Gold Backed Cryptocurrency KBC-KCB


With the future of money moving in the direction of cryptocurrency, the surest form of investment that can guarantee an almost impenetrable investment plan would be a cryptocurrency backed by Gold. Guess what, it already exist and is thriving.


The attention of a wide audience is offered to the digital currency Karat Bank Coin (KBC), which is a reliable and stable electronic payment instrument, because it is backed by gold; one of the most traditional, secure and constant resource’s in terms of price as an asset. It is clear that this currency is designed for those users for whom gold is the equivalent of financial stability and success.

The exchange of this digital asset is easy, cost-effective, reliable and ongoing online. The coin compares favorably with its volatile “counterparts” by the predictability of the exchange rate, since the cost of the metal is quite stable. And this factor will also work to increase its value.

Karatbars ATM Pic

KaratBank Coin is a blockchain-based crypto coin that’s linked physically to the deposited gold; once the coin is linked to a specific weight of gold, it’s called CashGold. A specific number of KaratBank Coins can be exchanged for CashGold at any given time. In simple words, these crypto coins will be used as an electronic payment for everyone who knows that gold is a true, secure, traditional, value-stable medium. The best part is that this coin can be seamlessly exchanged for cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies worldwide—the exchangeability of this crypto coin will definitely fuel its value.

Talking of this crypto asset’s exchangeability, we can’t fail to mention that it’s designed to be easily transferred borderless, securely, cost-efficiently, and in real time. While every digital currency value is quite unpredictable, KaratBank Coin is different in a good way. That’s because this digital currency’s value is predictable as the gold’s value has a rich tradition of remaining stable; for this reason, the volatility factor associated to this crypto coin goes out the window. And this feature will definitely boost this coin’s market value to a whole new level.

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Introduced in 2018, the KaratGold Coin (KBC) is linked to physically deposited gold in the form of CashGold, a gold standard. KBC was created by the KaratGold Cooperation, a world renowned Cryptocurrency giant, in order to address the inefficiencies and fragmentation of the existing payment system. Karatgold (KBC), together with the KaratGold Ecosystem, has been developed as a globally workable financial solution that is connected to gold.

Some of the most compelling investment features of the coins are stated below:

Today 100 KBC coins cost $4 – $7 (.04 -.07 cents per coin), and today 1 Gram of Gold is $41-$45, with the price of gold projected to go up.

Logo KB

​On July 4, 2019, for every 100 KBC coins, you will get 1 Gram of Gold. This is unprecedented, as for the first time in history there is a Guarantee in writing that a Cryptocurrency is backed by a true tangible asset – 24K, 999.9% gold.

On October 2019, there would be a favourable Hard Fork for investors, as: The KBC and KCB will merge into one coin, the new Gold Standard Coin (GSC).

Every 1 KBC coin will convert to 1 GSC coin (EX: 1,000 KBC = 1,000 GSC coins).

In 2023, every one coin will = 1 gram of gold.  If you don’t trade your coins in until then, you will have 1,000 grams of gold, and at today’s price, 1 gram of gold is about $45.  Even if the price of gold stays the same as a today, in 2023 you would have 1,000 X $45 or $45,000, for an investment today of just $40-$50.

Referral Bonus also exists and are fully optional.


My First Pilates Class


What do I need to know before my first Pilates session?

My First Pilates Class

“It is not about perfection. It is about making yourself a priority. We know it is hard and intimidating stepping into a new studio. We go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable starting with your very first session. Be proud knowing you are taking care of yourself and leave the rest to us.” 

What should I wear to My First Pilates Class?

Our motto is “zero pretension” so ignore the hype and be yourself. We want you to move freely and comfortably and feel the same. There are no exclusive “Pilates only” clothing brands so we will leave you with these simple tips to make it easier:

  • Your clothes should be comfortable enough allowing you to move and stretch fully
  • Loose is ok, baggy is not recommended. This will allow our instructors see your body well enough and correct alignment if needed

Do I need to bring anything with me to the Best Denver Pilates Studio?

Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. We have a water fountain in our studio for you to refill your bottle as many times as needed.  We do not have showers at our location however most of our workouts won’t soak you. If you need to freshen up after class, our oversized bathroom is stocked with necessities such as dry shampoo, deodorant, “shower in a napkin” make up remover etc.

What results will I get from Pilates?

“In 10 sessions you will feel the difference. In 20 sessions you will see the difference. In 30 sessions you will have a whole new body.”

Leave all intimidation behind the doors of our studio. We use simple terminology to get you acquainted with basic principles essential to your Pilates practice. And, when you move – we move, which means we demonstrate every exercise for you.  Expect to feel muscles you did not know you had during your first session as well as trying to engage your abdominals more then ever before. While you may not be pouring sweat at the end of the session, you will feel your muscles “speaking” to you the next day.

Speak Up

There is a lot of talking in Pilates. The talking is done by the instructor. Nevertheless, we can not say this enough – we want YOU to speak up. It gives us a break from speaking and we want to get to know you. Our other motto – we make it personal. Not sure what you may need to tell us? Here are a few pointers:

  • Tell us if you have an injury or are recovering from one (including PT treatments)
  • Tell us if you are pregnant
  • During your session, is something not feel right? Please let us know. You will not hurt our feelings.
  • Are you unsure what to do even after we just went through an exercise (i.e. what muscles to engage) – let us know an we will do it all over again

How Do I Stay Motivated to Workout?

