Celebrating the season, StickUp Monsters just released an exclusive set of two Maneki Wananeko Tree Ornaments. The set runs $45.00 and includes both ornaments - one in red and white marble and the other in green and white. They are already available at www.stickupmonsters.bigcartel.com and quantities are limited to 20 sets.
Funko has announced some new Pop! Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers figures. This new Pop! vinyl series features the Red, White, and Pink Rangers in unique action poses. There will also be variants and exclusives, such as the Metallic Pink Ranger and Metallic Red Ranger (feat. ninja coin deco). They'll be available exclusively at Hot Topic.
If you're interested in pre-order purchasing them, you can head over to Amazon.com.
It's been a while since we've offered the Plastic and Plush Mystery Box to readers. Basically, it's a USPS Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box filled to the rim with toys. These could be vinyl, plastic, resin or plush...and most likely released sometime within the last 10 years. So there will be a number of hard to get items in these boxes. It's like a giant blind box that measures 12" x 12" x 5.5".
Each box will run $68.75. That's $50.00 plus the cost of shipping the priority mail flat rate box.
You can pick one up below...just in time for Christmas.
Bright Star Gifts produces a line of USB storage drives that are hidden within a plush toy. They’re called DataPets. I counted over 100 different stuffed animals that are available as DataPets, spanning generic animals and licensed characters. I was given a choice as to which DataPet I’d like to check out for this review, but as soon as my kids saw a Pokemon character – the discussion ended.
So what is a DataPet? It’s essentially a manufactured stuffed animal that’s been cut open, had a USB drive inserted within its plush nether regions, had a cord run out of said nether regions, and then been stitched back up. The plush isn’t original (you can buy them from multiple outlets) and neither is the USB device. It’s basically the process and combination of pieces that creates a DataPet.
I was able to find approximates of the items that make up this specific DataPet on Amazon. The Pikachu in a Charizard outfit plush sells anywhere between $9 and $38 (if I were comparison shopping, I’d go with the $9 one). You can pick up a 16GB flash drive for around $6, and a 6-foot USB cable (male to female) sells for about the same $6. So, on the low end, you’d be looking at a cost of about $21 to make your own. But then you’d also need to learn how to sew.
The 16GB DataPets sell for $39.95 each. So the difference ($18.95) is basically the labor costs. Because, you could do this all yourself if you wanted to. The DataPet doesn’t have an internal speaker or load any programming onto your computer. It’s a basic flash drive.
One thing my kids didn’t like was that there was a large blue USB cable hanging out of Pikachu’s butt. They wanted to know how/if they could just rip that thing out. I suggested to the folks at Bright Star Gifts about possibly offering a retractable USB cable so you wouldn’t lose the ability for the thing to still be a stuffed animal. (It’s tough to cuddle with something that looks like it’s halfway through a colonoscopy) Also, I think the blue USB cable reminds me of those standard, old Ethernet cables. Very industrial and not very inconspicuous if you’re trying to hide this within your plush toy collection. But you should probably keep your cuddling stuffed animals separate from those you’re storing those important data files on.
You can pick one up at the following:
Bright Star Gifts: $39.95 (16GB DataPet)
Mondo has introduced their Mondo Tee-kis - a line of pop culture-inspired Tiki Mugs. The Gremlins Mondo Tee-Kis, designed by Michael Bonanno and sculpted by Ramirez Studios, will have four different glazeways available. Each ceramic piece measures 6.25 inches in height.
There is a Brown mug available exclusively at Alamo Drafthouse theaters. The Green mug - the general release version - sells for $25.00. The Candy Cane mug is a limited edition of 250 pieces and sells for $35.00. And the Microwave Melt mug is a limited edition of 100 pieces and sells for $45.00. They're expected to begin shipping in Q1 of 2017.
Captain Action, the original super-hero action figure, is celebrating ihis 50th Anniversary. And CKRTLAB Toys and Captain Action Enterprises, LLC are proud to announce the Captain Action commemorative 50th Anniversary vinyl figure and the Arctic Adventurer variant.
The 50th Anniversary Captain Action figure comes embellished with a dynamic black and gold metallic uniform with a complimenting gold metallic lightning sword and raygun.
