Dec 18, 2014

Exclusive Coarse Omen Minis via Rotofugi (12.19)


Rotofugi has just posted the online catalog of  Coarse’s ongoing Prisoners Beside Me solo with gorgeous photos and full details for each piece. As we mentioned in our initial coverage of the show, the exhibition also featured quite  a few exclusive vinyl figures, many of which will be released online.

The drops start with both the Fugi Omen Mini (500 pcs, $14.95) and the highly sought after Shibuya Omen Mini (500 pcs, $14.95), previously only available from Diesel Gallery in Japan.   Both will be available on Friday (12.19) @ 7:59 AM PST from the new Rotofugi Limited mini-shop.   Next up?  The Passage – Ignited Exhibition Edition and the Roto Exclusive Outburst Loop figures (Blue and Black), all of which will be available sometime after the show closes (1.4.15).

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Dec 10, 2014

Toy Art Gallery – Christmas Kaiju Group Show (12.12)


The merry crew at Toy Art Gallery will celebrate the holidays with their Christmas Kaiju Group Show opening on Friday (12.12).  As you might expect, this one will feature custom sofubi figures as well as special editions, drawings and prints. From what we’ve seen so far (previews after the jump), the show’s artists have outdone themselves with some  really excellent work.  Many of the pieces have a subtle holiday theme and showcase recently released sofubi figures. 

The Christmas Kaiju Group show will feature work  from Acolorfulmonster, Aidan Monahan, Albino Taco, Aoi Toys, Bog x Squad, Brian Flynn, Butch Adams, Bwana Spoons, Cometdebris, David Arshawsky, Deeten, Devil Robots, Draculazer, Evilos, Feric, Frenzy Bros., Gargamel, Goreilla, Grizlli Atom, Guumon, Javier Jimenez, Joe Whiteford, Johan Ulrich, John Stokes, Joseph Harmon, Josh Herbolsheimer, Kurobokan, Liz McGrath, Martin Ontiveros, Miscreation Toys, MM Toys, Monsterisland, Radioactiveuppercut, Rampage Toys, Scarecrowoven, Scott Tolleson, Secretdemonservices, Sexualyoukai, Snatch Punch, Splurrt, Steve Ferrera, T9G, Tim Clark, Tim Stephson, Topheroy, Tru:tek, Uamou, Uglydolls, Uh Oh Toys, UnaffiliatedSJ, Valarie Bermudez, and   Wao Toyz.

If you’re looking for a gift for that special someone (maybe even yourself!), you’ll want to make it out to the opening.

Christmas Kaiju Group Show
Opening: Friday, December 12th 2014 (7-10 PM)

Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046



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Dec 06, 2014

The Hsu Store Pop-Up Shop at Woot Bear + Black Best In Show (12.06)


Tonight will be the opening of Martin Hsu’s very own Holiday Pop-Up shop at Woot Bear! To welcome Martin into the space, there will be the “Blacky Best In Show”, a custom show featuring Blacky, Dragon Boys pet companion! Participating artists include: Steve Ferrera, Daniel Fleres, Mike Fudge, Martin Hsu, Jeremiah Ketner, Jerome Lu, Angry Woebots, Mark Nagata, J*RYU, Emma SanCartier, and Lyla Warren. You can expect some awesome exclusive custom toys, t-shirts, prints and if you spend more than $50 you will receive a free tote bag and holiday card!

Woot Bear
147 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94118


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Coarse Impress with ‘Prisoners Beside Me’ at Rotofugi



Coarse opened ‘Prisoners Beside Me’ at Rotofugi in Chicago on Friday evening (12.5).  Thanks to the great pics and info shared by the collectors on the indispensable Coarseheads fb group, we know that  the exhibition offered a strong mix of higher end sculpture -- both originals and small-run multiples --  as well as several limited-edition vinyl editions. 

On the one-off and multiples side, Coarse introduced a number of new animal characters including a crazy, crotchety frog, a very cool raccoon, a quirky mother goose, and a few versions of what we’re going to say are goats – including large children’s bouncy ride style pieces.  They also showcased several collaborations with Amanda Visell including three new one-off Dark Sorrows customs (Giraffe, Elephant, and Zebra).

