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Win Ollie the Twitterrific Bird

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Strangekiss and WesWyatt.com are joining forces to give away 6 Ollie the Twitterrific Birds (3 Vinyl, 2 Flocked, and 1 Mono). The contest will run until Friday April 30th, 2010, with the 6 winners will announced the next day.

Here is how you get entered:

  • Follow @StrangeKiss on Twitter.
  • Follow @WesWyatt on Twitter.
  • Tweet this message: Like Ollie the Twitterrific Bird? @WesWyatt and @StrangeKiss are giving away 6 of em’! – http://bit.ly/daHIAh – #StrangeKiss
  • Leave a comment on this WesWyatt.com post telling Wes your Twitter Name and which Ollie you like the best.

You'll only have to leave one comment, but you can Tweet the above message as many times as you like to increase your chance of winning. Also, one random winner that follows @StrangeKiss on Twitter will receive a $50 Gift Certificate from Strangekiss.

Ollie the Twitterrific Bird – Mono Vintage Version

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Today (Friday March 26th, 2010) at Noon PST (3PM EST), Strangekiss will be dropping the Ollie the Twitterrific Bird - Mono Vintage Version by David Lanham.The 4" tall rotocast vinyl figure will be limited to a run of only 100 pieces. Each figure will run $29.95 - so get on it Twitterrific fans!

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REVIEW: Ollie the Twitterrific Bird

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Background

With the rising popularity of Twitter, it seems that everyone is tweeting nowadays. You can stay in touch with friends, follow the every move of celebrities, get the latest deals from companies, or stay updated with the latest news. And while some folks like using the web interface, other want a more personalized Twitter experience. 

One of the most popular Twitter clients is named Twitterrific. From the Greensboro, NC based Iconfactory, Twitterrific is a favorite of Mac, iPhone and iPod Touch users. And you've probably seen the mascot - Ollie - who was designed by artist David Lanham (Zog, Bill the Yeti). He's so popular that some folks mistake Ollie for the official Twitter mascot. 

Well, Iconfactory, David Lanham and Strangekiss have teamed up to turn Ollie the Twitterrific Bird into a rotocast vinyl figure. But, I'm sure you probably heard about that on Twitter, right?

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The Facts



Ollie the Twitterrific Bird
Manufacturer: Strangekiss and Iconfactory
Artist: David Lanham
Material: Rotocast vinyl (flocked variant)
Dimensions: 4” tall by 4.75" long
Points of Articulation: none
Edition Size: Limited Run - regular; 350 pieces - flocked

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Packaging

Ollie comes packaged in a plastic window-front box between two snap plastic trays. The top and sides of the box feature illustrations of the Ollie character, while the back has a little information about the character and the Twitterrific client.

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Our Opinion

After attempting to write this review using only 140 characters, I decided that I might need a little more space. (That's a joke...you only get 140 characters per tweet...ahhh....nevermind) Out of the numerous Twitter clients out there, Twitterrific is one of the most recognizable. While it's only available for use on the Mac and iPhone, their version of the Twitter bird is often thought to be the official Twitter mascot. It's probably because Iconfactory's is the best looking take on the bird.

Many folks probably didn't know that David Lanham, who teamed up with Strangekiss to release the Zog and Bill the Yeti vinyl figures, is the artist behind Ollie the Twitterrific Bird (he's a part of the Iconfactory team). So this is his third vinyl figure project with Strangekiss. And while it's more of a licensed character, it's fun nonetheless.

Honestly, I see the Ollie figure primarily appealing to those who use Twitter. While those non-tweeters might pick one up because they find the character cute, it's a perfect toy for Twitter fanatics to place next to their computer. And all of those involved have made sure that the Ollie vinyl looks just like the illustrated Ollie.

There are a few spots on the beak where you can see some blue through the yellow. But it's actually done fairly well considering that there's a lot of sculpting work (jagged edges) around the beak. I actually like that there is no articulation in this figure. The only area where there could be articulation would be the legs...and it would be a pain getting them positioned probably so not to tip over.

Out of the two figures, I prefer the regular version. While there's a market for the flocked Ollie, I just like the simple and sleek look of the regular version better. There's a slight difference between the two versions - the tongue. The regular version has a red tongue, while the flocked is more of a maroon tongue.

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You can pick one up at the following:

Strangekiss: $19.95
Iconfactory: $26.95 (Flocked Exclusive)

Ollie the Twitterrific Bird Grades

Figure Quality: 8/10
  Sculpt: 9/10
  Paint: 8/10
Accessories/Outfit: N/A
Packaging: 7/10
Durability: 9/10
Fun Factor: 8/10
Value: 9/10 (8/10 - flocked)

Overall: 9.1/10

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Ollie the Twitterrific Bird

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Ollie, the Twitterrific mascot, is now shipping worldwide. The Ollie character (and the rotocast vinyl figure) were designed by David Lanham and produced by the Iconfactory through StrangeKiss Toys. The figure comes in two versions: a normal vinyl edition that will sell for $19.95 and a limited-edition flocked edition that's available for $26.95.

