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Pop! Movies: Power Rangers

To celebrate the upcoming release of their all-new major motion picture, in theaters on March 24th 2017, the main characters from the Power Rangers film are getting the Funko POP! treatment. The Red Ranger, Blue Ranger, Pink Ranger, Yellow Ranger, Black Ranger, and villainous Rita Repulsa (a Hot Topic exclusive) are all represented.

You can currently pre-order these figure from Amazon.com, where they are slated to begin shipping at the end of January 2017.

Ichi: Celebrating 10 Years at Lulubell

Ichi (meaning ONE in Japanese) celebrates not only the opening of the Lulubell Toy Bodega new location, but also their 10 year anniversary of bringing lowbrow and toy artists to Arizona. Lulubell will be opening their new back gallery for the first time, with a celebration of toys and art from some of the amazing artists they've worked with over the last ten years.

Artists include: James Groman, Splurrt, Miscreation Toys, Bwana Spoons, Grody Shogun (Japan), Real x Head (Japan), Itokin Park (Japan), Yamomark (Japan), Candie Bolton, Devilshead Productions, Blurble One, Dski One, Aaron Coleman, Mikey Saratt, Mark Matlock, Such Syles, Champ Styles, Evil Dave, Copasquat Toys, Kevin Herdeman, Planet 3 Toys, DoubleParlour, Shirahama Toy (Japan), Kill!, Boon Velvet, Whistling Pony Toys, Josh Carter, DreamRocket (Japan), Wao Toyz (Switzerland) and more!

The exhibit will open Friday, January 13th 2017 at 7PM, and all pieces will be up for sale at that time. Any unsold pieces will go up for sale online on Tuesday, January 17th here.

Lulubell Toy Bodega
126 W. Pepper Place (NEW LOCATION)
Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 733-5858

The Electro Doublethink Night Gamer

The Electro Doublethink Night Gamer is a one of a kind custom mash-up of a Plaseebo Night Gamer head on a Doublethink silver fleck clear vinyl body hand painted with Monster Kolor sprays by artist Bob Conge. The piece stands a lofty 11 inches tall with red glass eye inserts and a body cavity filled with a kaleidoscope of colored gels, glow in the dark parts, space worms and spiders, all illuminated by 2 internal motion activated color-changing LED units with replaceable batteries. His metal chained clear vinyl ball is also filled with colored gels and glow in the dark parts.

The Electro Doublethink Night Gamer will be available on Thursday January 12th 2017 from the Plaseebo web-shop.

REVIEW: App Dudes Iron Man Smartphone Stand

Just about everyone has a smartphone nowadays. I’ve heard people debate whether or not 5th grade was too early to get a kid his or her own iPhone. And with all of these smartphones come smartphone accessories (chargers, stands, cases, etc.). And there are plenty of those available.

Toy Island has released what they call their App Dudes Smartphone Stands. Currently, there are two stands available – Iron Man and Captain America. With both being from Marvel’s Avengers license, Toy Island felt I should be a supporter of Team Iron Man for this review.

The Iron Man stand measures about 8.5 inches in height and is made of PVC plastic. It has no articulation. The stand works with the iPhone 7, 6/6S, 5/5S, SE and Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, 6 Edge smartphone models. I tested it out using the iPhone 7. Of course, if you use any sort of case, you’ll need to remove your case in order to fit the phone in the opening on the stand.

And that might be a deal breaker. I know taking off and putting on my UAG case is a royal pain in the butt. I wouldn’t want to do that every night just to charge my phone. But maybe it works a little better with a bumper case, or it’s possible that your case doesn’t take an engineering degree to remove.

The actual stand is only half of the equation. It doesn’t really work with the App Dudes app. You can download the free app from the App Store or Google Play, just search for App Dudes or Toy Island. The app allows you to choose your Character and Mode (Full Mode, Sleep Mode, Set Alarm). He speaks over 50 phrases and can speak randomly, respond to tilting, be interactive, or work as an alarm clock. You can check out some of the interactive functions in the video below.

 

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The nice thing is that you can download the app for free first. So, check it out and if you like it, $19.99 is pretty reasonable for a smartphone stand that doubles as a Marvel superhero. Admittedly, this will likely be more entertaining for the youngsters. But maybe you’ll be able to get them up for school in the morning if Tony Stark or Steve Rogers is yelling at them to roll out of bed.

