Jul 13, 2018

RecycleC x TAG – Blood Sacrifice Takhon (7.13)

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The new Blood Sacrifice Takhon (7.5”) might just be the best edition of the ceremonial sofubi from Thai artist RecycleC and Toy Art Gallery.  The beautifully primal edition blends black and red/orange with gold accents. The excellent paintings evokes the feel of time-worn rituals, artifacts and temples.   Blood Sacrifice drops on Friday (7.13) at 12 PM PDT for $95 from the TAG Web Shop.

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Nathan Hamill – SDCC KeylimeCat

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Surprise!  Nathan Hamill and Science Patrol have cooked up (baked?) an SDCC Exclusive Burgercat sofubi (2.75”).  The KeylimeCat edition will be available from the War Machine Marketing booth [#1415] on Saturday (7.21) for $25.  Nathan will be signing at the booth on Saturday at 3 PM.

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Flat Bonnie Has a Trio of SDCC Exclusives

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Flat Bonnie’s Yukari has been burning the midnight oil meticulously sewing three new exclusives for SDCC 2018 (7.18 – 7.22).  Her capable hands turn vinyl pleather, faux fur and fleece into the cutest cosmic warriors you’ve ever seen. Each pays homage to a Galaxy, Far Far Away in adorable, plush fashion. While you might not be able to manage a quick jaunt to Kashyyyk or Endor, you can adopt Baby BunEwok (4.5”, $20) from the Giant Robot booth [#1729]  and Baby Fuzzball (100 pcs, 4.5”, $20) from the DKE Toys booth [#5045].

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Bringing you the best of both worlds, Flat Bonnie has brings BunEwok to your wall with a 12x12” plush portrait mounted on a wood frame.  Limited to just ten pieces, these will be available for $100 from DKE Toys [#5045].

If you can’t make it to SDCC, a limited number of Baby BunEwoks are available for pre-order from Flat Bonnie’s web shop.  While no pre-orders are available for the DKE exclusives, be sure to check in with them after the show about remaining stock.

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Jul 09, 2018

Kidrobot SDCC Exclusives -- Jeremyville Chia Dunny, Sanrio Plush and Bob’s Burgers

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Updated: Detailed info on Jeremyville Chia Dunny + pricing.

Kidrobot’s  SDCC 2018 Exclusives offer fun, creative takes on beloved pop culture characters. Yesterday we put this post up with basic information based on an initial preliminary press release. Now with additional information from KR press, here’s a more detailed look at what to expect from the KR booth [#5145].

First up is a Chia-inspired Jeremyville Dunny. Turns out this 5” Dunny is indeed a chia planter. From the shot of the Dunny out of the box, prior to planting, it appears that it features a clever design with an inner terra-cotta element and shiny/glossy exterior – planter and toy all-in-one.  It comes ready to grow with an included seed packet and will retail for $40.

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Bob’s Burgers fans will be laser-focused on the SDCC Exclusive Bobcephala Medium Figure which features Bob’s all-in face paint as seen in the popular Brony-inspired The Esquestranauts episode. Don’t be surprised to see this variant of the 7” vinyl ride off into the sunset.

Finally, Kidrobot will be serving up a menu of soft, cuddly toy food featuring Hello Kitty and her Sanrio pals. In a bit of a twist, the kitty fries ($35) are the main course (size wise at least) with individual fries that can removed from the stylish plush container—clever!  Where there are fries, there must be burgers, right?.  KR’s new 2.5” burger charm plush minis ($10) include Hello Kitty, Keroppi, My Melody, Little Twin Stars, Badtz Maru and more.

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Brent Nolasco – Dream Weaver in Shadow Gray

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Brent Nolasco’s Dream Weaver character returns in a new vision.  The new Dream Weaver replaces the figure’s previous squat seated body with a brand-new standing/upright one.  Compared to the OG release back in November of 2016, the new figure has a distinct feel – perhaps less shaman-like and thus more open to the viewer’s interpretation.

The reworked Dream Weaver debuts in a glossy Shadow Gray edition. Cast as five part solid resin figure, the 7” figure is available now for $80 from Brent’s web shop

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Jul 08, 2018

High Proof Toys – Leafy Green Twertle Type (7.11)

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High Proof Toys has announced its newest ‘type’/character: Twertle.   The bipedal turtle-like character’s face/head sculpt shares some similarity to the HPT’s Birb Type.  Limited to 10 pieces (2.25”), the debut Leafy Green Twertle—bright green with dark green ‘freckles’—will be released on Wednesday (7.11) at 8 AM PDT for $35 from HPT’s online store

HPT has added several stylish touches to it’s turtle figure, including the signature head, boots, and a swell shell with segments that almost interlock like a puzzle rather than a typical symmetrical geometric design.  Don’t miss out on your chance on bringing this cute pond friend into your home.