You can head on over to David's site to check out a turnaround of the figures.

Goodbye Dunnys!

Goodbye Dunnys! Open Box Dunnys are History!

The Strangekiss staff has just finished counting all the inventory for open blind box Dunny's. Kidrobot has instructed retailers to seal up open blindboxes - and since they follow what their vendors tell them as retailers - they will be doing so.

Here is the info straight from Strangekiss:

We might not agree with this, but what are we to do. Kidrobot is a important factor in the designer vinyl market. That is a long way from where they began as a eBay store many years back.

So shortly after this email arrives to you and maybe after you get a chance to read it, all open box Dunny's will be gone from Strangekiss.

Here is a link to what is left...and it will go fast.

But a new hot series of Dunny's are coming in a few weeks... blindboxed and sealed to note.

Ollie Prototype Auction

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If you know Twitterrific, you know Ollie, the sweetest bluebird around for those who like to tweet. If you're a fan, the one-of-a kind set of vinyl prototypes for the Ollie toy will be auctioned on eBay from November 30 to December 7, 2009. 100% of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society and will be matched by the Iconfactory up to $500.00.

The Ollie character and the vinyl toy were designed by David Lanham of the Iconfactory, and produced by StrangeKiss Art Toys. There are four original, unique prototypes for the toy that will be auctioned as a set. Each one-of-a kind Ollie is a different color and the set even includes a fuzzy flocked version.

If you can't make the auction (or find yourself outbid), you can still get an Ollie toy of your own. Follow @twitterrific to find out when the new Ollie toy will be available at Iconfactory Gear. Trust us...they'll make great holiday gifts for your tweeple!

There is only one set on the auction block so get your bid in early and help a wonderful cause. Bid now!

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UPDATE: The generous folks at StrangeKiss Art Toys have donated a $250 gift certificate good for all merchandise available at their website to the auction listing. How cool is that?

Bill the Yeti…Now Available

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If you didn't make it to Comic Con, you're in luck! Strangekiss just released all three of their Bill the Yeti designer toys. Designed by David Lanham, this rotocast vinyl features removable fabric clothing.

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Bill is available in three different artist renditions:

  • David Lanham - Bill the Yeti (limited to 250 pieces - $60)
  • MAD - Gangsta Bill (limited to 250 pieces - $80)
  • Frank Kozik - Mantra Bill (limited to 250 pieces - $80)

The 8" tall vinyl figures will be available to purchase individually or as a set. If you buy all three from Strangekiss, you'll save $10. To purchase one or all (I'd go with the trio), check out the link here.

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SDCC 2009: Strangekiss

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One of my favorite new vinyl pieces at SDCC would have the be BIll the Yeti from Strangekiss and designed by David Lanham. It's tough picking a favorite out of the three designs (MAD, Lanham and Kozik). Also on display are the upcoming Twitterific Bird - a must have for the Twitter and Apple folks out there - and a number of amazing customs. You can also see a pair of Fetch - Peet and Barnaby figures (have to have one!) as well as the rough Maxswell - The Bubble Monster piece.

There will be three signings at the booth: Kozik (Friday), Lanham (Saturday) and MAD (Saturday - thanks to the Internet).

Our SDCC Strangekiss Photo Gallery

SDCC 2009 coverage sponsored by Strangekiss.com

Strangekiss SDCC Exclusives by Kozik, Lanham and MAD

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Strangekiss has dropped news of a number of their SDCC releases. Bill the Yeti (created by David Lanham and produced by Strangekiss)is about 8" in height and weighs over one pound. He has authentic clothing from
the hat, overalls, shirt and undies. (Yes, you read that right!) Oh,
and because Bill likes to run around naked when the mood strikes, he's
got a backpack that can hold all his clothes. Each version is limited
to only 250 pieces and will have a special SDCC print as well if
purchased at the event. (o...and there might be a sneak peek of something in the above photo)

Bill the Yeti - Lanham Edition

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Mantra Bill by Frank Kozik

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Gangsta Bill by MAD

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The 2009 Signing Schedule - Booth #4637:

Friday, July 24th, 4PM - Frank Kozik - Meet the man himself and also see a sneak peek of the new Kozik original produced by Strangekiss.

Saturday, July 25th, 12PM (NOON) - David Lanham will throwing down skills with his insane and organic style and signing his release of Bill.

Saturday, July 25th, 2PM - Strangekiss proudly presents the first virtual interactive signing at SDCC. Its true that MAD can't make it out in body to SDCC, so we thought we would bring him virtually. Talk to MAD while he draws you a personal sketch from his studios and prints locally. Don't be surprised if he calls you by name or yells "Hey you in that red hat" as you pass by! We mean INTERACTIVE!