Feb 10, 2016

JPX x Coarse Toys – Kwaii (Clomp) (2.13)

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JPX and Coarse Toys are out to release the newest edition of the Kawii Clomp figure. Standing 7” tall, this vinyl figure features 5 chirpy birds perched on the horns of this utterly cute bull. This release is limited to 350 pieces and will release through Playhouse HERE on Saturday, February 13th  at 9 PM PST for $135 a piece.

Moahh moahh!!! Thump! Clonk! Kwaii tramples over the grassy plains and the cabbage fields looking for a home. Up there on the mountain? Down there by the stream? He turns over every stone and rounds every corner, even though he knows this land does not want him. But what does he feel on his horns? One bird? Now two? Kwaii sits and rests. He hasn’t been this happy in a long time because instead of finding a home Kwaii has become one.

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Huck Gee -- Bugslot & Denguard #9 : The Winter Variant (2.11)

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Huck Gee is following up last year’s OG Bugslot & Denguard #9 deluxe resin figure set with a seasonal edition – The Winter Variant.  Suited to the snowy environment, the Winter Desnguard features a mostly white paint job with just a few tasteful orange accents. Bugslot’s appearance hasn’t changed too much for the colder environment, though his uniform is dark green rather than olive. 

The Bugslot and Denguard #9 sets will be available to order for $475 (+ s/h)  on HuckGee.com during a 24-hour window beginning on Thursday (2.11) from  12:01 AM PST  through 11:59 PM. The handcrafted, signed figures will ship in roughly 6 to 8 weeks after the release.

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Ron English x Toy Art Gallery – Peace, Love and Understanding (2.12)

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Toy Art Gallery continues its collaboration with Ron English with a brand-new conceptual sofubi—Peace, Love and Understanding. A thought-provoking piece with a mouthful of a name, the 5” sofubi figure fuses three ‘pillars of enlightenment’.  From the front, the curious sculpt features a heart-head figure with a brainy texture in heels. Spun around, the figure presents an inverted peace gesture formed by a partial hand and the figure’s legs.  And, there’s that devil-like tail – tons of symbols at play here.

Peace, Love and Understanding will debut in three editions – unpainted red, unpainted white and a painted Valentine’s edition.  All three will be released on Friday (2.12) at 12 PM PST.  The White ($35) and Valentine’s edition ($45) will be released at that time on Toy Art Gallery’s web store.  The red edition will be simultaneously released exclusively from Ron English’s Popaganda web shop

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Super7 – Valentine’s Day Pie Guy, Blue Magic Pumpkin Boy, and SSSS Memberships

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Super7 is releasing not one but two sofubi figures in the upcoming week.  First up is a special Valentine’s Day Pie Guy featuring a neato pink + GID marbled filling and tan crust. Pie Guy will drop on yes, Sunday 2.14 at 12 PM PST, for $25. S7 will follow up the Valentine’s drop with the Blue Magic Pumpkin Boy on Wednesday (2.17, 12 PM PST, $50) cast in marbled blue + GID vinyl with Dark Blue, Silver, and Red sprays.  Both releases will be available from their online store and presumably their retail spots in SF and SD. 

And finally, Super7 will continue their annual tradition of accepting new members into the Super Seven Secret Society (SSSS) beginning on Monday (2.15, 11AM PST) through Friday (2.19, 6PM PST) for $125.  For all the details and the top-secret perks, check out the official announcement.

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Jesse Narens – New Stegoforests x 2

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After a longer-than-expected wait from his factory, Jesse Narens has released two new unpainted editions of his Stegoforest + Acorn Warrior sofubi sets : Baby Blue and Milk Chocolate Brown. Each of the colors show off the sculpts nicely.  Both feature the larger Stegoforest (7” L x 4” H) and the smaller Acorn Warrior (2” L) and are available now for $50 (+ s/h) per set from Jesse’s web store.   Look for painted editions of both colorways shortly.  While he’s trying to work out production issues, there’s a chance these may be the last of the Stegoforests.