Patience, consistency and your mindset are key to your success. Here are the best tips to keep you on track:

  • Schedule your next session at the end of your visit while your motivation is at its highest Make new friends you can sweat with. Join our community – the personal bond you create is guaranteed to boost your motivation
  • Hold yourself accountable and let the world know about your commitment to Pilates by telling your friends and family and posting on social media
  • Studies have repeatedly shown working out with a friend helps you hold one another accountable and committed, yielding to faster results


How Laminate Flooring is Different From Other Floorings


Whether you’re looking over a new house, walking through an open house or just trying to impress your friends, you should know the difference between laminate and hardwood flooring. Both types of flooring have their advantages and disadvantages. Depending upon your values and style which makes you feel more comfortable, you should make a decision.


Hardwood is more expensive and requires a lot of maintenance, but it looks so amazing as it is a plank of solid wood. On the other hand, laminate flooring us synthetic, more affordable and it’s also more durable than hardwood. Laminate flooring has become standard for most of the new home communities, it is considered as the upgrade or gives a more professional look to the luxurious projects. It makes sense to use it, especially in condo buildings, because of the affordability, ease of installation and durability.

Even for the commercial purpose, people like to install laminate flooring. One of the reasons for using laminate flooring is an affordable price. Considering other flooring options, laminate flooring is cheap because it’s largely synthetic flooring that’s easily mass produced using low-cost materials. It’s easy to install because most laminate uses click and lock assembly for installation which means no nails or glue and you can float it over most existing subfloors while you’re installing. Additionally, it is easy to clean and care for because of the thick and clear wear layer that covers the surface of the flooring. It is generally not a good idea to install laminate flooring in any place where you tend to get a lot of water or higher humidity level. A laminate is a hard surface, it is important that the floor or subfloor underneath is level and relatively smooth. If it isn’t the laminate flooring will move a lot when you walk on it and it is too bumpy or sloped underneath, it can even crack or break.

Same like hardwood flooring, laminate floors should acclimate in the home before it’s installed. It should be in there for at least 24 hours, but ideally 48 or more hours. This timing will allow it to set properly either expand/contract for the conditions of that room. During that time period, the room should be set to normal temperature/humidity conditions for that time of the year. Laminate stands for scratch resistant wear layer which makes it best among all the flooring types. Even in the category of durability it stands first. These tough floors can withstand heavy foot traffic and are becoming more resistant to moisture. Laminate flooring is far easier to maintain than engineered or hardwood flooring. Installation of laminate flooring doesn’t require any nailing or glue, like other flooring techniques.


How to Use A Sex Doll


What does a sex doll feel like? How do sex dolls work? How to use a sex doll? What does sex with a sex doll feel like?

Are you also interested in these questions? Fine, in this article, you can find out everything you will ever need to know about how to have sex with a sex doll.


  1. Buying a sex doll for yourself

If you haven’t made a purchase, check out our 2019 sex doll buyer’s guide.


  1. Items to purchase before using a sex doll

Don’t forget that your sex doll is also an investment, and you need to care for your new toy in the best ways possible to get the most out of your new sex toy. Before using your sex doll, ensure you have the following items.

  • Lubricants

To prevent injury on your skin and enjoy vagina, anal or oral penetration with your penis the best way you can, ensure the orifice is properly lubricated.

Lubricants are of two types; silicone lubricants and water-based lubricants. Water-based lubricant is highly recommended for use because it is more hygienic, easy to clean, and it will not go everywhere unlike silicone lubricants. Another thing is that some individuals are allergic to silicone, and I am sure you don’t want to discover if you have silicone allergy the hard way when using your sex doll.

You can choose to use a silicone lubricant with a silicone sex doll, but you will get a better sex experience if you use a water-based lubricant. Cleaning your sex doll is a lot easier, especially when it involves afterward routines you and your sex doll might get engaged in.

  • Anti-bacterial soap

Keeping your sex doll clean is essential; thus, you need soap. Make sure there is no bacteria or microbe on the soap you are using, so it will not get to your doll. Note that TPE sex dolls are usually more porous than other sex dolls, so you have to be extra careful. Ensure you give your doll a light bath with this since it will reach everywhere easily.

So it’s essential you get what you can apply gently on your doll’s skin. Try not to rub this, it will only make your doll’s skin rough, and you won’t feel the gentle, soft skin that came with the doll the first time you got it. It’s advisable you take this important since you will be using it quite often.

  • Vaginal irrigator

A vaginal irrigator looks more like an enema to be used in the vaginal region. You fill this item with water and soap, then use it in cleaning the orifices. Having a vaginal irrigator is essential, especially if you plan on using it for a very long time.

Using a vaginal irrigator makes cleaning much easier, especially if it’s your first time using one. You will also find this tool interesting if your doll does not have the removable small inserts. You can also use this item even if your doll has the removable inserts. Regardless, this tool allows you to clean the inside of your sex doll deeply.

