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Feb 28, 2018

Reina Koyano x 3DRetro – Air Mag Girl Release Party (3.3)

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3DRetro is stocking the shelves, lining up the food trucks, a nd tidying up the counter for the release of Reina Koyano’s Air Mag Girl  on Saturday (3.3, 6 PM) at their Glendale location. Inspired by the crazy Back To The Future kicks, the vinyl bust (7”, $100) brings all the detail and style of Reina’s popular print to your shelf. As with all of her Sole Fatale designs, Air Mag Girl is rockin’ an Air Mag-inspired outfit from head-to-toe from fresh, stylized headgear down through her jacket and tight, textured body suit.  Beyond the toy itself, the clever shoe-box style packaging is on point.  Opening the box via the swanky magnetic latch reveals the figure nestled in shaped foam which puts the standard plastic blisters to shame.

If you’re a Sole Fatale fan or just appreciate beautiful women and sharp kicks, come on out to the release on Saturday at 3Dretro starting at 6 PM. Reina will be there signing the toy. She’ll also have several different prints available as well ($40). If you can’t make the event, 3DRetro will release the Air Mag Girl online at 9 PM on Saturday evening from 3DRetro.com.

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Reina Koyano ||Air Mag Girl Release
Saturday, March 3rd 2018 (5-9 PM)

3DRetro
1851 Victory Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91201

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Steven Harrington x Toy Qube – Gotcha (3.6)

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Toy Qube will release the Gotcha polystone figure from LA artist Steven Harrington on Tuesday (3.6) at 10 AM PST from their web shop for $189.95.  Gotcha features Harrington’s signature palm trees embracing their captive, his dapper dog ‘Mello. They eye-catching and humorous piece is limited to 180 pieces, stands 11” tall and weighs a solid 4.5 pounds. 

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Matt Gondek x Toy Qube – Deconstructed Mouse Mono (3.26)

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Oooh!  Matt Gondek will release his Deconstructed Mouse Mono, produced by Toy Qube, at his Clean Break pop-up beginning on 3.26 in Hong Kong in conjunction with Avenue des Arts.  The follow-up to the sold out OG color edition, the mono—with removable mask—is limited to 300 pieces with a portion reserved for an upcoming online drop.

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RecycleC x Toy Art Gallery – Takhon Himalyan Beast (3.2)

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Debuting in an unpainted flesh edition last year, Takhon from RecycleC and Toy Art Gallery is now getting a fully-painted edition.  The Himalyan Beast features a blue/green color scheme that pulls out the details of the sculpt and character design. Standing 7.5” tall, featuring 7 points of articulation and featuring a removable sword + two ghosts on a chain, the new edition drops on Friday (3.2) at 12 PM PST from the TAG web shop for $105 (+s/h).

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Superplastic Teases ‘Janky’ from Huck Gee

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Paul Budnitz x Huck Gee’s secretive, yet oh so sexy Superplastic opened up just a bit more with the news that the first toy out of the chute is Janky! Seen in the new brand’s logo, Janky appears to be a cat or a tiger. From the shape of the head, here’s guessing it’s a platform concept – Dunn-y, Munn-y, Jank-y ?  At any rate, we’re excited about the re-pairing of two designer pioneers, Paul Budnitz—the founder of Kidrobot—and Huck Gee. Based on the counter on the site, Janky might just be dropping on 5.15. Oh, head on over to Superplastic for a chance to win one of 100 signed/numbed launch toys. The ‘new’ Kidrobot?  We’ll see!

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Toy Geeks Behind the Counter S2 E3 with Reina Koyano

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This week’s Toy Geeks Behind the Counter episode features Japanese artist Reina KoyanoShe unveiled her new Mag Girl vinyl coming your way on Saturday (3.3) from 3DRetro with both a release event at the store and an online drop. Based on her popular print, the piece is a strong 3D translation of her sexy lady sporting a full  outfit drawn from Nike’s wild Back to the Future-inspired kicks.  Reina, Ben, Jack V. and new geek Mitchell DeGuzman also give their takes on a new batch of toys including Igor Ventura’s amazing Death of Innocence Dunny. TGBTC S2 E3 is available from streaming now on Youtube or below for your convenience.

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Feb 27, 2018

Shanghai Toy Show 2018 Artist/Booth To-Date List (4.5- 4.7)

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As we get closer to the first-ever Shanghai Toy Show (STS) in April (4.5 – 4.7), more  details have been released including a steady stream of artist/vendor announcements.  For convenience and handy reference, here’s a list of announced booths including links and where available, booth numbers. Be sure to hit the jump for a gallery of previous work from each artist/brand to get a better feel for what to expect. We’ll be sure to bring you news on STS releases as they break. 

