Friday, September 16, 2011

Disney Vinylmation Park Starz Series 1 - Ice Gator & Horizons Robot Vinyl Figures

Disney Vinylmation Park Starz Series 1

So every Friday for the next few weeks Disney will be unveiling new figures in its upcoming Vinylmation blind box series, Park Starz (check out the first 4 figures here). Park Starz takes classic characters from Disney Theme Parks around the world and reinterprets them as unique collectible vinyl figures. The two new figures announced today are a Robot from Horizons, a popular theme park attraction at Epcot which ran from 1983-1999, and Ice Gator, the official mascot of Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park at Walt Disney World.

Disney Vinylmation Park Starz Series 1 - Ice Gator & Horizons Robot

Created by Disney Design Group artists Thomas Scott and Casey Jones, Park Starz Series 1 includes 11 characters and one “mystery chaser” figure. Unlike previous Vinylmation Series, each of the 12 figures in Park Starz Series 1 will be completely different. Disney Vinylmation Park Starz Series 1 will be released in mid to late October 2011.
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Darkwing Duck Disney Afternoon Vinylmation 2 Pack

Darkwing Duck Disney Afternoon Vinylmation 2 Pack – Darkwing Duck & Gosalyn

While The Blot has not covered the past 2 Disney Afternoon Vinylmation releases (either because I never watched the show or didn’t find out about the release until after they were sold out), this was the one set I’ve really been looking forward to...the Darkwing Duck 2 pack! Like most of you, Darkwing Duck was my favorite Disney Afternoon cartoon (right up there with DuckTails and Gummi Bears) and I’ve really enjoyed the series' rebirth in the BOOM! Studios comic books. The set includes Darkwing Duck (a.k.a. Drake Mallard) and Drake's nine-year-old adopted daughter (and sidekick) Gosalyn.

This awesome set goes on sale today, Friday, September 16th, at all D-Street Locations. The Darkwing Duck Disney Afternoon Vinylmation 2 Pack has a limited edition run size of 1,000 pieces and will retail for $26.95.
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Star Trek: Voyager “Seven of Nine” Screen Print by Craig Drake

Star Trek Screen Print Series - Star Trek: Voyager “Seven of Nine” Screen Print by Craig Drake

Mondo’s Star Trek Screen Print Series is back with its very first design based on the hit television show Star Trek: Voyager! Originally introduced at San Diego Comic-Con 2011, Mondo will actually be releasing three different versions of Craig Drake’s “Seven of Nine” print featuring Jeri Ryan's uber-popular human Borg. There will be a special art print, as well as single versions of Seven's characters from the Star Trek: Voyager episodes “Scorpion: Part 2” and “The Gift”.

Star Trek Screen Print Series - Star Trek: Voyager “Seven of Nine - The Gift” Screen Print by Craig Drake

Star Trek Screen Print Series - Star Trek: Voyager “Seven of Nine - Scorpion: Part II” Screen Print by Craig Drake

“Seven of Nine” by Craig Drake is a 36”x24” hand numbered screen print with a limited edition run size of 145 pieces. This Star Trek print will retail for $65 each and goes on sale at a random time today, Friday, September 16th, at the Mondo online store. The single versions of Drake’s “Seven of Nine” prints measure 24”x26”, come hand numbered, sold as a two print set for $85, and have a limited edition run size of 130 sets.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Superfestival Exclusive Painted Ugly Unicorn Vinyl Figures by Rampage Toys

Superfestival Exclusive Painted Ugly Unicorn Vinyl Figures by Rampage Toys – “Allsorts Liquorice Ugly” & “Poppy Goji Ugly”

After making two different unpainted colorways of its new Ugly Unicorn sofubi vinyl figure available for pre-order, Rampage Toys (a.k.a. Jon Malmstedt) is bringing the heat with two Superfestival 57 exclusive painted versions of its brand new figure. On the left is the "Allsorts Liquorice Ugly", which features black vinyl and has a limited edition run size of 5 pieces, and on the right is the "Poppy Goji Ugly", which features red vinyl and has a limited edition run size of 7 pieces. The “Poppy Goji Ugly” was inspired a 60's vintage Poppy Goji Jon saw in Aomori. Although most of us won’t have an opportunity to pick up one of these “ugly” Japanese vinyl figures at Superfestival 57, fear not! Jon is already working on some painted colorways for New York Comic-Con 2011. As always, more details to come!
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Full Metal Jacket Leroy C. & S7 GID Pocket Invisiboy

Full Metal Jacket Leroy C. by Invisible Creature & GID Pocket Invisiboy by Super7

Summer may be over but Super7 is just starting to enjoy the sunshine in San Francisco! While most dread the end of summer and a return to school, Leroy C. is more than happy as he looks forward to stomping around the playground during recess. Full Metal Jacket Leroy C. by Invisible Creature is cast in Pearl Grey vinyl highlighted by bronze and grey sprays and will retail for $35 each.

As much as he wants to disappear, Pocket Invisiboy will have a hard time hiding when cast in glow in the dark vinyl! Super7’s pocket sized mascot in an ascot is back in Super7’s traditional GID colors (cast in Glow vinyl with red and blue sprays). This is one colorway that is sure to spark excitement in Super7 collectors, especially at its $25 price. Leroy C. and Pocket Invisiboy go on sale this Friday, September 16th, at noon Pacific at the Super7 online store.
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Jon-Paul Kaiser 36” Zombie Pirate Olaf the Mute Qee

Jon-Paul Kaiser 36” Zombie Pirate Olaf the Mute Qee

Following in the footsteps of the Maori Warrior 36” Qee comes Jon-Paul Kaiser’s Zombie Pirate Olaf the Mute 36” Qee! It’s rare for a release to catch The Blot completely by surprise, but this one certainly did. Especially since Toy2R already announced one 36" Artist Qee by JPK last week. The fifth design in Toy2R’s 36” XL Scale Artist Qee Collection has a limited edition run size of just 36 pieces and will retail for $2,800.

