May 22, 2015
Yosuke Ueno – Beautiful Noise (5.23)
Japanese artist Yosuke Ueno will open Beautiful Noise at Thinkspace in Culver City on Saturday evening (5.23). For his fourth solo at the gallery, Yosuke has created several portraits in addition to signature colorful assemblages of fashionably eclectic and enigmatic characters. Digging the piece featuring the character from the Negative Never Again resin he did with Mighty Jaxx. Yosuke will be in attendance – so drop by, check out the new work and say Hi.
Yosuke Ueno|| Beautiful Noise
Opening: Saturday, May 23rd 2015 (6 to 9 PM)
6009 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
May 15, 2015
1st Annual Bricks LA Convention for LEGO Fans (5.16-5.17)
If you (or your little ones) love LEGOs, you might want to checkout the inaugural Bricks LA convention which takes place this weekend on Saturday and Sunday (5.17) at the Pasadena Convention Center. Created and organized by Ayleen Gaspar (October Toys, ToyBreak, DesignerCon, and many other secret projects) and Ace Kim (Bricks to Bothans), the show will feature plenty of custom Lego creations or MOCs (My Own Creations), a vendor area, and a kids play/build area as well. All of this for $5 at the door (kids 12and under are free).
Saturday – Sunday (5.16 – 5.17), 10 AM –5 PM
Pasadena Convention Center
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
May 13, 2015
James Groman and Nathan Jurevicius – Throwback at Toy Art Gallery (5.16)
For May, Toy Art Gallery will present Throwback featuring the art of James Groman and Nathan Jurevicius with an opening reception on Saturday (5.16). Well-known for his prehistoric dino beasts, Groman will offer a few Rotten Rex one-offs, Rotten Rex 2D artwork, and a preview of all five of his fantastic B.C. Blasters mini-series—mixing dinos and guns—in the works from TAG. Influenced and inspired by tales of the past including Lithuanian paganism and Christian bible stories as well as sci-films, Nathan Jurevicius will be showing a dozen new pencil sketches and 3 new risograph prints. On the 3D side, Toy Art Gallery will debut Nathan’s fanciful Owl Clam sofubi in what we believe will be an unpainted pink edition. There will also be an exclusive James Groman and Nathan Jrevicius||Throwback
Opening: Saturday, May 16th 2015 (7-10 PM)
Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90046
Mikie Graham – Pickle Fetus for “Little Green Men” (5.16)
For this weekend’s The Little Green Men Show at SubUrban Vinyl, a custom show of Leecifer’s PickleBaby figure, Mikie Graham has gone the extra mile, as he often does. Instead of customizing the original toy, he created a new figure, Pickle Featus, which explores the ummm gestation of the funky being. He sculpted the new piece and then set out to breed it rotocast style to produce a small DIY Pickle Fetus edition.
Did he stop there? Nope. He also painted and “pickled” two Fetus figures in mason jars with clear green resin for creepy effect and finished off the ?tasty? product with Pickle Baby Brand labels. In addition to the two hand-painted Pickle Fetus pieces ($200 each), eight of the DIY Pickle Fetus figures will be available at the opening ($30).
The Little Green Men Show
Opening: Saturday, May 16th 2015
4 Frederick St.
Waldwick, New Jersey
May 04, 2015
Rotofugi Presents: Luke Chueh in “Headspace (Reboot)” (05.08)
Taking place at Rotofugi on Friday, May 8th is “Headspace (Reboot)” featuring the artwork of Luke Chueh. This show is also a collaborative event with Munky King, who will be producing an art toy based on a few of the paintings from the show. It looks like Rotofugi may even be getting their own exclusive figure from the series! The show will also run all the way through June 7th if you cannot make the opening. The doors will be open from 7-10PM.
2780 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago IL, 60614
Apr 30, 2015
Mario Maurer & Ron English – Madness Exhibition at Thailand Toy Expo
The Madness exhibition by Ron English and Mario Maurer, arguably Thailand’s most popular young male actor, marked the beginning of Thailand Toy Expo’s collecting frenzy. Tuesday’s (4.28) VIP grand opening event on the top floor of CentralWorld, the expo venue, featured the debut of the new Mario Grin figure produced by MINDstyle. Created as a collaboration with the movie star, the new toy is the latest in English’s Grin series, named after the toys’ immediately recognizable skeletal smile.
