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Black Canary

DC black Canary custom  mini fig

This is a custom Black Canary, she’s been on the site before in Now you’ll be known as Blackeye! and More Horsepower.

Via Photo Jojo: Make A Mini Light Studio Using School Supplies

Great tutorial from Photojojo I had to share with all the Toy Photographers that follow this blog. You can make a portable light studio using translucent binders. Looks like a neat little project. They suggest using bean bags to support the light tent. I also use a large bean as a replacement tripod.

Supplies Needed

3 white, translucent binders
8 1/2″x11″ colorful cardstock
Duct tape (grey is good!)
A camera
Optional: small hand-sized bean bags

mini light tent

Everyone has a binder or two at home, so you can start this project today!

Plus, this portable light tent gives you great lighting on flowers, insects, and other small stuff without having to pluck them out of the ground.

Throw it in your bag, and you’ve got a mini studio wherever you go this summer.

Full tutorial at PhotoJojo :How to make a Mini Light Studio Photojojo has tons of cool photography tips plus some neat gadgets in their shop. I suggest you subscribe to their newsletter.
This tutorial was originally written byDigital Camera World and then Photojojo shared it. Images are by Digital Camera World.

photojojo light tent

Return of the LEGO IT Crowd Tee-Shirt

Qwertee is offering the I’m A Giddy Goat LEGO Maurice Moss shirt today. The shirt is designed by powerpig aka Chris McVeigh LEGO Builder and Photographer. So if you get the shirt you are supporting a fellow AFOL.

Maurice Moss  lego minifig shirt

$12 today from Qwertee

Tee Fury offered this shirt LEGO IT crowd Shirt a few months ago if you missed it then, here’s your chance.

The IT Crowd Full First Episode

Carl Photobombs again.

Despicable Me 2 opens in theaters  on July 3. But Despicable Me 2 toys are now in stores.  Here is Carl from the Minion Surprise blond bags.



Previous Minion Post

Despicable Me Minion Blind Bags

Despicable Me Minion Blind Bags!

Despicable Me 2 opens in theaters  on July 3. But Despicable Me 2 toys are now in stores. Today I spotted Minion Surprise Blind Bags. The bags are silver and slightly larger than most blind bags. Since they are called Minion Surprise You might think that only minions would be in the bags,  the variety of minions in Despicable Me would make a great basis for their own collection. But there are other characters in the bags.  Gru, Dr Nefario, Agnes, Margo,  Edith, the unicorn plus a few others are also available.

I bought a couple of bags, There are numbers stamped on the bag but they were the same so no help in guessing what’s in the bag. There’s also a card surrounding the figures making it hard to guess by touch. You can see the card here. It’s the same image as on the bag.

Despicable Me minionsOh Hi Carl. wait just a minute and I take your pic. I promise. As You can see my first mini Minion is Carl.

Despicable Me minionsSee Here’s the card. Like I was saying the card image is similar to the bag itself. A list a characters in on the other side. The card opens and the figure rests inside.  You might be able to feel through the card and tell if the figure is short and bulky or thinner.  That won’t tell you which mini is in the bag.  But may help narrow it down. Many of the figs have the same general shape. Gru and Antono  are narrow and the bottom and wider at top. Minions and unicorn are short and squat.

Despicable Me minions

Hi Carl. Just a minute. He’s ready for his close up. The figures come with a small display base.

Despicable Me minionsThere I Told you I’d get to you, Carl. My Other surprise figure was Dr Nefario.  Carl!

Despicable Me minions Here is Carl and Lego Cyclops to show you how big the Surprise minion figures are.

Despicable Me minions lego cyclopsThe Blind bags are $2.99 each and are pretty cool. They are made by think way toys. They were larger Despicable Me figures for $9.99(at Kmart and TRU). Later found at Target for 7.99

I saw the Despica blimp a few weeks ago. Sadly I didn’t have my camera with me.

There are also minion toys in some cereal and at McDonald’s. I forgot what brand of cereal I saw them but they had rings on their heads so they might be zipper pulls for backpacks or key /phone fobs. The surprise bag fig look better than the cereal toys. I need to see the happy meal toys before I make a judgment on those.

psst that was post #400! plus closing in on 20,000 views.

UPDATE: Toys r Us has a 10 pieces set of these for $20. There are 14 shown on the bag so you don’t get them all. Carl is not included in the set. Niether are 3 new characters from the sequel.

