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May 31, 2017

Hands in Factory – Spade Handmade Running Horns (6.2)

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Hands in Factory is about to release their new Spade Running Horns figure in a low-run (20 pieces), hand-made edition.  Spade is ready to run in style with red Kangol, stylish gear, and fashionable specs. Don’t mess with him – check those… horns!  This deluxe figure drops on Friday (6.2) at 3 AM PDT from The Hands in Factory web shop.

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Vessels Group Show at Munky King (6.2)

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Munky King will present Vessels, a one-night only lifestyle/home decor show, on Friday (6.2) at 7 PM at their HQ in LA.  If you’re looking for a planter or plate or bowl with artistic flair, you need to come and check out pieces by Michelle Valigura, Dave Bondi, Jen Kuroki, Kozy Kitchens, Bill McMullen, Lap Ngo, Satori Designs, Ness Lee, Melanie Abratnes Designs and more.

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Vessels
Friday, June 2 2017 at 7 PM

Munky King
5702 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019

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Jason Freeny x Mighty Jaxx – XXRAY Foo Dogs (6.3)

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For centuries, the Imperial Guardian Lions have stood watch over Chinese emperors, dignitaries, and the upper echelons of society.  Jason Freeny and Mighty Jaxx have given the XXRAY treatment to these mystical symbols, commonly referred to as ‘Foo Dogs’.  The XXRAY Foo Dogs (8”) set features the female guardian (yin) with a paw atop a cub on its back and the male (yang) with a paw on top of a ball (world).  The Foo Dog sculpts offer the traditional aesthetic and a modified XXRAY effect with the anatomical dissection reserved to the skull, leg and paw.  The patina style finish (green + bronze) evokes the ancient power within these proud beasts.

Limited to 100 sets, the XXRAY Foo Dogs will be available for pre-order on Saturday (6.3) from Mighty Jaxx for $250 + s/h per set.

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Splurrt x Toy Art Gallery – Cadaver Ball s Blind Bag Series (6.2)

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It’s been quite awhile since Splurrt’s Cadaver Balls spun their own brand of swappable dead head fun. While we won’t swear on it, it looks like we haven’t seen a new release of the 3” sofubi + 4 swappable heads  since the OG green edition back in June of 2015.  unnamed (1) Thankfully the wait is over in a big way.  Toy Art Gallery get the balls rolling again with the Cadaver Balls Blind Bag series dropping this Friday (6.2) at 12 PM PDT for $70 + s/h per set from the TAG web shop.  The new series features four standard color editions—Red, Yellow, Purple and Salmon Pink—plus a chase GID edition.  You’ll be able to purchase up to four sets in an attempt to collect ‘em all.

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Ron English – Richie Trump at SDCC

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Ron English’s recent East Meets West tour was full of exciting news from the life-sized statues (and their subsequent removal) to the numerous new figures including the Black Light Cereal Killer minis. It was also where Ron revealed the upcoming new Richie Trump soft vinyl figure.  Ron’s latest political Popaganda cast a sarcastic take on President Trump’s less than self-made beginnings and features the artist’s signature ‘grin’. Look for this one at San Diego Comic-Con (7.20 – 7.23).

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Amanda Visell x Michelle Valigura – Black Rabbit Alice and Fang Chesire Cat

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Once more down the rabbit-hole.  Amanda Visell and Michelle Valigura return to Wonderland with two new resin sets.  Black Rabbit Alice (25 pcs, $90 + s/h) features a 4” Alice accompanied by a now Black Rabbit. Chesire fans will want to pick up the new Fang Chesire Cat and Alice set featuring a menacing cat (3.75”) cast in red translucent resin with glitter (35 pcs, $90 + s/h).  Both can be yours right now from Switcheroo.

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Tetsunori Tawaraya x Unbox Industries – Mr. Rotten Donuts (6.3)

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There’s a good chance you’ve seen the pics of the upcoming Mr. Rotten Donuts toy from Japanese artist Tetsunori Tawaraya and Unbox as its wound its way through development and production.  Born in a comic book and then featured on the cover of Thee Oh Sees’ Mutilator Defeated at Last album, the faceless and tubular Mr. Rotten Donuts confronts the unknown with his trippy sidearm.  So now, you’re asking when?  Saturday (6.3) at 7:30 AM PDT from the Unbox shop. Unbox will release both  the Unmasked version which features pink + green deco with a wide-open/screaming face and the Spiked version which offers the spiky (masked?)  head in a mono color treatment.  Set your alarm clocks boys and girls!

