Jan 21, 2019

Great Giraffasaurus by Sanampao Studio

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Thailand's Sanampao Studio is accepting orders for the debut edition of their Great Giraffasurus resin (7.8"). Standing tall against the onslaught of bunnies, cats and other cuddly animals, this mighty giraffe offers a refreshing break from art toy trends. Likewise, instead of a gentle, graceful profile, this hefty beast is ready to roll with enraged, blood red eyes and bulk to back up the 'tude.

Limited to 15 pieces, the hand-cast and hand-painted Great Giraffasaurus features magnetic articulation at both the base of the neck and the head allowing him to look side to side as well as downwards as shown in the photos after the jump.  The figure is available for $129 and includes two stickers and a card and comes in a fancy full-color box (nice touch).  To order send a DM to the Sanampao Studio on Instagram.

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'Eternal' Resin Sculpt by Dulk x Thinkspace x Silent Stage Gallery

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First shown at DesignerCon, the new Eternal resin sculpture by Spanish painter Dulk draws his captivating art from the canvas to the display case. Created in conjunction with Thinkspace and Silent Stage, the sculpture is based on the original painting of the same name which was shown at Thinkspace's Scope Miami show during Art Basel weekend in December.

Eternal features a guardian Rhino spirit, protecting the species and the natural world. The guardian appears to give life to the rhinos from his essence, depicted in vivid orange. Another highlight of the piece is the pair of translucent horns which shelter plants within.  From the vision to the sculpt and the paint treatment, Eternal impresses.

An edition of 100, Eternal by Dulk (8" tall x 11" long) is available for pre-order now for $499.99 each direct from Silent Stage.  Each sculpture includes a signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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Rollis Kickstarter Brings Stylized Retro Car Toys + Animated Short

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Based in Korea, the Rollis project is creating a stylish world  inspired by retro European cars.  So far, the fictional, old-is-new motor company offers an eclectic, fun  selection of models for y our driving pleasure, including the Iso Isetta, Inter 175A, and the oh-so-cool Piaggio Ape.  Each of the Rollis designs feature CG-style drivers wedged into the teeny, tiny cars. 

In addition to producing  super glossy 1:18 resin versions of the cars, Rollis is also working on a CG-animated short which from the teaser looks to be top-flight as well. To make their retro dreams come true, Rollis has launched a Kickstarter, ending on February 13th, with several rewards including the car toys which are available for $269 each.  The cars are available in a selection of colors and are limited to 20 per color.  Each features eight coats of spray + a UV clear coat and for better or worse, a fixed plaque-style display.

With Rollis' work on the CG short film, and the high-gloss, pristine images of the resin toys, we've wondered whether the resin toys would live up to the pics on their IG and now, Kickstarter.  While we haven't seen them in person, photos from their display at the recent Hong Kong Toy & Game fair are quite promising. 

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Jeremyville x Yo! Toy -- 2019 Year of the Pig (1.22)

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It turns out that the new 2019 Year of the Pig polystone figure from Jeremyville and Yo!Toy will in fact be available outside of China.  Thundermates, the producer of the piece, will release a limited quantity of the fun figure on Tuesday (1.22) at 7 AM PST for $165 each from their web shop.  Limited to 200 pieces, the figures comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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Gerald Okamura brings 'Big Trouble' by Flabslab x Rich Page

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In addition to numerous roles in martial arts and action films, Gerald Okamurau, The Man of Many Weapons, has also been the subject of several art toys from Hyperactive Monkey, Max Toy Co and others.  Now, Flabslab has just released their new Big Trouble resins featuring Okamura in his dual-pistol glory from arguably his most celebrated role.  Sculpted by Rich Page, Big Trouble is a strong, stylish translation of the movie character with plenty of layered, 3D-detail and crisp paint.

Limited to 20 pieces, the 7.5" Big Trouble resin figures are available now from Flabslab for $130.

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Jan 20, 2019

Shelterbank -- Wonder Pink Ed. Lottery

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Shelterbank is offering his Wonder Pink Edition sofubi via email lottery.  First released at Toy Soul Back in December, this edition of his octopus-inspired mutant features a pink + metallic blue design.  The toy's clever design features removable legs that not only allow both standing and sitting poses, but also a variety of other alternate poses with a leg or two turned in a different direction.

