Dec 10, 2013
Preview: Blamo Toys -- ‘Billy’ Custom Group Show at Toy Art Gallery (12.14)
It’s December and that means holidays, cold weather (even in LA this year!) and the annual Blamo Toys show at Toy Art Gallery. For this year’s show Blamo has given artists the chance to customize a figure that represents their distinct approach to toys – Billy. Instead of vinyl or plastic, each 7” Billy is hand-carved from Saur wood. Plus, a few artists will have even more room to work as they are customizing 25” Big Billys. Even though we love vinyl and plastic, we’re looking forward to seeing how the invited artists engage with the organic material.
Bigger and better than before, this year’s exhibition features Billys from over 100 artists including: Aeron Alfrey, Ajee, Alexis Mixter, Amanda Louise Spayd, Anthony Ausgang, Artmymind, Ardi Hermawan, BenchūK, Beau Blanche, Betso, Brad Isdrab, Brendan Nathaniel, Brent Nolasco, Chauskoskis, Chris Ryniak, Cortlan Robertson, Cris Rose, Daniel Goffin, David Flores, Dax Savage, Dean Goelz, DeeTen, Doktor A, Dril One, Dustin Blanche, Emilio Garcia, Evan Sugarman, FFInc., Flawtoys, Francesco De Molfetta, Frank Kozik, Gary Ham, Germs, Hans Haveron, Hans Walør, Heather Hansen, Hints and Spices, Hugh Rose, Ian Ziobrowski, iROC, Jan Calleja, Jan Hilmer, Jay222, Jermaine Rogers, Jessicka Addams, JFury, Jocelyn Marsh, John Park, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Josh Herbolsheimer, Josh Mayhem, Julie West, Katie Weselby, Kevin Titzer, KMNDZ, Leah Minium, Leecifer, Leesasaur, Leighton Kelly, Lucien Shapiro, Marco Mejia, Martin Hsu, Martin Ontiveros, Matt Dangler, Mike Slobot, Mikie Graham, Miss Monster, Moe & Sean, Monstrehero, Nathan Hamill, Naomi Samara, Nebulon5, Nice Collective, Otto Bjornik, Obscure, Paolo Petrangeli, Podgy Panda, Reactor 88, RSIN, Rudy Fig, Scott Tolleson, Scott Wilkowski, Sean Christopher, Sekure D, Shayne Martea, Shira Loa, Shwa Keirstead, Skinner, Southerndrawl, Spankystokes, Spencer Hansen, Super Cooper, T. Cowdin, Tan-Ki, TaskOne, The Pizz, The Soft Museum, UNKL, valleyDweller, We Kill You, Zieromuko, and more.
In addition to the customs, the exhibition will feature a limited-edition run of Mummy Billys from Spencer Hansen and Shayne Martea. If you are in or around LA, you owe it to yourself to check out the opening on Saturday (12.14).
Blamo Toys || ‘Billy’ Custom Group Show
Opening: Saturday, December 14th 2013 (7-10 PM)
Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90046
Dec 05, 2013
Otto Björnik – The Hobbit Customs
You may be asking yourself, “Are these Otto Björnik customs for sale?!?!?!” Sadly, no, they aren’t. They are going to one lucky collector who commissioned this set of amazing custom Munny World Hobbit themed pieces. We feel it’s safe to say that Otto has yet another satisfied customer. You can see all the favorite characters, who include Balin, Bilbo, Galadriel, Gandalf, The Goblin King, Thorin, and of course Gollum. The most impressive piece we see is the Goblin King, which stands 12” tall versus the 7” Munny. Our hats go off to Otto with another job well done! More pics after the jump.
