Oct 24, 2017

Tristan Eaton – 3DRetro Mural WIP

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Tristan Eaton is in the process of putting up a sweet mural on the side of 3DRetro in Glendale. He started on Tuesday and looks like he’ll finish up tomorrow.  If you’re in the area, drop by to watch him do his thing and I also hear there might be some ice cream to help beat the crazy heat—late October?  Shots: DeKevin and @mitchelldeguzman.

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3DRetro
1851 Victory Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91201

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Konatsuya Exhibition at myplasticheart (11.3 – 11.26)

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Konatsu will return to myplasticheart for a new solo opening on Friday November 3rd, 2017.  There’s not much information yet, but mph has given us a teeny preview with the above flier showcasing  new Negora and Shibara sofubi.  If history is any guide, we can expect some original art as well.

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Konatsuya Exhibition
Opening: Friday, November 3rd 2017 (6-9 PM ?)

myplasticheart
210 Forsyth St.
New York NY 10002
646.290.6866

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Amanda Visell – Wood AT-ATs !

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Holy AT-ATsAmanda Visell has just recreated the epic battle between Luke and an AT-AT in wood. That’s right, each of the  deluxe handcrafted wood sets features a Rebel Snowspeeder entangling one of the lumbering Imperial beasts.  Amanda’s packed in quite a bit of detail into each of the 12” high AT-ATs—nicely done cockpit armament—and added stylish painted panel accents throughout to give it her signature style. Limited to just 5 pieces, Amanda’s AT-ATs are available directly from Switcheroo for $800 (+ s/h).

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Toy Geeks Behind the Counter Episode 41: Old and Dumb

IMG_8746This week’s episode of Toy Geeks Behind the Counter is hot, fresh, and ready for streaming on Youtube or below. The Geeks—George, Ben, and Jack V.—are back cracking jokes, dropping wisdom and checking out new toys including the  20” Dragon King, Bruce Lee-Licensed vinyl, by kaNO and Toy Qube, Pulp Fiction: Jules Winnfield action figure + diorama from Diamond Select Toys, Night Riders minis from Nathan Jurevicius  and KidrobotUDF Sesame Street series from Medicom Toy and a fun mail segment featuring Ric Strohmeyer’s  custom Bertie container project for DCon.

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Kaiju One x Vintage & Vinyl Club x JP Toys – Super Sun Sun MCIT Halloween Exclusive

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There’s a fun new Super Sun Sun sofubi from Kaiju One coming exclusively to Vintage & Vinyl Club (Hong Kong) and JP Toys (Thailand). Inspired by fast food and horror, MCIT features the iconic burger chain colors and supersizes the concept with burger, fries, and milk shake accessories. Adding a bit of the Halloween fright, the new exclusive also features an IT style clown face.  So that’s the good news.  The maybe not so-good news depending on where you live is that MCIT will be offered only via in-store lottery at VVC at Comix Base in HK on 10.28 at 5 PM (18 pcs) and JP Toys in Bangkok on 10.31 (20 pcs).

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Oct 23, 2017

Itokin Park -- Brand New Astronaut at DesignerCon

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Oooh.  The Sour Lemon has announced that Itokin Park will release a brand-new super spacey sofubi figure at their DesignerCon booth [#1700].  While we don’t have an official name yet, the new toy, seen here in a blue test shot, adds a bit of edge to the cosmic cute of Itokin’s previous Astronaut and Space Mode Man figures.

With a determined face and what appear to be power/mechanical arms, this explorer means business. While not immediately obvious in the blue test shot photos, a close-up pic from Itokin’s IG shows off the increased mechanical detail in the new sculpt including tech bits on the helmet collar. Plus, looks like there will be an inner collar sticker with more tech details.

Oh, and did we mention? Articulated arms.  Unlike the two previous astronauts, you’ll be able to pose this toy.  Also going off the pic, it looks like this one might be a bit taller than the previous figures with an elongated helmet.  

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Cameron Tiede – Veg-A-Bow Hot Edition (10.24)

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It’s time for Veg-A-Bow (5”, 20 pieces) to take a bow.  Cameron Tiede’s newest Wood Candy Workshop toy makes her debut—with bonus print—online on Tuesday (10.24) at 4 AM PDT (set your alarm clock!)  from the WCW web shop where she’ll be available for $129. First day customers will receive free domestic shipping/reduced internaitonal shipping. 

The new 5” figure with the stylish ‘do is handcrafted in Flower Mound, Texas from Maple (head) and painted cherry wood (eyes, tongue, body).  The 5” wood figure features magnetic articulation at the neck, comes in a muslin sack and includes a 6x8” signed/numbered giclee print highlighting her inquisitive side.

