Thursday, February 28, 2013

Bruce Lee Themed Tuttz & JellyBot Resin Figure Sets by The Jelly Empire

Bruce Lee Themed Green Hornet Tuttz & Kato JellyBot Resin Figure Set by The Jelly Empire

Tomorrow The Jelly Empire is set to drop two all new Bruce Lee inspired Tuttz Mini and JellyBot resin figure sets! First up is a very cool Green Hornet set, which includes Argonaut Resins’ Tuttz Mini as the Green Hornet and the JellyBot as Kato (as portrayed by Bruce Lee in the ‘60s Green Hornet television series). The Jelly Empire’s second release is the Game of Death set, which features both a JellyBot and a Tuttz Mini sporting Bruce Lee’s trademark yellow and black tracksuit from the hit 1972 movie of the same name.

Bruce Lee Themed Game of Death Tuttz & JellyBot Resin Figure Set by The Jelly Empire

Both Tuttz Mini and Jelly Bot resin figure sets go on sale at The Jelly Empire’s online store tomorrow, Friday, March 1st, at 2pm EST for $60 per set.
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Cobra Commander & Storm Shadow G.I. Joe Screen Prints by Rhys Cooper

Acidfree Gallery x Hasbro G.I. Joe Screen Print Series - Cobra Standard Edition Triptic by Rhys Cooper: The Baroness, Cobra Commander & Storm Shadow

Later today Acidfree Gallery will be releasing the final two pieces in Rhys Cooper’s epic Cobra triptic. Designed as part of Acidfree Gallery’s Hasbro Screen Print Series, “Cobra Commander” and “Storm Shadow” combine with Rhys’ previously released “Baroness” screen print to form a gigantic G.I. Joe image featuring three of the most ruthless villains in the G.I. Joe universe. I especially love the black and red Cobra emblem in the background. This series will look sick next to Grzegorz Domaradzki's G.I. Joe triptic. The Blot can’t wait to see what’s coming up next in this exciting screen print series.

Acidfree Gallery x Hasbro G.I. Joe Screen Print Series - Cobra Triptic by Rhys Cooper: Cobra Commander Standard Edition & Variant

Acidfree Gallery x Hasbro G.I. Joe Screen Print Series - Cobra Triptic by Rhys Cooper: Storm Shadow Standard Edition & Variant

“Cobra Commander” and “Storm Shadow” by Rhys Cooper are 12”x36” limited edition, hand numbered 5 color G.I. Joe screen prints. The Standard Edition of each print has a limited edition run size of 100 pieces and will retail for $50, while the Variant features metallic inks, has a limited edition run size of 55 pieces and will retail for $65. Both G.I. Joe prints and their variants go on sale at 12:30pm EST today, Thursday, February 28th, at the Acid Free Gallery online store.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Guzu Gallery presents Deep Cuts: 12" Tributes to Our Favorite Music Heroes

Guzu Gallery presents Deep Cuts: 12

For Guzu Gallery’s newest group art show “Deep Cuts: 12" Tributes to Our Favorite Music Heroes” they’ve asked over 20 artists to choose a beloved music icon, cult hero or legend and let his/her creativity spill to paper. There were, however, three conditions: (1) the artwork must be a screen print; (2) the artwork must be album cover size; and (3) the artwork must cost $25. Oh yeah, and (4) the artwork must kick ass!

The show is scheduled to coincide with spring break, which is always the best time of year in Austin. It’s when SXSW, one of the largest and most hotly anticipated music festivals on the planet, crashes head first into the Live Music Capital of the World. And what better time to celebrate our favorite music heroes than South by Southwest!?! 

The opening reception will be Thursday, March 7th from 7 to 10pm and the artwork will remain up through April 7th. In classic Guzu style, there will be live music on opening night to shake the walls and rattle the art. But don’t fret if you can’t make the show’s opening, each limited edition screen print will be available in the Guzu Gallery online store on Sunday, March 10th at 3pm CST.

