Jan 30, 2015

Where Are They Now??? Interview With J. Neth

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Ohio based designer J. Neth created and self-produced some of the most beautiful and unique art toys —the Neth Creatures. The creatures received enthusiastic praise and continue to be highly sought after by toy and fine art collectors alike.

J. Neth debuted the creatures at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) back in 2005 as a series of nine 5” tall interchangeable art figures. The Neth Creatures had an organic and fluid design with a clear plastic shell housing; inside contained beautifully and meticulously hand-painted art within.

Over the course of the next two years, the creatures also saw releases in plush (Knit Neths), limited edition fine art prints, and an edition of resin figures in 2007.

In 2008, J. Neth and his creatures quietly vanished, leaving many collectors including myself mystified by their disappearance. This year, 2015, marks the 10 year anniversary of the Neth Creatures, so I reached out to Rivet Gallery to help put me in touch with J. Neth, to find out: Where did J. Neth go and what is he doing now??

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Hi, J. Neth. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions.

It’s been 10 years since the Neth Creatures released, and many collectors have been wondering where you went. Can you tell us where and what have you been up to during the past 7+ years?

Hey Gary, thanks for tracking me down. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years! Developing the figures and especially doing the San Diego Comic Cons for 3 years were both such incredible experiences. Neth Creatures was always such a deep personal project for me and I loved meeting so many amazing people that helped support it. After we sold out of the Series 1 figures, the process of creating new figures became more time consuming than the art. I was really burned out trying to take on all the manufacturing and distribution; I hope I haven’t disappointed anybody with my time away. I’m currently working for a fashion retail company and I feel very fortunate to have a job that allows me to travel and work with cool creative people. Most of my free time is spent in my small art studio in the woods. It’s a nice break from the distractions of a fast paced corporate life. I’m still working on new art and I hope to show things soon. I don’t think you can ever turn off the creative process and I have spent the past several years collecting inspiration, growing, and learning.

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The Collector Within

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As collectors and designers, we have all heard the same questions and comments from friends and family about the things we collect….

”You paid how much for that?”

“I don’t get it.”

“Who the hell buys these things?!”

I am sure we have all thought the same thing at some point as well. I know I have and often still do. Ha.

Before I got started, I was a collector of mainstream toys like Earth Worm Jim, The Simpsons, Spawn, Toy Story toys, and the like. In 2004, I exhibited at my first San Diego Comic Con and just around the corner from my booth was something that blew my mind. It was the Critterbox Toys booth. I had no prior knowledge of designer toys, so their booth had me awestruck. The toy designs exhibited there were amazing and unlike anything I had ever seen before. There was no doubt I HAD to possess them, so on preview night of my first convention I bought my first designer toy - Pip and Norton from Critterbox.

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Mutant Vinyl Hardcore – Wasted Warrior Berserker Lottery Live NOW!

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Happening at this very moment is the lottery for Mutant Vinyl Hardcore’s newest release, the Wasted Warrior Berserker. This massive figure features a flesh vinyl with neon red, muted purple, metallic green and silver sprays. It also comes with 2 sets of hands, one for the battle axe and one to hold the severed head/spiked ball omakes. If you so happen to win this beautiful piece, retail will be $200 plus shipping! The lottery will only be up for 24 hours so make your way on HERE now!

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Jan 29, 2015

Paul Kaiju X BLObPUS – Blob Bat + Mockapus + Hellmock Raffle (02.01)

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The ultimate clash between BLObPUS and Paul Kaiju is near! Up for raffle this Sunday, February 1st at 12PM PST through PK’s webstore will be the Blob Bat/Mockapus/Beastwalking Hellmock set! These figures feature a milky vinyl with metallic sprays and will retail $350 for the whole lot. The lottery will only be up for 24 hours and poof, gone! Winners will then be contacted within 4 days of the closing.