LEGO Doctor Who and Sherlock designs up for voting at Teebusters

Teebusters is “home of the cheapest daily t-shirt.” I found two LEGO inspired designs in their polling section. All eleven Doctors as mini-fig heads and Sherlock in mini-fig form.

We sell a unique t-shirt and hoody every 48 hours for only €8.99 and €28.49 each! We have a huge range of styles including music, movie, humour, pop culture, gaming, comic book, tv show and retro inspired designs. Artists and designers submit their tee shirt designs here where they are reviewed. The design that gets the most votes is then sold on the website.

They are UK based but ship world wide. I’ll watch this to see if the Doctor design makes it to a shirt, either here or some where else.

Lego-Wholego doctor who

LEGO Sherlock mini fig design, Solving Mysterieslego sherlock

Batman Tot saves on shakes at Sonic!

Look it’s The Batman!

sonic justice league tots 2

Justice League Tots and Toys at Sonic during June. But the main reason for this post is a reminder that today, June 20 is 1/2 price shakes all day.

More Posts about Kids Meal Toys

Batman Tot from Sonic
Superman Day II
Superman Day III (2012 sonic justice League Tots)
Justice League Tot 2013
Sidekick no More
Hero Worship

Justice League Target Ad

Shouldn’t Batman have a debit card in his utility belt?

The LEGO Movie trailer

The LEGO Movie trailer is now online.

Monday Medusa, not quite her self.

Medusa is not quite her self today.
lego medusa minifig

Happy Father’s Day

Reminder Free LEGO City Build today at Toys R Us

June 15 12-2 children 5 and up can build a free LEGO Police car.
Event is intended for children ages 5 and up. Event materials available while supplies last and are available only to participating children. Limit one per child.

Event is intended for children ages 5 and up. Event materials available while supplies last and are available only to participating children. Limit one per child.
Toys r us lego build.

Cuusoo Next model announment

LEGO has announced their pick for the next Cuusoo kit. All the kits are great but Yes for the winner.

We’re excited to share the results of the Fall LEGO® Review. In September, three LEGO CUUSOO projects entered the second quarterly review period for projects that successfully reach 10,000 supporters. These three projects—Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover, UCS Sandcrawler™, and Thinking with Portals!™—have been being considered for production by the LEGO Review Board.

Today we’re thrilled to announce the results of the Fall LEGO Review in this video:

Now did he troll us in this video?

LEGO Creator Sydney Opera House

Lego has announced the LEGO Creator Sydney Opera House for release this fall. When it came across my feed I thought I was beautiful. I didn’t realize how big it was till I saw this video.

Batman Tot from Sonic.

I finally got a Batman Tot. It took a few visits I got left over flying discs and a Green Lantern Ring & magnet combo before I got my first Justice League series 2 tots. I now have Batman and Wonder Woman tots.

This series has six tots plus four other toys. But that’s not the full collection. The Green Lantern ring comes with one Super Tot Magnet. There are seven magnets, I think one for each Series 2 tot. But there are six tots. What’s the seventh magnet? I don’t know it might be Flash because there’s a Flash tot on the Ring/magnet bag but Flash tot was in last year’s series. So was Wonder Woman but she’s also in series 2. I don’t know if  the 2013 Wonder Woman tot is the same as the 2012 tot. I don’t have a 2012 version to compare the two. Why have her twice? Why not another tot?

Wonder Woman Tot Question Answer by Experience the Wonder.

Wonder Woman Tot is a re-issue of the 2012 “Justice League: Series 1 Tots” Wonder Woman Tot but with a new hair fabric, stitched-in-place tiara and body graphic updates to include recolored star earrings and the addition of a golden lasso. – See more at:

sonic tots

The DC Super Heroes Are Here!
The Justice League has arrived in the Wacky Pack®! Collect Batman™ Tot, The Joker Tot, Wonder Woman Tot, Cheetah Tot, Green Lantern Tot, Sinestro Tot and some very cool Justice League wearables. They’re only in the WackyPack® for a limited time at participating SONIC® Drive-Ins.

The Sonic nearest me has Wacky Wednesday. Each Wednesday Wacky Pack meals are only $1.99. I don’t think all Sonics offer this deal. This one has a sign next to the Menu that advertises the deal. I’ve not seen the sign at other Sonic locations. I ran a search and saw locations in other states that hold Wacky Wednesday for the evening hours.
June 20 is half price shakes all day so that be a good reason to head to Sonic. I’m guessing this is a chain wide deal like their Tax day special but check your local store to be sure.


