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Spotted Online – FansProject Cubrar Video Review by Kuma Style

Battlegrip.com - 6 December, 2014 - 06:27
FansProject’s take on the 1985 Dinobot Slag (see the TFWiki) is expected to ship very soon, but we can get an early look at the toy in TJ’s latest video review. I love that FansProject is doing a bit more with their not-Dinobots series and giving the dino-bots transforming partners. Cubrar has a little companion that transforms into an axe,... Read more →
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

Pre-Orders Open on Upgrade Armor for FansProject’s Revolver Core

Battlegrip.com - 6 December, 2014 - 06:05
I mentioned this upgrade armor last weekend (posted here), and now the armor’s up for pre-order at Big Bad Toy Store, meaning that any of us who want to take a chance on a new third party Transformers maker can jump in and show our interest in this upgrade. I find it interesting that FansProject (Amazon.com search*) gets upgrades to... Read more →
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“Playing By Different Rules” Looks to Be Fun

Battlegrip.com - 6 December, 2014 - 05:49
Amazon reports that my copy of the 1988 book, Playing By Different Rules*, has shipped, and with any luck at all it will reach me before next week’s trip. This look at the Parker Brothers/Kenner merger of the eighties looks to be a great read, as the sample at Google’s books subsite shows. The book’s conversational style — easy to... Read more →
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

Vangelus’ Video Review for Gigantic Scorponok Needs to Be Removed from the Internet

Battlegrip.com - 6 December, 2014 - 05:25
It is completely wrong that this video is even online. This officially licensed Transformers Scorponok toy stands about 20-inches tall and looks amazing. It may not transform, but the sculpt and paintwork are top quality and everything I see in Vangelus’ video review makes me wish I had the space and money for this giant toy. But I will be... Read more →
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

Spotted Online – Mattel’s Holiday Sale

Battlegrip.com - 6 December, 2014 - 05:14
At this moment I am sitting in my hotel room about 40 miles from the Mattel corporate store and tent sale in El Segundo. Unfortunately, between work hours and yesterday’s terrible day of sick I never did get the opportunity to rent a car and drive on over to the sale. Well, I may not have made it but there’s... Read more →
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

Grey BITCH from Luke Chueh x Munky King

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 6 December, 2014 - 00:00
Are you ready for the OG grey toned fornicating toy collectible known as "BITCH"? First seen on display at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con, this figure set is based on a painting by Luke Chueh, produced by Munky King and made by Pretty in Plastic - stay tuned for updates, and feel free to click on image to see original uncropped pic on IG @lukechueh :) This will be the 3rd colorway to be released,
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

The Sucklord Pop Up Shop in Wynwood Miami Opens Dec 5th (Noon til 6pm) for #ArtBaselMiami

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 5 December, 2014 - 23:30
SWAGGIN IT! Hypest booth in all of #artbasel outchea in the #wynwood sellin til 6! 2222 NW 5th av. Good dealz! Dont wanna take this bullshit home! Sponsor by @assemblesociety #assemblemiamiA photo posted by @sucklord on Dec 12, 2014 at 9:31am PSTYou know I had to do this. The #artbasel Suckadelic exclusive for the #assemblemiami pop up shop in Wynwood Friday Dec 5. 2222 NW 5 st from noon til 6!
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PUSHEAD PRESENTS HYPERSTOIC 2014 NYC PART II

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NYCC 2014 Part I

Toybot Studios - 28 November, 2014 - 23:55
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Cyclical Behavior

ToyboxDX - 15 November, 2014 - 00:15

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Close to two years since I last posted a brog. A lot has transpired in those two years, but as with many things, life happens in cycles.

It was 2006 and I was watching a Moprhy auction unfold. I had been working at Reebok, and due to firewall restrictions, was unable to bid myself and so relied on someone externally to place bids. As luck would have it, that was a disaster, and not only did I miss a couple of the items I was after but one of the bids placed , as if insult to injury , was on an incorrect toy.

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The collection had been part of Carl Lobel’s classic tin assortment. Over the many years since the early 80s, Carl had been traveling to and from Japan, many years before the majority of us even thought to collect character tin or chogokin for that matter, both of which he imported early on. Other than Kitahara, as well as a few other hard core collectors, the field was mostly focussed on the generic tinplates of the earlier 50s and 40s.

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Fortunately I had won a Zaboga tin for a very good price ( Which had come from Kitahara in the mid 80s during one of his trips ) Carl being the owner, I contacted him post auction to ask if I could simply pick up the winnings in person. I drove to his place in northern New England to pick up the winnings. He was a friendly and colorful man, and I spent the better part of two hours looking through his remaining collection. He still had many of the tins he would not have sold yet, and I was pleased to see everything from A Normura Batman to various Popy MIMB walkers to the rarest of Popeye and Betty Boop toys.

I spied on his shelf, one of the missed opportunities. A early Gekko Kamen tin motorcycle made by Bandai in the period between 1966 and 1972. The logo had always thrown me, because the large bubble card had an early mid 50s Bandai logo, yet had on the toy what looked to be a later, or must have been later variation on the Bandai baby logo from around 1966, when the character went a resign around the same time Ogon Bat did.

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It had sold for 50.00, the opening bid. A crazy low amount. Carl had been smart enough to offer the winner many times that to buy it back. But at the time of my visit it was not for sale.

A few years pass and I see Carl at the Solenz auction, Discuss how I missed the Leo in the 2006 auction, to which to points to the one in the case and explains it is the same one… I feel a sense of synchronicity and manage to finally check the Leo zenmai off my list for less than I imagine possible, and realize again, it had passed hands in a strange but comforting way.

Fast forward to this year. Carl decides he is going to sell off the last of his character tins and lists a number online. I contact him after my first purchase and we work out a deal… Solenz manages to score a few of his tins from his own collection in 2009 thankfully as well, sort of again this all feeling serendipitous and right. I travel a few hours to Carl’s again a week later with Regan, as we are interested in checking out a few local VT breweries anyway.

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I make the exchange and bond over old collecting war stories and we promise to stay in better touch. The better part of that afternoon was spent with lunch and drinking good local beers in his back yard, and talk about how collecting has changed in the years since ebay and other online marketplaces.

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Upon getting ready to leave I take one last look in his toy room and spy the very same Gekko Kamen motorcycle I had missed out on in 2006 and never seen again. This time the patience pays off, and he graciously sells it to me for a very fair price and I feel some sense of doors simultaneously opening and closing. The karmic toy boomerang makes a sound as it flies by. We make our goodbyes and I smile and drive home thinking about how many friends I have made through these very toys, and how it has been the experience of meeting people like Carl, and Marc, as well as others along the way from Toybox to CDX, to every Summit and nerdy get together. People who have given me a sense of purpose in the slow burn of being patient for the right piece, and realizing it is the people you meet along the way that makes the score all that much sweeter. It will come to you when you are ready.

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Needless to say the toy is a gem in my collection and one I would be hesitant to let go of due to the long history it has. It stands in almost 1/1 scale with the walker, and the small details, like the tin wheels give it a charm with Gekko name, I have come to expect in the earlier incarnations. The package is not mint, and many will laugh at the idea of me not, caring as much anymore about everything being “C10″. But to be honest I have not really fit than persona for the past 5+ years. As I get older, I realize time affects everything, myself included, and the tell tale signs of a long life are not always negatives to my eye anymore.

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Like I said, things happen in cycles, and this cycle is one I hope to repeat, again and again.

Categories: Otaku Culture, Toy News

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Toybot Studios - 14 November, 2014 - 00:57
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