  • Renewal powder

Renewal powder is another item you may want to consider before using your sex doll. You apply this item on your sex doll to keep the skin appearance petty and luxurious. Usually, when you use a doll, the oils and grime from your body are deposited on the skin, and the doll’s skin starts to lose its luster over time. Thus, their appearance depreciates over time, and they don’t look as beautiful as they were when you purchased them. Applying this power on your sex doll ensures the skin remains soft and smooth. Renewal powder is an item to add to your list of items if you want your doll’s skin to look young and beautiful.

You can also apply this power to the inside of your doll. Your doll may feel a little used and not as nice as silky as it used to after a rough round of sex, using this power can help with this. It can dry the dust area, restoring its beautiful and new look.

Besides giving your sex doll a good look, using renewal powder can also reduce the wear and tear action of your doll. It keeps your doll’s skin tighten, and it also keeps the penetration area intact after a rough sexual encounter with them.

  • Stain removers

Well, it’s obvious that your doll may get stained from time to time as you make use of it; therefore, you need to include a stain remover in your list of items. Having a sheet, clothing or probably carpet stain remover is not a bad idea. This is nice if you desire something a little different and kinky with your doll, alongside your general cleanup. Using stain removers can help remove stains from your doll’s cloth; it also helps in cleaning lubricants as ease. In addition, most of these stain removers have ant-bacterial features, making it more hygienic.

Hygiene and sex toys are super important, and it is vital you consider this. Your doll is also a sex toy, although some people may not really agree with that. Note, the more you take good care of your doll, the longer the lifespan, and the more you enjoy using it.


  1. Sex Doll Unboxing and Assembling

The day you have been waiting for has come. You are really excited about seeing your package on your porch. You hardly notice the person in charge of delivery, and your hand is shivering as you sign to receive your product. The only thing on your mind is the box you just received and what’s in it. Hello there! Slow down. Before you get down with your new spouse, there is one important step you to note down. You have to be careful during the unboxing process and assemble your new lover correctly.


Step 1: Move your package to a space in your home carefully, ensure the room has a lot of floor space.

Most people are always surprised about the weight of their package when they receive it for the first time; it’s pretty heavy. Most full-size sex dolls weigh between 50-70 pounds including all the packaging weight. Expect your fully packaged sex doll to weigh about 80 pounds upon arrival. In case you have a form of disability, or you are much older, or you live in the 5th floor or so with no lift provision, you have to be well prepared for how you will transport your package to your home. You could receive assistance from a close friend, your you can pay the delivery man to assist you.

It’s advisable you unpack your sex doll in a room with lots of floor space because you need to lay your new lover flat on the floor beside the box.


Step 2: Use a box cutter or knife or any sharp object in opening the box along the seams

To open the package, cut the tape along the top edges of the box using a knife, box cutter or any object of choice after placing the package on the ground in your room. Be careful when using the knife to avoid cutting too deep so you don’t damage your product. The box will open up after you are done cutting the tape along the seams.


Step 3: Wash your hands

Since your new sex toy is set to be transferred from the box, I’m pretty sure you don’t want to mark or smudge her pristine skin with dirt on your hands. Thus, it’s advisable you wash your hands before you touch your new sex toy.


Step 4: Unpack the head of your product

You will find the head of your sex doll resting on the upper thigh of your product; it is placed in a sized sphere of packing foam. Remove the foam used in wrapping the head with care and take the head of its bag. Place the head of your sex doll on top of the bag on the ground close to the box. You will get back to it when you take the body out.

TIP: You can use the bag to store the head when you are not using it.


Step 5: Take out any other accessories in the box

Sometime, you may find some added accessories in the package such as clothing, cleaning tools, and a closet storage system. Take these items out of the box and place them elsewhere. After removing any added accessories, only the doll’s body and the blanket she’s placed on will remain in the box.


Step 6: Use a pair of scissors in removing the foam from the doll’s body


Step 7: Lift your sex doll out of the box using the blanket

Lift your new sex doll out of the box by wrapping your arms around the doll and blanket, place the doll on the ground gently.


Step 8: Attach the doll’s head to the body and wear your doll the wig

If you are here to read about the main activity, then that’s it. However, there may be some exceptions, many of our clients buy these sex dolls for realistic, sexual companionship. These dolls are created for this purpose, and they can offer you the pleasure and excitement you desire. The secret is to adopt some best practices to have the best experience, and you will enjoy the comfort of your sex doll for a very long time.


  1. Dressing up your sex doll
  2. Wig

You can buy some wigs for your doll, doing this makes her appear different and beautiful. There are many styles you can select from. The hairstyle and color can brighten up and represent your ideal partner accurately.

Buying a wig for your love doll with height 140-160cm is easy. Your sex doll can wear the real wig. Most wigs for Cosplay are beautiful and cheap. And you can purchase them online without stress. Smaller dolls with a short height between 100-130cm have a small head circumference. Getting a child’s wig is more suitable, and they are difficult to purchase. You may need a special sex doll wig for other mini-sex dolls like 65cm, 80cm, and so on. The Wig used by BJD three-pointer is a typical example.