Billed as “Where Art Meets Play”, the exhibition blurs the lines between the two with life-size versions of Mario Grin as well as several of Ron’s other characters including Fat Tony and MC Supersize presented alongside striking walls featuring his pioneering Popaganda art from floor to ceiling. The crossover collaboration drew a huge a crowd to the Sky Lobby, eager for the first chance to purchase the figure and to meet both Maurer and English. Madness and the Hikari: Creatures of Light exhibition share the same atmospheric space, two in one. If you’re in Bangkok, drop by through Sunday (5.3).
Apr 20, 2015
Woot Bear Presents: Horrible Adorables in “Family Tree” (04.25)
Woot Bear is proud to present “Family Tree”, which features the wife and husband duo, Jordan Elise Perme and Chris Lees, better known as Horrible Adorables. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, April 25th from 6-9PM. Be sure to stop by the event for some amazing felt creatures and great company!
‘Horrible Adorables: Family Tree’ aims to explore relationships between clans of various creatures. The artists strive to give a visual representation of how the imaginary beasts may interact within their closest bonds, as to further reinforce and develop their fantastical world.
147 Clement St.
San Francisco, Ca 94102
Apr 19, 2015
Seen: Alex Solis - “The Famous Chunkies” at Iam8bit
Alex Solis made the trip from Chicago to LA for last Thursday’s (4.16) opening of his The Famous Chunkies art show/book release at the Iam8bit gallery in Silver Lake. The show features a seemingly endless collection of prints from his popular illustration series of the same name. What began as a discussion with his daughter about TMNT and how the turtles consumed mass amounts of pizza and yet were still active, energetic and fit has grown into a fun yet message-driven project to draw attention to unhealthy eating habits.
Running through April 28th, the show features an army of pop culture Chunkies including characters from comic books, cartoons, video games, and movies. If you grew up loving a particular character, there’s a pretty good chance it has received the Chunky treatment. From Star Wars to Marvel to Nintendo to Hello Kitty, there’s something for everyone. Our favorite? Chunky Pikachu, who’s grown so wide that he can barely fit into his Poke ball. The prints are quite affordable at $25 for the 5x5 ones and $30 for the small number of 8x8’s or $100 for five of any size. Framing is an extra $15 per print. Check ‘em all out at the i8m8bit site.
The event also served as a signing for Alex’s brand new book of the same name, which brings the very best of the Chunkies to your shelf—one inspired character per page, one after the next.
If you are in or around LA, definitely drop by the gallery and have a blast as your favorite changes . Oh, and in case you missed the news, The Famous Chunkies toys are coming via VTSS shortly. First up? Star Wars.
Apr 10, 2015
Preview: Thrashin’ at myplasticheart (4.11)
myplasticheart will open Thrashin’, a group show celebrating the influence of 80’s era skateboard graphics, on Saturday (4.11) at their NYC location. For their annual curatorial turn at mph, the Studio Miners invited artists to create original works inspired by legendary skate artists including VCJ, Jim Phillips, Pushhead and more. The gnarly Thrashin’ lineup includes Brian Butler, Ekiem Evoker, Flying Fortress, Andy Foltz, Michael Hsiung, Sean Kernick, Abe Lincoln Jr., Phil Lumbang, MCA, MSG, Podgy Panda, Clams Rockefeller, Chris RWK, Tall Boy, Smut Villain and Britton Walters. Hit the jump for a taste of some of the art that awaits.
Opening: Saturday April 11th, 2015 (7-10 PM)
210 Forsyth St.
New York, NY 10002
Apr 01, 2015
Rivet Gallery Presents: The Art of Jose Pulido (04.04)
Rivet Gallery is proud to present the solo exhibition of Jose Pulido. Jose’s artwork fuses both the traditional Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls with today pop culture favorites! There will be plenty of prints, stickers, and original artwork available at the show. The opening reception will take place this Saturday, April 4th from 7-10PM.
1200 N. High St.
|Columbus, OH 43201
Mar 22, 2015
Woot Bear Presents: Yosiell Lorenzo in “A Guide to Black Twig Forest” Book Launch & Signing (03.28)
Woot Bear will be soon hosting another amazing event at their storefront! Yosiell Lorenzo will be at Woot Bear on Saturday, March 28th from 6-9PM for the launch of his new book, “A Guide to Black Twig Forest”. Yosiell can’t have an event without releasing some toys as well. That’s why he has come up with some hand-cast resin Sickling figures, which are exclusive to the event and limited to 6 pieces for $80 each. His new book will retail $25 and he will be on site to sign for the event.
