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Sideshow’s G.I. Joe – Major Bludd

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Sideshow Collectibles has revealed the newest addition to their sixth-scale G.I. Joe license - the COBRA meanie - Major Bludd. Available in both Regular and Sideshow Exclusive Editions, the 12-inch figure is slated to begin shipping in June 2013. Both of those versions can currently be pre-ordered for $174.99.

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The Major Bludd Sixth Scale Figure features:

• Helmet (Removable)
• Detailed reactive armor heavy chest plate
• Armor enhanced cybernetic arm featuring fully articulated fingers
• Multi-barreled sabot rail gun, includes 3 fin stabilized sabot darts
• Detachable harness stores 4 additional fin stabilized sabot darts
• 9mm sub-machine gun, includes 4 magazines
• .50 caliber heavy barreled revolver
• Major Bludd's dog tags and bloody dog tag 'trophies'
• Detailed combat boots with boot knife and sheath
Sideshow Exclusive: Alternate portrait with scarred eye and clip-on augmented optical unit

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CCC – Fidelia and Fidelina

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It's been a while since we've heard from Charles Stephan (Charles' Creature Cabinet), but he's decided to release Fidelia the Firefly Faerie, which was originally released April 16th 2009, once more.

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With the help of his friend Grace from Jpopdolls, the tiny ball-jointed doll will soon be available for pre-order during a limited window. The Fidelia II will be released in a new GID color (lavender/purple) and with a new outfit by Lin Murasaki Design (Charles’ sister). At the same time, they'll also be unveiling Fidelia's younger sibling: Fidelina (Fee-de-leenah) - little faithful one. She'll measure a little over 3" and be cast in pink glow-in-the-dark resin.

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DIY Chebaka Power Vinyl Toy

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Chris Alexander - Creo Design - has released a new DIY 4'' Chebaka Power Vinyl Toy. The do-it-yourself platform version will run $15.00 plus $5.50 shipping and only be available via the above link.

Chaos King from Bunka

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Artoyz Originals has announced that they'll be producing the 7.5" tall Chaos King vinyl figure from French illustrator Bunka. It will be available beginning on Thursday, November 8th 2012, with a release part that day beginning at 7:00PM at Artoyz Paris. This version of the Chaos King will be limited to 200 pieces, although there are no pricing details.

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REVIEW: Boombot2 Camouflage

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Background

You might remember that the company Boombotix was previously named SkullyBoom. But the Boombot design actually started as the Mini Skully from Urban Warfare. There were even several series of vinyl toys released. The company was sold, but, luckily, the figure design lent itself perfectly to becoming a mobile speaker. And the Boombot was born.

The updated Boombot2 features wireless Bluetooth connectivity (Boombot1 is strictly a wired speaker), is USB rechargeable (quoted 8 hour runtime), and completely portable. Each one includes a USB cable for charging and a 3-foot long extendable audio cable in case you don't have Bluetooth.

The Boombot2 is currently available in eight different designs, including two Artist Series and four Limited Edition designs. For this review, we're taking a look at the Camouflage Boombot2.

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The Facts

Boombot2 Camouflage
Series: Boombot2
Manufacturer: Boombotix
Material: Plastic casing
Dimensions: 3.6” wide by 3.8” tall
Points of Articulation: One (Clip on the back)
Accessories: USB Cable; 3-foot extendable audio cable
Edition Size: Limited Edition
Pricing: $79.99

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Packaging

The plastic pane window-front packaging shows off the design that you purchased. It's a fairly minimalist design, which makes sense since you won't want to keep this piece mint-in-box. The speaker and all accessories are packaged securely, so there will be no issues with shipping damage.

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Our Opinion

While most of the designer toy marketplace consists of displayable art pieces, there are several examples of “functional toys”. Speakers and USB flash drives appear to rule that landscape. But just how good can something that's partially marketed as an art toy be at producing a solid sound?

