Dec 03, 2018

Trapped In A Can. Condensed by Doodles ‘N Drips x Mighty Jaxx (12.8)


Andy Warhol and the Campbell’s soup can are forever linked. Doodles ‘N Drips’ Consdensed pokes lighthearted fun at the artist’s signature imagery with visual and verbal reference to fading glory—drooped hands in boxing gloves and a pervasive gray from his hair to his lips.  Produced by Mighty Jaxx, the new figure has a striking, heavily-shaded appearance, lending it the appearance of a slightly muted photograph.  Condensed drops this Saturday (12.8).


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Yoaskay Yamamoto x Apportfolio — Submerged Wood Sculptures (12.6)


Yoskay Yamamoto has worked with Apportfolio to create two limited-edition Submerged wood sculptures. The contemplative pieces feature a hand-carved wood head of either a girl (ladder) or boy (moon) and four smaller pieces resembling large rocks or small islands.   Rather than an isolated, solitary piece, Submerged offers a 3-dimensional scene, arranged however the collector wishes based on the display space or mood.

A collectible mini installation, Submerged (13.8”) will be released in both female and male versions in editions of 250 pieces each  on Thursday (12.6) at 6 AM PST for $615 each.


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Scott Tolleson x Pobber — Black Truffle Bao Online Release (12.4)


If you missed Black Truffle Bao vinyl toy by Scott Tolleson at DesignerCon, Pobber will release a reserved quantity on Tuesday (12.4) at 6 AM PST for $35 each from their web shop.  The newest Bao features a dark tan + brown design. Cute, charming and… delicious(?) 

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Christmas Coiss Special for Overseas Orders


Surprise.  The folks behind the Coiss fish sofubi have released three of their joyful Christmas Coiss edition on eBay.  It’s available for $70 (buy it now). 

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Flying Fortress x Artoyz — Old School Hip Hop Teddy Troop S2 Reveal

45378051_344693259661128_5036237587354716546_nWith Teddy Troop S2—from Flying Fortress and Artoyz—on a boat from Asia, Fortress has revealed (well partially) two new series design.  Inspired by old school hip hop artists, the new designs make use of the alternate circular-top helmets which were introduced in last year’s TT reboot.  Urban Vinyl ? Always welcome.

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Pobber — Exclusive Candy Cane Cat from Nathan Hamill


Catsmas?  Pobber  will celebrate with their exclusive Candy Cane Cat edition of the BurgerCat sofubi from Nathan Hamill x Science Patrol.  The festive edition features is a marbled red and white treat, stands 2.75” tall, and will be available on Tuesday (12.4) at 6 AM PST for $30 at the Pobber shop.


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Retroband — M.E.A.T.S. Flesh Series (12.8)


Is your body ready?  Retroband, purveyor of fine plastic gore, is about to launch his M.E.A.T.S. Flesh Series in grand fashion with a 3-pack Death Match featuring Tomb, Meats, and the new shambling Suffer. The Mini M.E.A.T.S. drop on Saturday (12.8) at 10 AM PST from the Retroband butcher shop. These will be ready to go come drop day and will ship out the next day.


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Chris Ryniak + Amanda Louise Spayd’s Last 2018 Drop (12.3)


Think quick!  Amanda Louise Spayd and Chris Ryniak are closing out 2018 with a big drop on Bindlewood tonight (12.3) at 6 PM PST.  Hand-painted, original resins? Yes.  Print? absolutely.  Thimblestump Hollow 2 singles including the DCon Canyon Colorway exclusive Woolworth and Fuzzhorn?  Of course!


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Pocket Plastic’s Rocky is A Master of Balance

Kevin Nam has released a brand-new resin toy—Rocky— through his Pocket Plastic brand.  While seemingly a departure from his popular Tumble Tops, Rocky’s design focus on rock-solid balance links the new figure to the artist’s prior toys.  Rocky—a boxing gorilla—is in fact, a master of balance, equally adept at standing on each of four his limbs.