The show also featured a large number of new limited-edition vinyl drops including the Outburst Loop 7” vinyls.  These are first  the vinyl editions of the exuberant omen’s with the spread wings first seen as part of the Outburst resin sets.  Rotofugi is offering three exclusive  Outburst Loop editions – a  white edition (30 pcs, $99)  which is sold out, a black edition (300 pcs, $99) and a blue edition (300 pcs $99).  Both of the larger editions are available for pre-order with delivery set for Q1 2015.  The show also marked the release of the  Omen Fugi mini in Roto Blue (300 pcs, $14.95).  Collectors will be happy to know that Roto also has the Omen Shibuya edition (300 pcs, $14.95).

Finally, Coarse said a heartfelt goodbye and honored  long-time collector Roman Shevchenko who recently passed away, tragically and suddenly, with Omen Fade – a new vinyl edition to benefit Roman’s family.  To be released on 1.8.15 via Coarselife,  the forlorn, eyes-closed Omen Fade was accompanied by a poem about the profound sense of loss that comes with the death of a dear friend.

Stay tuned for availability of the remaining limited-edition product from the show.

[Photos by  Michael Walker, Richie Oliva, Geoffrey Cuddy, and Eric Morgan]


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Dec 04, 2014

Rivet Presents: Johnny Yanok in “Pirates of the Isle of Misfit Toys” (12.06)


Rivet Gallery is proud to present Johnny Yanok in his very own solo show. “Pirates of the Isle of Misfit Toys”. This exhibit will feature original gouache artwork with the theme of a pirate's life on an island of misfit toys. The opening reception will take place this Saturday, December 6th from 7-10PM. Be sure to come out tomorrow night and enjoy the show!

1200 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43201

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Dec 01, 2014

Coarse – ‘Prisoners Beside Me’ at Rotofugi (12.5)



Coarse will return to  Chicago for their new solo, ‘Prisoners Beside Me’, opening at Rotofugi on Friday December 5th.  We’re pretty excited and curious about the new pipe smoking frog character shown on the flier image. As is the Coarse way, the angular frog sculpt has plenty of personality with a wise, hardened expression and vibe.  Adding to the suspense, it sounds like this may be the only preview image prior to the opening.  We’ll be sure to bring you more info and pics when we can. If you’re going to the show, be aware that line tickets will be passed out at the gallery beginning at 11 AM Friday morning.

Coarse || ‘Prisoners Beside Me’
Opening: Friday December 5th 2014 (7-10 PM)

Rotofugi Gallery
2780 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

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Nov 25, 2014

Coarse -- ‘Voyages’ at Diesel Gallery


Coarse’s Mark Landwehr and Sven Waschk (above) opened their ‘Voyages’ exhibition at Diesel Art Gallery  in the Shibuya district of Tokyo. this past Friday (11.21).  Their first Japanese exhibition showcases sculptures, vinyl toys and photographs from three story arcs – Voyages, Noop World and Souls Gone Mad.  Seen in the gallery’s installation photos by Kenji Takahasi, the show is an excellent introduction to the Coarse’s aesthetic covering both the beginnings with Noop and Paw! right up to the Omens and the Passage.

To celebrate the opening, Diesel Art released their exclusive Shibuya Omen.  At this point, it appears that the pink on pink edition is only available in Japan. However, Coarse has mentioned that they are working to see if they can make them available to collectors outside of Japan as well.



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Mariangela Tan -- ‘The Social Life of Plants’ at myplasticheart (12.5)



Brooklyn artist Mariangela Tan will reveal ‘The Social Life of Plants’ at myplasticheart on December 5th 2014.  Told through a series of fiber sculptures and illustrations, the show unfolds the story of average houseplants who have undergone carnivorous mutations, as result of exposure to the urban environment.

The show announcement and the artists’ preview pics on instagram have left us wanting more.  If you’re in or around NYC, be sure to drop by the show’s opening on 12.5 which will feature several cash and carry pieces – perfect for some unique holiday shipping.

