Jul 31, 2013
Reactor-88’s Custom Corner: Mike Fudge
Welcome to the July edition of Reactor-88's Custom Corner. This month we're highlighting Mike Fudge. Mike is a Denver-based artist who is fairly new to the world of custom toys. His main body of work is mostly high-contrast black and white illustration, but he started customizing toys earlier this year. Mike made a big jump into the art toy world having his custom work on display at each of the Kidrobot retail locations back in June. At first glance it would seem he has a very loose, free-flowing style, but on closer inspection it's apparent his lines are very clean and deliberate.
His characters are grounded in traditional animal and Native American imagery, and they have a very organic and a slightly abstract feel which gives off a very spiritual vibe. Another interesting aspect is that all his characters have white eyes- this definitely adds to the mystical, other-worldly quality of his designs. While I really enjoy Mike's custom toy work, his illustration work is also very impressive and is definitely worth a look.
If you'd like to learn more about Mike or drop him a line, head over to his website. He can also be found over on Facebook and Instagram. I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot more of Mike as he's slated to be in some upcoming group shows and has some other fun plans for 2014.
Jul 30, 2013
Kidrobot x South Park–The Stick of the Truth (09.05)
Kidrobot has once again teamed up with South Park for a brand new mini-figure series that is based on their upcoming game, The Stick of Truth. The series will include Stan the Warrior, Kyle the High Jew Elf, Cartman the Grand Wizard, Kenny the Princess and Butters the Paladin, who are each decked out in LARP gear and are ready to take on those pesky underpants gnomes, vampire kids and hippies. The release will take place on Thursday, September 5th at all Kidrobot Stores, KR Online, and select retailers. Each figure will retail $10 each.
Monster Worship – SDCC Exclusive Online Release (7.31)
Monster Worship released a treasure trove of new sofubi at this year’s SDCC in a one-day, two hour session at the Dragatomi booth. Collectors lined up and huddled into the booth for a chance to grab the new figures which included the first painted edition of Jeff Lamm’s Mecha Greasebat, a painted GID Black Heksen, an MW exclusive Semi Korosiya by Cop A Squat toys, the Pink Hawaiian editions of Rottweiler Herpes and Cannibal Fuckface by Johnny Ryan, and finally the debut of Ryan’s newest figure, Caligulon Priest.
So what if you missed the SDCC drop? You’re in luck. Monster Worship will be releasing their remaining SDCC exclusives on Wednesday (7.31) @ 7 PM EDT from their webshop. Don’t miss out, and be sure to hit the jump for more pics from the SDCC drop.
Goccodo’s Astro Unkotsu for “Lost Worlds”
Goccodo have been working on a new sofubi figure, which will be making its debut at the “Lost Worlds” show at Stranger Factory.The Astro Unkotsu looks to be an Unchi Alien ready to take over the world. We cannot wait to see this guy fully painted up and ready for the show! Hopefully there will be a good amount of these available at the show this Friday, August 2nd.
Kidrobot – Art Giants
Kidrobot wants to become a BIG part of your home décor, not just on your walls or shelves, but your floor space as well! Kidrobot’s Art Giants are here to provide you with a unique piece of decoration for your home with these made to order sculptures. There are currently three designs to choose from, the 30” Stache Labbit Stool ($1000), 30” Smorkin’ Labbit Stool ($1000) and the giant 4’Dunny ($5000). These fiberglass pieces of art will take approximately 3 months. If any Kidrobot fans are planning to redecorate their home, this is the way to go!
Paul Kaiju: Mini-Figure Sculpting Workshop at Stranger Factory (08.04)
While Paul Kaiju is in town for the “Lost Worlds” show at Stranger Factory, he will also be teaching a mini-figure sculpting workshop on Sunday, August 4th from 1-4PM. Then you can ask the sculpting master all the questions you have following the class for a full hour Q&B session. To RSVP for your spot in the class, be sure to call (505-508-3049) or email Stranger factory at strangerfactorysales[at]gmail[dot]com. The price for the class is $85. While we’ve got your attention, check out his amazing mash up customs above!
FullerDesigns – Trio of new Comic Droids
FullerDesigns released three new custom Comic Droids today. The trio include Ironman, Spiderman, and the villainous Shocker. Each unique custom was created with acrylic and airbrush paint. The new Comic Droids were available from the FullerDesigns shop for $125 each and promptly sold out. Congrats James!
RSIN x Outsmart Originals – Crown Tee + Cap
For their next release, Outsmart Originals is revisiting RSIN’s popular Crown design. This time around they are releasing it on a charcoal grey shirt (previously done in white and black). Also they are releasing their first embroidered FlexFit Cap featuring RSIN’s skull logo. As is their tradition, Outsmart will also be giving away a custom 2.5” Burning Bear RSIN custom to one lucky, randomly chosen collector in a giveaway open to anyone who purchases one of the new RSIN items. Both the Tee ($25) and the cap ($25) are guaranteed to ship by 8.9 – so order away.
