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Apr 18, 2018

Toy Geeks Behind The Counter S2E10 With Arlen Escarpeta


Time to geek out again with a brand-new episode of Toy Geeks Behind the Counter available for streaming on Youtube or below.  This week’s  ‘Dewy, Crackle & Geek’, episode features a great guest, actor Arlen Escarpeta (‘Oath’ on Crackle), as well as Mitchell, Jack V. and Ben.   The toys run through the review gauntlet include the Strangers Things action figures from McFarlane Toys, Dewy by Aaron McNaught ($75) which are each 3d-printed, Young MC from Ron EnglishStar Wars key chains by Phat Mojo, and the Poobaca pins from Spiritmade.

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Frank Kozik x Kidrobot – Let Us Prey (10.18)


From the incisive mind of Frank Kozik comes Let Us Prey coming from Kidrobot in October.  The iconoclastic 12” sculptural vinyl questions the lines between our stated values and our actual everyday goals and actions.  Perhaps money is the one true religion.  This one will retail for $100 and is available now from pre-order from retailers including myplasticheart.  Here’s to wondering if there might be a second colorway in the works – Frank posted a shot of a black + gold  colorway a few months back on IG.


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DYZ Plastic x Android - Robot Revolution


Prepare for a Robot Revolution, as DYZ Plastics are happy to finally share their newest line of Android figures. Introducing the new series of Android Mini-Figures that now feature a swappable component system! You can mix and match parts, make them short, make them tall or even give them 4 arms. The first series will feature artwork by Google, Andrew Bell, Chuck Boy, Dead Zebra Inc., Lou Lou & Tummie, Kong Andri, Patricio Oliver and Scott Tolleson. With the release slated for some time in May, we hope to see plenty of teasers by then!

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Ron English x Compound x Made by Monsters – Ganja Grin (4.20)


To celebrate the  laid-back holiday Ron English has melded minds with The Compound to bring you Ganja Grin dropping on 420 of course!  This one is available in three strains (4?) each featuring new weed stems and  black-light reactive paint for a mind-altering in-the-dark experience.  Front and center is Haze Bob (500 pcs) featuring a send-up of mr. squarepants.  There are also two more limited editions --  Pot of Gold and Silver Kush, each limited to 250 pcs.  All three drop at 9 AM PDT on 4.20 from Compound’s site for $650 each (includes shipping). 

While all the product press states three strains, the Compound IG has several snaps of friends and family with what appears to be a four strain – a variant of Haze Bob.  Either that or the light (or something else) is playing tricks on me.

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Woes Martin x Silent Stage – ‘Woes in Paradise’ Print (4.18)


Woes and Silent Stage have a dope new print dropping this morning (4.18). Woes in Paradise features a purple panda chillin’ with a bird of paradise.  This one will be available in both a standard (100 s/n pcs, 17x17”, $74.99) and a deluxe hand-embellished edition (10 s/n pcs, 24x24”, $299.99).  The hand-embellished large-format edition features gold splatter, gold stenciling on the flower, and is signed big and bold in gold as well. These drop on Wednesday (4.18) at 11 AM PDT from Silent Stage.

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Apr 17, 2018

J.T Studio – Derek 1/6 Pre-Order (4.18)

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Shortly after the pre-orders for Ray (cosplay Flash) were announced, J.T Studio followed with an announcement of his partner in cosplay crime – Derek who has chosen to make things a bit tougher for the Caped Crusader.  In case you’re wondering the back story is behind these sweet new toys: After being overshadowed by the spandex-wearing do-gooders, the two boomerang athletes decide to assume super hero identities in order to dirty the reputations of the likes of Flash and Batman.

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Like Ray, Derek comes kitted to the max with multiple hands, an alternate evil- grin expression, batarang, stylish stand and more.  As with Ray, he’s limited to 399 pieces and will be available for $230 (pre-order includes free global shipping) starting on Wednesday, April 18th at 8:59 AM PDT from the J.T studio web store.   If you’re planning on buying both, we have good news, the 2-pack will be available for $450 (pre-orders include worldwide shipping)  which is a $10 savings.  Plus, the first 100 collectors who buy the 2-pack will receive two bonus ‘POW’ shirts!