Deep Cuts: 12" Tributes to Our Favorite Music Heroes features works by the following artists: Jason Chalker, Miguel Coronado III, Tim Doyle, Graham Erwin, M. Fersner, Matt Frank, Mauro Garza, Paul Hanley, Kachi, Scott Kinnebrew, Mark Lone, Yehudi Mercado, Danny Miller, David Moscati, New Flesh, Billy Perkins, Jesse Philips, Gary Pullin, Cody Schibi, Zach Taylor, Eric Torres, Vincent X. Torres, Nathan Walker and Robert Wilson IV.
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Custom Metallic Deadbeets & Baby Deadbeets by D-Lux

Custom Metallic Baby Deadbeet Mini Figures and Deadbeet Vinyl Figure by D-Lux

Yesterday D-Lux surprised us all by releasing a set of delicious looking custom metallic Deadbeets! This set includes four Baby Deadbeets PVC mini figures and one 7.5” Deadbeet vinyl figure. Each custom figure features metallic red, teal and blue spray with black rub and toxic green eyes. D-Lux really came hard with these customs of Scott Tolleson's undead veggie. The one of a kind Custom Metallic Deadbeet retailed for $100, while the four Custom Metallic Baby Deadbeets retailed for just $25! Sadly all five of these sick customs sold out almost immediately from D-Lux’ online store.
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Black & Gold Target Vinyl Figure by Luke Chueh

Black & Gold Target (Alternate Colorway) Vinyl Figure by Luke Chueh

The third and final colorway of Luke Chueh’s popular Target vinyl figure drops next month and The Blot can’t wait! Target (Alternate Colorway) features the black, gold and red alternative color scheme that has become synonymous with Luke’s vinyl figures. The Blot’s been wanting to add a Target to my collection, and this black and gold figure is just too sweet to pass up!

Produced by Munky King and based on the classic painting by Luke Chueh, Target features a highly detailed bullet-ridden resin backdrop that contrasts with the minimalist aesthetic of Luke's iconic 6.5” bear. For a more seamless look, the walls are designed to interlock with the walls of the other two Target colorways to create one long continuous shooting range.

Target (Alternate Colorway) has a limited edition run size of just 500 pieces, and features a brilliant 10.5” red wall with a matte black bear, gold target and paint bucket. The Black and Gold Target drops March 16th at Munky King studio and online for $120. Even better still, Luke Chueh will be on hand at Munky King’s new location to sign this awesome figure from 1-4pm.
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New Mk2 Maintenance Sprogs by Cris Rose

Mk2 Maintenance Sprogs by Cris Rose - Copper Renold, Renold & Runcible Resin Figures

Three years ago Cris Rose’s first Sprogs were released upon the world. Renold, Rigel and Radcliffe were three little maintenance bots with cheeky personalities and a dumpy persuasion. Sadly, at the end of last year they were discontinued…but here are their replacements! Still retaining much of the charm and character of their Mk1 guises, these Mk2 Maintenance Sprogs sees a major upgrade in robustness and power. The MK2 version of Renold, Rigel and Radcliffe can lift heavier, twist harder and grab more accurately with their upgraded limbs and are 60% bigger overall. These resin figures also sport new articulation at the neck and crown on the front.

The first release of Rose’s new Mk2 Maintenance Sprogs go on sale today, Wednesday, February 27th, at 18:00 London time via the Cris Rose online store. This release comes in Rose’s classic copper colorway, the very same color scheme Cris’ very first 2 bots Runcible and Rotund were released in. Each figure has a limited edition run size of just 5 pieces and retails for $65.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Iron Man 3 Character Movie Posters Part 2 - The Mandarin & Pepper Potts

Iron Man 3 One Sheet Character Movie Posters - Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin

Ok, now Marvel’s new series of Iron Man 3 character movie posters is really getting good. The one sheet movie poster above features Ben Kingsley as the film’s primary villain The Mandarin! I believe this is our first full body shot of The Mandarin in costume, and while not 100% true to the character’s look in the comic books he does look pretty cool. Let’s be honest, The Mandarin was always going to be a hard character to include in a live action movie. Plain and simple, he is a terrible embodiment of a number of Asian stereotypes. And while Kingsley is an incredibly gifted and well respected actor, no one in their right might saw him being cast in this roll. Is it me or is The Mandarin in this poster giving off a very Bane in The Dark Knight Rises vibe?

