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Day of the Dead (2014)
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Groovie Goolies (2014)
Killer Klowns (2013)
Monstarz (2013)
Monsters HD (2014)
Night of the Living Dead (2013)
Re-Animator (2014)
Return Of The Living Dead (2014)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2013)
Universal Monsters (2014)
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2013 = misc
2013 Elvira
2013 Killer Klowns
2013 Monstarz
2013 Night of the Living Dead
2013 The Day the Earth Stood Still
2014 Day of the Dead
2014 Groovie Goolies
2014 Monsters HD
2014 Re-Animator
2014 Return Of The Living Dead
2014 Universal Monsters
Company history
About Amok Time    
Amok Time began officially in the summer of 1992. What started as a way to pay for a Law/Education Degree led to owner Paul James Lazo being swayed to the Dark Side. Pursuing the glamorous life, That's a joke kid's, selling vintage Star Wars, Super-Hero and Monster Memorabilia, Paul realized at an early age what collectors have a need for. As with many small business success stories, Amok Time started small. Home grown from a bedroom in his parents house, then a warehouse, then a small store, then a larger store, then breaking down walls of surrounding stores, then the move to a retail location of respectable size, then moving to a larger retail location of even larger size. Thru years of diligence and customer respect Amok Time is New Yorks largest collectible super store. This year, 2010, marks our 18th Anniversary.

What does Amok Time mean? Originally Amok Time Inc was 'Amok Thru Time for Toys'. That was a mouthful, also it did not fit on a t-shirt so well, so it was shortened to just Amok Time Toys. Later it was shortened further to just Amok Time. So back to the question at hand, what does Amok Time mean?

According to most dictionaries Amok or Amuck as it may be referenced is as follows:
1.A psychic disturbance characterized by depression followed by a manic urge to murder.
2.In a frenzy to do violence or kill: rioters running amuck in the streets.
3.In or into an uncontrolled state or a state of extreme activity.(my personal favorite)

We all know what time and toys are, so if you put it all together you get a loose meaning of 'An uncontrolled state of extreme activity thru time looking for toys'.

Our mission is simple, supply customers with what they would Run Amok for at the earliest possible time at the best possible price. We back this policy up with a Satisfaction Guarantee on every purchase, friendly customer service and the fastest order fulfillment time in the business.
From the News Archive
Mattel July 2009 Leaner For Challenging Times


Mattel (NYSE: MAT) achieved a small boost in its quarterly earnings via an ongoing cost-cutting program, spurred on by the difficulties toymakers have faced since the depth of the recession. After Mattel and other toymakers went through a dismal Christmas season last year, Mattel is attempting to get leaner in advance of this year's traditionally busy time for toy buying. Mattel also faces strong competition from other players in its industry, so the battle for consumer dollars will be fierce.

Mattel's Report

Mattel earned 6 cents per share profit for the second quarter, or $21.5 million, up from 3 cents per share or $11.8 million in the same quarter last year. Revenue, however, fell from $1.11 billion in the same quarter last year to $898.2 million in this year's quarter. Profits were boosted by the ongoing cost-cutting program, designed to take out from $180-$200 million over a two year period. 

Beyond the Earnings Report
While the goal of the cost-cutting is to keep inventories lean and ultimately avoid a repeat of the bleak Christmas season last year, Mattel is facing other challenges. Its major competitor, Hasbro (NYSE: HAS), just reported a robust earnings quarter boosted by its strong tie-ins with movie properties Transformers and G.I. Joe.

Mattel does not have any blockbuster properties this summer, and there is some concern that its age-old staple property, Barbie, may be a bit tired. Job cuts and price increases will only take Mattel and other toymakers so far, the key is the ongoing development of fresh properties and new toys.

Posted 7/26/2009
City, state offer incentives to Little Tikes - Hudson Hub-Times

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City, state offer incentives to Little Tikes
Hudson Hub-Times
MGA Entertainment, parent company of Little Tikes, was awarded a state tax credit June 29 to expand operations in Hudson. Tom Richmond, general manager of ...

Posted 7/26/2009
Little Tikes July 2009 gets grant, tax break - Hudson Hub-Times

Little Tikes gets grant, tax break

Hudson Council unanimously approved a grant and a tax break to try to keep Little Tikes in town.

Council approved legislation July 15 to offer Little Tikes a six-year, 50 percent income tax credit -- valued from $8,657 to $24,735 annually depending on what goals are met after three years -- and a one-time grant of $300,000.
Little Tikes, which broke ground on Barlow Road in 1983 and at its height employed 2,000 people, has seen that number fall to 398 employees presently. Officials from the company, now owned by MGA Entertainment, have said they were considering relocating.
'We're waiting to hear back from the state at the end of month,' said Tom Richmond, general manager of MGA Entertainment. '[Hudson's offer] is only one piece of the puzzle, and it's nice the city stepped up, and we need the state to do the same.'
Hudson's $300,000 grant would match an Ohio Department of Development Rapid Outreach Grant offer.
In addition to Hudson's income tax offer, Little Tikes has been offered a 50 percent state income tax credit for seven years.
The city's tax credit would begin in 2010 and continue through 2015 and would be 50 percent of payroll taxes paid to Hudson.
According to the city's proposal, in return for the grant and tax credit, Little Tikes would invest $5.8 million in machinery, equipment and new technology and hire 66 new full-time employees by 2012.
The company would hire 12 employees from June 2009 to June 2010, 24 employees from June 2010 to June 2011 and 30 employees from June 2011 to June 2012.
The new employees would add $1.6 million to the company's annual payroll in 2012.
The current payroll for 386 full-time employees is $15 million.
According to the agreement, if the Little Tikes fails to meet 75 percent of the payroll requirement in any given year, the city's tax credit would not be awarded for that year. If it fails to meet the requirements for three consecutive years, the agreement could be terminated.
As part of the tax credit agreements, the state requires MGA Entertainment to maintain operations at the project site in Hudson for at least 14 years

 
Posted 7/26/2009
Hasbro profits rise as Transformers leads fight - Times Online

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Hasbro profits rise as Transformers leads fight
Times Online
Mattel did, however, get a boost last year from movie-related toys, including Batman, Kung Fu Panda and High School Musical. The company did not give any ...

Posted 7/26/2009
Voice of 'SpongeBob' surprised at show's success - Times Herald-Record

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Voice of 'SpongeBob' surprised at show's success
Times Herald-Record
But Kenny — who also voices the controversial Skids robot in the 'Transformers' movie sequel and a talking toy chain saw under development by Fisher-Price ...

Posted 7/26/2009
G-Force (New York Times)
Talking guinea pigs: Juarez, voiced by Penélope Cruz, left, and Darwin, voiced by Sam Rockwell.
Posted 7/26/2009
Mattel Leaner For Challenging Times

Mattel achieved a small boost in its quarterly earnings via an ongoing cost-cutting program, spurred on by the difficulties toymakers have faced since the depth of the recession .
Posted 7/26/2009 by  Investopedia 
Amok Time 2007 Battlestar Galastica - Cylon Commander

Cylon Commander (Gold)

Cylons 002

 
 
Name Cylon Commander
Toy Line
Number
Manufacturer Amok Time
Released 2007
Materials Cloth, Plastic, Soft vinyl
Scale
Category Doll
Series Battlestar Galactica (Classic)
Designer
Orig. Price $49.99
 
Posted 6/20/2009
Jakks June 2009 Timmy Time: Jakks gets Master Toy license for the US

Timmy Time proves a hit
aardman, golden bear, jakks pacific, vivid imaginationsAccording to BARB, the new pre-school show from Aardman has been watched by 4.8 million since launch in April.

The show airs three times each weekday, and has achieved above average share of carers with children from birth to three years-old and four to six year-olds in all three time slots.

Viewing figures are particularly strong in the afternoons where it averages 3.5 share points above the 2008 average for that slot among the audiences.

This winning debut in the UK marks the start of the international rollout of Timmy Time with a raft of major broadcast and licensing deals already in place.

To coincide with the launch, Vivid Imaginations is on board as master toy licensee with a range due to hit shelves at the end of July. Golden Bear will offer a line of wooden toys in the UK and Jakks Pacific has signed up as Master Toy licensee for the US and Canada.

