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Mar 21, 2018

Blackbook Toy - New Mascot Figure Guy (3.22 – 3.25)


Blackbook Toy is super excited to share with you, their newest mascot figure Guy!  They will be doing a dual release with two amazing colorways, "Purple Haze" and "Dead Meat". This figure was designed and sculpted by artist Marvel Okinawa, who has also hand painted the "Purple Haze" edition. Keep in mind that these are truly hand painted, as there is no spray masks, each figure is hand painted by its designer. "Purple Haze" is limited to 9 pieces and will retail roughly $200 and the marbled "Dead Meat" edition is limited to 12 pieces at $120 each. Both figures come with barbed wire bat and removable mask. Due to the limited number, these figures will be available via e-mail lottery beginning on Thursday (3.22) at 7 AM PDT and ending on Sunday (3.25) at 6:59 AM PDT . Full details can be found HERE.

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Woot Bear Gallery Presents: "The Roman Banquet" (03.24)


Toys and food, it doesn't get better than that! Woot Bear Gallery is proud to present The Roman Banquet, a food themed art event that will cater to all your taste buds. Throw on your best evening attire, as this is one show you will not want to miss. Participating artists include: Big C, Christa Dippel, CZee13, Eimi Takano, Eloise Kim, fogandstring, Ha-Anh Dinh, Heidi Kenney, Jerome Lu, Katie Fortune, Hariken, Mariangela Tan, Matthew Perez, Rato Kim, Refreshment Toy, Rudy Ramirez, Scott Wilkowski, Shawnimals, Victoria Rose, Zard Apuya and Zebulon. The event will take place this Saturday, March 24th from 6-9PM.

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The Roman Banquet
Opening: Saturday, March 24th (6-9 PM)

Woot Bear
1512 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

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Super7 at Wondercon (3.23 – 3.25)


Con season seems to be starting up, as Wondercon is taking place this weekend in Anaheim, CA! Super7 will once again be partaking in the activities with their booth #1120. They've got some awesome releases ready for the weekends event, which covers all bases of toys! For the vinyl fiends out there, they are bringing back their iconic "Skulletor" colorway with their newest vinyl mascot Bat Boy, which will retail $60 a piece. For the M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors, what seems to be the last and final release of their Worst figures, is the Clear Edition. They will have two packs available at $6 each. Last up for the classic movie lovers and ReAction figure fans is the Black and White edition Nosferatu and Hitchock ReAction Figures. Both of these will retail $15 each! Find these goodies and more at  their booth #1120 this weekend!

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Devilrobots at Shanghai Toy Show (4.5 – 4.7)

Devilrobots will release several new To-Fu toys, many in soft vinyl, at the first-ever Shanghai Toy Show (4.5 – 4.7).  First up is the Robo X, an STS special edition of the  My Firsto-fu figure cast in clear soft vinyl with a painted mini to-fu inside!  There’s more soft vinyl action with the To-Fu Mix series (mixed parts), and the larger  Crazy Pop figures— which are filled with soft pom-poms.  If you’re after minis, you’re in luck with the Mini To-Fu colors and Crazy Pop minis.  They’ll also have UltioTofu, a great ukyDaydreamer x Devilrobots collabo release.  All of this will be available at the Devilrobots booth [D16].

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DYZ x Android - "Sweet Spring" Android Mini-Special Edition


Spring is in the air and to help celebrate the new upcoming season, comes the "Sweet Spring" Androids from DYZ Plastic and Android. Packaged like your favorite sugary marshmallow delights, this 3-pack features a pink, yellow and purple Mini Android figure with a flock finish. They are available now for pre-order with shipping starting at the beginning of the week. You can find them available HERE for $24 a set. android-spring-flocked_withbox2-1280__19254.1521404556

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Mar 20, 2018

Steven Choi – Pi and Miss Weather at Shanghai Toy Show (4.5 – 4.7)



As part of his Zu and Pi project, Steven Choi will release his new Pi and Miss Weather figures with a rainy-weather theme from How2work  at the first-ever Shanghai Toy Show (4.5-4.7).  This new edition of Pi features colorful raindrops on his overcoat with a light green suitcase. It’s almost as if this toy stepped right off one of Steven’s Zu and Pi paintings which focus on the need for balance in life. This may be the first release for Miss Weather, an adorable, joyful cloud.    We’re really looking forward to seeing both of these figures in person at STS.


