Mar 17, 2018

Gorgocho x QUICCS x Martian Toys – Ukiuk Debuts at ToyCon UK (4.7-4.8)

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Surprise!  Martian Toys has revealed their new Ukiuk vinyl, a fun collaboration between Red Mutuca collective artists Gorgocho (Charles Rodriguez) and QUICCS.  A stylized wolf/husky character, Gorgocho’s Ukiuk (inuit for winter) builds on the TEQ63 by combining a brand-new wolf/dog head sculpt with the torso from QUICCS’ figure.  The new figure will debut at Toy Con UK (4.7 – 4.8) in a Martian Toys Exclusive Dark edition (150 pieces).  The general release Light edition will be available from Martian Toys and select retailers starting on Friday April 13th at 7 AM PDT.

This hybrid approach works really nicely here and offers a more organic riff on the standard platform concept—allowing Gorgocho to use the TEQ63 as a flexible starting point for his own creation. For the toy nerds out there, Ukiuk doesn’t appear to use the alternate individual arms that are part of the TEq63 figures.

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Mighty Jaxx Exclusive TEQ63 The Dragon (3.17)


Mighty Jaxx will release their Exclusive TEQ63 The Dragon edition (100 pcs) from Quiccs and Martian Toys on Saturday (3.17) at 7 AM PDT from their web shop.  While we won’t don’t yet know the price, we do know that the Bruce Lee-inspired colorway is lookin’ mighty sharp in the GOD yellow ‘n black. Best colorway?  We’d say so.

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JPX x Coarse – Protect Me: The Pain (3.18)


JPX is about to release the second edition of its Muay Thai-themed Protect Me collabo figures done with Coarse.  In contrast to the OG full color edition, The Pain edition features a stark mono design with a single red gash on Noop’s face. As a signature character and then later on, a design style, Pain was a hallmark of Coarse’s early success, so it’s nice to see the lineage continue with the new drop. Protect Me: The Pain drops on on Sunday (3.18) at 9:30 PM PDT for 14,500 baht ( ~ $464) via a convenient google docs order form that will be available at release time. While not the last Protect Me edition, JPX has mentioned that the series will be coming to an end shortly. 

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Mar 16, 2018

Martin Ontiveros x Toy Art Gallery – Glampyre Steel Gray

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Glampyre by Martin Ontiveros  returns  in a new edition from Toy Art GallerySteel Gray features a light gray unpainted cast which nicely shows off the rockin’ sculpt. Featuring an impressive eight points of articulation, the 8-inch soft vinyl figure is available now from the TAG web shop for $75 (+ s/h).

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Mar 15, 2018

Ron English x Blackbook Toy – Ghostzilla Lottery


Before they head to  Shangha i Toy Show, Blackbook Toy is offering the sexy Ghostzilla [15 pcs, 16200 yen / ~ $153] from Ron English via email lottery underway now until 8AM PDT on Saturday (3.17).  To enter, drop an email to  with ‘Ghostzilla Lottery entry’ as subject, and include your name, full mailing address, telephone number,  and if you have one, your Instagram name. For full details on the figure + the lotto, head over to BBT’s blog.

The latest iteration of Mousezilla features a crystal clear cast with stylish, minimalist blue accents.  As with previous Mousezilla drops, BBT is adding to the fun with a custom matching mini mousezilla chase, randomly awarded to one lucky purchaser. While the minis show up here and there as bonus chases, BBT reserves the bulk of them for conventions  They’ll have quite a few of the cute lil’ terror—including two others riffing off this Ghostzilla—at STS (4.5 –4.7).

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Mar 13, 2018

Toy Geeks Behind The Counter brings you Matt Gondek and the first Waffle!


Ready to geek out with a fresh episode of Toy Geeks Behind The Counter? Deconstructed Waffle (S2 E5) with guest artist Matt Gondek as well as a trio of geeks – Ben, Jack V. and Jack M. It’s available for streaming on Youtube or below for your convenience.   Well-known for his exploded/deconstructed takes on pop culture including the Simpsons, Ricky and Morty to various super heroes, Matt showcased his first vinyl toy—Deconstructed Mouse produced by ToyQube—in both the sold-out OG version which you can win via TGBTC’s first waffle  and the brand-new mono version which will drop at his Clean Break pop-up in HK (from 3.22) as well as online.  Waffle, raffle, yep! Thanks to Matt, Toy Geeks is offering a chance to win the OG Deconstructed Mouse at a very reasonable $5 per chance/ticket.  Ends this Friday (3.16).

As always, we turned a critical eye towards several toys including the Rick and Morty Vnyl set from Funko, the Warhol Polaroids from Kidrobot, and several of the super cute Fluffy House vinyls.

