Jul 22, 2016
Arcane Divination Dunny Series Artist Reveal: Jon-Paul Kaiser
As this post goes live, J*RYU is signing the Arcane Divination Dunny Series posters at Kidrobot’s SDCC booth which list the artists (four + JRYU) for the upcoming Tarot Card themed blind-box series due in 2017, which he curated and art directed. For those not at SDCC, Kidrobot and J*RYU have asked four Art Toy blogs, including Vinyl Pulse, to each reveal one of the series artists.
It’s our pleasure to announce that Jon-Paul Kaiser will be featured in this momentous series. While one immediately thinks of his signature black+white aesthetic, JPK’s artist statement, sharing his perspective on the project and approach to creating Dunnys representing particular Tarot cards, suggests that we might be surprised by what he’s dreamt up.
''My artwork and tastes have always drawn me towards the darker themes in society; how superstition, religion and death blends with history and in turn is reflected in the artwork from various periods and cultures.
Working on this project has been an incredible experience and it's allowed me to work in a totally different manner; feeling unconstrained by my own previous work and really exploring where I could take the tarot theme - what it meant to me and trying to interpret the stories behind the cards.
Seeing the designs from the other artists in the series has also been a real eye-opener. Under J*RYU's guidance, we have all really pushed the boundaries of what a toy can or should be and in turn this makes these Dunnys stand out as a truly unique series, and to me the strongest series that has ever been produced by Kidrobot."
- Jon-Paul Kaiser
Jul 21, 2016
Flawtoys x Deanist Stranger - élan vital (7.26)
Flawtoys has collaborated with Deanist on a special, extremely limited edition of the Stranger resin figure. For élan vital (“inner life force”), Deanist painted a Whitecell toy from Plasticcell with a striking mosaic design which Flawtoys then cast inside his signature Stranger. Limited to just five pieces, Stranger - élan vital stands 7.7” tall will be released on Tuesday (7.26) @ Noon PDT from both the Flawtoys webshop (2 pcs) and the Deanist webshop (2 pcs) for 160 Euros each (~ US$176). This Flawtoys x Deanist collab brings a strong design flair, antidote to the status quo—perfect for brightening up a house or bringing ‘different’ to an existing collection.
Jul 14, 2016
Candie Bolton x Toy Art Gallery – Oh My! Yokai!: Night Parade Rose Gold (7.15)
Toy Art Gallery will release the Oh My! Yokai!: Night Parade Rose Gold gacha figure set from Candie Bolton on Friday (7.15) for $75 (+ s/h) from the TAG web shop – presumably at the regular 12 PM PDT time. These feature a glitter-infused pink base vinyl with silver, gold and black sprays for a classic, timeless appeal.
Amanda Visell Drops Rare Sparkle Editions -- Brownout Sparkle Giraffe and Iceberg Walrus
So Amanda Visell just dropped two rare sparkle/glitter editions. First up is the Brownout Sparkle Giraffe (10 pcs) and then the Iceberg Walrus (5 pcs). The large silver flake on the walrus looks great and gives it a natural effect. Each are $90 (+ s/h) from Switcheroo
Jul 13, 2016
Chris Pyrate x Third Eye Comics - Three Eyed Kaiju
Artist Chris Pyrate has teamed up with one of the biggest comic book retailers Third Eye Comics to help produce and develop their very own toy! Their hard work and effort brought forth the “Three Eyed Kaiju” figure which is made of polystone and is limited to only 200 pieces. Each figure stands 6” tall and comes packaged in a fully illustrated wrap around box. The figure is inspired from an old t-shirt graphic designed by Chris for Third Eye Comics back in 2014 and here we have it in 3D form for only $35. They can be found available HERE now!
Pepe Hiller – Dropplings Available Now
With his latest releases, Pepe Hiller brings us his cute and clever Droplings, available now from his webshop for $110 each (+ s/h). Limited to 18 numbered, embossed on the back pieces, the 3.5” figure charms with its deceptive simplicity. Beyond the smooth shape and cheerful design, is some fun new toy tech – the wood key on the back activates a hidden brass lock which allows you to move the face into several positions. like wise, the feet are set in a groove which allows you to reposition them. It’s a fun take on articulation, a first for Hiller’s wooden toys.
De Korner at SDCC
De Korner has won the lotto! Well… not THAT lotto, but almost as good—they’ve received late word that their quest for an SDCC booth is over. They’ll begin their adventure as a Comic-Con exhibitor this year with a wide selection including blindboxes, larger vinyl figures, 1/6 scale and more from Kidrobot, ThreeA, Hot Toys, KAWS and more. Plus, if you’ve missed out on a prior De Korner convention exclusive, drop by and you just might find what you’re looking for. Be sure to drop by De Korner at SDCC [#5249].
