Jan 08, 2019

Nerdboy -- The Lumberjack Buck Pre-Order (1.10)

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Korean artist Nerdboy is about to debut The Lumberjack Buck resin.  The new figure casts a duck as a chill US Forest Service employee with an axe slung over his shoulder and a cup of coffee in hand. The design and execution looks to be top-notch with a stylized look seemingly rooted in urban vinyl.  This is the follow-up of sorts to the artist's Working Duck series of figures.

Nerdboy will begin taking pre-orders for The Lumberjack Buck on Thursday (1.10) at 1 AM PST.  Look for more release details and full photos shortly.

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Litor's Works -- Floating River Umasou Lottery

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China-based Litor's Works has quickly caught collectors' attention with their line of oh-so-cute soft vinyl figures headlined by Umasou—a girl in a dino suit. Next up is the stunning Floating River edition. At first glance, the colorway appears to be a nice partially marbled edition (gray + white). What's not obvious is that this is a GID edition—dark blue + blue glow.  

Litor's Works is releasing Umasou Floating River (3 pieces) for $70 via IG lottery through Saturday (1.12) at 8 AM PST. To enter, repost the release post and be sure to mention @litorsworks and tage it #umasoulottery.

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KAWS:Holiday Taipei (1.19 - 1.27)

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KAWS:Holiday floats on with the artist's Companion voyaging from Korea (Summer '18) to Taipei for an exhibition at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall organzied by AllRightsReserved and JFJ Productions.  Anchored by a giant 36 meter (~118 feet) long Companion inflatable, the event should be quite the treat for the city.

In addition to original artwork, KAWS:Holiday will feature a limited-edition collection produced by AllRightsReserved featuring several items including a KAWS:Holiday toyin a laid-back, seated position (7", 3 colorways, $199).  The collection will also feature a ceramic plate set (4 plates, $130), Tee Shirts (5 designs, $50 each) and Tote Bags (3 designs, $50).

The exhibition items will be available at the venue on 1.19 at 6 PM Taipei time. International online orders will be accepted at DDT Store on the 19th at 3 AM PSTClot will open orders in China on the 19th at 3 AM PST as well.

Hit the jump for photos of the giant inflatable (at a test site) and the KAWS:Holiday Taipei collection.

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Alex Face x Mighty Jaxx -- Baby Rabbit (Eskimo) on 1.12

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This week's Mighty Jaxx release sees the return of Baby Rabbit by Thai artist Alex Face. The new Eskimo edition features a blend of blue + white fur and follows the original (white) and the Black versions.. Braving the cold, Baby Rabbit is still up to his same ol' 'cheeky' ways.  While subtle, the new edition seems to have pinker skin than the previous editions.

Limited to 200 pieces, the 12" polystone figure will be released this Saturday (1.12) at 6 AM PST from the Mighty Jaxx shop with pricing not yet announced.  Baby Rabbit Eskimo is in stock and will ship out shortly.

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Haru: The Konpeito Fairy 8" Dunny (1.11)

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Kidrobot is starting to reveal more info and pictures for their upcoming Haru - The Konpeito Fairy 8" Dunny. Featuring a clear body filled with GID mini Dunnys and Konpeito candy shapes, Haru will be available in a standard edition and a KR exclusive grayscale edition limited to 200 pieces (above). The exclusive reveal offers the best look at the overall design so far and interestingly, shows an opaque face design.  It almost looks as if there might be an inner head surrounded by the GID fill.

Haru will be released on Friday (6.11).  Select retailers will offer the standard edition while Kidrobot will offer  both the grayscale exclusive and the standard edition at 9 AM PST on Kidrobot.com.  It looks like both editions will be priced at $75.

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Shunderland Shirts by Alex Pardee (1.10)

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Looking to up your T-shirt game in 2019?  Alex Pardee has you covered with his brand-new Shunderland shirts.  Featuring a polka-dotted bundle of joy, the shirts will be available in both black and white colorways this Thursday (1.10) at 4 PM from his web shop.  Plus…the first 75 orders will score a bonus Shunderland enamel pin. These are expected to ship at the end of the month.

