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May 25, 2018

Kronk x Kidrobot – Indie Eagle 3” Dunny (5.28)

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Kidrobot will release the extremely well-designed Indie Eagle 3” Dunny from Kronk on Memorial Day (5.28)—likely at 9 AM PDT— for $14.99. The Red, White and Blue design featuring a Bald Eagle celebrates the United States of America generally and Independence (Day) specifically. The ‘Celebrating Indie Spirit’ phrase on the top of the box seems to remind us that Independence is a way of life, a way of doing, creating and being.

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The starry-eyed eagle rockin’ shades is front and center with an animated expression. Kronk has worked numerous symbols and references into the overall design, some distinct and fairly obvious, while others are considerably more subtle.  One the subtle side are the highlights on the Eagle’s beak which upon a closer look, resemble a torch – likely a reference to the Statue of Liberty.   

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On the torso, we find the Eye of Providence—an eye embedded in a pyramid. This familiar symbol, found on the back of the dollar bill represents the watchful eye of God. Centered below the pyramid we have 13 stars, representing the thirteen founding colonies, arranged as seen on the country’s coat of arms, The Great Seal of the United States. This arrangement is also seen on the box which features an excerpt of a letter Founding Father John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail on the eve of the Declaration of Independence (July 4th, 1776). In writing this post, I found myself referring to Wikipedia extensively, particularly for the 13-star configuration and the letter excerpt.  Beyond an impressive design, Indie Eagle is also a study in the imagery of the American Revolution.

The rear of the Indie Eagle features the clearest reference to Independence Day with the ‘04’ on the left ear and ‘07’ on the right ear—interestingly, not in the expected right to left order. The concentric star pattern on the back of the head reminds me just a bit of the daredevil Evil Knievel—which definitely makes me ‘old’ and likely just a random association.  The rear torso features 13 stars circling what may be the Washington Monument. The design extends down each side, transitioning from blue to strips of red which seem to resemble feathers, perhaps a recognition of American Indians or a continuation of the Eagle theme. 

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Kronk’s Indie Eagle 3” Dunny features  a cohesive design celebrating the ‘Indie Spirit’ by incorporating numerous symbols of American Independence.  Beyond the impressive design, the printing lives up to Kronk’s ambitious creation, no small feat given the relatively small canvas.  Indie Eagle will be available starting on Memorial Day from Kidrobot and select retailers for $14.99.

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myplasticheart at Five Points Fest: Yu Shou Long by Black Seed Toys

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myplasticheart has a brand-new Yu Shou Long by Black Seed Toys for Five Points Festival.  This new edition of the two-headed dragon castle rocks purple, turquoise and gold hues and features glow-in-the-dark eyes.  It will be available from the mph booth [#336] for $300.  But wait, did someone say 10th floor…!

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Strange Cat Toys Exclusive Boba Nano TEQ by QUICCS x Devil Toys

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Surprise!  Strange Cat Toys has just announced their Exclusive Boba Nano TEQ (3”)by QUICCS and Devil Toys. This special edition of the new chibi style TEQ 63 figure  pays homage to everyone’s favorite intergalactic bounty hunter.  Limited to 150 pieces, Boba Nano Teq is available now for pre-order direct from Strange Cat Toys for $32 and is slated to ship in July.

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May 24, 2018

Ron English x Blackbook Toy – Tony the Mousezilla for Five Points Festival

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Blackbook Toy will release Tony the Mousezilla from Ron English at Five Points Festival (6.2 – 6.3).  The newest edition of Mousezilla is inspired by Ron’s Fat Tony Cereal Killer vinyl, a critique of sugary cereal.  BBT has done a really nice job of translating the Fat Tony concept to the Mousezilla sofubi.  All the details are here, from the face, the scarf, and of course the numerous tiger stripes.   Tony the Mousezilla will be available at Blackbook Toy’s booth [#330] at 5 Points (6.2 – 6.3) for $150.

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Keeping  with their convention tradition, Blackbook Toy will also have several one-off Mini Mousezillas at their booth. This time around the minis are inspired by Pop Culture – Super Heroes, TV characters and more. 

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Andrew Bell – Kill Kat Matcha Snake Venom Debuts at Five Points Festival

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O-No Food Company has baked up their finest Kill Kat flavor so far – Matcha Snake Venom (250 pcs)!  Delicious? Maybe. Paralysing? Absolutely!  Andrew Bell’s latest flavor of his wildly popular Kill Kat vinyl figures will make its debut at Five Points Festival (6.2 – 6.3) from his booth [#336].  Andrew’s done a great job of this fun send-up of the matcha craze.  The yellow eyes, the drips of yellow venom and the added forked-tongue deco make the piece. If you can’t make it to the show, don’t fret. Matcha Snake Venom will be available at SDCC in July, Online Lottery in August, and will  also make an appearance at DCon in November.

