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.
Apr 20, 2015
TADO Studio Clearout!
TADO has got a special studio clearout going on right now in their webstore! Basically everything is discounted, which includes toys, cushions, prints, stickers and plenty of other goodies. Make your way to their shop now, before it’s all gone!
Feb 26, 2015
Loot Crate Munny Contest
Loot Crate brought its subscribers a Mini Munny as part of February’s Play crate. Now, kings of the monthly box of awesome are sponsoring a Munny Contest, asking fans to customize a Mini Munny and enter it into one of several fun categories, by submitting a pic of the finished piece by the March 20th deadline. The categories range from specific themes (Hero/Villain, Best Lookalike, Best Videogame) to materials/methods used (Best Fashionable, Best Modified, Most Resourcful, etc.). The contest will be judged by an industry panel from several brands including Kidrobot (Frank Kozik), IGN, iam8bit, Nerdist, Meltdown, and more. In the spirit of democracy, the public can vote for their favorite customs as well.
The winner of each category will receive a prize pack slightly tailored to the category. In addition, there’s a sweet prize pack for the entry that receives the most fan votes ($500, 1 Year of Loot Crates, Looter Tee, Super iam8bit and Hohokum Almanac books, plus a 7” munny) and another for the Judges Pick which is similar but swaps out the $500 for a $100 Amazon card and trims the subscription to 6 months.
Drop by the Loot Crate Munny Contest page to check out the submissions, enter your own, and vote for your favorites.
Jan 28, 2015
Kidrobot Welcomes Customs, Not Bootlegs
Long overdue, Kidrobot has r eleased an official statement addressing bootlegging in which they make clear that they welcome and support customization of their various toys (including their popular Dunny and Munny platforms), but will actively seek to prevent bootlegging—the un-authorized duplication of their toys.
While the distinctions can get blurry, our interpretation of the statement is that artists/collectors/fans who purchase a Kidrobot figure can do to it as they see fit, and can release limited series of “Dunnys”, “Munnys” or what have you as long as a production vinyl figure is used for each piece. However, the duplication or reproduction of a Kidrobot toy will be viewed negatively, as an infringement of the brand’s intellectual property, and will be subject to corrective action. Or put another way, paint, cut, and add to their toys, but don’t make molds and cast your own copies of KR figures. Additionally, don’t create and sell from “scratch” versions of “Dunnys” (as an example) as these will likely be considered bootlegs; each piece does not include one of KR’s production toys. Again, this is our interpretation of the statement, if you’re in doubt please reach out to Kidrobot for clarification.
From our perspective, this policy is sensible, allowing artistic creativity, while protecting the financial investment and rights of Kidrobot and the artists they work with. Frankly, we’ve been surprised that Kidrobot has until now, turned a bllind-eye to bootlegs, such as resin Dunnys.
Perhaps as equally important as the basic policy is the fact that Kidrobot is open to working with artists who would like to pursue projects which involve duplicating production toys, under a licensing arrangement. In fact, Mikie Graham worked with Kidrobot on this type of arrangement for his sweet Halloween Dunnys. Additionally, the re-born KR is actively working with and promoting customizers.
Dec 30, 2014
Huck Gee – End of Year Sale
Before he takes down and retools his website for the awesomeness he has locked in for 2015, Huck Gee is closing out 2014 with his ‘End of Year’ sale. Now through January 1st, you can save a hefty 35% off anything in his store. So if you’ve been thinking about pulling the trigger on a print, Tee, or something else – now is the time. Be sure to use the checkout code HAPPYNEWYEAR.
Dec 27, 2014
3DRetro – 25% Off After Xmas Sale
Looking to spend some of your holiday cash? It might pay to check out 3DRetro. Through this weekend they are running their After Xmas Sale with a cool 25% off everything in stock. Head on over to their site, pick out some tempting items and be sure to use the AFTERXMAS25 checkout code.
Dec 16, 2014
Dragatomi Closes Their Doors =(
We regret to inform you all that our favorite designer store in Sacramento, Dragatomi, will be closing their doors. With the success of their latest venture, they were left with a difficult decision to close up their brick and mortar store. Don’t worry, because they will still keep their online store afloat and they have also teamed up with Unseen Heroes as a satellite location with a small selection of items available. They will also continue having releases, signings, and shows at their location in the Broadway Triangle district of Sacramento. If you really miss seeing the friendly faces of Ray and Joanne, you can always find them touring around Sacramento in the Wandering Boba truck! Good luck Ray and Joanne!
Beginning now until December 24th, all remaining in-store merchandise will be 50% off, excluding original artworks.
Dec 04, 2014
De Korner – Holiday Sale + Mystery Boxes (Thru 12.20)
Did you miss out on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals? Don’t fret. De Korner has Holiday Savings for you with two ways to get more for less. First, they are offering discounts (up to 50%) on select items including some strong older pieces including The Seeker by Jeff Soto, Dalek Teddy Troops and more.
