Jul 17, 2017

Warner Brothers x Funko – Marvin the Martian: Space Clones Custom Show for SDCC


Marvin the Martian fans (and who isn’t ?) will want to be sure to drop by the Funko Pop Up Shop at the Funko SD offices during SDCC (7.20-7.23).  Warner Brothers and Funko have collaborated on a custom art show featuring artist customs of the 9” DIY Space Clones Mega Dorbz vinyl of our favorite Martian. A quick browse on IG revealed a diverse group of artists with a few names well known to art toy fans—Sket One (above) and Shiffa, at least one comic book superstar—Jim Lee, and a nice selection of artists from various backgrounds including Karol Banach, Mel Copes, Shamsia Hassani, Sonny Liew, Kristen Liu-Wong, Love Each Other, Nikkiciri, Kerby Rosanes, Gustavo Rimada, Vivian Ritter,Marc Sandoval, Sonny Boy, Turan (@sonertattooer) and Tasya van Ree.

Hit the jump for a quick preview of the pieces we spotted.   The Space Clones customs will be auctioned off to benefit CalArts’ scholarship programs.   

The show fits nicely into the cartoon-centric Funko Pop Up which will feature a large number of exclusives including Pop! versions of Marvin and Duck Dodgers. For more info, check out the Funko Blog which breaks down the exclusive action: part one and part two.

Ah yes, now we come to THE question… Will Space Clones be released as a DIY vinyl after the show?  No definitive answer yet, but seems quite possible.

Funko Pop Up Shop
448 West Market Street  (across from the Grand Hyatt Manchester)

Thursday-Sunday (July 20-23)


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Ron English – ‘Make America GRIN Again’ Pop-Up During SDCC Weekend (7.19 – 7.22)

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Ron English will begin his brand-new Make America GRIN Again tour with a Pop-Up exhibition and shop at Luce Loft in San Diego—an easy walk from the convention center—during SDCC weekend (7.19 – 7.22).  The event will feature art work and editions from Ron English as well as fellow artists Mark Dean Veca, Rob Prior, Madsteez, and Jeremyville.

The Pop-Up shop will feature the debut of Ron English’s eagerly awaited Donald T. Rich Grin vinyl figure in both standard and Black Light Magic editions.  Collectors who purchase a Donald T. Rich item will receive a free 11x17” comic book cover poster. The Pop-Up will also be stocked with the full range of exclusive figures and goods from  Ron’s East Meets West Asia tour.  In addition to toys and products from Ron English, event will also feature secret drops from Mark Dean Veca, Madsteez, Rob Prior and Jeremyville.

This is the perfect opportunity to meet Ron English and perhaps chat with him about Popaganda.  He will be signing at the loft on Wednesday (7.19) from Noon to 2 PM and on Thursday through Saturday (7.20-7.22) from 3 PM to 5 PM.

The multi-layered event will also feature the debut of Pop Life’s brand-new SFBi Originals brand of toys inspired by vintage Japanese soft vinyl toys—sofubi. Exclusives from several of the artists from the brand’s extensive roster will be released in very limited numbers at the Pop-Up beginning on Wednesday (7.19).  There will also be daily raffles for SFBI Originals figures—no purchase necessary.

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Make America Grin Again: Ron English's Popaganda Pop-Up
Wednesday – Saturday (7.19-7.22)  11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friends and Family VIP Party (Invite Only): Thursday (7.20) at 7 PM.

Luce Loft
1037 J Street @ 10th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

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Jul 16, 2017

Jermaine Rogers at SDCC – A New Treasure Trove of Toys


Perhaps somewhere known only to the Dero, Jermaine Rogers has stashed away a toy chest full of figures, waiting for their time in the sun.  For SDCC, he’s cracked the chest wide open with at least five new art toy releases dropping from his booth [#4532].


Let’s start with Veil.  There are two new Veil: Specimen #72 editions-–Dero Skin (125 pcs) and Shadow (300 pcs). In addition, there’s the wild new Veil: East (10”, 500 pcs). The panda-esque new figure appears to feature a Specimen #72 head and body with newly sculpted arms—a great addition the new Veil family.


