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Jun 14, 2019

Unbox Industries — A Trio of Sanrio Soft Vinyl Toys (6.16)


As you might know,Unbox Industries has partnered with Sanrio to produce a new line of soft vinyl toys featuring several of the brand's kawaii characters. As part of their upcoming weekend online drop, Unbox is releasing three figures from their Sanrio collection including Hangyodon (5.5", $49), Ahiru no Pekkle Red Chase Variant (5", $54) and Minna No Tabo (5", $9).  All three will be available on Saturday (6.16) at 8 AM PDT from the Unbox web shop.

Unbox is also offering the Sanrio figures at their Hong Kong Toy Festival booth this weekend. They are also showing additional, yet-to-be-released figures from the line.


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Evangelione x Inch Lab — Odette Pre-Order (6.16)


Inch Lab's upcoming art toy line showcases the work of artists from it's home country of Malaysia. First up is the lovely Odette by  Evangelione (Mei Yang Yeo). Known for her handmade dolls, Evangelione has focused her first vinyl toy of a swan girl around her signature facial aesthetic featuring large, nearly-square eyes and blushing cheeks which blend into the chin.

Odette stands nearly 4.75" tall, features an articulated head, and removable red flower accessory. Photos showing Odette wearing the flower on either side suggest that it's magnetic. Odette debuts in a pearl white edition which will be available for pre-order on Sunday (6.16) at 8 AM PDT from select retailers including myplasticheart (USA,$95), Strange Cat Toys (USA, $95), Big Bang Toyz (Malaysia), PlayToysForever (Taiwan), Wee Toys Gallery (Thailand) as well as direct from the Inchlab online store.  Odette is slated to ship in Q3 2019.


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Twelevedot — 'You Make Me Happy When Skies Are Gray' APO Frog


Korea's Twelvedot continues the stylish return of its APO Frog art toys with the fashion-forward You Make Me Happy When Skies Are Gray edition. First released at Five Points Festival, the striking new edition pairs a gray APO frog with a vibrant pink coat.

Limited to 300 pieces, the newest APO Frog (5") is available now for $70 SRP from myplasticheart (USA), Fifty Fifty (Korea), Ozzo (Singapore), Xinghui Creations (China) as well as direct from Twelvedot.


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Matt Bailey x Mighty Jaxx — Keep Me In Your Heart (6.15)


Mighty Jaxx has collaborated with tattoo artist Matt Bailey on the brand-new Keep Me In Your Heart art toy. The piece expresses heartfelt sentiment with raw, direct imagery and is a strong adaptation of the artist's tattoo designs. With this new release, Mighty Jaxx continues its support for artists expressing sensuality—an underrepresented genre in art toys. Keep Me In Your Heart will be available for pre-order this Saturday (6.15) at 6 AM PDT for $250.


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Jun 13, 2019

JPX x Coarse — Animal Parade: Halu GID 3" & 7" (6.14)


It's almost time to say goodbye. JPX is winding down its Animal Parade: Halu figure line from Coarse with a few final editions including a trio of Ignited (GID) editions.  Slated for a June 14th drop, the first two Halu GID figures feature brand-new food for the voracious Halu. The 3" Halu GID is about to enjoy a chicken dinner while his 7" big brother has chosen rabbit from his limitless menu.  As with all of the 7" releases, the rabbit is magnetic and can be removed or swapped out with the donuts and other food from previous editions.

JPX will release both the Halu GID 3" (980 Baht/$31.32) and Halu GID 7" (250 pcs, 4250 Baht/$135) on Thursday (6.14) at 9:30 PM PDT on their Facebook Page via Google form. Oh, did we mention there's a 'surprise' chase???


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Paul Kaiju x Unbox — Boss Charged Frost Edition (6.15)


The Boss is back.  Unbox will release the Boss Charged Frost Edition from Paul Kaiju this Saturday (6.15) at 8 AM PDT for $150 from the Unbox shop.  The 'Charged' rendition of PK's signature character debuted back in January with a wilder appearance than the OG with increased detail throughout including the Biter Fish embedded in its belly.  This new bluish green + pink marbled edition first debuted at the recent Mandarake Sofubi Rally held in Tokyo back on May 5th.


