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    Vinyl Pulse

  • Mike Mignola x Bigshot Toyworks Monkey with a Gun Pre-Order

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Available for Pre-Order now is Mike Mignola’s Monkey with a Gun sculpture, which was produced by Bigshot Toyworks. This handcrafted polystone statue stands 9.5” tall with a faux-bronze paint application. These are limited to only 666 pieces and will come packaged in a deluxe gift box. You’re going to want...
  • Mighty Jaxx 4x Drop Weekend (9.13)

    13 Sep 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Fresh off of STGCC, Singapore’s Mighty Jaxx has released four new polystone art figures online this weekend. Let’s dive right in. First up there’s The Chunky Knight in OG (above, 8”, 100 pcs, $150) and Black (50 pcs, $100) from Alex Solis. Sonny Liew’s 100,000 Horsepower bust offers an arresting...
  • Skullmark x Lulubell Toys Galaxy Commanders Pre-Order

    13 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Lululbell Toy Bodega had these awesome Galaxy Commanders figures by Skullmark on display at SDCC. Now Lulubell is super excited to announce that they have a special exclusive “Galaxy Black” Pre-Orders available in their store on Saturday, September 13th at 5PM PST. The Galaxy Commanders was originally released in Hong...
  • SEEN: Brian Flynns Memories of Tomorrow at Subtext

    13 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    Last night was the opening of Brian Flynn’s “Memories of Tomorrow” at Subtext in San Diego and we were lucky enough to check it out. Brian was there to share a bunch of new pieces, including his Dust Robot series, which was a combination of dust, baby powder and clear...
  • kaNO x GOODWOODNYC The Final Draft Art Kit

    13 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    kaNo has once again teamed up with GOODWOODNYC to produce these awesome art kits. kaNO’s “Final Draft” art Kit is limited to only 20 sets and includes: 5 Staedtler Pencils, 1 Pencil Sharpener, 1 Kneaded Eraser, and 1 Laser Etched Ruler. You can find them available HERE for $80. Whether...
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  • Ark Studio VIP Spectra, Peacekeeper, & Silverstorm Homage to Datsun Brothers FIgures

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    Just in via BigBadToyStore who let us know about the VIP Figure Set of Spectra, Peacekeeper, & Silverstorm by Ark Studio that pay homage to the Datsun Brothers: Smokescreen, Silverstreak, and Prowl. This new third party manufacturer has started off with their VIP line, which includes three cars that change into robots. They are priced at $49.99 individually, or as a Set of 3 for $139.99. Order them now at
  • IDW Comics Review - The Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye 33

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:22 pm
    The mystery of the ruined Lost Light is solved! But when a way is found to restore things to normal, what will be the price to bring everything back? "The Road Not Taken", More Than Meets The Eye 33, written by James Roberts, pencils by Alex Milne, with inks by Brian Schearer and John Wycough, and colors by Joana Lafuente. Read the full review!
  • The Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Issue 33 Full Preview

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:13 pm
    IDW has provided the full preview for this month's issue of More Than Meets The Eye. This one is unusually spoily as to the nature of what's been going on during this storyline, so please be aware before clicking through to read these preview pages if you want to wait and have the mystery revealed when the full issue hits shops this Wednesday!
  • Three Page Angry Birds: Transformers Previews Shows In Progress Page Art From Upcoming Crossover Title

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Finally, Previews has lineart-stage pages from the first issue of the Angry Birds/Transformers crossover miniseries. Not as far along as the other early looks, this still shows a taste of what the visual end of this book is about, presumably from the portion of the book not illustrated by Livio Ramondelli. Keep reading to see all three pages.
  • Transformers - Drift: Empire of Stone Preview With Three Pages of Clean Art

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Previews has been given three pages from the first issue of the upcoming Drift focused miniseries, Empire of Stone. Much like the Transformers 35 preview, no dialogue has been added to this, letting you see the full page art in an otherwise finished, colored state. If you've been looking for the return of Drift since his wrongful dismissal from the Lost Light last year, this may be the title for you when it ships later this year!
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    Plastic and Plush

  • Sleep and Bathe with Uglydolls

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    In case you didn't have enough Uglydoll products in your life, Pretty Ugly and Franco Manufacturing Co., Inc. have partnered up to create an extensive line of  bedding and bath products. So I'm guessing if you wanted Wage sheets, an Ice-Bat towel, and maybe some Ox toilet're in luck. (Though, I'm going to guess they won't be producing any T.P.)
  • Galaxy Commanders Lulubell “Galaxy Black” Exclusives

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Lullubell has announced a special pre-order of the Galaxy Commanders by Skullmark.  The Galaxy Commanders Lulubell "Galaxy Black" Exclusives measure 9.5" tall and are cast in Galaxy Black unpainted Sofubi. Commander Cytron, Commander Dagan, and Commander Nizard are currently available to pre-order for $65.99 each. They're slated to arrive around November or December 2014.
  • T+CP Pocket Sideshow Series

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    From Tomenosuke + Circus Posterus, comes the new T+CP mini sofubi Pocket Sideshow series. The release of the series will take place on October 9th 2014 (via Tomenosuke), with advance sales planned for TTF 2014. Orders from North America will need to go through Circus Posterus. The four figures included in the series are (in order as pictured above): Snowshoe (Amanda Louise Spayd); Sproot (Chris Ryniak); Otto (Brandt Peters); Penelope (Kathie Olivas). And this is the perfect colorway, considering how the release will take place close to Halloween.
  • Sharktipede 2.0 Kickstarter

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Clint Maclean has launched his second attempt at a Sharktipede Kickstarter project - Sharktipede 2.0. It's a combination of just what it sounds like - a centipede and a shark. Probably two of the creepiest things roaming the planet. It sounds like a bad (good) SyFy Channel production, but it will actually be a 4-inch tall collectible. The project has already reached its goal and will be funded on Friday October 10th 2014 at 2:06 PM EDT. Kickstarter funding levels for the unpainted Sharktipede start at $50.00. If you're looking for the painted version, that will run you $95.00. Also, there…
  • Bird Shaman and Spirit of Yeoda

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Daniel Yu currently has a pair of new releases currently available via his webstore.Bird Shaman (Cherokee Spirit edition)Standing 3.75 inches tall and featuring 4 points of magnetic articulation, the Bird Shaman comes fully equipped with her trusty spirit staff. Hand cast in marbled resin, no two pieces are alike. The figure is an edition of 20 pieces, running $35.00 each.Spirit of YeodaStanding 2 inches tall, the figure is hand cast in resin. Concept and design by Yeonardo. It's available for $30.00 each.
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    Culture Japan - Your portal to Japan - Posts

  • Japan Matsuri

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Its that time of year again. Autumn is here which means festival time. Festival in Japanese is "Matsuri" [祭り[まつり]] and the ones during Autumn are mostly held to thank the heavens for a good harvest for the previous season. Today's bunch of photos are taken last weekend at Himonya Matsuri which I've been attending for the past 10 years. You can see what festivals take place in the Autumn around this neck of the woods at the Meguro City website. There is a load to see, do and eat at a matsuri. The food is served at hawker stands where you can find a variety of noms such as Yakitori…
  • Tokyo Photo Walk 2014/09

    9 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    Forgive me folks for the radio silence! After Anime Expo I came back to Japan to prepare for Anime Festival Asia Indonesia and during that period I had to look for bigger offices and then move in. After coming back from Indonesia we had to work on and ship the current outstanding orders of Smart Doll. Moving office was a huge life project that took up a load of time - it was not possible to focus on the move, the business and update the site at the same time. I did manage to post regular quick updates to my social networks Facebook, Twitter and Instagram though. I wanted to post a quick…
  • Mid-Autumn Festival

    8 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    To all folks out there who celebrate - happy Mid-Autumn Festival! Here we have Mirai and Kizuna Smart Doll celebrating by om nomming on some Mooncakes.Got these Smart Doll sized Mooncakes from Hong Kong.While taking these photos I completely forgot to take photos of the human sized ones we got in the office ><My girls love some Vitasoy with their Mooncake.This is the near production ready version of Kizuna - the eyes and makeup color may change slightly.Some folks said they prefered the first version of Kizuna - this *is* actually the first version ^^; I wont take pre-orders until I can…
  • CJ Night Jakarta 2014

    13 Aug 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Photos from last years CJ Night Jakarta which we will be doing again this year - same venue (Jakarta Design Centre, Lotus Room) on Mon 18th from 6 - 9PM. I'll be at AFAID for all 3 days and hope to see you there. If I'm not at my booth then I will most likely be on stage MC'ing. If we don't manage to catch up with each other at AFAID, we can certainly do so at CJ Night. CJ Night is a place for like minded comrades to mingle and get to know each other. I love spending time with readers and will be doing the usual signing and photo sessions and hunting for talent too ^o^ Also feel free to bring…
  • AFAID 14 Merchandise

    11 Aug 2014 | 12:35 am
    Its that time of year again - Asia's biggest anime event AFA (AFAID) returns to Indonesia for the 3rd consecutive time this weekend 15 - 17th August. There will be a ton of seiyuu, anime producers/directors and a huge hall full of exhibitors which includes us ^o^ This first photo is of the Culture Japan booth at AFAID which got rather crowded at times ^^;Here's a quick overview of what we have available this year for AFA Indonesia! Prices are all in IDR and includes tax.4 designs of T-shirts will be available, 3 of which are new in Indonesia. Prices go down the more you buy. Save up to…
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  • Poxpop by UME Toys

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:06 am
    UME PRESS: "Introducing Poxpop a monsterly sitched together sick piece of candy which some poor soul has bitten a chunk from including his left arm. Poxpop is an original one off sculpt standing a syrupy 4.5 inches to the top of his head or just under 8 inches to the top of his stick. Painted in pop blue with matt and gloss varnishes. If you'd like to add him to your collection he is in the
  • cacooca panda think series4 "Halloween"

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:57 am
    Cacooca celebrates Halloween the best he knows how - with the release of cacooca panda think series4 "Halloween"! Cacooca's Panda dresses up under a removable "sheet" with cut-holes for eyes, rested on a base with a pumpkin head, all priced at US$65 per (excluding shipping) limited to 300 sets. Check out more images here and have a fabulous Halloween ahead! P/S: Did you notice this set on
  • 6th Anniversary TKs from 3A Toys

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
    Remember when the first ever three TK / Tomorrow Kings were released by 3A Toys so many moons ago? Right after Deep Powder Bramble? I do, and I thank 3A for their abundance of generosity "back in the day" … Well, get ready to "relive" that toy-birth very soon, but this time it might take some effort in trying to snag all of them together in a single breath! 3 x different "6th Anniversary TKs"
  • DCon's "Vincent" As A Toy Figurine!

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:43 am
    You might recognize the character mascot of the annual DesignerCon in numerous promotional material and donning different "clothes" thru the years, but this is the first time we see "Vincent" as a three-dimensional "toy"! Standing 1.5″ tall and made in PVC, VINCENT was designed by Scott Tolleson & sculpted by George Gaspar, with the "Flesh" colorway available to purchase here for only US$2! I'd
  • Colored Samples of 'The Merryners' from Doubleparlour x Toy Art Gallery

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:16 pm
    By now you should have seen the unpainted Merryners sofubis from Doubleparlour x Toy Art Gallery (check them out here if you've not, I won't judge you) … now witness a couple of colorway samples, designed & painted by Doubleparlour! Featuring Uwie and Fenn, I can't wait to see the rest of the group in color! (And NOW I undertand the "Killer shoes" reference lol). Will update availability
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    Albotas - Gaming, comics, toys, gadgets, and more


    3 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    TABLETOP RPGS GET CLASSY WITH THE ADVENTURER’S KIT Designed by Mitch Barchi, the Adventurer’s Kit is what I imagine someone like Mark Twain or Winston Churchill would have played D&D with back in their day. From the artist:  The Adventurer’s Kit had been inspired by my lifelong passion for roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons or World of Dungeons. My goal was to create a portable kit that anyone could pickup and play a quick, or introductory, roleplaying session with little to no prep time. I created a simple overland map illustration for the lid using the Art Institute of…
  • CORNETTO TRILOGY FIGURE MOCKUPS These 3D renderings were made...

