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Tiki Transformer


Mike "Nemo" Mendez created "TikiTPrime Warrior" for today's Transformer Show at Toy Tokyo. This is definitely a case of two great tastes that taste great together.

Custom-Feature: TikiTPrime Warrior by Nemo (via Neatorama)

Museum display of toys confiscated from London schoolchildren


A British teacher and artist named Guy Tarrant has assembled two cases' worth of toys confiscated from London schoolchildren, soliciting them from fellow teachers. The collection represents items from 150 schools and 30 years, and is on display at the excellent Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. The Childhood Museum is very close to my home, and it's one of my favourite London museums -- I like it better, even, than its enormous parent institution, the V&A down in South Kensington.

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Beastie Boys send copyright threat to toy company that remixed "Girls"

The Beastie Boys have sent a legal threat to toymaker GoldieBlox over the company's extremely clever ad, which parodies the Beasties' early track "Girls". The ad rewrites the lyrics (which are pretty terrible in the original) to insist that girls should take control over their world, reject passivity and subservience, and make things (the video accompanies this with the creation of a Rube Goldberg device that ultimately switches off a TV showing girly toy ads).

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Price-drop for Makies, design-it-yourself 3D-printed dolls


Makies, the 3D-printed toy company that lets you design your own poseable action doll, has just announced a major price-drop, to £69 (down from £99), just in time for the hols! Makies is based in east London, and ships worldwide.

(Disclosure: I'm extremely proud to be married to Alice Taylor, the founder and CEO of MakieLab)

Buy a toy, help out a toy-store owner who was robbed on her birthday

Heather writes, "All around amazing lady, Kristen Rask, who owns and operates the delightful Schmancy toy store in downtown Seattle was robbed on her birthday- literally. Thieves broke into her shop, breaking the glass door and stole her computer, Ipad and cash- ON HER BIRTHDAY. Kristen is a great friend to plush artists, hosting one of the only handmade plush toy art shows in the country, Plush You, and works tirelessly on her store and the numerous books she's published. She's also an amazing lady, taking time out her busy schedule to mentor people in her field (myself included). Luckily, her inventory was left intact- and since the holidays are right around the corner, the best way to help her out is by shopping at her store." Cory 2

Give your doll a makeup-friendly finish with PVA glue

The folks at Makielab have created a sweet series of stop motion animations featuring their 3D printed, custom Makie dolls in a variety of adventures, and giving advice on modding, improving and tweaking your doll. The latest installment demonstrates a technique for coating a doll's face with PVA glue to create a washable finish that will stably hold makeup until you wash it away, allowing for multiple facepaints.

Makies How To: Easy Doll Makeup!

(Disclosure: My wife Alice is the founder and CEO of Makies)

Sirens of the Lambs: Banksy's shrieking-squeaking toy-stuffed meat van tours New York


Photo: Peter Le

This weekend, puttering around in Brooklyn in the wake of New York Comic-Con, Heather and I saw the strangest thing: a sinister-looking truck loaded with stuffed, loudly-squeaking animal toys, tooling down the street. We went through the possibilities. PETA, perhaps? An advertising campaign? Turns out that it's Banksy!

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Incredible Lego projects

Wired posted a gallery of the best Lego projects of all time, as collected by Mike Doyle in his new book, Beautiful LEGO.

Dinosaur toy, made in space


This lovely stuffed toy dinosaur was created by ISS/Nasa flight engineer Karen Nyberg for her three year old son, created from scraps left aboard the station. She uploaded the pic to Pintrest. As Collectspace recounts, this may be the first stuffed toy made in space.

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Seej: a 3D printed, free real-world tower defense game


Zhreng3's Seej is a free/open 3D printable tabletop war-game, a real-world tower-defense game you print and play at home. Seej's players come up with all sorts of innovations that are integrated into a constantly updated set of free designs.

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Awesomely terribly wonderful knockoff toys


Zack sends us "A look at some wild and often highly-collectible knockoffs, including several things you can't unsee, and a piece that combines Thomas the Tank Engine with giant 'combiner' Transformer sets such as Devastator. I want two of those."

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1980s toys that will not be reborn

io9's Rob Bricken digs out some really quite horrible toys from the 1980s that are unlikely to get the Transformers / Thundercats / Tron reboot treatment.

Peanuts vintage-styled figurines

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My entire family loves Peanuts, and these new vintage-styled figurines from Medicom would look fantastic beside our collection of the Complete Peanuts anthologies published by Fantagraphics. The release of the figurines is tied to a new Peanuts exhibition opening in October at Tokyo's Mori Art Museum. The exhibit is titled "Ever and Never: The Art of Peanuts."

Kickstarting Scary Godmother fashion dolls

I reviewed the wonderful, spooky kids' graphic novel Scary Godmother in 2010, and now I'm delighted to plug this kickstarter to fund a set of fully articulated dolls based on the series, launched by its creator, Jill Thompson. $50 gets you the doll itself, and there are a ton of smaller premiums for lower payments.

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Makies hit shelves at Selfridges


As I mentioned last month, the 3D printed dolls from Makies are now on sale at the British department store Selfridges, marking the first time that a 3D printed object has passed all the toy-safety tests and been sold to the public. Makies have created four limited-edition premade characters for the Selfridges collection (Tesla, Ada, Curie and Hopper) and they're also selling in-store custom-designed dolls. It's very exciting stuff for us -- my wife Alice founded Makies, and I'm agog at how awesome they've come out.

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