147 Clement St.
San Francisco CA 94118
Mar 18, 2015
Retroband & Mutant Vinyl Hardcore – Full Resin Vinyl at Toy Art Gallery (3.21)
On Saturday (3.21), Toy Art Gallery will open what might just turn out to be one of the shows of the year – Full Resin Vinyl with Retroband and Mutant Vinyl Hardcore. The show brings together Retroband’s resin action figures and MvH’s sofubi – a hard to beat combo. TAG will also debut their new lifesizeDX Sludgedemon fiberglass figures from MvH! Not to be missed, see you there.
Retroband and Mutant Vinyl Hardcore || ‘Full Resin Vinyl’
Opening: Saturday, March 21st 2015 (7-10 PM)
Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90046
Mar 16, 2015
Super7 San Diego Friday the 13th Grand Opening
Last Friday the 13th was the grand opening of Super7’s second new location in San Diego! Not only did they release a special unpainted mixed parts Crystal Mecha figure, but it was also the reveal of the new “Bring Back the Brown” Baseball Boy and SD Star logo, which are exclusive to the SD store. Both Brian Flynn and Joshua Herbolsheimer made it out to the big opening, which brought in a steady crowd through out the night. The new store offered a bevy of goodies, including all the Super7 shirts you already love, sofubi figures, vintage kaiju, ReAction toys, books and prints. Now San Diego can enjoy Super7 all year long and not just during SDCC. So if you happen to be in Sunny San Diego, be sure to stop by Super7 in downtown and come in and say “Hi”. Keep an eye out for for me (Kris aka wtfunks) since I’ll be working in the store most days.
Super7 San Diego
701 8th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Mar 10, 2015
ToyCon UK Tickets Available Now! (04.25)
The date is set folks and tickets are now available! This years ToyCon UK will be taking place on Saturday, April 25th. You can find the tickets available HERE starting at £15.00 for ages 13 and over. These tickets are an all access pass to one of the biggest toy events in the UK. Get them before they are gone.
Mar 05, 2015
Previews of Michelle Valigura and Amanda Visell at Rotofugi (3.6)
Michelle Valigura and Amanda Visell are in Chicago for their separate solos which open on Friday (3.6) at Rotofugi. Michelle’s Ships and Kitties features ceramic pieces while Amanda’s Tamper features original paintings and Paper Mache sculptures. Enjoy this preview of some of their new work.
Michelle’s created some great ceramic sculptures for her now show including her takes on iconic sci-fi vechicles (AT-At’s, the Enterprise and more) and felines (ferocious and not so ferocious). From what we’ve seen so far, many of Amanda’s paintings focus on girls at play and the world as their playground.
Tasha Zimich for Twisted Mouse at PIQ (3.14)
For PiQ’s Twisted Mouse show (3.14), Tasha Zimich created two very different visions with a custom and an original painting. Her Five Nights at the House of Mouse Dunny presents everyone’s favorite mouse in “creepy animatronic” form and is inspired by the homicidal robot game Five Nights at Freddy’s. Tasha’s painting style makes this piece hum with a sense of freaky charm. From freaky to playful, her Hide and Squeak acrylic painting (4 x 6”) casts Mickey not as “a real boy” but rather as a real mouse lounging in his alter ego’s threads.
Opening: Saturday, March 14th 2015 (4-8 PM)
8 Grand Central Terminal
Mar 02, 2015
Super7 Comes to San Diego! Grand Opening Event (03.13)
Here is some news that will make a lot of San Diegans (like myself) very happy! Super7 has just announced they have found a second home in Socal. They will be taking over 5&A Dime’s old Downtown San Diego spot and making it their own. Just like their Haight store in San Francisco, Super7 San Diego will also be carrying clothing, prints, books, magazines and of course toys! S7SD will also be the number one location to get all the ReAction figures you’re ever going to want!
The grand opening will be taking place on Friday the 13th of March (that’s two months in a row!) from 6-10PM. There will be beverages and plenty of people to talk toys with at the event. Be sure to RSVP to the event page HERE and also give them a follow on their Instagram Super7SanDiego.
