People have been anticipating the Voodooz plush line of toys from Mezco for a while now. It appears that they have set a tentative date of April/May 2006. I am a fan of this line as I own a handmade version of Uchawi (formerly known as Stitch). The line was created by everyone's favorite horror toy creator - John Pinkerton. The characters in Series 1 include Uchawi (pictured above), Ezili, Baka and Kennis.
Ooo...all of the talk is over and we now have an actual sneak peek at what Sket One's Buckeye Rot will look like. We've all heard about Eggster's tomato friend, but this pic is even better than the description. That little thing in Buckeye's back is a knife, which you can place in his hands. This is the first project between Wheaty Wheat and Sket. We can't wait to get some real pics from next month's Toy Fair.
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3DRetro.com has their pre-order for the LA Series of Dunnys up on the site. Set to drop on February 2nd, there are currently 112 units in stock. If you order 25 or more, you receive a sealed case!
The always parodying guys at Red Magic are taking a little jab at the Street Fighter franchise. In what they refer to as Sh!t Fighter, Red Magic has introduced us to 10 new figures that eerily resemble everyone's favorite video game's characters.
Mark Nagata, formerly of Super7 fame, has started his own toy company - Max Toy Company. If you're into Kaiju figures...it looks like this company will definitely give you what you're looking for. Above is a sneak peek drawing of what will be one of the first figures produced by Max Toy Co. We're not sure the name of this figure, but it looks like it is one of 4 exclusive toys on the production list.
McFarlane Toys has released some sneak peek photos of their 2nd series of Napoleon Dynamite figures. Look for these to hit stores sometime around April. These will be the same as the first series - including the voice chips with your favorite lines from the movie.
The 4 figure series includes Kip "Waiting for La Fawnduh" (pictured above) and (in order below) "Happy Hands" Napoleon, Uncle Rico in his "Steak Toss" pose and the Napoleon and Tina "Feeding Time" boxed set.
Hmm...it feels like just yesterday when I thought to myself - "There aren't enough cabbage-headed toys available". And voilla! Toy2R and Wonderwall are introducing a line of 2 Dehara Yukinori characters from Oyasai Wars. Killer Cabbage and Mini Cabbage are limited to 500 pieces each. Now only if they would smell of boiled cabbage...they'd be perfect!
Toy2R is introducing their latest figure design - Cucumouse. This 6 inch tall figure is taken straight from Kei Sawada's Qee - Series 5C. Look for the figure to launch in February and to retail around $20. The Red and Blue version will be limited to 350 pieces, while the Yellow and Blue version will be limited to 100 pieces.
Uglydolls have been nominated for the Specialty Toy of the Year Award from the Toy Industry of America (T.I.A.). They are up against Blokus and Tipover! (board games), a 3-D pool table, and PlasmaCar (a bike for kids). C'mon T.I.A., the Uglydolls deserve this one. The awards will be announced on February 11th (prior to Toy Fair) at the Marriott Marquis in NYC.
Now start the big awards! For the next week, we'll be presenting our 4 big categories - Best Toy Line, Best Plush Toy, Best Vinyl Toy and 2005 Toy of the Year. The Best Toy Line Award comes down to 3 choices...all great choices. (at least I think so)
UNKLBrand's TinPo figures are pint-sized, less "urban" version of their HazMaPo toys. It's a line of 10 figures that are part cute, part freaky.
Neth Creatures by J were the surprise hit of San Diego's Comic Con. Tucked away in a back corner somewhere, some folks were lucky enough to catch the preview of this unique art toy line. The first series of 9 designs were just as spectacular.
One of the most controversial lines of the year was Camille Rose Garcia's girls from Necessaries Toy Foundation. It's one of my favorite lines of the year (you can read more about that in a future review) although some people have issues with some of the girls tipping over. I think the design and sculpting makes up for that.
Winner: NTF's Camille Rose Garcia Girls
I think 3 out of the 4 figures are amazing designs. Lula, Patch and Cherry Girl are my favorites. i have had some balance problems with the Sadie and Katie figure...but she was my least favorite of the bunch anyway. It's actually not tha uncommon for figures this size (and this complex) to have balancing issues. This really is a great set of toys. I love how NTF always puts out big toys for an affordable price and, from what I've seen, they always stand behind their products.