Aug 31, 2016
Toy Art Gallery - Green Glitter Spongebob DX from Secret Base (9.1)
These days Spongebob DX from Secret Base is all about the glitter. About a month ago, it was blue glitter and two months before that, pink. Next up is the green glitter edition. As with the other sparkly editions, this one features a clear exterior and an internal glitter skeleton. It also comes with a matching keychain – bonus! For easy collecting, Toy Art Gallery will release Green Glitter on Thursday (9.1) at 12 PM PDT for $90 (+ s/h) from the TAG web shop.
Brent Nolasco – Felix Morning Dew
Brent Nolasco has released the Morning Dew edition of his Felix resin figure (8”). This time around, the pointy-eared creature features a refreshing yet peppy design showcasing blue and a light neon green against a white base with black accents. Hand-painted by Brent, Morning Dew is limited to 3 pieces and comes with fun extras including a sticker and button pack. Felix is available now from Brent’s webshop for $75 (+ s/h). For more on Brent’s ever growing line of original resin figures, check out our video interview, part of the VP Webcam Interview Series.
Aug 29, 2016
Mutant Vinyl Hardcore Announces “Death’s Vault” An Art Gallery in New Haven
If you’ve been watching Mutant Vinyl Hardcore’s Instagram you may have noticed him working on a workspace. That workspace isn’t just any ordinary workspace, it’s actually a new Art Gallery coming to New Haven, CT, dubbed Death’s Vault ran by MVH. In his latest newsletter, Rich mentions the very first show will take place on Sunday, October 9th titled “Black Sabbath”. MVH also mentions that he already has some shows planned out for the year. Him having plenty of talented friends, we cannot wait to see who he has lined up for an exhibit at the Death Vault. Stay tuned on more information on the space and the upcoming show! Congrats Rich, we are sure you will do New Haven proud!
Death’s Vault (Located in the old Erector Sq. Toy Co Building)
315 Peck St.
New Haven, CT 06513
Marsham Toy Hour Episodes 23 & 24
The Marsham Toy Hour has been keeping our ears in check with the latest toy chatter. Episode 23 brought back special guest George Gaspar with hosts Gary Ham and Martian Toys. In this episode Aaron of Martian Toys announces the opening of his toy retail space “Mothership Gallery” in Philadelphia with Playful Gorilla. They also bring up the Five Points Festival Clutter Magazine is putting together. George also gives a lesson in resin safety. Listen to this very episode HERE.
This weeks episode brings us a lot of folks in this episode! Joining the discussion are hosts Gary Ham, Martian Toys, Tyler Ham and guest host George Gaspar with special guest J*Ryu. They chat about J*Ryu’s previous profession, as well as get back on the topic of where the toy scene currently us. There was definitely some great discussion in this episode, which we feel everyone should have a listen to. Find it HERE.
Tomenosuke x Circus Posterus – 10th Anniversary Calliope Jackalope & Stingy Jack
Tomenosuke is getting amped up for their 10th anniversary, which means we can expect some amazing toy releases! So far they’ve teased a couple of pieces in collaboration with Circus Posters. Both figures feature a pink with GID swirl, which we ain’t mad at! So far they’ve shown off the upcoming Calliope Jackalope by Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peter’s Singy Jack. We cannot wait to see the final products for these, as well as what else they may be offering for the big celebration.
Candie Bolton – “Ectoplasm” Edition Bake-Kujira (9.02)
You would think Candie Bolton would need a small break after her recent show at Woot Bear Gallery. The answer to that is no, as she will soon be releasing a new edition of her Bake-Kujira soft vinyl figure. The “Ectoplasm” edition features a black with GID swirl vinyl, which will be available this coming Friday, Septermber 2nd at 6PM PST. Find this super limited run of 9 pieces on Candie’s webstore HERE for $200 each. Each figure will also come with a GID Bake-Kujira pin and sticker!
Aug 26, 2016
CurioCon is a New Toy, Art and More Convention
Ayleen Gaspar has announced CurioCon, a new convention specializing in Toys, Art, and other intriguing objects,‘curios’. The show will be held on May 13-14th 2017 at the Pasadena Convention center. Does the Curi Owl mascot look familiar? If so, that’s likely because it was created by Scott Tolleson! With her previous role organizing DesignerCon, her ongoing Bricks LA Lego show, and now CurioCon Ayleen is becoming the Queen of Conventions(tm).
Beyond the basic focus of the show there isn’t too much information to go on, but the late Spring time slot is promising—spaced out nicely from DesignerCon and two months (or so) before SDCC—as is Ayleen’s considerable experience. Though honestly San Diego is becoming less and less relevant for designer toys. It’ll be interesting to see if CurioCon will have a greater focus on awesome, well… curios that go beyond toys and ‘collectibles’. That seems to be the elusive element—finding ways to bring a broader audience to these art toy-centric shows and by extension to the scene as a whole.
Aug 25, 2016
Toyqube x King Syndicate – Popeye Art Toys
ToyQube is working on a series of Popeye vinyl figures, officially licensed from King Syndicate. Everyone’s favorite spinach slamming sailor will be brought to life by multiple artists. We’re looking forward to seeing lots of ‘strong’ designs. Bring it!
