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C2E2 2016 CreatuReplica photo
C2E2 2016 CreatuReplica

C2E2 2016: CreatuReplica


Highly detailed cryptid figures
Mar 24
// Tianxiao Ma
If Fox Mulder collected action figures, I think he'd love the CreatuReplica collection. CreatuReplica is a new (as in, just months old) outfit featuring toy designs by Jean St. Jean - a sculptor who also works with Diamond Se...
C2E2 2016 Metalsouls photo
C2E2 2016 Metalsouls

C2E2 2016: Metalsouls


Pretty freaking metal
Mar 23
// Tianxiao Ma
Some toys were meant to be made of metal: Iron Man, Transformers, toy cars, etc. And then you have madmen like the folks at Metalsouls, who just make everything out of metal. Despite largely working with recycled scrap metal,...
C2E2 2016 Beefy & Co photo
C2E2 2016 Beefy & Co

C2E2 2016: Beefy & Co.


Original plush creations
Mar 23
// Tianxiao Ma
It felt like there was a lot less plush at this year's C2E2 than in previous years. The most notable booth I found was Beefy & Co. with a colorful display of somewhat sleepy looking plush animals. Two plushies were new fo...
C2E2 2016 Diamond Select photo
C2E2 2016 Diamond Select

C2E2 2016: Diamond Select Toys part 2


Live action TV and movie collectibles
Mar 22
// Tianxiao Ma
Diamond Select Toys has tapped some notable live action properties in the past, and they're continuing to pick up momentum in this area for 2016. The Alien and Predator franchises will see Vinimates coming out. They're figure...

C2E2 2016 Diamond Select photo
C2E2 2016 Diamond Select

C2E2 2016: Diamond Select Toys part 1


Comics and animation collectibles
Mar 22
// Tianxiao Ma
Although Diamond Select Toys has roots in comic-related collectibles, their booth gets more and more diverse every year. We'll start off our coverage with the usual comic properties you'd expect, although even here there were...
C2E2 2016 Chibi Essence photo
C2E2 2016 Chibi Essence

C2E2 2016: Chibi Essence


Polystone bobble heads and alpacas
Mar 22
// Tianxiao Ma
One of my favorite things about cons is finding stuff that's off the beaten path of my fandom, and that's where Chibi Essence comes in. I'm not very engaged in the indie/designer toy scene, but every once in a while I'll stum...
C2E2 2016 Bluefin photo
C2E2 2016 Bluefin

C2E2 2016: Bluefin Distribution part 2


Anime figures and lots of Gundam
Mar 19
// Tianxiao Ma
Star Wars mash-ups aren't the only thing Tamashii Nations brought to the table; they had plenty of anime figures from their various Figuarts lines as well. Dragon Ball Z continues to have a large presence, featuring prom...
C2E2 2016 Bluefin photo
C2E2 2016 Bluefin

C2E2 2016: Bluefin Distribution part 1


Film and comic collectibles
Mar 19
// Tianxiao Ma
Sometimes you just want to see a smorgasbord of figures from all over the place. That's when you head to Bluefin Distribution. Sentinel, which is usually geared toward anime figures, has picked up the Iron Man license. And ma...
C2E2 2016 Enterbay photo
C2E2 2016 Enterbay

C2E2 2016: Enterbay


Legends everywhere
Mar 19
// Tianxiao Ma
Enterbay is known for their realistic 1/6-scale figures, often featuring movie and sports stars. Their booth at C2E2 was mostly NBA-oriented this year. The presentation, I felt, was really cool and well-executed. If you're no...
C2E2 2016 Weta photo
C2E2 2016 Weta

C2E2 2016: Weta Workshop


Orcs, dragons, and a giant robot
Mar 19
// Tianxiao Ma
I kicked off day one of the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo with a whirlwind tour of the exhibitor hall about an hour before closing. Weta Workshop had a large display near the entrance, showing off their requisite Lord...
C2E2 2015 photo
C2E2 2015

C2E2 2015: Jellykoe


Colorful and hazardous?
Apr 30
// Tianxiao Ma
Jellykoe continued its line of Tox City plush creations at C2E2. They're colorful characters that make me think of something you'd see in a Cartoon Network show. Maybe one day... You can get a rundown of the Tox City line fro...
C2E2 2015 photo
C2E2 2015

