Feb 16, 2019

Kentanworks — Coco: The Astrochimp OG Edition (2.17)

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Kendy Tan celebrates the critical role Chimpanzees played in the early days of space exploration with his brand-new  Coco: The Astrochimp soft vinyl art toy. After his aborted mission to find a new home in the stars, the intrepid primate now seeks his way back to earth, making new cosmic friends along the way.

With character development input from Clogtwo, the OG edition of Coco is a fun blend of cute, snazzy and spacey.  The space suit design is a big draw with lots of sculpted-in technical details throughout including a striking helmet, control unit, life support hosing, boots, gloves and more.  Coco's helmet is quite sophisticated with a functional visor complete with stylish hinge and an inner support/liner system.  Oh, yes, Coco also has a retro-styled ray gun.

Limited to 30 pieces, Coco: The Astrochimp OG Edition will be launched on Sunday (2.17) at 6 PM PST from the artist's Kentanworks online shop for $60 each.  Kendy Tan's Coco joins a growing trend of great space exploration-themed art toys from talented indie artists such as  Itokin Park, Kasing Lung, 009, Ciecy and more.  More space art toys? Yes, please!

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Feb 15, 2019

Too Natthapong x Unbox Industries -- Burger Elfie Silver Lunar New Year Edition (2.16)

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Collectors just can't seem to get enough of Burger Elfie by Too Natthapong and Unbox Industries.  Each edition seems to vanish upon release, so much so that Unbox offered the Kingsize Burger Elfie as a timed-release this past weekend.  Now comes the Burger Elfie Silver Lunar New Year Edition.  This shiny, metallic edition of the standard 3" size Burger Elfie celebrates the Lunar/Chinese New Year which began last week.

Unbox will release the Burger Elfie Silver Lunar New Year Edition soft vinyl figures on Saturday (2.16) at 7 AM PST from their web shop for $40 each.  Stay sharp—these will sell through quite quickly.  Also, keep an eye out for the Gold Lunar New Year Edition which should be coming shortly.

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Amanda Visell Bat Centaur and Board + Fawn Bust

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Amanda Visell has just released two new resin figures.  First up is Bat Centaur and Board ($90), a fun riff off her popular Bat and Board releases from a few years ago. Limited to 15 sets featuring the 5" Bat Centaur and his trusty board, complete with centaur graphic on the grip tape. 

Amanda's second release is Fawn Bust ($90), celebrating the beauty and power of nature.  Limited to ten pieces, the Fawn stands 5.25" tall.  Both of her new resins are available for pre-order now from Switcheroo and should ship in 2-3 weeks.

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Feb 14, 2019

Kidrobot x Clutter — Kaiju Dunny Battle Series (2.15)

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The invasion begins on Friday with the release of the Kaiju Dunny Battle Series (3") from Kidrobot x Clutter.  The newest Dunny series fuses the iconic designer toy platform with fierce and not so fierce Kaiju monsters from Candie Bolton, Chauskoskis, James Groman, Jeff Lamm, John Rampage and Bwana Spoons.

Based on the reveals so far as well as the group case shot, it appears that there are 18 designs—four from Jeff Lamm, three each from Bolton, Groman, Rampage, and Bwana and two from Chauskoskis. The blacked-out dunny (chase/mystery?) in the case shot would seem to be Groman's green Dino-inspired design.

As befits the Dunny platform, the series steers away from scary and focuses instead on curious, cute, and mystical.  While only 5 of the 18 designs appear to be 'stock' Dunnys, this series seems to preserve more of the Dunny DNA than others, partly because many of the custom sculpts preserve the iconic head shape.  That said, Candie Bolton's two Baku Dunnys with the excellent Asian-influenced elephant head are among our favorites from the series.  On the flip side, Groman's designs impress with super tight, printed textures.

Kaiju Dunny Battle Series launches on Friday (2.15) from select retailers and Kidrobot for $11.99/blind box. As of this post, NYC-based myplasticheart has their stock online.  KR will release the new series at 3 PM PST on Kidrobot.com to coincide with the official NYC release party, presented in conjunction with Five Points Festival.

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Nouar x Martian Toys -- Chocolate Mint Mister Self Indulgence (2.15)

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While Valentine's Day may have come and gone, Nouar and Martian Toys have another treat lined up to satisfy your  sweet tooth.  The brand-new Chocolate Mint Mister Self Indulgence vinyl celebrates the classic ice cream flavor with the pie character sporting a light mint green shirt and Lil' Scoopy serving up the go-to alternative to  chocolate chip ice cream. 

