Sep 21, 2016

Gravy Toys – Good Gravy Brick and Mortar (10.6)

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Great news for all you Portlandians! Bwana Spoons and Gravy Toys will be opening up Good Gravy, a brick and mortar store featuring various sofubi toys, t-shirts, prints, pins, patches and whatever else you can stick to your jean jacket! The grand opening of Good Gravy will take place on Thursday, October 6th from 7-9PM. There will be exclusive toys and goodies from close friends to Gravy Toys, who include Barely Human, Pop Soda , Rampage Toys, Barely Human, Pop Soda, Rampage Toys, Deathcat Toys, Liverad Studio, Mixed Species, Cop A Squat Toys, Shirahama, Grody Shogun, Betty Turbo, Refreshment Toy, and Bwana Spoons.

Good Gravy
400 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR 97209

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Evan Shen x Thirsty – Pugzilla

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Taiwanese artist Evan Shen has teamed up with a brand new toy manufacturer Thirsty to create their very first soft vinyl toy Pugzilla. It already looks as though they have a few colorways already planned four this undead pug, one of which seems to have a gummy texture, which we think is super exciting to see!

About Pugzilla:
Over decades, people have been messing with dog’s genes, bringing out so-called “breeds”. The consequence of inbreeding has brought this world genetic mutation; furthermore, it has disturbed hearts, intestines or stomachs and caused organ functioning problems. On the contrary, limbs have become over-functioning. The most vital thing is that, Amygdaloid, also known as the brain of emotion has withered. The only thing that left in their minds is violence and demolishment. This is how Pugzilla is born…

For release information, be sure to stay tuned to either their Instagram or Facebook for any special release announcements. Check after the jump for more photos.

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Buff Monster – Marbled Pink Mister Melty (9.24)

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Buff Monster has a new Mister Melty sofubi hybrid figure ready and this time it’s in signature pink.  In fact, it’s Marbled Pink featuring pink + clear marbled vinyl.  This edition is available in both original and Zombie versions – each with hand-painted faces.  The zombie edition also comes with an unpainted 2-face head which fits on either body.  The Marbled Pink Mister Meltys drop on Friday (9.23) at 7 AM PDT from Buff Monster’s web shop for $35 each (+ s/h).

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myplasticheart NYCC Exclusive: GID Half Galaxy Uamou

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Uamou fans are in for a cosmic treat at NYCC. myplasticheart  has an NYCC (10.6 – 10.9) exclusive GID Half Galaxy Uamou figure from Ayako Takagi. The first-ever glow Galaxy format Uamou, the sofbui figure features a GID body layered with gold, purple, and green sprays.  GID Half Galaxy will be available exclusively from the mph booth [#113] for $40 each.

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Sep 20, 2016

Cop A Squat Toys x Dski One -- Alea Iacta Est Fumetsu (9.24)

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Cop A Squat Toys is about to release the next chapter in the Fumetsu experience. Alea Iacta Est (The Die is Cast) features different vibrant designs on clear+ pink marbled vinyl painted by Dski One. Plus, for in-the-dark fun, each figure has a shake-action LED light in the internal Aliesh cavity.  Each Fumetsu figure comes bagged with a fancy letterpressed header card.  

Fumetsu Alea Iacta Est drops on Saturday (9.24) at Noon PDT from the Cop A Squat Toys web shop for $80 (+ s/h). 

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The Black Spot Artist Series #1: Fer MG ‘Pixar’ Minis (9.22)

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The Black Spot will launch its first Artist Series featuring 12 Pixar-themed mini fig customs  from  Spanish artist Fer MG (Custom Corner Feb 2016).  Fer MG has transformed mini versions of Dunnys, Munnys, a Labbit and a Raffy  into characters from several Pixar films including Toy Story, Monsters INC/U, Incredibles and Inside Out.  While each of these is well-done, Slinky (Raffy), Mr. Potato (Munny) and Mike Wazowski are our picks as series standouts. 

While it would seem that all things point to a blind-boxed series, thankfully this is not the case. Each of the Fer MG Pixar figures will be released individually on Thursday (9.22) at 6 AM PDT from The Black Spot for 35 euros (~ US$39).

