Apr 12, 2017
Michael Slack – We’re All Weirdos, We’re All Wonderful at Rotofugi (5.5)
Artist/Illustrator/Children’s Book Author Michael Slack (@michael_slackart) will open his We’re All Weirdos, We’re All Wonderful solo at Rotofugi in Chicago on Friday May 5th 2017. The show will feature Slack’s original art including several fun wood character cutouts painted brightly with both cel vinyl and enamel. Michael will also read several of his children’s books including Monkey Truck!, Elecopter and Turtle Tug to the Rescue! on Saturday (5.6) at the gallery from 1 to 2:30 PM. Roto will have the books for purchase if you (we won’t tell) or your little one falls in love with one or more of them.
Michael Slack||We're All Weirdos, We're All Wonderful
Opening: Friday, May 5th 2017 (7-10 PM)
2780 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago IL 60614
Apr 11, 2017
The Bots x Urban Vinyl Daily Presents: A Luna Custom Group Show @ Rotofugi (05.05)
The Bots and Urban Vinyl Daily are excited to announce the Luna Custom Group Show! On Friday, May 5th, make your way to Rotofugi in Chicago to see some amazing custom pieces by: 64Colors, Ally Burke, Davemarket, Doktor A, Dolly Oblong, Horrible Adorables, Huck Gee, Igor Ventura, J*Ryu, Jeremiah Ketner, Jon Paul Kaiser, MaP-MaP, MJ Hsu, Obsessed Panda, One-Eyed Girl, Otto Bjornik, RxSeven, Scott Tolleson, Tomodochi Island and Will Rimel. The opening reception will take place from 7-10PM with The Bots in attendance!
2780 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Mar 28, 2017
The Toy Chronicle Presents: CUSTOMANIA @ ToyConUK (04.19-20)
The Toy Chronicle will be bringing a spectacle of a custom show to this years ToyConUK. They are happy to announce CUSTOMANIA, which includes a roster of amazing artists following a Wrestling theme. This show will feature customs on all sorts of platforms from:
Forces of Dorkness, ibreaktoys, Rudy Ramirez, Czee Toys, Tasha Zimich, Uncle Studio, Eyehart Toys, Jeremy Dale, Angry Hedgehog, Inprimewetrust, The Bots, RYCA, Infected Resin Toy, Jaykblu, JFury, Playful Gorilla, Taylored Curiosities, Cult Mini Figures, Gino Cruz, Blue Frog World, Molly Bolder, Ian Hancox, David Stevenson, Uncle Absinthe, Redd Prime, Wetworks, Geistwulf, Sergio Mancini, Zard Apuya, Chaingun, RXSE7EN, Josh Mayhem, Watch Parts Motorcycle, Naptime Noah, Zipper Rabbit, Darren Clegg, Tomodachi Island, Graphix Chick, Flat Bonnie, Run DMB, Fantastisch, Mr Mars Studios, Emilio Subira, Fluke Graf, Robotic Industries, Mjolnir Studio, Kerry Dyer, Cat Atomic and Bad Leprechaun.
The show will take place during ToyConUK from April 29th to the 30th. The amazing poster was created by Bad Leprechaun. Can you name all of the famous wrestlers?
Jon-Paul Kaiser x J*RYU – Dauntless at Woot Bear (4.1)
Fresh off their sharp Skullhead Samurai custom collaboration, Jon-Paul Kaiser and J*RYU will present a brand-new collaborative project, Dauntless, at Woot Bear this Saturday (4.1). There isn’t much to go on in the way of details, but both the flier and the press release described the project as a “tale”, so perhaps we’re looking a book, illustrated story or media-style endeavor? Or perhaps “tale” refers to an overarching story that ties multiple works together. At any rate, color us very curious.
Saturday, April 1st 2017 (6-9 PM)
1519 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA
Mar 23, 2017
Preview: Skullhead Samurai Show (3.24)
Pobber will present the Skullhead Samurai Custom Show (official show page) featuring the Jon-Paul Kaiser x Huck Gee figure at Flabslab in Singapore on Friday (3.24) at 7 PM – so in a few hours. From the numerous previous we’ve seen so far, this one is set to be an impressive show with high quality work throughout. The artists seem to have really enjoyed customizing the toy, and who can blame ‘em ? Samurais rule. From different treatments on the armor to different character faces, there’s plenty of design room while still keeping the sculpt largely intact.
