Apr 29, 2016
Paul Kaiju - Wasabiguana Biterfish Raffle (5.01)
Paul Kaiju has caught himself a bounty of Biterfish and is planning to release them to some very lucky collectors via raffle this Sunday, May 1st! The Wasabiguana Biterfish is cast in a green vinyl with black rub. The raffle will open be up for one hour beginning at 6PM PST, ending at 7PM PST. Winners will then be notified 4 days after the raffle and will be contacted with an invoice of $150 + S&H.
Dennis Cornetta -- ‘Lewis’ for Stranger Factory Fifth Anniversary Exhibition (5.6)
Dennis Cornetta has been hard at work on a sharp new turtle figure which is scheduled to debut at the Stranger Factory Five Year Anniversary Exhibition on Friday, May 6th 2016. Cornetta sculpted Lewis digitally in Zbrush, 3D output him and is now casting up a little resin army of the figures. The snazzy yet sad turtle looks great with his bowtie and removable glasses. An accomplished artist, digital sculptor and more, Cornetta has his hands in several art toy projects including sculpting Brandt Peters’ upcoming Night King. Enjoy these in-progress pics (more after the jump) and keep an eye out for an update with painted pics.
Stranger Factory Five Year Anniversary Exhibition
Opening: Friday, May 6th, 2016 (6-9 PM)
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Paradise x Mai Nagamoto – Paradise Sunrise Innocent & Core (4.29)
Paradise Toys will release both editions—GID and translucent—of their exclusive Paradise Sunrise Innocent & Core sofubi from Mai Nagamoto via their web shop on Friday (4.29) @ 10:30 PM PDT for NT$2000 each (~ US$62). Please note that the sale link won’t be alive until the release time. Also, it’s probably best to go ahead and create a store account ahead of time to save some time during checkout.
The clear edition was also sold at least week’s SuperFest while the GID edition will also be available at Paradise’s Thailand Toy Expo booth (5.5-5.8). The rainbow-hued editions feature the larger Innocent and the smaller core who conveniently (well at least for one of them) fits in Innocent’s mouth.
Apr 28, 2016
Ukydaydreamer x TAG – Ultiotl Exclusives x 2 (4.29)
Friday’s going to be a great day for Ukydaydreamer fans. Toy Art Gallery has not one, but two exclusive editions of the Japanese artists’ 2-faced Ultiotl figure–black and orange. Booth look great and feature impressive paint design. They drop on Friday (4.29) @ 12 PM PDT from the TAG web store. Hit the jump to see the flip side with the 2nd face.
Tru Slithers x Blurbleone – Kid Toxic ‘Gak’ Edition (4.29)
Update: Corrected release time
Remember when Nickelodeon made getting covered in goo cool? The new Kid Toxic “Gak” edition is a throwback to those simpler days. Limited to 4 pieces, this micro run of Blurbleone’s vinyl figure was hand-painted by Tru Slithers. Gak drops on Friday (4.29) at 4 PM MDT from the Tru Slithers webshop for $60 (+ s/h).
Apr 27, 2016
Marsham Toy Hour – Episode 7
Marsham Toy Hour is back for another week with Episode 7! In this episode, we learn a little about the background of our hosts, Gary Ham, Tyler Ham and Martian Toys. They also talk about things that’s got them jazzed going on in the toy scene, such as Huck Gee’s Gold Life Series with Mighty Jaxx and Full Blown Ink’s Cronus Magnus! Give them a listen on their Podbean, Sticher and iTunes.
DMS – Deep Blue Octeapus (4.29)
If you missed DMS’s sold-out ToyCon UK Octeapus—one of his Mchanimals—he’s got another tentacled beast lined up, the Deep Blue Octeapus. This one features an octopus-like vehicle piloted by a Lunartik mini-fig. Each of the hand-sculpted tentacles is movable thanks to the joy of magnetism for plenty of posing possibilities. The figure stands 5.5” H x 7” W and features an ocean-floor resin base.
On the back of the sellout ToyCon UK version of the DMS Octeapus, comes the Deep Blue colourway of this Mechanimal.
Standing at around 5.5" tall x 7" wide (depending on the positioning of the tentacles) and featuring moveable, changeable magnetic tentacles, these are pieces to play with and pose. The Deep Blue Octeapus is limited to 15 made-to-order pieces and will be available on Friday (4.29) at 10 AM PDT for £49.99 (~ $72) + s/h from the DMS online shop. Happy hunting!
Amanda Visell + Michelle Valigura – Pig + Butterfly
I guess we shouldn’t be surprised anymore when the dynamic duo—Michelle Valigura and Amanda Visell—release yet another brand-new odd-couple resin set. Next? Pig + Butterfly! This pairing brings together pig (4.5 x 3.5 x 3”) with a smaller, graceful butterfly, in let’s call it a ‘natural’ edition with a true-to-life paint design. Limited to 25 pieces, the new all-handmade set is available for pre-order for $90 now from myswitcheroo and should ship in a few weeks.
Fuji – Robuson in Yellow for Design Festa 43 (5.14-5.15)
Fuji (Takuma Fujioka) will release his transformable Robuson sofubi in a new yellow edition for Design Festa 43 (5.14-5.15) in booths B40-41—online release post show. Seemingly inspired by Kaneda’s speeder bike in Akira, Robuson’s clever design allows the figure to take many visually distinct forms with what appears to be just 4 total points of articulation. Still photos don’t really do justice to Robuson’s many poses/looks.
The wings or arms, can be extended forward for a speeder-ish pose; they can be rotated downward for a airship-like look, swept backwards for an oddly creepy yet appealing collapsed look. What might not be immediately clear from photos is that there’s a rear thruster/supporter tucked underneath the bottom of the figure that serves as the third balancing point and can be rotated forward for a compact feel or backwards for a longer, more airship look. The fourth articulation point ? The ‘cockpit’ flips open to fully reveal Robuson’s face.
Beyond the clever articulation, the sculpt shines here, dense with futuristic detail from wheels to vents throughout (including the downward facing front surfaces). Check Fuji’s video below for a better feel for Robuson’s design. We’ve gone and posted pictures from multiple editions including an unpainted gray test shot to show off the figure to full effect.
Inami Toys – Mecha Top (4.28)
Getting their Sci-Fi on, Inami Toys has taken their Rock-Paper-Scissors Top resin to a new level with the Mecha Top (8 pcs, $70) dropping on Thursday (4.28) @ 8 PM EDT from their webshop. Taking on the personality of a futuristic mining marvel, Mecha Top features a weathered design with genuine cold-cast metal for the handle and drill set against a classic yellow base paint. This edition also includes a rock base to enhance and complete the mining theme. Beyond a strong character design, Mecha also innovates with an articulated pilot. Finally, creator Kevin Nam created a behind-the-scenes video showcasing the process behind making this edition—embedded below for easy viewing.
Reactor-88’s Custom Corner – Jump Jumper Ant
Welcome to the April 2016 edition of Reactor-88's Custom Corner. This month we’re featuring Jump Jumper Ant.
What’s your name?
My stage name is Jump Jumper Ant and my real name is Gahel Zermeño.
Where are you located?
In México City.
Day job or full-time artist?
I work mainly in art, but also in advertising, photography, and speech. I’m now starting in the world of tattoo as well.