Aug 15, 2016
Marsham Toy Hour – Episode 22 with Ryan Rutherford
This weeks Marsham Toy Hour brings on special guest Ryan Rutherford aka Bryan Brutherford of Brutherford Industries. His name isn’t confusing at all. We learn that Bryan or Ryan is jack of all trades and has the tools and connections to get things made. They also talk about some really good leaks and sneak peeks, as well as touch of the infamous Squink Facebook thread and collecting and collectors. Give Gary Ham, Tyler Ham and Martian Toys aka Marsham Toy Hour a listen on either their Podbean, Stitcher or iTunes.
Aug 09, 2016
Marsham Toy Hour – Episode 21
Marsham Toy Hour is now old enough to drink! Celebrating 21 episodes, Gary Ham, Tyler Ham and Martian Toys chat about the Chris Squink Thread, which brings up the topic of dwindling sales in the “designer vinyl” world. They cover things such as collector phases, shipping cost hikes, leaks and sneak peaks and 3D printing! Give them a listen on their Podbean, Stitcher or through iTunes.
Jul 29, 2016
Nominations Open for the 2016 Designer Toy Awards
U: Deadline is Wednesday (8.10), not Saturday as previously posted.
After the frenzy, mass of humanity, and overdose of toys + pop culture that is SDCC, we’re heading towards the Designer Toy Awards season. Nominations for the Sixth Annual DTAs are open now at designertoyawards.com through Wednesday August 10th @ 6 PM EDT. Head on over and nominate artists, toys, stores, brands and more for all the awards categories including the brand-new Best Non-Licensed—bootlegs and other toys that use licensed properties unofficially. If there are toys and artists that really impressed you over the past year, take a minute to recognize them with a nomination and by doing so, giving them a chance to become a finalist.
Once the nomination committee has chosen category finalists from the submitted nominees, we’ll move on to online voting and then to the awards ceremony to be held in October in NYC during the week of New York Comic-Con.
Jul 11, 2016
Marsham Toy Hour: Episode 18 Featuring George Gaspar
Marsham Toy Hour brings you another excellent episode with special guest George Gaspar of Toy Break and October Toys. They chat about crowd funding campaigns websites, sculpting, leaks and sneak peaks and a game named by yours truly. Take a listen to their latest episode HERE on their Podbean, Stitcher or iTunes.
Jun 29, 2016
Vinyl Pulse Webcam Interview Series #2: 2Petalrose
The adventure continues! We’re happy to announce that the second episode of the Vinyl Pulse Webcam Interview Series featuring UK artist 2Petalrose is available for your viewing pleasure-–both above and over at our Youtube channel: youtube.com/vinylpulse. We talked to 2Petalrose from his London studio about the evolution of his toys from Kombat Kings to his more recent samurai figures including Maiko and Hondo, the first of his Shogun Rebels line. As a fun bit, there’s a preview (of sorts) of an upcoming figure release. So, if you can, give it a watch. Next up? Brent Nolasco, recorded at the NYC art toy epicenter, myplasticheart.
Jun 22, 2016
Marsham Toy Hour – Episode 15
This weeks episode of Marsham Toy Hour take a break from having their usual special guest to answer your questions! If you happen to have asked any questions on their Instagram accounts, Podbean, Stitcher or iTunes, you may want to take a listen to episode 15. They get back into some of the hot topics previously brought up from past episodes. So sit back and relax and have a listen!
Jun 13, 2016
Marsham Toy Hour – Episode 14 with The Sucklord
The Marsham Toy Hour is happy to bring you another episode with a very sucky guest, The Super Sucklord! They ask the real hard hitting questions and get to know the Sucklord on a more personal level. They chat about the bootleg toy game, reality T.V. shows and wicked after parties. Join Gary Ham, Tyler Ham, and Martian Toys for episode 14 of the Marsham Toy Hour! Listen on Podbean, Stitcher and iTunes.
May 27, 2016
Rotofugi – 20% Off Boss Lady’s Birthday Sale Ends Today (5.27)
To celebrate their Boss Lady’s Birthday—the awesome Whitney Kerr—Rotofugi has been running a week-long 20% off sale on most in-stock toys (and more). The bad news is that all good things come to an end. In this case, the birthday sale ends today Friday (5.27) at the end of the day (likely 11:59 PM CDT or 9:59 PM PDT). To score the celebratory savings, visit the Birthday Sale section of the store and be sure to use discount code: BOSSLADYBDAY at checkout.
May 03, 2016
Super7 Celebrates Star Wars Day! (5.04)
Super7 has got to be one of the best places to get all your Star Wars needs! Be sure to join them this Star Wars Day, Wednesday, May 4th at 11AM PST as they will be offering their apparel at a special discount of $10 off all day long. They will also have other Star Wars goodies available, such as their Wallpaper, action figures, books and vintage toys and posters!
The Haight still will also have a couple Stormtroopers on guard all evening long!