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Jon Paul Kaiser + Google + Scott Tolleson for Android Series 05

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And the Series 05 Android design images keep on rolling out! Now we get a much closer look at Jon Paul Kaiser’s Sturnbrau piece. He’s brought back one of his most memorable characters to join the Droid crew and its more than ARRRRRight, it’s ARRRRMazing! Ratio 1/16

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Next up is Google’s very own design, the Chrome! Get it, Chrome.. Google.. Google Chrome… It makes sense right!? This will also compliment the Gold edition from Series 04 very well and is a must if you’re just hunting down the Google Designs. Ratio 1/16

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Many moons ago Scott Tolleson did a custom run of blind boxed Android figures for SDCC, which sold out in a flash. If you weren’t able to snag up one of those, now is your chance with a variant of one of the customs. Presenting the Skeledroid for series 05! Ratio 1/16

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Bwana Spoons – Invisible Army: Sons of Brodarr (1.30)

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Have you been waiting to purchase one of those oh-so-sexy clear Sons of Brodarr figures—you know, the ones Bwana has been teasing on his instagram ?  Your time is here.  On Friday morning, he’ll be releasing clear editions—The Invisible Army—of each of the Brodarr boys: Quiller by Paul Kaiju, Kamisama by T9G, Lonny, Jeff and Private Hooligan.  If you want in (you know you do), head on over to gravytoys.com at 10 AM PST on 1.30.15 to pick ‘em up, with a slight discount—score!.

In other Brodarr-ian news, It’s week 2 of Drizzstarter, Bwana’s self-run crowd-funding style campaign to help  produce his new Drizzleshits sofubi figure—the latest character in the suddenly crowded Brodarr universe.  Currently, Drizzleshits is available for pre-order in both Naked Glow and Trans Rootbeer editions.  Once 50 Drizzleshits have been pre-ordered, Bwana will “unlock” a new mystery Skinner figure for purchase. At 100 orders, the new mystery Comet Debris figure will become available. So if you dig Drizzleshits—he’s pretty cool—you can help get him made over at, yep, gravytoys.com.

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Gary Ham’s Vinyl Pulse Birthday Takeover!

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We're bringing it back folks! Vinyl Pulse Birthday Takeovers! What better way to start the new year, than with the guy who helped encourage us to get this series running again, none other than Gary Ham! Over the years we've covered tons of Ham related news and we are more than psyched to have him join the team for a day. Gary is the man behind great toys like the Sylvan figure, Hermes, Wooper Looper, and Monster Toytem,  not to mention amazing custom and production pieces. Taking place this Friday, January 30th is Gary Pulse. Happy Birthday Gary!

Be sure to give him a follow!

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Stay tuned for the next Vinyl Pulse takeover, which will be taking place very soon!

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Scott Wilkowski x Ferg - Infected Young Gohst for Collect and Destroy (2.2)

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Scott Wilkowski and Ferg have joined forces to bring you another sweet Infected Young Gohst resin.  The translucent radioactive green figure—branded to  promote the “Collect and Destroy” collectors forum—features Wilkowski’s wicked skeletal sculpture in a natural bone color and follows the two previous DesignerCon releases.   This lil’ guy will be available for a 24-hour timed, public release beginning on Monday February 2nd at Noon CST from the Collect and Destroy shop for $75.  The price includes US shipping; a $20 shipping fee will be added to international orders.

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Reactor-88’s Custom Corner: RXSEVEN

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Happy 2015 and welcome to the January edition of Reactor-88's Custom Corner. This month we’re highlighting Dallas-based artist, RXSEVEN.

What’s your name?
I've always been fascinated by the concept of creating an alias in the art world. I remember growing up In the streets of Houston,TX  and seeing art/graffiti on freight trains and wondering who these artists were. Since then I knew I wanted to create my own identity when it came to the art world. A couple years later SE7EN happened to be the name that stuck. I use RXSEVEN for social outlets.

Where are you located?
I'm located In Dallas, Texas.

Day job or full-time artist?
I sling lattes from 9 to 5, but creating art full time is the plan!

Any random things you want people to know about you?
My pet Dachshund is more famous than me, lol

How long have you been painting toys?
I've been customizing toys for 3 years now. I remember being introduced to Kidrobot designs from a graffiti artist that I followed in my early teens. I always wanted to collect, but I just couldn't afford them at the time. I think for a teenager going through high school, high-priced designer toys were not the priority lol. Now a couple years later here I am making my own designs.