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May 30, 2017

Michael Skattum – Alien Lazer (Gums Edition) (05.06)

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Michael Skattum will soon be releasing the “Gums” edition of his Alien Lazer figure in collaboration with Gums Production. Green being Gums’ favorite color, they decided to go with this amazing color scheme. This release will be available through the Gumsproductions webstore HERE on Monday, June 5th for $85 Shipped (North America).

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Gary Ham’s Five Points Festival Leftovers Available Now!

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If you weren’t able to attend Five Points Festival and wanted to score some Gary Ham goods, now is your chance (sorry Woopers all gone). He has available his new Logan figure, which was a collaboration with Bryan Brutherford and hand pulled from a rotocasted mold at the event. Grab one now in white, blue or orange for $30, as the mold has been destroyed and we will never see them again! For your couch, grab yourself a Wooper Looper pillow by Lana Crooks for $55. Last up, snag yourself a Five Points Festival Pennant to make your office or room feel like 5PF all year round!

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Marsham Toy Hour – Five Points Festival Recap

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Marsham Toy Hour is back after a little break, as Gary Ham was attending/vending at Five Points Festival. We get the inside on the big event on the East Coast from a vendor, attendee and outsider, as we get to hear from a return guest Theresa Hawkins and of course Carlos East. On this episode, they also go through the Marsham DTA prediction pool and announce who got the most points!

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Kidrobot and Andy Warhol Foundation Add To Their Capsule Collection

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Kidrobot has teamed up with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to add even more to their Andy Warhol Capsule collection with two new pieces, The Invisible Sculpture and the Andy Warhol Polaroid Series.

The Invisible Sculpture is inspired by his performance in the New York Downtown Nightclub area, where he briefly stood on a  pedestal in the nightclub, which was done to show that the absence of a person or thing could be considered art. Kidrobot takes the concept up a notch be creating this diorama. The Invisible Sculpture is available HERE for $225.

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Next up is a collaboration with Polaroid, which features a set of 11 reproductions of Andy’s Polaroid photos. Those include a number of his selfies and intimidate objects. Those can also be found available HERE.

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Frank Kozik x Kidrobot Will Soon Be Selling ‘Free Hugs’

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Free Hugs!  Frank Kozik has pulled back the curtain on his upcoming gnarly bear figure.  The sarcastically named new figure bears more than a passing resemblance to the previously released Poison Pup from TAG.  If you look beyond the creepy deco, the figure has a retro appeal and vibe that fit nicely with the faux-vintage packaging.

Frank showed off three different colorways of Free Hugs—Yellow + Green, Blue + White, and Black + Silver.  Three editions would be more than the norm for KR these days, but hopefully all three will be produced.  No word  yet on when this drops.

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Fools Paradise – “I Won’t Be A Robot, Lee” (6.6)

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Next up from Fools Paradise is the humorous I Won’t Be A Robot, Lee vinyl set  featuring Lowfool as a reluctant Iron Man relaxing alongside Stan Lee.  If you check the WIP and proto shots below, you’ll see that Iron Man is actually helping his creator prep a turkey Repulsor-style.  This is the second in the brand’s I Won’t Be A… series in which superheroes meet their creators and follows the somewhat enigmatic I Won’t Be a Hero, Tim.  I Won’t Be A Robot, Lee will be available for pre-order on June 6th 2017 direct from Fools Paradise. We’re looking forward to a full reveal of the final painted figure—look for an update with the full release details shortly.

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Awesome Toy – Mothman: Bat Beast of Kent via Medicom

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Super prolific Awesome Toy is back with another sofubi beast.  Mothman aka Bat Beast of Kent is the second UMA (Unidentified Mysterious Animal) and follows the OG UMA, Bigfoot.   The 9” figure features a fun and friendly appearance.  Medicom is taking pre-orders through 6.30.17 for this first edition which features a mono color scheme with shading-like accents that makes it feel like a graphite drawing sprung to life. In fact, I stared at these pics for quite awhile before deciding they were (likely) actual toy shots versus illustrations.   If you’re not in Japan, it’s available on the  Project 1/6 shop  on Rakuten for $97.37 (+ s/h). 