Aardman has also recently secured deals with Egmont who has picked up publishing rights for the UK and commonwealth and Titan Magazines will be producing a monthly comic for the UK and Eire.
Posted 6/20/2009
Life in a year, Part 5: For Stanford students, a time of discovery and the time of their lives
At Stanford and other colleges, the campus is a place to sort it all out, to find the careers that we want, the friends that we'll keep, and to indulge the uncontrollable urges that we never knew we had.    Video: Students at Stanford University describe their experiences    Slide show: Life at Stanford
Published 6/20/2009
Amok Time 2009 Blacula Exclusive
Amok Time toys just announced that they've picked up the license to make a horror toy that's never been made before. Coming sometme in 2009 they'll be selling an exclusive Blacula figure that comes with interchangable heads. There's no word on the price yet but you can see a large image on their website. Amok's Blacula
Posted 7/26/2008
DKE Toys June 2008 Mr Toast - It's Breakfast Time

The Mr. Toast family will be growing by three new plush characters.

 Joe the Egg (6' tall) is Mr. Toast's best friend. He Lives in a treehouse in Mr. Toast's back yard. They are always going on adventures together.  Shaky Bacon (10' tall) is Mr. Toast's neighbor. He spends his time watching people out his window and fretting about their doings.  Clem Lemon (9' tall) is the local country bumpkin. He enjoys watching the grass grow and counting his spare change. 
Wholesale inquiries should contact DKE Toys.
Posted 6/23/2008
Yamato June 2008 SIF EX Pretty Cats Show Time Lesson B Black Lingerie Ver. PVC 1/6
SIF EX Pretty Cats Show <b>Time</b> Lesson B Black Lingerie Ver.1/6 (Figure)
Item name : SIF EX Pretty Cats Show Time Lesson B Black Lingerie Ver.1/6 (Figure)
Manufacturer : Yamato
Scale : 1/6
Material : PVC ABS
Producer : Ikuma Kuramoto
Original : Pretty Cats Show Time
Release Date : Late Jun., 2008
Regular Price : 6,800 yen  about 63.07 USD  40.15 Euros
Posted 6/23/2008
Yamato April 2008 Pretty Cat's Show Time Lesson B PVC 1/6
Price: 6,800 yen
Series: Pretty Cat's Show Time
Manufacturer: Yamato
Release Date: Apr 2008
Type: Completed Fixed-Pose Figure
Description: From the mind of illustrator Amaori Tatsuki and his 'Pretty Cat's Show Time' artbook comes this luscious, lissome lady, wearing nothing but lingerie! And, well, glasses. First released as a garage kit by Ikuma Kuramoto, the detailed sculpting of the lace is phenomenal--with the rest of her mighty fine, too--and her unique pose makes her a standout (even sitting!) in any collection. Super-hot! Please note that figures such as this are mass produced and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 6/23/2008
Medicom 2008 News: Jikou Keisatsu (Time Limit Detective) figures
Fan Favorite Actor Odagiri Joe is finally Immortalized in beautiful 1/6 scale form!!! Based on his famous role in Popular Detective Drama Jikou Keisatsu (Time Limit Detective) Kiriyama Shuuichiro (Played by Odagiri Joe) is a detective that has an interest in solving unsolved cases that are past the statute of limitations. A past time that he does without permission for his own uncovering of the truth. The Kiriyama 1/6 figure appears with his signature hairstyle, police uniform and even includes an inscale 'I Won't Tell Anyone' Card. He is joined by a figure of the female lead of the show Mikazuki Shizuka who was played by Popular actress Asou Kumiko. This way you can have Kiriyama and Mikazuki solving cases together! Both figures will be available in July '08 for the price of 15,540yen (tax included)



Posted 1/6/2008
Cincinnati Museum Center Dec 2007 Toys through Time Exhibit

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Toy time at the Museum Center
Cincinnati Enquirer, OH -

What better way to celebrate the season for playthings than to visit the Toys Through Time exhibit in the John A. Ruthven Exhibition Gallery at the Cincinnati Museum Center? And, it's free.
Highlights include original 'Star Wars' toys and their prototypes made during the 1970s and '80s by the former Kenner Co. of Cincinnati.
Also on exhibit are ice skates from the 1840s and a first-edition Monopoly set with sterling silver game pieces. Dolls, trains, books, blocks, building and mechanical toys, puzzles and sports equipment also are displayed.

Through Jan. 6 during Museum Center hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday,10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, at 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. 513-287-7000.
Posted 12/15/2007
Jssy Ltd Dec 2007 Hong Kong Producer Apologizes For Toxic Beads ... Taipei Times
A Hong Kong producer of toys that sparked huge recalls in the US and Australia apologized yesterday after several children slipped into a coma after swallowing toxic toy beads.
JSSY Ltd said in a statement yesterday that it had used a chemical, 1,4 butylene glycol, which could cause unconsciousness and coma when ingested by releasing a substance akin to a date-rape drug.
The toys were manufactured for Australia-based Moose Enterprises by Wangqi Product Factory -- a JSSY affiliate -- in Shenzhen, China.
JSSY said it had always used the substance on its toys, including samples given to Moose for testing.
The Hong Kong-based firm apologized to the children who fell ill after swallowing the beads, as well as to their parents and other consumers.
It also apologized for damaging the reputation of all 'made in China' products.
'We have learned a profound lesson. Our company will strengthen the control of our safety analysis on the raw materials we use in future,' it said.
Several million sets of the toys -- called 'Aqua Dots' in the US and 'Bindeez' in Australia -- have been recalled since the scare was revealed.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled 4.2 million units of Aqua Dots after two children fell into a coma after swallowing the toy distributed by Spin Master in Toronto, Canada.
Meanwhile, Mattel Mexico, the local arm of the world's largest toy maker, on Wednesday destroyed 175,000 lead-tainted toys taken from store shelves and factories throughout the country, just as the holiday shopping season kicks into gear.
The toys -- including race cars, action figures and colored plastic dragons -- had lead levels that exceed those allowed by law, said Juan Garcia Villa, director of Mexico's federal commission on product safety, known as Cofepris.
Mexico plans to strengthen laws that would stop lead-tainted toys from entering the country, Garcia Villa said.
Concerns over toy safety remain high after US-based Mattel Inc recalled more than 21 million Chinese-made toys earlier this year on fears they were tainted with lead paint and tiny magnets that children could accidentally swallow.
Mattel's own tests on the toys found that they had lead levels up to 200 times the accepted limit.
China is the world's top toy exporter, selling 22 billion products overseas last year, 60 percent of the world's total.
Posted 12/8/2007
Jakks Dec 2007 WWE's Hardy Boys Enter the Ring Just in Time for the Holidays

Ringside Collectibles is offering an exclusive WWE Classics 2-Pack featuring Jeff and Matt Hardy. What's more, they're offering guaranteed shipping if you order as part of their pre-Christmas shipment. This is one of many online exclusives being made available now, but one of only a very small fraction that is actually going to ship by Christmas.
  
Quantity in Basket: none
Code: EX-048
Price: $39.97

 
 
 

