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REVIEW: I.W.G Mini Figures – Part 2

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In Part 2 of our Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo mini figure review, we examine three more of the little IWG characters.  Remember that all 9 figures are currently available through the Rocket World website for $7.99 each.  They are all sold individually and include a skull and crossbones with unique damage inflicted by the character’s weapon of choice.

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…and Bears, O My!

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Here's a preview of the 3 new Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo special edition figures.  Produced by STRANGEco and designed by Rocket World - the 3 new bears will use the same body design as Titus...just different paint applications.

From left to right - Titus the Grizzly Bear (released last year), Henson the Polar Bear (limited to 100), Septimius the Black Bear (limited to 100) and Peary the Bloody Polar Bear (limited to 100, only at Kidrobot).  Look for them at your favorite vinyl outlet sometime in January 2006.

REVIEW: I.W.G. Mini Figures – Part 1

If you’ve read any of my previous reviews, you know that I am a fan of Rocket World’s Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo line of figures.  I bestowed upon them the title of best toy line for 2004 for their 6-inch rotocast vinyl figures.  Patrick, of Rocket World, has yet again teamed up with STRANGEco to produce a very cool line of figures.

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The I.W.G. mini figure line contains the same characters as Series 1 of the larger vinyl figures.  If you are a fan of the larger versions, you’ll definitely like the mini line.  All of the characters are equipped with the same accessories and they all come with an added bonus – a skull and crossbones that specifically displays the damage inflicted by each character’s weapon.

This review will be our first of 3 revolving around the new I.W.G. mini line.  Three reviews with 3 characters in each review.  Don’t worry…all 9 characters are currently available.

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Peary is one Bloody Bear

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Rocket World has created an exclusive bloody polar bear...exclusive to Kidrobot.  This is a limited edition addition to the Insurgents Wilderness GruppoPeary is an extra bloody polar bear (he looks a lot like Titus) and limited to only 100 pieces.  He is 7 inches tall, so it's the normal vinyl figure and not a member of the mini figure line.  It looks like Peary got into some tomato sauce...but that's actually human blood (I like the smeared handprint).

Insurgents Minis

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We were able to snag some photos of the new line of Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo (I.W.G.) figures from Rocket World.  Check out the nice packaging...it somewhat resembles the original line...just a little more colorful.  You can also see that every I.W.G. mini comes packaged with a special skull and crossbones that is specified to the characters weapon damage.  For more info, visit Rocket World or STRANGEco's websites.

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IWG Minis Pre-Order

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Rocket World now has the entire line of Insurents Wilderness Gruppo (IWG) mini figures up for pre-order.  They are just shrunken down replicas of the original vinyl toys.  Each figure is also selling for less than $10.  If you enjoyed the original IWG line, you'll love the IWG minis.

Monsters That Scare Me Roundup

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Rocket World Gallery exhibited the work of SEEN in the opening of Monsters That Scare Me on October 29th.  You can now view and purchase any of the 42 hand painted canvases through the Rocket World website.

Rocket World and SEEN present “Monsters That Scare Me”

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Richard Mirando
aka “SEEN” is having a highly anticipated exhibit of new works at
the Rocket World Gallery, opening 7:00pm Saturday October 29th. Titled “Monsters That Scare Me”,
the show is dedicated to the monsters which frightened us when we were
children.

10% of ALL art sales that evening will be
donated by the Rocket World Gallery to various non-profit organizations.

“SEEN” is an internationally
known and exhibiting artist with his roots in the street art movement emerging in
and around the NYC area during the 1970’s and 80’s. One of the featured artists in the indie classic documentary, “Style Wars”, Richard’s
current works and projects, including designer toys, can be viewed on one of
his websites, www.planet6.com.

“Monsters That Scare Me" will
run for one month and close on the 30th of November 2005.

Music, things for your sweet tooth and
liquids to wet your mouth will be provided the evening of the opening.

Rocket World Gallery is located at:

660 22nd St.
San Francisco, CA 94107

Coming this October…

I.W.G. minis!!  We've been waiting for these figures for a long time (or maybe it just feels like a long time).  And it appears that our wait is almost over.  In time for Halloween, we should all be able to get our hands on the new line of Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo mini figures.

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All of Series 1 will be represented.  Every 3-inch figure includes the same weapon as their larger counterpart - as well as a skull and crossbones that is damaged according to the type of weapon the figure has.  Be on the lookout for this very cool set from Rocket World.

REVIEW: I.W.G.’s Irra, Desmond and Astrid

As most readers realize…I really enjoy Rocket World’s Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo (I.W.G.).  The line of figures received my award for the Best Toy Line of 2004 with their initial release of animal characters.  Since then, Rocket World (otherwise known as Patrick Ma) has added onto their very popular – and successful – I.W.G. line with a number of new characters.  Also, look for the mini figures to be released later this year…and we are anxiously waiting for the Astral Overseers (the extraterrestrial friends of the I.W.G.) to be revealed.

So we all should know the basic premise behind this line.  The Astral Overseers infected the members of the I.W.G. with a virus that has allowed them the ability to communicate and form a cohesive group.  This group has set out to end poaching and the destruction of the environment.

The 3rd set of 3 I.W.G. figures was released at Comic Con.  This included Irra the Owl, Desmond the Dolphin and Astrid the Jaguar.  There were also 2 exclusive I.W.G. figures – one through Rocket World and one through STRANGEcoTaharka the Black Rhino was made available through Rocket World and sold out promptly.  Huey the Black Panther was sold through STRANGEco – I was able to snag one of them.

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