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Optikk MOTU Classics

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The Club Eternia Monthly Figure for May 2010 will be Optikk - the Space Mutant Spy for Skeletor. He'll be made available on May 17, 2010 at noon EST (be prepared to get seriously pissed off at MattyCollector.com - I always do). The $20 figure comes with a pair of accessories - Photon Neutralizer and Mutant Shield.

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Kick-Ass Action Figures

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Kick-Ass, the action-adventure movie from Lionsgate and Matthew Vaughn, is a twisted high-octane adventure that redefines the “super hero” genre, based on the popular comic by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. Mezco will also be offering a plethora of related Kick-Ass merchandise, from magnet sets and water bottles to sticker sheets and shot glasses.

But, what you're really concerned about are the toys. The Kick-Ass 6” action figure (pictured above) comes armed with two billy-clubs, and wearing signature suit and mask. The Hit-Girl action figure features the character in her signature plaid skirt, purple wig and cape. She comes armed with a pair of butterfly knives, and her double Gitano bladed mindy stick.

Look for them to ship in October 2010. Check around, as some retailers are beginning to place them up for pre-order.

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Limited Edition Dexter Bust

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Dark Horse Deluxe will be releasing this Limited Edition Dexter Bust featuring Michael C. Hall as Miami Metro's blood spatter analyst (and serial killer) Dexter Morgan. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios, look for this piece to be released in August 2010 with a price around $69.99.

Pocket Mummy Boy

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Brian Flynn and Super7 are bringing back the Pocket Mummy Boy vinyl figure with these Candy Colored Pocket Mummy Boys in pink and blue. Just in time for spring - all Easter egg-y.

False Alarm Mini-Print

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Artist David Lanham has made a new mini-print available through his website. The 5" x 7" False Alarm piece can be purchased for $12 per print. Actually, all of David's mini-prints can be bought for $12 a pop.

Kitty Half

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Artist Jason Freeny has released his newest illustration/print - Kitty Half. It's a dissected view of everyone's favorite little kitten - Hello Kitty. Currently, you can pick up a 13" x 15" signed and embossed print from Jason's webshop for $59.

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REVIEW: Uglydolls – Ninja Batty Shogun

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Background

The fourth Uglydoll of 2010 is none other than Ninja Batty Shogun. If my memory serves me correctly, this might be the first ninja Ugly released by Sun-Min and David. Although...I guess the Secret Mission Uglydolls were actually ninjas, but they didn't have the esteemed rank of Shogun.

So, what's Ninja Batty Shogun's story? I'm glad you asked:

Batty Shogun always wondered why toys having nothing to do with Ninjas would add ninja costumes to their line up. Just to look cool? Because Ninjas are rad? Well, Batty Shogun thinks that’s kinda “meh”. See, when Batty Shogun flies around at night with his best pal Ice-Bat, he does up the real dealio in an actual Ninja costume. No red flames, stripes or other crazy decorations. No spelling Ninja with a “Z” at the end. Just straight up stealth mode, that’s how he rolls. No sword though...those are sharp!

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The Facts

Ninja Batty Shogun
Series: Uglydolls
Manufacturer: Pretty Ugly
Artist: David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 2 Foot (24"); Classic (12"); Little Ugly (7"); Keychain (3")

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Tag

In addition to having the above reprinted mini bio on the inside of the green tag, Ninja Batty Shogun has an illustrated version of the character on the front (and inside) of the four panel tag. (He looks a little plump in the illustration)

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Our Opinion

If you've ever read David Horvath's blog, you probably know that he's a big fan of Ninja Sentai Kakuranger. So - of course - it wouldn't surprise you to see a shogun warrior Uglydoll that looks a little bit like those Sentai robots.

If you look at the Ninja Shogun Batty Ugly's ears, they resemble the horns on a Shogun Warrior's helmet. The character looks a little like Ice-Bat, but pretty much any Uglydoll with wings will be compared to the original (and possibly most popular) flying Ugly.

Shogun Batty features a gray, straight-line Uglydoll mouth. There are three triangular yellow teeth pointing downward. The character has a red oval nose and a pair of sky blue eyes. All of this sets pretty well against the black background. But, as you can probably see from the close-up shot, there's a little bit of black space between the teeth and the mouth. That's accentuated because of the very different colors used on the face.

Overall, I like the design. While it's not an entirely new look (he could be a second cousin of Poe and Ice-Bat), he'll go well with your collection of Secret Mission Uglydolls.

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You can pick one up at the following:

Uglydolls.com: $6 to $50

Ninja Batty Shogun Grades

Plush Quality: 9/10
    Stitching: 8/10
    Material: 9/10
Softness: 9/10
Packaging/Tag: 7/10
Cuteness: 8/10
Fun Factor: 8/10
Value: 9/10

Overall: 9.0/10

Federico Bartoli’s Paco

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This is Paco, from artist Federico Bartoli. While the 3.5" tall resin figure hasn't been released, Federico is currently looking for production help. I'd like to see a painted up version of the figure...since it's difficult to see any details on an all white figure.

EDIT (More Info from the Artist):

My concept of PACO: he is a trouble but legendary man, he is born at the slum district of Milan, which is without culture, only violent and bad education. The life for PACO is really hard and unlucky, he has turned to the dark side by this harsh atmosphere. After many years of robbery, arson, rape…etc., he was arrested finally. However, this is not the end. The life of PACO is not so easy like before because he must camouflage everyday to escape from the prison. He has tried to be a bear, a tortoise, a horse…etc., but no one time is successful. PACO needs your help to find the best outfit to escape…CAN YOU HELP HIM?

The Boys Are Back in Town

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Giant Robot (GRSF) is proud to present The Boys Are Back in Town - a group art show featuring new works by Matt Furie, Le Merde, and Johnny Ryan. A reception featuring many of the artists will be held from 6:30PM until 10:00PM on Saturday, April 17th, 2010. The show will run from April 17th until May 12th.

GRSF
618 Shrader Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Clock and Coasters from Mutt.

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Mutt Toy has released a pair of new products. The Coaster Set by Brent Nolasco allows you to add some art to your coffee table. This set of six coasters features high quality artwork, with each set coming with a convenient coaster holder. The set runs $19.99.

The Wall Clock is by artist Tyler Coey. The clock features include a high quality print and Quartz movement...and you can pick one up for $24.99 each.