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Designer Toy Awards Voting Open thru 9.26

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It’s time… to vote for your favorite toys, artists, shops and blogs(!) for the 2016 Designer Toy Awards.  So go over to this year’s list of finalists—selected from the public submissions by the nomination committees—and make your voice heard in each of the six public-voted categories.  As in past years, the remainder of the categories will be voted on by members of the DTA ‘Pro’ board.

While we try not to make a big fuss about campaigning for ourselves, if you enjoy Vinyl Pulse please consider voting for us for best blog. Thanks!

Pro Committee: Jackson Aw, Huck Gee, Dov Kelmer, Kirby Kerr, Benny Kline, Travis Lykins, Gary Rozanski, John Stokes, and Vince Yu. 

Public: Justin Cheah, Lee Funai, Ketha Insomphou, Steve Lew, Rob Lumino, and Katherine Park

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Amanda Visell x Michelle Valigura – Goldmine Mole and Miner / Porkchop + Moth

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The dynamic duo of Michelle Valigura and Amanda Visell have just released two new resin sets, both featuring translucent, loaded with glitter main characters.  First up is Goldmine Mole with Miner (4”, 15 pcs, $90) featuring a mix of glitter including gold and red.  Following Mr. Mole is the adorable Porkchop + Moth (4.5”, 15 pcs, $90).   This latest version of Pig + Butterfly has a  sparkly, milky appearance.  Both hand painted and handmade sets are available now from Switcheroo and will ship in roughly 2-3 weeks.

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Sep 19, 2016

Joseph Harmon x TAG – Purple Fuzz Wolf Thing Bat mother (7.21)

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Next up from Toy Art Gallery is the Purple Fuzz Wolf Thing Bat Mother (5”) from Joseph Harmon.  The groovy design features pink, blue, green, red and black sprays on purple vinyl – painted by the artist himself.  Purple Fuzz drops this Wednesday (9.21) at 12 PM PDT from the TAG web shop for $65.

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Touma x BIC Plastics – Status of Liberty Pre-Order

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BIC Plastics has just announced the new Status of Liberty (10”) vinyl art toy from Touma.  A modern reflection of turbulent times and changing notions of freedom, the Status of Liberty re-interprets the iconic symbol of freedom.  Her torch pointed forward at the ready, her tablet fashioned into a shield, she stands ready to confront the varied and increasing threats to liberty. 

The figure features an ‘iron green’ finish with a nice patina-style finish, while the torch’s flame shines brilliantly with an orange-red metallic finish.   Status of Liberty is available now for pre-order for $90 (+ s/h). To order please send an email to info@boldwinind.com. Hit the jump for more pictures and an in-depth exploration on the toy’s concept from the press materials.

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Playge -- Germ S001 and Gohst Alt B Pins

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Pins and more pins! Ferg has just released two new Playge pins – Germ S001 and Gohst Alt B.  Both pins are 1.5” tall, and are available now from the Playge store for $15 (includes US shipping, international shipping is +$5).   Plus, Ferg is teasing the Alt version of the Germ S001 pin featuring a fantastic pared down gold on black design.

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Sep 18, 2016

OG Slick x Silent Stage Gallery – Mutha Chucka Murdered Out (9.19)

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Incoming! Silent Stage Gallery will debut OG Slick’s Mutha Chucka Murdered Out edition (30 pcs, 16” solid high impact resin)  on Monday (9.19) at 11 AM PDT from their webshop for $1199 each (+ s/h).  With bandana pulled over his face and molotov spray can in-hand, Slick’s take on Astro Boy is done playing.  The statue comes in a custom stenciled box by the artist and includes a signed/numbered COA).

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Frank Montano – Welcome Feast at Woot Bear (9.24)

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Seattle-based (and Bay Area native) artist  Frank Montano will open his Welcome Feast solo at Woot Bear in San Francisco on Saturday (9.24).  The show will continue to unravel the world of FEAST (FossilEnergyAndSecurityTeam) through resin figures and customs  including DiamondTroopers, mini Sub1s (S1BJeCT.ON3), Blizzard Beasts (check the Miwe custom after the jump), original paintings, and painted spray cans.  