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Feb 09, 2016

Tomenosuke x Circus Posterus – Monsters and Misfits IV (4.1.16)

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After a two year hiatus, Monsters and Misfits IV  is moving from its previous home Kusakabe Folk Museum  in Hida-Takayama to Tokyo.  Tomenosuke has announced that the fourth edition of their semi-annualc ollaboration with Circus Posterus  will open on April 1st 2016  for a week-long run at 8/01/Court at the Hikarie creative space in Shibuya. The show will feature the work of Andrew Bell, Stan Manoukian, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Chris Ryniak, Amanda Louise Spayd, Lana Crooks, Cassia Harries, Shing Yin Khor, Leslie Levings, Carisa Swenson and Kevin Titzer. With the more centrally-located venue, this year’s edition should be the most well attended so far.

Monsters and Misfits IV
April 1st – April 7 2016

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Shibuya Hikarie 8F
2-21-1 Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

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Feb 04, 2016

Hyperactive Monkey x Kidrobot SF x Woot Bear – Lunar New Year Celebration & Pop-Up Shop (2.13)

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Next Saturday, February 13th at 6PM, be sure to make your way to Kidrobot San Francisco for a special Lunar Near Year Celebration event and Hyperactive Monkey Pop-Up shop! You can expect some good times, special limited edition exclusives, and of course red envelopes! The event will run until 9PM and is great for the whole family! Come out and celebrate the year of the Monkey!

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1512 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

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Paul Kaiju – Buttercream Unchiman Raffle (2.7)

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You may want to call upon your luck dragon for this one kiddos! Paul Kaiju will be holding a raffle for the Buttercream Unchiman, which features a baby blue vinyl with pastel cream and pink sprays. The raffle will open on Sunday, February 7th at 6PM PST to 7PM PST. That’s right folks! This raffle will only be open for one hour. Winners will pay $200 + S&H to acquire such a fine piece.

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Amanda Visell x Kozik x Kidrobot – Scaredy Labbit

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Kidrobot, Frank Kozik and Amanda Visell are at it again! AV has taken over Kozik’s Labbit sculpt with a brand new design. The Scaredy Labbit features whimsical ghosts painted on both sides of this 10” tall hunk of vinyl. The release is slate for this month through Kidrobot and other specialty designer vinyl toy stores. Kidrobot.com will also be the home to the exclusive light blue color variant. Each Labbit will retail $75 a piece.

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Nathan Jurevicius x Kidrobot Nightriders Signing at Mindzai (2.6)

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Nathan Jurevicius  will be signing his new Nightriders mini series (Kidrobot) on Saturday (2.6, 3-6 PM) at Mindzai’s Markham flagship store in Ontario, Cananda. If you’re in the Toronto area, go check out the new series which features Nathan’s magical versions of the Munnyworld characters with vivid paint treatments, meet the man behind the toys, get ‘em signed, and if you’re lucky win a fun surprise prize from Kidrobot.  

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Nathan Jurevicius||Nightriders Signing
Saturday, February 6th, 2016 (3-6 PM)

Mindzai Flagship Store
3623 Highway 7 E, Unit 112
Markham, ON
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FonzoWorld Artist of the Month Customs: DrilOne

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Along with a new website and URL, Fonzoworld has launched it’s  first Artist of the Month customs with DrilOne.  Dril has customized four of the new 4.5” DIY Fonzos, each with his signature war-torn aesthetic complete with gas masks and copious battle damage.  They are available now from Fonzoworld.com for $160 each (+ s/h). Any guesses on who will be Fonzoworld’s 2nd featured artist?

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Skull Toys x Unbox Industries – The Visible Man Pre-Order (2.06)

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We are mega excited to hear that it’s finally happening! Unbox Industries are finally ready to start releasing their newest line of figures that pay homage to 2000AD’s Frank Hart aka the Visible Man. Their first release features the design by Skull Toys and this soft vinyl toy stands 11.8” tall. With the high failure rate of creating this art figures, releases will be very limited. This pre-order will take place on Saturday, February 6th and will retail $225 HERE. We cannot wait to see the other artists take on the Visible Man.

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Feb 03, 2016

Zectron x Brandt Peters x Unbox Industries – Camazotz

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What do you get when you throw Zectron, Brandt Peters and Unbox Industries in a room? You get this amazing piece of awesome! Check out the Camazotz, which is based on an ancient Mayan myth that was originally supposed to be a 3” figure, blown up by Unbox to be a full 10” vinyl figure. You get a nice mix of design with the bat design by Zectron and Brandt’s signature Skelve skull thrown in the mix. The first releases feature a Pink Shade Camazotz and the Blue Orchid for pre-order at $85. Each figure will feature a header card designed by Brandt. Pre-Orders will be up until February 10th.