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Jul 06, 2018

DKE Toys at SDCC: Leia Is Not Your Toy by Amanda Visell x Michelle Valigura

43047393882_b2c2cd4d11_oA Galaxy Far, Far Away collides with the contentious and fractured here and now with the SDCC Exclusive Leia Is Not Your Toy from Amanda Visell and  Michelle Valigura. Hand-cast and hand-painted in Amanda’s signature style, the 3.75” carded Leia art action figure arrives ready to stand up for herself and others in one of five different t-shirt designs including ‘resist’, ‘not your toy’, ‘I Am the Force’, Death Star-inspired Venus, and a curious blue comb design which plays off of the blue comb accessory—rather than say the expected blaster—that shipped with the vintage 12” Leia action figure.   Limited to 50 pieces (10 in each design), Leia is Not Your Toy will be available at the DKE Toys booth [#5045] for $100 each.

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Whatshisname x K.Olin Tribu – Popek Chrome Porcelain

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UK artist Whatshisname has made a name for himself with his playfully rude balloon dog sculptures including the pooping Popek  and the peeing Peepek versions. Art Toy collectors quickly fell in love with vinyl versions of both from Mighty Jaxx.  Now comes a high-end, blingtastic version from K.Olin Tribu.

Limited to just 25 pieces, the Popek Chrome Porcelain (~10.5”) sculpture adds gorgeous chrome plating to the brand’s high quality porcelain casts created in Limoges, France. Beyond the obvious humor and shock value, Whatshiname’s sculptures offer a moment to step outside the expected, to reflect upon the nature of things, possibilities, and with this new gleaming edition, yourself and your surroundings, quite literally, which look back at you from the shiny surface.  Popek Chrome Porcelain is available now from K.Olin Tribu’s ArtAndToys for £816.67 (~$1084).  Each sculpture includes a signed/numbered COA and arrives in a luxurious box.

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Otto Björnik – Kobi (7.10)

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Otto Björnik is about to release his new Kobi resin.  This clever cat has adapted to the city and now purchases his food from the local fish store.  Don’t be deceived by his innocent expression – his oh-so sharp claws tell the tale : goldfish for dinner!  Otto’s done a really nice job with these, especially  the fish in the bag – beautiful effect with an embedded cast. 

Each of the four Kobi editions—black, ginger, grey tabby and calico—are limited to twelve pieces each, stand 3.5” tall.  Kobi will be released on Tuesday (7.10) at 8 AM PDT from Otto’s online shop for $60.

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Jul 03, 2018

Luke Chueh x Munky King – SDCC Honey Bear Possessed

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Turns out all bears crave honey, even Possessed ones. Munky King will release a very special Honey Bear edition of the 10th Anniversary Possessed at this year’s SDCC at their booth [#4851].  Love the natural coloring on the bear, the goopy honey effect on his paws, and of course the demonic bee.  Have no fear, if you can’t make it out to Comic-Con, MK will be releasing these online as well.

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Jul 02, 2018

Nouar x Martian Toys – Blueberry Mister Self Indulgence + Watermelon Little Scoopy (7.4)

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We celebrate America’s Independence on July 4th in many ways, with fireworks, food and more food front and center.  So it’s fitting (and filling)  that Martian Toys is offering a presale of the Blueberry Mister Self Indulgence (9”) vinyl art toy from Nouar which includes the Strawberry Lil’ Scoopy figure (4”) on the Fourth of July (7.4) at 7:04 PM EDT (4:04 PM PDT) for $150. Presale orders of the new Mister Self Indulgence will include a sweet bonus—two Bluberry Pie pins.  The food fun doesn’t stop there. They are also releasing the standalone Lil’ Scoopy Watermelon Edition for $29 each at the same time. 

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The presales are limited to 120 pieces of each and are slated to ship out the 3rd week in August.  From the wording of the announcement, it sounds like this is the initial batch for both releases with more to come later.   For those keeping track, this is the 3rd edition of Mister Self Indulgence following the OG Cherry Flavor and the Clutter Exclusive Berry Pink.

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Jul 01, 2018

3A Celebrates A Decade of Toys with Ashtro Lad (7.2)

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3A is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with the just launched Ashtro Lad 16” vinyl figure from Ashley Wood. The homage to the iconic manga character debuts in  three editions – the full color Anniversary edition, a nearly all black Coal edition, and the gid TRO GLOW which is a 3AA Member exclusive.

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Each is available now from Bambaland for pre-order for  $250 (includes worldwide shipping) through July 9th. Since the original Nom de Plume back in 2008,  Ashley Wood and crew have made 3A one of the clear go-to brands in the art toy world – congrats on a decade of toys.