    3 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    CORNETTO TRILOGY FIGURE MOCKUPS These 3D renderings were made by byEvil CorpKibooki. I need these in my life. We all need these in our lives. Someone please make this happen. (via Xombie Dirge)

    3 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    A THIRD BOONDOCK SAINTS IS HAPPENING Considering how ill-received the the second one was, I definitely didn’t see this coming. Via Geek Tyrant: During a fan Q&A on Facebook, the director talked about his plans for a third movie, revealing the title and the plot of the film. The new movie is currently titled The Boondock Saints 3: Legion. If you watched the sequel, then you already know that it ended with the McManus brothers, played by Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus,in prison. The Boondock Saints 3: Legion will show that while in prison they’ve gained notoriety. He also…

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    SUPERCUT: THE VEHICLES OF WES ANDERSON Jaume R. Lloret put together this supercut showcasing the many vehicle POV scenes in Wes Anderson movies. Also check out Lloret’s supercuts of closeups in Edgar Wright films and every death in a Quentin Tarantino flick ever. (via Mashkulture) CHECK IT: If Wes Anderson directed Forest GumpBUY: The Wes Anderson Collection

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    CUSTOM ‘GAME OF THRONES’ WINE SET BY OSKUNK French artist OSKUNK, best known for his custom video game consoles, has applied his graffiti-infused stylings to a set of wine bottles featuring the four main house symbols from Game of Thrones. Accompanying the bottles is a wine box adorned with the four house names. CHECK IT: Game of Thrones intro played on an NES keytarBUY: Living Language Dothraki
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  • Stare in awe at this Attack on Titan custom diorama by Team Revolver

    Jeremy Emerje Crocker
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Japanese competitive modeling group Team Revolver is making waves with their latest completed diorama based on Attack on Titan. The the full scratch built piece includes multiple 1/35 scale figures taking on a pair of huge titan figures in a ruined section of town. As impressive as the figure sculpting is it's the mind boggling amount of detail that went into the houses that just blow me away.  I could go on about how cool this diorama is, but you really have to see the photos for yourself. Check out the gallery below to see many of the images mirrored. The diorama has been on…
  • Tsume-Art adds Dragonball Z to its stable

    Brian Szabelski
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Tsume-Art's roster of licenses has been pretty impressive, and their resin-cast collectibles have been rather high quality ... so imagine the excitement that comes with Dragonball Z being the latest license they've acquired. The announcement came at both the Tsume Days event and on Facebook, with no plans revealed yet. Having been impressed with their Naruto Shippuden figures especially, I think Tsume is going to be a good fit for the license. Actually getting the chance to own some large-scale, high quality figures of Goku, Piccolo, Cell, Frieza, Yamcha, Krillin, Vegeta, Nappa and…
  • Four Horsemen's proud American Gothitropolis Eagle is open for pre-order

    Vanessa Cubillo
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I think a definite favorite from Four Horsemen’s Gothitropolis series was their Bald Eagle. He was just so extreme! I mean he is the definition of patriotism. His armor is red, white, and blue, he wears the American flag as a cape, and he literally is the national symbol for the United States. So this figure, named Eagalus, is now open for pre-order on Four Horsemen’s website. Although pre-orders did open today, only Kickstarter backers are able to order them now. They also will be getting a special discount price too, US$28. Why didn’t I back this project?! This early…
  • Carson Catlin's back-to-school Munny concept is Chimera

    Kristina Pino
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today, Saturday, there's a back-to-school show at SubUrban Vinyl in New Jersey. Lots of cool artists (including Evilos, Task One, Fuller, and Jon Paul Kaiser) are participating with their own concepts. Carson is showing two 4-inch Munnys (US$100 each) and one 7-inch (US$200) going with the theme Chimera, which are described as "a single organism composed of genetically distinct cells." Both of them are for sale, and if they aren't adopted at the show, they'll be online shortly afterwards. As usual, I'm a fan. Read more...
  • Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber and Exhaust get full color galleries

    Jeremy Emerje Crocker
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    I hope you aren't tired of listening to me ramble on about how amazing these figures are because I'm sure not tired of doing it. Thanks to a combination of official galleries and photos from Takara Tomy designer TFYuki on Twitter we get our first galleries for Transformers MP-23 Exhaust due in February and MP-24 Star Saber due in March. Exhaust was only just announced last week so they got the gallery (and subsequent pre-orders) up in short time. On the other hand, Star Saber started life as a Japanese fan poll in late 2013 so the gallery has been a long time in coming. Either way the…
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    The Cotton Monster

  • Pajama Monsters and Weirdos!

    5 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    Meet the newest Cotton Monster additions! Pajama Monsters are cute wee little guys clad in striped pj's with pocket mouths! Also in the shop are a bunch of utterly unique Weirdos, one-off monsters that I may or may not ever make again, so better snatch them up while they're in the shop! 
  • Around the house: Recycled Limb Planters

    15 Aug 2014 | 3:01 pm
     The past few years my mom and I have been tackling her attic, making space and donating things that were stuffed up there long ago, because, let's face it...letting go is hard, and you never know when you might need this or that. A lot of times, for better or worse, I end up with a trunk full of things to take home with me. A while back we uncovered some big zip-lock bags of my old barbies. Most had their hair cut off.  Some were missing heads.  On a mission to liberate their better parts from those weird alien torsos and permanently made-up faces (those that still had them),…
  • Pocket Mouthed Monsters!

    6 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    A new batch of medium sized monsters are now in the shop! These dudes are smaller then the "big" variety but with the same awesome pocket mouths for hiding little treasures. There's plenty to love about this squeezable crew!See a video of a medium monster in action (devouring some action figures!)  HERE 
  • Pile of Craft is JUNE 7th!

    30 May 2014 | 10:41 am
    I've been sweating away in the attic studio the past month gearing up for Charm City Craft Mafia's annual amazing craft show PILE OF CRAFT! on June 7th from 10am-5pmat 2640 St. Paul Street 21218 (inside St. John's Church)Here's the FB event pageConsider starting your shopping in the more chill SMALLER ROOM in the back of the church...Find me there at booth # 46. Free High-fives for all! I'll have some brand new products with me (Blue and Red Crabs! Birdies! and more!in addition to ol' lovable favorites, monsters of all varieties (of course), bunnies,…
  • Follow me on Instagram!

    28 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
    I know I'm a little late to the Instagram bandwagon, but I finally got an account set up and would love it if you followed me there @cottonmonsterjen 
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    1 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    BRAND NEW WEEGLINS ALERT!!! Hot off their Autumn 2014 appearance in the latest issuer of STUFFED MAGZINE!   ONLY @ PLUSHPLEX! 
  • Introducing the BMO plush hand sewing pattern!

    13 May 2014 | 8:52 am
    I am so thrilled to be able to share with you the latest pattern I made. Thrilled because of the way it turned out (awesome) and thrilled because oh my gosh it's finally done and wow was it a lot of work.Ahem: Introducing BMO (or Beemo, if you prefer), the hand sewing pattern:This pattern is frankly HUGE. It clocks in at 16 total pages. BMO however, is quite tiny- just 3.5" tall.Look, he fits right in your hand!This pattern includes detailed step by step instructions with lots (seriously, LOTS) of photos, a supply guide, and, for the first time ever, a bonus Stitch Guide. An illustrated…
  • 4 May 2014 | 7:08 am

    4 May 2014 | 7:08 am
    A wild craft appears! This is one of my new projects. I wanted a little get-a-away from plush making so I decided to dive into the world of cross stitch. This is my first one, I created it for my husband. He is an aspiring tattoo artist and has stay true tattooed on his hands so I thought it fitting. It was a frustrating and time consuming project, but I do enjoy the final product. My next ones will be a bit more in the style of subversive Xstitch or have geeky quotes in them. I have a whole list of fun ones I want to do. Have no fear, I'll still be making new plush. This was just my little…
  • Spring is coming, when thoughts turn to Jellyfish and Milkshakes!

    18 Mar 2014 | 6:23 am
    Strawberry Jelly and his pal Milkshake are off to a new home today.. good luck guys!xoxoxoCalliecalliejumpjump!
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    23 Nov 2013 | 9:28 am
    A new Holiday Tradition: Christmas Patrol GoblinsMeet Santa's Other Helpers, Santa's real eyes and ears, who hang out in your house all year and write down all your children's misdeeds and report back to Santa. These cute Goblins are about 13 inches tall, handmade from cruelty-free poly-felt. Their little tunics, hooded cloaks, and fleece tights as well as pointy green elf slippers are all handmade and removable. Every C.P.G. (Christmas Patrol Goblin) comes with a little hand stained wooden chest to keep their naughty list. These guys are small enough to go everywhere with you and your family…
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  • Tonight! Jerrod Maruyama Artist Signing at WonderGround Gallery

    12 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    On Friday, September 12 (5-7pm), Jerrod Maruyama returns to WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District for the release of his new piece ‘Date Night.’ The image will be available in a variety of different formats and offerings including limited edition 13″ x 15″ giclee’s, a deluxe print, postcard, magnet and compact. You can also look for his new WonderGround Mickey and WonderGround Minnie pins! Jerrod notes that the pins are now available at World of Disney and Pin Traders in Downtown Disney. Filed under: accessories, art Tagged: Date Night, Hipster Mickey, Jerrod…
  • 100% Soft “Lil MacGuffins” at Bottleneck Gallery

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Mac·Guf·fin: An object or device in a movie or a book that serves merely as a trigger for the plot On September 12, 100% Soft‘s newest exhibition “Lil MacGuffins” opens at Bottleneck Gallery. “Lil MacGuffins” features pieces inspired by his favorite cinematic objects of desire, like the orb in Guardians of the Galaxy. Or the $2 Million Dollars in No Country for Old Men. Nathan Junior from Raising Arizona… The statue in The Maltese Falcon… The NOC List in Mission Impossible… 100% Soft will have 10 new pieces in this exhibition; each 6″ x…
  • Sneak Preview “Hello Kitty Crochet” by Mei Li Lee

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    Love Hello Kitty and cute amigurumi? Learn how to make your own Sanrio amigurumi friends with the new book Hello Kitty Crochet. Written by Mei Li Lee of the popular blog amiguruMEI, Hello Kitty Crochet features 25 cute and easy-to-make projects. Whether you’re a seasoned crocheter or have never used a needle, you’ll find tons of helpful tips and tricks for creating kawaii handmade dolls. Here’s a sneak preview of a few of the character patterns that you’ll find in the book. Learn how to create your own Bad Badtz Maru and his friend Hana-Maru. Fans of old school characters will…
  • Announcing The Stoop

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    I’m excited to announce my next project – The Stoop! Wait… what the heck is The Stoop? The Stoop is a neighborhood collective of artists, sculptors, burger aficionados, and evil geniuses. Featuring the creative minds of Vanessa Ramirez, Orbital Ox, and Moemoe + Goreilla. On October 4 – November 9, The Stoop will be taking over the art corner at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland in Eagle Rock. On November 8-9, The Stoop brings the full art experience to DesignerCon 2014. Come kick it at The Stoop, and check out amazing artwork, see live art, and enjoy some fun surprises!
  • Dragon Dog “Blacky” Figure by Martin Hsu

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Dragon Boy fans will soon be able to add Dragon Boy’s best friend, Blacky, to their collections!! Dragon Dog Blacky will be available on Friday, September 12 (Noon PST) at Martin Hsu’s website. The OG Blacky 4″ vinyl figure is limited to 300 pieces. $25 each. The BAIT edition Blacky (edition of 88) will also be available at this time. $25 each. Get FREE shipping on packs of 3 pups or more! Martin currently has new Dragon Boy goodies available including tees and a new print. Check out his website for more info!Filed under: toys Tagged: Blacky, Dragon Dog, Martin Hsu
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  • Palette in tokidoki-land

    9 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    Join Palette on her magical journey through tokidoki-land! From the extraordinary Mysterious Jungle, to the bustling and vibrant Diamond City, follow her on her adventures through the charmed tokidoki universe.
  • tokidoki for LeSportsac Signing in Santa Monica

    9 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    Surf’s up So-Cal! Get ready for another fun tokidoki for LeSportsac signing event! Simone will be at the Santa Monica LeSportsac Store meeting fans soon! Date: September 20th Address: LeSportsac Santa Monica Place 395 Santa Monica Place Santa Monica CA 90401 Hours: 1 – 4 PM See you there!
  • Palette in tokidoki-land The Happy Forest

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:22 am
    Palette’s adventure through the charmed tokidoki universe is drawing to a close. She’s on her way to the breathtaking Happy Forest. Watch the magical conclusion to her extraordinary journey! Check back to see the full length animation!
  • Palette in tokidoki-Land Diamond City

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Join Palette on her magical journey through the charmed tokidoki universe as she visits Diamond City this week! Be sure to stay tuned to see where Palette is off to next Monday!
  • tokidoki Singapore Comic-Con!

