Jul 02, 2015

Sam Fout x Dubose Art – Satan’s Aces Starts with Ironside Battalion (7.20)

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First teased back in February, the new Satan’s Aces 4” resin series from Sam Fout and Dubose Art will  is about to launch with the release of the first figure—Ironside Battalion. This rough and tumble warrior is ready to throw down and throw one back, maybe at the same time.  The character design is very cool from the iconic Kaiser-ish helmet and the  over-sized head with the oh-so-stern expression to the tiny but detailed body.

Limited to 50 pieces in assorted colors, Ironside Battalion will release in small batches.  The first four will drop on July 20th, 2015 for $134 (+ s/h) each from samfout.com and will include a vinyl sticker and limited-edition print.

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Jul 01, 2015

Toy Art Gallery x Miscreation Toys – Cestoda Pre-Order Ending (7.2)


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Have you pre-ordered the crazy, creepy, colossal Cestoda figure by Miscreation Toys and Toy Art Gallery?  If not, you have until Thursday (7.2) @ Midnight PDT to grab one or both of the unpainted red and charcoal gray editions for $175 (+s/h) each over at TAG’s web shop.  The pre-order is the only way to purchase these debut editions. 

Standing 14” tall with 10 points of articulation, the new sofubi figure realizes creator Jeremi Rimel’s vision of man’s worst nightmare come true, a massive tapeworm like creature that incubates in large mammals such as whales and yes, humans as well.  Hit the jump for the full backstory.

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Jun 29, 2015

Pre-Order for Permanent Guest Delusion Edition by Coarse(6.30)

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If fell in love with the original Permanent Guest art multiple sculpture from Coarse’s Prisoners Beside Me exhibition back in December, you’ll want to get in on the pre-order for the Delusion edition which mirrors the gallery piece.   Select retailers will be taking orders for the classic colorway of the Raccoon and Fish pair (345 pieces, 20x8x5”, $199)  including myplasticheart (Tuesday, June 30th @ Midnight EDT) and Rotofugi (Tuesday, June 30th @ Midnight CDT). Midnight drops can be confusing, so to clarify, this drop late Monday night.

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Buff Monster –- Two-Faced Mister Melty (7.3)

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Two-Faced Mister Melty has a graduated from alternate head to full figure.  Buff Monster has released a few versions of the new Mister Melty head by itself either for individual display or for swapping onto one of the sofubi bodies.  In a twist we didn’t see coming, he’s about to release Two-Faced Mister Melty as a full hybrid figure—sofubi  head on a hand-cast resin body.  This makes it the first ever vinyl+resin release from Buff Monster.

The new Two-Faced Mister Melty full figures will be available in both unpainted ($30 + s/h) and painted editions ($35 + s/h).  The painted edition features pink, green, yellow and black sprays on what appears to be on a base of white vinyl +resin. Both editions will come with a new sticker in bag/header packaging. Two-Faced Mister Melty drops this Friday (7.3) @ 10 AM EDT from BuffMonster.com.

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Amanda Visell – Walrus and Rider Resin

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Amanda Visell has just released her brand-new Walrus ‘n Rider resin sets (25 pcs, $90) at myswitcheroo.com.  Her newest hand-painted resin creature features relaxed walrus (4x3x3”) and a dapper rider. But wait, there’s more… Amanda also mentioned that she has two resin figures in the work with Super7 for SDCC.

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Jun 26, 2015

Suicidal Tendencies x BlackBook Toy – “Cherry 1.5” Edition S"K"UM-kun

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BlackBook Toy is happy to announce the newest colorway of their S"K"UM-kun figure with Suicidal Tendencies. Here we have the brand new “Cherry 1.5” edition, which comes with an official LA Dodgers New Era hat with “Venice” embroidered on its brim. He even comes with an extra set of hands to hand sign a “Z”. He can be found HERE for $100 a piece!

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Gravy Toys – Bluebelt Rootbeer Drizzleshits Available Now!

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Available now through Gravy Toys is the Bluebelt Rootbeer Drizzleshits figure! That probably has to be one of the best names ever for a release! This edition features a translucent rootbeer vinyl with multi color sprays. You can find them available HEREhttp://www.gravytoys.com/products/bluebelt-rootbeer-drizzleshits for $52 each.

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Jun 24, 2015

Playboy x Blitzway x Coartism – Clogtwo & Mighty Jaxx Pre-Order

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Currently available for Pre-Order is Clogtwo x Mighty Jaxx’s design for the Playboy x Blitzway x Coartism art figure series. This series features 6 different artists, who include: Hands in Factory, twelveDot, Sticky Monster Lab, Eric So,  Les Schettkoe and David Flores.