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The Collection: Dov Kelemer of DKE

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The second episode of The Collection is out today with featured guest Dov Kelemer of DKE. Today’s episode of the  monthly (first Wednesday) feature of the Adventures in Design podcast offers Dov’s story of how he went from die-hard Star Wars collector to the  the go-to distribution service for indie toys as well as his insights on the scene.  Hosted by Adventures creator Mark Brickley and Collection collaborator Huck Gee, the free-to-listen episode runs 55 minute and there’s also an Circle of Trust members-only  ($10/mo) Shop Talk section which focuses on the nuts and bolts of the business. For a stimulating listen—maybe as an interesting background  audio while stuck in rush hour traffic, working out, or doing X, Y, or Z—on the scene/market/industry we all love, check out The Collection #2.

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Feb 02, 2016

Brent Nolasco – ‘Stargazer’ Edition Sitting in A Pretty Daze

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Brent Nolasco has been busy pumping out some amazing of the most amazing pieces that we cannot get enough of! Presenting Sitting in A Pretty Daze, the ‘Stargazer’ edition, which is a two piece resin figure set in a color that depicts Brent’s style beautifully. The bat piece stands 6.5” tall, which is paired with a 2.5” tall mushroom. Each figure features a glass eye are are also individually painted. The Sitting in A Pretty Daze figure is available HERE for $65.

After a long night of eating insects, a little bat takes refuge on a mushroom to rest and watch the sunrise in the morning. There, the bat is found sitting in a pretty daze. The sun slowly peeks through the trees and the morning dew glistens like diamonds. The silence calms his spirit before retreating back to his cave where he'll wait until it's dark to do it all over again.

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Playful Gorilla x Dadscartoons – Micro Busters Wave 1

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Playful Gorilla and Dadscartoons have joined forces to bring you Micro Busters: Wave 1! They took one of those most bad-ass mechs and turned it into a 1 and 3/4 of an inch tall resin micro series, which features 6 unique colorways and some DIY’s. Each figure is hand painted, hand cast and hand pulled! The colorways include Ironman, WarMachine, Igor, GOLD (Green Splatters), Chrome (Purple Splatters), and DIY ($10). Each colored variant retail $20 each or get the full set for $110. You can find them available HERE through the Playful Gorilla Store.

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Kidrobot Exclusive ‘Gold Chrome’ Edition Friendly Fire by Jason Freeny x Mighty Jaxx

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Kidrobot is happy to announce their exclusive release of Jason Freeny x Mighty Jaxx’s ‘Gold Chrome’ Edition Friendly Fire figure. Limited to only 100 pieces worldwide, this 9” figure is available now and can be found HERE at $125 a piece. Seeing KR exclusives like this, being produced by other companies is something we loved and missed about Kidrobot. We are happy to see them going down this route once more!

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Cometdebris 2016 Action Club! (Now - 2.07)

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Cometdebris’s Action Club member subscription for 2016 will soon be opening! This exclusive club gets you early access to all Cometdebris releases, which includes brand new figures through 2016. You even have the choice of getting them unpainted! Which is perfect for those blank toy fanatics. Not able to attend any of the events Cometdebris takes part in? Well you get first dibs on any leftover event exclusives or customs. Included in the membership price of $100 are also two members only exclusive figures. The Cometdebris Action Club is now until Sunday, February 7th through the Cometdebris online shop.

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Tomenosuke x Skinner x Unbox – 10th Anniversary Exclusive Sextopigon

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As part of its lineup of 10th Anniversary Exclusives, Tomenosuke will soon release a special micro-run exclusive of the dizzyingly intricate  Sextopigon from Skinner and Unbox.  The approach to the paint should set this one apart from previous editions.  Hand-brushed rather than sprayed fine details should give the metallic silver, metalilc gold and green design with pink and blue accents a distinct hand-crafted look.  There’s no word on a release yet, but we hope to have more news soon.

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Jan 29, 2016

Reactor-88’s Custom Corner: MJ Hsu

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Welcome to the January edition of Reactor-88's Custom Corner. To kick off 2016, we’re featuring Mei-Jean Hsu.

