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Nov 20, 2018

Zzullaby Takes Us Under the Sea with Two New Zuu Figures

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Thai artist Zzullaby is currently taking pre-orders for their new Under the Sea-themed Mermaid and Sea Witch Zuu resin figures (3.54”).  These new charming Zuu versions feature specially sculpted ear muffs/headphones—a seashell design for the mermaid and a snail style pattern for the Sea Witch.  To order, visit the pre-order post on IG and make a comment indicating what you’re ordering: M for Mermaid, W for Sea Switch and S for a set of both figures. The artist will contact you for payment and shipping details.  The figures are available individually for $100 and $200 for the set. Shipping is $15 to the USA.

Zuu was first released in August in the OG color on Instagram and then two follow-on editions at BTS – Lavender and an extremely limited Galaxy Star micro run.  It appears that these two new editions are the fourth and fifth colorways.

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Nov 16, 2018

Tomenosuke at DesignerCon: Devilman, Kill Kat, Mimi the Cannibal Girl + more

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Tomenosuke  [booth 2232] has made the trip from Japan for this year’s DesignerCon.  They’ve brought several exclusives and notable drops.  First up is their exclusive Devilman Flesh edition from Mike Sutfin and Unbox.  The latest version of Sutfin’s gnarly rendition of Go Nagai’s legendary character  is limited to 100 pieces and will be available for $130.

Kill Kat fans will be able to pick up Tomenosuke’s exclusive Sake edition ($50) at the show. An edition of 150 pieces, Sake was previously released at STGCC and online—with 50 pieces held back for DCon.  

Tomenosuke will also release their Mimi the Cannibal Girl Mondo Green edition by Utomaru.  This exclusive edition of the Cannibal Holocaust-inspired figure is limited to 50 pieces, with ten available at DCon for $140 each.

Finally, for Blade Runner collectors, Tomenosuke has their Rick Deckard Gun—a version of which was featured in Blade Runner 2049—in a special green laser sight edition for $900 (1 at the show).

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Interview: James Groman Joins DC Artists Alley

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[The force of nature that is James Groman is the next featured artist for the DC Artists Alley line.  He’s been given artistic license to re-imagine Batman, Joker, Two-Face and Killer Croc. Vinyl Pulse recently had the pleasure of talking to James about the project and his thoughts on creating these wild new takes on the classic DC characters.]

Q: Hi James. You’ve had an impressive career from your work on Mad Balls to Care Bears and more recently a growing line of Art Toys. Can you give us the 30-second description of what you do?

I’m an “Independent Contractor”, which is a fancy term for freelance artist. I actually wear a number of hats under that title, which can include concept and design of collectable or toy products for major toy companies and smaller boutique businesses. I also create my own IP concepts for entertainment, videogames and other licensed applications.

Oh, and I teach a couple classes in character design at Cleveland Institute of Art.

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Q: Congratulations on your four upcoming DC Artists Alley vinyl art Toys! I remember staring at the screen in disbelief for quite a while at the designs, a bit dumbfounded. How did you get involved in the series? Were you able to choose which characters to interpret?

I hope dumbfounded in a good way…

I met Jim Fletcher, Executive Creative Director at DC Collectibles, at last year’s Five Points Festival, fresh off of winning Toy of the Year at the Designer Toy Awards for King Korpse, a large vinyl figure I produced with Hiroto Ohkubo at Instinctoy. Jim loved King Korpse and got a KK T-Shirt. He mentioned that it would be great for me to collaborate on something with the folks at DC Collectibles, and the newly launched DC Artists Alley line made for the perfect chance to do so.

At first, we were talking about Swamp Thing, The Demon, Solomon Grundy, etc. Things that seemed to fall within my proverbial wheelhouse. But I did hear that Jim was thinking that perhaps that was too easy, or too expected. DC soon settled on having me do my versions of Batman, The Joker, Two-Face and Killer Croc. I think I was even more thrilled about this opportunity. I’ve spoken many times about my lack of affection for costumed heroes, but Batman has always been one of my favorite characters.