  1. Clothing

You can purchase clothing like lingerie, kinky costume or fetish wear for your doll to transform her looks. Get something that will fit on her perfectly, probably go for something smaller to make her appearance unique.

You can buy real women clothes if your sex doll falls within the height of 150cm or above. However, know that the general sex doll shape is much smaller than a real woman. Pay close attention when shopping for clothes for your doll. You don’t expect the size of different brands to be the same. For instance, your doll is size S when wearing A brand. When putting on B brand, it may change from XS due to different versions. You can buy children’s clothes for your doll if its height falls between 100-140cm. Children’s cloth size is usually divided into children (110-110cm), middle children (110-130cm), big children (130-150cm_, and so on. All the closes are good-looking and fashionable. We trust you will find a nice cloth that will suit your doll perfectly. Mini-wavy dolls are also unique products. Just like wigs, you can turn to the clothing of BJD three-pointer.


  • You can purchase a few inexpensive materials of clothes to know the actual size before going for the ones you really like. By doing this, you won’t spend a lot of money on something that won’t fit perfectly.
  • Safety pins can be very useful. You can use them in pinning skirts and back shirts that are too big a bit. This will create a gorgeous silhouette.
  • The doll’s feet differ from the face, body and sex organ that are well taken care of during its production. Thus, it’s possible you will not like the feet. In that case, you can purchase a sexy pair of sock and wear it on her to cover the feet. Black, nylon stockings are sexier, combined with high-heeled shoes.
  1. Jewelry

You can make your doll more attractive by wearing it a nice bracelet. But you need to be careful. Do not use jewelry or accessories that could stain or injure your doll, or jewelry that is too heavy. Take off any accessories when you’re done. It’s not advisable to store your doll with any jewelry or accessories on.

  1. Perfumes and colognes

It’s completely normal if you want your doll to smell good when you penetrate her. You can become more aroused sexually from the smell of a nice perfume or cologne. We don’t plan on stopping anyone who wants to enjoy their doll to the fullest. However, we advise you to avoid items that will cause unintentional damage. If you’re going to use perfumes, apply them on the dolls clothes and not on the skin of the doll. These items consist of alcohol, which is not good for TPE or silicone. It’s possible for the scent to seep into the material of the doll, causing damage. And I’m pretty sure you won’t be happy if that should happen.


  1. Having sex with a doll

People usually ask questions like how to get laid with a sex doll or how does it feel to have sex with a doll. And sometimes they are usually shy to ask these questions. You don’t have to be afraid, we have gone through nice sex doll forums and communities to offer you great ideas concerning different types of sexual sensation.

Having sex with a doll is a beautiful experience (which you will discover below), there is no much difference with the real deal, and some individual usually prefer sex dolls – no stress attached, you have all the comfort, no need turning the lights off. But if you desire something fascinating, then you will have to pay about 1000-2000 pounds for a realistic experience. If you are only after the body, you can pay less, but you will get little pleasure from cheap models and inflatable dolls.

(Click here to learn:  8 Amazing Sex Positions You Can Try With Your Sex Doll )


(1) Selecting the right lubricant for your sex doll

For first-timers, It’s advisable you use a lubricant when having sex with your doll; this is to prevent you from harming your skin and causing damages in places you will not want to. For instance, do you want to have injury after having anal sex with your doll on your penis?

Try applying lubricant on any spot you plan on penetrating. Keep it at minimal, don’t overuse it. You will only get your doll too sticky and messy.



  • If you feel you need to add more lubricant, it’s better you add only a little amount of warm water. This will reactivate the lubricant you applied, and it may be the only thing you have to do to continue with your experience.
  • Water-based lubricant is highly recommended. Do not use petroleum-based, oil-based or silicone lubricants; this type of lubricants will only cause harm to your doll. (To select the perfect oil for your doll, we advise you purchase a small water-based lubricant bottle first and experiment. Continue testing different samples until you find the best brand).
  • Some people do prefer a dryer approach. They make use of powder for this reason. Friction is reduced, but the sexual experience is totally


(2) Kissing and touching your sex doll

The feeling from kissing a sex doll is so real, the face is soft, realistic and the doll’s mouth can open, allowing you to put your tongue in her mouth and also feel hers. Of course, the sex doll will have a tongue and teeth, as well as a deep throat.

Silicone sex dolls and modern TPE are designed to give you a realistic experience. They have soft-realistic skin, soft boobs that’s round and squeezable, soft nipples and a great ass.


(3) Vaginal sex with your sex doll

One of the common ways people enjoy sex with their dolls is through vaginal sex. Most attention is directed to the vaginal of a realistic sex doll. The vagina of these dolls is created with soft material that the skin of a woman in an anatomically precise way to give you the appearance and feel of a real vagina. When blindfolded, you may not be able to tell the difference between the vagina of a sex doll and a woman.

The sex with a doll is the same as expected. You place the sex doll how you want, and then insert your penis the way you usually do. The friction and pressure will give you a fantastic experience during sex.

People usually ask if it’s okay for men to ejaculate in their dolls. Absolutely, you can. This practice is very common, and our sex dolls were built for it. We will talk about maintaining your sex doll much later when we are through with this part.



