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December 5, 2016

Fly high with a Lego Ninja into the sky

(Top) Front and back of the oversized package. (Bottom) Everything that came inside, and some rather new and unique colored parts, made specifically for this flyer model.
Ninjas. What comes to mind when you think of the mysterious stealthy warriors of the far East? Death in the darkness? Sharp edged sword fights? Flying plastic minifigures? Whaaaa?

Yes, since 2011, Lego has produced 112 sets for Ninjago that have ranged from incredible temples and a variety of insanely designed Asiatic inspired dragons, to weird offshoots like a line of zip pull activated "Airjitsu Wrayth Flyers", of which one I am reviewing today.

The Ninjago line has proved to be successful enough that it is one of the more popular add ons for Lego Dimensions, and has a full length feature film debuting in 2017, hot on the heels of the wildly popular television show.
Just 43 pieces in this build.
Now let me start off by saying that under most circumstances, I don't like what I call the "gimmick set" releases, and this one really falls into that for me. The build action is definitely secondary to getting the play value out of it. That's to be expected, as it really is aimed at the younger collector of Ninjago's line.

With just the aforementioned 43 pieces in this set, the time building it was pretty slim, clocking in at just around 7 minutes. It's not a difficult build, and did have some odd assembly and brick placements, like the two hidden 1x1 bricks in the lower right hand corner images above. And of those pieces included, 14 of them were minifig parts and weapons, and two spare bricks.
The actual reason I picked up this particular one was of course the minifigure, which had these wicked transparent legs with great details overlaid on them.
But looking past those shortcomings, it's a solid set, and I did manage to try out the flyer functionality and it works quite well (at flying out of control and scaring the %$#@ out of all of my cats in the process eliciting ninja like panic reactions from the fur foot clan..).

The best part of this set is the minifigure, as his design and weapons that are included are actually pretty bad ass.

For kids, this set is pretty cool and does have a real honest to god playability factor above the standard creative realms for normal Lego sets. For the older collector,... $10, which is what the sets average, is a bit high to pay for a single minifig, if that's what you're going for. But the set does include some great bricks and other parts in it that you'd be hard pressed to find outside of these flyer sets.


Stats Rating/Information
Items Lego Airjitsu Wrayth Flyer Set 70744
Made by Lego
Rarity Common
Classification In Production
Condition New
Procured Retail Recovery Sales outlet
Worth $10
Investment $6
Build Time 7 minutes.
Trivia & Fun Facts In 2012, the LEGO Ninjago Fire Temple was awarded "Activity Toy of the Year" title at the 12th Annual Toy of the Year Awards, which is held at the American International Toy Fair in New York City.

Mario, the Artisan Rogue
www.theartisanrogue.com

December 3, 2016

BIG PAW by MikeFudge

     

We are proud to announce the first small production run of figures from Colorado artist Mike Fudge. This 6” hand painted solid resin figure comes in this Brick Red color edition which will be limited to 40 pieces.  Word on the street is an even smaller limited run color version will be available through the Artist himself relatively soon.



Available now at the We Are Not Toys website.


December 2, 2016

DREAM WEAVER by Brent Nolasco



From the thoughts of Pennsylvania artist Brent Nolasco, comes the Dream Weaver. This 5 3/4” solid resin art figure has the power to narrate your unconscious. He comes in this Peppermint color edition and will be limited to only 30 pieces.



Available now at the We Are Not Toys website.


December 1, 2016

CHARLIE The Angry Pink Elephant



The first small production run from Los Angeles street artist Angel Once. Angel is always putting in work spreading his realm of elephants, some of which are pink, one of which is Charlie.



Charlie stands 4 1/4” tall, is hand painted roto-casted resin, stands on his hind legs and has a snail companion. Charlie, so far, only comes in this OG pink color edition. This is a limited run of 50 pieces only. $80.00




Available now at their website.

COLUS - Impundulu - Discordia Exclusive Enamel Pin

The votes came in. And so COLUS is the first artist in Discordia Culture Shop's Artist Series of Enamel Pins. Manufacturing is underway and Pre-Orders are being taken now. Expected to ship AFTER XMAS. (Unless we get lucky.) Expect more Artists Exclusives soon. If you are an Artist interested in joining the series don't be shy. discordiamerchandising@gmail.com

AVAILABLE HERE: LINK

Posted by: Your Ninja Blogger Gavriel Discordia

November 30, 2016

SNEAK PEEK: Violence Toy Twin Vulgaris Mortem Show Exclusive

Here's a little teaser for you of Violence Toy's show exclusive for the Vulgaris Mortem: Sofubi Art Toy Exhibition happening this Saturday (Dec. 3rd) at Guzu Gallery (Austin, TX).

We simply adore this version of the (single) twin from The Shining. Only 5 pieces of this badass exclusive colorway will be sold during the show, so make sure to arrive early and grab one!


Sales at the gallery will begin as soon as the doors open (3pm), unsold pieces will be available on the store's website for a limited time.  Those of you who are in Austin will not only be able to pick up the works right after the show, but also to have a close look at Strange Beasts IV —  the 4th in Guzu’s highly successful series of kaiju & Japanese pop culture themed group art shows, opening Friday (Dec. 2nd) night. Make sure to check it out!

Saturday, December 3rd, 3pm-6pm, 
Live musical set from The Del-Vipers
Admission is free, all ages are welcome.
For more updates and sneak previews @vulgarismortem on Instagram

JFury & Urban Vinyl Daily Release KingPins Series Online

Did you miss out on the pins Urban Vinyl Daily released wit the artist JFury at Designer Con? Well now you can get all three of the KingPins artist series designs online from the artist! And that is not all, JFury has also made a deal that if you order all three of the pins he will toss in three vinyl decals based on his famous characters. So what are you waiting for? Head over HERE and grab them for $10 each.