Jul 16, 2014
Paul Kaiju x Gunnzo – “Fistful of Dominoes” Round Up
Here’s a quick roundup showing off what Paul Kaiju has unveiled so far for the upcoming SDCC weekend. The “Fistful of Dominoes” show at Gunnzo will be one you’re not going to want to miss, especially with the debut release of Domino Jack, limited toy releases, and a bunch of one of a kind customs. Paul will also be at the Grasshut / Gargamel booth #5144 on Saturday. The big night will take place on Friday, July 25th at 6PM! Mock Pilots, King Jinx’s, Mockbats, and Unchis galore!
Jul 08, 2014
P!Q x Madness – “Perfect Examples” (07.11)
With the return of MAD’s MAD*L Figures it was only a matter of time we would get some custom MAD*L Shows, which is what is exactly happening at P!Q at the Grand Central location. Taking place on Friday, July 11th is “Perfect Examples” a group art show using the MAD*L as its platform. Particiapting artists include Sket-One, Carson Catlin, Juan Muniz, Jason Thomas, Jeremi Rimel, Crummy Gummy, Yema Yema, Riot68, The Graphix Chick, Brian Flynn, Dillion Boy, Dolly Oblong, and more.
8 Grand Central Terminal
New York, NY 10017
Paul Kaiju & Gunnzo Presents: “A Fistful of Dominoes” (07.25)
Here it is! The official announcement of Paul Kaiju’s Solo show at Gunnzo, “A Fistful of Dominoes”. The show will take place on Friday, July 25th with raffle tickets being handed out at 6PM and drawings taking place at 7:30PM. There will be SDCC Exclusives, character debuts (DOMINO JACK!), and lots of other goodies!
-Free raffle tickets available at Gunnzo store from 6:00pm until the drawing begins.
-One ticket per person, per family.
-Winning tickets will be drawn at random. Winners earn the opportunity to purchase ONE full-size figure and One Mini from limited stock on hand.
-You must have your ticket in-hand in order to redeem.
-Winners must be present to purchase. You may not “hold” tickets or items for another person.
-Payment due at time of raffle, via Cash, Visa, AMEX, Mastercard or Discover Card. No checks please.
-Remaining stock will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis after the raffle is closed.
-The figures available are for adult collectors only, you must be at least 18 years old to enter the raffle.
-Prices limited to supplies on hand at this event
-Tickets have no monetary value and do not guarantee any right to purchase.
Jul 01, 2014
Fugi.Me & Taylored Curiosities Present: Modified Wool @ Raygun Comics (07.26)
A Little Stranger, Blue Frog, Fakir, J*RYU, Jackie Maddocks, Lisa Rae Hansen, Lunabee, Map Map, Mark Nagata, Matt Jones, MCA, Mecha Virus, Mister Lister, Okkle, Onorio, Pickled Circus, PJ Constable, Pocket Wookie, Robotic Industries, Run DMB, Scott Tolleson, Sergey Safonov, Stitches & Glue, TADO, Taylored Curiosoities, Toy Terror, Uamou, Ume Toys, Uncle Absinth, and more.
The Show will take place on July 26th with the opening beginning at 4PM. Many of the participating artists will be at the event. Any remaining pieces will be made available online after the ending of the show on August 9th.
70 Clapton Square
Jun 30, 2014
Seen: Konatsuya Dai Kaiju Exhibition at Q Pop
Q Pop in DTLA welcomed Japanese artist Konatsu for her Dai Kaiju Exhibition on Saturday evening (6.28). The show features artist customs of her popular Negora cat sofubi, two exclusive editions of the figure and several of her original Negora paintings. The long oval counter in the center of the store has become Negora central with customs from Amy Sol, Shimomoku, Devilrobots, 64 Colors, Luke Chueh, J*Ryu, Sket One, and Konatsu herself. Konatsu’s paintings were quite enjoyable and offered pairings of Negora with various animals –- a fish, fox, and a dragon come to mind as well as solo pieces. Q Pop also has a selection of Konatsu merchandise including copies of her art book which features a really nice collection of drawings and paintings, most featuring her cat character.
