May 16, 2017

kaNO – Five Points Festival Mural In Progress

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kaNO is back in NYC to work on a towering 40-foot mural on the Lower East Side for the inaugural Five Points Festival.  Curated and organized by the folks at The L.I.S.A. Project, a non-profit working to promote street murals in the Little Italy NYC neighborhood. His largest mural to-date, the mural features an urban hero, sporting a vest + cap and wielding GoD nunchucks.  Props to kaNO on the epic project and for this sweet shot taken at the end of Tuesday’s session. 

If you’re in the area, drop by the mural at 79 Rivingston St. to catch kaNO in action.  He will be working on the wall through Thursday into Friday.

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Marsham Toy Hour – S2 E8: Five Points

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With Five Points Festival right around the corner, why not have the people behind the whole thing join the Marsham Toy Hour! Gary gets in the ins and all the outs of the big event this weekend with Miranda and Josh of Clutter Magazine and Peter of Left Field Media. They also get to chat about the Designer Toy Awards and all the after event goodness! Take a listen and get amped up for this weekend!

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May 11, 2017

Giant Ron English Statues Removed in Shanghai

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The breathtaking installation of two towering MC Supersized and Liberty Grin statues (~ 20 ft) for Ron English’s East Meets West art exhibition in Shanghai was unfortunately cut short. As reported by the South China Morning Post, the statues were installed Wednesday morning China time and then were subsequently removed a few hours later at the request of mall management, law enforcement and local government, even though the proper permits had been requested and received by the Reel Department Store, the local show sponsor, as part of the exhibit preparation.

While one might be suspicious of the reasons behind the removal, the stated reason was a matter of size.  As Ron explained in response to the question of whether the removal was politically motivated, “I don’t know. I am not familiar as the situation seemed to be one of the size and scale in the public square, and perhaps things being lost in translation versus anything else.”  

While the South China Morning Post reports that McDonald’s was apparently not pleased with a larger-than-life MC Supersized, the restaurant chain’s complaints were ultimately not the reason the statues were removed.  In fact, MD Young of exhibition producer Pop Life explained that “…was not the issue as the artist was able to provide proof of US copyrights for his works.”

As you can see in the pictures above and after the jump, both of Ron’s statues look great and were the perfect calling cards and anchors for the exhibit.  While only a fraction of the potential audience was able to see them, the news of their removal and display at a future stop on the art tour will ensure that many more people will see and enjoy them.

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May 03, 2017

Marsham Toy Hour – S2 E6: Flipping with deKevin

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This weeks episode of Marsham Toy Hour is definitely an interesting one! This weeks special guest is deKevin of DeKorner and the main topic of this episode is Flipping. He is extremely honest on the reasoning of why he flips, as well as how it all started. deKevin also gives his ins and outs and why he believes flipping is important for the toy community. This is a really great topic and it’s really nice to hear about it from the other side, where as most flippers will never admit flipping. Give the episode a listen!

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May 01, 2017

Super7’s Secret Society 2017

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Super7 has opened up their Secret Society once again! For only $125, members will receive 2 exclusive SSSS figures, T-Shirt and dibs on any and everywhere Super7 release! That includes general release items so you don’t have to worry about them selling out. SSSS also guarantees you dibs on all exclusive releases so you don’t have to attend any conventions to obtain such sought after pieces! Sign ups are now open through May 19th and once that door is closed, it is closed until the next round next year. You can purchase the membership HERE.

Deep within the darkest reaches of a forbidden forest, an overgrown path winds through the gnarled trees. Those who possess a secret map may find their way through the woods to a hidden lodge. Those who possess the required arcane knowledge may gain entry to the lodge and join the ranks of the mystical Super Seven Secret Society, a name only whispered cautiously among a trusted few. What mysterious delights and lost knowledge reside inside the ancient lodge? How can the lodge be found in the haunted mists of the profane forest? If you manage to live long enough to reach the door, how will you ever get inside? Your only choice:

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Apr 25, 2017

Toy Geeks: Behind The Counter with Sket-One

The Toy Geeks bring another fun episode of Behind the Counter with a very special guest by the name of Sket-One. They get into the nitty gritty with Sket and see what he’s been working on. He gives us a good glimpse on his Condiment “Junkie” Resin Sculpture and the custom 5” Metro MAD*Ls. They also open up some Kidrobot x Adult Swim Blind Boxes, which will be releasing early at 3DRetro’s event this Friday (SEEN HERE). Take a gander above ^^^!