Actually, I was surprised at just how good the Boombot2 sounds. You can really crank the volume up (buttons on the top), and it sounds clear at any level. You even get good bass from the speaker when you're rocking out to Bananarama or whatever the kids are listening to nowadays.

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I've used this mostly in my office at work, by setting it up to link with my iPad via Bluetooth. (You lose about 10% maximum volume by opting with Bluetooth over wired, although I haven't noticed a difference.) Bluetooth is one of the new features that differentiates the original Boombot from the Boombot2. The middle button on the top lets you toggle to get to Bluetooth mode (different modes equal different colors). And there's still the option to plug in the included audio cable to the back panel.

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As far as the overall look and feel of the Camouflage Boombot2, it's a very solid piece. In your hand, it just feels like a high quality portable speaker. You wouldn't be scared to clip it on to your book bag (or on your belt as you practice you b-boy moves), because it's well-constructed. And with more artists signing on to lend their work to the platform (SKET is the most recent), they're really combining art with functionality.

You can purchase one at the following:

Boombotix.com: $79.99

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Shadoe Delgado at Designer Con

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Shadoe Delgadoe will be going to Designer Con this weekend with a few things. There will be a custom series called "Terra incognita", featuring a 4" Shadowling ($85.00) and 10" Munch ($200.00). They will be available at Spanky Stokes' booth, #301, with any leftovers going up on Shadoe's website the following week.

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The Sucklord Sleeps with the Fishes

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Last night deep inside the DKE Warehouse, Bill McMullen (AKA Billions McMillions) was grinding away, shrinkwrapping and hand picking colored markers for a very special limited edition coloring poster. You remember these! This kind of poster was an Grade A Number 1 Present around my house at holiday time. And now, Bill has captured all the charm of dumping the Sucklord in the East River with 4 coloring pens, and just in time for the holidays too.

The Sucklord Sleeps with the Fishes Color-It-Yourself Poster Pen Set will be available for the first time at Designer Con, at the DKE booth #124. This signed and numbered edition of 50 sets - each one with 4 markers - will sell for $25.00 each.

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The Gentleman Cavey

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The Gentleman Cavey (from Holly Stanway) will be debuting at Designer Con 2012, at Booth #713, ahead of his official release date on Monday November 12th 2012 at 1:00PM ET.

Made from charcoal grey super soft fleece and sporting a teeny handcut felt moustache, a little bowtie and a handmade hat, this Cavey is limited to 30 numbered pieces. He will be available for £16/$25.

They Gentleman Cavey will be for sale at Designer Con and the Cavey’s American Cousins show, and any leftovers will be for sale in the Cavey shop on Monday November 12th.

Blamo – Bandit and Teak

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Blamo has some news for collectors, including new releases and their Designer Con 2012 plans. The new Black and Grey Bandit, featuring a leather body and brass face, is currently available to purchase for $220.00.

They're also giving you a sneak peek at Teak. Blamo is unveiling a new character variation at Designer Con this year, so get to Booth #413, where they'll be with Mikie Graham...and some surprises.

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Paisley Fawn is bringing the Smudges to DCon

Paisley Fawn will be attending Designer Con, and bringing some plush creations with her.

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The Designer Con Exclusive "Brea" Wooly Mammoth Smudge stands 4 inches tall. These plush/mixed media figures are the 1st edition of the 'Brea" Smudges and are limited to only 6 pieces, running $80.00 each.

As the pictures show, this little lady recently got a bit to close for comfort when visiting the La Brea Tar Pits.  She just peeked over the edge and it was going going gone!  Good thing she was able to clamber up outta that sticky mess and make her way to Designer Con!

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The "Return of The Living Smudge!" will also be at Designer Con, with 10 of the 18 piece Series 1 run being available to attendees. You'll be able to pick one up for $60.00.

The zombie sickness has finally taken foot in the Smudge Community.  These itty bitty hand-stitched blood splattered 'Return of The Living Smudge" plush figures feature a bright pink oozing brain, vintage button eyes, and enough bloody gore to last you until next Halloween!