For amateur collectors, the price tag might seem a bit high, especially since different non-exclusive WWE Classics 2-Packs are available in stores at a much lower price. The important thing to keep in mind is that Ringside Collectibles is the only place to offer this exclusive. Therefore, the store is allowed to set their own price. Conceivably, an online store can charge whatever they want for their exclusives, but they have to price the exclusives to sell.
Exclusives offered by individual collectible dealers tend to retail for more than exclusives that hit retail stores like Wal-Mart, Target, and Toys R Us simply because it costs the company a lot of money to guarantee a large enough order to warrant the toy manufacturer to make the exclusive. So if you want to complete your WWE Classics collection, then this is the price you are going to have to pay. But with the strong market for wrestling action figures, it's something that you probably won't regret in the long run.
Posted 12/8/2007
Dec 2007 Plastic Clamshell Packaging Not Fun At Present-Opening Time!
Few things detract more from the spontaneity and joy of the season's gift-opening rituals than prying open a plastic package with your teeth.
Countless gift items, from consumer electronics to toys, look so appealing while entombed in their clear-plastic clamshell packaging. But extricating an action figure, and cutting thick plastic seams sealed together with heat, can seem like an endeavor worthy of the Jaws of Life. Even less extreme packaging has drawbacks. A cardboard box with a plastic window, for example, may display merchandise nicely. But items are often anchored with painfully twisted wires and rubber bands that seem impossible to untangle.Manufacturers say retailers love -- and even insist upon -- the hard-to-open packaging as a measure to reduce theft. Shoplifters cost retailers, and ultimately consumers, $13.3 billion in 2006, the most recent year for which information is available, according to a survey conducted by the University of Florida for the National Retail Federation in Washington. The protective packaging also makes products visually pleasing and protects them during shipping, say manufacturers. Frustrated consumers can now even purchase tools, such as Package Shark Pro and OpenX, designed for opening impenetrable plastic.
To test the consumer-friendliness of theft-resistant, protective packaging, we tried to open five randomly selected gift items without using sharp implements -- at least at the outset -- and timed our progress. We matched our testers with items appropriate for their ages, and provided assistance to our child-age testers only when it seemed necessary. We learned it's nearly impossible to open many items without a sharp implement, so keep scissors or an opening tool handy during holiday festivities, and bring one if you're a guest. Remove toys from their original packaging if they contain numerous small pieces and box them on your own, or you may ruin the moment by having to untangle a mess of wires. We wasted almost 15 minutes opening one such toy.
Our 11-year-old tester was drawn to a set of motion-activated drumsticks, mi Jam Drummer, in a plastic clamshell package. Opening the electronic toy without using a sharp implement seemed impossible. We could not tear the thick sealed edges. Cutting with our scissors was even difficult. Once we snipped open a corner, we again tried tearing, but had to be careful of sharp points along edges of the plastic. A spokesman for mi Jam manufacturer Blue Box Toys Inc., in Livingston, N.J., said the packaging offers both security and visual appeal, but the company is modifying it next year to a box with a window-type opening.
 
Posted 12/8/2007
Mattel Nov 2007 Barbie dolls up in amchi Dollywood - Economic Times

Barbie dolls up in amchi Dollywood
Economic Times, India -
MUMBAI: For over five decades, she has been a fixture in toy stores. Soon, she turned a fashion icon offering young girls tips on hairstyles, makeup and dressing up in gowns.

But did you know that Barbie Millicent Roberts from Willows comes shopping for clothes to suburban Mumbai? The dresses and tresses that make Barbie, the world’s most famous doll, a global fashionista are from a nondescript firm in Sewree.

Jayant Parekh, the promoter of Fancy Fittings, has been stitching clothes for Barbie for about four years now. He also makes her hair, combs, mirrors and shoes; all this away from public glare. The dresses for the first Barbie-born in 1959-were handstitched by Japanese homeworkers for their finery.

But the doll’s maker, Mattel, now prefers to pick the stuff from small units in China and India, as they come cheaper. Many of the partywear and cocktailwear that Barbie stacks in her wardrobe are sourced from the Sewree workshop.

And Mr Parekh has been making the best of it. Exports of assembled Barbie dolls and Barbie products are helping him notch up Rs 40 crore annually. He is now dolling up his firm for PE infusion.

Barbie uses more than 105 million yards of fabric and more than a billion pair of shoes every year. Fancy Fittings is one of the companies, but the only one in India, to produce these accessories.

“Mattel has outsourced a part of the production of the doll’s accessories to us. We export her dresses, shoes and hair for use in other markets. We also assemble the dolls meant for the Indian market and pack them,” says Mr Parekh.

Mattel India MD Sanjay Luthra says, “We have been associated with Fancy for sometime now and we are extremely happy with the quality of the stuff they make for us. Small companies, which follow the best practices, will continue to get business from us.” The company also manufactures and assembles moulded toys for Barbie products.
Posted 11/24/2007
Nov 2007 Black Friday - Shopping Bargains Before the First Bite of Turkey - New York Times

Yes, the economic outlook is grim.
But they call it the holiday shopping season for a reason. For all the dour predictions, Americans will still mob the malls in search of the right gift at the right price.
Here is a guide to the five trends that are likely to dominate the gift-buying season that (officially, at least) begins next week.
PRE-TURKEY SHOPPING Disregarding the last known boundaries between tradition and capitalism, retailers are trying to persuade Americans to start their Black Friday shopping before the first bite of Thanksgiving dinner.
The biggest offender is CompUSA, the technology store. The chain — the first retailer to open at 12:01 a.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving two years ago, then at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving last year — is holding an online-only sale this year at 12:01 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
“Before you pop the turkey into the oven, you can buy online,” said the chain’s spokeswoman, Jessica Nuñez, who added that the sale was not an intrusion into a national holiday, but “just another option” for time-starved, deal-hungry consumers.
Remember when Black Friday, so-called because historically retailers become profitable that day, was actually on Friday? Well, we don’t either, and neither, it seems, do retailers.
The rule breaking began with Wal-Mart, which has held miniature Black Friday sales every weekend of November, in a brazen attempt to rearrange the holiday shopping calendar — and, of course, to steal business from its competitors. Every Friday morning since Nov. 2, it has offered door-buster discounts starting at 6 a.m.
Now, seemingly everyone is following suit. Toys “R” Us has held door-buster sales every Friday and Saturday this month (including one this morning, starting at 7 a.m.)
Kmart will open at 7 a.m. on Thanksgiving this year and, on Black Friday, J. C. Penney is opening an hour earlier than last year, at 4 a.m.
Stores will reward the early birds with food. CompUSA is offering pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving night and several malls are serving Maxwell House coffee at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. One retailer, Best Buy, is having none of it. The chain is closed on Thanksgiving and opening at the comparatively reasonable hour of 5 a.m. on Friday morning.
Brian Lucas, a company spokesman, said the chain “believes this is the right thing to do for our customers, who have come to think of Black Friday morning as somewhat of a tradition to start the shopping season, and to our employees, who value having time with their families on Thanksgiving day.”
BE YOUR OWN ROCK STAR The toy industry wants to turn every child under 10 into a self-made rock star, with a genuine guitar in one hand and a video game version in the other.
As if in lock step, every major toy maker — like Hasbro and Mattel — has put a guitar-based game in its product lineup and every big retailer has put those products on its top 10 toy list.
The companies say they are piggybacking on the runaway success of Guitar Hero, the video game guitar system; the popularity of Hannah Montana, the rock star television character; and the enduring strength of the reality show “American Idol.”
“Whenever a trend is as hot as this, a lot of people come up with the same idea,” said Neil B. Friedman, the president of Mattel Brands.
He should know. This holiday season, the Fisher-Price unit of Mattel is rolling out the I Can Play Guitar System ($100), for children 6 and older, a mock guitar that hooks up to a television. Users learn to play by matching color-coded hand positions on the screen to those on the toy guitar.
Posted 11/17/2007
Nov 2007 Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (New York Times)
'Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” was written and directed by Zach Helm, whose previous major credit was the screenplay for the Will Ferrell comedy “Stranger Than Fiction,” which envisions a sophisticated adult version of the same kind of magic. But if the concept is ingenious, its execution is erratic. The story is arbitrarily divided into chapters of varying length that have no clear beginning, middle or end, and the movie’s narrative drive is sporadic.


The story finds Mr. Magorium planning to leave the world because he is down to his last pair of the shoes he has stockpiled for decades. He intends to leave the store to his devoted clerk and right-hand woman, Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman), a once-promising classical pianist and composer who lost her inspiration. But when he announces the bequest, she balks, believing she lacks the power to keep the store alive. (One of the movie’s weaknesses is Ms. Portman’s attitude of disengagement. Even when magic is all around, the sparkle in her eyes is dim.)


Mr. Magorium engages an accountant, Henry Weston (Jason Bateman), whom he calls Mutant, to go through years of erratic bookkeeping, determine the store’s value and help arrange its passage into Molly’s hands. A prototypical uptight numbers cruncher, Henry seems like the last person in the world who would understand what the store is about. With the emporium’s future up in the air, its most devoted customer (and the movie’s narrator), Eric Applebaum (Zach Mills), a shy, lonely 9-year-old, makes a pitch for it.


