Jul 22, 2016

Arcane Divination Dunny Series Artist Reveal: Jon-Paul Kaiser

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As this post goes live, J*RYU is signing the Arcane Divination Dunny Series posters at Kidrobot’s SDCC booth which list the artists (four + JRYU) for the upcoming Tarot Card themed blind-box series due in 2017, which he curated and art directed. For those not at SDCC, Kidrobot and J*RYU have asked four Art Toy blogs, including Vinyl Pulse, to each reveal one of the series artists.

It’s our pleasure to announce that Jon-Paul Kaiser will be featured in this momentous series. While one immediately thinks of his signature black+white aesthetic, JPK’s artist statement, sharing his  perspective on the project and approach to creating Dunnys representing particular Tarot cards, suggests that we might be surprised by what he’s dreamt up.

''My artwork and tastes have always drawn me towards the darker themes in society; how superstition, religion and death blends with history and in turn is reflected in the artwork from various periods and cultures.

Working on this project has been an incredible experience and it's allowed me to work in a totally different manner; feeling unconstrained by my own previous work and really exploring where I could take the tarot theme - what it meant to me and trying to interpret the stories behind the cards.

Seeing the designs from the other artists in the series has also been a real eye-opener. Under J*RYU's guidance, we have all really pushed the boundaries of what a toy can or should be and in turn this makes these Dunnys stand out as a truly unique series, and to me the strongest series that has ever been produced by Kidrobot."

- Jon-Paul Kaiser

Be sure to visit Toysrevil, Spankystokes and The Toy Chronicle to see who else is in the Arcane Divination Dunny Series.


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Jul 21, 2016

Pop! Asia at SDCC – Secret Base Hiddy and Fudo Myo-O Pops

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Pop! Asia has released several new Pop! figures at SDCC including collaborations with a pair of Japanese creative visionaries. Available in both red+yellow and purple+green iconic color combos, the Hiddy Pop! celebrates the Secret Base founder and his tremendous influence on modern sofubi. From toys to tattoos, the Fudo Myo-O Pop! was designed by Mutsuo from the legendary Three Tides Tattoo and is his take on the prominent Japanese Buddhist Diety.  Both of these collabo figures are available at the BAIT booth [#4851] for $20 each,  as are several new Pop! Asia releases including a new line of Street Fighter Pops.

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Flawtoys x Deanist Stranger - élan vital (7.26)


Flawtoys has collaborated with Deanist on a special, extremely limited edition of the Stranger resin figure. For élan vital (“inner life force”), Deanist painted a Whitecell toy from Plasticcell with a striking mosaic design which Flawtoys then cast inside his signature Stranger. Limited to just five pieces, Stranger - élan vital stands 7.7” tall will be released on Tuesday (7.26) @ Noon PDT from both the Flawtoys webshop (2 pcs) and the Deanist webshop (2 pcs) for 160 Euros each (~ US$176). This Flawtoys x Deanist collab brings a strong design flair, antidote to the status quo—perfect for brightening up a house or bringing ‘different’ to an existing collection.


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Martin Hsu + PowerCore at SDCC: Kindreds, Dragon Dog Plush, Smart Stickers and More



Martin Hsu is at SDCC once again in his usual spot, booth # 4530, stocked with art, toys and merch including the debut releases of the Kindreds Powder 2 figure resin set and the new Dragon Dog plush.  A collaboration with boothmates PowerCore, Kindreds conveys a minimalistic design sense through the large Protector  and the aptly named Little One whom he watches over. With the Little One placed atop the Protector, the combined pair stands 7” tall.  Cast in powder resin, the first edition is limited to 50  pieces and is available for $150.  It includes a digital PowerCore Certificate Card that serves the dual role of digital COA and a key to access exclusive digital content.

In addition to Kindreds, Martin has also released his Dragon Dog Plush.  While the figure bears a striking resemblance to Blacky, each Dragon Dog comes with a blank collar tag, ready for you to adopt him/her and name as you choose. The plush stands 8” tall and is available for $35.  It looks great in person and features a distinctive head design  with facial features that pop nicely, lending a welcome sculpted feel to the soft toy.

As part of their unfolding plans to help bridge the analog/digital divide for art products,  PowerCore is also offering several exclusives including a new Uamou edition, and the Kaiju Amedas Purple + Green Boots figure from the Chima Group,   and is also offering stickers for purchase which include fun twist – a QR code that unlocks a digital sticker pack for use with their new Powercore Collector messaging companion app.