Iron Man 3 One Sheet Character Movie Posters - Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts

The second new Iron Man 3 character movie poster features Gwyneth Paltrow as Iron Man’s main squeeze Pepper Potts. I really hope Gwyneth continues to play a significant role in the Iron Man franchise because she’s done a great job with the character, especially considering how little screen time they give her. Of course, if this poster is to be believed Pepper’s going to primarily worrying and mourning poor old Tony Stark in this film.

Iron Man 3 swoops into theaters on May 3, 2013. Click here to see Marvel's first set of Iron Man 3 character movie posters.
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The Eagle Hunter Custom Vinyl Figure by Huck Gee

The Eagle Hunter Custom Vinyl Figure by Huck Gee

Huck Gee is following up his popular The Eagle Hunter print with a matching custom figure! The Eagle Hunter vinyl figure includes some of the sickest accessories Huck’s ever made, including a crazy fur hat, mossy rocks, a bow and arrows, and a giant awe inspiring eagle. This is one hunter you will not want to mess with! Each figure comes signed and numbered by the artist, and includes all of accessories shown above. 10 Eagle Hunter custom vinyl figures were created in all, which each figure retailing for $900. Anyone interested should please contact Huck ASAP at sales@huckgee.com to find out about availability.
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Barneyism of the Week - Proxy

Bottom Line: I need you to proxy bang this girl for me!

Be my stand in and put your gland in.

Hey, wow, that’d be good on a hat!


How I Met Your Mother - Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson
- Barney Stinson

“Ring Up”

How I Met Your Mother
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MoAF Exclusive Blood Splattered Glenn The Walking Dead Pop! Vinyl Figure

Man of Action Figures Exclusive The Walking Dead Blood Splattered Glenn Pop! Vinyl Figure by Funko

The first exclusive from Funko’s The Walking Dead Pop! Television Series 2 has been unveiled and it’s this gory Blood Splattered Glenn Pop! vinyl figure! You can now reenact your favorite moments from AMC’s hit television show The Walking Dead with this Man of Action Figures exclusive. Glenn’s always been The Blot’s favorite character from TWD, and how do you pass up such a bloody cute figure toting a shotgun!?!

The MoAF Exclusive Blood Splattered Gleen The Walking Dead Pop! Television vinyl figure stands 3.75” tall, features one point of articulation, and comes packaged in a full color window box. This figure has a limited edition run size of 1,500 figures and retails for $14.99 at the Man of Action Figures online store.
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Once Screen Print “The Horse” by Alice Lin

Once Screen Print “The Horse” by Alice Lin

The Blot first met Alice Lin (aka ComixGuru on Twitter and Instagram) back in 2009 through our mutual love of LOST and screen prints. Fast forward to 2013 (has it really been almost four years?), and Alice is now an accomplished screen print artist in her own right! Alice was one of the many talented artists showcased in the Hero Complex Gallery’s latest group art show “Oscar Legends,” which featured art inspired by some of history’s most groundbreaking Oscar-winning films.

Alice's print “The Horse” is inspired by the film Once and its Oscar winning song “Falling Slowly” by The Swell Season (Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova). The title of the print actually refers to Glen’s Takamine NP15 acoustic guitar, which he calls The Horse, and is made up of the lyrics to 8 of the songs from the Once soundtrack. Pretty cool don’t you think!?!

“The Horse” by Alice Lin is a 24”x18” signed and numbered screen print inspired by the hit film Once. Limited to just 50 pieces, “The Horse” can be purchased from the Hero Complex Gallery’s online store for just $35!
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Book Review: Nick Cardy: The Artist At War

Book Review - Nick Cardy: The Artist At War by Nick Cardy and Renee Witterstaetter Cover

As a kid there was no bigger comic book than Marv Wolfman and George Pérez’ New Teen Titans. The Blot ate that series up and always wanted more from DC Comics. That led me to original Teen Titans series from the ‘60s and ‘70s, and the art of Nick Cardy. Cardy is a renowned commercial illustrator and comic book artist who worked on books such as Aquaman, Tomahawk, Bat Lash and the aforementioned Teen Titans for DC. Now in his 90s, Cardy has literally been drawing all of his life.

