Mar 05, 2014
Transformers x The Loyal Subjects – Series 2 Blindbox Pre-Order
The second trailer has just released for Transformers: Age of Extinction, which makes perfect sense for The Loyal Subjects to announce their Series 2 Transformer Blindboxes! This series contains some of your favorites, such as Shockwave, Dirge, Mirage, Prowl, Ramjet, Shrapnel, Sideswipe, Skywarp, Slag, and of course Optimus Prime, who so happens to come with three 3 second sayings and a try me button! Be sure to use them sparingly, roughly 400 plays with a non replaceable battery. Each blindbox will retail $12.99 each or $208 for a case, both can be found HERE and HERE.
Buff Monster – Pink Zombie Mister Melty and Ice Cream Mini Sets (3.6)
Buff Monster has lined up a double drop for Thursday (3.6). First, on the heels of the debut of the Zombie Mister Melty sofubi in an unpainted while edition, Buff will be releasing the first painted edition ($35 + s/h) of the new figure. Rocking fluorescent pink vinyl, this edition shows off the details of the new sculpt, from the missing chunk on his head (eaten?) to his wounded/deformed arm and foot.
In addition to the brand-new painted Zombie Mister Melty, Thursday’s drop will also feature Ice Cream Minis Complete sets. This is the first time these 1.5” tall figures, painted for different flavors, have been released together in an easy to collect set. These will be available for $60 (+ s/h) completed with a new header card design.
Both drops happen on Thursday (3.6) @ 10 AM EST from buffmonster.com.
‘We are Indie Toys!’ by Louis Bou
Louis Bou’s ‘We are Indie Toys!’ book ($29.99) was recently released by Harper Design. The 207 page soft-color volume focus on resin art toys created and hand-made by independent artists as opposed to produced by factories. The book features a great, diverse selection of artists Jon Knox, Suckadelic, Paul Shih, Podgypanda, Eldercut, Doubleparlour, Gumliens, Emilio Garcia, Sergey Safonov and many more.
We had a chance to take a look at a review copy and came away impressed. With artist spreads covering at least four pages (or more) filled with excellent color photography, ‘We Are Indie Toys!’ is a great place for those looking to showcase the creativity and variety of indie resin toys as well as the medium’s sky high potential for reducing the barrier to toy making for talented and motivated creators. If you hand someone this book and they don’t immediately understand the magical pull of art toys – they never will.
What’s a little less successful in our opinion, is the book’s seemingly forced focus on the process artists use to ‘turn their unique ideas into one-of-a-kind collectibles’. While each artist provides helpful tips or tricks they’ve discovered and incorporated into their work practice as well as behind-the-scenes photos of molds and such, the advice and info is not detailed nor systematic enough for true beginners. While the book is a great overview of the state of the art in independent resin toys, it is not really a good starting point for learning the ins and outs of the process of creating them.
That said, we highly recommend ‘We are Indie Toys!’ by Louis Bou for its excellent coverage of top resin toy artists and their amazing creations.
Cometdebris – March Releases (03.07)
Cometdebris has you covered for the whole month of March with three new releases! First up is the new Sametan, which features a pink body with white spray, silver spray, and light blue belt and shoes for $45. Then there is the Oni Kappa Shonen, which is cast in red and black marble vinyl with gold detailing and oni mask. These are limited to only 13 pieces for $100 each. Last up is the Tokoji Seijin and it features lime green and brown spray on a dark blue-grey vinyl. There will only be 10 of theses available for $70. All of these will be available this Friday, March 7th at 8PM PST. While you’re there, feel free to pick up a Sametan mug for only $15.