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Coarse – Jaws False Paradise for STS


Coarse has been hard at work on a series of jaw-dropping ultra low-run resins for Shanghai Toy Show.  The sublime Jaws False Paradise [ed. of 3, resin] joins the previously announced Crunch False Paradise, flaunting a similar pastel rainbow palette.  The new edition is a welcome return of one of Mark and Sven’s signature designs.

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Mar 10, 2018

Jermaine Rogers x Nicky Davis x Martian Toys – Dero Delusion Dead Bear (3.16)

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Martian Toys will release the brand-new Dero Delusion Dead Bear [150 pcs, $60 + s/h] by Jermaine Rogers on Friday  (3.16) at 12 PM PDT from their web shop. The sixth Dead Bear, Jermaine’s  orange design blends his signature Dero with Nicky Davis’ Dead Bear platform design. Beyond the smooth visuals, Jermaine’s work carries a deeper message about the unseen forces that drive capitalism, power and suppression of dissent.  These threads come through clearly with the rear slogan—‘Peace through $lumber’. Likewise, the figure includes the Eye of Providence accessory—look beyond the surface, to see the truth underneath.

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Martian Toys is offering special packages if you’d like to purchase more than one Dead Bear – three for $140 ($40 savings) and all six for $249 ( $111 savings). This is apparently the ‘last’ in the artist series, yet the lineup graphic clear shows an obscured seventh figure on the left… Perhaps an exclusive that isn’t an ‘artist’ edition per se?

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Instinctoy Lottery – King Korpse x 3 + Scorpion Kaiju


Instinctoy is currently in the process of running a loaded lottery featuring four figures – three King Korpse editions by James Groman as well as the Scorpion Kaiju Proto Black edition by Jubi Yang.  To enter, head over to and click the link for the item you’d like a chance to purchase before the lottery ends on  7:59 AM PST on Sunday (11.11).

There are three King Korpse figures up for grabs including one that’s not quite like the others.  The Ultimate Red [66 pcs, 54000 yen / ~ $511] and The Ultimate Purple [66 pcs, 54000 yen / ~ $511] both include an alternate closed left fist.  Finally, there’s the Classic Black and White Movie Version [60000 yen / ~$567] which celebrates the classic King Kong—the figure’s inspiration—with a mono gorilla (snarling head) carrying a damsel in distress(removable).  The Movie version features a re-designed left hand to gently carry the lady as well as the regular alternate closed fist.

Finally, Instinctoy is offering Jubi Yang’s crazy Scoprion Kaiju  in the Proto Black edition [24800 yen /~ $234].  This wicked beast is almost a 2-in-one, standing it has the appearance of a crab monster and prone the scorpion is revealed.

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Mar 08, 2018

Superplastic Teases A Janky Design by Mark Gmehling

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So when we last left the shrouded in secrecy Superplastic story, the new brand from Paul Budnitz and Huck Gee had announced their ‘Janky’ figure along with some graphic elements including the face shape as seen in their logo, and an outline of the figure on their website.  They also cleverly included an Anagram game on their site which features scrambled versions of what we believe are the artists contributing to what is almost certainly a platform toy.

Ok now for what’s new…  A video teaser of a Janky design.  The highlight for us are the rather stylized hands and the street art style accessories.  To us, it looks like the hands are designed to work well with accessories – rather than the ‘sorta’ fit we’ve seen on other platforms.  More?  The folks over at the Marsham Toy Hour FB group have been putting their heads together to unscramble the anagrams and figure out the Janky artists.  A joint contribution from Brad Smith and Benny ‘Teancious Toys’ Kline unscrambled one of the anagrams to get Mark Gmehling.  In looking at some of Mark’s work we’re pretty sure that the teased design is in fact his. His work often features white and gold and is quite similar in style – see sample below.  Oh, if you haven’t already signed up for the Superplastic mailing list for a chance to win one of 100 launch toys, what are you waiting for ?!?!

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Mighty Jaxx Exclusive TEQ63 Dragon Coming Soon


Mighty Jaxx has teased their Exclusive TEQ63 Dragon from QUICCS x Martian Toys.  The iconic design probably needs no introduction, however it’s inspired by Bruce Lee’s tracksuit in the Game of Death. No word yet on when this is dropping, however we assume it’s ‘soon’.

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Play Toy x Unbox x Toei – God Sigma (3.10)


Unbox will release a very limited number of the God Sigma vinyl figures they produced for Play Toy. Officially licensed from the 1980 Anime-Mecha series, the 25 cm soft vinyl figure (~ 9.9”) features a removable sword and two sets of hands—making playtime even better.  God Sigma drops on Saturday (3.10) at 7 AM PST for $115 (+ s/h) from the Unbox web shop.