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DKE at SDCC: Five Fabulous Figures Announced So Far

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DKE Toys has started to reveal their SDCC 2018 lineup featuring top notch art action figures (‘bootleg’ still has a certain charm).  This year they are planning on 24 drops, in addition to their previously announced Space Rat project which combines vintage Salacious Crumb figures with eleven different artist backing boards.  All of these releases will be available from the DKE booth [#5045]

So far they’ve announced five figures—four of which are Lucas inspired.  Let’s start with Stripewok (above) from Little Lazies.  This colorful Ewok homage is sculpted by hand in polymer clay to give it a distinct presence.  Limited to 30 signed and numbered pieces, each figure is sculpted by the artist and will be available for $55.

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Speaking of Ewoks, DKE will also release Skipbro Toys’ Ewokalypse Now resin figure ($55, 3.75” scale, 30 s/n pieces) featuring gorgeous card art from David Withers.  For another Star Wars vision, Jim Mahfood brings his over-the-top style with Wookie Hash Pipe: Chewbee ($100, 3.75”, 50 s/n pieces) – the card art is amazing.

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Going all in on the art action figure concept, Manly Art’s unique, hand-painted character portraits for Cantina Denizen ($150) brings us back to the gloriously dark and seedy world of gamblers, smugglers and bounty hunters. Each of the 24 signed and numbered glittery green resin figures features a different, hand-painted character portrait on the backing card.  Rounding out the first five, 3001: A Lad In Space ($75, 3.75” scale, 50 s/n pieces) from Lazarus Toys brings us layers upon layers with  David Bowie as Major Tom by way of Kubrick’s space opus. This one is a collective effort designed and painted by Galactic Jerkbag, hand cast by DLLCustoms, with head sculpt by Tyler Ham, card art  from Michael A.C. Rebey and card printing by Kevin Malone.

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Jerome Lu -- SDCC Exclusive Shao Lu The Strong Jade

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Jerome Lu has several releases lined up for this year’s SDCC including the return of Shao Lu the Strong.  The Jade Edition of the 3.25” resin figure has a realistic marbled texture and will be available for $50 from his Hyperactive Monkey booth [#5640].  First released at DCON 2017 in an OG colorway, Shao Lu  features a stout sculpt from Macsorro.

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Jun 30, 2018

Amanda Louise Spayd x Chris Ryniak x Cardboard Spaceship -- Thimblestump Hollow Two at SDCC

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Oooh. With SDCC just a few weeks away, Cardboard Spaceship has announced four special ‘Fruit Salad’ Thimblestump Hollow 2 releases from newlyweds Amanda Louise Spayd and Chris Ryniak.  These standalone versions of Gemnibbler, Blossom, Jasper, and Mothpup are an adorable first taste of Series 2 which should follow fairly quickly.  Each of the 3” figures will be available at the Cardboard Spaceship booth for $15 [#5638].

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Fools Paradise – Super Professional 2 (7.2)

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Fools Paradise will take pre-orders for Super Professional 2 starting on Monday (7.2).  The new release follows up the popular OG version with all new sculpts for Leon/Mario and Matilda/Princess Peach. Love the ‘nades on the belt.  There’s also a rather big ‘flower’ :)

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Jun 27, 2018

Splurrt x Toy Art Gallery – The Cadaver Balls Orange Dream (6.29)

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They’re back… Toy Art Gallery will release The Cadaver Balls Orange Dream edition (3”)  from Splurrt on Friday (6.29) at 12 PM PDT for $85 from the TAG Web Shop.  This new painted edition features bright orange sofubi with metallic blue, purple, red and silver sprays on the body and 4 interchangeable heads.  Cadaver Balls has been a bit MIA, so it’s great to see a new edition, factory painted no less.

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Iconoclast Toys – Ooze-Boy (6.29)

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Next up from Iconoclast Toys is Ooze Boy, a fun mash-up of Bart and Ooze-it.  Ooze-Boy is a deluxe resin set featuring the main 4” figure, a very yellow Mini Ooze Boywith a very Bart-like sculpt (2.25”) plus a water bottle accessory. These are hand-cast by Trashbury and hand-painted by Iconoclast toys.    The dope backing card illustration is also by Trashbury. Iconoclast will also drop an alternate Mini Ooze Boy in green with a sculpt that matches the larger Ooze Boy.  Ooze Boy ($65) and Mini Ooze Boy ($15) drop on Friday (6.29) at 12 PM PDT from Iconoclast’s web shop. Ooze Boy is limited to 2 per person.  The first ten orders will include ‘free ooze’.  These will ship in 2-5 weeks.