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Nov 15, 2018

Ron English Buys Banksy Piece for $730k to Whitewash

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Ron English purchased Banksy’s Slave Labour  on Wednesday evening at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles with a bid of $600,000—$730,000 with buyer’s premium.  English bought the piece as a protest to the practice of auctioning public art removed from the street—in this case from the wall of a discount store in North London.  He plans to whitewash the piece in protest and also said he would then resell it for one million dollars.

Source: Evening Standard

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Huck Gee x BAIT x Robotech– S.Head at DesignerCon

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Surprise!  BAIT will be dropping their Huck Gee X Robotech S. Head figure at DesignerCon.  A member of the Dread Squadron, S. Head is clad in black + red with old-school tiger shark teeth markings. Find this bad-to-the-bone edition at the BAIT booth [#419].

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Joe Ledbetter x Jurassic Park–Spitter at DesignerCon

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And then there were three.  Joe Ledbetter has announced and revealed his officially-licensed Jurassic Park Spitter vinyl figure from 3DRetro.   Sculpted by Dave Bondi, JLed’s take on the Dilophosaurus stands 6” tall, is limited to 250 pieces, and will be available at DesignerCon.   Spitter joins the Nychos Trex and Felipe Rex by Juan Muniz as the trio of Jurassic Park vinyl toys dropping at DCon.

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Nov 14, 2018

Jermaine Rogers at DCon — Animal Toy Soldier Edition

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Not one, but a deadly pair.  Jermaine Rogers has announced that he will be releasing a second Animal edition at DesignerCon.  Done in the classic army man green, the Toy Soldier edition joins the Shadow (black) edition.  The timely new resin incarnations of the Choices rabbit will be available at his booth [#1713].

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Tim Biskup’s Toys 2 — Prancakes Exclusive + Vintage Toy Sale (11.15)

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Last year’s Tim’s Toys went so well that Tim Biskup is once again selling off large parts of his vast toy collection which is priced to move. We dropped by over the weekend for a quick preview — hit the jump for more amazing photos.  The main event is this Thursday (11.15) at his Face Guts location in Glassel Park (LA)  with a preview from 12-3 PM and then sales from 3-9 PM.  He’ll also reopen the annual toy popup on Sunday (11.18) from 12 to 6 PM.While most are from other artists and brands, he will also have a selection of his own figures including one-off big Pollards and more.  

In addition to scores of sofubi toys (vintage and modern), Tim will be releasing two new figures done with Gravy Toys.  First up is Prancakes which comes with a swanky foam ‘hat’ and will be available in an unpainted pink edition as well as one-off painted pink and a few purple ones.  A little shorter and quite a bit more mysterious is the Face Guts mascot or simply the ‘icon’—a one piece, abstract head/face.

More?  Original artwork, laser-cut plastics and beer on ice. If you’re in town, definitely worth a visit. With many priced under $40 and some as low as $10, you never know what might call out to you.

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Thursday, November 15th 2018
Preview: 12-3 PM, Sales: 3-9 PM

Face Guts
4136 1/2 Verdugo Rd
Los Angeles CA 90065

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DesignerCon Exclusive Cough Syrup Kayzilla by adFunture

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adFunture’s Kayzilla is coming to DesignerCon.  The exclusive Cough Syrup—ah the horrible memories—soft vinyl edition (~5”) will be available from the Ko-Re Ko-Re booth [#2330] along with many other hard-to-find toys from Asian artists and brands. Definitely worth a visit.

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Thimblestump Hollow 2 Exclusives at DesignerCon

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Surprise!  Amanda Louise Spayd and Chris Ryniak are bringing two Canyon colorway exclusives from Thimblestump Hollow 2 to DesignerCon.  Both Fuzzhorn and Woolworth will be available from their booth [#1305] with some reserved for an online drop later this month.  

