May 20, 2015

Ron English x Kidrobot – Bart and Homer Grin

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Kidrobot’s expansive Fall 2015 Simpsons line continues with both Bart and Homer Grin from Ron English. The standalone 3” figures feature the lovable characters re-imagined with English’s signature ironic smile. These pieces and the previously mentioned Kenny Scharf Bart are nice to see and hopefully a sign of a new take on licensing.  Pre-order them now for $14.99 each from myplasticheart and other retailers.

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Kenny Scharf x Kidrobot -- Bart

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The epic news day continues with a new Kenny Scharf Bart figure from Kidrobot.  The new 6” figure features one of Scharf’s amorphous characters flowing from his mouth—perhaps a thought or emotion taking visual form. This is just one of a whole slate of new Simpsons toys from KR. Set for Fall 2015, this artful Bart is available for pre-order now for $59.99 from myplasticheart and other retailers.

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Sket One x Kidrobot – Sketracha 3” Dunny

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Oooh… Sketracha is making the jump to production with the newly revealed 3” Dunny.  It looks like there will be two editions – “new” and  “used”.  What’s curious is that design graphics clearly say 8” Custom Dunny.  Perhaps plans changed and the graphics didn’t, or there’s an 8” coming as well, or maybe it’s just a shout-out to its origins.  Due in Fall 2015, you can pre-order the Sketracha Dunny now for $14.99 from retailers including myplasticheart.

This unexpected surge of KR news comes as they have apparently moved to a pre-order model which has retailers including myplasticheart taking orders some six months in advance. Brave New World?

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May 19, 2015

Brandt Peters x Kidrobot – The 13 Dunny Series

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What’s this we see? A Dunny series from Kidrobot featuring the designs by the one, the only, Brandt Peters?! Well thanks to the myplasticheart facebook group, we’ve witnessed just that! Check out the all new “The 13” Series by Brandt, which has been teased VIA the “Behind the Vinyl” subforum on the Kidrobot message board a few times already. There is not much to say about this series besides the fact that it is amazing! “The 13” features 14 different designs, 13 of which are the creatures from the 13 floor mansion and the 14th design we think may be Lord Strange. More news on this release should be coming soon! Stay tuned!

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Huck Gee – The John Player Special OBP (5.21)

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After being teased for what seems like forever, Huck Gee is proud to announce the 24 Hour release of The John Player Special OBP figure, the next livery edition from his creative stable.  The new edition sports the striking black + gold design  made famous through the cigarette brand’s sponsorship of the Lotus F1 racing team. For the transition to the OBP, Huck has added 90% grey accents and hints of white + neon. 

The JPS OBP stands 10” tall, weighs in over 3 pounds, and features rotating ball turrets. The release will take place on Thursday, May 21st at NOON PDT for 24 Hours. They will be available HERE and will retail $475 (+ s/h). Expect the mechs to arrive 6-8 weeks after ordering.

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Gary Baseman – Happy Toby To You! Toby Plush Available Now

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For Toby’s 10th birthday Gary Baseman has released a new limited-edition  Happy Toby To You! 12” Toby Plush.  Limited to 100 signed and numbered pieces, the new Tobys are available exclusively from garybaseman.com for $300 (+s/h) each.  These are the first numbered plush Tobys since the original 15” versions back in 2005 which now command prices many times over original retail.   After checking, it turns out that unlike the 2005 edition, the new 12” edition does not have armature for posing Toby.

In addition to the new plush, Gary Baseman and Toby will celebrate the character’s 10th anniversary in style with the opening of the Happy Toby to You! exhibition opening on Thursday, May 21st 2015 at Times Square in  Hong Kong.  The new exhibition marks a tremendous year or so for Baseman in Asia which saw his touring ‘The Door is Always Open’ make stops  at MOCA Taipei (June 2014) and  at the Chi K11 Art Space in Shanghai(December 2014).  He also created an art installation at CentralWorld in Bangkok (July 2014) as part of the festivities for the opening of the new Groove entertainment section at the world’s sixth largest mall.