Dec 03, 2013
Super Suck-Up 2 Custom Editions Available from Suckadelic
Did you miss out on the Super Suck-up 2 artist custom Sucklord figures at DesignerCon? If so, you’re in luck. The artist editions are now available online directly from the Sucklord himself at suckadelic.com. For reference, here’s the rundown of this year’s figures:
Bob Conge/Plaseebo - edition of 28 * Healeymade - edition of 30 * Grody Shogun - edition of 50 * J*Ryu - edition of 50 * Jesse Hernandez – edition of 50 * Leecifer - edition of 30 * Michelle Valigura - edition of 29 * Mike Egan - edition of 30 * Sket One – edition of 50 * TOUMA – edition of 50 * UAMOU – edition of 50 * Woes Martin – edition of 50 * Scott Wilkowski – edition of 50 * Sucklord - edition of 35. The Sucklord edition is available for $35/pcwhile the other artist editions are $100/pc.
Nov 26, 2013
Amanda Visell – Custom Robots and Beavers
Remember that one time when Amanda Visell released some customs of her Beaver figure and Michelle Valigura’s Robot Girl figure? We do, because it happened today and the 9 customs she did, went in a flash! Only retailing $100 each, why wouldn’t you want to pick one or two up? There’s always a next time! If you don’t ever want to miss out on an opportunity like this, be sure to sign up for the Switcheroo email list. For those of you who are toy masochists and want to see what you missed out on, check out the customs in their shop HERE.
Nov 21, 2013
Mist – Son of Actarus Be@rbrick Cutoms in 3000%, 1000% and 400%
For his recent ‘Son of Actarus’ solo at Galerie Le Feuvre in Paris, renown French graffiti artist Mist exhibited a collection of new paintings, as well as a family of custom Actarus Be@rbricks in three sizes – 400%, 1000% and a massive 3000% fiberglass masterpiece, celebrating the lead character in the French version of Go Nagai’s Grendizer. Mist always puts together impressive gallery exhibitions mixing his signature 2D works with sweet sculptural pieces. Son of Actarus continues the trend with the custom Be@rbricks as well as several large-scale hand-painted Goldo sculptures. Props to Nicolas Pinelli who sent us the news and the pics, many of which he shot.
Oct 07, 2013
Tasha Zimich x Vinyl Riot – Exclusive Sinister Sisters Custom Androids
Vinyl Riot is working with artist Tasha Zimich to exclusively release her Sinister Sisters Custom Android Series. The blind-bagged series features five deadly siblings, each distinguished by her different hair color. As a bonus, one lucky collector will receive an 11” x 17” exclusive Sinister Sisters print. The custom androids drop on Wednesday (10.9) @ 3PM EDT from vinylriot.com.
Oct 04, 2013
Itokin Park – ‘Space Mode Man’ Customs for Art Pop-Up (10.6)
Itokin Park’s new Space Mode Man sofubi (3.5”) is an homage to one of his favorite movies, 2001: A Space Odyssey. As you can see, the helmet and other gear including the pack are modeled after the film. While he isn’t ready to release a production edition yet, he’s created two groups of colorfully awesome customs of the new figure.
Each custom is hand-painted by Itokin Park and features plastic jewels on the instrument panel and the ray gun as well as his tiny stickers throughout for added deco. The first group (featuring stripes) will be available at the Switcheroo Art Pop-Up on Sunday (10.6) in Highland Park for $60 each. The second group with stars (not shown) will be available at the TAG six-person show on 10.19. And in case you are confused, Space Mode Man is Itokin’s second astronaut figure. The other one, ‘Astronaut’, is part of a three figure collabo series with Amanda Visell and Michelle Valigura. The first teal edition of Astronaut will also be available at the Pop-Up on Sunday (25 pcs, $30).
