Sep 30, 2012
Dragatomi Prsents: Paul Kaiju & Leecifer in ‘Bat Butts & Goat Guts’ (10.13)
On Saturday, October 13th at Dragatomi, Paul Kaiju and Leecifer take the stage in their duo show, ‘Bat Butts & Goat Guts’. This show will feature a number of customs from both these talents, as well as Leecifer’s first run of custom Picklebaby resin figures. Picklebaby stands 8.25” tall with articulation in both the arms and the neck with the assistance of magnets. Expect a great show with a a number of pieces you are going to want to take home!
2317 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
Cometdebris – Super Festival 60 Exclusive Kappa Shonen & Sametan (10.07)
Super Festival 60 is just around the corner and it looks as though Cometdebris is well prepared! Sharing a booth C27 with Shirama, Cometdebris will have two show exclusives available. The Kappa Shonen will be available in a light blue vinyl with brown shorts and purple shirt for 5000 Yen and he will also have an unpainted edition for 4500 Yen. The Sametan features a Green vinyl body with red vinyl shorts and white, brown, black, and silver accents for 3500 Yen. Those not available to attend, Koji will have these available online on October 7th at 7PM PSD.
David Flores x Minty Fresh – Exclusive ‘Cool’ Edition Deathshead
Have you been waiting for the Mono edition of David Flores x Hellfire Canyon Club x Bic Plastics Deathshead figure? I know I have, as we know just the place to get it! Exclusive to MintyFresh is the ‘Cool’ edition Deathshead figure. Limited to 50 pieces, this run will go quickly! This edition retails roughly $130 and can be found available for Pre-Order HERE. Estimated arrival time is slate for November, which is when orders will shortly be sent out.
Kidrobot – Don’t Fear the Reaper ‘Bot Mini (10.11)
Halloween is just around the corner and Kidrobot is well aware. Releasing on Thursday, October 11th is the ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’ ‘Bot Mini figure, which reminds me a lot of Andrew Bell’s KR15 KidReaper figure. This 3” Mini Bot features a glow in the dark vinyl and sickle an toilet paper accessories. These are limited to 1000 pieces and are exclusive to KR Online and all Kidrobot stores for $14.95 each.
Sep 29, 2012
Dust’s ‘Lost Spirit’ Mural
While we usually focus on his toys, German artist David Stegmann (aka Dust) isalso an accomplished painter and muralist. He recently blessed Freiburg, Germany with a massive mural beneath an underpass. Completed in just seven hours using a mix of spray paint and acrylics, ‘Lost Spirit’ (roughly 11.5 ft high by 188 ft long) features a wayward yet seemingly friendly, elongated fellow poised to greet unsuspecting motorists. Hit the jump for a few detail shots. Also, if you haven’t been keeping up with Dust, he also recently released his new Teddys R.B.S. IV ‘open helmet’ polyurethane figures.
Huck Gee – Limited Edition Red Chardmonster
It’s been almost exactly a month since the first Gray Chardmonster stumbled his way out of his mystical stupor and onto discriminating collectors’ shelves. Now comes the next cheerful spirit, the Red Chardmonster. While Gray was fond of imbibing, Red apparently takes it to a new level – witness his blotto expression and his one empty flask. Once again limited to 10 ten pieces @ $750, the Red Chardmonster comes in laser-engraved box and is available by sending an email to sales[at]huckgee[dot]com.
“Today the trap was found empty. Nobody quaffed. Both bottles still full, not a drop has been lost. No sad soul will join me in my pursuit to get tossed. Another night all alone, lazily skipping square rocks. Perhaps just a sip, a quick hit of the blush. The red stuff it helps, it erases regret. It assists with the blur, makes me misstep and sweat. To make the boring more fun and easily… what? The bottle’s now empty? How could that happen? I swear it was right here, hasn’t left my sight for a second. Perhaps I’ll sit down, I’ll just take a moment, rest on my laurels til my eyes stop a twirling.”
– The Chardmonster.