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Ciecy —Wonderland Tapoo Lottery


Ciecy invites you to take a trip down the rabbit's hole with her new Wonderland Tapoo soft vinyl figure. The new edition features a whimsical pastel-hued design with a new Alice-like bow-tie head decoration as well as subtle playing card cues including the clubs on the front of the spaceship and the diamond pattern around the base of the cockpit dome.  Based on the pilot (individual arms) and the detail above the wings, this appears to be a mini Tapoo.

The Wonderland Tapoo is available now via e-mail lottery for $65 + s/h.  To enter email [email protected] with 'Tapoo Wonderland' as the subject and include the following info: 1. IG account, 2. PayPal/Alipay/WeChat account, 3. Name/Shipping Address/Postal Code and 4. Phone Number.  Also be sure to repost the lottery announcement on your IG. There's no stated deadline, so it's best to enter ASAP.


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Jun 12, 2019

Parra x Case Studyo — Tomato Chair at Volta Basel


Parra continues his ongoing collaboration with Case Studyo—purveyors of innovative art objects—with the something wonderfully unexpected. So far, the pairing has created highly coveted collectibles for our desks and shelves, and now we can add living room to the list with the Tomato Chair. Based on the artist's frequently seen tomato character, this functional fiberglass sculpture measures approximately 4' x 4' x 3'. The whimsical piece dares (demands?) you to sit, enjoy and become part of the story. The Tomato Chair is on display by the Joshua Liner gallery at the Volta Basel art fair through June 15th, 2019.


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Go Green with Bōzu Edamame Edition from Planet 3 Toys (6.15)


Planet 3 Toys will release the Bōzu Edamame Edition (3.5") on Saturday (6.15) at 5 PM PST from their web shop for $25 + s/h.  Cast in green vinyl, this new unpainted edition of Planet 3's signature sofubi celebrates the simple elegance of the traditional Japanese soybean snack.   Bōzu  is made in Japan by Grody Shogun and Lulubell Toys.


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Jun 11, 2019

Gary Ham — Exclusive Cake Batter Mini Wooper Looper (6.12)


The cutest Axolotl toy ever?  The Mini Wooper Looper soft vinyl by Gary Ham and Pobber.  If you missed Gary's exclusive Cake Batter edition ($42) at Five Points, you're in luck as held ten back for the online release this Tuesday (6.12) at 11 AM PDT from his web shop.  Remember, the early bird get the worm, errr Wooper. 

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Kidrobot Is Revealing 'Arcane Divination: The Lost Cards' (6.21)


Roughly two years after the release of the original Arcane Divination Dunny Series, Kidrobot is about to release Series 2, officially titled Arcane Divination: The Lost Cards.  Based on Tarot cards, specifically the 25 cards that make up the Major Arcana, S1 covered 12 of the cards while S2 features the remaining ('lost') 13 cards.  Curated once again by J*Ryu, the Lost Cards series features designs from Camilla d'Errico, Doktor A, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Tokyo Jesus and J*Ryu.

Perhaps even more than the first series, the new Arcane Divination Dunnys continue to push the boundaries of Dunny and what we expect from it. In the lead up to the Friday, June 21st release of the new Arcane Divination Dunny series, Kidrobot has begun daily previews of the designs.  So far, they've revealed Strength by Camilla d'Errico, The Emperor by Doktor A, and both The Chariot and The Tower by Jon-Paul Kaiser.  Follow J*Ryu and Kidrobot for the latest reveals.


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Jun 10, 2019

Quiccs x Kidrobot — Ukami x Hitsuji:The Death Colorway (6.11)


Ukami x Hitsuji returns in The Death Colorway, a special sofubi edition from Quiccs, Kidrobot and Polyphony. Depicting the unlikely lovers' fiery last stand, the translucent edition is a shared exclusive with Polyphony in China and Kidrobot in the USA.  Limited to 200 pieces split evenly between the two brands, the 7" set comes in the same sweet silver on black packaging as the previous editions.

Ukami x Hitsuji: The Death Colorway will be available on Tuesday (6.11) at 9 AM PDT on Kidrobot.com. Pricing has not yet been announced. If you'd like to dive deeper into the couple's story, check out the Ukami x Hitsuji video storybook.


