Jun 30, 2016
Andrew Bell – Area 51 Karoshi-San for SDCC
The conspiracy theories are right. Only, turns out the little green men don’t want to take over the world, but rather earn a buck for their UFO payments. After the debut black edition and the regular color edition, what could be next for Andrew Bell’s worked-to-death salary man ? Aliens (in Android green no less). That’s right, one year after the debut of the black Karoshi-San at last year’s SDCC comes the Area 51 Karoshi-San with silver hat (tin foil?) and a snazzy attache case emblazoned with ‘A51’—safekeeping for the included serial number document. You’ll be able pick up Mr. Green from the Dead Zebra booth (#1335) for $65.
Toy Art Gallery x Ron English --Poultry Rex Debuts in Pink (7.1)
Whatever you do, don’t call it a chicken. Poultry Rex from Ron English and Toy Art Gallery will make its terrifying debut on Friday (7.1) at Noon PDT from the TAG Web Shop for $85. While Poultry Rex might certainly be a comment on an alternate evolution, it’s also plausible to see the beast as the master of Popaganda’s commentary on food production methods. At any rate, PRex looks pretty rad in hot pink—an ironic but sweet color choice.
Fools Paradise – Keikojoker at Coin Rides Game #4 Pre-order
Fools Paradise has just opened up pre-order for the latest in their Coin Rides Game Series(#4)—Keikojoker. This frenzied trip featuring a vandalized Batmobile is the brand’s first non-Star Wars based coin ride figure. Beyond simply a new theme, Keikojoker goes beyond the previous “rides” with a heavy dose of atmosphere from the graffiti she’s painted on the Batmobile and the coin box to her numerous tattoos and finally let’s not forget the blue+fuschia ducks. As with all the Rides figures, this one features side-to-side articulation via the ride struts.
Limited to 380 sets, Keikojoker at Coin Rides Game #4 is available for pre-order through 7.13.16 for $269 (+ 30 for global shipping) directly from Fools Paradise. These will ship in Q3 2016. If you’re looking for a wild ride, you’ve found it.
Super7 at SDCC: MOTU, Aliens, The Worst and more
Super7 has plenty in store for collectors at SDCC (7.20 – 7.24). While they are unveiling their plans and releases gradually, this year will bring even more Masters of the Universe goodness with the return of Skeletor’s Lair: The Curse of the Three Terrors at the S7 San Diego Store beginning on Wednesday (7.20) at 9 PM to Midnight. Hit the jump for the official, super snazzy video teaser.
Releases? So far, they’ve announced the M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E. Multi-Color Trash Can Assortment ($20)featuring 12 Series 1 figures in assorted colors, oh and did we mention a spiffy Skeletor lid? From the teaser fliers, expect more S7 x Aliens action and a collaboration with ‘The Worst’—wait, what’s that?. Keep an eye out for more updates about S7’s releases from Skeletor’s Lair and their SDCC booth [#4945].
Coarse – False Friends Reignited (7.1)
Coarse will release False Friends – Reignited—a glow in the dark edition (345 pcs) of the popular Paw! and Noop pairing—on Friday, July 1st at 8:59 AM PDT for HKD2980 (~ US$384) over at CoarseHKG. Note that the monochrome edition unexpectedly sold out during the Coarse Friends and Family pre-sale and will not be available on the 1st.
This 2016 Anniversary edition celebrates the first appearance of False Friends (2008 at Rotofugi) and first Ignited (GID) figures at SDCC 2013 (Souls Gone Mad). False Friends – Reignited reunites 12.5” Paw! with a 13” Noop. The set includes a removable plush Paw! suit, a symbol of Noop’s efforts to find common ground with his unlikely “friend”. In the spirit of remembering beginnings, the first False Friends vinyls (‘Life of Lies’) were released back in January of 2010.
Jun 29, 2016
myplasticheart – Zipper Rabbits by Eloise Kim
Eloise Kim’s curiously welcoming Zipper Rabbit “The Forest” resin figures (3”) debuted at Art Toy Culture in Seoul back in May. Unless, you were at the show, it’s been hard to add these little guys to your collection. Thankfully myplasticheart has the 1st international release featuring a trio of Zipper Rabbits: Original, Black Eyes and Pink Eyes. They are available from mph’s web shop for $59.99 (+ s/h).
“It is a scary looking monster toy, who often faces discrimination from other rabbits. Through Zipper Rabbit, I intend to discuss about the misunderstanding and prejudice that comes from the outer appearance, and the true inner self.”
Vinyl Pulse Webcam Interview Series #2: 2Petalrose
The adventure continues! We’re happy to announce that the second episode of the Vinyl Pulse Webcam Interview Series featuring UK artist 2Petalrose is available for your viewing pleasure-–both above and over at our Youtube channel: youtube.com/vinylpulse. We talked to 2Petalrose from his London studio about the evolution of his toys from Kombat Kings to his more recent samurai figures including Maiko and Hondo, the first of his Shogun Rebels line. As a fun bit, there’s a preview (of sorts) of an upcoming figure release. So, if you can, give it a watch. Next up? Brent Nolasco, recorded at the NYC art toy epicenter, myplasticheart.