Amanda Visell – Two New Bat ‘n Boards
Bat ‘n Board is back, in a big way. Amanda Visell has just released two new editions of her popular resin set. There’s Albino Bat (25 pcs) and Hairy Sparkle Bat (15 pcs) who as you might expect has a nice sprinkling of glitter (two colors). They are available right now for $90 each from Switcheroo. Time to shred.
Shiffa x Kidrobot – Willy the Wolf (8.26)
Shiffa’s retro ‘toon inspired Willy the Wolf (6.5”, $69.99) from Kidrobot saunters off an empty box car and into your collection on Friday (8.26). He’ll be available at Kidrobot.com and likely all of your favorite designer toy sources. Despite his cunning lineage, Willy could easily pass as a friendly, happy go lucky hobo with his quirky expression and a bag of his possessions (or are they his…) With Shiffa’s strong character work and the mono colorway, you might easily mistake this wolf as the star of an actual vintage cartoon!
Aug 24, 2016
Tomodachi Island x Collect And Display – Bulli-Corns (8.26)
Collect And Display have teamed up with Tomodachi Island for this months ‘Monthly Custom Series’ Release! Introducing the Bulli-Corns series, which features custom Fonzo figures as its platform. There will be 3 different sizes available, each being one-off figures that range from 3.5” $80 for , 4.5” for $92 and 6” tall for $109. What are Bulli-Corns you may ask? Well…
What is a Bulli-Corn you might want to ask?! Let's just say that they might be the softest and cuddliest magical creatures on the planet. However their magic don't work unless they feel loved and get at least 50 snuggles a day, and that is just the minimum. Really the Bulli-Corn want's to be close to you 24/7.
So before you adopt one make sure you can give it all the love it requires or he might just simply fade away. But it's now like you can resist those snugly creases and chops anyway, is it?
The release will take place this Friday, August 26th at 8PM UK Time HERE. Take a look after the jump for more photos.
Suicidal Tendencies x BlackBook Toy – “Venice Blue 2.0” Edition S”K”UM-kun
BlackBook Toy is happy to announce another new colorway of their S”K”UM-kun figure with Suicidal Tendencies. Have a look at the new improved “Venice Blue” Edition, which is an upgraded version from the original release back in 2011. This release features a clear vinyl body with long beautiful blue locks. If you take a closer look, you may notice a third eye in the belly button! Each order will also include a S”K”UM-kun Bandana! You can find it available now HERE for roughly $180 a piece.
Brent Nolasco – Sitting in a Pretty Daze Translucent Editions
Brent Nolasco has just released his sublime Sitting in a Pretty Daze figure (7”) in five super shiny translucent editions—blue, green, yellow, orange and red. Produced by Wearenottoys, the new clear color editions come bagged in header complete with sticker and buttons pack. They are available now from Brent’s web shop for just $55 (+ s/h).
After a long night of eating insects, a little bat takes refuge on a mushroom to rest and watch the sunrise in the morning. There, the bat is found sitting in a pretty daze. The sun slowly peeks through the trees and the morning dew glistens like diamonds. The silence calms his spirit before retreating back to his cave where he'll wait until it's dark to do it all over again.
Ron English x Blackbook Toy – Autumn Camo Big Boner (8.27)
Blackbook Toy will release the Autumn Stealth Camo Big Boner (8.3”) from Ron English on Saturday (8.27) @ 8 AM PDT for 10,800 yen (~ US$108) from their web shop. Inspired by the artist’s provocative Autumn Camo Deer original art work, the figure is cast in clear vinyl and features a camo pattern with clear red, clear yellow and clear orange sprays. Beautiful design.
Huck Gee – The Can Opener (8.26)
What do you do when faced heavily-armored, yet lumbering enemy mechs? Unless you’re a Jedi with a grappling hook and a light saber, you need another way to get under the armor of a mechanized beast. If you’re a bit crazy, you get close, no closer, and then crack ‘em open with a big hammer (naturally)and set charges. The Can Opener is one cleverly explosive way the Dapper Little Scoundrels level the playing field against the relentless march of the Untz.
Huck Gee’s newest limited-edition features an intrepid (or maybe foolish) warrior in a highly mobile yet super thin mobile suit armed with a big red hammer and some TNT. Limited to 10 pieces, The Can Opener can be yours beginning on Friday (8.26) @ Noon PDT for $850 (+ s/h) from HuckGee.com.
Buff Monster – GID Green Camo Mister Melty (8.26)
Mister Melty is back in a brand-new hand painted edition from Buff Monster. The GID Green Camo sofubi (head) + resin (body) hybrids feature a subtle camo pattern in four shades of green over a GID base. If you just want the pure glow goodness, the figure is also available unpainted. Both versions—painted ($35) and unpainted ($30 + s/h)—of the two-faced figure come bagged in header and will drop this Friday (8.26) @ 8 AM PDT from Buff Monster’s web shop.
