Aug 24, 2012
Reactor-88’s Custom Corner: Betso
Welcome to Reactor-88's Custom Corner. For August we are highlighting long-time toy customizer Betso. He is originally from Las Vegas, but now resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. When his 9 to 5 day is over, Betso burns the midnight oil and concentrates on his paintings and custom toys. Some of you may have first been introduced to his work via the Kidrobot Dunny 2011 Series, but I've known Betso for a long time and it's always a treat to see his work. He cites his influences as animals, cartoons, and graffiti- all three are lovingly meshed into his work. My favorite aspects of his customs are the character's big, bugged out eyes and comical facial expressions. It's easy to imagine some strange, cartoon animal world where all of them live. I would love to see some original toys from Betso- toy companies I hope you're taking notes. In the meantime, you can keep up with Betso over on Instagram (under betsoart) or his Flickr page.
KAWS – Companion Resting Place USA Release
KAWS will be releasing his Companion: Resting Place figure on Friday August 24th via KAWSONE at Noon EDT (9AM PDT). No mention of dimensions or price range, but expect to spend at least $300+ on this release. Just in time for my birthday – if I manage to get one. Who’s going to be refreshing tomorrow?
Jesse Hernandez x Kuso Vinyl – Miquitzticoatl Figure Comparison
Jesse Hernandez posted up a size comparison shot of his new upcoming Miquitzticoatl figure with Kuso Vinyl. Boy he is a hunk of vinyl! We cannot wait to see this guy mixed in with all of your Jesse Hernandez collections. Speaking of Jesse.. a big Happy Birthday shout out goes to you bro! Stay up!
Aug 23, 2012
adFunture’s STGCC Yokas from Phu! and Clog02
adFunture is about to make Yoka fans very happy with 2 incoming minis. Both the red + white Rebel Yoka from Phu! and the brown Grizzly from Clog02 will be released in Singapore at STGCC (9.1 – 9.2). In related news, be sure to check out adfunture’s new web home at adfunture.com.
Aug 22, 2012
Brandt Peters x CP x Tomenosuke – Stingy Jack (8.26)
After a year of development and production, Brandt Peters’ Stingy Jack, the first sofubi figure (6.5”) from the Tomenosuke + Circus Posterus collabo toy project, will drop this weekend. Stingy Jack is one mean character. While his outfit might remind you of a clown’s, he’s certainly not about fun and games. The sculptural detail is quite nice here from the pumpkin shaped head with an awesome edged mouth to Jack’s sweet outfit. For an awesome run-down of the process of bringing Stingy Jack to life, check out Shinji Nakako’s excellent WIP article series.
The debut edition features an opaque light pumpkin colored head with a vivid clear purple body with accents in purple, black and lavender. Limited to 120 pieces, Stingy Jack’s drop, as all future T+CP drops, will be split into two separate releases (60 pcs each) – one for North America and one for the rest of the world including Asia and Europe. The USA drop is slated for Sunday, August 26th @ 1 PM PDT from Circusposterus.com for $95. The Japan (and rest of the world) drop will be through Tomenosuke.com on 8.25 @ Midnight Japan time (Sunday Morning) for 7600 yen.
Munky King Moving Sale
Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, August 22nd and ending on Sunday, August 26th, Munky King will be holding their Moving Sale. Almost everything in the store will be 50% off, which also includes fixtures and displays. This may be a perfect opportunity to curate and organize your own toy collections at home. There will also be some select items available on their website for those of you not in the area. Help lighten their load and check out their sale!
Aug 21, 2012
Urban Vinyl Daily Presents: Blow Me – A Tribute To Cartridge Gaming (09.08)
Urban Vinyl Daily has put together an online custom group show titled ‘Blow Me’, which pays homage to cartridge gaming. The show will take place on Saturday, September 8th HERE. Participating artists include:
Matucha, Jeff Beck, Squid Kids Ink., Rsin, Velley Dweller, Sergio Mancini, Jason Chalker, Spankystokes, JFury, Igor Ventura, Nerviswr3k, Carson Catlin, Ian Ziobrowski, Nathan Hamill, JC Rivera, and Luihz Unreal.
We are very curious as to what kind of pieces everyone will be exhibiting in this show. Stay tuned for more details!
Tosco–The Alpha Series Kickstarter Fundraiser
The Tosco Alpha Series is a new line of platform figures designed by Yahid Rodriguez. They’ve asked a number of artists to go at it with their new DIY figure and explore every angle, surface, nook and cranny that the Tosco figure has to offer. This figure stands 9” tall and features articulation in the shoulders, elbows, and the head. Do you want to see this toy made? Well that is where they need your help! They’ve created a Kickstarter page in helps to fundraise this project. With the money raised, they plan on producing 9 designs limited to 300 pieces each, as well as a run of 300 DIY figures. Some of the perks available are a DIY Tosco for $25, Yahid Rodriguez’s Alpha Tosco for $50, Mimic’s Melvin Tosco for $50, Bytedust’s Run Tosco for $50, and Sket-One’s Half Pint Tosco for $50. The 5 other designs are soon to be released. They are in hopes of reaching a goal of $40,000 within the next 43 Days, so feel free to take a gander (HERE) and back them up.