"It is all about the attitude and style of a true gentleman. Tailored in velvet and finished off with diamonds, he stands tall, firm and nothing can move him. Staying classy in this new urban world, there's no end to how deep the rabbit hole goes. He is the infinite universe. He is the legend himself."

This piece stands 11” tall and comes packaged in a blister packed printed box. You can find the Pre-Order HERE for $200 with expectant deliveries going out in July. The Pre-Order will be up until July 25th.

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Jun 23, 2015

3DRetro at SDCC: Debut of Felipe “Uh-Oh” Vinyl by Juan Muniz

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The wait is over.  3DRetro will debut the new Felipe “Uh-Oh” vinyl art toy from Juan Muniz at SDCC.  Based on the painting of the same name, the piece features Muniz’s signature character, Felipe, holding a rather dangerous group of “balloons”.  In talking about the concept behind the character, Muniz explains that “We often wear a second skin in daily life or at work and the ‘skin’ doesn’t reveal much of our true self. The ‘mask’ I draw is a blank stare and depending on the situation, can convey humor, doubt or irony. There is Felipe, dragging his bleeding heart, looking back to ensure it’s still there as if it’s a security blanket. There is Felipe, sitting on a chunk of earth with an anvil tied to his fishing pole. And there is Felipe, looking down at the bullet that moments ago pierced him, then popped out his back, walked around to the front and held up a sign that reads, ‘I’m sorry’.” 

Limited to 200 pieces, the Felipe “Uh-Oh” viny (9.5” from foot to the top of the balloons) will be first available at the DKE/3DRetro booth [#5045] for $55.  Juan Muniz will be signing at toys, prints and other goodies on Friday (7.10) from 3-4 PM and Saturday (7.11) from 1 to 2 PM.

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Amanda Louise Spayd & Chris Ryniak x Cardboard Spaceship–Thimblestump Hallow

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Here is one of the blind-boxed series we’ve been anticipating most ever since we saw the prototypes at the Cardboard Spaceship booth during SDCC 2014. Thimblestump Hollow by Amanda Louise Spayd and Chris Ryniak   features both of their character designs in vinyl form! There is no word if these will actually be available at SDCC or not, but we’re happy to know that the series is almost ready!

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Kidrobot Reveals Junko Mizuno’s Violet Soda Lady Dunny and SDCC Exclusive

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After a few tantalizing teases, Kidrobot has officially revealed Junko Mizuno’s Violet Soda Lady Dunny (8”) which is due in July from KR and retail shops.  The ‘bot also revealed the SDCC exclusive Berry Chocolate Lady Dunny.  Continuing the design theme of her previous Purple Soda Girl Dunny (Dunny 2012), the new 8” pieces feature an intricate mix of opaque and translucent elements along with several custom sculpted elements including the hair, Dunny-ish “bubbles”(?) and a flamboyant heart.

In talking about the design of her latest Dunnys, Junko mentions that “ The Purple Soda Girl Dunny that I designed in 2012 was very hard to create, so I'm really happy & excited that her big sisters, Violet Soda Lady and Berry Chocolate Lady, are coming out! I hope they will find a lot of happy owners! I think of my Purple Soda Girl Dunny from 2012 as a daughter of Kuro Megami that I designed for Kidrobot Black Series. When I designed her, I was using the photos I took of old god and goddess statues at Asian Art Museum as reference. So Kuro Megami is kind of like a goddess representing my art. Purple Soda Girl and the two new 8” Dunny’s are all her daughters who have the same goddess-like feeling.”

The exclusive Berry Chocolate Lady Dunny [#5645] will be available from the KR booth for $100. Junko will be signing at the  booth on from 1 PM – 3 PM on both Thursday (7.9) and Friday (7.10).

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Jun 19, 2015

Michael Lau - 6” Gardener “NOWAR” #103 & “HOPE” #10 Set Pre-Order

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Now available for Pre-Order through Gum-Gum-Gum is a new Gardener set by Michael Lau. Featuring “NOWAR” #103 and “HOPE” #109, which both measure 6” tall and come as a set! This release is limited to only 299 pieces with pre-orders open from now until June 30th. Retail for the set is $199 + S&H and are expected to ship in August. You can place your orders now HERE.