Sep 28, 2012
Reactor-88’s Custom Corner : Emily Bee
Welcome to Reactor-88's Custom Corner. September is almost gone, so it's time to highlight one of my favorite toy customizers - Emily Bee. Emily works in the animation industry, which takes her all over the globe. She currently resides in Granada, Spain and is working on an animated feature produced by Antonio Banderas. Her past animation credits include "The Thing", "Sucker Punch", and "Alvin & the Chipmunks" to name a few. When she's not at her day job, Emily can be found banging elbows at the roller derby rink or drawing, painting, and sewing. I first became familiar with Emily via her plush work, and have watched her transition to focus more on custom toys. What really draws me to Emily's pieces are her bold color palettes, and the gothic feel of her designs. She also has a unique characteristic of incorporating lettering into a lot of her work which is a nice touch. If you'd like to keep up with Emily Bee, you can follow her on Twitter and check out more of her work on her blog and Flickr page.
Kidrobot @ NYCC
Kidrobot has announced more details on their plans for NYCC. In addition to the teased 3” Agent K Dunny from Rsin, they’ve also released their Artist Sketch Sessions schedule. It appears that the Agent K drop may be KR’s sole NYCC release – though they will also be releasing Tristan Eaton’s Silver King 8” Dunny at their NYC store.
Kidrobot’s NYCC Schedule
Friday, October 12
Saturday, October 13
Sunday, October 14
myplasticheart’s NYCC Signing Schedule
myplasticheart has released their official NYCC schedule of signings featuring a talented group of artists. Many of the signees have collaborated with mph on already announced exclusive ‘con releases. Perhaps we’ll see exclusives or releases from a few of the others including Shawn Smith, Jeremiah Ketner, J*Ryu, Andrew Bell and Kelly Denato.
Brent Nolasco’s NYCC Customs @ myplasticheart
Brent Nolasco has been keeping quite busy prepping for NYCC. Here’s a look at some of his custom S7 figures. As seen above, he’s re-interpreted Garuru, Little Prick, Dokudo and more. Each of these will be available for $80 at the myplasticheart booth [#3313] in addition to his limited-edition Cast of Shadows OG resin figures. Brent will be signing at the booth on Saturday (10.13) @ Noon.
myplasticheart’s NYCC Exclusive Sunshine Bevil from Paul Shih
By now, you’ve realized that myplasticheart’s NYCC booth will be fully stocked with tempting exclusives. One of those treats will be Paul Shih’s NYCC Exclusive Sunshine Bevil resin. This bright, cheerful edition featuring an orange-yellow color combo is limited to eight pieces and will be available at the mph booth (#3313) for $60.
fresthetic Presents: kaNO in ‘Coast 2 Coast’ (10.11)
New York during NYCC will definitely be some good times! Events, toys, art, and nothing but good folks. To start up the exciting weekend, Fresthetic will be hosting a retrospective art show ‘Coast 2 Coast’, which will showcase a number of paintings, toys, prints, and drawings by none other than the kaNO kid. The tunes will be spun by DJ Chela all night long, as well as raffles from the sponsors! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BROTHA!
552 Grand St
The Mai Hiro Website Gets Re-Vamped
The Mai Hiro crew likes to keep up to date and stay fresh just for you! That’s why they are re-vamping their website and making it extra easier for you to navigate and to bring you a great experience when viewing their work. The grand re-opening will take place on Friday, September 28th and they will also be releasing 15 Limited sets of their AP “Legend of Spiki” 10-Doh! sets, which comes with an exclusive weapon and print for $45. They will also be giving away one free 10-Doh! figure as a gesture of appreciation (details after the jump).
On Friday, September 29th, Nakanari will have up for grabs in the Mai Hiro shop a handful of custom Mini Spikis. Each hand doodled by the man himself. Limit one per customer!