Shanghai Toy Show 2018 Announced Exhibitors (As of 2.27.18)

16M Design, 1000 Tentacles Studio, 3A, 6HL6 (D06) - Han Ning and Li Yan, Adfunture, Ali The Fox, Betterme Art, Big Boys Toys (A25),  Black Seed, BoenusChewyhams (E2/E3), Chino Lam Art Workshop, Classicbot, Coarse (D20), Devilrobots, Eric So (C20), Fluffy House (A16), Fools Paradise Funk Toy, Gabriella Workshop, Gas Viper, Hariken, Herocross (A38), Hot Toys, iXDoll / iXTEE (A17), Jacoo Sun Studio( F02), JT Studio (B31), Kasing Lung (D27), Kennyswork (A33), Konatsu, Lumicar, M’s Work, Magger, Magician and Friends (A12)--William Tsang/ Steven Choi,   Michael Lau / Crazysmiles(A29), Mighty Jaxx, Momiji, Momoco Studio, Momo Planet, Mountain Toys, Next Level ToysOklunaPlay Studio, Pucky, Purple Toys / Qinghe Union, Red Hot Style, Ruinswork(B21), Ryan Lee (A18), Sean Lee Designs, Seulgie /Satyr RoryShoko Nakazawa, SOAP Studios, StayReal (A10), Sticky Monster Lab, T9G, Tin Towntokidoki (A28), ToyQube (C5/C6), Unbox (A21), VTSS Wazzup Family, Winson Ma (B17), ZCWO, Zu & PI 

The exhibitors announced to-date are an excellent mix of premier art toy brands, urban vinyl pioneers, and incredible independents, with select Western brands joining an impressive array of Eastern art toy creators.  If you’re amazed by the current list, there’s plenty of time to make travel plans. With nearly 130,000 square feet of exhibition space, we’re expecting quite a few more booth announcements in the near future—we’ll do our best to keep this list updated.

With its expansion into Art Toy conventions beginning with Beijing Toy Show back in September 2017 and now Shanghai Toy Show, organizer Pop Mart—with 60+ retail locations in China—continues its leadership in China’s art toy market.  If you’re not familiar with Pop Mart, we’ll be sharing more about this key brand soon—from their retail locations to their rising blind box efforts.

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Ferg – Custom Misfortune Cat PIn – Aged + Pandemic G-Dot Hankie

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Ferg has two lifestyle drops this week. First up is a swanky, retro-ish Custom Misfortune Cat Pin – Aged.  These relief style pins feature a nice patina effect which varies from piece to piece.  Available now for pre-order through 1 PM PST on Wednesday (2.28) for $25 (includes USA shipping) from the Playge shop.

Also on Wednesday at 10 AM PST, Ferg will release a stylish handkerchief—his first?—in collaboration with Hanks by Hank for $33 (includes USA shipping).  This small batch features his Pandemic G-Dot pattern with blue marbled backer. 

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Chris Ryniak – Seafoam Dewdrop Release (03.03)

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The long awaited Dewdrop by Chris Ryniak will be making its come back this Saturday, March 3rd at 3PM EST. The new Seafoam edition will definitely cause a scurry for those hardcore Ryniak fans when the release time comes. Be sure to make your way to their webstore at www.bindlewood.com for more information!

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Amanda Visell x Coarse – Last Days of Autumn Betrayal Customs

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Amanda Visell has created a limited-edition custom of her spectacular Last Days of Autumn collabo vinyl set with Coarse.  Limited to 9 pieces, the new Betrayal customs features a Treephunt split into half with detailed portraits on the interior of each. These are going fast and available for $900 (+ s/h) from Switcheroo. QUEzNkY1NzBCQzFDOEZGQjk1MDE6MTdhN2NhZmE0ZjRmZjljOTI0MjExZDhjNTU3NjYzNGE6Ojo6OjA= QUEzNkY1NzBCQzFDOEZGQjk1MDE6YWFkMzQzNDM3MjY0OGQ3ZmUyYmY0NGU1NDI1N2I5ZWI6Ojo6OjA=

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Nightcake Press – WHALE! (03.02)

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This Friday, March 2nd Chris Lee of Nightcake Press will be releasing his WHALE! Figure set. These beautifully hand crafted pieces will be limited to 50 boxed sets. Each set comes with a matching numbered 5x7” print, 1 of 3 Secret Sailors and an enamel pin. The whale figure itself measures 5” x 7” x 3” and are each signed and numbered. For free domestic shipping, be sure to use the code “WHALESHIP” at checkout. International shipping varies. We’ve very much enjoyed watching the process of these being made and are excited to see them being released! Don’t forget to get your clicking fingers ready for Friday, March 2nd at 10AM PST HERE.

