Jul 28, 2015

BlackBook Toy x Jeff Soto – NekoFukurou Shibuya (7.31)

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BlackBook Toy is about to release the NekoFukurou Shibuya sofubi (6”) from Jeff Soto.  The new edition of the cat/owl  two-faced stacking toy was inspired by the artist’s impression of Tokyo during his first visit in 2011.  Perhaps our favorite NekoFukurou so far, Shibuya features a powerful force-of-nature design with black + blue sprays recalling dark skies or perhaps sky + ever-present steel.  Shibuya is capped off by striking lavender eyes—similar in shade to the iconic Cherry Blossoms—a somewhat unexpected choice that works really well.

NekoFukurou Shibuya drops on Friday, July 31st 2015 at 8 PM PDT at 8100 yen ($65) via BlackBook Toy’s online shop.

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Jul 27, 2015

David Horvath, Sun-Min Kim and Bigshot Toyworks – Dream Big Friends

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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)

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TAG x Bwana Spoons GID Lonny Exclusive

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If you’re a Suns of Brodarr follower, you’ll want to pick up Toy Art Gallery’s exclusive painted GID Lonny from none other than the Rainbow Master himself, Bwana Spoons. The exclusive Lonny is cast in GID vinyl with a nice painted design done in a multitude of sprays including green, magenta, blue and metallic copper.  This bad boy is available for $40 (+s/h) exclusively from TAG’s online store and their retail location on Melrose in LA.

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Clutter x Kidrobot – DTA Dunny Show 2 (01.09)

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Clutter Magazine and Kidrobot will be returning with the DTA Dunny Show 2! This group exhibit will feature customs from some of the best in the game! Choice of canvas of course will be 8” and 20” Dunnys. Sales from the show will help benefit the Designer Toy Awards. Participating artists include: Abell Octovan, Amanda Louise Spayd, Andrea Kang, Artmymind, Brent Nolasco, Charles Rodriguez, Chris Ryniak, Dolly Oblong, fplus, Gary Ham, Gianluca Traina, Ian Ziobrowski, Jenn & Tony Bot, kaNO, Mab Graves, Quiccs, RxSeven, Seymour, Sket-One & Jamie Lee Cortez, and Yu Maeda.

The opening reception will take place on Saturday, January 9th from 6-9PM. All of the pieces will be available for purchase both in store and online. Be sure to register on their website to better your odds in nabbing a custom piece!

Clutter Gallery
163 Main St.
Beacon, NY 12508

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Yoskay Yamamoto x Mighty Jaxx – Final Wish Upon Me Available Now

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Yoskay Yamamoto and Mighty Jaxx are proud to present the last release of “Wish Upon Me”. This edition proudly pays homage to the one and only Eveil Knievel with it’s patriotic duds and flowing cape. You can find this piece available HERE for $100 a piece, which is limited to only 100.

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Junko Mizuno x Kidrobot – Violet Soda Lady 8” Dunny (07.31)

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The regular edition release of Junko Mizuno’s Violet Soda Lady 8” Dunny finally has a release date! Kidrobot, KR Online and specialty retailers will be releasing this stunning Dunny this Friday, July 31st. Those lucky enough to be near the Kidrobot SF location can expect a special extra treat, as Junko will be doing a signing on that Friday from 6-9PM! Violet Soda Lady will retail $100 a piece and will be available at 9AM MDT.

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Flawtoys – Smokey Stranger Black Mist (7.30)

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Next up for the versatile and meticulous Flawtoys is the Smokey Stranger Black Mist edition (7.7”).  With a modern, minimalist look, the figures have crossover appeal—part art toy and part design object.  Cast in translucent crimson resin, each piece has a unique internal black mist.  Limited to ten pieces, Smokey Stranger Black Mist drops on Thursday, July 30th at 10 AM PDT for 95 Euros (~$105) via the Flawtoys web shop.

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Jul 26, 2015

Heuicheon – Wood-Cutting Wood

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Korean artist/designer Heuicheon is taking pre-orders for his first art toy Wood-Cutting Wood (~ 3.14” x 4.7” x 3.9” with base).  The darkly humorous or at least ironic piece is the debut figure in the artist’s Unnatural Nature series. The deluxe hand-painted resin set features a wood log creature taking a hatchet to a mini-version of himself  -- both of which fit nicely into a diorama base. Interestingly the larger wood creature features a removable white mask which covers an open knot in the tree, home to a yellow bird.   Color us impressed, the piece is well-executed with nice sculpts and realistic natural textures. 

Beyond the toy itself, Heuicheon has created an immersive collecting experience.  The toy components—safely nestled in shaped foam--as well as a post card and double-sided poster come packed in an elaborate box which carries the natural (unnatural) motif with a wood lid topped off with a little tree handle for easy opening.  It sounds like the packaging may change as its current concrete construction isn’t shipping friendly—hopefully the basic design approach can be maintained.

Limited to 20 pieces, Wood-Cutting Wood is available for pre-order now for $320 from the artist’s web shop.The figure is set to ship sometime in August. 