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Marsham Toy Hour – S2 E5 with Yaniv Brick

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This weeks Marsham Toy Hour gets flipped around a bit! For this episode, Yaniv Brick of The Art Pin Collection is carrying on the conversation by asking George, Gary and Carlos all the questions. They go back on previous topics, such as plagiarism, Kaws Vs. Freeny and full-time toy making vs. part-time. They also end the episode with another fun game of Designers and Dragons! Take a listen below!

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Apr 18, 2017

Marsham Toy Hour: S2 E4 – Collector Series 2

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This weeks exciting episode of Marsham Toy Hour brings two toy collectors to the mic! They kindly welcome to the show Windy AKA igypsywoman and Theresa AKA tmhawk24 who both have some incredible toy collections, as well as some great photos of them! We get a glimpse on a couple different types of toy collectors and how they got into the hobby, as well as the lengths they go to to get some very sought after toys! Give them a listen by hitting “play” button below!

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Apr 13, 2017

Marsham Toy Hour: S2 EP 3 with kaNO

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This weeks episode of Marsham Toy Hour brings a very special guest, whom we are excited to join the gents. Introducing New Yorks finest, kaNO Kid! We get some good insight and some very good conversation going on the topic of flippers, Kickstarter, KAWS and what kaNO believes is the current state of “Urban Vinyl” toys. Give this episode a listen!

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Apr 11, 2017

Kidrobot Opens the Vault Once Again (4.12)

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The Vault is back.  Kidrobot has once again scoured their backroom and secret stashes and come up with super limited quantities of toys and products that have long been sold out.   Find out what they’ve unearthed for the 3rd edition of the Vault when it opens on Wednesday (4.12) at 9 AM PDT at Kidrobot.com.

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Apr 06, 2017

Marsham Toy Hour – S2 E2 with Colus!

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The guys of Marsham Toy Hour took a week off, but we are sure to glad to see them back, as our Monday was quite empty without them. This weeks newest episode welcomes a very special guest by the name of Colus. They get into his production process, 3D Printing, Jinx Studios, as well as learning of the many projects he has worked on. They also end the show with the continuation of Designers and Dragons! Give them a listen below!

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Mar 20, 2017

Marsham Toy Hour – Season 2 Episode 1: Designers and Dragons

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This weeks episode of Marsham Toy Hour is most definitely one of their most interesting ones yet, as they’ve added a fun and hopefully re-occurring game at the end. Another reason why this is a good one is because I am once again joining in on the conversation. They got on the topic of sketching, early days of collecting and George’s newest segment, “Why the #@$% Does this Exist?”. Be sure to catch up and stay tuned at the end for their very first segment of Designers and Dragons.

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Mar 13, 2017

Marsham Toy Hour – Episode 52

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Marsham Toy Hour celebrates a year with a nice simple episode with George Gaspar, Carlos East and of course Gary Ham. They have a nice round table discussion about Chauskoskis, a touch on Toyfair and some Kickstarter chatter. Be sure to have a listen, as they bring up some good info!

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To show your support for the show, be sure to pick up their Pennant, which was designed by Gary Ham. You can find them available now HERE for $20. These are limited to only 25 pieces, so be sure to snag one before they are gone.

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Mar 07, 2017

Marsham Toy Hour – Episodes 50 & 51

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Prepare your ears folks, as there are a couple new Marsham Toy Hour episodes! Both these episodes are a tad different than the norm. Episode 50 the Marsham Dudes were invited by the Kult Gallery to moderate a Singapore based panel featuring Mighty Jaxx, Daniel Yu, RZL and Tulika Ahuja.  

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For episode 51, they get things going with very first episode of the Collector Series. They invite super collector Robert Howell of Lulubell Toys. What goes on in his mind a collector and what drives him. Both episodes are very good listens, so be sure to check them out!

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Toy Geeks: Behind The Counter Episodes 7 & 8

We got a couple new episodes of Toy Geeks Behind The Counter for you! Both of these episodes bring to you some puppet action! Episode 7 with Trippy the Clown and episode 8 with Chester Pepper from the dumpster. Both episodes of jam packed with toys, reviews and puppets!

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Mar 02, 2017

Craola x C4 Toons – I’m Scared Short is now Online

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As you likely know, Craola collaborated with the stop-animation specialists at C4 Toons on his first short, ‘I’m Scared’.  Brought to life by numerous Kickstarter backers, the  5-minute film brings us Ralf, his brother and plenty of things that go bump in the night including the Stair Monsta.  While the short has been screened at film festivals and special events over the past year and a half or so, it hasn’t been available online until now. It’s free to watch and enjoy (over and over again) on Youtube

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Feb 22, 2017

Marsham Toy Hour: Episode 49 – “Super Friends”

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In this weeks episode of Marsham Toy Hour, Gary Ham, George Gaspar and Carlos East talk Kidrobot’s new Batman Dunny Line and answer some of your questions! There is a lot to learn from this podcast. They speak on Comic-Conventions, pins (again), biggest wins and fails and much more. So be sure to give it a listen!