The Facts



App Dudes Iron Man Smartphone Stand
Series: App Dudes
Manufacturer: Toy Island
Material: Plastic
Dimensions: 8.5 inches tall
Points of Articulation: Zero
Pricing: $19.99

You can pick one up at the following:

Amazon.com: $19.99

Wild Kong Black Porcelain by Richard Orlinski

K.Olin tribu and French artist Richard Orlinski join forces for their second-ever collaboration, a new Kong Porcelain. The Wild Kong Black Porcelain is a series of 10 numbered pieces. These are porcelain and not enameled, with black paint applied by a porcelain craftsman. The figure measures 11 inches x 8 inches x 3.5 inches. You can order one for 3,000€ tax included (about $3,180).

Pop! Anime: Naruto Shippuden

Funko is at it again with another series of Pop! figures. The Pop! Anime: Naruto Shippuden series features Naruto with the Rasengan, Naruto's Team 7 cohorts Kakashi and Sakura, as well as the masked man Tobi. There will also be several exclusive variants, like Naruto in empowered Sage Mode (available only at GameStop), and Naruto in super-empowered Six Paths Sage Mode (exclusively at Hot Topic).

Currently, Amazon.com has a number of these figures available to pre-order with delivery anticipated in February 2017.

Hot Toys’ 1/6th scale Batman: Arkham Knight

With a tremendous fan base, Batman: Arkham Knight has become one of the fasting selling of best reviewed game titles from the last several years. In the game, Gotham City is under a terrifying threat as Scarecrow returns to unite the super criminals of Gotham and destroy Batman forever. To take down these dangerous villains, Batman is donning an upgraded Batsuit with new gadgets to save the city he is sworn to protect.

Hot Toys has announced the new 1/6th scale Batman collectible figure of Batman from the Batman: Arkham Knight game. The collectible figure is expertly crafted based on the appearance of Batman from the game featuring a newly developed masked head sculpt with interchangeable neutral and angry expression lower faces, a highly detailed and meticulously tailored multi-layer and multi-texture Batsuit (V8.03), a number of Batman gadgets including Batarangs, grapnel gun, disruptor, REC gun, freeze grenade and more.

 

Sideshow Collectibles currently has the Batman Arkham Knight figure available to pre-order for $244.99. It's expected to begin shipping in Q4 of 2017.

The 1/6th scale Batman collectible figure features the following:

  • Batman head with patented Interchangeable Faces Technique (IFT)
  • Two interchangeable lower part of faces capturing Batman’s facial expressions (neutral and angry)
  • Pair of fists
  • Pair of gripping hands
  • Pair of hands for holding Batarang
  • Pair of accessories holding hands
  • Highly detailed and meticulously tailored multi-layer and multi-texture Batsuit (V8.03)
  • Black leather-like cape
  • Golden color utility belt
  • Pair of black gauntlets with silver colored accents
  • Pair of black boots with silver colored accents
  • Two Batarangs
  • Grapnel gun with interchangeable Batclaw and interchangeable part to become a remote electrical charge gun
  • Explosive gel
  • Disruptor gun
  • Freeze grenade
  • Line launcher
  • Voice synthesizer
  • Gauntlet projector screen
  • Specially designed figure stand with game logo and backdrop

Eagle Force Strikes! Limited Edition Metal Cards

With Fresh Monkey Fiction and Remco preparing for the return of 1980s toy line Eagle Force, The Drawn Word is launching a limited run of metal card sets featuring the heroic Captain Eagle and evil Ultimate Thule. Captain Eagle is drawn by Eagle Force creator Paul Kirchner, while R.I.O.T.'s enigmatic new leader Ultima Thule is drawn by new Eagle Force artist Steven Butler. Each card is individually numbered and one-of-a-kind. They will only be printed through this pre-order event, which ends on Sunday, January 8th 2017 at 9PM ET. You can pre-order the set now for $20.00.

 

“Maullidos Invisibles” Baby Wananeko

Javier Jiménez is releasing a micro run of 5 "Maullidos Invisibles" Baby Wananekos this Sunday (January 8th 2017) via the Stickup Monsters Store. This figure is a collaboration with Maullidos Invisibles, a cat welfare association from Granada. They help abandoned and stray cats in need to find a home and get better when they're ill or wounded. All proceeds from this sale will be donated to them. By buying these toys you're actually donating to cat welfare while also getting a toy. Each mini "Maullidos Invisibles" Baby Wananeko will run $35.00.