Jul 22, 2014
Funko x MINDstyle Strategic Alliance Begins With Pop! Asia
Funko and MiNDstyle have announced a strategic alliance covering Greater China and Southeast Asia. The collaboration will bring together FUNKO’s tremendous success with the Pop! Vinyl line, which has sold over 17 million figures in four years, and MINDstyle’s vast experience as a creative agency working with premiere entertainment properties. The brand new Pop! Asia line of designer toys is a part of the two brands’ efforts to offer collectibles and products in rapidly growing and lucrative markets.
Pop! Asia will debut an Aloha Plate 4-figure set, celebrating the Aloha Plate food truck, winners of Season 4 of Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race. The Aloha Plate toys will be available at MINDstyle’s booth [#4845] and the Aloha Plate crew will be signing at the booth on Friday (7.25) at 12 PM. A second edition of the Aloha Plate figures will drop in September.
Jul 04, 2014
Kidrobot Not on the SDCC Exhibitor List ?
Kris, our hardworking contributor, noticed a curious and unsettling omission on the official SDCC 2014 exhibitor list in the K’s –- Kidrobot. That can’t be… or could it? Kidrobot has been making some major changes including closures of all their retail stores except for Boulder and San Francisco. There’s also an unconfirmed post on the KR forums which features a message from a KR employee indicating that Kidrobot will not have a booth but that that it will have a presence with exclusives offered from several booths.
What we do know, is that at least one vendor will have a high-profile KR SDCC exclusive. Beyond that, this post is speculation on our part driven by the the exhibitor list and the previously mentioned board posting.
If true, it’s hard to imagine SDCC without the Kidrobot booth, without a major presence from arguably the American pioneer in designer vinyl. It’s way too early to know what this possible development might mean for the larger scene and market, but it certainly doesn’t feel very good at the moment. We’re pulling for Kidrobot to redefine itself and to continue making awesome art toys and appealing licensed product.
Jul 01, 2014
Help CRAZEONE : Drawings for Donations
Artist CRAZEONE (Adam White) has faced a torrent of medical bills since his diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis and Paresthesias. In order to try to cope with his escalating expenses, he’s offering hand-drawn illustrations in exchange for donations of any amount. If you’d like you can ask him to draw something specific. Drawings will be mailed directly to donors. As a bonus, every donor will be included in a raffle for a large, framed, original piece. We’re troubled by Adam’s situation and impressed that he’s making the most of his talents to improve it. Please help Adam if you can and receive a heart-felt drawing.
Also, without going all Soap Box here, it’s a real shame that a major illness often puts people in this country in serious financial distress. My recent, in-comparison minor health issues made me thankful for the insurance I’m fortunate to have and troubled by the six-digit bill those who are uninsured would have been stuck with. Helping each other out is a small step towards tackling this beast.
Jun 10, 2014
Grizlli Atom –- OldOnes Instagram Giveaway
Griizlli Atom is running an Instagram Giveaway (thru 6.13) for five one-of-a-kind test pulls of his Oldones figures. If you love swirled, multi-hued toys, you’ll want to enter by reposting the pic above on Instagram and tagging it with @grizlli_atom and #oldonesfreeones.
May 23, 2014
Kidrobot Memorial Day Sale
To celebrate Memorial Day, Kidrobot is offering 25% off nearly everything from their online store. Now’s the time to pick up Dunnys, Labbits, or whatever else you either missed or have been holding back on. And yes, it’s good for the Giant Huck Gee Skullhead which is now just $3749.99 instead of the normal $4,999.99. Don’t wait too long though. KR’s Memorial Sale ends on Tuesday 5.27 @ 8 AM MDT.
May 14, 2014
VICE Japan – A Day With… Sofubi Toy Makers
VICE Japan has just featured this awesome inside look of the world of sofubi, which has become a popular toy medium within our community for some time now! They follow around Mori of RealxHead as he explains what toys are for him. They also get a glimpse at the Legendary Goto-San’s small paint factory and were able to ask him a few questions. If you notice in the credits you will see a familiar name as the Assistant Producer. That would be Fig-Lab’s very own Don “Datadub” Kratzer! Great job guys! Be sure to hit “CC” for the English subtitles.