Wonder Pink Edition is available for ¥15,000 (~$137) via lottery now through the evening of the 27th Japan Time. To enter email [email protected] with the subject of ' Wonder Pink Ver.and be sure to include your name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address, and your Instagram ID. Winners will receive email notification with payment instructions.

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Jan 19, 2019

#FR2 x T9G -- FXXING Rabbits Sofubi Pre-Order

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First shown as an unpainted proto at Beijing Toy Show and then near-final painted protos at Toy Soul last month, the wild FXXING Rabbits sofubi figures  (~14.7") from bad boy photographer #FR2—infamous for his seductive photos of beautiful models—and T9G are now available for pre-order from Japan's Campfire crowd-funding site in the standard white edition and a Campfire exclusive Red+White edition for ¥19,000 (~$174) each. While this pre-order is limited to Japan only, the standard edition will soon be available in regular retail channels.  We're also expecting to see the orange+black edition which was previewed at Toy Soul.

The striking figures deliver T9G's feral interpretation of #FR2's bunny logo/alter ego and feature several signature T9G elements including the use of doll eyes and the removable plush head.  As one might expect, the figures ship with realistic replica accessories of #FR2's Leica cameras right down to the branded camera straps.  FXXING Rabbits checks all the boxes for collectors looking for T9G's over-the-top designs where the feral and the unusual override the kawaii trend.

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New Hello Kitty Skull Editions from Secret Base

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Surprise!  Secret Base has released two new editions of their officially-licensed Hello Kitty Skull sofubi figure.  New Yellow and Pink versions of the Balzac-designed toy are now available for ¥4850 (~$44) from SB's online shop.  Overseas collectors should email [email protected] with the desired items rater than using the online ordering system.  These new editions are the first new Hello Kitty Skull Editions in about four years.

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Yo!Gallery x Jeremyville —'Year of the Pig' Polystone Figure

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Jeremyville has collaborated with Beijing-based Yo!Gallery on a Year of the Pig polystone figure.  The fun piece, celebrates 2019 with an elongated pig in the artist's familiar style. The left side of the pig features sculpted-in '2019' which cleverly incorporates the tail and the head. 

Limited to 200 pieces, the figure is available via Yoho!Buy for ¥1099 (~$162). Based on our attempts to register with the site, it appears that this figure may not be available to USA collectors at this time.  Determined collectors will  surely find a way.

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Utomaru x Tomenosuke — Mimi The Cannibal Girl B&W Film Edition (1.26)

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Inspired by a bygone era of vintage cinema, Tomenosuke is set to release the Mimi The Cannibal Girl B&W Film edition from Utomaru.  A stylish riff on mono colorways, the minimalist edition of Cannibal Holocaust-inspired figure features a grayscale design with metallic silver mercury in lieu of blood.  The B&W Film edition is slated to drop on 5:59 AM PST on Saturday January 26th 2019 from the Tomenosuke webshop.  The new edition will also serve as the debut of the new packaging which shifts from the previous green palette to a purple/blue one.

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Scott Wilkowski x Woot Bear -- Woot Bounty (1.19)

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For the Year of the Pig, Woot Bear will release the brand-new Woot Bounty figures from Scott Wilkowski.  These double-cast mini resin pigs feature Scott's signature embedded skeletons.   He's done a nice job with these little piggies which offer a unique way to celebrate the new year in style.

Woot Bounty will be available on Saturday (1.19) at 12 PM PST from WootBear.com.

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Jan 18, 2019

Law Sun-Yeung x adFunture -- Space Woody Purple Galaxy (1.27)

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Law Sun-Yeung and adFunture are following up the sold-out debut Space Woody with a special micro-run for the Sofubi Shanghai Festival event (1.26) at First Meet Gallery in Shanghai. Hand-painted by the artist, Purple Galaxy (run of 10) features a design that flows from deep purple to bright blue across the figure. The design offers a different mix of colors from the front, back, left and right.

In addition to the SSF drop, Purple Galaxy will also be available online from the adFunture shop on  January 27th HK time.

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