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Marsham Toy Hour – S3 E7 –Toy Fair Talk!

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This weeks episode of Marsham Toy Hour covers some of the coverage from this years Toy Fair. The gang talks about the happenings from the Super7 booth, as well as the Kidrobot booth. They also go into the topic of what is a “Dunny” when it comes to a Dunny series. If its oversculped where you do not see the platform, should it still be considered a Dunny? What do you think? Take a listen below!

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Feb 26, 2018

QUICCS x Karmieh Design x Martian Toys – TEQ63 Ravager

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A few days ago we posted teaser shots of the upcoming TEQ63 Ravager from QUICCS, Karmieh Design and Martian Toys.  At the time we mentioned the teasers only showed the upper half—turns out that’s for good reason.  The new figure is a bust style figure—didn’t see that coming :)  QUICCS worked with digital sculptor Oasim Karmieh to realize his vision of TEQ63’s all-synthetic nemesis, the Ravager. As seen in the rendered shots above and below, the devil is in the delicious details here including the menacing open robotic mouth and  the stylish puffy jacket that gathers and stretches just like a real one would.   If the vinyl production pieces can match the fidelity of Karmieh’s 3D model, Ravager will be quite the sight to behold.

The 7.3” vinyl figure will be available in both black and white editions. Each will included a s/n authenticity card and a set of stickers for the spray can.  Ravager will be available for pre-order beginning on Friday (3.2) at 7 AM PST through 3.15 at 7 AM PST  for $150 each or $275 for the set of two from six participating retail partners – Martian Toys (USA), Strange Cat Toys (USA), IamRetro  (USA), Devil Toys (HK), Hidden Fortress (Manila) and Collect & Display.  These are scheduled to release/ship in July.

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Coarse – Cells Ignited (3.1)

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Coarse continues its Ethos line with Cells Ignited. The third edition of this enigmatic figure is also the latest in the brand’s long-running GID collection. Limited to 234 pieces, Cells Ignited will be available for pre-order on Thursday (3.1) at 7:59 AM PST for $185 direct from the Coarse Shop.  While the mix of colors is different, the overall vibe of the cell side seems to follow the Narcosis edition’s more muted palette rather than the more saturated Paranoia.

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Rocom – Death Jaguar Kickstarter

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Rocom—illustrator involved in many toy projects and Yesterdays co-owner—is turning his talents to his first personal toy project.  Inspired by his love of Japanese Kaiju cinema, he’s created Death Jaguar, inspired by Jet Jaguar of Godzilla fame.  The figure stands 9” tall and is designed for playability with a dual-faced head for quick identity swaps, six points of articulation and two swappable weapon fist attachments! 

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Rocom recently launched a Kickstarter for the figure with plenty of dope rewards  including enamel pins (wonder who made those…), snapback caps, and of course Death Jaguar vinyls.  As a super quick overview, $60 will get you a set featuring one of three unpainted editions of the toy, 2 pins and a hat, while $80 bumps up the figure to the OG painted edition. Be sure to head over to the KS page for all the info and the full rewards breakdown.

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Six TwentyEight Debuts Corgidora (3.2)

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Six TwentyEight has introduced its brand-new sofubi – Corgidora!  The half Corgi, half dragon beastie is a follow-up to 6 28’s very popular MITT.  The debut OG edition (~  4.3”) drops on Friday March 2nd at 4 AM PST (!) for a very reasonable $39 (+ s/h) directly from the 6 28 web shop—one per person.

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Feb 22, 2018

QUICCS x Karmieh x Martian Toys – Ravager TEQ63 ‘Portal Breach’ (2.26)

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Boom! After several rounds of sold-out TEQ63 exclusives, QUICCS and Martian Toys are pushing right on through with what appears to be a brand-new amped up evil robotic spray can bombin’ vision of the character.  From images/info floating, Ravager [TEQ63] will feature a highly-detailed sculpt from Karmieh Design,  So far the 3D teasers only reveal the (dope) head sculpt along with the spray can. Though, the sweet illustration (which seems to match the sculpt so far) from CrEon Chkn likely gives us a feel for the full design. From the design, we’re expecting this to be larger than the current TEQ63 vinyl.    QUICCS x Martian Toys are promoting 2.26 as ‘Portal Breach’  which we assume means more info, hopefully a full reveal.  Sit tight!

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BlackBook Toy – Post WF Lottery (thru 2.24)

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While WonderFestival 2018 Winter has come and gone, BlackBook Toy is showing collectors with several brand-new editions which were not available at the convention,  via it’s Post WF Lottery which runs through 6:59 AM PST  on Saturday (2.24).  First up is the brand-new Stealth Guy [8 pcs, 12960 yen / ~ $119] which follows the debut WF tan version of BBT’s new Guy mascot. The Stealth Guy will also include the new Guy pin.   Speaking of new, Ron English’s Mousezilla is back in two new GID editions – Stripezilla (17280 yen / $159)  and Radioactivezilla (16200 yen / ~ $149). BBT has created matching mini Mousezillas (one of each) which will be randomly included in the order of lucky collectors who purchase the larger figure.