During the exhibition, Konatsu treated her fans to a live painting session. She quickly created her signature scenes –- first with black, brushed outlines and then watercolors to bring the pieces on paper to life. While we didn’t make it back out for the signing session on Sunday, Q Pop posted several pieces she completed during a 2nd live painting session, after she signed for fans and collectors.
Enjoy the pics from the opening of the fun exhibition which runs through July 13th. If you’re near LA, definitely take the time to check out the show in person.
Jun 24, 2014
Seen: One of One at dA Center for the Arts
Sometimes the photo machine turns just a bit slowly here but we’re happy to bring you shots of the opening (6.14) of the World’s Greatest ‘One of One’ Custom Show at the dA Center for the Arts in Pomona. As a result of his newfound passion for customizing vinyl toys, painter Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez brought together a strong mix of artists to customize any toy of their choosing. In addition to those known for their customization skills, he also invited artists who had either never done a custom or who had done so very sparingly.
The result is an impressively different show mixing full wall mural installations with a wide range of custom pieces – some of vinyl figures and others of sculptures and objects. Some of our personal highlights from the show include the unusual mural + toy combos turned in by Defer (above) and Codak as well as Liz McGrath’s one-of-a-kind Minverva which is apparently a custom toy robot rather than the OG sculpture it appeared to be, and the innocent Munny by the very talented Jophen Stein.
If you missed the opening, there’s still time to catch the show which runs through the better part of July. To check out the work online including pricing info, head on over to the show catalog.
Jun 20, 2014
Buff Monster –- Melty Manor Archive Sale + Toy & Print Drops (6.21)
On Saturday (6.21, 12 – 3 PM) Buff Monster will be hosting a special event at Melty Manor, his new studio on the Lower East Side, featuring an Archive Sale and three new drops. There will also be an online release later that day (6 PM EDT) of most of the items available at the event.
If you missed a long sold-out Buff Monster release or two, the RSVP event is your chance to pick it up straight out of the artist’s personal archive. So if you have a few holes in your collection, drop Buff an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Melty Manor location.
The new releases include the debut of Buff’s Jumbo Cheap Toys. This first drop features larger (2.5”) versions of Double Heather, Alice Island, and Graffiti Petey in clear w/pink swirl editions ($30 each). There’s also a new Flash print which collects a series of recent ink drawings onto one 18 x 24” s/n print (ed of 100, $50). If you’ve been looking for Buff Monster tattoo flash, this is a pretty good choice. There’s also an event exclusive new mystery resin release – drop by the event to check it out. Finally, if you haven’t yet had a chance to try your luck with the Buff Monster Toy Machine, you’ll be happy to know that one is installed in the studio waiting for you.
If you can’t make the Melty Manor event, no worries. Buff Monster will release the Jumbo Cheap Toys, Flash print, and any remaining items from the Archive Sale at 6 PM EDT over at Buffmonster.com.
Jun 17, 2014
3DRetro Retail Store Grand Opening Party (6.21)
The rumors are true. After a lengthy construction process, 3DRetro is about to open it’s very own retail location in Glendale. From the pics they’ve shared so far, the wait was more than worth it – the retro styling looks great. To celebrate, Ben and company are throwing a Grand Opening Party on Saturday (6.21, 7-10 PM).
The event will feature live-painting from Angry Woebots, Scott Tolleson, Sam Flores, Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins as well as Nathan Ota and Risk. debut of the brand-new Hearts Birdie figure, the first of the Suited Birdies, from Nathan Ota and 3DRetro. Collectors who purchase the figure at the opening will receive a limited-edition, signed and numbered print while supplies last. So if you’re in SoCal, drop by and enjoy.
