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Vinyl Thoughts 5

Vinyl Thoughts 5 goes MAD

Custom show returns to Dallas with a MADL theme
Aug 18
// Brian Szabelski
Vinyl Thoughts is heading back to Dallas and Quixotic World for their fifth show, and this time the theme's a bit mad. Or I should say MAD: Vinyl Thoughts 5 - MADL Makers will feature more than 70 artists customizing MADLs as...
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Beach Queens Premium

Wave goes totally insane with Beach Queens Premium

Small girls, big prices
May 16
// Martin Siggers
While I think Wave's Beach Queens line is (usually) fine, I'm not exactly chomping at the bit for news about them. That might be why I missed that a pair of Galilei Donna Beach Queens announced last month kicked off...
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MADL Phase 4

MADL Phase 4 officially launches March 8

Special launch event to feature MAD at Rotofugi
Feb 27
// Brian Szabelski
MAD's new MADL Phase 4 series is almost ready to invade stores near you, and for this series, he's wrapped two of his classic characters around the MADL body. The trio of releases are MAD's Mad Ape, Modernhero and Maemaemon, ...
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HolidAPE Dunny

Kidrobot unleashes the HolidAPE Dunny

Designed by MAD, available now
Nov 07
// Brian Szabelski
The annual Kidrobot holiday Dunny is upon us, and it's MAD's HolidAPE. This year's design is indeed a primate in holiday colors; one is a red-and-green Christmas affair, while the other is a silver/white/light blue Hanukkah v...

What time is it? Time for some Finn and Jake custom vinyl love
MAD has something for you Adventure Time fans out there: a custom MADL based off Finn and Jake! Mostly Finn, but still, it's actually a fun design. I'm not too sure what the scale of the MADL is (probably a 5-inch one), ...

Tomopop Review: Bruce Lee's Temple of Kung Fu: Series One

Nov 05 // Kristina Pino
Bruce Lee's Temple of Kung Fu (Series 1: Blind Box figures)MAD, Round5, Collect Bruce LeeRetail: US$9.99 per blind boxAvailable at: Entertainment Earth (5-pack | full tray), Bruce Lee Official (single | tray) Before I get into the actual figures, I suppose we should look at the box! Each blind box is predominantly yellow with, of course, Bruce Lee on one side, the figure series logo on another, then the designs and probability ratios on the other two sides, minus variants or mystery figures. These boxes are not any bigger than they need to be, which is a welcome space-saver for those who keep the trays.  I happened to get five unique figures in the five sample blind boxes I received in the mail, which is great for the purposes of my review. Even better, among those five I got a regular and variant of the same character for comparison. Seen from left to right, we've got Ninja, Mr. Han (variant), Bruce (variant), Mr. Han again, and Jim Kelly. We'll start with Mr. Han since there are two of them. I liked getting a variant here. It isn't as simple as a re-color, rather he's got his gold claw thing on one hand, a totally different expression and some damage details painted onto his purple suit. You could also kind of see here how the head posing works - it doesn't just swivel to the sides. Their heads can tilt in various directions. The legs don't move, but the arms do. I'm not too bothered by this though, because the payoff is a very stable base for the rest of the figure. They're all super solid/sturdy and are in no danger of falling over, which is an issue I've had with some kinds of blind box figures (particularly Funko's). Rawr! I like the use of shading and thick lines to make the face. It's flat rather than rounded, so there's no physical depth to it here. MAD's choices with the line work definitely shine in the expressions. Also note the extra molding details with Mr. Han's hair. Next, we'll look at Ninja. I wasn't really able to identify this as a specific character, though do correct me if I'm wrong about this guy just being an "inspired by" sort of deal, or a goon. Ninja comes with a sword accessory and rather than having a detailed expression, he's got a detailed outfit. Besides the blue lines, there's extra molding on his head for where his mask ties on and for the belt. That's another big plus I've got for this series: each figure has its own touches and extras that make them unique besides being built upon by the same mold. Next, here's Jim Kelly. I love his fierce expression and of course, the obvious extra molding is with his hair besides the belt. There's also a little extra work there to make his shirt short-sleeved. Jim Kelly is a little tougher to pose in terms of tilting his head because of those epic mutton chops. This isn't a complaint though, simply an observation. His face more than makes up for it. Finally, of course, we've got Bruce Lee himself. The figure I pulled has him shirt-less and comes with a nunchuck accessory. He's also sporting a fun expression, has extra molding on his arms and torso for muscle, his belt and hair. The nunchuck itself fits snugly into either hand and has real string holding the two pieces together so you can swing it around a bit. If you're really picky, I guess you could complain that none of the accessories really slide in too far into the fists, rather you kind of have to wedge them in a little bit. They won't easily pop out, but it was a little tough to get these on Bruce as well as the sword on Ninja. Problem? Not at all. I actually have no complaints at all about this release if these five figures are representative of the kind of quality and fun I'd get out of buying the rest of the set. I thought it would have bothered me more that the legs aren't poseable on these figures, but really it didn't. It's nice to know that I will never have to worry about these guys falling over no matter how I pose their arms and heads and accessories. I could probably put accessories in both hands of one figure and still not worry about them tipping over. MAD and Co. have a big winner in this set. It's made up of entirely Bruce Lee movie and -inspired characters, so any blind box would probably be a great gift for that big martial arts movie fan you know. Everyone has a friend like that, right? Or maybe you are that person, dear reader. Thanks to MAD and Round5 for setting us up with these samples! They were a pleasure to review and make for great pictures. Readers, be sure to leave your comments and feedback below this article!
Bow to the might of Bruce Lee!
When Brian first previewed these figures, he was definitely excited for the release, even after it was pushed back. From the beginning, Bruce Lee's Temple of Kung Fu (MAD x Round5 with Collect Bruce Lee) looked like a winner....


Android Series 03 coming on Sept. 24

More designs from Gary Ham, MAD, Andrew Bell, Huck Gee, kaNO
Sep 21
// Brian Szabelski
We brought you a little bit of news about Android Series 03 last week, but we've got even more to share! First, there's the release date: Android Series 03 starts dropping on Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. Eastern (8 a.m. Pacific) in th...

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