Jul 14, 2019

kaNO x Unruly Industries — Ghetto Blaster

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Unruly Industries has revealed the upcoming Ghetto Blaster art toy from kaNO.  More than any of his toys to date, Ghetto Blaster captures the style of the artist's paintings.  From this first preview photo, it's an excellent translation of his art and style. As with the Craola announcements, we're hoping this one makes an appearance at SDCC.

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Greg 'Craola' Simkins x Unruly Industries — Starry Knights + Stabby

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Unruly Industries has made a series of new art toy announcements including three upcoming releases with Greg 'Craola' Simkins.  The Starry Knight series features two mystical characters -- Magi and Maret. While they bear a close resemblance to one another, Magi resembles a rabbit, while Maret appears to be a centaur (finned?). These have the feel of stout, mystical guardians. 

In addition to the Starry Knights, Unruly is previewing the brand-new Stabby figure.  This one features an animated, stylized version of the character, apart from the recent 3DRetro figure.  No word yet, but given the timing of these announcements, we're hopeful they will be on display at Sideshow's SDCC booth [#1929]

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Jul 13, 2019

Steve Caballero x HasNoTalent — Cab Dragon Action Figure

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Proving once again that his name is a lie, Hasnotalent is collaborating with legendary skater Steve Caballero on a brand-new Cab Dragon action figure.  Based on Caballero's art, the new 3.75" figure is a new custom sculpt and features two removable heads (Cab and Dragon) as well as old-school articulation. Each card will be signed by Caballero as well.  Look for a release shortly. Be sure to follow @hasnotalent as his releases are done via IG comments. 

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Jul 12, 2019

IamRetro x QUICCS — Crystal Green Camouflage Hello Kitty Debuts at SDCC

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IAmRetro has elevated their Exclusive Green Camouflage Hello Kitty vinyl (Kidrobot) with a high-end Swarovski crystal makeover.  The Crystal edition features 1940 crystals, applied by hand, one by one.  Limited to 32 pieces total, the new bling edition (4 pieces) will debut at SDCC at the Nsurgo booth [#5601]. Due to the limited nature of the figure, Nsurgo will release one Crystal edition per day via rafffle (7.18-7.21). Nsurgo will also offer an IamRetro x QUICSS capsule collection at SDCC. Pricing has not been announced.

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Jul 11, 2019

Todd James x Case Studyo — Tank Pool Float

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Just in time for some Summer fun, Case Studyo has released the Tank Pool Float by renown painter and graffiti artist Todd James (REAS).  The functional pool float features James'  cute yet brash tank character throwing up the #1 and a salute at the same time. The fun piece embraces dimensionality with a large turret and the animated pose. 

An edition of 200, the Tank Pool Float by Todd James (L59 x W57 x H43.4") is available now from Case Studyo  for €302.5 for EU customers or €239/$268 for non-EU customers.

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Coarse — Omen Totem Fade : Falling Star & Old Sun (7.18)

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Coarse has officially announced their new 14" Omen Totem-Fade vinyl art toys in two editions, Falling Star and Old Sun. First seen as display prototypes at this year's Shanghai Toy Show in April, these elevate the popular Omen Fade design with the larger Totem (200%) form-factor.  Seen in person, the finish and execution on these is excellent.  The stunning, deep black gloss of the partially open eye adds to the heartfelt feeling of sorrow embodied in the Omen Fade design.

Omen Totem Fade will be available in two editions: Old Sun (orange-red + white) and Falling Star (black + orange).  Limited to 234 pieces of each edition, Omen Totem Fade will be available for pre-order on Thursday (7.18) at 8:59 AM from the Coarse Shop for $249 each.  Currently in production, the figures are scheduled to ship in the October-November 2019 time frame.

