Oct 18, 2018
Oooh, The Colors… Circus Cyclops Rowlii by Phobia Toys x DSKI One
Dski One teams ups with Phobia Toys on a hand-painted micro-run (5 pcs) of the brand’s cute big-mouth, Rowlii. Starting with 6” figures cast in bright green soft vinyl , Dksi One adds candy-colored streams and hand-details on the eye+teeth to create the big-top inspired Circus Cyclops Rowlii. The colorful edition drops on Saturday (10.20) at 10 AM PDT from Lulubell Toys for $125 each.
Special Tmall 1111 Festival Dokkan Awaken Blue by Fools Paradise (10.20)
Fools Paradise has teamed up with China’s online retailer Tmall to bring you two special releases. First up is Dokkan Awaken Blue in vinyl. Not just a simple colorway, the new blue edition of Low Fool as DBZ warrior features all new tattoo deco. The nearly 14” vinyl will be available for order from Fools Paradise on Saturday (10.20). No word on pricing, but the standard (blond) edition was $290 (including shipping). Hit the jump for a look at the OG edition.
Being Soft Is Cool with the Bert and Ernie Plush from KAWS
While details are still scarce (non-existent), KAWS has taken the wraps off his upcoming Bert and Ernie plush. The XX-ified soft, cuddly versions of the Sesame Street couple should be coming… soon. No official word, but it doesn’t seem a stretch to suggest these are part of the KAWS x Sesame Street collection from Uniqlo.
Have A Mystical Night with Halloween Witch Fat Fairy from Pucky x Unbox (10.20)
Along with Jack O’Lanterns and bulk grab bag candy, this year Halloween is bringing fun new editions of toys. If you love Pucky’s Fat Fairy, the new Halloween Witch –GID of course—should be at the top of your treats list. Then again, it’s kinda a ‘trick’ since you know… the glow bit. This 6.5” GID Witch Fairy soft vinyl drops on Saturday (10.20) at 7 AM PDT from the Unbox shop for $90. Hit the jump for the ‘lights on’ photos.
Oct 17, 2018
Lumicar at TTF : YoYo Yeung, Bac Bac Diary and More
Lumicar is at TTF with several releases including new light-up cars+figures from YoYo Yeung (Color Raby Pre-order) and a blind-box (interesting…) Bac Bac Diary series (3 designs + 1 chase). They will also have cars from Shoko Nakazawa, Kik Toyz, Konatsu, Dimooworld and more. All of the light-up action will be available at booth A35. See the item flier for all the release info.
RastaMoon’s Impeccably Dressed Uomini for TTF
Korean artist RastaMoon is set to debut his swanky Uomini resin figures at Taipei Toy Festival (10.18 – 10.21). The figures celebrate traditional men’s fashion set against a tailor-style backdrop/concept. Each figure is meticulously assembled from individually cast components in order to create the impeccable style and detail.
We’re looking forward to learning more about the fashion-forward figures with a clever name. Uomini is both a play on uomo (‘man’ in Italian) and mini which is a nod to the toy aspect as well as a word in its own right (‘men’),
Codec Zombie – ‘Boss Murray’ Reveals The Dog’s Best Friend
Codec Zombie is working on a cleverly fun new figure inspired by Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs. Boss Murray brings us Bill Murray wearing an imaginary life-sized ‘Boss’ costume, the dog he voiced in the animated film. The sculpt captures both the actor and the character nicely, down to the dog’s uniform, a remnant of his days as the mascot of the Megasaki Dragons. The newest Murray figure continues an arc the artist started with his Steve Zissou figure based on Life Aquatic. We’ll be sure to track the progress on this inspired figure.
Go Spooky with the Mini Miscreants Living Dead Edition
Just in time for the spooky season comes the new Mini Miscreants Living Dead edition from Miscreation Toys and Toy Art Gallery. The set of six Miscreants (2”) feature a fun-spirited spooky take with yellow, green and red details adding just a bit of life to the monochrome designs. In case you’d like to get to know these little guys better, they are: Skullen, Goob, Jawrr, Nariphon, Demonette and Half Skullen.
MVH x Clutter Go Big With 2-Foot Sludge Demon
Boom! The Sludge Demon you loved at the OG 3.25” cubicle friendly size, is now ready to take over your entire house with the new 2-foot version. That’s right, Clutter Studios has worked with Mutant Vinyl Hardcore to bring one of his signatures characters to life as a giant, hand-rotocast resin sculpture.
First out of the workshop is the Death Vault Blood Bath Edition featuring a wicked hand-dyed marbled design blending magenta, black and white. Limited to 5 pieces, the 2ft Sludge Demon is available now for $3,000 from Clutter. Shipping is included for the tri-state area. Inquire for shipping quotes to other locations.
