Episode 3 : Technical Difficulties

1.16.07 – Episode 3 : Technical Difficulties

Show Notes – Hope everyone is enjoying the new year! Episode 3 is coming to you a little later than we had hoped due to some technical difficulties and the common cold (again). Anyway, join us for a recap of the Vinyl Toys Network show, our first installment of How to Make Toys, and as always, toy news, reviews, and more! We also have corrected an audio syncing problem with the mp4 version of the show – hope it’s better for everyone. Thanks for taking a Toy Break with us!


  • playtimes-magazine.com – Playtimes magazine announced a new format for 2007 which will include a new logo, new paper, revamped content structure, and become a bi-monthly publication.
  • Dot Dot Dash Contest Winner – We chose a winner for the Dot Dot Dash giveaway and want to thank everyone who participated!
  • New Contest – We announced a new contest which involves answering a little toy trivia to win a new Toy2R polo shirt and postcard book 1 from the Toy2R Bunny Qee Fiesta.
  • Skywalkers – Friends With You displayed giant blimps of their characters in Miami Beach, Florida in December 2006 – check out this video on youtube.com
  • UniPo Series 4 – Fright Night – from Unkl Brand – four new UniPo designs
  • New 15″ Circus Punks – 5 new designs by Shag, tokidoki, Bod Dob, Thomas Han, and Craola – edition of 50 pieces each from $100 to $120
  • Gumliens – We don’t know much about these, but they should be coming out soon.
  • Black Metal Is My God – New Steven the Bat design from Super 7 and Bwana Spoons – edition of 117 pieces for $50 each
  • Tiny Heartheads – by Tesselate – Just in time for Valentines Day, order your Tiny Hearthead with custom message on the back of his head for about $23 plus $4 shipping from sam@tesselate.me.uk
  • Capman Kanser – from ToyQube and Keith Poon – Mr. Capman (300 pieces) and Miss Capman (150 pieces) will be available at New York Comic Con.
  • Vinyl Toy Network – Mini review for the first Vinyl Toy Network which took place in Pasadena, CA in December 2006


Feature – How to Make Toys – Tools & Materials

  • Contenti.com – Jewelry making supplies including waxers, tips for waxers, some wax, and more.
  • Micromark.com – General tools like small pliers, files, clamps, and much more.
  • McMaster.com – Resource for pins (locate Machining and Clamping on the home page and choose Locating Pins, then Pins, Dowel Pins, Stainless Steel, then you can choose the size you need).
  • Stopmotionanimation.com – This intro to sculpting tutorial includes several tips and recipes for making your own wax (wax 1, wax 2, wax 3).
  • MyHeap.com – Good information and tips on making your own wax at home (we will be covering this as we go along, but this is a good reference).
  • Sculpt.com – Resource for several types of wax including Azbro wax.
  • Woodcarvers.com – A place to buy Zap glue and Zip kicker (we have not bought from them before, so you can search online for “zap glue zip kicker” and find several sites to buy it from).
  • Amazon.com – Find good books with actual photos for reference like the Eyewitness series.
  • Amazon.com – Link to Fantasy Figure Artists Reference for $20.69 on Amazon.com
  • Female Anatomy For Artist Huge source of hi-res female pose photos. Also has several other reference sites at the top of the page!

Feature Site – Sideshowtoy.com

  • Sideshowtoy.com – Manufacturer of some great collectibles from properties such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Buffy, Angel, Aliens, etc.


  • For the Love of Munny – Opening reception Saturday February 3rd at 7 pm at the Bear & Bird Gallery inside Tate’s Comics in Lauderhill, Florida.
  • Hot Curry – New works by Andrew Bell at Rotofugi in Chicago, IL from Jan. 15-28
  • The Rememberlings – Art from Lola at Think Space Gallery in Los Angeles, CA from Jan. 12 – Feb. 3
  • Switcheroo – A solo show by Amanda Visell at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles, CA opening Jan. 5th
  • Plush Week – A week of original plush fun at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles, CA from Jan. 23-30
  • One in the Pink – New paintings from Buff Monster at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles, CA from Feb. 1 – Mar. 1
  • Toy Fair – Feb. 11-14 at the Javits Center in New York City
  • New York Comic Con – Feb. 23-25 at the Javits Center in New York City