Marsham Toy Hour – Episode 8 Featuring Lulubell Amy
Marsham Toy Hour’s newest episodes dives deep into the world of sofubi with special guest Lulubell Amy of Lulubell Toy Bodega in episode 8! She gives a bit of the history and the creative process when it comes to Japanese Soft Vinyl toys, as well as life of a brick and mortar store in Mesa, Arizona. Just like every week, take a listen to your hosts Gary Ham, Tyler Ham and Martian Toys by checking out their Podbean, Stitcher and iTunes. Be sure to also leave a comment!
Apr 27, 2016
Marsham Toy Hour – Episode 7
Marsham Toy Hour is back for another week with Episode 7! In this episode, we learn a little about the background of our hosts, Gary Ham, Tyler Ham and Martian Toys. They also talk about things that’s got them jazzed going on in the toy scene, such as Huck Gee’s Gold Life Series with Mighty Jaxx and Full Blown Ink’s Cronus Magnus! Give them a listen on their Podbean, Sticher and iTunes.
Apr 16, 2016
Win a Trio of XXray figures from Mindzai
Love the new DC XXRay figures from Jason Freeny and Mighty Jaxx but haven’t picked them up yet? You’re in luck! Mindzai has you covered with their XXRay contest for a chance to win the Batman, Superman and Wonderman XXRay toys ($60 value). To enter hit the jump for the entry form or visit the contest page. The deadline to enter is May 15th, 2016. One randomly chosen winner will score the XXRay trio.
Apr 11, 2016
Marsham Toy Hour – Episode 5 w/ Killer Bootlegs
This weeks Marsham Toy Hour welcomes special guest host Killer Bootlegs. Gary Ham and Tyler Ham get the show rolling as Martian Toys is out of town attending Toy Con UK. They discuss the bootleg toy scene, resin toys, holy grails and gender specific toys! Take a listen on their website HERE.
Apr 08, 2016
Horrible Adorables x Fonzo World – Artist of the Month Fonzo Release
Fonzo World’s Artist of the Month features the ever-so talented Horrible Adorables! They’ve done up four of the 4.5” Fonzo figures in their signature style by using foam, wool felt and glass eyes. Each figure is limited to a single piece and can be found available on Fonzo World’s webstore for $120 each. Be sure to head over there now to pick your favorite before it’s gone.
Apr 05, 2016
Marsham Toy Hour – Episode 4 Featuring Lana Crooks
Episode 4 of Marsham Toy Hour has just gone live! In THIS episode, Gary Ham, Martian Toys and Tyler Ham welcome special guest host Lana Crooks to their round table discussion. They discuss the ins and outs of curating and participating in custom/art shows. If you’re an aspiring artist or in fact would like to put together an art show, this may be the podcast for you! Be sure to subscribe to them on iTunes to updated on any new episodes!
Mar 13, 2016
Master of One with Special Guest Gary Ham
The Master of One Podcast has graciously invited one of our good friends Gary Ham to the audio stage for their ‘Break The Mold Toy Customizers’ series. Take a listen as they go behind Gary’s thought process on his pieces, how he got into vinyl toys, why he turns to wood as a medium, and some of his upcoming products with Pobber Toys!
Mar 11, 2016
Rotofugi – Spring Mini Munny Painting Party & Class (3.26)
To celebrate the thaw, the coming bloom, and the joy of creativity, Rotofugi is hosting their Spring Mini Munny Painting Party & Class on Saturday, March 26th 2016 (1-4 PM). For $35 participants will receive a Mini Munny, have access to all needed paint/art supplies, and receive instruction from artist Mary Ruth Butterworth. Oh, did we mention the snacks ? You can create a festive spring Munny similar to the one on the flier or do your own thing surrounded by other creative folks. Keep the piece for yourself, or give it as an Easter gift to that someone special. You can register for the Spring Mini Munny class with Rotofugi now (class limit: 18).
Spring Mini Munny Painting Party & Class
Saturday, March 26th 2016 (1-4 PM)
2780 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Mar 04, 2016
The Blind Box Ep:27 Featuring Urban Vinyl Daily
On this episode of The Blind Box Podcast, GM and Catfish welcome special guest Travis of Urban Vinyl Daily. They chat about UVD’s Luna Kickstarter Campaign with Jen and Tony Bot and a few insights of where the toy industry is and where it’s going! Take a listen on their website HERE.
Feb 03, 2016
The Collection: Dov Kelemer of DKE
The second episode of The Collection is out today with featured guest Dov Kelemer of DKE. Today’s episode of the monthly (first Wednesday) feature of the Adventures in Design podcast offers Dov’s story of how he went from die-hard Star Wars collector to the the go-to distribution service for indie toys as well as his insights on the scene. Hosted by Adventures creator Mark Brickley and Collection collaborator Huck Gee, the free-to-listen episode runs 55 minute and there’s also an Circle of Trust members-only ($10/mo) Shop Talk section which focuses on the nuts and bolts of the business. For a stimulating listen—maybe as an interesting background audio while stuck in rush hour traffic, working out, or doing X, Y, or Z—on the scene/market/industry we all love, check out The Collection #2.
