Jun 14, 2019

Unbox Industries — A Trio of Sanrio Soft Vinyl Toys (6.16)

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As you might know,Unbox Industries has partnered with Sanrio to produce a new line of soft vinyl toys featuring several of the brand's kawaii characters. As part of their upcoming weekend online drop, Unbox is releasing three figures from their Sanrio collection including Hangyodon (5.5", $49), Ahiru no Pekkle Red Chase Variant (5", $54) and Minna No Tabo (5", $9).  All three will be available on Saturday (6.16) at 8 AM PDT from the Unbox web shop.

Unbox is also offering the Sanrio figures at their Hong Kong Toy Festival booth this weekend. They are also showing additional, yet-to-be-released figures from the line.

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Evangelione x Inch Lab — Odette Pre-Order (6.16)

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Inch Lab's upcoming art toy line showcases the work of artists from it's home country of Malaysia. First up is the lovely Odette by  Evangelione (Mei Yang Yeo). Known for her handmade dolls, Evangelione has focused her first vinyl toy of a swan girl around her signature facial aesthetic featuring large, nearly-square eyes and blushing cheeks which blend into the chin.

Odette stands nearly 4.75" tall, features an articulated head, and removable red flower accessory. Photos showing Odette wearing the flower on either side suggest that it's magnetic. Odette debuts in a pearl white edition which will be available for pre-order on Sunday (6.16) at 8 AM PDT from select retailers including myplasticheart (USA,$95), Strange Cat Toys (USA, $95), Big Bang Toyz (Malaysia), PlayToysForever (Taiwan), Wee Toys Gallery (Thailand) as well as direct from the Inchlab online store.  Odette is slated to ship in Q3 2019.

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Twelevedot — 'You Make Me Happy When Skies Are Gray' APO Frog

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Korea's Twelvedot continues the stylish return of its APO Frog art toys with the fashion-forward You Make Me Happy When Skies Are Gray edition. First released at Five Points Festival, the striking new edition pairs a gray APO frog with a vibrant pink coat.

Limited to 300 pieces, the newest APO Frog (5") is available now for $70 SRP from myplasticheart (USA), Fifty Fifty (Korea), Ozzo (Singapore), Xinghui Creations (China) as well as direct from Twelvedot.

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Matt Bailey x Mighty Jaxx — Keep Me In Your Heart (6.15)

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Mighty Jaxx has collaborated with tattoo artist Matt Bailey on the brand-new Keep Me In Your Heart art toy. The piece expresses heartfelt sentiment with raw, direct imagery and is a strong adaptation of the artist's tattoo designs. With this new release, Mighty Jaxx continues its support for artists expressing sensuality—an underrepresented genre in art toys. Keep Me In Your Heart will be available for pre-order this Saturday (6.15) at 6 AM PDT for $250.

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Jun 13, 2019

JPX x Coarse — Animal Parade: Halu GID 3" & 7" (6.14)

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It's almost time to say goodbye. JPX is winding down its Animal Parade: Halu figure line from Coarse with a few final editions including a trio of Ignited (GID) editions.  Slated for a June 14th drop, the first two Halu GID figures feature brand-new food for the voracious Halu. The 3" Halu GID is about to enjoy a chicken dinner while his 7" big brother has chosen rabbit from his limitless menu.  As with all of the 7" releases, the rabbit is magnetic and can be removed or swapped out with the donuts and other food from previous editions.

JPX will release both the Halu GID 3" (980 Baht/$31.32) and Halu GID 7" (250 pcs, 4250 Baht/$135) on Thursday (6.14) at 9:30 PM PDT on their Facebook Page via Google form. Oh, did we mention there's a 'surprise' chase???

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Paul Kaiju x Unbox — Boss Charged Frost Edition (6.15)

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The Boss is back.  Unbox will release the Boss Charged Frost Edition from Paul Kaiju this Saturday (6.15) at 8 AM PDT for $150 from the Unbox shop.  The 'Charged' rendition of PK's signature character debuted back in January with a wilder appearance than the OG with increased detail throughout including the Biter Fish embedded in its belly.  This new bluish green + pink marbled edition first debuted at the recent Mandarake Sofubi Rally held in Tokyo back on May 5th.

