Jan 16, 2019

QUICCS x Martian Toys -- TEQ63 Black and GID DIY (1.18)


The force that is TEQ63 continues to roll with new editions and announcements breaking regularly. Next up are the Black and GID DIY editions of the extremely popular QUICCS x Martian Toys vinyl toy. if  you're itching to customize a TEQ63 figure or dig the simplicity of blanks, these should proved to be tempting.

Limited quantities of both the Black ($35) and GID ($40) DIY editions will be available this Friday (1.18) at 12 PM PST direct from Martian Toys.  Another batch will be available in March.

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Jan 15, 2019

Rabbit Starfy Pre-Order in Three Colors


Korean artist Kettle Boy is releasing the last edition of his Rabbit Starfy figures in three colors. With their extra large ears and curious design, the hand-made Starfy resins stand out with their own personality even in a crowded market of cute toys.

Rabbit Starfy is for available for pre-order in Purple, Pink and Blue editions for $155 ($23 shipping) via an easy google form.  The pre-order closes on Thursday (1.17) at 3 AM PST.  While not explicitly stated, this appears to be a lottery.  Successful pre-orders will be confirmed via email along with an invoice on Thursday at 6 AM PST. These are scheduled to ship mid-February.


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Yoskay Yamamoto x Mighty Jaxx -- Wish Upon Me Sunrise (1.19)


Mighty Jaxx is going to make Yoskay Yamamoto collectors very happy this weekend.  The brand-new Wish Upon a Me Sunrise edition comes roughly 3.5 years after the  America edition which dropped in June of 2015. The first to feature translucent resin, Sunrise features a tranquil red to blue fade on the star face and a yellow body.

Mighty Jaxx will release the Sunrise edition this weekend on Saturday (1.19) at 6 AM PST assuming they stick to their well-established release schedule.  For more about the Sunrise edition and the Wish Upon Me figure, check out the Mighty Stories: Wish Upon Me video feature from which the above image was captured.

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Jan 14, 2019

Frank Kozik x BlackBook Toy - Hologram Lil Alex and Dim (1.17)

19002-11BlackBook Toy is gearing up to release the new Hologram editions of Lil Alex and Dim by Frank Kozik.  Living up to the A Clockwork Carrot series label, each of the Hologram figures features a GID resin carrot, cast by Chop of Monster Farm, that fits into the body and works well with the translucent blue sofubi toys.   As you can see in the glow photo, the carrot glows brightly in both green and orange. These ACC Hologram editions follow the previous released Hologramzilla  Mousezilla edition.

The Hologram editions of each ACC character include matching masks, GID carrot and a bonus Alex metal charm which is nicely sized to the toys. They will be available on Thursday (1.17) at 7 AM PDT for ¥10,800 each (~$100) direct from BlackBook Toy.


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Jan 11, 2019

Super Run by Fools Paradise


Fresh off the Super Professional 2 Director's Cut, Fools Paradise switches things up by recasting the plumber and princess into new roles with Super Run.  Sitting on a familiar bench, Gump  ponders the meaning of life as he opens a box of chocolates (power-up boxes) alongside Peach who's reading from a Fools Paradise catalog. 

The deluxe vinyl set is fully realized including the details on both figures such as the pigeon poop on Gump's shoes, the bench with nice textural effects, and Gump's accessories including his Fools Gum Squid Co. hat and his old-school suitcase.

Limited to 498 sets, Super Run features Gump (~11.8"), Peach, the park bench (16.5") and the various accessories.  It's available now for pre-order direct from Fools Paradise for $328 (+$30 worldwide shipping).


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Jan 10, 2019

HX Studio x QUICCS x Martian Toys — HX-TEQ


We've come to expect inspired designs ranging from street smart styles to pop culture riffs from the ongoing TEQ63 line from QUICCS and Martian Toys. The upcoming HX-TEQ continues to set a high bar.  The collabo production edition designed by Barcelona-based HX Studio features the artist's signature robotic rust aesthetic. The details seem to be on point from the all-over print hoodie with HX Studio logo to the rust effects which are quite impressive, especially for a production edition.

HX-TEQ will be available in an ultra limited preview release (six pieces) the opening of HX Studio's Bots show  at Clutter Gallery on Saturday (1.12) at 6 PM. If you can't make it to the show, rest assured that the full production run is on its way.


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Michael Jordan Pop! from Funko at Foot Locker (1.12)


u: Not a Foot Locker exclusive.

