Jan 23, 2019

James Groman x Toy Art Gallery -- Green Gore Brachisore (1.25)


Make way for the Green Gore Brachisore.  The latest unpainted edition of the prehistoric beast from  James Groman x Toy Art Gallery is cast in bright green soft vinyl, a nice thematic compliment to the sculpt's zombie-like details.  Standing 8" tall with 5 points of articulation, the Green Gore Brachisore will be available for $110 on Friday (1.25) at 12 PM PST from the TAG web shop.


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OK Luna x POP MART - Goobi The Kid Fox Mini Series


Following in the footsteps of OK Luna's popular Jobi The Moon Fox comes the Goobi the Kid Fox Mini Series from the HK-based illustrator and China's POP MART.  The new series feature twelve versions of the younger fox across three poses/sculpts: standing, seated, and lying down.  Most of the designs have a casual, everyday vibe with a few referencing the more mystical aspects of the OK Luna universe.

Set for a February release, Goobi The Kid Fox is available for pre-order from select retailers worldwide including myplasticheart (USA, $10.99). With this new series, POP MART continues to impress with the quality, diversity and rapid release schedule of its blind box offerings.


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RST - White Walker by DMS (1.25)


For 2019, DMS is launching a brand-new shape for his Robotic Space Traveler resin or RST for short. The new figure stands 4" tall and features a cute, minimalist design with curved lower body, angled legs and a swirl on the head.  The debut RST - White Walker features a weathered paint application and features magnetic articulation between the head and lower body. 

Limited to 25 pieces, the RST - White Walker will be available at 11 AM PST on Friday (1.25) over at the artist's web shop for £19.99 (~$26).


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Happy POPek Mini by Whatshisname


Oooh, there's about to be a new member of the POPek family. Whatshisname will release the brand-new Happy POPek Mini polyresin (~4.7")  in both red and pink next week. Your desk or cubicle will be a perfect playground for this lil' one.  Be sure to subscribe to his newsletter for all the info on the new drop.

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Knight Blooms Daisy Edition + Sunflower Knight by Fiona Ng


Fiona Ng specializes in hand-crafted knight mini resins with her own distinctive flair.  She's just put up pre-orders for her new  Knight Blooms Daisy Edition figures (2.25", $45)  featuring three designs (Gold, Silver and Bronze) each brandishing a daisy.  Each edition in the Knight Blooms series features an entirely different armor set + look.  She's also taking pre-orders for the Kinight Blooms: Sunflower Edition (2.25", $50) which is a variant of her Daisy Knight. These new Knights are available from her online store and are  set to ship in mid February.


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Five Points Festival Presents 'Kaiju Dunny Battle' Release Party (2.15) in NYC


Five Points Festival, Kidrobot and Clutter are bringing you the official Kaiju Dunny Battle series release party on Friday February 15th (6-11PM) at their pop-up location in NYC.  Series artists James Groman, Jeff Lamm, Rampage Toys and Bwana Spoons will be in the house for signings and who knows what else.  Come for the first chance to pick up the new monstrous Dunnys and stay for the free Lagunitas beer.


Kaiju Dunny Battle Release Party
Friday, February 15th 2019 (6-11 PM)

815 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

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Jan 22, 2019

Steppyplu+ x Benson Wong -- Fear of God (of Wealth)


HK artist Benson Wong's first toy release of 2019 w looks to be the Fear of God (of Wealth) with fashion brand Steppyplu+. Due 'soon',  his urban take on the Chinese God of Wealth features a made-by-hand stylized sculpt with a clay-like texture. As the name suggests, the new figure flips the script from talisman of good fortune to a cautionary tale of the proper route to riches— 'You should make money by the right path'. This latest collaboration with Steppyplus follows 2018's Stepo the Explorer.


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Toy0+ x Nattapong Atisup -- Major Tom Lottery


Thai artist Nattapong Atisup and ToyZeroPlus are launching his brand-new Major Tom soft vinyl (3.15").  Having escaped the 'Star of Death', Major Tom sets out to explore the cosmos in search of a new spot to call home until he meets his untimely demise.  Limited to 30 pieces, the debut edition of the compact astronaut features a celestial translucent purple + blue design complete with frosty visor.  The sculpt features nice details throughout from the stylized skull to his spacesuit and gear.