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Jun 16, 2015

Seulgie – Satyr & Bedtime Bunny Release

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Seulgie loves all things cute! With her new passion for sculpting, mold making and painting, Seulgie has turned her imagination into a beautiful toy. Introducing Satyr, a 4.5” tall resin piece that is casted in various resin colors with hand painted details. The first run of Satyrs are limited to 6 pieces for $85 each. Also releasing are some of Peter Kato’s Bedtime Bunnie Danglers ($15) and Sleeptime Bunnies ($12), which were detailed by Seulgie to match her Satyrs. The release will take place on Thursday, June 18th at 8PM EST on the Peter Kato Store HERE

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Jun 15, 2015

New Wild Girls from Gary Baseman x 3DRetro

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When I was a kid flipping through my favorite video game magazine, Electronic Gaming Monthly, I began to realize that ads were sometimes the best source of news. In addition to the great interview with Huck Gee, Clutter #27 also brings us what I believe is the first look at a new figure in The Wild Girls line from Gary Baseman and 3DRetro.  The as-yet un-named Wild Girl follows in Beverly’s footsteps.  Pretty sure we’ll get more info on she with the pointed doo shortly. Maybe SDDC—Beverly debuted there last year.

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Vinyl Pulse x Itokin Park 10th Anniversary Exclusive Astronaut (6.19)

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10 Years…! I started Vinyl Pulse  somewhat on a whim back in the Spring of 2005.  I couldn’t find a good news source about these crazy vinyl toys I was addicted to, and hey, it was a chance to try out blogging.  I started the blog without  a clue as to the awesome people I would meet, the places I would travel for my “job”, or the joy I would have writing about and photographing amazing art toys.

How to celebrate a decade of blogging?  While I thought about a few different ideas, the answer was pretty obvious.  I love vinyl toys, so a 10th Anniversary Exclusive was a must.  But who should I ask ?  Itokin Park!  He did our first exclusive, the Vinyl Pulse Robo back in 2006, so asking him to help us remember this milestone seemed, perfect. 

So I sent off an email to Kazu,  sweated out his response, and was really excited when he agreed to make a Vinyl Pulse Exclusive Astronaut (love this toy!).  He sent quite a few different designs which all looked great.  After several days of going back and forth trying to decide, I realized this little guy with his eclectic green hair and his black + green space suit was too cool to pass up.  And, then there was the choice of which astronaut toy to make, the regular ‘capsule’ one or the 2001 inspired Space Mode Man?  That choice proved too difficult—more about that soon.

Kazu always goes out of his way to make incredible things. In addition to the toy which he hand-painted,  he also took the time to create an awesome header for the release complete with the 10th Anniversary Astronaut … and the VP Robo!  Plus he made sweet matching buttons as a fun bonus for collectors.

We will release the Vinyl Pulse x Itokin park 10th Anniversary Exclusive Astronaut (3.5”) on Friday, June 19th @ 7:30 AM PDT for $35 (+s/h) from Vinylpulse.com.  Each figure will come with a mini sticker sheet plus separately packaged button.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Vinyl Pulse and made the toy scene so much fun to cover –- artists, the people behind the brands, collectors, and of course our readers. A special thanks to Kris, Funks, who keeps the news flowing and helped to make sure VP made it to #10.

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Jun 11, 2015

Paul Kaiju – Gobo King Raffle (06.14)

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Gobo King is here! Paul Kaiju will be holding a raffle this Sunday, June 14th for 24 Hours, beginning at 12PM PST. The first release of Gobo King features a black vinyl base with an array of metallic sprays. Gobo King stands 12” tall with 7 points of articulation and removable helmet. Lucky winners can be expected to pay $340 + S&H.

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Mike Mignola x MONDO – The First Hellboy Statue Pre-Order

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Using a similar concept from their “First Turtle” Release, MONDO has teamed up with Mike Mignola for The First Hellboy Statue. This piece is based on the original black and white illustration of Mike’s infamous Hellboy! This polystone statue stands 12” tall and is available now for pre-order in two editions. The MONDO Exclusive Black & White edition is limited to only 200 pieces for $225 HERE. For the Red Edition, original Hellboy colorist Dave Stewart was called to action to design the color scheme. You can find it available HERE for $200.

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‘The Blank’ – A Brand-New Platform by Huck Gee

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As part of Huck Gee’s new direction focusing on creating original toys in resin in the USA, he’s been working on a new resin platform called simply ‘The Blank’ (7-8”).  For an in-depth read of the idea behind the new platform, be sure to check out the interview in Clutter #27 (buy it via Clutter/free from a local store/view it free online). Having created scores of custom Munnys and Dunnys, Huck’s had plenty of time to think about his dream platform. The Blank features longer, more ‘normal’ proportions with a head that looks straight ahead rather than down. While Huck will continue to develop the blank with variations and improvements, look for the first two versions – the Skullhead and Monkey shapes to drop this Summer.  We’re looking forward to seeing the amazing pieces artists will create with this new platform.