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Mishka x Kalaka Toys x 3DRetro -- Basuritas Set

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Mishka has put up its remaining stock of their Basuritas vinyl figures, designed by Kalaka Toys, over at their online store where you can pick up a set of four plus bonus vintage style sticker cards for $80.  Fittingly, these come in a trash bag style package.

First released at DesignerCon back in November, the figures are inspired by the Latin American versions of the Garbage Pail Kids and feature four Mishka themed designs: Gregory O. Dioso, Cíclope Ligroso, Ojo Dido, and Mishka Ótico.  The Basuritas were produced by 3Dretro while the sticker trading cards are from Sidekick Labs.   These are perfect for GPK fans looking for something just a bit different.

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Jan 05, 2019

Mr. Vampire Set by Playtoy HK x Fortune Star x Unbox (1.5)

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Unbox will release a limited number of the Fortune Star x Playtoy HK  Mr. Vampire 2-figure sets for $38 each on Saturday (1.5) at 7 AM PDT from their web shop.  Part of the Filmart Series which features 2-packs from influential HK films,  he set features Master Kau and Master Yam 4" soft vinyl toys based on the 1985 film that fleshed out and popularized the Jiangshi ('hopping vampire') genre.

The set's early 2000s era, designer vinyl aesthetic is a nice match for the film's over-the-top humor and fighting action.

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Jan 04, 2019

Lee Jisu x Pla-man Hobby - Jozio 1/6 Art Toy Pre-Order

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Korean artist Lee Jisu's Jozio—'A boy who was  man'is rooted in his original artwork which questions the notion that adults must be mature and free of child-like qualities and impulses.  After an accident as an adult, Jozio travels back in time to age ten where he then proceeds to relive his childhood protected by his horned mask, armored breastplate, toy knife, and gun-like cassette player.  As a child, Jozio is largely free of the 'black smoke',  society's expectations of responsible behavior.

In production by Pla-man Hobby, the Jozio 1/6 scale art action figure is available now for pre-order for $130 on the brand's web shop until January 8th 2019. Limited to 500 pieces, this new red edition (10.5")  follows the artist's previous smaller-sized grey edition.  In addition to his red outfit, Jozio is fully geared-up with mask, breastplate, knee guards, toy knife, and cassette player. Orders may randomly include one of two special gifts: clear breastplate (100 sets) or clear knee protector + clear toy knife (100 sets).

Jozio is an appealing 1/6 scale art toy with a compelling mix of childhood innocence and stylized representations of everyday battles and struggles between internal desires and expectations of others.

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I'm Imush Hand-painted Editions by Imush Studios

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With her mushroom-like pink hair, I'm Imush is quite the charmer.  In addition to the OG standard vinyl edition (5.5"), Imush Studios has just released hand-painted editions of their signature figure including Vintage with black overalls + glasses Pastel, Busy Bee! and Milk Purple. The figures feature articulated heads, arms and hands. They are available directly from the Imush web shop with prices ranging from HK$320 ($41) for the standard edition to HK$520 ($67) for Busy Bee.  If you have any problems with overseas orders, contact the studio directly through DM on their Instagram or Facebook.

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Tik Ka x Unbox Industries -- Little Rice Lilac Edition (1.5)

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The Little Rice resin by Tik Ka x Unbox Industries returns in the new Lilac Edition (5.5", $170) on Saturday (1.5) at 7 AM PDT from the Unbox web shop.   Little Rice flows from the artist's So Ha concept which explores Chinese culture by way of his adorable baby characters.  The hand-finished new edition follows the original edition released back in 2016.

Little Rice is a charming, heart warming design that's executed extremely well.  The detailed sculpture features a nicely realized rice texture as well as relief and debossed elements on the bowl while the detailed deco enhances the sense that the character is actually sitting in a real bowl of rice.

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Utomaru x Tomenosuke -- Mimi The Cannibal Girl Mondo Green Ghost Edition Pre-Order

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Tomenosuke has followed the Mondo Green Edition of Mimi the Cannibal Girl sofubi (11.4") by Utomaru with the new Mondo Green Ghost edition.  Cast in GID sofubi, Mondo Green Ghost features a similar appearance to the non-glow Mondo Green with dark green + red spray accents. 

