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Amanda Visell’s Jackalope

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Kidrobot has announced a new plush by artist Amanda Visell. The Jackalope character was taken from her Tic Toc Apocalypse mini series. The limited edition plush is 14" of robot-decimating plush from ears to feet. Look for the Jackalope plush to release in the US on April 22, 2010 ($29.95) or the UK/Europe on April 1, 2010 (£27.00/30,00€).

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REVIEW: Letters from LA – Voxer

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Background

Letters from LA is a new line of collectibles that was created to showcase one of the most important aspects of graffiti art – Lettering.” Released by U1 Art Toys, this line of resin collectibles is designed in conjunction with each graffiti artist, to give the best representation of their actual artwork.

The first piece from the Letters from LA series is Voxer, by artist Vox One. “Known for his angular linework, psychedelic fill-ins, and ‘old school’ feel, Vox has been featured in a variety of media including books, magazines, video games, movies, and various art galleries.

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The Facts



Letters from LA - Voxer
Series: Letters from LA
Manufacturer: U1 Toy Arts
Artist: Vox One
Sculpted by: Dave Kawano
Material: Resin
Dimensions: 7.5" tall by 11.75" wide
Edition Size: 500 pieces

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Packaging

The Letters from LA – Voxer piece comes packaged in a tab lock tuck box. Inside, there are several layers of Styrofoam that keep the three parts of the art piece separated. Each piece is secured in a cutout Styrofoam layer. The outside of the packaging shows the wall and lettering as well as some LA-inspired artwork.

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Our Opinion

The Letters from LA line is much more art than toy. These resin collectibles are meant to be displayed. And U1 Toy Arts has given you three different ways to display the Voxer collectible. The piece comes in three different parts – the base, back wall and graffiti letters. Both the wall and the graffiti have a cutout in the back that would allow you to hang the piece on a nail. So, you could go with all three pieces of a desk or shelf, or one of the two hanging options.

The Voxer collectible is rather weighty. It actually weighs 2 pounds 10 ounces. The wall fits securely in the base cutout, and the base is heavy enough that the piece will not tip over. The wall also has a pair of metal posts that fit into the holes featured on the back of the lettering. This all leads to a three dimensional effect with the letters being raised off of the background wall.

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Even though there’s a huge graffiti presence in the designer vinyl and art toy world…there’s nothing that really replicates the graffiti feel. Many years back, there were the trains from Bigshot Toyworks. And we’ve seen tags turned into displayable pieces. But no one has “gotten it” like U1 Toy Arts’ Letters from LA line.

This is a pretty small run – at only 500 pieces – so an $85 price tag is fairly reasonable. The good thing is that U1 will be working with other artists (presumably LA-based) on adding new designs to the series.

For wholesale inquiries, contact DKE Toys.

You can pick one up at the following:

U1 Toy Arts: $85.00

Letters from LA - Voxer Grades

Figure Quality: 9/10
   Sculpt: 9/10
   Paint: 9/10
Accessories/Outfit: N/A
Packaging: 9/10
Durability: 8/10
Fun Factor: 8/10
Value: 8/10

Overall: 9.4/10

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Our Hero, APPRENTICE

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Dynomight NYC has announced their next major series release — Our Hero, APPRENTICE. This is a video game/comic concept that has been in artist Justin Rudy's sketchbooks since college - 1997 to be exact.

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The first piece released will be a 6" tall resin statue. Each figure will be hand painted by Justin. The first set will consist of only 10 pieces worldwide. These will be competitively priced to most high end vinyl pieces (under 100 bones).

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The APPRENTICE pieces were manufactured and sculpted by the very talented Julie B from Pretty in Plastic. Not that these photos are not of the finished painted pieces - they are just prototypes.More information will be revealed about APPRENTICE and his ever expansive universe closer to the release date.

