Toys

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I like to pretend I live in a world where my action figures come to life at night and have adventures and battles. Photographer Zahir Batin makes such a world real in his photograph series of Star Wars action figures posed out in nature.

He puts clone troopers and other figures in funny situations and occasionally works in a bit of editing magic like you see above with the Force choke. He even goes the extra mile to explain the behind-the-scenes aspects on his Facebook page. I admire both his photography skills and his patience for setting the shots up just right.

Check out more examples of his work after the break.

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These incredible Titanfall weapon replicas are the work of Nick Brick. There’s a EVA-8 Shotgun, Smart Pistol MK5, and R-101C Carbine and each is life-sized. He made the pistol and rifle months before the game came out so they’re not exact replicas, but they’re still darned amazing. He’s even got videos showing how each works.

See more pictures and videos after the break…

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If you’ve ever worked in retail, especially in an industry that caters to merchandise for kids in any way, you’ve probaby heard the worlds “You’ve ruined Christmas!”. Heck, back in the day when I worked at Entertainment Earth, no holiday was complete until we heard it at least once.

But the demand for Frozen merchandise has apparently unleashed hell on Disney because the supply has dried up. People on eBay are selling Elsa dolls for up to $1750 bucks and parents are losing their ever lovin’ minds on the official Disney Store Facebook page.

Obviously, Disney didn’t anticipate that they would need to make Elsa and Anna dolls for pretty much every child on the planet and now people are willing to sell body parts for a toy for their little Susie.

It really is amazing to see the level of outrage. It reminds me of the Cabbage Patch insanity back in the day.

So if you have Frozen merchandise, you’re a very special snowflake. Enjoy that. If not, head after the break to see what you can look forward to at your local mall.

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You know what Westeros? Keep your Iron Throne with thousands of pointy swords; I’d rather have this striking version made from toys. The creative folks at Happy Garaje are huge fans of Game of Thrones and were inspired by the series to create their own version of the monstrous chair. Instead of using weapons, they forged the seat from toy soldiers, teddy bears, action figures, toy cars, LEGO bricks, and more. You can see them take shape as you get closer and closer to the throne, and it’s stunning.

Check out more photos of this incredible piece after the break.

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Okay, maybe not 1000 times, but way better.

In today’s installment of “There, let me fix that for you”, DeviantARTist lulemee has taken Disney Frozen dolls and repainted them to look much more like their animated versions.

While I know the sort of detail she adds would make these dolls far more expensive, I bet there are people who would pay quite happily for her detailed additions.

More pictures after the break and I promise, no earworms.

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Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles consistently release lifelike figures. Their sculpts are top notch and often look like sixth scale clones of the characters they were modeled on. One collector and artist has leveraged the high level of details and precision by using the statues to recreate movie posters. Romain Vendrell lights and poses his toys just right and then adds fitting backgrounds. The finished products are amazing.

The Avengers poster he did blows me away. It looks like a photograph from the film – not like toys surrounded by CGI effects. I clearly have a lot to learn about posing my figures.

See more of the impressive posters after the break.

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Need more adorable toys? Of course you do! Funko’s just announced their Fabrikations collection and it offers a different kind of toy: a plushie that has the qualities of an action figure. The soft sculpted figures stand on their own, have rotating heads, and come with vinyl accessories. For example, Deadpool gets swords and Yoda gets a lightsaber.

The toys are definitely cute, and I like the idea of putting stuffed figures on my shelves next to my other collectibles. So far the Fabrikations line includes characters from Marvel, Star Wars, and DC Comics. You can pre-order Deadpool, Yoda, Batman, and more for an estimated ship dates between April to August.

Check out more of the collection after the break.

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Father Slawomir Kostrzewa is cautioning parents that the Lego Monster Fighters series could be bad news for kids. Specifically, it could destroy their souls. According to Kostrzewa:

Friendly fellows have been replaced by dark monsters. These toys can have a negative effect on children. They can destroy their souls and lead them to the dark side.

Okay, now I’m confused because I thought the Dark Side was a Star Wars thing. Are these toys going to destroy my children’s souls or turn them into Sith? The priest even quoted research from New Zealand’s University of Canterbury that shows happy expressions on the faces of Lego minifigs has been on the decline since their introduction in 1975. As for the good people at Lego, they responded to Mashable saying:

As a company solely focused on a child’s well-being as developed through creative play, our only agenda is to provide toys that foster creative building and role-play opportunities. Vampires, monsters and zombies are often the subject of fantasy-based stories, which is how they were represented in the Lego play world

Rest easy parents. Your children’s souls are safe.

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Count your rupees because if you’ve been waiting for a perfect Zelda statue to come along, it’s your lucky day. First 4 Figures, creators of this epic Link and Epona piece, have just made the Twilight Princess version of Zelda available for pre-order. She’s part of their “Master Arts” line and stands at 17-inches tall (including the base). The sculpt is elegant and oh so very detailed.

Every piece of her armor and jewelry appears to be carefully reproduced. You can see the pale embroidery pattern on the bottom of her dress, and the fabric looks realistic. I’m amazed by the paint job, and I can only imagine how good it must look in person. The series of collectible statues is limited to just 2,500 pieces.

See more pics, including some close-ups, after the break.

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