C2E2 2015: House of Darkly


Sweet desserts
Apr 30
// Tianxiao Ma
You can find a plush for just about anything. Do you want plush dessert items? No problem. Plush weather phenomena? Got it covered. Plush... rocks? You bet! In fact House of Darkly's booth featured all of that stuff and more....
C2E2 2015 photo
C2E2 2015

C2E2 2015: CKRTLAB Toys


Vintage meets vinyl
Apr 29
// Tianxiao Ma
CKRTLAB's mission is to celebrate the golden age of comics. To that end they're resurrecting some comic book heroes from as far back as the 1940s! They've added on to their lineup from C2E2 last year, as a new wave of yestery...
C2E2 2015 photo
C2E2 2015

C2E2 2015: BeeFy & Co.


Lots of Poo
Apr 29
// Tianxiao Ma
BeeFy & Co. was started by Menh Voong, an aspiring graphics artist who decided to go into business for himself. I'm bad at keeping tabs on who's been where, but looking through Tomopop's history, Menh has apparently been ...
C2E2 2015 photo
C2E2 2015

C2E2 2015: Diamond Select Toys


Bringing Bruce Timm's designs to 3D
Apr 29
// Tianxiao Ma
Diamond Select Toys always brings a smorgasbord of goods to each convention covering a disparate range of properties. Of course, their comic book properties always take center stage. This time it was the Batman and Superman a...
C2E2 2015 photo
C2E2 2015

C2E2 2015: Bluefin


Toys from the east and west
Apr 28
// Tianxiao Ma
Bluefin distributes collectibles from a bunch of companies, so their booth is usually pretty packed at conventions. Fortunately I got there just before closing so I was able to avoid the hectic experience of photographing the...
C2E2 2015 photo
C2E2 2015

C2E2 2015: Enterbay


The Chicago Bulls aren't the only ones still making money off the dynasty
Apr 28
// Tianxiao Ma
Enterbay is a lot like Hot Toys, focusing on realistic 1/6-scale poseable figures. They've done a few movie characters, but at C2E2 focus quite a lot on NBA players. Maybe it's pandering to Chicago's collective 90s nostalgia,...
C2E2 photo
C2E2

DST announces C2E2 plans


What will it do this C2E2? Same thing as every C2E2: Try to take over the world!
Apr 18
// Scarecroodle
Diamond Select Toys has announced that it will be attending C2E2 next weekend (April 24-26) and will be giving out free Minimates posters at its booth (#817). The company will be hosting a Minimates panel on Friday (April 24t...

Tomopop Review: Dooodolls' Third Eye

May 12 // Tianxiao Ma
Plush Name: Third EyePlush Maker: DooodollsRetail Price: US$19.99Available at: BSV Toys  Each Dooodolls plush comes with a booklet showing the character designs and a short blurb of what they are. I picked up Third Eye, whose blurb suggests he's a "secret agent in training who can crack the top security codes on the planet." I guess I should keep him away from my PC, then... I picked up the 12" version of Third Eye. There's a 24" version available for US$44.99 but I elected to go with a plush that could fit in my camera bag. Here he is at the Diamond Select panel, perhaps waiting to steal some trade secrets. The construction of this plushie is, in a word, soft. The majority of it is a velvety material that feels soft and smooth to the touch. One thing I would have liked to see is some additional support for the two eyes on the side. The stalks connecting them are thin so they tend to droop. Maybe a piece of wire inside each would make Third Eye look a bit more lively (and it would be cool to be able to pose the eyes). Droopy eyes aside, Third Eye is well-made. There are no issues with the stitching or fabric. The eyes, mouth, and belly button are embroidered and will last a good long time. Dooodolls is as much a design studio as they are a plush maker. I like that their character designs have a unique cartoony style. The unusual shapes and vivid colors make for some charming and memorable plushes. Natalie and Andres suggested that I give some kind of ranking based on cuddliness. The 12" Third Eye is certainly soft and squishy enough to cuddle, but I think the 24" version would make for maximum cuddle-ability. I would say the cuddle factor is about on par with a puppy: go for it, but don't use full-strength. [Thanks to BSV LLC and Dooodolls for the review sample!]
Dooodolls Third Eye photo
Secret agent man
The Dooodolls display at C2E2 was lively thanks to their mascot character drawing a lot of attention. They certainly got my attention, as I hadn't previously heard of the company. The distributor's representative, Lexi Stauri...

