Mar 31, 2013
Bad Bad Buddha Custom Show at WonderCon
While attending Wondercon we got to check out the Beefy Co. booth, which showcased a ton of customs featuring the Bad Bad Buddha figure as a platform. The figure served great as a big chunky piece of vinyl to work on and we are in love with the turn out. For more pictures from the show, take a look after the jump!
The Hang Gang ToyConUK Sofubi Exclusive Releases
The Hang Gang has gotten their hands on a few more sofubi exclusive releases for ToyCon UK. They’ve got goods from folks such as Super7, Uamou, and Max Toy Co. Coming from Super7, they’ve got an all new Mummy Boy, who is cast in a pearlescent vinyl with gold, silver, and teal sprays (£45). Then there is also Foster, who is cast in a teal vinyl with pink and blue sprays (£20).
From Uamou we have an assortment of Mini Uamou figures. They were each hand painted and sprayed by Goto San with metallic purple and silver sprays. There will only be 12 of these up for grabs (3 sets) at £26 each or £95 per set.
Last up is Mark Nagata’s Kaiju Negora figure, who is cast in a white vinyl with pink and green sprays. They will be available for £40 each at the booth at 1PM. The rest of the exclusives will be available at the opening of the convention at 10AM.
Skinner @ WonderCon
Wild man Skinner set up shop at WonderCon in his Critical Hit booth. For his first solo convention exhibition, he offered a wild collection of numerous large bold and colorful prints featuring barbarians, demons and more. Fans of the Lurker had vinyl toys, mini prints, jewelry and more to choose from. While the booth was focused on 2D art, Skinner created a small edition (3) of custom Fury sofubi for the show as well. Hopefully he’ll continue to exhibit at various show around the country.
Mar 30, 2013
DeKorner @ WonderCon -- Two New Broken Pigeon Editions
On Friday, DeKorner’s exclusive edition of 5 red Death Vaders by Broken Pigeon sold out quickly. So, the artist spent most of Friday working on additional figures. On Saturday, DeKorner will release a black edition (5 pcs). On Sunday, Broken Pigeon will be at the booth from 11 AM to Noon for the release of a blue Easter edition (5 pcs). Both editions will be available for $30 (including tax). Drop by DeKorner’s booth [#1179) to get your Broken Pigeon fix.
Mar 29, 2013
DeKorner Reveals Exclusive Scott Tolleson Raaar! Edition
Nestled in among their various exclusives at their WonderCon booth, DeKorner gave the public the first look at their upcoming exclusive colorway of Scott Tolleson's Raaar! from Dynamite Rex aptly named Dwight. The hand-painted paint master looks great rocking the Purple n' Gold. DeKorner's exclusive is expected in the Fall.
Reactor-88’s Custom Corner -- Artmymind
Welcome to the March edition of Reactor-88's Custom Corner. This month we're highlighting the dynamic duo of Julia and Guillaume Lachambre, aka Artmymind. They are full-time French artists currently working out of a secret lair in Poland, where they create custom vinyl toys and original resin figures, as well as some other crazy projects that will be revealed later this year. They have a strong love for Asian culture- it is an important source of inspiration and influence in their artwork. They also love Sashimi, so it's fitting that Japan was the birthplace of Artmymind and location of their first studio.
I first came across Julia and Guillaume's work last year and was immediately blown away by what I saw. While their creations are still toys at heart, they could easily be confused for museum-quality works of art. The level of detail and craftsmanship in their work is amazing- I can only imagine the amount of time and effort that goes into each creation. And the toy community has taken notice as well- you can purchase pieces from the their online store, though the majority of their work is currently sold out. They also have a very long commission list, but don't let that stop you from emailing them to discuss art, collaborations, or future projects. If you'd just like to keep up with them and their fantastic work, they can be found in the usual places as well- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and their blog.
Mar 28, 2013
DeKorner @ WonderCon – Yellow Gummy Deadbeet Set (3.29)
Here’s a look at DeKorner’s WonderCon exclusive Yellow Gummy Deadbeat exclusive from Scott Tolleson, which will be sold with the debut mini-deadbeet pvc figure in yellow. The set will be available for $77 (including tax) on Saturday from Noon to 1 PM during Scott’s signing. The set marks a preview of the mini-deadbeet which will also be released later in the year from October Toys.
Inferior Trooper #1 by Plastic Foundry (3.29)
Plastic Foundry is about to release the first figure in their new Inferior Trooper line. These hand-cast and hand painted 2.75” figures re-imagine the forces of the Galactic Empire by depicting less than stellar Imperial recruits forced to survive with crude weapons and gear. Figure #1 will be offered as a timed release pre-order starting on Friday (3.29) @ 7 PM PDT for $25 (+ s/h) and ending at some unspecified cut-off point. Dig the look of these – almost like they are from an era long past, distressed by weather and time.
