Aug 23, 2019

Planet 3 Toys — Kappa No Kami (8.24)


The creator of Bozu, David Dick, is set to launch his brand-new Kappa No Kami ('God of Kappa') from Planet 3 Toys. His interpretation of the classic Kappa Yokai comes adorned with bells, leaves, and at least one newt. The river spirit diety was brought to life by sculptor Yohei Kaneko (Mirock Toy), toy artisan Dennis Hamann (Shirahama Toy) who cast each figure, and Lulubell Toys who produced the figure.

The Kappa No Kami sofubi figure stands 7.5" tall and is set to debut in an unpainted grey edition on Saturday (8.24) at 10 AM PDT from the Planet 3 web shop for $120 each.


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Aug 22, 2019

MINDstyle — Street Fighter x Ron English Ryu Grin (8.24)


The wait is almost over for the anticipated Street Fighter x Ron English vinyl art toys. The Grin versions of Blanka, Guile and Ryu were first shown at ComplexCon '18 and then released last month at San Diego Comic-Con. For collectors wondering when/if there were would be an online drop, the answer is yes with Ryu Grin starting off the weekly drops this Saturday(8.24) with the others following in the next two weeks.

While everyone has their own favorite Street Fighter character, Ryu is more or less the iconic face of the legendary fighting franchise. Standing an imposing 15" tall, Ryu Grin features a muscular frame, in-action pose, and a grin that is both fierce and dismissive of the enemy.  Ryu Grin drops this Saturday (8.24) at 9 AM PDT from for $250.


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Louis De Guzman — Elevate in Blue (8.23)


Elevate from Louis De Guzman returns in a new light blue edition. The 8" vinyl figure features De Guzman's take on the iconic troublemaker's skating misadventures. From the artist's stylized geometric deconstruction to the dynamic pose, Elevate is electric, flowing with motion and energy. Limited to 500 pieces, the new Elevate edition will be released on Friday (8.23) at 10 AM CDT from the artist's web shop. While pricing has yet to be announced, the OG ComplexCon exclusive and the recently released Pink edition (May 2019) were both priced at $275 each.


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Add Fuel x Superplastic — Fragil Superjanky


Add Fuel's new Fragil Superjanky from Superplastic builds on his forthcoming 3" design for the Janky 2.0 blindbox series. Awash in brilliant white and blues with a super glossy finish, the 8" Fragil with mini tile accessory echoes the artist's tile-based practice. Speaking of tiles, one Fragil purchaser will find a tile hand-painted from the artist in the box.

Limited to 600 pieces, the Fragil Superjanky is available for pre-order now for $65 from Superplastic and is slated to ship in September.


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Aug 21, 2019

'Let's Eat!' Group Show at Giant Robot 2 (8.24)


If you love food and art, the Let's Eat! group show opening at Giant Robot 2 on Saturday (8.24, 5 to 10 PM) is a 'must see' if you're around LA. Curated by Luke Chueh and Sarah Jo Marks of DKE, the show features original work focused on food from a smorgasbord of a lineup including  Dustin Benzing, Buff Monster, Scott C., Colin Christian, Luke Chueh, Tristan Eaton, Seonna Hong, Jim McKenzie, Tiffany Liu, Sugar Fueled, Woes, Jesse Yu (J*Ryu), and so many more (see the flier in the photo gallery).

The menu includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and more. Of the work previewed so far, while much of it is fun and lighthearted, several artists have explored more nuanced relationships and views of food.  Let's Eat is a show with something for nearly every taste.

Let's Eat!
Opening: Saturday, August 24th (5 to 10 PM)

Giant Robot 2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025


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Aug 16, 2019

Lam Toys at Beijing Toy Show


Lam Toys returns to Beijing Toy Show with a striking new booth [A07] anchored by a sweet installation featuring Wazzup Family's signature Chameleon Baby taking a hover cruise.  Several new Chameleon Babys are available at the show including a fun space exploration design. Chaosfactory 11 is also debuting their big Zeus in a colorful edition. While primarily available in Asia at the moment, Lam Toys is looking to bring its fun, stylish minis to collectors worldwide.  Be sure to check out the full photo gallery.

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Aug 13, 2019

J.T Studio at Beijing Toy Show (8.16 - 8.18)


J.T Studio will have three new releases for Beijing Toy Show: Wang — Work Day, Monkey King W Flocked, and Yoru & Yoku Ice and Fire Editions.  Starting with the 1/6 scale drop, the new Wang - Work Day edition from the Street Masks line transforms Wang from fierce Kendama pro into a workman complete with black jumpsuit and bat.  The figure is available in a deluxe edition (complete with matching mini Jians lion) for 1790 RMB (50 pcs, $254) as well as a single edition (50 pcs, 1550 RMB/$220).

Moving over to the vinyl side, J.T studio is releasing the final versions of two of his figures.  The new Monkey King W Flocked (100 pieces, 790 RMB/$112) is the golden-fur counterpart to the white-flocked edition released in May at Thailand Toy Expo.  He comes with staff, golden crown, banana and fabric cape.   Finally, we have Yoru and Yoku in the Ice and Fire editions (100 pieces, 790 RMB/$112) featuring light blue + black and orange + black designs, complete with fox mask, money gun, and matching mini Yox figures.

Find all of the J.T Studio releases at Beijing Studio in Booth A61. See you there!