Tomocast 46: C2E2 & Wondercon

May 07 // Pedro Cortes
[embed]34394:37280:0[/embed] Show Length: 68:46   C2E2 Diamond Select (non-Minimates) Enterbay Pokezombies Frombie Henry Cesneros   Wondercon Kotobukiya (Their panel & booth) Batman display Super7    SDCC Exclusives Hasbro SW stuff  Viz 1/6 Naruto  Matty Collector    News Disney freezing Frozen merch  Gender-split Spidey happy meal toys    Toys First Free! figma  Threezero has Dead Space 3 license  Captain America figma  Vyse statue coming! 
Tomocast photo
Double trouble
You know it's the beginning of Summer when the events start to happen every couple of weeks. In short proximity, we had C2E2 and Wondercon occur, so you know that those are the main topic of the latest episode of Tomocast. An...

C2E2 2014 Paisley Fawn photo
C2E2 2014 Paisley Fawn

C2E2 2014: Paisley Fawn


Smudges of many a color
May 02
// Natalie Kipper
The majority of Paisley Fawn's C2E2 offerings were different varieties of her signature Smudge plushes. If you aren't acquainted with the creature, you need only look in the gallery to learn of the herd of small, pudgy l...
C2E2 2014: Henry Cesneros photo
C2E2 2014: Henry Cesneros

C2E2 2014: Henry Cesneros


Turning mundane metal into something more
May 02
// Brian Szabelski
Henry Cesneros' work is something I was unfamiliar with pre-C2E2, but after seeing these photos Tian took from his booth, I'd like to see more. Henry's style involves taking all kinds of scrap metal parts — lugnuts, bic...
C2E2 2014 Frombie photo
C2E2 2014 Frombie

C2E2 2014: Frombie


Vinyl with a little Star Wars
May 01
// Tianxiao Ma
Frombie's figures are ostensibly friendly zombies, but I'm not seeing it. I guess their comics do fit the bill. However there's still a friendly quality to these figures that I can get behind. Their wares at C2E2 covered a wi...
C2E2 2014 Dragon Pets photo
C2E2 2014 Dragon Pets

C2E2 2014: Dragon Pets


Now you too can feel like a Targaryen
May 01
// Tianxiao Ma
In Game of Thrones, Ser Jorah Friendzone keeps insisting that dragons are not children or pets. Dragon Pets does not subscribe to that, as you can tell with their line of collectibles. These dragons won't rain fire and death ...
C2E2 2014 Dooodolls photo
C2E2 2014 Dooodolls

C2E2 2014: Dooodolls


Purveyors of quirky plush
May 01
// Tianxiao Ma
All kinds of artists show up to publicize their work at C2E2, but the folks behind Dooodolls went a little bit further by turning one of their plush creations into a big life-sized mascot. Unfortunately, the suit wasn't for s...
C2E2 2014 Jellykoe photo
C2E2 2014 Jellykoe

C2E2 2014: Jellykoe


Up close and personal with the residents of Tox City
May 01
// Natalie Kipper
Jellykoe's booth at C2E2 served two purposes: to sell quirky plushes to con-goers and to promote their recent Kickstarter campaign, Tox City. To raise awareness for the campaign (which is still in progress), two of the Kickst...
C2E2 2014: Nerfect photo
C2E2 2014: Nerfect

C2E2 2014: Nerfect


A whole litter of plush pugs, and more
Apr 30
// Brian Szabelski
The Nerfect booth at C2E2 played host to an army of stuffed creations. Sure, there's the Magic Duckie and the Diabolical Hot Dog, complete with eye patch and holding a knife. Those are pretty fun to check out alongside the st...
C2E2 2014 Nerd City photo
C2E2 2014 Nerd City

C2E2 2014: Nerd City


This is craziness
Apr 30
// Tianxiao Ma
I'm not sure why bat excrement is commonly associated with craziness, but I suppose it wouldn't do to have a metaphor that made sense. I bring this up because, wow, Nerd City's booth was pretty crazy. They have some fairly no...
C2E2 Little Brass Bird photo
C2E2 Little Brass Bird

C2E2 2014: Little Brass Bird


A catty collector of curiosities
Apr 30
// Tianxiao Ma
Little Brass Bird peddles all manner of plush creations. They're based on animals, foods, and even internal organs. This year they're creating an animated web series alongside their newest plush line: Dr. Franklin Meow Meow. ...
C2E2 2014 Beefy & Co photo
C2E2 2014 Beefy & Co

C2E2 2014: Beefy & Co.