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myplasticheart at Five Points Fest: Fortune Uamou Statue of Liberty

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myplasticheart will release their Fortune Uamou Statue of Liberty exclusive from Japanese artist Ayako Takagi at their Five Points Festival Booth [#336].   This clever NYC-themed version of her Fortune Lamou celebrates the iconic statue with matching blue/green vinyl, an added golden crowd, and in a fun touch, a gold mini boo as the torch’s flame.  Limited to 20 pieces, the Statue of Liberty edition will be available for $30 at the MPH booth [#336].

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Spotted in the Wild : Horrible Adorables x Kidrobot – The Curly Horned Dunnylope

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The duo of Jordan Elise and  Christopher Lees, better known as the artists behind the Horrible Adorables line of fantastic felt fauna, have once again collaborated with Kidrobot to bring their signature aesthetic and vision to the world of vinyl toys. Over the years, they’ve created an adorable army of vinyl with Kidrobot. If you’ve been collecting for awhile, you likely remember the Horrible Adorables line of seven original vinyl figures which launched in 2016. Earlier this year, they dreamt up the Share Bear conjoined-bear figure as part of Kidrobot’s Care Bear artist line. 

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The one thing they had yet to do was take a turn on Kidrobot’s premiere platform, Dunny.  That changes with the release of The Curly Horned Dunnylope this Friday.  Riffing off their original multi-colored felt animals, the artists have designed the Dunnylope with an overlapping stylish deco pattern, call it ‘fur’. In the OG edition which we had the pleasure of photographing in the wild, the red, blue and green segments join fairly seamlessly into a satisfying whole that is both part of the character design and a stylish, minimalist element to be appreciated on its own merits.  While not immediately recognizable, the Dunnylope’s horns are rendered in silver—crossing in a loop in the front, wrapping in swirls around each ear and then looping across the back once again. The minimalist silver returns in the tail, nestled amongst the stylish, tri-color body pattern.

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The seventh release in Kidrobot’s 5” Dunny Series, The Curly Horned Dunnylope is a fun species with a stylish flair and an alert, almost ornery presence.  It will be released on Friday, May 25th at 9 AM PDT in the standard red+green+blue edition available from Kidrobot.com and select retailers as well as at least one Kidrobot.com exclusive edition (brown+blue+pink with gold accents).

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May 23, 2018

Plaseebo x Planet-X – SUM Handpaints at Five Points Fest (6.2 – 6.3)

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The second coming of SUM hits Brooklyn at the Five Points Festival with the release of several handpainted one-off editions of Plaseebo’s vengeful giant turtle beast produced by Planet-X [booth #328]. First released in small numbers as a polyurethane resin back around 2006, the new SUM is cast in soft vinyl and appears to retain the original’s tremendous detail especially in terms of the accumulated junk and debris embedded in his body.

 

The Five Points  one-offs are hand-painted by  Bob Conge (Plaseebo), feature an integrated color-changing LED light, and are hand-signed.  Look for the first production run drop in July.  Be sure to hit the jump for SUM’s origin story.

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Martin Ontiveros x Toy Art Gallery – Terrible Teal Baphomanic Coming Friday (5.25)

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The Baphomaniac returns to the land of the living in a brand-new edition.  Toy Art Gallery will release the unpainted Terrible Teal Baphomaniac from Martin Ontiveros on Friday (5.25) at 12 PM PDT from the TAG Web Shop for $80.  Martin’s hard rock-inspired take on Baphomet, Baphomaniac stands eight inches tall and features five points of articulation.

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kaNO – Blue Ghettocard Debuts at Five Points

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LA-based artist kaNO will be making the trip home for Five Points Fest (6.2 – 6.3) with a few drops lined up.  A year after he released the first Ghettocard figure in yellow+blue (current Metrocard)  comes a second Blue+Yellow Ghettocard inspired by the OG metrocards.   These will drop at the myplasticheart booth (#336) and also from kanokid.com.  Full release info shortly.  In addition to the new Ghettocard, kaNO will also release his Artist Edition ‘The Messenger’ figures in Red via the mph booth and his site. 