Book Review - Nick Cardy: The Artist At War by Nick Cardy and Renee Witterstaetter Artwork

Nick Cardy: The Artist At War by Nick Cardy and Renee Witterstaetter transports us back to a period of time before Nick was a well known and successful illustrator. It shows us a different side of his artwork, from a time when Nick was one of the young Americans shipped overseas to fight in World War II. Throughout his time servicing the US during WWII, Nick carried a sketchbook to document his time in the conflict from beginning to end. Cardy was deployed with the 3rd Armored Spearhead Division, and fought through Europe (for which he received two Purple Hearts), ending up in Paris after VE Day. His sketches - in pencil, pen and watercolor - are extraordinarily vivid, and capture not only the humor and camaraderie, but also the horror of war.

Book Review - Nick Cardy: The Artist At War by Nick Cardy and Renee Witterstaetter Artwork

What The Blot loves about this book is how it’s able to tell the vivid origin story of one of our cherished comic book creators in such a unique way. Rarely do we see this side of our comic book creators, and it shines a light on what I am sure played a huge influence on the artists and writers from golden age of comics: World War II. Besides some amazing artwork, Nick Cardy: The Artist At War also includes a really interesting interview Nick gave to Comic Book Resources and captions written by Nick explaining each piece. It’s truly fascinating to be able to travel back to the 1940s through one man’s artwork during a very frightful time in the world’s history. If you’re a fan of comic books, history or the WWII era, you should definitely check this book out.

Book Review - Nick Cardy: The Artist At War by Nick Cardy and Renee Witterstaetter Artwork


Nick Cardy: The Artist At War presents the entire contents of Cardy's wartime sketchbook, alongside his own commentary. It's a chronicle of one man's journey, but one that speaks for millions. Nick Cardy: The Artist At War goes on sale in stores everywhere tomorrow, Tuesday, February 26th, but you can pre-order a copy now through Amazon for just $15.96 here.
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Iron Man 3 Character Movie Posters Part I - War Machine & Aldrich Killian

Iron Man 3 One Sheet Character Movie Posters - Don Cheadle as James Rhodes (Iron Patriot/War Machine)

The promotion of Iron Man 3 is just getting started, but what The Blot’s seen so far looks pretty amazing! In my opinion, it’s going to be really hard for any movie to beat out IM3 in the box office come summer 2013 (sorry Supes). Marvel released its first two Iron Man 3 one sheet character movie posters recently, and sadly they’re pretty ho-hum. Just your standard photos of characters looking…well, looking off into the sunset. First up is Don Cheadle as James Rhodes in his new Iron Patriot/War Machine armor. Here’s hoping there’s actually a distinction between Iron Patriot and War Machine, but at this point I’m thinking they’re going to be one and the same.

Iron Man 3 One Sheet Character Movie Posters - Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian

The second new Iron Man 3 character movie poster features Guy Pearce as the one of the film’s primary villains Aldrich Killian. In Warren Ellis' 2005 Iron Man story "Extremis" Killian was a scientist who developed the dangerous Extremis virus. Possible plot point!?! We shall see!

Iron Man 3 swoops into theaters on May 3, 2013.
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Amorphous Blob Resin Figure by Sekure D

Amorphous Blob Resin Figures by Sekure D

After producing more amazing custom sneakers and vinyl figures than The Blot can count, artist Sekure D decided it was time making his very own original resin figure! And so Sekure D went to work creating the Amorphous Blob. As Sekure D explained on his blog, “ever since I made my first blob I knew I wanted to make a full series and this appeared to be the very best way. It has been a steep learning curve with a few bad pulls but these ones are near perfect.”

Three near perfect 3.5” Amorphous Blob resin figures went up for sale in Sekure D’s online store yesterday. Each one is hand cast and hand painted by Sekure D and retails for $50. Get one while you still can!
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Popobawa Vinyl Figure by Drew Millward Pre-Order Is Live!

Popobawa Standard Edition Vinyl Figure by Drew Millward

Popobawa, Drew Millward’s very first vinyl figure, just went up for pre-order through Disturbia’s online store in two exciting colorways. If you’re a fan of Drew’s art and screen prints then you’ll definitely want to get your hands on this awesome 6” tall figure.

