Mar 30, 2017
Huck Gee – Darby the Fixer
From the unrelenting mind and infallible hands of Huck Gee comes the latest limited-edition Dapper Scoundrels release. A capable infantryman turned DAME pilot turned gun and motor bike runner, Derby the Fixer is quite the stylish smuggler. A badgerish sort of chap, Darby is dressed to the nines in his tweed suit, leather shoes and driving cap. Should the need arise, he’s more than ready to meet trouble with his trusty Tommy gun.
Limited to ten pieces, Darby the Fixer comes fully outfitted and includes two weapons crates loaded with grenades and additional Thompson machine guns. Oh and did we mention the wee sea gull? A fun homage to the roaring 20’s, this one really show’s off Huck’s toy tailoring skills—mighty fine! Darby the Fixer is available for $875 (+ s/h). To contract him for your next ‘job’, drop a line to [email protected].
De Korner is Upping their Pin Game for WonderCon (3.31-4.2)
De Korner will release two brand-new exclusive pins at this weekend’s WonderCon in Anaheim. First there’s Future Wolf (1.75”, $10), a fun movie mash-up from the one and only Tracy Tubera. For all of you Pokemon fanatics, there’s the new Pikatama pin (1.75” wide, $10) from David Baker. You’ll find both of the new pins plus De Korner’s usual strong mix of designer toys and 1/6 figures at booth 2052 which they are sharing with the wild and crazy 3DRetro folks.
Adult Swim x Kidrobot Minis + Release Event at 3DRetro (4.28)
Believe it or not, it’s been just over 9 years since Kidrobot released their first Adult Swim minis back in ‘08. Fast forward to 2017, Adult Swim and Kidrobot have put their heads together for an all-new mini series featuring characters from your favorite AS shows including Samurai Jack, Rick & Morty, Venture Brothers, Fish Lab. Robot Chicken, Squidbillies, Too Many Cooks and Robot Unicorn Attack. The minis are the first wave of the upcoming [AS ] x KR capsule collection.
If you’re in LA, you can’t miss the launch event at 3Dretro on Friday, April 28th (6-10 PM). To make the drop super special, the creators of Rick and Morty--Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon--and Robot Chicken--Matt Senreich and Seth Green—will be signing for fans at the event.
Where the ‘08 minis had a for lack of a better term, a ‘mainstream’ design aesthetic, the new series features designs that fit seamlessly into Kidrobot’s universe—oversized heads on small, squat bodies. If you’re a fan of Adult Swim, there’s likely something or several somethings that’ll catch your eye. Me, I’m partial to the Samurai Jack designs. Though it would have been nice to see some Season 5 specific designs (bearded Jack!) since the new episodes were designed specifically for Adult Swim as opposed to the earlier ones which made it to the late-night block only as reruns.
Adult Swim x Kidrobot Mini Series Release Event
Friday, April 28th (6-10 PM)
1851 S Victory Blvd
Glendale, CA 91201
Mar 29, 2017
7th Annual Designer Toy Awards Nominations Now Open
So you might be thinking, wait Designer Toy Awards nominations in April ?!?! Yep, the 7th edition of the awards will take place on May 19th in conjunction with the brand-new Five Points Festival show co-curated by Clutter. So from here on out, reset your awards compass to May rather than October (NYCC) for the DTAs.
We encourage you to nominate all the toys, artists, stores, and more that made you happy, impressed you, or blew you away during 2016. Only products, folks and brands nominated during this public nomination phase (through April 7th at 3PM PST) have a chance to be chosen as finalists by the various nominating committees. If you are the person that scratches your head at the list of finalists and wonders … “wait, where’s so-so?”, then this is your time :) Btw, looks like you’ll need to crate a DTA login before you can start your nominating frenzy. So, what are you waiting for? Go over to DesignerToyAwards.com and give props to the worthy folks that make collecting so enjoyable.
Huck Gee x Clutter -- ‘SKLFKR’ Ready to Dominate at 20”
As a perk for winning the Artist of the Year DTA in 2015, Huck Gee received a sponsorship to work with the 3D wizards at Cubo The result is 20 inches of walking death also known as SKLFKR--render shown above does not represent final colors--a collaboration with Clutter. Part menacing, part kawaii, part giant robot and part Robotech, SKLFKR is pure Huck at his genre-busting best. This beast was digitally sculpted and rendered before the master part was 3D-printed with special gaskets for seven points of articulated fun. The production SKLFKRs will be cast in resin and assembled at Clutter HQ.
While Clutter has yet to announce release plans, they will be giving away the first production pull, hand-embellished by Huck himself, to one lucky winner of this contest sponsored by the Five Points Festival. To enter, complete various easy tasks such as visiting the festival’s fb page, Huck’s fb page, and so on.