In the most exciting scene the store, sensing its days are numbered, rebels and stages a full-scale temper tantrum. The toys turn on the customers (not violently, I hasten to add), and nothing works as it should. After the tantrum subsides, the magic rapidly dissipates. The brightly colored walls warp and turn black, and the place eventually resembles a charred ruin in which nothing stirs.
Posted 11/17/2007
Nov 2007 The sad state of today's toys (The Devil’s Playthings) - Los Angeles Times

The Devil’s Playthings
It’s toxic, all right.

I don’t have the space to account for all the pathos and pathology at Toys R Us. (And, in fairness, much the same would apply to the toy sections of big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target.) Nor do I have room to bemoan the fire hose of marketing pressure turned on children to get them to buy into franchises, everything from Spider-Man to Hannah Montana, whoever she is. A lot of writers have covered this ground, anyway. Of recent note is Benjamin Barber’s scholarly if distempered “Consumed,” which describes how advertisers lay siege to young people to create a lifelong dependency on consumption. To me, the money quote comes from R. Buckminster Fuller: “Those who play with the devil’s toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword.” Typically at this time of year, retailing experts offer their lists of hot toys for the season. Among the buy-early favorites for 2007 are Webkinz, stuffed animals that come with fluffy avatars in an online Webkinz virtual world—dry sand for emotionally thirsty children. And so, in honor of the first day of orgiastic holiday shopping this Friday, I thought I’d offer my own list of the most awful, creepy and child-nullifying products for sale this year. Or, in Fuller’s happy phrase, the devil’s toys. Please enjoy.

Monopoly Electronic Banking Edition: Instead of the traditional pastel currency, this edition of the Parker Bros. game uses debit cards and a swipe-here card reader, the better to inculcate bitty buyers into the effortlessness of impulsive buying. The tokens also have been updated to depict a Segway personal transporter and a flat-screen TV, among other items. The charming and evocative top hat and iron have thus been exchanged for the contents of K-Fed’s storage unit.

Play Along’s Tattoo Doodle Monster: Play Along has a large line of stuffed animals that children can decorate with washable pens. The Tattoo Doodle Monster includes temporary tattoos and various stencils for children to use on themselves. “Hey Dude, I’m Inkee,” the box says. This is a great toy if you want your 4-year-old to grow up to be Tommy Lee.

Tiger Electronics’ Dream Life:Absolutely the saddest thing in the store. The tag line for this TV plug-in game is “Create the Life You Dream About.” In the game, the player (either a girl or a fairly confused boy) begins a new school year: “Bad hair day? Swing by the salon & try out a new hairstyle. . . . Make lots of friends—joina sports team—or just hang out . . . it’s all in your hands.” I can’t help thinking about the poor kid who’s drawn to this game, frantically flipping buttons in the vain hope it will reunite her divorced parents.

Planet Toys’ CSI: Forensic Lab: Join Grissom’s crew! Ages 10-plus. Sweet, suffering Jesuits. First of all, if you are allowing your 10-year-old to watch “CSI,” you should be reported to the authorities. Second, do you really want your middle-schooler dusting for prints or learning to run a black light over your upholstery? I do appreciate that this toy hearkens back to a time when apprenticeship toys—chemistry and Erector sets and build-a-radio kits—tempted young minds with careers as chemists and engineers. But really, forensic technician? How long before you discover grandpa sleeping in a recliner, surrounded by crime scene tape? Obvious brand extension: CSI Special Victims Unit Rape Kit.

Fisher-Price Star Station: Baby karaoke. Say no more.
Posted 11/17/2007
Nov 2007 comic Conventions = Geek Nirvana! - Corvallis Gazette Times
Forget Disneyland, comic conventions are the happiest places on Earth

When I was a kid, I wanted for nothing. My parents loved me, I had plenty to eat and a beautiful house to shelter me.
Actually, I needed nothing, but I wanted much. I wanted action figures and books and Underoos and T-shirts that read, “I prefer to be called Batman.” I wanted to ride Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland, and I wanted to find a golden ticket in my candy bar that would allow me entrance to Willy Wonka’s Oompa Loompa sweatshop empire.

In those days, I didn’t think about such things as sweatshops. Why wouldn’t an Oompa Loompa want to toil its life away making me chocolate? For that matter, why wouldn’t someone in Hong Kong want to work for a pittance to bring me my G.I. Joe figures? Such thoughts simply didn’t occur to me. Being privileged enough to live in a world of pure imagination, I did.

Walking through the doors at the Portland Comic Convention last Sunday was like taking a trippy boat ride back in time. I could feel the layers of self-consciousness and political awareness, disdain for my fellow man and anxiety over the state of our culture melting away like so much excess fat.

The first booth I came upon was filled with G.I. Joe figures still in their original packages, Star Wars figures, Transformers and every other imaginable poseable from my youth. On the back shelf, I even saw a Sectaur, a very rare insect-themed figurine I had assumed to be extinct.

I’m not kidding when I tell you I’ve had dreams like this, dreams where I walk into a larger-than-life Toys”R”Us to find aisles upon aisles of action figures that only exist in my mind. These are intricate, fully realized action figures, such as the G.I. Joe Swamp Trooper, that comes emerged in real swamp water in the little four-inch-tall plastic casing that serves as its home.

While none of the booths at the comic convention were selling my imaginary action figure, they were selling Croc Master and Blowtorch, The Baroness and Snake Eyes. There were booths selling only Star Wars figures and others featuring rare movie posters and T-shirts. There were bootleg DVD stands offering otherwise unattainable digital copies of “Thundarr the Barbarian” and the formerly out-of-print pilot to “Twin Peaks.” Boxes filled with discarded X-Wing Fighters and Battle Rams littered the floor under the tables.

Oh yeah, and there were comic books, too. Booth upon booth was filled thousands upon thousands of books. Stands selling only vintage DC and Marvel comics sat next to ones offering 50-percent discounts on trade paperbacks and hardcover collections.

I had to do three laps before I could even think about spending dollar one. Sure, I was almost certain I’d buy that He-Man Zodiac action figure I’d been taunted with as a kid by my best friend, but maybe I’d come upon something even more irresistible.
Posted 11/17/2007
Max Factory Nov 2007 Collect800 Children's Time 8 pieces
Collect800 Children`s <b>Time</b> 8 pieces (Completaed Figure)
Item name : Collect800 Children`s Time 8 pieces (Completaed Figure) Restock Item
Manufacturer : Max Factory
Scale : Non
Producer : Yuuji Kudou etc
Original : *Children`s Time
Release Date : Early Nov., 2007
Regular Price : 6,096 yen 
Posted 11/9/2007
Claiz Nov 2007 Time Bokan Series Yatterman - Doronjyo

 




Posted 11/9/2007
Claiz Nov 2007 Time Bokan Series Yatterman - Doronjyo

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Mattel Oct 2007 Costly recall reckoning - Seattle Times

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One recall is bad enough, but Mattel had three in just over a month, causing the shares to lose 11.9 percent.
'We do not expect the worst is over for the company on the recall front,' says Gerrick Johnson, analyst for BMO Capital Markets, who rates Mattel 'underperform.'
'We believe the damage to the brand could cause performance to suffer more than many expect. Maybe it will pass in '08, but this holiday season will be a rough one,' Johnson said.1. Aug. 1: 1.5 million toys recalled worldwide, due to lead paint
2. Aug. 14: 19 million toys recalled worldwide, due to lead paint and small magnets that could be swallowed
3. Sept. 4: 800,000 toys recalled, including 675,000 Barbie accessories
4. Sept. 21: A top Mattel official apologizes to China's product-safety chief for blaming Chinese manufacturers for its problems
Posted 10/27/2007
Max Factory Nov 2007 Children's Time - Kokonoe Rin PVC 1/6
Kokonoe Rin (Completed Figure)
Item name : Kokonoe Rin (Completed Figure)
Manufacturer : Max Factory
Scale : 1/6
Material : PVC
Producer : Chieri
Original : *Children`s Time
Release Date : Nov re-release
Regular Price : 6,477 yen
Posted 10/18/2007
Tokyo Game Show Oct 2007 Cosplay Time !

 
Tokyo Game Show 2007.
 