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Ron English x Blackbook Toy – Wonderpotheadzilla Lottery (4.18 – 4.21)


420 is coming and Blackbook Toy is reveling in the high times. In addition to 420-themed one-offs by Marvel Okinawa, BBT is also releasing a special run of  Wonderpotheadzilla figures  from Ron English via e-mail lottery.   Based off the STS Wonderzilla—also available in this lottery—the pothead version features crazy, dazed eyes. The dazed and confused ‘zilla will be available individually (18,000 yen/~ $168) or as a set for 21500 yen (~ $201) with a matching mini Mousezilla finger puppet—six sets available. The STS Wonderzilla will also be 18,000 yen/~$168. 

The lottery runs from Wednesday (4.18) at 8 AM PDT through 7:59 AM PDT on  Saturday (4.21).  To enter drop a line to info@blackbooktoy.com with the following:

  • Subject: 420 Lottery entry
  • Name
  • Address (Do not forget to include your country and zip code)
  • Telephone Number
  • Item name (You can enter only once per item)
  • Instagram (if you have)

For complete info on each release and full lottery details, head on over to Blackbook Toy’s official blog post.

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Marvel Okinawa x Blackbook Toy – 420 One-Offs Lottery (4.18 – 4.21)


To celebrate the year’s most laid-back holiday, Marvel Okinawa has created a fun lineup of ‘420’-themed customs of several Blackbook Toy sofubi figures including Guy, Evil MC and  Mousezilla from Ron English as well as Lil Alex and Dim from Frank Kozik.  Each features a mix of stoned/weedy details including heavy doses of green and purple spray, weed symbols and all-over print patterns, and in the case of Weedzilla, dazed eyes—a nice touch.   Limited to 1 hand-painted custom each, Marvel’s 420 wonders will be sold via email lottery to purchase starting on Wednesday (4.18) at 8 AM PDT through 7:59 AM PDT on  Saturday (4.21). Weed Guy will be available for 42,000 yen (~$393), Weedzilla for 52,000 yen (~$486), MC Weed for 62,000 yen (~$579), Lil Alex and Dim each for 42,000 yen (~$393). To enter drop a line to info@blackbooktoy.com with the following:

  • Subject: 420 Lottery entry
  • Name
  • Address (Do not forget to include your country and zip code)
  • Telephone Number
  • Item name (You can enter only once per item)
  • Instagram (if you have)

For complete info on each release and full lottery details, head on over to Blackbook Toy’s official blog post.

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Apr 15, 2018

J.T Studio – Ray 1/6 Pre-Order (4.18)


J.T Studio previewed two new superhero-cosplay figures, Ray and Derek, at Shanghai Toy Show. After being overshadowed by the spandex-wearing do-gooders, the two boomerang athletes decide to assume super hero identities in order to dirty the reputations of the likes of Flash and Batman.  Both of these look amazing in person with J.T’s urban aesthetic and crazy attention to detail. 

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Ray (edition of 399) is first up and will be available for pre-order for $230 (includes global shipping), starting on Tuesday (4.18) at 8:59 AM PDT from his web shop.  The flashy speedster features LED light-up eyes (2 AG1 batteries not included), shiny hero outfit including dope backpack and as you might expect plenty of accessories including multiple hands for the ultimate posability.    These should ship in Q3. Next up? Derek, the not quite Caped Crusader.

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Apr 13, 2018

Rice Studio x Unbox – Monsterbox: Kosushi and Flappenmad (4.14)


First released in Shanghai last weekend, the new Monsterbox figures from Rice Studios x Unbox will be available for all at 6 AM PDT on Saturday (4.14) for $55 each (+ s/h) from the Unbox web shop.  Designed by Scottdiggs and Money, Kosushi and Flappenmad are interdimensional terrors who emerge from their secret portals—a.k.a. sneaker boxes. Featuring an appealing 80’s childhood toy vibe, these 5.5” soft vinyl figures feature articulated arms—apparently swappable too—as well as removable box tops for stackable fun.  Let’s hope there are more Monsterbox beasts waiting in the wings.  