The Arctic Adventurer Captain Action figure is an homage to the 12-inch Round 2 figure. Adorned in a winter white and midnight navy uniform, this figure also includes silver metallic versions of the classic lightning sword and raygun.
Each one can be purchased for $21.50 from CKRTLAB's website.
Super7 has announced a new series of those officially licensed M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. Arriving on December 9th 2016, fans of Ridley Scott's 1979 film Alien will be able to get their hands on the Alien M.U.S.C.L.E. Series. There's no word yet on pricing or how the figures will be sold. I guess you'll just need to wait until Friday.
Devils Head Productions is releasing the Sapphire Memories Jizo-Anarcho. What started as a resin statue has made its way to soft vinyl. Cast in stunning clear sapphire blue, this painted version of Jizo-Anarcho is the first official sofubi release. The piece is adorned in gold, metallic blue, metallic green and light blue paints.
It will be available in the webshop today (December 5th 2016) at 12PM EST. It can be ordered for $30.00 each.
The Rick and Morty review train continues to roll with a line of plush figures released by the folks at J!NX. Featuring most of the main characters from Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim show, the series of 7 to 11 inches tall plushies allow you to cuddle with Rick or Morty or even Mr. Poopybutthole.
J!NX was nice enough to send us a number of those plush toys as well as a nice Meeseeks reversible beanie (great for making your kids think you’ve completely lost it) that switches from a happy and angry face on it.
The show has two seasons in the bag, with Season 3 slated to debut in March 2017. The characters from the show that are available in J!NX’s plush line include: the often inebriated mad scientist Rick; his grandson Morty; Morty’s oft goofed-upon father Jerry; Morty’s older sister Summer; the creature who lives to serve one purpose, and then die – Meeseeks (in Happy, Sad, and Caddy versions); and a longtime friend of the Smith family – Mr. Poopybutthole.
Each plush is made of velboa fabric. I actually had to look up that fabric, since I had never heard of it. It’s described as “low pile, faux fur fabric”. In other words, it’s pretty soft. And it’s probably what that faux cheetah skin throw rug you have in front of your fireplace is made out of.
As far as the likenesses, they all resemble their onscreen counterparts. Personally, I like Meeseeks and Rick the most since they are my favorite animated (and therefore plush) characters. As with most plush toys, J!NX went with mitten hands for this line. There’s nothing wrong with that. And there are some vinyl elements, such as on Jerry’s shirt and the Caddy Meeseeks bib.
Overall, I really enjoy this line. With the collectible pickings slim for Rick and Morty fans (although they are picking up), a quality plush line is always welcome. And at $14.99 for each plush (most of them measure in around 10 inches tall), it won’t break that bank to pick up a few of your favorites.
Rick and Morty Plush Line
Material: Soft and cuddly Velboa fabric
Dimensions: Between 7 and 11 inches tall
Designs: Rick, Morty, Jerry, Summer, Meeseeks (Happy), Meeseeks (Caddy), Meeseeks (Sad), Mr. Poopybutthole
Pricing: $14.99 each
You can pick these up at the following:
J!NX: $14.99 each
J!NX has launched two new lines of apparel for gamers: the J!NX Brand, a collection of core clothing featuring comfortable fits and soft fabrics inspired by the upbeat and relaxed attitude of gaming, and J!NX Pro, an original label catering specifically to professional gamers and esports enthusiasts. Both lines build upon J!NX’s standing as a leading designer and provider of high-quality gaming lifestyle goods online and at retail. Drawing from this experience, both the J!NX Brand and J!NX Pro lines offer consumers a means of paying tribute to not just one particular video game license, but gaming culture as a whole.
The new J!NX Pro line combines high-performance fits and fabrics with the utmost regard for form and feel to convey the dedicated look of professionalism that competitive teams expect. Maintaining focus while playing to win requires comfort and confidence, and so J!NX’s designs utilize true-to-size fits, top-grade moisture-wicking materials and fashion-forward styles on par with those of mainstream sports.
The first official J!NX Brand and J!NX Pro offerings of t-shirts, jerseys, joggers, hoodies and hats are now available online at JINX.com, with plans to expand to brick-and-mortar retail by fall 2017.