The Mondo Green Ghost Mimi is currently available for pre-order from two Japanese online stores: Hobby Search (15278 yen / ~$141) and Mamegyorai (16,500 yen / ~$153).  Based on our quick look at both sites, Hobby Search is probably the easier router for non-Japanese collectors as it's in English and appears to support overseas ordering.  If you're planning on ordering, do so quickly as it appears stock is quite limited.

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Super7 – Shogun ReAction (1.7)

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Super7 is set to bring back your childhood giant robot favorites with their new Shogun ReAction line.  The five 3.75” Shogun Warriors figures include Great Mazinger, Mazinger Z, Garada K7, Doublas M2,and Rokuron Q9. While Shogun immediately brings to mind big toys, these pocketable and much more affordable versions should be a welcome addition to desks and cubicles of Mazinger fans everywhere 

The Shogun ReAction figures drop on Monday (1.7) at noon PST  for $15 each from S7’s web shop.

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Jan 03, 2019

Blackbook Toy – New Year Special One-Off Drops

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Blackbook Toy  is celebrating the New Year with a special collection of one-off ‘Fortune’ editions designed to bring luck and prosperity.  Marvel Okinawa has created a special red + gold Mousezilla (45,000 yen / ~$418) featuring Mt. Fuji and a Japanese Crane – beautiful piece. He’s also found time to create a pair of Daruma Dim pieces (28,000 yen/~$260) – one in gold and one in red.  These are creatively done with the character’s suspenders standing in for the vertical lines on the traditional doll.

Finally, BBT’s Melo Wang has created 15 Mini Mousezillas which combine Daruma with the Year of the Boar theme. BBT has gifted nine of these special toys to artists and friends and is offering six for purchase.

All of the New Year Fortune releases are being offered via email lottery which runs through Saturday (1.5) at 7:59 AM PST.  Check the official release page for full lottery information and entry directions. Good luck!

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Daryl Cheung x Scotty Wang -- Bac Bac The Samurai Online Lottery

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ToyZeroPlus is releasing the reserve stock of its Bac Bac The Samurai Toy Soul edition via online lottery.  Limited to a total of 100 pieces, this Golden Black Edition of the popular (and how) collab between Daryl Cheung (Bac Bac) and Scotty Wang (Demon Craft) includes a special katana sword accessory that resembles stylized scissors.

A total of ten pieces will be available for HK$710 each (~$91) via the lottery which ends at 7:59 AM PST on Sunday (1.6). To enter, fill out the lottery google form. Good luck!

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Amanda Visell –- Super Hero Mini Busts

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Amanda Visell is setting her intentions for a super 2019 with the release of six Super Hero mini resin busts with a twist. She has reimagined each of the iconic heroes as heroines—from childhood on—in part to make the vicarious jump into their adventures a relatable one.  Each of the mini busts (4.75”) is limited to 25 pieces and is available for pre-order now from Switcheroo for $90.  She expects to ship these in 2-3 weeks.

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Kidrobot x Marakame – Wixárika Beaded Dunnys (1.4)

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Kidrobot has partnered with Marakame to create a special collection of custom Dunnys meticulously hand-beaded by Mexico’s Huichol Indians.  The thirty-nine Dunnys in various sizes offer a unique mix of traditional folk art technique and contemporary art toys.  To better appreciate the artistry involved hit the jump for more preview pics.  The Wixárika Beaded Dunnys  (for lack of an official name) on Friday (1.4) at 9AM PST at Kidrobot.com.

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Shaman by Healeymade

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Pssst… Healeymade has just released his new Shaman bootleg resins.  From furry warrior to healer, Shaman comes in two mixed-part style colorways: Tropic (Yellow, Green, Grey) and Venison (Green, Tan, and Brown).  Each version features assorted combinations of the three primary colors.  Pickup Shaman now for $70 each direct from Healeymade

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Jan 02, 2019

Luke Chueh x Flabslab – BobaCotta Release (1.5)

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Luke Chueh’s Bobacotta resin (3.75”)is set to drop this Saturday (1.5) at 7 AM PST from Flabslab’s web shop for $75. The packaging for the newest Boba concotion is inspired by the past with box art based on a painting by SingkarporLian done in a traditional style and shredded paper simulating the straw that was once a packing  staple.  As mentioned in our prior post, Bobacotta is a nice follow-up to the Boba bust which builds on the previous work by incorporating Chinese tradition rather seamlessly.