Mar 28, 2017
Hyperactive Monkey – Wondercon 2017 Exclusive Releases
Hyperactive Monkey has a bevy of goodies available for you this weekend during Wondercon in Anaheim. First up is his “Water” Edition Pocket Master figure. This amazing translucent blue resin is limited to only 10 pieces and will retail $65 a piece. Grow your Monkey Kung Fu Master army with this lovely addition!
Also available at the Hyperactive Monkey booth is the new “Solar” Edition Mechannita, The Monkey Mech Girl. This radiant yellow vinyl release is limited to only 50 pieces and comes with a mini-print for $10. You can find all this greatness at booth #2054 all weekend long at Wondercon.
The Toy Chronicle Presents: CUSTOMANIA @ ToyConUK (04.19-20)
The Toy Chronicle will be bringing a spectacle of a custom show to this years ToyConUK. They are happy to announce CUSTOMANIA, which includes a roster of amazing artists following a Wrestling theme. This show will feature customs on all sorts of platforms from:
Forces of Dorkness, ibreaktoys, Rudy Ramirez, Czee Toys, Tasha Zimich, Uncle Studio, Eyehart Toys, Jeremy Dale, Angry Hedgehog, Inprimewetrust, The Bots, RYCA, Infected Resin Toy, Jaykblu, JFury, Playful Gorilla, Taylored Curiosities, Cult Mini Figures, Gino Cruz, Blue Frog World, Molly Bolder, Ian Hancox, David Stevenson, Uncle Absinthe, Redd Prime, Wetworks, Geistwulf, Sergio Mancini, Zard Apuya, Chaingun, RXSE7EN, Josh Mayhem, Watch Parts Motorcycle, Naptime Noah, Zipper Rabbit, Darren Clegg, Tomodachi Island, Graphix Chick, Flat Bonnie, Run DMB, Fantastisch, Mr Mars Studios, Emilio Subira, Fluke Graf, Robotic Industries, Mjolnir Studio, Kerry Dyer, Cat Atomic and Bad Leprechaun.
The show will take place during ToyConUK from April 29th to the 30th. The amazing poster was created by Bad Leprechaun. Can you name all of the famous wrestlers?
Jason Freeny x Mighty Jaxx – Daisy Skull Bomb (4.1)
The stylish and arresting Daisy Skull Bomb from Jason Freeny and Mighty Jaxx drops on Saturday (4.1), yes, April Fool’s Day and will only be available for 24 hours starting at 7AM PST from Mighty Jaxx. The latest version of the Skull Bomb is clear-cast with embedded Daisy flowers. Collectors who purchase the Daisy Skull Bomb will be enrolled into the Mighty Jaxx: Unlawful Assembly membership which will include a year of exclusive product catalogs, pre-purchase perks, surprises and more.
Jon-Paul Kaiser x J*RYU – Dauntless at Woot Bear (4.1)
Fresh off their sharp Skullhead Samurai custom collaboration, Jon-Paul Kaiser and J*RYU will present a brand-new collaborative project, Dauntless, at Woot Bear this Saturday (4.1). There isn’t much to go on in the way of details, but both the flier and the press release described the project as a “tale”, so perhaps we’re looking a book, illustrated story or media-style endeavor? Or perhaps “tale” refers to an overarching story that ties multiple works together. At any rate, color us very curious.
Saturday, April 1st 2017 (6-9 PM)
1519 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA
Playge – Young Gohst Pins – Blue/White and Black/Silver
Ferg has just dropped a pai r of new Young Gohst Pins. You can choose between a Blue/White design or a Black/Silver one, or better yet pick up both. Each is limited to 50 pieces and is available for $15 (+ s/h) from the Playge store.
Mar 25, 2017
Cacooca x Mighty Jaxx – Panda Ink: Marathon
Mighty Jaxx just released the second figure in their Panda Ink series by Cacooca. Marathaon sees Panda pushing himself to master the 26-mile feat of endurance and will. Featuring the series’ signature hand-drawn style (“Ink”), Panda churns through the miles in turquoise blue kicks and matching headband. The 4” PVC figure is available for pre-order for $30 (+ s/h) from Mighty Jaxx. There’s also still time to pick up the debut figure, Hike. Both are slated to ship in Q2 2017. Go get yourself some ink.
Mar 24, 2017
Ron English x ToyQube – 4.75” Boxing Brain Series 1
ToyQube has fleshed out its line of smaller Boxing Brain vinyl figures from Ron English. Series 1 now features several editions: Red, Clear, Silver and Gold. These smaller Boxing Brain vinyls were originally released in the debut red at DesignerCon 2016. The Clear, Silver and Gold are new additions to the line. Both the Red and Clear are available in both right-handed and left-handed versions, while the Silver is left-handed and the Gold is right-handed. Pick up the 4.75” Vinyl Boxing Brains from ToyQube for $25 each ($100).
