Aug 11, 2017

Bubi Au Yeung x Fluffy House – Golden Treeson

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Bubi Au Yeung is celebrating the 12th Anniversary of her beloved Treeson with a special Golden Treeson vinyl created with  Fluffy House.  The figure features a zenful, inward looking, eyes shut design with a wide-open “third eye”.  Limited to 300 pieces, the 5” edition comes in a shiny box signed by the artist and is available now direct from Fluffy House for $65 (+ s/h).

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Buff Monster – Fruity Pebbles Concrete Mister Melty + New Patches (8.11)

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The master of all things pink is back with three new Mister Melty releases set for this Friday (8.11) at 7 AM PDT over at StayMelty.comBuff Monster continues his love affair with concrete with the new 5” Fruity Pebbles Concrete Mister Melty ($125 + s/h) with a bit of a twist—timed release.  That’s right, he will make as many of these rainbow-hued, speckled, and spattered bad boys as are ordered between Friday at 7 AM PDT through Sunday at 9 PM PDT.  Each will be hand-painted by Buff, signed (initials) and sent your way in a few weeks.  Based on promo pics, it looks like each one may vary slightly but feature the same overall color scheme/aesthetic.

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If you like patches, Buff has you covered with two new Mister Melty head patches—a pink + green two-face as well as a starbust one.  These follow the OG teal design and are $8.95 (+ s/h).

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Aug 10, 2017

Martin Ontiveros x Toy Art Gallery – Satanic Spaceman Glampyre Lottery (8.11-8.14)

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The Glampyre  from Martin Ontiveros and Toy Art Gallery is back and in rare form.  The Satanic Spaceman Glampyre features a futuristic ‘metal’ design hand painted by Martin himself in purple, black, and silver—way cool.  The Satanic Spaceman will be offered via lottery for $150 (+ s/h) from Noon PDT on Friday (8.11) through Noon on Monday (8.14). To enter drop a line to sales@toyartgallery.com with ‘Glamypre Lottery’ as the subject and be sure to mention your paypal address and shipping info.  Best of luck!

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Aug 09, 2017

Amanda Visell – Wolverine Resin Releases!

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Hey Bub! You’re going to want to check out Amanda’s latest webstore release! She has everyone’s favorite X-Men Wolverine in both Logan Edition (10 PCS) and Wolverine in the classic suit (25 PCS). Both figures measure roughly 7” tall and retail $135 each. These can be found available through the My Switcheroo shop now! These figures are both hand-sculpted, hand-painted and hand-cast!

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Matt Gondek x ToyQube – “Deconstructed Mouse” (08.15)

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The release date is finally set for Matt Gondek x ToyQube’s “Deconstructed Mouse” figure (LAST SEEN HERE). On Tuesday, August 15th, ToyQube will be dropping their latest designer vinyl toy at 11AM EST. They really hit it out of the park with this one. The artwork translated very well from 2D to 3D. This run will be limited to 300 pieces, which are hand numbered and features a removable face. This mouse measures 10.5 x 8 x 8 and will retail $180. Estimated shipping will be October of this year!

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Clogtwo x Mighty Jaxx--Toshi Neko: Kweeny (8.12)

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Next up in the Toshi Neko vinyl series from grafftiti  artist/illustrator Clogtwo and Mighty Jaxx  is Kweeny—queen of the street and alley. Drawn from the artist and Mighty Jaxx founder Jackson Aw’s love of their cats, each character in the series features a different feline breed.  While not officially announced, Kweeny might  be an American Shorthair and follows Alleykat the Singapura cat.  

Kweeny (4”) will drop on Saturday August 12th direct from Mighty Jaxx.  While no price has been announced, the previously released Alleykat is currently available for $40. For more info on the genesis of Toshi Neko, head on over to Mighty Jaxx’s interview with Clogtwo.

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Aug 08, 2017

Toy Geeks Behind The Counter Ep. 30: Kirk R. Thatcher

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Toy Geeks Behind the Counter Ep. 30 featuring a special guest—writer/director/producer Kirk R. Thatcher is up and ready for your streaming pleasure.  While Kirk has worked on numerous high-profile projects, he’s best known for his work writing and directing the Muppets.  In between chatting with Kirk about his movie adventures, Ben, Jack V. and fill-in host Jack M. review several toys including a Muppets Select Action Figure set.   Watch it below or on the Toy Geeks Youtube channel.