Switcheroo Art Pop-Up
Sunday, October 6th 2013 (7-9 PM)
Thank You Comics
5011 York Blvd.
Highland Park, CA 90042
Oct 01, 2013
Sket One – KikkoSket Custom Dunnys (10.11)
Sket is about to make collectors very happy with his KikkoSket Soy Sauce Dunnys, his latest deluxe custom condiment edition. If you’ve ever been to an Asian restaurant, you’ll immediately recognize this piece, which is inspired by the THE soy sauce brand. For this limited-edition, timed release, Sket has made sure this new release is on-point from the inner resin pour mimicking soy sauce, to the incorporation of the actual bottle cap, the Sket-ified branding and the inclusion of resin soy sauce in dish, resin ginger and ginger wasabi accessories! Yup, that’s right. Condiments for the condiment. Each KikkoSket Dunny also comes with a pair of chopsticks and bamboo mat so that you can create the perfect meal setting.
Sket will open orders for the KikkoSket Soy Sauce Custom Dunnys on Friday, October 11th at Midnight EDT and close them 24 hours later from sket-one.com. Each Dunny will be available for $475. Mark your calendar.
Sep 24, 2013
Otto Bjornik -- ‘World War D’ Dunnys (9.27)
At the end of the world comes ‘World War D’. Otto Björnik’s latest series features gritty monochrome apocalyptic custom Dunnys ready for one last battle. If you love Otto’s detailed painting style but were looking for something a bit more aggressive and energetic than his recent more serene work, World War D is calling your name. World War D will released blind-packaged on Friday (9.27) @ 11 AM EDT from Otto’s web shop for $110 each.
Sep 18, 2013
Keithing – ‘The Soul Taker’ Custom (9.20)
Getting in the Halloween spirit, Keithing is about to release ‘The Soul Taker Custom’. The set features an Oliver Bat Boy grim reaper (6”) and her jack-o-lantern style Labbit (7”). By using twine and wood elements, Keithing has conjured up a dark rustic mood with his latest custom –- something you might find lurking in a forlorn corn field on a moonlit October evening. ‘The Soul Taker’ will be available for purchase on Friday (9.20) @ 11AM EDT for $385 (free US shipping) from toyqube.com.
Sep 03, 2013
Carson Catlin – METWIN Custom Pollen Kaiser for TAG Anniversary Show (9.14)
As part of its Anniversary Exhibition in September (9.14), Toy Art Gallery will celebrate their Pollen Kaiser figure from Paul Kaiju with a selection of customs from noted artists. For his turn, Carson Catlin has taken his reticulated aesthetic to new heights. His METWIN custom features intricate cuts which draw attention to the figure’s original form while also offering a mostly new textural design that respects key elements of the OG design. The remaining exterior is dry brushed in grey while the interior is treated with super bright pink for a striking result. All in all, this is one of our favorite Carson Catlin customs – nicely done. The piece will be available at the exhibition for $500.
Aug 31, 2013
Beast Brothers – 8” GID Quetzalcoatl Custom Dunny (9.6)
In late June, the Beast Brothers revived their Quetzacoatl 3” Dunny design as a meticulous 8” limited-edition custom dunny in the OG green color scheme. Now, they are about to release a glow-in-the-dark edition. The 8” GID Quetzalcoatl Custom Dunny features an off-white + light green design complete with faux poncho and a laser-engraved box. Per Beast Brothers tradition, this piece will be offered as a timed-edition with sales open for a 24 hour window beginning on Friday (9.6) @ 1 PM EDT for $460 (+ s/h) via the Beast Brothers site.
Rotobox – Batman 1966 Adam West Minicel Customs
Following quickly on the heels of their sold-out Batman Hush mini-cel customs, Rotobox is going old school with their limited-edition Batman 1966 Adam West Minicel customs based on the OG TV Caped Crusader. Love the stylized facial details on these new pieces which off the smaller Minicel platform (Kuso Vinyl) . Limited to 5 pieces, the retro Batman customs are available for $130 USD (shipping included) from the Rotobox online shop.