ToyZeroPlus is offering Major Tom for HK$320 (~$41)  via lottery through 7:59 AM PST on Thursday (1.24). To enter, fill out the simple entry form.


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Monster Taipei x Dimoo World -- 'The Mirror World' Lottery


Monster Taipei is currently running a worldwide lottery for The Mirror World collection by Dimoo World x Mountain Toys.  This is a rare chance to purchase the Dimoo World figures outside of China.  There are three items available: Devil of Candy (3200 TWD/~$104), Devil of Snooks (3200 TWD/~$104), and the Angel of Dimoo and Devil of Dimoo set (6800 TWD/~$220). To enter for a chance to purchase, fill out the easy to use lottery form before the deadline of 4 AM PST on Wednesday (1.23).


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Jan 21, 2019

Great Giraffasaurus by Sanampao Studio


Thailand's Sanampao Studio is accepting orders for the debut edition of their Great Giraffasurus resin (7.8"). Standing tall against the onslaught of bunnies, cats and other cuddly animals, this mighty giraffe offers a refreshing break from art toy trends. Likewise, instead of a gentle, graceful profile, this hefty beast is ready to roll with enraged, blood red eyes and bulk to back up the 'tude.

Limited to 15 pieces, the hand-cast and hand-painted Great Giraffasaurus features magnetic articulation at both the base of the neck and the head allowing him to look side to side as well as downwards as shown in the photos after the jump.  The figure is available for $129 and includes two stickers and a card and comes in a fancy full-color box (nice touch).  To order send a DM to the Sanampao Studio on Instagram.


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'Eternal' Resin Sculpt by Dulk x Thinkspace x Silent Stage Gallery


First shown at DesignerCon, the new Eternal resin sculpture by Spanish painter Dulk draws his captivating art from the canvas to the display case. Created in conjunction with Thinkspace and Silent Stage, the sculpture is based on the original painting of the same name which was shown at Thinkspace's Scope Miami show during Art Basel weekend in December.

Eternal features a guardian Rhino spirit, protecting the species and the natural world. The guardian appears to give life to the rhinos from his essence, depicted in vivid orange. Another highlight of the piece is the pair of translucent horns which shelter plants within.  From the vision to the sculpt and the paint treatment, Eternal impresses.

An edition of 100, Eternal by Dulk (8" tall x 11" long) is available for pre-order now for $499.99 each direct from Silent Stage.  Each sculpture includes a signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity.


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Rollis Kickstarter Brings Stylized Retro Car Toys + Animated Short


Based in Korea, the Rollis project is creating a stylish world  inspired by retro European cars.  So far, the fictional, old-is-new motor company offers an eclectic, fun  selection of models for y our driving pleasure, including the Iso Isetta, Inter 175A, and the oh-so-cool Piaggio Ape.  Each of the Rollis designs feature CG-style drivers wedged into the teeny, tiny cars. 

In addition to producing  super glossy 1:18 resin versions of the cars, Rollis is also working on a CG-animated short which from the teaser looks to be top-flight as well. To make their retro dreams come true, Rollis has launched a Kickstarter, ending on February 13th, with several rewards including the car toys which are available for $269 each.  The cars are available in a selection of colors and are limited to 20 per color.  Each features eight coats of spray + a UV clear coat and for better or worse, a fixed plaque-style display.

With Rollis' work on the CG short film, and the high-gloss, pristine images of the resin toys, we've wondered whether the resin toys would live up to the pics on their IG and now, Kickstarter.  While we haven't seen them in person, photos from their display at the recent Hong Kong Toy & Game fair are quite promising. 


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Jeremyville x Yo! Toy -- 2019 Year of the Pig (1.22)


It turns out that the new 2019 Year of the Pig polystone figure from Jeremyville and Yo!Toy will in fact be available outside of China.  Thundermates, the producer of the piece, will release a limited quantity of the fun figure on Tuesday (1.22) at 7 AM PST for $165 each from their web shop.  Limited to 200 pieces, the figures comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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Gerald Okamura brings 'Big Trouble' by Flabslab x Rich Page


In addition to numerous roles in martial arts and action films, Gerald Okamurau, The Man of Many Weapons, has also been the subject of several art toys from Hyperactive Monkey, Max Toy Co and others.  Now, Flabslab has just released their new Big Trouble resins featuring Okamura in his dual-pistol glory from arguably his most celebrated role.  Sculpted by Rich Page, Big Trouble is a strong, stylish translation of the movie character with plenty of layered, 3D-detail and crisp paint.

