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Matte Plastic

Changing technology is such a bear…

June 6th, 2008

Ok, so I’ve been out of it for a while…..actually since the whole blog boards got changed. I apologize for that - had some trouble getting a login to work (new tech, new login, user error). But now that I’ve got a login that works I gotta figure out how to use this new format - heck, I’ve not really seen the blogs so much since the change.
You would think that me being in a tech field (videogames) that I’d be used to change or at least able to easily adapt to it. Unfortunately, quite the contrary - changes to computer programs and operating systems always tend to do nothing more than frustrate me and tick me off. Why does Windows need to change!? It just needs to let me see my files and start programs - period. I don’tcare if my icons wiggle and dance! ;-)
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WALL·E toys are here

May 24th, 2008

Wall·e toy

WALL·E toys are showing up in toy stores everywhere. Today I dropped some money on the U Repair WALL·E figure that you can take apart and reassemble.

Here is a quick video of some of the various WALL·E toys that are available…

For the mid range collector types, the InterAction Talking WALL·E might be a good choice. It seems to be the equevelent of the talking Buzz Lightyear figures that were so popular during the first Toy Story film release.

If you are a really hard core collector, and you have around $190 bucks to spend, you might want to look into this toy…

I usually don’t buy the Pixar toys (I think the last one I picked up prior to my purchase today was a Zurg figure) but I may have to pick up some more WALL·E figures.

-Floyd Bishop 

Big sale on Indiana Jones figures

May 18th, 2008

Toys R Us

Toys R Us is having a great sale this week on many of their movie line related toys, including figures from the new “Indiana Jones”, “Narnia”, and “Speed Racer” product lines. If you need some more figures for your office cubicle, you may want to swing by your local Toys R Us this week.

-Floyd Bishop 

Disney’s Dragonkind sculptures

May 17th, 2008


Gentle Giant has created  a series of sculptures for Disney, based on some of their most famous dragons. In this new interpretation of the characters, the dragons are much more fearsome than their animated counterparts. The above image is Mushu from “Mulan”.

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Mattel pulls “scary” Heath Ledger figure from shelves

May 13th, 2008

Heath Ledger toy

via LiveNews

Mattel, the American producer of the action figures for the new Batman movie, has pulled the late Heath Ledger’s original “Joker” figurine from production, claiming the toy was too scary.

The move has left collectors scrambling to buy the limited edition original before supplies run out.

Read the full story here… 

 -Floyd Bishop

 **The Matte Plastic blog will be up to full force soon. We had some login weirdness related to the recent format change. Keep watching this space!

STILL the stuff of cheesey nightmares!

April 29th, 2008


Ok, not exactly “toys” news yet. But we all know if it’s a movie nowadays we’re gettin toys from it!
So, over at Ain’t it Cool News they have an article on the new Land of the Lost movie HERE

Nice update to the Sleestaks, and I will have to have a figure of one standing on my desk. He’ll probably end up on the shelf tormenting the Doctor Who figures, and Back to the Future figures (time travellers after all). Anyway, check out the update and go rip into those figures like a slow moving Sleestak after Marshal and Will’s Brady Bunch hair!


2-1B in package or not 2-1B in package….

April 25th, 2008


I know I yammer a lot about opening your figures. It’s just something I’m pretty adament about. I mean, it’s toys after all! BUT, action figure packaging has become quite cool over the past years. They’ve gone from being just standard rectangular cards or boxes to being oblong, specialized shapes, etc.
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Super Heroically cute!

April 23rd, 2008


Ok, I don’t have any of these little guys, but I ‘ve been tempted - they’re just a lot of fun looking. I suppose if I had a kid in that age group, then I’d have all of them [Read more…]

Happy Earth Day!!

April 22nd, 2008


Captain Planet says protect the planet, it’s the only one you’ve got!
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He’s on his way!

April 22nd, 2008


After getting to help Floyd and Lisa with the Fredbot logo animation, I just felt like I needed to try and do a toy of the ol FredBot. So, I found this figure of Gigantor - kinda looks similar to our intrepid entrepreneurial giant robotic friend with dangerously spikey eyebrows? I found the figure at Big Bad Toy Store - they’re a great online store if you’re having trouble finding something or just don’t want to mess with hunting in the stores! I’ve shopped with them before they even had a store and have never had a problem with them! Anyway, he’s been shipped and is en route. I have some Aves Fixit Sculpt, tools, paintbrushes, X-acto blade, and a bunch of band-aids! Gotta order some paints and then we’ll be ready to roll on the modifications! I’ll be sure to take pics of the mod process I go through!

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