Oct 16, 2018
DoDo Is Next Up From Monka Toys
Up next from Thai brand Monka Toys is DoDo. The cute, chubby bird comes with a fun magnetic tree stump accessory/base. The magnets allow you to spin the bird easily on the stump and keeps him put—check the video after the jump. From the one preview shot, it appears that DoDo’s eye is GID :)
DoDo is Monka’s third toy and follows I-Kwaii (water buffalo) and a pair of backpack totin’ birds. Dig the design and the clean execution—impressive for a self-made indie toy.
Tik Ka x Mighty Jaxx -- Hambuddah Does Brunch
Hambuddah is set to return in a fun black + gold edition. Moving beyond burgers, the new edition of the Tik Ka x Mighty Jaxx toy is about to enjoy a morning pastry. This one seems set for a drop this Saturday. Will update with release info.
JC Rivera x UVD Toys – Bear Champ Returns To The Ring
Good News! The new vinyl Bear Champ from JC Rivera and UVD Toys is almost ready to step back into the ring. This one’s definitely a winner – the sculpt from Oasim Karmieh is on point and the paint deco is really sharp. We’ll keep an eye out on this one.
Bounce Mickey Debuts at TTF
Well, Hello there! Taiwanese street artist Bounce will debut his officially-licensed Bounce Mickey (7”) art toy at Taipei Toy Festival (10.18 – 10.21) at booth A18 for NT2800 (~$90) ! Produced by Cosmi, Bounce Mickey has a fun, dynamic flat-edged sculpt with the artist’s familiar speaker-style ears, oversized shoes, and an electric pose. Stylized versions of Mickey abound, but Bounce’s is one of the best around.This one is limited 500 pieces, with 180 set aside for TTF – we’ll keep an eye out for a general release. This is a follow-up of sorts to Bounce’s previous Mickey toy on Cosmi’Hit the Jump for Bounce’s quick video of the figure.
Space Cat Blasts Off at TTF (10.18 – 10.21)
After previewing an unpainted proto at BTS, Shon will release the debut edition of his Space Cat sofubi at Taipei Toy Festival (10.18-10.21). The large, deluxe figure steps out of the air lock in a brilliant white edition, complete with cosmic ‘paw’ gun, elaborate helmet with clear visor and groovy space suit. The sculpt is aces. If you’re going to TTF, you’ll find Shon and Space Cat at booth A19.
Whereschappell – The Grinch 2.0 Embraces Xmas ? (10.21)
Heads up. Whereschappell is revisiting his popular Grinch resin figure (‘17). The 2.0 version features a slightly more subdued Grinch (no ‘bird’) who seems to be getting dragged into the holiday cheer with a bright red Santa suit. Grinch 2.0 (~7.5”) will be available for pre-order on Sunday (10.21) at 12 PM PDT from Cracked Hatchet for £64.99 (~$85). These will ship at the end of November.
Whereschappell has also teased new Grinch versions with droopy Santa hat that he can both hold and wear. Something to look forward to :)
Oct 15, 2018
KMNDZ x House of Blues Collection with Hobs Toy (10.17)
Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez has collaborated with the House of Blues on an Artist Series collection featuring apparel, an enamel pin and an art toy vinyl. Bandanas, scarves, shirts, and more feature his art and characters including Hobs, the water tower bird.
Produced by 3DRetro, the Hobs vinyl features a detailed sculpt that closely matches KMNDZ’s original art. A painterly style finish nicely compliments the fun figure. The first edition will be available as part of the House of Blues collection release. We’re looking forward to a more complete look at Hobs on Wednesday.
The collection will be released online on Wednesday (10.17) at 7 PM PDT. A portion of the sales will be donated to benefit Keep a Breast’s breast cancer awareness/education. See the preview video after the jump
Fools Paradise -- Losing Game Pre-Order
Take a ride back to a galaxy, far, far way with the Losing Game from Fools Paradise. The latest in the brand’s Coin-op Ride series features LowFool as Luke in Trooper ‘guise contemplating taking another go at the Empire. The wee X-Wing features the trusty k2d2 as a co-pilot.
Limited to 398 pieces, the vinyl + pvc set is available for pre-order now for $298 (+ $30 global shipping) from Fools Paradise and is scheduled to ship Q1 2019.
Incoming! Mono Spongrenade (10.16)
If you missed the Mono Spongrenade at Summer Soul, you’re in luck as Pobber will be releasing the gray+white version of Nathan Cleary’s lovable explosive on Tuesday (10.16) at 7 AM PDT from the Pobber shop. The mono follows the since sold-out OG edition. Don’t miss your last chance to pick up this pocketable Weapon of Mass Confusion.