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There are also two of the The Beast Stealth w/OG head Mishka collabo from WF available via the lottery.  Rounding out the lottery are two beautiful Stained Glass style one-offs from Marvel OkinawaSmurk and The Beast.

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To enter drop an email to info@blackbooktoy.com  by 6:59 AM PST on Saturday (2.24) with ‘Post WF Lottery entry’ as the title and be sure to include your Name Address with Country + Zip code, Telephone number, Instagram (if you have it)  and items you want to buy (a max of 1 each).  Good Luck!

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Feb 21, 2018

Zeen Chin x MINDstyle -- ReChild

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MINDstyle showed a dizzying number of new figures at the Toy Tokyo booth for last week’s Toy Fair in NYC.  Perhaps the most eye-catching piece is ReChild by talented illustrator Zeen Chin.  Carrying the name of the artist’s first volume of collected works, the elaborate piece features several of his recurring imp-like children making like a centipede.  No word yet on a release date for this arresting new vinyl art toy.

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[Photos: Courtesy of MINDstyle and Kiba]

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Ron English – Punk Skunk On the Way

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Ron English just posted a shot of his Punk Skunk prototype chilling as part of a to-be painted scene in his studio. The ‘dope’ figure is enjoying an herbal break with blunt in hand—note the weed silhouette cleverly worked into the tail design.  Ron’s new character was first seen in a painting (below) for his Toybox: America in the Visuals solo which opened at Corey Helford Gallery back in December. We’re looking forward to this new original art toy from Ron which is thankfully coming ‘soon’.

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Scott Tolleson’s “Dark Crystal” Shard Release (02.23)

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Thanks to Scott Tolleson’s Instagram Update, we now have some solid information on the release of his new “Dark Crystal” Shard Dunny, which we last spoke about HERE. These will be releasing in Scott’s webstore on Friday, February 23rd at 10AM PST. These will be limited to only 70 pieces and with a limit of 2 per customer. Each figure will retail $150 each plus S&H. Good luck to those who will be attempting to go for this drop!

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Paul Kaiju – Sepsis Mockbat Raffle (02.25)

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Paul Kaiju is holding another raffle this weekend for his new Sepsis Mockbat. This release features a yellow vinyl with metallic sprays and stands 7” tall with 8 points of articulation with belly accessories. The raffle will take place this Sunday, February 25th at 8AM PST and ends at 12PM PST that same day. There will be a lottery form on the PK site when the clock strikes 8AM. Retail for the lucky winners will be $220.

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Marsham Toy Hour S3 E5 & E6

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We’ve got two wonderful episodes of Marsham Toy Hour to share with you! This weeks latest episode featured special guest Chris Ryniak, where they chit-chat about some great news coming from Chris and Amanda’s end. They also go into DTA nominations, themed Dunny series and we also get to hear Theresa fan girl a bit too.

 

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Last week’s episode brought us Kyle Kirwan. We got to learn that Kyle spends a lot of time on the road, as he travels in an RV. They talk about the impact of early reveals of product and how folks need to learn to take constructive criticism. Take a listen below!

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Tara McPherson x Kidrobot – Stellar Dream Scouts Minis + Larger Vinyl

Kidrobot showcased quite a few of their upcoming art toy projects this weekend at Toy Fair including two related Tara Mcpherson projects for which they showed off the packaging, but not the toys themselves.  Stellar Dream Scouts is an new blind-box mini series drawn from Tara’s magical universe filled with the cute, nonchalant and the mysterious.  Pink elephants, whales, rock ‘n roll pandas, mountains and free spirits will all be waiting for collectors.  Lots of great variety character/sculpt wise – by our quick count, it looks like at least 12 different sculpts.  In addition, KR also displayed the box art for a new ‘medium format’ 2-figure set from Tara featuring a girl and wolf companion.  [Photos: Kiba]

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Brandt Peters x Kidrobot x DC – Harley Quinn (7.18)

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Kidrobot showed a lot of their upcoming lineup at Toy Fair in NYC this past weekend, including the second release in their DC statue line which began with Tara McPherson’s Wonder Woman.  Next up? Harley Quinn (10.5”) by Brandt Peters. This one is scheduled to drop in July for $150.  Having already drawn Ms. Quinn for a Harley Quinn Holiday Special collection, Brandt’s delivered a cute-sexy rendition with a slim, lanky build.  Photo: Tomenosuke

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