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Unbox at Shanghai Toy Show (4.5 – 4.7)


Unbox will be making their way to China for the Shanghai Toy Show (4.5 – 4.8) with a wave of purple vinyl.  From the pic above, we expect purple versions of the large Uamou, Frekkle by Scott Tolleson, Boxcat from RatokimSleepy Elfie and Kewii (clear and opaque) by Too Nathapong, Ice Cream Dino and Triceratops Dino (debut) by Ziqi.  All of this will be waiting for you at Unbox’s booth [A21].

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Mar 19, 2018

Shoko Nakazawa x The Little Hut at Shanghai Toy Show (4.5 – 4.7)


The Little Hut will present a duo booth for  Shoko Nakazawa and T9G  for the first-ever Shanghai Toy Show (4.5 –4.7). So far both have announced new Amber editions.  Shoko’s drops include Byron and Rangeron in the dope translucent shade.      The amber figures will debut at STS and then be available online via The Little Hut and then at Design Festa(5.12 – 5.13). It’s likely both will have more announcements soon.


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T9G x The Little Hut at Shanghai Toy Show (4.5 – 4.7)


T9G will be at Shanghai Toy Show (4.5 –4.7) alongside Shoko Nakazawa at a special booth presented by The Little Hut.  Both artists have announced sweet Amber editions  of their popular figures including T9G’s Nekotaron.  The amber figures will debut at STS and then be available online via The Little Hut and then at Design Festa (5.12 – 5.13).

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MJ Hsu x UVD Toys – Ellie: The Jellyfish Princess Kickstarter (thru 4.8)


The cool folks at Urban Vinyl Daily—through the UVD Toys brand—are currently running a Kickstarter for the new Ellie: The Jellyfish Princess vinyl toy project created by LA artist MJ Hsu.  Over the past few years MJ has created self-produced adorable resin toys from cute food toys to magical underwater creatures. For her first vinyl toy she’s returned to the sea with an ambitious 8.5” design featuring a transparent jellyfish-inspired design and multiple flowing tentacles. Digitally sculpted by the 3D Ninja at Karmieh Design, the approach evokes the graceful appearance of the majestic Jellyfish, balanced by the importance of stability. unnamed The Kickstarter campaign features a wide range of enticing rewards from sticker packs, pins and prints to hand-made resin companions and the vinyl Ellie toys. The vinyl toys are available in packages combining the enamel pin, the 5x7” print and either the OG Ellie ($100) or the Kickstarter exclusive colorway ($110).  Head on over to the KS page to learn more about MJ Hsu’s charming first vinyl toy and check out the full rewards list. The campaign ends on Sunday, April 8th at 4 PM PDT.

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Scott Wilkowski – Choose Your Own Crazy Skeleton Kitten


Scott Wilkowski makes crazy two-in-one resin pieces with embedded skeletons—in fact he pretty much defined the look/style as far as art toys go. He’s done a dizzying number of styles, shapes, sizes and colors. As stylish as his color choices are, they might not match your tastes, collection, or digs.  Recognizing that, Scott is offering his gnarly 5” Kitten in his signature double pour style with a color combo of your choice (shell and skeleton).  This Choose Your Own Kitty is available now for $300 (+ s/h) and will be made to order.

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Mar 17, 2018

Gorgocho x QUICCS x Martian Toys – Ukiuk Debuts at ToyCon UK (4.7-4.8)

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Surprise!  Martian Toys has revealed their new Ukiuk vinyl, a fun collaboration between Red Mutuca collective artists Gorgocho (Charles Rodriguez) and QUICCS.  A stylized wolf/husky character, Gorgocho’s Ukiuk (inuit for winter) builds on the TEQ63 by combining a brand-new wolf/dog head sculpt with the torso from QUICCS’ figure.  The new figure will debut at Toy Con UK (4.7 – 4.8) in a Martian Toys Exclusive Dark edition (150 pieces).  The general release Light edition will be available from Martian Toys and select retailers starting on Friday April 13th at 7 AM PDT.

This hybrid approach works really nicely here and offers a more organic riff on the standard platform concept—allowing Gorgocho to use the TEQ63 as a flexible starting point for his own creation. For the toy nerds out there, Ukiuk doesn’t appear to use the alternate individual arms that are part of the TEq63 figures.

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Mighty Jaxx Exclusive TEQ63 The Dragon (3.17)


Mighty Jaxx will release their Exclusive TEQ63 The Dragon edition (100 pcs) from Quiccs and Martian Toys on Saturday (3.17) at 7 AM PDT from their web shop.  While we won’t don’t yet know the price, we do know that the Bruce Lee-inspired colorway is lookin’ mighty sharp in the GOD yellow ‘n black. Best colorway?  We’d say so.