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Jason Freeny x Mighty Jaxx – Smart Bomb (3.10)

With its recent releases, Mighty Jaxx has gotten really creative with their toy promos.  Rather than simply, teasing and then revealing their new Smart Bomb figure from Jason Freeny, they’ve put together an elaborate WWII-era back story focused on a secret weapons project designed not to obliterate the masses, but rather… enlighten them.  The Smart Bomb drops on Saturday (3.10) at 7 AM PST with pricing yet to be announced. 

Based on his original sculpture (2013), the Smart Bomb adds a brain pattern to an old-school bomb with prominent fuse.  The piece immediately reminds us of Emilio Garcia’s Brainade, albeit drawing on a much older weapon for inspiration.

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Mar 07, 2018

Colus x Kidrobot – Jumper (3.9)

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If you missed out on Colus’ original low-run of his Jumper figure, Kidrobot has you covered with a new run of the striking, thought-provoking piece. This drop is similar to that of last year’s Ravenous drop, a larger run following the artist’s original short run. As with Ravenous, the KR Jumper is cast in resin in order to closely match the experience of the OGs.  Jumper will be available  on Friday (3.9) at 9 AM PST in a standard black edition for $199.99 from retailers including myplasticheart and of course There’s also a white edition which we believe is a exclusive.

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Coarse at Shanghai Toy Show: Crunch – False Paradise


Coarse will be exhibiting at the first-ever Shanghai Toy Show (4.5-4.7)—the new art toy convention brought to you by Pop Mart, the folks behind the Beijing Toy Show.  What’s on tap?  So far they’ve revealed the gorgeous new Crunch-False Paradise resin busts [ed. of 3].  These are a variation of the Crunch pieces from the Cold Ways show (April 2016) at Rotofugi which featured gray hair and a purple tongue/tentacle.  We’ll keep an eye out and an ear to the ground for more Coarse STS news.

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James Groman x Toy Art Gallery – Fossil Pods Mint Edition (3.9)

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James Groman’s Fossil Pods are back to terrorize your shelves in a new Mint Edition.  His gacha-sized (~2” long) prehistoric arthropods bring you an alternate reality where dinosaur and insect DNA mixed freely with fearsome results.  The Mint Edition set of 5—Tricerabeetle, Mosquitodactyl, Tyrannonmantis, Brontopillar, and Saurpian—drops on Friday (3.9) at 12 PM PST for $60 (+ s/h) from the TAG web shop.

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Buff Monster & Dalek – Spaced Out (3.8)


NYC’s GR Gallery will present Spaced Out, a two-man show from Buff Monster and Dalek, with an opening on Thursday (3.8, 6-9 PM).  The show will feature 16 artworks including at least one collabo piece.  James ‘Dalek’ Marshall’s Space Monkey continues his return tour with several new pieces.  In addition, it looks like Dalek will have a few trippy geometric pattern works. Buff Monster is showcasing a new pared-down painting style featuring an air-brushed centric look as well as a fun 8-bit gaming motif. In addition to traditional paintings, Buff Monster will be offering at least one  painted spray can as well as at least one die-cut painting.  If you’re in or around NYC, this one is too good to pass up – Dalek and Buff Monster. 

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Buff Monster & Dalek||Spaced Out
Opening: Thursday March 8th 2018 (6-9 PM)

GR Gallery
255 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

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Mar 06, 2018

Marvel Okinawa x Jeff Soto x Blackbook Toy – Nekofukurou One Offs (3.7)


Marvel Okinawa has worked his painting sorcery on five GID Nekofukurou sofubi toys from Jeff Soto and Blackbook Toy.  If you’ve been following Blackbook Toy’s recent convention offerings you’ll know that Marvel is one of their go-to painters/customizers and that’s because he kills it, time and time again. Four of the five masks shown above will be offered via lotto for 72 hours for 25000 yen each (~ $ 237) beginning on Wednesday March 7th at 7 AM PST and ending on Friday March 10th at 6:59AM PST. What about the fifth – turns out the one on the bottom right is a special gift for Jeff Soto himself – so NFS :)  Oh, did we mention that the one-piece, open end Nekofukurou toys make perfect masks for BBT’s Guy mascot toy? Hit up the official lottery page for full directions on entering (scroll to the very bottom) or see the graphic below.

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Toy Geeks Behind The Counter S2 E4: ‘Vinyl Vs. Resin’


This week’s episode of Toy Geeks Behind the Counter video podcast is up on Youtube (and below) for you to geek out to.  Episode 4 of the brand-new second season features guest Tracy Tubera who joins Jack V., Ben, and Jack M.  for an epic showdown of the virtues of vinyl vs. resin—ok, maybe not, but it’s a good discussion. Along the way, we take an extended look at Tracy’s on point resin figures he’s done over the years with Mana Studios. As always, we also review a few other recently released toys.

