Funko has gotten on the Iron Man 3 bandwagon by announcing a number of new toy lines featuring the film's license. They include the Can-Tivities (a brand new line), Boxo Papercraft Playset (also a brand new line), Pop! Vinyl Figures, Wacky Wobblers, Bookmarks, and Plushies. All of these items will be released in late February or early March.
Citizen Brick take the LEGO platform and puts out small-run figures that you'll probably never see LEGO release. And they've recently released a pair of figures from two of my favorite shows.
Stick Up Enthusiast (yep...that's Omar Little from The Wire)
“A Minifig must have a code,” Citizen Brick’s newest freelance antihero is wired for revenge. Complete with bulletproof vest, custom trench coat, do-rag, and sawed-off shotgun, our Stick Up Enthusiast will keep you at the top of your game. Indeed!
Chemistry Enthusiast (I think it's Walter White from Breaking Bad)
This minifig knows that science is serious business best left to professionals. In his stylish hazmat suit, Citizen Brick’s new Chemistry Enthusiast always puts safety first while cooking up the purest product on the market.
Bryan from Paper Foldables has created a new paper toy straight from the 1990's sketch comedy show Mr. Show with Bob and David. Since he's a huge fan of the show, Bryan decided to take votes on which character to create a Paper Foldable of...it looks like Mayor O.D. McCrack won...
One of the more popular sketches, "Druggachusettes" was a parody of the cult show, H.R. Pufnstuf. In "Druggachusettes", the characters live in a psychedelic world and they need to figure out how to order a pizza! When they finally get the pizza, the mayor of the altered state of Druggachusettes, "Mayor O.D. McCrack" declares the pizza to be... AWESOME!
You can download the Mayor O.D. McCrack template here.
Amanda Visell has released a pair of new posters. Both The Life Cycle Of The Worker Honey Bee and the Little Red Riding Hood posters measure 16" x 20" and are printed on archival poster paper. The Honey Bee poster similar to The Reproductive Cycle Of The Chicken poster, is a fun, informative illustrated diagram...while Little Red Riding Hood ends on a slightly dire note. You can pick up each poster for $30.00.
Artist Leah Moses has created a series of handmade plush toys called Yumyos. A Yumyo is a little “hug-monster” that's ventured from the Planet Yumyon.
Yumyos are happy little creatures. They are soft and cuddly and more than anything they want to be your friend. Each Yumyo comes with a lifetime supply of hugs.
There are several different versions of Yumyos available via Leah's Etsy Shop: Giant, Giant Yeti, Overlord, Mini, Meep, Jumbo, Squid, and Jelly. We'll be taking a look at the Yumyo Mini.
Yumyo – Mini Pink
Artist: Leah Moses
Material: Plush - Fleece
Dimensions: 3.5” tall by 7” wide
When I review toys, I often let them sit on the end table next to my chair in the family room. This gives me time to form a solid opinion over several days...usually while I'm watching bad 80's movies.
Why do I mention this? Well, my two-and-a-half year old son picked up the Mini Yumyo and says “I like this movie! He was in that spaceship.” I'm not really sure what he's talking about. Maybe it reminds him of WALL-E's friend EVE or the Minions from Despicable Me.
I actually thought that the Yumyo's arms were actually really large ears. So I had been think that (combined with the pink color) gave it a little pig vibe. It's like the old lady/beautiful girl optical illusion photo that I'm sure everyone has seen. If I focus on them being arms...I get a completely different character.
The only reason I know the background story (and that they're arms the Yumyo uses to hug) is that Leah has created a Yumyo book. Hugmonsters of Yumyon is a 22-page long self-made publication featuring hand drawn text and black and white illustrations. There are two eyes stuck to the front and back covers and four cover colors available to choose from. The book is well put together and gives the plush toy a little more personality. It can be purchased separately for $5.00.
The book is helpful as the plush Yumyo doesn't have much of a background story included with it. The only tag to speak of is a small, sewn-on tag that features the Yumyo logo and artist's name. The stitching is fine for a handmade plush, with maybe just a little too much stuffing in the arms. Also to note, the eyes are glued, not sewn, on.
I like the Yumyo Mini...but it's a little small to justify the $15.00 price. I understand that they're handmade (and handmade well). But I would have estimated somewhere in the $5.00 to $10.00 range, when you consider the lack of complexity and the limited amount of materials used. Now if each Yumyo included the book – giving it some background reference – I would believe that to be fair price point.
Pick one up at the following:
Yumyo Etsy Shop: $15.00 each
Hot Toys has unveiled a pair of new Quarter-Scale Limited Edition Collectible Busts from the upcoming Iron Man 3 film. The Mark XLII and War Machine busts each measure approximately 9" in height and feature LED eyes and heart.
Crazylabel has unveiled Ren 3 - the new blue and white version of Treeson's best friend. Designed by Bubi Au Yeung, this 5-inch designer vinyl figure comes with removable glasses, paint brush + palette, and a 1-inch GhostB toy figure.
Look for the Ren 3 vinyl figure to retail around $40.00.
For wholesale inquiries, contact DKE Toys.
Nistuff's Custom Figure Sale revs up today (Friday January 25th 2013) at 8PM ET over at the 481 Universe Store.
I've hand painted, airbrushed with Monsterkolor and in some cases hand cast resin bits for every figure that'll be available. The prices on figures range from 10-45 bucks and everything is one off. Some custom figure's you'll find include: Battlebeasts, OnellDesign, Callgrim, Realhead, OMFG S1 and S2, Anomalies, Outersacemen and Weaponeers of monka.
Is it February yet? Apparently the Steam Mumb figures (I'm assuming sixth-scale) will be released by 3A in February 2013. I'm not really sure what to make of these...although they'd go perfectly next to one of Ashley Wood's Zomb figures. I'm just hoping they're not blind boxed, because I prefer the style to the far right of the above photo.
While he's working on several projects that will hopefully see the light in 2013, one of VISEone's the most anticipated will be the addition of new Tube Monster characters. These images here are of some 3D character development - not to the sculpting stage or production pieces. But I think I might like this guy better than the original...