Jermaine will also release a new edition of Dero CreepingSpectre (50 pcs) features super clear resin with lime green GID resin swirled throughout.  It looks fresh in regular light, and downright ghostly or is that ghastly in the dark.


beLIEve—a new resin sculpt will make it’s debut at SDCC as well.  All we have so far is a teaser featuring a demon-like, four-fingered hand. Very interesting.  No word if this will see a release at Comic-Con or will be display-only with a release in the future.


For something completely different, Mr. Rogers has collaborated with the mad geniuses over at Special Ed. Toys on The Candyman resin action figure—an homage to Gene Wilder’s turn as Willy Wonka. This one will be released in limited quantities each day (7.19 – 7.23) in both a regular painted edition (50 pcs) and a Grape edition cast in translucent purple (25 pcs).


In addition to the new army of toys, there are also new pins! T here’s Dero Trance available in both standard and shadow variants.  If you’re looking to make a splash, there’s also the Aleppin Sane Glam edition featuring a speckled, silver/gray design. All of this goodness will be available at Jermaine’s booth [#4532].

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Jul 14, 2017

Super7’s Skeletor’s Lair & UNKLE Pop-Up Shop

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From the booth to their San Diego Store, they got more exclusives for you that don’t even require a badge! Bringing back Amanda Visell, comes a She-Ra resin figure, which is hand-casted, hand-sculpted and hand-painted! This figure stands 7” tall and will go great with the He-Man and Skeletor Resin figures from Skeletor’s Lair 2 years ago! Did you miss out on those? Well They will also have a limited edition GID Version of those exact resin figures. All retail $120 each.

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More MOTU Vinyl! Check out the newest colorways of their Japanese Soft Vinyl Red Skeletor and GID Beastman Figures. These will retail $65 each.

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Making their debut at the Skeletor’s Lair are the Micro He-Man and Skeletor sofubi figures. They will be available in a black and red vinyl, each retailing $10 each.

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And last up for their MOTU Items is the Mini-Comic variant Trap Jaw figure, which will retail $15 a piece.

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We recently announced the exclusive Super7 x UNKLE Collab  (HERE). They will be completing the collection with some awesome apparel! These will also be available at the UNKLE pop-up shop from Saturday to Sunday at their San Diego Store Location!

Super7 San Diego
701 8th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101

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Super7 San Diego Comic-Con Update!


Super7 just shared a couple more newsletters to share what else they have in store for SDCC weekend, which is less than a week away! Let’s start with their booth #4945 goods, which includes some Japanese vinyl!

A trio of micros make their way in a beautiful translucent green vinyl. That trio being the Caveman Dino, Wing Kong and Bat Boy! Each figure will retail $10 each.

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Rolling in is the newest colorway of Invisible Creature’s Colonel Stinson in a glow in the dark vinyl for $65.

From the imagination of Joshua Herbolsheimer, comes a new colorway of his Caveman Dino, dubbed the Furious Fossil for $35.

Super7 and Secret-Base collaborate once again to release the all new Metallic Mayhem Blue Alien Queen for $65.

Last but not least for vinyl is another Secret-Base collab with none other than Steve Caballero. The Black Cab Dragon will be available at the booth for $45.


Not only will they be debuting the Worst M.U.S.C.L.E. figures, but of course you gotta get some of the ReAction Figures. What better place to release the Stars Worst figures, which pay an homage to Star Wars. Each figure will retail $15 with option to purchase them individually!


And last up for their booth is the debut release of the ALIENS M.U.S.C.L.E figures! There will be 5 different packs to choose from at $6 each.

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Jul 13, 2017

Flatt Bonnie x Giant Robot–SDCC Exclusive Baby Unicorn as WonderCorn


Flat Bonnie will once again have a special limited edition plush available at the Giant Robot booth #1729 during this years San Diego Comic-Con. This years exclusive is the Baby Unicorn who is cosplaying as WonderCorn! You can find this heroic wonder available for only $20 a piece. The Baby Unicorn measures 4.5” x 4.5” and it comes with a special GR/Comic-Con signed and numbered hang tag. If you cannot make it your way to SDCC, Flat Bonnie has a very limited number of them available on her website HERE.