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Whatshisname x Jason Freeny — XXRAY Popek by Mighty Jaxx (11.23)

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Mighty Jaxx has dreamt up a special 24-hour only Black Friday (11.23) drop bringing together two of their most popular artists.  The un-named—we’ll go with XXRAY Popek—brings us a dissected-style red Popek, combining the signature styles of each artist.  What’s the dog filled with ?  With the holidays just around the corner, we’re going to go with… chocolate

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Itokin Park at DesignerCon — New 2.0 Space Releases

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Itokin Park has posted full reveals of his DesignerCon 2018 releases.  As mentioned the other day, he’s created new sculpts (2.0?) of three of his popular space figures—Astronaut, Space Mode Man (above) and Robot Suit.  Each of the new versions features articulated arms where the originals had sculpted-in arms.  Additionally Robot Suit is smaller than the original while the other two are larger than the original versions.  These will be available on Saturday (11.17) at The Sour Lemon [booth #151].  Stay sharp!

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Nov 13, 2018

Justin Ishmael — Billy Bob Brockali Pre-Sale (11.14)

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After an initial proto debut last November and plenty of hard work in between, Justin Ishmael will offer a  pre-sale for the Billy Bob Brockali vinyl toy on Thursday (11.14) at 9 AM PST from his site.  The final production toy looks great and is a dead-ringer for The Rockafire Explosion animatronic band member from Showbiz Pizza Place—later to become Chuck E. Cheese. Sculpted by Kenth Toy Works and painted by Chris Dombos, Billy Bob will be available in standard and deluxe editions.  Pins, stickers, shot glasses and shirts will also be available.  Outstanding work.

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Kranyus ‘Can’t Rain All The Time’ by DaveMarkArt Debuts at DesignerCon

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Martian Toys will release the next artist edition of their Kranyus vinyl figure (8”) designed by Theodoru.  The DaveMarkArt edition features a gray+black color scheme with the blue eyes and rainbow stripe that the artist has made his calling card.  Limited to 150 pieces, the Can’t Rain All the Time colorway will be available at the Mothership Art Gallery booth [#2324] beginning on VIP Preview Night (11.16).

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Yosuke Ueno x VTSS — Kaiju Bokulla Debuts at DesignerCon

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Kaiju Bokulla may be cute and colorful now, but just wait a few years…  Debuting at DesignerCon, the playful beast child is the newest figure from Yosuke Ueno and VTSS.  The nearly 8” vinyl figure will be on display at the VTSS booth [#1740]. Limited to 200 pieces, the figure goes up for pre-order on Saturday November 17th for $120 and will ship at the end of January 2019.

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Meow On — Senso Pre-Order

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Thai artist Meow On’s Senso is an elaborate 2-figure resin set featuring rider, tiger and a full set of hand-crafted accessories.  From what we can gather, Pre-orders for both the yellow and gray editions  open in a few hours from the artist’s FB.  The figures are $199 with a $100 deposit required.  Figures should be completed within 30-45 days.  To order head over to the FB page and add a comment saying which edition you’d like. so say 1 yellow or 1 gray.

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myplasticheart at DCon: Mitt Whiskey by Six TwentyEight

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In keeping with a convention tradition, myplasticheart will have a super-limited MITT from 6 28 for DesignerCon.  While most of the special editions have been riffs on pop culture, this year 6 28 was inspired by spirits.  Whiskey Mitt is cast in a translucent whiskey-hued sofubi and features black accents and pale green eyes.  Find Mitt at the mph booth [#107] for $65.

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Mister Cartoon x The Hundreds — Bronson Art Toy Debuts at DesignerCon

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The Hundreds will debut and release their new Bronson vinyl by Mister Cartoon at DesignerCon.  Part of their new collection with the renown tattoo artist, the street wise cat features tail lights as shades and an ice cream for the hot LA summer days. Bronson will be available in the True Blue edition at their booth [#822] starting on VIP night (11.16).  The black + grey edition will be available through Mister Cartoon’s site this weekend.

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BAIT at DCon: Gold SSUR Rebel Ape Bust

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BAIT will release its exclusive Gold SSUR Rebel Ape Bust at DesignerCon.  Standing roughly a foot tall, the vinyl sculpture features the apparel brand’s popular mashup design blending the iconic leader with the provocative movie franchise.  Find it at the BAIT booth for $150 each [#419].