Huck Gee – Skullheads: Baseball & Boso + New Apparel
Huck Gee has unleashed two post-apocalyptic bruisers, part of the fearsome Skullheads. Boso and Baseball are ready for the rough stuff with their gritty arsenal and head protection. Limited to ten pieces each, the new signed/numbered hand-done custom Skullheads come in laser engraved boxes and are available for $800 each. To order drop a line to email@example.com.
To celebrate the Skullheads release in style, Huck has released Skullheads gear. The Violent Running Tribe Tees ($29) and Hoodies ($55) and yes, stickers are available now. Get yours directly from the Huck shop.
Jul 29, 2013
Preview: Julius Toy Art Show @ Toy Art Gallery (8.3)
Toy Art Gallery will host the Julius Toy Art Show presented by the Paul Frank Brand. Opening on Saturday (8.3), the show features customs of the Julius vinyl figures (Play Imaginative). Curated by Sweet Streets, the exhibition features interpretations of the brand’s iconic monkey mascot character from an impressive roster including: Abe Lincoln Jr, Andrea Kang, Anthony Ausgang, Bei Badgirl, Boris Hoppek, Brandi Milne, Carson Catlin, Chikuwaemil, Choco Moo, Ciou, Cope2, Diavu, Hiroshi Yoshii, Ian Ziobrowski, Imaitoonz, Indie 184, Jon Knox, Julie West, Karen Chau, Mad Barbarians, Madoka Kinoshita, Mari Inukai, MARKiii, Mayumi Inoha, Mizna Wada, Nathan Hamill, Oliver Hibert, Onch Movement, Reactor88, Sam Gibbons, Scott Tolleson, Topheroy, Uamou, Aeron Alfrey, Bob Conge, Brent Nolasco, Cris Rose, Dave Bondi, DrilOne, Dustin Martin, Emilio Garcia, FFInc., Frank Kozik, GERMS, Hints & Spices, Jan Calleja, Jason Freeny, Jay222, Jermaine Rogers, Jim Koch, Kenth Toy Works, KMNDZ, Leecifer, Martin Ontiveros, Nakanari, Naoto Hattori, Nebulon 5, Rotobox, Skull Toys, Tan-Ki, Task One, Tim Clarke and Yosuke Imai. Several of the artists have created original Julius paintings as well. Hit the jump for plenty of preview pics.
In addition to the exhibition, TAG will host a Paul Frank brand pop-up shop featuring shirts from Might Fine and Jerry Leigh, electronic accessories from UnCommon, prints from Acme Archives Direct, and vinyl figures from Play Imaginative.
Julius Toy Art Show
Opening: Saturday August 3rd 2013 (7-10 PM)
Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90046
Symbiote Studios – Quake III Phobos for QuakeCon
Here’s something just a bit different for all of you who loved fragging friends and foes and complete strangers in Doom and Quake. Symbiote Studios will release their new 3.5” Quake III Phobos Space Marine vinyl as an exclusive for QuakeCon 2013 (8.1 – 8.4) in Dallas – the gaming festival dedicated to all things Quake. This exclusive is a colorway of the 20th anniversary Doom Phobos figure which Symbiote released at SDCC. It comes complete with a removable helmet and BFG 9000. While the idea is cool, we’re not quite sold on the execution with the rather generic Symbiote body. But if you grew up on Quake, you might feel the need to pick this up.
Martin Hsu - New ‘Kinfolk’ Book
Martin Hsu has just released his brand-new, self-published ‘Kinfolk’ book. The new 66 page hard-cover volume features his artwork from 2010 through 2013. Limited to 500 signed/numbered pieces, Kinfolk (w/bonus sticker) is available now from Martin’s webshop for $24.95 (+ s/h). The book is a convenient, affordable way to get to know Martin’s artwork beyond his toys better or to introduce a friend to his paintings.
Paul Kaiju x TAG – Luftkaiser Painted Red Edition (7.31)
Toy Art Gallery is about to release the brand new Painted Red Luftkaiser sofubi from Paul Kaiju. The newest edition of their 4” figure is cast in yellow vinyl with teal, gold, yellow and black sprays. This wicked release was painted by Shirahama and as with the other Luftkaisers was produced in Japan. The Red Luftkaiser will drop on Wednesday (7.31) @ Noon PDT from TAG’s online shop for $55.
Jul 28, 2013
Stranger Factory Presents: Lost Worlds – Creatures from Beyond (08.02)
Taking place this Friday August 2nd at Stranger Factory is a group show entitled “Lost Worlds: Creatures from Beyond”. This show will exhibit artwork from monster masters, who include Paul Kaiju, James Groman, Josh Herbolsheimer, Stan Manoukian, Joe Merril, Goccodo, and Mutant Vinyl Hardcore. There will be a number of both 2D pieces and 3D pieces available, including PK x Stranger Factory mash-up customs. The opening reception will take place from 6-9PM.
109 Carlisle Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Angry Woebots x Collect & Display x Flabslab -- Blood Red Chewballer
UK online retailer Collect & Display is about to release its exclusive Blood Red Chewballer from Angry Woebots and Flabslab. Limited to ten concrete pieces, each bust features black hand splattered paint from Woes himself. Blood Red Chewballer will be released on Wednesday (7.31) @ 8 PM GMT (1 PM Pacific) for 150 sterling pounds (~ $231).