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Super7 — Ren & Stimpy Deluxe Figures Pre-Order


Super7 has just opened pre-orders for four additions to their 7" Deluxe line including two impressive Ren & Stimpy releases.  Deluxe? Both Ren and Stimpy come with alternate parts and plenty of accessories to recreate all the rude scenes you loved way back when.  Ren comes with a total of three (!) heads, three sets of hands, as well as a Fez, Rubber Nipple Hat and Pork Snacks.  Not to be outdone, Stimpy ships with an alternate face, three sets of hands, a bag of Gritty Kitty, far, fish skeleton, nose goblin, litter box and rubber nipple hat accessories. 

All those parts mean plenty fun possibilities.  Heck, you could even actually play with these, like you did when Ren & Stimpy first hit TV. Both are available now for pre-order (through 6/30) for $40 from Super7 and should ship in February 2020.  In addition to Ren and Stimpy, S7 is also taking pre-orders for deluxe editions of Voltron and the Toxic Crusader.


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Ghoulhead MaBa Tribute from Retrobrand x Zectron (6.11)


Brothers in slime, Retroband and Zectron have combined their powers to bring you Ghoulhead, a clever tribute to the MaBa Zombies toys. Sculpted by Zectron over five long years and painted by Retroband, Ghoulhead pays tribute to the the vampire and two-faced blob toys from the original MaBa Zombies Series 1 lineup.  Produced by the toy wizards at Unbox Industries in the original scale, Ghoulhead features five total faces, three of which are transition style, asymmetric designs.

Proudly bearing the classic MaBa colors, the debut edition Ghoulhead (25 pcs) drops on Tuesday (6.11) at 10 AM PDT for $50 directly from the Deadly Delivery shop.


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Jun 09, 2019

Kaiju-Con at the Japanese American National Museum (6.15)


Kaiju-Con is almost here.  Featuring a vendor hall, panels and demos, the event is this Saturday (6.15, 11 AM -5 PM) at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles. Presented in conjunction with the ongoing Kaiju vs. Heroes exhibition—featuring Mark Nagata's extensive kaiju collection—Kaiju-Con will feature booths from Anime Jungle, Cat Magic Toys, Lulubell Toy Bodega, Marusan Toys, Max Toy Company, Mecha Virus, Toy Art Gallery and many more.  See the full list on the official event page

In addition to the vendors, Kaiju-Con will feature screenings of King Kong vs Godzilla (1962) as well as  a free outdoor screening of Mothra vs Godzilla (1964), a talk by Marusan president Eiji Kaminaga, a sofubi painting demo from Mark Nagata, and a Toy Collectors Roundtable.

Tickets are available now ($30/adult, $20/6-17 yrs old) and include admission to the museum.  Purchase by 5 PM PDT on Friday (6.14) and receive one-hour early admission as well as two free raffle tickets.


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Fools Paradise — Dokkan Awaken ||Furupawa


Fools Paradise revels in over-the-top designs with head-turning, smile-inducing results.  How best to top their recent run of DBZ-inspired Dokkan Awaken figures? Going big, of course.  Goku has more than met his match with the new Broly-inspired Furupawa.

While the regular Dokkan Awaken figures stand an impressive 13.75", the new Dokkan Awaken Furupawa dwarfs the earlier releases at 18.9", a full five inches taller. My previous comments about the large format amplifying the craziness of the Fools Paradise designs apply even more so with Furupawa, especially when you consider the volume.  This is a massive homage or perhaps takedown of hypebeast culture cranked to eleven, with recognizable brands featured head to toe from tats to the gear and kicks.  And to top it off, we have the Lowfool bling hanging around Broly Fools' very large neck. 

The Dokkan Awaken Furupawa vinyl (18.9") will be available direct from Fools Paradise for pre-order on Tuesday (6.11) with pricing to be announced shortly.


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Jun 08, 2019

King Saladeen x Pop Life — 'JP The Money Bear' Drops Tonight (6.8) in Los Angeles


Tonight's the night. Pop Life will present the official Los Angeles debut of their JP The Money Bear from Philadelphia-based artist King Saladeen in Beverly Hills tonight, Saturday (6.9) from 6 to 9 PM, at U.S. Alterations. It's been quite the year so far for the Money Bear, including a Shenzen Release in January followed by recent releases at Sneaker Con in Shanghai and Five Points Festival in NYC this past weekend.  See you there!

