Dec 02, 2013
Jesse Hernandez – Cyber Monday 20% Off Sale!
Just for Cyber Monday, Jesse Hernandez will have everything in his Online Store on sale for 20% off! That’s right folks! That includes his Death Serpent Figures, Jaguar Knights, Mecha Aztecas, prints, and original art pieces for 20% off!! All you have to do is enter the code “Booyah” to receive your discount! Get on it stat, because this sale ends tonight at 11:59PM PST.
Dec 01, 2013
Kidrobot -- Cyber Monday Sale (12.2)
KR is having a Cyber Monday sale with decreasing discounts throughout the day. If you act now (until 8 am PST) you can score an impressive 60% off nearly all of Kidrobot's online stock. See flier for more info.
Kuso Vinyl & Kuso Pop -- Cyber Monday Sale (12.2)
Happy Cyber Monday. To celebrate the convenience of online shopping, Kuso is offering 30% off everything for one day (12.2). Enjoy the savings on toys at kusovinyl.com and apparel over at kusopop.com, by using checkout code -- KUSOCYBER2013. Don't miss your chance to save big.
Nov 29, 2013
Clutter – Black Friday Sale (11.29 – 12.1)
And the sales keeping coming… Clutter’s Black Friday Sale (11.29 – 12.1) will feature discounts between 10% and 50% off everything in their online inventory. Plus to reduce the hit to your wallet, they are also offering free domestic shipping for orders totaling $100 or more. There’s alot to choose from including Ron English’s new Fall Sheep minis, choice Clutter exclusives including the Furry Cup from Lunartik, the Pink Groper from Triplikid, the Clutter Calverita from The Beast Brothers, and prints including a great selection from Jeff Lamm. Check out the full selection while you can save a bundle.
myplasticheart – Santa Dumpling + Black Friday Sale (Thru 12.1)
myplasticheart is your spot this holiday weekend for a brand-new Shawnimals vinyl dumpling + holiday savings to fill-in your collection. First up is the just released Santa Pocket Pork Dumpling from Shawnimals, produced by myplasticheart + Squibbles Ink. Limited to 120 pieces, this ‘lil guy is sure to bring jolly good times to you and yours ($11.99).
And as is their tradition, MPH is offering a special holiday sale (thru 12.1) on toys you might have missed the first time through including the Too Fly Bodega, the oh-so-cool A-Type figures, the Hedonism bot, lots of tokidoki, several DIY figures including micro munnys, the marvel mini munnys, and plenty more. Definitely check out the special section on the mph site, you’re bound to find something that you never got around to buying – at a nice price as well.
Nov 27, 2013
Shawnimals – Fuzzy Friday: 3xReleases + Savings (11.29 – 12.1)
Instead of just going with the standard Black Friday discounts, Shawnimals opted to focus on creativity and fun with his own take on the shopping holiday -- ‘Fuzzy Friday’. Instead of just discounting existing stock, Shawnimals is releasing three new toys – a Holiday Edition Ninjatown 10-Doh with digital print (25 s/n pieces, $20 each), the humorously upscale Coachstachio plush (25 pcs, $50), and a signed-edition of the jolly hand-painted Santa Dumpling vinyl (30 pcs, $18) which will also be available from mph in a regular, non-signed edition.
While Fuzzy Friday brings plenty of new toys, Shawnimals has created several lucrative coupon codes for special savings – with a twist. There are four codes with increasing savings (20%, 30%, 40%, and 50%). The novel bit here is that while the 20% code is unlimited use, the other three are extremely limited and will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis.
- 20% off - unlimited, all weekend - FUZZITUP20
- 30% off - 15 codes, Friday only - FUZZDAY30
- 40% off - 10 codes, Friday only - BIGGIE40
- 50% off - ??? - ??? (will reveal Friday morning!)
Nov 26, 2013
DeKorner – Black Friday Sale (11.28 – 12.1)
DeKorner is celebrating the coming of the holiday shopping season with their very own Black Friday Sale running from Thanksgiving (11.28) through 12.1. Their triple-threat of savings include 50% off all blind box toys, 50% off select toys, and free shipping on all regularly priced items.
Nov 25, 2013
Kuso Vinyl and Kuso Pop – 40 Percent Off for Black Friday (11.29)
Thanksgiving is almost here which hopefully means a relaxed, and festive day with family and friends. It also means Black Friday and the ensuing shopping frenzy. If you’re looking to pick up designer vinyl and perhaps some cool apparel on the cheap, Kuso’s 40% Off Everything sale on Friday (11.29) is calling your name. You can save 40% on the day at both kusovinyl.com and kusopop.com by using checkout code KUSOTHANKS2013.