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Cometdebris is Loaded with Five Points Exclusives

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Looks like Koji Harmon (Cometdebris) has been a busy man preppin’ for Five Points (6.2 –6 .3).  So far he’s officially announced four drops and he’s also previewed two others.  Let’s dive in.  For shark fans, he’s got the Sametan Red+Green Glow ($50).   If clear vinyl is your steez, there’s the Kid Ace (w/glitter) for $35 and  the teched-out Kappaborg ($50, 3 pcs) with custom paper inserts.  From clear to translucent, Koji will release a red translucent Tofu Kid ($30) – 5 per day.  He’s also teased Oni Kids (flesh with green/purple hair) as well as purple/black Kappa Shonen.  More?  Sure, he will also release several one-off Kid Ace customs.  More?  You never know :)  All of this will be available from the Cometdebris booth [#344].

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myplasticheart at 5 Points: Daioh Negora Fruit Candy from Konatsu

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myplasticheart has just announced a brand-new Konatsu treat for Five Points Festival (6.2 – 6.3).  Daioh Negora Fruit Candy reminds us of Japanese retro-style candy and features milky white sofubi with multi-color spray.   Daioh Negora will be available for $80 at the mph booth [#336]. Pounce early on this.

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May 22, 2018

Tenacious Toys at Five Points: Nerviswr3k Drone Invasion

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As part of it’s lineup for the Five Points Festival, Tenacious Toys will be offering two special drops from Nerviswr3k, each featuring the artist’s new self-produced resin Pill Drones.  First up is a fun exclusive combo set, pairing the Purple Inner Child vinyl with a brand-new matching Pill Drone resin in Purple.  These are limited to 20 sets and will be available for $85/set. 

Tenacious will also offer the Switchface Pill Drones in red.  Each drone comes with four interchangeable magnetic faces – fun!  Since these are all hand-made by the artist, there will only be five sets at the show ($75).    Both releases will be available form the Tenacious Toys booth [#234]

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Nathan Cleary x Pobber – SpongeBomber (8”) Ice Cream Edition (5.26)

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Nathan Cleary has been hard at work in the weapons lab and the result is something big.  For his new SpongeBomber, Nathan has taken his  popular Spongrenade sculpt, completely re-done the left half of the face with an eroded skeleton cutaway and made the leap from 4” to 8”.  And… Yes, it’s vinyl, produced by Pobber.  SpongeBomber debuts in a light blue Ice Cream edition this Saturday (5.26) direct from Nathan’s web shop for £125 (~$168).

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Vincent Scala – Lucky Cat Debuts At Five Points Festival (6.2 – 6.3)

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Vincent Scala has not one but two brand new drops lined up for Five Points Festival in Brooklyn next weekend (6.2 – 6.3).  In addition to the previously mentioned clear Skeleton Racer, he’ll also be debuting his Lucky Cat in a painted teal edition as well as an unpainted red.  The fun new retro-style vinyl will be available at his booth [#447]

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myplasticheart x Six TwentyEight – Captain Mitt Five Points Fest Exclusive !

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myplasticheart has once again teamed up with Six TwentyEight for a heroic new Mitt.  The hand-painted Captain Mitt features a red+white+blue design with the iconic shield emblem emblazoned on the front of his bumper car.  In the past these special themed releases have been limited to just ten pieces, this time the run is twenty – still crazy limited, but at least there’s twice as many.  These will be available for $65 from the mph booth[#336] at the show (6.2 – 6.3).

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May 21, 2018

Black Book Toys x Mishka - The Beast Another World by Kenth Toy Works

BeastKenth-2  Blackbook Toy will release four Another World hand-painted versions of The Beast by Kenth Toyworks. Starting with a marbled meat version of the Mishka x Lamour Supreme sofubi, Kenth has give each beast reptile skin deco and for the head, his signature Another World treatment in unique colors.   BBT will release four of the The Beast Another World figures via e-mail lottery for ¥31,000 (~$280) starting on Wednesday (5.23) at 8 AM PDT through Saturday at 7:59 AM PDT.  To enter send an email to info@blackbooktoy.com with the following:

  • Subject: Another World Beast Drawing Application
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May 20, 2018

Recap: VTSS at Pop Life FanX

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Here’s a look at the VTSS booth at  Pop Life FanXperience art toy convention held this weekend in Guangzhou, China.  Front and center were the recently released Bruised Lee figures from Luke Chueh with a newcomer—a black + gold edition—which is currently in production.  VTSS also showcased recent releases such as Bat Boy from Bounce, the wild Spongebob-inspired Humanoid Sea Friends Spongebuddy and Patbuddy from Miguel Vasquez, Cont “n” Roller from Yosuke Ueno, the Prehistoric Cuties and more.  They also previewedupcoming releases including 2Vth—King Tut meets V for Vendetta—from Marwan Shawhin as well as the Twins and Dancing Spoons sculptures from Okedoki.