While there are many highlight pieces, we’re really enjoying the JPK x J*RYU collab, I Revere our Ancestor’s Strength/Through Them I Smite Our Enemies diorama style 2-figure piece featuring JRYU’s custom Samurai, with signature JPK paint.
The artist roster includes: 13 Art, 2Petalrose, Banana Virus, Brent Nolasco, Cacooca, Candie Bolton, Caramelaw, Carson Catlin, Egg Fiasco, Fakir, Flabslab, Frank Montano, HX Studio, Ink Visuals, J*RYU, Jan Calleja, Jenn & Tony Bot, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Josh Mayhem, KumKum, Le Kuo, Quiccs, Richard Page, RXSeven, Scott Tolleson, Shonside, Trigger Desigm, twelveDot, Watchparts and Wetworks.
Mar 22, 2017
Super7 Presents: Kenth Toy Works Space Night Connel Custom Show (03.25)
Join Super7 this Saturday, March 25th at 7PM for the opening reception of Kenth Toy Works Space Night Connel Custom show. The Space Night Connel figure was Inspired by the one and only Connel Little. This show will feature customs by Dski One, Paul Kaiju, Skinner and Joseph Harmon and artwork by Evildave, Scottyg68, nownownow66 and Super7’s very own Josh Herbolsheimer. This will all be taking place at Super7’s San Francisco location, where drinks and donuts will be provided!
Super7 San Francisco
3253 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Aloha! Lolligag Release + Custom Show at QPop (3.25)
Bombastic Fantastic will celebrate their brand new Aloha! Lolligag vinyl at QPop in DTLA on Saturday (3.25) with a release event + custom show featuring the kawaii hula dancer. Limited to 125 pieces, the 5” figure features a dynamic design that captures the grace of hula.
The Aloha! Lolligag custom show features a talented artist roster including: 64 Colors, Alina Chau, Aron Jean Shay, Baby Vtec, Brandon Dicks, Carson Catlin, Cat Toung Bui, Chris Mitchell, Devilrobots, Evon Freeman, Gabbie Zapata, Grace Kim, Hyperactive Monkey, Jackie Cadiente, Jackie Huang, Jane Liu, Jason Hornbuckle, Jeff Granito, Jeff Ranjo, Jeremiah Ketner, Jhonny Nunez, Joey Chou, Kamakiri, Leesassaur, Lissa Treiman, Magen Mitchell, Messy Pink, Miss Mindy, Mizna Wada, MJ Hsu, Monster Factory, Obscure, Onch Movement, Paul Shih, Riser, Riyoko Iwamoto, Stacey Aoyama, Special Ed Toys, Sylvia Liu, Tasha Zimich, Task One, Touma, Toy Art Custom, Uamou, Zachary Sweets and Zard Apuya.
Hit the jump for preview pics.
Aloha! Lolligag Release + Custom Show
Opening: Saturday March 25th 2017 (7 to 10 PM)
319 E. 2nd St. #121
Los Angeles, CA
myplasticheart Presents ‘Furmutation’ Group Plush Show (4.7)
The next generation of ‘fiber’ creatures are evolving, blossoming, and in some cases, scampering about. For the best vantage point, head on over to myplasticheart for the opening of Furmutation on Friday, April 7th. The group show will feature plush creations (or for the enlightened, ‘fiber’) from a powerful trio – Horrible Adorables, Mariangela Tan (plushPLAY), and Justin Alan Volpe (POPprolific). If you’re in or around NYC, go and check out the collectible, soft-to-the-touch flora+fauna.
