Nov 30, 2012
Tim Biskup x Rotofugi – Army Man Green Roto-A-Matic Helper Dragon
Tis a new month, which means a new round of of Tim Biskup x Rotofugi’s Roto-A-Matic Helper Dragon. This months colorway features an Army Man Green, which is quite a suitable colorway for this Holiday Season. How great would these be as ornaments? Although you may have a hard time seeing them in the tree… Well what are you waiting for!? Pick yours up HERE for the very affordable price of $6 each.
Brent Nolasco’s Hellion Resin Figure
Brent Nolasco has been hard at work finishing up his latest sculpt, a new character by the name of Hellion. This figure stands a whopping 11” tall and will be cast in resin by Dodgrr. Hellion looks pretty rad as is in its apoxie sculpt form, but we cannot wait to see what kind of paint application Brent throws onto this figure when its ready to go! On Brent’s Instagram feed, someone mentioned this should go into sofubi and we agree!
Die Antwoord - Black and Red Edition Evil Boy
This past Summer, South African Hip Hop group, Die Antwoord had a one day art exhibit at the Fifty24SF Gallery, where they also had a release of their Evil Boy figure with Good Smile. Working alongside Upper Playground, rather than only being able to grab this very phallic figure at their shows, you can now pick up the “Red Hot Love” (168 pieces) and “Black Hot Love” (216 pieces) figures through the Upper Playground for $75 each.
MAD x Cartoon Network – Limited Edition Adventure Time Poster
You’ve seen it teased all over his Instagram and now here is a chance for all you Adventure Time fans to come up on a super rad limited edition poster print by MAD. The “Battle Ready” silkscreen print measures 18x24” and are each signed and numbered in an edition of 200 pieces. They are available HERE at this very moment for $24.95 each. Who else thinks that One-Off 10” Mad*L should go into production? I know I do!
Ron English – “Gold Edition” Fat Tony (12.07)
Ron English is out to release his 6th colorway of his Fat Tony figure. The Gold Edition is set to drop on Friday, December 7th at 12PM EST. This run is only of 100 total pieces and features a metallic gold vinyl with red hanky. You will find them available HERE for $99.99 each. Who is gonna pick this piece up for the Cereal Killers collection?
Jim Koch -- 'Dumbfounded' (11.30)
Wild man and talented artist Jim Koch will open his new solo, 'Dumbfounded' this Friday evening (11.30) @ Ltd. Art Gallery in Seattle. The weekend-long show features new original paintings, prints and exclusive toys. If you're in the area, drop by and check out his art which is fueled by hot rods, crazy characters and take-no-prisoners clowns.Jim Koch || 'Dumbfounded' Opening: Friday, November 30th (7-9 PM)
Ltd. Art Gallery 307 E. Pike St. Seattle, WA
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Huck Gee – The Wolf Rider Print
Up for grabs now is a brand spankin’ new print by Huck Gee! The Wolf Rider Print is printed on fine watercolor paper and measures 22” x 11” and comes signed and numbered in an edition of 100 copies. You can find them HERE for $65 a piece. Perhaps we can see a run of customs in the near future featuring the Wolf Rider? Let’s hope so!
"Beneath the masks lie expert warriors, handpicked and rigorously tested by General Shirokuri himself. The wolves they ride are massive, fearsome, wintery beasts with minds as sharp as their claws and teeth. The bond is a lifelong commitment, paired when the wolf is still a suckling pup. They spend the rest of their days together. Eating, training, sleeping, the two become one. There is no distinction between beast and rider once joined in battle,communicating through a complex system of touches, motions and whispers, allowing them to be as effective in the roar of a battlefield as when prowling an enemy on padded paws in a hushed forest." - Chapters of the North, Volume III - Mahotsukai Hoohige
Nov 29, 2012
FERG – Ice Sqube Drops on 12.3
Sqube releases are few and far between, so we’re pretty excited about the upcoming Ice Sqube drop from FERG and Playge. Limited to 200 pieces, this clear blue wicked blend of art and design will be released on Monday December 3rd @ Noon CST (10 AM PST) for $55 each from the Playge web shop. Shipping time is expected to be 2 –4 weeks.
Nov 28, 2012
Mr. Clement -- Noël Ji-Ja
Mr. Clement has just released his Noël ji-ja figures on his web shop. Limited to just 100 pieces, the Christmas-themed edition features a gray matte PVC Ji-Ja with a hand-made scarf (shawl?) complete with Red Swarvoski crystal matching the bird’s red eyes. This is probably our favorite Ji-Ja figure so far. The hand-made shawl fits perfectly and adds a special custom feel to the edition. Available now for £25 (~ $40 USD, includes shipping), Noël Ji-Ja would make a perfect holiday gift. Order by dropping an email to info[at]mrclement[dot]com.