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:18 pm
    We can’t wait for Singapore’s Comic-Con! Dates: September 6, 2014, Saturday 10:00AM – 8:00PM September 7, 2014, Sunday 10:00AM – 8:00PM Address:  Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo and Convention Center, Level 1, Hall B and C. Hope to see you there! Click here for tickets For more info click here
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    15 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    While surfing through the "Halloween Holiday section" at TARGET the other night I came across this fun BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD Flashlight! They sold these last year but I didn't get one. It was only $5.00, so I thought what the heck, it's so cool! 

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    On your next trip to TARGET please be sure to check their "Halloween section" for a special set of DC COMICS SUPER HEROES MINI-FIGURES!  They are only $3.00 each and there are 8 different characters to collect: Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Cyborg, Catwoman, The Joker, Wonder Woman and Green Arrow!   I bought the one of Batman the other night. Here's a SECRET TIP If he's the only one you want: Just squeeze around the packaging and you can feel Batman's "ears and cape". Then, just buy that one.  But really, I also want the Joker and Catwoman too but I was afraid I'd probably…
  • New CLASSIC 1966 BATMAN TV SERIES PLUSH TOYS by Bleacher Creatures Out Now!

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    Here's a fun cool new set of Batman Toys to keep an eye out for! It looks like the Bleacher creatures Toy Company has created a line of Classic 1966 BATMAN TV Series Plush Dolls! They measure about 10" Tall and they have a retail price of about $20 each.  There are 5 of them to collect right now: Batman, Robin The Boy Wonder, Batgirl, Joker and Catwoman. You can order them from their website, just CLICK HERE! Oh yeah, I saw this advertising banner pop-up last night and it shows THE PENGUIN, which is not available yet. So, I'm guessing they're gonna come out with a few more of these.
  • #BATMAN TOYS - The BATSTACHE Finally Becomes an Actual Product!

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    OK, I knew this was going to happen. With all the "Batstache Memes" that have become so popular I've been wondering when someone would capitalize off of it. Well, here ya go! It looks like the Archie McPhee™ company did just that.  I spotted this one at my local OKC shopping mall inside a store called Toyko. But I bet you can find them at a place like Spencer's Gifts... or evil eBay.
  • 75 YEARS OF #BATMAN - A Celebration in Bogota, Columbia!

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    Last July, the 26th to be exact, some Batman Fans celebrated the 75th anniversary of Batman in Bogotá, Colombia! Check this out! As mentioned in a previous post, here at the BAT-BLOG love meeting Batman Fans from all over the world. It's so cool that this American superhero character is embraced by many different cultures. Here's a wonderful example. I was recently sent some photos from a friend who went to a local event there that celebrated "75 YEARS OF BATMAN".  It was sort of a mini-convention where other Batman Fans met, they had booths selling merchandise and there was some…
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  • Project 3 {heather bailey creative challenge & giveaway}

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Okay, well first off, I have to apologize for going blog incommunicado for a few days! We dismantled
  • August 31 (Dalek Day 243/365)

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:04 pm
    While walking along one of the many scenic beaches on Prince Edward Island today, the Dalek became captivated by this bird. “I don’t understand it,” the Dalek began.  “This seagull looks to be a thoroughly decent chap, and yet here it is all alone.  Surely one good tern deserves another?” Surely One Good Tern Deserves Another? Click on photo to see a larger version of this image (Apps used: Pro Cam 2, Snapseed, Laminar, Superimpose, PixlrExpress+)
  • August 30 (Dalek Day 242/365)

    10 Sep 2014 | 3:53 pm
    “And don’t you forget it, Humankind!” The Dalek was surprised and delighted to see this sign on the grounds of the East Point lighthouse on Prince Edward Island.  “I don’t know how they knew I was coming today, but I’m glad to see that the awesome power of the Daleks is being publicly recognized,” the Dalek proclaimed. (I probably should have pointed out to the Dalek that the other side of the sign read “Start of the World Is Here,” but I figured I’d just let it harmlessly wallow in its illusions of grandeur for a bit.) “At…
  • A look at the Viper Predator from NECA

    10 Sep 2014 | 1:22 pm
    We’re taking an in-depth look at the Series 12 Predator figures from NECA Toys, and the all new Viper Predator, and original figure created with all the official blessings. The Viper Predator is the leader of the mercenary Serpent Clan and specializes in hunting Xenomorphs. The new 7″ figure is an original design featuring deadly wrist blade gauntlets on both forearms, a removable mask, and 2 pairs of hands. Check out the just released photos here, and as always, keep it locked to Toys From Hell for all the latest!
  • Make tortoise with snail from Plastic Egg case .

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
      This not so much hard therefore you can DIY with your kids . I make it pretty simple as you and your kids can easily to f igure out How make .But they just look a little bit poor color T hat’s ok ! Because You can colorful it as you want … Tools need: 1. Plastic Egg case ×1 2. Scissors ×1 3. Marker pen × 2 or 3 with different colors and the basic black. (colorful your snail) 4. Stapler ×1(for fixed snail along the shell edge ) 5. Elastic ×4 (for fixed the tortoise ) 6. Cardboard×1 (for snail and tortoise bottom) Enjoy and Have a great day . Don’t forget to support us !
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    Take Five a Day

  • LootCrate is a Monthly Crate of Fun Loot

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    If you enjoy a monthly crate of fun toy “loot” – a mystery box like Christmas every month? Then LootCrate is either for you or a fun gift. Every month, they send you a box of mystery toys (all new and worth at least $40) … the box is about $20 a month with shipping […]
  • Mattel Disney Pixar CARS Diecast: Tractor Stampede Gift Pack

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    The name of the 5-pack with Tractors has been given a name, “Tractor Stampede Gift Pack.” While the contents was known with a text listing, this photo reveals which Lightning & Ramone it is … Tar Lightning McQueen? And obviously, it’s also 2006 Yellow Ramone & Mater. Tweet This Post
  • Long Term Parking

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    From artist Arman, his piece called “Long Term Parking” – here’s one way to store your CARS … or keep every real life auto you’ve ever driven Tweet This Post
  • Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Blu Ray-DVD Coming November 4th

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:36 am
    “Landing on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD & On-Demand Nov. 4, 2014! ~ Includes All-New Exclusive Animated Short “Vitaminamulch: Air Spectacular” and More! ~ (I guess the short explains this box set). Disney’s Planes are back in the high-flying comedy adventure “PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE,” landing on Disney Blu-ray Combo […]
  • Elgin Park – Surprise, it’s Really a …

    14 Sep 2014 | 3:02 am
    Looks like a small Midwest town, right? Believe it or not, those are diecast cars and that’s a diorama … In fact, here the artist, Michael Paul Smith pops his head in … You can check out more photos here – pretty nice. Tweet This Post
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    The Toy Book

  • FAO Schwarz to Host Rilakkuma Day of Fun

    Magdalene Michalik
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    FAO Schwarz will host a Rilakkuma Fun Day on October 11, where the store will convert three towers in the Grand Hall of its New York flagship store into the ultimate Rilakkuma destination for the duration of the month. During the Rilakkuma Day of Fun, consumers can participate in giveaways and a meet-and-greet with the Rilakkuma Mascot and Kawaii girls. Rilakkuma, created by San-X, is one of Japan’s most popular characters, famous for its “bear in relaxed mood” lifestyle of eating, sleeping, and listening to music. FAO Schwarz currently carries a variety of plush Rilakkumma product in…
  • Skylanders Trap Team to Feature Special Gameplay Mode for Emperor Kaos

    Phil Guie
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Activision Publishing Inc. has announced a new game play mode in Skylanders Trap Team for Emperor Kaos, the villain of its Skylanders franchise. In Kaos Doom Challenge, players can battle through increasingly difficult waves of minions, build defensive towers, and utilize both Skylanders and trapped villains from their collections. Kaos Doom Challenge will also feature the Mystery Box of Doom, which when opened, spits out gigantic villains. The Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack will be available October 5 in North America and October 10 in Europe for Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U systems; a…
  • Minecraft Will Join Microsoft Studios

    Phil Guie
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    Microsoft Corp. has reached an agreement to acquire Mojang, the Stockholm-based game developer behind the popular Minecraft franchise. Under the terms of the agreement, the Mojang team will join Microsoft Studios. Microsoft will acquire Mojang for $2.5 billion, and expects the acquisition to be break-even in fiscal year 2015 on a GAAP basis. Subject to customary closing conditions and any regulatory review, the acquisition is expected to close later this year. Available across multiple platforms, players have downloaded Minecraft more than 100 million times, on PC alone, since its launch in…
  • CWIST and Science Buddies Partnering for STEM Education

    Phil Guie
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Science Buddies will join the CWIST platform, giving kids and parents additional resources to learn something new and build on their in-classroom science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. CWIST offers a crowd-sourced library of educational and fun challenges for kids ages 5 to 11, including customized content, challenges, and wishes from curated partners. The not-for-profit Science Buddies empowers K to 12 students, parents, and teachers to find free project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science, and music to microbiology. Together,…
  • Toy Industry Foundation Reaches $100 Million Milestone

    Phil Guie
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) has distributed $100 million worth of toys and games to children in need since its Toy Bank program was founded in 2003. The historical milestone was reached following this year’s Summer Toy Drive, which collected $11 million worth of toys. To date, TIF and its supporters have donated enriching playthings to nearly 17 million disadvantaged kids worldwide. Contributions to the Summer Toy Drive more than quadrupled over last year, growing from nearly 900,000 toys donated in 2013 to nearly four million toys this year. The Lego Group donated roughly 250,000…
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    Collecting Fashion Dolls by Terri Gold

  • 2014 Modern Doll Collector Convention - Deja Vu by Tonner Doll Company

    Terri Gold
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Two lovely Deja Vu dolls debuted at the Tonner "At The Races" event at the Modern Doll Collector Convention on Saturday 9/13/14. Centerpiece Emma Jean "Moonlit Ball"Emma Jean Day at the Races Souvenir Doll There is no information yet on availability or prices. Keep watching my page on Facebook for more information.
  • Haunted Beauty Mistress of the Manor™ Barbie® Doll

    Terri Gold
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    With hair that oddly resembles that of Cruella DeVille, Mattel releases another half-stiff $100. doll. This one has posable arms and hands. That's a start.There are many collectors who do Halloween displays and she will be perfect for that.Carrying her “candelabra” and manor keys, Haunted Beauty Mistress of the Manor Barbie doll greets guests wearing a plum jacket featuring a dramatic bustle and a long, sweeping skirt. A wide swath of white runs through her black hair, which is pulled back into a bun. Earrings, a cameo brooch and Victorian-style boots are her elegant accessories, along…
  • Jamieshow Madra Redressed

    Terri Gold
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Madra is modeling "Special Appearance," a gown by Ashton-Drake for Violet. The jewelry was a table gift at a convention from another collector. The wig is by Ilaria.The gown is covered with beads and sequins. It has no closures and slips on over the doll's legs - over a full length slip.Here she is in a new wig from Chewin. Both wigs were made for Sybarites but they work on Madra.
  • Kingdom Doll's Brigantia

    Terri Gold
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    Buyers of Brigantia, Kingdom Doll's latest release and the second sculpt in the line, have begun to post photos. I found these two by Laurie Lenz to be particularly striking.You can see more photos of this gorgeous doll and so much more on Prego.
  • FR16 Hanne Erikson Models the Cosmetic Surrender Fashion