Sep 27, 2012
Plastikmat – Yume Color Edition
French designer Mat (Plastikmat) balances his 9 to 5 toy design career with personal projects, primarily his Yume character – a young girl aspiring to be a geisha. Now comes the impending release of the third edition of the Yume resin – the Yume Color Edition featuring a black + white design accented with blue dotted cheeks. Following the original white edition (‘09) and Black (‘10), the upcoming color edition, slated for the end of October, will apparently be the last chance to collect this figure. In addition, he’ll also soon release the final 9th piece of the OG white edition – a replacement for the original #9 which was broken prior to the 2009 release. While we’ve certainly seen geisha figures before, most notably from Tokyo Plastic, Yume offers Mat’s vision – perhaps more reflective than previous interpretations. Keep an eye on the Plastikmat online shop for both drops.
Sep 26, 2012
Lou Pimentel x myplasticheart – Wing Fang Clan (9.27)
So by now you probably know that mphlabs has collaborated with Lou Pimentel on the forthcoming Junior sofubi – a younger version of his Cranston Fellows Jr. character, made in Japan. Now comes word of the ‘Wing Fang Clan’ from myplasticheart – a membership club for those looking for rare editions and those who want to ‘collect ‘em all’. For a $150 membership fee, clan members will receive three highly coveted unpainted Junior editions as they are produced, exclusive right to buy future unpainted editions during the membership period (through the sixth unpainted release) and first access to painted editions (except for 3rd party exclusives) during the same membership period, a members only signed/numbered Junior print, and access to a members only group with secret, advanced intel on all things Junior.
Memberships go on sale on Thursday (9.27) @ Noon EDT. Be sure to check out the Cranston Fellows Jr. and Friends Facebook Fan Page to sign up and for the latest details on the Wing Fang Clan. Finally, while it has yet to be shown – myplasticheart has announced that Cranston will debut @ NYCC with the ‘Ghost Blossom’ edition.
Shawnimals – Sneak Ninja NoTM (10.3)
Just in time for All Hallow’s Eve, comes Shawnimals’ boo-tastic October Ninja of the Month, Sneak Ninja. Cloaked in a ghost suit, Sneaky Ninja is out for your candy – beware! Limited to 100 pieces, this hand-made plush also includes the usual NoTM accoutrements—fancy hang tag, as well as a character sticker and button. Sneak Ninja will drop on Wednesday, October 3rd @ 1 PM CDT (11 AM PDT) from the Ninja Shop.
DTA Exclusive “Night Dreamer” Benny by Okedoki & “This Is Your Brain” by Mikie Graham (10.13)
The Designer Toy Awards ceremony will not only have announcements of winners of a number of categories, but they will also have some special releases taking place. First up is the release of Okedoki’s “Night Dreamer” Benny figure. Limited to 28 pieces, the ceremony will have only 3 pieces in hand. Each Benny is hand customized by Tam and come signed, numbered, and housed in a laser etched bamboo box for $350. Next up is a run of 5 “This Is Your Brain” customs from Mikie Graham, which was last seen at SDCC. This run will come packaged in black cardboard box with removable print and comes signed and numbered for $45 each. This event is free to the public and will open at 8PM!
The 2nd Annual Designer Toy Awards' Ceremony
311 West 57th St.
New York, NY 10019
TRUTH Games x Grody Shogun – Flavor Monsters
Grody Shogun has collaborated with TRUTH Games to help to bring the Flavor Monsters to life. The Flavor Monsters come from a new game app, where you must fight off these monsters in order to save the world! You can also find out more about the Flavor Monsters at one of their Gaming Tour stops, where you can demo the game and take a photo with a Flavor Monster at the 45 Flavors booth. They will also be releasing various colorways at each of the stops. Not able to attend one of these stops? Well Lulubell Toys will be releasing the Pink Brute, Lime Gunk, and Black Nasty versions today at 1PM PST. Each Flavor Monster stands 3” tall and will retail $15 each.
Exclusive Wooper Looper for Gary Ham’s “Dead Wood” Show @ Stranger Factory (10.05)
Stranger Factory is proud to announce the solo show of Gary Ham, entitled “Dead Wood”. Coinciding along with “Bewitching II” this show will feature a number of Halloween inspired pieces on different mediums, from wood, to plush, and even vinyl. There he will also be debuting his new vinyl Toytem figure and an exclusive Wooper Looper in the Stranger Factory colors of black and orange. The Exclusive Wooper Looper is only limited to 30 pieces and will be available only through Stranger Factory. The show will take place on Friday, October 5th from 6-9PM.