Sneak: Anna Chambers – Spark the Tiger and Blinky the Cat
Oooh… Anna Chambers just sent over pics of her pair of soon to be released plush toys (distributed by DKE Toys). Both Blinky the Cat and Spark the Tiger feature cheerful designs realized in black fabric with bright embroidered details and colorful bows. These new pieces seem to carry the design motif of Anna’s previous Pop and Plunk lions. More details as they come. These would make perfect gifts for that someone special.
Bwana Spoons – Sunburst Boris (11.30)
Bwana Spoons’ upcoming Sunburst Boris features an unpainted neon orange figure and comes with a signed/numbered mini-print on bamboo paper. Sunburst Boris represents a longing for the fading sun with the onset of Fall and Winter. The new toy + print set drops on Friday (11.30) @ Noon PDT from Bwana’s web shop.
Kuso Vinyl x Beefy & Co. Exclusive Bad Bad Buddha Wood Edition (11.29)
Kuso Vinyl will release their exclusive Bad Bad Buddha Wood Edition (45 pcs, $95) from Beefy & Co. on Thursday 11.29 By our count this is the third Bad Bad Buddha to be released and follows the gold and stone editions. As with the stone edition, this one has a nice faux material look which adds to the piece’s allure.
New SDCC 2013 Toy Cultyard Layout
For 2013, SDCC has consolidated the Toy Growers Cultyard into one contiguous section (dashed lines) and relocated it to the upper left corner of the convention center as you can see in the annotated map above (booth list after the jump). Previously the Cultyard booths were a bit spread out with several large video game companies sprinkled in-between. It’s still early, so don’t be surprised if some of the booth tenants shift slightly. Props to Mr. Z for the map and booth list.
The new layout seems like a modest improvement since all the booths are now together in one nicely defined spot. What do you think of this new layout ?
Nov 27, 2012
Hyperactive Monkey Book Reading/Signing/Puppet Release Party @ Giant Robot 2 (12.02)
Jerome Lu of Hyperactive Monkey will be at GR2 this Sunday, December 2nd from 2-4PM for a special reading of his latest book, “The ABC’s of Monkey Kung Fu”. He will also be assisted by his Monkey Power Puppets! Jerome will be there to sign and meet with the fans and of course release his rad new hand puppets! This is most definitely a family event, so bring along the kids, cause there will be a coloring contest with Hyperactive Monkey prizes to be won!
2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90025
Super7 Releases: Thanksgiving Dessert Milton
You all may still be full from Thanksgiving, but Super7 has whipped up a special dessert release just for you! The Thanksgiving Dessert Mitlon is cast in a brown vinyl with orange, yellow, and red sprays. So be sure to make some room for dessert, as the his new Milton will drop this Thursday, November 29th at 12PM PST for $25.
Nov 26, 2012
Sneaky Raccoon x Kidrobot Presents: Sneaky Snow Ball (11.30)
Sneaky Raccoon has teamed up once again with Kidrobot London to put on another fantastic custom show. The Sneaky Snow Ball show will feature a number of custom toys, including 4” Mini Munnyworld Characters and prints following a magical holiday theme. Sneaky Raccoon has chosen a number of artists to participate, who include: Jamfactory, Lunabee, Threadbear Studio, Cris Rose, Okkle, Podgy Panda, Jenn & Tony Bot, Map Map, Creaturekebab, Ume Toys, Squink!, Haus of Boz, Mr Lister, Emily Bee, PJ Constable, A Little Stranger, Lisa Rae Hansen, Kerry Dyer, Paulette Arochena, Anabelle Nielsen, Waste, Dolly Oblong, Clark Rotharmel, Silvia Portella, Otto Bjornik, Ben Steers, Slumber, Amy Blackwell, and of course Sneaky Raccoon. The show will take place this Friday, November 30th from 6-10PM.
19 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LL
The Beast Brothers – Open Edition Black Calaverita
The Beast Brothers have just unleashed an Open Edition, that’s right, Open Edition of their Black Calaverita sofubi figure. They plan on a releasing a ton more colors in the near future, but for the moment, you can grab your very own black Calaverita HERE for $60. Don’t forget guys, you will never have to worry about this release selling out like the others!
Idol Gallery Presents: Luke Chueh in “Turning Japanese” (12.01)
Luke Chueh will be making his way to Japan for his very first exhibit at the IDOL Gallery, “Turning Japanese”. This show will feature Luke’s misinterpretation of the Japanese Culture. He will touch subjects such as, Ritual Suicide, Ramen, Kappa, Tokusatsu, Kawaii Culture, and more. This show will also be dueled by someone you may be familiar with, Touma! The opening reception will take place on Saturday, December 1st from 8PM – 12AM.
Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 5-11-9 B1F
Reactor-88’s Custom Corner – Jason Jacenko
Welcome to Reactor-88's Custom Corner. For the month of November we're highlighting Jason Jacenko. Jason runs 626ink- a custom tattoo studio and gallery in Melbourne, Australia. He's been tattooing for twenty years and has been a standout in the custom toy scene for as long as I can remember. His work leans toward the creepy, but even his scariest characters always seem to have some lovable quality to them- I think it's the eyes. The most impressive aspects of his work for me are the accuracy and attention to detail that he injects into each piece he creates- they almost look alive. Also, the texture and depth in his work can look so realistic it's easy to forget you're looking at a flat toy surface. So if you're like me and want to make sure you don't miss any of Jason's work, be sure to friend him over on Facebook - he shows some great work in progress shots. If you'd like to purchase one of Jason's paintings or custom toys, be sure to check out his new online store.
Toy Art Gallery’s Cyber Monday Sale with 20% Off
Toy Art Gallery concludes it’s holiday weekend sale with one last day of 20% online savings off nearly their entire online stock through the end of Cyber Monday (11.26). In addition, orders of $50 or more will include a bonus blind-box figure. The only excluded items for this sale are pieces from their gallery shows. All production vinyl and their whole line of fiberglass life-size figures (seen above in the bottom row) are included and can be had at 20% off.
So if you’ve been an eyeing a piece, and in particular one of the life-sized beauties including the Paul Kaiju Boss Carrion, David Flores Deathshead or the T9G Rangeas – this is the time to buy. For full details, check out' TAG’s blog post.
Nov 24, 2012
Sket One – Custom 8” Sketracha Dunnys available on 11.30 ONLY
The master of condiments is back at it. Here’s a look at Sket’s newest limited-edition custom Dunny – Sketracha, an homage to the ubiquitous Asian hot sauce. The Dunny matches the original bottle design quite nicely from the green bottle cap to the label (with just a few key changes). Sketracha comes with the green chopsticks and bamboo placemat. As with his previous limited-edition customs, this one will be available during a one day pre-order on 11.30 for $450 from his web shop and be gone after that.
Felt Mistress x Crazy Label – Tippy Winkles Black Friday Pre-order
Crazy Label has collaborated with the Felt Mistress (Louise Evans) on the upcoming Tippy Winkles (6”) vinyl figure. The vinyl Tippy comes with a felt scarf – a nice home to the original felt character on which the new toy is based. As part of their Black Friday weekend sales (11.23 – 11.26), Crazy Label is offering a pre-order of the standard edition Tippy for a special discounted price of $29.99 instead of the regular $39.99 pricing. In addition to the Tippy Winkles deal, Crazy Label is also offering up to 70% off their online stock through CyberMonday (11.26).
Nov 23, 2012
Tomenosuke + Circus Posterus – Unpainted Sofubi Release
Many sofubi collectors are drawn to purchasing unpainted versions of their favorite toys in their native base vinyl colors. Tomenosuke and Circus Posterus are about to make unpaint fans happy with the upcoming release of unpainted versions of both of Brandt Peters’ Stingy Jack figures as well as the debut Calliope Jackalope. Tomenosuke will release six of each unpainted figure (half of the full run of 12) on Saturday evening, December 1st @ Midnight via their official T+CP page.
Assuming the T+CP release policy holds, only collectors outside of North America will be able to purchase the unpainted toys from this release. Look for news from Circus Posterus on the release of the remaining figures for their North American collectors.
JLed Bundle from The Loyal Subjects
Vibing with the whole Black Friday savings theme, The Loyal Subjects have put together a special limited-time JLed Bundle An ideal gift for your favorite Ledbetter fan (even if it’s you…), the bundle includes the Burger Bunny Bop Bag, the Friday and Magnus 2-pack and the JLed aluminum water bottle. A $180 value, the bundle available for one week (through 11.30) for just $100.
Ron English x ToTT Global – ‘Double Vision Starry Night’ Puzzle
Tools of the Trade Global has just released Ron English’s Double Vision Starry Night Jigsaw Puzzle, featuring his interpretation of Van Goh’s iconic Starry Night painting. Ron’s rendition features a trio of his three-eyed Rabbits and Big Yang and the Yang Brothers. Featuring 420 pieces, the completed puzzle measures 27” x 18” and includes a 12” x 17” poster of the full image. The Double Vision Starry Night Puzzle is available now for $24.99 from ToTT.