CELEBRATE PRESERVATION WEEK @ YOUR LIBRARY APRIL 21 - 27
April 17, 2013 - CHICAGO – Did you know that 1.3 billion priceless treasures held by public institutions are at risk of being lost due to preservation ignorance? Public institutions are not alone as individuals also struggle with how to preserve collectibles, family heirlooms and digital photographs.
From April 21– 27, thousands of library patrons will turn to public, academic and school libraries to celebrate the Preservation Week @ your library, a time when libraries across the country will provide information and expertise on how to preserve collectibles, photos, family records and other valuable materials.
During Preservation Week @ your library, themed "Pass it on," participating libraries will offer special programs and services that will help connect library users with preservation tools; promote the importance of preservation; and will strive to enhance knowledge of preservation issues among the general public.
Mezco Announces Mez-itz DC Universe 2 inch Blind Box Assortment
April 2012 - New York - Mezco's ever expanding exploration into the DC Universe continues with the exciting edition of mystery Blind Box Figures. Each PDQ contains six characters from the DC Universe with 10 unique designs; each Mez-itz has a specific rarity scale with a super rare chase figure.
The first assortment includes:
Each master carton contains three display boxes with 24 figurines in each. There is at least one full set within every case - including the hard to find super secret chase figure.
"I've been enjoying DC Ccomics since I learned to read," said Richard Ford, a member of Mezco's award winning design team, "To be able to work on this series and transform characters from the DC Universe into Mez-Itz is the next best thing to having super powers."
Mezco Releases Mega Scale Krampus Plush: Naughty Children On High Alert
April 2012 - New York - Gruss Vom Krampus!
Mezco presents folklore legend, plush Krampus!
This oversized Krampus is 12" tall from the tips of his "devilish" horns to the points of his cloven hooves. This sinfully adorable mythic creature is a hugably plump plush that is perfect for those who enjoy the darker side of the holiday spirit.
Mezco's Krampus plush doll has all the trademark characteristic of the fabled creature with horned head, pointed tongue that sticks out, hoofed feet, and tail.
According to tradition, this beast is responsible for "handling" all the naughty children during the holiday season, gathering them and taking him back to his lair. Krampus, an Austrian legendary creature was outlawed in 1934 but the ban was lifted and has become a holiday phenomenon gaining worldwide popularity for his devilish representation of the holiday spirit.
April 17, 2013 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has several items of interest to collectors:
TRANSFORMERS MAGNIFICUS EXCLUSIVE
This new version of Magnificus is a black Decepticon redeco of Transformers Deluxe 2011 Perceptor that hearkens back to the original Magnificus, which was a black Decepticon repaint of the original Perceptor. We have Magnificus listed at $89.99, and it should arrive sometime next month.
DIAMOND SELECT - NEW ITEMS
U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for April 17
WASHINGTON, April 17, 2013 -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17: LIBRARY WEEK
Profile America — Wednesday, April 17th. April is an important month in the world of books. In 1800, one of the world's greatest libraries, the Library of Congress, was founded, and Noah Webster published the first dictionary of American English in 1826. This is also the fourth day of National Library Week, celebrating libraries, those who staff them and the billions of materials they circulate. While computers and electronic media are of increasing importance in the services libraries offer, books remain at the core of their collections. In 2010, there were about 9,000 public libraries across the U.S., along with 17,000 branches and bookmobiles, serving over 297 million customers. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at http://www.census.gov.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Overview: Library Statistics
April 2013 - LEGO has released these recreations of the theatrical posters for Iron Man 3.
LEGO's Iron Man sets are part of their Marvel Super Heroes product line and are available now.
April 2013 - Funko has announced four Wacky Wobblers based on the Classic 1966 Batman television show.
Expect to see Batman, Robin, The Joker, and Catwoman (not shown) in stores around June 27th.
April 2013 - Funko has announced six POP! vinyl figure based on the Teenage Mitant Ninja Turtles.
Expect to see Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, Splinter, and Shredder in stores around June 6th.
Jon-Paul Kaiser x outsmART originals: Return to the Sea Shirt Collection
April 2013 - Jon-Paul Kaiser returns to the sea with two new t-shirt designs based on his nautical creation, Tales of the Whispering Corsair. This time the artist focuses on classic imagery of the high seas from the ship’s flag waving atop the main mast, The Skull of the Corsair (http://nvy.gd/132wNZp ) and every sailor's dream, the deep-sea siren / temptress, The Mermaid (http://nvy.gd/132zb29).
Both designs will be discharge printed creating a vintage feeling on black ultra cotton t-shirts for the classic tee fit. Both t-shirts will be available for men and women for only $20.00 each, ranging from Small to 5XL to cover shipmates of all sizes.
Setting sail and shipping in early May, come aboard the Corsair once more, if you dare, and look smart for summer with these classic nautical designs from the one and only Jon-Paul Kaiser.
outsmART originals - wear it well.
Diamond Select Toys to Exhibit at Chicago's C2E2 April 26-28
April 2013 - Diamond Select Toys certainly does get around. New York Toy Fair brought them to the East Coast in February, and San Diego Comic-Con will have them headed to the West Coast in July, but in between they get to spend a fun-filled week in one of their favorite cities, Chicago! The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) will take place from April 26 to 28 this year, and DST will be exhibiting, paneling, freebie-ing... you name it!
At booth #603, DST will have all (well, most) of their upcoming products on display, so you can check them out in person before they reach the stores. They'll also be giving away free posters, and selling selected items in the company store. Spend $18 and you can build your own Minimate at the Build-a-Minimate station! (Station open after 1:00 each day.)