Jun 14, 2014
Seen: ‘Stepping Through Walls’ at Toy Art Gallery
The recently opened (6.7) six-person ‘Stepping Through Walls’ at Toy Art Gallery offers a tempting collection of new toys and art from Bwana Spoons, Johan Ulrich, Joseph Harmon, Martin Ontiveros, Rampage Toys, and T9G. The artists created a great selection of hand-painted customs –- Bwana Spoons focused on unique versions of his recently released Jeff figure, T9G unleashed a crazy army of Abolotons and Rangeas figures, Rampage Toys offered several custom Ugly Unicorn and Micro UU sets and a large variety of other sofubi customs, while Johan Ulrich’s custom pieces included his Lilith and brand-new Deathcat resin figures which debuted at the show in several limited-editions. If you’re looking for something fresh, fun and a bit offbeat, check out Joseph Harmon’s hand-painted leisure seeking animal resins many of which are available quite affordably. Finally, Martin Ontiveros flexed his painting chops on figures from T9G, Bwana Spoons and more.
The show also featured a few new editions including neon-tinged Marty and Killers from TAG. In addition, Ulrich and TAG have several sofubi collaborations in the works including Deathcat and three new figures which were shown in proto form. Be sure to check out TAG’s site for pricing and availability of show pieces.
Jun 11, 2014
Super7 13th Anniversary Party (06.13)
One of the best 13 year anniversaries you’re going to want to check is happening this Friday, June 13th at Super7. Come hang out and enjoy the company of fellow toy collectors and the Super7 staff at 7PM. There will also be food and drinks, Lucky Bags, Super7 Historical Toy Archive, and other goodies!
1427 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
Jun 10, 2014
myplasticheart -- ‘Summer of Stealth’ Shawnimals Solo (6.20)
If you’ve been wondering where the Ninjas have gone, Shawnimals is about to show you with his brand new ‘Summer of Stealth’ show opening on 6.20 @ myplasticheart in NYC. Powered by Summer fruits, the citizens of Ninjatown are back with plush toys, exclusive prints, drawings, and paintings. Not to be missed.
Shawnimals || ’Summer of Stealth’
Opening: Friday, June 20th 2014 (6-9 PM)
210 Forsyth St.
New York, New York 10002
FOE Gallery Presents: Max Toy Company: All Out of Destruction (06.13)
FOE Gallery presents Mark Nagata’s Max Toy Company in “All Out of Destruction”. This show will feature works from himself and some special guests by the names of MCA, Ryan Bonsall, Plaseebo, Bob Eggleton, Kristilyn, Buildbots, Guumon, Splurrt, Mister Reusch, Mechavirus, and Dead Presidents. You can expect paintings and of course toys! The opening reception will take place on Friday, June 13th from 6-9PM.
FOE Store & Gallery
114 Main St #2|
Northampton MA 01060
Jun 09, 2014
Konatsuya Dai Kaiju Exhibition at Q Pop (6.28)
QPop will host Japanese artist Konatsuya (‘Konatsu’) for her solo Dai Kaiju exhibition opening on 6.28 at the DTLA boutique/gallery. The exhibition will feature artwork and customs of Negora, her extremely popular cat character and sofubi toy. Also, look for two new Negora exhibition editions [hot pink, yellow, blue + burnt orange, black, lavender, and yellow] as well as a limited quantity of Konatsu’s new Kyubiros (mystical fox) figure. The loaded show lineup includes 64 Colors, Amy Sol, Bwana Spoons, Carrie Liao, Chris Mitchell, Chris Squink, Devilrobots, Dream Rocket, Fawn Veerasunthon, Hideyuki Tanaka, Jason Freeny, Jeff Ranjo, Jeremiah Ketner, Joey Chou, J*RYU, Keiko Murayama, Kenji Fukuda, Koraters, Luke Chueh, Magen Mitchell, Miss Kika, Mizna Wada, Nekonoko, Noriya Takeyama, Patrick Awa, Paul Kaiju, Paul Shih, Rampage, Shimomoku, Sket One, Sylvia Liu, T9G, Touma, Victoria Ying, Yoko Sueyoshi and Yumi Moriwaki.
Konatsu will be live painting at the opening and will also be at Q Pop on Sunday, 6.29 (3-7 PM) for a separate signing session, limited to 30 people. In summary, if you love Negora, you need to be at Q Pop on Saturday, 6.28.