On, you can choose sex dolls with fixed or removable vagina. Looking at the sex doll from outside, both the fixed and removable vagina appear the same. However, choosing the type of vagina you want for your sex doll depends on your preferences for ease hygiene or realistic sex.

Sex dolls with a fixed vagina have a barrel molded during the manufacturing period. A fixed vagina offers a more realistic feeling during sex and a more realistic type of body.

Replaceable or removable vaginas are recommended because you can clean them easily, and it is essential that you keep your doll’s vagina clean to prevent sexually transmitted diseases/infections and also for long-term usage.


(4) Having anal sex with your doll

A lot of people dream about having anal sex. For most people, it is normal, pleasurable and healthy. But the sad truth about anal sex is finding a partner who is willing or even finding someone who enjoys being the receiver. You have nothing to worry if you desire an anal experience, both our female and make dolls are designed to serve this purpose. The anus is just like the vaginal, the anus it anatomically accurate and stimulates the real feeling one may experience during anal sex. It is much tighter, and the sensation is entirely different from the front.


(5) Oral sex with your sex doll

Regardless of what you are into and the type of sex doll you have, you can derive pleasure from oral sex. Some sex dolls are created with deep throat, and with a little heat and lubricant, they can feel like the mouth of a human. A love doll, however, cannot stimulate the suction you get from a real person, and you don’t need to worry about your sex doll’s gag reflex, whether the doll’s neck becomes stiff or her reaction when you are done.


Note: You need to be careful during oral sex because the oral cavity can tear easily.


  1. Other interesting things you can do with your sex doll

How to use a sex doll? You know, there are still other exciting things you can do with your doll beside sex, especially if you are moody and you need some companionship. This section will teach you how to use your sex doll in other ways apart from sex that might be interesting to you.

Firstly, your sex doll can be used as your companion.  The urge for companionship and physical intimacy can rise to a point where controlling it becomes difficult, especially if you are single for a long time. You can reduce the stress with your sex dolls. You can cuddle, hold and sleep with a realistic sex doll, and feel the company of a faithful companion. You can take your sex doll on a date if you want to. You can take them anywhere, to the park, to eat, any location you please. If you want to get wet with them, you can since they are waterproof. This is one of the interesting ways you can use your sex doll.

Secondly, you can use your doll for art. Some photographers out there have done extensive work with sex dolls. Also, some fashion designers have used sex dolls to test their outfits to know how their clothing will look when people wear them. Generally, these dolls serve as a bridge between fantasy and reality without compromising social ethics.

It might be somehow strange building a strong bond with sex dolls, but it is usually encouraged if you feel like bonding and getting close with your doll. You can use your sex doll to alleviate stress, for companionship, as art, and so on. Everything eventually boils down to what you need your sex doll for. It’s your property; you have the right to do whatever you please with just like any sex toy, but ensure you clean your doll properly after use.


  1. Clean your sex doll after using

Please link to the article: How to Clean Sex Dolls?


  1. Store your sex doll after use

How do you store your sex doll after use? Continue reading to know how.

To be honest, there is no best or perfect method to store your sex doll. You store your doll based on what’s convenient for you. Some people may want to store their doll in their closet vertically, while some people with plenty of space under their bed would want to put the doll back in the box and keep under their bed. I will inform you about the two most common ways of storing sex dolls.

  • Lying

Lying your sex doll has just one point. You cannot lie your doll on the “hard plane.” Always remember to put a cushion under your doll regardless of how you lie it, whether on the bed, on the floor or in the storage box. Doing this will prevent the curve on the back or buttocks to become flattened or deformed which could happen as a result of long-term compression by weight. Ensure you place your doll on a cushion, especially for TPE sex dolls; it’s impossible to rebound if the body gets deformed.

  • Hanging

This is the best method to store sex dolls. When you hang your sex doll, no side will be altered or squeezed by the doll’s weight. You can store your doll in this position if you have a closet or shelf in your home. There are different hanging methods for different models of sex dolls. You can contact us for advice when you have the hanging requirements.

Regardless of how you want to store your sex doll, either handing or lying, make sure it’s dust-proof. At all times, cover your sex dolls with an easier to clean.


Fans Go Bananas For Ultimate King Kong of Skull Island High End Collectible


It’s no mystery this 9th Wonder of the World will occupy a place of pride on collector’s shelves. – Joe Moe, Monster Maven & Movie Memorabilia Authority


New York/ Skull Island- The world of high end collectibles shook today as industry leader Mezco Toyz unleashed a titan in the toy aisle: the Ultimate King Kong of Skull Island. This 18 inch behemoth wowed industry insiders who breathlessly heaped praise upon the figure when it was previewed at the 2019 New York International Toy Fair in February.  As Robert Trate of Action Figures Junkies reported “It is a massive and impressive release…”

Immense in detail and size, the king-size Kong stands at a towering 18” tall. He comes complete with 3 interchangeable head portraits, each showcasing a different expression, and 4 interchangeable hands.

Featuring 10 points of articulation, the ruler of Skull Island can create a thrilling array of dynamic and defiant poses.

