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Shortpacked Ethan Siegal Figure

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Patch Together has announced that the Ethan Siegal Figure, from David Willis' Shortpacked comic, is currently available for pre-order. This will be the 4th figure produced by Patch Together from the Shortpacked comic. You can pick up the 7" tall resin piece for $44.95.

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ChumBuddy Body Pillow

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Patch Together has released the ChumBuddy Body Pillow. This one is smaller than that big old shark sleeping bag, but it's still around 3 feet long. You can order one for $99.95 and use it in conjunction with the regular ChumBuddy.

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REVIEW: Floxy Series 1

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Background

Patch Together recently released their first ever blind-box platform series. Floxy is a fox-like creature dreamt up by the artist who uses the moniker of Soma. His deisgn was submitted to Patch Together, chosen, and 10 designs (from 10 different artists) were all chosen to be a part of Floxy Series 1.

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The Facts



Floxy
Series: Series 1
Manufacturer: Patch Together
Artist: Platform designed by Soma
Material: Rotocast vinyl
Dimensions: 3” tall
Points of Articulation: 4 (neck, arms, and tail)
Designs: VISEone (black - 1/11; pink - 1/25), Flim (1/11), Stick A Thing (1/11), Okkle (1/13), Bunka (1/7), Dust (1/13), Miss Monster (1/10), Saprophilous (1/10), Jonny Wander (1/11), SOMA (1/9)

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Packaging

The Floxy Series is blind-boxed in a fairly simple box. It shows illustrated versions of the concept on the front and back, with the various designs in the series on the side. The only problem is that nowhere do they list the artist's name beside the design. Also, the ratios are not printed anywhere on the packaging.

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Our Opinion

The first thing I want to address is the packaging. There's nothing on the packaging, or inside the box, that lets me know which artist designed which Floxy. I haven't even been able to find that on the Patch Together website. The only way I know some of the designers is that I recognize the artist's style or they placed their name somewhere on the Floxy design.

The platform, which was designed by Soma, is made to resemble a fox. His design concept was submitted to Patch Together and they ended up releasing it as their first blind-box series. They've chosen a different lot of artists than many collectors are used to seeing. I like that, because we often see the same artists recycling the same concepts on different platforms.

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The Floxy platform isn't shockingly new. We've seen plenty of rotocast vinyl mini figures with a large head (where most of the design work is done) and a few points of articulation. So it comes down to designs. I really like what five of the artists have done. I know that VISEone, Miss Monster and Bunka are among those...but if you look at the photo at the top, I have arranged them in order of favorites in the front.

Quality-wise, I noticed several spots where there was paint transfer. The pad printing on the Floxy figures was fairly tight, though. There were no problems with the joints or with balance.

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OVERALL: It's nice to see Patch Together get back into producing some rotocast vinyl figures. Floxy is their first platform toy release, and they've assembled an ensemble of artists who are fairly new to the platform world. While the series has some small production issues, they're worth checking out if you're a fan of mini figures.

You can pick one up at the following:

Patch Together: $9.95 ea.

Floxy Series 1 Grades

Figure Quality: 7/10
   Sculpt: 7/10
   Paint: 7/10
Accessories/Outfit: N/A
Packaging: 5/10
Durability: 8/10
Fun Factor: 8/10
Value: 8/10

Overall: 7.4/10

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REVIEW: Green GID Mycena

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Background

Artist Mandy Draeger submitted her design concept for a little mushroom girl that would glow in the dark (either via and LED inside or GID resin) to Patch Together. Readers/collectors/fans of the artwork voted for the Mycena design to be created as a resin figure – actually two resin figures. And while there is a red variant of the mushroom girl, we’ll be taking a look at the green glow-in-the-dark version.

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The Facts



Mycena
Manufacturer: Patch Together
Artist: Mandy Draeger (Synchra)
Material: Resin
Dimensions: 4” tall
Points of Articulation: Zero
Designs: Red and GID Green

Packaging

The figure is packaged in your average blank Patch Together white cardboard box. It’s secured between a pair of custom cut Styrofoam pieces. If you don’t like to keep boxes, you won’t feel bad about tossing this one.

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Our Opinion

I don’t really know what to say about the Mycena figure. It looks like the figure came straight from a fantasyland of faeries, elves and…well…mushroom head people. And while the character’s not really my thing, let’s take a look at how Patch Together executed the concept.

Comparing the artist’s sketches to the final resin piece, you realize that Patch Together did a fine job recreating the seated position of the character. The only thing that I might have changed is to make the mushroom cap a little larger.

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There are no details on the face. Most of the paintwork is done in varying shades of greens and whites on the hands and feet. It gives the figure a psychedelic look…especially when you turn out the lights. That’s because it glows. (I attempted to get some photos of the figure glowing, but they came out awful.)

OVERALL: While the GID Green Mycena resin figure isn’t really my cup of tea, it would make a great addition to your glow-in-the-dark collection…if you’re one of those collectors who only amass GID pieces.

You can pick one up at the following:

Patch Together: $24.95

Green GID Mycena Grades

Figure Quality: 8/10
   Sculpt: 8/10
   Paint: 8/10
Accessories/Outfit: N/A
Packaging: 6/10
Durability: 6/10
Fun Factor: 6/10
Value: 6/10

Overall: 6.5/10

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Vapore Macchina Insetto

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Patch Together has put the Vapore Macchina Insetto resin figure up for pre-order. Designed by Polysoup (Lori Zawada), you can currently pre-order this 3" tall piece for $49.95. Look for it to begin shipping in Q2 of 2011.

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The Purring Gryphon

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Patch Together has released details of The Purring Gryphon resin figure designed by FeatherOfLead (Melissa Sumby). Available in three different colorways (Frost, Shadow and Flame), the 6" tall piece is currently available to pre-order for $44.95. There are only 60 pieces produced, 20 in each color, and they are estimated to begin shipping in early 2011.

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Three Little Pigs Totem Pole

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Patch Together and artist Pigeonbox (Samantha Newman) has put a new twist on the age old tale of The Three Little Pigs. The Three Little Pigs Totem Pole is currently available for pre-order ($39.95) and is slated to begin shipping in January 2011. This 6" tall resin is limited to a run of only 50 pieces.

Floxy the Fox Wave 1

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This past Monday, Patch Together released Wave 1 of their new Floxy the Fox blindbox series. The platform was designed by SOMA and includes 9 different designs (including one chase).

Artists and ratios are listed below:

• VISEone black edition 1/11, pink edition 1/25
• Flim 1/11
• Stick A Thing 1/11
• Okkle 1/13
• Bunka 1/7
• Dust 1/13
• Miss Monster 1/10
• Saprophilous 1/10
• Jonny Wander 1/11
• SOMA 1/9

Look for these to retail around $9.95 per blindbox. For wholesale inquiries, contact DKE Toys.

VISEone + Think-Pink-Celle

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VISEone designed the logo character for Germany-based designer toy shop - "Think-Pink-Celle". And now they've teamed up to release limited edition runs of a 5.5" resin figure.

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The original 5.5" Green Edition will be released on December 6th 2010 through Think-Pink-Celle for 49€ (about $64) and limited to only 15 pieces.

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The Jelly Pink and Pink variants are each limited to runs of 5 pieces. They'll only be available through VISEone's webshop for 70€ each (about $91). These will also go on sale beginning December 6th 2010.

Shortpacked: Robin DeSanto

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Patch Together has placed the third figure from the web-comic Shortpacked! up for pre-order. The 7" tall Robin DeSanto resin piece is currently available for a pre-order price of $34.95.