Anything specific you’d like people to know about your toy work (style, influences, special techniques, etc.)?
I've always been obsessed with skulls and anatomy. I try to put my twist on things when I incorporate the skeletal aspect to my work. I use space/stars for eyes to indicate that there's life after death. Lately I've been playing around with the idea of my own character, Shivers the skeleton—I see him as holding the key to life. So you'll see a lot of the animals or designs with a keyhole in their rib cage. I plan to elaborate more on that later this year!

Do you take commissions?
Yes and no. I'm always open to ideas, but I'm picky with what I want to work on.  I just don't want to do the same design on the same platform over and over again. I tend to get bored  :p

Best way(s) for people to contact you/see your work?
I'm pretty bad with promotion and using social outlets. I plan to change that this year, but you can catch me posting more on Instagram or my website. The best way to contact me is through email.

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Jan 28, 2015

Kidrobot Welcomes Customs, Not Bootlegs

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Long overdue, Kidrobot has r eleased an official statement addressing bootlegging in which they make clear that they welcome and support customization of their various toys (including their popular Dunny and Munny platforms), but will actively seek to prevent bootlegging—the un-authorized duplication of their toys.   

While the distinctions can get blurry, our interpretation of the statement is that artists/collectors/fans who purchase a Kidrobot figure can do to it as they see fit, and can release limited series of “Dunnys”, “Munnys” or what have you as long as a production vinyl figure is used for each piece. However, the duplication or reproduction of a Kidrobot toy will be viewed negatively, as an infringement of the brand’s intellectual property, and will be subject to corrective action.  Or put another way, paint, cut, and add to their toys, but don’t make molds and cast your own copies of KR figures.  Additionally, don’t create and sell from “scratch” versions of “Dunnys” (as an example) as these will likely be considered bootlegs; each piece does not include one of KR’s production toys.  Again, this is our interpretation of the statement, if you’re in doubt please reach out to Kidrobot for clarification.

From our perspective, this policy is sensible, allowing artistic creativity, while protecting the financial investment and rights of Kidrobot and the artists they work with. Frankly, we’ve been surprised that Kidrobot has until now, turned a bllind-eye to bootlegs, such as resin Dunnys.

Perhaps as equally important as the basic policy is the fact that Kidrobot is open to working with artists who would like to pursue projects which involve duplicating production toys, under a licensing arrangement.  In fact, Mikie Graham worked with Kidrobot on this type of arrangement for his sweet Halloween Dunnys.  Additionally, the re-born KR is actively working with and promoting customizers.

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Jan 27, 2015

Anomaly Shanghai x Mighty Jaxx – Hot God

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If you belong in that weird niche of collectors who needs/wants all hotdog related designer vinyl art toys out there, boy have we found the toy for you! Teaming up with Anomaly Shanghai, Mighty Jaxx is proud to present Hot God. This piece was designed by Morris Lee and was created exclusively for Anomaly. Right now this figure is available through Mighty Jaxx’s brand new website in three different colors, Silver, Gold and Red. You can find them all available HERE for $80 a piece.

Hot God is a hot dog like no other. Rallying against the corporate behemoths, Hot God represents the spirit of independence, objectivity, and above all always doing the right thing. Hot God never settles for ordinary, and always strives to be extraordinary. In a world were sameness has become the norm, Hot God is truly an Anomaly. 

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Super7 Release: Peanut Butter Mummy Boy & Rose Vampire Micros (01.29)

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These look almost good enough to eat! Presenting the Peanut Butter Mummy Boy & Rose Vampire micro figures from Super7. These lovely micro sized figures will be available this Thursday, January 29th  at 12PM PST in-store and online at $10 a piece. Now we wait to see if there will be a Jelly edition to accompany this colorway.

