Category Archives: toys

A Soundwave for our iPod times

Soundwave as a transforming MP3 player! Notice that the tape deck opens to admit not cassettes but mini-SD cards ^_^

(from Engadget)

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More than met the eye, I suppose

PingMag carries a somewhat inspiring interview with the only foreign toy designer in Japan — and he designs Transformers!

How do you usually start with the creation process?

I put on my headphones, listen to music and close my eyes – and most of the stuff is in my head. When I was a kid I spent hours and hours with LEGO. I would go to bed and still be thinking of LEGO in my head.

Really? No 3D software involved?

No, I draw everything on millimetre paper, including every part. It is all in my head!

Huggable meat

Sweet Meats are handmade plush objects that look like various cuts of meat. They are made out of super cuddly polar fleece, cotton quilting thread and polyester fiberfill stuffing. All of the meats come in individual (toy) size and some also come in family (pillow) size.

Browse the whole range at Sweet Meats

Then check out The Food Section for a Q&A with the maker of these meaty plushies.

(thanks!  ;o)  )

Evil looks better? Go figure.

Have been getting up to date with the latest releases from Kaiyodo’s Revoltech line of poseable action figures. Got my eye on the EVAs: Unit 02 and Unit 05 from the movies.

thanks to William Tan! Go visit his blog!

Yes, two releases of Unit 05, one of which is a limited edition. Both have different accessories so if you want the whole set you’ve got to buy them all (like William Tan here.)

I’ve always thought Unit 05 looked the coolest. Must be the wings.

The older Kaiyodo releases are bigger and look more impressive than the Revoltechs, but are harder to find these days, more expensive, and admittedly less poseable. There were two sets with Unit 05 — a vanilla one with wings (above), and a gory (true to the movie) set with a half-chewed Unit 02 and other goodies.

Still, the new Revoltech figures look good (Unit 05 pics)

Another figure appearing on store shelves soon is the evil alter ego of Saber, from the series Fate stay/night. Again, much better-looking than her heroic sibling (in blue and silver, below).

Saber Alter Saber