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Oct 21, 2017

Alex Pardee x 3DRetro – Exclusive Darkness Astronaut + Capsule Release/Signing (10.21)

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Tonight’s the night… 3DRetro will release its Exclusive ‘The Astronaut’ Darkness Edition (10”, 100 pcs, $130) from Alex Pardee and ToyQube along with a special mini-capsule collection from Alex  at a special release/signing event at 6 PM (10.21) at their Glendale location. What’s in the capsule ;)  There’s a sweet GID Dark Astronaut Tee ($25), mini Astronaut Doppelganger print (50 pcs, $10), and a larger 20x16” print (40 pcs, $40).  No word yet on online drops though we imagine at least some of these will sell out at the event.

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Saturday, October 21st (6- 10 PM)

3DRetro
1851 Victory Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91201

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Oct 20, 2017

Huck Gee x Mighty Jaxx – Gold Life: Tapso The Ornery Panda (10.21)

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Mighty Jaxx will release Huck Gee’s Tapso the Ornery Panda, the latest, largest and apparently last Gold Life figure, on Saturday (10.21) at 7 AM PDT.  Standing 8” tall, Tapso casts a long shadow on the previously released figures in the series.  Once a respected warrior, Tapso now spends his time drinking and gambling. His blood shot eyes hint at his path as does the corked bottle he keeps at hand.

The release is bittersweet news as Mighty Jaxx has described Tapso as the ‘last’ Gold Life figure.  When Huck closed his studio and stepped away back in August, it sounded as if Gold Life might continue, at a slower pace. Now, the apparent ‘end’ of the series seems to leave the fate of the anticipated Wolf Rider in limbo.

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MJ Hsu x UVDToys – Luna Custom Series Available Now

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Earlier today, Urban Vinyl Daily released MJ Hsu’s Luna Custom Series  over at UVDToys featuring five gorgeous nature-inspired interpretations (5”, $250)  of the popular vinyl toy from The Bots x UVD.  Overflowing with magical ideas and experience customizing a Luna for the official custom show, MJ has transformed  each of the Lunas with a mix of metallic and iridescent paint as well as GID elements. She’s highlighted Luna’s clever design, hanging all manners of awesomeness from Luna’s branch horns—pink GID jelly fish, GID koi, GID dark crystals and more.  Beautiful work.  If you’re digging these customs, you’ll want to drop by her  DesignerCon booth this year [#413] for more glittery goodness.

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Toy Geeks Behind the Counter Ep 40 with Les Schettkoe

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Toy Geeks hits 40!  Available now for your streaming pleasure, Episode 40 features guest artist/designer Les Schettkoe.   There’s a pretty decent chance that you have some of Les’ toy designs sitting on your shelf including mini-fig versions of classic licenses including G.I. Joe  and Transformers.  Les, Ben, Jack V. and George talk shop and review several toys including  one of Les’ recent designs, BAIT’s Mr. Pennybags Monopoly toy.  The guys also bring us a nice look at 3DRetro’s exclusive The Astronaut Darkness Edition from Alex Pardee and ToyQube which drops on Saturday (10.21) at a signing/release party at 3DRetro in Glendale. Hmm, what else?  My TGBTC adventure continues in #40 with another dose of  Jack’s Spotlight featuring a first look at a brand-new, as-yet unreleased toy – Baphomaniac by Martin Ontiveros x Toy Art Gallery.

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Luke Chueh x FLABSLAB - Boba White Edition (10.21)

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Available for pre-order for 48 hours starting this Saturday, October 21st at 8AM PST is the new White Edition Boba bust by Luke Chueh and FLABSLAB. Not counting the two follow-on releases/revisions of the OG design, this is the second colorway of Luke's resin Boba bust, inspired by his original painting. The white edition pays homage to the ever so popular "Prototype Boba Fett" colorway. You can find them for pre-order HERE for $300 + s/h.

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Josh Keyes x ToyQube - The Collector (10.23)

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ToyQube  has announced their fourth collaborative sculpture with Josh Keyes, The Collector. This piece is massive and measures 18" x 7" x 9", which features a very large rhino displaced on the streets. The Collector will be limited to 120 pieces at an amazing price point of $180. These will be made available this Monday, October 23rd at 9AM PST through Toyqube.