Inset Photo: @cudd1es
Meet Rorot by 3imension
The other day I had the pleasure of stumbling upon a fun new robot figure in the works from Korean artist 3imension (YoungSam Joo). After a few emails to get a bit more background on the artist and the toy, I’m happy to introduce Rorot.
With twenty plus years of experience in animation as an art director and mechanical designer and a lifelong love of plastic modeling, 3imension is launching his own art toy line starting with the personable Rorot (13.1cm/5.1 “). Rather than creating, a cold, powerful robot, the artist wanted his robot to be warm and approachable. Part of the warmth comes from the design/sculpt which has an organic feel with gentle sloping curves and rounded features rather than the hard edges and angles often found on mechs and giant robots. There’s also that cute head, peeking up just high enough to get a glance at his surroundings. With Rog at his side, Rorot is ready (more or less) to face the world.
Buff Monster Unleashes Melty Misfits 3 (10.16)
Tomorrow’s the day. Buff Monster will officially release his Melty Misfits 3 trading cards on Tuesday (10.16) at 7 AM PDT over at StayMelty.com in full boxes for $120, four packs for $20 as well as a new enamel pin for $10. If you didn’t get your latest does of Melty Misfits through the Kickstarter, this is your shot.
Melty Misfits 3 features 40 brand-new characters(!) featured across 80 cards following the traditional A/B system from the Garbage Pail Kids cards which inspired the Melty Misfits concept. Buff Monster has indulged his perfectionist tendencies and the result is a high-quality vintage-style trading card series which honors the past. The offset-printed cards feature custom-mixed inks on custom-made sticker stock, are kiss-cut and come in a wax wrapper. If you collected cards as a kid, these will bring that rush right back. This set has all the extras as well from card backs with puzzles and checklists to swanky, shiny foil cards which have pencil sketch reproductions on the back.
Each box features a full set of 80 sticker cards, two signed cards and fancy special cards including brand-new scratch n’ sniff cards, foils, variants, errors, as well as a small poster. In a first, Series 3 boxes include the first-ever Jumbo sticker card. Randomly assorted chase sketch cards and golden tickets await lucky collectors.
To celebrate the arrival of Melty Misfits 3, Buff Monster will also release a new minty colorway of the pin offered through the Kickstarter.
Oct 13, 2018
Incoming! Trooper SuperJanky by Flying Förtress
Superplastic continues to roll out the big guns for release after release. This time around, Flying Förtress comes through with his Trooper SuperJanky. His 8” Janky brings the edge and look of his signature Teddy Troop characters from the distinctive gray helmet with the blue star to the red fur and the telltale graphics/lettering. Just in case his mere presence isn’t enough, Trooper SuperJanky has a fist full of ‘nukes’ in his left hand.
Tara McPherson x Kidrobot -- Explore Your Dreams with Astra and Orbit
After a packaging reveal at Toy Fair this past February and the Exclusive drop at NYCC two weeks ago, Kidrobot has released Tara McPherson’s Astra and Orbit 8” vinyl set in both standard (white) and KR Exclusive (black) editions. Drawn from her Dreamwell world and card game, the set features the mystical Astra and her companion wolf, Astra.
The standard edition’s design blends off-white, pink and blue for a celestial vibe that one might mistake for GID (darn). Limited to 800 pieces, it’s available for $74.99 from select retailers including rotofugi, myplasticheart and Woot Bear as well as Kidrobot.com
Kyle Kirwan x Clutter - The 5” GID Boneyard Dunny Will Give You Chills
Just in time for the freaky season, comes the brand-new GID Boneyard Dunny (5”) from Kyle Kirwan and Clutter. Based on the artist’s original 8” Boneyard Dunny custom from earlier this year, the 5” rendition features his original spooky sculpt of skulls and assorted bones throughout the entire surface.
Cast by Clutter Studios in New York, the Boneyeard Dunny (edition of 30) is available now for $150 each from the Clutter Store. This wicked release is part of Clutter’s Monsters Under My Bed group show which opens tonight (10.13)
Mimi the Cannibal Girl Toxic Green GID Edition
Mimi, The Cannibal Girl, is back in a new Toxic Green edition from Utomaru x Tomenosuke. This edition features a GID spear, for a striking lights-off display. Limited to just 30 pieces, the sofubi figure (11.42” at the spear tip) is available now from Tomenosuke’s web shop for 13,500 yen (~ $118).
Junko Mizuno x Scott Wilkowski – The Junko Bear (10.13)
Woot Bear has just released The Junko Bear resins (2.25”) on their site for $55 eachon their site for $55 each. This fun new collabo from Junko Mizuno and Scott Wilkowski is the artist’s version of the store’s mascot and is available in three standard shades --- red, blue, and pink as well as a special assorted (blind) offering. Go get ‘em.