Posted 9/29/2007
Tokyo Game Show Oct 2007 Cosplay Time - continued

 
   



Posted 9/29/2007
Sept 2007 Akihabara's awful truths - The Japan Times

News phototimes.co.jp/images/photos2007/fo20070927pma.jpg width=540 > Akihabara has its roots as a black market locale for electronics in the postwar era. In the years of economic miracle-building that followed, it became a haven for consumer electronics and home appliances. The area was transformed by the PC boom of the 1990s when otaku took the area over and built a striking, virtual living room-writ-large for themselves in the process, filling it up with their hobbies and objects of desire. Throughout it all, Japanese mainstream society wrote off otaku as socially maladjusted misfits, and deemed their hobbies an escape from reality. But interest in anime and manga only continued to grow abroad. Now, it seems, by accident or design, all sorts are in the mood to enjoy Akihabara, to see otaku in their native environment, and to sip 'Akiba (as Akihabara is known) Cola' in a maid cafe. While the buzz about Akihabara has been growing steadily over the last few years, the turning point was 2005, when 'Densha Otoko (Train Man)' — an unlikely tale about a love affair between a stereotypical otaku and a 'normal' woman, sold as a true story — became a phenomenon thanks to a best-selling book and subsequent film and TV adaptations. Then there was the Tsukuba Express train line, which opened in 2005 and now whips commuters, non-otaku and curious folk to Akihabara from the northeastern suburbs of greater Tokyo faster than a fireball from Dragon Ball Z. The big guys have been closing in ever since. The Yodobashi chain opened a massive Yodobashi Akiba superstore offering electronics and otaku goods such as model kits, airsoft guns and collectible toys at cutthroat prices that the smaller stores on the street couldn't hope to compete with. A surprising number of otaku are starting to simply avoid Akihabara in lieu of other options. One of my friends, a manga artist named 'Denki' Watanabe, says, 'Akiba is a little too noisy for me recently (like Harajuku). So I now go to Nakano instead.' He's referring to Nakano Broadway, an indoor shopping mall, with nary a non-otaku chain store, full of vintage toys and anime goods. The catch is, unless you are a fan of such things, or a rabid collector yourself, there really isn't much to see and do. Still, Denki says, 'It has a decadent charm which Akiba used to have.' By that he means that in Nakano Broadway, the otaku spirit is once again allowed to pursue whatever weird, twisted, maladjusted path it wants to, safe from the prying eyes of the straight world. Which is just as well, since the true face of otaku culture is hardly ready for prime time. The awful truth about Akihabara. It's actually a hotbed of pornography (both animated and otherwise), adult toys, triple-X-rated manga, and photo books of under-aged girl idols that would burn a sane person's eyeballs in their sockets. How long can politicians, tourist organizations, and even the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (which is sponsoring the Akihabara Entamatsuri 2007 festival next month) afford to simply pretend it doesn't exist? And what will happen when they start paying attention? Even if Akihabara's 'dark end of the street' is razed to the ground, the lonely otaku in search of virtual company will still have plenty of other options. After all, you can find similar material around any transportation hub in Tokyo.
 
Posted 9/29/2007
Sept 2007 Phthalate monster is science-phthiction - Los Angeles Times

Phthalate monster is science-phthiction
Los Angeles Times, CA -
A bill is heading for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk that calls for banning certain substances that are used to make vinyl toys and child-care articles soft and flexible. The bill, AB 1108, is loudly and vigorously supported by pressure groups that feel these articles present a possible health hazard. The bill has no basis in solid scientific research. It creates a mythical monster and asks the governor to slay it with a stroke of his pen. It should be vetoed.

The bill touches an issue on which we all agree — the health and safety of our children. State and federal governments have spent billions of dollars creating health and regulatory systems to protect their citizens from harm — California is second to none in its commitment to health and environmental safety. This bill circumvented all those safety systems. In fact, it ignored them. Its passage ignored the findings of exhaustive risk assessments performed in the United States and in Europe. Now it threatens to short-circuit a promising state effort to reduce hazardous waste and toxic threats called the California Green Chemistry Initiative, an innovative venture with which our industry hopes to cooperate.

The issue revolves around a particular chemical, called di-isononyl phthalate (DINP), which is the primary softener used in vinyl toys. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSP, spent more than four years studying DINP and found 'no demonstrated health risk' to children and 'no justification' for banning it. The European Union's Chemicals Bureau also spent years conducting a risk assessment, reviewing 257 published and peer-reviewed scientific articles, before finding DINP 'unlikely to pose a risk for consumers (adults, infants and newborns).' The European Union findings were published in 2006. The CPSC findings were reaffirmed in a letter to a state senator just in July. What, one can fairly ask, is the issue?

It is not for industry to say what motives are behind the assault. But we do strongly object to gross overstatements and the perpetuation of urban legends about these and other chemicals, all apparently designed to sow fear and uncertainty among consumers and product manufacturers. To say, as Karp and Gibson said in their Op-Ed, that this chemical can be sucked out of a vinyl toy like the flavor out of bubble gum is grossly wrong and far beyond the bounds of reason. And to use political pressure to push this bill through the Assembly, where it was first defeated, and then through the Senate, may be impressive politics, but it is not good science.
Posted 9/29/2007
Mattel apologizes to China - Los Angeles Times

Mattel apologizes to China

Thomas A. Debrowski, Li Changjiangtimes.com/media/photo/2007-09/32712924.jpg width=500>
Andy Wong / Associated Press
Thomas A. Debrowski, Mattel's executive vice-president for worldwide operations, left, meets with Chinese product safety chief Li Changjiang during his visit to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) office in Beijing.
The Chinese call it guanxi, and it refers to the relationships that are so crucial to doing business in their country.

To many observers, it helps explain why a high-ranking Mattel Inc. executive appeared with Chinese government officials Friday to publicly apologize for having to recall more than 19 million toys because of lead paint and dangerous magnets.
The toys had been made in China. So why was Mattel eating crow?

'It's the whole concept of guanxi -- cooperation -- and face saving,' said Mark Allenbaugh, a lawyer who consults with companies doing business in China. 'Mattel has developed relationships over the years, with the factories and with government officials. That can all disappear very quickly if Mattel went the other route and blamed the Chinese manufacturers as being the bad guys here.'

Few companies would know better than Mattel about the importance of guanxi.

The El Segundo toy maker imports 65% of its products from China and, unlike most others in its industry, owns the factories there that produce many of its goods.

Because so much of its business is based in China, it's especially important for Mattel to be on good terms with the Chinese government, noted Allenbaugh, who also owns an Irvine manufacturing company that imports products from China.

'The Chinese government can make it very, very difficult and expensive for a company like Mattel to continue to do business in China,' he said.

But as news of the meeting circulated Friday, Mattel had the difficult task of trying to quell a brewing storm -- a week before Chief Executive Robert Eckert makes a trip to China to personally inspect the company's new manufacturing safeguards.

'China should be apologizing as well to consumers around the world for exporting shoddy products and dangerous food,' said Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) in a quickly issued statement.

Placed on the defensive, Mattel said the meeting between Chinese officials and Thomas Debrowski, Mattel's executive vice president for worldwide operations, had been 'mischaracterized.'

A spokeswoman said after the meeting that the company's appearance in Beijing was no different from similar testimonials before the U.S. Congress and European Union officials.


Posted 9/22/2007
Takara Tomy Sept 2007 Trying Times for Transformers Toymaker

With the Steven Spielberg-produced Transformers a summer smash in theaters worldwide, these should be happy days for Tomy, the Japanese company that makes the shape-shifting toys on which the blockbuster film is based.

While the China scandals dominate the headlines now, Chinese factories aren't the only problem for Tomy. Just as worrying, at least in the longer term, is that the company's main market, Japan, is shrinking as the population ages. Statistics show just how bleak the future is. By 2030, the National Institute of Population & Social Security Research predicts Japan's population of 127.7 million will fall by almost 10% and that youngsters will number fewer than one in 10, from around 13.6% now.

