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November 21, 2012

Today's launch: OLD vs NEW series

It’s almost time for the sale of the second series from Battle of the Mascots: OLD vs NEW.

The Blind Boxes (2 from each participant as well as 10 chases so 50 in total) will be available in our store TODAY at, 5pm NYC, 7am Melbourne, 11pm Netherlands. Make sure that you are on time, because they will go fast!

"The Battle of the Mascots" blind box battle is back for a second round and it is bigger than ever! This time we have 20 of the worlds best vinyl customizers doing battle for the title in what is set to be a crazy event! The warriors from battle one have joined forces to wage war against the onslaught of a new army and the line ups are stacked with talent! Team Old consists Don P, Sekure D, Commandante, Matcandraw, NikeJerk, Alex Break, Loz Hausofboz, JFury, JC Rivera and Fuller.
The new comers are Charles Rodriquez, Stuart Witter, Color Chemist, El Hooligan, Wheelbarrow, Squink, Jar, RunDMB, MaloApril and Nugglife.

Chebaka Toys

About three months ago, I wrote about the pre-order for these new vinyl toys from Creo Design Shop that come in a variety of colors. A couple of weeks ago I received these in the mail for review. Out of the box these look great, the packaging is done well and the toys them selves look good out of the box. My first thought was that these would be great for customizing. Out of the five the only quality control issues were some bubbling of the paint on the green one. This is not uncommon as even big companies have a toy or two that make it through with some QC issues. 

Well it had been a while since I had written about the pre-order so I hopped over to Creo Design Shops store. I found out that in addition to the five color ways there was also now a blank DIY toy. This brings me to my only problem with these toys. Like I said before, these look great for DIY aspects, they are simple with only a base color and no real detail to them. Now I see they are offering a DIY version for $15. The various color ways go for $20, or $85 for the set of 5. I could see spending $10 a piece for these across the board, but with such simple base colors, I cannot see these being put into a collection straight out of the box. The options for designers at this price level are numerous, kidrobot alone has all their 4" DIY's for $10, the 7" ones are the same price as the Chebaka color ways.

These are nice forms, but I think the price needs to be cut in half for these to be of interest to the general toy community. Now I just have to figure out what I am going to do to customize my set.