What’s your name?

My name is Mei-Jean Hsu. I usually go by MJ.

Where are you located?

I currently live in west Los Angeles near Little Osaka/Japan town. I love the people here, not to mention the great restaurants nearby and my favorite gallery--Giant Robot 2.

Day job or full-time artist?

I am currently a toy designer at Jakks Pacific. Formerly, I was a graphic designer in the mobile games and media industry, but I decided to move to toys last year after I started making my own customs and resin series.

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Jan 28, 2016

Double Parlour – January Release with Forest Dwellers, Waffle Boys and more (1.29)

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Double Parlour will release quite a few of their resin creations on Friday (1.29, Noon PST) from their web shop including limited-edition drops as well as one-offs.  The limited-edition releases include the whimsical Waffle Boys (1st edition, 5 pcs) and the awkwardly elegant Forest Dwellers (above, 3 pcs). Hit the jump for more pics of what’s in store.

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Coarse -- Omen Fade Wood (2.1)

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Collectors just can’t seem to get enough of Coarse’s wood Omen figures--their recent Omen Wood – Ash edition from their LA studio event sold out quite quickly online. The good news is that Mark, Sven, and crew have been hard at work on two new wood editions. Next up is Omen Fade Wood, the first time the tribute sculpt for Roman Shevchenko has been released in wood.  Crafted at the LA studio, the 4” figures will be available in editions of 30 in two different woods: Omen Fade – Ash and Omen Fade – Walnut.  The figures will be released on Monday, February 1st at 7:59 AM PST from CoarseHKG for $627.20 (includes global shipping) and include a wood pedestal with laser-engraved serial number and silk-screened wood book.

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kaNO – ‘Raw Goods’ Solo at Woot Bear in March

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kaNO recently mentioned that he’s working on a new solo show, ‘Raw Goods’, opening at Woot Bear in San Francisco sometime in March.  For the new collection, he’ll continue his recent approach of painting+drawing on everyday objects, this time transforming ‘raw’ materials into his own brand of art. In the past, we’ve seen pieces on 8-track tapes, Nike boxes and more.   So far the Raw Goods include a brown bag piece and we’re pretty sure we’ll see more sneak peeks leading up to the opening.

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Winson Ma – 10th Anniversary Black + White Jungle Art Form Vinyl

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In 2016 Winson Ma’s Winson Classic Creations will celebrate ten years of ape-tastic art toys.  Winson has several special 10th Anniversary releases planned for 2016. First up are extremely limited editions of his 12” Jungle Art Form Vinyl which was released in a full color edition last year.  Limited to 50 pieces each, the 10th anniversary Jungle figures will be released in two mono editions: White Machine and Black Machine.  The articulated figure features a stylized body complete with mechanical arm and removable hardhat/respirator combo.   Both 10th Anniversary editions are available for $180 (+ s/h). To order, please send email to info@winsoncreation.com.

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Super7 Thursday Releases! (1.29)

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Super7 will be celebrating Thursday with some new releases! From the vinyl side of things will be all new ‘Melted’ Edition Rose Vampire by Joshua Herbolsheimer and the ‘Bandaged Bruiser’ Pocket Mummy Boy by Brian Flynn. The ‘Melted’ RV features a purple and GID marbled vinyl with silver sprays and red, green and yellow details. This Monster Family member will retail $35 a piece. From Brian Flynn comes the ‘Bandaged Bruiser’ PMB, which has a battered and beaten black and blue vinyl marble and silver sprays with red detail. They are asking $25 for their loveable mascot.

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Now onto some vintage-esque goods! Continuing their Drive-Thru Drinkware Pint Glasses, they are bringing in the second series of their Masters of the Universe Line. This set features Eternia’s finest, which include He-Man, Man-At-Arms, Man-E-Faces and Teela! These will go great if you already managed to pick up the first series of MOTU Pints (Skeletor, Merman, Beastman, Triklops), which debut released at Skeletor’s Lair during SDCC. The set will be available for $40 or individually for $10.

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All of these releases will take place through the Super7 webstore on Thursday, January 28th at 12PM PST. They will then be available shortly after at both San Francisco and San Diego shops.

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