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Aug 16, 2018

kaNO x Knocks on Wood – New Bodega Project

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So there’s a new Bodega project in the works from kaNO and new brand Knocks on Wood. Knocks on Wood posted a teaser shot which appears to be a 3D-model of the figure – more or less identical to the OG vinyl version.  So, what’s this new project about?  A few, perhaps focusing on the brand’s name, have suggested this will be a wood version.  That would be pretty dope.  If true, that would raise the question about the 3D Model…   As for when ?  We’re not sure, but we did notice that the IG post has Anaheim Convention Center as the location… DCon anyone?

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Scott C. x DKE Toys – TheGreat Showdowns: TMNT Vs. Pizza for NYCC (10.4 – 10.7)

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It’s almost two months away so an NYCC teaser reveal is a nice surprise, made all the sweeter considering it’s for the next The Great Showdowns carded resin from Scott C. and DKE Toys.  Sculpted by George Gaspar (DoubleG Toys), the latest in the extremely popular series pits a hungry Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle against a delicious, friendly, and presumably rather hapless pizza pie.  Delicious stuff. This is sure to be at the top of many NYCC ‘want’ lists.

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Ron English x TAG – Poultry Rex Mono (8.17)

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Poultry Rex returns to terrorize your shelves in a new mono edition from Ron English and Toy Art Gallery.   This new factory-painted rendition of the time-bending hybrid beast offers a stylish take on the mono concept.  While the head and limbs feature a white on black design, most of the body features what appears to be a gray rub on the off-white vinyl.  Poultry Rex Monochrome stands 8” tall and features 5 points of articulation (arms, legs and tail). It drops on Friday (8.17) at 12 PM PDT for $105 from the TAG web shop.

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Aug 14, 2018

Toy Geeks Behind the Counter: S2E20 With Funko Founder Mike Becker

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The Toy Geeks are back with an all-new episode featuring  special guest Mike Becker, the founder of Funko.  Check out S2E20 over on Youtube or below. Mike dropped by to talk about Funko’s Saturday Morning concept featuring their FunkO’s cereal line featuring mini Pop prizes inside the box and fun art on the outside.   He also gave us a preview of what to expect from the large Saturday Morning booth planed for this year’s DesignerCon

Beyond talk of Cartoons and Cereal, George, Ben, Jack M. and Mike also reviewed a few toys including the glorious Cognition Enhancement Engine 8” Dunny from Doktor A and Kidrobot, the new Empire Strikes Back Mystery Minis from Funko, a pair of new toys from Vincent Scala, and Find Chaffy from Jamie Smart.

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Aug 12, 2018

Luke Chueh –’ Anthropomorphucked’ at Corey Helford (9.8)

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Get excited, Luke Chueh is set to open Anthropomorphucked—his first LA solo show in 3+ years—at Corey Helford Gallery in DTLA on Saturday, September 8th 2018.  Luke recently posted the first painting reveal from the new collection and it’s pretty incredible.  The (Self) Destroyer  tackles a dark subject with cleverly positioned (ahem)  bits of humor.  The mix of different levels of rendering from the classic looseness on the signature bear to the tighter, more detailed skull  and furry friends works really well.  Can’t wait to see what else Luke’s come up with for the show!

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Opening: Saturday, September 8th 2018

Corey Helford Gallery
571 S Anderson St (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
310.287.2340

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Aug 09, 2018

Colus -- ‘Deadweight’ at Clutter Gallery (8.11)

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Colus will present a collection of his light meets dark resin sculptures when he opens his Deadweight solo show at Clutter Gallery this Saturday (8.11). From the gorgeous previews he’s posted so far, it looks like the show will feature quite a few new designs including the intertwined wolf piece (above).

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Splurrt x Toy Art Gallery – Devilman Broken Bones (8.9)


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Feel the pain with the new Devilman Broken Bones edition (5”) from Splurrt and Toy Art Gallery, dropping on Friday (8.9) at 12 PM PDT for $85 via TAG’s Web Shop.   Cast in teal sofubi, the ghastly one with 3 points of articulation reaches full fright with red and black sprays.

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Aug 08, 2018

DesignerCon x Medicom Toy Exclusives

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DesignerCon is working with Medicom Toy on several exclusive toys for this year’s show.  These will be available for pre-order as add-ons to DCon Tickets which go on sale on Thursday (8.9) at 1 PM PDT.  For each ticket purchased, customers may pre-order up to one of each exclusive for pickup at DesignerCon (11.16 – 11.18).

First up are two new Keith Haring figures – a [email protected] and a VCD—with brand-new designs that set them apart from previous releases.  The exclusive [email protected] features more abstract design than the previous releases and will be available  in a 100% & 400% combo pack as well as the gorgeous 1000% edition pictured above.  The DCon Exclusive Andy Warhol VCD features a brand-new ‘Pop Shop’ T-shirt graphic along with pristine jeans (no patches).

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In addition the previously announced Andy Warhol 100% [email protected], DCon will also release a Chevy Metal 100% [email protected] celebrating the Foo Fighters powered super cover band’s headlining performance at the DCon Saturday Night Party ($35/ticket).  The Warhol [email protected] is included as part of the VIP Pass package and can also be purchased separately with the purchase of Weekend or Single Day passes.   These photos are for reference and the final production pieces may vary.