To fill the void, the company is targeting adults for one of its hottest toy rollouts in years. To coincide with the release of Transformers in Japan, Tomy is rereleasing dozens of the morphing robot toys that the company hopes will be a hit with generations X and Y. 'The Transformers have had an image in Japan of being only for children,' says Masahiko Yamazaki, who leads Tomy's marketing effort. 'We'd like to bring back old fans and create a new market for adults.'
Tomy says it hopes to do more than $50 million in Transformers sales this fiscal year, through March, 2008. That might be possible, but sales in Japan so far have been disappointing, according to Mizuho Investors Securities. Says Shoji Morita, an analyst at Okasan Securities: 'In the U.S., there are many success stories of a hit movie leading to a hit toy. In Japan, however, hit products are always connected to TV anime or TV programs such as Pokemon and Gundam.'

In fact, few expect the Transformers to help Tomy's earnings much. Tomy produces Transformers for U.S. toymaker Hasbro, but the Japanese company's profit margins from the arrangement are miniscule, and Transformers-related sales have amounted to less than 10% of the company's total.

But even if the Transformers flop, some analysts think Tomy will still get by. In the first quarter, Tomy's operating earnings swung to a profit of $500,000 from a $2.6 million loss a year ago, and sales rose nearly 15%, to $342 million. Etsuko Tamura of Mizuho Investors Securities says Tomy's Tomica trains and Barbie-look-alike Licca-chan dolls are big enough sellers to lift the company's profits this year. For the financial year, she projects operating profits will grow 57%, to $40 million. If only Tomy's stock price could show a similar recovery. 'It's disappointing as we've had healthy revenue growth,' says spokesperson Asahara.
Posted 9/10/2007
Clayz Aug 2007 Time Bokan - Doronjo-sama PVC 1/7
Price: 6,000 yen
Series: Time Bokan
Manufacturer: Clayz
Release Date: Aug 2007
Type: Completed Fixed-Pose Figure
Description:
Here's a gorgeous PVC figure of slinky Doronjo-sama from Tatsunoko's 1977-79 Time Bokan series 'Yattaman'! Sculpted with dedicated detail by Karuma Hazuki, the unmasked vixen is enjoying some relaxation between attempts to find the Skull Stone with her Doronbo gang. (We do not want to see Boyakki and Tonzura luxuriating in their down time...) Her uniquely designed lounge seat is included, although the wooden display base pictured below is not.Please note that figures such as this are mass produced and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 9/10/2007
Yujin Aug 2007 Disney Tea Time Ball Chain 1 Box
Price: 2,000 yen
Series: Disney
Manufacturer: Yujin
Release Date: Aug 2007
Type: Trading Figure

Posted 9/10/2007
Mattel Aug 2007 'China Barbie' takes on Mattel - Asia Times Online

Mattel, which makes Barbie dolls, was forced this month to recall millions of toys that were made in China because of lead paint and loose magnets.
So what's Mattel's next step in recovering from possible lost revenues? To attack porn star 'China Barbie' of ChinaBarbie.com, of course.
Rather than focusing on its own legal problems, the major US corporation has decided to take aim at suing US porn queen China Barbie for her comparatively nominal monetary assets.
'The site's been up for like five years, so it's like, why are they coming after me right now?' she wondered recently of the trademark-infringement lawsuit leveled at her website ChinaBarbie.com by the California-based toymaker.
'It's because they're in trouble right now with the lead-poisoning thing, and everyone's been Googling it and that's how they found out about the site,' she told Hasani Gittens of the New York Post in a recent interview.
'I'm not marketing myself to children, in any way shape or form,' said China Barbie, whose real name is Terri Gibson.
Regardless of what the outcome of this lawsuit will be, longtime fans of China Barbie are rallying around, many through her website and her Adult Yahoo Group.
The tactic being undertaken by Mattel is especially questionable in this case. Often intellectual-property owners who file lawsuits in similar circumstances lose the case.
The US Patent and Trademark Office and US federal courts generally opine that personal names meant and used as the identification of an individual do not give rise to infringement or damages unless the individual is seeking to identify with and purposefully using intellectual property of the complainant - which China Barbie is not.
'Barbie' is a common name but is also a trademark owned by Mattel for certain purposes, and has certain limitations. 'China', of course, cannot be trademarked for myriad reasons but basically because it is the name of a country and thus too 'generic'.
The mixed 'word mark' of 'China Barbie' would likely be a valid registration - if it weren't the current subject of objection. One can bet that Mattel's intellectual-property lawyers are working overtime to register 'Barbie of China', 'China Barbie', 'Chinese Barbie', or similar word marks to arm themselves in this campaign.
But this still overlooks the fact that Miss Barbie is using the name as a personal moniker without seeking to use or infringe on Mattel's intellectual property. Any long-term court battle would likely end up ruling against Mattel, in Barbie's favor.
Even the domain name that Mattel is fussing over - which is part of the lawsuit - does not enhance the claim. The Domain Name System registrar that allowed China Barbie to register and use ChinaBarbie.com stands strongly on a first come, first served basis.
Mattel had the opportunity to spend its millions long before China Barbie to buy up any domains it felt might represent a threat to its intellectual-property (IP) rights. That might sound ominous for owners of intellectual property, but it is not; if Miss Barbie had used the domain in question to infringe somehow on the IP rights of Mattel, the company could contest it. However, usually the first step is to make a complaint to the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy board, an arbitration panel provided by the Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers, before taking it to the courts.
In either case - for successful prosecution by the plaintiff - she would have had to use Mattel images, products or advertising to promote her site, which she hasn't.
Unlike Barbie, Mattel doesn't have legs in this case. So why is it bothering to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to prosecute it?
Posted 9/2/2007
Mark Beekman Aug 2006 Artist sees the Lite - Centre Daily Times

PHOENIXVILLE -- A popular children's toy inspired one local artist to turn on his own magical shining light, to paraphrase the popular advertising jingle, when he created the 'World's Largest Lite-Brite.'
Mark Beekman, a 26-year-old resident of Charlestown, used more than 125,000 Lite-Brite pegs to re-create a 1:9 scale version of Leonardo Da Vinci's 'The Last Supper.'
Beekman said he got the initial idea for the 'World's Largest Lite-Brite' in January 2006. At first he thought about using Legos, but he decided that Lego murals have been done to death, plus the smaller Lite-Brite pegs would allow for greater resolution in the picture.
He played with Lite-Brite toys when he was younger, and decided to relive those days, albeit on a much larger scale. He also wanted to bring a novel approach and a little excitement to his first major artwork.
'When I was a kid, you couldn't have paid me to go to an art museum. I thought art was boring,' Beekman said. 'With this piece, I wanted to appeal to kids as well as the kid in all of us. I want people to realize that art is whatever they want it to be. It doesn't have to be boring.'
Hasbro began manufacturing the Lite-Brite toy, which allows artists to create a 'glowing picture,' in 1967. Lite-Brites use translucent plastic pegs placed through opaque black paper, creating an image when a light behind the paper is illuminated.
Beekman's creation is quite a bit more complicated than that. He started by constructing a frame made out of aluminum pipes, which he cut by hand. He chose aluminum, he said, because it's lightweight but still very strong.
Instead of paper, he used perforated sheet metal as backing, in the largest size he could find, 5 feet wide by 10 feet tall. He bought his initial supply of Lite-Brite pegs direct from Hasbro.
The piece is illuminated by Cee-Lite electroluminescent panels -- high-tech flat flexible sheets that light up. He also made and painted the frame by hand, using antiquing effects.
Beekman used computer printouts to help him determine where the different colored plastic pegs should go, except for some freehand in the faces. The pegs are attached to the perforated sheet metal with eight layers of glue.
When his supply of white Lite-Brite pegs was exhausted before the project was completed, Beekman had to improvise. He ended up buying out the Lite-Brite toy supplies of all the stores in the area several times over.
Putting the Lite-Brite pegs in was one of the easier parts of creating the piece. Beekman said planning everything out and considering all the different options was quite challenging -- that and handcrafting the frame.
'Now I'm an expert in industrial adhesives,' he said.
A perfectionist by nature, Beekman is still putting a few finishing touches on the project. He's also starting to look into his exhibition options.
Beekman's piece is about twice the size of the record holder for world's biggest Lite-Brite. He is getting his creation certified by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Overall, he's glad to be wrapping up his ambitious effort and is pleased with how it turned out. Soon he'll move on to something else. He doesn't know what it will be yet, but chances are it will be considerable.
'I like to think big,' Beekman said. 'Go big or go home.'
Posted 9/2/2007
Clayz Aug 2007 Yatta-Man - Time-Bokan Yatta-man Dronjo PVC 1/7
<b>Time</b>-Bokan Yatta-man Dronjo (Completed Figure)  
Item name : Time-Bokan Yatta-man Dronjo (Completed Figure) New Item
Manufacturer : Clayz
Scale : 1/7
Material : PVC
Producer : Karma Hadsuki
Original : Yatta-man
Release Date : Late Aug., 2007
Regular Price : 6,000 yen
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Posted 8/26/2007
Shueisha May 2007 Heaven's Prison - Heaven's Prison Vol.3 Limited Edition First Time With Saki Figure
*Heaven`s Prison Vol.3 Limited Edition First <b>Time</b> With Saki Figure (Completed Figure)[close]
*Heaven`s Prison Vol.3 Limited Edition First <b>Time</b> With Saki Figure (Completed Figure) Package1 
Item name : *Heaven`s Prison Vol.3 Limited Edition First Time With Saki Figure (Completed Figure)
Manufacturer : Shueisha
Producer : Masaki Asai
Original : *Heaven`s Prison
Release Date : Mid May., 2007
Regular Price : 3,791 yen 
Posted 8/26/2007
MGA Aug 2007 'Bratz' tries to sweeten dolls' tart image - Seattle Times

