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.
Still Time to Save with myplasticheart’s Black Friday Sale
For your holiday toy splurging, myplasticheart has some tempting offers which run through tonight (11.29 at 11:59 PM EST/ 9 PM PST). First, they’ve put together a special selection of heavily discounted toys (up to 50%). In addition, this year mph is also offering a sweet 15% off most of their inventory provided you spend at least $25 (which should be pretty easy to do). To get the 15% off, be sure to use the BLKFRI15 coupon code at checkout. Happy shopping.
Sep 13, 2015
Huck Gee – The Blank Debuts and is Stolen at STGCC
From the high of debuting new toy protos to the shattering low of having them disappear without a trace. Unfortunately, that’s the whirlwind of emotions that Huck Gee experienced as he put three of his Skullhead Blanks on display at the Singapore Toy, Game, and Comic Convention (STGCC) over the weekend. First, the good before the ugly. The Skullhead Blanks look great -– a nice combo of detailed head sculpts with a satisfying chunkiness befitting a designer toy platform. In addition to the bitter sweet pic from Huck (above), hit the jump for a nice in-hand pic from @lefocker.
As for the unfortunate ugliness, it turns out that someone apparently stole the trio of blanks during the show. If you have any info/tips on that might result in getting the Blanks returned to Huck, drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hopefully someone will step up and help remedy this rather awful situation.
While we can’t will the Blanks back into Huck’s possession, we are looking forward to their eventual release and success as a self-produced, artist-driven, indie platform toy.
Sep 04, 2015
Rotofugi is Back Online with New Site and Store
Whew… So many of you may have noticed that Rotofugi’s online store was down for an extended period as they transitioned to a brand new web site. Thankfully the wait is over, the multi-DTA award-winning store resumed online orders earlier this week. So if you’ve been wanting to pick something up from Kirby, Whitney, and crew, or are just curious go check out the new and improved site which btw is responsive – a fancy buzz word for a site that looks great on all devices including computers, tablets and phones.
Jul 27, 2015
David Horvath, Sun-Min Kim and Bigshot Toyworks – Dream Big Friends
Hmmm. David Horvath just posted two teaser images of Dream Big Friends. While we know almost nothing -– the silhouette image suggests that one of the friends might be a pony-tailed girl and the cute sketch doodles in both pics just might be hinting at some of the other “friends” in the works. There’s also the official blurb via their twitter (@DreamBigFriends) :
An imaginative, alternative play/growth experience for young people around the world. Our goal is one of empowerment and inspiration.
Oh, one last “clue”. Based on the welcome email for the official mailing list at DreamBigFriends.com the project appears to be a collaborative effort between, David, Sun-Min Kim and Klim of Bigshot Toyworks. Klim’s involvement along with the mention of “play” has us hoping that Dream Big Friends is a toy project! If so, it sounds like it’s geared to the younger set, but positive toys sounds like a win to us. Be sure to keep an eye on the project’s Instagram (@DreamBigFriends)
Jul 26, 2015
2PetalRose – Hannya Maiko Commission
While they are understandably few and far between, 2PetalRose’s Maiko (II) figures are quite nice. Here’s a look at his latest, Hannya Maiko (15.5” with base). Per the title, this commissioned piece re-envisions Maiko as a female demon complete with custom designed and printed outfit—love the detail on the kimono and the weathering on the helmet. Here’s hoping to a new edition or batch of one-off Maikos shortly :)
Jul 16, 2015
Designer Toy Awards 2015 Nominations Close on Friday (7.17)
Have you nominated your favorite artists, toys, brands, stores and blogs (!) for the upcoming 2015 Designer Toy Awards? If not, you have until this Friday evening (7.17) at 11:59 PM EDT to nominate your favorites over at designertoyawards.com. After nominations close, the Nomination Committee will review the submitted nominations and determine finalists in each category.
Jun 09, 2015
Nakanari at NextDayBetter + ORL (06.13)
Mai Hiro’s very own Nakanari will be speaking at his very first event in Orlando, Florida. NextDayBetter + ORL features creative speakers and food series for diaspora communities. At this event, Nakanari will be highlighting his past projects with Gibson, Kidrobot, MYX TV and his very own personal story. The event will take place on Saturday, June 13th from 10AM – 3PM. Be sure to RSVP HERE.
May 24, 2015
Toy Art Gallery – Memorial Day Sale (20% Off)
To celebrate the holiday weekend, Toy Art Gallery is offering 20% off with their Memorial Day Weekend sale. The sale applies to nearly all their online stock minus pieces from their current show (previous show pieces are discounted), pre-order items, and floor samples. This is the perfect time to pick from TAG’s stock which includes western art toys and an excellent selection of eastern vinyl. Plus, the 20% off applies to brand-new releases including the Black edition of DEKU the Buster from Uky Daydreamer as well as the new Bubblegum and Stardust Uamou flavors + her Lemon Lime Bastard. Browse, buy and benefit at shop.toyartgallery.com through Monday 5.25 at 11:59 PM PDT. Prices are already discounted, no need for a checkout code.