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Sket One - 8” Honey Custom Dunnys (8.10)

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The incoming 8” Honey Custom Dunnys from Sket One are the latest in his highly sought after Condiments series.  This one features a gorgeous translucent honey bear Dunny with a matching puddle of the sweet stuff and a honey dipper with traces o’honey on it. While this would look great in a toy collection, it’ll really turn heads by itself on a table or kitchen counter.

This ‘premium quality’ sweetness can be yours for $485.  The 8” Honey Custom Dunnys will be available for a 24-hour window starting on Friday (8.10) at 9 AM PST through Saturday (8.11) at 9 AM PDT directly from Sket’s web shop.  Don’t go from sweet to sour—set a reminder on your gizmo.

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Aug 07, 2018

DesignerCon 2018 Tickets Go On Sale on 8.8.18

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Designercon 2018 passes go on sale on Wednesday (8.8.18) at 1 PM PDT. It probably goes without saying, but  2018 is a big year for DCon.  This year, DCon is offering VIP passes ($60, friday-sunday), Weekend Passes ($35 sat-sun) and single day passes for $20 (sat or sun).  

The VIP Pass is the only way to attend Friday’s preview night. It also includes several other perks including early admission on Saturday and Sunday, an exclusive Andy Warhol 100% [email protected], access to VIP only lounges, experiences as well the opportunity to purchase VIP-only items.

The Saturday Night Party will be one to remember with headliners Chevy Metal, the  Foo Fighters’ alter ego covers-only band—a perfect way to celebrate this year’s Rock ‘n Roll theme. For 2018, the party is all grown-up and is now a separate ticketed event (not included with any DCon Pass).  Tickets for the party are $35 and will also be available on Wednesday (8.8).

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If you love art toys (duh!), you’ll definitely want to join in on the fun this November 16th-18th.  This year’s DesignerCon is chock full of new and exciting: the move to Anaheim, expanding from two days to 3 days (VIP Preview Night), the supersized exhibition hall (300,000 sqft vs ~100,000 in Pasadena) as well some big additions including Medicom Toy, Mondo, Saturday Mornings with FunkOs and a few surprises to be unveiled shortly.   Not to be missed.

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Nathan Cleary x Pobber – Spongrenade Mono

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Pobber is wrapping up production on the 4” OG Spongrenade vinyl from Nathan Cleary which were offered via pre-order in February and quickly sold out.  But…  They also teased something new… Mono.  Yep, the OG will soon have a Mono brother-in-arms—also in the fun 4” vinyl format.  Here’s hoping the Mono was part of the OG production run and will be a normal drop rather than a preorder.

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Aug 03, 2018

DesignerCon 2018 – VIP Passes include Exclusive Andy Warhol Bearbrick

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With Designer Con passes going on sale on Wednesday (8.8), the show is starting to reveal some surprises including this Exclusive Andy Warhol 100% [email protected] in black with hot pink accents from Medicom – free to all VIP pass holders. It’s just one of the perks of this year’s upgraded VIP pass which includes admission to the VIP preview night (Friday, 11.16), VIP Lounges, and more swanky toy goodness.

 

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Aug 02, 2018

GR2 Celebrates 15 Years of Amazing Art (8.4)

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GR2 is turning 15.  That’s right, Giant Robot’s art gallery has been showcasing the work of inspiring artists for a decade and a half.  Opening on Saturday (8.4), ‘GR2 @ 15 Years’ celebrates the milestone with a group exhibit of artists who have shown with the gallery over the years.  For many, GR2 played a key part in their careers. 

The impressive line up includes:  Ako Castuera, Rob Sato, Darren and Trish Inouye, Theo Ellsworth, Dehara Yukinori, KAMI Hitotzuki, Jeni Yang, Huntz Liu, Sean Chao, Shizu Saldamando, Stickymonger, Mari Inukai, Godeleine de Rosamel, Geoff McFetridge, Seonna Hong, Yusei Abe, Jen Tong, Yoskay Yamamoto, Susie Ghahremani, Stella Im Hultberg, Gary Baseman, Mark Todd, Esther Park Watson, Nikki McClure, Linnea Strid, Mark Nagata, Ed Trask, Matt Furie, Albert Reyes, Luke Chueh, Deth P Sun, kozyndan, Shawn Cheng, Nathan Ota, Maggie Chiang, Andrew Hem and Flat Bonnie.

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GR2 @ 15
Opening: Saturday August 4th, 2018 (6:30 – 10 PM)

GR2 Gallery
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
424.246.7626

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First-Ever Enamel Market Ups the Pin Game at 3DRetro (8.4)

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If you love pins, just can’t get enough of the bite-sized artwork, the first-ever Enamel Market on Saturday (8.4) from 11 AM to 6 PM in the 3DRetro parking lot should be on your calendar.  Brought to you by DeKevin, Enamel Market will feature Pins, Patches and Art from 15+ vendors including Alex Pardee, Jim McKenzie, Flat Bonnie, a Johnny Cupcakes Pop-Up,  Special Ed Toys, Nostalgia Vault, Save the Panduhs, Geeky and Kinky and many more. 

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The first 100 people who make it out to the free event will receive an exclusive Enamel Market Pin designed by Pirate Robot from a concept by Special Ed Toys.   See you all there! There will also be a special gold edition of the mascot pin for $10 (edition of 50) available at the Special Ed Toys booth.

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Enamel Market
Saturday, August 4th 2018 (11AM – 6PM)

3DRetro (Parking Lot)
1851 S. Victory Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91201

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