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Legend of Plaseebo Mummy with Sarcophagus

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Plaseebo is 5 years old this month. And they're giving you a reverse sneak peek at their very first figure - the Legend of Plaseebo Mummy with Sarcophagus.

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The Plaseebo Sarcophagus sculpt in progress way back then: "Bob experiments with poly clay over a hand built cardboard and paper mache form to fit the mummy figure".

In celebration, they'll be releasing 10 pieces of Plaseebo's first vinyl figure that Bob has been holding back in hopes that they might get this far. The long sold out first edition "Legend Of Plaseebo Mummy " will be offered at its original "Good ol Days" price of $85.00 - as a small token of appreciation for all the collectors who have supported Plaseebo in these formative years.

The 7 1/2 inch tall poseable mummy is cast in glow in the dark white vinyl with an umber wash and is entombed in a 9 inch hand painted vinyl Sarcophagus. The set also includes an illustrated backstory and full color header card.

The 10 sets of the Legend Of Plaseebo Mummy with Sarcophagus will be available from the Plaseebo web shop on Thursday, March 25th 2010.

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Curster Turtle

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The Curster crew has released a new Turtle plush through their Etsy shop. The 6" tall handmade plush features a handpainted face, wire neck & feet, vinyl & fuzzy fleece fabrics, and is stuffed with cotton/poly. All for $45.

Yeti Spiki Stitch

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Tony Shiau (aka Nakanari) of MaiHiro is showing off a recent custom Stitch vinyl figure he created for a private collector. The custom uses his Yeti Spiki character as the custom's basis.

Hawaii Chrome Domo Qee

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Dark Horse Deluxe has announced a special exclusive Hawaii Chrome Domo Qee variant - from Toy2R - for the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2). The show will run from April 16–18, 2010.

The convention exclusive features Domo covered with a Hawaiian-style print. Only 1,200 pieces of this special variant will be made available to collectors at the Dark Horse Comics booth.

Onorio D’Epiro’s Quick Sketches

Hello, Brute – Teen Dream

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Jon Knox's (Hello, Brute) 3rd solo show - entitled Teen Dream - opens at Chicago's Rotofugi on Friday April 9th, 2010 and runs until April 25th. He'll "be bringing heaps of new drawings, paintings, and toys". Jon will also be at the opening reception. We'll provide you with more details as the opening approaches.

REVIEW: Disney Showcase Collection – Belle

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Background

In 1991, Disney released the animated film - Beauty and the Beast. It was a smash hit and has since grossed over $300 million in revenue. The main character was an eccentric girl named Belle, who ended up falling in love with the Beast (she was the "Beauty" in the film title).

Due to the popularity of the movie, Disney continues to release products based on Beauty and the Beast. And Belle is often included in the Disney Princesses line. Tonner Doll Company has the Disney Showcase Collection, which is essentially a premium collectible figure line featuring many of the most popular female Disney characters - one of which is Belle.

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The Facts



Belle
Series: Disney Showcase Collection
Manufacturer: Tonner Doll Company
Material: Rotocast vinyl head, articulated plastic body, rooted saran hair
Dimensions: 15” tall (Tonner's teenage body)
Points of Articulation: 14 (neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, chest, hips, knees and ankles)
Outfit: White cotton long-sleeved blouse; white petticoat; soft blue jumper with matching hair ribbon; black faux leather shoes
Accessories: Display stand
Edition Size: 1,000 pieces

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Packaging

Belle comes packaged in the Disney Showcase Collection box. It's a fairly simple outer box design, with just blue and black vertical lines. Inside, the figure is tied in using ribbons and Styrofoam protection. The lone accessory/outfit item that is bagged separately are the shoes.

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Our Opinion

Recently, most of the articulated figures that Tonner has been releasing are either based on film or comic book licenses. And the film licenses are usually live action movies. But probably one of their more popular lines - especially with girls - is the Walt Disney showcase Collection. Essentially, it's Tonner releasing the various "Disney Princesses" as dressed dolls.

Belle - from the animated hit Beauty and the Beast - is rather plain in her simple blue and white jumper and petticoat. (There is a version of Belle available in her yellow gown) But the outfit is the spitting image of her on screen version. It would have been great if the figure came with a few accessories though. Maybe the clock or the teapot from the film?

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The Tonner folks also did a new head sculpt that looks great. This just reiterates my opinion that Tonner consistently aces female face sculpts (the guys...about 50% to 75% of the time). The front of the hair is styled just like the film, but the back is done in a weird bun/roll thing...and seems way too long.

Overall, I think this would be a great addition if you or your daughter collect Disney Princesses or Beauty and the Beast memorabilia. Of course, this isn't a figure that you'd want little Suzie taking outside and playing with (not for $150). But it would make a great addition to any Disney collection.

You can pick one up at the following:

TonnerDirect.com: $149.99

Belle Grades:

Figure Quality: 9/10
   Sculpt: 9/10
   Paint: 10/10
Accessories/Outfit: 9/10
Packaging: 7/10
Durability: 8/10
Fun Factor: 7/10
Value: 8/10

Overall: 8.9/10

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Wee Devil Action Pen

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Squibbles INK, Inc. (under the Inked Pulp label) is pleased to announce the Wee Devil Action Pen, the first design in a new series of limited edition Artist Action Pens. The first design is based on the Shawnimals Ninjatown characters.  The animated action side pictures a gang of troublesome Wee Devils, floating ominously toward the wise Ol' Master Ninja. On the reverse side is the Ninjatown logo, iconic Mt. Feroshi, and a cast of popular Ninjatown characters.

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These pens were manufactured by ESKESEN A/S, the Original Floating Action Pen innovators, and are loaded with smooth-writing black ink. They're available in one of four different transparent barrel & clip color combination's: Black/Black, Red/Red, Black/Red or Red/Green.

The Wee Devil Action Pen will go on sale Saturday March 20, 2010 for $5.95 each.

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The Muscle Squid

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The Muscle Squid is the first D.I.Y. figure by designer Mad Joe Customizer of Overkill Creations."This GIANT SQUID is a sneaky master of disguise who likes to change things up with interchangeable parts for all your customizing needs."

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Standing in at 4" of hand cast resin, each figure features 8 points of articulation. Each piece includes 3 mouths, 1 squid hat and 1 mohawk. The D.I.Y will come in solid red for the first run of 30 pieces...and its now on sale at the Overkill Creations store for $25 each.

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Toy Break Episode 112 : Space Pussy

The Toy Break folks (George, Ayleen and Ben) are joined on the big couch by Mr. Scott Tolleson for Episode 112 - entitled Space Pussy. Want to know more about this episode? Read the show notes: This week we have Scott Tolleson as well as Iron Man, General Zoo, Weenicons, and much more.