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Aug 06, 2017

Fools Paradise – Luke, I Am Your Father

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Fools Paradise weighs in on the  balance between the dark and the light with Luke, I Am Your Father.  This fun playground revision of the cosmic struggle tips things heavily in Jelly Luke’s favor (flocked!)  with his treat-fueled see saw prowess.  A diminutive, lightweight (and masked) Vader is seemingly outmatched as the script on the base makes clear—‘So hard to go to the Dark Side’. The reverse side chimes in on the light-hearted fun, tongue-in-cheek, with ‘You must have been kissing a fool’. 

The latest in a long run of childhood-themed pieces shines with visual flourishes and style throughout from the contrasting character sculpts to the fancy script, sweet gradients and numerous paint details that eclipse ‘good enough’.

Limited to 289 pieces, the mixed media see saw battle (Vinyl, PVC, ABS, Resin) is available for pre-order now for $255 (+ $30 global shipping) directly from Fools Paradise.

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Aug 05, 2017

Paul Jackson x Mighty Jaxx – Darwins Revenge (8.5)

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Mighty Jaxx just released Darwins Revenge, a clever polystone figure from artist Paul Jackson (6”, 100 pcs, $120).  It’s available directly from the Mighty Jaxx web shop.  Based on his 2016 Pearl Jam concert poster (below for reference), the black and gold ape head conceals a secret plot evolving within.  Held in place by magnets, the Ape’s face can be removed to reveal Charles Darwin piloting what we know realize is in actuality an Ape Spaceship! The concept slots nicely into Jackson’s Revenge series of illustrations featuring famous personalities piloting animal-shaped ships in cockpits filled with all manners of gears, switches, and instruments.  Ace stuff!

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Aug 04, 2017

Amanda Visell x Michelle Valigura – GID Poopasus

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What’s flies, is just a bit stinky and not afraid of the dark?  The glow-in-the-dark Poopasus, of course!  From the creative (twisted?) minds and hands of Amanda Visell and Michelle Valigura, the new edition is cast in GID resin with a cool palette of blues and greens which compliment the light milky green GID color. Limited to 15 pieces, the GID Poopasus (and rider) is available now directly from Switcheroo for $90 (+s/h).  These will ship out in ~ 2-3 weeks.

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Aug 03, 2017

Tim Clarke x Toy Art Gallery – Baby Blue Totims (8.4)

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Tim Clarke’s Totims are back for more mix and match, stackable fun.  Toy Art Gallery will release the new unpainted Baby Blue Totims set on Friday (8.5) at 12 PM PDT for $65 (+ s/h) from the TAG web shop.  Each set features five main pieces: 2 tops, two interchangeable middle sections, and a bottom.   It also includes two clever connector pieces to join the sections together.  Beyond the ability to reorder the stack, each of the sections is two-sided with different designs on each side.

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Candie Bolton x Piece of Art Toys -- Randalu


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RandaluCandie Bolton and Piece of Art Toys’ Red Panda guardian protects the cute little animals which resemble foxes.  The debut edition of the 5” soft vinyl beast features Bolton’s popular rainbow color scheme.  Randalu appears to feature four points of articulation which lets it strike a pose and even sit if so inclined. 

Randalu is available for pre-order at myplasticheart for $69.99 (+ s/h) with a late August delivery. It’s also available from Hong Kong based Play Toy for HK$380 (+ s/h).

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Jim McKenzie x ToyQube – Beneath the Harvest: Pumpkin Crab (8.8)

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ToyQube  is continuing its collaboration with Jim McKenzie with their second joint figure, Beneath the Harvest-Pumpkin Crab.    First seen as an unpainted proto at the Five Points Festival back in May, the figure features a wild design blending a triple stack of pumpkins with a large crab lurking within. Previously released by the artist as a low-run resin, Pumpkin Crab returns in this detailed vinyl figure and follows the recent release of his popular The Scarecrow figure with TQ. 

The first colorway  of the 10.5” vinyl art toy brings us a blue crab—two claws and six legs—poking out of and peering through Autumn’s harvest of orange and purple striped pumpkins. Limited to 180 pieces, Pumpkin Crab will be available for pre-order on Tuesday August 8th 2017 at 8 AM PDT from ToyQube for $145 (free USA shipping). 

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DesignerCon 2017 Tickets (8.8)

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Pssst… DesignerCon 2017 tickets will be available beginning on Tuesday August 8th at DesignerCon.com.  This year’s show should be the best ever with several high-profile international brands either making their debut appearance or returning to the fold.  It sounds like the VIP program will be bigger and better as well.   Only about three months to go until DCon (11.11 – 11.12) !

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Aug 02, 2017

Huck Gee Brings Delivers 7” of Cheeky Monkey Blank

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Back at the end of May Huck Gee  released a wee naughty Blank—the 4” Cheeky Monkey resin.  Now comes big brother, a new 7” version.  Like the OG release, the 7” bad boy features a monkey head and two sets of hands—a regular set of ‘fists’ and a set featuring two rather suggestive gestures (one each of relevance to USA and UK culture).  This initial batch is limited to 100 pieces and is available via pre-order for $85 each from Huck’s web shop. The 7” Cheeky Monkey Blanks will ship in 4-6 weeks.

