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Kickstarter: Steamy Chums

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The folks at Steamy Chums are bringing their handmade steam punk art toys to Kickstarter in order to raise funds. The Kickstarter campaign is aimed to help improve their fabrication techniques and streamline the production process.

Backers are able to purchase the toys as units or sets. And all pieces will be delivered in an exhibition crate, complete with an art booklet. Rewards include posters, customized tote bags, t-shirts, phone covers, and there are special rewards if stretch goals are reached.

A single painted Steamy Chum designer toy reward will run about $90.00 shipped to the USA.

The Steamy Chums project will only be funded if at least €6,000 is pledged by Sunday, August 31st 2014 at 6:01 PM ET.

Arc Clone Trooper: Fives Phase II Armor

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From their Militaries of Star Wars collection, Sideshow Collectibles has announced another sixth scale Clone Trooper - the Arc Clone Trooper: Fives Phase II Armor. The figure is available to pre-order for $149.99 and is slated to begin shipping in June 2015.

Preferring the nickname ‘Fives,’ CT-27-5555 trained with Domino Squad on Kamino, only barely making it past initiation. Transferred alongside his fellow squadmate, Echo, to the 501st Legion under the command of Captain Rex, the two were later promoted to prestigious ARC trooper status after bravely defending Kamino from Separatist invaders. Featuring a newly designed portrait with a true-grit expression and distinguishing ‘5’ tattoo, the heroic Republic soldier is fully equipped with customized ARC trooper armor bearing markings to honor fallen comrades, a complete arsenal of weapons, and full range of articulation to create action-packed displays.

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The Arc Clone Trooper: Fives Phase II Armor features:

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Mini Tooth Decay

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Chris Alexander (Creo Design) has completed sculpting an accurate half scale Tooth Decay - Mini Tooth Decay. Standing in at 3.5", the solid resin will be released in three different versions on September 8th 2014 at 9PM GMT (5PM ET) via the above link.

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Signature Enamel - These will be handmade mini series by Creo Design. Produced in limited numbers these will be unique art multiples made by Creo Design. These will come in a unique metal tin, label and signed by Creo.
£45 plus £5 UK £10 worldwide shipping (about $90)

Creo Design Mini Tooth Decay Custom

Custom Enamel - Customers can select from over 250 colors for the main body and over 40 colors for the tooth. Also choose to have a gloss or matte finish. These will come in a standard cardboard box.
£40 plus £5 UK £10 worldwide shipping (about $80)

Creo Design Mini Tooth Decay Bare

Bare Enamel - This is a cast straight out the mould, unclean, unfinished and unpainted. As raw a cast as you can get - this will allow you to clean it up and customize it anyway you want. These come in a standard cardboard box
£20 plus £5 UK £10 worldwide shipping (about $50)

TLS’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wave 1

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The Loyal Subjects has announced the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wave 1 vinyl figure blindbox series. This first wave comes from the comic book series, including characters such as Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, April O'Neil, Casey Jones, Splinter, Karai, Shredder, and the Foot Soldiers.

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Each 3" tall blindbox figure features 9 points of articulation (ball jointed) as well as multiple accessories. They're now available to pre-order, with a scheduled release around September 15th 2014. They can be purchased for $12.99 each.

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Hot Toys’ Guardians of the Galaxy – Gamora

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Hot Toys has announced another sixth scale collectible from Marvel Studios’ latest hit – Guardians of the Galaxy. The deadly assassin, and one of Thano’s adopted daughters, Gamora is specially crafted based on the image of Zoe Saldana from the movie.

Sideshow Collectibles currently has the figure available to pre-order for $199.99. It's expected to begin shipping in the Q2 of 2015.

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The sixth scale Gamora figure features:

• Three pairs of interchangeable hands
• Leather-like suit with upper body nettings
• Pair of black boots
• Black belt with holster and silver colored accessories
• Fully extended sword
• Folded up sword
• Figure stand with Gamora nameplate and movie logo

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Arc Clone Trooper: Echo Phase II Armor

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Sideshow Collectibles has announced another sixth scale Clone Trooper from their Militaries of Star Wars collection. The Arc Clone Trooper: Echo Phase II Armor is available to pre-order for $149.99 and is expected to ship in May 2015.

Given the official designation CT-21-0408, the Clone Trooper known as ‘Echo’ earned his nickname early on for his tendency to repeat every order on assignment. Trained with Domino Squad on Kamino alongside his fellow squadmate, Fives, the two were transferred to the 501st Legion under the command of Captain Rex, and later promoted to the prestigious ARC trooper status after bravely defending Kamino from Separatist invaders. Featuring a newly designed portrait with a battle-hardened expression, the heroic Republic soldier is fully equipped with ARC trooper armor distinguished with custom markings and blue handprint, a complete arsenal of weapons, and full range of articulation to create action-packed displays.

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The Arc Clone Trooper: Echo Phase II Armor features:

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Release Details from Science Patrol

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Science Patrol has announced some details about several of their upcoming vinyl releases (all expected to be released later this month). All of these figures are made in Japan and are Japanese soft vinyl. They're produced and painted by Science Patrol.

The red lantern looking guy (left) is Monochochin. This is the red "Izakaya" colorway. The purple hat looking guy (middle) is Avalon. This is his standard colorway. And the gold coin looking guy (right) is Obakekoban. This is the solid gold colorway which is one of two standard colorways - the second being solid silver.

The story for these figures is that they are benevolent, albeit lonely, artifacts that have hung around unsold in a small recycle shop in Koenji for decades. At night they roam the city's various alleys and shotengai in hopes of befriending people, but just end up terrifying everyone they meet.

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REVIEW: The Mythicals – Cthulhu

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Background

Toronto-based Monster Factory started a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise funds to produce The Mythicals line of handmade plush toys. The Mythicals started as a series of three characters: Spencer the Dragon, Margot the Unicorn, and Louie the Cthulhu. Thanks to hitting a number of stretch goals, they’ve added some yet-to-be-named Mythical characters: Pegasus, Yeti, and Sea Monster.

The campaign has already reached its funding goal. However, on Thursday August 14th 2014 at 11:02 AM ET, the Kickstarter run will be finished. The plush line won’t be limited to only those who back it on Kickstarter, so if you miss out, The Mythicals will be available to purchase from Monster Factory.

For this review, we were able to get our hands on one of the first Louie the Cthulhu plush toys.

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The Facts



Louie the Cthulhu
Series: The Mythicals
Manufacturer: Monster Factory
Material: Micro polar fleece
Dimensions: Approximately 10" tall
Pricing: $47.00 CAD (about $42)

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8 Bit and Beyond 2 Customs from One-Eyed Girl

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Kasey Tararuj a.k.a. One-Eyed Girl has produced two customs for the "8 Bit and Beyond 2" show curated by Chogrin and taking place now at Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.

The Duck Hunter (above) is a 4" custom Bub "inspired by the great game of Duck Hunt and the cute but annoying dog everyone loves to hate".

And the Yosh and Baby (below) are a 4" vinyl custom "inspired by my personal favorite Mario game, Yoshi's Island. I grew up on that game and it will forever be my favorite!"

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