Limited to 150 pieces, the Chocolate Mint Mister Self Indulgence vinyl art toy drops on Friday (2.15) at 9 AM PST over at Martian Toys.

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Feb 13, 2019

JP Toys x Litor's Work -- Rainbow Umasuo + Boogieboy Exclusives (2.15)

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Thailand's JP Toys continues its string of exciting exclusives with several rainbow-hued soft vinyl toys from China's Litor's Work.  First up is Angel Umasou which features a rainbow edition of the angelic variant of the very popular girl+dino figure.  Limited to 50 pieces, Angel Umasou will be available for 2700 baht (~$85) via a form-based lottery on the JP Toys Facebook page on Friday (2.15) at 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM PST.

JP Toys will also release the Devil Umasou + matching rainbow Boogieboy set as part of the same lottery.  The set is limited to 50 sets and will be available for 3600 baht (~$115).

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Coarse — Paw! Apex (2.19)

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Paw! is back.  The toy that captured collectors' imaginations and made Coarse a household name in the Art Toy scene,  has returned to terrorize all the other toys in your Detolf.  Looking back, the second coming began with the Instinctoy Tokyo Comic-Con exclusive Paw. At the time, it was unclear if that release was a one-off, a special last hurrah or marked the beginning of the character's return.

Thankfully, the return has at least two acts as Coarse will celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of their signature figure with the brand-new Paw! Apex edition. 

Paw! Apex offers a fun dichotomy—a fierce rabbit-ish creature  presented in the stereotypically cute blue + pink  bunny colors.  As one has come to take for granted, Coarse delivers the goods with a shiny metallic blue (and pink) design punctuated with a rainbow-hued right paw. And of course, the creative packaging is on point, yet again.

Limited to 299 pieces, Paw! Apex will be released on Tuesday (2.19)  at 7:59 AM PST from the Coarse Shop for $290.

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KAWS Companion Blush at KAWSONE (2.14)

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The KAWS Companion Blush open-edition vinyl Art Toys are back and slated to drop on Valentine's Day (2.14) at 9 AM PST from KAWSONE.  This is the second KAWSONE drop for  the regular + flayed  Open Editions of the red/pink Companion and follows the initial drop back in June of 2017. Goes without saying, but these will sell out quickly — an alarm or reminder is a must.

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Juce Gace x Mighty Jaxx -- A Wood Awakening Love Edition (2.16)

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Mighty Jaxx is set to release their new A Wood Awakening Love edition by Juce Gace as a pre-order this weekend.  The very pink follow-up to the OG vinyl—released in 2017 and set to ship out this month—revisits the artist's clever, if naughty take on a wooden puppet's dream to become a real person.  

The A Wood Awakening Love Edition vinyl toy (10") is set for pre-order this Saturday (2.16) at 6 AM PST from Mighty Jaxx's web shop.

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Playge — Chamfered Sqube Lanyard Beads

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Having transitioned Playge from toys to lifestyle over the past few years, Ferg has released some of his signature designs characters as  a series of metal lanyard beads.  Today brings the Chamfered Sqube Lanyard beads.  The .55" beads are crafted in medium-blasted titanium for high-end matte finish, work great at the end of a lanyard, or even interlock for a fun desk toy/display.  They are available now for $56 each (includes USA shipping0  from the Playge shop

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Feb 12, 2019

Tony Riff x Unruly Industries — I See Colours (2.19)

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As Unruly Industries has just lifted the lid off their initial collection of new art toys (original and licensed), we're posting  a few that have caught our eye.  On the originals front comes the quirky and visually striking I See Colours from Tony Riff.  The curious  black and white character features streams of color pouring out of his eyes.  This apparent bust style vinyl is set for a pre-order on Tuesday (2.19)

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Psuedo5 x Unruly Industries — Stairway to Hell..0

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Unruly Industries from Sideshow Collectibles is launching with an impressively broad collection of art toys, both original and licensed.  On the original front,there's some wild stuff including  Stairway to Hell…O by Pseudo5. The new vinyl is based on the artist's signature clown character. The disembodied clown head is creepy, crazy, and cool.  Look for a pre-order next week (2.19)

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