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2PetalRose – Hannya Maiko Commission

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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 :)

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Jul 25, 2015

Brent Nolasco – Felix Debut Edition (7.29)

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Last week we introduced you to  Brent Nolasco’s new Felix resin (5.5” H x 3.5” W) .  Now, here’s a look at the debut edition of his new pointy-eared character.  Limited to 5 pieces, this hand-painted edition features  what we’ll call a natural vibe with an orange + tan design with spot black, white, and yellow. As a nice touch, the two-piece rotocast resin comes with a wood slice base.  The very first Felix resin figures will be available on Wednesday (7.29) at 1 PM EDT from Brent’s webshop for $120 (+ s/h).   These are slated to ship in the 2nd week of August.

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Jul 24, 2015

Monstrehero – Haunted Scaryglow Blue Monstreape Pre-Order (thru 7.27)

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MonstreHero is bringing the fright with their new Haunted Scaryglow Blue Edition 3” sofubi.  Part of the FingerFive project from FigLab, this  feisty lil’ guy features GID vinyl with fluorescent blue, yellow and white spray + a handmade resin MH logo accessory.  The Haunted Scaryglow Blue Monstreape is available for pre-order for $15 through Monday (7.27) direct from their web shop.  MH is trying out the timed-release approach and we think it’s great -– whoever wants one will be able to add it to their collection. Dare we say it? Win/win.

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Jul 23, 2015

Amanda Visell – Moonglow Howl and Boom BoxResin Set

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Following up on the OG version, Amanda Visell has just released her new Moonglow Howl and Boombox Resin Set.  Limited to 35 pieces, the set features a night blue owl (3.75”) and matching boombox. The ‘Moonglow’ effect on these is quite nice.  The Moonglow Howl and Boom Box set are available now directly from myswitcheroo for $80 (+s/h).

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Jul 21, 2015

Ron English x BlackBook Toy – EVIL MC “Hella Bling” Edition at Wonderfest

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Ron English x BlackBook Toy will be debuting their latest release at this years Wonderfest! Introducing EVIL MC, which will debut release as the “Hella Bling” edition. This colorway features a clear black vinyl with loads of gold glitter. All of the rifles are casted in resin by the sculptor, Chop of Monster Farm. These can be found under their shared booth “Geek Life Store”. Online sales will then go up the following day on July 26th at 8AM PST for roughly $130 each HERE.

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Inami Toyland – Lemon and Lime Robo Tops (07.23)

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Inami Toyland is out with another Robo Top release! Introducing the Lemon and Lime edition Robo Tops, which will be available this Thursday, July 23rd at 9PM EST through his online store. Each figure measures 2” tall and are both limited to only 10 pieces each for $15. For those of you who do not know, the Robo Top takes on the classic game of rock-paper-scissors. You spin the top and where it lands is its move. You can play against it or use two to place against another player!

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Jul 20, 2015

HUF x Haroshi – Middle Finger Sofubi

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As part of the re-opening of it’s flagship Fairfax store, HUF has collaborated with Japanese artist Haroshi—known for his crazy, layered sculptures created from reclaimed skate decks—on  the Middle Finger vinyl figure.  A smaller version of the large sculpture that greets guests to the store, the unpainted debut edition is cast in slime green vinyl and is limited to 50 pieces.  It’s available exclusively at the HUF Fairfax store

While not specifically marketed as sofubi, we’re pretty sure it is, since as the video below shows, it was slush cast in the traditional method and was almost certainly done in Japan. The video is hands-down the most stylish slush casting video we’ve seen so far—worth a view.

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Dave Pressler – Astro Sloth Available Now

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While Dave Pressler is best known for robots of all shapes and sizes, it turns out he’s equally adept at sculpting sloths!  Astro Sloth made its grand debut as part of the ongoing Art of Toysexhibition at Museum of Art & History in Lancaster and is now available as a limited-edition sculpture in a faux bronze finish.  Cast in solid resin (2 lbs!) from Dave’s excellent original sculpt, the 8.5” piece impressively conveys a far-out concept in a very approachable, almost realistic manner. The mix of the smooth surfaces of the retro space suit set against the sloth’s coarse fur works quite well and looks amazing.   Limited to 20 hand signed and numbered pieces, Astro Sloth is available now for $450 (+ s/h) direct from Dave’s web shop.

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Jul 17, 2015

Woot Bear Presents: The Pop-Up Art Book Release & Signing w/ Skinner, Junko Mizuno & Jim Mahfood (07.25)

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On July 25th from 6-9PM, Woot Bear will be hosting a release event for the Pop-Up Art Book! The book release and signing will feature 3 of the featured artists from this amazing pop-up book, who include Skinner, Junko Mizuno and Jim Mahfood. Be sure to check out the event, hang out with the artists, pick up this great art book, and of course have a good time!

Woot Bear
147 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94118

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Kidrobot x Capcom – Mega Man & Proto Man Release (07.20)

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After their exclusive debut release at SDCC, Kidrobot and Capcom are ready to unleash the regular editions of the 7” Mega Man and Proto Man! They will be available this Monday, July 20th in stores and online through Kidrobot.com. Soon to follow will be the Mega Man Key Chain series and 3” Blind Box series later in the summer.

