags Hanna-Barbera License


McFarlane Toys has announced that they will be producing a new line of action figures based on several uber-popular characters from the Hanna-Barbera cartoon library.  The planned figures include Tom & Jerry, The Flintstones and Quickdraw McGraw (to start out with) and are set to launch in the summer. 

Genshi:Toy – Broken Heart Robot


Later this year, Genshi:Toy will be releasing their first vinyl toy - Broken Heart Robot.  The figure will be 6 inches tall with a limited run of 750 pieces (there will also be 250 in a glow-in-the-dark version).  The selling price has not yet been decided, but look for this figure not to exceed $39.95.

There is also talk that a major TV network is interested in doing an animated series revolving around the backstory of the Broken Heart Robot.  Be on the lookout for Genshi:Toy's second figure - Kricky the Alien Frog.


Minty and Little Yoya Sneak Peeks


A few weeks ago, we received a sneak peek of the packaging for David and Sun-Min's Minty and Little Yoya figures from Toy2R.  We now get a glimpse at the actual figures!  You might have seen the Minty and Choco characters on the chocolate bars Yoyamart has been selling.  Little Yoya is David and Sun-Min's take on Yoyamart's little monkey mascot.  Look for these figures, as well as the Choco vinyl, to drop around March.  Yoyamart will have a sneak preview version of Minty available on February 13th at their NYC store.


Nakanari’s Unnatural History Customs


Nakanari - Tony Shiau - sent in photos of some of the customs he will displaying at February 10th Unnatural History gallery show at Wootini.  If you're new to Tony's work, you'll definitely pick up his love of three colors - black, white and pink.


SkullBrain Exclusive – What the Chuck?


One of the coolest exclusives is available through SkullBrain.orgHunchy was produced by Suspect Toys (designed by Ramirez) and is available in 3 versions.  My personal favorite is the What the Chuck? version that is exclusive to SkullBrain.

The figures are available for $40 and limited to a run of 75.  For more information on how to order, click here.


Wootini – Unnatural History


Firday February 10th will bring Bloo and Nakanari to Carrboro NC's Wootini.  Stop by the Carr Mill Mall to visit with the artists and to check out some very cool paintings, one-off toys and customs.  Festivities begin at 7 pm and will last into the night.  We'll be there to cover all of the events and report back to you.

REVIEW: NTF’s Camille Rose Garcia Dolls


One of the most controversial toys – if you can call a toy controversial – released in the past few months is the Camille Rose Garcia set from Necessaries Toy Foundation.  It seems like everyone has strong opinions, one way or the other, about the CRG girls.  Personally, I bestowed the 2005 Toy Line of the Year upon the set of four 14-inch tall rotocast vinyl figures.  However, they have had their detractors.


At 14 inches in height, NTF continues their creed of bigger is better.  This might actually be their smallest endeavor, as Antoinette, Enid and BunnyDuck are all imposing vinyl pieces.  With the height, there have been some complaints about the ability of these figures to balance.  Personally, I have found that two of my figures - Katie and Sadie and Cherry Girl - have balancing problems.  Lulu and Patch both appear to have weights in their feet.  I am not sure if the problem was realized and then rectified, but they have been stable for over a month now.

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Little Uglys Bop N Beep now available!


Bop N Beep has been released in his true colors, and way ahead of
schedule comes the Little Ugly version.  Available now on

Bop n' Beep are
best friends...with you. They want to take you to lunch!!! It's just
hard to reach their wallet... They left it in their back pocket. So
would it be OK if you took them out this time? They promise to return
the favor...oh wait...Well, Beep does. Anyway, hug?

Plush Week! at Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight


Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight — voted 2005’s Art Gallery of the Year in a Vapors Magazine readers poll — will forgo oil, watercolor, and acrylic for a different kind of canvas come this Valentine’s Day.

During PLUSH WEEK!, opening on February 7 and running until February 14, hundreds of one-of-a-kind stuffed creations will adorn the gallery’s walls, all handcrafted by some of the world’s most talented plush artists. “Stuffed animals are something that everyone remembers from childhood, but there’s a whole other genre of plush out there for those of us who outgrew Care Bears but still love the idea of having artful decorations relaxing on your couch or hanging on the wall,” said Jon M. Gibson, co-curator of PLUSH WEEK!, as well as last April’s wildly successful old-school videogame-themed show, I AM 8-BIT, also at Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight. “The plush artists we’ve assembled are just as gifted as today’s most popular painters, only their medium involves needles, thread, and a hell of a lot of fabric.”


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