Aug 26, 2013
F1shcustoms x Vinyl Riot – Gotham’s Most Wanted Dunny Series (8.30)
Vinyl Riot is about to add to the craze of comic-based customs with the ‘Gotham’s Most Wanted’ Dunny series from F1shcustoms. The blind-boxed series features eight individual characters – Modern Joker, Mr. Freeze, Catwoman, Bane, Scarecrow, Harley Quinn, Modern Batman and Nightwing as well as a special 1960’s retro chase pair of Batman and Joker. So that’s 9 blind-boxes total with one lucky collector scoring the retro chase pair. These look very well done and will be released on Friday August 30th @ 3 PM EDT for $60 each from Vinyl Riot.
Aug 22, 2013
Rotobox – Limited-Edition Minicel Batman Hush Customs
Rotobox has just released their new limited-edition Batman Hush Minicel Customs. Designed after the Hush miniseries, the sharp customs feature key signature additions including cape, spiked gauntlets and cowl ears to bring the Bat to life, all realized with a super glossy metallic paint (check out the beautiful cowl!). Limited to 5 pieces, the new customs show off the brand-new, smaller 5” minicel platform from Kuso and are available for $120 (shipping included) from Rotobox’s online shop.
Aug 20, 2013
Otto Björnik – Kwadro Alas Dunny Release (8.22)
Last year we featured Otto Björnik’s excellent Kwadro Kwin series of customs relating a narrative of royal sisters, noble soldiers and more tied together with a playing card motif. After each new reveal, we kept wondering when he was going to release them. For the Kwadro Alas Dunnys (3”), the answer is this Friday (8.22). Each of the four horsemen (Aces) is limited to five pieces and will be available complete with cape and lance accessories for $115 each (+ s/h) from Otto’s web shop @ 11 AM EDT on 8.22.13. If past history is any guide, these will go quickly, so stay sharp. If you’d like to purchase more than one of the designs or perhaps a set of all four, drop a line to Ottobjornik@gmail.com before the drop.
The four sisters became more and more beautiful with each passing day. As word of their beauty spread, kings from neighboring lands came to court the fair young maidens. And so it happened that each sister became betrothed to a king before her eighteenth birthday. When they became of age, the nobleman sent his daughters to the four corners of the land to live in their new kingdoms. He selected four of his bravest horsemen (Arjun, Aden, Ashur & Aubin) to accompany and protect them on their long journeys.
Aug 16, 2013
Mikie Graham – Gorillaz Plastic Beach Edition for Music to My Ears (8.24)
For his submission to Super Cooper’s ‘Music to My Ears’ group show @ TAG (8.24) , Mikie Graham has customized the Kidrobot Gorillaz figures to reflect the animated band’s island-going vibe they rocked for their 2010 ‘Plastic Beach’ album. Inspired by the theme, Mikie re-conceptualized Russell as an island of sorts by creating a custom sculpt of the big man’s head (1+ pounds of Magic Sculpt) with just enough space for Noodle to keep her feet dry. Finishing out the concept, each of the Gorillaz beachcombers has their own separate little island base complete with odds and ends that seem to have washed ashore. In addition to the Russel Island, Noodle also comes with a wooden base complete with gun case. Props to Mikie for a beautiful job on re-making the Gorillaz with their Plastic Beach flow.
Music to My Ears
Opening: Saturday August 24th (7 to 10 PM)
Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90046
Aug 02, 2013
Preview: Clutter x Dynamite Rex -- The Custom Raaar! Show (8.10)
Clutter has collaborated with Dynamite Rex on a group custom show featuring the brand’s Raaar! vinyl platform figure as well as an open-call design contest for a chance to participate in the show. Opening on Saturday August 10th, ‘The Custom Raaar! Show’ will feature customs from Angella Powell, Ardabus Rubber, ArtmyMind, Bashprojects, Betso, Charles Rodriguez, Chuckboy, coolvader, Cucaracha Borracha, FullerDesigns, Haus of Boz, Ian Ziobrowski, Igor Ventura, Jason Limon, JC Rivera, Jeremiah Ketner, JFury, Kevin Gosselin, Kong Andri, Laura Lorén, MAp-MAp, Nerviswr3k, Nikejerk, Otto Björnik, Patrick Wong, PodgyPanda, Rsin, RunDMB, RX, Sekure D, Sergio Mancini, 64 Colors, Stuart Witter, Task One, UNCLE. So far Clutter has announced three contest winners and revealed their designs – Patrick Wong, RX, and Angella Powell. Hit the jump for a preview of a few of the show pieces.