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Woot Bear Gallery - Ben Seto in Usagi Jane and the Skullbunnies: Midori Woods, the folding forest (10.21)

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Woot Bear Gallery will be hosting a very special event this Saturday, October 21st from 6-9 PM. Ben Seto will has his very own solo show, titled Usagi Jane and the Skullbunnies: Midori Woods, the folding forest. There will be both original paintings and mini-figures for your eyes to feast on!  Toy wise there will be Mini Skullbunnies and bush pigs ($20 each), an exclusive gold mini Skullbuny (20 pcs, $25), and the debut of the Infected Skullbunnies, a collaboration with Scott Wilkowski.

For paintings/mixed media pieces, Ben will offer dioramas with watercolor backgrounds (5x7”, $500) and watercolor paintings (9x12”, $400). All of which will bring joy and happiness to any home.

Ben Seto||Usagi Jane and the Skullbunnies: Midori Woods, the folding forest
Opening: Saturday, October 21st 2017 (6-9 PM)

Woot Bear
1512 Haight St
San Francisco CA 94117
415.487.9000

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David Flores x BETTERMEART - Tomodachi at Complex Con

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David Flores has just shared this upcoming release he has got planned with BETTERMEART for this years Complex Con in Long Beach. Check out the Tomadachi figure, which features David Flores' unique art style to a French Bull Dog. We believe these will be available at the BETTERMEART booth during the November 4-5th weekend event. We would also love to point out how awesome the packaging is, which shows off the different color pallets used for the figure. We do not know the price at this time, but once we find out, you will be the first to know!

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Oct 19, 2017

KAWS x Peanuts x UNIQLO - Black Small & Large Snoopy Plush

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What we think will be for a Black Friday release, Uniqlo will be releasing their KAWS x Peanuts line with new apparel and a brand new Snoopy x KAWS plush in all black! We expect these to be very popular and go as quickly as the original plush did. Uniqlo mentions these will be available both online and in store! The large plush measures 21.7 x 8.3" for $40 and the small plush measures 10.6 x 4.7" for $20.

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Dead Zebra x Android - Special Webcrawler Halloween Edition Android (10.23)

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Every Holiday requires a special Android release! This years Halloween Android figure is a creepy but cute 8 legged critter. This release also has a rad 8-bit vibe with the details of the spider. The Webcrawler will be available on Monday, October 23rd at 11AM EST HERE.Every special Holiday requires a special Android release! This years Halloween Android figure is a creepy but cute 8 legged critter. This release also has a rad 8-bit vibe with the details of the spider. The Webcrawler will be available on Monday, October 23rd at 11AM EST HERE.

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Marsham Toy Hour - S2 E25 with Sorbet Jungle and Datadub

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Marsham Toy Hour is back with another great episode, which features special guest Deanne of Sorbet Jungle, returning guest Datadub and back from the dead, Carlos East! In this episode, these guys chat a lot about conventions! Western North America Conventions vs. Eastern Asia Conventions. The pros, the cons and what we can learn from them. We also get to learn a lot about Deanne and how she is a convention expert, as her company attends 3 conventions a month!

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Oct 18, 2017

Ron English x Blackbook Toy – Evil MC OG Stealth (10.21)

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Blackbook Toy is sending out Ron English’s Evil MC in style.  The SuperSized Ronald goes out the way he came in with a twist.  OG Stealth pays tribute to the OG edition with a fun twist. This time around the body is cast in clear yellow vinyl which is visible in the torso and hands.  Evil’s MC-47 is up for the occasion as well with a mixed parts -- red+yellow design (nice!).  As they’ve done recently, BBT is also adding in a random variant with slit mouth makeup.  You can’t choose which you’ll get, but if you buy 2, you’ll get one of each.  As a fun bonus, the final edition of Evil MC comes with an Evil Burger key chain cast by Chop of Monster Farm.

Evil MC OG Stealth drops on Saturday (10.21) at 8 AM PDT from Blackbook Toy for 22,680 yen + s/h (~ $202).

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Amanda Visell – Speak & Spell E.T.

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As much as we dig Amanda Visell’s resins, her wood pieces exude an extra level of charm and serve as a great canvas for her dry-brush paint work.  And her latest wood piece is a fun one taking us way back to the days when movie magic was simple yet powerful.  Speak & Spell E.T. (7 pcs, 11”, $500 + s/h) recreates our favorite alien’s communication breakthrough with his adolescent new-found friends eventual saviors.  Speak and Spell E.T. is available now directly from Switcheroo.