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Toy Geeks: Behind The Counter – “Boys With Toys”

This weeks episode of Behind The Counter with the Toy Geeks brings a special guest. One you may have HEARD of! This voice actress has done voices for Mrs. Brofolvski from South Park, Izzy from Digimon and many more. They are happy to welcome Mona Marshall to this weeks episode, where they talk about all the projects and voices she’s done, from cartoons, movies and of course toys!

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Feb 15, 2017

Marsham Toy Hour – Episode 48 with James Groman

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The latest episode of Marsham Toy Hour with Gary Ham and Chris Ryniak features a special guest, who may have dabbled in at least one of your childhood toys! Episode 48 features the man, the myth, the legend, James Groman. We learn about how he got started in the industry, as well a good amount of toys he has blessed with his talent. Some of those lines Include Madballs, Carebears, Godzilla and much much more! Check out the episode HERE.

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Feb 14, 2017

Toy Geeks: Behind The Counter “Toy Geek/Nerd Adjacent” Featuring kaNO

Toy Geeks brings to us another new episode, entitled “Toy Geek/Nerd Adjacent”. The Behind The Counter guys brings on special guest kaNO, where the review some Kidrobot Band Camp Labbits, NECA’s Batman Returns 1:4 Scale Penguin and WWE Mutant Wrestling figures. Quite a diverse selection of toys to review! Stop reading this and watch already!

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Feb 07, 2017

Marsham Toy Hour: Episodes 46 & 47

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We’d have to say this would be a great follow up episode to Marsham Toy Hour’s “Old School” Episode, where the gang invites over Jim Crawford of Strangeco to the podcast. We get to learn the beginnings of Strangeco and why they were such a big part of the early years of the Designer Vinyl Toy scene. Be sure to stay tuned after the episode to hear the list of all the toys Strangeco was involved with.

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Now to stay current with Marsham Toy Hour, in this weeks episode we get Gary Ham, Carlos East and George Gaspar, who just have a good ol’ chat! They bring up some leak and sneak peeks, as well as Kidrobot’s Pin and Warhol series, fan boy moments, biggest toy flips and listener questions.

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Toy Geeks: Behind The Counter – Episodes 3 & 4

The Toy Geeks are back at it again with 2 fun filled half hour shows from the last couple weeks! Episode 3 “Something Missing” featured special guest Dan Crawley, a special effects props and costume guy by night and a TMNT nerd the rest of the time. They get their hands on a bunch of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle goodies to review. So if you’re into some Shreddar fighting reptiles like we are, you will love this episode!

In Episode 4 “A Thing Inside A Thing”, The BTC Boys welcome Luke Chueh to the counter, where they learn a few things about the artist. They then dive into some toy reviews with Luke Chueh’s Headspace figure, Kidrobot x Andy Warhol’s Blind Can series, and the E.T. ReAction set.

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Jan 23, 2017

Marsham Toy Hour: Episode 45 with Paul Kaiju

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This weeks episode of Marsham Toy Hour welcomes Paul Kaiju! In this episode Paul shares many amazing stories on how he grew up with toys and how it influences him with his work today. We learn about his old resin, painting and model kit days and his sculpting techniques. We also get an awesome round of Leaks and Sneak Peeks. Take a listen to the episode above or on their website HERE.

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Toy Geeks: Behind The Counter – S1E2 “Shelf Worthy” Featuring Scott Tolleson

Toy Geeks brings us their second episode this week, titled, “Shelf Worthy”. This new episode also brings in their first ever special guest, Scott Tolleson. George, Ben and Jack chat with Scott about his new Pipken Labbit with Kidrobot. They also get their hands on some MAD BALLS figures from Kidrobot. This episode also ended on a rad sketch by Scott in the BTC sketchbook!

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Jan 03, 2017

Marsham Toy Hour – Episode 42 Featuring wtfunks

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I’d just like to say thank you to Marsham Toy Hour having me back to your show! Not sure why, but I thank you anyways. I’d like to also not thank you for using that photo. Anyways, in episode 42, myself, Gary Ham, George Gaspar and Carlos East recap 2016 in the toy world, as well as predict what 2017 has in store for us. kaNO also joins the fun with his very own “kaNO’d” segment, where he really lets a certain host have it. Take a listen to the first Marsham Toy Hour podcast of the year HERE or listen via Youtube HERE.

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