    Terri Gold
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:47 pm
    When Integrity Toys debuted their new FR16 dolls, I thought the fashions were lovely but I didn't like 3 of the 4 doll's faces. I was able to purchase Hanne nude and a few of the fashions separately.Here is Hanne in Cosmetic Surrender's outfit.This gal needs a more realistic face-up. Her eyes lack life of any kind. If only I could paint faces realistically, I'd do her over.The other thing I'd change is the articulated toe joint. It bends the shoe in a strange way. I wonder if I can use an avantguard fashion foot...or perhaps IT will release a fashion foot for her.She's got beautiful hands and…
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  • McFarlane: The Walking Dead TV Series 7

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Images have been revealed of the seventh assortment of McFarlane's The Walking Dead TV series of action figures! Included in the reveals are Michonne, Gareth, Carl Grimes, and Mud Walker. Follow through for the deets and click the thumbnails above for a closer look.
  • Pop Culture Shock: 1/4-Scale Street Fighter Honda Statues

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Pop Culture Shock has released a images and information for three, that's right, three different versions of their upcoming Street Fighter Honda 1/4-scale statues! Follow the story link to check them out.
  • Diamond Select Toys: Clerks Black and White Minimates

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Diamond Select Toys has released an image of a new Clerks black and white Minimates 4-pack set! The set will retail for $19.99 and will include Jay, Randal, Dante, and Silent Bob. Read on for more information and click the thumbnail above for a closer look.
  • Sideshow Collectibles: Thor - The Dark World Premium Format Figure Up For Pre-Order

    11 Sep 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Thor – The Dark World Premium Format Figure from Sideshow Collectibles is now available for pre-order, and features the Asgardian warrior brandishing the legendary Mjolnir whilst wearing his newly designed armor, complete with dramatic flowing red cape!
  • Diamond Select Toys: New Universal Monsters Figures Rise at Toys "R" Us and Comic Shops!

    11 Sep 2014 | 11:18 pm
    It's almost that time of year again. The time when creatures and monsters roam the night, and haunt the aisle of your local toy stores! The newest assortment of Universal Monsters action figures is out now at Toys "R" Us and is coming soon to comic shops and specialty stores, as well as an all-new figure of the greatest monster hunter of all time! Click through for more details.
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  • Into the Dragons’ den

    David Smith
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    ToyTalk - Toy news, reviews and buying advice Spin Master’s range of dragon-themed toys has expanded hugely with the to coincide with the new film, How to Train Your Dragon 2. ToyTalk - Toy news, reviews and buying advice
  • My Little Pony Shuffle

    Eleanor de Bruin
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    ToyTalk - Toy news, reviews and buying advice The new Shuffle My Little Pony Game from Cartamundi is designed to be great fun. ToyTalk - Toy news, reviews and buying advice
  • Snow Glow Elsa

    Eleanor de Bruin
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    ToyTalk - Toy news, reviews and buying advice From Jakks Pacific, the new Snow Glow Elsa doll is priced around £34.99. ToyTalk - Toy news, reviews and buying advice
  • Time for a new Doctor

    David Smith
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    ToyTalk - Toy news, reviews and buying advice Helping us adjust to the fact that Peter Capaldi is now at the controls of the TARDIS is a new wave of action figures from Character. ToyTalk - Toy news, reviews and buying advice
  • Flair Sofia and Doc McStuffins

    Eleanor de Bruin
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    ToyTalk - Toy news, reviews and buying advice New from Flair is a Sofia the First Magical Amulet Playset and a Doc McStuffins Talking Mobile Clinic. ToyTalk - Toy news, reviews and buying advice
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  • set database: LEGO 558 road crane

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:21 am
    set database: LEGO 558 road craneimage courtesy of peeronimage courtesy of bricklinkimage courtesy of thegrandtreasureset number: 558set name: road cranetheme: townyear: 1979pieces: 45price: us$naminifig: 1nice town set.come with a mobile crane.minifig included a worker minifig.released similar as 670 mobile crane by LEGO in 1978.great playability.overall design is great. 
  • set database: LEGO 672 fire engine

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:38 am
    set database: LEGO 672 fire engineimage courtesy of bricklinkimage courtesy of lantlantset number: 672set name: fire enginetheme: town, fireyear: 1978pieces: 55price: us$naminifig: 1nice town set.come with a fire engine and a trailer.minifig included a fireman minifig.released similar as 556 emergency van by LEGO in 1979.great playability.overall design is great. 
  • set database: LEGO 556 emergency van

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
    set database: LEGO 556 emergency vanimage courtesy of peeronimage courtesy of bricklinkimage courtesy of David's Spaceset number: 556set name: emergency vantheme: town, fireyear: 1979pieces: 55price: us$naminifig: 1nice town set.come with an emergency fire van.minifig included a fireman minifig.released similar as 672 fire engine by LEGO in 1978.great playability.overall design is great. 
  • set database: LEGO 554 exxon fuel pumper

    13 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    set database: LEGO 554 exxon fuel pumperimage courtesy of peeronimage courtesy of bricklinkimage courtesy of karmericaset number: 554set name: exxon fuel pumpertheme: town, Exxonyear: 1979pieces: 65price: us$naminifig: 1nice town set.come with an Exxon fuel tanker.minifig included an Exxon driver minifig.great playability.overall design is great. 
  • set database: LEGO 302 straight road plates

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    set database: LEGO 302 straight road platesimage courtesy of bricklinkimage courtesy of peeronset number: 302set name: straight road platestheme: town, baseplate, basicyear: 1978pieces: 2price: us$naminifig: nonenice town set.come with 2 straight road baseplates.the baseplate size is 32x32 studs.released similar as 553 straight road plates by LEGO in 1979.great playability.overall design is great.must have for town lovers. 
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    Pre-kindergarten toys

  • Fisher-Price Imaginext Eagle Talon Castle Dragon

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Fisher-Price Imaginext Eagle Talon Castle DragonFisher-Price Imaginext Eagle Talon Castle Dragon - The Imaginext Dragon is a new twist on kid-powered adventures. With a handle on his back and the ability rear up, this Dragon is the ultimate Imaginext Dragon. Squeezing the handle will lunge his neck forward, easily grabbing things (figures, boulders) with his mouth, and when you lift him off the ground his wings will spread for a quick getaway. Equipped with “Action Tech” technology a squeeze of his handle will send a signal to the castle to warn the knights within of the approaching…
  • Frozen Elsa's Tiara

    7 Aug 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Frozen Elsa's TiaraFrozen Elsa's Tiara - Wear this Disney: Frozen tiara and sparkle just like Elsa. Tiara features sparkling blue jewel tones and perfectly compliments your Elsa dress and jewelry set.Frozen Elsa's TiaraSparkle just like ElsaTiara features sparkling blue jewel tonesPerfectly compliments your Elsa dress and jewelry setTiara measures 3.5"h x 5.25"w x 5.5"dBuy this Pre-kindergarten toys - Frozen Elsa's Tiara...
  • Disney Frozen Glitter Glider Anna, Elsa and Olaf Doll Set

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:27 am
    Disney Frozen Glitter Glider Anna, Elsa and Olaf Doll SetDisney Frozen Glitter Glider Anna, Elsa and Olaf Doll Set - Bring your favorite Frozen characters to life in an exciting new way! Anna, Elsa and Olaf each feature a simple rolling mechanism that allows girls to glide the characters all around the kingdom of Arendelle - just like in the movie. Anna and Elsa wear clippable, sparkling MagiClip fashions for quick and easy outfit changes. They are joined by Olaf the Snowman, as adorable and silly as ever. Girls will love sliding their Glitter Glider figures over the "snow" in adventures…
  • Fisher-Price Little People Disney Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Fisher-Price Little People Disney Snow White and The Seven DwarfsFisher-Price Little People Disney Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs - You're going to love watching your little ones play all the parts of the Seven Dwarfs and Snow White to recreate the classic story or a whole new story of their own. Bring Snow White to the Little People Disney Princess Songs Palace to hear her phrases & song. (Palace and additional figures sold separately and subject to availability.).Fisher-Price Little People Disney Snow White and The Seven DwarfsSnow White and the 7 Dwarves can have a night of…
  • Disney Frozen Sparkle Kristoff Doll

    16 Jun 2014 | 1:50 am
    Disney Frozen Sparkle Kristoff DollDisney Frozen Sparkle Kristoff Doll - Disney Frozen Sparkle Kristoff Doll: This Kristoff fashion doll, from the new Disney film Frozen, captures the essence of the beloved character in his signature fashion from the film. A dashing Kristoff is dressed from head to toe for another adventure on the mountain in his wintry woolens. His loose grey pants and molded bright blue shirt keep him warm and dry, while his fur-trimmed vest adds an extra layer of winter warmth. His cozy accessories include knee-high snow boots, a warm black cap and thick mittens.
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    The Fashion Doll Chronicles

  • The Leading Ladies Of the Wizard Of Oz auction

    4 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Tonner Doll Company, Inc. have invited prominent fashion and costume designers to create one-of-a-kind looks for the Leading Ladies of The Wizard of Oz. To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the classic film, top fashion and costume designers have created a glamorous collection inspired by Dorothy, Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West – all modeled on Tonner’s 22-inch dolls. All proceeds will be donated to the “There’s No Place Like Home” campaign, benefiting Habitat for Humanity’s mission to create decent, safe, and affordable…
  • A Parisian lady is coming: La Mademoiselle Jolie is the 3rd W Club doll for 2014

    4 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    In what promises to become a classic Fashion Royalty doll, W CLub announced to its members that the third club doll for this year will be the long awaited Mademoiselle Jolie, mother of Elise (in the ongoing saga of the FR storyline). The only time that this character has appeared before is as a OOAK doll auctioned off in the third Integrity Toys convention back in 2007. Then, as now, the sculpt was none other than the Isha face, the first time it had appeared in Caucasian skin tone. People often wondered if the elusive character would make an appearance again. It seems the time has come.Item…
  • Karl Lagerfeld Barbie update: it will be VERY limited!

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:29 am
    Today the first photo of the upcoming Karl Lagerfeld Barbie popped up on the indomitable designer's website. It shows the doll looking up to her real-life counterpart, dressed in a miniature version of his iconic black suit and white shirt plus accessories as promised by the original sketch. According to the website, Barbie Lagerfeld is arriving at the end of the month. Taking inspiration from the designer’s signature style, the doll will be dressed in the designer’s likeness with accents taken from the real KARL LAGERFELD line. Borrowing from Karl’s iconic silhouette, the doll will be…
  • The Man Of The Orchestra by The Corréa Sisters - and some Tonner dolls

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    Enjoli and Sophia Corréa, twin sisters from New Jersey, are making their dream film come true, through Kickstarter: Enjoli will be the director and Sophia the star of The Man Of The Orchestra, a glamorous story about the human nature of greed and how it can change you. The premise of the film is as follows:A young woman, Olesya is blackmailed into framing Rick, a mysterious man for her own theft at a charity event for the American Troops at War. She falls for him but what unfolds along the way just may have him killed. Here is Enjoli in her video, talking about the film: So why is the film…
  • Summer in the tropics: Sous les Tropiques Victoire Roux IT-Direct exclusive

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:53 pm
    W Club members were alerted a couple of weeks ago with a sneak peek preview email, where one could see snippets of parts of a doll that would be unveiled soon. Today is the day and the doll is another Victoire Roux available via two lotteries: one for the W Club and one for the general public. The club members are entering for part of the edition specially reserved for them and the lottery is at the end of the month. For everyone else, all you need to do is email Integrity Toys with your name and address for details on how to enter - lottery will be on the 15th of September.Item # 76014Sous…
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    Linda Walsh Originals Dolls and Crafts Blog