Buddha's been bad
Apr 30
// Tianxiao Ma
Beefy & Co. made the long trip from WonderCon in Anaheim (by Los Angeles) all the way to C2E2 in Chicago the following week, so I made an effort to drop by their booth. In case you didn't know, they sell a variety of art,...
C2E2 2014: CKRTLAB Toys photo
C2E2 2014: CKRTLAB Toys

C2E2 2014: CKRTLAB Toys


A Golden Age of collectibles
Apr 28
// Brian Szabelski
CKRTLAB Toys is a relative newcomer to the designer toy scene, and C2E2 was a debut of sorts for their first line of figures. The 5.5-inch Golden Age Guardians take their style cues from the comic book heroes and villains of ...
C2E2 2014: PokeZombies photo
C2E2 2014: PokeZombies

C2E2 2014: PokeZombies


All your favorites, just more undead
Apr 28
// Brian Szabelski
The idea behind PokeZombies seems pretty simple: take Pokemon and zombify them. That extends to plush as well, where it seems there's been a little bit more work than simply changing a few colors here and there. The Charizard...
C2E2 2014: Shawnimals photo
C2E2 2014: Shawnimals

C2E2 2014: Shawnimals


Collaborations and Dumplings abound
Apr 28
// Brian Szabelski
Need a plush fix from C2E2? Well, Chicago's own Shawnimals was of course on the show floor with a bunch of old favorites and one new plush: the Happy Sherpa. A collaboration with the folks at Basecamp, and designed after thei...

C2E2 2014: House of Darkly

Apr 28 // Natalie Kipper
C2E2 2014 House of Darkly photo
Pizza, pies, and all sorts of other yummy plush
Seeming to come directly from WonderCon, House of Darkly's roster of kooky and creative plushes may give you a few seconds of deja vu. But once you get a closer look, you'll notice that artist Anne Kirn had plenty of surprise...

C2E2 2014 Enterbay photo
C2E2 2014 Enterbay

C2E2 2014: Enterbay


Movie and sports icons on display
Apr 27
// Tianxiao Ma
Enterbay is known for their realistic 1/6-scale poseable figures, competing with the likes of Hot Toys. At C2E2 they showed off a pair of 1/4-scale movie icons: RoboCop and the T-1000. They also brought a number of basketball icons to the event. Click on to see more info about their display.
C2E2 DST photo
C2E2 DST

C2E2 2014: Diamond Select Toys (non-Minimates)


Yes, DST still produces non-Minimates
Apr 27
// Scarecroodle
[UPDATE: Added more photos of Marvel Select Mystique] Diamond Select Toys' C2E2 display offered a second glimpse at some of the offerings seen at Toy Fair, including ones previously not meant to be photographed, as well as a ...
C2E2 Minimates photo
C2E2 Minimates

C2E2 2014: Diamond Select Toys - Minimates


A half-shell of Minimates
Apr 26
// Scarecroodle
Diamond Select Toys has officially added the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to its immense library, in addition to showing off some new Marvel Minimates, Tarentino movie Minimates, those Godzilla Minimates, and so on.  The...
DST photo
DST

Diamond Select Toys announces C2E2 plans


A brand new line on the way?
Apr 17
// Scarecroodle
Diamond Select Toys has announced its plans for  the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), which consist of a booth (#713) and two panels. The first panel, which focuses on the Minimates line, will be held on Satu...
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C2E2 2013: Nerd City


Population: Godbeast, Galaxxor and a bunch of indie toys
May 01
// Brian Szabelski
Nerd City's C2E2 booth was home to a number of artists and figures, including The Godbeast's work and Galaxxor. The biggest news from the booth was the debut of the Mystical Warriors of the Ring series, a little spin on M.U.S...
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C2E2 2013: Nakama Toys


Greasebat and friends make an appearance
May 01
// Brian Szabelski
The name on the booth might have said Nakama Toys, but perhaps it also should have said "Jeff Lamm" underneath it, because Jeff's work was just as prevalent at the booth. Monster Worship brought both the standing and sitting ...

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