Sep 18, 2018

Mooncake Androids from Andrew Bell !

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After last night’s speculation, Andrew Bell has released a special Mooncake Android gift set for $46 on the Dead Zebra shop featuring four mini Android toys inspired by the traditional Mid-Autumn festival treats.  This Asia region release comes in a fancy box that looks like a Mooncake box. Once opened, the androids sit in a tray that only reveals their heads, furthering the illusion.  Nicely done, Mr. Bell.  Get ‘em before they vanish.

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Get Ready for Cheezy Grin from Ron English

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Are you ready for Cheezy Grin ? Ron English’s take on a very familiar spongy character will drop at Dopeness Art Lab in Taipei on Saturday (9.22) as part of Ron English’s solo. The  new vinyl figure with a toothy grin is a co-production from Made by Monsters and Dopeness Art Lab.

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Dopeness Art Lab is also previewing Super Star Grin!   Here’s hoping for an international release open to overseas collectors.

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Bigfoot Opens ‘Mountain Gods & Forest Demons’ at Woot Bear (9.22)

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Bay Area Artist Bigfoot will bring his ecocentric art to Woot Bear for the opening of Mountain Gods & Forest Demons on Saturday (9.22, 6-9 PM). Bigfoot will have several several paintings for the show including fun shape-cut pieces of his namesake character. 

A veteran of the art scene, Bigfoot is probably best known in the art toy world for his Bigfoot vinyls including the OG ones from StrangeCo and more recently from Dragatomi, many of which are available from his online store.

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Opening: Saturday, September 22nd 2018 (6-9 PM)

Woot Bear
1512 Haight St
San Francisco CA 94117
415.487.9000

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Casey Weldon x ThreeA – Tuxedo Kittypillar

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Seattle artist Casey Weldon’s Kittypillar vinyl returns from ThreeA in a brand-new black+white edition.  Tuxedo is the first of a new wave of colorways (five in total) set to consume your wallet.  Tuxedo Kittypillar stands 8” tall, features 3 points of articulation, and is available now for $89 from Bambaland which includes worldwide shipping.  This one is slated to ship in November 2018.

Kittypillar is one of those toys that you never dreamed you needed, until it grabbed hold of your imagination.  It’s fairytale familiar, yet Weldon weird, and completely compelling.

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BlackBook Toy Unleashes Acid Marble SKUM-kun (9.21)

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Blackbook Toy is set to release the second and last wave of its Acid Marble SKUM-kun figures in collaboration with Mike Muir of Suicidal Tendencies.  The three new editions feature marbled bodies (Yellow, Pink, and Mint) and feature GID heads and hands.  These drop on Friday (9.21) at 8 AM PDT from Blackbook Toy’s web shop for ¥15,120 (~ $135).   As with all SKUM-kun figures, these come with cloth bandanas.

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As a sweet bonus, customers who purchase two or more of the Acid Marble editions will receive a bonus free pin which offers a sneak peak at the next toy – SKUM-kun in Skull Car! Look for the new sofubi towards the end of this year or the beginning of 2019.

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Adopt a Pecanpal Woody on Kickstarter

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Last week we wrote about t he super-deluxe, ultra-luxurious Pecanpal Woodys from CandyJames, Noferin’s design object brand.  The Kickstarter launched yesterday and quickly (8 hours) met the initial modest goal of $3597 (AU$5000) with three colorways of the first figure, Fanelli, to choose from: Natural Wood ($90) , Black Obsidian ($114) and Cotton Candy Pink ($114).  By supporting the Kickstarter, you can pick these up at a considerable savings. The Nautral Wood normally retails for $100 while the painted editions will retail for $130.

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Looking for more choice?  You’re in luck. CandyJames just posted their first stretch goal of AU$50,000 (~ US$36,000) featuring Tundra White.  With plans to make the arms even darker than in these sample photos, Tundra White will make your Stormtrooper dreams a reality. unnamed

Think of the Woodys as the ultimate expression of the Pecanpal concept which Candy and Nick Robertson launched back in early 2009.  Handcrafted from sustainable Hevea wood, the 5” figures feature a magnetic spheroid neck joint as well as articulated arms for the ultimate in posability and playability.