  • An Adorable Trio Of Maidens - Bea, Bailey, and Betty

    Linda Walsh
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Three of the mixed media Victorian collage and paper-clay shelf sitter art dolls I made recently were a trio of adorable maidens. They're a trio of sisters that I named Bea, Bailey, and Betty.Bea - 4" x 4 1/2" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Art Doll Bea, Bailey, and Betty are an adorable trio of sisters who are maidens. They don't mind doing their chores, but much prefer romping in the park together or collecting berries in the fields together. Whatever it is they are doing they are always in playful competition with each other.Bea is a 4" x 4 1/2" x 3/4"…
  • Lucy, Lacy, and Lilly - A Beautiful Trio of Mixed Media Victorian Shelf Sitters

    Linda Walsh
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Three of the mixed media Victorian collage and paper-clay shelf sitter art dolls I made recently were a trio of Victorian shelf sitter wood dolls. They're a trio of sisters that I named Lucy, Lacy, and Lilly.Lucy - 4 1/2" x 5" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Art Doll Lucy, Lacy, and Lilly are a trio of sisters who are as different as they are beautiful. Lucy is a delicate flower who has an over abundance of compassion.  Lacy, on the other hand, is whimsical and flirtatious while Lilly is a deep thinker who cares about everyone and everything.Lucy is a 4…
  • Pat, Polly, and Phebe - New Mixed Media Victorian Shelf Sitter Art Dolls

    Linda Walsh
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Three of the mixed media Victorian collage shelf sitter art dolls I made recently were a trio of Victorian sisters that I named Pat, Polly, and Phebe.Pat - 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Shelf Sitter Art Doll Pat, Polly, and Phebe are a trio of sisters who love spending time together. Whether it's shopping, sitting around talking, sewing, cooking, or just fanning themselves with their beautiful Victorian fans you'll find them together.Pat is a 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian shelf sitter wood doll with a paper face, pink painted finger nails,…
  • Martin, Manfred, and Morris - New Mixed Media Man In the Moon Shelf Sitter Art Dolls

    Linda Walsh
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Three of the mixed media Victorian collage and paper-clay shelf sitter art dolls I made recently were a trio of Man In the Moon wood dolls with paper-clay faces. They're a trio of brothers that I named Martin, Manfred, and Morris.Martin - 4" x 4" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Collage Man In The Moon Shelf Sitter Art Doll With Paper-clay FaceMartin, Manfred, and Morris are a trio of brothers that have the weight of the world on their shoulders.  They're job is to protect the world and ensure peace and harmony in the universe.  A heavy responsibility indeed.Martin is a 4" x 4" x 3/4"…
  • Peace, Serenity, and Composure - My New Mixed Media Victorian Collage and Paper-clay Art Dolls

    Linda Walsh
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Three of the mixed media Victorian collage and paper-clay art dolls I made recently were a trio of wood dolls - two with paper-clay faces and one with a paper face. They're a trio of sisters that I named Peace, Serenity, and Composure.Peace - 2" x 3 1/2" x 9" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Art Doll With Paper-clay FacePeace, Serenity, and Composure are a trio of sisters who do everything together. Where there's Peace you'll find Serenity and Composure. Where there's Serenity you'll find Peace and Composure. And, where there's Composure you'll find Peace and Serenity.Peace is a 2" x 3…
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    Top Toys Blog

  • Best Toys for Baby Boys Age 2 Months to 2 Years Old

    K. Paul Mallasch
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:10 pm
    If you’re looking for toys for baby boys, we have a list of some of the best ones we found online. Buying a gift for a boy that is one or two years old isn’t difficult if you keep a…Read more ›Best Toys 2012 Related Top Toys Blog posts:Musical Instruments for Kids in 2012 Top Building Toys for Boys 6 to 8 Years Old Top Learning Toys for 3 to 9 Year Old Boys and Girls Top Toys 2013: Fat Brain Toys Releases List Popular Push Toys for Toddlers Is The 2012 Furby Really Worth the Money? 5 Great Educational Toys For Babies and Toddlers Top Toys That Help Kids Learn Best…
  • Best Pillow Pet Toys for 2014

    K. Paul Mallasch
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Pillow Pets have been around for years now, but they’re still making them and coming out with new designs. Popular movies – like Frozen – are getting some of their character made into Pillow Pets, but there are a lot…Read more ›Best Toys 2012 Related Top Toys Blog posts:Top Pillow Pet Toys for 2011 Top Toys 2010 According to Toys R Us – Pillow Pets Make the List Top My Pillow Pets for 2010 Is the Giraffe Pillow Pet the Best? My Pillow Pets: A Stuffed Story Best Toys From The 2014 Toy Fair Best Outdoor Toys for Kids in Summer 2014 Best Toys for Christmas…
  • Best Outdoor Toys for Kids in Summer 2014

    K. Paul Mallasch
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Summer has arrived in America, and we have put together a list of some of the best outdoor toys for kids in 2014. You want to make sure you take more than price into consideration when you’re buying these types…Read more ›Best Toys 2012 Related Top Toys Blog posts:Pirate Hideout Play Center @ Doheny’s Water Warehouse Adventure Play Sets Columbia Wooden Swing Set Best Tablets for Kids in 2013 – Toddlers Banzai Hydro Blast Inflatable Water Park Best Toys From The 2014 Toy Fair Best Kids Tablets for Christmas 2012 Top Toys That Help Kids Learn Flexible Flyer Play…
  • Xbox One vs PS4: What is the Best Console in 2014?

    K. Paul Mallasch
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:02 am
    Quick – do you know the main differences between the Xbox One and PS4 gaming consoles? If you’re thinking about getting one or another as a gift – even for yourself – you need to have all the information possible…Read more ›Best Toys 2012 Related Top Toys Blog posts:PS3, PS Move, PSP, PS Vita: Sony Video Game Consoles Best Toys From The 2014 Toy Fair Review: Angry Birds Knock on Wood Leaping Ahead: LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet Top Electronic Toys of 2009 Top Star Wars Toys for Christmas 2012 Top Spiderman Games for 5 Year Olds Razor A2 Kick Scooter Nerf…
  • Best Toys From The 2014 Toy Fair

    K. Paul Mallasch
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:21 pm
    If you’re looking for the Best Toys From The 2014 Toy Fair, we have you covered. While the big event happened earlier this year, it’s always a good time to take a look at the newest toys coming out. As…Read more ›Best Toys 2012 Related Top Toys Blog posts:Best New Toys and Trends for Christmas 2012 Top Star Wars Toys for Christmas 2012 Top Toys for Babies Learning to Walk Best Toys 2012: Kmart Releases Fab 15 Christmas List Top Toys 2013: Fat Brain Toys Releases List My Pillow Pets: A Stuffed Story Best Toys for 4 Year Old Girls in 2012 PS3, PS Move, PSP, PS Vita: Sony…
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    Toywiz and Toy Garden

  • Hot Toys 1/6th Scale Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine Collectible Vehicle

    4 Sep 2014 | 2:35 am
    “Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?” Since the debut of the Hot Toys Back to the Future: Marty McFly Collectible Figure this year, many fans were extremely excited about the news and filled with joy especially after seeing the prototype of the figure along with the iconic DeLorean Time Machine shown at various toy fairs this Summer. Today Hot Toys is delighted to officially introduce the 1/6th scale DeLorean Time Machine Collectible Vehicle for all Back to the Future fanatics! The movie-accurate DeLorean Time Machine collectible vehicle is very…
  • Hasbro Star Wars Deluxe Black Series 6″ Biker Scout and Jabba

    4 Sep 2014 | 12:12 am
    We just received latest stocks from Hasbro new 6″ Deluxe Black Series Star Wars assortment. This wave includes Scout Trooper with Bike and Jabba the Hutt! Selling hot now at Toywiz and Toy Garden for RM229 each. The post Hasbro Star Wars Deluxe Black Series 6″ Biker Scout and Jabba appeared first on Toywiz and Toy Garden.
  • Funko Pop Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:19 pm
    From the Guardians of the Galaxy film comes this Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot Pop! Vinyl Bobble Figure! The Guardians of the Galaxy has been around since 1969, and with a movie finally made, Marvel gives the superhero team the Funko Pop! Vinyl treatment! This Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot Pop! Vinyl Bobble Figure can dance along to your “Awesome Mix” on a desk or on your car’s dashboard with his bobbling head! The Dancing Groot Pop! Vinyl figure makes an essential addition to any Guardians of the Galaxy fan’s collection! Funko Pop Bobble figures are…
  • Lego UCS 75060 Star Wars Boba Fett Slave 1

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:59 pm
    We just received the official pictures of the Lego 75060 Ultimate Collector’s Series Star Wars Slave 1. This huge UCS Slave 1 contains 1996pcs and shall be another masterpiece set to add to your StarWars collection! There will be 5 minifigures included, with a new Boba Fett, Han Solo, Carbonite Solo, Stormtrooper and even a Bespin Guard! Toywiz and Toy Garden will be bringing in this UCS set and stay tuned for more details. The post Lego UCS 75060 Star Wars Boba Fett Slave 1 appeared first on Toywiz and Toy Garden.
  • Lego 2014 Advent Calendar Star Wars, City and Lego Friends

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:22 am
    Toywiz and Toy Garden just received the stocks for the new 2014 Lego Advent Calendar series from Star Wars, Lego City and Lego Friends. Lego Star Wars 75056 Advent Calendar – RM139 Spend the festive season on icy planet Hoth with the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar! Open up a door each December day to reveal a cool Star Wars themed gift, including minifigures starships, vehicles and more. Once you have all 24 gifts, unfold the playmat and act out Hoth-based scenes that everyone in the family will love to watch. This is the perfect holiday gift for LEGO Star Wars fans from any galaxy.
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  • This Vintage Standing Steiff Molly Is Absolutely Picture Perfect!

    14 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Good golly, who doesn't love Steiff's adorable Mollies?  These precious pups have been delighting Steiff collectors since their introduction in 1925.  Most enthusiasts are familiar with the company's sweet sitting style Molly dogs.  However, the company also made lesser known standing versions of this legacy design.  Steiffgal had the great pleasure of adopting one of these standing sweeties over the summer, and this one came with a neat surprise - but more about that later.  Here's a bit more about this fantastic find.Clearly, there's no need to sit and stay with…
  • This Steiff Goat Is The Wheel-Deal Indeed!

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Do Steiff goats float your boat? Well, they certainly do for Steiffgal! It is easy to fall for these charming farm friends who just seem to have a great sense of fun, energy, and humor. Check out this great goat on wheels and see what truly makes him the life of the barnyard! There's no 'kid'ding around when it comes to this beautiful billy! Here we have Steiff's Nachzieh Ziege or pull toy goat. Goat is 12 cm high (head to toe) and 16 cm long, unjointed, and made from off white mohair. His back, tail, legs, and face are lightly airbrushed with brown detailing, making him truly an…
  • Size Defies When It Comes To Steiff's Adorable Woolen Miniature Mice!

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    With  just a handful of summer left, Steiffgal thought it might be fun to take little look at one of Steiff's legacy products that truly would fit in the palm of your hand!  It seems that everyone just loves Steiff's woolen miniatures, and for good reason!  They are completely adorable, gorgeously designed, and of course, don't take up too much room (which tends to be an issue the larger one's collection becomes!)  Perhaps the cutest - in Steiffgal's humble opinion - woolies are Steiff's tiny mice.  Check out this tiny two-some and perhaps you'll agree as well!Size…
  • Good Things Come In Threes With Steiff's Tiny Tabby Kittens

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Less is more when it comes to Steiff's amazing palm-sized pets!  And who wouldn't want to add a few petite treats to their Steiff hug? Although by nature more of a "dog person," Steiffgal recently had the the opportunity to adopt three utterly marvelous palm sized Steiff kittens into her collection.  Check out this terrific trio and see what makes them the cat's meow in so many ways!Steiffgal is totally smitten with these tiny kittens! Here we have three of Steiff's Tabby cats.  They are standing, unjointed, and made from white mohair which has been highlighted with grey and…
  • This Starfish Stool Is Truly A Steiff Celebrity!

