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As I was walking the showroom floor at Toy Fair in NYC back in February I came across a small booth over by the Mezco booth with two guys sitting at a table.   These two guys were working hard, trying to interest passer-by buyers in their invention- The Yule Tool.   They were angling for the moms and grandmas market, but I thought it was something we can ALL use!

Their motto was "Snip, Snip- Here’s your Toy!"

Basically the "Yule Tool" is a pair of wire clippers that has  one of the handles is also a Phillips’s head screwdriver (for the battery compartments).  It also comes with a small retractable exacto knife, which would be even cooler if they could some how attach it by a chain to the other handle so it wouldn’t get lost.  Maybe they can make that happen in version 2.0.

I talked to the guys briefly when they handed me my sample and told them they should include the collector market in there sales plan because NO ONE deals with more twist ties than us!

I’ve got my by my sample one by my photography station and have used it many times already and I love it!

In looking at their website over at www.yuletool.com it doesn’t look like they are quite ready to sell to the general public yet and that they are still collecting orders for manufacturing.  I hope this is something that Wal-Mart is smart enough to pick up and carry year-around in the toy aisles, and not just as a seasonal item.  

They should have final product and possibly a new name later this year.  According to their website:

    We have a little work on the packaging and some quality issues but we are ready to take orders or please contact us and we will let you know when final product packaging is available.  Please check back in Early April and you can see the final package and order for this 08 Holiday season

I would also like to hear about names some suggested that Yuletool was limiting.
Others would be "Mom’s toy tool"  or just "Toy Tool"

I like this idea.  I’ll keep my eye on it and let you guys know when it’s available.  It’s something every collector should have.  I think it will give you back about an hour of your life each year depending on how many toys you buy each year!

 

 


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Boy… I hope they don’t mess this up with a bunch of talking and stuff…

 

 


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I like Star Wars as much as the next fan.   I’ve been buying Star Wars figures since I first sent away for the Early Bird kit back in 1978.  I’ve bought almost every version of every classic trilogy (and some assorted new trilogy) figure since Hasbro fired them back up in 1996.   I like the obscure characters and I LOVE having a Sandcrawler full of droids, a cantina full of aliens and a a Jabba’s palace shelf full of scum and villainy… but I think we may have reached a tipping point with this most recent wave.

I picked up the new 2-1B figure from "Revenge of the Sith" and as I’m looking it over… I notice something odd on the back of the card.   Let’s see if you can spot it too…

(go ahead and click on the image to see the larger version) 

 

Give up? 

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I’m a big fan of articulation.   Ever since i witnessed what was possible starting with the first wave of Marvel Legends I’ve been on board the super-articulation train.   I know it’s not everyone’s bag, but for me, the more useful articulation the better.

That being said, it’s a little odd that I like this figure so much.

 

You see, this is an "action" figure… of a statue.  

The Weeping Angels made an appearance in Season 3 of the new Dr. Who series in an episode titled "Blink." Blink was such an amazing episode, it is now the episode I show people when I convince them to come on board and watch the new Dr. Who series.  It is a GREAT self contained, suspenseful, CREEPY episode.   You really don’t need ANY knowledge of Dr. Who to enjoy it.

The figure itself is not a statue.   Character Options/Underground actually gave the figure a bit more articulation that it needed.

 

As you can see there is articulation at the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, wings and waist.  There is a second version of this figure with a new head called the "Screaming Angel"  that I have yet to see show up in the states.  It’s a great figure for Underground because every Dr. Who fan will need four of these.  I have two so far.  When the screaming version is released I’ll pick up the other two I need.

 

I love the new Dr. Who figures.  Bill and Matt got me hooked on the things, and since "Blink" is one of my favorite episodes, the weeping angel becomes one of my favorite figures in the line. 

  

 

The new season of Dr. Who starts up again on April 18th on the SciFi Channel (yeah!)

 


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