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Andrew Bell Launches Android S6 at SDCC


We dropped by the Dumbrella booth [#1331] to check out Andrew Bell’s releases including the advanced launch of Android S6, advanced launch of the 2-pc Bear Awareness Android set, Wood Androids and Area 51 Karoshi-San.



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Woot Bear SDCC Exclusives from Ben Seto and Scott Wilkowski


While Woot Bear doesn’t have a booth per se, they will release SDCC exclusives from Ben Seto and Scott Wilkowski.  First up is the Woot Bear GID Buntrooper (16 pcs, $70) from Ben Seto with a fun mini print in the store’s signature white + gold colorway.   It will be available on Thursday (7.21) from 12 to 1 PM from Ben Seto’s table in Artist Alley (#O15) and any remaining stock will be available from WootBear.com at 3 PM.

On Friday, Scott Wilkowski and Woot Bear will be taking over the Hyperactive Monkey booth (#5640) from Noon to 1 PM PDT (remainder will be offered online at 3 PM) to release a tsunami of figures -

  • Teen Woot Bear ($45) – Micro Wootkowski is coming of age.  3.25” GID. Assorted colorways.
  • Micro Solid Wootkosplay ($20) – Wootkosplay channels Ultraman in blue and red colorways.
  • 2-pack Micro All Glow Set  ($45 each):  1 Micro Wootkowski skeleton & 1 Micro Infected Wootkowski in blue colorway.        
  • 3-pack Micro All Glow Set  ($60 each):  Micro Solid Wootkowski, 1 Micro Infected Wootkowski in smoke colorway, & 1 Micro Skeleton
  • Individual Micro Infected GID Wootkowski  ($30 each)
  • Infected GID Kamen Rider  ($150 each)

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Jul 20, 2016

David Flores x Blackbook Toy x Hellfire Canyon Club – DeathsHead Kiss My Ass Stay Gold at SDCC


Blackbook Toy will launch the DeathsHead Kiss My Ass Stay Gold edition by David Flores and the Hellfire Canyon Club at SDCC via Disburt [#5045] for $190 (+ tax).  This first fully painted KMA figure features a sweet mix of gold, black and matte black for a stunning look. 25 pieces will be available at Comic-Con with the limited remainder available on Monday July 25th at Midnight Japan time directly from Blackbook Toy.


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Ron English x Sidebar – Comic-Con Kick Off Party (7.20.16)


Ron English will be celebrating the pop culture insanity that is Comic-Con with a Kick Off Party at Sidebar (6th and Market) in the Gas Lamp district on Wednesday (7.20) starting at 9:30 PM.  The event will feature live pop up art and all of Ron’s new toys including Homer Grin from JPS Gallery x Made by Monsters, Mad Happy Monk by Collectormates, Heartskull by Collectormates, MC Action figure and Glow Artist Gnome from 3D Retro.


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BAIT x Deviltoys x Quiccs – SDCC Exclusive Red Edition TEQ63 1/6 Figure


Blending street fashion with art toy cool, it makes perfect sense that BAIT would bring collectors the SDCC Exclusive Red Edition Quiccs x Deviltoys TEQ63 1/6 scale figure (200 pcs, $200).  Available via the BAIT booth [#4845]. 


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Jul 19, 2016

Scott Tolleson at SDCC – Agromedus and the Whisper + Kookie Plush by Flat Bonnie


Since we did a roundup of Scott Tolleson’s San Diego Comic-Con goodies, he’s revealed his new Agromedus and the Whisper sofubi set. He’s also announced the oh-so-cute Kookie mini plush in collaboration with Flat Bonnie (50  pcs).  Get all of Scott’s drops at booth #5139.


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BAIT at SDCC - Collectorsmates x Ron English Exclusives



Popaganda fans rejoice!  BAIT will have two Collectorsmates x Ron English art toy exclusives.  The brand-new Mad Happy Monk Virdigris Edition is a zenful addition to the Grin line (48 pcs, $100).  The new Heart Skull features a stone-inspired texture and would look great next to his previous Heart Skull and Star Skull pieces (50 pcs, $150).  Both exclusives will be available from the BAIT booth [#4845]


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Andrew Bell at SDCC – Wood Androids, Android S6, Pins and More!


We’ve mentioned a few of Andrew Bell’s releases for SDCC including the Area-51 Karoshi-San ($65) and the preview release of Android Series 6, but he’s got plenty more in store including these gorgeous, drool-worthy Wood Androids (5”, $120) – a collaboration with NoliNoli, Dead Zebra and Android Foundry pins, an early release of the “Bear Awareness” 2-pc android set ($15), new stickers, tees, and so much more.  Where?  Why, the Dumbrella booth of course! [#1329].


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