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JPX x Coarse – Protect Me: The Pain (3.18)


JPX is about to release the second edition of its Muay Thai-themed Protect Me collabo figures done with Coarse.  In contrast to the OG full color edition, The Pain edition features a stark mono design with a single red gash on Noop’s face. As a signature character and then later on, a design style, Pain was a hallmark of Coarse’s early success, so it’s nice to see the lineage continue with the new drop. Protect Me: The Pain drops on on Sunday (3.18) at 9:30 PM PDT for 14,500 baht ( ~ $464) via a convenient google docs order form that will be available at release time. While not the last Protect Me edition, JPX has mentioned that the series will be coming to an end shortly. 

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Mar 16, 2018

Martin Ontiveros x Toy Art Gallery – Glampyre Steel Gray

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Glampyre by Martin Ontiveros  returns  in a new edition from Toy Art GallerySteel Gray features a light gray unpainted cast which nicely shows off the rockin’ sculpt. Featuring an impressive eight points of articulation, the 8-inch soft vinyl figure is available now from the TAG web shop for $75 (+ s/h).

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Mar 15, 2018

Ron English x Blackbook Toy – Ghostzilla Lottery


Before they head to  Shangha i Toy Show, Blackbook Toy is offering the sexy Ghostzilla [15 pcs, 16200 yen / ~ $153] from Ron English via email lottery underway now until 8AM PDT on Saturday (3.17).  To enter, drop an email to info@blackbooktoy.com  with ‘Ghostzilla Lottery entry’ as subject, and include your name, full mailing address, telephone number,  and if you have one, your Instagram name. For full details on the figure + the lotto, head over to BBT’s blog.

The latest iteration of Mousezilla features a crystal clear cast with stylish, minimalist blue accents.  As with previous Mousezilla drops, BBT is adding to the fun with a custom matching mini mousezilla chase, randomly awarded to one lucky purchaser. While the minis show up here and there as bonus chases, BBT reserves the bulk of them for conventions  They’ll have quite a few of the cute lil’ terror—including two others riffing off this Ghostzilla—at STS (4.5 –4.7).

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Mar 13, 2018

Toy Geeks Behind The Counter brings you Matt Gondek and the first Waffle!


Ready to geek out with a fresh episode of Toy Geeks Behind The Counter? Deconstructed Waffle (S2 E5) with guest artist Matt Gondek as well as a trio of geeks – Ben, Jack V. and Jack M. It’s available for streaming on Youtube or below for your convenience.   Well-known for his exploded/deconstructed takes on pop culture including the Simpsons, Ricky and Morty to various super heroes, Matt showcased his first vinyl toy—Deconstructed Mouse produced by ToyQube—in both the sold-out OG version which you can win via TGBTC’s first waffle  and the brand-new mono version which will drop at his Clean Break pop-up in HK (from 3.22) as well as online.  Waffle, raffle, yep! Thanks to Matt, Toy Geeks is offering a chance to win the OG Deconstructed Mouse at a very reasonable $5 per chance/ticket.  Ends this Friday (3.16).

As always, we turned a critical eye towards several toys including the Rick and Morty Vnyl set from Funko, the Warhol Polaroids from Kidrobot, and several of the super cute Fluffy House vinyls.

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Coarse – Jaws False Paradise for STS


Coarse has been hard at work on a series of jaw-dropping ultra low-run resins for Shanghai Toy Show.  The sublime Jaws False Paradise [ed. of 3, resin] joins the previously announced Crunch False Paradise, flaunting a similar pastel rainbow palette.  The new edition is a welcome return of one of Mark and Sven’s signature designs.

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Mar 10, 2018

Jermaine Rogers x Nicky Davis x Martian Toys – Dero Delusion Dead Bear (3.16)

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Martian Toys will release the brand-new Dero Delusion Dead Bear [150 pcs, $60 + s/h] by Jermaine Rogers on Friday  (3.16) at 12 PM PDT from their web shop. The sixth Dead Bear, Jermaine’s  orange design blends his signature Dero with Nicky Davis’ Dead Bear platform design. Beyond the smooth visuals, Jermaine’s work carries a deeper message about the unseen forces that drive capitalism, power and suppression of dissent.  These threads come through clearly with the rear slogan—‘Peace through $lumber’. Likewise, the figure includes the Eye of Providence accessory—look beyond the surface, to see the truth underneath.

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Martian Toys is offering special packages if you’d like to purchase more than one Dead Bear – three for $140 ($40 savings) and all six for $249 ( $111 savings). This is apparently the ‘last’ in the artist series, yet the lineup graphic clear shows an obscured seventh figure on the left… Perhaps an exclusive that isn’t an ‘artist’ edition per se?

