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Evilos reveals ‘Cosmic Samus’ custom Amiibo

Nintendo’s Amiibo figures are something we seem to chat about quite a bit over here at FigWiz. Custom Amiibo have sprouted up here and there on the web but here is one with a pedigree. Toy artist Evilos is probably best known for his work customizing Disney Vinylmation figures but has recently expanded to Skylander figures. Today, he revealed a very special Samus Amiibo, dubbed “Cosmic Samus,” painted with a cosmos motif. Limited to 15 numbered pieces, each costing US$59.99, these special figures can purchased on Evilos’ eBay page. [via Amiibo Inquirer]

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Let’s talk Disney merch: New and upcoming toy lines in the Parks

I am a huge Disney fan, as in the over-a-hundred-visits-per-year-to-Disneyland-annual-passholder kind, and as a toy collector, I am always eager to see what new items are available in the Parks. Recently, the Haunted Mansion has seen some love in the toy realm with plushes of the Hitchhiking Ghosts and the Ghost Bride (also called Constance Hatchaway) along with a diecast model of the hearse outside the ride and some glow-in-the-dark action figures of some of the Mansion’s residents. Now if they could just make a plush of the Gravekeeper’s dog, I can rest in peace. Seriously, Disney. Make it happen. Oswald the Lucky Rabbit must truly be lucky because he now has a […]

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Happy New Year AKA Nendoroid Racing Miku 2015 pre-order day!

As you probably know, today is the first day of 2015 and Good Smile Company is welcoming the new year with the opening of pre-orders for Nendoroid Racing Miku 2015. It seems fitting that their first figure announcement of the year be dated. Well played, GSC. Fans of the blue-haired Vocaloid can pre-order this figure as a sponsorship to the GSC racing team. There are several levels of sponsorship available, ¥50,000, ¥30,000, ¥12,000, and ¥8,000. Every level comes with the Nendoroid but extras differ depending on the tier. You can place your pre-orders here. Note that pre-orders close on February 28, 2015. In my opinion, 2015’s Racing Miku may have the most interesting design […]

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Daily Blog 2014.12.07 – Kids 4-9: Cards are still a hot thing

Finished up our weekly Pokemon Trading Card event at Big Lou’s in Culver City. Its really good to see parents really excited to see their kids actually playing the game. I can’t tell you how many parents spend boat loads of cash on cards for their kids who don’t know how to play worth a lick. Both the kids and the parents get this sense of pride and relief after I finally explain the rules, and parents get just as involved with the game (sometimes more so) than the kids. Taking a look at the orders due from my online operation: currently pending – 84 orders. Big titles this year: […]

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Daily Blog 2014.12.06 – Christmas Crush

Call me The Keep. I’m coming off the busiest holiday shopping time of the year for my store. I’ve got business pouring in from all over the place as it seems online business is at full tilt compared to previous years. I’m a little scatter-brained as my warehouse is still going through an inventory count and I really only have about half the things I’ve got active online on my 3rd party venues. PowerAnime.com is relatively quite compared to the mega-shops like Amazon and Ebay. I find my personal store site more of a place for my locals to check stuff out before coming down to the shop. I’ll be […]

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Rules of Retail: Instantly Piss Off Your Customers

Having opened, operated, and closed my physical store 7 times in the last 10 years, I’ve had to go through every aspect of managing my business from public speeches in schools to laying down my own carpet.  In all these hard lessons, I’ve amassed some wisdom that I’d like to share before my old age eats away at my memory.  So, my ‘Rules of Retail’ will be a subject that goes over the many experiences and lessons learned that can hopefully give you some light on your future adventures both as a retail professional and as a customer… yes, there is an etiquette to being a good customer. Instant Sparks With Customers […]

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Talking about toys and collectibles

Hey, all! This is ‘The Keep’ of PowerAnime.com along side Carlos of AngryBananas.com creating a space where we can share our thoughts about the hobby collectible toy industry and hear yours as well!  We are really big enthusiasts of figures, businesses and community and feel this would make a great outlet to save some of the things we feel are worth keeping on record.  We’ll be publishing podcasts and YouTube videos about things on our mind, things we’re into, and things to come!  Thanks for swinging by!

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