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Huck Gee – Cheeky Monkey and Skullhead 4” Blanks (5.31)

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Huck Gee is going big by shrinking his Blanks.  First up is the brand-new Cheeky Monkey Blank in a cubicle-friendly 4” form factor.  Cheeky? Yep—check his hands, he’s got a message for haters on both sides of the pond. It translates quickly and instantly from the middle finger in the USA to the two-fingered UK equivalent.  If one new 4” Blank is good, what’s better?  How about two? The shrink-it trend has also hit the classic Skullhead Blank which will be available in a new 4” edition.

Handmade in small batches in San Francisco, 100 pieces each of the new 4” resin Blanks will be available on Wednesday (5.31) at Noon PDT for a very affordable $30 each (+ s/h) from Huck’s web shop.

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May 29, 2017

Kyle Kirwan x Urban Vinyl Daily – Willo Plush Kickstarter

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Yes, the rumors are true.  Kyle Kirwan’s popular Willo character is about to make the jump from resin to soft, cuddly plush with a little help from friends, collectors, and fans.  Kyle has teamed up with Urban Vinyl Daily to make a plush Willo (12”) a reality.  After several rounds of intense prototyping, they’ve got the design locked in and now need to raise the funds to hit the ‘go’ button with the factory.  We had a chance to check out the proto in person at Five Points Festival.  It’s quite nice--good size, soft, and did we mention, adorable.  While it might not show up well in the pictures, the curly texture evokes the OG resin’s texture. 

That’s where you come in, dear collector!  The Willo Plush Kickstarter is up and running with numerous rewards including a pre-order Willo Plush for a fairly modest $30.  Or if you want to live it up, you can get the plush, magnet and pin for $45.  For those looking to gone one or a few steps beyond you can add in an exclusive mini bloom ($100), exclusive 5” bloom ($140), or exclusive resin willo ($275).  You can check out all the rewards on the ks page.

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Taku Obata x Unbox Industries – BBOY Ready for Production

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We first brought you images of the prototype of Japanese sculptor Taku Obata’s  BBOYvinyl back in December from Unbox’s Tokyo ComicCon booth.  At the time, artist and brand we’re working out final details including plans for considerable articulation.  Now, Unbox has posted a shot of the final approved design and announced that production is up next. 

Obata has captured imaginations with his giant, towering wood BBOY sculptures.  Now with some Unbox wizardry, his stylized urban creations will bring the ‘tut’ to shelves and desks worldwide.   We’ll be sure to keep you updated on release plans as the day approaches.

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Hebru Brantley x Silent Stage – Flyboy ‘Fry’ (7.15)

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Silent Stage’s ambitious collaboration with Hebru Brantley has almost reached the finish line.  Shown here in unpainted form, the 16” Fry sculpture features the artist’s Flyboy character bringing the heat to a  miniature foe.  The nicely posed sculpture captures the childhood innocence of Brantley’s infectious work.   Fry will be released in Los Angeles on July 15th – more details to come. We’re looking forward to seeing the finished, painted work.

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Compound x Ron English x Made By Monsters – Black Charlie Grin Final Edition (5.31)

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DJ Set Free’s Bronx-based Compound is set to release the final editions of the Charlie Grin 8” vinyls from frequent collaborators Ron English and Made by Monsters.  Available in black+gold and black+platinum, the Black Charlie Grins mark the 10th anniversary of the Grin line which began with the first Charlie Grin drop. These special editions feature adjustable ‘C’—Charlie—baseball caps.  Limited to 150 pieces of each edition, both Black Charlie Grins will be available for pre-order from The Compound on Wednesday (5.31) at 9 AM PDT for $250 each (+ s/h).  International orders will be accepted at Garageworks Industries.

In addition to the 8” vinyl editions, Compound is also offering 1:1 4 foot editions in black+gold and black+platinum – 10 total.  Contact them directly for inquiries.