Jan 06, 2016
Adventures in Design x Huck Gee -- The Collection Volume #1 : Joe Ledbetter Podcast
Having greatly enjoyed his insightful turn on the Adventures in Design daily podcast back in August (The Reinvention of Huck Gee - #237), Huck Gee has collaborated with AiD creator Mark Brickley on The Collection, a monthly (first Wednesday) feature highlighting notable art toy designers talking about their experiences of living the life/dream and thoughts on the industry.
Volume 1 featuring none other than Joe Ledbetter is now available for free download. After a half-hour or so of back and forth with Mark and Huck—including a discussion of Bugslot and Densguard #9 from budget and sales targets to the next edition—the episode moves on to Mark (and Huck) interviewing Joe. I’m listening to it as I write this and so far it’s a good listen and really informative especially for those who aren’t familiar with Joe’s start in Art Toys. I’m enjoying it to the point that I’m thinking of joining Adventures in Design’s paid Circle of Trust (subscription: $9.99/mo, $99 year pre-paid) to get access to the members-only Shop Talk segment with Joe covering the behind-the-scenes business aspects of Art Toys. Circle of Trust members have access to the entire AiD back catalog (only recent episodes are available for free) and each Shop Talk segment.
Dec 22, 2015
Nathan Jurevicius - ‘Junction’ Short Film Teaser
Nathan Jurevicius has just posted a teaser of his upcoming animated short film. Junction puts the pages of his recent book of the same name in splendid motion. This clip appears to show the main character who embarks on a traditional journey to harness the power of the wind to change the faces of his totem-like kin. Currently in progress, the short film is a collaboration with Okta, Petpunk, Gallus, Brent Maloney, Vishus and the Lithuanian Film Centre.
Dec 08, 2015
Toy Art Gallery – Holiday Sale
Shopping for someone nice or even naughty on your list who loves toys? If so, you’ll want to check out Toy Art Gallery’s Holiday Sale offering 15% off everything (minus pre-orders and floor models) through December 14th 2015. Head on over to TAG’s web shop to start saving –- the 15% discount is reflected on the site, no checkout code necessary.
Dec 03, 2015
Disburst Purchases DKE Toys’ Wholesale Operation
When DKE announced in June that it would cease its wholesale distribution business in the Spring of 2016, many (ok: nearly everyone) took a deep breath and wondered what would become of the go-to distro so essential to the art toy world. Thankfully, DKE has found a capable and energetic buyer, Disburst (clever name). Based in Ohio and lead by CEO Scott Kuenzli (previously co-owner of Rivet gallery), Disburst will retain Dov Kelemer to continue overseeing vendor relations and new product acquisition from the current warehouse in North Hollywood.
It appears that DKE has found an ideal new owner for its distribution business. Rather than simply maintaining the existing business, Disburst sees untapped potential for indie toys, art and design and has the background in specialty retail, back-office software, and logistics to realize their vision. From a brief informal conversation with Kuenzli, it appears that supporting retailers will be a primary focus and one of the ways they will work to grow the market. In a press release, Disburst’s CEO explains that "The opportunity to take the highly respected services DKE Toys provides and extend their reach and breadth is what motivates Disburst. Retaining Dov's participation via DKE Toys as an invaluable resource for independent toy designers to work with on behalf of Disburst is what makes this purchase so important to us”. He also mentions that the company’s “… extensive backgrounds in business operations will enable us to take and grow the DKE Toys wholesale and fulfillment operations to include even more vendors, products, and customers in the future years.”
While we’re relieved that DKE has found a new owner for its distribution business, we’re also quite encouraged by Disburst’s hands-on vision for expanding the market for the collectibles we all love and by their core competencies in retail and related technological infrastructure which should nicely fuel the future of indie art product distribution.
Nov 30, 2015
Mindzai has 15% off Everything for Cyber Monday
Looking for more toy deals? Mindzai has your back with 15% off everything for Cyber Monday. Rather than use a checkout code, simply head on over to Mindzai.com and enjoy the savings with the 15% discount already taken for each item including pre-orders! Hurry, this sale ends at Midnight EST / 9 PM PST (11.30).
Nov 29, 2015
A Few Hours Left on for the Black Friday Sale at Kidrobot
Kidrobot’s Black Friday sale ends tonight (11.29). It’s a little unclear when exactly, but it’s a good guess that it’s 11:59 PM MST. At any rate, if you’re looking to pick up some older pieces say a Kidrobot Black you’ve been eyeing for awhile or some brand-new stuff like the brand-new 20” It’s Just a FAD Dunny from J*ryu, right now would be a great time. To partake, head on over to kidrobot.com and be sure to use promo code: BLACKFRIDAY15.