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May 18, 2015

MAD – MADL Character Print Series

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MAD, like most of us grew up influenced by iconic characters from comic books, amovies, TV and more.  What do you suppose his doodles of super heroes and sci-fi icons look like?  Wonder no more.   He’s recently launched his MADL Character Print Series as a creative exercise and homage to some of his favorite pop characters. The series will feature 100 images, released in weekly batches of 4-6 characters.  So far he’s released prints of the MADL as Astro Boy,  a couple of Transformers, several Avengers and more.  This week’s batch (#3) features Grimlock, Kamen Rider, Iron Man, and Orko.  Limited to 25 pieces, each s/n 6”x6” edition ($20) is printed on heavy watercolor stock with backer card + sleeve for protection. This series may be the closest we get to licsend MADLs as  MAD has always reserved his signature toy platform for art toy projects. Check ‘em all out over on MAD’s online shop. Also, if you wanna collect ‘em all, there’s the print subscription for $1500, a 25% savings—only 5 slots available.

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Brent Nolasco -- ‘Forget Me Not’ Bun Bun Custom

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We last saw Brent Nolasco’s newest creation, Bun Bun, in a light purple debut edition back in late March.  Now, here’s Brent’s first custom of the quirky ‘bunny’ character.  ‘Forget Me Not’ gives poignant visual and tangible form to the vibrant essence of life.

Bun Bun sits and takes time to reflect on a skull covered in moss and mushrooms.This is his special place to go. He watches the sun come up in the morning and counts the stars at night. He finds an inner peace being here and vows to never leaves his master side. Even though much time has passed,the memories of laughter and love are still vivid and fresh in his mind. One can pass away but the memory still lives on in our hearts.

Created with a rotocast Bun Bun figure, Aves Epoxy Sculpt, found objects and acrylic paint, Forget Me Not (11” x 7” x 5”) was hand-painted and sculpted by Brent himself.  The unforgettable piece is available now for $250 (+s/h) over on the artist’s web store.

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Glenn Barr – Lucky Devil Blue Skelve (5.22)

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The industrious folks over at Circus Posterus are about to release their Lucky Devil Blue Skelve by Glenn Barr. While this is not the first Lucky Devil Skelve, it does appear to be the first one with Barr’s face design, first seen on the Lucky Devil Masks (2014). The mischievous (we suspect) blue Devil stands 9” tall, comes with a 5x7” s/n print, hand-screened muslin bag.   Limited to 30 pieces, The Lucky Devil Blue Skelve drops on Friday (5.22) from Circus Posterus for $250 (+s/h).

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May 17, 2015

Scott Tolleson x Pobber Toys – Taco Boy

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Pobber Toys just shared a teaser of some goods they got cooking up with Scott Tolleson. From what we’ve gathered from the hashtags, this new character of Scott’s has been dubbed Taco Boy! This soon to come release features a similar style of the Kookie No Good figure with De Korner, which we assume also share the same size and vinyl material. All there is to do now is play the waiting game.

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May 15, 2015

1st Annual Bricks LA Convention for LEGO Fans (5.16-5.17)

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If you (or your little ones) love LEGOs, you might want to checkout the inaugural Bricks LA convention which takes place this weekend on Saturday and Sunday (5.17) at the Pasadena Convention Center.  Created and organized by Ayleen Gaspar (October Toys, ToyBreak, DesignerCon, and many other secret projects) and Ace Kim (Bricks to Bothans), the show will feature plenty of custom Lego creations or MOCs (My Own Creations), a vendor area, and a kids play/build area as well.  All of this for $5 at the door (kids 12and under are free).

Bricks LA
Saturday – Sunday (5.16 – 5.17), 10 AM –5 PM

Pasadena Convention Center
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101 

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May 14, 2015

The Beast Brothers – “Spring” Edition Calaverita

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It’s been sometime since we’ve seen a Calaverita release from the Beast Brothers. Now we have the new “Spring” Edition Calaverita, which is limited to only 20 pieces. This edition features a beautiful lime green vinyl with orange details in the face. You can find them available now HERE for $60 a piece.

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Andrea Kang x Momiji – Gomi

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Andrea Kang has collaborated with Momiji on Gomi, the brand’s latest limited-edition  friendship doll.  The adorable 3” Gomi (Gom: “bear” in Korean) features a little girl in the guise of a bear, her spirit animal.  Limited to 500 numbered pieces, Gomi is available now exclusively from Momiji.com for $29.95 (+s/h) and comes in a matching  Momiji take-out box package designed by Andrea. To learn more about Andrea and her design, check out her Interview with Momiji. Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 10.18.19 AM

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May 13, 2015

Buff Monster – New Ice Cream Inflatable (5.15)

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It’s back…! First released in 2010, Buff Monster’s Ice Cream Inflatable is new and improved with updated graphics.  The new edition features Buff’s one-eyed ice cream dude characters seen in his recent paintings instead of the skull design of the original as well as a slight revision of the now retro Buff Monster characters on the flip side. It shares the same shape and form-factor of the original (52”).   Oh, did we mention there’s a brand-new box design as well?