Nov 19, 2013
Huck Gee – Giant Rooftop Print Set Auction
As part of his epic “11/10” show in 2011, Huck Gee showed a giant version (6’ x 3’) of his Rooftop Print Set on canvas. Now, the two 1 of 1 giant prints are up for auction on Ebay. At the time of this post, the current bid is $2375 with 6 days and change until the auction ends on Tuesday (11.26) just after Noon. This XL print set will make a special addition to any large Huck collection.
Aug 31, 2013
myplasticheart – Labor Day Sale (8.31 –9.2)
Woo Hoo. Labor Day Weekend is full of sweet vinyl toy sales. myplasticheart is offering 20% off storewide (excluding original art and gallery items). So head on over to their online store, find some great stuff and be sure to use the LABOR20 coupon code when you check out. Sale runs through 9.2.
Rotofugi – Labor Day Weekend Sale (thru 8.2)
Rotofugi knows you work hard every day and so to celebrate Labor Day Weekend they are throwing a sweet sale to make the most of your cash with 20% off everything (minus original art and prints). So head on over to Rotofugi, find some great stuff from their impressive catalog, and then automatically receive the 20% markdown at checkout.
Vinyl Riot – Labor Day Sale
As with several other stores, Vinyl Riot is celebrating Labor Day Weekend with a sale but they’re going BIG with 20% off EVERYTHING, rather than limiting the savings to just a few items. Simple, clean and easy. So go check out their full catalog, find stuff you want, and be sure to enter the checkout code: LABORDAY to score 20% off. The sale ends on Monday (9.2) @ 11:59 PM EDT.
KusoPop -- Tee Shirt Sale
If you’re looking for some new shirts at a great price, KusoPop’s Tee Sale featuring many of their classic designs at just $15 (regularly $32) is well worth checking out. Sale items include designs by Bigfoot, Shon, Rotobox, MaiHiro and more. While there doesn’t appear to be a dedicated sale section – the discounted tees can be found on page three of their catalog and beyond, just look for the $15 price tags. To sweeten the deal, shipping is a flat $5.99 regardless of the number of shirts ordered and as always orders over $50 will include a free gift.
Mindzai’s Labour Day Weekend Sale (8.31 – 9.2)
Mindzai is celebrating Labour Day (funny spelling and all. I kid…) with a weekend-long sale with discounts available both online and in their retail spot. Highlights include $8 off Mini Qees, %20 off Dunny 2013, and deep savings off apparel – 40% off Kidrobot, 40% off Tokidoki’s Summer Collection, 45% off Hundreds threads and more. So in between jumping into the pool or relaxing at the beach, check out mindzai’s labour day sale page for the full-rundown on all the available deals.
Aug 05, 2013
Craola x C4toons – ‘I’m Scared’Short Film up on Kickstarter
Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins has teamed up with C4toons to bring his vivid, pop surrealistic paintings to life with the in-development ‘I’m Scared’ stop-motion short film project. The film expands on Simkins’ ‘I’m Scared’ broad narrative by focusing on two brothers, the monstrous tales told by the old brother and the monsters both encounter in the dreamscape. With the character development and script completed, Craola and C4toon have started a Kickstarter Campaign to raise the $65k needed to complete the film and release it in the special MööK form they envision. The MööK will take the collector behind the scenes with copies of the script, key art pieces (studies and final images) detailing each step of the production, and of course a DVD of the movie.
Craola and his team have gotten creative with a reward list bursting with goodies including a specially priced MööK pre-order ($45), MööK + Tee ($80), MööK + unique polaroid of the movie set, ‘Zombie Nation’ rock poster created for the movie ($100), giclee of movie Character ‘Raif’, MööK and stickers ($222), plus higher tiers featuring original sketches, and at the highest levels – original paintings. Check out the Kickstarter for all the info on the project, reward levels and to ultimately make the first Craola movie a reality.
Jul 23, 2013
Designer Toy Award Finalists Announced
The finalists for the 2013 Designer Toy Awards were revealed today through a video announcement by Sucklord. At this time, there isn’t a full text list of the finalists, so you’ll have to watch the video (9 mins) to see which toys, artists, and more made the cut as determined by voters and the nominating committees. Congrats to all the finalists.
So what’s next? The Winners for five public categories – Best Blog, Best Collection, Best Toy Store, Best Online Toy Store and Fan Favorite will be determined by public voting over on designertoyawards.com from Today through September 1st. As always, you can vote once per day for your favorites. We’re humbled that Vinyl Pulse was chosen as a finalist for Best Blog. If you enjoy reading VP, please consider voting for us as many times as you can before 9.1. Thanks! Winners for the remaining categories will be determined by vote of the DTA Board which includes leading artists and industry professionals.