Buff Monster – ‘The Creamsters’ Print (3.29), From Music Video to your Wall
Last year Buff Monster painted a large canvas outdoors, in part for the filming of Kovas’ ‘Ice Cream’ music video which features time lapse clips of the process. Now he’s about to release a large (24” x 18”) giclee of the painting, ‘The Creamsters’, printed by the wizards at Static Medium. Limited to just 50 signed/number pieces, the print drops on Friday (3.29) @ 10 AM EDT for $150 ( + s/h) from his web shop. It’s a great piece for collectors looking for a piece featuring his new ice cream dudes. Along with the print, Buff has also released a full time lapse video of his work on the OG painting.
Shawnimals @ C2E2
Shawnimals will once again be holding it down @ C2E2 in their home town – Chicago. This year Shawn and company have plenty of new releases on tap including the show exclusive Hero / Villain Pocket Pork Dumpling special edition. Painted by Squibble Ink’s Joe Sommers, these are limited to 100 vinyl figures ($12) and include two designs – one a heroic type and the other an evildoer. Next up is a super-sized version of Shawnimals original iconic plush. The handmade 30” Mucho Moustachio will surely bring smiles to old-school plush fans everywhere ($50).
Fans of Shawnimals’ new Legends of Ninjatown will want to pick up the new comic ($10) featuring the five elemental squads and tale of Ninjatown’s long history courtesy of Ol’ Master Ninja. The LoN Squad Packs will be available at the show as well ($15).Finally, Shawnimals’ brand new hand-made, blind-bage Baby Ninja Series will be available as well for $15 each.
All of this plus additional plush, toys and gear will be available from the Shawnimals booth [#946] in ‘The Block’ section @ C2E2 from April 26th through the 28th.
Jeff Lamm x Monsterworship – 2 Mini Greasebats for C2E2
For C2E2 in Chicago, Monsterworship will release not one, but two new Mini Greasebats from Jeff Lamm. First up is the second edition of the standing Mini Greasebat in red ($40), a followup to the OG black which dropped at NYCC. Second, is the debut of the sitting Mini Greasebat in creamsicle orange ($40). Both figures were sculpted by Chauskoskis. They will be available on Saturday (4.27) @ the Nakama Toys Booth [#951] at a time still to be determined. Online release? Any leftovers will be released via Monster Worship on May 1st @ 7 PM EDT. Finally, for those of you going to ToyCon UK, Unbox Industries will have a small number of the standing red minis for Jeff Lam to sign at the show.
Monstrehero’s Victim Persona Easter Set (3.29)
Just in time for Easter, Monstrehero has cooked up a deluxe Victim Persona set featuring one body and 7 interchangeable heads (w/bases) in a random assortment of bright, candy colors. The sets will be available for $100.
In addition, Sean and Cliff will also unleash a new batch of their Head Puddles. These decapitated gems come in a large number of colors and patterns. They will be available for $10 per blind-bag (no limit). Both the Victim Persona Set and the Head Puddles will drop on Friday (3.29) @ Noon EDT from the Monstreshop.
Mar 27, 2013
Ron English x SLASH Limited Edition Bust Sculpture (04.08)
When one of the worlds greatest guitar players meets with one of the most prolific artists out there, comes something amazing! Ron English was first approached by SLASH to help create some cover art for an upcoming album “Slash and Friends” and this is what they’ve come up with. Ron took SLASH’s iconic top hat and skull and crossbones and created this fantastic limited edition Bust Sculpture, due to the popularity of the album art. This piece stands 15” tall and will be limited to only 10 pieces and will feature both signatures of SLASH and Ron. They will be available HERE on Monday, April 8th at 12PM EST for $7,500 each.
PapaBehr – A Kick Butt Robotic Bear w/USB and Magnetic Powers
PapaBehr is an intricate kick butt scientist turned avenging robotic bear figure that just happens to double as a USB drive to add some practicality to the fun. Designed by David Ngyuen and his uncle, Guy ‘Tuy’ Buckner, who happens to be a CAD expert and the owner of one sweet 3D printer. Being true toy nerds, they decided that it wasn’t enough just to cool have a wicked looking robo bear with a removable head with an embedded USB drive. Nope – PapaBehr needed something more … magnets. Magnets are the magic behind the toy’s snap on and off armor, and sword (with removable sheath). The team designed, 3d modeled the character, created a prototype using that crazy printer (SLA by the looks of the resin reservoir), painted it
With the proto complete including packaging, David and his team are looking to let their creation loose into cubicles and homes everywhere. In order to raise the money to produce PapaBehr, they’ve just launched a KickStarter campaign with the goal of raising $20k. There are plenty of cool rewards including DIY editions ($30), painted editions ($35), prints, tees and more. What’s intriguing is that they have also posted stretch goals beyond the initial 20k. So many campaigns tend to raise way more money than the target goal, yet backers don’t benefit from that. Now they do. Any backer who donates at least $100 (heroic mode) will receive additional bonus rewards with each stretch goal met (35, 50, 65, 80, 100k,…).