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Luke Chueh x Munky King — Possessed CMY

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Pssst… The Possessed CMY figures are on their way.  In a fun twist, each of the three colors will be a retailer exclusive—Cyan from IamRetro, Magenta from Munky King and Yellow from MSX Art.   Drop by the Munky King booth [#400] for a preview of the CMY editions before they are released.

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Ron English x PopLife — Beverly Hills Popmart (11.15)

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The Ron English Beverly Hills Popmart opens its doors for a special opening reception this Thursday (11.15) at 7 PM.  Presented by MINDstyle International and U.S. Alteration in association with Pop Life, the event will feature special limited-edition drops and exclusive releases.  After the opening event, the Pop Mart will be open Friday-Saturday beginning on 11.23 (12 PM to 7 PM). Hit the jump for a sneak peek.

Ron English Beverly Hills Popmart
Opening: Thursday, November 15th 2018 @ 7PM

8692 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
310.659.9557

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Colus — Wicked Snake Resin for DesignerCon

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While it doesn’t appear to have a name yet, the brand-new snake figure from Colus is sure to draw a line at DesignerCon.  Limited to 15 pieces, the translucent figure features a smoke + red accents design with a sculpt that incorporates a hybrid snake/horse concept.   Find it at his booth [#301].  The snake joins Deer Crossing Red in the artist’s DCon lineup as of now.  Expecting price to be around $300.

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2PetalRose — Fear the Reaper. New Shogun Rebels Edition (11.16)

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2PetalRose returns to his Shogun Rebels series with the brand-new Rebels edition. Clad in black armor, the Reaper skeleton warriors are equipped head to toe in custom, hand-crafted gear.   The Rebels edition features ball-jointed head, removable help, Katana + strap, custom bandana, custom waist wrap, scroll (with bushido code written inside), wood plinth base, custom suede sashimono. As always, 2PetalRose has gone to great lengths to deliver the highest quality, hand-crafted product available.

Limited to 5 pieces, the Shogun Rebels Reaper edition figures (11”) will drop on Friday (11.16) at 9 AM PST for £350 (~$454) from the artist’s web store.

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Joe Ledbetter — Wolfgang Incoming!

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Joe Ledbetter has been teasing his new figure and we’ve been wondering if he’s been moving parts around in the seemingly jumbled photos—things didn’t just seem to connect.  With this exclusive first look—thanks Joe!—we now know why the teasers seemed odd. Wolfgang is completely over the top! 

Building on JLed’s prior adventuresome poses, his frenetic wolf pushes 3D to the edge.  Eyes bulging out of the sockets, smoke out of the ears, skull exploding out of his skull, the brain reaching even greater heights—absolutely bonkers.  Oh yes, there’s also that ginormous tongue which cleverly acts as the third point of support. This self-described homage to Tex Avery and Big Daddy Roth was brought to life by Dave Bondi and a talented team of digital sculptors.  Bondi guided Wolfgang down the stretch with the critical final sculpt.

Joe is producing Wolfgang in conjunction with Bigshot Toyworks as a 10.5” resin figure in the standard blue edition seen here as well as Mono and Lava editions. The edition size for the standard colorway will be between 100-150 pieces.  Pricing has yet to be finalized, but will be announced shortly.

When?  Pre-orders will be taken this weekend at JLed’s DCon booth [#2211] and from his online store.  Be sure to drop by the booth to drool (errr ‘view’) over the painted Wolfgang proto.  Hit the jump for an entire preview gallery.

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Nov 12, 2018

Mothership Art Gallery at DCon — Unit O1 TEQ63 by QUICCS

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After two alternating black and white editions, comes the new Unit 01 TEQ63 (6”) in too cool for school purple + green from QUICCS and Martian Toys.  These will be available at the Mothership Art Gallery booth [#2423]—40 on Friday (VIP Preview night) and a limited number on Saturday.  Love the gum soles…

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