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2010 Damarak The Destroyer Dunny Pack

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Artist Damara Kaminecki has made two prints - that go along with his 2010 "Damarak The Destroyer" Dunny - inspired by Mexican flags. The first "print" is a hand cut papel picado flags, an edition of 20 pieces. The second is a linocut and is an edition of 50 pieces, also in the shape of a flag, printed on cotton rag paper.

Damara is selling these as packages through her shop. The "Dunny Duo pack" ($150.00) includes her Clear Dunny, the Green Variant as well as both flag prints. She's also selling the Clear Dunny and the flag together ($60.00). And any Dunny that comes from the artist comes signed.

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Puddlehead from Studio Eccentrina

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Puddlehead is the first resin figure from Tel-Aviv, Israel based artist Avri Rosen-Zvi and his new toy label, Studio Eccentrina. Each figure has been hand cast and hand painted by the artist. Each piece is unique and slight variations may occur.

The initial wave of three colorways are currently available for pre-order through Avri's webstore. There are five pieces of each color - Black Despair, Red Menace and Winter Ghost. These will be made available for $35.00 plus S&H. The set of all three will be offered for $85.00.

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Introducing Arts Unknown…now they’re known

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Arts Unknown is a new, UK-based, art toy company founded by art enthusiasts Paul Delfgou and Daniel Kohn. The company will be launching with pieces from three of the biggest names in the industry: Frank Kozik, Doktor A and Gary Baseman. They'll also be starting up a membership program, with limited places offered on a first-come first-served basis.

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While they'll be releasing prototype photos in the near future, we do have some sneak peek illustrations of the first three planned releases:

William, Henry & Reginald by Frank Kozik
Bella Delamere (The Casino Affair colorway) by Doktor A
Slugilicious by Gary Baseman

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REVIEW: IWG Starfleet Series

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Background

Rocket World’s IWG has been re-imagined as characters from the world of Star Trek: The Original Series. Captain Titus, Commander Affonso, and Lt. Commander Hannibal are on a mission to explore strange new worlds as they journey to the final frontier. Who knows what mischief and mayhem lie ahead as they boldly go where no animal has gone before?

Released as a 2010 San Diego Comic Con Exclusive, the IWG Starfleet Series was one of the more popular lines at the show. Rocket World was kind enough to hold on to some of the series for those who could not get to the show.

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The Facts



IWG Starfleet Series
Series: Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo
Manufacturer: Rocket World
Artist: Patrick Ma
Material: Rotocast vinyl
Dimensions: 7” tall
Points of Articulation: Titus – 3 (neck, arms); Affonso – 6 (neck, arms, legs, tail); Hannibal – 5 (neck, arms, legs)
Designs: Captain Titus, Commander Affonso and Lt. Commander Hannibal
Outfit: Federation Starfleet uniform shirt with Starfleet Insignia
Accessories: Type II Phaser, Communicator, Tricorder, and a mini plush Tribble
Edition Size: 300 pieces of each character (numbered on foot)

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Packaging

All of the three characters are packaged in the same box. It features the Star Trek logo as well as a plastic window cut out similar to the Starfleet insignia. On the rear of the packaging, you can read a little background information on the line as well as a list of the three characters.

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Our Opinion

I find the Star Trek films entertaining, but I definitely wouldn't consider myself a Trekkie. Saying that – or at least writing it – I have to admit that this might just be my favorite Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo series. It features the three most popular IWG characters: Titus as Captain Kirk; Affonso as Commander Spock; Hannibal as - I'm guessing - Lt. Commander Scott.

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The quality of the IWG Starfleet Series has taken a step up from some of the recent IWG offerings. Each figure includes a detailed Phaser, Communicator (although it doesn't actually open), Tricorder and a plush Tribble. Each character comes with a different color Tribble: Affonso – white; Hannibal – gray; Titus – brown.

The shirts feel like they're made of Spandex. They have a Velcro strip along the back so that you can remove the shirt, if you're so inclined. Each shirt features a plastic Starfleet Insignia on it. This is the only place where I've come across an issue with these figures. The insignia is glued on the shirt, and on two of the three, they've actually started falling off the shirts. I'm not sure if I'll need to superglue them in place, but it's worth noting.

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OVERALL: I feel like this is a big coup for Rocket World. They were able to get ahold of the Star Trek license, which I'm guessing isn't the easiest thing to do – especially for a small designer toy company. But then they created a series of really fun toys that really benefited from that license.

From the figures to the accessories to the clothes to the little plush Tribbles...Star Trek and Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo fans will be extremely pleased with the way the IWG Starfleet Series turned out.

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You can pick one up at the following:

RocketWorld.org: $50.00 ea.

IWG Starfleet Series Grades

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

Captain Titus: 9.2/10
Commander Affonso: 9.3/10
Lt. Commander Hannibal: 9.1/10

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“Oil Slick” Jouwe Custom from OsirisOrion

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As the opening of the Jouwe Custom Show approaches, more and more artists are revealing their custom creations. This time around, we're taking a look the "Oil Slick" Jouwe custom from artist OsirisOrion.

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Custom Broccoli Avenger Dunny

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Howie Green has completed work on his custom Broccoli Avenger Dunny. This one is based on the new Sket One "Boom" Dunny. After opening the box, Howie thought "the poof shapes looked like broccoli and thus was born the Broccoli Avenger - strking terror into the hearts of children everywhere who refuse to eat their broccoli".

Stina Persson – Perfectly Flawed

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In her new solo show "Perfectly Flawed" taking place at gallery hanahou, Stockholm artist Stina Persson abandons her digital safety net to create unaltered works that are beautifully imperfect - or imperfectly beautiful - as a response to the increasingly flawless images with which we surround ourselves. The opening reception takes place on Thursday September 9th 2010 from 7PM until 9PM, running until October 1st.

For her newest work, the artist asked herself what would happen if she didn't scan, didn't retouch, and didn't work digitally at all. The result of that question is a series of more than 30 new works on paper, watercolor pieces of women with running paint, unconventional color choices, and skewed perspective - imperfections that are natural, unsettling, and beautiful.

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611 Broadway, Suite 730
NYC

Hot Toys teases us with Superman

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This Winter, Hot Toys will be bringing collectors the long-awaited 1/6th scale collectible figure based on the portrait of actor Christopher Reeve as he was in the 1978 film Superman. You might have heard about that one...or even seen it.

Brian McCarty’s ART-TOYS Release

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The book release and signing party for Brian McCarty's ART-TOYS book will take place on Thursday, September 9th 2010 from 6PM until 9PM at La Luz de Jesus Gallery.

ART-TOYS is a massive collection of Brian McCarty's meticulously composed photographs that uniquely chronicle the Art-Toy movement. For six years, McCarty worked alongside a host of international artists, photographing their toy characters in actual locations ranging from the Grand Canyon to Times Square. The resulting photos are sometimes dark, often funny, and always hinting at a deeper story. The moments that McCarty manufactures in front of the camera feel real, as if he's simply documenting the day-to-day lives of toys.

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
(Wacko / Soap Plant)
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Win a Pink Strawberry Cavey

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Holly Stanway is giving you a chance to win a Pink Strawberry Cavey, limited to only 2 pieces. You'll need to get creative and submit original artwork featuring Cavey. You can paint, sculpt, sew, draw, Photoshop...anything you like as long as it features Cavey.

The deadline is September 17th, 2010 and Holly will pick a winner on September 20th. The Grand Prize is a Pink Strawberry Cavey. There will be three runner up prizes o af Cavey badge and sticker packs.