Cast in marbled resin, the 3” faceted fighter features real Cubic Zirconia gemstone eyes, fitting for a character born of rock. Limited to 40 pieces, the debut edition features 35 standard ‘stone’ figures as well as 5 vibrant Ruby chase pieces.  Rocky is available now for $30 from Pocket Plastic. Hit the jump for a making-of video as well as a gallery of Rocky's balance-defying feats.


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Marc McKee x BlackBook Toy — Rocco 3 Devil Bear


After three years of development, BlackBook Toy is now taking pre-orders for the Rocco 3 Devil Bear sofubi toy by Marc McKee.  The toy is based on McKee’s design of Steve Rocco’s board for World Industries (1989) which was issued a cease and desist because of the Devil Bear’s resemblance to a certain honey-loving bear from Hundred Acre Wood.  

The Devil Bear figure stands 9.85” tall and includes a purple pitchfork which is individually cast in resin by the toy’s sculptor, Chop of Monster Farm. With some minor color and text differences, the figure matches the graphic on the underside of the board.  The Rocco 3 Devil Bear is available now for ¥17820 (~$157) directly from BBT as  special pre-order which includes a free screen print (8.5” x 11 ) of the graphic from the top, grip-tape side of the vintage skate deck.  The figure + print are slated to ship in February of 2019.


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Run The Jewels x Nickelodeon — RTJ Krang (12.8)


Talk about a crossover!  RTJ Krang  fuses together the hip hop style of Run the Jewels with the mass appeal of Nickelodeon’s classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Designed by Trap Toys, known for their hip hop infused ‘bootleg’ action figures, and produced by Unbox Industries, the 12” figure features EL-P as the cerebral and conniving Krang and Killer Mike as the muscular and mobile Android Body.  Flowing with NYC street style + bling , RTJ Krang offer a new take on the TMNT villain(s).

Dropping in two editions colored to celebrate the rap duo’s first two albums—Krang LP1 in Black + Teal & Krang LP2 in Red + Teal—the figure features 8 points of articulation for plenty of playability.  Limited to 350 pieces of each edition, RTJ Krang will be released this Saturday (12.8) at 7 am PST from the Unbox web shop for $125 each.


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Dec 02, 2018

Black Seed Toys — Hoi Ba Long Online Release


Black Seed has just released its newest addition to the Monster Weapon series—Hoi Ba Long—on its web shopThe detail on this figure is rather astounding from the richly sculpted dragon’s head and legs to the ornate temple-style carriage.

Previously released at Asian conventions including Beijing Toy Show and Taipei Toy Festival,  the elaborate dragon caravan figure is available in both the OG red and Emperor Temple editions (blue) for $300 each.  Each features glow-in-the dark eyes (green), dragon ball (green) and lanterns (red). At conventions, Hoi Ba Long has been shown in a deluxe configuration with three additional headless carriages — similar to the tenth floor Yu Shou Long editions.  No word yet on the release of the full caravan version.


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Mind Control by Give Me Plastic (12.5)


Give Me Plastic has been quietly creating top-notch, stylish resins since they dropped Gambino back in the Summer. The cool keeps flowing with the upcoming Mind Control—perhaps the best so far—bringing us a VR-entranced hypebeast.  Everything works here, from the fun crossover cerebral concept to the contrasting design with the detailed kicks and exposed brain against the smooth body.  Interestingly, it looks like the left arm may be articulated or posable.

Mind Control will be available in a limited 48-hr drop this Wednesday (12.5) at 9 AM PST from the Give Me Plastic Shop. Collectors will have the choice of three colorways—which going by preview shots may vary primarily in terms of the kicks.