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Ciecy —Wonderland Tapoo Lottery

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Ciecy invites you to take a trip down the rabbit's hole with her new Wonderland Tapoo soft vinyl figure. The new edition features a whimsical pastel-hued design with a new Alice-like bow-tie head decoration as well as subtle playing card cues including the clubs on the front of the spaceship and the diamond pattern around the base of the cockpit dome.  Based on the pilot (individual arms) and the detail above the wings, this appears to be a mini Tapoo.

The Wonderland Tapoo is available now via e-mail lottery for $65 + s/h.  To enter email [email protected] with 'Tapoo Wonderland' as the subject and include the following info: 1. IG account, 2. PayPal/Alipay/WeChat account, 3. Name/Shipping Address/Postal Code and 4. Phone Number.  Also be sure to repost the lottery announcement on your IG. There's no stated deadline, so it's best to enter ASAP.

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Jun 12, 2019

Parra x Case Studyo — Tomato Chair at Volta Basel

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Parra continues his ongoing collaboration with Case Studyo—purveyors of innovative art objects—with the something wonderfully unexpected. So far, the pairing has created highly coveted collectibles for our desks and shelves, and now we can add living room to the list with the Tomato Chair. Based on the artist's frequently seen tomato character, this functional fiberglass sculpture measures approximately 4' x 4' x 3'. The whimsical piece dares (demands?) you to sit, enjoy and become part of the story. The Tomato Chair is on display by the Joshua Liner gallery at the Volta Basel art fair through June 15th, 2019.

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Go Green with Bōzu Edamame Edition from Planet 3 Toys (6.15)

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Planet 3 Toys will release the Bōzu Edamame Edition (3.5") on Saturday (6.15) at 5 PM PST from their web shop for $25 + s/h.  Cast in green vinyl, this new unpainted edition of Planet 3's signature sofubi celebrates the simple elegance of the traditional Japanese soybean snack.   Bōzu  is made in Japan by Grody Shogun and Lulubell Toys.

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Jun 11, 2019

Gary Ham — Exclusive Cake Batter Mini Wooper Looper (6.12)

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The cutest Axolotl toy ever?  The Mini Wooper Looper soft vinyl by Gary Ham and Pobber.  If you missed Gary's exclusive Cake Batter edition ($42) at Five Points, you're in luck as held ten back for the online release this Tuesday (6.12) at 11 AM PDT from his web shop.  Remember, the early bird get the worm, errr Wooper. 

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Kidrobot Is Revealing 'Arcane Divination: The Lost Cards' (6.21)

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Roughly two years after the release of the original Arcane Divination Dunny Series, Kidrobot is about to release Series 2, officially titled Arcane Divination: The Lost Cards.  Based on Tarot cards, specifically the 25 cards that make up the Major Arcana, S1 covered 12 of the cards while S2 features the remaining ('lost') 13 cards.  Curated once again by J*Ryu, the Lost Cards series features designs from Camilla d'Errico, Doktor A, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Tokyo Jesus and J*Ryu.

Perhaps even more than the first series, the new Arcane Divination Dunnys continue to push the boundaries of Dunny and what we expect from it. In the lead up to the Friday, June 21st release of the new Arcane Divination Dunny series, Kidrobot has begun daily previews of the designs.  So far, they've revealed Strength by Camilla d'Errico, The Emperor by Doktor A, and both The Chariot and The Tower by Jon-Paul Kaiser.  Follow J*Ryu and Kidrobot for the latest reveals.

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Jun 10, 2019

Quiccs x Kidrobot — Ukami x Hitsuji:The Death Colorway (6.11)

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Ukami x Hitsuji returns in The Death Colorway, a special sofubi edition from Quiccs, Kidrobot and Polyphony. Depicting the unlikely lovers' fiery last stand, the translucent edition is a shared exclusive with Polyphony in China and Kidrobot in the USA.  Limited to 200 pieces split evenly between the two brands, the 7" set comes in the same sweet silver on black packaging as the previous editions.

Ukami x Hitsuji: The Death Colorway will be available on Tuesday (6.11) at 9 AM PDT on Kidrobot.com. Pricing has not yet been announced. If you'd like to dive deeper into the couple's story, check out the Ukami x Hitsuji video storybook.

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