Apr 17, 2014
Mai Hiro x Kidrobot – Full Sail University’s Annual Spring Break Workshop (04.23) *Not Public Event*
Mai Hiro is proud to present a sponsored workshop with the help of the fine folks over at Kidrobot. At the Full Sail University’s Annual Spring Break Workshop, the Mai Hiro crew will have a mini exhibition, where they will showcase custom pieces by Nakanari that will include KR platform figures. They will also give a presentation on how to work on a 3D vinyl canvas. If you are in the area, please be sure to check out this workshop! This will take place on Wednesday, April 23rd. Unfortunately this event is not open to the public and is for those attending Full Sail University.
Mar 21, 2014
Guest Blog Amanda Visell: Tiny Kitten Teeth @ Emerald City Comic Con
Yo, guest blooooger Amanda here, I happened to go this art show thing at Nucleus a noodle ago and saw Becky n Frank show off their Pokemon inspired project. Well you can grab the book n say hi to them at Emerald City comic con. Becky also does some pretty amazing paintings on the fly at these events. I don't know how, seems like a nightmare to me. Info below!
Capture Creatures is a project by Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson. The goal was to paint and write about 151 unique creatures in a year. It ended up taking two years, but the book is 300 plus pages hardcover and retails at $40. You can get the book for the first time ever from TopatoCo and B9 Kingdom HERE!
Becky and Frank will be in Seattle for Emerald City Comic Con March 28-30 at the Topatco booth (1102).
Feb 28, 2014
New Streamlined Tomenosue Web Site
Japanese toy retailer and producer Tomenosuke has just created an new streamlined website at tomenosuke.stores.jp which highlights their artist exclusives as well as their own production toys. Chances are they’ve got toys you’ve never seen before including sweet resins from Taiwanese artist Shon, the beautiful Lady Butterfly from street artist Lady Aiko and their own on-going Tomenosuke Blaster series inspired by the weaponry from Blade Runner. In addition to easy navigation and a modern look, the new site is English friendly. Check it out. Also, be sure to visit the Tomenosuke blog – for a look at new projects. Shinji, the owner of Tomenosuke, does a nice job of writing both Japanese and English.
Feb 24, 2014
Marka27 – Faberge Big Egg Hunt New York
Marka27 has been hard at work in the past few months on several art projects. He recently completed an impressive custom Minigods-inspired 2.5 foot egg with embedded speakers for the upcoming Fabrege Big Egg Hunt New York. The muted gray + blue color scheme works really nicely on the piece. The charity event will feature 200 giant artist customized eggs scattered across the five boroughs of NYC beginning on April 1st. The eggs will then be auctioned (4.22) to benefit both Studio in a School which brings artists into schools to help children grow their skills and Elephant Family which works to save the endangered Asian elephant. Other participating artists include D*Face, Retna, Jeff Koons, Terry Richardson and many more. In other news, Marka also recently completed a new mixed-media painting commission -- ‘All Day I Dream About Samurai’ for a Los Angeles area collector.
Jan 26, 2014
Vinyl Riot -- 30% Off Kidrobot Sale
Looking to pick up some Kidrobot figures you missed or to fill in the holes in your Dunny 2013 set? Vinyl Riot has your back with their 30% off Kidrobot sale. Just pop over to vinylriot.com, buy some kr toys and enjoy the savings which already reflected on the site -- no need to enter a code.
Jan 09, 2014
Update on Samsung Galaxy x Kidrobot MiWe
Jan 03, 2014
Vinyl Riot’s Birthday Sale (1.4)
Vinyl Riot is celebrating its first year of business with a one-day birthday sale featuring 25% savings. Running from 11:59 PM Eastern on Friday through 11:59 PM EST on Saturday (1.4), the savings applies to the store’s regular stock excluding their ‘new arrivals’ category. Head on over to vinylriot.com and be sure to use the coupon code: 1STBIRTHDAY for the discount.