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Jan 26, 2015

Blitzway x Coartism –- Playboy Art Toy Series

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South Korea continues its rapid rise as a growing market and exciting producer of art toys.  The latest sign of this exciting trend is the new Playboy Collector’s Edition Art Toys from South Korean brands Blitzway and Coartism. The upcoming line features interpretations of the magazine’s—an international cultural force—iconic Bunny  from Hands in Factory, twelveDot, Sticky Monster Lab, Eric So,  Les Schettkoe and David Flores.  Just the news of Playboy Art Toys is exciting, but what’s really impressive here is the strength of the different artistic takes

Some focus on the Bunny as a character onto itself including Les Schettkoe’s hip skater Bunny and Hands In Factory’s wild Bunny pimp. Others offer interpretations of the classic Playboy Bunny—Dave Flores’s refined bust with subtle texture, twelveDot’s sculpture-like vision and Sticky Monster Lab’s curvaceously adorable urban Bunny. And last but certainly not least, a few artists focus on the man behind it all—Mighty Jaxx’s urban Hef with velvet jacket and Eric So’s threesome featuring a dapper Hef bunny (with Eric So style glasses) and two Bunnies.

No word yet on when these will drop, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled

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Andrew Bell & Lunabee for Android Series 05

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More has been revealed from the upcoming Android Series 05!  First up is the “Hello World” Android by Andrew Bell. We are in love with this design and are happy to see a bit of organic mixed with robotic. This one is surely going to be one of the popular figures of the bunch.

Hello World is wired for love… but programmed for disappointment. Compiled in a 1/16 ratio.

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UK based artist Lunabee did some wonderful work to the Android platform with her “Ice in my Belly” Dragon design. 1/16 ratio with a chance to score a fiery chase! This here is another winner of the group and anyone with this colorway is going to want the chase to go with it!

Be sure to look back at Reactor-88’s Totem Android HERE, Gary Ham’s SK8 Cop Android HERE, and Jon Paul Kaiser’s Sturnbrau Android HERE.

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Skinner x UNBOX Industries – SEXTOPIGON Medicom Open Order Release!

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Who has 9 legs, 6 arms, a killer crown, and nothing but souls on his mind? The Sextopigon by Skinner and Unbox Industries. Guess who gets the privilege of releasing the first colorway of this uber detailed figure? Medicom and it is an open order, which can be found HERE for around $110 a piece! This piece was sculpted by David Arshawsky and stands 8” tall. This amazing Medicom colorway featuring gold, brown and yellow sprays.

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Andrew Bell – “The Classical” Edition Last Knight

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You can’t have a complete chess set without the white pieces. Introducing “The Classical” Edition Last Knight figure by Andrew Bell, which features a white vinyl with gold and silver details and will compliment the original release very well! This edition is limited to 200 pieces and features articulation in the jaws and ears and comes packaged in a black and silver foil box. These will be available at your favorite toy retailers very soon for $75 each.

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Jan 25, 2015

Rotofugi x Coarse Exclusive Outburst Loops (1.28)

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Rotofugi is revving up the Rotofugi Limited servers for the third and we believe final set of exclusives from Coarse’s impressive Prisoners Beside Me show which opened at the gallery in December.  This time around they will be releasing  the Rotofugi Exclusive Outburst Loops, the first production vinyl figures of the dancing Omen which made its first appearance with the Outburst resin sets.  Both the Black and Blue Outburst Loops (7.5”), each an edition of 300, will drop on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 @ 7:59 AM from Rotofugi Limited for $99 each (+ s/h). These will be limited to one of each edition per customer/household.

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Disarticulators – Marble Madness Lucky Bags + More (7.28)

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The Disarticulators have a big release day set for this coming Wednesday, highlighted by the ‘Marble Madness’ Lucky Bags.  Each bag of  one-off marbled Keshi figures is guaranteed to include  one large figure—a Rotten Tomato, one medium figure—a Leucotomy Ball, and two regular sized figures drawn from the Atomic Uchuujin, Loberstman and Critter ranks.  Priced at $100 (a 25% savings), each bag features a vibrant riot of colorful, monstrous keshi madness—all  of it sculpted by Zectron and cast by Tru:Tek

In addition to the Lucky Bags, the Disarticulators will release a new one-off marbled run of SKC’s Screwballs (3” x 2”) featuring 2, 3, and 4 color marbled mixes.  Inspired by the Strange Kid Club’s Circle Jerk sticker series, these started as a fan project sculpted by Jose David Cifuentes Ulloa.  The current incarnation was 3D printed, prototyped, and cast  by Tru:Tek.    Limited to just 10 pieces, these will be available for $35 (+ s/h). 