Kidrobot x Sega – Sonic Capsule On the Way
Kidrobot is jumping into the fast lane with Sonic the Hedgehog! They’ve partnered with Sega on a Sonic capsule featuring plenty of speedy toy joy with a blindbox mini series, keychain series and a a medium vinyl. We’re looking forward to sneak peeks/previews. Street Fighter, TMNT, Megaman, now Sonic, who’s got next?
Press Release Quotes
“Kidrobot is very happy to partner with SEGA. We are excited to bring Kidrobot’s unique style and sensibility to their ever-popular Sonic the Hedgehog brand,” said Allen Richardson, Kidrobot’s Vice President of Product and Marketing, on the project.
“This collaboration brings together the fandom of pop culture icon Sonic the Hedgehog with the premier creative forces at Kidrobot. Fans across the world will be able to celebrate Sonic for years to come with this creative and fun partnership,” said Ivo Gerscovich, Chief Brand Officer-Sonic, and Sr. Vice President of SEGA of America.
James Groman x TAG – Yellowback B.C. Blasters (7.13)
Toy Art Gallery is on a roll with weekly releases (and then some) of their sofubi figures. Next up are the sweet Yellowback B.C. Blasters from James Groman set to drop on Wednesday (7.13) at 12 PM PDT from the TAG Web Shop for $50 each or a killer deal of $185 for a full set of 5. While the previous Frost Bite edition was very cool, Yellowback might just top it with a fun, cartoonish mayhem vibe.
Jul 11, 2016
Ron English x BlackBook Toy – “Stealth” Edition EVIL MC
BlackBook Toy and Ron English are happy to present the “Stealth” Edition EVIL MC figure. This release features the notorious fast food chain mascot in a clear vinyl with painted stripes, as well as a special EVIL MC burger paper bag! Add it into your EVIL MC or wrap up a burger with it. The “Stealth” Edition stands 16” tall with 6 points of articulation, which can be found HERE for roughly $190.
Jul 08, 2016
Amanda Visell – Stag and Lumberjane
The resin releases continue from Amanda Visell! Todays release features Stag and Lumberjane, who look to be inseparable! This duo measures 6” x 2” x 4” and is limited to only 25 hand painted pieces. You can find them HERE for $90 each!
Summer 2016 Special Edition Android – Bear Awareness
Dead Zebra is happy to announce their Summer 2016 Special Edition Android release! There are so many goodies with the “Bear Awareness” release, which comes packaged in a combo window box that comes with 2.5” custom merit badge. Of course you got to love the mini-android figure Bear who towers the tiny android keychain scout. These will be available in late July online through the Dead Zebra Shop. If you are attending SDCC, there will be a small handful available at the Dumbrella booth #1335.
Bait x Funko – Exclusive Rookie Kobe Bryant Pop Vinyl at SDCC
As part of their SDCC lineup (7.20 – 7.24), BAIT will release their exclusive Rookie Kobe Bryant Pop vinyl by Funko at SDCC. Featuring his original #8 jersey, the new figure celebrates the Mamba’s twenty-year career with the Lakers. It will be available exclusively from the Bait booth (#4845) for $20 –limit 2 per customer.
Hikari Bambi – Kaiju Sakanatori (7.15)
Japanese artist Hikari Bambi, part of the Touma Trooper Creative Order, will release her new Kaiju Sakanatori at TTF 2016 in October (10.7 – 10.10). The part fish (Sakana) and part bird (Tori) sofubi will also be available for preorder on July 15th for 3500 yen (~ US$35) + s/h. Sculpted and prototyped by Gen Kitajima (P.P. Pudding), Sakanatori features five articulated parts which allow it to stand like a bird or stand up on its fish tail! It’s a perfect friend for Hikari Bambi’s previous Kaiju Nemukue figure, a sleepy three-eyed kawaii beastie.
Shinobi Toshiro x Woot Bear – Totoro Custom 3” Dunny Release (7.9)
Woot Bear will release its exclusive gold+white 3” Totoro Custom Dunnys (ed. of 15) from Shinobi Toshiro (Joseph Ehara) on Saturday (7.9) at 12 PM PDT for $55— both online and at a release event with the artist at the SF store. This special edition of Shinobi’s popular Totoro customs includes a hand-embellished print. And… the first five customers to purchase the Totoro Dunny (in-person or online) will receive a sweet bonus, a hand-painted Soot Sprites jar filled with Konpeito (Japanese sugar candy) !
Shinobi Toshiro||Totoro Custom Dunny Release
Saturday, July 9th @ 12 PM PDT
1512 Haight St
San Francisco CA 94117
Jul 06, 2016
Ron English – Franken Fat
Ron English’s Franken Fat will be waddling his way to your favorite designer toy story any day now. The latest in his ongoing Cereal Killer line-up—the eighth so far—is available (pre-order) for $65 (+ s/h) from myplasticheart and others.