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Paul Kaiju for Summer Slime @ Gunnzo (07.22)


Paul Kaiju just shared some of his limited edition and one-off figures for Summer Slime show at Gunnzo with Bwana Spoons and Rampage Toys! The show will take place on Saturday, July 22nd at Gunnzo in Old Town San Diego. Raffle tickets will be distributed at 6PM with numbers called at 730PM. In the meantime, enjoy some beverages and some tacos!

2445 Juan St
San Diego, CA 92110

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De Korner at SDCC: Exclusive Boxing Brain + New Pins


De Korner will release several SDCC exclusives at their booth [#5249]. First up is  a special Mini Boxing Brain set (50 sets, $60) by Ron English and ToyQube featuring a black + gold left glove and a purple + green right glove.

If you love pins, De Korner has you covered with four new enamel masterpieces: Boba (100 pcs, $10) by MaloWrx, Blinky Exposed (50 pcs, $10) by Pirate RobotCrazy Vs. Batty (100 pcs, $10) by David Baker x Stoops, and last but certainly not least,  Plumber’s Pride De Korner Edition—spreading sunshine far and wide—by APpins x Double G Toys.

In addition to the exclusives, De Korner will have their usual selection of previously released figures from Kidrobot, 3A, Hot Toys and more as well as some hard-to-find pieces.  heck it all out at booth #5249.

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Jul 12, 2017

What’s New EP5: Sket One


For What’s New Episode 5, DeKevin drops in on Sket One at his new studio in Long Beach.  We get to check out Sket’s toy and art collection as well as his work space. Sneak peaks?  Absolutely.  Sket’s working with 3DRetro on a new Tinc toy based on his recurring farting elephant character.  Be sure to watch the episode to check out control art and colorway designs for the new vinyl toy.

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UNKLE x Super 7 25th Anniversary Action Figures (7.22-7.23)

Super7 has been teasing their upcoming collaboration with UNKLE, set to drop at a special two-day event at their San Diego location (7.22-7.23).  Thanks to a nice Hypebeast article we now know that the mysterious project is actually an UNKLE action figure and record combo packaged inside a  matching Pointman clamshell—part of UNKLE’s 25th anniversary.  Very nice. 

As Hypebeast mentions, the design of the new figure is based on the OG figures released by Mo’Wax  in support of UNKLE’s 1998 debut album, Psyence Fiction. The original figures were designed by Ben Drury based on Futura’s signature Pointman character.  The new figures will be released in three colorways-–pink camo, green camo, and blue camo.  As you can see the sculpt is very close to the 1998 designs, with perhaps a bit more style and flair.  Pointman now has a subtle facial expression, his gear is slightly reworked, and the differing arm lengths are more exaggerated.  As with the OG figures, the new figures come with a clear stand—doubling as a capsule-style record—in order to display the feetless figures. Each figure comes with a different vinyl single: Pink-The Road, Blue-Nowhere to Run and Green-Looking for the Rain.

The UNKLE x Super7 Action Figures will be limited to 500 pieces in each colorway and will be available for $50 each at the UNKLE event at Super7 San Diego (7.22 – 7.23).  The new figures look great, have a nice backstory, and would be a nice compliment to the later Medicom produced UNKLE toys. 

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Jul 11, 2017

Marsham Toy Hour – S2 E14 with Teresa Chiba and Don Kratzer


Marsham Toy Hour welcomes back Don “Datadub” Kratzer who brought along another very special guest, Teresa Chiba! We get to learn a lot about her and her introduction to Japanese Vinyl Toys and her upbringings with Max Toy Co. and new projects with Vinyl Artist Gacha and Medicom! Give a listen to the latest episode down below!

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Kozik x Blackbook Toy – Lil’ Alex and Dim “Stealth” Edition


These are definitely one of Blackbook Toys most limited releases to date! At an edition of only 4 pieces each, soon available via Lottery is the “Stealth” Edition of Kozik’s Lil’ Alex and Dim figures. The lottery will be held via email, which will take place from Thursday, July 13th at 11AM through Saturday, July 15th at 10:59AM. To enter, send an email over to info[at]blackbooktoy[dot]com  with the following:

Title: ACC Stealth Lottery entry
Item Name - Lil Alex or Dim. You can enter only once each item.
and your Instagram Handle.