Interested ? Go take a look and enjoy plenty of great making-of photos (3d modeling, printing, etc) and all the rewards available.
Andrew Bell in Vienna – OddObst @ adhocPad (4.23 – 4.28)
Andrew Bell will bring the creatures in his head all the way to Vienna, Austria for a weeklong artist in residence stint @ the oh so cool adhocPad from April 23rd through the 28th. He’s planning a signing and a small gallery show with the title of OddObst. So if you happen to be in or around Vienna, add it to your calendar for sure.
Mar 26, 2013
BAIT’s Exclusive Translucent Yellow and Purple OMFG!’s @ WonderCon
BAIT will debut both of their exclusive OMFG! sets at WonderCon. They have a translucent purple series 1 edition and a translucent yellow series 2 edition – Go Lakers (yes, I’m loyal to the bitter end). These are the OMFG! characters you love, produced by October Toys with special BAIT header cards. Drop by BAIT’s booth [#1153] to check out these figs as well as their other exclusives including Dave Flores’ Deathshead and the Southern Jaguar Knight by Jesse Hernandez.
DeKorner @ WonderCon – Apologies to Banksy Figures
In addition to their numerous WonderCon exclusives, DeKorner will be offering the new controversial Apologies to Banksy Figures at special ‘con pricing. So if you’re itching to pick up either the Rude Copper (4” for $12, 6” for $24) or the Bomb Hugger (6”, $24) pvc + vinyl toys, this is your chance to do so at roughly 20% off the list price and without having to pay for shipping from the UK. Drop by booth #1179 to check out these street art inspired toys.
BeeFy and Co. @ WonderCon – Ghost Tribe X Warrior Debut + More
BeeFy and Co. is gearing up for WonderCon with several releases, their ‘So Badass, It’s Good’ Custom Bad Bad Buddha Show’ and a whole weekend of artist signings. For the drops, there’s the Ghost Tribe X Warrior OG edition which will debut at the ‘con. As an advance release, only 40 pieces [ed. of 225] will be available.
BeeFy will also release MissyMToyz’ Lil Buddha 6” PolyResin based on her travels and appreciation of the cultures she encountered in the process. With its faux bronze finish, this piece would blend right into a shrine or temple. Each piece is signed and numbered by Marisa. 30 pieces [ed of 500] will be available @ WonderCon.
We previously posted early progress shots of several of the custom Bad Bad Buddha figures for BeeFy’s WonderCon custom show. Several artists have posted their final pieces, many of which are extremely nice. Hit the jump for a quick collage of what you’ll see at BeeFy’s booth.
BeeFy will host signings from several artist throughout the the three days of the ‘con:
- BeeFy will be signing all day for each of the three days
- MissyMToyz - Fri 2pm, Sat 4pm, Sun 2pm
- UNCLE - Fri 4pm - Exclusive Customs
- Obscure - Sat 12pm - Prints
- DeeTen - Sat 1pm
- JRAD - Sat 2pm
- Manny X - Sat 3pm - Exlcusive Brain Pins and Customs
If you’re going out to Anaheim for WonderCon, don’t miss BeeFy and Co @ booth #1253.
Gary Ham’s Wooper Looper Friday (3.29)
Gary Ham will offer a double doze of Wooper Looper whismy this Friday (3.29). For all you plush fans, there’s the Flat Wooper Looper plush done in collaboration with Flat Bonnie. Limited to ten pieces, the debut edition stands 10” tall and is made of fleece with pleather accents. It ships with numbered sewn-in tag, signed hang tags and extras. It’ll be available for $80.
For those that want to go beyond simply collecting Wooper Looper to wearing him around town, there’s the 2” Wood Wooper Looper Necklace featuring a laser-cut wood pendant with ink and spot gloss on the eyes and teeth from inkitlabs and an 18” brass gun metal chain. The necklace will go for $22.
Both the Flat Wooper Looper and the necklace will drop on Friday (3.29) @ 11 AM PDT from Gary’s web shop.
