Oct 17, 2019

Joan Cornellà x AllRightsReserved — 'Selfie Gun' Vinyl Art Toy (10.17)

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Following the release of Joan Cornellà's Selfie Gun sculpture as a bronze edition, AllRightsReserved will make the buzz-worthy piece available to a much larger audience with a new vinyl art toy edition. Other than the slightly smaller size (10" vs. 12.6"), the new vinyl edition appears to match the design of the bronze edition.

Whether you see the piece as a critique of people's obsession with documenting their lives on social media or a more general commentary on self-destructive behaviors, Selfie Gun combines a double-take visual with a concept that lingers long after the novelty has subsided. 

Limited to 1000 numbered pieces, the Selfie Gun vinyl will available from ARR's Ding Dong Takuhabin store on Thursday (10.17) at 8 PM PDT for $199.  For those whom the bronze edition was out of reach, this vinyl edition is a perfect way to collect Cornellà's striking work at a considerably more affordable price.

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Oct 16, 2019

Banksy Opens Gross Domestic Product… Really.

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The wonderful, mischievous enigma that is Banksy has seemingly started a new chapter with the actual opening of his very own 'homewares brand'. Gross Domestic Product started in high-profile fashion with a window-shopping only showroom in Croydon, England that came and went.

Now, GrossDomesticProduct.com is live with more or less official products ranging from what we'd call fine art multiples such as the Banksy Met Ball helmet and the Banksy Ultra HD TV to open-edition items including the Banksy Balloon Tee, Mugs (apparently painted by children) and more. Fittingly, all the products are crafted from locally available, recycled items. 

Given high demand and the unusual nature of the products, the purchasing process is not a direct one but involves instead selecting an item and indicating you'd like to purchase it.  Successful 'applicants' will receive an email with further instructions.

Perhaps almost as interesting as the once unlikely idea of Banksy selling merchandise is his stated reason for doing so. He has explained that that he is taking this step at the advice of his lawyers as way of protecting his art and name from a greeting card company, an apparent reference to Full Colour Black, that is selling products with photos of his art.  What's really interesting is it appears that most of the presumed-official Banksy art toys appear to be relying on 'licenses from … Full Colour Black including the recent Mighty Jaxx release and it appears Medicom's Brandalism Sync line. If this post seems a bit hand-wavy, that's intentional.  With Banksy, absolute black + white fact is often elusive.

With that said, the store is open.

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Mori Chack x Superplastic — Gloomy in Black Superjanky (10.17)

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As teased for the past few days, Mori Chack's Gloomy Superjanky is back, in black no less. The follow-up to the pink OG edition, the Gloomy in Black Superjanky features what appears to be a matte, light  black finish rather than a deep, jet black color. The Black edition features yellow eyes for creepy contrast, muzzle and alas, Gloomy's deceased human companion, Pity.

The Gloomy in Black Superjanky drops on Thursday (10.17) for $65 direct from Superplastic.  The creepy cutie is slated to ship in December. Based on previous releases, we expect this to go live at 11 AM PDT.

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Oct 15, 2019

Kidrobot DesignerCon Exclusives Pre-Order (10.16 - 10.18)

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Kidrobot has lined up arguably their strongest DesignerCon releases to-date.  Their four DCon exclusives include three special edition Dunnys and a brand-new Hello Kitty art toy from Candie Bolton.  Speaking of Dunnys, KR will have the La Flame 8" Dunny Ice Edition from Junko Mizuno (250 pcs, $100), the Santa Muerte 8" Dunny Prosperity Edition (70 pcs, $100) by Stephanie Buscema, and the Spiritus Dea: Bastet 3" Dunny DCon edition from Candie Bolton.

While we love ourselves some Dunnys, the highlight of Kidrobot's DCon exclusives just might be the new Hello Kitty 9" art figure Blush Edition (250 pieces, $75) designed by Candie Bolton. Holding a cluster of golden Kitty ballons, the figure features an adolescent Hello Kitty, bright and colorful but dealing with the shyness and uncertainty that comes with growing up. From the youthful outfit to her downward gaze and inward feet, Bolton's Hello Kitty endears with her awkward in-between state: part child, part future adult. She also reminds us that becoming an adult doesn't require parting with dreams, imagination and play.  All of us can relate to this most human Kitty.

As is their tradition, Kidrobot will offer their DCon exclusives via an online pre-order starting on Wednesday (10.16) and running thru Friday (10.18) with limited daily quantities of all four toys. Limited quantities of each figure will be available at DesignerCon (12.22 - 12.24) from the KR Booth [#2210].