Limited to 20 pieces, the 7.5" Big Trouble resin figures are available now from Flabslab for $130.


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Jan 20, 2019

Shelterbank -- Wonder Pink Ed. Lottery


Shelterbank is offering his Wonder Pink Edition sofubi via email lottery.  First released at Toy Soul Back in December, this edition of his octopus-inspired mutant features a pink + metallic blue design.  The toy's clever design features removable legs that not only allow both standing and sitting poses, but also a variety of other alternate poses with a leg or two turned in a different direction.

Wonder Pink Edition is available for ¥15,000 (~$137) via lottery now through the evening of the 27th Japan Time. To enter email [email protected] with the subject of ' Wonder Pink Ver.and be sure to include your name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address, and your Instagram ID. Winners will receive email notification with payment instructions.


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Jan 19, 2019

#FR2 x T9G -- FXXING Rabbits Sofubi Pre-Order


First shown as an unpainted proto at Beijing Toy Show and then near-final painted protos at Toy Soul last month, the wild FXXING Rabbits sofubi figures  (~14.7") from bad boy photographer #FR2—infamous for his seductive photos of beautiful models—and T9G are now available for pre-order from Japan's Campfire crowd-funding site in the standard white edition and a Campfire exclusive Red+White edition for ¥19,000 (~$174) each. While this pre-order is limited to Japan only, the standard edition will soon be available in regular retail channels.  We're also expecting to see the orange+black edition which was previewed at Toy Soul.

The striking figures deliver T9G's feral interpretation of #FR2's bunny logo/alter ego and feature several signature T9G elements including the use of doll eyes and the removable plush head.  As one might expect, the figures ship with realistic replica accessories of #FR2's Leica cameras right down to the branded camera straps.  FXXING Rabbits checks all the boxes for collectors looking for T9G's over-the-top designs where the feral and the unusual override the kawaii trend.


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New Hello Kitty Skull Editions from Secret Base


Surprise!  Secret Base has released two new editions of their officially-licensed Hello Kitty Skull sofubi figure.  New Yellow and Pink versions of the Balzac-designed toy are now available for ¥4850 (~$44) from SB's online shop.  Overseas collectors should email [email protected] with the desired items rater than using the online ordering system.  These new editions are the first new Hello Kitty Skull Editions in about four years.


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Yo!Gallery x Jeremyville —'Year of the Pig' Polystone Figure


Jeremyville has collaborated with Beijing-based Yo!Gallery on a Year of the Pig polystone figure.  The fun piece, celebrates 2019 with an elongated pig in the artist's familiar style. The left side of the pig features sculpted-in '2019' which cleverly incorporates the tail and the head. 

Limited to 200 pieces, the figure is available via Yoho!Buy for ¥1099 (~$162). Based on our attempts to register with the site, it appears that this figure may not be available to USA collectors at this time.  Determined collectors will  surely find a way.


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Utomaru x Tomenosuke — Mimi The Cannibal Girl B&W Film Edition (1.26)


Inspired by a bygone era of vintage cinema, Tomenosuke is set to release the Mimi The Cannibal Girl B&W Film edition from Utomaru.  A stylish riff on mono colorways, the minimalist edition of Cannibal Holocaust-inspired figure features a grayscale design with metallic silver mercury in lieu of blood.  The B&W Film edition is slated to drop on 5:59 AM PST on Saturday January 26th 2019 from the Tomenosuke webshop.  The new edition will also serve as the debut of the new packaging which shifts from the previous green palette to a purple/blue one.


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Scott Wilkowski x Woot Bear -- Woot Bounty (1.19)


For the Year of the Pig, Woot Bear will release the brand-new Woot Bounty figures from Scott Wilkowski.  These double-cast mini resin pigs feature Scott's signature embedded skeletons.   He's done a nice job with these little piggies which offer a unique way to celebrate the new year in style.