Mariangela Tan || ‘The Social Life of Plants’
Opening: Friday, December 5th 2014 (6-9 PM)

210 Forsyth St.
New York, NY 10002


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Nov 16, 2014

Bigshot Toyworks & P!Q Present: All City Style “The Grand Slam” (10.22)


Bigshot Toyworks and P!Q are proud to present, “The Grand Slam”, an All City Style custom art show! This show will feature the talents of Glenn Barr, SCIEN, KR.ONE, Gasparro, AW177, Galen McKamy, Brutherford Industries, Steve Talkowski, Martin Hsu, Joshua Izzo, ZIMAD, BRISK, APEXER, Tkid, Ralston Fox Smith, Gabriel Shaffer, Tragnark, Lou Pimentel, Joe MacCarty, SEXER, Rob W Hunt, Eternal, Task One, Kurt Barbee, Bio, BG183, NICER, DERO, PER, Frank Kozik, AngryBlue, Wore, PHASE 2, VULCAN, DOME, RIFF 170, CHOR BOOGIE, Eric Orr, MCA, MERES CBS, Part TDS, Carlie Ramer, Hieronymus, Spencer Herr, Original Gee and more. The show will be located in the shuttle passage of Grand Central Terminal in New York City on Saturday, November 22nd beginning at 4PM.

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Nov 11, 2014

Q Pop Shop & Chogrin Presents: Akira Toriyama Tribute / 30th Anniversary Dragon Ball Group Art Show (11.15)

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Here is another show Q Pop Shop and Chogrin have put together that will hit you right in the childhood! Presenting the Dragon Ball 30th Anniversary / Akira Toriyama tribute show, which will feature over 60 artists from around the world. Participating artists include:

Drew Wise, Ian Jones-Quartey, Michael Rapa, KIm Herbst, Kasey Williams
Zac Roane, Cameron Garland, Edwin Vazquez, Nate Bear, Chet Phillips, Salba Combe, Pakoto, Kevin Stanton, Carlos Lerma, Jason Cryer, Erin Hunting, Alina Chau, David Igo, Miranda Dressler, Juan Carlos Arenas (Robot Soda), James Lien, James Mateyko (Komboh), Mercedes Crespo (Yema Yema), Maria Vitan 
Ian McGinty, Kassandra Heller, Thomas Fernandez, Aleth Romanillos, Ale Martoz, Carlos Villagra, Hannah Nance Parlow, Kevin Stanton, Sang Lee, Michelle Hiraishi, Abigail Dela Cruz, Andrea Kalfas, Angela An, Aqualoopa, Cameron Garland, Carrie Liao, Cecy Meade, Chelsea McAlarney, Denny Kurniawan, Djordje Zutkovic, Eastwood Wong, Elsa Chang, Emily Partridge, Evon Freeman, Fawn Veerasunthorn, Felix Ip, Glenn Arthur, Heejin Park, Helen Leroux, Jake Wyatt, Jane Liu, Janet Sung, Jeff Ranjo, John Sanford, Kali Fontecchio, Keiko Murayama, Ken Taya, Laura Berger, Leo Matsuda, Lorena Alvarez Gomez, Louie Del Carmen, Mariko Yamashin, Mike Bear, Mingjue Helen Chen, Moon, Naoshi, Nneka Myers, Patrick Awa, Phillip Light, Priscilla Wong, Richie Pope, Rie Koga, Riki Takaoka, Robot Soda (Juan Arenas), Ruben Alcalde Crespo, Rustam Hasanov, Sachin Teng, Sangeun Song, Sarah Marino, Seo Kim, Sho Murase, Stephanie Ramirez, Sylvia Liu, Tim Snyder, Tony Siruno, Tuna Bora, Victoria Ying, Wendi Chen, Wren Mcdonald, Yoko D'Holbachie, Willie Real, Nikolas Ilic, Jisoo Kim, Santino Lascano, Stevie Lewis, Bryan Newton, Eusong Lee, Chogrin, Chris Mitchell and many more.

and…exhale. This show is just what you need to to reminisce of when you used to help Goku out by giving him you energy for the spirit bomb or the countless hours you spent hunting monsters down in Dragon Quest. The opening reception will take place on this Saturday, November 15th from 7-10PM at Q Pop’s new second location. Take a look after the jump for submissions for the show!