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ABCNT x Mighty Jaxx — Alice in Wasteland (10.19)

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LA street artist ABCNT has once again teamed up with Mighty Jaxx, this time  to create an art toy of of his Alice in Wasteland imagery.  A long way from the fantastic sights of Wonderland, Alice is left to try and sort out the literal mess she finds herself in, with little more than a face mask. The diorama style toy features Alice seated on a pile of all-too-realistic trash, dying flower in hand as a reminder of what's been lost. The Alice in Wasteland polystone figure (8.5" will be available for pre-order for 24-hours beginning this Saturday (10.19) at 8 AM PDT for $249 (includes global shipping) from the Mighty Jaxx shop.  This is the artist's second toy with Mighty Jaxx, following 2017's Bitchy Rich.

If you act quickly, there's still time to pick up the Alice in Wasteland print from Silent Stage (18x24", $124.99).

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Amanda Louise Spayd x Chris Ryniak — Halloween Tees + Totes

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To celebrate the scariest (sweetest?) 'holiday', Amanda Louise Spayd and Chris Ryniak have released a large and varied collection of spooky cute tees in a wide range of colors (11 designs/$25 each) and totes (6 designs/$24 each).  Whether prefer bats, unicorns  or candy corn beasts, black + white or lively color, there's something (or two or three) for you.  Oh, there's also a GID Halloween Bee Pin. The  Halloween collection awaits at the Bindlewood shop.

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Kidrobot x Sanario —QUICCS Hello Kitty 80s Retro + Midnight Run Editions (10.25)

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The QUICCS Hello Kitty (8") returns in two new editions from Kidrobot. First up is the colorful, street stylin' 80s Retro with multi-color hoodie which will be available from select retailers and KR. Kidrobot will also have their exclusive Midnight Run (black + pink) edition available only on Kidrobot.com.  Both drop on Friday (10.25) with KR's releases going up at 9 AM PDT as usual. No word on pricing yet, but for reference the first two editions retailed for $49.99.

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Oct 14, 2019

Watsd x Funny Model Club — Gramps

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It's been about five months since Funny Model Club opened pre-orders for their first, since sold-out art toy, Boss by Watsd (Watchara Boonpokkrong) .  Now the artist and brand are back with Gramps, a funny figure featuring an old-school gamer (or is that just plain OLD) with adjusting to new-fangled gaming with his very own hand-held console that bears a striking similarity to the Switch. With his over-the-top design featuring vintage tube TV  head, 70's era gaming shirt, short shorts, knee high socks and more Gramps is instantly recognizable as a throwback to the 8-bit era and bound to spark more than few gaming tall tales.  And perhaps a few confused looks from Millennials. While the cat-piloted Boss 'bot and Gramps are at first very different, the sense of humor, bright color palette, and retro vibe bring them together as two expressions of a universe we'd like to revisit often.

Limited to 199 pieces,  the traditionally-sculpted Gramps (10.25") resin art toy is available for pre-order for $111.50 direct from Funny Model Club's FB page and their retailer network which includes myplasticheart, Strangecat Toys, PlayToysForever (TW), Tomenosuke (JP) and Toy Galleria (SG).  The figure is slated to ship the second quarter of 2020.

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Ronald Ventura x Nickelodeon x Secret Fresh Gallery — SpongeBro (10.20)

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Secret Fresh Gallery has collaborated with Filipino artist Ronald Ventura and Nickelodeon to create the extremely limited SpongeBro series of art sculptures.  Produced by ToyQube, the four figures revisit the famous inhabitants of Bikini Bottom with Ventura's pet-centric style. SpongeBob gets a kitty makeover while Patrick has become a star-shaped dog treat.  An edition of 35, SpongeBro will be released on Sunday (10.20) from Secret Fresh Gallery. 

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Twelvedot — Wild at Heart APO Frogs (10.18)

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The APO Frogs return with a fresh style just in time for Autumn with the new Wild at Heart edition (5") from Twelvedot.  The newest APO Frog features a blue + yellow frog, comfortably cloaked in a vibrant, all-over print coat featuring a tropical jungle motif with toucans and fantastic flora. The design ties back into the APO Frog project's inspiration: raising awareness of the need to protect endangered frogs and their disappearing wild habitats.

Wild at Heart will be released on Friday, October 18th direct from Twelvedot as well as several retailers including myplasticheart, Strangecat Toys, Ozzo (SG) and Xinghui Creations (CN). No word yet on pricing or edition size, but based on the recent APO Frog editions, it's quite possible that these will retail for $69.99 and be limited to 300 pieces.