NEW YORK — The Bratz universe was humming along as usual last week at the Toys 'R' Us flagship store in Manhattan. Like bees to honey, little girls buzzed about shelves lined with those famous pouty dolls with huge heads, plush lips to put Angelina Jolie to shame, and bared, toned midriffs.
There was much to choose from: Bratz Babyz. Bratz Kidz. Fashion Pixiez. Magic Hair. Bratz Spiderman 3. Bratz Shrek. The Bratz RC cruiser. Alarm clocks, CDs, video games. 'I love it!' one girl cried, actually jumping for joy. 'Look at all the makeup!'
These are the Bratz lovers — young girls who, negative reviews aside, are the target audience for the new 'Bratz' movie. What they'll see is a more wholesome look to Yasmin, Jade, Sasha and Cloe, the main characters behind the billion-dollar global franchise.
Then there are the Bratz haters, including some (but not all) parents, who say that film or no film, the Bratz doll message is troubling: Friendship may be good, but what's really important is to be chic and, above all, sexy.
Few dolls seem to inspire as much opinion as the Bratz, created in 2001 by Isaac Larian of MGA Entertainment. The blogosphere is littered with references to the dolls as tarts or prostitutes. The American Psychological Association got into the act earlier this year, mentioning Bratz in a broader report on the sexualization of girls: 'It is worrisome when dolls designed specifically for 4- to 8-year-olds are associated with an objectified adult sexuality.'
Some parents, alarmed by the sexy clothing and pouty looks, simply ban the dolls. 'We don't allow them in the house,' says Helene Lewis, of Moorestown, N.J. 'It's the name, the look, the whole feeling about them. There are already enough negative influences out there.'
But Lewis recognizes that banning something outright might lead her 5-year-old daughter to want it more. So she tempers her response: 'We're going to avoid it as long as possible.'
At the Toys 'R' Us display this week, Vera Dias-Freitas was going through the same balancing act. 'It's hard to say no, now that all the kids are getting it — it's peer pressure,' she said, as her 7-year-old daughter Emily weighed her options. 'What bothers me is that they give off an aggressive attitude. And why do they have to be sexy?' said the mother from Framingham, Mass. 'The heels, and the low-rise jeans — it's too much.'
'Girly-girl' power?
Some, though, say young girls simply love to dress up their dolls — and it doesn't mean your 5-year-old will demand stilettos and spaghetti straps next time she leaves for preschool. 'I like the dolls,' said Mary Ann Savage of Fenton, Mich., as daughter Kylee, 8, exulted over the Magic Makeup kit. 'At this age, they all want to dress up and wear makeup. My daughter's a total girly-girl.'
Though producers of the 'Bratz' movie say they expect mainly a 'tween' audience — roughly ages 7 to 13 — many fans of the dolls are as young as 4 and 5. And perhaps younger for the babies, who wear diapers that look more like bikini bottoms, with midriff showing, and bottles stylishly attached to a chain necklace.
Psychologist Sharon Lamb, who often gives talks on the sexualization of girls, says one seventh-grade class gasped when she showed them a Bratz Baby.
Posted 8/26/2007
McFarlane Aug 2007 Grinch - Time And Space Toys.com To Sell Exclusive

TIME AND SPACE TOYS.COM TO SELL EXCLUSIVE
3-inch Toy Will Feature Alternate Base
August 24, 2007
Copyright 2007 TMP International, Inc.
 

Time and Space Toys, an online retailer, will feature an exclusive 3-inch figure from our How the Grinch Stole Christmas line of action figures.

'All I need is a Reindeer,' featuring the Grinch and his hapless dog, Max, re-creates one of the holiday classic's most memorable moments.

McFarlane Toys' series of 6-inch Grinch action figures will be available at retailers nationally this October. Release of the same line in 3-inch size is planned for release next fall - but the limited-edition, 'All I need is a Reindeer,' figure will be available only at Time and Space this year and feature an alternate paint scheme on the base.

Time and Space will begin pre-selling this item next week. For complete details, go to TimeandSpaceToys.com.

To see the complete line of Grinch figures, go here.

>> 3-INCH GRINCH: TIMEANDSPACETOYS.COM EXCLUSIVE
Posted 8/26/2007
Wonder Festival Aug 2007 - Cosplay Time
 
Posted 8/19/2007
Aug 2007 Dutch chain recalls beds from China - Taipei Times
Dutch chain recalls beds from ChinaTOXIC: Beter Bed Holding said it was destroying a shipment of 728 foam mattresses from China after tests showed they contained toxic insecticide


A chain of Dutch bed stores said on Friday it was recalling more than 1,300 Chinese-made foam mattresses amid fears they were sprayed with toxic insecticide.
Beter Bed Holding announced the recall after tests on a shipping container holding more than 700 mattresses found they contained poison, possibly as a result of being sprayed to kill insects in wooden packaging.
'Given its contents, the container ... should not have been sprayed,' the company said.
It said it was destroying the shipment of 728 mattresses and recalling 1,310 from earlier deliveries, which were sold by its BeddenReus chain. Shoppers were urged to return the items to the stores for a refund.
News of possibly toxic mattresses is another blow to the already tarnished product safety record of Chinese exporters following a string of scandals including tainted dog food and toothpaste and lead paint on toys.
Beijing attempted to repair some of the damage on Friday by releasing a policy paper that touted its past food safety record and a current campaign to crack down on poor -- and potentially dangerous -- food processing practices.
Ironically, the spraying may have been part of a Chinese move to ensure exports were not infected.
'You can do that with solid stuff, but not of course with food, textiles, stuff people sleep on,' Beter Bed spokesman Richard Neve said. 'If you put a chemical compound on a [foam] sleeping mattress, like a sponge it fills itself up.'
The mattresses were found to be tainted when Dutch government inspectors checked the container at Rotterdam port, said Jan-Jaap Eikelboom, a spokesman at the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment.
'The first check showed they were poisonous, exactly what [the poison is] we still have to check,' Eikelboom said.
Although the ministry has yet to deliver a verdict on what the toxic material is, Beter Bed said it believed it to be benzene, a carcinogen, and a chemical compound called ethylene dichloride.
Eikelboom said he did not know where in China the shipment of mattresses originated.
 