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May 19, 2018

Vivi Su x SFBI – Lucky Sunflower at Pop Life FanXperience

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Beyond the hunt for highly sought after exclusives at conventions, we’re always hoping to see something new, unexpected, and eye-catching.  One of the brand-new standouts at the Pop Life FanXperience is the Lucky Sunflower soft vinyl from Vivi Su x SFBI.  Available at the show in an extremely limited pre-release quantity, this piece features two expressions – one smiling and another that we’ll call spunky meditative—check the third eye. Not to mention the fresh stem texture. Part Sunflower, part plant brat with just a touch of emoji and a whole lot of happiness.  

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Ron English at Pop Life FanXperience in Guangzhou

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Ron English drew long lines of collectors at the Pop Life FanXperience in Guangzhou, China which runs through Sunday (5.20).  At the top of the buy list were several of his recent figures from Pop Life including the brand-new Mad Glad Boy which does reminds us of a certain nostalgic restaurant mascot.

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From the massive Liberty Grins and the Mighty MC—think Ronald vs. the Hulk—to the new MC Supersized Minis from Secret Base, there’s something for every collector’s taste and budget. [Photos: Courtesy of Pop Life FanXperience.

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May 18, 2018

The Magician and Friends x Unbox – Oni Warrior Tattoo Edition (5.19)

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First released at the Shanghai Toy Show, the new Oni Warrior Tattoo edition from The Magician and FriendsWilliam Tsang and Steven Choi—is pure fire. The most ambitious Oni Warrior to-date, the new release features an asymmetric paint design with a mostly black on gold body contrasted with a gray face and left side of the body.

Unbox will release the Oni Warrior Tattoo Edition for pre-order on Saturday (5.19) at 7 AM PDT from their web shop for $155. These should ship out at the end of May. This just might be the dose of wicked you need for your collection.

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Brutherford Industries x Kean University – Otto at Five Points Festival

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Ryan Brutherford’s Industrial Design students at Kean University created Otto as practical experience of the entire process of designing a toy, producing it and bringing it to market. Under his guidance, they conceptualized, sculpted (traditional and digital) and presumably 3d-printed protos which were used to make molds of Otto.    In partnership with the Five Points Festival, his students will make their oh-so-happy pup on demand for customers with the help of Ryan and his nifty rotocast machine. Drop by the Brutherford/Kean University booth [#528] to check out Otto in person.

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Kill 666 -- Reyeno Sr. (5.18)

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Kyle Harper (Kill 666) will release his debut toy, Reyeno Sr., in a neon green editon as a pre-release on Friday (5.18) at 6 PM PDT for $60 from his web shop.  His one-eyed cosmic rhino stands 5” tall and is a hulk of a beast measuring 5” wide and 5” long as well.

Far from here, in a place where the universe and the nothing meet lives a species of creature formally known as Rhinoculus Bipedalus. These unique creatures are responsible for the expansion of the universe not by some divine motive but in the act of sheer survival. These creatures peer through the edge of beyond and gain nourishment from it. Eating with their one large predominant eye they slowly make their way into the unknown leaving behind the planets, stars and all solid objects which emerge from their massive posterior. [PRESS]

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PicoPico x Medicom Toy – Grand Exposition Web (5.18)

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Medicom Toy celebrated PicoPico’s 20th Anniversary of making sofubi with the PicoPico Grand Exposition held in early May at the Medicom Toy Plus store in Ometosando Hills.  The show featured 45 custom Gacky-Kun’s from various artists as well as special editions of toys Picopico designed and/or sculpted.  For those that couldn’t make it to the physical show, Medicom is offering an online version of the show.   For overseas customers (outside of Japan), the online exposition/release goes live at 8 PM PDT on Friday (5.18) via Medicom’s CJ MART.

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The exposition page has quite a few sofubi releases from several companies including One Up, Max Toy, Lulubell and of course Picopico. A few of these stand out to us. First there’s Escagot no shounena doll figure created by the artist before we was known as Picopico.  Medicom is offering new sofubi versions to celebrate the previous doll releases. Another standout is the Gandy-Kun Touya Sato Exclusive with colors chosen by Touya Sato, the father of Gandy-Kun. Finally, the Blobpus painted Shishigashira is aces in our book. If you’re  a Picopico fan, you should definitely check out the exposition page

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Les Schettkoe x SFBI – Western Micksterminator OG

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Oooh… It looks like Pop Life and SFBI have prepped an OG Painted Edition of the Western Micksterminator figure from Les Schettkoe. The place to see it first is the Pop Life FanXperience happening this weekend in Guangzhou, China (6.19 – 6.20). This OG edition follows the black glitter and red glitter ones.

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