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Oct 13, 2019

Pushead x Usugrow — Insomnia Popcorn rebelCaptain from Secretbase

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Secretbase has released the new Insomnia Popcorn rebelCaptain from Pushead and Usugrow.  The new double-pour edition featuring the Captain head by Pushead and the Rebel Ink body by Usugrow brings together an outer layer of clear vinyl + black glitter with an inner marbled layer of blue and whitish red. The mix is gritty yet graceful.

The new Insomnia Popcorn rebelCaptain is available directly from Secretbase for ¥15,400  ($144). Orders outside of Japan are processed via email to [email protected] — please review the brand's official international order guide.

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Oct 11, 2019

Jermaine Rogers — Choices Gold (10.11)

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Fateful decisions abound, turning points marked by danger and momentous implications.  Jermaine Rogers' Choices (8") returns in a new Gold Edition.  Limited to just 100 pieces, the bunny with knife drops this Friday (10.10) at 12 PM PDT from the artist's web shop for $90 each.  Fortune favors those that seize the moment.

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Oct 10, 2019

Junko Mizuno x Kidrobot — La Flamme 8" Dunny Green + KR Exclusive (10.11)

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Kidrobot will release the new one-armed La Flamme 8" Dunny from Junko Mizuno on Friday in two editions — the standard Green (1000 pcs) which we featured a few days ago and the Kidrobot.com exclusive Dark and Metallic edition (400 pcs) which features purple, pink and blue details set against the black Dunny with opaque sculpted flames and translucent purple wand. As she mentions in her interview with KR, La Flamme channels her witch charactfer, featured front and center in the designer. 

The La Flamme 8" Dunny will be available on Friday (10.11) in both a Green Edition from select retailers and the Dark and Metallic edition exclusively from Kidrobot.com (9 AM PDT).

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Neomlei x Mighty Jaxx — Skull House (10.12)

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Illustrator Neomlei (Eli Klemmeck) brings his original illustration, How Do I Live In This House, into 3D with the brand-new Skull House polystone figure (6") from Mighty Jaxx.Offering an alternative, darker take on the ubiquitous home metaphor, the new piece features a house nearly engulfed by the two halves of the skull that surrounds it. Done in a glossy black+white design, Skull House's stark appearance is a strong translation of the mood of the original piece and carries the artist's intent well.

Skull House will be available for pre-order on Saturday (10.12) at 6 AM PDT for $169 (free shipping) from the Mighty Jaxx shop and is slated to ship in Q1 2020. 

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Oct 08, 2019

Junko Mizuno x Kidrobot — La Flamme 8" Dunny

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It's been four years since Junko Mizuno's Violet Soda 8" Dunny. Now she returns in wicked style with a brand-new 8" Dunny.  La Flamme features an intricate green + gold design with sculpted, translucent light red flames burning along the head and body. The design reaches new heights between the Dunny's ears where a diminutive demon-like character sits, nestled between two large horns, adorned with floral flourishes.  Beyond the numerous sculpted elements, La Flamme features an unfolding story with detailed pad printing from head to toe, front to back. Finally, the mystical one holds a golden skull and crossbones tree.

The La Flamme 8" Dunny from Junko Mizuno and Kidrobot will be released by Tomenosuke on 7:59 AM PDT on Friday (10.11) for ¥14,300 yen ($133) and will be available from multiple retailers and KR shortly, likely on Friday as well. 

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Superplastic Teases King Janky The Fifth (10.10)

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Superplastic continues to tease its upcoming King Janky The Fifth 3.5" figure. The popular design began with the Kickstarter campaigns and how has a momentum of its own.  From today's rear shot and yesterday's part shot of the face, the design seems to feature a fiery bird. The polka dot socks and underwear are a nice touch — there's nothing ordinary about this royal bird.  Look for King Janky #5 to drop on Thursday (10.10), most likely at 9 AM PDT barring a Superplastic curveball. Or perhaps this is a stealth TTF drop ? Naaah… right?

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Coarse — Jaws and Aura Ignited Set (10.10)

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Coarse will release the Jaws and Aura Ignited Set featuring GID versions of both beast-meets-Noop figures. First released at Beijing Toy Show back in August, the new Ignited figures are striking in both regular ambient light and in the dark.  Interestingly, only the beast/animal elements are Ignited: the Dragon on Aura (14") and the Shark head on Jaws (10.4").  Interestingly, the new Jaws Ignited is apparently the first GID version of the figure so far.

