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Aug 18, 2017

Huck Gee Steps Away From Art Toys

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Huck Gee has announced that he’s closing his toy studio and is seeking a new adventure in the wide world of design.  We’re pretty sure he’ll land on his feet quickly.  We all know the art toy game isn’t quite what it used to be—rather large understatement—and Huck while extremely popular, wasn’t getting ahead and didn’t feel like he could keep going with a family to look out for.  If you haven’t already, take a few minutes to read his thoughts on the close of his toy journey.

It’s a sad day, Huck is one of the legends of the Art Toy scene and has been almost larger than life for me and many, many collectors for as long as I can remember.  And perhaps more importantly, he’s always been down to earth, ready with a wide smile, and extremely generous.   

On the toy side of things—rather bittersweet at the moment—Huck has an *awesome* Robotech project with BAIT.  We’re really excited to see that bad boy drop.  Pretty amazing that he went from his Livery Customs to a full blown licensed production toy, which apparently will become part of the official canon!

As for current projects, Gold Life will continue with Mighty Jaxx and plans are in the works to have Clutter oversee production of the Blanks.

Huck, here’s to finding a new path that brings you much deserved success and prosperity.   Thank you for all the joy and passion you’ve shared with all of us.

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Buff Monster – Chrome Mister Melty Set (8.16)

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Buff Monster is following up two previous Pink Chrome Mister Melty figures (3” and 5”), with the trifecta—a Chrome Mister Melty set featuring all three Mister Melty (3”) figures.  Featuring the classic and timeless chrome appeal, the set features the regular, zombie and two-faced toys complete with swanky velvet bags.  As with other drops, the two-faced is a combo resin (head) + sofubi (body) figure while the other two are 100% sofubi.  Very nice! Limited to just ten sets, these drop on Friday (8.16) at 7 AM PDT for $120 (+ s/h).

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Aug 17, 2017

James Groman x Toy Art Gallery – Brachiosaur (8.16)

 

 

 

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Aug 15, 2017

Marsham Toy Hour – S2 E7 with Seriously Silly K

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If you’re a sculptor/inspiring sculptor, you can pick up some good tips from this episode, as Marsham Toy Hour welcomes special guest SeriouslySillyK. Be forewarned, there is some adult content, so we suggest ear muffs for the kids! Besides all the fun they had, some conversations were had and we definitely think you should take a listen!

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Bubi Au Yeung x Fluffy House – Golden Treeson

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To celebrate 12 amazing years of Treeson, Bubi Au Yeung and Fluffy House are happy to release the Golden Treeson! This edition features our favorite woodland creature in an all gold colorway and features two of its eyes closed, but its third eye wide open! This release is limited to only 300 pieces and comes numbered and signed by Bubi Au Yeung. The vinyl Treeson measures 5” tall and features articulation in both arms with tree branch accessory. You can find them available now HERE for $65 each.

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The Bots x UVD Toys – “Long Night Luna”

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The Bots and UVD Toys are happy to announce their special release of “Long Night Luna”. This new mono colorway stands 6.5” tall and 9.5” wide from the tip of the antlers. You can find them available NOW through the UVD webstore HERE at $60 a piece. Not only do you get this fine piece of art, but it also comes with a free Luna pin along with it too! Get them while they are available, as they are of a limited run!

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Greg “Craola” Simkins x Silent Stage Gallery – Beyond the Black Sea (8.16)

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It’s been a little less than year since Silent Stage Gallery released their impeccable Beyond the Sea resin sculpture in collaboration with LA-based painter Greg “Craola” Simkins.   The 21” piece faithfully presents Simkins’  surreal nautical adventure with the whale, the swan, and Pinocchio blending in to one another.

Now Silent Stage and Craola set sail once again for a follow-up.  Beyond the Black Sea is cast in glossy black resin and brings perhaps a different mood to the unfolding story.  Limited to 35 pieces with signed COA, Beyond the Black Sea will be released on Wednesday August 16th 2017 at 11 AM PDT for $1999.99 (+ s/h) directly from Silent Stage.