The gargantuan crewmember of the Whispering Corsair, prized for his great strength and unwavering loyalty to Captain Stūrnbrau, was discovered upon a rocky island, blanketed in thick mists. Protecting his adopted home, Olaf attacked the crew with his bare hands. Despite being well armed with cutlass & musket, many of the Corsair’s crew were rendered in twain by the enraged assailant until the dark captain strode fearlessly up to Olaf and offered him passage on his ship. Olaf accepted and has proved his worth in many a skirmish; always at the head of the charge into battle, no matter the odds.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Animal Man “Evolve or Die!” DC Comics Tribute T-Shirt by Blair Campbell

Animal Man “Evolve or Die!” DC Comics Tribute T-Shirt by Blair Campbell

Fellow comic book fan Blair Campbell (one of The Blot’s favorite tweeters and a great artist) came up with this awesome t-shirt design as a tribute to the new Animal Man series by writer Jeff Lemire and artist Travel Foreman. Animal Man #1 was released last week as a part of the newly rebooted DC Universe and it instantly became one of the company’s hottest titles. I don’t want to give anything away, but trust me it’s good! Check out issue 1 out now and then go pick up this killer “Evolve or Die!” t-shirt from Blair at RedBubble online store. You can thank me later!

The DC Comics Animal Man “Evolve or Die!” t-shirt by Blair Campbell comes in a variety of styles and colors, and can be yours for $23.94 here.
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Disney Vinylmation Park Starz Series 1

Disney Vinylmation Park Starz Series 1

For those of you wondering just what Disney’s “Project Z” was all about, you’re in luck! The mystery was finally unveiled at the Florida Project over the weekend. It’s the code name for the upcoming Vinylmation Park Starz blind box series, which takes classic characters from Disney Theme Parks around the world and reinterprets them as unique collectible vinyl figures. Created by Disney Design Group artists Thomas Scott and Casey Jones, Park Starz Series 1 includes 11 characters and one “mystery chaser” figure. Unlike previous Vinylmation Series, each of the 12 figures in Park Starz Series 1 will be completely different.

Disney Vinylmation Park Starz Series 1

With that being said, the first four characters announced in Disney’s Vinylmation Park Starz Series 1 are Yeti, Big Al, Squid and Figment. For this series Thomas and Jones made sure to pick popular characters from Disney’s many theme parks, some of whom are seldom seen on Disney merchandise making this truly a unique release! Disney Vinylmation Park Starz Series 1 will be released in mid to late October 2011. More details to come!!!
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

NYCC 2011 Exclusive Flashpoint Batman Pop! Heroes Vinyl Figure

New York Comic-Con 2011 Exclusive Flashpoint Batman DC Universe Pop! Heroes Vinyl Figure by Funko

Here’s some really exciting news, Action Figure Xpress will be releasing a New York Comic-Con 2011 Exclusive Flashpoint Batman Pop! Heroes vinyl figure! Now this is not your father’s Batman…well, it is if your name is Bruce Wayne. See this is the Flashpoint Batman as he appears in the bestselling DC Comics crossover Flashpoint. In the Flashpoint universe Bruce Wayne never became Batman, instead it was his father Thomas under the cowl (which explains the slightly different uniform).

Sadly, The Blot has very little information on this unexpected New York Comic-Con 2011 exclusive, but hopefully more information will surface soon! The NYCC 2011 Exclusive Flashpoint Batman DC Universe Pop! Heroes vinyl figure by Funko stands 3.75” tall, has a rotating head and comes in a displayable window box. My guess is this figure will retail for around $15.
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NYCC 2011 Exclusive Spider-Man NY Firefighter Minimates Set

New York Comic-Con 2011 Exclusive Spider-Man New York Firefighter Minimates 2 Pack

New York Comic-Con 2011 is right around the corner, and Action Figure Xpress and Diamond Select Toys have some really exciting exclusives coming out! First up is the NYCC 2011 Exclusive Spider-Man NY Firefighter Minimates Set. As one of New York City's resident superheroes, Spider-Man sees a lot of fires, and puts his strength, agility and Spider-Sense to good use rescuing anyone who might be trapped inside the burning building. But the real heroes are the men and women who do the same thing every day, without the benefit of a radioactive spider-bite. They may not be able to scale walls without a ladder, or break down a door without an axe, but the firefighters of NYC have truly earned the name "New York's Bravest."

This 2-pack of 2” Minimates pairs Firefighter Spider-Man with a NYC Fireman. Each box set includes an axe, a flashlight and other various interchangeable parts. The New York Comic-Con 2011 Exclusive Spider-Man NY Firefighter Minimates Set has a limited edition run size of 3,000 pieces and retail for $8.99. Pre-order one now here from EntertainmentEarth.com.
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Bug-A-Boo Custom Android Series by Nebulon5

Bug-A-Boo Custom Android Series by Nebulon5

The Blot knows all you rabid Android vinyl figure fans are really going to love this new custom blind box series by Nebulon5! Just check out the striking colors of Neb5’s Bug-A-Boo Custom Android Series (some even glow in the dark). Nebulon5 made 15 in all and each comes with a pair of resin wings that attach magnetically. How cool is that!?! These beautiful Bugs are current available via Nebulon5’s online store and retail for $50 each, which includes shipping anywhere in the world.

