SIMPSONS LEGO MINIFIGURES REVEALED

Lego already released a $255 Simpsons House, but this coming May, they’ll be releasing a series of 16 Lego Simpsons figures to go along with it! The set drops May 1st with each figure being sold for $3.99 (most likely blind-packaged), just in time for the May 4th episode “Brick Like Me” which sees Springfield and all its residents turned into Lego bricks.

Now comes the hard part: resisting the urge to buy an entire case of these.

(via Variety)

THE FOUNDER OF KIDROBOT IS STARTING A SOCIAL NETWORK
File this under: WHAAAT!?!?
We’ve been covering Kidrobot and the designer toy scene here on Albotas for several years now, so Paul Budnitz is a name our readers are likely quite familiar with. A few years ago, he founded Kidrobot in 2002, then Budnitz Bicycles a few years later, and now he’s starting yet another venture: an all new social networked called Ello.
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It seems he doesn’t appreciate the way Facebook collects data and sells it to advertisers. Here’s the company’s manifesto taken from their site:

Your social network is owned by advertisers.
Every post you share, every friend you make and every link you follow is tracked, recorded and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold.
We believe there is a better way. We believe in audacity. We believe in beauty, simplicity and transparency. We believe that the people who make things and the people who use them should be in partnership.
We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce and manipulate — but a place to connect, create and celebrate life.
You are not a product.

Read more about Ello on the official site where you can’t sign up yet, but you can request an early invite.
Idunno, guys. I mean, if Myspace can’t even make a comeback is there really room left on the Internet (and in our lives) for another social network? Maybe we should all just go back to Xanga.

THE FOUNDER OF KIDROBOT IS STARTING A SOCIAL NETWORK

File this under: WHAAAT!?!?

We’ve been covering Kidrobot and the designer toy scene here on Albotas for several years now, so Paul Budnitz is a name our readers are likely quite familiar with. A few years ago, he founded Kidrobot in 2002, then Budnitz Bicycles a few years later, and now he’s starting yet another venture: an all new social networked called Ello.

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METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE: 1/6th SCALE RAIDEN FIGURE FROM HOT TOYS
No, the above image is NOT a screen cap from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. It’s an action figure.
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From high-end collectible brand Hot Toys Limited, this is the excruciatingly detailed 1/6th scale figure of Raiden, the main character from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. If this is anything like previous Hot Toys releases, it will have somewhere around a gazillion points of articulation and cost way more than most folks can probably afford to spend on an action figure. This is high-end stuff people! But that’s also what makes it so awesome.
If Hot Toys releases are out of your price range, there’s always the almost-as-awesome Revoltech Yamaguchi Series Raiden complete with cardboard box accessory and slice-in-halfable watermelon.

METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE: 1/6th SCALE RAIDEN FIGURE FROM HOT TOYS

No, the above image is NOT a screen cap from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. It’s an action figure.

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Android Customs by JPK

JonPaul Kaiser has revealed two new Android customs. One will melt your heart and the other will vaporize the crap out of it. Check out JPK’s Totoro Foomi in our Totoro Custom Toys list.

Reblogged from our sister site, blindboxed:
ESC-Toy Launching Last of Us Line
Having previously collaborated with Naughty Dog on the Nathan Drake vinyl figure, ESC-Toy and Erick Scarecrow will be producing collectibles based on the developers enormous hit, The Last of Us. Joel and Ellie are sure to show up, but who else will be featured in this line? Infected? Bill?! I really hope there’s a Bill figure, complete with a Bears Magazine accessory.

Reblogged from our sister site, blindboxed:

ESC-Toy Launching Last of Us Line

Having previously collaborated with Naughty Dog on the Nathan Drake vinyl figure, ESC-Toy and Erick Scarecrow will be producing collectibles based on the developers enormous hit, The Last of Us. Joel and Ellie are sure to show up, but who else will be featured in this line? Infected? Bill?! I really hope there’s a Bill figure, complete with a Bears Magazine accessory.

S.H.Figuarts Yellow Ranger Coming in June
The final entry into S.H.Figuarts’ Power Rangers / Zyuranger series will launch this June. Oddly enough, the above image is of the Japanese figure and it has boobies. The Japanese Yellow Ranger (the Tiger Ranger) was a dude, unlike in the westernized version.

S.H.Figuarts Yellow Ranger Coming in June

The final entry into S.H.Figuarts’ Power Rangers / Zyuranger series will launch this June. Oddly enough, the above image is of the Japanese figure and it has boobies. The Japanese Yellow Ranger (the Tiger Ranger) was a dude, unlike in the westernized version.

Reblogged from our sister site, blindboxed:
Mega Man x Kidrobot Mini Figure Series
Kidrobot will be following up their successful Street Fighter line with a Mega Man series. No photos have been revealed yet, but my wild guess is that most of the toys will be a standard Mega Man sculpt with different colorways representing the different power-ups, like the palette swaps in the games.
This is pretty cool since the Munny platform already lends itself well to Mega Man’s design. I think for a lot of kids who grew up in the ’80s and then found out about customizing Munnys, their first idea was to do a Mega Man piece.