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Aug 01, 2017

Toy Geeks Behind The Counter Ep 29 : Comic-Con Power Hour

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Toy Geeks Behind the Counter Ep 29—Comic-Con Power Hour--featuring a recap of SDCC is up and available for streaming on Youtube (and below).  I had the pleasure of filling in for George as a guest host and had a blast talking toys and geeking out with Ben and Jack V.  We covered the toys (and pins) each of us brought back from art toys to the latest red hot Nickelodeon exclusives purchased by DeKevin. I showcased Jermaine Rogers’ Veil:East along with some of his upcoming plans, the UNKLE x Super 7 Pointman figure set, and Andrew Bell’s Single Servings keychain series.  It’s an hour of fun and laughs. Hopefully it’s as much fun to watch as it was to make it.

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Jul 31, 2017

Tony Bui’s “Important Stuff” A Glow-In-The Dark Journey

Our good pal Tony Bui has just recently started a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a very fun and unique book! Check out “Important Stuff” A Glow-In-The-Dark Journey, a book that teaches children about some “Important Stuff” such as things like the Dinosaurs, Vaccines and the first civilization of Mesopotamia. Tony is known for his GID prints and wanted to extend that into a super rad children’s book. He’s got some awesome pledge packages to choose from, which includes goodies like pins, commissions and pizza parties. Be sure to take a look at this campaign page HERE and please help to get this book made!

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Marsham Toy Hour – S2 E16 with wtfunks of Super7 and Vinyl Pulse

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Guess who’s back, back again. That’s right! I got to join in once again on this weeks episode of Marsham Toy Hour with Gary Ham and Theresa Hawkins. We get into some fun Leaks and Sneaks, as well as a discussion about toys with moobs. We also go over toy photography versus stock styled photos when it comes to toys. There was also some chit chat about Martian Toys’ “The Next Great Blank Toy” Contest, which sounds very promising. Probably my favorite part of the episode was our Fantasy picks for our own little mini-figure draft. If you want to hear who I picked for my roster, you’re going to want to listen below!

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Matt Gondek x Silent Stage Gallery – Deconstructed Homer: Night Moves (8.1)

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Homer is back, in black. Silent Stage will release the Night Moves edition of Matt Gondek’s Deconstructed Homer sculpture cast in high-impact resin.  Limited to 100 pieces, the all-black edition follows the OG Pittsburgh edition (yellow + black).  It drops on Tuesday (8.1) at 11 AM PDT from Silent Stage’s online shop for $169.99 (+ s/h). 

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Jul 30, 2017

Luke Chueh x Munky King – Possessed Black Exclusive for Grief Encounters Kickstarter

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It’s been a decade since Luke Chueh’s Possessed grabbed hold of collectors and refused to let ago.  Now, Munky King will rerelease its first art toy—arguably its most epic—with an updated 10th Anniversary sculpt. First out of the chute is the Possessed Black (as my soul) exclusive available as a reward for backers—$230 level—of the Kickstarter for the  Grief Encounters animated short series

Think of the 10th Anniversary Possessed as a rerelease and artist’s cut.  The intent is to make the classic figure available to a new generation of collectors and at the same time improve upon it artistically and technically.  The new figure matches the dimensions of the original and  features sculpted facial elements including the bear’s eyes and nose and the devil’s eyes, matching Luke’s evolving vision.  The 10th Anniversary edition will also add articulation to the right arm at the shoulder and drop the articulation at the wrist—OG shoulder articulation was limited to the left arm.  Finally, the new release will be re-engineered to fix the spinning devil issue that haunted the original.  Beyond the Kickstarter exclusive Black edition, the 10th Anniversary colorways will match the original colorways.

Grief Encounters is an ambitious series of planned animated shorts which offer an exploration of Luke’s classic paintings.  A collaboration between Luke, Munky King and director Stu Gamble’s Tiny Giants production house, the shorts expand on the paintings by immersing the viewer into the surrounding emotional landscape of each piece.  The debut Target short—streaming now—introduces us to the expanded story telling approach using a mix of animation and real-world elements.  The initial Kickstarter goal of $120k will fund creation of the first five shorts (Target include).