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May 28, 2017

Six TwentyEight – Dreamy Blue & Pink Vanilla MITT (5.29)

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The adorable (and red hot) MITT is back in two new editions.  Six TwentyEight debuted both the Dreamy Blue and Pink Vanilla MITT Bumper Racer sofubi at DesignFesta this weekend in Tokyo.  If you love soft pastels, these are calling your name. Thankfully they’ve also lined up an online drop on Monday (5.29) at 5 AM PDT for $42 each (+ s/h) from their web shop for those that couldn’t make it to Tokyo to purchase in person.  As with all MITT releases, the bumper racing dog can be alternated between a standing and riding (seated) pose by swapping out the bottom piece.

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May 26, 2017

Medicom Toy Plus 1st Anniversary King Korpse (6.24)

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What’s this ?!? A glossy, jet black King Korpse?  Yup! Medicom will celeb rate the approaching one year anniversary of its Medicom Toy Plus location in Omotesando Hills, Tokyo by releasing this exclusive version of  James Groman and Instinctoy’s King Korpse.  The recent winner of the DTA Toy of The Year have never looked more bad ass.  The jet black edition will be released in-store on 6.24 and there will also be an online lottery (breathe…).  We’ll be sure to post details as they come. 

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Some Strange Things – Obskure Death is Punk

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Barcelona artist Marcos Lorenzo of Some Strange Things has just released his new Obskure Death is Punk (25 pcs, 6.7”) figures —initially released at ToyCon UK in April—over on his webshop for 100 Euros (~ $112) + s/h. While previous Obskure releases have featured a female face/torso inset into the bust style platform, this edition stands apart from the others with a 3D printed skull and skeletonDeath seduces you with her backside and brings things to an end with her cold gaze. As with the other releases, the details are impressive from the various metal accents including the throat choker to the diabolic-anarkist logo on the rear of the jacket.

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Codec Zombie -- Melting Cells (5.29)

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Codec Zombie continues his exploration of the dangers of nuclear power with his upcoming Melting Cells resin sculpture (9”) which is scheduled to drop on Monday, May 29th at 7 AM PDT from the artist’s web shop .  Where his previous Feeding Plants focused on the larger environmental effects of nuclear reactors, Melting Cells ratchets up the message by confronting the personal horrors of radiation exposure.

Beautifully sculpted, Melting Cells features a two-headed victim of fallout.  The nearly all-white piece is punctuated by bright red  deformations on the hands and across the heads.  As with Feeding Plants, the new piece  evokes a sense of reflective grace in the face of tragedy. It’s a beautiful portrait of a terrible circumstance.

Melting Cells will ship in custom packaging which includes a thermoformed clear plastic top featuring a block pattern inspired by the distinctive graphite-block design of the Soviet RBMK reactors (Chernobyl and others).  Limited to 15 pieces, this will be the first and only edition of Melting Cells. As with Feeding Plants, there will be no additional colorways.  The single edition approach is commendable and rather unusual.  It celebrates the artist’s original intent and enhances collectability.

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Kosrobot – Cosmos Cold and Tshiata Summer Drops

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Kosrobot recently released a new collection of figures to kick of Summer.  The bounty includes two new Cosmos Cold figures in Blaming Yellow and Blaming Orange (6” tall/1:12, 3 pts. articulation, $36 each + s/h).  He also has a brand-new Clear Blood Tsihata as well as re-releases of the Black ‘n White and Negative editions of the 4.4” (1:24) figures—each for $17 + s/h).  These are available directly from the artist from the Kosrobot web shop

In less than two years, Kosrobot has created an impressive lineup of well-executed original figures, each offering a distinct experience.  We’re looking forward to what’s next.

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May 25, 2017

Jason Freeny x Mighty Jaxx – DC Golden Age XXRAY (5.27)

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Mighty Jaxx, Jason Freeny and DC are going retro for the next XXRAY collection.  The DC Golden Age XXRAY figures feature the OG appearance/uniforms of The Flash, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman and Green Lantern as seen in the original comics published during the Golden Age time period of comics (late 1930’s to early 50’s). While each of these look sharp, it’s fun to see the distinctly different original appearance of the Flash with hard-hat style helmet and the Green Lantern with a rather sorcerer-like vibe.

The DC Golden Age XXRAY toys drop this Saturday (5.27) for pre-order at 7 AM PDT from Mighty Jaxx.

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