All of this keshi insanity drops on Wednesday (1.28) @ 1 PM PST from the Man-E-Toys store.  Be on the lookout for a few surprise drops as well.

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Jan 24, 2015

Rocco the Great – Death Troopa Blind Pack Series 1

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Rocco the Great is out with a great brand new mini series, the Death Troopa. These meddlesome Storm Trooper-esque 2” figures comes blind packed out of a total of 16 pieces. Along with your Rocco the Great hand drawn doodle and sticker, you have a chance of receiving a Brown “Shit Troopa”  (1), Yellow (1), “Ghost of Death Troopa” Chase (2), Pink (2), Red (2), White (2), Grey (1), Green (2), and Black (3). That equals 16 right? If you order more than one, Rocco will make sure you will not receive multiples! These will be available HERE tomorrow, Sunday, January 25th at 8PM EST for $17 each.

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Jan 23, 2015

Pushead – “Verdigris” Edition snotBlower (01.23)

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Pushead’s snotBlower figure is back with its second release of his newest figure with Medicom, which was sculpted by Cosmo Liquid, the snotBlower. The new “Verdigris” edition stands 10 1/4” tall and is made of soft vinyl and ABS plastic. Each piece was individually painted with a metallic copper with a tarnished teal blue brush over. snotBlower features articulation in the wrists, elbows, and shoulder. These will be available on Hyperstoic on Friday, January 23rd stateside and Sync Online and Astro-Zombies (in store) on Saturday, January 24th. Suggested retail price will be around $135 +S&H. We’re unsure of release times, so you may want to check out the webstores through out the day or keep an eye out on the Hyperstoic Instagram.

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Jan 22, 2015

Shawnimals – Valentine’s Day Dumpling Plush

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Personally, the stomach is the way to my heart, so why wouldn’t I want to receive some scrumptious looking dumplings for Valentine’s Day? These Valentine’s Day dumplings from Shawnimals are hand filled with love and will make the perfect gift for that special someone. In this dumpling set you will receive; three mini dumplings in different shades of red and pink, one of them with a heart, and an outer label for a custom note, which all comes bundled up in a take-out box. This handmade series is very limited and available now HERE for $18.

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Yury Ustsinau x Kidrobot – Blueberry for Kidrobot Black

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We’ve been anxiously awaiting news on the Blueberry figure by Yury Ustsinau and Kidrobot and just when we thought this project was dead in the water, Kidrobot posts a little teaser on their Instagram HERE featuring this amazing piece. The only real information shared is that February is going to be a good month! See our previous post HERE and stay tuned for release information.

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Reactor-88 for Android Series 05 – Totem

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Our very own Reactor-88 has joined the artist roster for the upcoming Android Series 05 with his very own Totem Android! It turns out that the totem style fits perfectly on the android figure and we are crossing our fingers in hopes to see more! Don’t forget to look back at our previous post HERE of Gary Ham’s SK8 Cop and  smaller sneak of Jon Paul Kaiser’s piece HERE. Hurry Series 05! You’re not here soon enough!

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Momiji – Valentina for Valentine’s! (01.23)

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Valentine’s Day is coming up very soon and what better way to celebrate by gifting them with a Momiji doll! Releasing this Friday, January 23rd is the brand new Valentina Momiji resin doll. She comes packaged in the signature Momiji gift box and is limited to 850 pieces. Each figure figure is hand-numbered on the base and will retail $27.50 in their webstore. Share your love this Valentine’s with this super cute toy!

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Antz x My Tummy Toys – Sun Wo Kong Resin figure

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Singaporean artist Antz has teamed up with My Tummy Toys to produce his very own art toy, Sun Wo Kong. This resin figure is based on a fairy tale character from a number of different cultures and has many different names. Sun Wo Kong stands 8” tall and are individually handpainted! There will only be 30 pieces of these available for $350 each, which also come signed and numbered with a certificate of authenticity. You can pre-order them now by contacting Juve at juve[at]mytummytoys[dot]com.

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