The DTA 2013 Winners will be announced on October 12th at an Awards Ceremony in NYC mc’d by Sucklord during NYCC.
Jul 22, 2013
Bad Juju – Web Store Launch + Free Tee Offer
Since Bad Juju brands made its debut at DesignerCon last year, they’ve been hard at work both on expanding their artist roster, developing their new web site and readying their upcoming collection of apparel, toys and more. In addition to Sket, the Bad Juju roster now includes well-known international artists including Touma, Devilrobots, Huck Gee, The Beast Brothers, Joe Capobianco, Nick Sawyers and more. Plus, Nichole East (formerly the Toy Baroness) is on board as well to represent the brand’s artists.
The Bad Juju web shop is now stocked with an initial collection including the first blue resin Dripple by Sket One, several brand Tees, and skate decks. As a sweet launch bonus, Bad Juju is offering a free Bad Juju Dripple Logo Tee for the first 1000 people to create an account. Just head on over to badjuju.com, register with the site and then add the free shirt to your cart (shipping is not included). There’s plenty more to come including a new fall collection featuring a large number of Tees, caps, and new toys. To keep things fun and reward customers, BadJuju.com features a loyalty program – earn Juju points with each purchase, and also for sharing the brand via social media.
Jun 26, 2013
Add to the Sucklord x DKE S.U.C.K.L.E. Line with new ‘Suck Goals’
Here’s a sucky update on the S.U.C.K.L.E. Kickstarter campaign (initial post), which is reaching new levels of unprecedented suckiness. The initial goal of $7000 to fund the production of the new 2” pvc mini set featuring 10 characters from Sucklord’s ever-expanding universe was met in a day or so. The first stretch goal or ‘suck goal’ of $18k, has also been met which means anyone who contributed $40 or more will receive not just the OG (flesh) and kickstarter exclusive clear sets but also another ks exclusive GID set. Now the race is on to reach five new Suck Goals – each one adding another new figure to the clear and GID sets up to five new figures. If the ultimate sucky goal of $38k is reached, $40 contributors will receive the ten OG figures, 15 GID and 15 clear for a total of 40 figures – an amazing dollar/figure value. For full details about the S.U.C.K.L.E. project including the new Suck Goals, and to contribute to the project, check out the kickstarter campaign page.
Jun 08, 2013
Kuso @ 626 Night Market (6.8 - 6.9)
KusoPop will be exhibiting at this weekend's 626 Night Market (6.8 - 6.9). If you live in or around LA/SGV, head on over to the Asian-themed food/vendor event at the Santa Anita Racetrack (tickets are $2/$3). Kuso will be at booth D22 and as the flier says above, you can score a free keychain if you do a fb check-in for them.
Jun 04, 2013
Brandt Peters’ Muse 1 Sketchbook on Kickstarter
On Monday, Brandt Peters launched a kickstarter campaign to help fund production of his sketchbook project – Muse 1. The soft-cover sketchbook will feature at least 140 pages of black + white sketches, many of which served as the basis for toys and original art. The first of several planned ‘Muse’ series sketchbooks from Circus Posterus, Muse1 offers a chance to experience Brandt’s character universe as he initially envisioned it – from mind to paper. In addition to the sketches, Muse 1 will feature a pin-up gallery of Brandt’s toy designs. Future ‘Muse’ volumes will focus on the work of other Circus Posterus artists.
The numerous Kickstarter reward levels include the sketchbook ($24), a standard package including book, postcard and stickers ($50), giclee print + book package ($90), and several packages with Skelve resins in custom colors ($600 for the 9”). After just one day, Brandt has hit his initial goal of $6500 and is close to his first stretch goal (+ $10,000) which will add 20 pages to the book including ten in color. If you love Brandt’s character designs, you’ll definitely want to back this project and pickup the book.
May 28, 2013
Marka27 – 20 Years in the Game + New Site
Time does really fly. Marka27 recently sent me a note about celebrating his 20 years of creating art and mentioned the first post I did on the minigods. So I did a quick check and that was in ‘06 – more than seven years ago. In that time Marka’s released two (or perhaps three, depending on how you count) generations of his innovative music + toy minigod line, designed and curated the Bic Buddy minifig series, opened numerous shows, released prints, and most importantly left his mark by mixing the imagery of indigenous people and music into his own unique aesthetic.
I’m definitely looking forward to what’s next including the long awaited black + red Japan mini-god. To keep up on Marka’s work, be sure to check out his newly revamped site complete with a stocked online shop featuring toys, tees & prints.