Brent Nolasco – Beast “Shadows” Edition Available Now
Brent Nolasco has unleashed the Beast. Truth be told, it sounds as if this Beast is more inquisitive than aggressive. Shadows, the first painted edition—an overall gray + black theme with a burst of color on the face and the downward turned horns—was hand-painted by the artist with an intricate 18-step process. The 8” resin rotocast figure is available now for $135 (+ s/h) from Brent’s web shop.
"Beast" wanders the landscape in search of new horizons and plateaus. His main mission is to enlighten and to receive knowledge from life experiences. His eternal nomadic lifestyle brings him happiness and peace.
DKE - Second Batch of SDCC Announcements
Here’s a look at the second batch of DKE’s SDCC Exclusive announcements featuring five new bootleg action figures headlined by new takes on old standbys—Bart and Star Wars (‘To Infinity and Beyond’, err …)—followed by a pleasantly surprising curveball: a Watcher in the Woods piece.
Let’s start with Mr. Simpson. There’s Bart’s turn as Black Ninja by Manny X Romero (20 pcs, $60) as well as One Dollar Dude - North Korean Youth Version by Agent Wednesday (15 pcs, $55). For everyone’s favorite bootleg subject, there’s Bossk Lives by Credenda Studios (20 pieces, $65) and Star Weird: Boba (cas) Sette by Topztoy (35 pieces, $40). Finally, we have Watcher in the Woods by Dollar $lice Bootlegs (20 pieces, $55).
You’ll find all of these and more at the DKE booth [#5045].
Jun 28, 2016
Kidrobot – Dunny Rorschach Tee
It seems that Kidrobot is looking to once again offer lifestyle items in addition to their various toy lines. As part of what is so-far a slow trickle, the ‘bot has released the clever, design-forward Rorschach Dunny Tee in both Men’s and Women’s styles for $24.99 each. While we’re not sure staring deeply into the design will reveal the inner workings of your psyche, we’re pretty sure you’ll see *lots* of Dunnys. With the recent Dunny skate deck and now this tee, maybe a new cap is next ?
Toy Art Gallery x Splurrt – Silver Back Broken Bones (6.29)
If you’ve been waiting for a painted version of Splurrt’s Broken Bones figure, wait no more. Toy Art Gallery will release the Silver Back Broken Bones featuring clear with glitter vinyl and minimal silver, black, and red sprays for just the right chilling vibe. Silver Back drops on Wednesday (6.29) at Noon PDT from the TAG Web Shop for $80 (+ s/h). Crafted in Japan, the figure stands 5” tall and features 3 points of articulation.
Reactor-88’s Custom Corner -- FlipADoodle
Welcome to the June 2016 edition of Reactor-88's Custom Corner. This month we’re featuring FlipADoodle.
What’s your name?
My name is Ryan Guzman but in the Toy/Art world I go by FlipADoodle.
Where are you located?
Florida- Tampa to be exact. I was born in Orlando, but bounced back and forth from Florida to Washington State. I just moved back to Florida in June.
Day job or full-time artist?
I currently have a full-time job at an air compressor company, so all my nights are pretty much spent painting, customizing toys and hanging out with my wife and kids.
Jun 27, 2016
Hyperactive Monkey – “Bubble Gum” Edition Mechannita at SDCC 2016
Your SDCC is incomplete without visiting the Hyperactive Monkey booth #5640. They have plenty of offerings this year, but the one that catches our eyes is the new Machannita vinyl figure. The Mechannita stands 3.5” tall and features articulation in the head and arms. This Monkey Mech Girl will be making its debut as the “Bubble Gum” edition and will come with mini-print for only $20.
Aya Kakeda x Tomenosuke – “To The Medetai Island” Edition Microbus (6.29)
Tomenosuke is celebrating 10 glorious years with the exclusive release of Aya Kakeda’s Microbus! The “To The Medetai Island” Edition makes for the 5th ever Microbus release, but who is counting. Just as the previous releases, this edition is limited to only 30 pieces for roughly $125 and features a gold lame vinyl with metallic paint on the faces of its passengers. This golden edition will be released on Tuesday (6.29) at 7 PM PDT from Tomenosuke’s web shopTomenosuke’s web shop for overseas customers.
Planet 3 Toys – Bōzu by Dave Dick (7.02)
Dave Dick of Planet3Toys is happy to announce the release of Bōzu! The debut release will feature the “In The Shadows” edition, which features the 3.5” tall Bōzu figure in a glossy black vinyl. Each piece comes with a hand made stamped tag. They will be available this Saturday, July 2nd at Noon PST HERE for $25 + S&H. These will go great with Dave Dick’s Satori Kappa figure. These were produced by Grody Shogun / Lulubell Toys, so you know the quality is top notch.
Brent Nolaso – Beast Coming Soon
The creative whirlwind that is Brent Nolasco continues to churn out new characters and toys at a dizzying rate. Next up: Beast, a horned force (8”) not to be trifled with. Already in the test pull phase (above), the new feral character will be released as a resin shortly with production casting from Jacob Jams.