The Bug-A-Boo Custom Android Series by Nebulon5 includes the Albino Bug (2/15), the Lightning Bug (3/15), the Space Cake Bug (2/15), the Oil Bug (4/15), the Blue-Headed Stink Bug (3/15) and the uber rare chase Death Butterfly (1/15). Catch one…if you can!
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Monday, September 12, 2011

Star Wars x Super7 Imperial Forces Wallpaper

Star Wars x Super7 Imperial Forces Wallpaper

Here’s a little known fact: when The Blot was a little kid (from the age of 5 until 13 to be exact) I had the coolest Return of the Jedi wallpaper in my room! Yup, I was the envy of elementary school age Star Wars fans across the state of Alabama. The only reason it wasn’t in my room after the age of 13 is because we moved…and I still miss that wallpaper. Thankfully Super7 has teamed up with Lucasfilm to produce this incredible “Imperial Forces” Star Wars wallpaper! Only question I have now is how do I convince my wife to let me wallpaper one of the rooms in our new house?

Star Wars x Super7 Imperial Forces Wallpaper

The Imperial Forces wallpaper features textured portraits of Darth Vader, Boba Fett and members of the Empire. This hand-screened, flocked, designer wallpaper is an artistic way to decorate your office, collectibles room, or space station…and The Blot must have it! Originally created by Super7 founder Brian Flynn as unique decoration for his retail store on San Francisco’s historic Haight St., the wallpaper was noticed by Star Wars super-collector and author Steve Sansweet, who took note of the high-quality and striking presentation. Super7 then contacted Lucasfilm to turn the one-of-a-kind wall art into an officially licensed product.

The Star Wars x Super7 Imperial Forces wallpaper is available at the Super7 online store in a variety of roll sizes: Half Roll (27" x 90" able to cover 17 sq ft) for $75; Single Roll (27" x 180" able to cover 33.75 sq ft) for $120; Double Roll (27" x 360" able to cover 67.5 sq ft) for $240; and a Triple Roll (27" x 540" able to cover 101 sq ft) for $350.
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Nickelodeon x Johnny Cupcakes Collection Teaser Image

Nickelodeon x Johnny Cupcakes Collection Teaser Image

The Blot only knows what’s in the image above, but seeing Nickelodeon’s trademark orange all over a Johnny Cupcakes announcement has me all kinds of excited! Evidently JC will be teaming with the world’s preeminent children’s television channel to create a limited edition collection of clothing and accessories. You can be sure this Johnny Cupcakes x Nickelodeon Collection will feature many of Nick’s most popular franchises, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Rugrats, Ren & Stempy, Rocko's Modern Life and more!

According to the teaser image for the Nickelodeon x Johnny Cupcakes Collection, parts of it will be dropping on September 24th, November 5th and December 31st. More details as they become available!!!
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Friday, September 9, 2011

DrilOne’s “Greetings from Hell” Solo Art Exhibit at Dragatomi

DrilOne “Greetings from Hell” Solo Art Exhibit at Dragatomi Flyer

This Saturday, September 10th (that’s 9.10.11 to the cool kids), Dragatomi will be hosting DrilOne’s all new solo show “Greetings from Hell”. As an artist, DrilOne has mastered the art of elemental wear and corrosion, transforming plastic, vinyl and wood into corroded metal before our very eyes! And while he’s not the first to master this style (Mother Nature is also proficient at it), Drils has definitely taken it and made it a style all his own.

“Greetings from Hell” Solo Art Exhibit - Custom Vinyl Figures by DrilOne

DrilOne has pulled out all the stops for his upcoming solo custom figure art show. His works will feature his rusty style on several different platforms, from 3” and 8” Dunnys to a 16” Custom Toyer Qee. He has even customized an antique inspired sign and a vintage radio! The “Greetings from Hell” opening reception is this Saturday, September 10th at 7 pm and will continue to run until October 1st at Dragatomi in Sacramento, CA.
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Disney Vinylmation Project Z Teaser Image

Disney Vinylmation - Project Z Vinyl Figure Teaser Image

For the past few weeks Disney Vinylmation has been running an online ARG to announce a new release entitled “Project Z.” The only information Disney has officially released about this mystery 3” vinyl figure is that it was designed by the talented Disney Design Group Artists Thomas Scott and Casey Jones…that is until yesterday!!! That’s when some super sleuths found the above picture, which The Blot can only assume is an all new Vinylmation platform. When might we find out more info on Project Z!?! Only time will tell, but head over to the official Project Z website for more hints!
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Dumbo Screen Print by Tom Whalen

Mondo Disney Classic Cartoon Series - Dumbo Screen Print by Tom Whalen

Wow, another beautiful screen print in Mondo’s Disney Classic Cartoon Series by Tom Whalen is scheduled to drop later today and all I can think about is where does Tom find the time to create all these killer posters? In my honest opinion Dumbo is one of Disney’s woefully underrated classics. I used to love watching this film with my parents, but I think it’s time spent in the Disney vault (and its lack of a princess) has hurt its standing in the pantheon of Disney animated films. Out of sight, out of mind I guess. But man, does this print bring back the memories. And just think, when I first watched it as a kid it was already 40 years old!