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Aug 14, 2017

Kevin Nam – Gacha Tops

Kevin Nam has carved out his own niche in the art toy world with his clever Rock, Paper, Scissors spinning tops.  Over the past 2.5 years he’s released several resin iterations of his original concept.  Now, he’s back with Gacha Tops.  Named after the popular Japanese Gashapon capsule toys, each of the new 3d-printed tops—a first for Kevin’s tops—features one of three animal-based designs (Snake Ninja, Dog Miner, and Octopus Pirate) in one of three colors and is  packaged in a translucent capsule.  These new open-edition Gacha Tops are available now from Kevin’s new Pocket Plastic brand for just $7 each or $18 for a three-pack.  

If you’re curious about how Kevin created his new 3d-printed tops, check out the making-of video below.

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Ron English x Blackbook Toy – Mousemask Murphy in Airplane Shadow (8.15)

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Look out! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s actually Shadow Mousemask Murphy in Airplane (6”) from Ron English and Blackbook ToyThe second to last colorway of this veteran flyboy is bound to be a stealthy classic featuring matte black eyes and gunmetal gray accents on black sofubi.   Beyond the standard Shadow design, this release also features a blingy variant with gunmetal eyes and gold lens rims. 

The Shadow Mousemask Murphy drops on Tuesday, August 15th at 8 AM PDT from Blackbook Toy for 13500 yen (~$123) + s/h.  While you can’t choose which variant you receive, purchasing two figures ensures that you will receive one of each.

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Aug 13, 2017

Seri Norica - Kaiju Icey Debuts at TTF 2017

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Japanese artist Seri Norica will release an exclusive edition of her as yet-unreleased  Kaiju Icey sofubi—her first art toy—at Taipei Toy Festival 2017 (10.7 – 10.10) at the Touma Trooper Creative booths. Super Kawaii with just a touch of sadness—dig the expression and the little hands.   Inspired by the popular Japanese soda with the marble-in-the-bottle dispenser, the exclusive Raumune edition (50 pieces) is cast in light blue with a pale pink ‘cone’.   After TTF, the figure will be released online sometime in December.  The triple scoop shot above features the Ramune edition plus what we believe are tests of upcoming flavors.

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Luke Chueh x Munky King -- Grief Encounters Exclusive Rewards: Prisoner Kuma XL & Possessed Chrome

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The Grief Encounters Kickstarterfunding five initial short animations inspired and expanding on Luke Chueh’s paintings is in the final stretch and ends on Sunday, 8.20 at Midnight PDT just a week to go.  In return for helping Luke, Munky King and director Stu Gamble realize their animated vision, you dear collector can come away with several Kickstarter exclusive toys.

In addition to the previously mentioned Black (as my soul) 10th Anniversary Possessed, MK has just pulled back the curtain on two tempting toys. First up is the Prisoner Kuma Kush XL ($300 reward level) which is the first of the larger 6” Prisoner resins inspired by the popular ‘herb’ strain.  And if you’re looking for something truly head turning, there’s the blingtastic Possessed Chrome ($750 reward level, 20 pieces maximum) which starts with the upcoming 10th Anniversary Possessed vinyl and turns it into a collection centerpiece via the magic of chrome—shiny silver chrome on the bear and wicked red chrome on the devil.

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Aug 12, 2017

Last Zectron x Retroband – Deadly Delivery Returns (8.12)

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Deadly Delivery is back after a deep sleep.  Zectron and Retroband’s clever retro-tinged project is an homage to the tiny toys that made children deliriously happy back in the day--from  the tiny yet awesome toys that sold countless boxes of sugary cereal to the plastic wonders hawked in teeny, tiny ads in comic books.  

Your next ‘killer mail day’ awaits with two new drops set for Saturday (8.12) at 10 AM PDT from the Deadly Delivery web shop.   Drop one is the first coming of a gnarly soul-stealing troll ($25) from Retroband cast in grey resin complete with removable, deadly dagger.  The troll is backed up by a bubble gum-hued colorway of Zectron’s Necronomicon Pocket Edition ($20) inspired by HP Lovecraft’s Book of the Dead.  Go get ‘em and then wait patiently by the door for your box of treasure to arrive.  Here’s hoping the guys can get back to a regular schedule again, maybe even back to the envisioned monthly drops.

