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New Smokin’ Joe Figure

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Frank Kozik, Shepard Fairey and Ningyoushi have teamed up for the final incarnation of Smokin' Joe.  This vinyl figure has a camo pattern and is holding an OBEY sign designed by Fairey.

This special camouflage edition is limited to 200 pieces and licensed
by OBEY. Figure and sign are made out of vinyl. They are available exclusively from Ningyoushi.

A Forum and a Mailing List!!

The New Year has brought added new features to Plastic and Plush! 

We now have a mailing list.  You can subscribe by entering your email address into the field on the right hand side of our homepage.  You will then be kept up to date with all of our contests, reviews and interviews.

In bigger news...we also have a brand spankin' new Discussion Board.  I'm hoping to build it up as a place where we all can go to discuss what's hot and new in the world of vinyl toys.  We'll be adding more discussion areas throughout the next week or so.  Also, it is through EZBoard, so your old Kidrobot usernames and passwords should work.  See you on there!

A Number of Shows in the Upcoming Weeks

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The New Year will bless us with several new shows and toy releases.  With the craziness that was known as the Red Tut Dunny, Kidrobot NYC will be presenting a singing with designer Sket-One.

Rotofugi (in Chicago) will be presenting a duel-threat  show with the TADO's and Chris Lee (of The Urbanites).  They should have some special surprises (new toys...maybe??) at the show.

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Mixy and Joe Pre-Order

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Chronic Fatigue (CF) sends word that his Mixy and Joe action figures are now available for pre-order.

After a year in production, the Mixy and Joe action figures are finally on their way. Produced by Wheaty Wheat Studios in Hollywood, USA, these action figures are things of beauty! Mixy and Joe come packaged together, with Joe's bloody axe! Hand signed by me, professionally packaged and limited to just 3,000 in existence (thats not many when you consider i have sold 15,000 comics!) So please get a
slice of Chronic Fatigue history with these amazing action figures! £20 postage paid, pre orders are being taken now, get them whilst theyre still available!

email zombie_attak@yahoo.co.uk or skinned_bunnies@yahoo.co.uk to place your pre order!

REVIEW: Ledbetter’s Fire-Cat and Ice-Cat

About two weeks ago, we reviewed Joe Ledbetter’s Mr. Bunny and Sno-Bunny rotocast vinyl figures from Wheaty Wheat Studios.  As you all know, Fire-Cat and Ice-Cat were also released around the same time as the two Mr. Bunny colorways.

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Folks seem to have a distinct preference as to which figure and colorway is their favorite of the group.  At this moment, mine is Fire-Cat.  However, that might change with the release of Ringo Bear in the coming year.

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Ledbetter’s work appears as if it would be extremely difficult to
transfer from canvas to vinyl.  However, Joe and Wheaty Wheat have done
an amazing job with the sculpting, shading and coloring on these
figures.  The dark black lines are transferred to the edges of the
vinyl toy, giving it a unique look.

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2005 Toy Awards: Best Toy Line – Ladies Choice

As we all know, it's not just us men who are designer toy collectors.  So it was decided to add this category for the female collectors. (We're not all Andy from the 40 Year Old Virgin) So what actually constitutes a girlie toy?  We'll we're not sure...but check out these three nominees.

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The Little Uglys mini plush dolls were the hit of San Diego's Comic Con.  They were literally selling them by the garbage can full.  People were collecting the entire set (2 series so far), which means a ton of plush in the house.

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The Blythe Dolls have been around since the 1970's...but just recently have they been re-introduced to collectors.  They might be a little difficult to find in the US (since CWC is overseas), but with a traveling exhibition and Hasbro beginning to sell them online...It'll be easier to find everyone's favorite fashion doll.

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Rocket World and STRANGEco's Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo mini line not only appeals to the vinyl toy collector...but to animal lovers as well.  I noticed a number of people who had no real interest in the "scene" just heaping praise on this line.

Winner: Blythe Dolls
CWC has done an amazing job bringing the Blythe dolls back from the toy vault.  There is now a traveling exhibition as well as books, dolls and doll clothes.

New Friends With You Plushies

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Here's news from STRANGEco - a brand new look at FRIENDS WITH YOU's latest plush doll phenomenons - The Malfis (featuring Malfi, Smiling Malfi and the polka-dotted Super Malfi), The Burger Bunch (featuring Mr. TTT Burger, Bumble Grump and Muffin) and The Boy! Available mid-January from your favorite art toy retailers, fashion-oriented baby boutiques and other fine locations.

2005 Toy Awards: Artist of the Year

Choosing the one artist who has had the biggest impact on the past year is always somewhat of a challenge.  It's especially a challenge when there are so many amazing artists working their magic in this realm.  Narrowing it down to 3 was hard enough...but then selecting one was even more difficult.

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David Horvath is most widely known as 'That Uglydoll Guy'.  This past year has introduced us to a few more Uglys as well as 2 series of Little Uglies.  We also got a glimpse of the Pounda vinyl figures from Critterbox and a Little Bony vinyl from SEG.  Not to mention his Dunny, Trexi and Qee designs...

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Joe Ledbetter appears to be the talk of the town over the last several months.  He's not entirely new to the vinyl scene, as a number of his customs have been showcased in exhibitions.  However, he has introduced his first original line of toys with Wheaty Wheat Studios, and the Fire Cat and Mr. Bunny vinyls are at the top of every collectors wish list.

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Frank Kozik has been doing his own thing for years now.  He is one of the kings of customs.  We saw Bone Bunnies, Smorkin' Labbits (big and small), and a number of Kozik Dunnys over the past year.  He's now working with Toy2R to release a line of Dr. Bomb figures...can't wait!

Winner: David Horvath
Boy...this was a tough category to choose a winner for.  There are so many deserving artists out there.  David has been working hard on plush designs as well as vinyl.  Plus, he had enough time in 2005 to go get married.

The Darling Blythe Book

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"Darling Blythe", the book for Blythe fans filled with just about all the fun activities and features on Blythe, is now available.  It comes with many tips on how to enjoy Blythe with sewing patterns and other useful information for your enjoyment. Needless to say, the book is full of photographs, illustrations and comics of adorable Blythe.  I just received one as a Christmas present from the folks at CWC and I must say that it's a very cool read.

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2005 Toy Awards: Best Mini Line

2005 was a good year for mini figures (anything under 4 inches in height).  Of course, there were more lines of Qees, Kubricks and Dunnys than you could shake a stick at.  We chose 3 of our favorite lines of the past year...

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The world of designer toys took a step in a completely different direction when the USB Flash Drive mimobots were introduced by mimoco.  With artwork by Yahid Rodriguez and the ability to store all of your important files, what could be cooler?

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Rocket World and STRANGEco shrunk their Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo line of figures down to mini figure size.  All 9 figures were released at the same time and aren't blind boxed.  Woo who!

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STRANGEco and Mars-1 launched their Invisible Plan line at Comic Con.  It sold out promptly...and just won our best sculpting award.

Winner: Rocket World and STRANGEco's Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo

This line won our Best Toy Line of 2004 (when I was writing for a different site) back when it was a line of 6 inch tall figures.  The minis are just as cool as the larger figures.