Dumbo by Tom Whalen is a 6 color 24”x36” screen print, it has a limited edition run size of 395 pieces and will retail for $50. This classic Disney movie poster goes on sale at the Mondo online store today, Friday, September 9th, at a random time.
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Simpsons Pop! Television Vinyl Figure Series 1 by Funko

The Simpsons Pop! Television Vinyl Figure Series 1 by Funko - Homer Simpson, Bart Simpson, Marge Simpson & Crusty the Clown

Is Funko’s line of Pop! vinyl figures the coolest toy line ever or what!?! It’s seriously a mishmash of the most popular properties in pop culture history. From super heroes and Star Wars to music legends and now…The Simpsons!!! Yes, television’s first family is getting the Pop! treatment by Funko and they look awesome. The Simpsons Pop! Television Series 1 includes Homer, Bart, Marge and Krusty the Clown.

Homer even comes with a half eaten donut, while Bart comes with his trademark skateboard. The Blot assumes this means Series 2 will be following shortly with Lisa and her saxophone? With a line of Simpsons figures there is seriously an endless supply of characters to choose from. Each The Simpsons Pop! Television Vinyl Figure Series 1 stands 3.75” tall, has a rotating head and comes in a displayable window box. While these figures won’t hit store shelves until November, you can preorder them now at EntertainmentEarth.com here for $9.99 each.
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Jon-Paul Kaiser 36” Maori Warrior Qee

Toy2R - Jon-Paul Kaiser 36” Maori Warrior Qee

The fourth design in Toy2R’s upcoming 36" Artist Qee Collection has debuted online and it’s awesome! Jon-Paul Kaiser chose to honor the fierce Maori Warriors with entry in this series by incorporating their unique tribal tattoos. Maori tattoos are among the most distinctive tattoos in the world and have their own identity amongst the Polynesian tattoos. Tattooing is a sacred art among the Maori and is very beautiful, consisting of curved shapes and spirals in intricate patterns. Tā moko is the permanent body and face marking by the Māori. Traditionally it is distinct from tattoo and tatau in that the skin is carved by uhi (chisels) rather than punctured. This left the skin with grooves, rather than a smooth surface.

Standing a whopping 3 feet tall, Jon-Paul Kaiser’s Maori Warrior XL Scale Qee has a limited edition run size of just 36 pieces and will retail for $2,800.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Threadless Star Wars T-Shirt “Shot First”

Threadless brings the pop culture heat this week with the fun Star Wars inspired t-shirt “Shot First.” As any true Star Wars fan knows, Han Solo always shoots first! And now you can support the Han Shot First movement with this new Star Wars themed design from Threadless.

Shot First by Jose A Gutierrez Rivera

Threadless Star Wars T-Shirt “Shot First”

The Star Wars t-shirt “Shot First” comes printed on a red t-shirt and is on sale at Threadless.com for just $10 (normally it retails for $20). The shirt comes in both guys and girls styles, sizes S-2XL.
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Threadless Muppets T-Shirt “Muppetational Mosaic”

After years of actively participating in the Threadless community The Blot has come to one realization, I have no idea what it takes to get a shirt printed! Sometimes weeks go by and there’s not a single design I like. But then there are weeks like this one where Threadless drops not one but two awesome pop culture inspired designs. The “Muppetational Mosaic” features just about every Muppet you can think of in the shape of Kermit the Frog’s head. What’s better than that!?! I especially love that the bottom of Kermit’s mouth is made up entirely of Dr. Teeth’s piano keys.

Muppetational Mosaic by James Carroll

Threadless Muppets T-Shirt “Muppetational Mosaic”

The Muppets t-shirt “Muppetational Mosaic” comes printed on an asphalt t-shirt and is on sale at Threadless.com for just $10 (normally it retails for $20). The shirt comes in both guys and girls styles, sizes S-2XL.
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2011 Designer Toy Awards Results and a Big Thank You From The Blot

The 2011 Designer Toy Awards - The Polls Are Open, Vote Today!

You may have noticed TheBlotSays.com has not been as active (or insightful) these past two months. If you don’t follow The Blot on Twitter then you probably weren’t aware that Aly and I bought a house and moved over the summer. It’s been a crazy 8 weeks but we’re finally settled in and enjoying our new home! Of course our move just happened to come during the business time of year for toy news as well and The Blot has fallen seriously behind on some important posts…like this one!

I wanted to take a moment and thank all of you, the readers and friends of TheBlotSays.com for all of your support during the 2011 Designer Toy Awards (albeit a few weeks late)!!! This is honestly one of those times where it really was an honor just to be nominated in the Best Blog category along so many other great bloggers. While I never expected to win (congrats to Andy of Toysrevil on the much deserved award), I was blown away to have made the short list. To me, making the Top 5 was as good as actually winning! It was so cool hearing from fellow collectors around the world who took the time to vote for their favorites in all categories, and especially all of the outpouring of support for my little old toy blog. Thanks again for your support, and in case you missed out on the 2011 DTAs award winner list here it is:

2011 Designer Toy Award Winners

Artist of the Year
Ashley Wood

Toy of the Year
"4ft Companion" by Kaws

Best Blog
TOYSREVIL

Fan Favorite
“Android” by Andrew Bell Best

Online Toy Store
www.rotofugi.com

Best Toy Store
Rotofugi

Best Collection
Carl "MutonIsMyFriend" Kent-Smith


Best Toy From a Comic
"Kill Audio" by Vinyl Cut

Best DIY Platform
“Mini Munny” by Kidrobot

Most Influential Event
San Diego Comic Con

Manufacturer of the Year
threeA

Lifetime Achievement
Michael Lau

Break Through Artist
Jason Freeny

Outstanding Production
"False Friends (In Pain Edition)" by Coarse Toys

Best Customizer
Doktor A

Best Mini Series
"Tic Toc Apocalypse" by Amanda Visell

Best Self Produced
"Hermees" by Gary Ham

Best Collaboration
"Trouble Boys" by Ferg x Brandt Peters

Best Licensed Product
"Super Shogun Stormtrooper" by Super7

Best Plush Design
"Plunk and Pop Lion" by Anna Chambers

Best Functional Toy
"Mimobot" by Mimoco

Best 1/6th Scale
"Playge Rat" by Ferg
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sons of Anarchy Season 4 Television Poster

Sons of Anarchy Season 4 One Sheet Television Poster

Since LOST went off the air two shows have been battling for the title of The Blot’s favorite TV show, Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy. Both are riveting hour long cable dramas that expose the seedy underbelly of America and show what a person is capable of when it comes to protecting/providing for one’s family. While both shows are phenomenal, there is a downside…you have to wait freaking forever between seasons! For some reason both AMC and FX think it’s a good idea to make its fan base wait at least one full year before airing the next season of hits hit television shows. I understand it must make good business sense (otherwise the networks wouldn’t do it), but doesn’t the long layoffs cause a greater than normal attrition in viewership?

Regardless, Sons of Anarchy returns tonight, Tuesday, September 6th, for its fourth season and The Blot is so freaking pumped! When last we saw SAMCRO (the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original), the crew was being sentenced to two years in jail. This season begins with SAMCRO fresh out of jail and back into Charming. Upon their arrival, they encounter new law enforcement and head right back to their old law breaking ways. Evidently there are some great teaser videos for S4 upon the SOA official website, but I’ve tried to stay away from as many spoilers as possible. I want this season to as much of a surprise as possible. However, I have heard Charlie Hunnam (“Jax”) has sent his female fans into a tizzy with his new hair style. But that’s one aspect of the show The Blot could care less!

Sons of Anarchy Season 4 airs Tuesday nights at 10/9c on FX.
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First Look: Pharaoh Hound Resin Figures by Argonaut Resins

Pharaoh Hound Resin Figures by Argonaut Resins - Pearl White & Black Onyx Colorways with Matching Tuttz Resin Figures

Release the Hounds! After months of teasers, check out the finished product of Argonaut Resins’ newest figure, the Pharaoh Hound! The two hand painted Pharaoh Hounds seen here are a Pearl White and Black Onyx colorways with matching Tuttz. The Hound stands at a whopping 8 inches tall and will go on sale for the first time at New York Comic-Con next month. After that, END of Argonaut Resins will be kicking production of his Pharaoh Hound into high gear with many more one of a kind colorways and even some Mini Pharaoh Hounds! END is a freaking master of resin, so expect some killer colorways to be released in the coming months, including metallics, tints, pearls and fades. The Blot can’t wait to see what he’s got in store for this ancient pup!
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Friday, September 2, 2011

Limited Edition Johnny Cupcakes “Cupgun” T-Shirt - Available Now!

Limited Edition Johnny Cupcakes “Cupgun” T-Shirt

Wow, two crazy limited edition releases from Johnny Cupcakes in one week can be a little overwhelming! Yesterday, JC released this awesome retro “Cupgun” t-shirt, which features an old school magazine ad order form for a Cupgun that turns its target into a sugary sweet cupcake. This online exclusive t-shirt is hand numbered, has a limited edition run size of 400 pieces, and comes packaged in special packaging to resemble the Cupgun’s actual packaging.

Limited Edition Johnny Cupcakes “Cupgun” T-Shirt Packaging

This limited edition design is only available while supplies last, and once Johnny Cupcakes sells out it will never be produced again (sorry ladies but the girls style is already sold out). The Johnny Cupcakes “Cupgun” t-shirt can be purchased exclusively at the JC online store for $49.99 in guys sizes S, M and XL.
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Space Junk Destroyer Resin Figure by NeMo & OsirisOrion

One of a Kind Hand Painted Custom Space Junk Destroyer Resin Figures by NeMo & OsirisOrion

Bad Applez Inc, the new art toy company by NeMo and OsiRisORion, is about to release upon the world its very first designer resin figure! The Space Junk Destroyer will be making its debut at Rotofugi’s Toy Karma III one week from Saturday (on September 10, 2011). Two one of a kind Space Junk Destroyers will be available, with each figure hand painted by the company’s two founders: NeMo and OsiRisORion. Don’t these look crazy!?! Not only is the figure’s sculpt and design off the wall, but each artist did an incredible job applying their unique styles to this devilish monster.

Each hand painted 1 off Space Junk Destroyer resin figure will retail for $160 and can be purchased by contacting Rotofugi or by attending Toy Karma III’s opening on 9.10.11.
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Monsters, Inc. Screen Print by Tom Whalen

Mondo Pixar Screen Print Series - Monsters, Inc. Screen Print by Tom Whalen

Spinning out of Mondo’s hugely popular Disney Classic Cartoon Series comes the all Pixar Screen Print Series! Kicking it off is this awesome Monsters, Inc. movie poster by Tom Whalen. Tom’s been on an incredible tear lately and has produced some of The Blot’s favorite prints of 2011. What I love about Whalen’s art is all the extra characters he always makes sure to include in his screen prints, and Monsters, Inc. is no exception!