319 E 2nd Street Suite 121
Los Angeles, CA 90012


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Toy Art Gallery Presents: Doktor A., Jon-Paul Kaiser, & Seymour in “Unamerican Activity” (11.14)

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The Toy Art Gallery will be hosting an epic event, where they will be featuring the artwork of Doktor A., Jon Paul Kaiser, and Seymour in their very own show, “Unamerican Activity”. This more than stellar custom art show will take place this Friday, November 14th from 7-10PM. Both JPK and Doctor A. will be attending the opening reception and is not one to miss.

Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA, 90046


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Nov 06, 2014

Bwana Spoons at DesignerCon


Bwana Spoons will be hauling some sweet toys from Portland to Pasadena for DesignerCon.  The main attraction? Sons of Brodarr.  It looks like Bwana’s been busy hand-painting translucent green Jeff, Lonny (above), Kamisama (T9G) and Quiller (Paul Kaiju) figures in assorted colors for a mega blind bag release on Saturday (10.8).  He’s also created ten Jelly Factory Pollards in collaboration with Tim Biskup for Sunday (10.9, 11 AM).  Expect additional pieces including Yakimon one-offs.  Drop by Bwana’s booth [#612] which he is sharing with Kiyoshi Nakazawa.


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Yukinori Dehara’s Original Tiny Objects at DesignerCon


In addition to offering a range of art, collectibles and books, Giant Robot will be showcasing new Original Tiny Objects by Yukinori Dehara in the DesignerCon (11.8 – 11.9) booth [#814].  Be sure to drop by and check out this fun mini-show.


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Nov 05, 2014

Metacrypt –- Shub Zeroth Release.9 [Special Type] {Scream With Me} (11.7)


Check out the newest Shub Zeroth from Metacrypt. Release.9 is the first production marble release, mixing black with flesh colored vinyl. This one will be released exclusively at Brian Ewing’s ‘Scream with Me’ solo opening on Friday (11.7.14) at Galerie F in Chicago for $125.  You must be in attendance to purchase the toy. 

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Nov 04, 2014

Urban Vinyl Daily x Flower Pepper Gallery ‘For the Love of Music’ (11.8)



Flower  Pepper Gallery will present ‘For the Love of Music’ opening on Saturday, November 8th 2014 in Pasadena during DesignerCon weekend.  Curated by Urban Vinyl Daily, the show features original album inspired-art in the 12” x 12” format, matching the classic record sleeve size. The artist line-up includes:

Alecks Cruz, Brain Killer, Chase Tafoya, CHema Skandal!, Greg Rivera, Ian Ziobrowski, Jason Chalker, Jason Gallo, Jc Rivera, Jeff Beck, Jenn & Tony Bot, Jeremiah Ketner, JerkFace, JFury, Jon Chase, Lesile Randolph, MaloApril, Mr. Shane Jessup, Nathan Hamill, Peter Cadoso, Scott Kinnebrew, Sentrock, 64 Colors, Squid Kids Ink, Switch, Tasha Zimich, Tatiana Garcia, Tony Rabit, Travis Lykins, ValleyDweller and Veggie Something.

If you’re going to DesignerCon on Saturday, be sure to add the ‘For the Love of Music’ opening to your ‘after’ list – the gallery is a fairly short walk from the Pasadena Convention center.  Maybe go to the show first and then check out the Dcon Pajama Party…

‘For the Love of Music’
Opening: Saturday, November 8th 2014 (6:30 PM – 9:30 PM)

Flower Pepper Gallery
121 East Union Street
Pasadena, CA 91103


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Oct 31, 2014

Amanda Visell x Coarse –- Last Days of Winter


In addition to their awesome ‘First Days of Despair’ collabo piece which we wrote about a little while ago, Amanda Visell and Coarse also showcased a second large-scale sculpture at the recent Blooom art fair in Cologne, Germany.  ‘The Last Days of Winter’ features an innocent mountain creature at the mercy of children and squirrels determined to exploit it.   As with the previous piece, this one was designed by Amanda and then sculpted by Coarse.  What’s next ?  Something very owlsome.