Lunartik in a Cup of Tea Mini Series 2 Sneak Peek
Lunartik (Matt Jones) is about to release Series 2 of his Lunartik in a Cup of Tea Mini-figs. Here’s an exclusive teaser of ‘Apple Bubble’. Nice choice by Matt since we are all about the black + green. Keep your eye out on your favorite toy blogs for more teasers. So far, we’ve spotted a teaser of the ‘Shroom’ edition @ Toysrevil. Additionally, Matt himself has shown off ‘Wild Mushroom’ as well as a teaser of ‘Star Cup’. Hit the jump to see all of these additional reveals. Series 2 should drop on September 10th according to Lunartik’s latest release update.
Amanda Louise Spayd – Origins of the Forest (9.7)
Amanda Louise Spayd will bring her unique plush aesthetic and vision to myplasticheartnyc with the opening of ‘Origins of the Forest’ (9.7). Expect plenty of woodland creatures done in her signature style combining wide-eyed sculpted faces with intricate and rustic plush elements. In the meantime, be sure to check out ‘Maker’, a short film by Christopher Kezelos featuring puppets by Amanda.
Amanda Louise Spayd || Origins of the Forest
Opening: Friday September 7th 2012 (6-9 PM)
210 Forsyth St.
New York, New York 10002
Phu! – Cosmic Strike Corps Mini Munnys (x5) for STGCC
Phu! is ready to alter the cosmic balance of power with his five Cosmic Strike Corps custom Mini Munnys created for the Custom Munny Show organized by Ozzo Collection @ the upcoming Singapore Toy, Games and Comic Convention (9.1 – 9.2) in the Marina Bay Sands booth (E34). The fearsome fivesome include the Captain (Dart Master) in Black, two Master Sergeants (The Blaster) in Yellow and a duo of Warrant Officers (Mr. Tracker) clad in white. The CSC warriors feature Portable Power Units, Insignia flags and one of three armaments – Dart Guns, Missile Blasters, and Ray Guns.
Phu!’s CSC mini-munnys will be available for SGD$130 at the convention or USD$150 (includes global shipping). Drop a line to phuektastic[at]hotmail[dot]com to reserve your favorite.
Koji Harmon’s first Kappa Shonen Release (9.7)
Koji Harmon is about to release his brand-new Kappa Shonen vinyl. The full-color debut of this seemingly happy-go-lucky, rather human interpretation of the Kappa, Japanese folklore ‘River Children’, will feature a creamy light green vinyl base with a teal shirt, and brown shorts. With a wide, almost grinning duck bill, the new character has a nice retro feel. More welcoming child than mischievous or menacing, the Kappa references are subtle here, including the webbed hands and feet. Kappa Shonen drops from Comet Debris on Friday September 7th @ 9 PM PDT for $60.
Le Merde x S7 – Hollis Price ‘Forever’ (8.23)
Sticking to their weekly Thursday toy drops, Super7 is gearing up to release the Hollis Price ‘Forever’ edition from Le Merde. The new colorway brings the style with a pink GID base vinyl with b+w tee, brown pants, blue fade, red spray. The new Hollis drops on Thursday (8.23) @ Noon PDT and can be yours for $35 from the SF retail location or S7’s online shop.
Aug 20, 2012
Blobpus x Mark Nagata x TAG Blind-Bag Alien Argus (8.22)
Toy Art Gallery has collaborate with Japanese toy maker Blobpus on a hand-painted blind-bag edition of Mark Nagata’s Alien Argus vinyl (10”). This special offering features over eight different designs including several 1-offs and editions of 2. The blind-bag Blobpus Alien Argus figures will drop on Wednesday August 22nd 2012 @ Noon PDT for $125 each, online via shop.toyartgallery.com and at TAG’s Melrose location. There’s good value here considering that these are hand-painted by Blobpus and stand 10” tall.
Aug 19, 2012
Rotofugi Presents: J*RYU in “The Ghost of You Haunted Me” (09.07)
Coinciding with Luke Chueh’s Show “I Am Your Plaything” at Rotofugi, J*RYU will also have his very own exhibit, entitled “The Ghost of You Haunted Me”. Expect tons of amazing and original sculptures on display. The show will take place on Friday, September 7th with J*RYU in attendance. So be sure to check out what looks to be an amazing show and meet the man himself!
J*RYU || ‘The Ghost of You Haunted Me’
Opening: Friday September 7th 2012 (7-10 PM)
2780 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Arts Unknown Update: Kozik & Doktor A Color Samples
Wondering what Arts Unknown has been up to? Wonder no more. Here's a look at color samples for both Frank Kozik's William, Henry, and Reginald as well as Doktor A's Bella Dellamere in both standard and members-only editions (shown above). The white + red Bella features a mix of matte and gloss whites. Perhaps the best news, Arts Unknown is now moving to the production phase.Check out the standard edition samples after the jump.
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Aug 17, 2012
Lou Pimentel x MPH Labs tease ‘Jr.’