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Vinyl Artist Gacha 17: Space Racers Mimi by Kaijin


December is here and with it snow, holiday cheer and for toy collectors, Vinyl Artist Gacha Series 17 from Medicom Toy.  S17 features six individual artist mini series including Space Racers Mimi by Kaijin.  His longstanding Space Racers line offers the combination of futuristic cool + charming cute that is the artist’s calling card.  The blind gacha will bring Mimi in five colors — Pink, Red, Green, Yellow and Blue. 

If you don’t happen to live in Japan where gashaphon machines are commonplace, you’ll likely find VAG 17 at select US retailers including myplasticheart.


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Bolton by Yamazaru Available Online


Japanese artist Yamazaru has released several editions of their Bolton resin mini figure on their web shop for ¥3500 (~$31).  The adorable, industrial Bolton features a teeny, tiny body with an oversized cylindrical head (bolt?).  These are nicely executed and finished with a painted weathering effect.  Sometimes the distance between an intriguing overseas figure on Instagram and your shelf can be enormous, but in this case it’s just a few clicks away.


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Dec 01, 2018

Mr. Yolk Baby Maru by Ramarama Studio


Ramarama Studio released the new Mr. Yolk Baby Maru version at the Art Toy Thailand 3 event over the weekend in Bangkok.  The new edition has a spicy vibe with a red, demon egg design. Baby Maru is limited to 30 pieces, with ten released at the event and an online drop coming soon.  This appears to be the 4th Mr. Yolk, following the Original, Ludan, and Raw editions. While the fun character design is engaging, the playability with the removable Yolk adds considerably to its appeal.


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Alec Monopoly — ‘BH Monopi’ Art Toy


Surprise! LA-based street artist Alec Monopoly released his first art toy—BH Monopi—on Monday (11.26).  Done in conjunction with the Beverly Hills hotel, hence the ‘BH’, the figure has since sold out.  Limited to 400 pieces, the 10” vinyl figure was offered for $700.  This first edition features a pink + black design with light green money sack and comes in a ‘Beverly Hills Soup’ oversized can-style package.  The deco is a mix of paint and ‘hydro-transferred paint’—the latter is presumably in place of traditional pad printing.


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Hasbro x 3A — Transformers: BumbleBee DLX Figure

downloadWith the Bumblebee movie set to debut in about three weeks, 3A has announced their officially licensed Transformers: Bumblebee DLX  8”figure in conjunction with Hasbro. This is the first of 3A’s new DLX scale figures which feature mixed materials including die-cast parts and the extreme articulation, hyper detail and paint effects the brand is known for at a smaller size and more affordable price point. 

Bumblebee DLX features 50+ points of articulation, partial diecast metal construction and light-up LEDs at the smaller 8” size.  The ever-popular Transformer comes with a garage’s worth of parts for flexible display—Battlemask and Standard heads, Standard or Stinger Blaster right arm, Folded and Open back wings, 3 sets of interchangeable hands (Fists/Relaxed/Action) and an stylized action stand + base.

Bumblebee DLX is available for pre-order from Bambaland for $145 which includes worldwide shipping.  The figure is slated to ship in Q2 2019.


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Nathan Cleary Amps Up The Arsenal with Frankenbob 20” Resin


Nathan Cleary is ready to unleash the biggest ‘nade of them all. At 20” the multi-personality Frankenbob dwarfs his original Spongrenades and even the 8” SpongeBomber.  Part Bob, part Patrick, part grin, Nathan’s building these large-scale Weapons of Mass Confusion to order from 36 individually crafted resin components.

Shown above as a digital mockup and after the jump as a work-in progress, Frankenbob is limited to an edition of ten and  available for £1999 (~$2550) from Nathan’s armory which includes worldwide shipping.  Each Frankenbob ships in a wood crate with a signed and numbered COA as well as guaranteed double-takes and ear to ear smiles. Please allow 2-3 months for production.