Joe Moe, Monster Maven & Movie Memorabilia Authority proclaimed “It’s no mystery this 9th Wonder of the World will occupy a place of pride on collector’s shelves. This Great Ape is designed to be admired but also played with! Mezco’s “King Kong of Skull Island” brings a near century of legacy to life in the superbly fashioned form of the beloved behemoth driven to destruction by an even bigger heart.”

The Mezco Toyz Ultimate King Kong Of Skull Island features

Imposing 18” height

10 points of articulation

Three (3) interchangeable head portraits

Four (4) interchangeable hands

One pair of fists (L & R)

One pair of posing hands (L & R)

The Ultimate King Kong of Skull Island figure comes packaged in a collector-friendly box, perfect for display. But unlike the legendary wall of Skull Island, it may not contain him for very long. is offering the collector grade figure for pre-order on the website for delivery in early 2020.


Should Art Conservation Be a Demonstration Exhibit In Public?

Introduction by Sharra Grow, Editor for the International Institute for Conservation (IIC)


This past November, Apollo published the article “Should paintings be conserved in public?” written by Conservator Ian McClure and Curator Paul Taylor. The authors called into question the overall worth of such public displays of conservation suggesting that, rather than inspiring on-lookers, the main message the visiting public receives is that conservation work is tedious and boring. And while trying to show the candid daily work of the conservator, what visitors actually see is still carefully choreographed.

Public conservation projects are believed by many to allow works of art (especially public favorites) to remain on display. But is it worth the effort when they are obstructed by conservators and equipment, unflattering lighting, and other such eyesores?

Taylor argues that public conservation treatments have been used as a way to declare professional transparency, holding conservators accountable for their actions. But he counters that this is not a valid reason for conducting public treatments as it is not a proper form of peer review. So, is public conservation worth the extra time, effort, and stress, or is a simple blog post, for instance, just as effective?

Below are the thoughtful responses of some renowned conservators known for their expertise in public conservation and advocacy. Do you have thoughts and ideas you want to share? Contact NiC Editor Sharra Grow

By Scott Haskins

The Apollo article, “Should paintings be conserved in public?” made some good points; as Ian McClure mentioned, what is actually gained other than a performance curiosity?

General interest, seeing the conservation lab equipment, giving art conservators a chance to interact with the public (risky perhaps?) are all good, but working on well-known works of art in public gives people a feeling that they have made a “special sighting,” perhaps something worth posting on social media. It gives them something to tell their friends and family. Does the museum want to stoke the fire of visitors story-telling about their day at the museum? Promotion of a museum and its purposes is not a bad thing, and social media can help fan that fire. So, give the public something interesting or even famous to “discover.” Add to that some calculated drama and special stories, and the awareness can help fundraise or get new members.

I enjoyed 15 minutes of peering through a window at the Natural History Museum of Utah display lab for the conservation of a T-Rex skull last year. It was interesting to hear the visitor comments… all good. Perhaps the quality of the item being worked on helps to hold people at the window. I told a bunch of people what I saw and enthusiastically recommended to my family in the area to put this museum visit on their to-do list.

The two purposes of collection items being conserved in public, I think, are the opportunity to tell stories and, of course, to educate… but that’s all about telling stories again. Stories are what hold people to a blog post. Interesting stories help people watch a video through to the end. Stories are what captivate imagination. Interesting stories get retold. I think that is what the museum needs to do with art conservators on display.

Just setting the art conservators to work behind glass on any old thing, I’m guessing, will not have much impact. But if the chance for the public to get a special behind-the-scenes look is enhanced with videos, photos, comparisons, or scientific data on display, there will be much more to vary the experience for visitors. Is the presented information and display leading or introducing the visitor to somewhere else to go in the collection—another display perhaps, to view more rare and special objects?

Is this kind of display sort of like the zoo? How long can you watch a lion sleep? Art conservation, as it was pointed out, can be a slow, boring process. But if the museum has fun with it, this type of public awareness can be kind of a grass roots approach to PR.

Scott Haskins

Owner, Fine Art Conservation Laboratories

Fine Art Conservator, Consultant, Mentor, Author

By Valeria Merlini and Daniela Storti

To publicly restore a work of art is a cultural and human experience that leaves a profound mark on everyone—on those who carry out the restoration and those who witness it. A public, on-site restoration is an extraordinary opportunity for exchange between the restorers of the work of art and the public who, if the project is done properly, participates with interest and enthusiasm. During our first experience of this kind in 1999, when we restored The Pilgrim’s Madonna by Caravaggio inside the Sant’Agostino Basilica in Rome (where it is still located today), this public format was still very new and innovative but immediately proved a success, drawing attention to our work and informing the public of the importance of our field. By restoring the painting on site, we achieved our goal of making sure the painting remained accessible to both churchgoers and art enthusiasts, allowing the public to follow our work in all of its phases; we built a glass scaffolding, set up a weekly appointment to answer visitor questions, and provided the public with real-time scientific and technical data.