DeKorner x Scott Tolleson – Exclusive Yellow Gummy Deadbeet Set @ WonderCon
DeKorner will release an exclusive 2 figure Deadbeet set from Scott Tolleson for WonderCon (3.29 – 3.31). The set will feature a yellow full-sized Gummy (translucent) Deadbeet and for the first time ever, a mini pvc deadbeet from October Toys in yellow. The set is a preview of sorts for the new minis which will be released later this year.
The Gummy Deadbeet is on his way from Japan at the moment, so we don’t have pictures yet. In the meantime, enjoy a peek at the mini pvc deadbeet and Scott’s hilarious header card – love how he does a different one for each drop. Limited to 30 sets, the Deadbeet set will be available for $77 (tax included) at the DeKorner booth [#1179]. Scott will be signing from Noon to 1 PM on Saturday (3.30).
JC Rivera x OutsmART Originals – Bearchamp Tee
JC Rivera’s Bearchamp has been making quite a bit of noise recently, first as a Dunny Custom, and most recently as a new original resin figure. Now he’s got his own tee in the works from OutsmART originals. The gray tees (women and men’s) are available for pre-order now over from outsmART for $20 and should ship in mid-April. We’re looking forward to seeing what’s next for JC’s Bearchamp – word is, it’s going to be big.
Penny Taylor’s Fossilised Morrows
Based on her work, Penny Taylor seems drawn to the cycle of life. Her Monster Embryos consider the beginning while her new Fossilised Morrows (2” x 1.5”) are the remnants of long past creatures. Penny hand casts and paints the faux fossils which feature actual moss for a hint of color and texture. No two are quite alike. These remind me a bit of pet rocks with an added bit of whimsy and back story – each comes with a ‘poetic back story for these creatures in the form of tiny, professionally printed, concertina book’ These will debut at ToyCon UK (4.6) but are available for online order as are ‘custom’ fossils in which you specify shape, color ranges and such – each for £15 (~ $23). Penny’s also created Fossilised Rings which will debut at ToyCon Uk and will then be available from her online shop.
Mar 25, 2013
Preview: Ferg’s Squadt Assembly @ Rotofugi (4.5)
Ever since Ferg first showed teaser images for his upcoming ‘Squadt Assembly’ show @ Rotofugi (4.5), I’ve been thinking of this one-of-a-kind event as the ‘build your own SQUADT workshop’. The launch of Rotofugi’s Squadt Assembly mini-site backs that up with a drool worthy preview of the crazy number of options that will be available to in-store collectors at the opening and through opening weekend.
If you’ve ever wished you could get just the ‘right’ Squadt, this is your chance. The dizzying yet amazing choices include five basic specimens (bodies) + 1 gallery exclusive, 5 lens sets, 5 tees, 4 buttoned shirts /sweaters, 4 jackets/hoodies, 2 vests, 3 caps, 2 bandanas, 1 backpack, 2 pouch sets, and an unbelievable 8 weapon sets. There are also a few gallery exclusive accessories. Pricing is $95 for the basic specimen body and range from $5 - $25 for each accessory / add on. I used the Assembly Preview to configure my dream SQUADT and it came to $170, but hey it’s exactly what I want (or pretty darn close). In addition, there will be plenty of Squadt Assembly apparel and lifestyle items for humans on offer, as well.
For those of us not near Chicago, don’t lose hope. Roto will offer an online assembly beginning on April 8th featuring stock remaining after the opening weekend. This will be handled lottery style – be sure to enter now.
At the risk of sounding like a complete fan boy, events like Squadt Assembly are what set the designer toy experience apart from nearly everything else – above and beyond, just because it’s totally cool.
DeKorner @ WonderCon – MannyX’s ‘It Rose from the Filth’ + Android Customs
For WonderCon, DeKorner will be offering two exclusives from MannyX. The first is a Neon Yellow GID w/black oil barrel version of his ‘It Rose from the Filth’ resin (10 pcs, $30 including tax). Keeping with the GID theme is Manny’s 'Radioactive Spill’ Android custom in Black with Neon Yellow GID radioactive goop (5 pcs, $50 including tax). Be sure to check out DeKorner’s booth at the ‘con [#1179].
Dan Goodsell @ Wondercon: Midnight Super Toast + Shaky Bacon Resin
Dan Goodsell will be at Wondercon with two new creations from the Mr. Toast universe. First is the heroic Midnight Super Toast Plush (200 pcs w/hand numbered tag, 7”, $10). Dig the cape! Next up is the new Shaky Bacon Resin sculpted by Pretty in Plastic and hand-painted by Dan himself (45 pieces, 5”, $45). All of this and more will be at the Mr. Toast booth [#1168].