The extensive rewards include digital assets including storyboards and production files for aspiring filmmakers ($75) as well as several exclusive toy editions including HUNG GID ($90), Prisoner GID ($135),  6” Prisoner XL Kickstarter Exclusive Colorway ($300) , and of course the Possessed Black Kickstarter Exclusive ($230). c445a6b19ab3fc75fde37fb11c959af5_original

Oh, did we mention there’s a $150k stretch goal which will unlock a brand-new Combustion figure based on Luke’s popular painting?  This figure would be exclusive to Kickstarter and not released separately.

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Jul 28, 2017

Coarse – Ethos Volume One: Cells (8.4)

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Coarse embarks on an enigmatic, surreal journey with the new Ethos series.  First up is Cells, a wild vinyl piece (10.5”) featuring a cut-away view of a void character revealing that which lies within.  The ‘cells’, seen as a surging jumble of characters, seem to represent fantastic potential, limitless horizons, and rainbow bridges.  Cells is one of a precious few ‘it’ toys, the reason that we all started collecting ‘art toys’, things that shouldn’t exist, couldn’t exist, but yet…do.   

Looking at the Cells photos is a journey all on its own, a flash back to standardized exams and rotating 3D blocks.  This is the front, the side, that’s a unicorn, is that a fish?, oh…there’s cat. More than simply building desire for the figure, these promo shots make us yearn for a face-to-face experience, a chance to slowly consider it, rotate it, and attempt comprehension.  And, there’s more… the upcoming Ethos Volume 2 Strangers is darker with a tenuous link to reality.  Strangers makes Cells seem almost straightforward in comparison.

Cells will be available in two editions—the muted Narcosis and the vibrant, over saturated Paranoia—each limited to 299 pieces.  Coarse will release Cells on August 4th at 8:59 AM PDT from $185 from the Coarse Shop.

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Mame Moyashi – Hattori Taro Pre-Order

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Mame Moyashi, the talented folks behind the runaway-hit Maguro Senpai  and a growing line of seafood figures are breaking the mold with a new ‘zoo’ series.  First up for the new universe is Hattori Taro, a cat creature, or is it? At first glance, this is a walking fat cat, but when you get a look at the back, you realize… It’s a fat guy wearing a cat suit or <gulp> a skinned cat.  Hattori’s exaggerated cartoony sculpt fuels the visual punch line—love the cat face and the stubby paws.The dark humor reminds us of the brand’s OG Maguro figure—a tuna contemplating his umm… culinary future as an order of sashimi. 

Hattori Taro is available for pre-order for $68.99 through August 20th from select retailers including myplasticheart.  The crazy cat should be released into the wild sometime in November.

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Jul 27, 2017

Six TwentyEight – MITT Watermelon GID

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To celebrate the dog days of summer, Six TwentyEight will release the new MITT Watermelon GID sofubi.  The new edition features a fun green/red design with a melon rid helmet (!).  The Watermelon edition drops at WonderFestival Summer 2017 (7.30) at booth 7-22-11.   If you’re not going to be able to make it out to Makuhari Messe for the show, the figures will also be released online on Tuesday (8.1) at 5 AM PDT for $52 (+ s/h) from 6 28’s web shop.  As with the other releases, this Watermelon GID edition includes a MITT upper body, bumper car, and a lower body for display in and out of the bumper car.

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Jul 26, 2017

Huck Gee x Clutter – SKLFKR Untouched (7.28)

 

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It’s here… The 24” of articulated menace that is Huck Gee’s SKLFKR makes it debut in the all-white Untouched edition from the folks at Clutter with 3D assistance from Cubo. The robotic gladiator features a removable battle axe, a face that lifts up to reveal a cockpit (ace touch!), and 11 points of articulation thanks to Cubo’s customer rubber gasket system.  Did we mention this is a beast? It tips the scale at over 18 pounds with a hybrid solid + rotocast resin build.

So how do you get your hands on this instrument of destruction?  Clutter will be offering the Untouched SKLFKR via one-week timed release starting on Friday (7.28) at 9 AM PDT  through to the following Friday (8.4) for $300 (+ s/h) from the Clutter web shop. Each of these will be hand cast and assembled at Clutter’s NY facility.   Beyond the massive size and impressive detail, we’re stoked that the hive mind has figured out how to make it a play thing, perfect for posing and table top battles. 

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Amanda Visell x Michelle Valigura – Sparkle Red Panda + GID Tiger Cub Nap

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Amanda Visell and Michelle Valigura have two new resin releases to tempt you.  First up is a super cute Sparkle Red Panda (15 pcs, 2.75”,  $40), it’s like the OG only with the power of glitter!  Next up comes the GID Tiger Cub (15pcs, 6” girl, $190). The third edition of this deluxe resin set features the girl and tiger cub cast in GID resin with vivid painted details.   Both are available for pre-order now from Switcheroo and will ship out in 2-3 weeks.

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