UPDATE: As I guessed Flash is on the ring magnet bag because he is on a magnet this series. The magnet is shown on this image.
Justice League tots 2

More Posts about Kids Meal Toys

Superman Day II
Superman Day III (2012 sonic justice League Tots)
Justice League Tot 2013
Sidekick no More
Hero Worship

Thank you to Experience the

LEGO City Police Car build at TRU this sat.

Build an exclusive Classic free lego at  toys r us

Event is intended for children ages 5 and up. Event materials available while supplies last and are available only to participating children. Limit one per child.

Visit your local participating Toys “R” Us location in the United States.

Article: Lego faces are getting angrier –and that worries some scientists

A few articles on research paper that LEGO faces are getting angrier. A link to the actual paper is in the Raw story quote. It’s not light reading.

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Scientist raises concerns about impact on child development, saying toymakers’ themes are increasingly based on conflict

The number of happy faces on Lego toy mini-figures is decreasing and the number of angry faces is increasing, a robot expert at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand has discovered

Dr Christoph Bartneck – who studied all 6,000 Lego mini-figures – said his findings could give rise to concern about he frowning faces’ impact on child development and the manufacturer appeared to be moving towards more conflict-based themes in its toys.

“But the facial expressions are not directly matched to good and evil. Even the good characters suffer in their struggle and the villains can have a smug expression. In any case, the variety of faces has increased considerably.”
Bartneck will present the paper on his findings [PDF] at the First International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction in Sapporo, Japan, starting on 7 August. –

– See more at:

Foxnews Video

CNN/Money article

From the set of Transformers 4!

transformers 4 preview

Bumblebee’s new look Stars: LEGO series 10 Bumblebee girl and a mystery face. Can you guess it?, plus Titanium Transformers Generation one Optimus Prime die-cast and die-cast G1 Bumblebee’s gun.

Marvel LEGO covers coming to a Comic store near you!

In conjunction with the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes video game coming this fall, Marvel has announced LEGO Marvel variant covers to some of their titles. IGN has listed 21 covers that will get the LEGO treatment.

Working with the folks at The LEGO Group to do these homage covers is an absolute blast!” said David Gabriel, SVP of Sales, Print & Digital, in a press release.

All-New X-Men #17
Avengers #21
Avengers A.I. #4
Captain America #12
Daredevil #31
Fantastic Four #13
Guardians Of The Galaxy #7
Infinity #3
Iron Man #17
Marvel Universe: Avengers Assemble #1
Mighty Avengers 1
New Avengers #11
Nova #8
Secret Avengers #10
Superior Spider-Man #19
Thor: God Of Thunder #14
Uncanny Avengers #12
Wolverine & The X-Men #36

Collecting variant cover can get pretty expensive. I would hope that some of these end up sold as mini posters.

Sad Clown found!

I finally have the Sad Clown. It is a great looking figure. LEGO got some exceptional expression with minimum painting. Just two colors, some black on the torso and legs, plus a cool hat makes another awesome minifig. This would not have worked if it was the standard Yellow minifig skin.

Sad clown lego minifigure from series 10.

The LEGO minifigure enclodeis says sad clown was inspired by Pierrot, an Italian pantomime thae preformed in 17th century France.

Superman Infographic made this great superman inforgraphic. Tons of trivia on the Man of Steel.

Clark Kent

Clark Kent with exposed “S” comes exclusively with a New Dvd. LEGO Batman: The movie DC Super Heroes unite was recently released direct to DVD/BLU-Ray. I like this figure. It captures Clark Kent in the middle of changing into Superman. The torso printing is the focus of this figure. There is no back printing.
lego Clark Kent from Batman heroes unite dvd

Exculsive Jor-El

Spend $75 at LEGO Stores or and get a free Jor-El Man of Steel LEGO Minifig.
Offer is good June 1-25 or while supplies last.

Jor-El minifig lego

And if you like Superman head to Metropolis this weekend for Superman celebration.
June 6-9 2013
Superman Celebration
Metropolis, IL

Also June 1-15 Buy 2 Legends of Chima Speedorz get one free. See Shop.LEGO for full details.

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