Popobawa Greyscale Variant Vinyl Figure and Packaging by Drew Millward

Popobawa is a veritable frankenstein's monster of crazy components. Part human skull, part bat-head, Popobawa is a seven-eyed, fanged and winged, sneaker-wearing crazy little bat. The full colored Standard Edition Popobawa vinyl figure (£34) is limited to just 150, while the ultra rare Greyscale Variant (£54) is limited to just 50 pieces! Both come packaged in bespoke packaging designed by Drew. But that’s not all, look for future colorways of this trippy bat coming soon (a Gold variant anyone!?!).

Popobawa T-Shirt by Drew Millward

Disturbia has also produced two Popobawa t-shirts featuring everyone’s favorite evil bat spirit designed by Drew Millward. It is available in mens (S-XXL) and womens (S-L) style t-shirts and retails for just £24. You can also pick up a Standard Edition Popobawa vinyl figure and t-shirt combo for £50. All four new Drew Millward items are currently available for purchase through Disturbia’s online store and is scheduled to ship the first week of March.
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Buff Monster x Healeymade Purple Glitter Sue Resin Figure

Buff Monster x Healeymade Purple Glitter Sue Resin Figure

Buff Monster just dropped the third colorway of his popular Sue resin figure in his online store, so you’d better move quickly if you want to add this adorable little Melty Misfits figure to your collection. A collaboration with Healeymade, the Purple Sue is hand cast in clear purple resin and features tons of purple glitter and hand-painted details. The Purple Glitter Sue (which comes bagged with a Buff Monster designed header card) has a limited edition run size of just 10 pieces and retails for $40 exclusively at the Buff Monster online store.
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

MegaCon Exclusive Blue & Yellow Deadpool Variant Pop! Marvel Vinyl Figure by Funko

MegaCon Exclusive Blue & Yellow Deadpool Variant Pop! Marvel Vinyl Figure by Funko

It looks like the breakout star of Marvel Pop! Series 2 is none other than the Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool! Funko has already let it leak out that there will be as many as five different versions of Marvel's popular mutant. For its third colorway, Deadpool is clad in a classic blue and yellow X-Men outfit. I guess this is what the character would have looked like if he had joined Professor Xavier’s band of merry mutants back in the day.

Sold exclusively at Florida’s MegaCon, the Blue and Yellow Deadpool Variant Pop! Marvel vinyl figure bobble head by Funko has a limited edition run size of 1,500 pieces and can be purchased at ConventionExclusives.com’s MegaCon booth #361-460. Each figure stands 3.75” tall, features one point of articulation, and comes packaged in a full color displayable window box.
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Hulk “Comic Stripped” 10” Custom Mad’l by VISEone

Hulk “Comic Stripped” 10” Custom Mad’l Vinyl Figure by VISEone

After a much too long hiatus, talented German artist VISEone has finally revisited his popular Comic Stripped custom vinyl figure series! As a sequel of sorts to his OG Hulk Comic Stripped Mad’l from back in 2010, this all new Hulk Mad’l stays true to the concept of the original but is still one of a kind. The Blot especially loves how VISEone was able to incorporate so many different versions of Marvel’s green goliath into this figure’s collage. Here’s hoping there are more Comic Stripped figures in the works!
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DGPH x outsmART originals “Ultramole” T-Shirt

DGPH x outsmART originals “ULTRAMOLE” T-Shirt

Who needs Godzilla, Gamera, or Gorgo when you’ve got the world’s newest force of destruction…Ultramole! From Argentinian design group DGPH comes the tiny hero with big might. DGPH based their new character Ultramole on classic Japanese icons, incredible Kaiju monsters and oversized super heroes in tights. For the first Ultramole release, DGPH has teamed up with outsmART originals to produce this pretty sweet new t-shirt. The “Ultramole” t-shirt is a tribute to those misunderstood monsters and heroes who fall in the battlefield of global domination.

The “Ultramole” t-shirt by DGPH is currently available for purchase through outsmART originals’ online store for $20 in sizes S-5XL.
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Battle Royale Screen Print by Bryan Lee O’Malley & Kevin Tong

Battle Royale Screen Print by Bryan Lee O’Malley & Kevin Tong

Last weekend Bryan Lee O’Malley traveled to Houston for a very special Mondo Mystery Movie event at the newest Alamo Drafthouse. The mystery movie was the Japanese cult classic Battle Royale, and to commemorate the event O’Malley teamed up with Kevin Tong to produce an extremely limited edition Battle Royale poster. While the Battle Royale Variant was only available at the MMM event, fans everywhere can try to snag the deadly Standard Edition when they go on sale later today. As an extra special treat, Bryan signed all of the prints while he was in Texas!

