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Early Bird Figures…a little later

It's always nice when you receive something in the mail that you completely forgot you had ordered.  As is the case with the Star Wars Early Bird Figures.  I'm somewhat surprised they found their way to me as I didn't enclose the original UPC sticker from the package (I threw it away) and then I moved from PA to NC without giving the folks at Hasbro my updated mailing address.  And plus, I ordered them way back in May.

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It was a mixed bag of emotions.  I obviously didn't read into what I was ordering.  I thought they would be exact carded replicas of the 1977 line, however, it was the "Early Bird Package" that was the exact replica of the 1977 Early Bird Package.  The figures are the new fangled versions of 4 of the original characters - Luke, Leia, Chewbacca and R2-D2.

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They are pretty impressive.  Luke has the vintage telescoping lightsaber that discretely pops out of his ever so straight arm.  Leia is a great rendition of the opening scene from the original Star Wars flick.  Growing up, my dog took a liking to chewing off Princess Leia's feet...I'm still traumatized by this.  You can spin R2's head around and a little antenna pops out.  And this Chewbacca is probably the best toy version of that character I have ever seen.  I never liked those crazy growling versions that made him look like a rabid dog...although, his expression on this toy is that of a 13 year old who just got braces and doesn't want to smile.

This is still a great set of Star Wars toys - only 50,000 sets were made available.  If anyone is interested in seeing up close shots, post it in the comments section and I'll update the post with some pictures of the figures.

REVIEW: Monster Plush and Wall Mask

A few weeks ago we introduced you to Miss Monster (aka Melita Curphy).  If you have not checked out her website since then, you’ll be surprised by the changes that have taken place.  She’ll be adding a store shortly, and if you are interested in any of her handmade toys…you can email her to ask questions.

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Miss Monster sent in one of her plush creations as well as a painted wall mask.  The plush figure also includes a monster face that has been cast in plastic and painted.  Both of these should be available through the online store at MissMonster.com.

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INTERVIEW: We Chat with CWC’s Junko Wong

Plastic and Plush chats with Junko Wong, the founder President of CWC, about the reemergence and rejuvenation of the Blythe Doll.  Blythe was originally created by Kenner in 1972 and was only produced for one year due to poor sales.  She made her comeback in 2000 in photos by Gina Garan and Parco's Christmas campaign produced by CWC in Japan.   The first neo-Blythe, Parco Limited, was produced by CWC and manufactured by Takara, with permission of Hasbro was released in June 2001. There are a number of new Blythe dolls available and an entire website devoted to this special little doll.

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Were you a fan of the original Blythe dolls, which were released by Kenner in 1972?

No, I was already a teenager in '72 and interested mostly in boys!

Was it the photography work of Gina Garan that really turned you on to these figures?

It was in Gina's photos that I first saw Blythe. In the picture, I saw a beautiful doll that I thought the women in Japan would fall in love with and could sense the potential of the product as a cultural icon.  I also simply saw a beautiful photograph that the talented photographer Gina Garan took.

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Rocket World and SEEN present “Monsters That Scare Me”

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Richard Mirando
aka “SEEN” is having a highly anticipated exhibit of new works at
the Rocket World Gallery, opening 7:00pm Saturday October 29th. Titled “Monsters That Scare Me”,
the show is dedicated to the monsters which frightened us when we were
children.

10% of ALL art sales that evening will be
donated by the Rocket World Gallery to various non-profit organizations.

“SEEN” is an internationally
known and exhibiting artist with his roots in the street art movement emerging in
and around the NYC area during the 1970’s and 80’s. One of the featured artists in the indie classic documentary, “Style Wars”, Richard’s
current works and projects, including designer toys, can be viewed on one of
his websites, www.planet6.com.

“Monsters That Scare Me" will
run for one month and close on the 30th of November 2005.

Music, things for your sweet tooth and
liquids to wet your mouth will be provided the evening of the opening.

Rocket World Gallery is located at:

660 22nd St.
San Francisco, CA 94107

Ghosts in the Machine

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Überbot, the first
store to feature designer toys in the southeastern
United States, is proud to present Ghosts in the Machine
at the beautiful Winter Park Village.  Ghosts in the
Machine is a gallery event that features popular
designers Nakanari and Bloo Empire, their impressive
selection of designer toys, original canvas art, hand
made plush and much more.  Both Nakanari and Bloo Empire
have been tremendously successful with their designer
toy creations and original artwork.  They’ve impressed
art collectors the world over at gallery events with
their incredible custom work.  With Ghosts in the
Machine, these powerhouse designers come together for
the first time to introduce their work to Central
Florida and do their part to help shape the world of
designer toys and urban vinyl.

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Phony-Baloney…feeding you the truth…

SEEN and the folks at Planet6 are proud to announce the launch of Phony-Baloney – a line of 8 law enforcing swine.  Look for these to launch on October 28th at a special Kidrobot San Francisco show.

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Here's how the Phony-Baloney website describes the line:

The cast of misfit law enforcing idiotic pigs, otherwise known as Phony-Baloney, consistently find themselves in strange and sometimes unbelievable predicaments. This gang of inept cops are ridiculed daily, and have a hard time gaining respect from the community. Common mishaps include; getting skewed at a pork roast, drunk on duty, or not remembering how the toilet plunger ended up so deeply rooted. It’s no wonder they’ve earned their infamous reputations. And because these bumbling idiots commit screw-ups on a daily basis, you’ll be sure to find them headlining all the local newspapers. Prepare yourself for PHONY-BALONEY where you’re fed the truth about pork!

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I-DOG: Interactive Music Companion

Hasbro and Tiger Electronics have introduced a new interactive music pet – I-DOG.  Unlike Medicom’s iKub, which simply holds your iPod, the I-DOG is an interactive toy that works with most portable music devices.

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Kidrobot’s Munny Show

Kidrobot's first customizable figure - Munny - is set to have a HUGE party.  Actually, 3 parties in 3 cities (LA, San Fran and NYC).  November 3rd is your chance to customize your very own Munny - right there at one of the participating galleries.  Now, they won't have dremels and magic sculpt for you hard core customizers, but there will be glitter and markers...

There will also be an auction of Munnys customized by some of your favorite artists.  The party will go towards benefiting children affected by Hurricane Katrina.

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Wootini Gallery Opening: Guys and Ghosts

On October 14th, Wootini will be launching their next show - "Guys and Ghosts".

This show features the art of Meredith Dittmar, who hails from
Portland, Oregon.  For 10 Years, Meredith has crafted the 'My Guys'
from polymer clay.  She was featured on HGTV and various other outlets for her talents.  More information about Meredith can me obtained from her website - http://www.corporatepig.com.

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Mars-1 Observer in Black

A new variation of Mars-1 Observer is now available through Mario's online store.  This is a limited edition of 102 pieces.  The figure is black with a tinted dome, and stands approximately 6-inches tall.  Each figure runs $50 (including shipping) and comes in a signed window display box.

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The Observers are produced by STRANGEco and are available in black, green, red and grey.  These are one of my favorite figures of the year...these Mars-1 toys are great.