Reblogged from our sister site, blindboxed:

Mega Man x Kidrobot Mini Figure Series

Kidrobot will be following up their successful Street Fighter line with a Mega Man series. No photos have been revealed yet, but my wild guess is that most of the toys will be a standard Mega Man sculpt with different colorways representing the different power-ups, like the palette swaps in the games.

This is pretty cool since the Munny platform already lends itself well to Mega Man’s design. I think for a lot of kids who grew up in the ’80s and then found out about customizing Munnys, their first idea was to do a Mega Man piece.

From our sister site, blindboxed:

Martin Hsu’s Miyazaki Tribute Up for Pre-Order Tomorrow (1/21)

Limited to 300 pieces, Martin Hsu’s Miya-San resin figure will be up for pre-order starting tomorrow and ending 1/31/14. The newly retired Miyazaki directed the majority of Studio Ghibli’s films such as My Neighbor Totoro and Castle in the Sky. Pre-orders start a 2PM here.

Kidrobot x TMNT: Vinyl in a Half Shell
From our sister site, blindboxed:
When I was 6, I collected as much TMNT stuff as I could. Today at 26, I collect all the Kidrobot stuff that will fit on my shelf. This collaboration is going to be awesome.
Via: Myplasticheart

Kidrobot x TMNT: Vinyl in a Half Shell

From our sister site, blindboxed:

When I was 6, I collected as much TMNT stuff as I could. Today at 26, I collect all the Kidrobot stuff that will fit on my shelf. This collaboration is going to be awesome.

Via: Myplasticheart

S.H. Figuarts Blue Ranger Out in May

So far, the awesome Power Rangers / Super Sentai Zyuranger series from Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts has released the Red, Green, White, and Pink Rangers, with the Black one up for pre-order and shipping in April. But Bandai recently announced that the Blue Ranger will be out in May, along with his combining sais. This just leaves the Yellow Ranger figure to be announced.

Albotip: David Yost, who played the Blue Ranger, admitted to leaving the show due to crew members’ harassing him about his homosexuality. Lame.

Buy: Power Rangers S.H. Figuarts
Metal Gear RAY by 3A
3A, known for their super-detailed, high end figures, will be releasing their Metal Gear Ray figure for pre-order on December 24 for $490. Metal Gear RAY made its debut in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. According to MGS lore, these remote controlled Gears were designed to hunt down and destroy copies of Metal Gear REX after its plans leaked and engineers around the world built their own.
Buy: Metal Gear Solid Omnibus

Metal Gear RAY by 3A

3A, known for their super-detailed, high end figures, will be releasing their Metal Gear Ray figure for pre-order on December 24 for $490. Metal Gear RAY made its debut in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. According to MGS lore, these remote controlled Gears were designed to hunt down and destroy copies of Metal Gear REX after its plans leaked and engineers around the world built their own.

Buy: Metal Gear Solid Omnibus
N64 FIGURE TEASED BY ESC-TOY
With officially licensed Uncharted figures under his belt and homages to PlayStation, Atari 2600, and Super Mario, it’s no secret that Erick Scarecrow is a big fan of gaming. His latest figure is based on the most misunderstood controller of all time, the N64. Erick flips the controller upside down to create a clever, skeletal face. We’ll be sure to post official photos once they surface.
(via our sister site, blindboxed)

N64 FIGURE TEASED BY ESC-TOY

With officially licensed Uncharted figures under his belt and homages to PlayStation, Atari 2600, and Super Mario, it’s no secret that Erick Scarecrow is a big fan of gaming. His latest figure is based on the most misunderstood controller of all time, the N64. Erick flips the controller upside down to create a clever, skeletal face. We’ll be sure to post official photos once they surface.

(via our sister site, blindboxed)

NEW BAYONETTA FIGURE COMING

Today in inappropriate figures, it looks like Bayonetta is being recast in resin as she will soon reprise her role in a Wii U sequel. These photos were tweeted ahead of Joint Festival (not what it sounds like) which takes place at Tokyo Big Sight on November 22. We’ll probably have more info then.

If you can’t wait, or want something articulated, you can pick up the Bayonetta Play Arts Kai Figure.

Toy Boarders Releases ‘Surf Series

The bagged-toy line, Toy Boarders, has released their ‘Surf Series,’ of green surfers recently. Rad stuff. The figures come in 8 different poses and each pack goes for $6, full of 24 mini-figures. They’re a new take on the old plastic army men toys, also available in skateboard and snowboard series.

(via mashKULTURE)

Build Your Own Lego Version Of Kaneda’s Bike From ‘Akira

Although it’s not an official Lego product, you can get the plans for this Lego version of Kaneda’s iconic red chopper from the Arvo Brothers via email starting December 14 and later on their website.

(via Leg Godt)

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