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Aug 11, 2017

Bubi Au Yeung x Fluffy House – Golden Treeson

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Bubi Au Yeung is celebrating the 12th Anniversary of her beloved Treeson with a special Golden Treeson vinyl created with  Fluffy House.  The figure features a zenful, inward looking, eyes shut design with a wide-open “third eye”.  Limited to 300 pieces, the 5” edition comes in a shiny box signed by the artist and is available now direct from Fluffy House for $65 (+ s/h).

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Buff Monster – Fruity Pebbles Concrete Mister Melty + New Patches (8.11)

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The master of all things pink is back with three new Mister Melty releases set for this Friday (8.11) at 7 AM PDT over at StayMelty.comBuff Monster continues his love affair with concrete with the new 5” Fruity Pebbles Concrete Mister Melty ($125 + s/h) with a bit of a twist—timed release.  That’s right, he will make as many of these rainbow-hued, speckled, and spattered bad boys as are ordered between Friday at 7 AM PDT through Sunday at 9 PM PDT.  Each will be hand-painted by Buff, signed (initials) and sent your way in a few weeks.  Based on promo pics, it looks like each one may vary slightly but feature the same overall color scheme/aesthetic.

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If you like patches, Buff has you covered with two new Mister Melty head patches—a pink + green two-face as well as a starbust one.  These follow the OG teal design and are $8.95 (+ s/h).

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Aug 10, 2017

Martin Ontiveros x Toy Art Gallery – Satanic Spaceman Glampyre Lottery (8.11-8.14)

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The Glampyre  from Martin Ontiveros and Toy Art Gallery is back and in rare form.  The Satanic Spaceman Glampyre features a futuristic ‘metal’ design hand painted by Martin himself in purple, black, and silver—way cool.  The Satanic Spaceman will be offered via lottery for $150 (+ s/h) from Noon PDT on Friday (8.11) through Noon on Monday (8.14). To enter drop a line to sales@toyartgallery.com with ‘Glamypre Lottery’ as the subject and be sure to mention your paypal address and shipping info.  Best of luck!

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Aug 09, 2017

Amanda Visell – Wolverine Resin Releases!

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Hey Bub! You’re going to want to check out Amanda’s latest webstore release! She has everyone’s favorite X-Men Wolverine in both Logan Edition (10 PCS) and Wolverine in the classic suit (25 PCS). Both figures measure roughly 7” tall and retail $135 each. These can be found available through the My Switcheroo shop now! These figures are both hand-sculpted, hand-painted and hand-cast!

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Matt Gondek x ToyQube – “Deconstructed Mouse” (08.15)

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The release date is finally set for Matt Gondek x ToyQube’s “Deconstructed Mouse” figure (LAST SEEN HERE). On Tuesday, August 15th, ToyQube will be dropping their latest designer vinyl toy at 11AM EST. They really hit it out of the park with this one. The artwork translated very well from 2D to 3D. This run will be limited to 300 pieces, which are hand numbered and features a removable face. This mouse measures 10.5 x 8 x 8 and will retail $180. Estimated shipping will be October of this year!

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Clogtwo x Mighty Jaxx--Toshi Neko: Kweeny (8.12)

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Next up in the Toshi Neko vinyl series from grafftiti  artist/illustrator Clogtwo and Mighty Jaxx  is Kweeny—queen of the street and alley. Drawn from the artist and Mighty Jaxx founder Jackson Aw’s love of their cats, each character in the series features a different feline breed.  While not officially announced, Kweeny might  be an American Shorthair and follows Alleykat the Singapura cat.  

Kweeny (4”) will drop on Saturday August 12th direct from Mighty Jaxx.  While no price has been announced, the previously released Alleykat is currently available for $40. For more info on the genesis of Toshi Neko, head on over to Mighty Jaxx’s interview with Clogtwo.

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Aug 08, 2017

Toy Geeks Behind The Counter Ep. 30: Kirk R. Thatcher

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Toy Geeks Behind the Counter Ep. 30 featuring a special guest—writer/director/producer Kirk R. Thatcher is up and ready for your streaming pleasure.  While Kirk has worked on numerous high-profile projects, he’s best known for his work writing and directing the Muppets.  In between chatting with Kirk about his movie adventures, Ben, Jack V. and fill-in host Jack M. review several toys including a Muppets Select Action Figure set.   Watch it below or on the Toy Geeks Youtube channel.

