Feb 26, 2007
Seen: Showroom Showdown (2.26.07)
Artists, collectors, and members of the industry made their way to the Showroom NYC to check out Showroom Showdown this past Saturday. Sponsored by Thunderdog Studios and STRANGEco, the event provided party goers with a glimpse at new releases, live painting sessions and even a bit of relaxation.
The featured product announcement were the Tenacious D figures designed by John K. and produced jointly by Thunderdog Studios and STRANGEco. The painted protos looked great, especially Jack Black -- the facial details are compelling. The figures have an intentionally kitschy appearance from the color choices to the unfinished back-sides. I didn't really measure these, but they are fairly large (10+ or so?).
Thunderdog Studios showed off painted protos of Tristan Eaton's Zulu Queen and a new figure from Murko!. The first public unveiling of Zulu Queen in painted form featured not one but two colorways. The first blue/white echos Tristan's older Zulu Cat Qee while the black/silver colorway features the addition of a sweet mohawk and apparently a different flag design. The Murko! toy builds off brass knuckles to bring a cute yet ravenous (check the teeth!) character to bear.
STRANGEco showcased the upcoming IWG releases (IWG Rocketship and two Special Ops Packs), the upcoming Arkski Minitreehouse Figure from Nathan Jurevicius and the unpainted protos of the Vivisect miniseries.
The live painting was very cool and featured two or three solo pieces plus one larger collab pieces -- check the pics for an eyeful! After people filed out of the Showroom around 11:30 or so, most went over to Lit to continue the party. No pics of that -- don't want any nasty emails -- some of you know exactly what I mean ;-)
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