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Buff Monster – Zombies! Mister Melty Wants Brains! (10.20)

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It’s fright season and that means… ZombiesBuff Monster will unleash a wave of undead resin/vinyl  with three brain-hungry Mister Melty releases on Friday (10.20) starting at 7 AM PDT from StayMelty.  With Halloween looming, the Zombie Mister Melty amps up the scare factor, making the jump from 3” to 5” for the first time.   The 5” Zombie will debut in two timed pink releases—unpainted ($50 + s/h)  and painted versions ($75 + s/h).  The painted edition pairs the pink scoop with a blue/green cone complete with a pink pinky poking out.     Both timed editions will be available from 7 AM PDT Friday (10.20) through 9 PM PDT Saturday (10.21) with the edition size set by the number of orders received.  These will be produced in Buff’s NYC studio and shipped the following week.

If the dual 5” drops haven’t quite satisfied your Zombie jones, Buff Monster will also release an army of one-of-a-kind  3” Zombie Mister Melties (15 pcs, $45 + s/h). This motley crew features 15 unique hand-painted pieces with a mix of various colored heads and bodies in both vinyl and resin.  These drop on Firday (10.20) at 7 AM PDT from… StayMelty! If you’ve been wanting a 3” Zombie, this is the time as  time has almost run out for the lil’ brain muncher.   Buff Monster. Zombies. Friday. 

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Ron English x Toy Art Gallery – Modzilla Tiger Hell Baby Edition Lottery (10.20 – 10.22)

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Toy Art Gallery brings back Ron English’s intricate, over-the-top  13” Modzilla vinyl with a primal new edition.  Tiger Hell Baby features a bold paint design mixing bold flourescent colors with tiger stripes on the main figure and the two smaller bunnies. Rather than damsels in distress, the lady bunnies bring a fierce look matching the big ‘un.

The Tiger Hell Baby Mozilla  will be offered for sale via lottery  for $275 (+ s/h)  starting on Friday (10.20) at 12 PM PDT through Monday (10.22) at 12 PM PDT as well.    To enter drop a line to sales@toyartgallery.com titled “Modzilla Lottery” and be sure to include your Paypal address and shipping info.  Randomly chosen winners will be notified within 24 hours of the close of the lottery.

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Oct 17, 2017

KAWS BFF Vinyl Release (10.18)

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The update we've been waiting for is finally here! Both KAWS and MOMA sent out newsletters with very much needed information for the release of the new Open Edition KAWS BFF Vinyl figures. The Black Edition will be available through the KAWSONE.Com website on Wednesday, October 18th at 9AM PST.  MOMA will be releasing the Blue Edition via the MOMA New York Location and web on the same day (10.18), apparently at 7 AM PST ! Stay sharp as we haven’t seen an exact online drop time from MoMA.  This should be a fun challenge for anyone looking to grab both!

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Scott Tolleson x SeriousSillyK x Kidrobot – 5” Krampus Dunny (x2)

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If you’re a bit tired of  holiday cheer and jolly jingles, Kidrobot has just the thing for you.  Celebrate the season darkly with the new 5” Krampus Dunny from Scott Tolleson. Based on the 2016 DTA Dunny show piece from Scott and SeriouslySillyK, Krampus makes the rad (and rare) jump from custom to shiny production toy.  Krampus is available in both a standard black edition (800 pieces, $75) available at your favorite retailers including rotofugi and myplasticheart and an Exclusive KR Blue edition (200 pcs, $80) available only through Kidrobot.com.

While it might go without saying, this Krampus Dunny is pretty wild from the outrageous sculpt—check the horns and the tongue—to all the extras.  The 5” Dunny comes with chains/irons as well as a bushel of sticks and a little Dunny-ish child (1) that fit inside Krampus’ bucket that’s strapped to his back.  While we normally gravitate to the exclusive, the standard black edition is quite strong especially with the really nice rust effect on the chains.

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Oct 16, 2017

Wood Candy Workshop -- Veg-A-Bow (10.24)

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Cameron Tiede will usher in fall with a brand-new wood figure from his Wood Candy WorkshopVeg-A-Bow features a cheerful character with rather stylish hair.  While he’s still focusing on high-quality wood—cherry and maple here—Cameron’s added a surprise splash of color.  The painted accents convey Veg-A-Bow’s energy and spunk and are a nice compliment to Wood Candy’s focus on natural materials. If they had looked this appealing and friendly, I just might have eaten more Veg-A-Bow’s as a kid.

Limited to 20 pieces designed and handmade in Flower Mound, Texas, Veg-A-Bow drops on Tuesday, October 24th from Wood Candy Workshop complete with a mini-print to be revealed next week.

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