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REVIEW: Konjoinedkitty

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Background

Who are these kuddly little kritters?  Carnival performers on the run?  Co-dependent aliens from a binary star?  Side effects from too much genetically modified catnip?  Nope!  They're just two regular konjoined kitties who want to come home with you and love you, no matter what mood you're in.

Konjoinedkitty comes to you from the mind of Michael Schupbach.  Schupbach is an award-winning character designer, builder and performer, who has worked with Disney and is an alumnus of Jim Henson’s Muppet Workshop.  He teamed up with ESC-Toy to manufacture the Konjoinedkitty plush, which is currently available in two different versions.

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Packaging

You’ll possibly find the Konjoinedkitty plush packaged in a plastic bag.  If you pick one up in a store, it might be hanging from a black rop.  Every plush has a tag with information about the character.  However, it seems that they punched a hole in the wrong side because the tag does not open up.

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Little 9 Plush

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Jon Schiller has sent us news that Little 9 from his Little 9 and Friends should be available soon.   Little 9 is the main character form the series of five.  The plush toys will be available through his website.

Indiana Jones – Raiders of the Lost Ark – 1/6 Scale

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Sideshow launched their Indiana Jones line of 12" tall figures at Toy Fair 2008.  The first figure is the Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark 1/6 scale Indy.  This is one of the better head sculpts of Harrison Ford.  And there are a ton of accessories.  I'm trying to remember how/if Indiana Jones differs between films.  I thought he was always dressed the same way.

Rocky III Italian Stallion Version

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Hot Toys' 12" tall Rocky Balboa figure is set to be released in the 2nd Quarter of 2008.  The Italian Stallion version includes:

  • over 22 points of articulation
  • Real fabric costume with shorts, socks, and the “Italian Stallion “ yellow robe
  • Boxing gloves
  • A pair of interchangeable hands
  • Boots
  • Title Belt
  • Towel
  • Authentic Stallone portrait
  • Figure stand with the Rocky III logo and Rocky Balboa nameplate

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2007 Toy Awards: Vinyl Toy of the Year

Here's our last and biggest category...the Vinyl Toy of the Year.  The competition was brutal.  Dogs and cats living together...mass hysteria!  Now, what was I saying?  We narrowed down our list to only 10 vinyl figures from the last year.  It was a tough job, but someone had to do it.

#10. Mellow from Wheaty Wheat Studios

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Wheaty Wheat has introduced us to the first two characters from Christopher Lee's series of figures - The Urbanites.  Mellow might be simple looking, but he was one of the most popular figures of '07.

#9. Liberty from Kaching Brands

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Erick Scarecrow's Liberty vinyl figure gave a graffiti-like spin to America's symbol of freedom.  While there were a number of colorways, we chose the traditional look.

#8. Hell's Proprietor from Dark Horse

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Glenn Barr's giant bug shows us that Dark Horse is serious about producing quality vinyl figures at an affordable price.

#7. Combat Mod Squad Titus from Rocket World

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Patrick Ma tweaked his Titus sculpt to fit on their newest ride - an Italian style scooter.  We like the new sculpt a little better than the original...and plus, you get that cool scooter.

#6. Skullboy from Dark Horse

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"What?!", you might be saying.  That's right, we're choosing this fun little figure from Dark Horse as one of our favorites.  It sort of flew under the radar, but it's nice, simple, clean and affordable.

#5. Happy Beaver from Jeff Pidgeon

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This self-funded figure from Pixar artist Jeff Pidgeon gives us a retro cartoon feel.  It's always great when a big-time toy collector  can produce his very own figure.

#4. Legend of Plaseebo from Plaseebo Custom

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Who can forget the baby doll mummy in the sarcophagus?  It either really creeped you out  or made you think "brilliant!"  We love this unique figure.

#3. Drinking Luey from STRANGEco

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Bob Dob's iconic figure was transformed into rotocast vinyl and released in two different colorways (three figures each).  Since we had to choose one of the characters, I went with the Drinking Luey.

#2. Seamour Sheep Illuminative Edition from Crazy Label

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Metin Seven's comic character was released in the original colorway, but out favorite is the Illuminative Edition.  You can plug it into a USB port and it lights up the room using LEDs.  Amazing!

#1. Bossy Bear from Toy2R - WINNER!!

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David Horvath's newest hit character is a little blue bear who believes everything is his.  It launched a book from Hyperion as well as vinyl figures (in varying sizes) from Toy2R.  Mine!

‘Go Go Speakerdog’ Exhibition

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The second British Speakerdog exhibition will be filled to the brim with art prints and custom vinyl toys by Ben the Illustrator and super Speakerdog Softies by Fi the Imaginator. There may even be some brand
new paper toy designs too.  And it will all take place in Birmingham (UK) at Go Go Plastic from February 23rd through March 13th.

Exhibition opening times:
Mon - closed
Tues-Sat 10am-6pm
Sunday 11am-4pm

Go Go Plastic
6 Gibb Terrace
The Custard Factory
Gibb Street,
Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AA UK

Max Toy Co Winter Wonderfest Exclusives

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Max Toy Company will have table number C02-07 at the Japan Winter Wonderfest on this Sunday, Feb 24th.  They will have the above exclusive - Boy Karma and Eyezon
- figures for sale (as well as a few one of a kinds).  And if you can't make it to Japan, Max Toy Club members will get a shot at owning these fine figures.  And each
figure is hand painted by Mark Nagata.

Pluto VCD

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Sideshow will be distributing Medicom's Pluto Vinyl Collectible Doll.  The Disney line of VCDs is one of Medicom's most popular.  And the Pluto figure will definitely complement all of your Mickey Mouse toys.

Time for Challenge: Foosball

Toy Fair 2008: The Uglydoll Booth

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Our friend and informal Toy Fair correspondent, David Horvath, sent us a bunch of great photos of the Uglydoll booth.  All of the new Uglys were in attendance - Puglee, Babo's Bird, Plunko, Ugly Ghost and Poe.  The upcoming calendar, Ugly Guides and t-shirts were all on display.  It was as busy as ever and the display looks more impressive than years past...probably because of the growing Uglydoll family.  Enjoy!

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