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Instinctoy Lottery – King Korpse x 3 + Scorpion Kaiju


Instinctoy is currently in the process of running a loaded lottery featuring four figures – three King Korpse editions by James Groman as well as the Scorpion Kaiju Proto Black edition by Jubi Yang.  To enter, head over to Instinctoy.net and click the link for the item you’d like a chance to purchase before the lottery ends on  7:59 AM PST on Sunday (11.11).

There are three King Korpse figures up for grabs including one that’s not quite like the others.  The Ultimate Red [66 pcs, 54000 yen / ~ $511] and The Ultimate Purple [66 pcs, 54000 yen / ~ $511] both include an alternate closed left fist.  Finally, there’s the Classic Black and White Movie Version [60000 yen / ~$567] which celebrates the classic King Kong—the figure’s inspiration—with a mono gorilla (snarling head) carrying a damsel in distress(removable).  The Movie version features a re-designed left hand to gently carry the lady as well as the regular alternate closed fist.

Finally, Instinctoy is offering Jubi Yang’s crazy Scoprion Kaiju  in the Proto Black edition [24800 yen /~ $234].  This wicked beast is almost a 2-in-one, standing it has the appearance of a crab monster and prone the scorpion is revealed.

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Mar 08, 2018

Superplastic Teases A Janky Design by Mark Gmehling

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So when we last left the shrouded in secrecy Superplastic story, the new brand from Paul Budnitz and Huck Gee had announced their ‘Janky’ figure along with some graphic elements including the face shape as seen in their logo, and an outline of the figure on their website.  They also cleverly included an Anagram game on their site which features scrambled versions of what we believe are the artists contributing to what is almost certainly a platform toy.

Ok now for what’s new…  A video teaser of a Janky design.  The highlight for us are the rather stylized hands and the street art style accessories.  To us, it looks like the hands are designed to work well with accessories – rather than the ‘sorta’ fit we’ve seen on other platforms.  More?  The folks over at the Marsham Toy Hour FB group have been putting their heads together to unscramble the anagrams and figure out the Janky artists.  A joint contribution from Brad Smith and Benny ‘Teancious Toys’ Kline unscrambled one of the anagrams to get Mark Gmehling.  In looking at some of Mark’s work we’re pretty sure that the teased design is in fact his. His work often features white and gold and is quite similar in style – see sample below.  Oh, if you haven’t already signed up for the Superplastic mailing list for a chance to win one of 100 launch toys, what are you waiting for ?!?!

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Mighty Jaxx Exclusive TEQ63 Dragon Coming Soon


Mighty Jaxx has teased their Exclusive TEQ63 Dragon from QUICCS x Martian Toys.  The iconic design probably needs no introduction, however it’s inspired by Bruce Lee’s tracksuit in the Game of Death. No word yet on when this is dropping, however we assume it’s ‘soon’.

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Play Toy x Unbox x Toei – God Sigma (3.10)


Unbox will release a very limited number of the God Sigma vinyl figures they produced for Play Toy. Officially licensed from the 1980 Anime-Mecha series, the 25 cm soft vinyl figure (~ 9.9”) features a removable sword and two sets of hands—making playtime even better.  God Sigma drops on Saturday (3.10) at 7 AM PST for $115 (+ s/h) from the Unbox web shop.

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Jason Freeny x Mighty Jaxx – Smart Bomb (3.10)

With its recent releases, Mighty Jaxx has gotten really creative with their toy promos.  Rather than simply, teasing and then revealing their new Smart Bomb figure from Jason Freeny, they’ve put together an elaborate WWII-era back story focused on a secret weapons project designed not to obliterate the masses, but rather… enlighten them.  The Smart Bomb drops on Saturday (3.10) at 7 AM PST with pricing yet to be announced. 

Based on his original sculpture (2013), the Smart Bomb adds a brain pattern to an old-school bomb with prominent fuse.  The piece immediately reminds us of Emilio Garcia’s Brainade, albeit drawing on a much older weapon for inspiration.

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Mar 07, 2018

Colus x Kidrobot – Jumper (3.9)

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If you missed out on Colus’ original low-run of his Jumper figure, Kidrobot has you covered with a new run of the striking, thought-provoking piece. This drop is similar to that of last year’s Ravenous drop, a larger run following the artist’s original short run. As with Ravenous, the KR Jumper is cast in resin in order to closely match the experience of the OGs.  Jumper will be available  on Friday (3.9) at 9 AM PST in a standard black edition for $199.99 from retailers including myplasticheart and of course Kidrobot.com. There’s also a white edition which we believe is a KR.com exclusive.

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