Jun 25, 2019

Arcane Divination: 'The Lost Cards Chase' Figures

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In addition to the standard 13 designs, the new Arcane Divination: The Lost Cards Dunny series from Kidrobot includes three chase variants. Series curator J*Ryu has revealed the three elusive designs which include a partially mono version of Strength by Camilla d'Errico and two editions of his 'The Ghost' design. The Imprisoned Ghost features a chains and padlock design which ties back into his previous work around the symbolism of keys and locks.  His other chase, The Lost Ghost, features a pared-down design with what appears to be a GID version of the spirit, looking for meaning and direction.

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Jun 24, 2019

Inch Lab -- New Art Toy Line Showcases Malaysian Artists

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Inch Lab unveiled their new art toy line, showcasing artists from their native country of Malaysia, at last weekend's TAGCC in Kuala Lumpur.  In addition to the pre-released Odette by Evangelione and the four figures we recently previewed, Inch Lab also showcased RoboApe by CZ Blank (above), Tiki Daruma by Bone Alfie, Ball La by Palee Abu and Dinocor from Orkibal.   Check the photo gallery for close-up's of 3d-printed prototypes of each figure—hand-painted by the artists —as well as bios and character descriptions. We will be sure to keep you updated on the upcoming releases for Inch Lab's new vinyl art toys.

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Jun 22, 2019

Kenny Wong x Pop Mart — Buzz Lightyear Molly

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Just in time for Toy Story 4, Pop Mart has released a new Buzz Lightyear Molly by Kenny Wong. Given the popularity of the Astronaut Molly line, this new crossover is a natural fit and very much in character. Released on Friday (6.21) for 499 Yuan ($73), the medium-format figure is currently only in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan due to licensing considerations.  This is Pop Mart's second high-profile Molly crossover project following the Minions Molly figures which were released at Shanghai Toy Show in April.

In addition to the standalone Buzz Light Year Molly, Pop Mart has also announced and teased their upcoming Toy Story Series Mini Series featuring what appears to be 12 characters including Woody, Buzz, Alien and Bo Peep.  The new series carries over the seated pose from the brand's first Disney series, Mickey Family, which was released in the Spring.

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Tomenosuke Exclusive Meowlting Strawberry by I Love Doodle x Mighty Jaxx

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Tomenosuke's Exclusive Meowlting Strawberry Flavor figure from I Love Doodle and Mighty Jaxx comes just in time for the Summer sunshine.  This one is all about love: cat love, ice cream lovers, and love for food toys.  Oh, did we mention it's adorable? 

Limited to 100 pieces, the Meowlting Strawberry Flavor vinyl toy (6") is available from Tomenosuke for ¥11,000 ($102) from Tomenosuke's international store or from their Japan-only store (¥11,880).

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3DRetro Exclusive Thomas Nosuke Altaire by Doktor A x Tomenosuke

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3DRetro has released it's Exclusive Thomas Nosuke Altaire sofubi from Doktor A and Tomenosuke.  Having had a chance to see this edition up close and in person,  it's quite nice with the mix of the smoke + glitter vinyl and the metallic silver painted elements.  It's also the first edition of the figure with the brand-new retro tin-toy style box which replaces the previous bag and header card packaging.  Tomenosuke has put a lot of love into the box which nails the retro feel right down to the staples used to hold it together.

Limited to 30 pieces, the Thomas Nosuke Altaire edition (8") is available exclusively from 3DRetro for $169.99.

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Jun 21, 2019

Jim Dreams x Unbox Industries — Chubbi Chunk in New Colors (6.22)

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Chubbi Chunk—such a clever play on 'chibi'—is back in five new colors.  Jim Dreams' signature character returns in a super cute, standing mini version (3.5"), based on the seated Chunk mini in the recent Unbox & Friends series.  Previously released in the OG blue, Superman Toys (HK) Exclusive Smash (green) and TTE exclusive Tropical (red) editions, Unbox is set to release five new colors of Chubbi Chunk—Black, GID, Gray, Pink and Yellow—for $25 each or $125 for the set of five.   The new colors drop this Saturday (6.22) at 8 AM PDT from the Unbox shop.

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Jun 20, 2019

Whatshisname x Mighty Jaxx — Lick Balls (6.22)

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Mighty Jaxx continues its long-running collaboration with UK artist Whatshisname with the newest addition to the Popiki family: Lick Balls. Apparently an advocate of straightforward titles, the aptly named balloon dog toy follows POopek, Peepek, Humpek and others. 

The new piece answers the question of what Popiki do with their down time—about the same as their canine counterparts.  Lick Balls will be available for pre-order on Saturday (6.22) at 6 AM PDT for $129.