Winners can be expected to pay roughly $120 + S&H. It has been quite some time since they’ve released a blank and what better blank to get than this crystal clear release!

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DKE SDCC Exclusives Announced So Far

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DKE is the go-to source for bootleg/art action figures at San Diego Comic-Con.  From  the exclusives they’ve announced so far, that well-served reputation will continue to grow with carded treasures appealing to Star Wars collectors and art collectors looking for edgy, humorous, gotta see it to believe it toys.  Here’s our roundup (read: catchup) post of all the goodness that DKE has announced to-date that will be available at their SDCC booth (#5045).

Let’s start with two releases from artists new to the world of art action figures.  First up is Santo Vader (30 s/n pcs, $100) by Carlos Ramirez formerly of the renowned Date Famers art collective. From the eclectic sculpt to the the color scheme, the new toy fits seamlessly into the Date Farmers  art style.   On the lighter side of things, The Great Showdowns (50 s/n pcs, $100) 2-pack brings us illustrator Scott C.’s  take on Ghostbusters in his signature infectious, sketchy style.

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Moving on, DKE will also release a trio of new figures from  RYCA which showcase the range of his growing body of bootleg action figure art, from the socially-conscious I Am a Man (30 s/n pcs, $55) to the Art Trooper Series: Haring (65 s/n pcs, $55) and the blinged-out Wampapi (25 s/n pcs, $80).

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While the bootleg art toy game continues to diversify, the most popular inspiration for figure riffs is Star Wars.  As with past years, DKE will have plenty to satisfy those eager to walk on the alternate side of the Lucas galaxy.  On the Light Side of the Force, there’s R2-DPoo (40 s/n pieces, $45) by Random Skull Productions and YoClops (50 s/n pieces, $55) from Little Lazies.  On the Dark Side, there’s Muckuss (30 s/n pcs, $65) by Credenda StudiosBounty Hunter (24 s/n pcs, $150) by Manly ArtJob Wars: Unemployed Trooper (20 pcs, $55) and the Boss Vaderus Maximus Pin by DrilOne (100 pcs, $10).

Finally, Dollar $lice Bootlegs Junkie The Krusty Clown (30 s/n pcs, $55) depicts the popular  Simpsons character like never before. 

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Chris Ryniak x Rotofugi – SDCC Snybora

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Rotofugi is starting to reveal its plans for SDCC.  First up is this gorgeous rainbow-hued Snybora from Chris Ryniak.  This one is limited to 20 pieces, so stay sharp!  More info soon about what to expect from the Squibbles Ink + Rotofugi and Friends booth [#5248].

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Luke Chueh x Munky King – SDCC Prisoner Dextroamphetamine


The string continues with news that Luke Chueh and Munky King will release the new Prisoner Dextroamphetamine (Black Beauties) at SDCC.  It’s definitely time to mentally carve out a portion of your Comic-Con budget for this one and the rest of the Luke Chueh drops: Headspace White, Headspace Grey and Rainbow Hung—all at the MK booth [#4851]

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Coarse x Play House-- SDCC Nibble and Root Crunch and Always Mine



Toy Tokyo is offering the SDCC Nibble and Root Crunch and Always 2-figure set as a regular online purchase available to all.   The set features the Crunch and Always Mine editions of the adorable Nibble and Root combo figure from Coarse and Play House.   You can purchase the SDCC Nibble and Root Crunch and Always Mine set over at Toy Tokyo for $55 (+ s/h). 

While this release is labeled as an SDCC drop, it’s not clear that these will be available at SDCC proper.  At any rate, best to purchase these now online if you’re planning to get them.

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Jul 10, 2017

BAIT SDCC Exclusives – Transformers, Hello Kitty and More


BAIT is headed to San Diego once again, loaded for bear with an arsenal of shiny exclusives for Comic-Con.  2017’s drops are all about Pop Culture from Saturday morning cartoons to 80’s video games to Small Gifts. There will be something for the inner child in all of us at BAIT’s booth [#5146].