Over the next few years we carried out similar projects, like the restoration of the Santa Maria dell’Anima Church’s altar piece by Giulio Romano in 2008, and the Adoration of the Shepherds by Caravaggio in 2010. These treatments were carried out in ground-level spaces that were visible to passersby, made possible by Italy’s Chamber of Deputies. In both cases the public could ask the restorers questions as they worked, and all phases of the restoration were filmed and edited into a short video which was displayed on a screen allowing visitors the opportunity to see and understand all the phases of the restoration up to that point.

The experience that moved us the most was the 2015 restoration of the majestic work by 17th-century master Luca Giordano, Christ Among the Doctors, from Rome’s National Gallery of Antique Art in Palazzo Corsini. We restored this work inside the auditorium of a public high school before the eyes of the students. For four exciting months the students had access to the laboratory throughout the school day, allowing them to follow the conservation process independently or with the guidance of their teachers, giving them a first-hand understanding of the technical complexities of our profession.

To publicly restore a work of art certainly requires greater mental effort than that required for a restoration done privately in a laboratory, and in order to properly execute it one must be suited to work in an atypical environment and have good communication skills. Based on our experience, sharing this side of the art world with people outside our field changes the dynamic between the public and those extraordinary artistic works created by masters.

Inevitably in Italy, like in the rest of the world, museums and galleries gather together numerous priceless masterpieces (sometimes to the detriment of their individual peculiarities) limiting their ability to be understood properly because of the issues that arise from bringing together so many different artworks; the challenge of properly lighting individual paintings; the loss of context when artworks are taken out of their original location or purpose; or simply the fact that, for security reasons, visitors have to stand at a significant distance. Moreover, it is important to point out that in the last twenty years, thanks to technology, art is much more accessible with many images at viewers’ fingertips. This change, however, has caused some confusion over the artisanal value of artworks which have increasingly become—especially among younger generations—simply images.
The role of the restorer is to take care of the physical materials of which the artwork is made—taking care of its structure rather than just its image—as this is the only way we can actually guarantee its survival through time.

To put the public in direct contact with the aspects that make a work of art unique, urging the comprehension of its artisanal value—the materials, the techniques—over the course of the conservation process, provides an understanding that would be hard for the public to get anywhere else.

While our job is very complex and requires extensive knowledge and knowhow, it’s very easy to explain and narrate. For too much time restoration has been interpreted as a mix of manual abilities and alchemical tricks carried out behind closed doors in inaccessible laboratories with artworks entering wrapped up and reemerging bright and shiny, like new, often arousing intense debates. Sharing with the public what goes on inside restoration labs is healthy and central to preserving interest in our shared cultural heritage. Making this a public experience ensures that art conservation will always be carried out with a clear scientific approach.

For these reasons our team has recently decided to open our studio, where we carry out most of our work, precisely because we are convinced that sharing our marvelous work is almost as exciting as performing it.

Valeria Merlini and Daniela Storti

Owners and Head Conservators

Merlini Storti Art Restoration and Conservation, Rome

Historic Mural Memorializing Heroic AIDS Research Is Destroyed by Graffiti Vandals. Public Art Was Sponsored in 1988 by AIDS Project Los Angeles. Mural is Saved and Restored in Hollywood, CA.

Public Art Was Sponsored in 1988 by AIDS Project Los Angeles.

Mural is Saved and Restored in Hollywood, CA.


A 3rd of the mural “Blue Moon Trilogy” by Russell Carlton 1987 Before Restoration.

See full image of mural After Restoration and video at end of blog post.

Though the mural is located in Hollywood CA, it was painted to promote awareness and support at the beginning of the organization of AIDS Project Los Angeles which battled to fight the disease worldwide.

The creation of the mural was a fundraiser for new AIDS Project Los Angeles and the artist, Russell Carlton, impassioned hundreds of volunteers to attend his “Love For Life” movement in 1987. This community interest and massive local participation alone gives historical significance to the successful efforts and merits thankful recognition.

The three panels of the mural represent a journey of self-empowerment and health, which was a vital message to a community fighting a deadly disease.  The first panel (section) is called “Eve of Conception,” the second, “Dawning of a New Age,” and third, “A Glorious Revelation.” The artwork is beautiful and worthy of preservation, as has been expressed by the neighborhood in which the mural is located, but it is the mural’s meaning that makes this undertaking of its preservation and restoration so important.


The mural and its message were important enough to be supported by all major politicians in the Los Angeles area. It was given a memorial bronze plaque at the mural’s dedication in 1988 which reads:

Blue Moon Trilogy

Eve of Conception, Dawning of a New Age, A Glorious Revelation

A mural dedicated on April 30, 1988 to persons who have so courageously given us hope in living and finding the answers in overcoming this disease.

By artist Russell Carlton for the AIDS Project of Los Angeles

With special thanks to the following benefactors

American Protection Industries

California Community Foundation

Frederisk W. Field

James F. Foley

Hollywood Bowl

Kaleidoscope Films

Tom Fontana and Susan J. Lewis

Richard MacNaughton

MTV Networks, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Stewart A. Resnick

Samuel Jared Kushnick Foundation

Samuel P. Mandell Foundation

Lewis D. Seagler

And the many other contributors to this work of compassion

Edward D. Edelman, Supervisor 3rdDistrict, County of Los Angeles

Tom Bradley, Mayor, City of Los Angeles

Michael woo, Councilman 13thDistrict, City of Los Angeles

Honorary Chairs, Hal and Fran Linden

To join these people in the battle against Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Please contact AIDS Project Los Angeles

Here is the artist, Russell Carlton, in 1988 local news interviews


Russell Carlton being interviewed by local TV on AIDS Project fundraiser painting of the Blue Moon Trilogy.