King Saladeen || JP The Money Bear
Saturday, June 8th (6 to 9 PM)

U.S. Alterations
8692 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA


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Secretbase — SpongeBob Full Color GID Edition


Secretbase has just released its SpongeBob Full Color GID sofubi toy.  The newest colorway of its ongoing licensed series features painted details over the base glow-in-the-dark vinyl.  For those that want the best of both worlds, the new edition looks great with the lights on or off.  The new Full Color GID sofubi edition (5.5") comes with a fun cardboard base rather than the more traditional bag and header packaging.  It's available now for 13,824 yen ($128) via e-mail inquiry to [email protected] per the brand's overseas ordering instructions.


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Jun 07, 2019

Corey Helford Gallery x Sanrio Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary Group Show (6.29)


Continuing their tradition of high-profile art shows, Sanrio will present the opening of the Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary Group Show on Saturday, June 29th at Corey Helford Gallery in downtown Los AngelesThe show will celebrate the iconic character with original artwork from 70+ artists including Andrew Brandou, Buff Monster, Camilla D'Errico, D*Face, Fafi, Junko Mizuno, Luke Chueh, Okuda San Miguel (above), Simone Legno, Tara Mcpherson and Yosuke Ueno.  See the official flier image for the full artist lineup.  Check out the photo gallery for a quick preview including a few in-progress images. It goes without saying, but this is a must-see show for everyone smitten by Hello Kitty.

Sanrio ||Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary Group Show
Opening: Saturday, June 29th (7 - 11 PM)

Corey Helford Gallery
571 S Anderson Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033


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Luke Pelletier x Mighty Jaxx — Robo Hammerhead (6.8)


Mighty Jaxx will offer the fantastically funky Robo Hammerhead vinyl figure from Chicago-based artist Luke Pelletier as a pre-order on Saturday (6.8) at 6 AM PDT from the Mighty Jaxx web store for $129 (includes worldwide shipping).  Having grown up in a tourist town—presumably a beach city given his art—Pelletier's art explores the American vacation with a curious rather than critical gaze.

Robo Hammerhead is a glorious mashup, blending horror, sci-fi, rock 'n roll and countless aquatic themes/memes. This quadruple-take of an art toy is a strong translation of the artist's mix+match palette and retro-tinged imagery. It's also the kind of crazy, 'what is that' kind of piece that drew me into collecting art toys.


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Jun 06, 2019

J.T Studio — Sha Monk and Tang Monk 8" Vinyl Pre-Order


J.T Studio has filled out his Journey to the West 8" vinyl series with the new Tang Monk and new Sha Monk figures.  First shown in unpainted proto form at BTS 2018 and then as a full-color protos at this year's STS and TTE, both figures are based on their previously released 1/6 counterparts.  As with the Monkey King and Pigsy vinyls, Jei Tseng brings an urban, modern twist to both monk characters drawn from the epic 16th century Chinese novel.

Limited to 300 pieces each, Tang Monk and Sha Monk stand 8" tall and feature seven points of articulation.  They are available now for pre-order for $90 each (global shipping included) direct from J.T Studios and are slated to ship out in July.


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Jun 05, 2019

Vinnie Fiorello x Funko — Monkey Assassin

downloadIf you've been collecting vinyl toys for awhile, you might remember the curious Monkey Assassin (2004) from Vinnie Fiorello, perhaps best known as the lead singer of Less Than Jake. What you might not remember, is that the cold-blooded ape was produced and released by Funko, long before Pop! took the world by storm.

Recently Funko unexpectedly released a new version of Monkey Assassin, this time in Pop! form. Originally released as a Funko Exclusive, the new edition features the sword-wielding pose featured in later versions of the toy rather than the behind-the-back OG pose. It's available now directly from Fiorello's Paper + Plastik shop for $15.


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Jun 02, 2019

Itokin Park x Shigeru Sugiura


Itokin Park is offering a new vibrant colorway of his interpretation of Son Goku from Shonen Saiyuki created by the legendary manga artist Shigeru Sugiura. Standing 7.8" tall, the cheerful sofubi of the Monkey King features a bright palette of pink, red,blue, and yellow.

Son Goku by Itokin Park is available through June 3rd (Japan Time) via e-mail lottery for ¥120 + s/h.  To enter send an email request to [email protected] with a suject of 'Son Goku Lottery' and include your name, shipping address and country in the message.  Winners will be notified by email with instructions to complete the purchase via Paypal.

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