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Frank Kozik and Kidrobot Bring the Magic and Rainbows with Labbicorn

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Do you believe in magic, rainbows and fairytales?  Or maybe you revel in being the mythical chosen one who can do it all?  Then, you need a Labbicorn, the new 5” Labbit from Frank Kozik and Kidrobot. The Labbicorn is an overdose of unicorn-infused cuteness.  Sparkly gem unicorn horn? Yep.  Barfing rainbows? Sure.  Multi-colored rainbow/star graphics? Most definitely. Not to mention the shimmery finish.  Dreamy, groovy, and over the top. 

The 5” Labbicorn is available now for $29.99 from myplasticheart, select retailers and of course Kidrobot.com.

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Sep 17, 2018

Utomaru x Tomenosuke – Mimi The Cannibal Girl Crazy Purple Edition (9.21)


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Tomenosuke will release Mimi The Cannibal Girl sofubi in the Crazy Purple Edition (30 pcs, 13500 yen/~ $121) from Japanese illustrator Utomaru on Friday (9.21) at 7:59 AM PDT from their international web store.  Based on the cult film, Cannibal Holocaust, Mimi stands 7.5” tall and with her spear reaches 11.4”. A follow-up to the quickly sold out OG Blood Red edition, the new version features a two-tone purple/green design with deep purple spear. Each figure comes with a metal stand, and a windowed display box. For more on Mimi and Utomaru, head on over to Tomenosuke’s blog.

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Sep 16, 2018

Miscreation Toys x Toy Art Gallery – Mini Miscreants in Black

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Proving that trouble comes in all sizes, the Mini Miscreants gachas return from Miscreation Toys and Toy Art Gallery in a new, all-black edition.   Skullen, Goob, Jawrr, Nariphon, Demonette and Half Skullen each stand 2” tall, are cast in soft vinyl, boast one point of articulation, and are ready for dirty deeds.  Sold as a set, the Mini Miscreants Black Blank Edition is available now from the TAG web shop for $60

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Toy Geeks Behind The Counter S2E23 with Scott C.

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Heads up fellow Toy Geeks!  The latest episode of Toy Geeks Behind the Counter featuring guest artist Scott C. has dropped and is ready for your streaming pleasure on Youtube or below. Joined by George, Ben and Sarah Jo, the geeks take a look at Scott C.’s new books as well as the 90th Anniversary Mickey Mouse minis.  If you’re wondering, Toy Geeks normally airs new weekly episodes on Tuesdays though sometimes real life gets in the way :)

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Sep 15, 2018

Alex Face x Mighty Jaxx – Baby Rabbit Black

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Mighty Jaxx is taking pre-orders for the new Baby Rabbit Black Edition polystone figure (edition of 100) from Thai street artist Alex Face via their online store for $199 (includes global shipping).  This is a follow-up to the very popular OG edition in white which sold out in two quick days. Standing 12” tall, the Baby Rabbit figure brings Alex Face’s signature character seen in numerous murals into 3D and onto your shelf.

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The three-eyed Baby Rabbit makes full use of the front vs. back design in a ‘cheeky’ manner. Up front, we have a cute if not a bit unsure lad offering a tiny toy version of himself. On the flip side, he’s hiding a far more confrontational gesture and hardly anything else.  Beyond the joy of discovery, the design lends itself to several narratives – one rather obvious and others more nuanced depending on your reading of his ‘nature’.

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Sep 14, 2018

3DRetro Will Debut Four New Vinyls for ‘Life is Beautiful’ in Vegas (9.21 – 9.23)

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3Dretro will return as an official Pop-Up shop for the Life is Beautiful concert in Las Vegas next weekend (9.21 – 9.23) with five new vinyl drops including the debut of four new figures. Let’s dive in!  From Gary Baseman comes Ahwroo in a standing pose (edition of 250 pcs, 7.5”, $70).  This is a nice follow-up of sorts to the recent polystone edition at a much more affordable price point.  Fans of Persue, will be happy to see a really nice vinyl version of his signature Bunny Kitty (edition of 400, 5”, $50). 

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And then we have a pair of very different elephants. There’s the Pink Elephant Bank in vinyl from Shag (edition of 250, 7”, $60).  Now, we switch from Pink to Orange for a very different vibe. Trunk The Orange Elephant brings us Ron English’s second toy take on the Commander in Chief, complete with removable hair.  An edition of 250, Trunk stands 5” tall and will be available for $60.

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Finally, there’s a new GID Moe Hawk from KRK Ryden which skates in with an edition of 100 pieces and a retail of $60.  So if you’re going out to the desert for the show, be sure to drop by the Pop-Up Shop to be one of the first people to pick up these brand-new art toys.

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