You may have also noticed us taking a few pictures at both the Hybrid-Design office and Super7 in San Francisco on our Instagram not too long ago. Well that’s because I (Kris) will be the one running the new S7 Store. So if you ever want to talk about toys and art or just want to hang out, stop on by!
Mar 01, 2015
P!Q Presents: Twisted Mouse Show (03.14)
On Saturday, March 14th, P!Q will be hosting a brand new art show that will feature custom toys, prints and canvases featuring a certain mouse. “Twisted Mouse Show” will exhibit artwork from many artists from around the world, who include: Carson Catlin, Jeremiah Ketner, Patrick Wong, Daniel Fleres, Crummy Gummy, Dolly Oblong, Erick Scarecrow, Vincent Scala, Juan Muniz, Zard, Eric Orr, Hungry Ghosts, Scott Tolleson, Sugar Fueled, Dillon Boy, Brandon Sopinsky, SRIL, JFury, Candie Bolton, Melodreama, Tasha, Hamfx, Betso, Leecifer, Downtimer, BURN353, CrashOne, MikeDie, kHayl, Task-One, Arkiv Vilmansa, Lou Pimentel, Lana Wharry, JC Rivera, Maximilian, ChrisRWK and Jay222. The event will begin at 4PM and will run all the way to 8PM at their Grand Central location.
8 Grand Central Terminal
New York, NY 10017
Feb 17, 2015
Toy Art Gallery -- “Dichotomy”, a Double Think Custom Show (2.21)
Doublethink by Takahiro Komuro (@tkomart) and Toy Art Gallery, which debuted in an unpainted yellow edition, was one of our favorite sofubi releases of 2014. Now, Toy Art Gallery is gearing up for “Dichotomy”, a group show featuring artist customs of TKOM’s 2-headed character. Opening on Saturday (2.21), the exhibition will feature customs by a talented roster of 40+ artists including:
Ardabus Rubber, Blurbleone, Bob Conge / Plaseebo, Butch Adams, Candie Bolton, David Arshawsky, Deeten, Devils Headquarters, Draculazer, DTOES, George Gaspar, Goreilla, Goto-San, Guumon, Joe Whiteford, Johan Ulrich, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Joseph Harmon, Josh Herbolsheimer, Kenth Toy Works, KTO, Le Merde, Macsorro, Martin Ontiveros, Miscreation Toys, MMToys, Monsterisland, Mutant Vinyl Hardcore, Okokume, Rampage Toys, Scarecrowoven, Sexualyoukai, SkullToys, Splurrt, TKOM, Todd Robertson, Topheroy, Uamou and more.
Opening: Saturday, February 21st 2015 (7-10 PM)
Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90046
Feb 12, 2015
Rotofugi Presents: Amanda Visell in “Tamper” & Michell Valigura in “Ships and Kitties” (03.06)
Rotofugi is proud to announce that they will be hosting two amazing artists in their gallery space for the month of March. The opening reception of Amanda Visell’s “Tamper” and Michelle Valigura’s “Ships and Kitties” will take place on Friday, March 6th from 7-10PM. “Tamper” will feature original paintings and paper mache sculptures and “Ships and Kitties” will be exhibiting original ceramic sculptures and one-of-a-kind birdhouses!
2780 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Feb 11, 2015
Clutter Gallery Presents: (In)Action Figures 3 (02.14)
Clutter Gallery is proud to present the third installment of their annual exhibit, (In)Action Figures. This show will feature action figure and other retro inspired pieces from over 30 artists. Those artists include:
2bitHACK, 8-bit ZOMBIE, Ben Spencer (Galaxxor), BigMan Toys, Bombermat Toys, Credenda Studios, Danny Frankenstein, Dave Bondi, Death Cat Toys, DLL Customs, DMS, Eric Nilla, Falcon Toys, Fantastic Planet Toys, TheGodBeast, Goodleg Toys, Healeymade, Joshua Ben Longo, Kaboom Toys, Killer Bootlegs, LittleRubberGuys/Plastic !magination, ManOrMonster?, MonstreHero, MuscleThings Laboratories, Nama Niku, Schmucklord, Scott Wilkowski, Scraped Resin, Star Case, Suckadelic, The Tarantulas, Ted Terranova (Rivet Wars), Tone Tank, Triclops Studio, and TrueCast Studio.
