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3:00 PM on 01.13.2014

Grumpy Cat amigurumi crochet and more!

Npantz22 might very well be my new favorite crocheter! I've always wished I had the patience for crocheting or knitting, but I just don't. If I did, however, I would be buying Npantz22's amigurumi pattern to make this adorabl...

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3:00 PM on 12.10.2013

Wait, that's not real? Amazing water creature resins

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me several more times after that then, well, you're probably a very talented artist like Keng Lye who crafted these fish and amphibian resins that need to be seen to be believed (although even...

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BMOG adds stretch goal images to Kickstarter project photo
BMOG adds stretch goal images to Kickstarter project
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

The BMOG Kickstarter project website updated recently with new CAD rendered images of their stretch goal sets. If the Kickstarter can reach an additional US$12,000 (for a total of US$31,000) then Featherblight and the Non-Dino team will be added to the campaign for an additional purchase.

Featherblight is a Paraxxoid eagle counterpart to the Augmentoid Ursenal figure that launched the Kickstarter. It can be disassembled into multiple weapons including swords, guns, and rocket launchers. The Non-Dino team consists of members ax Slashback the dimetrodon, ray gun Splashpoint the icthyosour, and "multi purpose" Pterattactyle the pterodactyl. 

The project is down to 12 days with only US$6419 remaining before reaching its funding goal keeping it still well within sight of success. 

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BMOG Kickstarter builds a better bear with Ursenal photo
BMOG Kickstarter builds a better bear with Ursenal
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

One of the latest crowd-funded toys to hit Kickstarter is a real bear. Project BMOG (Bio-Mechanical Ordinance Gestalt) is an innovative building system that combines multiple weapons into robotic animal forms. Using 5mm pegs and holes the parts can be mixed and matched in endless combinations and utilized by any figure that supports the 5mm system. 

The first figures looking for funding are the heroic Augmentoid Ursenal and the evil Paraxxoid Mantax. Robotic bear Ursenal can be broken down into four guns, a warhammer, battle-blade, scanner, and bear-head crusher-claw while manta ray Mantax can separate into double-bladed axe-pick and a double-barreled hand-blaster. But you don't have to stop there; with multiple sets you can build as big or small as you want. 

If the Kickstarter is successful (and having hit 40% funded in it's first week that seems more than likely) the figure will be sold at retail in black. However, Kickstarter backers will be able to vote on one of five exclusive color options available only to backers: "Arctic Custom" white; "Toxic Spill" fluorescent green; "Protoprimer" prototype gray; "Action Hunter" fluorescent orange; or "Solar Flare" canary yellow. Just like with Transformers repaints over the years, color variations also mean different characters and factions to be announced after the campaign. 

Stretch goals have also been announced with more details to follow soon. Like with Ursenal and Mantax they'll consist of a main BMOG and a mini-BMOG made of three parts. The first of the three Notasoars is a Ichthyosaur ray pistol; the other three will be revealed later. We've also been given an early look at a sketch of Paraxxoid Featherblight. Plus one of the top backers being given the chance to design a single piece for the set has chosen to make a replacement head for Ursenal that's something dragon-like. That's under development right now. 

Backing options follow quite a range, but as little as US$15 will snag you a Mantax figure in the Kickstarter exclusive colors, a sticker for the figure, and a wallpaper. US$20 scores you an Ursenal in the exclusive colors, sticker, and wallpaper. For a better deal US$30 will get you both Ursenal and Mantax exclusives along with the other stuff. But my favorite deal of all is the US$50 level which will nab you one set of Ursenal and Mantax in the exclusive colors and a set in retail black. If you want to spend more you can also go for the US$90 set which puts you down for two pairs of both colors. Of course there are many other options going all the way up to US$10,000! These are all great and it's nice to save more the more you buy. The prices also include shipping within the US, but international shipping is super cheap.

I'm sure you've already figured out that these figures are designed primarily to interact with Transformers and for good reason. As it happens all three of the lead members on this project have been involved with the Transformers franchise at some point. Project head and BMOG creator Trent Troop has worked on multiple Transformers projects for Fun Publications and Hasbro. Alex Androski, the project's technical engineer, is a former Hasbro employee that worked directly on toys for Transformers Universe and Revenge of the Fallen. The project's lead promotional artist and co-writer, Greg Sepelak, has also worked on multiple Transformers projects for Fun Publications and Hasbro. This is a team that knows their stuff!