Dec 31, 2013
Steve Talkowski -- TikiBot
Inspired by a trip to Hawaii, Steve Talkowski has been working on his new TikiBot design. As you can see, TikiBot definitely carries the SketchBot DNA but has a rather different, fun vibe thanks in part to the abstracted face. Steve created his new character in Zbrush in 14 separate, hollowed-out components. As you can see above, TikiBot is alive and kicking as a Shapeways 3D print out. It sounds like a larger output is coming. And then ? Perhaps a toy drop in some form ?
Dec 27, 2013
Clutter Magazine Issue 19 – Free in Print and Online
Building on the success of their free NYCC issue, the awesome people at Clutter have decided to make the regular print issues free as well. That’s right with the just released #19, Clutter is now a free publication available around the country including Kidrobot and other designer vinyl boutiques. And if you can’t find it locally, you can read it online via Issu right here.
So what’s in #19? Plenty of in-depth articles and interviews including features on Shigeru – the mad genius behind Nag Nag Nag, Mutant Vinyl Hardcore, Erick Scarecrow, Gary Ham, Dust and more. Props to the Clutter crew on a big step for the magazine.
Dec 26, 2013
myplasticheart – After Christmas Sale (12.26 – 1.2)
Are you looking to spend some Christmas/Hanukah cash ? Be sure to check out myplasticheart’s traditional After Christmas Sale featuring discounts as deep as 50% off select sale merchandise. Highlights include Uamou figures, all sorts of sofubi, sketchbots, micro munnies, KR Street Fighter minis as well as tokidoki and JLed pieces. You have until 1.2 to get in on these deals – six pages of discounted toys.
Dec 18, 2013
Kuso Vinyl & Kuso Pop Pop-Up Shop in the Westfield Valley Fair Mall (12.20 - 12.22)
This weekend from the 20th to the 22nd, Kuso Vinyl and Kuso Pop will be posted up with a pop-up shop in the Westfield Valley Fair Mall in Santa Clara with sjmade. This will be a great way to pick up some holiday gifts and even have a chance to win a free toy! All you have to do is be one of the first 10 people to make a purchase. This offer is good for each of the days!
Dec 13, 2013
Kuso’s Pre-Christmas Sale
With only 12 days left until Christmas, Kuso Vinyl wants to make your gift shopping a bit easier! That’s why from Today til’ the 17th, you will be able to receive 30% off your order by entering the code “KUSOHOLIDAY”. This works both on Kuso Vinyl and Kuso Pop! Get your shopping on!
Dec 09, 2013
J*Ryu and Vampy – Holiday Toy/Food Drive at KRSF (12.13)
J*Ryu and Vampy will be at Kidrobot SF this Friday for a special event to help spread holiday cheer to the less fortunate. Each person who brings a unopened toy with a retail price of $10 or greater or five non-perishable food items will receive a sketched toy from both Vampy and J*Ryu. Plus, all those who donate will receive a raffle ticket for special prizes from Jesse, Vampy and Kidrobot. So if you’re in SF, come on out to meet both artists and be sure to bring something for the Toy/Food drive.
Designer Toy Awards Silent Auctions (2.9 – 2.18)
To close out 2013, the Designer Toy Awards are holding silent auctions for several toys which were finalists for this year’s ‘Toy of the Year’ award as a well as few additional pieces. The schedule for the auctions is listed after the jump and includes a a Metal Gear: Solid Rex Bambaland Edition piece, a special one-of-a-kind gold+silver Bad Apple, a Shades of Grey Pierced, and several more tempting pieces. If you’ve never participated in a silent auction, it’s an auction in which you place a bid without knowing what others have bid. Whichever bid is the highest wins. To bid in the DTA silent auctions, email email@example.com with the bid during one of the auctions. Each auction runs from 12 noon to 4 PM EST.
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.