Battle Royale by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Kevin Tong is a 24”x36” signed and numbered screen print with metallic inks. This print has a limited edition run size of 425 pieces and will retail for $50. Pick one up at the Mondo online store today, Thursday, February 21st, at a random time.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Marvel x Threadless Spider-Man T-Shirt Collection

Marvel x Threadless Spider-Man T-Shirt Collection

It feels like every week now Threadless is announcing another killer collaboration! This time the t-shirt company is teaming up with Marvel Comics to produce an entire collection of community created Spider-Man themed t-shirts. The Marvel x Threadless Spider-Man T-Shirt Collection includes 26 designs featuring Spidey and a host of villains like Venom, Green Goblin, Dr. Octopus, Mysterio, Rhino, Electro, Sandman, Vulture and so many more!

Marvel x Threadless Spider-Man T-Shirt Collection

What’s great about this collection is there really is a little something for everyone. The Blot’s personal favorite is the old school video game design “Spider Fighter 8-Bit” and the minimalistic “All Tangled Up!” But if you love Spider-Man or Venom then you really need to head over to the Threadless website and check out the entire collection. Some of the Venom designs are seriously sick!

Each Marvel x Threadless Spider-Man Collection t-shirt retails for $23.50, and comes in mens (S-2XL), womens (S-2XL) and kids (XS-L) styles. Pick one up today while supplies last from Threadless.com!
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Megara Kaiju Turtle Vinyl Figure by Butcher Brand

Megara Kaiju Turtle Vinyl Figure by Butcher Brand

The wide release of Butch Adam’s first vinyl figure is finally here! It’s been really cool to follow the progress of Butcher’s little 3.5” kaiju turtle Megara from initial sketch to full blown soft Japanese vinyl figure. For Megara’s inaugural release, Butcher is offering two colorways for pre-order: blank black and blank glow in the dark. And as a special treat, randomly selected orders will be painted one-off's by Butcher! Each Megara is currently available for pre-order for a limited time through the Butcher Brand online store for just $35.

Megara Official Bio: Megara is the creation of Lord Mordus, an amazingly powerful space wizard. Megara has been a relentless soldier for Mordus, destroying countless civilizations and worlds. Mordus crosses the line and accuses Megara of disobeying him, unleashing his cosmic powers against the Turtle beast. In their climactic battle, Lord Mordus tears the shell from Megara's body, sending the creature into a berzerker rage. Megara tears Lord Mordus' face armor off of his master and sends him fleeing for his life. Now Megara has donned Lord Mordus' Face Mask as his new shell and trophy. Imbuing him with fantastical powers and abilities, Megara travels through space, hunting Lord Mordus so that he can kill his former Master.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Post Apocalypse Dunny Series by Huck Gee

Kidrobot Post Apocalypse Dunny Series by Huck Gee

After the huge success of Huck Gee’s Gold Life Dunny Series, the San Francisco artist and Kidrobot are teaming up once again to produce an entire blind box series of the artists’ amazing apocalyptic designs. Huck Gee resurrects KR’s signature creation with 13 post-apocalyptic designs featuring zombie hunting ninjas, cyborg geishas, evolved apes, mecha troopers, feral foxes, radiated rhinos, and super fly copter kids. Hyper detailed sculpts and crazy complex accessories push the boundaries of 3” vinyl to create characters that are built to survive…even when nothing else does.

Kidrobot Post Apocalypse Dunny Series by Huck Gee

What is sure to be one of the most popular releases of 2013, the limited edition Post Apocalypse 3” Dunny Series by Huck Gee will retail retail for $9.95 per blind box and goes on sale February 28th at all Kidrobot stores, kidrobot.com, and select retailers worldwide.
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Forces of Dorkness x outsmART originals “Tusken Idol” T-Shirt

Forces of Dorkness x outsmART originals “Tusken Idol” Star Wars x Indiana Jones T-Shirt

Fellow Texan and Star Wars fanatic Forces of Dorkness (aka Scott Kinnebrew) has teamed up with outsmART originals to release a killer new George Lucas inspired t-shirt design. “Tusken Idol” combines Lucas’ two great franchises, Star Wars and Indiana Jones, into one epic tee based on an imaginary film entitled Tusken Raiders of the Lost Ark! This little golden idol comes from the temples of Tatooine deep in the dunes and about as far away from Mos Eisley as one can get. Not only does it have the face of a Tusken Raider, but he's also riding the most loyal of the beasts of the desert, the Bantha.