The new Buff Monster Ice Cream Inflatable will be available this Friday (5.15) @ 10 AM EDT from BuffMonster.com for $100 (+ s/h).  Stay sharp and don’t blow your chance.

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James Groman and Nathan Jurevicius – Throwback at Toy Art Gallery (5.16)

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For May, Toy Art Gallery will present Throwback featuring the art of James Groman and Nathan Jurevicius with an opening reception on Saturday (5.16). Well-known for his prehistoric dino beasts, Groman will offer a few Rotten Rex one-offs, Rotten Rex 2D artwork, and a preview of all five of his fantastic B.C. Blasters mini-series—mixing dinos and guns—in the works from TAG.  Influenced and inspired by tales of the past including Lithuanian paganism and Christian bible stories as well as sci-films, Nathan Jurevicius will be showing a dozen new pencil sketches and 3 new risograph prints.  On the 3D side, Toy Art Gallery will debut Nathan’s fanciful Owl Clam sofubi in what we believe will be an unpainted pink edition.  There will also be an exclusive James Groman and Nathan Jrevicius||Throwback
Opening: Saturday, May 16th 2015 (7-10 PM)

Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90046

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Full Blown Ink – “Berserker” Edition Vulkira Pre-Order

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Full Blown Ink has put out a pre-order for a new colorway of their Vulkira figure. Introducing the “Berserker” colorway, which pays homage to the one, the only, Weapon X. This pre-order is limited to only 10 pieces and is up for grabs HERE for $85. Included with your purchase is Berserker Vulkira, 1 rocket attachment, 1 drill attachment, 2 fist attachments, 1 set of blueprints, 1 sticker and 1 menko card. Pick up one before they are all called for!

They’ve also teased what they’ve got coming in the near future as well! Stay tuned for news on the upcoming Devastator and Druul colorways.

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Mikie Graham – Pickle Fetus for “Little Green Men” (5.16)

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For this weekend’s The Little Green Men Show at SubUrban Vinyl, a custom show of Leecifer’s PickleBaby figure, Mikie Graham has gone the extra mile, as he often does. Instead of customizing the original toy, he created a new figure, Pickle Featus, which explores the ummm gestation of the funky being. He sculpted the new piece and then set out to breed it rotocast style to produce a small DIY  Pickle Fetus edition.

Did he stop there?  Nope.  He also painted and “pickled” two Fetus figures in mason jars with clear green resin for creepy effect and finished off the ?tasty? product with Pickle Baby Brand labels. In addition to the two hand-painted Pickle Fetus pieces ($200 each), eight of the DIY Pickle Fetus figures will be available at the opening ($30).

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Opening: Saturday, May 16th 2015

SubUrban Vinyl
4 Frederick St.
Waldwick, New Jersey
201.857.2480

 

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MONDO – “The First Turtle” Pre-Order Available Now!

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Here comes the 4th installment of MONDO’s new toy line! Introducing “The First Turtle”, a toy inspired by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s original doodle of what could have been the design for the pizza loving turtles we know today. 32 years later and now we have this beautiful 6.5” PVC figure, which is available in four editions. First of all is the Black and White Edition ($65), Color Edition with Red Mask ($65), Color Version with Orange Mask ($65) and the Deluxe Black and White Edition (SOLD OUT) that includes 3 interchangeable heads with different mask colors, white, red, and orange + 5" x 7" letterpress print of the original Kevin Eastman art. You can find these fine pieces through MONDO’s webstore HERE.

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May 11, 2015

Seen: Thailand Toy Expo Opening Ceremony (4.28)

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It’s been a week since I’ve been back from my three comic-con/toy show adventure in Bangkok.  While I’ve posted plenty of pics on our instagram, I haven’t blogged much about Thailand Toy Expo, Bangkok Comic Con and Thailand Comic Con, all three of which were held at the same time (4.30 – 5.3). With the jet lag gone (mostly), I’ll try to cover the highlights here on the blog proper. 

Before Thailand Toy Expo officially opened on the 30th, things got underway with the Opening Ceremony (4.28).  While the concept of a formal opening is pretty unusual for western conventions, it does seem somewhat common for many events in Asia.  I really had no idea what to expect other than a few speeches and artist appearances.