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Jun 19, 2019

The Latest from Arcane Divination: The Lost Cards (6.21)

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Since our first update on the Arcane Divination: The Lost Cards 3" Dunny series, project curator J*Ryu and Kidrobot have revealed eight more Tarot-based designs. With the four previously mentioned, we've seen twelve of the thirteen designs from this second series which will be released on Friday (6.21) from select retailers and on Kidrobot.com (9 AM PDT).

Both of J*Ryu's previewed designs—The Star and The Ghost—are standout designs that showcase the project's efforts to push Dunny beyond what we expect from it.  The Star features a brand-new sextant-inspired head sculpt that appears as if it's capable of swiveling. And then there's The Ghost offers a contemplative scene as a ghostly lady floats through a foggy forest. This piece stands out in part because it takes us full circle back to J*Ryu's early customs which featured this ghostly character and also because it's the only previewed design that retains the standard Dunny sculpt—albeit with the addition of the embedded figure.

We're looking forward to the final reveal and the release of Arcane Divination: The Lost Cards this Friday, June 21st 2019.

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Junko Mizuno x Superplastic — White Lotus Superjanky (6.20)

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Superplastic has been dropping hints that about it for awhile now, so we're pretty sure the White Lotus Superjanky by Junko Mizuno is right at the top of many collector's must-have list. The follow-up to the OG Lotus Superjanky, the new edition features a white janky with a powder blue Japanese school girl uniform. As with the previous edition, the White edition features a matching magical tooth companion.  While these things are very subjective, we're temped to say the new edition just might top the OG with its slightly softer appearance that builds on the enigmatic angle while tamping down the in-your-face feel.

Limited to 444 pieces, the White Lotus Superjanky is slated to drop on Thursday (6.20) at 9 AM PDT from the Superplastic web shop for $65 and should ship out in August. The OG Lotus Superjanky sold out in minutes so we expect a similar pace for the new edition, though the larger edition size (444 vs. 300) might extend availability just a bit.

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Jun 18, 2019

Inch Lab Will Debut New Prototypes at TAGCC (6.22 - 6.23)

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Malaysia-based Inch Lab is off to a quick start with their new toy line showcasing designs by Malaysian artists.  In addition to Odette by Evangelione, now available for pre-order, the new brand is headed to TAGCC (Toys/Anime/Games/Comics Convention) in Kuala Lumpur.  They will be displaying painted prototypes of several new art toys this weekend (6.21 - 6.22) in booth A81. 

Our first preview of the new line features four of the new figures: Kaki Bakar from Kupeh Rodriguez, DiD Hapser by Arifin Amin, Lionbxi by Darrel Cheong,  and Smoke Skull from Messy Desk Studio.  All four feature detailed sculpts that reflect each character's story and personality.

The curious, walking matchbox that is Kaki Bakar (Mischievous Arsonist) from Kupeh Rodriguez is in fact the unseen 'devil on the shoulder' of a young boy who enjoys playing with fire. The spirited sculpt offers a dynamic vision as the mischievous one strikes a pose while preparing to ignite yet more trouble with a lit match. There's more to come as the match's unlit friends lie waiting, nestled safely within the instigator.  Be sure to check out the photo gallery for preview images, artist bios and character stories for each of the four new Inch Lab figures.

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Secret Base — Big Scale Astro Boy GID #3 Lottery

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Attention Astro Boy fans!  Secret Base is releasing a new large-format, glow-in-the-dark sofubi of the celebrated manga/anime hero.  The Big Scale Astro Boy GID #3 figure stands nearly 18" tall and features a classic painted design over a mix of GID and clear vinyl with sculpted robotic inserts—sfx all the way.

Big Scale Astro Boy GID #3 is available via e-mail lottery for ¥35,000 ($323) through 4:30 PM PDT on Tuesday (6.18).  To enter check out the official release announcement on Instagram and follow the three entry steps including IG follow/repost instructions as well as the email request. As usual, the lottery is limited to one entry per customer.  Winners will be notified via e-mail with instructions to complete the sale.  Best of luck!

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Jun 17, 2019

Whereschappell — Where The Wookie Things Are Pew-Pew! (6.30)

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For his next release, Whereschappell brings us everyone's favorite intergalactic bounty hunter who may also be the most popular character from that galaxy far, far away.  Where The Wookie Things Are (WTWTA) Pew-Pew! offers a playful mash-up resin figure of a Wookie Boba dreaming of an epic chase between the two iconic spaceships. Love the details here, especially the two spaceship toys and the furry children's book crossover. Maybe it's sacrilege (probably is), but the sentiment reminds us of the end scene from The Last Jedi.

WTWTA Pew-Pew (7.1") will be available for pre-order on Sunday, June 30th 2019 at 12 Pm PDT in three colorways—Jedi (green helmet), Kenner (blue helmet) & Holiday (gray helmet)—for £84.99 (~$108) each direct from the artist's web shop. You likely know this, but expect these to insta-vanish. These hand-painted resin figures are slated to ship at the end of September.

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Jun 14, 2019

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

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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)

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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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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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