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Aug 06, 2017

Fools Paradise – Luke, I Am Your Father

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Fools Paradise weighs in on the  balance between the dark and the light with Luke, I Am Your Father.  This fun playground revision of the cosmic struggle tips things heavily in Jelly Luke’s favor (flocked!)  with his treat-fueled see saw prowess.  A diminutive, lightweight (and masked) Vader is seemingly outmatched as the script on the base makes clear—‘So hard to go to the Dark Side’. The reverse side chimes in on the light-hearted fun, tongue-in-cheek, with ‘You must have been kissing a fool’. 

The latest in a long run of childhood-themed pieces shines with visual flourishes and style throughout from the contrasting character sculpts to the fancy script, sweet gradients and numerous paint details that eclipse ‘good enough’.

Limited to 289 pieces, the mixed media see saw battle (Vinyl, PVC, ABS, Resin) is available for pre-order now for $255 (+ $30 global shipping) directly from Fools Paradise.

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Aug 05, 2017

Paul Jackson x Mighty Jaxx – Darwins Revenge (8.5)

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Mighty Jaxx just released Darwins Revenge, a clever polystone figure from artist Paul Jackson (6”, 100 pcs, $120).  It’s available directly from the Mighty Jaxx web shop.  Based on his 2016 Pearl Jam concert poster (below for reference), the black and gold ape head conceals a secret plot evolving within.  Held in place by magnets, the Ape’s face can be removed to reveal Charles Darwin piloting what we know realize is in actuality an Ape Spaceship! The concept slots nicely into Jackson’s Revenge series of illustrations featuring famous personalities piloting animal-shaped ships in cockpits filled with all manners of gears, switches, and instruments.  Ace stuff!

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Aug 04, 2017

Amanda Visell x Michelle Valigura – GID Poopasus

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What’s flies, is just a bit stinky and not afraid of the dark?  The glow-in-the-dark Poopasus, of course!  From the creative (twisted?) minds and hands of Amanda Visell and Michelle Valigura, the new edition is cast in GID resin with a cool palette of blues and greens which compliment the light milky green GID color. Limited to 15 pieces, the GID Poopasus (and rider) is available now directly from Switcheroo for $90 (+s/h).  These will ship out in ~ 2-3 weeks.

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Aug 03, 2017

Tim Clarke x Toy Art Gallery – Baby Blue Totims (8.4)

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Tim Clarke’s Totims are back for more mix and match, stackable fun.  Toy Art Gallery will release the new unpainted Baby Blue Totims set on Friday (8.5) at 12 PM PDT for $65 (+ s/h) from the TAG web shop.  Each set features five main pieces: 2 tops, two interchangeable middle sections, and a bottom.   It also includes two clever connector pieces to join the sections together.  Beyond the ability to reorder the stack, each of the sections is two-sided with different designs on each side.

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Candie Bolton x Piece of Art Toys -- Randalu


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RandaluCandie Bolton and Piece of Art Toys’ Red Panda guardian protects the cute little animals which resemble foxes.  The debut edition of the 5” soft vinyl beast features Bolton’s popular rainbow color scheme.  Randalu appears to feature four points of articulation which lets it strike a pose and even sit if so inclined. 

Randalu is available for pre-order at myplasticheart for $69.99 (+ s/h) with a late August delivery. It’s also available from Hong Kong based Play Toy for HK$380 (+ s/h).

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Jim McKenzie x ToyQube – Beneath the Harvest: Pumpkin Crab (8.8)

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ToyQube  is continuing its collaboration with Jim McKenzie with their second joint figure, Beneath the Harvest-Pumpkin Crab.    First seen as an unpainted proto at the Five Points Festival back in May, the figure features a wild design blending a triple stack of pumpkins with a large crab lurking within. Previously released by the artist as a low-run resin, Pumpkin Crab returns in this detailed vinyl figure and follows the recent release of his popular The Scarecrow figure with TQ. 

The first colorway  of the 10.5” vinyl art toy brings us a blue crab—two claws and six legs—poking out of and peering through Autumn’s harvest of orange and purple striped pumpkins. Limited to 180 pieces, Pumpkin Crab will be available for pre-order on Tuesday August 8th 2017 at 8 AM PDT from ToyQube for $145 (free USA shipping). 

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