Joe Ledbetter x Kidrobot – Pelican’t
Kidrobot has released Joe Ledbetter’s fishing-challenged Pelican’t in both the regular edition and their exclusive Arctic edition. The bird with the leaky beak is the first release from Joe’s Outsiders collection with the mini-series coming later this year. The Arctic edition is available exclusively from Kidrobot.com regular edition is available for from various retailers including myplasticheart, rotofugi and Kidrobot.com.
At the time of this posting on Friday evening, Kidrobot.com is listing both the regular and exclusive editions for $100 each – rather than what we believe to be a $74.95 msrp, at least for the regular edition. This appears to be a pricing glitch, fyi.
Toyqube Signature Series: Sharktoof Cigarette Pack (12”)
Toyqube has just released the latest art collectible from its Signature Series, the Sharktoof Cigarette Pack (12”). The new resin sculpture confronts the audience with their own guilty pleasure. The black and orange design features the street artist’s signature shark emblem on the front of the pack in 2.5D relief and his debossed signature on the removable ‘cigarette’ which can be displayed separately or put into the pack. Limited to 100 pieces, this Sharktoof piece comes in a die-cut gift box with the artist’s logo and is available now from Toyqube for $145 (+ s/h).
Amanda Visell + Michelle Valigura – Beetlejuice and Heathers Arcade Sets
Amanda Visell and Michelle Valigura are once again making a trip back down memory lane via their very own special arcade. For the new releases—based on Beetlejuice and Heathers—a mini Winona Ryder follows in the footsteps of Princess Leia as the heroine. Lydia’s Trouble with The Living lets collectors relive Tim Burton’s classic movie from Winona’s character’s perspective. Revisiting the late 90’s, Veronica’s Heathers features Amanda’s take on the tale of the trio of Heathers. Each of these hand-painted arcade sets is limited to just 5 sets and available for pre-order now for $250 each (+ s/h).
Mar 23, 2017
Preview: Skullhead Samurai Show (3.24)
Pobber will present the Skullhead Samurai Custom Show (official show page) featuring the Jon-Paul Kaiser x Huck Gee figure at Flabslab in Singapore on Friday (3.24) at 7 PM – so in a few hours. From the numerous previous we’ve seen so far, this one is set to be an impressive show with high quality work throughout. The artists seem to have really enjoyed customizing the toy, and who can blame ‘em ? Samurais rule. From different treatments on the armor to different character faces, there’s plenty of design room while still keeping the sculpt largely intact.
While there are many highlight pieces, we’re really enjoying the JPK x J*RYU collab, I Revere our Ancestor’s Strength/Through Them I Smite Our Enemies diorama style 2-figure piece featuring JRYU’s custom Samurai, with signature JPK paint.
The artist roster includes: 13 Art, 2Petalrose, Banana Virus, Brent Nolasco, Cacooca, Candie Bolton, Caramelaw, Carson Catlin, Egg Fiasco, Fakir, Flabslab, Frank Montano, HX Studio, Ink Visuals, J*RYU, Jan Calleja, Jenn & Tony Bot, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Josh Mayhem, KumKum, Le Kuo, Quiccs, Richard Page, RXSeven, Scott Tolleson, Shonside, Trigger Desigm, twelveDot, Watchparts and Wetworks.
Mar 22, 2017
Super7 Presents: Kenth Toy Works Space Night Connel Custom Show (03.25)
Join Super7 this Saturday, March 25th at 7PM for the opening reception of Kenth Toy Works Space Night Connel Custom show. The Space Night Connel figure was Inspired by the one and only Connel Little. This show will feature customs by Dski One, Paul Kaiju, Skinner and Joseph Harmon and artwork by Evildave, Scottyg68, nownownow66 and Super7’s very own Josh Herbolsheimer. This will all be taking place at Super7’s San Francisco location, where drinks and donuts will be provided!
Super7 San Francisco
3253 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Aloha! Lolligag Release + Custom Show at QPop (3.25)
Bombastic Fantastic will celebrate their brand new Aloha! Lolligag vinyl at QPop in DTLA on Saturday (3.25) with a release event + custom show featuring the kawaii hula dancer. Limited to 125 pieces, the 5” figure features a dynamic design that captures the grace of hula.