Woot Bounty will be available on Saturday (1.19) at 12 PM PST from WootBear.com.


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Jan 18, 2019

Law Sun-Yeung x adFunture -- Space Woody Purple Galaxy (1.27)


Law Sun-Yeung and adFunture are following up the sold-out debut Space Woody with a special micro-run for the Sofubi Shanghai Festival event (1.26) at First Meet Gallery in Shanghai. Hand-painted by the artist, Purple Galaxy (run of 10) features a design that flows from deep purple to bright blue across the figure. The design offers a different mix of colors from the front, back, left and right.

In addition to the SSF drop, Purple Galaxy will also be available online from the adFunture shop on  January 27th HK time.


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Tristan Eaton — October March and Geisha XL 3D Prints (1.19)


Tristan Eaton is about to offer an online release of the remaining stock of his XL 3D prints—October March  (60 x 35") and Geisha (60 x 30").  First released at his Dead Press print event in Miami during Art Basel week, these special large-scale prints bring the artist's work to life in an exciting new way via Anaglyphic 3D giclee printing. These XL prints are sized to be the attention-commanding centerpieces of a room or wall.

Editions of 20, the October March and Geisha XL 3D prints will be released on Saturday (1.19) at 12 PM PST for $1500 each and include two sets of 3D glasses featuring Eaton's art. These prints will only be shipped to USA addresses due to their fragile nature.


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Jan 17, 2019

Freakroom -- 'The Mythrilhorn Of Ocean' Crystal Frog Edition Lottery


HK artist Freakroom is releasing the Crystal Frog edition of The Mythrilhorn of Ocean (海瞳) via lottery.   Limited to 21 pieces, Crystal Frog features clear soft vinyl with translucent green beads lending the beast a bit of amphibian DNA.  Crystal Frog is the second edition of the deep sea monster—seemingly inspired by the freaky real-life Angler Fish—and follows the original Aquarium Blue edition which debuted at Toy Soul in mid-December.

The Crystal Frog Mythrilhorn of Ocean (7") is available via lottery for $150 ($20 shipping) through 5 AM PST on Saturday (1.19).  To enter you'll need to follow the artist, repost on IG, and send an email with specific contact info.  Check out the full details on the official lottery IG post for all the details.


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Jan 16, 2019

Sooya -- 'Ban of Chucky' Soft Vinyl Lottery


Korean artist Sooya is known for her gorgeous art toys/dolls which she hand makes in bisque (porcelain).  While the shape of her signature Ban bunny-child character is quite nice, her life-like painting of the figure's faces separates and elevates her works. Over the past year or so, she's also released soft vinyl versions of Ban primarily at Asian conventions including BTS and TTF. 

As far as we know, she hasn't done an online release for the soft vinyl editions until now.  She's currently offering her 'Ban of Chucky' soft vinyl toys(edition of 25) via e-mail lottery.  Inspired by the cult horror film, the new edition closely follows the original Halloween custom created for display at TTF. The detailed design features the red-haired threat in a striped hoodie, his iconic overalls and a pair of removable bunny slippers.  As with her bisque figures, this one is all about Chucky's face—his life-like features and expression are bound to draw collectors in.

To purchase Ban of Chucky ($190 + $20 shipping), enter the lottery by sending an email  with 'Ban of Chucky' as the subject to [email protected] with your name, Paypal address, Mailing Address, Phone Number and Instagram ID. The deadline to enter is 2:30 AM on Friday (1.18). Happy hunting.


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Martin Ontiveros x Toy Art Gallery -- Glampyre Raging Rider (1.18)


Martin Ontiveros' Glampyre is ready to ride and battle baddies in style.  Featuring the classic colors, the new Raging Rider edition is inspired by the iconic Japanese superhero known for his insectoid costumes and his matching motorcycles. This nicely done homage features detailed paint which cleverly transforms the well-suited sculpt into the  legendary monster fighter. The two shades of green play well off each other and add depth and definition.

The Glampyre Raging Rider (w/red ribbon scarf) drops on Friday (1.18) at 12 PM PST for $75 from the TAG Web Shop.


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