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Oct 29, 2014

Rivet Presents: J Shea, Patrick Maxcy, Steven Russell Black in “Looking from the Inside Out” (11.01)


On Saturday, November 1st, the opening of J Shea, Patrick Maxcy, and Steve Russell Black’s show “Looking from the Inside Out” will be taking place at Rivet Gallery. This show will feature 2D work from all artists and should be one not to miss. Be sure to also welcome CCAD alum Steven Russell Black for his first showing at Rivet. Doors will be open from 7-10PM.

1200 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43201

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Milkboy x dune – Donut Zombies


Milkboy and dune are mega excited to announce the upcoming release of their first original soft vinyl figure, Donut Zombies. What’s not to love about this figure, these are the two most popular things going on right now! Each figure stands 4.7” tall and features 8 points of articulation. The first release will feature a Pink survivor colorway and a Blue Zombie colorway, retailing around $58 each. The official release date will be sometime in November to late December. With a webstore in the works, you can send over an email to toys[at]milkboy[dot]net for inquiries. Click on over after the jump for more photos.


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Oct 26, 2014

Boundless Brooklyn & myplasticheart Present: The Art of the Tag (11.01)


Boundless Brooklyn and myplasticheart are proud to present a show a lot of you New Yorkers will appreciate. Using Boundless Brooklyn’s Water Tower kits as a the main platform, they’ve asked a ton of talented artists customize these models for a show titled, “The Art of the Tag”. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, November 1st from 7-10PM. Participating artists include:

123Klan, Abe Lincoln Jr., Brent Nolasco, Chris Buzelli, ChrisRWK, Darkcloud, DrilOne, Ed Roth, kaNO, Lou Pimentel, Marka27, Marthalicia Mataritta, Matt Siren, Nosego, Noxer, PlasmaSlug, Reactor-88, Rob Plater, Royce Bannon, Russell King, Ruth Chan, Sest2, Shane Jessup, Stanley Kubik, Superdeux, The DRiF, Tiffany Ng, Toofly, Violet Paek, Zam and ZeroProductivity.

Check out the event page HERE and take a gander after the jump for a few of the submissions.

myplasticheart toy store & gallery
210 Forsyth St.
New York NY 10002


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Oct 18, 2014

Woot Bear Grand Opening (10.25)


San Francisco’s newest toy and art show destination Woot Bear, will finally be opening on Saturday, October 25th. The opening event will feature the artwork of Kozik, as well as 4 exclusive releases! Kozik and many other artists will be in attendance of the opening event, which will be taking place from 6-9PM. This should be a truly exciting event and we can’t wait to see what Woot Bear has in store for us in the future!

Woot Bear
147 Clement St
San Francisco, CA

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Oct 17, 2014

Amanda Visell x Coarse -- ‘First Days of Despair’ for Blooom Art Fair


Boom.  A few days ago Amanda Visell sent out a flier for her upcoming collaboration with the alchemists at Coarse for the Bloom Art Fair in Cologne, Germany [10.24 – 10.27].  Little did we know that the flier painting of a house-phunt ablaze was going to be the basis for a crazy large-scale resin sculpture.

‘First Days of Despair’ revisits the theme of wide-eyed, seemingly innocent children wreaking havoc captured nicely by their previous collaborative piece -- ‘The Last Day of Autumn’.  Rather than simply translating Amanda’s painting into 3D, Coarse sculpted the ‘house’  piece in their own aesthetic, making it a true collaborative effort.  

Several of Amanda’s paintings, this sculpture and perhaps more (!) will be on display at the Art Scouting Gallery’s booth (BL-B010) at the fair.