Hmmm… what’s this? mphlabs is now teasing their new Junior figure with Lou Pimentel. We’d say it’s the beginning of the promo for what we believe is a Cranston Fellows Jr. vinyl project teased back in April. Only time will tell though… In the meantime we can all stare intently at the red circular logo for clues.
Buff Monster Moving Sale (8.25)
So after living in LA for as long as I can remember, Buff Monster is packing up and moving to NYC (Brooklyn to be specific). Before he waves goodbye he’s holding a Moving Sale @ Japan LA on Saturday August 25th, featuring all sorts of goodies from his archive including OG art, prints, toys, and more – some of which have never been seen or offered before. Mister Pink has also created an exclusive print for the event. To add to the fun, the first 50 people will score goodie bags and each purchase will also include additional free gifts.
Buff Monster’s Moving Sale
Saturday, August 25th (11 AM – 6 PM)
7320 1/2 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Ron English Exclusive ‘Diamond Lazarus Rising’ Print Available Now
Ron English’s POpaganda.com will release a new print every third Friday. Today’s inaugural drop is the exclusive ‘Diamond Lazarus Rising’ giclee. This monstrous image features a sweet muted stain-glass effect. Limited to 100 s/n pieces, the print measures 16” x 20” and is available now from POPaganda.com for $119.
Mindzai x Vinyl Pulse Goon Squad Contest Winner
Thanks to all who entered the Mindzai x Vinyl Pulse Goon Squad Contest. As a result of a random draw, the lucky winner is Matthew Hansen. Congrats! Matthew will receive a set of the 5 Goon Squad Figures (random colors) created by Frank Kozik and Produced by Kidrobot. If you didn’t win, no worries – there are more contests on the way.
Aug 16, 2012
Stu Witter x Taylored Curiosities – Owl Bear Aromatherapy Plush
Stu Witter has teamed up Taylored Curiosities to bring you some Aromatherapy plush goodness. The handmade Owl Bear plush is expected to drop very soon and will be limited to only 10 pieces. They will be available HERE for approximately $40 + S&H. Also notice that the eyes do glow, which I hope won’t freak you out as you sleep. Very cool detail in my opinion.
Otto Bjornik – 3” Shah Mat Royalty Custom Dunny Sets
Otto Bjornik has some amazing custom 3” Dunnys available for your collections. He has created 3” versions of his previous 9” Shah Mat Royalty Dunnys that are currently sold out. They are available in pairs and is just remarkably stunning. For inquiries please send an email to Otto VIA his contact page HERE.
Preview: Mr. Clement – Lapin World Tour Los Angeles (8.25)
A few days ago we brought some brief news about Mr. Clement’s upcoming ‘Lapin World Tour Los Angeles’ exhibition @ Toy Art Gallery (8.25). Now, here’s an official preview courtesy of the gallery including a look at three new toy releases : LA LA Ji Ja (golden colorway, 50 pcs), Rainbow Petit Lapin (14 pcs, hand-painted), and the previously mentioned Petit Lapin Museum 2012: Please Forget Me in black. The gallery also revealed two new large-scale sculptures including the weary-eyed Lapin piece on the flier and a neon yellow-green egg-shaped creation. Finally, Mr. Clement has mentioned that his new paintings are based on blurred memories. That memory is not as concrete and fixed as it seems is enhanced by the use of circular frames for this new body of work.
Mr. Clement || Lapin World Tour LA
Opening: Saturday August 25th 2012 (7-10 PM)
Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 9006
Luke Chueh -- ‘I Am Your Plaything’ (9.7)
Luke Chueh will unveil a new collection of work for ‘I Am Your Plaything’ opening in September (9.7) @ Rotofugi in Chicago. As suggested by the title, the flier image of a lego-ized self portrait, and a recent instagram wip snap of a nesting doll piece, this new body of work is based on Luke’s experiences collecting and creating toys, as well the experience of being collected. Expect to see a series of paintings based on various iconic elements of toy culture and in a fun twist, another series inspired by the numerous bootlegs of ‘I Asked for Scrambled’.
Luke Chueh || ‘I Am Your Plaything’
Opening: Friday September 7th 2012 (7-10 PM)
2780 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Preview: Junko Mizuno – Hansel & Gretel
Junko Mizuno will open her ‘Hansel & Gretel’ art exhibit at Nucleus on Saturday (8.18). For this show, Junko has taken her original ink illustrated pages for the ‘03 graphic novel and hand-embellished them with additional details so that they stand on their own. Each of the available pages has been for lack of a better term, manually remastered, in this way for enhanced sharpness, contrast, texture and over visual impact. In addition to the original ink pages, Junko has also created three show exclusive prints featuring the book’s primary characters. Collectors who purchase an original ink page will receive their choice of one of the prints.
Finally, Nucleus is now offering her ‘Ogan’ print series featuring four prints of original paintings from her 2010 solo in Rome. Each print measures 14” x 11” and is available for $50 ($180 for the set of four).
Junko Mizuno || Hansel & Gretel
Opening: Saturday August 18th 2012 (7-10 PM)
210 East Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801