Transformers and more transformers!  BAIT has Tran sformers exclusives for days, starting with their very own Switch Transformers vinyl figures. First out of the chute are six figures in two different sizes. Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron and Shockwave will each be available at 4.5” for $20.  In addition, both Optimus Prime and Megatron will be available at the larger 6” size for $45 each.   BAIT will also have a super shiny 100% and 400% Megatron Be@rbrick set from Medicom for $125. 


If cute and nostalgic is more your speed, BAIT has  you covered with their new Pac Man x Hello Kitty crossover figure ($20). The set includes iconic Hello-kitty flanked by mini Pac Man and Ghost figures.  The toys feature 8-bit styling throughout from the jagged edges of the mini figs right on through to Hello Kity with her 8-bit style bow and Pac Man logo on the shirt.  In addition to this color edition for SDCC, BAIT will release a sleek Ghost edition for NYCC featuring translucent dark blue figures.


Following up on the OG Mr. Penny Bags vinyl, BAIT will release the Switch x Monopoly x BAIT figure in a new Pewter colorway ($50).  The new edition has us reminiscing about the classic metal Monopoly pieces.

Finally, Dragon Ball Z fans will l want to check out the Figpin x BAIT Super Saiyan Goku pin ($15).  This SDCC exclusive features a gritty, black+ white mono design.

Hit the jump for pics of all the BAIT SDCC exclusives


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3A – US Venture Epilogue during SDCC


If you’re going to be making the trip to SDCC this year, you’ll definitely want to add ThreeA’s US Venture Epilogue to your list of must-see/must-do’s.  The art and toy exhibition will start off with a private, invite-only opening on Wednesday and continue through Sunday (7.19 – 7.23) at the Sparks Gallery on Sixth Ave, a fairly easy walk from the convention center. The third Venture (after HK and Tokyo), will feature over 100 original art pieces from six artists including Ashley Wood, Siuyin, Syd Bee, Geoff Darrow, William Wray and Paul Pope. All of the artists will be signing together at the gallery from 1 to 2 PM on Thursday (7.20).

Beyond the amazing original art, US Venture will also offer a large number of Ashley Wood/3A exclusives including several Popbot offerings, a wonderful Isobelle Pascha 1:6 drop and two 1:3 TQ releases.  Hit the jump for all of the pics and be sure to check 3A’s official exclusives page for all the details.  While the early pre-order quantities quickly sold out, limited quanities will be available at the event starting on Thursday at 10 AM – get there early as an antidote for disappointment.  US Venture will also feature a strong selection of artist books from Ashley Woods.

In addition to US Venture, 3A’s SDCC booth (#734] will feature stock figures, as well as limited number of US Venture exclusives starting on 7.20, as well as a ThreeZero display.  3A will also present a showcase of original and licensed figures at the IDW booth (#2743).

Finally, US Venture will mark the debut of Fuck Everyone, the first Zef comic (A3, 11.7 x 16.5”), written by Die Antword’s Ninja and ¥o-landi with visuals from none other than Ashely Wood.  To celebrate all three artists will be on hand for a special ticketed signing from 4 to 5 PM on Thursday (7.20) at the gallery.

US Venture
San Diego 2017
Thursday – Saturday (7.20-7.22): 10am –4 pm
Sunday (7.23): 10am – 4pm

Sparks Gallery
530 Sixth Avenue 
San Diego, CA 92101


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Jul 09, 2017

Super7 SDCC & Skeletor's Lair Reveals!


Super7 keeps the SDCC & Skeletor's Lair exclusives train rollin' with some new reveals. Let's start off with the goodies for their booth #4945. First up is the debut release of their Aliens M.U.S.C.L.E. figures, which features a special two-pack with Ripley in Power Loader and Queen Alien in yellow, which will retail $12.

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For all you ReAction Figure collectors who want to stand their figures up proper. Super7 are debut releasing the ReAction Figure stands. These 10-Packs come with 9 clear stands and a randomly packaged colored stand that will retail $10.