The Aloha! Lolligag custom show features a talented artist roster including: 64 Colors, Alina Chau, Aron Jean Shay, Baby Vtec, Brandon Dicks, Carson Catlin, Cat Toung Bui, Chris Mitchell, Devilrobots, Evon Freeman, Gabbie Zapata, Grace Kim, Hyperactive Monkey, Jackie Cadiente, Jackie Huang, Jane Liu, Jason Hornbuckle, Jeff Granito, Jeff Ranjo, Jeremiah Ketner, Jhonny Nunez, Joey Chou, Kamakiri, Leesassaur, Lissa Treiman, Magen Mitchell, Messy Pink, Miss Mindy, Mizna Wada, MJ Hsu, Monster Factory, Obscure, Onch Movement, Paul Shih, Riser, Riyoko Iwamoto, Stacey Aoyama, Special Ed Toys, Sylvia Liu, Tasha Zimich, Task One, Touma, Toy Art Custom, Uamou, Zachary Sweets and Zard Apuya.
Hit the jump for preview pics.
Aloha! Lolligag Release + Custom Show
Opening: Saturday March 25th 2017 (7 to 10 PM)
319 E. 2nd St. #121
Los Angeles, CA
myplasticheart Presents ‘Furmutation’ Group Plush Show (4.7)
The next generation of ‘fiber’ creatures are evolving, blossoming, and in some cases, scampering about. For the best vantage point, head on over to myplasticheart for the opening of Furmutation on Friday, April 7th. The group show will feature plush creations (or for the enlightened, ‘fiber’) from a powerful trio – Horrible Adorables, Mariangela Tan (plushPLAY), and Justin Alan Volpe (POPprolific). If you’re in or around NYC, go and check out the collectible, soft-to-the-touch flora+fauna.
Opening: Friday April 7th 2017 (7-10 PM)
210 Forsyth Street
New York City, 10002
Huck Gee – Gold Life Prints Available Now
If you just received your Gold Life figures by Huck Gee and Mighty Jaxx, you may want to compliment them with these awesome prints by Huck. Limited to only 50 pieces each, the new Raku Night, Raku Day and Soul Collector prints can be found on Huck’s website HERE for $20 each. They all come signed and numbered by Huck and measures 7” x 7” on archival quality watercolor paper.
Flat Bonnie – BunEwok Plush and Pin Release at Wondercon
Flat Bonnie is happy for the return of her BunEwok Plush at this years Wondercon. Not only will the very popular Flat Bonnie in cosplay be available, but there will also be a enamel pin version available as well. You will find both, as well as other goodies available at their booth #2130. The BunEwok Enamel pin measures 1.25” and will retail $10 a piece. The BunEwok Plush stands 12” tall and will retail $45. If you are unable to attend this years Wondercon and really want these in your collection, you can find them available HERE for pre-order.
Otto Björnik – Bai Lan the Unyielding (3.31)
Up next for Otto Björnik is Bai Lan the Unyielding. The new resin figure is the female follow-up and former sweetheart of his popular Bai Chu jumping ghost figure. Clad in a robe and ceremonial angled hat, blood-orange in hand, she seeks to free Bai Chu from his evil affliction. The debut edition features a yellow with orange accents design. Limited to 30 pcs, Bai Lan stands 5.5” tall and will be released as a pre-order over on Otto’s web shop on March 31st for $125 (+ s/h). To be sure you get your very own Bai Lan, you can also hit up the artist directly ([email protected]).
For more on Bai Lan, hit the jump for her story and quest to help Bai Chu.
Mar 20, 2017
Marsham Toy Hour – Season 2 Episode 1: Designers and Dragons
This weeks episode of Marsham Toy Hour is most definitely one of their most interesting ones yet, as they’ve added a fun and hopefully re-occurring game at the end. Another reason why this is a good one is because I am once again joining in on the conversation. They got on the topic of sketching, early days of collecting and George’s newest segment, “Why the #@$% Does this Exist?”. Be sure to catch up and stay tuned at the end for their very first segment of Designers and Dragons.
Mar 17, 2017
Aaron ‘Woes’ Martin x Silent Stage Gallery – Honey King III Mini (3.22)
Next up from Aaron ‘Woes’ Martin is the sweet Honey Panda King III Mini. The new edition follows the recently released Pele and Pacific Blue PK3s. The Honey King Mini stands 4” tall and is limited to 100 signed and numbered pieces. Honey PK3 drops on Wednesday (3.22) at 11 AM PDT directly from Silent Stage for $59.99 (+ s/h).
Mark Nagata x Corner12 – Dunnys in Space
The good folks at Corner 12 have released Mark Nagata’s custom 3” Dunnys in Space on their webshop for $200 each. The first of C12’s ‘The 12’s’ releases, each of the twelve Space Dunnys feature a gorgeously cosmic paint job from Nagata-san, each slightly different from it’s siblings. Look for addition C12 custom drops shortly, presumably in editions of 12.