109 Carlisle Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Sep 25, 2012
Super7’s NYCC and APE Exclusives: Taoking “Meltdown” and Mongolion “Cosmic”
Super7 has announced a pair of exclusives that will be available at their APE (10.13 – 10.14) and NYCC (10.11 – 10.14) booths First up is the Taoking “Meltdown” edition from Geof Darrow & Frank Miller. This dual ‘con exclusive is cast in maroon vinyl with red, yellow, orange and silver sprays. It’ll be available for $95 at both ‘cons from the first day on. Super7’s second ‘con exclusive is none other than the Mongolion “Cosmic” edition from Lamour Supreme. This snazzy drop is cast in translucent purple chock full of metallic glitter and painted with metallic silver, red, black and dark violet spray. Pick it up at the S7 booth for $65 at either convention from the first day of each show. So, no matter which coast you live on – you’ll have a shot at both of Super7’s exclusives.
Super7’s Mint Chip Milton (9.27)
Super7 continues their Thursday drops with Mint Chip Milton, part of their Kandy Kaiju line. This one’s cast in light green vinyl with brown sprays. Previously sold loose, the new Kandy Kaiju editions now come bagged with header. Mint Chip Milton will be released on Thursday September 27 @ Noon PDT from Super7’s online store and their SF retail location for $25.
Angry Woebots x Silent Stage – Black Marauder Gazer (9.27)
Silent Stage is about to unleash a new Gazer Bust from Angry Woebots. The 6” Black Marauder Gazer is a deep, shiny black. So shiny in fact, that it reflects light in every direction – check the photos. Swanky. Limited to 25 pieces, the Black Marauder Gazer will be released on Thursday (9.27) @ Noon PSD over at SilentStageGallery.com.
Gunnzo Presents – Two Faced Show (10.13)
Taking place on Saturday, October 13th from 5-9PM at Gunnzo is a group exhibit that will feature the theme of “two-Faced”. Each artist will have their own take on what “two-faced” is and will interpret it into 2D or 3D mediums. Over 40 artists from around the way will be participating in this show. If you are in the area, be sure to check out, enjoy good company, and some good treats! Check out a few pieces from Jason Limon, Josh Pearce, JFury, Eric Pause, and DeeTen.
2445 Juan Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Pete Fowler x Dudebox – Pete Fowler & Fiends ‘Dai Ocean’
Dudebox is finally out to release the first of Pete Fowler’s Pete Fowler and Fiends figures. ‘Dai Ocean’ will make his first debut and release at the Dudebox booth #2915 at this years NYCC, but if you aren’t attending they can be pre-ordered HERE and HERE (USA) for $25 each. This figure stands 5” tall and is limited to only 300 pieces.
Sep 24, 2012
Le Merde and Kiyoka Ikeda – Misty Fog’s Combat Rock (9.29)
Things never stop moving at Giant Robot. Fresh off last weekend’s opening of the Giant Robot Biennale 3 @ JANM, Giant Robot 2 will open Le Merde and Kiyoka Ikeda’s ‘Misty Fog’s Combat Rock’ this coming Saturday (9.24). The new exhibit will feature several new sofubi releases from Le Merde’s Misty Fog Toys including several figures inspired by ancient civilizations from an ‘Easter Island’ style sculpt to a Stone Henge homage of sorts. In addition, Le Merde’s cooked up a brand-new tee, a Beer Koozie, 4 new Coaster prints, 4-color art pieces and more. Also, look for plenty of toy customs including pieces from Gargamel’s Kiyoka Ikeda who sculpted Misty Fogy’s Mega Junktion. Come out to the opening and shoot the … breeze with Le Merde.
Le Merde and Kiyoka Ikeda || ‘Misty Fog’s Combat Rock’
Opening: Saturday September 29th 20012 (6:30 – 10 PM)
Giant Robot 2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025