Russell conceived the Blue Moon Trilogy design after struggling with the life-threatening illness, as well as seeing so many of his friends suffer and die from AIDS. Russell Carlton passed away in 1998, reportedly unafraid and outwardly courageous and encouraging to others.

Since its last restoration by the artist and friends in 1993 (presumably to address graffiti), the mural has gone unmaintained until now… but never unappreciated by the neighborhood.

Having languished in it’s sorry state, recently the stars aligned (the City of Los Angeles recently reorganized its public art maintenance services through Department of Cultural Affairs and hired energetic and impassioned public art expert Yami Duarte) and the mural became a priority and was slated for restoration.

Russell Carlton’s parents signed an artist’s rights agreement in 2017 and enthusiastically supported a restoration that rigorously respected the artist’s original composition, design and colors. But, knowing that the original painting materials were inferior in quality, they approved its repainting under the above conditions.

In meetings with the DCA and the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council (, the general  feeling was optimistic and excited that Russell’s artwork and inspirational vision was finally getting the care and attention it deserved.


Fine Art Conservation Laboratories worked hand in hand with the Department of Cultural Affairs, CalTrans, The Hollywood Bowl, David Ryu LA City Councilman’s office and the neighborhood organizations to undertake the sensitive issues surrounding the restoration of the 20 ft x 180 ft mural located in the underpass used by semi trucks as the onramp for the 101 freeway.

Scott M. Haskins, Head of Conservation brought the “A” Team together with Luisa Pari and Anna Frassine with technician Denver Dillon to undertake the 3 week challenge of cleaning the 3,600 sq. ft painting, repainting damaged details and applying a heavy duty protective coating to facilitate future maintenance. See the short summary video at the end of this article.


Below, see full image of mural After Restoration.

BUT WAIT!! THERE”S MORE!!! In a meeting in City Hall after the restoration work was contracted, friends and neighborhood brought out historic photos that showed that the 7 ft gray painted section below the mural was actually part of the mural’s composition!!! It was decided to go ahead with the contracted restoration on the top 2/3rds and then address the fundraising and work on the bottom 1/3rd afterwards.


After Restoration composite Blue Moon Trilogy by Russell Carlton 1987

Regarding the results of the restoration of the graffitied visible mural, the response from the neighborhood has been enthusiastic: This is from Carl Peter Ripaldi, VP of the WHCA

Dear Scott:

It was great meeting you yesterday. I just want to let you know how much WHCA is thrilled with the restoration of “Blue Moon Trilogy.” It is a wonderful boost for our community and serves as a great gateway greeting into Hollywood.

It sounds like you folks are on a fast track with the proper connections and interest to get the bottom third of the mural restored. Let me know if I or the WHCA can assist in any way to facilitate this.

As you had mentioned, the maintenance of the mural will be an ongoing challenge. It will be important to determine what agencies(y) will spear head that responsibility. As I had mentioned I would be happy to serve as a community watchdog for its preservation. We are hopeful that it will be protected from graffiti which is a constant threat in Hollywood around the freeway exits and sound walls. Lighting improvements would be helpful in the display of the mural especially in the evening hours. Hopefully a lighting improvement project can be fit into the overall restoration effort. Maybe a camera too could be installed to help with the protection of the mural.

Please keep me up to date on the progress in the complete restoration process.

Very sincerely yours,  Carl Peter Ripaldi, VP/WHCA

From one of the neighborhood organizers

The upper portion of Russell Carleton’s Blue Moon Trilogy in the Odin Underpass near the Hollywood Bowl has been restored with CD4’s funds and the Department of Cultural Affairs contractor(s)……..magnificiently by Fine Art Conservation Laboratories – Scott M. Haskins, Mural Conservator.

Unfortunately, we’ll still need to raise the funds to restore the bottom 1/3rd of the mural, which seemingly was covered up by Caltrans or a City agency long ago. When the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and CD4 staff allocated funds for the mural’s restoration, they didn’t allocate enough to do the whole mural. They hadn’t realized that there was an additional part of the mural which had been covered up —–seemingly for decades.

Now that you’ve seen 2/3rds of the mural, wouldn’t you want to be able to see the entire mural?

Orrin Feldman, also First VP, Hollywood Hill Neighborhood Council

From David Ryu’s Cahuenga District Office

Hi All, Figured it would be best to connect all the people on our teams that are now going to work on showing off Scott’s incredible work on the Trilogy Mural. It looks fabulous. I am including in this email our Comms Director. I know he is equally jazzed about highlighting this project.

Thanks, Cahuenga District Office


Here’s a short video of the restoration process


For questions about mural restoration and conservation

contact Scott M. Haskins, Head of Conservation,

805 564 3438


For more information regarding the varnishing of murals and anti-graffiti protection, refer to these blog posts…



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