Mar 21, 2019

Kurobokan — Daydream and Kinohel (Nimbus) Black and Gold Editions (3.29)

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Kurobokan debuted the new Black and Gold editions of their Daydream and Kinohel (Nimbus) vinyl toys at their recent Scratching the Surface exhibition with Paradise Toys in Taipei.  For those that couldn't make it out to the show, Kurobokan will release both the Daydream (Nimbus) - Black and Gold ($40) and the Kinohel x Nimbus - Black and Gold ($50, $100 pieces)—a collaboration with p.p.pudding—on Friday, March 29th at 9PM PDT from their online store

From Nimbus's focused, determined expression to Kinhohel's charming appearance in her black + gold outfit complete with Daydream Nimbus hat, the new releases continue Kurobokan's tradition of light-hearted, adorable art toys.

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Mishka x Kalaka Toys Basuritas Release at 3Dretro (3.23)

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3DRetro will host a special release and signing of their exclusive Mishka x Kalaka Toys Basuritas vinyl figure sets on Saturday (3.23) from 11 AM to 5 PM at their Glendale location. The 3DRetro Exclusive sets feature one of each character in a randomly-assorted mix of Red, Green, Black and GID versions. Inspired by the Garbage Pail Kids—named Basuritas in Argentina—the Basuritas feature four Mishka-themed takes on the youthful miscreants: Gregory O. Dioso, MISHKA Otico, Ojo Dido, and Ciclope Ligroso.  Greg Mishka and Matias Kalakas will both be at the event to sign the Basuritas figures. 

In addition to the new toys, 3DRetro will also release their exclusive Mishka Basuritas tee featuring Ramon Struoso—the elusive fifth Basurita—at the event. If you're in SoCal, head out to Saturday's event to enjoy Mishka's homage to the Garbage Pail Kids.

3DRetro Exclusive Basuritas Release with Mishka x Kalaka Toys
Saturday, March 23rd (11 AM to 5 PM)

3DRetro
1851 Victory Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91201

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Kidrobot Exclusive Locknesters 8" Puzzle Dunny No. 1 (3.22)

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Kidrobot continues its recent string of Friday exclusives with a curiously clever collaboration with Locknesters.  Known for their series of interlocking 3D sculptures—part puzzles and part design objects—Locknesters has used their signature approach to create an 8" Dunny like no other.  The individual, interlocking pieces feature striated textures in neutral gray tones.  Displayed in pieces, partially assembled or fully put together, the KR x Locknesters collaboration offers a unique Dunny experience highlighting and playing with the iconic form.

The first of a series of planned collaborations, the Locknester 8" Puzzle Dunny No. 1 is limited to 250 pieces, comes in a fun Dunny-shaped, vacuformed package and will be available on Friday (3.22) at 9 AM PDT for $100 exclusively from Kidrobot.com.

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Ron English x Toy Art Gallery — Poultry Rex Spectral Terror

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The terrifying, prehistoric conundrum that is Poultry Rex has returned.  The new factory-painted Spectral Terror edition from Ron English and Toy Art Gallery  features a ravaging rainbow design starting with a 'natural' olive green for the head and quickly turning into a riot of vivid hues with metallic gold and silver accents.

The 8" Poultry Rex Spectral Terror soft vinyl toy  features five points of articulation (Arms, tail and feet) and is available now directly from the TAG web shop for $95.

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Mar 20, 2019

Reina Koyano — Sole Fatale Print Drop (x6) Via 3DRetro (3.20)

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Reina Koyano will release six Sole Fatale giclee prints (13x19") via 3Dretro—the exclusive retailer for her prints—today (Tuesday, 3.20) at 1 PM PDT for $60 each. Featuring imaginative portraits of women dressed in outfits inspired by specific models of Nike sneakers, Koyano's Sole Fatale series continues to grow in popularity.  This release features How Many Sneakers You Got? (AM90 We Love Nike), Sneakermail (AM1 We Love Nike), Queen of Siberia (AM! atmos Animal 2.0), Queen of the Jungle (AM95 atmos Animal 2.0), Have a Nike Day (AM97/1 Sean Wotherspoon), and Call the Plug (AM95 We Love Nike).  3DRetro will have a limited quantity of each of the unframed, open edition prints for this release.

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Mar 19, 2019

Tracy Tubera x Unruly Industries — Miles, Wade, and T'Challa Pre-Orders

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The T's have it. Tuesday brings a triple-threat from Tracy Tubera. Unruly Industries has announced and is taking pre-orders for the new Marvel-licensed  Miles (5"), Wade (8.6")  and T'Challa (9.9") art toys created by Tracy Tubera.   Drawn from Spiderman, Deadpool and Black Panther, each of the figures features Tracy's sneaker-centric, urban aesthetic with dynamic poses and exaggerated proportions.