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Kathie Olivas x T+CP – Clementine (7.17)

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Kathie Olivas’ Clementine --the newest sofubi figure Tomenosuke + Circus Posterus, features a mischievous  squid girl with a mean-looking weasel puppet.  She will make her debut in a white polka dot edition (100 pcs).  As is standard with T+CP releases, Tomenosuke will release half the run (50 pcs) for collectors outside of North America, while Circus Posterus will release the other half for those residing in North America. Tomenosuke  will release Clementine on  Friday July 17th @ 7 PM PDT for 9,770 yen from their webshop.   We’ll keep you updated on the North America release.

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Brent Nolasco – New Felix Resin

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Always working and creating new visions, Brent Nolasco will soon release a new resin figure, Felix. A pointy-eared undead creature (cat?), Felix (5.5” H x 3.5” W) will be produced as two part (head and torso) rotocast resin. While Felix shares some of Bun Bun’s DNA, he’s clearly also his own beast.  Stay tuned for updates on the first pull.

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Jul 16, 2015

Nosego x Silent Stage x Thinkspace – Spirit Hand (7.18)

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As a compliment to his new collection of paintings featuring brightly hued, out-of-this-world creatures, Nosego’s Along Infinite River solo—opening at Thinkspace on Saturday (7.18)—will feature his new Spirit Hand (4” x 9” x 5”) resin sculptures. Created in collaboration with Silent Stage, Spirit Hand  features an ethereal, disembodied hand (with wrist bone) as seen in several of his paintings. The show will feature three one-off Spirit Hands cast in beautifully translucent resin in red, green and purple as well as as a hand-painted edition of three. 

[Photos by Thinkspace and Woebots (@woes)]

 

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Opening: Saturday, July 18th 2015 (6-9 PM)

Thinkspace Gallery
6009 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
310.558.3375

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Pobber – “Make Toys, Not War Tee” Classic Edition (7.17)

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Pobber’s Make Toys, Not War Tee has proved to be quite popular.  So much so that they are bringing it back with a new classic monochrome edition, white on black, starting this Friday (7.17) from the Pobber store for $25.  If you’ve got a keen eye, you’ll notice that the new release varies slightly from the ones released last summer.  This “classic” edition follows the design worn by the Pobber crew at the various conventions – lower case letters, with a comma between the phrases.

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Designer Toy Awards 2015 Nominations Close on Friday (7.17)

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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. 

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Jul 13, 2015

Sunny Side Up Launches Pothead Planters by Yoskay Yamamoto at Giant Robot 2 (7.19)

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Sunny Side Up Studios, a collaboration between Yoskay Yamamoto and Emi Uchiki, will launch the Pothead ceramic planters designed by Yoskay on Sunday, July 19th from 2 to 5 PM at Giant Robot 2.  Pothead seamlessly combines Yoskay’s graceful signature character aesthetic with the calming purity of plants. Pothead measures 4.5 H x 6.25 D x 5.75” W, is made in the USA, and will be available in satin white and glossy yellow editions for $80 each. Call it houseware, functional art, or decorative object, we’ll skip the label and just say Pothead is pretty awesome.

Pothead Release
Sunday, July 19th 2015 (2-5 PM)

Giant Robot 2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

 

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The Art of Toys at Museum of Art & History in Lancaster (7.18)

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The Art of Toys: A Left Coast Retrospective of Designer Toys at the Museum of Art & History in Lancaster, California begins with a special ticked VIP Night ($45) on Friday (7.17).  As the title suggests, the museum exhibition presents a history of designer toys by focusing on  artists on the West Coast —one of the primary hubs of  the movement—who saw vinyl toys as an exciting new canvas for their transformative brand of  lowbrow/pop surrealist art, centered in Los Angeles. 

Co-curated by Julie B. of Pretty in Plastic and Heidi Johnson of Hijinx Artists Management, the Art of Toys features works from more than 100 artists, makers, toy shops and galleries including Gary Baseman,​ Luke Chueh, Tristan Eaton, Ron English, Frank Kozik, Joe Ledbetter, Buff Monster, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Mark Ryden, Greg (CRAOLA) Simkins, Toy Art Gallery, DKE Toys, Giant RobotMeltdown, Munky King, Necessaries Toy Foundation, Pretty In Plastic, Silent Stage Gallery, Super7, 3DRetro, Circus Posterus / Stranger Factory.

In addition to the curated selection of designer toys, the exhibition will feature murals by David P. Flores, Hueman (Allison Torneros) and Angry Woebots as well as installation by Kozyndan.

Hit the jump for preview pics by Heidi Johnson (@hijinxpr), Woebots (@woes) and Ming Ming Castillo (@miningmingcastillo)

The Art of Toys: A Left Coast Retrospective of Designer Toys
Saturday, July 18th 2015 thru September 6th, 2015

Museum of Art & History
665 W. Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534
661.723.6250

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