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2006 Toy Fair: Little Wonder Studio

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Little Wonder Studio debuted their Foofnicks line of vinyl toys at TF2006.  The line contains 3 main characters – Jacked Rabbit, Jim Jam and Waffle.  Each figure stands at about 6 inches in height and there are plans for 3 colorways of each character.  Robert Curet, the creator and artist responsible for the Foofnicks, said each will be limited to about 1,000 pieces.

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Wootini’s Unnatural History

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Wootini's current gallery show showcases the works of Nakanari (Tony Shiau) and Bloo Empire.  There are a number of customs, prints and one-off paintings on display and for sale.  The Wootini website will have a number of these pieces for sale, or you can also stop by the Carrboro store and inquire within.

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Uglydolls Win Specialty Toy of the Year

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The day before Toy Fair is when the Toy Industry of America announces their Toy of the Year Award winners.  Uglydolls came home with the Specialty Toy of the Year.  The Specialty Toy of the Year is described as "the best toy primarily distributed through specialty retailers".  Congrats to the whole Uglydoll crew.

New Forums!

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Since we're trying to bolster our forum activity, we've signed up a number of new and exciting folks to chat on our discussion board.  In addition to Blythe, Rocket World and Friends With You, we have added an Android 8 (Sours and Rustboy), MAD (creator of the popular MAD*L figures), mimobots (everyones favorite flash drive turned designer toy) and Wheaty Wheat Studios (one of the hottest designer toy companies in the biz) forum.  They will all be moderated by folks specific to each artist and/or company.  This is just the beginning...more forums will be coming soon.  We'll also be running a ton of prize giveaways through the board, so now is the time to sign up!

Also, check out the Forum Member of the Month thread for more details on how to achieve that distinction.

Wootini Presents: Attaboy and Annie Owens

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Carrboro, North Carolina's number one designer toy shop - Wootini - is presenting Hi-Fructose magazine co-creators Attaboy and Annie Owens.  The show is entitled Swarmy Weather and you'll need to show up on Friday, March 10th from 7pm to 12am at the historic Carr Mill Mall.  You'll be able to see original artwork (and I'm sure some toys from Atta) as well as partaking in the usual refreshments.

Remixing the Magic Show

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Gallery 1988 is presenting Remixing the Magic.  They will be presenting the work of 50 artists who are reinterpreting Disney classics.  Just check out the list of artists: Han, Biskup, Ledbetter, etc. 

The show will include a special installation inspired by Alice in Wonderland titled Cheshire Cats and The Purple Tree by Julie B.  It appears as this might be the introduction of the Cheshire Cat figure designed by Nathan Cabrera, sculpted by Monster5 and produced by Span of Sunset.

2006 Toy Fair: Toy Tokyo

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Toy Tokyo had a number of new offerings on display at Toy Fair.  The first figure from the Instant Sapien line – Big Puff Maki – was being shown off.  (These will be carried by FreeBento.com)The newest figure from Go HeroYira – was also displayed.  Also, check out David and Sun-Min’s Little Yoya and Minty vinyl figures from Toy2R.

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2006 Toy Fair: Loconauts

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Evergrow has introduced a new line of figures on the heels of their Emotes vinyl.  Loconauts and Emotes were on display at Toy Fair 2006 – sharing a booth.  The Loconauts line will include both plush and small resin toys. 

All of the characters are based on wacky personality disorders.  With names like Baxter Burnout, Anna Anorexia and Barry Bi-Polar…you can see the theme.  Each figure also has a tagline about his or her specific ailment.  Shirts and hats will be available as well as key chains and travel mugs.

My personal favorite is Barry Bi-Polar.  He resembles a light bulb and his vinyl head actually lights up when activated.

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LOVE/HATE Release Party

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mimoco is at it again.  Tomorrow, they are going to be partying tomorrow at Karmaloop in Boston, MA.  The celebration is for the release of the LOVE & HATE mimobots, designed by Shawnimals - Shawn Smith.  (I have one and it's super cool!)  He'll be there signing mimobots, shirts, plush, "boobs"...  Just reprinting what they told me!  Free adult beverages for all adult attendees and tunes by DJ Special Blend.


Friday, Feb. 17th
Karmaloop
160 Newbury St. Boston, MA
8:00 PM- 10:30 PM

How To Draw: Uglydoll

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So you want to learn how to draw Uglydolls?  Well, now you have a how-to book to help you with that.  This 32 page paperback is a humorous look at how to draw some of your favorite Ugly characters.  The book is set to come out on July 1st and can be pre-ordered through Amazon.com for $5.95.