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Juce Gace x Mighty Jaxx — Maneki-Dino in Red


Mighty Jaxx  is taking pre-orders for the new Maneki-Dino Red edition vinyl figure from Juce Gace.  The red, white and blue + silver accents design of  the 8-bit dino x lucky cat mashup follows the green+white OG edition (April ‘18). Limited to 150 pieces, the 8” figure is available for pre-order for $119 from the Mighty Jaxx shop.  Orders placed before December 2nd at 6 PM PST will arrive by December 31st 2018.

A bearer of good fortune, Maneki Dino’s design incorporates elements of wealth including a silver ingot on his back  and coin-shaped Dino spikes on his head.  The Chinese inscriptions of  Prosperity and Good Luck on the feet round out the design intent.


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KAWS — Clean Slate Art Toy (12.9)


Celebrating the acquisition and upcoming installation of the 21-foot Clean Slate bronze sculpture (2018) by KAWS, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth has announced the upcoming  release of the Clean Slate open-edition vinyl art toy.

Featuring a Companion carrying two smaller Companions—one in each arm—Clean Slate (14”) will be released on Sunday December 9th 2018 at 8 AM PST—the day of the bronze sculpture revealfrom  The Modern Shop in three editions (Gray, Black and Brown) for $480 each. The large Clean Slate bronze and art toy are The Modern’s latest work with KAWS and follow 2012’s Where The End Starts exhibition held at the museum.


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Toy Tokyo — Darkstar Grin by Ron English x Made By Monsters (12.2)


If you’ve been waiting on the online drop for Darkstar Grin, which debuted at DCon, it’s almost go time. Toy Tokyo will release Ron English’s Vader take on Sunday (12.2) at 7 AM PST for $399/blind bag from their online store.  As shown above, the release includes three variants — standard (left), Gold (center) and Silver (right). 

Produced by longtime collaborators Made by Monsters, Darkstar Grin pays homage to the dark side with a deluxe treatment featuring not only a stylized grin but also English’s hollow star eyes featured in his previous standalone Star Skull pieces. The design echoes Vader’s path and fate.


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Nov 30, 2018

Compound x kaNO — Exclusive Gold + Silver 20” Dragon Kings


Go big with the Compound’s Exclusive 20” Dragon King x2.  That’s right, Black + Gold and Black + Silver.  The Bruce Lee-licensed figures from kaNO and ToyQube pay homage to the kung-fu legend in commanding street style.  Limited to 150 pieces per edition, the Compound Dragon King exclusives are available for $400 each from the Compound web shop.   


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Kyle Kirwan — Bruma The God of Winter


Old Man Winter has arrived. Kyle Kirwan has released his Bruma-The God of Winter resin figure.  The translucent blue 3.75” figure is the third in the artist’s Gods of the Four seasons series from the Mudcat universe, following Fons (Spring) and Calor (summer).  With his tree branch arms and carrot-like nose, Bruma evokes the classic snowman.  Limited to ten pieces, Bruma is available now from Kyle’s web shop for a very generous $20—the value is real.

Bruma is the God of Winter, the oldest of the four seasons often called Old Man Winter by the Denzins of Dor. Hes grumpy, and slow moving but by far the smartest of his Brother seasons. Perhaps it's his patience and introspection that led to his wisdom, perhaps he just spent more time roaming and exploring. Whatever the case he is well respected and his opinions held in high esteem.


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Kidrobot x Scott Tolleson —The Shard Ice Monster 3” Dunny


Kidrobot is looking to make your Shard dreams come true with the release of The Shard Ice Monster 3” Dunny resin from Scott Tolleson.  KR’s final drop for their Cyber Week event is cast in ice blue resin perfect for the season and at 3” tall perfect for your desk or cubicle.  Limited to 300 pieces, Ice Monster is available now exclusively at Kidrobot for $60.

With this release comes some cool Shard background.  The figure was originally developed as an Ice Monster for Scott’s The Odd Ones Dunny series (‘16). With Scott’s concerns that neither vinyl nor ABS would do the sharp-edge Shard justice, it was dropped from the series and left to Scott to self-produce in resin.


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