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Slobot Art Without Borders

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Mike Slobot has provided us with some photos of the piece that he had at the opening of the Art Without Borders show at Art Whino. The SloMunny Guardian is based on a 7” tall Munny...with lots of additions. Mike also has several smaller pieces available at the show. 

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Adventure Time Mystery Minis Series

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I'm pretty sure I've seen every episode of Adventure Time...multiple times. And I'd probably describe the animated series as a completely random, stream of consciousness cartoon. It's still very popular.

And Funko is getting in on the game (they did previously release characters in their POP! Vinyl series) by revealing the Adventure Time Mystery Minis Series. Each 2.5" tall Mystery Mini figure will come in an embossed collector tin. Keep an eye out as you'll be able to pick them up in May 2014.

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Hot Toys’ Captain America (Golden Age Version)

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With Marvel Studios’ upcoming superhero blockbuster – Captain America: The Winter Soldier - launching very soon (happy birthday to me!), Hot Toys has revealed their sixth scale Captain America (Golden Age Version) collectible figure. This movie promo edition collectible figure will be available exclusively during upcoming promotion events. So I guess if you're lucky enough to be invited to one...

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The sixth scale Captain America (Golden Age Version) features:

• Nine interchangeable gloved hands
• Dark blue and grayish-white uniform with red and white stripes on midsection and star emblems on chest and arms
• Pair of dark blue, gray, and red suspenders
• Pair of dark blue pants
• Brown leather-like belt with pouches
• Pair of brown boots
• Metal circular shield with distressed effect
• Figure stand with Captain America nameplate and the movie logo

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2013 PAPAs: Plush Toy of the Year

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We haven't seen much of a change in the realm of plush toys. While some of the smaller brands have become much bigger, there still are a number of artists out there making small run releases. This year, we take a look at five of our favorites from 2013.

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5. Universal Monster Uglydolls from Uglydolls (David + Sun-Min)

With the expansion of Uglydolls to various licenses, one of the first series to be released was the Universal Monsters. Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Mummy...they're all there. Scary + Ugly + Cute = so confusing.

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4. Horndribbles from Explorers Playground

The Horndribbles are a series of four characters that were released as plush toys. Spawning from Herbert Joel and his Zapp and the Oogah-Oogah-Nut book, the series of four very different plush toys really appeal to the youngsters.

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3. MadKnits Minis from MadKnits

Since the face is hand-cast resin, the MadKnits Minis could technically fall under the resin category. But the plush body is enough for it to grab a spot here. MadKnits went the blind-bagged route - one that we don't usually see in the plush world.

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2. DC Comics Uglydolls from Uglydolls (Sun-Min and David)

Superheroes and Uglydolls. By teaming up with DC Comics, kids and collectors are able to get an Ice Bat Batman or a Wedgehead Robin. It's one of those license deals that just makes sense.

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**WINNER** 1. Vince the Videotape from Dan Goodsell

Dan Goodsell took to Kickstarter to get his Vince the Videotape plush produced. There were 143 backers that got one of the Obsolete Vince (with X'd out eyes). From the world of Mr. Toast, Vince is a must have for anyone that remembers they need to "Be Kind, Please Rewind".   

TazX’s Dunny Deadpool Custom

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BrunoGC aka TazX has released a new 3" tall Dunny custom. The Dunny Deadpool is now available to purchase via the above link for $65.00 (includes free worldwide shipping). This one is a one-off custom.

REVIEW: Iron Man 3 – Series 2 Cosbaby (S)

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Background

Iron Man 3 was the seventh installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first film following the enormously successful 2012 film – The Avengers. Starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, it was just as successful at the box office as the first two. And like the first two films, collectible and toy tie-ins were readily available.

Hot Toys, which has produced toys based on the first two Iron Man films, has released sixth scale, collectible busts, and Cosbaby figures based on the Iron Man 3 license. For this review, we’re taking a look at Series 2 of their Iron Man 3 Cosbaby (S) figures. Featuring six Iron Man Cosbaby figures, this series gives us a different spin on how we think about the Cosbaby line.