    16 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Who is the star of your Steiff collection? For many enthusiasts, that might change on a weekly, or even daily basis! Here's one very heavenly Steiff rarity that truly has permanent and universal star appeal. Put your feet up and check out this great larger than life celebrity that truly merits a place on the Steiff Walk of Fame!This leading lady is Steiff's Seestern Snuggy Starly or Snuggy Starly Starfish. This five legged lovely is 50 cm in diameter and 30 cm high and made from mohair. She was actually originally designed as a "sitztier" or sitting animal for children. Her top is gloriously…
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    TV and Film Toys

  • Hawkeye (Movie Series)

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Today I’ll be taking a look to the Hawkeye action figure released by Hasbro as part of the Avengers Movie Series exclusive to WalMart in both the USA and México.
  • Name That…Super Goggles

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Goggles are all the rage with superheroes these days.  
  • Iron Man Mk.VII (Movie Series)

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:33 pm
    One thing you can’t help but notice is that a couple of the 6-inch scale figures in The Avengers Movie Series by Hasbro are actually molds that had been used for a previous movie line.
  • Imperial Grunt

    4 Sep 2014 | 10:57 pm
    One of the changes introduced in the Halo 4 game was that the Grunt species, the Unggoy, got a new veteran rank called Imperials.
  • Name That…Not A Joe

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:38 pm
    This hero (?) is not a GI Joe figure. Guesses?
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    Toy Reviews | Toy Queen | Educational Toys | Toddler Toys | Best Apps for Kids | Toy Giveaways | Preschool Games | Baby Product Reviews

  • Noodles and Company Restaurant Review and Dinner for 4 Gift Card Giveaway

    24 Aug 2014 | 5:12 am
    When you have kids, a dinner out in a time crunch doesn’t always have to be a not so healthy drive-thru option. Sometimes the thought of entering a nice sit-down restaurant with waitstaff service isn’t viable either because at least when my son is hungry, he’s totally happy and then all of a sudden he’s in major meltdown mode. Then you are screaming at each other to just find food, while your kid wants macaroni and cheese, but you’d like Chinese and your husband wants Indian food. I was recently hosted for dinner with a few other bloggers at Noodles and Company…
  • LEGO Batman Batcave Adventure (Giveaway)

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Guess what!?! DC Super Hero character Batman is now featured in LEGO Duplo sets like this one, the LEGO Batman Batcave Adventure! LEGO Duplo sets are recommended for kids ages 2-5, given that they include larger pieces with more simplified directions. After children build the Batcave, Batman, complete with his blue cape and mask, can fire the Batarang from his Batwing to defeat and capture Catwoman! Within 15 minutes or so Gavin had the Batcave ready, with only a little bit of help. Gavin was enthralled with using the pulley, but  I myself  had my share of fun using the Batarang to knock…
  • University Games Board Game Inventor Contest (Giveaway)

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Disclosure: I will be provided with the Sort It Out Jr. game from University Games to review and another for this giveaway. Any opinions are my own. No other compensation has been received. Last minute summer project alert! Do you have children ages 5-12 who have great ideas? University Games is a sponsor in the 22nd annual National Young Game Inventors Contest. If your child has an idea for a new board game, they can submit it in a contest and have a chance for it to be included part of the new University Games 2015 lineup.  Grand Prize Winner of the National Young Game Inventors Contest…
  • Britax Pioneer 70 High Back Booster Seat Review

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    Disclosure: We were provided with a Britax Pioneer 70 High Back Booster Seat to faciliate this review. Other than the booster seat, no additional compensation was received. Any opinions are my own. I only have one child and after 4 1/2 years of the buckling routine, I have been more than ready to put this routine behind us, giving Gavin more independence. His convertible car seat is a baby product I’ll happily pass on. For those of you with more than 1 child, exactly how long does it take you to buckle each one in before you are ready to go? During our participation in the Toyota…
  • ToyQueen Donates $1200 In New Toys to Shriners Hospitals for Children Using the Toyota Sienna #SiennaDiaries

    3 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    There have been many times in my life where I’ve been fortunate to be part of something awesome and amazing. While “paying it forward” should be innate, there are moments when being part of a bigger initiative certainly helps spark the drive and provide momentum to do something fulfilling and rewarding. So thank you Toyota for making it possible for my family to give back to a very deserving community, Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston.  For 3 months, Toyota provided my family with a Sienna minivan to drive as part of the #SiennaDiaries, while we chronicled our adventures in…
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    Small for Big

  • add some color to your baby’s world

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Burp clothes in white? Eh, so boring. I just saw these gorgeous rainbow muslins and had to share – I love seeing lots of color in a baby’s world, and these burp clothes from Faye & Lou are the perfect answer to a case of the blahs. I also love the British way of saying things. Like this: “Rainbow muslins can be used for … protecting your clothes when winding your baby.”. And there is so much time spent “winding” them, isn’t there? The gorgeous muslin lovey’s are also adorable, with their origami inspirations. But you’ll have to…
  • animal jam paper toys printables – lost temple of zios

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    National Geagraphic Kids and Small for Big are starting a great new partnership! I’ll be creating printable animal toys for you to download, print, and assemble your own animals and environments: with a different land and its animals featured each month. Today is the second land in our series. Created in partnership with National Geographic, Animal Jam is an online virtual playground for kids. Players create and customize their own animal characters and dens, chat with friends, adopt pets, team up for adventures, ask real scientists questions, and feed their curiosity about animals and…
  • round about: yarn benches & sharpie walls

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’m currently sitting in the middle of Northern Wisconsin getting cozy with Fall, the forest, a big bike race called the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, and vegging out with my little family. It’s our annual Fall “vacation”, and we have all these silly little routines that I love to death. From where we eat, to the bookstore on main street, to the hotel swimming pool and the 70’s redux steakhouse. We’re creatures of habit on this trip and it feels so good. It kind of makes Fall easier to embrace, if that makes any sense. So I’m going to stare out my…
  • worth 1000 words: a castle & a concrete printer

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    I really want to meet this man, his 3D printer, and his 3D printed castle. What do you think it would cost to “print” one of these in our backyard? Read more about it in my local paper, the Star Tribune, or the more detailed 3Ders. The post worth 1000 words: a castle & a concrete printer appeared first on Small for Big.
  • make it: weaving with kids

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s taking all my willpower to not run over to Birdie’s school and bring her home to make one of these right this second. LIke. Right. Now. Leave it to Bar to come up with the perfect way to take the quickly rising weaving trend, make it approachable for kids, and beautiful too. You’ll have to stop by Art Bar Blog for the full how-to, and then we can all make a ton of these to give as Christmas gifts! Or horde them all for ourselves. I may just do that. The post make it: weaving with kids appeared first on Small for Big.
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    Toy Xplosion

  • How Kava Can Really Give you Relaxation

    Marcus Ryan
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Kava (also known at its scientific name Piper Methysticum) made its way to the market trends and continues to reach and climb the hill. Why? Because Kava takes your relaxation seriously. When we say seriously, you are going to agree with that happy look in your eyes. What made Kava special? This crop also made its way to the laboratories for studies and innovation and has proven its effectiveness in reducing or even treating anxiety. This could be your best friend if you have insomnia. Stress would be so sad and will miss you big time because in almost no time, will be out of your system by…
  • Many Flavors to try at Menchies

    Marcus Ryan
    9 Aug 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Ice cream is one of the current wellness trends that could in fact really benefit you. Many people are passionate purchasers of Menchie’s ice cream considering that they believe that this treat is healthy and nourishing. They frequently acquire ice cream as a healthier alternate to normal gelato which can be fairly fattening specifically when certain flavors are favored. One reason you may would like to attempt Menchie’s frozen yogurt is that the milk is sourced from California cows that are increased without use of additional hormones. This milk is the base for making frozen…
  • Caring for Mature Trees in Your Yard

    Marcus Ryan
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Mature trees need care and attention too just like immature trees. When mature trees are left to grow on their own, these could be vulnerable to different issues that concern growing trees. And there are also instances when growing trees could become property hazards as these take root and grow near houses, garages, patios and driveways.The best way to care for your trees is to check for its health and condition periodically. Specialist say that the best way to check it so assess the tree’s leaf size, the appearance of its leaves, the number of new leaves, the growth of new twigs and the…
  • The Wonders of SEO West Palm Beach for Business

    Marcus Ryan
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    An online blog stresses that SEO for business is not an option nowadays but is a need. The author mentions that businesses will never be able to survive without SEO and to think that most online site developers and bloggers stated that SEO is a dying strategy. Without SEO, there will be a messy and disorganized online collection of sites. Consumers are the very first ones to feel the effect since they cannot find what they really need online. They are more likely to create buying mistakes, follow untrusted opinions and are inclined to make costly mistakes on every day decisions. What SEO does…
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  • Lawsuit over Drones and The FAA

    Bob Winfrey
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:39 am
    I found this story very interesting. Now that toys can be perceived as a threat where is the government going to draw the line? R/C model planes have been around since I was a kid. My first model plane had strings attached to it but it did have a cox gas engine and flew very fast. Hopefully this ruling does not ruin the hobby for our kids! Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the agency's ban on commercial drone…
  • Plane, Boat or Drone?

    Bob Winfrey
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    Drones have been in the news a lot lately in the US. And I don’t mean the large, lethal military drones that operate in war zones, but the small Phantoms, Parrots and similar quadcopters favored by many hobbyists and independent commercial photographers and videographers. Weighing a couple of pounds or less with a maximum speed measured in feet, these tiny flying machines – called model aircraft by many operators – have been defined as “aircraft” by the FAA most recently in an interpretive rule published June 25. Defining these small UAVs as aircraft makes them subject to many of…
  • New Chinook for British Armed Forces

    Bob Winfrey
    3 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
    The British Royal Air Force (RAF) unveiled the first upgraded Chinook helicopter of a planned new fleet this week. The helicopters are part of the country's $1.7 billion (1 billion pounds) campaign to strengthen their military force. The new Chinook Mark 6, a helicopter that U.K. Secretary of Defence Philip Hammond calls "the battlefield workhorse of the RAF," will bring the British helicopter fleet to 60 — the largest in Europe. The RAF ordered 14 upgraded Chinook helicopters in 2011 — a time when the British were fighting in Afghanistan and there were calls for more heavy-lift…
  • FAA Rules Concern Some Modellers

    Bob Winfrey
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Darrell Abby carefully wipes down the fuselage of his Curtiss P-40 Warhawk for its first flight of the day. He checks the flaps, wiggles the rudder, pumps in gas and monitors the air pressure for the landing gear. Then he pulls on a gray heavy work glove before spinning the propeller to start the engine. While Abby's warbird has a wingspan of 86 inches — the real deal is 37 feet — the pre-flight checks he performs mimic those taken by a pilot before crawling into a cockpit. "We're very big on safety," said Abby, a 66-year-old retired Delta Air Lines pilot at a…
  • The Drone or Model Aircraft Debate

    Bob Winfrey
    21 Jun 2014 | 1:23 pm
    This story has been updated to clarify that House Bill 2710 does not apply to model aircraft. A Southeast Portland resident recently purchased a drone for spying on Union Pacific and local developers. The news raised legal questions for readers, so we did a little extra research. First, some background on the situation: Robert McCullough, an energy economist and president of the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association, jokingly sporting vintage flight goggles and a leather helmet for flight practice with his new drone. Melissa Binder/The Oregonian Robert McCullough is president of the…
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    Our Ordinary Life

  • belVita #MorningWin Twitter Swag Shop

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Mornings seem to be one of the most avoided parts of our day. With a house of 7, it seems that starting the day just is rough. We have to get ourselves up, then Mom and Dad gets to wake up the 2 oldest. We get up almost an hour prior to school and still… [read more] The post belVita #MorningWin Twitter Swag Shop appeared first on Our Ordinary Life.
  • Fun For The Whole Family – The Scholastic Parent & Child KidQ App

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    This post has been partnered with Scholastic Parent & Child.  Not very often do you find something that can keep the whole family entertained on road trips or while you’re out and about. For our family we live in southern California. We spent plenty of time in our car and traveling around and it’s always nice… [read more] The post Fun For The Whole Family – The Scholastic Parent & Child KidQ App appeared first on Our Ordinary Life.
  • Eat Like The King – Viva La King Waffle Sandwich At Fresh&Easy #VivaLaKing

