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Funko Pop! Black Butler

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I guess I'm super out of it, because I've never heard of the anime Black Butler. Apparently, it's big enough that Funko has created a series of four Black Butler Pop! figures. "Join Ciel in his quest to avenge his parents death with the demon turned butler, Sebastian!" There's Sebastian, Ciel, Grell, and Undertaker...and they'll all be available in January 2015.

TAG – Christmas Kaiju Group Show Opening

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This weekend, Toy Art Gallery will be opening their Christmas Kaiju holiday group show. Featuring over 50 artists , the opening reception will run from 7PM to 10PM on Friday December 12th 2014. The show will be on display through January 5th 2015.

The Christmas Kaiju features the following artists:

Acolorfulmonster, Aidan Monahan, Albino Taco, Aoi Toys, Bog x Squad, Brian Flynn, Butch Adams, Bwana Spoons, Cometdebris, David Arshawsky, Deeten, Devil Robots, Draculazer, Evilos, Feric, Frenzy Bros., Gargamel, Goreilla, Grizlli Atom, Guumon, Javier Jimenez, Joe Whiteford, Johan Ulrich, John Stokes, Joseph Harmon, Josh Herbolsheimer, Kurobokan, Liz McGrath, Martin Ontiveros, Miscreation Toys, MM Toys, Monsterisland, Radioactiveuppercut, Rampage Toys, Scarecrowoven, Scott Tolleson, Secretdemonservices, Sexualyoukai, Snatch Punch, Splurrt, Steve Ferrera, T9G, Tim Clark, Tim Stephson, Topheroy, Tru:tek, Uamou, Uglydolls, Uh Oh Toys, UnaffiliatedSJ, Valarie Bermudez, Wao Toyz and more!

Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90046

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Mezco Better Call Saul

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Mezco has announced another figure from their Breaking Bad license. You might have heard of Saul Goodman...Walt and Jesse's legal counsel. He's also going to be the star of a spin-off series starting in 2015. This Saul comes dressed in his pinstriped business suit with the infamous wireless headset and a light blue Wayfarer 515 awareness ribbon. He also comes complete with a business card in a display friendly blister card package. Saul is available to pre-order directly from Mezco for $18.00 (estimated shipping in June 2015)...and I'm guessing Toys R Us won't be carrying this guy. 

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REVIEW: T+CP Pocket Sideshow Series

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Background

The T+CP venture, the collaboration between Tomenosuke and Circus Posterus, has produced some of the best sofubi vinyl figures of the past few years. Among those is a new series of pocket-sized sofubi figures that go by the name - Pocket Sideshow.

The Pocket Sideshow series features four figures, with each design from a different Circus Posterus artist. There’s Otto from Brandt Peters, Penelope from Kathie Olivas, Sproot from Chris Ryniak, and Snowshoe from Amanda Louise Spayd. 

Thanks to Tomenosuke, we’ve been able to get our hands on the first Pocket Sideshow colorway. It’s soft black vinyl painted with shades of orange. Also, there’s a limited run of unpainted black figures…if that’s your thing.

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The Facts



Pocket Sideshow
Manufacturer: T+CP (Tomenosuke + Circus Posterus)
Artists: Amanda Louise Spayd, Brandt Peters, Chris Ryniak, and Kathie Olivas
Material: Sofubi (soft vinyl - Japan)
Dimensions: About 3” tall
Points of Articulation: One each (neck)
Designs: Otto (Brandt Peters); Penelope (Kathie Olivas); Sproot (Chris Ryniak); Snowshoe (Amanda Louise Spayd)
Edition Size: Painted – 100 pieces; Unpainted – 60 pieces
Pricing: ¥4,650 ($40.00) per 2-pack

Packaging

These came poly-bagged without being carded. That’s fine for me, as it’s not likely they would stay trapped in those baggy confines for very long. So there’s not much to talk about here.

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Our Opinion

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Burning Chop – “Ermahgerd! Pergs!!!”

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Big Man Toys has released the Burning Chop - "Ermahgerd! Pergs!!!". Limited to a run of only 6 pieces, this highly trained pro wrestling pug features a head sculpt by Eric Villanueva of 1Shot Toys, with the rest of the sculpting by BMT. These are fully hand cast and hand painted with a mix of spray painted gradients and hand painted washes and highlights. Every pug has slightly different artwork on their t-shirts, tights, and boots. They've been glossed with a durable varnish and feature glyos joints. You can pick one up for $30.00.

Badleg Krampus

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This holiday season, Goodleg Toys is set to bring you bad little boys and girls Badleg Krampus. He just had Saint Nicolaus for supper, and reclaimed what had been his ever since. The 5.5-inch resin custom bootleg action figure is available for a special advent season price - $65.00. This hand-casted and hand-painted figure features four points of articulation. It includes a "handy" weapon and comes bagged with a header card.

Pocket Sideshow: Winter Colorway

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On Wednesday December 10th 2014, the newest series of the T+CP Pocket Sideshow figures will be released. The Pocket Sideshow: Winter Colorway is colored in a nice and Christmas-y white and red. All four figures will be available from Tomenosuke (for worldwide customers except US and Canada locations) beginning at 11AM Japan Standard Time. North American residents can check out Circus Posterus, who have announced they will list their allotment of figures online on the same day.

The figures will be available in a painted version (100 total pieces) and an unpainted white version (60 total pieces). Those pieces will be split between Tomenosuke and Circus Posterus. Tomenosuke has the set of four figures listed for $95.00 for the painted version and $150.00 for both the painted and unpainted versions (8 total figures).