In stock and ready to ship, the Jaws and Aura Ignited Set will be released this Thursday (10.10) at 8:59 AM PDT from the Coarse Shop for $360.

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Slick — DesignerCon Exclusive Freeway Series 10" LA Hands

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Slick will have his own booth this year at DesignerCon and he's just revealed his DCon Exclusive Freeway Series 10" LA Hands vinyl art toys. Available in Blue and Red, celebrating LA's two baseball teams, the figures are limited to 300 pieces/edition.  Find them at the Slick's booth [#818].

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JPX — Labubu Batman and Nong TOY: Robin

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JPX is celebrating the 80th anniversary of Batman with two fun artist collaborations. Labubu Batman brings Kasing Lung's take on the caped crusader, in conjunction with How2work.  For Robin, JPX turns to it's Nong TOY character with a new design from SGT Smile.  These in-development prototypes are currently on display  at Terminal 21 (Asok) in Bangkok. The Labubu Batman hits the sweet spot of a pop culture crossover with Kasing Lung reinterpreting the iconic character in a way that blends Labubu and Batman in a seamless, artistic manner.

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Oct 07, 2019

Andrew Kang Has A New Toy In The Works

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During her NYCC signing at the myplasticheart booth, Andrea Kang showed off a proto of her new toy in development. While there aren't many details yet, we do know that the lion figure is slated to be produced in vinyl. Very exciting news.

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Funko — Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pop! Icons

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As part of its Icon series, Funko will soon celebrate perseverance against stacked odds and enduring commitment with the new Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pop!. Beyond politics, RBG has lived her life, her way, to the fullest from the beginning to her tenure as a Supreme Court justice.

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Kidrobot Exclusive Candy Cornelius Candemon by Alex Pardee x 3DRetro (10.8)

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Alex Pardee's Cornelius Candemon makes the leap from the Candemon enamel pin series to horrifying (or is that hilarious?) art toy produced by 3DRetro. While apparently many people despise the iconic Halloween treat, the toy works either way — just a matter of who you root for, human or treat! 

The new character debuts with Kidrobot's exclusive Candy Cornelius Candemon Melty Metallic Edition vinyl art toy (250 pieces, 7.5") dropping tomorrow (10.8) at 9 AM PDT on Kidrobot.com. Pricing has yet to be announced.

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Oct 06, 2019

Uamou — 'Astronaut Uamou' Space Week Lottery

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Uamou is releasing three new Astronaut Uamou figures timed in celebration of Space Week. The space-bound Uamou  debuted back in June 2018 in a classic white edition. These Astronaut Uamous have a looser/hand-sculpted style that sets them apart from the numerous space figures which usually feature tightly sculpted space gear and equipment. Uamou's approach adds a welcome charm and change of pace. The new Orange, Gold and Blue editions with ECLSS life support systems are available now via email lottery through Thursday (10.10) at 7:59 PDT for ¥5000 ($47). Versions without the life support systems will be offered afterwards via a yet to be announced sales method.

To enter for a chance to purchase, drop an email to sh[email protected] with a subject of 'Astronaut Uamou' entry and be sure to include your Name/Shipping Address/Zip Code/Phone Number and specify your preferred color (orange, gold, or blue).  One entry per person.  See the official lottery page for complete details including dates for winner notification and payment.  

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Aaron McNaught x Medicom — Dewy Pre-Order

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Dewy is going big time with a new sofubi production run from none other than MedicomAaron McNaught's  creepy yet lovable character started off as a completely self-produced, one-man project with 3D-printed figures.  'Discovered' by Medicom at DesignerCon, the Dewy sofubi (9.45") are available now for pre-order  in unpainted green and blue editions for $103 each (Global/Japan) until 7:59 AM PDT on Thursday (10.10). In addition to the pre-order, a limited number will be available at DesignerCon from both the artist's booth [3222] and the Medicom booth [605].

It's always great to see indie toymakers be able to turn their passion projects into production editions. The new Dewy is a big win for Aaron McNaught and even bigger for collectors.

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Oct 05, 2019

Ziqi Wu x Unbox Industries — Supersize Dino Lime Cola (10.5)

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Continuing their recent run of beverage-themed editions, Ziqi Wu and Unbox Industries will release the Supersize Dino Lime Cola soft vinyl figure on Saturday (10.5) at 8 AM PDT from the Unbox Shop for $150. First released at Beijing Toy Show in mid-August, the large 8" refreshing figure is rather convincing from the cola-coloring to the ice, bubbles and yes, slices of lime. While Dino's food guises over the years have been enjoyable, the new Cola edition impresses with the attention to detail.

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