Lock-Nesters: Bear by Fleet Hower Available at myplasticheart
Looking for a new twist to add to your collection? myplasticheart is now carrying a new line of 3D puzzle figures—The Locknesters by Fleet Hower—that should look great on your shelf. Toy, design object and conversation starter— all in one. First up is Bear (11”) which is made up of five 3D printed bio-plastic pieces which easily slide together and then back apart when you’re in a more abstract mood. Unlike Fleet Hower’s previous multi-colored figures, Bear is larger and has a more upscale look with a shiny gray finish. It’s available at mph for $79.99 (+s/h).
Shadoe Delgado – Veris Candy Corn
Shadoe Delgado is now taking preorders for the latest edition of his Veris resin figure from his web shop for $50 (+ s/h). Candy Corn puts a fun, sweet spin on the figure who is apparently the ‘saint of screwing yourself over’. He’s literally screwed himself (hah!), to save you from yourself. Limited to 10 pieces, the 5” figure will ship in September.
Aug 23, 2016
Reactor-88 Custom Corner: MP Gautheron
What’s your name?
My name is Marie-Pascale Gautheron, but my artist name is MP Gautheron.
Where are you located?
I live in Lyon, one of the biggest cities in France.
Day job or full-time artist?
I am lucky enough to be a full-time artist :) It has always have been my passion and I’ve never done anything else!
Any random things you want people to know about you?
I do not work only on vinyl toys, I also paint my patterns on skulls and my first passion is to paint with acrylics on a wood canvas- compositions with skulls, animals, patterns with a lot of details and precision!
Aug 22, 2016
Bounce x VTSS – Bounce Boy Black + Gold
VTSS has released the third edition of their Bounce Boy figure (12”) from Taiwanese graffiti artist Bounce. The sharply modern Black + Gold edition follows the OG red+white and the new-meets-old Blue Flowers editions. We’ve always enjoyed the clever street wise design that mixes cool with cute rather well and this new one adds to the story with a bit of a futuristic feel. Black + Gold is available now from VTSS for $400 (+ s/h) and comes with a gorgeous laser-etched box.
Josh Mayhem – Crystal Nebula Blown Away Dunnys (8.25)
Prepare to blown away once again as Josh Mayhem is about to release the latest iteration of his signature line and concept. The Blown Away Crystal Nebula Dunny series features 12 blindbox clear resin dunnys, each one unique, customized with glitter (blue, green, gold and purple), paint drips and resin projections. Chase? You bet. There’s one Goldschlager chase variant lurking within the dozen. Crystal Nebula launches on Thursday (8.25) at 10 AM PDT from JoshMayhem.com for $225 (+ s/h) each.
Aug 21, 2016
Shawnimals x myplasticheart – Pocket Pork Dumpling S2 On the Way
It’s been four years since Shawnimals transmogrified his cute Pork Dumplings from plush into vinyl minis. Thankfully the wait for a freshly steamed batch is over. Shawn just announced that Pocket Pork Dumpling Series 2 is coming soon from myplasticheart. Hopefully we’ll see some previews shortly.
Aug 20, 2016
Cancan Ignited Release from Coarse and Rotofugi (8.22)
The brand-new Cancan Ignited exclusive vinyl toy made its debut at last weekend’s opening of Coarse’s Cold Ways show at Rotofugi. If you weren’t lucky enough to pick up the GID version of this fanciful bird at the gallery, then Monday’s (8.22) the day you should have circled on your calendar. The figure will be available online from both Rotofugi and Coarse on August 22, 2016 at 8:59 AM PDT for $149. Rotofugi will have two listings for Cancan Ignited—one for their remaining stock on hand and a preorder for stock that should arrive in September. Shipping is free within the US for orders from Roto and free globally from Coarse. Happy hunting!
Aug 19, 2016
Paul Kaiju – Teal Typhoon Raffle (8.21)
Are you feeling blue? Probably not as blue as Paul Kaiju’s Teal Typhoon 1-Hour Raffle, which will be taking place this Sunday, August 21st at 6PM PST and ending at 7PM. Included in this raffle is one heck of a set that features an unpainted Dualbat, Mockbat, Hellmock and Biterfish. This set will set you back $400 and is well worth it! Look at how beautiful these look in that teal vinyl. Good luck to all of those who enter! The raffle will take place on his website, so set your alarms!
Amanda Visell - Prohibition Pink Elephant and Drunk & Golden Idol Fox and Robot Available Now
Amanda Visell has got a couple new resin releases for you! Who we have above is the Prohibition Pink Elephant who is accompanied by a drunk that comes with a bottle of booze. This piece was hand sculpted and hand cast in a clear and black glitter resin. This is a run of only 10 pieces, which measures 3.5 x 5 x 3.5 and can be found HERE for $90.
Feeling foxy? Check out the Golden Idol Fox and Robot. Just like all her pieces, these are hand sculpted, hand casted and hand painted for that extra love feel! The fox measures 3.5 x 2.5 x 3.5 and is also limited to 10 pieces. They can be found HERE for $90 a set.