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Jul 10, 2019

IamRetro Exclusive Mega Super Retro TEQ63 by QUICCS x Martian Toys (7.16)

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Back in December, IamRetro released their exclusive Super Retro TEQ63 channeling their passion for gaming with a design based on the classic SNES console.   As you might expect, it sold out quickly.  Now comes word of the Mega Super Retro TEQ63 by QUICCS x Martian Toys.  Same cleverly-executed design, only on the new 12.5" Mega body. Beyond the announced drop date of Tuesday July 16th, release details are yet to be announced including pricing and exact release time. Save the date.

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Tik Ka From East x Mighty Jaxx — Hambuddha Celadon

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Hambuddha returns in a new Celadon Edition from Tik Ka from East and Mighty Jaxx. In keeping with the food theme, the new version is inspired by ceramic dishes and bowls.  It also has the added wrinkle of being the most statue-like colorway to date, emphasizing the Buddhist aspect while letting the Golden Arches aspect fade into the background.

The Hambuddha Celadon Edition vinyl art toy (8") will be available on Saturday (7.13) at 6 AM PDT from Mighty Jaxx for  $169 (worldwide shipping included).  This figure is in stock and ready to ship.

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Jul 09, 2019

Buff Monster x Clutter Gallery — I'll Melt With You(7.13)

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Clutter Gallery will present the opening of I'll Melt With You on Saturday (7.13) in Beacon, New York.  The group show will showcase artist customs of 5" resin figures of Buff Monster's signature character, Mister Melty.  Curated by Buff Monster and Clutter, the artist lineup includes Buff Monster, Battle Damage Dave, Fluke, Jim McKenzie, Katie GambKyle Kirwan, MP Gautheron, Oliver Hibert, Arbito, Bwana SpoonsL’Amour SupremeRampage Toys, Mus Musculus, Czee13, Sad Salesman, Klav9Riiisa Boogie, Mr. Mars, Cherry Moth Cake and more.  Be sure to check out the photo gallery for several previews.

Buff Monster will be at the opening, so drop by, checkout the custom Mister Melty figures, chat with Buff about the character's meaning, and enjoy a special ice cream treat from Zora Dora's created for the event.

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Opening: Saturday, July 13th 2019

163 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508

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T. Wei x Unruly Industries — Smelter Skelter (7.16)

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New Zealand-based artist T. Wei has teamed up once again with Unruly Industries on his new Smelter Skelter art toy.  Based on this one preview image, the new figure seems to be a creepy, stylish take on old-school wind-up robots.  It's also a clever spin on the popular dissected or anatomical style with the robot's exterior melting away along the diagonal to reveal the skeletal demon inside.  The new figure is scheduled for a pre-release on Tuesday (7.16) between Noon and 3 PM PDT.

Smelter Skelter features the artist's familiar unfolding cube style seen in much of his original artwork and shares the skeleton link to Gone Fishin'—also by Unruly— which is available for pre-order now ($125) and slated for an August arrival.

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Jesse Hernandez x Unruly Industries — Iron Man and Wolverine Busts

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Unruly Industries has revealed the upcoming Iron Man and Wolverine bust art toys from Jesse Hernandez.  In creating each of the pieces, Jesse has re-interpreted the iconic super heroes through his signature aesthetic which is heavily influenced by Aztec imagery and symbolism.  The Wolverine design is impressive as a nearly complete translation to Jesse's style, especially in terms of the mask design and detail.  Both busts will be shown at Sideshow's SDCC booth [#1929] and will be available for pre-order on Tuesday (7.16) between Noon and 3 PM PDT.

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Thomas Han — Karma Dunny Baseball Print + Sludgy Unicorn Custom

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After a long hiatus, artist Thomas Han is once again creating art and toys.  He's currently offering pre-orders for his Karma Dunny Baseball print which continues his tradition of releasing baseball-card size prints to accompany each of his Dunny releases. As with his other baseball prints, the new print will arrive in a 4-screw, recessed clear baseball card holder. Limited to 20 pieces with 10 APs, the print is available now for $45 by DMing the artist on IG--be sure to follow him first.

The new release is a perfect companion for his Karma Dunny from the Dunny Series 4 (2007) by Kidrobot.    If you don't have the Karma Dunny, check out the secondary market including eBay.