Konatsuya || Dai Kaiju
Opening: Saturday, June 28th 2014 (7-10 PM)
128 Astronaut Ellison Onizuka St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Jun 06, 2014
Stranger Factory x Cotton Candy Machine Dual Gallery Show (7.11)
The Stranger Factory in New Mexico and the Cotton Candy Machine in NYC will host a special collaborative show opening in both galleries on July 11th. The shows will feature work from Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Tara McPherson, Glenn Barr, Dilek Baykara, Scott C., Katie Carillo, Karl Deuble, Jeremy Hush, Tim Lee, Tina Lugo, Jermeyville, Kozyndan, Stan Manoukian, Phil Noto, Chris Ryniak, Amanda Louise Spayd, L’Amour Supreme, Greg Rivera and Chet Zar.
Jun 05, 2014
Tenebrous Group Sculpture Show @ Clutter Gallery (6.14)
Clutter Gallery will present ‘Tenebrous’, a promising group sculpture show, on Saturday June 14th 2014. The show’s roster list is impressive with top-notch talent throughout : Caitlin McCormack, Calvin Ma, Candice Tripp, Doubleparlour, DrilOne, Emi Slade, Erika Sanada, J. Shea, Jake Waldron, Jason Limon, Jessica Dalva, Lana Crooks, Liz McGrath, Ryan Friant, Seymour, Shadoe Delgado, Steve Ferrera, Tokyo Jesus, Virginie Ropars and Zoe Williams. If you’re interested in purchasing work, be sure to sign up for the gallery’s preview list.
Opening: Saturday, June 14th 2014
163 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
Jun 04, 2014
Blood Type Positive+ at Suburban Vinyl (6.21)
Suburban Vinyl will present ‘Blood Type Positive+’, a group custom show featuring Mike ‘Nemo’ Mendez’s Vampire droplet resin (2.5”) figure. The artist roster features 30+ artists including Wasted Talent, Tasha Zimich, 64 Colors, Forces of Dorkness, Jfury, iroc toys, Jason Chalker, Jelly Empire, Soko Cat, Obscene, DaveWebb, April Elliott, Deadhand Toys, A Little Stranger, Ryan Rutherford, Bryan Collins, Alarment, Rich Page, Zam Art, Matt A. Tattoos by Keith, Graphix Chick, Ian Ziobrowski, Nati 513, AW177, Nemo, Blazon Brikhaus, Toysrevil, Ms. Zukie, Joe Scarano, Jacob Jams, StrongTree Photo, and Task One.
Blood Type Positive+
Opening: Saturday, June 21st 2014 (6-9 PM)
4 Fredrick St.
Waldwick, NJ 07463
May 30, 2014
Rivet Gallery Presents: Mr. Toast in “Hello Ohio” (06.07)
Can you believe that Rivet Gallery will be turning 7 years in June? For their 7th year anniversary, Rivet will be bringing Dan Goodsell aka Mr. Toast to the gallery for his very own solo exhibition titled, “Hello Ohio”. This show will feature various watercolors of all the fantastic characters from the World of Mr. Toast. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, June 7th from 7-10PM. There will be giveaways, a photobooth, coloring contest, drinks, and even the Mr. Toast mascot!
1200 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43201
May 29, 2014
Paul Kaiju SDCC Event At Gunnzo (07.25)
Here is our first bit of news for SDCC! Paul Kaiju has changed venues for this years SDCC outside event to Gunnzo in Old Town. No real details yet, but you’re going to want to leave your evening open for Friday, July 25th.
May 28, 2014
‘Stepping Through Walls’ at Toy Art Gallery (6.7)
For June, Toy Art Gallery will be ‘Stepping Through Walls’ with the toy creations of six talented artists – Bwana Spoons, Johan Ulrich, Joseph Harmon, Martin Ontiveros, Rampage Toys and T9G. The exhibition will feature one-off customs, resin (including the debut of Ulrich’s DeathCat) and vinyl editions as well as paintings and illustrations. Come on out to the opening to check out the work and chat with artists Bwana Spoons, Martin Ontiveros, Joseph Harmon and Johan Ulrich.