Kathie Olivas x T+CP -- Wicked Calliope Jackalope
Kathie Olivas's Wicked Calliope Jackalope from Tomenosuke + Circus Posterous is now available. Limited to 80 pieces, this new third edition of the sofubi figure is cast in translucent orange with super clean black, white and gray sprays. The 8" figure is available for $95 from Circus Posterous for North American Collectors and from Tomenosuke for 9500 yen for international collectors.
Jul 26, 2013
Super7 - Alien ReAction & Alien Collectible Pint Glass Pre-Order (08.01)
If you didn’t have a chance to attend SDCC, you may have missed out on the massive queues at the Super7 booth in regards to the new Alien ReAction figures. With them selling out of the exclusives almost immediately, Super7 took on pre-orders for both the ReAction sets and pint glasses. Now is your chance to put in an order for these beauties! Taking place on Thursday, August 1st at Noon PST, Super7 will have pre-orders for the figure sets HERE ($100 for 5 Figures) and the pint glasses HERE ($50 for a set of 4 Glasses). Expect shipments to go out late October.
Threadless x Kidrobot – T-Shirt Design Contest
Threadless and Kidrobot have teamed up to find the newest newest t-shirt design from you adoring fans! They’ve put together a special t-shirt design contest and are looking for some talent to help incorporate their Kidrobot mascot into a brand new tee. The deadline for the submissions takes place on August 7th and on August 12th we will hear the results of the winning design! The winning design will earn a cash prize of $2,500 cash, a $250 gift card to both Kidrobot and Threadless, and a Mega Munny. Rules and more information on the contest can be found HERE.
Dez Einswell -- 'The Tone Collector' Print
Dez Einswell has just released his limited-edition 'The Tone Collector' giclee print. The piece celebrates the timeless quality of influential music. Limited to 50 s/n pieces, The Tone Collector measures 16" x 11" and is available now from Doodlebarn.com for $50 (+ s/h).
Rotobox -- Minicel Series 1 Customs
Rotobox will soon be working in their first series of customs of their brand new 4" minicel platform produced by Kuso Vinyl. The innagural series features six giant robo pilots drawn from classic Japanese tv series. The customs are available for pre-order through August 4th for $120 each (shipping included). To order one or more of these, drop a line to the Rotobox crew at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jul 25, 2013
Boris Tellegen (DELTA) x Case Studyo – Krux13 Stool
Boris Tellegen, better known as DELTA from his legendary graffiti exploits, has collaborated with Case Studyo in Belgium on the art as furniture – Krux13, an anthropomorphic stool with a pair of legs, slide-out drawer and whimsical vibe. Limited to an edition of 12, Krux13 fits nicely into the artists’ previous sculptural work and is constructed of Aluminum and Wood.
ACE Hotel x School Night Summer School with Michelle Valigura, Kozyndan, and more (7.26 – 7.28)
The ACE Hotel has teamed up with School Night on Summer School, a fun weekend of music + art (7.26 – 7.28), out in Palm Springs. In addition to poolside DJ’s, the event will feature Kozyndan’s Underwater Photography workshop and Michelle Valigura’s ceramic tile workshop (tentatively on Saturday @ Noon). Poster Child Prints will also have a pop-up of their awesome screen prints plus custom resins and ceramics from Michelle and Amanda Visell. It looks like if you buy a $20 swim club day membership, you’re good for all of that day’s events.
Friday (7.26) – Sunday (7.28)
701 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Jul 24, 2013
De Korner’s SDCC Releases Available Online – Flying Fortress Bodega and Yellow Mini Mao Bust
If you missed comic-con, De Korner has put both their Flying Fortress Bodega ($50) from kaNO, and the Yellow Mini Mao Bust from Frank Kozik ($55) up for online ordering. The Blue Flying Fortress Bodega comes with kaNO’s matching color print and also features a sweet random chase with hand-painted white cap + blue nozzle by kaNO himself. The Yellow Mini Mao Bust is the 2nd edition of Frank’s iconic piece in the smaller resin format.
Martin Hsu x FLABSLAB – STGCC Exclusive Black & Gold Dragon Boy
It seems as though the Dragon Boy action after SDCC hasn’t stopped. FLABSLAB has just announced their STGCC Exclusive Black & Gold Dragon Boy by Martin Hsu and VTSS Toys. This run will be limited to only 80 pieces and will retail $120 a piece. The release will take place on August 31st and September 1st, with hopes of an online release for those who cannot attend!
The Graphix Chick x Vinyl Riot – Double Series Customs (7.27)
Vinyl Riot is gearing up to release The Graphix Chick’s Double Series Customs. As the name suggests, The Graphix Chick created two series of blind-boxed customs – three androids and three mini-dudes; each unique. The Double Series customs will be available on Saturday (7.27) @ 1 PM EDT (10 AM PDT) for $50/blind box (choice of android or mini-dude).