Monsters, Inc. by Tom Whalen is a 4 color 18”x24” screen print, it has a limited edition run size of 365 pieces and will retail for $45. This fun Pixar movie poster goes on sale at the Mondo online store today, Friday, September 2nd, at a random time.
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

David Horvath 36” Bossy Bear Qee

Toy2R - David Horvath 36” Bossy Bear Qee

Yesterday, the third figure in Toy2R’s upcoming 36" Artist Qee Collection was officially revealed, and was there any doubt David Horvath’s 36 inch Qee design would be his popular Bossy Bear? At this point Bossy Bear has been produced in just about every size imaginable, from his original 4" vinyl figure to his 12" Monster Bossy Bear series. But The Blot’s pretty sure he’s never been like this before!

Standing a gigantic 3 feet tall, David Horvath’s Bossy Bear XL Scale Qee has a limited edition run size of just 36 pieces and will retail for $2,800. While the limited edition nature of these 36” Qees is quite impressive, I’m dying to know how well they’ve been selling with such a steep price tag. I have to imagine no store is just blindly pre-ordering these, and any purchases made placed at this point are by the artists’ diehard collectors. But either way I have to commend Toy2R for producing such an ambitious series!
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Red Plasma Big Sal & Clear Red Foster Vinyl Figures by Super7

Red Plasma Big Sal Vinyl Figure by Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas & Clear Red Foster Vinyl Figure by Super7

With summer basically over, Super7 decided to kick off the fall season a little early with a couple of clearly radical and redical new figures! First up is the devilish Big Sal by Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas. The Red Plasma Big Sal was last seen in the vicinity of Dragon*Con, wearing a translucent dark red straight jacket with black, pink and yellow accents. Big Sal is considered dangerous and insane, approach with caution! Joining Big Sal is Foster, the ice cream sandwich that just can't keep his hand to or off himself. Each delicious bite brings him closer to his own demise. Foster is cast in translucent red vinyl with light blue spray.

Clear Red Foster will be released Friday, September 2nd, at 12 o’clock noon PDT at the Super7 online store, while Red Plasma Big Sal will be released the following Saturday (September 3rd) at 12 o’clock noon PDT. For those of you lucky enough to attending Dragon*Con this weekend, you pick up the Red Plasma Big Sal a little early direct from Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas!
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Toy Karma III Rotofugi Exclusive Orange Painted Greasebat Vinyl Figure by Jeff Lamm

Toy Karma III Rotofugi Exclusive Orange Painted Greasebat Vinyl Figure by Jeff Lamm

Rotofugi’s Toy Karma 3 is just a few weeks away and The Blot is super excited for the show. Besides featuring some amazing customs, the show will also be the exclusive retailer of Monster Worship’s newest painted Greasebat colorway! Inspired by vintage kaiju colorways of old, the Toy Karma III Rotofugi Exclusive Orange Painted Greasebat by Jeff Lamm looks pretty freaking awesome! The fourth painted production Greasebat is cast in an orange vinyl, and comes highlighted with green sprays and metallic silver horns and accent sprays.

The Orange Painted Greasebat will go on sale exclusively at Rotofugi’s Toy Karma III opening on Saturday, September 10th.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Johnny Cupcakes x Bicycle Playing Cards Collection

Johnny Cupcakes x Bicycle Playing Cards Collection

While most of the t-shirts in the Johnny Cupcakes x Bicycle Playing Cards Collection are already sold out, they are way too cool to ignore. It’s just too bad most were already gone before The Blot even knew they had gone on sale! The Johnny Cupcakes x Bicycle Playing Cards Collection includes four t-shirt designs (the Ace of Spades, the King of Diamonds, the Queen of Hearts and the Jack of Clubs) and an official deck of Johnny Cupcakes Bicycle playing cards. How cool is that!?!

The JC x Bicycle playing cards are still available and retail for $7.99. And as I mentioned above, all of the guys t-shirts in the Johnny Cupcakes x Bicycle Playing Cards Collection are currently sold out, but a few select sizes of girls shirts remain. Pick one up at the Johnny Cupcakes online store for $49.99.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Super Powers Screen Print by Tom Whalen

Sideshow Collectibles x Mondo Super Powers Screen Print by Tom Whalen

The Blot was in shock when I found out about this amazing screen print yesterday. I could not believe it took this long for me to find out about a freaking DC Comics Super Powers print! Kenner’s Super Powers Collection is my all time favorite toy line and it has now been immortalized as a killer print by the talented Tom Whalen. Evidently this print was originally released at Sideshow Collectibles’ San Diego Comic-Con 2011 party to coincide with their recently revealed DC license.

As a fellow lifelong comic book collector, Whalen took great care in making this print true to the classic 1980’s toy line and it shows. He even made to sure to include all 35 heroes and villains from the Super Powers Collection, including the two mail-away figures (The Riddler and Clark Kent). Seeing so many of my favorite DC Universe characters produced in Whalen’s signature style is a real treat! While I’m not the biggest Firestorm fan, his design really shines in Whalen’s two-tone aesthetic.