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On to Skeletor's Lair, where they will be debut releasing the third wave of their Masters of the Universe ReAction Figure line, which includes Battle Armor He-Man, Battle Armor Skeletor, Teela, Stratos, Kobra Khan and Zodac. Each figure will retail $15 each.


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Jul 08, 2017

My Pet Monster 30th Anniversary Vinyl Release!


It’s been 30 years since My Pet Monster made plush cool, edgy and yes creepy. Now, Creepy Co. brings you a new updated version  to bring back the childhood in all of us! The design is cultivated from the different iterations over the years with a hint of "Neo Kaiju" mixed in. This production was also brought to you by the folks of Shinbone Creative and Saban Brands.

The new My Pet Monster stands 6" tall with articulation in the head, arms and wrists. There are two color variants to choose from, the "Classic" colorway is limited to 500 pieces and the orange and yellow version is limited to 100 pieces. Pre-Orders will begin in Late July, but be sure to visit Creepy Co.'s website and sign up for their newsletters for all the updates you need!

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Chaffy Vinyl Figure Kickstarter Campaign


If you're not already a fan of Chaffy, you should be! With the help of Kickstarter, this  book character will soon be available in vinyl form! This also has to be one of our most favorite KS Campaign videos of all time! These cute little one and a half eared creatures by artist Jamie Smart are known to get lost. So find yourself one by checking out their Kickstarter HERE. There are plenty of pledge tiers to choose from, such as Chaffy books, prints, original artwork and of course a 3.5" vinyl Chaffy itself!


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Mighty Jaxx -- Super Kaiju Corps and Clogtwo Saturday Releases! (07.08)

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Mighty Jaxx has a couple of sweet new releases for you! They've teamed up with Super Kaiju Corps to unleash the Amefuri Kozou figure, a character which is based off of Japanese folklore. This one-eyed sofubi figure stands 6" tall and dawns a kimono, wooden clogs with umbrella on its head. It can be found HERE for you $80.

Working with Clogtwo once again, Mighty Jaxx unveils his new figure Alley Kat, which is a part of the new Toshi Neko series. This fat cat comes with a spray can and lots of attitude. Standing 4" tall, this piece can be found HERE for $40. Limited to 200 pieces. 


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Edwin Ushiro -- ‘A Survey : Drawings and Paintings of Strange Things’ at Giant Robot 2 (7.8)

Growing up in Hawaii—islands steeped in tradition and folklore—LA-based painter Edwin Ushiro  has always been fascinated with the Supernatural.  For A Survey : Drawings and Paintings of Strange Things, opening on Saturday (7.8) at Giant Robot 2, he will present paintings inspired by the Japanese folklore featured in the Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things book by Lafacdio Hearn from his personal, Japanese American perspective.  The new collection builds on Edwin’s talent of blending the mystical and the everyday within his ethereal works.


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Edwin Ushiro || A Survey : Drawings and Paintings of Strange Things
Opening: Saturday, July 8th 2017 (6:30 – 10 PM)

Giant Robot 2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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Jul 07, 2017

Scott Wilkowski x Kidrobot – Code Blue 5” Infected Dunny

The contagion continues to spread.  Kidrobot has just released the new Code Blue 5” Infected Dunny by Scott Wilkowski.  Limited to 100 pieces, the double cast resin Dunny features a translucent blue exterior and Scott’s crazy infected skull on the interior.  Available now exclusively from Kidrobot for $200 (+ s/h).

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Jul 06, 2017

3DRetro is Morphin with Jason David Frank at SDCC (7.22-7.23)


3Dretro will host Jason David Frank, the original Green Ranger of Mighty Morphin Power Ranger fame, at their SDCC booth [#5250]. He’ll be signing on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM [7.22-7.23] until he’s signed for the Last Fan Standing (very cool).  In addition to meeting Jason, you’ll be able to pick up two new Green Ranger themed prints from Juan Muniz and Jerome Lu as well as an exclusive JDF robot by 1000 Toys.  If you grew up watching and imitating (we know you did!) the Power Rangers, you’ll definitely want to make a visit to the 3DRetro booth.

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