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Haru: The Konpeito Fairy 8” Dunny by Kidrobot (1.11)

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Kidrobot is slowly starting to reveal their upcoming Haru: The Konpeito Fairy 8” Dunny which is slated for a January 11th drop (9 AM PST) from select retailers and Kidrobot.com. This one appears to be a clear Dunny filled with mini GID Dunnys and Konpeito (Japanese Sugar Candy).  From the photo it appears that the filling comes in three glow colors – green, blue and pink.  Very interesting.  We’re looking forward to more information as we get closer to the drop.

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Eric So – Hong Kong (Space)

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Urban Vinyl pioneer Eric So has launched his new Hong Kong (Space) figures.  This blind-assorted series features three 2001-inspired designs, a black chase, and one mystery. The black chase has a dashed design patterned after the original Hong Kong (You’re Kidding) figures.  True to his name, the regal and cheeky Hong Kong was designed and made in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong (Space) is available now for HK$460 (~$59) direct from PapaMamaSon, blind box style. Happy hunting!

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Whasthisname x Mighty Jaxx – Happy POPek GID (1.5)

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Happy POPek (GID) is ready to play.  The newest vinyl balloon pup from Whatshisname x Mighty Jaxx is eager to pounce on his included ball. Happy POPek is the the latest ballon dog vinyl art toy from Whatshiname and followed the original POPek and Peepek figures. 

Limited to 200 pieces, the glow edition (8” long) drops this Saturday (1.5) at 6 AM PST for $149. These are in stock and ready to ship – no pre-orders this time.

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Candie Bolton x Toy Art Gallery – Legendary Beasts Pink Gacha Set (1.4)

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Candie Bolton and Toy Art Gallery are welcoming 2019 with a new Pink edition of the Legendary Beasts gacha set.  Part of the Oh My! Yokai Gacha Series, Legendary Beasts features five figures (2”): Kirin, Baku, Hakutaku, Nue and Shiisaa.  Debuting in neon pink, the Legendary Beasts gacha set will be available for $50 on Friday (1.4) from the TAG web shop.

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Jan 01, 2019

Taku Obata x Medicom Toy–B-Girl Down Jacket Nagame (2.19)

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Japanese artist Taku Obata is known for his large-scale wood sculptures of B-Boys. Last year saw the release of his Sofb Boy soft vinyl figures (Unbox) bringing his work to a much wider audience as a collectible.  Now comes the B-Girl Down Jacket Nagame polystone sculpture from Medicom Toy.

A higher-end offering, the first edition of B-Girl stands an impressive 13.8” tall, is limited to 100 pieces, and ¥will be available for ¥50,000 (~$449) in late February.  This first release is being done in conjunction with Watari-Um Museum, the site of the artist’s recent exhibition which featured the original, large-scale B-Girl sculpture.

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Jubi – Crab Claw Kun Soft Vinyl

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Jubi has quickly established himself as the master of the claw from his Gigantic Crab Kaiju (Unbox) to the hybrid Scorpion Kaiju (Instinctoy).  Recently, he’s been switching up the mood of his crabs from edgy to softer and cuter as seen in his designs for the Unbox and Friends blind box series.  The trend continues with the brand-new Crab Claw Kun soft vinyl figure.

Debuting in light green, Crab Claw Kun stands 3.15” tall and features articulation in the head, arms, and eyes.  The articulated eyes are a clever feature which allow the crab to take on various expressions.  

So when?  If you live in Taiwan, right now.  There’s a special pre-release offer open to Taiwanese collectors for the discounted price of TW$1100. To purchase, fill out the special order form.  It sounds as if Crab Claw Kun will be available in other regions in the future. Fingers/claws crossed.

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