Sneakers and superheroes come together with streetwise synergy in all three of Tracy Tubera's hyper-energetic interpretations.  Each of the three figures is available for pre-order now from Sideshow Collectibles for $135 each.  While the material is not specified, we believe these will be vinyl, perhaps with ABS accessories and components.

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2Petalrose x Collect and Display — Kid Katana (Original Renegade) 7" Resin

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2petalrose has teased his upcoming 7" Kid Katana production resin figures in the works from Collect and Display.  Twice the size of the original Kid Katana figures, the new figure will be a deluxe release with the details and flourishes one expects from a 2pr figure with the added benefit of larger run sizes.  Sculpted by Oasim Karmieh and produced by the fine folks at Unbox Industries, the dream of a production 2pr toy will soon be a reality. No word on the debut drop, perhaps Toycon UK (3.30 - 3.31).

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Mar 18, 2019

Sooya -- Ban & Nyang Ban Soft Vinyl for STS

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Known primarily for her bisque (porcelain) dolls, Korean artist Sooya will release new Ban & Nyang Ban soft vinyl figures at Shanghai Toy Show (4.12 - 4.14). In order to ensure that the desert-themed STS versions of her signature bunny Ban and the brand-new cat Nyang Ban soft vinyl toys retain the refined, subtle look of her bisque figures, Sooya designed a new face sculpt to make it easier for painters in China to replicate her painting style.  As with her bisque dolls, each of the vinyl characters feature their favorite foods attached to the back of their heads—a carrot for Ban and a fish for Nyang Ban.

While we are relying on machine translation to understand the artist's posts, it appears that the pictured toys are the paint masters she created.  We're looking forward to seeing the production versions at STS—assuming we can get close-up before collectors quickly purchase them.

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Toynami x Robotech — New Generation Minis

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Back in November, Toynami  released a DesignerCon exclusive Mospeada print by Jerome Lu. Where there's an exclusive print, there must be toys? In this case, the answer is thankfully yes. Toynami has just announced their brand-new Robotech New Generation mini figures featuring stylized, super deformed versions designed by none other than Jerome Lu. The blind-boxed series features the mechs you loved from the New Generation (Mospeada) cartoon including Alpha Fighter VFA-6H, Alpha Fighter VFA-6HI, Alpha Fighter VFA-6HZ, Scott Bernard Cyclone VR-052F, and Rand Cyclone VR-052T.

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KAWS 20" Companion Plush (3.21)

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Surprise!  In addition to the previous announced KAWS: Holiday Hong Kong collection, KAWS and All Rights Reserved will release exclusive limited-edition 20" Companion Plush toys. Based on the photos these feature a soft, terry-cloth like texture and will be available in Gray, Brown, and Black as a set. Even more interesting is that they appear quite posable, perhaps through some sort of flexible armature?

The KAWS 20" Companion Plush will drop on Thursday (3.21) at 6 PM PDT from DDT Store along with reset of the KAWS:Holiday Hong Kong collection.

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Roby Dwi Antono — 'Intimacy' Sculpture

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VTSS has released Roby Dwi Antono's Intimacy in two sculptural editions.  Based on the Indonesian artist's drawing of the same name (see photo gallery), the Pop Surrealist piece features a girl with a rabbit head but apparently human hands and feet sharing a moment with an amorphous, cloud-like creature with distinctly human faces, perhaps an exploration of human nature and identity.

First shown at One Art Taipei in January 2019, Intimacy is available for pre-order in a hand-painted polystone edition (Edition of 100, 13", $600) as a well as a white ceramic edition (Edition 50, 10 inches, $800) direct from VTSS.  Both editions  laser-etched wooden boxes.  Each also includes special signed/number certificates of authenticity done in wood for the polystone edition and in ceramic for the ceramic edition.

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JT Studio — Kong & Sixx Available Now

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JT Studio has completed production on their Street meets East Kong and SIxx 1/6 figures.  First available as a pre-order back in October '18, the figures blend East and West, Modern and Traditional by fusing the legend of the Monkey King (Sun WuKong) with skating and street style. Kong & Sixx are in-stock and available for purchase directly from the JT Studio shop for $280 (+ s/h).  They are also available in a  deluxe 2-pack set ($550) which includes bonus fiery masks. 

The fiery Kong and his alter-ego Sixx come with a diverse set of accessories and clothing including Wu Kong-style masks, battle flags/banners, 'Superbar' staves, floral all-over-print hooded jackets, three sets of interchangeable hands and of course 'cloud' decks, a fun reference to the the legendary Monkey King's use of clouds to move about. Kong and Sixx are the latest examples of JT Studio's skill and creativity in making 1/6 art figures, a category in which it has few peers.

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