"Super Powers" by Tom Whalen is a 36”x24” 6 color screen print and was produced by Mondo. It has a limited edition run size of 250 pieces and can be purchased from the Sideshow Collectibles online store for $99.99 each.
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Monday, August 29, 2011

Upchuck Resin Figure by Erick Scarecrow

ESC Toy - Upchuck Resin Figure by Erick Scarecrow

Erick Scarecrow’s all new Upchuck resin figure is a very special release, as it marks the 100th ESC Toy release! Can you believe it!?! Erick sure has been one busy guy since his very first release, the Liberty vinyl figure. Upchuck is one sick clown who is literally throwing up little dolls. If you don’t believe The Blot, just click on the image above to get a better look at that crazy looking vomit! Upchuck has a limited edition run size of 15 pieces, and will be available for pre-order beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, August 31st, at 12pm EDT at the ESC online store.
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Friday, August 26, 2011

Threadless The Legend of Zelda T-Shirt “URL Link”

I have to admit, The Blot totally skipped over this Threadless design when it first came out last week. I saw it, but at the time I thought it was just another video game inspired t-shirt. I’m a huge old school Nintendo fan, but it’s gotten to the point where there are very few new ideas out there. Then I just happened to take a closer look at the design yesterday and realized how truly wrong I was! The image on Threadless’ website really doesn’t do the design justice as it’s kinda hard to see, but basically “URL LINK” is Link from the Legend of Zelda made up from a website URL. I can’t believe it hasn’t been done before, because this design is genius!

URL LINK by Esteban Ruiz

Threadless The Legend of Zelda T-Shirt “URL Link”

The Legend of Zelda t-shirt “URL LINK” comes printed on a navy t-shirt and is available at Threadless.com for $20. The shirt comes in both guys and girls styles, sizes S-2XL.
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Doctor Who Season 6, Part II One Sheet Television Poster

Doctor Who Season 6, Part II One Sheet Television Poster

The Blot’s been meaning to post this sweet looking one sheet television poster for Doctor Who Season 6, Part II for weeks, and if it didn’t happen today it was never going to happen at all. Why? Because this Saturday, August 27th, Doctor Who returns with all new episodes and The Blot can’t wait!!! I have to admit, I was not the biggest fan of Matt Smith’s Doctor at first. Season 5 didn’t really do it for me, and I waited a very long time to finally sit down and watch Season 6, Part I. But when I did just a few weeks ago, wow! It was truly excellent.

I think the show’s new creative team just needed a warm up season, because those first seven episodes were just nuts! I think it also helped that Alex Kingston’s River Song played such a significant role in Season 6. The Blot’s loved her ever since her days on ER as Dr. Elizabeth Corday and she's been fantastic as the mysterious River. I highly recommend tuning in to BBC America tomorrow night for the US premier of the Doctor Who episode "Let's Kill Hitler" (and every Saturday night thereafter) at 9/8c for a great sci-fi adventure!
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture Screen Print by Daniel Danger

Star Trek: The Motion Picture Screen Print by Daniel Danger.jpg

Mondo continues its Star Trek Screen Print Series with this awesome Star Trek: The Motion Picture poster by Daniel Danger. The poster features the crew looking on in awe at the power of V'Ger. While there have been some really beautiful pieces in this series, Danger’s Star Trek I screen print takes the cake. In fact, this might be The Blot’s favorite Daniel Danger print ever! I just think the scene with its bright blue coloring really fits Danger’s dark and brooding style to a T. He really knocked this one out of the park!

San Diego Comic-Con 2011 Exclusive Star Trek The Motion Picture Art Print Variant Screen Print by Daniel Danger.jpg

Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Daniel Danger is a 24”x36” hand numbered screen print with a limited edition run size of 320 pieces. It will go on sale at a random time today, Friday, August 26th, at the Mondo online store for $45. Mondo also has a limited number of Danger’s San Diego Comic-Con 2011 Exclusive Star Trek: The Motion Picture Variant, which is an art print of movie poster. It measures 24”x36”, has a run size of 165 pieces and will retail for $75.
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Threadless “Pop Culture” Soda Can T-Shirt

This newest pop culture inspired design by Threadless definitely puts the “pop” in soda pop! As you can tell, "Pop Culture" takes the minimalistic design craze that is sweeping the nation and applies it to coke cans (or beer cans depending on your preference). Each minimalistic designed can represents a key figure in pop culture. I would have liked this t-shirt a whole lot more if I hadn’t seen a million different versions of it over the past 6 months, but that’s also probably why the shirt got printed in the first place. They’re all fairly easy to identify, except maybe the first two. Although once you read who they are you’ll see it right away.

Pop Culture by David Schwen

Threadless “Pop Culture” Soda Can T-shirt by David Schwen

The cans are designed for the following pop icons: Bart Simpson, Super Mario, Pac-Man, R2-D2, Superman, a Pokemon Pokeball, Mickey Mouse, Cookie Monster and Charlie Brown. The ThreadlessPop Culture” Soda Can T-Shirt comes printed on a asphalt t-shirt and is currently available at Threadless.com for $20. The shirt comes in both guys and girls styles, sizes S-2XL.
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Ornery & Bloodshot Panda Shinsengumi Custom 8” Dunny by Huck Gee

Ornery & Bloodshot Panda Shinsengumi Custom 8” Dunny by Huck Gee

There was such an incredible response to last week’s response of the OG Ornery Panda Shinsengumi Custom 8” Dunny and Huck Gee had to turn away so many people in the process, that Huck decided to offer an alternate version, the Ornery & Bloodshot Panda Shinsengumi! This custom is awesome, and I have to assume the popularity of Shinsengumi has to have something to do with Huck’s recently announced Gold Life 3” Dunny blind box series from Kidrobot. Again limited to 10 figures, Ornery & Bloodshot Panda Shinsengumi comes with all of the same accessories as the original colorway, plus a sake bottle of "courage" and those telltale bloodshot eyes.