Plus, they are continuing their Mystery Box Warehouse Sale. Each Mystery Box ($20, $30, $40, $50, $100, or $200) features items from their warehouse worth at least twice the purchase price, so a $20 box will get you toys valued at $40+.
Drop by De Korner to check out the Holiday Savings.
Dec 01, 2014
myplasticheart – 20% Off for Cyber Monday (12.1)
myplasticheart is offering a special Cyber Monday promo – spend at least $100 and receive 20% off by using the checkout code CYBOMOMO. This deal excludes new releases, pre-orders and original art. The Cyber Monday deal runs through 12.1 @ 1 PM EST.
3DRetro – 30% Off Cybermonday Sale (12.1)
Nov 28, 2014
Black Friday Savings from Rotofugi
Looking to make your toy buying dollars go as far as possible? Rotofugi is offering a variety of Black Friday coupons good through Cyber Monday (12.1). If you spend $50 or more you can get free shipping by using the ‘FRIDAY50’ code. There are also discount codes depending on how much you spend (total before shipping and tax are added) – 10% off if you spend $100 or more with ‘FRIDAY100’, 15% off if you spend $150 or more with ‘FRIDAY150’ and a sweet 20% off if you spend $200 or more with ‘FRIDAY200’. These special coupons are good through 12.1 at 11:59 PM CST.
myplasticheart – Black Friday Sale
myplasticheart s tarted the savings rolling early with their Pre-Black Friday Sale which continues through Sunday (11.30). As in year’s past they are offering special savings (up to 50%) on select sale merchandise. There’s a nice variety to choose from including Micro Munnyworld DIYs, Dunnys, sofubi and more. Also, if you’re in NYC – you can take an additional 5% off in-store purchases on 11.28 as well as enjoy a buy 2 get 1 free blind-box deal.
Nov 26, 2014
De Korner – Black Friday Mystery Boxes + Sale
For Black Friday De Korner is offering two ways to stretch your toy buying dollars. First, they are offering 50%+ off select items. Second, they are offering Mystery Boxes featuring items worth at least double the price of the box. The five item box ($50) will have at least $100 worth of product while the ten item box ($100) will be valued at $200. Due to the size/weight, shipping for the Mystery boxes will run from $10 to $15. The Mystery Boxes and 50% off sale starts on 11.27 and runs through 12.1 at DeKorner.com.
Raffle to Benefit Nerviswr3k
Tragically, a member of Nerviswr3k’ s family recently passed away leaving a young daughter needing care and support. With the help of members of the community, Tenacious toys has put together a raffle to help the family in their time of need.
Available now through December 10th, each raffle ticket ($10 + s/h) will include a pack of 5 assorted stickers and one entry into the drawing for one of 15 donated prizes. Nerviswr3k will receive the full $10 for each raffle ticket sold. Each ticket is considered a separate entry –- buying multiple tickets therefore increases the odds of winning and purchasers of multiple tickets have the chance of winning more than one prize.
The sticker pack includes a mix featuring Nerviswr3k (printed by Renone), Abe Lincoln Jr., Tenacious Toys, as well as numerous stickers donated by the awesome people at Sticker Robot. Each pack will feature at least one Nerviswr3k sticker.
Winners of the raffle will be chosen randomly. The first winner will be notified and will be able to choose one of the 15 prizes. Subsequent winners will choose one prize from those that remain.
The raffle prizes include:
- 6-inch Beefy & Co Panda Plush (valued at $14)
- 11-inch Beefy & Co Unipoo Plush (valued at $25)
- Beefy & Co Ghost Tribe Warrior gold/black colorway
- Beefy & Co Ghost Tribe Warrior blue colorway
- Custom Marshall by Taylor Lymberry
- (4) different Custom Dunnys by Mike Die
- Mask by Nerviswr3k
- Nibirian Drones blind box by Nerviswr3k & We Are Not Toys
- Tenacious Exclusive Blue MAD Modern Hero Bank (US winner only)
- 22" tokidoki Adios Star Pillow
- 5" tokidoki Donutella figure
- Skull Burst Custom by Blazon Brikhaus
For the full info, please see the official raffle ticket purchase page over at Tenacious Toys. Please consider buying a raffle ticket/sticker pack to help out Nerviswr3k and his family.
MAD’s Black Friday Releases (11.28)
MAD has got some offerings for you this Black Friday! Looking to make your wall look pretty? MAD will be releasing a set of 4 of his Modern Heroes 17” prints. There are only 10 sets of these in existence and will retail $100 a set. MAD will also be releasing the Mystery Micro Mad*L Handmade resin figures. These will come blind bagged and will feature an array of different never released Micro MAD*Ls. These will be available first thing on Black Friday, November 28th at 12AM CST. There will only be 30 of these babies available!
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.