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Super7 – Laughing Prince Adam SDCC Exclusive

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Super7 has become a go-to source for creative, what-if style Masters of the Universe figures.  This year S7 continues its tradition of He-Man SDCC drops with an unexpected surprise – a Laughing Prince Adam Glittery SDCC exclusive!  An officially-licensed riff on the Laughing He-Man Youtube Meme started by the Slack Circus video, the new figure features a brand-new  laughing head sculpt, pink power sword, and rainbow glitter packaging. 

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If you can’t get the sight and sound of He-Man covering 4 Non Blondes, this is a Comic-Con must have.  Laughing Prince Adam will be available exclusively at the Hordak’s Lair SDCC popup on July 18th and 19th.  Don’t blink or the joyous one just might vanish into the sunset.

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July 18th – 19th 2018
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Jun 26, 2018

DKE Toys – Space Rat Action Figure Art Series at SDCC

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So DKE Toys found itself in the enviable but puzzling situation of sitting on a pile of vintage Salacious Crumb Star Wars figures produced by Kenner a long, long time ago (ok, 1983).  What to do?  When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade.With piles of Salcious Crumb figures, DKE created Space Rats, well actually the Space Rat Action Figure Art Series.

DKE invited eleven artists to interpret Jabba the Hutt’s Court Jester with original artwork. Dropping at SDCC 2018 from the DKE booth [#5045], the Space Rat  series combines the vintage figures with one of eleven different artist backing boards featuring the artwork created for the project.  The impressive lineup includes Scott C., Christian Clayton, Rob Clayton, Robbie Conal, Mike Egan, Alex Gross, Peter Kuper, Carlos Ramirez, Martha Rich, Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson

Each artist edition is limited to 100 signed/numbered pieces (back of card), with the first 20 of each reserved for matching numbered sets. The Space Rat figures will be available at the DKE booth for $25 each or $200 for a set (a $275 value).  This project turns the artist action figure concept on its ear ever so slightly  with the focus being the artwork on the header card rather than the vintage toy itself, which is identical across all the artist editions.

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Nathan Hamill x Science Patrol – BurgerCat (6.29)

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Nathan Hamill returns to art toys with his brand-new BurgerCat sofubi.  Produced in conjunction with Science Patrol, BurgerCat (2.7”)  debuts in an OG painted edition this Friday (6.29) for ¥2700 ($25) from the Science Patrol web store.  Comfort Foods and Cats, what more is there?

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Jun 20, 2018

FYE x Andrew Bell – Radioactive Kill Kat Pre-Order

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As part of its recent focus on art toys, FYE has released its Exclusive Radioactive Kill Kat from Andrew Bell/DYZPlastic for pre-order. Have all the deadly deliciousness you crave in the light or dark! Pre-order is available for $39.99 over at FYE.  The GID Kill Kats are slated to ship on August 23rd, 2018.

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Jun 19, 2018

Brent Nolasco – Gordo Marbled One-Offs

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The return of Gordo continues in style.   Brent Nolasco revived his bat character with several one-off drops at Five Points in striking colors and texture treatments.  Now, he’s just released five new Marbled one-offs each featuring a different color combo with an emphasis on neutral tones.   The Marbled Gordos are available now from Brent’s web shop for $75 each.

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Tabby x Silent Stage Gallery – How to Be Loved (6.19)

Tabby main editionAustrian street artist Tabby has collaborated with Silent Stage Gallery on a limited-edition resin of his How To Be Loved image.   The 9” sculpture features the Grim Reaper reading a self-help book for which the piece is named.   The organic black+white deco is striking and  seems inspired by Tabby’s stencil work.  How To Be Loved will be released on Wednesday (6.19) at 9AM PDT from Silent Stage in three editions – Main (70 pcs, $249.99, shown above). Silver Sickle Blade (20 pcs, $299.99) and Gold Sickle Blade (10 pcs, $349.99), Each comes with a signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity.  May your quest for true happiness end with one of these on your shelf.

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Jun 18, 2018

Pete Fowler x Super Plastic – Alternate ‘Bran’ Janky Colorway

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Superplastic’s meteoric Janky Kickstarter ended last Friday with a whopping $547K!  If you missed out, fret not, as Superplastic has soft-launched their online store with two initial offerings – S1 Blindboxes *($10) and the Oh-No! 8” Superjanky by Mc Bess ($80).  The Series 1 product page shows a nice grid of designs including one we’ve haven’t seen before – an alternate colorway of the ‘Bran’ Janky from Pete Fowler.  This one is slightly more subdued than the wild blue+pink of the OG design. One other tidbit, both the S1 surprise boxes and the Superjanky are slated to ship in time for Christmas 2018 – which is slightly ahead of the previously mentioned January 2019 timeframe. There’s more to come with Superplastic officially launching their on-line store on Tuesday July 10th at 9 AM PDT.

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