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Martin Ontiveros x TAG – The Magi Maleficarum Release @ Halloween Show


Martin Ontiveros’ Magi Maleficarum (SEEN HERE) will be making its very fitting debut release during Toy Art Gallery’s Halloween Show this Saturday, October 18th. The “All Hallow Eve” Wizard set are each hand-painted by Martin should be a hit at the show! Martin has also mentioned that there will be another release available for Designer Con!

Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood CA 90046

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Oct 15, 2014

COARSE + Amanda Visell at Art Scouting Gallery for Bloom Art Fair

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Amanda Visell and COARSE Toys will be making their way to Cologne, Germany for the Bloom International Fair for Converging Art. They will be showcasing some collaborative art pieces at the Art Scouting Gallery from October 24-27. If you’re in the area, be sure to take a gander of what AV and COARSE has got going on!

Artscouting Gallery
Messeplatz 1
50679 Köln Deutz

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Oct 13, 2014

Toy Art Gallery – Halloween Show (10.18)


Get your spook on with Toy Art Gallery’s Halloween show, which will feature 40 artists who will be contributing original toys, sculptures, paintings, drawings, and prints that will haunt you in your dreams. Participating artists include:

Aeron Alfrey, Aidan Monahan, Bob Conge, Bonethrower, Brandan Styles, Brent Nolasco, Brian Smith, Butch Adams, Bwana Spoons, Devils Headquarters, DEVILROBOTS, Doubleparlour, Draculazer, Ferg, Flyover, Frank Kozik, Frenzy Bros, Galaxy People , Grizlli Atom, Guumon, Itokin Park, James Groman, Jermaine Rogers, Johan Ulrich, Joseph Harmon, Kenth Toy Works, L'Amour Supreme, Liz McGrath, Martin Ontiveros, Michele Guidarini, Mirock Toy, Miscreation Toys, MM Toys, Monsterfoot Creations, Mr. Heggie, Paul Kaiju, Paul Komoda, Phil Guy, Radioactive uppercut, Rxseven, Scarecrowoven, Sexualyoukai, Shirahama, Splurrt, TKOM, and Trutek.

The opening reception will take place on Saturday, October 18th from 7-10PM. It will be a show you would not want to miss! Take a look at some of the submissions after the jump.

Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood CA 90046


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Oct 11, 2014

Seen: Hyperstoic

For many collectors, the  one-day, six-person Hyperstoic art show curated by Pushead is the highlight of the NYCC weekend. The standout exhibition opened on Saturday at Toy Tokyo Underground in the East Village. Hyperstoic features original artwork, prints, monographs, figures and more from Aaron Horkey, Usugrow, Wes Benscoter, LANGO,Brandon Holtand of course, Pushead.

The sheer amount  and level of work on display is impressive.  The walls are covered with original art and prints from each artist.  Graffiti and Tattoo artist Lango’s  two large-scale aerosol murals in vibrant red + black tones gracethe gallery.  One of many highlights in terms of prints has to be the new Pushead x Horkey collaboration, available in two different color treatments.

A large display case near the entrance is bound to be the focus for many sofubi collectors with an awesome array of new toys –- including never-before-seen sculpts and new editions of existing figures.   The case is full of exciting surprises including the full reveal of Itamu, Pushead’s re-interpretation of Hirota’s Mecha Gorilla Ju. First revealed at SDCC as a new head on the Mecha body, Itamu is actually a completely new scarred, wounded, and bandaged sculpt complete with a damaged right hand which hangs from exposed wiring.  Itamu is available in orange, blue, brown, and olive green editions.

Perhaps even more surprising than the reveal that Itamu is a completely new full sculpt, was the release of Pushead’s brand-new Snotblower (shown above).  The hyper-detailed, serpent-like figure is the artist’s first toy with Medicom since the famed KvP.

The toy goodness continues with a red, caped Skull Hevi, several Skull Captains, Pirates, a Siamese,  a wicked translucent marbled Evil Shit that really needs to be seen in person to truly appreciate the vision, a swirled Purple+White Kokuten-Sama from Usugrow, a milky King Gorilla Ju, a Pushead Nag + Nag ball and a Devilman.

Hyperstoic runs until 9 PM on Saturday (11.11) and will be talked about for quite some time.


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