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Opening: Saturday, September 24th (6:30 – 9:30 PM)

Woot Bear
1512 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
415.487-9000

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Toy Art Gallery Seventh Anniversary Sale (through 9.25)

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U: Sale extended through 9.25.

There’s still  few hours several days to save with Toy Art Gallery’s 7th Anniversary sale.  To celebrate their 7th year of selling and producing toys, TAG is offering 20% off everything (minus preorders) on their web shop until 11:59 PM Sunday (9.18 9.25)—no checkout code needed. So if you’ve been eyeing a particular toy, especially sofubi—TAG’s specialty—now is the time.

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Sep 17, 2016

Curious Boy – Xinyuan (No. 1 Hustler)

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Shanghai-based designer Curious Boy has just released his second art toy resin—following the sold-out Tianpeng hip-hop pig—Xinyuan AKA No. 1 Hustler. Xinyuan is a modern, urban, hip-hop vision of the iconic Monkey King trickster/hero of Chinese legend. Melding fierce with stylish, Curious Boy has seamlessly blended legacy with the now.

At first glance the figure appears to be just a well-designed urban art toy.  Looking closer, the inspiration becomes clearer.  The scowling face is spot-on, human with distinct monkey traits.   The arm guards evoke ancient times and the fur texture that of the king himself.  The blending continues on to Xinyuan’s shorts – the  waistband is emblazoned with HUSTLER, while the back features 心 and 愿 (Xinyuan – dream or wish). 

Limited to 100 pieces, standing ~ 8.3” tall and made proudly in China, this first multi-color edition is available now for $150 (includes worldwide shipping). To order, drop an email to name.lau@qq.com. The figure will also be available in gold, black and bronze (nicely done) editions for a total series run of 200 pieces.

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Sep 16, 2016

Huck Gee x Mighty Jaxx – Gold Life Shadow Editions (9.17)

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If you weren’t able to make it to Singapore for STGCC, you’ll be happy to know that Mighty Jaxx will release the STGCC Exclusive Gold Life Shadow Edition figures from none other than Huck Gee on Saturday (9.17) at 7 AM PDT from their web shop.   This is your chance to pick up the limited editions of Soul Collector, Raku:Day and Raku:Night.  Thanks to great pics of their Gold Life figures from @bomber_chen and @iskandhar_shahril—also has sweet videos of each figure—we know that the figures come with PowerCore collector cards and feature swanky clear packaging.  Set the alarm on your phone – don’t sleep :)

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Cote Escriva x Pobber – Twisted Bart (9.19)

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Known for his pop culture interpretations,  Spanish artist Cote Escriva collaborated with Pobber on the impressive Twisted Bart resin.  With a definite undead vibe (skeletal zombie anyone?), the 9 figure sold through the stock reserved for last weekend’s STGCC.  Have no fear though, Twisted Bart will be available online on Monday (9.19) at 7 AM PDT directly from Pobber for a presumed SG$140 (~ US$102).

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2PetalRose x Huck Gee - Ronin Skullhead Rebel (9.19)

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2 masters at the custom craft have joined forces to bring to you the magnificent Ronin Skullhead Rebel. A quick glance at this figure and you already know who are involved with this project, 2PetalRose and Huck Gee! This release will take place on Monday, September 19th at 2PM (PDT) directly from 2PetalRose's webstore HERE. The resin Ronin Skullhead Rebel is limited to 10 pieces and will retail for $750 each. This release features a ball jointed Huck Gee Skullhead, removable helmet, a gigantic Steel Sword with skull and wave inlay, neck guard, x2 Kunai and so much more seen in the photo above. Each figure will also be signed and numbered by both 2PetalRose and Huck Gee!

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Street Fighter x Kidrobot - NYCC Exclusive GID M. Bison

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Kidrobot just announced a special surprise addition to their New York Comic-Con exclusive line-up! They will be releasing an all new Glow-In-The-Dark edition M. Bison mini-figure from their Street Fighter/Capcom capsule collection. Prices haven't been officially announced, but were thinking between the $15-$25 dollar range. Find them at their booth #502.