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    When ever we get the chance to get out and about we are all about it. We partnered with Fresh&Easy to share their new limited-time Viva La King Waffle Sandwich. We love getting in the car and hitting the open road. From the beaches, amusement parks, national parks, and to everywhere else, its always good for… [read more] The post Eat Like The King – Viva La King Waffle Sandwich At Fresh&Easy #VivaLaKing appeared first on Our Ordinary Life.
  • Jif Salted Caramel Hazelnut Spread Spooky Lunch Ideas

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:16 pm
    I am a compensated brand ambassador for J.M. Smucker. All opinions are our own. Halloween is coming and this time I year I enjoy having a little extra fun with meals. Why not treat your children by creating something spooky and spectacular! With our girls being in school now I’ve taken the lunch box seriously… [read more] The post Jif Salted Caramel Hazelnut Spread Spooky Lunch Ideas appeared first on Our Ordinary Life.
  • Visiting Ventura County – Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ventura Harbor Hotel

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Last month our family had the chance to visit Ventura County and while we had a chance to explore the local area we also stayed close to the harbor for added fun. With a stay at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ventura, you’ll be centrally located in Ventura, convenient to Ventura Harbor and Ventura… [read more] The post Visiting Ventura County – Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ventura Harbor Hotel appeared first on Our Ordinary Life.
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    Toy Scene

  • LEGO Star Wars 7965 Millennium Falcon

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:17 am
    Have a chance to relive the fantastic Death Star escape scene of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope with this iconic Millennium Falcon from Lego! The LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon is highly detailed which include hull plates that open to reveal a detailed interior, twin flick missiles, rotating quad-laser cannons, and a detachable cockpit cover. You’ll also receive Chewbacca, Ben Kenobi, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia Minifigures, with assorted weapons! The Falcon measures over 15-inches wide x 4-inches tall with a total of 1,254 pieces. Recommended…
  • Space Host Girl Keira 1:6 Scale Resin Yamato Statue

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    Kiera’s life was saved by an ancient alien being known only as Patriarch. Saving her came with the cost of his limbs and in order for both of them to survive he merged into her left arm and thus Space Host Girl Keira was born. This Fantasy Figure Gallery Space Host Girl Keira 1:6 Scale Resin Yamato Statue measures 14-inches tall. It was designed by renowned master sculptor and artist Erick Sosa. It features a detailed display base and a matching numbered certificate of authenticity. Ages 15 and up. The Fantasy Figure Gallery Space Host Girl Keira 1:6 Scale Resin Yamato Statue is…
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Pop Vinyl Bobble Figure

    11 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Funko has just released a Rocket Raccoon Pop! vinyl bobble figure. He is amazingly detailed and stands about 3 3/4-Inch tall. This Rocket Raccoon Pop! Vinyl figure looks great on your desk or shelf and is an awesome addition to any Guardians of the Galaxy fan’s collection! The Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Pop Vinyl Bobble Figure is available on Amazon with a price of US $14.99. The Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Pop Vinyl Bobble Figure is also available on EntertainmentEarth with a price of US $7.49.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Battle FX Star-Lord Action Figure

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Guardians of the Galaxy Battle FX Star-Lord Action Figure Star-Lord or Peter Jason Quill is a master strategist and is part of the Marvel team: Guardians of the Galaxy. His mother was murdered when he was just 11 by aliens with whom he managed to kill. He was then taken to an orphanage which later on he escaped and lived all alone until he grew up to be a pilot for NASA. While on a mission in space he “acquired” a mysterious orb and he became the center of a galaxy-wide manhunt. He first appearance in a comic was in Marvel Spotlight Volume 2 #6 in 1980 entitled Star-Lord, but his…
  • Takara Tomy: Transformers Age of Extinction Movie Toy Commercial

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Takara Tomy: Transformers Age of Extinction Movie Toy Commercial Commercial of the first wave of toys for the new Transformers Age of Extinction movie advanced toyline from Takara Tomy in Japanese.
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    Action Figure Fury

  • Spider-Man and Godzilla Sofubi Figures take over in September Previews

    Nick Lenihan
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    MEDICOM Toy Corporation rolls out another line of Sofubi with three new Godzilla Vinyl Wars (GVW) Figures and an exclusive Spider-Man soft vinyl figure available for fans to pre-order from the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • To Chrome or not to Chrome – Transformers Generations Jetfire

    Justin Bell
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Ever since images of the new Transformers Leader class Jetfire emerged a few months ago, the fandom went wild with anticipation, but one thing was immediately clear.  There was a very strict divide... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Toy News Roundup: ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘Batman’, ‘Transformers’, and a Special Pacific Rim Surprise

    Nick Lenihan
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    Today is Sunday and it’s time for the 61st edition of the Toy News Roundup. Here we round-up all of the most important toy news of the week from our site, and also link you to any toy news that we... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Review: Mattel’s Multiverse Superman: the Movie Superman

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    Whelp…I guess I gotta remove my foot from my mouth here.  Last week, I spouted off against 3.75 inch figures and everything that’s wrong with that particular scale, especially when compared to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Action Figure Grading – Can You Really Trust It?

    Nick Lenihan
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    For several years, AFA Grading has been trusted by collectors. It has been the go-to place to send your action figures away to to have them professionally graded. It gives collectors a piece of mind... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Connor Scholten 2a 4a YoYo Tricks – On Campus

    Connor S.
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Add a comment to this video on YouTube. Connor Scholten showing off some of his 4a Offstring yoyo skills and 2a Two-Handed yoyo trick skills on MSU college campus. Recommended YoyosVideo TranscriptTricks You Need To KnowYoyo In This Video: ReXtreme 2 YoYo From: $49.99 Select options For this yoyo trick we also recommend: Unleashed Yoyo $18.99 Select options In this video Connor uses the ReXtreme 2 Yoyo, and the Unleashed Yoyos. There are no tricks you need to know before learning this one The post Connor Scholten 2a 4a YoYo Tricks – On Campus appeared first on
  • On the Go

    Brian D.
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Download our app for Apple iOS devices Download our Android app from the Google Play Store Download our Android app from the Amazon App Store We have been working hard to continue improving the website and the mobile yoyo experience. In addition to an updated iOS app with improved performance, we are especially excited to announce that we have launched an update for our Android app with a completely redesigned interface. What’s different This version of the Android app has been updated with an all new interface that greatly improves the user experience. There is now an easy way to view…
  • One Drop Gradient Yoyo Review

    Adam B.
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    Add a comment to this video on YouTube. Review of the Gradient Yoyo by One Drop. Recommended YoyosVideo TranscriptTricks You Need To KnowYoyo In This Video: Gradient Yoyo $79.00 Select options This is the Gradient. It has a pretty nice design, it is a little bit different looking than a lot of yoyos, which is great. One of the first things that you might notice is that the weight is all centered in this part of the yoyo right here. But it also has a very wide, kind of flared, design. What those two things do when you combine them together is it allows the yoyo to play pretty fast but it…
  • Candy Rain

    Connor S.
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Add a comment to this video on YouTube. Learn the 1a yoyo trick Candy Rain. Recommended YoyosVideo TranscriptTricks You Need To KnowYoyo In This Video: Civility Yoyo $90.00 Select options For this yoyo trick we also recommend: Barracuda Yoyo $119.99 Select options Prodigy Yoyo From: $99.99 Select options This is the trick Candy Rain, and it looks like this. To start this trick, before you even attempt to do any parts of the trick recall from our video The Trapeze and His Brother that there are two different ways that you can do Trapeze and His Brother. Number one, you can have an…
  • String Tricks Basics Intro

    Adam B.
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:56 pm
    What yoyo is that? Add a comment to this video on YouTube. Introduction to the 1A Yoyo String Tricks category. Recommended YoyosVideo TranscriptTricks You Need To KnowYoyo In This Video: The Sage Yoyo Starter Pack $19.99 Select options 1A is the most conventional style of yoyoing. In this style the yoyo is attached to a string, which is then attached to your finger, and in every trick the yoyo is going to interact with the string in some way, which is why these tricks are also called String Tricks. In the Basics category we are going to be teaching you most of the fundamental mounts that…
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    Turner Toys & Hobbies

  • Kaleidoscopes and Amish Quilts

    Elizabeth Skinner
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    What do kaleidoscopes have to do with Amish quilts? Plenty, I just learned.  I went to the Shelburne Museum (Shelburne, VT) yesterday and saw a great quilt exhibit, All Star Quilts: The John Wilmerding Collection that features Amish and Mennonite star-themed quilts dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The quilts featured the Star of Bethlehem design, one of the oldest and well known designs and one of the few to come from Europe to America (around 1855), according to Here’s the surprising part The geometric designs were influenced by the symmetrical and…
  • Heron’s Fountain – Water Science Project for Kids

    Elizabeth Skinner
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    What’s a Heron’s Fountain? It dates back to ancient Greece and it’s a great water science project for kids.  Heron of Alexandria (ca 62 AD) was an inventor, mathematician and physicist who invented what looks like a magic trick.  It’s fun and an opportunity for kids to learn about gravity, air compression and vacuums.  A great end-of-summer project and, as we get ready to go back to school, a great science fair project. How does the Heron’s Fountain work? You know what gravity is, right?  You would think that water draining from a top bottle into a bottom…
  • A Beginners Guide To Model Rockets

    Elizabeth Skinner
    2 May 2014 | 11:24 am
    Ever wanted to launch model rockets but didn’t have a clue where to start? Rockets can be a fun parent-child or family activity but it can be overwhelming when you walk into Turner Toys & Hobbies and see a huge array of rockets and accessories.  Follow these easy tips so you can be a hero in your child’s eyes when you introduce them to rocketry. Rocket “Toys” Have kids under 10?  Start off with rocket “toys” that are propelled by baking soda and vinegar.  The  Meteor Rocket Kit or Rocket Car Kit  both by Scientific Explorer are great choices.  If you have a group of…
  • Great Toys for Vacation Fun

    Elizabeth Skinner
    20 Feb 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Here in Vermont, Winter Break is about to start. Some of you will be traveling, some will be staying home. Turner Toys & Hobbies has products to make Winter Break fun and maybe even educational! If you are traveling bring along an Eni Puzzle. Eni Puzzles are a great “fidget” puzzle toy with lots of possible solutions and great for spatial relation skills. They come in a small keychain size (which can clip onto a backpack or school bag) Eni Keychain Puzzle Mini Eni Puzzle                 and a slightly larger “Mini” size. Each is…
  • Pinewood Derby Time! Some Quick Tips for Building Pinewood Derby Cars

    Elizabeth Skinner
    27 Jan 2014 | 1:53 pm
    We’ve added Pinewood Derby blocks, car kits, wheels, weights, stickers and tools to the store and the season is getting underway across the country. My son was a Cub Scout several years ago and we built and raced Pinewood Derby with pretty mixed results! Here are a few ideas that I learned from building a Pinewood Derby Car with my son.  These tips might make it easier, more fun and more likely to build a competitive Pinewood Derby car. There are a number of options when starting to make a Pinecar Racer. Some scout troops give out wooden blocks – its the traditional way but…
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  • 11 Fun and Super Easy Fall Craft Projects for Kids

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Are you sad to see the end of summer? I’m not. You know why? Because autumn is up next, which gives you the perfect excuse to try out these awesome fall craft projects for the kids. The changing of the colors, the falling of the leaves, the freshness of the air. All the inspiration you […] The post 11 Fun and Super Easy Fall Craft Projects for Kids appeared first on Kids Love This Stuff!.
  • Top Toys for Christmas 2014

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    I get so excited at this time of year. The calm before the Christmas storm. The perfect time to lock down those top toys for Christmas 2014, before all mayhem lets loose. You know how it is.  You leave things to the last minute. You get to the store to find the shelves empty. Or […] The post Top Toys for Christmas 2014 appeared first on Kids Love This Stuff!.
  • Backpacks for Toddlers: 8 Cute Backpacks That Won’t Weight Your Little One Down

    14 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    There are some sweet looking backpacks for toddlers that are designed specifically for tiny frames; making it easier (and safer) for the munchkins to carry their stuff around. If you’re shopping for toddler backpacks and feeling completely overwhelmed by the choice, then you may very well appreciate this handpicked list of the cutest backpacks for […] The post Backpacks for Toddlers: 8 Cute Backpacks That Won’t Weight Your Little One Down appeared first on Kids Love This Stuff!.
  • Fun and Thoughtful Back to School Gifts for Kids in First to Second Grade

