Nov 19, 2014
Kidrobot Joins NECA
In breaking news, action figure brand NECA has purchased Kidrobot. According to the press release, Kidrobot will continue to create art toys as an autonomous company from their boulder offices guided by the one and only Frank Kozik as creative director.
“It's rare to have the opportunity to join forces with an artist-centric company like this," said Joel Weinshanker, COO of NECA. "We are doubly thrilled to be able to allow it to grow organically and flourish on its own, which is what we're certain it will do with the involvement of Frank Kozik as Creative Director."
"When Joel and NECA approached us about joining forces, about his intention to support us and allow Kidrobot to move forward with autonomy, I knew we had found the right partner," said Bob Africa, President of Kidrobot. "The timing of Frank agreeing to join us could not have been better and we are incredibly excited about Kidrobot's future."
This big and welcome move is a partial answer to the question on most of our minds, what would become of KR. We reached out to Frank about KR’s new direction and he replied simply and triumphantly, ‘WE WILL RAGE’. Here’s hoping that Kidrobot rages like never before and becomes a clever and innovative force in the toy world once again.
Sep 24, 2014
Touma Stickers on LINE
One of your favorite designer toy artists meets with one of the most popular text + call apps out there! A bunch of Touma’s characters are now available as stickers on LINE. There are a few to choose from, including Mao Cat and Danke Schoen, with a Knuckle Bears series in the works! You can find them available HERE and HERE for $0.99 or by searching “Touma”.
Sep 17, 2014
Switcheroo Studio Sale!
Amanda Visell and Michelle Valigura are having a studio sale in their Switcheroo webstore! There are a bunch of original artwork, long gone sold out toys, discounted items, as well as some goodies you may have missed! This sale will only be up for another day so check it out HERE.
Aug 31, 2014
myplasticheart –- Labor Day Blind Box Sale
Looking for more toy deals? If you need to fill in some missing holes in your mini-fig collection, myplasticheart is offering 20% off select blind box toys with their Labor Day Sale which runs through Monday (9.1). Drop by MPH’s blind box section to hunt for the deals – quite a few of the minis are available at the 20% discount.
Nathan Hamill – 15% Off Labor Day Sale
The holiday weekend continues with BBQs, trips to the beach and more tempting toy deals. If you’ve been looking to pick up a toy or two from Nathan Hamill, now is the time. He’s offering 15% off his entire online inventory through 11:59 PM on Monday evening (9.1). No code needed, just drop by his online store for 15% off Lavabear, Strife and Sire and more.
Aug 29, 2014
Huck Gee (Laborbear) is having a Labor Day Sale
Holiday weekends are awesome. Three days of relaxation plus choice discounts on cool toys and gear. Huck Gee (aka Laborbear) is celebrating with his very own Labor Day sale with 25% off through the Holiday (9.1). Be sure to shop at huckgee.com and enter the magic code, ‘Laborbear’, when you checkout.
Kidrobot –- Up to 80% Off Labor Day Sale
If you’ve been waiting for a chance to pick up some toys on the cheap, Kidrobot is celebrating Labor Day Weekend with a big sale on most of their online stock over at kidrobot.com. From a quick check, it looks like most items are now available at a substantial 50-80% off. And, if you order at least $100 of product, you’ll also receive free ground shipping. The sale runs through Labor Day (9.1). Stock up now.
Aug 13, 2014
Gary Baseman -- ‘Mythical Creatures’ Documentary on Kickstarter
The Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the completion of Gary Baseman’s ‘Mythical Creatures’ documentary is in the home stretch seeking a $100,000 stretch goal before ending on Monday (8.18). The film relates and personalizes the tragic lessons of the Holocaust through his parents’ personal harrowing experiences and heroic struggle against the Nazis in part with allegorical animation featuring Baseman’s characters and creatures. The money raised will help fund a filmed visit to the hometown of Baseman’s parents (Modern-day Ukraine) which will see the creation of an art installation as well as post-production for the documentary.
There are plenty of tempting rewards for project backers including a signed Gary Baseman x Shepard Fairey Partisan print, several T-shirts, movie poster and perhaps of most interest to toy collectors, a 12” limited-edition Toby Doll ($150). This new Toby plush is a follow-up to the long since sold-out larger 16” version (2005). Head on over to the ‘Mythical Creatures’ Kickstarter to learn more about the film and all of the available rewards.
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!