Android Series 06 Announced & SDCC Debut
This will surely bring excitement to all the Android Mini-figures out there! Dead Zebra Inc. just announced Series 6, which features another all-star team of artists who consist of Andrew Bell, Andrea Kang, Colus, Dwaine Morris, Igor Ventura, Jessica Wang, Nathan Jurevicius, Otto Bjornik and of course Google. The series will also be here sooner than you think, as they will be debuted at this years SDCC and retailers later this summer.
Huck Gee – 15” Neon Green Skullhead Blank Available Now!
Available now through the Huck Gee webstore is his new, colossal sized resin Skullhead! Standing 15” tall, the Neon Green Skullhead is limited to 100 pieces worldwide. Each figure will come signed and numbered and will take approximately 6-8 weeks to ship and be found available HERE for $225 + S&H. Grab one to add to your Skullhead family!
Ron English x Toy Art Gallery – Amazonian Poultry Rex (7.8)
Hot on the heels of the debut Ron English x Toy Art Gallery Poultry Rex in neon pink, comes the Amazonian Poultry Rex. The first painted edition looks fierce, with green, yellow, orange, blue, and red sprays bringing the neon pink dino chicken to life. The 8” Amazonian drops on Friday (7.8) at Noon pdt for $125 (+ s/h) from the TAG web shop.
Jul 02, 2016
Kidrobot x Simpsons – KR Exclusive Gold Mr. Sparkle (7.05)
Kidrobot has just announced that they will be releasing their very own KR Exclusive Simpsons Mr. Sparkle in a gold glittery vinyl! The drop will take place on Tuesday, July 5th. So after you recover from your 4th of July, head on over to Kidrobot.com for this exclusive, which we believe will be in the $50 range.
Jul 01, 2016
Unbox Industries x Science Ninja Team Gatchaman Set Pre-Order
If you’re a big fan of Battle of the Planets or Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, boy does Unbox Industries have a treat for you! Available now for Pre-Order is a complete set of Gatchaman soft vinyl figures! You’ve got the whole G-Force crew, who includes Ken (11”), Joe (11”), Jun (10.5”), Jinpei (9”) and Ryu (10.75”). You can find the Pre-Order HERE for $500 for the set with shipping expected to be Quarter 3 of 2016. Take a look after the jump for more photos!
Cutie Corps – Pin Up Figures Kickstarter Campaign
Genevieve FT and Nic Ter Horst are artists who are best known for their pin up artwork. Together they are known as Cutie Corps, who’s mission statement is to “represent and promote diverse, strong and empowered women, because all women are beautiful”. They now plan to take the next big step and create vinyl figures featuring their very own pin up artwork. They’ve put in their own money into prototype, but are in need of your support to help get these produced. That is why created a Kickstarter campaign to get things started! They’ve got plenty of awesome packages to choose from, as well as a bunch of guest artists participating in the action.If you’re into pin up and toys, this may be the thing for you! Check them out HERE and get these toys produced!
Kidrobot: Akuma Medium Format (7”) Available Now
Kidrobot has released the OG edition of their first medium format Street Fighter figure – Akuma. Standing 7” tall, Akuma features his signature appearance – red gi, beaded necklace and fiery red hair. He’s available now for $49.99 (+ s/h) from Kidrobot and select retailers. What’s next for Akuma? Well, you likely already know about the SDCC exclusive Shin Akuma which KR took pick-up preorders for. There’s more darkness lurking, with an Oni edition also set for SDCC via BAIT.
Frank Kozik x Rotofugi + Squibbles Ink – Rocket Pop Smorkin’ Monger Jerome
Just in time for the 4th of July comes the cool-on-cool Rocket Pop Smorkin’ Monger Jerome from Frank Kozik and the team of Rotofugi + Squibbles Ink. Rocket Pop features a patriotic red, white and blue swirl design. Limited to 75 pieces, the 4” figure is available now for $19.95 (+ s/h) exclusively from Rotofugi. For non-smorkers, Jerome’s cigarette is removable.
Jun 30, 2016
Toy Art Gallery x Ron English --Poultry Rex Debuts in Pink (7.1)
Whatever you do, don’t call it a chicken. Poultry Rex from Ron English and Toy Art Gallery will make its terrifying debut on Friday (7.1) at Noon PDT from the TAG Web Shop for $85. While Poultry Rex might certainly be a comment on an alternate evolution, it’s also plausible to see the beast as the master of Popaganda’s commentary on food production methods. At any rate, PRex looks pretty rad in hot pink—an ironic but sweet color choice.