Feb 21, 2014
VTSS x Naoto Hattori – Balloon Resin Figures
In a pleasant surprise, pop surrealist painter Nato Hattori is working with VTSS on his first art toys. The upcoming hand-painted resin figures (3-4”) are based on his Balloon painting series from 2012. First up are the Bulldog, Monkey, Sheep, Owl and Elephant. Look for these to drop in April. It’s nice to see a recent resurgence in toys based on original paintings – hopefully the momentum continues.
Fools Paradise – The Confession Set Pre-Orders
My personal list of favorite toy artists includes the usual extremely talented suspects along with one wildcard –- Fools Paradise. As part of Boredom Squeezer, Alan Ng defined the 1:6 fashion figure scene. On his own with Fools Paradise, Alan has consistently released stylish and dramatic ‘toys’ that often induce head turning and at times, head scratching.
With his newest creation, the ‘Confession Set’ once again embraces and indulges his inner Star Wars nerd. It might be tempting to simply write off his recent series of Lucas inspired pieces as the latest examples of an artist catching in on the peerless popularity of the sci-fi classic. That would be too easy though. Confession is hard to so quickly dismiss. It’s an eclectic mix of pop culture, religion, and violence that overloads the eyes and the mind. I’m not quite sure what to make of it, except to say that I hope Alan continues to make toys from his heart and imagination.
Measuring 43 cm x 35 cm x 29 cm (16.9 x 13.8 x 11.4 inches), the Confession Set is available for pre-order now from Fools Paradise for $498 USD which includes global EMS shipping. The sets will be produced to order and will ship in Q3 2014. Pre-orders will end on 3.21.
Ron English x BlackBook Toy – Psycho Camo Big Boner (2.24)
If once is good, the second time around just might be even better. Got Camo? BlackBook Toy and Ron English do, and this time it’s bright and bold in contrast with the previous, more traditional pattern. Inspired by Ron’s Psycho Camo Doe sculpture, the new Psycho Camo Big Boner (8.3”) features a hand-painted camo pattern in blue, hot pink, cyan, yellow and just a hint of black translated by skilled Japanese craftsmen.
The new edition will be available for pre-order directly from BlackBook Toy on Monday (2.24) @ 7 AM PST for 10,500 yen (~ $102). If you’re ordering from overseas, be sure to scroll down for the Paypal link which will be available on release day. As a cool bonus, customers who pre-order the figure will receive a David Flores x BlackBook Toy rubber card holder .
Ferg x Grody Shogun –- Young Gohst Party Favors (2.24)
Ferg and Grody Shogun's Young Gohst is ready for the rave. The upcoming Party Favors edition features a clear body with rainbow hued sprays, a clear brain, and a strobe (batteries included) for some serious fun in the dark – check the video below. The latest edition of the collaborative sofubi figure drops on Monday (2.24) @ Noon CST from the Playge web shop for $45 (+ $5 for US s/h).