Ornery & Bloodshot Panda Shinsengumi Custom 8” Dunny by Huck Gee

At one time renowned as a talented sword master, Shinsengumi was an early member of the elite, albeit troubled, peace keeping squad. Dodging several assassination attempts and losing many close ones to the deadly political turmoil of the capital, his troubled soul eventually got the better of him. Losing himself in drink, Shinsengumi became most well known as a gambler, a womanizer, and a drunk. Short on words, the golden sheen of his eyes found blurred by sake more often than not, this is Abiru: Ornery Panda Shinsengumi.

Each Shinsengumi custom figure comes signed and numbered by the artist, and retails for $750. Anyone interested in these amazing customs should email sales@huckgee.com ASAP to reserve your figure and make payment arrangements.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 Variant Cover by Sam Kieth

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Issue #1 Variant Cover by Sam Kieth

Did you know IDW was launching a brand new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series today? Neither did The Blot! Talk about someone at IDW not doing their job (there’s not even a mention of the new series on their homepage). This is exciting news because it marks the first TMNT comic book series since Mirage sold its rights to the franchise to Nickelodeon. But what this ownership change means for the comic book series is anyone’s guess. The original Mirage series is one of my all time favorite comic book series and the TMNT franchise played a huge role in my childhood. Because of this, I’m always down to give a new TMNT release a shot whether it be a new toy line, comics, an animated series or a movie.

While I really don’t know much about this new comic book series, what has me really excited for its release today is issue #1’s beautiful variant cover by Sam Kieth! I absolutely love Kieth’s artwork, and this cover does a great job showcasing all aspects of his unique style, including its humorous side. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 variant cover by Sam Kieth is an incentive copy, which means for every 25 books a store purchases the retailer receives one copy of the issue with the Kieth cover (so good luck getting your hands on one!).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issue #1 hits stands today, Wednesday, August 24th. This 32 page full color book was co-written by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz, features artwork by Dan Duncan, and will retail for $3.99.
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Hawkman DC Universe Pop! Heroes Vinyl Figure by Funko

DC Universe Pop! Heroes Wave 3 by Funko - Hawkman Vinyl Figure

There have been some questions as to whether or not Hawkman would actually be included in Funko’s DC Universe Pop! Heroes Wave 3. While he was originally solicited as part of Wave 3, when the final images of the figures were released he was nowhere to be found. Some speculated he might be a San Diego Comic-Con 2011 Exclusive, but there was no sign of him there either. Thankfully the mystery of Hawkman has not been reviled! The Hawkman Pop! Heroes vinyl figure will be released along with the rest of Wave 3 in August 2011.

It turns out they probably just didn’t have the final image of the Hawkman Pop! Heroes vinyl figure ready when they released the rest of Wave 3’s images last month. But it was definitely worth the wait! Just look at how awesome those wings look, and I love his little mace accessory.

The Hawkman DC Universe Pop! Heroes vinyl figure stands 3.75” tall, has a rotating head and comes in a displayable window box. This figure can now be pre-ordered from EntertainmentEarth.com here for $9.99.
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The Muppets Show Theme Song Music Video by Ok Go



Ok Go does it again with a sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational music video for its cover of Jim Henson’s "The Muppets Show Theme Song". I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, as long as Ok Go continues to make music videos all other performs should get out of the game. Is there anyone else out there that consistently makes entertaining music videos that are actually worth watching? Now I have to be honest, “The Muppets Show Theme Song” is not on the top of my list of favorite Ok Go videos, but it does have one really redeeming quality…it features a ton of The Blot’s favorite Muppets! So go watch it, like now!

For those of you wondering why this cover song was produced, it’s part of a new compilation album entitled appropriately enough Muppets: The Green Album, which includes 12 new versions of classic Muppets songs performed by contemporary rock and alternative artists. Conceptually, this album is right up my alley, and while I haven’t listened to the whole album yet I do like the few songs I’ve heard so far! It includes covers by Ok Go, Weezer, My Morning Jacket, The Fray, Alkaline Trio and Andrew Bird. Muppets: The Green Album is out now and can be downloaded from Amazon here for just $7.99!
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Unpainted Black Doji San & Death Sludgie Vinyl Figures by LASH

Mutant Vinyl Hardcore - Unpainted Black Doji San & Death Sludgie Vinyl Figures by LASH

I know a lot of fans were super excited when they found out LASH of Mutant Vinyl Hardcore would be producing his two new vinyl figures, Doji San and Death Sludgie, in unpainted black for their very first release! Not only that, but he’s made his first vinyl Doji San and Death Sludgie super easy to get by selling them as an open edition pre-order. This means the edition size will not be set until the pre-order time period is closed. Collectors can even order multiple figures!

Mutant Vinyl Hardcore - Unpainted Death Sludgie Vinyl Figure Back by LASH

While both figures are sick, The Blot especially loves LASH’s Death Sludgie! The detailing on this figure is nuts and I love what he did with the skulls on Death Sludgie’s back. Just look at the photo of Death Sludgie’s back above.

The Unpainted Black Doji San and Death Sludgie are currently available for pre-order at the MVH online store. Doji San retails for $70, while Death Sludgie retails for $85. These will be available for purchase for the next month, but why wait on two sick Japanese vinyl figures like these two!
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