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Unbox Exclusive Nunuko Cat by Ryo Taniguchi (4.14)

IMG_2081aaUnbox worked with Japanese illustrator Ryo Taniguchi to bring his signature character, Nunuko, to life as a vinyl toy.  They will release an exclusive edition of the ~6” figure on Saturday (4.14) at 6 AM PDT for $60 (+ s/h).  Taniguchi has been in the news lately as the creator of the official mascots for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, as chosen by Japanese school children. 

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Mike Suftin Devilman Red GID (4.14)


In case you missed it at last weekend’s WonderFest Shanghai, Unbox will release the new Mike Suftin Devilman Red GID (12.5”)  on Saturday (4.14) at 6 AM PDT  from their web store for $155 (+ s/h).  Sutfin x Go Nagai. Red Glow. ‘Nuff Said.

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Filter017 x Unbox – Mix Badger Color Edition


Filter017 have just released a full-color, painted-edition of their stylin’ Mix Badger vinyl from Unbox.  Previously released in three different unpainted colorways, Filter017’s mascot really comes to life with this deluxe color treatment.  The paint enhances the detail in the badger’s face and his clothes – the jacket in particular looks super sharp.  As the press release mentions, Mix Badger is a nod to a  throwback 60’s style appearance realized only through today’s production tech.  While there isn’t a best paint DTA yet, the new OG Mix Badger would be a serious contender.

The Mix Badger Color edition (8”)  is available now from Filter017’s web store for NT2980 (~$102) + s/h.  What are you waiting for… Go… now.

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2PetalRose - Lady Bo & Emperor Kazo (04.16)

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2PetalRose will soon be unleashing his two newest characters, Lady Bo and Emperor Kazo! This first batch of 15 pieces were presented at ToyConUK recently, and now 2PR will be releasing the remaining 7 online on Monday, April 16th at 9PM UK Time. Lady Bo is an ally to Kid Katana and is a member of the Renegade Knights. She measures between 3.5" to 4" tall and is hand-sculpted, painted and cast by 2PR. She comes accessorized with base, backing screen, bo taff and felt fan. Emperor Kazo on the other hand is one of Kid Katana's enemies and stands 4" tall. He comes with a base, backing flag, staff and a small potion jar. Both pieces will retail roughly $130 + S&H with estimated delivery date of the end of June / Early July.


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Apr 12, 2018

Juce Gace x Mighty Jaxx – Maneki-Dino (4.14)


Lucky Cat? Yep.  Yoshi? Check.  Mighty Jaxx has packed the twice the fun into the new Maneki-Dino art toy from Juce Gace. Maybe that should be triple the fun as the dino comes with a mini shroom pal.  Limited to 300 pieces, the 8” charmer will be available for pre-order on Saturday (4.14) for $119 (includes global shipping) from Mighty Jaxx’s web shop.

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Amanda Visell – Leia Ringers


Amanda Visell has just released two new Ringers featuring Princess Leia. Turns out she just might be our only hope.  Choose from ‘Someone has to save our skins’ and the oh-so-timely ‘You’re going to regret this’—each an edition of ten available for $145 (+s/h) from Switcheroo


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Martin Ontiveros x Toy Art Gallery – Baphomaniac Burnt Offering (4.13)


Baphomaniac from Martin Ontiveros and Toy Art Gallery returns with a stylish new edition.  Burnt Offering features a really nice paint application blending various sprays to create the convincing effect which showcases  the strong sculpt from Turtlemilk Studios.  This one drops on Friday (4.13) at 12 PM PDT for $95 (+ s/h) from the TAG Web Shop.


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KAWS x All Rights Reserved - Seeing/Watching (04.25)

Are you in need more of KAWS items you can comfortably hug! Well look no more! In conjunction with a new KAWS sculpture being erected at IFS in Changsha, All Rights Reserved will be releasing a new apparel, glassware, totes and of course plush as a part of the "Seeing/Watching" line. Prices are to be determined, but there will be two sizes available for the "Seeing/Watching" plush, which features the BFF and KAWS Companion basically joined by the hip! One measuring 16" tall which will be numbered and are limited in quantity and the smaller version at 5.5" tall. For International orders, these items will be available through DDT Store HERE. This will all be going down on Wednesday, April 25th at 10PM PST.