Opening: Friday April 7th 2017 (7-10 PM)
210 Forsyth Street
New York City, 10002
Mar 17, 2017
Paul Kaiju Pop-Up at Stranger Factory (03.18)
This Saturday, March 18th from 6-9PM, Join Stranger Factory for the opening reception of Paul Kaiju's Pop-Up Shop event! There will be a limited number of one-off figures and small run releases available at the event. The event will take place throughout the weekend until the 20th. Any leftover pieces will be available online on Monday. Raffle wristbands will be distributed on a first come first serve basis at Stranger Factory at Noon today through the 18th at 5:30PM. Numbers will be called at random at 7PM. Paul will be hanging out at opening night, so be sure to stop by and say "hi!".
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Mar 13, 2017
Luke Chueh – Blood on My Hands at Secret Fresh Gallery (3.18)
Luke Chueh is in Manila preparing for his Blood on My Hands solo opening on Saturday, March 18th at Secret Fresh Gallery. Bear lovers everywhere will be excited to hear that the show will feature Red Handed, a 21” limited edition sculpture (resin?) reminiscent of Possessed (apparently minus the devil). It also looks like there will be at least one custom 21” bear and several original paintings.
Mar 10, 2017
One-Night ‘Taste of The Orient’ Brings Sofubi to Munky King
It’s been quite sometime since LA has hosted a sofubi show. Looking to fill that gnawing void, partners in crime Jerry and TylerTyler will present the Taste of The Orient group show for a one-night run on Saturday (3.11, 7 to 11 PM) at Munky King. The ‘menu’ will feature tasty morsels from Purple Toys, Retroband, Paul Kaiju, Brandt Peters, MilkboyToys, Violence Toy, Kenth Toyworks, Yokai-Yu and more. Look for one-offs and a few editions including Boss Carions, Chimeras, and more from PK, a pair of gnarly of Muo Gui Meats from Retroband, several hand-painted Astro Bats (RxH) and at least one Orion from Mr. Peters, and an army of toys from Kenth Toy works including an edition and one-offs of Milkboytoys’ IT Bear plus one-offs his own Naminori Kaiji Oron (whew!). Wristbands for the lottery will be passed out through 8 PM. Hit the jump for preview pics.
To The Orient
Saturday (3.11.17) from 7 to 11 PM
5702 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Feb 23, 2017
Kidrobot x Rotofugi -- Yummy World Pop-Up (3.3 – 4.2)
Rotofugi will host Kidrobot’s Make it Yummy, a Yummy World Pop-up, for the month of March (3.3 – 4.2) in their gallery space. The pop-up shop will feature the delectable Yummy World food toys, exclusive posters, a fun photo-op, a chance to win some YW prizes. So if you love food toys (you know who you are!) and are in or around Chicago, definitely drop by and check it out. After the Yummy World pop-up Rotofugi will host the Tokidoki Pop-Up (4.7 – 4.30).
Make It Yummy: Yummy World Popup
March 3rd – April 2nd 2017
2780 N Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60614
Feb 22, 2017
Woot Bear Hosts: Feminamorphe II Group Show (02.25)
Woot Bear Gallery is happy to bring back and host another all female group show, titled Feminamorphe II. This show was curated by Candie Bolton and Tasha Zimich and will be taking place this Saturday, February 25th from 6-9PM. They’ve gathered 30 very talented female artists, who include: Andrea Kang, Caitlin Hackett, Camilla d’Errico, Candie Bolton, Crystel’s Cimeras, Diane McAmis, Eimi Takano, Fika Art, Gretchen Lewis, Hikari Bambi, Horrible Adorables, JP Neang, Kaori Hinata, KKAMoxo, Lana Crooks, 64Colors, Magen Mitchell, Mayuko Nakamura, MJ Hsu, Odd Fauna, Rato Kim, Remjie, Renee French, Rhodora Jacob, Sabrina Elliott, Sarah Graybill, Seriously Silly K, Tasha Zimich, Teres Chiba, Tina Lugo and Victoria Rose. You can expect a nice blend of both 3D and 2D artwork in many mediums! Good times will be had with many of these artists in attendance of the opening reception!
