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REVIEW: Gwin Series 3

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Background

October Toys has released Series 3 of their popular Gwin line.  The character is based on the Linux mascot, Tux, which was created by Larry Ewing in 1996.  The third series consists of designs from 5 of the brightest artists out there: HideousBoi, Jim Koch, Lou Pimentel, Squidboy and Bill Rawley.

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Packaging

The entire Gwin Series 3 line is packaged in the same pink and black window front box.  The package contains pictures of the five designs on one side and the artist logos on the other.  The figure sits in a plastic tray.  No twist ties either, which is a definite plus.

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SDCC 2007: October Toys (Booth #4938)

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Ayleen from October Toys let us know about several of the company's new figure lines.  The 3rd Series of Gwin is now available, with designs from Squidboy, Jim Koch, Lou Pimentel, HideousBoi and Bill Rawley

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Also, they have teamed up with Jim Koch to produce a prototype for Jim's Hanus vinyl figure.  The chicken bone the figure is holding behind his back should be removable.  Blanks...Artist Series...Variants.  That would be cool.

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Finally, October Toys has introduced their own line of Zombies.  You might say "OK, so?"  But these are going to bring back memories for anyone who used to collect M.U.S.C.L.E. figures.  They're about the same size, but instead of wrestling...it's all about brain eating.  The SDCC exclusive is a fan-boy with his print tube and backpack.  As long as I can recreate the entire Thriller music video...I'll be fine!

2007 SDCC coverage sponsored by Max Toy Co

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Gwin: Series 3

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October Toys has revealed the designs for Gwin Series 3.  If you'll be at SDCC, you'll be able to swing by their booth (#4938) to pick up the five designs that made up th latest series.  The designs are as follow (in order as seen in this post):  Goofball by Jim Koch, Barbarigwin by Bill Rawley, Bat by HideousBoi, Snack Time by Lou Pimental, Night of the Living Gwin by Squidboy.
 

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Toy Break Special Delivery 3

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Toy Break is abbreviated this week.  Clocking in at around 4 minutes, A Sweet Day in May entails a short visit to the Marsh Mellow release / Christopher Lee signing
along with a teaser for the next Toy Break contest.

Custom Gwins From Bax

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October Toys has a new featured artist of the month up for October - Bax.  The custom Gwin figures are available via their website store.  The proceeds from all of Bax's Gwins will be donated to the Make A Wish Foundation...and in the spirit of raising more money for them, Bax has included a 26" x 29" original painting (with frame) to be auctioned with his Ghost Gwin.

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REVIEW: Gwin Series 2

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Background

The Gwin is a curious creature based on Tux (the Linux mascot), created by Larry Ewing & The GIMP.  Gwins spend most of their time eating, sleeping, and hoarding treasure.  They often form "armies" to protect their amassed riches.

October Toys has released the second series of Gwin figures.  Series 1 included 8 figures, while Series 2 has introduced us to 7 more rotocast vinyl penguin characters.

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Packaging

Gwin Series 2 has a standard window-front box that all 7 designs are packaged in.  Include on the box are photos ad names of the figures as well as logos of the designers.

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The Figures

Gwins are rotocast vinyl designer penguins that stand 2.5” in height.  Series 2 includes work from 7 designers: El Maz (Tree), Alex Pardee (Captain Singer), Voltaire (Octogwin), C. Spliedt (Bunny!), Kruse (Voodoo Stew), Charlotte Link (Dragwin), and Christie (Jebus).  Each design is limited to 400 pieces.  Individual figures sell between $7.75 and $10.00.

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