In addition to the print, Thomas is working with Tenacious Toys to offer hand-painted customs. First up is the Sludgy Unicorn, a custom of the Ugly Unicorn sofubi from Rampage Toys. It's available for $125 from Tenacious Toys.

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Flat Bonnie Has a Trio of SDCC Releases

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For San Diego Comic Con, Flat Bonnie has created three pop-rific plush releases available at the DKE and Giant Robot booths.  Chewbactus is a fun merging  of the brand's cactus character with the most famous Wookie of all. This large format (11") figure is a deluxe vinyl pleasure release featuring plenty of galactic detail including hand-sewn bandolier and metal spikes. It comes with a s/n hang tag and adoption certificate.  Limited to just 20 pieces, Chewbactus will be available exclusively from the DKE booth [#2643] for $100.

Flat Bonnie will also have two releases at the Giant Robot booth [#1729]: Captain Meowvel ($20) and the Mini Jackalope Plush blind bag series ($20).  Captain Meowvel ($20)features Caughtington the Hairball in cosplay as the marvelous cosmic heroine. Meowvel is 4" tall and 5" wide and features vinyl pleather, fleece and faux fur. She is signed/numbered and comes with an adoption certificate. Speaking of cosplay, the Mini Jackalope Plush blind bag series features the cute furry ones dressed up as their favorite inhabitants of Endor. Each fabric bag contains one of four colors: Brown, Grey, Tan and a mystery color.  Each Mini Jackalope stands 4.75" tall and is handmade with vinyl pleather and fleece.

For those that can't attend SDCC, Flat Bonnie is offering pre-orders for both of the Giant Robot releases from her online store. Beyond the super cute designs, Flat Bonnie's plush toys also help make the world a safer place for our furry friends. As devoted animal lovers, the brand donates a portion of all proceeds to bunny/animal rescue organizations.

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Andrew Bell Debuts 'Kisses of Death' Line at SDCC

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First Kit Kats and now chocolate Kisses.  Andrew Bell continues his series  of 'dangerous' chocolate remakes with the new Kisses of Death line from O-No Food Company. A follow-up to his Kill Kat figures, the new vinyl toy treats will come in two sizes: a bag of three 2" Kisses and a 4" Skull Kiss. The bag of the 2" Kisses of Death features three different sculpts capturing the voracious beasts in different stages of a kill. The 4" Skull Kiss features a partially melted body that reveals the evil skull that lies within. As you would expect from an O-No Food release, both feature clever packaging. The smaller 2" trio comes individually foil-wrapped in a nicely branded bag, while the larger Skull Kiss comes nestled in partially opened foil wrap inside a swanky window box.

Kisses of Death will debut at SDCC with the Mostly Evil editions of the bag of three 2" Kisses ($30) and the 4" Skull Kiss ($30) from the Dumbrella booth [#1335].

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Jul 08, 2019

Andrew Bell at SDCC: King Size Death Pepper Kill Kat

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If you like your re-animated treats red hot, then Andrew Bell has just the horrific flavor for you.  He'll be unleashing the King Size Death Pepper Kill Kat at San Diego Comic-Con.  At 15" tall, this new XL edition packs quite a wallop with the pure flavor of the fiery, famed and fictitious Himalayan Death Pepper and tricked out 'tri-tone fade' paint. The King Size Death Pepper Kill Kat will be available from the Dumbrella booth [#1335] for $130 each.

In other Kill Kat news, Andrew should also have the Purple Drank Kill Kats (regular size) at SDCC. These translucent treats were first available at the recent Five Points Festival.

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Skinner x Eyecon Jewelry —'Oblivion Wizard' Ring Debuts at SDCC

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Mikie Graham, known to toy collectors as a customizer and one-time Blamo associate, will launch his new Eyecon Cosplay brand of distinctive jewelry and clothing at SDCC. The debut collection will include the Oblivion Wizard ring by Skinner, the first release in Eyecon's Artist Ring series.  With a grizzled beard, mystic head talisman and cosmic gaze, the Oblivion Wizard is sure to draw attention from the uninitiated. 