The “Tusken Idol” t-shirt by Forces of Dorkness is currently available for purchase through outsmART originals’ online store for $20 in sizes S-5XL.
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Barneyism of the Week - Permission

“So, it’s been 3 days since I said yes.” - Robin

True!

“And your panic attacks are getting shorter and further apart.” - Robin

I CAN’T DO THIS! I FEEL LIKE I’M DROWING!
Also true.

“So I guess we’re officially engaged!
Maybe we should tell our parents.
I assume my dad already knows.
You, you did call him and got his permission right?” – Robin

Hahaha! Yeah, yeah!
Robin, I bought you with an ox and some spices from the east.

He’s going to put you in a cage and
send you on horseback to my remote desert camp.

“Ok, Barney.” - Robin

Hold on I’m not done.

Where you’ll be bathed in perfumes and oils,
and delivered to my tent.
After you perform the traditional dance of the seven veils,
we’ll adjourn to the tiger skin rug where we’ll…

“Barney...” - Robin

Robin!
If we’re going to build a marriage together
we’ve got to stop interrupting each other all the time.

“Fine, finish your story.” - Robin

Thank you.
Where we’ll…do it.

“Did you ask for my father’s permission?” - Robin

No I did not.

How I Met Your Mother - Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson
- Barney Stinson

“Band or DJ?”

How I Met Your Mother
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Monday, February 18, 2013

Dwayne Wade x Li-Ning “Way of Wade” NBA All-Star Weekend 2013 Screen Prints by Jermaine Rogers

Dwayne Wade x Li-Ning “Way of Wade” NBA All-Star Weekend Pop-Up Shop

This past weekend was the 2013 NBA All-Star Game here in Houston. While The Blot wasn’t able to attend the game, I did try to sneak my way into as many All-Star Weekend events as my pregnant wife would allow. The NBA has always been my favorite professional sports league, and I love all the hoopla surrounding its signature event. It’s really amazing how much bigger the All-Star Weekend has become since it was last here in Houston 7 years ago. Now there are amazing signings, parties and sneaker events all over the city where you can rub shoulders with your favorite basketball players, musicians and artists.

Dwayne Wade x Li-Ning “Way of Wade” NBA 2013 All-Star Weekend Sting Wades Sneakers

Once such event was Li-Ning’s “Way of Wade” pop-up shop on Saturday where the Chinese sneaker company unveiled their new line of Dwayne Wade clothing and apparel, including some really killer limited edition All-Star colorways of Dwayne’s new sneakers “Sting Wades”.  Dwayne even came by for an appearance and to officially launch his new sneakers! While the $250 basketball shoes didn’t blow me away, I was super excited to check out the two amazing Jermaine Rogers screen prints commissioned by Wade and Li-Ning specially for the pop-up shop and Wade’s private “Way of Wade” party the night before.

Dwayne Wade x Li-Ning “Preparation/Domination” NBA 2013 All-Star Weekend Screen Print by Jermaine Rogers

The open edition black Dwayne Wade x Li-Ning "Preparation/Domination" by Jermaine was made specifically for Wade's private "Way of Wade" party Friday night, and one was given to every person in attendance. The figure of Wade “in action” in his silhouette is actually printed in glow in the dark ink and really stands out on this striking image. I love Jermaine's use of color in this piece! The Blot’s not exactly sure of the print's dimensions, but it looked like a 12”x24” print and retailed for $30.