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Sep 15, 2016

Die Antword x 3Art – Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid Zef Set

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3Art has collaborated with the South African rap duo Die Antword—co-stars of  the Chappie film—on a new 2-figure Zef  1/6 set.  Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid—also the name of their most recent album—present Ninja and Yolanda in stylized alter-egos—admittedly not that far off from their regular personas.

While Mount Ninji (12”) resembles more of an eclectic urban mash-up of a feudal swordsman than a Ninja, he makes a striking entrance with Xhosa Ninja Hat, oversized blanket/cloak, Nina/work boots, tighty whities plus nearly full-body tattoo coverage. Whatever  cool factor you assign Ninji, amp it up by 10 for Da Nice Time Kid.  In this kindergarten gone wrong vision, Da Nice Time Kid (10”) steals the show with a scattered crayon box lot of crazily colored machine pistols, elbow and knee pads, high tops, and precious little else.    The look is very similar to Yolanda’s look/vibe in Chappie. 

The 2-figure Zef Set is available now for a limited time directly from bambaland for $300 (includes worldwide shipping). Hit the jump for more pics + the official rundown of each character’s loadout.

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Sep 14, 2016

Candie Bolton x Toy Art Gallery – Bake Kujira Ethereal Apparition Lottery (9.16 – 9.19)

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Toy Art Gallery’s next release is the stunning new Bake-Kujira edition from Candie  BoltonEthereal Apparition will surely turn heads with its mix of gray vinyl with silver+copper flakes and a prismatic rainbow of sprays. It’s as if Bake-Kujira has emerged from a  nebula.

TAG will release Ethereal Apparition for $250 (+ s/h) via lottery beginning on Friday (9.16) at 12 PM PDT through Monday (9.19) at 12 PM. To enter drop an email to sales@toyartgallery.com with a subject of “Bake-Kujira Lottery’ with your paypal address and shipping info. Winners for the right to purchase will be chosen randomly—one entry per person

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Andrea Kang x myplasticheart – Custom Trikky “SAINTS” @ NYCC

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myplasticheart will once again be vending at this years NYCC! It only makes sense since it’s their home town! They began posting what they have in store for this years Comic-Con, which they start off with a bang featuring custom figures by Andrea Kang. She got a hold of a few blank Trikky figures from Kidrobot and has created a run of one-off customs, titled “SAINTS”. The “SAINTS” will be available at the MPH booth #113 for $225 a piece. It would be wise to stop by their booth first to guarantee one of these fantastic customs.

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Scott Tolleson x Kidrobot x 3DRetro – “The Odd Ones” Official Release Party (10.8)

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Kidrobot and Scott Tolleson over the past few weeks have been showing off the upcoming “The Odd Ones” Dunnys. Just from what has already been teased, we can tell a lot of time and effort was put into this release. And what better timing for a release than spookiest time of the year! Join Scott Tolleson for the Official Release Party, which will be taking place in Glendale, CA at 3DRetro on Saturday, October 8th from 6-10PM. Tons of funs will be had with food trucks, free swag and much more! Be sure to check out the events page HERE for updates!

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Itay.G – Silly Snakes (9.14)

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Israeli designer/artist Itay.G is about to release the first edition if his new resin toys— Silly Snakes (3”).  Continuing the smooth contours and humor of his previous Shark figures, the snake has a curvaceous cobra-like sculpt with a poison green + white design, completed with decals for the eyes.  Limited to five signed and numbered pieces, the Silly Snakes will be released on Monday (9.19) at 9 AM PDT from Itay.G’s web shop for $40 (+$5 for worldwide shipping). Each Snake comes in a hand-drawn woven bag. If you missed the artist’s Shark figures the first time around, they are available in both Crazy and Beauty variants from the artist’s shop.

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Sep 13, 2016

Tripilkid – Mini Mirth Clear (9.16)

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Triplikid is back with his newest addition to the Mini Mirth line, cast in glistening clear resin.  As you can see the clarity is top-notch, described by the artist as ‘water clear’—an increasingly common term for pristine clarity—which is certainly not easy to achieve.  Limited to 9 pieces, the 2.5” figure will be released on Friday (9.16) at 10 AM PDT  from Triplikid’s web shop for $45 (US shipping included).  If you have any questions beforehand, drop an email to triplikid at gmail.com.

 

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