The Oblivion Wizard ring will be available in Yellow Brass ($75) and Sterling Silver ($222) versions in whole sizes ranging from 6 to 12. It will be released on Wednesday (7.17), Preview Night, from the Five and Diamond booth [#4521] as well as from the Eyecon Etsy shop that evening beginning at 6 PM PDT.

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Luke Chueh x Munky King — SDCC Ghostbear GID

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Luke Chueh and Munky King will unleash the new Ghostbear toy in a special glow-in-the-dark edition debuting at San Diego Comic Con.  The figure is based on the character seen in the artist's Ghostbear digital comics which he began creating shortly after the passing of his father. Limited to 299 pieces, the Ghostbear GID soft vinyl figure will be available from Munky King's SDCC booth [#2649] for $35.

While perhaps the first 'official' Ghostbear figure, the new toy does follow the previous Jiangshi figure from VTSS. No word yet on when we can expect the OG white Ghostbear toy.

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QUICCS x Martian Toys — TEQ63 TEQTRON Edition (7.9)

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Before the Matrix, Tron invited all of us to consider what it would mean to become truly digital.  In honor of the 37th Anniversary of the classic sci-fi film, QUICCS and Martian Toys have created the TEQTRON edition of the popular TEQ63 vinyl art toy. The new edition features the futuristic circle + line markings symbolic of the ENCOM mainframe.

Limited to 299 pieces, TEQTRON will be available on Tuesday (7.9) at 9 AM PDT for $75 exclusively from MartianToys.com and Mothership Toy Gallery in Philadelphia. This release is limited to 2 per household.

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Super7 x Gorilla Biscuits — 30th Anniversary Red ReAction Tribute Set

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Super 7 and NYC Hardcore band Gorilla Biscuits continue their 10+ year collaboration with the brand-new 30th Anniversary Gorilla Biscuits ReAction Figure (red) box set. As with the two previous sets, this third set is inspired by the third (final) pressing of the band's self-titled album which was released on red 7" vinyl.   Packaged in a stylish box, the set includes the Red Gorilla Biscuits ReAction blister-carded figure with 'GB' 7" large-hole adapter/figure stand, a new 7" red vinyl with large center hole and new label design plus a 16-page booklet celebrating the history of the recording and its release. As you may know, the center hole adapter allows you to play the record while the mascot figure spins round and round.   Available now exclusively from Super7 for $60, the new red tribute set follows the previous blue (1st press) and purple (2nd press) sets. The new red tribute set is limited to one per collector.

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Jul 06, 2019

Mighty Jaxx x Brandalised — 'Kissing Coppers' Polystone

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Mighty Jaxx is currently offering a 24-hour timed pre-release of their new Kissing Coppers polystone figure inspired by the mural from legendary street artist/prankster Banksy. Licensed through the Brandalised brand from Full Colour Black Ltd, the figure features black and white paint effects designed to recreate the look of Banksy's stenciled walls.  The 10" polystone figure is available now for pre-order until Sunday (7.7)  5:59 AM PDT direct from Mighty Jaxx for $350 each.

With Banksy art toys, the question of authenticity  is ever present and seemingly vague.  Medicom has released several high-profile art toys featuring Banksy's iconic images through their Sync brand via the Brandalism trademark which is owned by Full Colour Black, the same firm that provided the license for Mighty Jaxx's new Kissing Coppers toy.  For us the best evidence that Full Colour Black has Banksy's OK, is the apparent lack of any public complaint from Banksy.  Not proof per se, but suggestive evidence of an official connection, be it license or tacit approval. With Banksy merch (other than prints), that seems to be as 'official' as it gets.