Having  parted ways with Kidrobot, in large part because he could no longer trust the brand,  Huck has up until now not had a platform for customization. The Blank changes all that. With his own platform, Huck is back in the custom biz.  He’ll be fleshing out his Dapper Little Scoundrels world with retro style mechs.  First up?   Diesel Armored Mobile Emplacement #11 & #13 (DAMEs) as seen on the Clutter cover.

We’re pretty excited about Huck’s new endeavor.  While we’re always happy to see his new original creations, ‘The Blank’ offers a new opportunity for the industry.  Platforms are the essential designer toy staples.  It’s about time there’s a new, exciting choice. 

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Jun 10, 2015

Sergey Safonov – Never

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Sergey Safonov is working on a picture book to connect places and events , sea and land, day and night, dreams and reality. With the idea of half birds, half fishes, Sergey has created his latest art toy to help fund the book. Introducing Never, ”night whisper, a shadow of the sea wave, a midnight promise”. You can find Never available HERE for pre-order for $60 a piece. Worldwide shipping is free!

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Coarse – Permanent Guest x 2 (6.18)

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Coarse has just announced the anticipated release of their Permanent Guest vinyl art toy set. First seen at their Prisoners Beside Me show at Rotofugi as a fine art multiple, the evocative piece captures the imagination with a Raccoon dragging a fish in a bathtub. 

Rather than releasing one edition and then following up with another, Coarse will offer pre-orders for two editions at the same time: Promised Bliss and Endless Shadow.  Promised Bliss is a gray+silver variant of the OG piece.  The muted, light, light gray fish rides in style—a shiny silver tub.  Endless Shadow brings the luxury with a black + gold design complete with a gold metallic tub. Endless Shadow brings a new “feel” to the piece, a bit more sinister, a bit more manipulative. 

Both vinyl editions deliver the full size experience of the original—the set deserves a fairly large display area.  Coarse will release both Permanent Guest editions on Thursday, June 18th 2015 for 1540 HKD  (~US$198) each via coarsehkg.com.

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Jun 09, 2015

Chipp S005 [Organizized] (6.15)

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“You Talkin to Me?”  Channeling the unforgettable De Niro film, Ferg is about to drop Chipp S005 [Organizized].  An homage to Mr. Bickle, The new Squadt features an off-white/bone design with minimalist faux mohawk, olive green military jacket, button up undershirt, "We Are The Squadts" pin”, 2 sets of lenses, and removable helmet. Rather than the standard limited-edition run, Ferg is making this available to all collectors with a timed-release.  Travis, errr Chipp pre-orders will be available for 24 hours beginning on Monday (6.15) @ 9 AM PDT for $95 (includes global shipping). 

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kaNO x ToyQube – 24” Hi-Def Pre-Order

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ToyQube is finally ready to release kaNO’s ginormous 2’ tall Hi-Def figure.This figure easily trumps over the 8” figure that was released years back. The 24” Hi-Def is limited to 45 pieces and is made of resin. You can find them available HERE for pre-order at $395.95 a pop.

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Kozik x BlackBook Toy – “Break In” Edition Lil Alex Pre-Order (06.10)

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Available for Pre-Order on Wednesday, June 10th at 8PM PST is the “Break In” Edition Lil Alex from Kozik and BlackBook Toy. This release features the notorious mask from “A Clockwork Orange”, which was sculpted by T9G. With your pre-order through BBT, you will also receive a ACC logo metal badge. You can find these available HERE for roughly $110 a piece.

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Jun 08, 2015

kaNO x BAIT x Brue Lee – 75th B-Day Release?

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kaNO just posted up a little teaser after celebrating his 10k Followers on Instagram. He mentioned that he is working along with BAIT and the Bruce Lee Enterprises on something very official for his 75th birthday. Could it perhaps be a new toy line? Maybe some graphic t-shirts? Bruce Lee’s birthday is on November 27th, which gives us enough time to figure out what these guys got cooking!

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Jun 04, 2015

Scott Tolleson x Kidrobot – Imperial Lotus Dragon 8” Dunny Pre-order

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Hmm.  So, retailers including myplasticheart are now taking pre-orders for Scott Tolleson’s much-teased Imperial Lotus Dragon 8” Dunny ($99.99) from Kidrobot.  While this one is set for a Fall 2015 drop, Kidrobot has already shown “SDCC2015” art/print featuring Scott’s dragon (albeit, minus the Dunny).  So either the Dunny will debut at SDCC and then be released generally (somethinkg KR often does), or something else related is in store for comic-con, maybe the print ?

 

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