DKE at SDCC: First Wave of Announcements includes Action MC by Ron English
DKE has started to unveil their SDCC exclusives lineup from a who’s who of clever, tongue-in-cheek bootleg resin action figure artists. The first batch of announcements is headlined by Action MC (ed. of 50, $100), a 3.75” action figure rendition of Ron English’s iconic MC Supersized sculpted by George Gaspar and painted by Special Ed. Toys. The new take on Supersized will be joined by a trio of takes on Star Wars—R2-SL1200 by Artbot138 (edition of 20 pcs, $65), Crystal Blue Snaggletooth by SkipBroToys and Field of Grey (edition of 20 pcs, $80) and the Art Trooper Series: Basquiat by RYCA (edition of 65 pcs, $55)—and Barely Human’s Planet of the Apes riff, Make America Ape Again (edition of 25 pcs, $65). Each of these (and more to be announced) will be available at Comic-Con from DKE (booth #5045)
Jun 22, 2016
Uglydoll x Toy Art Gallery – Power Pink Mini Monsters
Ah! The Power Pink Ugly Doll Mini Monsters gachas from TAG—the first painted edition—builds on the previous released Glittery PinkGlittery Pink edition released at the beginning of the month. Power Pink brings a mix of sprays (blue + silver with white and black) to the pink vinyl + glittery goodness base vinyl. Each of the eight Mini Monsters—Babo, Jeero, Ox, Wage, Batty, Target, Ice Bat and Wedgehead—are available now ($15 each) as is a full house set of eight ($75) from the TAG web shop.
Buff Monster – Mister Melty Candle (6.23)
He’s starred as a resin, a sofubi and more. Now, Mister Melty—Buff Monster’s signature character—is back in a fun lifestyle turn. Hand-cast in the USA, the Mister Melty Candle (5”, ed of 40, $75) features a pristine, nicely executed sculpt (well, until you know, he melts). It drops on Thursday (6.23) at 3PM PDT (6 PM EDT) from his webshop. Buff’s first wax figure comes in a custom wood box with a signed/numbered certificate of authenticity. To melt or not to melt…
Amanda Visell – Pink Elephant & Drunky and Mossy Wood Llama & Toadstool Available Now
Amanda Visell just put up a couple resin figures to make your alright week the best one ever! Available now through the Switcheroo shop is Mossy Wood Llama and Toadstool, which measures 4 x 6 x 2 and is a hand casted and hand painted edition of 25 pieces that can be found HERE for $90. There is also Pink Elephant and Drunky, which is cast in a clear sparkly resin with hand painted details. Mr. Elephant measures 3.5 x 5 x 3.5 and is available now HERE for $90. Quantities are running low, so get to shoppin’!
Brandt Peters x Cardboard Spaceship – Kidrobot Exclusive Grim Shadow Night King
Brandt Peter’s Kidrobot Exclusive Night King is available now! Produced by Cardboard Spaceship, the Grim Shadow Night King is limited to only 215 pieces worldwide. The Night King stands a little over 7” tall with top hat with ball joint wings and can be found HERE for $58. We know SDCC is just right around the corner, but we implore you to pick this awesome figure up before they are all gone.
Suicidal Tendencies x BlackBook Toy – “Old Skool” Edition S"K"UM-kun
BlackBook Toy is back at it again with a new Japanese vinyl S"K"UM-kun release with Suicidal Tendencies. The new “Old Skool” edition by far is the most realistic looking releases so to this date! Featuring a pink vinyl with dolls hair to conceal his exposed skull! This piece is available now HERE for roughly $110 each. Just like previous releases, this S”K”UM-kun features “ST” hand sign capabilities and comes in a drawstring bag.
Marsham Toy Hour – Episode 15
This weeks episode of Marsham Toy Hour take a break from having their usual special guest to answer your questions! If you happen to have asked any questions on their Instagram accounts, Podbean, Stitcher or iTunes, you may want to take a listen to episode 15. They get back into some of the hot topics previously brought up from past episodes. So sit back and relax and have a listen!
Dabs Myla x Munky King – SDCC Exclusive Trouble Trouble
Here we have another exciting announcement from Munky King for SDCC 2016! If you aren’t already familiar with MK and their SDCC exclusives, they will always have some sort of limited black edition release. This year Dabs Myla’s Trouble Trouble gets the special treatment. This so happens to also be the final Trouble Trouble release, which will be available at their booth #4851, as well a limited number available online for those unable to attend.
Jun 21, 2016
Squid Kids Ink. – Ec-Doh! Cooler GID Mini 10-Doh @ SDCC 2016
The Squid Kids Ink booth will be in full force once again this for years SDCC 2016! Check out one of their exclusives, the Ec-Doh! Cooler GID Mini 10-Doh Figure, which of course plays homage to one of our favorite childhood supernatural thirst quenchers. The Ec-Doh! Coolers will be available at their booth #5150 and are limited to 100 pieces for $20 each.