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Jun 22, 2017

Mainframe x 'Umi Toys Hawai'i Pin Set Available Now

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Mainframe and 'Umi Toys Hawai'i have teamed up to release a Mainframe pin set in honor of Go Skateboarding Day. Designed by Dean Bradley, the Mainframe pin set features the Mainframe character performing a wall ride and a coffin. Both soft enamel pins are 1.25" tall and come individually carded and bagged with rubber backings. Limited edition of 100 sets. $19.99 for the set of two pins. Available for purchase at Umi Toys webshop.



'Umi Toys Hawai'i is offering free U.S. shipping on the Mainframe pin set now through Sunday 6/25/17



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Jun 21, 2017

3A Transformers 1:6-Scale Figures Now Available at Bambaland Store

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Transformers The Last Knight Wave One are now available for Pre-order at BAMBALAND.COM and Coming Soon to 3A Stockists Worldwide!



Hasbro and ThreeA proudly present the next wave of Premium Scale Collectibles with Transformers: The Last Knight! Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Autobot Sqweeks all have been meticulously adapted and engineered as highly articulated collectible figures using the film models as a basis. Each collectible figure features LED illuminated details, a variety of accessories, and incredibly detailed weathered paintwork.



The Bambaland Editions of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Autobot Sqweeks each include an additional accessory!

OPTIMUS PRIME
Transformers The Last Knight
Premium Scale Collectible Series

Materials:
ABS, PVC, POM

Features:
  • Officially Licensed by Hasbro
  • Approximately 19inches Tall (48.26cm)
  • 99 Points of Articulation!
  • LED Illuminated Eyes
Includes:
  • Interchangeable Battle Mask
  • Blaster Shield
  • Cybertronian Sword
  • Detachable Wrist Blade
Bambaland Edition Includes Additional Head*

BUMBLEBEE
Transformers The Last Knight
Premium Scale Collectible Series

Materials:
ABS, PVC, POM, PC

Features:
  • Officially Licensed by Hasbro
  • Approximately 15inches Tall (38.1cm)
  • 78 Points of Articulation!
  • LED Illuminated Details including Eyes and Headlights
Includes:
  • Detachable Wings
  • Cybertronian Hammer x1
  • Battle Mask x1
Bambaland Edition Includes Interchangeable Right Arm Cannon with LED illuminated details*
















AUTOBOT SQWEEKS
Transformers The Last Knight
1/6th Scale Collectible Figure

Materials:
ABS, PVC, POM, PC

Features:
  • Officially Licensed by Hasbro
  • Approximately 8inches Tall (20.32cm)
  • 26 Points of Articulation!
  • LED Illuminated Eyes
Includes:
  • Interchangeable Handle Bars x4
  • Detachable Tools x6
  • Peg Leg x1
Bambaland Edition Includes Additional Interchangeable Wheel Leg*

Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket & Groot: Treehugger 9-inch Vinyl Figure

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Based on Mike Mitchell's adorable Treehugger art print in his Just Like Us series, this vinyl figure set recreates Rocket and Groot's embrace, showing that whether you're a tree or a raccoon, friendship and family is all that matters. Preorder Rocket & Groot now; shipping Q4 of 2017.
  • 9 inches tall
  • vinyl & PVC
  • Unbox Industries, Willem-Paul Van Overbruggen, Mike Mitchell

Jun 19, 2017

Hellboy by Kubros

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This scan doesn't do the box design justice. Kubros really went all out on it to give the set a premium art toy feel.
I didn't know about the Kubros line initially, I don't know if I was living under a rock, but somehow I missed the boat on the number of IPs that MegaBloks/MegaBrands/Mattel (who puts out Kubros) had managed to get, and put out in this line, which is very much a push in the direction of LEGO group's BrickHeadz (wtf LEGO, is this the 90's?! Who in your marketing dept thought adding the letter "z" at the end was still trendy?)

If you don't want to watch the video, the essential facts are I did enjoy the build, the quality isn't on par with LEGO, some blocks and bricks don't lock together easily. BUT, it's freaking HELLBOY. I actually went in to see if there were any Brickheadz (stupid "z", I suddenly want to watch Saved by the Bell), but Hellboy is far cooler than the Avengers that were available, and then I noticed that it was on clearance, and for this budget minded collector, that was all I needed.

As a display set, it's pretty awesome, and the overall design is very cool. The thing that struck me was how similar in some ways these art toy inspired Kubros figs were to an early and odd effort by LEGO called CubeDude (maybe 1990's Rob Liefeld had some part in naming the line, because it totally sounds like some jacked up superhero he would develop. At least it doesn't end in a "z").
Incredibly rare to find in package now, but actually kind of quirky and cool.
If you happen to want these scarce boxed sets of CubeDudes, expect to pay around $150 to $200 (current ebay listings) since they were SDCC and Star Wars Celebration exclusives.

But back to the much more affordable Kubros sets, that while they might not be LEGO, they are compatible, look actually a bit cooler (if not with a bit more unique parts and ways they are used, check the video for the way the eyes are built for them). MegaBloks has been around for a long while (founded in 1967, after LEGO and Batima Blocks who were the first two major building block players on the scene), and has almost always been the premiere off brand LEGO compatible system. But with these sets they are raising the bar, and truly are making good strides to being close to LEGO in variety and themes, but user/build quality is still just a bit under what we've come to expect from LEGO.

Stats Rating/Information
Items Kubros Hellboy
Made by MegaBloks / MegaBrands / Mattel (bought by Mattel in 2014)
Rarity Uncommon.
Classification Retired product.
Condition New
Procured Toys R Us
Worth $15
Investment $5 (on clearance)
Build Time 22 minutes.
Trivia & Fun Facts Ron Perlman was the main choice to portray Hellboy in director Guillermo Del Toro's mind. He waited over 10 years to make the first movie, dropping many offers from studios to have Hellboy made, because they did not want Ron Perlman to be the main character. Also, I can't stand Rob Liefeld.

Mario, the Artisan Rogue
www.theartisanrogue.com