May 22, 2013
Designer Toy Awards Voting Begins
As you might have already heard, voting for the 2013 Designer Toy Awards has begun. You can head over now and vote for your favorites in each category; once every 24 hours. What’s important to note here is this first round of voting is to determine the finalists for each category not the winners and ends on July 1st.
Once the initial round of voting is complete, what happens next depends on the category. For the majority of the categories, the top five voted nominees will become finalists along with four finalists chosen by a finalist committee. For five categories call ‘em the public categories – Best Blog, Best Collection, Best Toy Store, Best Online Toy Store, and Fan Favorite, the nine top voted nominees will become the finalists.
2nd Round of Voting to Determine Winners
Once the finalists are chosen there will be a second round of voting (7.24 – 9.1) to determine winners. For the majority of categories, this second round of voting will be restricted to the DTA board members made up of industry professionals. However, for Best Blog, Best Collection, Best Toy Store, Best Online Toy Store and Fan Favorite, the winners will be determined in a second round of public voting – pretty much identical in format to the first round of voting.
Winners will be announced on October 12th during an awards ceremony in NYC during the NYCC weekend. Btw, we’re pleased to have been nominated in the ‘Best Blog’ Category once again. If you’ve enjoyed reading our pioneering coverage of designer toys on Vinyl Pulse over the last eight years or so, please vote for us to help us become a category finalist. Thank you for your consideration.
May 21, 2013
Shawn Smith’s Resketch – Eco Friendly, Creativity Inspiring Sketchbooks
Shawn Smith (of Shawnimals Fame), has just launched a Kickstarter to campaign to fund Resketch, an innovative sketch book. Resketch stands apart from regular, standard-issue sketchbooks by encouraging creativity through spontaneity in an eco friendly manner. Each new page offers a potential surprise, a discovery.
The Resketch concept starts with the inclusion of numerous paper types – white copy paper, colored paper, thick, textured gray paper, sticker paper, as well as sheets with funky patterns or a piece of a map and more, randomly ordered throughout the book. Keeping with the random order concept, Resketch books also feature specially printed ‘Creative Prompts’ – pages which give you a little start to inspire you to draw something different than you might otherwise have considered. Each book will have about 10 Creative Prompt pages waiting to be discovered and used to spark ideas. To top it-off, each 7 x 9” coil bound Resketch book (85-100 pages) is eco-friendly. The paper is reused or stock that would otherwise go wasted, and the Eco-coil binding is 100% recycled, post-consumer waste.
The initial goal of the project is to raise $16,950 in order to produce a run of 1000 Resketch books including 700 regular editions ($25 backer level) and 300 special editions ($50 backer level) featuring silk-screened covers from ten talented artists – Tara McPherson, Scott C., Jon Burgerman, Camilla d’Errico, Jay Ryan, Matthew Hoffman, Laura Berger, blUtt, Revise CMW and Shawn Smith himself. Intrigued? Head on over to the Resketch Kickstarter page for all the info and reward levels.
May 17, 2013
Video: David Flores’ Einstein Mural @ The Reserve
Recently, David Flores painted an awe inspiring (its incredible in person) large-scale Einstein Mural at ‘The Reserve’ creative campus in Playa Vista as part of a series of murals curated by Branded Arts. BAIT was on site to put together a nice video detailing the mural painting process as well as talking about their upcoming collection with David Flores which will feature clothing by Akomplice and several toy drops including ‘Exclusive Deathheads’ (yes, that means the coveted Blue) and apparently a brand new figure as well. We’ll bring you more about the BAIT x David Flores collection shortly. In the meantime, enjoy the Einstein mural. After the jump check out some great photos of the mural from TheOnePointEight.
May 01, 2013
Kidrobot’s Munny Munth Contest + Sale
Kidrobot is celebrating the joy of customizing vinyl toys with their Munny Munth special event through May 31st. As in years past, KR is sponsoring a Munny customizing contest with multiple categories, artist and celebrity judges and cool prizes including a grand prize trip for to NYCC. To enter you can submit a photo of your finished Munny World figure via KR’s Facebook or you also have the option of submitting via instagram or twitter with the hashtag #munnymunth. During Munny Munth, Kidrobot is increasing the fun by offering 20% off Munny World figures + free shipping @ kidrobot.com.
Finally, for the best possible experience expressing yourself via Munny, Kidrobot is sponsoring weekly events (Saturdays 2-4 PM) at their five stores. The 5.4 events feature Scott Tolleson (LA), Scribe (Boulder), PAC 23 (Miami), and Shadoe Delgado (San Francisco). Check the official Munny Munth page for all the details.