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Little surprises around every corner, but nothing dangerous
By Summer Olsson
Upon entering the Stranger Factory, three distinct areas of well-laid-out eye candy unfold before you. Carefully placed paintings and prints decorate the white walls, and plenty of natural light washes over displays of toys and figurines. Brandt Peters, who co-owns Stranger Factory with his wife, Kathie Olivas, says they decorate the shop as they do their home. “We show how you can actually put your own collection together,” he says. They salvage furniture, shelves and other recyclable cool stuff to mix in with the art pieces.
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The Toy Industry Association’s annual coming out celebration is going on right now in New York City’s Javitz Center. Toy Fare 2010 features all the mind-bendingly cool toys, games and collectables we’ll be seeing in this coming year. (Hopefully!) Figures.com has posted a helpful gallery page featuring tons of press photos and on-the-convention-floor snapshots. There’s Marvel Comics, DC Universe, Star Trek, Star Wars, Hasbro, Lego, Ghostbusters, Masters of the Universe, McFarlane Toys. More stuff than I can even name. New Robotech? Hell, yes! A Morbo Figure from “Futurama”? Gimme! He-Man vs. Superman two-pack. I don’t even understand it and I want it! Man, just check out those 8-inch “Venture Brothers” figures over there for starters!