Over the years Funko has released POP! figures of nearly any NBA player you can think of.  All but one.  His Airness. MJ.  MIA -- until now.  Footlocker will release the Michael Jordan Pop! on Saturday (1.12) at select stores.  Check their Launch Locator for the closest store that's carrying the #23 Pop.   After a bit more digging, it's pretty clear that the MJ Pop! (#23) is not a Foot Locker exclusive but rather that they will be releasing it first.  There have been rumblings about a #45 variant as well.

Photos: @Footlocker


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BlackBook Toy -- Poison SKUM-kun Micro Run


With 2019 only a week or so old, BlackBook Toy is right back at it with the Poison SKUM-kun micro run.  Limited to just six pieces, this in-house edition of the Suicidal Tendencies collabo figure offers a flamboyant design on top of 'Toxic Slime' (marbled purple + green) sofubi. 

The sharp metallic gold + black design will be available on Saturday (1.12) at 7 AM PST for ¥16,200 (~$149) direct from BBT. This one is first come, first served rather than a lottery drop.


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Amanda Visell -- 2-Foot Baby Eating Crocodile


The Baby Eating Crocodile's have returned… and how.  Amanda Visell returns to one of her early designs/concepts with the 2-Foot Baby Eating Crocodile in a mix of wood + resin.  This one features 4 unfortunate victims in the belly and one in harm's way.

Limited to ten pieces, the 2-Foot Baby Eating Croc is available now from Switcheroo for $700 and is going fast.  One piece available as of this post.


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Strangecat Toys 'The Bear Champ' Exclusive by JC Rivera x UVD Toys (1.11)

downloadThe new Strangecat Toys Exclusive 'The Bear Champ' from JC Rivera and UVD Toys packs quite a wallop.  The exclusive features a jet black bear with golden crown, gloves, and trunks.  The nod to Basquiat works here for us as a respectful, triumphant homage. 

Strangecat will release their exclusive The Bear Champ (Edition of 50) on Friday (1.11) at 8 AM PST for $50 from their web shop.


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Miscreation Toys x TAG -- Metallic Menace Mini Miscreants (1.11)


For their weekly drop, Toy Art Gallery is set to unleash the Mini Miscreants in a new painted edition.  The Metallic Menace edition of the six-figure gacha set from Miscreation Toys features a shiny metallic gold design with yellow, blue, black and red sprays.  

The Metallic Menace Mini Miscreants set featuring the six 2" soft vinyl figures plus a bonus red+lime green pin drops on Friday (1.11) at 12 PM PST from the TAG web shop for $70.


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Jan 09, 2019

Pop Life x VTSS -- Toyz Shenzen Festival (1.10 - 1.13)


The loaded art toy schedule welcomes a newcomer—Toyz Shenzen Festival (10.10 - 10.13)—into the once dormant January slot. Organized by Pop Life and VTSS, the festival blends the latest art toys with music and food, to satisfy the collecting itch and entertain at the same time.  In addition to the two organizers, select vendors include Toy Tokyo, Mighty Jaxx, AE Workshop, Funny Trend Projects and more.

As seen on the flier, King Saladeen's signature JP the MoneyBear character will make its toy debut at the show from MINDstyle and Pop Life.  Expect several other exciting debuts including Jiangshi Black  from Luke Chueh x VTSS and Stormparter Eclipse from Ron English x Pop Life. 

Hit the jump for show previews + fliers.


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Nathan Cleary x Pobber -- Spongrenade McD Edition


Pobber has released the Spongrenade McD Edition vinyl by Nathan Cleary on their online shop for $50. First released in limited quantities—which sold out—at Toy Soul in HK back in December, the McD edition plays off the iconic colors of the world's ubiquitous hamburger chain.  These are set to ship at the end of month.


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Jan 08, 2019

Keep Going Amaz_"Rojo" Pre-Order


Korean artist Amaz is now taking pre-orders for his brand-new Keep Going Amaz_"Rojo" resin. Rojo flashes a slightly edgier urban design than his previous lighthearted kid pieces including Ice Cream Boy.  With his namesake red afro, baggy pants and oversized sneakers, the handmade Rojo feels very much in line with the highly addictive urban vinyl figures from the early 2000s. 

Limited to just 20 pieces, the 11" handmade resin figure is available for pre-order for $350 (+ $50 shipping) from the ATTS Studio web shop.  Rojo will ship about a month after orders are placed.


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


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


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)


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


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)


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)


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


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)


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


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


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)


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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