Dwayne Wade x Li-Ning “Way of Wade” NBA 2013 All-Star Weekend Mixed Media on Wood Panel by Jermaine Rogers

The second print is entitled “Make Your Own Way” and all prints were printed on foil, a signature of Jermaine’s many releases, exclusively for Li-Ning's All-Star Weekend pop-up shop. This print is slightly larger than the "Preparation/Domination" print (maybe 18”x24”), but this release was limited to just 100 pieces and came signed and numbered by Jermaine! What really blew me away is that Dwayne specifically requested this pretty large s/n foil print be priced reasonably for his fans, so it retailed for just $30!!! Who needs sneakers when you can get this amazing piece of art by a true rock poster legend for just $30!?! Jermaine also did an incredible recreation of his foil print as a 60”x40” mixed media piece on wood panel, which hung prominently at the Li-Ning pop-up shop.

Dwayne Wade x Li-Ning “Way of Wade” NBA 2013 All-Star Weekend 2013 Screen Print by Jermaine Rogers

The Blot of course snagged the signed and numbered Dwayne Wade x Li-Ning “Make Your Own Way” foil print by Jermaine Rogers, and when I left the gallery on Saturday there were a small amount of both prints still available. No clue if either sold out at the event after I left, but if you want to pick either of these basketball prints by Jermaine, I suggest heading over to his website and signing up for his mailing list.  That's the best way to stay on top of all of his future releases.
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The Walking Dead Television Series 3 Action Figures by McFarlane Toys

The Walking Dead Television Series 3 Action Figures by McFarlane Toys - Michonne, Michonne’s Zombie Pet 1 & Michonne’s Zombie Pet 2

The Blot’s been waiting what feels like a year to finally blog about McFarlane Toys’ new The Walking Dead Television Series 3 action figures. While there have been photos of this wave for months, I didn’t really want to talk about it until we saw the final product. Well those images finally arrived thanks to Toy Fair 2013 and this set looks sick!!! The Walking Dead Television Series 3 includes Michonne, Merle Dixon, Autopsy Zombie, Michonne’s Zombie Pet 1 and Michonne’s Zombie Pet 2.

The Walking Dead Television Series 3 Action Figures by McFarlane Toys - Michonne, Merle Dixon, Autopsy Zombie, Michonne’s Zombie Pet 1 & Michonne’s Zombie Pet 2

This release is a HUGE improvement over Series 2, with each figure actually looking identical to their real life counterparts from the hit AMC television series. I especially love all the details included in Michonne’s Zombie Pets. I really appreciate that they worked hard to make each Pet look like a unique character, and those backpacks are so lifelike!

The Walking Dead Television Series 3 Action Figures by McFarlane Toys - Michonne in Blister Card Packaging

Each The Walking Dead Television Series 3 action figure stands 4” to 4.5” tall, includes tons of accessories and comes packaged on a blister card. While TWD TV Series 3 is not expected to hit store shelves until March 2013, you can pre-order these figures from Entertainment Earth individually for $14.99 and as a complete Series 3 set for $67.99 here.
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Mavel's Iron Man 3 Micro Mighty Muggs Blind Box Series by Hasbro

Marvel's Iron Man 3 Micro Mighty Muggs Blind Box Series Vinyl Figures by Hasbro

Marvel's Iron Man 3 Micro Mighty Muggs Blind Box Series Vinyl Figures by Hasbro

Even though The Blot’s known about this Iron Man 3 Micro Muggs Blind Box Series for a while, we finally got a look at the entire series thanks to Hasbro’s booth at Toy Fair 2013 last week. I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that Hasbro’s full size Mighty Muggs line is probably gone for good, but I still can’t get into these 1.75” Micro Muggs. I get why Hasbro would want to shrink their popular platform figure to compete in the rising collectible micro figure market, but it’s just not the same! Then again I think these micro figures are probably looking to bring in younger collectors.

Marvel's Iron Man 3 Micro Mighty Muggs Blind Box Series Vinyl Figures by Hasbro

Marvel's Iron Man 3 Micro Mighty Muggs Blind Box Series Case by Hasbro

Marvel’s Iron Man 3 Micro Muggs Series is based on 2013's eagerly anticipated summer blockbuster and comes individually blind-boxed for $2.99 each. There are 24 unique armors across two waves to collect! While I’ve heard Wave 1 of this series is currently hitting store shelves everywhere, you can pick up an entire Iron Man 3 Micro Muggs Series 1 case, which includes 36 blind boxes of the first 12 designs, from Entertainment Earth for $109.99 here. You can also purchase an order of 6 blind boxes from Entertainment Earth for $18.49 here.
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