1512 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
Jan 27, 2017
myplasticheart Presents: Monstrosities (02.04)
myplasticheart is happy to bring back their Monstrosities show for another round! They've got an amazing line up of Kaiju artists partaking in their annual show, who include BLObPUS, Candie Bolton, Gabriella June, Guumon, Kearjun, Oltretomba, Paul Kaiju, Mechavirus, Michael Devera, Monsterfoot Creations, Planet X and Splurrt. All of these artists are coming together from all around the world for what looks to be a rad show. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, February 4th from 7-10PM.
Paul Kaiju, Oltretomba, Splurrt items will be available via lottery at 8:30PM during opening night.
Opening: Saturday, February 4th (7-10 PM)
myplasticheart toy store & gallery
210 Forsyth St.
New York, NY 10002
Jan 12, 2017
Los Angeles Art Show Littletopia x 3DRetro Party (1.13)
3DRetro/DesignerCon founder Ben Goretsky was recognized as the Collector of the Year by the Littletopia curated section of the LA Art Show in a ceremony Thursday night. The award recognizes his impressive art collection (2D and 3D) as well as his support of art and artists through 3Dretro and DesignerCon.
To celebrate the award, as well as the love of art and toys, Littletopia and 3Dretro are throwing a party on Friday (1.13) from 8 to 11 PM at the 3DRetro store in Glendale, and you’re invited! Be sure to come hungry, the free event will feature three food trucks: Mangia Ristorante On Wheels, Achara Food Truck and Paradise Cookies and Ice Cream Truck. Congratulations Ben!
Los Angeles Art Show Littletopia x 3DRetro Party
Friday January 13th, 2017 (8 to 11 PM)
1851 Victory Blvd.
Glendale, California 91201
Jan 05, 2017
Shawnimals – A Town… Of Ninjas! at Rotofugi (1.6)
If you love Ninjatown (and who doesn’t?), you’ll be stoked to know that Shawnimals will open a retrospective (ten years in the making) of his stealthy plush world at Rotofugi on Friday (1.6.17). A Town… Of Ninjas! will feature all manners of Ninjas including the OG plush (2005, yo!) as well as most of the NOTM release too(Ninja of the Month). It sounds like many of the NOTM releases will be available for purchase. And… the show will also double as the launch for the new snap & hang Shawnimals Eeensy Charms from Rotofugi + Squibbles Ink.
Jan 03, 2017
Woot Bear Presents: Zachary Sweet in “Hear Me Spirit” (01.13)
Make your way to Woot Bear Gallery for a special exhibit, featuring the works of Zachary Sweet in “Hear Me Spirit”. This art show will feature a number of original artworks by Zachary, as well as the debut release of his Zozo resin figure! The exclusive debut release is best known as the Bonedaddy colorway! The show will take place on the spookiest of nights, Friday, January 13th aka Friday the 13th from 6-9PM. Zachary will most be in attendance and beverages will be supplied by Lagunitas!
1512 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
Dec 27, 2016
Mothership & Dex Black Presents – Yetimageddon (01.21)
Hosted by Philadelphia's very own Mothership, comes a show curated by Dex Black, titled Yeti Season 2! This show will feature some top notch artists around the world, all sharing one theme, Yeti’s! This show will take place on Saturday, January 21st at 6PM. Participating artists include: Igor Ventura, Gary Ham, Kong Andri, Jason Limon, Brent Nolasco, Nugglife, Yetis & Friends, Frank Montano, Tougui, Yomadachi Island, IBreakToys, Jelly Koe, Misformadness, Playful Gorilla, 2OZ, Newfren and of course Dex Dexign. Fun times are indeed to be had, so be sure to stop by Mothership!
Mothership Art Gallery And Designer Toy Store
223 W Girard Ave
Dec 14, 2016
Woot Bear’s 3rd Annual Holiday Food & Toy Drive–Hosted by Vampy Bit Me & J*RYU (12.17)
In conjunction with their Kidrobot Mascots Show, Woot Bear Gallery will also be hosting the 3rd Annual Holiday Food & Toy Drive with Vampy Bit Me and J*RYU. They will be taking in any donations of toys or non-perishable food that will be donated to a local church that offers meals to disadvantaged individuals and families all year round! In return, they will be giving raffle tickets to those who donate, which will get you in the running for some awesome prizes from amazing artists and toy companies! Check out their Instagram HERE for some of the offerings. The big event will take place on Saturday, December 17th from 6-9PM.