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The Facts



Iron Man 3 – Series 2 Cosbaby (S)
Series: Cosbaby (S)
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Material: Plastic snap kit
Dimensions: Approximately 3” tall
Points of Articulation: Zero
Designs: Mark XLII, Mark XLII (Battle Damaged Version), Mark XLII (Pepper Potts Version), Tony Stark, Iron Patriot, and War Machine Mark II
Accessories: Each Cosbaby will includes a special diorama base
Pricing: $69.00 set

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Packaging

The Iron Man 3 – Series 2 Cosbaby (S) set comes in a long rectangular box. This comes packaged as a set, so you won’t need to purchase individual figures to complete your set. The box features a plastic windowpane front with minimal Iron Man artwork highlighting it.

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Our Opinion

The second series of Iron Man 3 Cosbaby figures features six new designs. We’ve seen most of these characters – one form or another - in some of the previously released Iron Man Cosbaby series, although I can’t remember seeing Pepper Potts released in any of them.

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In addition to Pepper Potts (in a Mark XLII suit), there are two additional Iron Man suits – that same Mark XLII in a nice and shiny mask-down version and a battle-damaged version showing Tony Stark’s face. There’s also a Tony Stark Cosbaby sporting a pair of his faux Google Glass. This is the first Cosbaby, that I can remember, that had this crossed arm sculpt. Finally, there’s the Iron Patriot and War Machine Mark II with flames and smoke shooting out of their feet.

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There are a few differences between this Cosbaby series and other. Usually, Hot Toys doesn’t include bases with their Cosbaby figures. In the case of this series, every single figure comes with a display base. The Mark XLII, Mark XLII (Battle Damaged Version), Mark XLII (Pepper Potts Version), and Tony include a base that resembles Tony’s workshop. The Iron Patriot and War Machine Mark II come with a flight landing diorama base.

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I like the addition of the base. A lot of the time, I find that there are some Cosbaby figures that have slightly curved feet. This calls for some strange poses in order to get them to stand correctly. With a base that the figure locks into…that’s been eliminated.

Also, the Iron Man 3 Cosbaby figures don’t have any articulation. In all of the other Cosbaby series I have come across, they’ve been extremely articulated. Since they’re pretty delicate, and not really meant to be played with, I don’t see a huge disadvantage to the lack of articulation. Like I said before, sometimes I had to struggle to position other Cosbabys so they wouldn’t fall over.

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Overall, I’m satisfied the Iron Man 3 designs that they’ve released. I think some version of The Mandarin would have been a nice addition, over the various versions of the Mark XLII. But I like the transition of the Cosbaby line to being a little more collector friendly.

You can pick one up at the following:

Amazon.com: $69.00 per set

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1’s and 2’s: A Toilet Seat Art Show

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SubUrban Vinyl will be putting on a different type of art show. One with toilet seats. 1's and 2's: A Toilet Seat Art Show will feature custom toilet seats from a variety of very talented artists. The event will take place on Friday March 28th 2014 from 6PM to 9PM.

SubUrban Vinyl
4 Frederick St
Waldwick, NJ 07463

Pierre from Stitches and Glue

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Stitches and Glue has revealed their first exclusive piece for ToyconUk 2014Pierre is a 6.5" plush with a jointed head and resin facial elements. He also comes complete with engraved named dog tag and carry box.

With a limted run of just 8 piece, he'll be released on April 12th 2014. There will be 4 pieces on sale at Toycon and 4 pieces available online. You'll be able to purchase one for £125.00 (around $210).

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Sixth-scale Rocketman

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Go Hero has announced details surrounding the release of "one of the most fondly remembered and instantly recognizable characters in 1950's science fiction adventure". The first ever 1:6 scale figure of the Rocketman, featuring the likeness of actor George Wallace, is now available for pre-order.

From Go Hero, Executive Replicas, and Phicen Ltd, look for the figure to retail around $260.00 (limited edition of 1,000 pieces). For wholesale inquiries, contact DKE Toys.

The Rocketman figure includes the following:

• Metal Helmet w/ Working Visor & Flight Cap
• Metal Jet-Pack
• Metal Luger w/ Raygun Attachments & Clip
• Metal Canon
• Metal Control Panel w/ Adjustable Knobs
• Radio
• Leather Jacket
• Detailed Outfit (Pants, Shirt, Tie, Socks)
• Leather Belt w/ Metal Buckle
• 3" Rocketship Mini Model
• 3 Sets of Hands
• Figure Stand 

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Toy Break Episode 299: The Meaning Of Art

Toy Break has invited Daniel Rolnik to share pieces from his latest art show. Also in Episode 299: The Meaning Of Art, Ayleen, George, and Daniel look at Kookie No Good, Winter Yeti, and much more.