I'm sure you can tell I'm pretty excited about this Kickstarter and really want to see it succeed. They're already in talks with interested retailers and with 26 days remaining until the Kickstarter ends on December 13 things are looking very good for this getting funded. Can't wait to see where they go from here!

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Battle Lion, Scorpia, and Blade revealed at PowerCon! photo
Battle Lion, Scorpia, and Blade revealed at PowerCon!
by Scarecroodle

Tomopop wasn't able to make it PowerCon/ThunderCon 2013, but Toyark managed to snag some great photos of Matty Collector's newly unveiled Scorpia, Battle Lion, and Blade. Also included in the gallery are a few of Mattel's official photos.

While I was aware that Scorpia and Blade were on the way, Battle Lion (King Grayskull's heroic steed) is a pleasant surprise. Battle Lion seems to use the same basic body mold as Battle Cat and Panthor, but features a really awesome new head-sculpt with a huge mane (included a sculpted bit on his chin) along with a lion-like tail as well as radically different armor that sets him apart from the other two. Battle Lion is a character from the 200x rebooted He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and I believe that this is his first ever figure. He's listed as being Club Eternia's oversized figure for May 2014.

Scorpia is another exciting figure. This scorpion babe was a mainstay of the Evil Horde, having made a good number of appearances in She-Ra: Princess of Power, yet never received a figure for her trouble until now. Apparently she was a hotly requested figure and it's easy to see why (and no, I'm not referring to how tight her thong looks in the convention photos). It may have taken a while for Scorpia to get a figure but Mattel has done it well. Scorpia is listed as Club Eternia's May figure and will come with her Horde Crossbow.

Finally we have Blade, one of the antagonists from the live-action Masters of the Universe film, whom you might remember from when his actor, Anthony De Longis, recently threatened fans' He-Man collections if they didn't subscribe to Club Eternia. While I wasn't a fan of the film, I like the look of the figure which looks a lot cooler than Anthony De Longis did in that get-up. Blade will be Club Eternia's April figure.

I believe this brings us up to seven figures revealed for the 2014 Club Eternia subscription. The previous reveals included Two Bad, Glimmer, Hydron, and Modulok. Otherwise we know that the Unnamed One will be the big club exclusive for 2014 and one of the final Snake Men (either Tung Lashor or Squeeze --- please let it be Tung Lashor!) is slated to release as well.

So... are you guys excited or what? Be sure to check out the gallery for all the images.

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Tomopop Review: Looksi Pups Kennel photo
Tomopop Review: Looksi Pups Kennel
by Rio McCarthy

You know, this is something I definitely wish we had when I was growing up. Back in my day we had Tamagotchi and Digimon little keychain virtual pets, but nothing like this. Looksi Pups is an app that you can get on your iPhone or iPod Touch and raise your own little puppy. They're modeled in 3D so you get a more realistic experience, without actually having to clean up its poop in real life.

The game has moved even more into a realistic sense, as with the help of the Looksi Pups Kennel you'll be able to play games and talk to your puppy in all new ways! Hit the jump to check out what the deal is, and head to their Kickstarter to learn even more!

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11:00 PM on 09.06.2012

Takara's Beast Saga continues with even more pre-orders

Expanded for your pleasure, Takara's growing Beast Saga line is sure to satisfy. Takara really brought out the animal with its latest choices of a rabbit, a kangaroo, a panda, a cat, and a tiger. Well, at least the last one i...

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5:00 PM on 08.18.2012

Battle Beasts wave 1 selection confirmed, pre-orders open

Diamond Select Toys has revealed the full Battle Beasts Minimates wave 1 selection and, although really it's just the stuff we saw at their SDCC booth, we can now attach names to faces and figures to configurations. The good ...

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10:00 PM on 07.03.2012

Beast Saga: The Legend Continues (with more pre-orders)

Hey kids, do you remember Battle Beasts? Of course you do! ...or don't, depending on how old you were around 1987. At any rate, I previously discussed how Diamond Select was bringing them back in name but now it's time to hav...

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9:00 PM on 01.06.2012

Furry Friends Vinylmation Signing at South Coast Plaza

Wow! I must have been a bit out of the loop to not notice these before, but this may very well be my new favorite Vinylmation series! The Furry Friends Vinylmation series is happy to celebrate its release with a lot of its ar...

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