Posted 8/19/2007
Aug 2007 Paying for cheap play - Chicago Sun-Times

The first Barbie dolls to hit the market in 1959 cost $3 each. Today, the fashion doll won't set you back much more.
That's the economics of the toy business. Consumers demand low prices. Toymakers want fat profits. So manufacturing ambled off to China, which for a long time has been willing and able to please both.
That's the economics of the toy business. Consumers demand low prices. Toymakers want fat profits. So manufacturing ambled off to China, which for a long time has been willing and able to please both.
Now a massive toy recall by Mattel Inc. reveals an ugly side to that cost-cutting drive. The sacrifice of safety just to provide cheap toys is something everyone will have to pay for.
Now a massive toy recall by Mattel Inc. reveals an ugly side to that cost-cutting drive. The sacrifice of safety just to provide cheap toys is something everyone will have to pay for.
The slogan ''Made in China'' has long stood for affordability. Thanks to the dramatically lower labor costs that China offered -- estimated by some to be a fifth of what they are globally -- toymakers could knock down their expenses by shifting production abroad.
That not only has boosted corporate earnings, but helped them gain shelf-space in retail chains like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that insisted on low prices for the products they bought. The merchants could then offer good deals to price-conscious shoppers without losing any prof-its.
The result is an industry that hasn't seen its products' prices soar much. Many of today's toys, when adjusted for inflation, might be less expensive than those decades ago, even though such things as raw material costs -- like paper and plastic -- have skyrocketed, according to independent toy industry consultant Chris Byrne.
''We can't have ever-decreasing prices without something eventually being squeezed,'' Byrne said.
That squeeze is what has been grabbing headlines lately. As millions of Chinese-made toys have been recalled, suddenly Americans have become very aware -- and scared -- of the risks of manufacturing there.
It's easy to see why the alarm bells are going off. When playthings with big-time brand names are considered health risks, that makes for much conversation among parents who are now dismayed about what's lurking in their toy bin.
This puts the toy industry in a tricky spot. With more than 80 percent of U.S. toys imported from China, toymakers here can't afford to abandon production. But if they want to keep customers, toy sellers must change their Chinese operations significantly.
 
Posted 8/19/2007
Opportunity for Europe's toymakers - Chicago Sun-Times

Opportunity for Europe's toymakers
Chicago Sun-Times, United States -
Mattel Inc., America's largest toy maker, announced a worldwide recall last week of almost 19 million items such as dolls, vehicles and action figures ...
Amid recalls, small toymakers stress workmanship
Published 8/19/2007
Aug 2007 China bans exports by 2 toy makers - Los Angeles Times
China announced Thursday that it had banned two toy manufacturers from the export market after their products were found to contain lead paint. The action was the latest in a series of damage-control measures aimed at quieting an international uproar over tainted Chinese products.

China has unveiled a raft of measures in recent weeks aimed at cracking down on shoddy or dangerous merchandise and tainted food, even as it has insisted that Chinese products in general are reliable and safe, and that concern about unsafe goods is vastly overblown.

The export ban announced Thursday applies to companies that sold toys to Mattel Inc., which marketed them under the Fisher-Price label, and to RC2 Corp., which sold the Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway toys.

The Fisher-Price products included plastic Big Bird and Elmo characters from 'Sesame Street.' News that they were being recalled because they contained potentially toxic levels of lead paint caused an uproar in the United States and elsewhere.

In its announcement, China's General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said the restrictions on Lee Der Industrial Co. and Hansheng Wood Products were temporary.

'They have been asked to evaluate and change their business practices,' the administration said in a notice on its website.

The agency said police were investigating the companies' use of 'fake plastic pigment.'

Officials at Lee Der and Hansheng, both located in the southern province of Guangdong, said they had not heard about the export ban and refused to comment further.

It was unclear whether the companies could continue to sell goods on the domestic market. Wang Youkai, a professor of public administration at the China National School of Administration, said he would not assume that they would, although he added that 'we have a stricter standard for exporting products.'

Wang echoed the Chinese government's view of the entire tainted-products scandal, saying he thought it 'has something to do with a trade dispute' and was being overblown.

'If we are all tolerant, some problems probably could be tackled without rousing so much attention,' he said in an interview.

Still, the government has been rattled by reaction to the discoveries of tainted goods, which have included a toxic substance added to pet food, toothpaste laced with a harmful chemical and contaminated seafood. Last month, it executed the former head of the Food and Drug Administration, Zheng Xiaoyu, for accepting gifts and bribes from drug companies.

Among other measures, China also said it would cut the number of small, poorly regulated food producers in half, and announced Wednesday that it was spending $1.1 billion to build new testing labs and other facilities needed to upgrade its food and drug safety network.

The government placed part of the blame for the lead paint recall on Mattel and RC2, suggesting that they should have exercised more oversight.

'To prevent loopholes in quality control, overseas brand owners should improve their product design and supervision over product quality,' the watchdog agency said.

El Segundo-based Mattel recalled 967,000 Fisher-Price toys made by Lee Der last week, although about two-thirds of them were caught before they reached store shelves. In June, Oak Brook, Ill.-based RC2 recalled 1.5 million wooden Thomas the Tank Engine toys made by Hansheng.

Posted 8/11/2007
Aug 2007 Peru seizes 60t of Chinese toys - Daily Times
Peru seizes 60t of Chinese toys LIMA: Peruvian police announced Friday it had seized more than 60 tonnes of Chinese toys smuggled from Chile believed to contain toxic, lead-based products that were about to be sold in Lima markets.

“Operation Toys Against Death” on Thursday raided a warehouse in Lima full of Chinese-made toys from China, Malaysia and Taiwan that had been smuggled across the border from Chile, Police chief Walter Rivera told reporters.

“The toys show signs of having been made with toxic substances such as lead,” he said, adding that the health ministry was analyzing the products.

Health scares have swirled around a range of Chinese-made exports, from toys painted with lead-based paints, toxic toothpaste ingredients to faulty tires, pet food and seafood. In the United States there have been several recent recalls of Chinese-made toys, including 970,000 toys recalled last month by Fisher-Price, and 1.5 million wooden “Thomas the Train” figures by RC2 Corp.

In Peru, Chinese-made toys have steadily increased their share of Peru’s toy market from 56.5 percent in 2000 to 78.1 percent last year, when the imports were valued at 45.4 million dollars, according to a study by the Catholic University’s Business Center.

Posted 8/11/2007
Mattel Aug 2007 expects toy recall to cost $30 million - Los Angeles Times

Mattel expects toy recall to cost $30 million
Los Angeles Times, CA -

There have been a spate of recalls of Chinese-made products, including tires and pet food, but the Mattel recall stands out in part because it involves a long-trusted brand name and because Mattel is known for setting strict production standards.

The episode shows how even the most diligent companies can run into problems as they farm out production, said Dara O'Rourke, an assistant professor of labor and environmental policy at UC Berkeley.

'If it can happen to Mattel it can happen to anybody,' said O'Rourke, who has studied toy and other consumer goods factories in China. 'These supply chains right now are neither transparent enough nor well-managed enough even for a company that is trying very hard to be able to guarantee the safety and quality and healthfulness of their products.'

Mattel said it was working to understand how the problem happened at a subcontractor's plant in China, and what the company could do to prevent similar issues in the future.

'I'm disappointed and I'm upset this happened and I apologize. . . . The trust of our consumers is deeply important to Mattel and to me,' Mattel Chief Executive Robert Eckert said in an interview Thursday. 'In the long term I think we won't be judged by the fact that a mistake was made in a vendor's plant, but instead we'll be judged on how we respond.'

Edmund Mierzwinski, the national consumer program director for U.S. Public Interest Research Group, said U.S. companies needed to take greater responsibility for the products they import.

'If they choose not to use U.S. companies to make homegrown products, that's the bed they've chosen to lay in,' Mierzwinski said. 'That's the challenge that these global companies face. They've got to meet child labor laws, safety laws, and they've got to have checks and balances all along the chain.'

Lead paint, which has been banned in the U.S. for 30 years, is considered particularly dangerous for children, whose brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the effects of lead. The consequences can include learning disabilities and decreased intelligence.

Adults also are at risk from lead and are commonly exposed by breathing in lead dust as a result of remodeling older homes. But lead in toys is especially pernicious not just because of the fragility of those playing with them, but because young children's' tendency to put their toys in their mouths.Dr. Robert Adler, vice chairman of pediatrics at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, said children who simply played with toys made with lead paint were probably at little risk of suffering health problems.

'The actual amount of lead they get from a limited exposure to the toy, while not desirable, is probably not dangerous,' he said.

But if parents are worried that their child has been exposed to lead, Adler said they could contact their physician and request a lead test. The test requires a small amount of blood to be drawn.

Mattel, which also makes Barbie dolls and Matchbox cars, said it was able to stop two-thirds of the 967,000 toys recalled in the United States before they hit store shelves.

 
Posted 8/5/2007
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