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Jul 03, 2019

Miss Bugs — 'Do No Harm' Ice Lollies (7.5)

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The enigmatic UK collective known as Miss Bugs will unveil their Do No Harm installation featuring 900 pharmaceutical-grade resin ice lollies (Popsicles) at Jealous Gallery in London on Thursday (7.4, 6:30 - 8:30 PM).  With the hand-made popsicles, Miss Bugs carry their signature technique of resin embedded objects from their elaborate mosaic-style 2D portraits to easily-consumed, limited-edition objects.

Introduced at their Echo Chamber exhibition last November, the seductively visceral popsicles feature candy-colored, translucent resin embedded with jarring fillings: pills, 'used' hypodermic needles, and surgical razor blades.  The eye-catching pieces are  intended as riffs on  the addictive and harmful nature of social networks. 

The new popsicle editions feature the installation's title, Do No Harm, emblazoned on the 'stick' (jesmonite marble plinth). Taken from the Hippocratic Oath sworn to by physicians, the ironic title hints at the potential wounds that social medical can inflict. Beneath the sweet, tasty exterior of beautiful imagery and mesmerizing videos lies the dangers of toxic social interaction with precious little real-world accountability including the viral spread of false information, and abusive, troll-like behavior. 

Packaged in pristine, pharmaceutical-style packaging, the Do No Harm Ice Lollies will be available in a mix of four colors (orange, yellow, striped, and blue) with an array of fillings: surgical blades, hypos, assorted pills and Viagra. Limited to 750 handmade pieces (each unique), these resin art pieces will be available at the opening and then online from Jealous Gallery beginning on Friday (7.5) at 4 AM PDT for £99 ($126) each.

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Jul 01, 2019

QUICCS x Martian Toys — Phantom GID TEQ63 DIY (7.2)

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The new Phaatom GID TEQ63 from QUICCS and Martian Toys will be available on Tuesday (7.2) at 9 AM PDT from MartianToys.com and IAmRetro.com.  The follow-up to last week's orange glow edition, the new edition features a ghostly glow that varies from deep to light blue. Though not limited edition per se, you'll still want to stay sharp if you'd like to buy one.  While there is no official word on pricing, the Orange Glow's $57.95 price is probably a good gauge.

With two glow editions in unusual colors, QUICSS and Martian Toys are putting some creativity back into the DIY market.  Not to mention making glow fans rather happy.

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Jun 27, 2019

Nouar x Martian Toys —Blackberry Mister Self Indulgence (6.28)

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Just in time for summer comes the Blackberry Mister Self Indulgence vinyl from Nouar and Martian Toys.  The picnic-ready edition of the DTA-winning vinyl toy embraces two delicious ways to indulge oneself, blackberry pie and a Lil Scoopy of French Vanilla.  Always a snappy dresser, Mister Self Indulgence takes his retro  wardrobe to the next level with his snazzy check shirt in a lovely shade of purple.  Limited to 140 pieces,  the Blackberry Mister Self Indulgence will be released this Friday (6.28) at 9AM PDT exclusively at MartianToys.com and Mothership Toy Gallery in Philadelphia.

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Amanda Visell —Tiny Tanuki and Stardust Jack

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Amanda Visell has just released two new smaller (3.5") resins, ideal for your desk or cubicle.  First up is Tiny Tanuki (Edition of 25, $90) which packs all the charm and mischief of the OG 6.75" resin in a space-friendly size.  For those that like their cute with a bit of bling, Stardust Jack ($40) is here to save the day. The newest edition of the donkey character is cast in clear resin with generous amounts of silver glitter. For your wall, there's the official Tanuki Fanclub poster (16x20", $30) as well the original painting (18x24", $2000).  All of this is available on Switcheroo.

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Afraid Of The Dark? Brachiosore GID by James Groman x TAG (7.3)

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Your nightmare awaits with the new Brachiosore GID soft vinyl figure from James Groman and Toy Art Gallery.  The unpainted, glow edition of the 8" zombie dino features 5 points of articulation and a 'subdued' GID effect, for an eerie effect. This is one for the true GID connoisseur.  The new GID edition drops on Wednesday (7.3) at 12 PM PDT from the TAG web shop for $95.

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