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Apr 11, 2018

Doktor A x 3DRetro – Anesthesia Bust in Red (4.13)


The Anesthesia Bust in Red (50 pcs, 12”)  from Doktor A and 3DRetro will be released on Friday (4.13) at 11 AM PDT from 3DRetro.com for $100 (+ s/h).  This is the third release of  Doktor A’s Anesthesia which he originally sculpted in 2014 as a high-end art piece. Anesthesia’s Mechtorian heritage, lies just  beneath her veil and the piece’s classical styling which was inspired by the work of 19th century marble sculptor Raffaele Monti.

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Coop x 3DRetro – Mickey Finn ‘Old Timey’ (4.13)


Coop’s Mickey Finn returns in a new Old Timey edition from 3Dretro.  Limited to 200 pieces, Old Timey features the Mouse meets Pill figure in a black + racing green design with gray and white accents.  Old Timey drops this Friday (4.13) at 11 AM PDT from 3DRetro.com for $45 (+ s/h).

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Apr 10, 2018

Naomi Knaff x Planet-X – La Morrttt (4.15)


Naomi Knaff will release her very first sofubi, La Morttt, on Sunday (4.15) at 2 PM PDT from her web shop for $80 (+ s/h). The debut edition of her fish meets centaur beast is cast in teal vinyl, stands 7.5” tall,  features articulation at the neck and is produced by the talented folks at Planet-X.

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Tomenosuke x Kikkake Toy – Exclusive A.I. Tomeko (4.12)

Tomenosuke and Kikkake Toy have a created a new companion just for you. The  Exclusive A.I. Tomeko is a special version of  Kikkake’s blow-up doll-style sofubi figure. The clever name is  both a reference to the ubiquitous acronym for artificial intelligence and a sly take on the original, resolving instead to Adult Intelligence, a subtle reference to the figure’s inspiration. A.I. Tomeko is cast in translucent pink sofubi with multiple spray deco.  The ‘Gero’ on her belly references Tomenosokue’s location in Gero Onsen, a hot springs resort.  The translucent vinyl really adds to the impressive illusion  of an inflatable toy rather than one cast in sofubi.  Limited to just 22 pieces, A.I. Tomeko (~ 8.7”) with matching ‘pillow’ header will be released on Thursday April 12th at 7 PM PDT from Tomenosuke’s web shop for 21,600 yen (~ $202) plus shipping/handling.

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Apr 05, 2018

Shanghai Toy Show On-Site Coverage

It’s Shanghai Toy Show time!  We’re in Shanghai and will be doing daily coverage via @Vinylpulse on Instagram from Wednesday (4.4) to Friday (4.6) every evening from about 7 PM to 1 AM or so.  Here’s the last few shots from the show floor!  Check @vinylpulse for all the photos so far.Want to see something we haven’t covered yet? DM us on IG and we’ll try to get to it.

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Apr 04, 2018

Shon at Shanghai Toy Show: Shinobi and Hug Hug Cat

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Shon will be exhibiting at Shanghai Toy Show with two announced drops.  First up is an Electric Hug Hug Cat Crystal cast in clear vinyl with translucent purple and blue spray plus what appear to be prismatic foil strips.  He also has the Shinobi Crystal Knight edition with a stylish cover-of-night design cloaked in black, purple, and blue hues with blingy gold accents.  Both of these are limited to 110 pieces and will be available for 599 RMB each (~ $95) from the Shon/FuFuFanny booth [D15].

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Apr 03, 2018

Luaiso Lopex x Pobber – Zombie Mario at Shanghai Toy Show


Pobber will debut the brand-new Zombie Mario from Luaiso Lopez at Shanghai Toy Show (4.5 – 4.7) in their booth [C9].  The undead plumber will also be available online on 4.10 from Pobber.

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