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Aug 12, 2019

Coolrain — OG Series Exhibition at Beijing Toy Show (8.16 - 8.18)


Coolrain will unveil the first exhibition of his OG 1/6 series at Beijing Toy Show (8.16 - 8.18). The series showcases  his meticulously handmade replicas of iconic sneakers.  The prototypes of the Nike x Off White Air Jordan 1 (above) showcase the high fidelity we've come to expect from him.  In addition to the AJ1's,  Coolrain has shown work on 'Lil Jerry', a 1/6th version of designer Jerry Lorenzo, with mini versions of his Fear of God kicks. If you're going to BTS, be sure to drop by the CoolrainLABO booth [A50] to check out the OG series and several new production releases. Coolrain will also be on stage on Saturday (8.17) talking about 'Making Nike Shoes Pla-kit' from 1 to 2 PM.


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Aug 11, 2019

IamRetro Exclusive Teal Balloon 8" Dunny (8.16)

DN_8in_BalloonDunny_ImRetro_Teal_5IamRetro has a special release floating your way.  Their new Exclusive Teal Balloon 8" Dunny aims skyward, anchored to mother earth by a sturdy weight.  Designed by Andrew Martin (Wendigo Toys) and produced by Kidrobot, the new exclusive features a 4.5"  Dunny in a soothing blue-green hue—handpicked by IamRetro—with a shiny, metallic finish. Limited to just 200 pieces, this is the rarest of the Balloon Dunnys including the OG Red and the KR Exclusive Gold (300 pieces).  IamRetro will release their whimsical, gravity-defying Dunny on Friday (8.16) at 9 AM PDT from their online store for $59.95.  As quickly as the larger Gold edition sold out, we expect the Teal Balloon Dunny to disappear into the distance shortly after the drop.

The Teal Balloon Dunny design brings us back to carefree, childhood days when the simple pleasure of watching a 'lost' helium balloon soaring ever higher inspired us to wonder what was waiting just beyond the horizon. The joyful sculpt cleverly transforms the beloved Dunny into a helium balloon with the subtle seam lines, wrinkles, and gathered areas of the metallic material creating the uplifting illusion. Designed to be enjoyed from multiple angles, the strategically-placed fill valve with humorous 'blow here' sign on the Balloon Dunny's butt completes this fun design.


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Aug 08, 2019

Coarse — Years Adrift in Vinyl (8.14)


Coarse continues to do the unexpected, pushing the technical limits and conceptual boundaries of Art Toys.  Each solo show or exhibition brings the debut of new resin Originals [editions of 3 or 5], some seemingly bound for translation to vinyl, others seemingly, firmly, not. Stylistically and subject wise, some pieces have a certain character-based toy appeal while others read as fine art sculpture.

That is until Coarse announced that Years Adrift, its striking resin fine art multiple, was coming to vinyl in two 18" art toy editions.  If you've followed Coarse for awhile, you might recognize the piece featuring Fever with out stretched-arms, a tired bird with large spread wings, on his back, both perched precariously over a ledge. It was released as an extremely limited handmade resin edition at their Cold Ways exhibition (Rotofugi, August 2016).  Without Coarse's Art Toy pedigree, Years Adrift would have little to no connection with toys. Wrapped in iconic imagery, It is a sculptural exploration of the pivotal nature of precarious points in life.

And yet, here we are as Coarse readies two 18" 'Vinyl Replica' versions of the larger original resin sculptures. Both the subtly colorful Ephemera and monochromatic Pain editions translate the emotional imagery of the piece, complete with the included thin pedestal (wall mount capable).  To say that Years Adrift is one of the years best art toys, is to state the obvious, but it bears mentioning nonetheless.

Years Adrift — Ephemera (Edition of 345) and Years Adrift — Pain (Edition of 175) will be available for pre-order on Wednesday, August 14th 2019 at 8:59 AM PDT from the Coarse Shop for $298 each and are scheduled to ship to collectors in early 2020.


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Enamel Market Anniversary Show in Pasadena (8.10)


Enamel Market is celebrating its one-year anniversary in style with its largest show yet on Saturday (8.10, 10 AM - 5 PM) at the Pasadena Convention Center (Hall C).  With 60+ vendors, Enamel Market is the perfect place to find that perfect pin (or two, or three…).  How Much ?  Free!  Thanks to DesignerCon's sponsorship, Enamel Market is free.  And… the first 200 registered collectors to attend (for free), will receive a Steve Caballero Cab Dragon pin for … free! Be sure to register online and show up early for the free prin.

Come for the pin shopping and stay for the live spray painting sessions sponsored by Lead The Change featuring Ninobuni (Juan Muniz) and others. See you all there.

Enamel Market One Year Anniversary Show
Saturday, August 10th 2019 (10 AM - 5 PM)

Pasadena Convention Center (Hall C)
300 E Green St.
Pasadena, CA 91101


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WanChaFu x Jim Dreams x Paradise — The Chunk Combo Part II (8.10)


Oh to be in Taiwan.  Taiwanese burger spot WanChaFu (旺茶福) will be serving up the Chunk Combo Part II (NT1700/$54.34) on Saturday (8.10)  at 10 AM—note the new time caused by the impending Typhoon.  The combo features Mono versions of Baby Ronald Chunk and Baby Thief Chunk by Jim Dreams x Unbox Industries as well as a flavored tea.

Jim Dreams will be signing (3-4 PM) at the event—coordinated by Paradise—which will also feature the first release of the larger mono Ronald Chunk as part of the Ronald Chunk Combo featuring the toy, a WanChaFu burger and drink for NT3000 ($97).  To add to the fun, the restaurant is prominently featuring the Chunk Combo II on their store front for this special drop. Please note that the restaurant only accepts cash.

Chunk Combo II Release
Saturday, August 10th at 10 AM

No. 27號, Zhongxing North Street
Sanchong District
New Taipei City, Taiwan 241


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