The Custom RAAAR! Show
Opening: August 10th (6-9 PM)
163 Main Street
Beacon, New York 12508
Jul 30, 2013
FullerDesigns – Trio of new Comic Droids
FullerDesigns released three new custom Comic Droids today. The trio include Ironman, Spiderman, and the villainous Shocker. Each unique custom was created with acrylic and airbrush paint. The new Comic Droids were available from the FullerDesigns shop for $125 each and promptly sold out. Congrats James!
Huck Gee – Skullheads: Baseball & Boso + New Apparel
Huck Gee has unleashed two post-apocalyptic bruisers, part of the fearsome Skullheads. Boso and Baseball are ready for the rough stuff with their gritty arsenal and head protection. Limited to ten pieces each, the new signed/numbered hand-done custom Skullheads come in laser engraved boxes and are available for $800 each. To order drop a line to email@example.com.
To celebrate the Skullheads release in style, Huck has released Skullheads gear. The Violent Running Tribe Tees ($29) and Hoodies ($55) and yes, stickers are available now. Get yours directly from the Huck shop.
Jul 26, 2013
Rotobox -- Minicel Series 1 Customs
Rotobox will soon be working in their first series of customs of their brand new 4" minicel platform produced by Kuso Vinyl. The innagural series features six giant robo pilots drawn from classic Japanese tv series. The customs are available for pre-order through August 4th for $120 each (shipping included). To order one or more of these, drop a line to the Rotobox crew at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jul 24, 2013
The Graphix Chick x Vinyl Riot – Double Series Customs (7.27)
Vinyl Riot is gearing up to release The Graphix Chick’s Double Series Customs. As the name suggests, The Graphix Chick created two series of blind-boxed customs – three androids and three mini-dudes; each unique. The Double Series customs will be available on Saturday (7.27) @ 1 PM EDT (10 AM PDT) for $50/blind box (choice of android or mini-dude).
Jul 15, 2013
Reactor-88’s Totem Mellow Custom for SDCC
Reactor-88 (Ryan Crippen) won’t be at SDCC this year, but fans and collectors of his work will want to check out new Totem Mellow at the Dragatomi Booth (#5350). For his custom of Chris Lee’s Mellow figure (2007), Ryan went with his signature Totem style but changed things up with an unusual palette of red, green, brown and black.
Jul 06, 2013
Rocketboy Customs x Vinyl Riot -- 'Angry Littles' Hulk Micro Munny Customs (7.6)
Vinyl Riot is about to drop the new Angry Littles custom Micro Munny blind-box series (2.5") from Rocketboy Customs. The Hulk series features eight unique customs including five variations of the classic hulk, a red hulk, a grey hulk and a partially transformed Bruce Banner. Angry Littles will drop on Saturday (7.6) @ 3 PM EDT for $60 each over at Vinyl Riot.
Jul 04, 2013
Reactor-88 : Totem Trio Munnyworld Customs (7.5)
As part of his personal project to customize one of each of the Kidrobot Munnyworld figures, Reactor-88 recently completed totem customs of Rooz, Tricky and Kracka, using a different color palette for each. Each of the roughly 4” figures was painted with cel-vinyl and will be available on his online store on Friday (7.5) @ 11 AM PDT for $125 each (+ s/h). Word is that these will be his last mw customs for quite awhile, so if you want one, this is your shot. For more pic of these customs and his other work, check out Reactor-88’s flickr.