As the picture above hints at, the TTE Opening was all that and quite a bit more.  The festivities took place on the main stage  at CentralWorldwhich was flanked by a massive (call it life-size) Funko Pop! Hulkbuster statue.  After a few presentations by the  hostess, mayor of Bangkok, a Marvel representative, and the show’s organizer, Jeep Tumwattana, a group of clad-in-black dudes (ummm… Ninjas?) carrying large stone props took over the stage.

Confusion turned to pleasant surprise as a large puppet of Ashley Wood’s KDO Tomorrow King emerged from behind the stones.  Smoothly and expertly manipulated by the ‘Thai Master Puppet Team’, KDO battled and eventually defeated a red winged demon.  As I was shooting these pics, I was wishing I had it on video –- but it was one or the other.  The photos only partially convey the grace of the movement and the skill of the puppeteers.  What started off pretty conventionally, had turned into an exciting show in its own right.

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May 10, 2015

Craola - Green Edition Ralf Signing at 3D Retro (05.30)

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It’s already been a year since the opening of 3D Retro in Glendale. To celebrate, 3D Retro will be having a very special guest stopping by the store for a signing/release. On Saturday, May 30th, they will be releasing the new Green edition Ralf figure from the upcoming stop motion short film “I’m Scared: The Movie” by none other than Greg “Craola” SImkins. The event will take place from 6-10PM with Greg in attendance from 7-8PM. There will also be plenty of fun to be had with food, drinks, more artists, more signings and some surprises!

3D Retro
1851 Victory Blvd
Glendale, CA 91201

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Taylored Curiosities – Tree Sprites

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Taylored Curiosities are happy to introduce their newest creatures to you, the Tree Sprites! These aren’t just any ordinary Tree Sprites, these little pixies love to have themselves a good old fashion tea party. Each of these sets include a tree stump house (1.9” x 3”), two Tree Sprites (0.8”) and a tea party tree table (0.5”). Everything included is hand sculpted, casted and of course painted. They are available now and can be found HERE for roughly $62 each.

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May 08, 2015

Otto Bjornik – VTSS Exclusive Bai Chu Kyoo-Ti (5.8)

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Otto Björnik unleashed his new Bai Chu art toy in the debut Red Pu-La edition in late AprilRed Pu-La edition in late April. Now comes the second edition, Bai Chu Kyoo-Ti (say it out loud) as a VTSS exclusive.  Based on the Chinese  jiangshi (hopping ghost) folk legend, the new edition features a black + pink design with removable magnetic pink restraining talisman (“I Hunger”).  Limited to 40 pieces,  Kyoo-Ti (5.5”) features eyes hand-painted by Otto himself, a signed/numbered certificate of authenticity and a fancy hand-made cardboard box.

The figure debuted at Young Art Taipei in late April and VTSS sold out of the limited advanced stock for the event. VTSS will officially release the Bai Chu Kyoo-Ti on Friday (5.8) @ 8 AM PDT for $160 (includes global shipping) from their webshop. Also, if you haven’t yet picked up the OG edition, head on over to Otto’s store to do so.   

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May 07, 2015

Kidrobot x Megaman Coming Into Focus

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It looks like the long wait for Kidrobot’s upcoming Megaman figures is almost over with a release set for “Summer 2015”.  The ‘bot recently posted a nice group shot of several of the new figures including a selection of the minis and the keychain figures.  While we’ve seen them in line art form, we believe this is the first photo of the smaller figures.  Previously we’ve only seen pictures of the larger 7” Break Man and Megaman (red suit) toys—there’s also a 7” Proto Man.   Megaman, Dr. Wily, Cut Man, Elec Man, Guts Man, Bomb Man, Flame Man Freeze Man, and more are coming to a shelf near you!

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Bwana Spoons – Rippin’ Rangeas (5.8)

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Bwana Spoons has worked his funky rainbow magic on a small batch of T9G’s Rangeas figures. The Rippin’ Rangeas figures feature Bwana’s paint handiwork as well as his  alterations–-most notably the variety of “new” arms.  These flavorful takes on the popular figure drop on Friday (5.8) at 10 AM PDT from Bwana’s Web Store.

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Josh Herbolsheimer x Super7 – Luminous Lizard Caveman Dinosaur (05.07)

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Super7 is out with another colorway of  Josh Herbolsheimer’s Caveman Dino figure. Releasing this Thursday, May 7th at 12PM PST online and in store at both San Diego and San Francisco locations is the new Luminous Lizard Caveman Dinosaur. Cave Dino stands 4” tall and features a GID vinyl with baby blue, white, pink and metallic silver sprays. Each figure will r

etail $35 each.

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