1512 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
Gallery Nucleus Presents: Junko Mizuno in Takarabune (12.17)
Gallery Nucleus will once again be brining the artwork of Junko Mizuno to Alhambra, CA! Taking place this Saturday, December 17th, join them and Junko for her very own solo exhibition, “Takarabune”. This show will feature her latest series of her exploration of pop and spiritual aspects of Japanese culture, which emphasize on the Seven Lucky Gods. There will also be a collection of handmade head dresses and accessories based on her artwork. There will also be live music as well for the opening reception, beginning at 7PM. For more information on the exhibit, take a look at their event HERE.
210 East Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801
Woot Bear Presents – The Kidrobot Mascot Show (12.17)
From 6-9PM on Saturday, December 17th, get your butts down to Woot Bear Gallery, where they will be hosting their very own KIdrobot Mascot Show! They will have custom Kidrobot Mascots blessed by the talented Sekure D, Jon Paul Kaiser, Ink Visuals, J*RYU, kaNO, Salamander, Zebulon, Ben Seto and Big C! They will also be exhibiting a collection of the classic Kidrobot Mascot figures that’ll knock you back to 2004.
1512 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
Dec 01, 2016
myplasticheart Presents - Seulgie in “Starry Eyed” (12.02)
Can you believe it’s already December! Taking place this Friday, December 2nd, myplasticheart will be hosting an exhibition featuring the new works by Seulgie. “Starry Eyed” will feature numerous variations of the Brooklyn artist’s Satyr character. There will be a mix of hand-sculpted figures and original artwork on display. The show will begin at 7PM – 10PM.
210 Forsyth St. NYC
Nov 15, 2016
Coarse Los Angeles Studio Gallery and Open House (11.19)
It’s DesignerCon weekend, which means plenty of art toy awesomeness, including a Coarse event! That’s right, last year’s event went so well, that Mark, Sven and crew are throwing open the doors of their Frogtown studio and gallery on Saturday evening (11.19).
Coarse will be showcasing select sculptures from their most recent exhibition. If you couldn’t make it out to Chicago, this will be a great opportunity to see the work firsthand. Releases? Yep – exclusive drops + warehouse finds. Come hungry and thristy-–there will be a German sausage truck (free) as well as free beverages. Sketches? Mark, Sven, and Amanda Visell will have you covered. finally, enjoy tunes spun by Jonathan Snipes. Parking is very limited by the studio, so plan to carpool or take an Uber to enjoy the evening with the Coarse crew.
Coarse Studio and Gallery Open House
Saturday, November 19th 2016 (7-10 PM)
Coarse Los Angeles
2940 Denby Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Nov 10, 2016
Clutter Gallery Presents: Boglins Custom Toy Show (11.12)
Clutter Gallery are happy to host the upcoming Boglins Custom Toy Show, which features none other than Tim Clarke and Maureen Trotto’s Boglins as the platform. The show will take place this Saturday, November 12th from 6-9PM. Participating artists include: Attaboy, Doktor A., Greg Mishka, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Josh Kimberg, Maureen Trotto, Mike Strick, Scarecrowoven, Squink, Tim Clarke, Triclops, Tru:Tek, UME Toys and many more. Good times will be had! Be sure to check out the show, which will be up until December 2nd.
163 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
Oct 29, 2016
Andrea Kang – Puff Puff at PiQ Grand Central (10.29)
Andrea Kang opened her Puff Puff solo at PiQ Grand Central in NYC earlier Saturday evening (10.29). The show features a collection of 10” x 10” gouache on wood panel original paintings, each for a very reasonable $300. The work drifts effortlessly between cute and mysterious. PiQ also has three of her pins—including the new Puff pin from myplasticheart—available as well. If you can’t make it out to the store, check out the web catalog of the show complete with online ordering.
Window Display Photo: Peter Kato