The opening reception will take place this Saturday, February 14th from 6-9PM at the Cluttery Gallery. If you’re interested in getting on the preview list, sign up by going HERE. Take a look after the jump of just some of what you can expect to see at the show this Saturday.
163 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
Rivet Gallery Presents: “Be My Valentine” (02.14)
Coming back to Rivet Gallery for another round is “Be My Valentine”, a group exhibit featuring 46 artists from all around the world who are pouring their hearts out on some Valentine’s Day cards. Rivet has partnered up with Igloo Leterpress, who generously supplied all the artists with some high quality letterpress Valentine’s Day cards for the show. Participating artists include:
Roland Tamayo, Jeff Lamm, Johnny Yanok, Renee Lawter, Jeannie Lynn Paske, Sharon Dorsey, Nathan Jurevicius, Jason Mowry, Tim Lee, Andrea Kang, Mizna Wada, Steve Ehret, Abril Andrade, Jenna Colby, Vanessa Ramirez, Patrick Wayner, Dylan Garrett Smith, Angela Oster, Scott Santee, J.Shea, Sugar Fueled, Joe Scarano, Heather Gargon, Dino Nemec, Aaron Kraten, Devin Reese, Jonathan Queen, Ben Ervin, Juan Lara III, Emma Overman, Liza Corbett, Mac Sorro, Kelly Denato, Matt Hawkins, Elizabeth McGrath, Jason Limon, Sabrina Von Netzer, Charlotte, Belland, Tara Helfer, Greg Ham, Tyson McAdoo, Dominic Damien, Tony Kern, Patrick Maxcy, Eric Blair and Dan Linden.
The show is now open and will run through Saturday, February 28th. So why not take a stroll over to Rivet this weekend for Valentine’s day?You can check out all the pieces from the show HERE.
Feb 05, 2015
Jason Freeny -- “Molt” at La Luz de Jesus (2.6)
Jason Freeny will be in LA for the opening of his Molt solo at La Luz de Jesus on Friday evening (2.6). The apt title describes a transition in his art from his signature “dissected” toy aesthetic to a more pared down sculptural style. The new work features original characters realized in a playful manner emphasizing form, volume, and clean, rounded surfaces. While we—along with most everyone else on this planet—love Freeny’s dissected work, we’re happy to see him evolve his style with work that is exciting in its own right. In addition to Molt, La Luz will also simultaneously open Miso’s Cornucopia.
Jason Freeny | Molt
Opening: Friday, February 6th 2015 (8-11 PM).
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Jan 14, 2015
‘When Hell Freezes Over 2’ at myplasticheart (2.07)
The upcoming ‘When Hell Freezes Over 2’ custom show at myplasticheart(2.07) picks up where the original Cranston custom show left off. This time around, artists will be customizing Lou Pimentel’s newer, smaller ‘Junior’ sofubi figure—a chip off the ol’ demon bat block. The roster includes 64Colors, Andrea Kang, Otto Bjornik, Brent Nolasco, Carson Catlin, Chauskoskis, Chris Booker, Dril One, Fakir, Huck Gee, Ian Zombrowski, J*ryu, Jeremiah Ketner, Joe Scarano, Jon Paul Kaiser, kaNO, Kong Andri, Lana Crooks, Leecifer, Liz Sanquiche, Mascorro, Map Map, Nerviswrek, Reactor-88, Richard Page, Rsin, Scott Tolleson, Southern Drawl (above), Sucklord, Tasha Zimich, and Zukie.
Hit the jump for a few additional previews.
When Hell Freezes Over 2
Opening: Saturday, February 7th, 2014
210 Forsyth Sreet
New York, NY 10002
Jan 05, 2015
Feminamorphe Group Show at Toy Art Gallery (1.10.15)
Toy Art Gallery starts off 2015 with a refreshing perspective, an exploration of femininity expressed through nature. Organized by Candie Bolton ( ‘Kitsura’), Feminamorphe features the work of Helen Vine, Okokume, Tasha Zimich, Teresa Chiba (‘Kubnadon’), Uamou and Bolton. The exhibition will feature custom toys, limited edition figures, original drawings and paintings as well as prints. If you’re in or around LA, be sure to drop by the opening of Feminamorphe on Saturday evening (1.10.15).
Opening: Saturday, January 15th 2015 (7 to 10 PM)
Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046