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Mar 05, 2018

Stash x Silent Stage Gallery – Pink Marble Resin Can



Silent Stage has released the new Pink Marble Resin Can from graff legend Stash.  The fourth edition of the Resin Can sculpture based on an 80’s Krylon can w/NY Fat Cap, is limited to 25 pieces, cast in high-impact resin and available now directly from Silent Stage for $199.99 (+ s/h). Go get it.

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Mar 03, 2018

Reina Koyano x 3DRetro – Air Mag Girl Drops Tonight (3.3)


The new Air Mag Girl vinyl (7”, $100) from Reina Koyano and 3DRetro officially drops tonight (3.3) with a release party at the Glendale location (5-9 PM) and an online drop at 9 PM PST from   The new figure is based on Reina’s Air Mag Girl print from her popular Sole Fatale series. Reina will be offering several Sole Fatale prints ($40) at the Glendale event.  See you there!


Reina Koyano ||Air Mag Girl Release
Saturday, March 3rd 2018 (5-9 PM)

1851 Victory Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91201

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Mar 01, 2018

Lulubell Toy Bodega – The Painters Show: The Art of Custom Toys (3.3)


Lulubell Toy Bodega will present The Painters Show: The Art of Custom Toys this Saturday (3.3) from 6 to 10 PM at their retail spot in Mesa, AZ.  Curated by the impeccable Connell Little, the group exhibition showcases the art of custom toys with a talented lineup of artists who excel at unleashing the creative potential of the unpainted sofubi canvas.  The roster includes Akashik Records Toys, Blurble One, Bwana Spoons, Candie Bolton, DrilOne, DskiOne, EvilDave, Grody Shogun, GUUMON, hellopike, Jeremi Rimel, Kenth Toy Works, LeeeeeeToy, Lion Chen, lordmasterprince, Mark Nagata, Marvel Okinawa, Nate the Milkman, OBJT, Paul Kaiju, Remjie, Rotten Studio, Secret Demon Services, Topheroy, Trash Talk Toys, Tru:Tek, Uh Oh Toys and more.  Previews are 6 to 6:30 PM, with the raffle beginning at 6:30 – one item per customer for the first round.


The Painters Show: The Art of Custom Toys
Saturday, March 3rd 2018 from 6 to 9pm 

Lulubell Toy Bodega 
126 W. Pepper Place
Mesa, AZ 85201.

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Group Kaiju Show ‘Monstrosities’ Opens at myplasticheart (3.2)


Curated by Guumon, Monstrosities returns to NYC at  myplasticheart with Friday’s opening (3.2).  The largest yet, the group Kaiju/sofubi show will offer work from Awesome Toy, Akashic Records Toys, Candie Bolton, Deathcat Toys, Devilboy, Don’t Cry In the Morning, Draculazer, Gabriella June, Guumon, Hardcore Toys, Kearjun, Kenth Toy Works, Mechavirus, Mechnoiz Toys, Milkboy Toys, Monsterfoot Creations, Nate The Milkman, Papa Lemon, Paul Kaiju, Planet-X, Plaseebo, Rampage Toys, Sadism Brainman, Science Patrol, Splurrt, The Eternal Tears Of A Willow, Trash Talk Toys, Trutek, Violence Toy and Yuktoyco. Check out a few previews below.

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Opening: Friday (3.2) from 7 to 10 PM

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New York NY 10002

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Scott Tolleson x Pobber – Fatt Choy Bao

Happy Chinese New Year -- ‘Gong Hey Fatt Choy’. Pobber welcomes in the Year of the Dog with the brand-new Fatt Choy Bao from Scott Tolleson. The light brown and yellow Bao is available now direct from Pobber for $35 (+ s/h).IMG_9972

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Feb 28, 2018

Reina Koyano x 3DRetro – Air Mag Girl Release Party (3.3)


3DRetro is stocking the shelves, lining up the food trucks, a nd tidying up the counter for the release of Reina Koyano’s Air Mag Girl  on Saturday (3.3, 6 PM) at their Glendale location. Inspired by the crazy Back To The Future kicks, the vinyl bust (7”, $100) brings all the detail and style of Reina’s popular print to your shelf. As with all of her Sole Fatale designs, Air Mag Girl is rockin’ an Air Mag-inspired outfit from head-to-toe from fresh, stylized headgear down through her jacket and tight, textured body suit.  Beyond the toy itself, the clever shoe-box style packaging is on point.  Opening the box via the swanky magnetic latch reveals the figure nestled in shaped foam which puts the standard plastic blisters to shame.

If you’re a Sole Fatale fan or just appreciate beautiful women and sharp kicks, come on out to the release on Saturday at 3Dretro starting at 6 PM. Reina will be there signing the toy. She’ll also have several different prints available as well ($40). If you can’t make the event, 3DRetro will release the Air Mag Girl online at 9 PM on Saturday evening from


Reina Koyano ||Air Mag Girl Release
Saturday, March 3rd 2018 (5-9 PM)

1851 Victory Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91201

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