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Plastic and Plush Presents: May 2019 Loot Crate – Nemesis

In this week's review, I take a look at the latest Loot Crate. The May 2019 Loot Crate features the theme Nemesis. So, check out the review and please like the video and subscribe to our You Tube channel. It's free...and it lets me know that someone is actually watching this stuff I do...

TOY REVIEW: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Action Figure

Plastic and Plush reviews the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Action Figure from FCTRY and artist Mike Leavitt. This figure was funded on Kickstarter by over 15,000 backers.

You can pick one up here: https://shop.fctry.com

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REVIEW: Tenacious Toys’ Danger Dog OG Blue Edition

REVIEW: Trashbot and Friends Playset

In this week's review, I take a look at the Trashbot and Friends Playset from designer Philip Lee, playsometoys, and Classicbot. Also, we show off their recently released series of Apple Macintosh inspired pins. 

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REVIEW: Tomenosuke Resin Cast Piranha Replica Kit

Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Comic #1 – The Review

On September 12th 2018, Dark Horse will be releasing Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Comic #1. The 32 page first issue bring the riffing of MST3K off of your television screen and onto the pages of a comic book. Created for comics by Joel Hodgson, the comic book finds some of your favorite occupants of The Satellite of Love foisted into the 1962 (thankfully, now, public domain) comic book Johnny Jason Teen Reporter. But Johnny Jason is played by Tom Servo.

I've been a big MST3K fan for a very long time. The show got me through many a year of college. And since then, I've turned my kids onto the show, back their Kickstarter project, and seen the first of two live shows. And even I was a little skeptical about how the concept (bringing MST3K to comics) would work. After reading the first issue...I'm sold.

Dark Horse, Joel, the other writers and artists have cobbled together something I've never seen before. It's a property that works equally well on the screen as the page...taking advantage of entirely different formats. Instead of sitting in front of the film and riffing, the characters are within the comic book making jokes. And you can see what's been changed by mark of the speech/thought bubbles.

My opinion: This is a must buy for Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans. Or fans of classic comic books. Or fans of things that are funny. 

For a look at some of the pages, check out below. There's also a variant cover by longtime MST3K DVD artist Steve Vance. And if you're in the mood to read the original public domain comic Jonah and The Bots invade, check out Johnny Jason Teen Report #2 at ComicBook+. Spoiler Alert: the original isn't nearly as funny as the MST3K version.

REVIEW: Hashtag Collectibles – Weird Animals

When you think of stuffed animals, images of teddy bears, puppies, and cats probably speckle your mind. You likely aren’t thinking about cuddly water bears or roly poly pill bugs. But Hashtag Collectibles is bringing a boatload of weird animals to plush collections around the world. They’ve sent us a handful (more like two handfuls) of their unique cuddly creatures to get a closer look at them.

Pangolin ($39.99)
Hashtag’s plush pangolin is much cuter than the real thing. I had never heard of the pangolin, so I had no idea what it was or how it looked. After doing a little research (yeah…just Googling), I came across an animal that looks fairly similar to an armadillo. No, these scaly anteaters aren’t bright pink. And they do have long, slender necks and tails. But, for some reason, I don’t think a scientifically accurate pangolin plush would be as cute as this one.

Mudskipper Mini ($15.99)
The mudskipper definitely qualifies as a weird animal. While I was already familiar with the animal (if only from Ren and Stimpy’s Muddy Mudskipper Show), I wasn’t aware that these amphibious fish can actually survive on land for three and a half days. Hashtag went for a look that’s quite close to that of Muddy, giving their mudskipper a blue-green body and blue fins/tail. And he/she has got a big old smile...or is just gasping for air.

Pill Bug Mini ($14.99)
When I was a youngster, I used to dig up all sort of creatures and put them into a homemade terrarium. Pill bugs were heavily represented, as they were in abundance. But I had no idea that they were actually a land crustacean. Yes…like a crab or a lobster. One thing I do remember is that pill bugs are not blue. But Hashtag’s version is by far better looking than the original. And if you try, you can probably scrunch the Pill Bug Mini into a little ball.

Blobfish Mini ($14.99)
Hashtag Collectibles’ blobfish plush is probably their most popular. I think folks like it because of how close it resembles the infamous blobfish photo that circulated several years ago (and likely freaked a lot of people out). This version of the deep-sea fish has its well-known frown and disturbingly human-like nose. This is one of their characters that they have available in all different sizes...including a pair of slippers.

Water Bear Mini ($14.99)
The Water Bear, or Tardigrade, is one of the most resilient animals on the face of the earth, being able to live through extreme temperatures and bouts of dehydration/starvation. Hashtag’s version is equally resilient. I watched my children toss it back and forth to each other without the little Water Bear taking any damage. This plush ‘weird animal’ might be my favorite of the lot, with it’s simple blue color palette and big black eyes.

REVIEW: January 2018 Loot Crate

The January 2018 Loot Crate theme is Discovery.  “The well-worn road is safe, but it hides no secrets. The path less taken is bumpy, almost impassable at times, but if you travel on it, you may find hidden truths, strange worlds, or a whole new destiny. Go ahead. Explore. You’ll be amazed by what you… Discover.

The crate includes the following exclusive items.

Westworld Maze Pin
Licensed by Warner Bros. Made by Loot Crate.
From the hit HBO show Westworld, this pin shows the maze that’s part of the Man in Black’s mysterious background.

Rick and Morty T-Shirt
Licensed by Cartoon Network. Art by Anthony Petrie.
This white t-shirt features a cross-section of Rick Sanchez’s brain. This art was originally seen at the Official Rick and Morty Show that took place at Gallery1988, last year. If you were ever wondering what was on Rick’s mind, well…now you know.

Harry Potter Socks
Licensed by Warner Bros. Made by HYP Hosiery.
What Harry Potter fan wouldn’t want to show off their fandom on their feet? Loot Crate has included a pair of Harry Potter-styled socks that feature the Sorting Hat and each house’s animal emblem.

X-Files Card Game
Licensed by Twentieth Century Fox. Made by IDW Publishing.
All packed up in an FBI looking wallet, the X-Files game is made for two players. You can choose to play as either Mulder or Scully…and I’m sure you’ll be solving some very important mysteries.

Westworld SuperEmoScenes Diorama Figure
Licensed by Warner Bros. Made by Loot Crate.
Artist J Salvador returns with another (the second) exclusive SuperEmoScenes diorama. This one features Dolores and Bernard in what was one of the most iconic scenes from Season 1 of Westworld.