    7 Aug 2014 | 2:32 am
    As an aunt, you’re used to buying gifts for special occasions like Christmas and birthdays. But the whole back to school thing is a pretty big deal too (as well as another excuse to get something neat for your niece/nephew). Back to school gifts for kids can range from clothing, to electronics to books and […] The post Fun and Thoughtful Back to School Gifts for Kids in First to Second Grade appeared first on Kids Love This Stuff!.
  • Disney Frozen Room Decor for Walls: 11 Cool Finds for Nephews and Nieces

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Your Frozen loving munchkins have seen the movie, paraded around in gorgeous Elsa dresses, and have an impressive stash of fun Frozen gifts and toys. Now they want the Disney Frozen themed bedroom, and as a doting aunt, how can you resist that urge to spoil them? If you’re worried about being lumbered with a […] The post Disney Frozen Room Decor for Walls: 11 Cool Finds for Nephews and Nieces appeared first on Kids Love This Stuff!.
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  • Spider-Man and Godzilla Sofubi Figures take over in September Previews

    Nick Lenihan
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    MEDICOM Toy Corporation rolls out another line of Sofubi with three new Godzilla Vinyl Wars (GVW) Figures and an exclusive Spider-Man soft vinyl figure available for fans to pre-order from the September PREVIEWS catalog. These imported exclusives are scheduled to release in comic book specialty shops in January and February 2015.  Godzilla Vinyl Wars is […] Action Figure Fury - Action Figure and Toy News, Reviews, and More! Spider-Man and Godzilla Sofubi Figures take over in September Previews
  • To Chrome or not to Chrome – Transformers Generations Jetfire

    Justin Bell
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Ever since images of the new Transformers Leader class Jetfire emerged a few months ago, the fandom went wild with anticipation, but one thing was immediately clear.  There was a very strict divide among fans about the chrome plating on the jet engines and weapons of the figure.     It seemed that Transformers fans either […] Action Figure Fury - Action Figure and Toy News, Reviews, and More! To Chrome or not to Chrome – Transformers Generations Jetfire
  • Toy News Roundup: ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘Batman’, ‘Transformers’, and a Special Pacific Rim Surprise

    Nick Lenihan
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    Today is Sunday and it’s time for the 61st edition of the Toy News Roundup. Here we round-up all of the most important toy news of the week from our site, and also link you to any toy news that we didn’t cover. Let’s see what the big toy news was this week, shall we? HOT […] Action Figure Fury - Action Figure and Toy News, Reviews, and More! Toy News Roundup: ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘Batman’, ‘Transformers’, and a Special Pacific Rim Surprise
  • Review: Mattel’s Multiverse Superman: the Movie Superman

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    Whelp…I guess I gotta remove my foot from my mouth here.  Last week, I spouted off against 3.75 inch figures and everything that’s wrong with that particular scale, especially when compared to the far superior 6 inch scale. To prove my point, I picked up Mattel’s Multiverse Superman from Superman:  the Movie (AKA Christopher Reeve’s […] Action Figure Fury - Action Figure and Toy News, Reviews, and More! Review: Mattel’s Multiverse Superman: the Movie Superman
  • Action Figure Grading – Can You Really Trust It?

    Nick Lenihan
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    For several years, AFA Grading has been trusted by collectors. It has been the go-to place to send your action figures away to to have them professionally graded. It gives collectors a piece of mind when they are purchasing extremely rare figures, but does it? Fellow collector, Andy Peek, wrote in about his recent experience with […] Action Figure Fury - Action Figure and Toy News, Reviews, and More! Action Figure Grading – Can You Really Trust It?
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  • Sakuraba Tamamo TFC Beach Queens Figure by WAVE

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:35 pm
    From “Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai” comes the Sakuraba Tamamo Treasure Figure Collection Beach Queens 1/10 Scale Figure by WAVE (TFC BEACH QUEENS シリーズ 大図書館の羊飼い 桜庭玉藻). The Sakuraba Tamamo Beach Queens Figure stands approximately 16cm tall and she’s posed in a sexy purple bikini with black trim. She retails for ¥6,000 and will release in January 2015. The post Sakuraba Tamamo TFC Beach Queens Figure by WAVE appeared first on Statue Reviews and News.
  • Colossus Titan Statue (Takayuki Takeya Version) by Good Smile Company

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:32 pm
    From the popular manga and anime series “Attack on Titan” comes the massive and incredibly detailed Colossus Titan Polystone Statue by Good Smile Company (ちょうおおがたきょじん たけや たかゆき Ver.). The Colossus Titan statue is GSC’s first release in their new “Wonderful Hobby Selection” line of statues and anime figures. It stands a whopping 49 cm tall and was sculpted by the incredibly talented Takayuki Takeya. The detail looks impeccable and to capture all those individual muscle striations on the titan is a feat to be admired. However, all…
  • Yamato Kai (Heavy Armament Ver.) Figure by Max Factory

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:51 pm
    From the popular web game “Kantai Collection -KanColle-” comes the Yamato Kai (Heavy Armament Ver.) 1/8 Scale Figure by Max Factory (やまとかい じゅうへいそうVer.). The Yamato Kai (Heavy Armament Ver.) figure is the second in Good Smile Company’s “Wonderful Hobby Selection” line of figures. She was sculpted by Shining Wizard @ Sawatika and stands approximately 18 cm tall. Unlike the Yamato Kai (Light Armament Ver.) figure, this one comes with her large ship parts. The heavy artillery included with this figure are her three 46cm three-barreled cannons,…
  • Yamato Kai (Light Armament Ver.) Figure by Max Factory

    30 Aug 2014 | 7:06 pm
    From the popular web game “Kantai Collection -KanColle-” comes the Yamato Kai (Light Armament Ver.) 1/8 Scale PVC Figure by Max Factory (やまとかい けいへいそうVer.). The Yamato Kai figure was sculpted by Shining Wizard and stands approximately 18cm tall. She is posed kneeling with her left hand tucked between her legs and her right hand holding up her umbrella. The Yamato Kai figure retails for ¥10,926 and will release in April 2015. She is being distributed by Good Smile Company. The post Yamato Kai (Light Armament Ver.) Figure by Max Factory appeared first on Statue…
  • Kuroneko (Yukata Version) Figure by FREEing

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    From the series “Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai” comes the Kuroneko (Yukata Version) 1/8 Scale Figure by FREEing (くろねこ ゆかたVer.). The Kuroneko figure was sculpted by Amasu and stands approximately 20 cm tall. She is wearing a purple yukata accented with light blue/purple stripes. She’s holding a white folding fan in her left hand while a festival pouch hangs off her right forearm. Kuroneko can also be displayed together with the recently announced Kirino Kousaka Yukata Version figure. The Kuroneko Yukata Figure retails for ¥8,148 and will release…
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    Arden Anne - Our Latest Blog Entries

  • Ten Facts About Child Illiteracy in America

    Frank Han
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    At Arden Anne, we care a lot about child illiteracy right here in our backyard. That's why we donate a children's book with every purchase made on Arden Anne. To know why we care so deeply about this issue, perhaps these ten facts - which you may already have seen in some list or another - will make you understand. Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. 1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read. Kids who don't read proficiently by 4th grade are 4 times likelier to drop out of school.  As of 2011,…
  • The Importance of Developing Fine Motor Skills

    Frank Han
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:36 pm
    An important area of development during a child's pre-school years is fine motor skills, or use of those tiny hands and fingers. Unlike gross motor skills, which allows your child to walk or chase after a ball, fine motor skills allow for increasing independence in smaller but equally significant matters: holding a crayon, opening a zipper, washing hands using soap, and so on. Combining this skill with increasing hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills also open new doors to imagination, exploration, learning, and the creative process. Child development research shows that emphasis on…
  • Thank You, Maya Angelou

    Frank Han
    28 May 2014 | 10:26 am
    Author, poet, actor, singer, songwriter, dancer, playwright, historian, director, civil rights activist and teacher. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts. Three time Grammy winner and Tony nominee. Your impact on this world has been immense; you will be missed. What you endured as a 7 year-old is beyond comprehension, and I can only shudder to think of my own 7 year-old in your shoes. But from the ashes rose this magnificent being, one that this world had not seen before.  You are a legend. Thank you for making us feel better. Thank you, Maya Angelou.
  • Weihnachtsmarkt in Germany

    Frank Han
    19 May 2014 | 6:30 pm
    For many Germans, adults and children alike, the most wonderful time of the year begins in November, because it's time for the annual "Weihnachtsmarkt" (or Christmas market) to begin in many cities all over Germany. It is a reflective time of the year, marked by candlelight and the smell of biscuits, ice-flowers on the window, mysterious Christmas stories, freezing cold and romantic nights around the blazing fire. Gingerbread, stollen, spiced biscuits, cinnamon stars, "glow" wine, hot apple juice are part of every Christmas market. Most visitors go with family, friends or work colleagues to…
  • What makes Japanese toys and games unique?

    Frank Han
    30 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    A deep-rooted cultural value for the Japanese is the concept of “wa”, which means “group harmony”. The concept of “wa” places the common greater good at higher importance than the needs of an individual. This principle holds true throughout Japanese society, including schools, social groups and, and even the workplace. Many Japanese toys and games, therefore, focus on group play and harmonious play, rather than toys and games that value the individual victory as is common in many Western toys and games (think Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders, Action Figures, etc.) (wa, meaning…
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  • The Hobbit gets the FUNKO Pop makeover!

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Funko have been rather busy lately, with many TV series and movies recently getting the Funko Pop treatment. This year has seen Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and even The Goonies grabbing the attention of the famous character-creating company, with many on their cast list getting immortalised in classic Funko fashion. And now it’s the turn of The Hobbit, whose latest movie The Battle of Five Armies is getting released in December. Tolkien fans were left with somewhat of a cliffhanger after the last movie, and there has been much anticipation to this latest final movie of the trilogy. And to…
  • Just for fun – Lego in the movies!

    13 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Our graphic designers have been having some fun this week by photoshopping some of our favourite Lego pieces into some classic movie scenes! The question is, can you guess what movie each scene belongs to? We imagine those movie buffs out there won’t take too long to get all 6 correct! Let us know your answers in the comments below! 1. 2. 3. Joker nurse character taken from Flickr. 4. 5. 6. Did you get them all? Keep tuned for some more challenges – LIKE our Facebook page here or follow us on Pinterest here and Twitter here.!
  • Microsoft buying Mojang, insiders report

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:36 pm
    According to recent reports software giant are purchasing video game company Mojang for an estimated $2 billion. Mojang are the company behind the incredibly addictive Minecraft video games where players are encased in a world made entirely of 3D building blocks. In the popular sandbox game players have to build shelter, keep alive and avoid wandering zombies and monsters. Since its inception in 2011 the game has had an almost unprecedented success with millions of avid players. In an age of video games with cutting edge realistic graphics, Minecraft provides a simplistic yet addictive…
  • Recreate your favorite Frozen moments with this singing doll

    10 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Frozen toys have been incredibly popular this year and that is no surprise given the success of the 2013 animated hit as well as the latest news of a Frozen 2 animated short sequel to be released in 2015. In fact official Frozen merchandise has been selling like hotcakes by fans wishing to remember and recreate their favourite parts of the movie. Which is why the Disney Princess Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Singing Dolls have proven so successful already despite only being released a handful of months ago. Aimed at fans over 3 years, the singing doll will provide ample nostalgia as she can recreate…
  • Meet Ollie! Sphero’s latest awseome robot gizmo!

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    It seems that the classic remote control cars of yesteryear are quickly being replaced with futuristic cyberbots that look like they’ve just stepped out from another universe. At least, that is, if Sphero have anything to say about it. Following up from their original Sphero robotic ball – a great little ball that you could move and control from your smartphone – comes Ollie, an acrobatic little device that, according to Sphero, can move up to 3 times faster than its predecessor, as well as perform neat tricks mid-sprint, turn tight corners and perform tricky manoeuvres. All controlled…
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