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REVIEW: Amber O’Malley

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Background

One of the new resin figurines released by Patch Together is from artist David Willis, whose web comic is named ShortPacked! From that comic, comes Amber O’Malley - a girl with her trusty corn popper push toy. Here’s her background story:

Amber is uneasy when dealing with people, so Cheese only knows why she runs the customer service desk. It probably has to do with how she feels more secure behind the counter, so long as there’s a solid barrier between herself and the real li- -er, customers.

Slowly, Amber has grown more and more confidence in herself, but she’s been using it to blackmail Mike into a sexy yet twisted relationship. Uh oh.

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The Facts



Amber O’Malley
Manufacturer: Patch Together
Artist: David Willis (ShortPacked)
Material: Resin
Dimensions: 6” tall
Points of Articulation: zero
Accessories: Corn popper push-toy

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Packaging

Amber O’Malley comes packaged in a small white box. It’s similar to other Patch Together boxes, but there is a sticker on the front of this one. In addition to the above reprinted background story, there’s an illustration of the character in a pose similar to the figure.

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Our Opinion

Before seeing the Patch Together’s Amber O’Malley figure, I hadn’t heard of the character or the artist – David Willis. So, I was fairly open and didn’t have any preconceived notions about how the resin piece should look. Now, comparing the figure to the illustration, I think Patch Together did a pretty good job recreating the look.

The piece comes secured to a black oval base – for your displaying pleasure. The corn popper push-toy is a separate resin piece. It comes in split into two so that you can slide the toy into Amber’s hands. The issue with this piece is that the clear bubble on the toy is so heavy…that it ends up spinning to the bottom. You can place this piece against her hand, to stop this from happening.

Overall, it’s a fairly standard resin figure. The paintwork is average. The quality of the actual figure is slightly higher than the corn popper accessory. But it’s really up to you…whether or not you like the character. Personally, I wouldn’t pay $40 for it, since I’m not connected to the character. But fans of the ShortPacked web comic will love this.

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You can pick one up at the following:

Patch Together: $39.95

Amber O'Malley Grades

Figure Quality: 7/10
   Sculpt: 8/10
   Paint: 7/10
Accessories/Outfit: 5/10
Packaging: 6/10
Durability: 7/10
Fun Factor: 7/10
Value: 6/10

Overall: 7.4/10

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ZeroFriends Vannen Artist Watch

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On Saturday March 27th 2010 at 11AM, ZeroFriends and Vannen Watches will release a limited edition Alex Pardee artist watch exclusive to the ZeroFriends boutique in NYC. There are only 40 pieces available. Each watch comes in never before seen packaging that's been signed, numbered and customized by Alex. (No two pieces of packaging are the same) Plus - as an extra bonus - each watch will include a limited edition, signed and numbered print.

These will first be made available in the NYC store. But if the watch doesn't sell out, you'll be able to pick it up online Monday, March 29th only at ZeroFriends.com.

ShofarKids Plush

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With the motto "Live,  play and love", ShofarKids has launched their first product line. These pillows/art toys are available in three designs: a seahorse named Vico, a squid named Ika, and a fish named Pex. The lead designer is Marcus Matumoto, and he has placed a special feature on each of the characters - the eyebrow is made of three yellow drops.

Each plush pillow is 20" long. Look for them to retail around $45 each. For qholesale inquiries, contact DKE Toys.

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Noruto Ninja Spiki

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Kuso Vinyl will release Nakanari's Noruto Ninja Spiki at this year's WonderCon. This version is limited to 150 pieces - including a 50 piece chase red eye bloody version. These will be sold at Kuso's booth #1343 for $75 each. The artist will be in attendance to sign your purchase.

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Salazad’s SexoPunxCyclone

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Indonesian artist Sal Azad has sent along some detailed photos of his latest custom - SexoPunxCyclone. It uses a new resin toy - Gong from Watoy Indonesia - and adds elements such as a paper base. The idea behind the custom is "Monster + Steampunk".

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Battle Series: Jon Burgerman x Eboy