Stepping Through Walls
Opening: Saturday, June 7th 2014 (7-10 PM)
Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CCA 90046
May 23, 2014
Uglycon at Giant Robot 2 (6.21)
Summer’s almost here. That means BBQ’s, Popsicles, Pool Parties, and… UGLYCON. Uglydoll collectors and fans alike will want to beat Giant Robot 2 on Saturday, June 21st to check out the newest and greatest in Uglydoll art.
Saturday June 21st, 2014
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
May 15, 2014
Michael Lau -- ‘remember-disc time-travel’ exhibition
Michael Lau’s ‘remember-disc time-travel’ exhibition opened last night (5.15) in HK at his pop-up gallery in Causeway Bay, to coincide with Art Basel HK. As we mentioned before, the show pieces were based on quotes that inspired or resonated with the artist. Lau created forty-four pieces for the exhibition matching his current age, thirty-five circular (disc) pieces – sixteen on wood and nineteen on canvas as well as nine stainless steel sculptures presented on Danish wood tables.
Since we’re toy people, we’re enjoying the stainless steel sculptures of signature Michael Lau characters. Any of these pieces would make a great centerpiece to a collection of his art toys. On the 2D side, the circular pieces featuring his unique character aesthetic are quite nice as well.
[Photos of the exhibition layout via FoML].
Michael Lau. remember-disc time-travel
Runs through June 1st 2014 (Noon – 9 PM)
Michael Lau Pop-Up Gallery
G/F, 6 Cleveland Street
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins -- ‘Good Knight’ at Merry Karnowsky Gallery (5.17)
Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins will take viewers on a fantastic journey into his dream fueled world with ‘Good Knight’, opening on Saturday, May 17th at Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Hollywood. The exhibition will explore the adventures of the White Knight, those that oppose him and the seemingly limitless number of surreal animals that grace Simkins’ paintings. For more previews, head on over to Dailydujour.
If you’re in or around LA, be sure to RSVP by the 5 PM on 5.16 deadline to email@example.com. Not to be missed. Be sure to show up early.
Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins || ‘Good Knight’
Opening: Saturday, May 17th (8 to 11 PM).
RSVP by 5 PM, 5.16: firstname.lastname@example.org
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 S. La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
May 14, 2014
Uamou x Minoru Takagi –- ‘Guide to Galaxy’ Ordering
Recently, Uamou has been releasing one-of-a-kind figures with stylish copper masks. Turns out the masks are the work of copper artisan Minoru Takagi who’s ‘Guide to Galaxy’ show recently concluded at the Uamou gallery. Minoru created 70 masked Uamou figures, each with a one of a kind copper mask, cute Seraph Uamous with copper butterfly wings, and stand-alone Uamou copper masks. While many of the pieces sold during the show’s run, several of the masked uamous (5000 yen, ~$50), Seraph Uamous (2000 yen, ~$20), and the copper masks (4000 yen, ~$40) are still available via email inquiry. Please check the official ordering info for full details.
May 09, 2014
Deathcat Toys – Orange Tabby DeathCat at Toy Art Gallery (6.7)
Johan Ulrich (Deathcat Toys) will debut his new 3” DeathCat resin in the Orange Tabby edition at Toy Art Gallery’s group exhibition opening on 6.7.14. TAG has also revealed that they are currently working on a sofubi version of Johan’s brutal kitty.
May 07, 2014
Luke Chueh – Pink Decapitated Bear Heads for ‘Heads’ (5.10)
In addition to twelve hand-painted rotocast resin Bear heads for this weekend’s ‘Heads’ (5.10) show at Clutter Gallery, Luke Chueh is also bringing a special treat for collectors –- Decapitated Bear Heads, painted in bright pink as a nod to Clutter’s signature color. If you’re in the area, going to the opening is now a complete no brainer. In related news, just as Scott Tolleson painted one of the rotocast bear heads, Luke took a turn on one of Scott’s Stuffed Idols (pic after the jump).