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2015 Designer Toy Awards Finalists Voting

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The 2015 Designer Toy Awards have whittled their way down to the finalists in six different publicly voted-upon categories. (Don't worry! Plastic and Plush isn't a finalist in the "Best Blog" category. So, don't feel like you need to go support moi!) If you plan on voting for the year's best Artist, Blog, Online Store, Toy Store, Custom, or Toy...public voting remains open until Tuesday, September 15th, 2015.

More Monster Factory Mythicals

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Monster Factory has announced that three new Mythicals plush toys are currently available for pre-order. Each plush stands around 11-inch in height and is handmade up in Canada. The three new characters are Martha (a ghost), Paul (a minotaur), and Felix (a cyclops). Each plush can be pre-ordered for $45.00, with shipping anticipated for the last week in October 2015.

Hot Toys’ First Order Stormtrooper (Squad Leader)

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One of those "hard to get" collectibles from the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens film is the 1/6th scale First Order Stormtrooper Squad Leader from Hot Toys. This is a Hot Toys Exclusive figure and will only be available in selected markets via special distributors. The Squad Leader features that newly designed First Order Stormtrooper armor and helmet, the white pauldron that indicates the rank of squad leader, a highly detailed blaster, and a specially designed hexagonal figure stand with the First Order's emblem.

Sideshow Collectibles currently has the figure available to pre-order for $219.99. It's anticipated to begin shipping between November 2015 and January 2016.

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The First Order Stormtrooper (Squad Leader) 1/6th scale figure features the following:

  • Pair of fists
  • Pair of relaxed hands
  • Pair of hands for holding weapons
  • Gesturing left hands
  • First Order Stormtrooper armor
  • White pauldron
  • Black under-suit
  • Belt with pouches
  • Pair of white boots
  • Blaster rifle
  • Blaster pistol
  • First Order emblem hexagonal figure stand with First Order Stormtrooper nameplate and Star Wars logo

The Mad Wrestlers

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Originally seeing a limited resin release at Toy Art Gallery back in May 2015, the Mad Wrestlers from Monster Island will be released in rubber courtesy of Disart ToyLabs. Heavily inspired by the Weirdballs mini figure off-shoots, the line feature modified KO Madball popper heads that have been kit-bashed with a number of different M.U.S.C.L.E bodies. The series features six different designs from Monster Island’s Paul Bas. They come packed on authentic, hand cut “Madballs Vs. M.U.S.C.L.E” cardbacks featuring art from AshMadeThis.

The Mad Wrestlers will make their keshi debut in two different limited edition colorways: “Lime Green” and the standard “Flesh-tone”. They'll each sell for $55.00 for a set of six figures (plus shipping). Look for the Flesh set to be available at the Man-E-Toys/Disart store on Sunday, September 6th 2015 at 3PM GMT (10AM ET). And look for the Lime Green set to be available at the Monster Island store on Sunday, September 6th 2015 at 8PM GMT (3PM ET).

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Kickstarter: Skeleton Warriors’ Grimskull

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October Toys has announced their next Skeleton Warriors action figure - Grimskull. After successfully launching the first figure - Baron Dark - they've returned with another Kickstarter project in an attempt to raise funds for the first human-sized figure in the line. This Glyos compatible PVC figure stands 4-inches in height and features 25 points of articulation, 

"After a struggle with Baron Dark over the Lightstar Crystal, Joshua Steele was transformed into the undead Grimskull, living his life between light and dark and searching for redemption as he travels in the shadows."

Grimskull will be available in both the original color figure and a Kickstarter exclusive Shadow Translucent Black. Pledge levels (that include Grimskull) range from $20.00 for the original colorway to $45.00 for the original and Kickstarter exclusive to $500.00 for a treasure trove of Skeleton Warriors stuff. Also, I sort of want them to hit that $54,000 stretch goal so that Stalker the wolf is included.

This project will only be funded if at least $50,000 is pledged by Tuesday, September 29th 2015 at 10:00PM EDT.

Hot Toys’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens – First Order Heavy Gunner Stormtrooper

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Set 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will feature brand new characters and some familiar faces. In the film, a new group called the First Order has come to power and utilizes Stormtroopers to execute its orders. These faceless enforcers are now armed with new armor, weapons and equipment to accomplish their goal.

Hot Toys has introduced one of those new Stormtroopers with their 1/6th scale First Order Heavy Gunner Stormtrooper. The figure comes equipped with a heavy artillery vest and a destructive megablaster, a blaster pistol, and a specially designed hexagonal figure stand with the First Order’s emblem.

It's expected to begin shipping in Q4 of 2015 or Q1 of 2016. Sideshow Collectibles has the figure available to pre-order for $219.99.

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The 1/6th scale First Order Heavy Gunner Stormtrooper figure features the following:

  • Pair of fists
  • Pair of relaxed hands
  • Pair of hands for holding weapons
  • Gesturing left hand
  • Newly designed First Order Stormtrooper armor
  • Heavy artillery vest
  • Black under-suit
  • Belt with pouches
  • Pair of white boots
  • Articulated megablaster
  • Blaster pistol
  • First Order emblem hexagonal figure stand with First Order Stormtrooper nameplate and Star Wars logo

Hot Toys’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens – First Order Stormtrooper

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Yep...today is Force Friday and that means all of the new Star Wars toys from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens will either debut or be released.

Set 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, the upcoming movie will feature brand new characters and also some familiar faces! Although the Galactic Empire has fallen after the Battle of Endor, a new organization called the First Order has come to power and this new military junta employs the use of Stormtroopers to execute its orders.

One of those new toys is from Hot Toys - the 1/6th scale First Order Stormtrooper collectible figure. The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of the First Order Stormtrooper from Star Wars: The Force Awakens featuring the brand new designed Stormtrooper armor and helmet, highly detailed blaster rifle and pistol, and a specially designed hexagonal figure stand with the First Order’s emblem.

It's expected to begin shipping in Q4 of 2015 or Q1 of 2016. Sideshow Collectibles has the figure available to pre-order. for $204.99

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The Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1/6th scale First Order Stormtrooper figure features the following:

  • Pair of fists
  • Pair of relaxed hands
  • Pair of hands for holding weapons
  • Gesturing left hand 
  • Newly designed First Order Stormtrooper armor
  • Black under-suit
  • Belt with pouches
  • Pair of white boots
  • Blaster rifle
  • Blaster pistol
  • First Order emblem hexagonal figure stand with First Order Stormtrooper nameplate and Star Wars logo

Dorbz: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle license is another one that seems to be going around the vinyl toy community. There was Kidrobot, The Loyal Subjects, and, now, Vinyl Sugar (Funko). The Dorbz: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series features six characters from the classic cartoon. There are four heroes heroes in a half shell – Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michaelangelo – as well as a pair of baddies - Bebop and Rocksteady. Look for them to hit in October 2015.

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Mystery Mini: Horror Series 2

 

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Funko has announced that their Horror Mystery Minis Series 2 will be released just in time for Halloween (October 2015). This series includes horror legends such as Nosferatu, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Cthulhu, a Werewolf, and Frankenstein's Monster. (The press did say Frankenstein...but that's pet peeve of mine - Frankenstein was the doctor) There's also characters from Edward Scissorhands, The FlyBeetlejuice, Hellraiser, Gremlins, Shaun of the Dead...and Alfred Hitchcock - because that dude's scary!

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