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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

MJ Hsu's "Halloween Delectables" Custom Dunnys are Coming Soon!

In my book, the true breakthrough artist of last year was Taiwanese-American artist Mei-Jean Hsu, known under her abbreviated name of MJ Hsu. Not only was Hsu sculpting, casting, and painting her own original creations but she devised one of the most stand-out custom Dunny contraptions of 2015: the "Delectables Dunny." As you might recall from our video review of it, these featured hand-painted vinyl Dunnys housed inside resin cast cupcake shell… one that is completely removable. Wonderfully engineered and artfully crafted, I'm thrilled to see that she's bringing the form back with a "Halloween Delectables" series. Teased in the above image, the three designs will be Spooky Pumpkin Spice, Black Cherry Vampire, and Batty Cake, all with appropriate decorations adorning their cupcake homes. Pre-orders will be coming soon, which we will announce here, but you can also follow MJ Hsu on Instagram for immediate updates.

13ART's Stunning Resin "Vampire Skull" Available Now!

Fans of the macabre rejoice, as 13art — aka Skullman — brings forth another of his immaculately conceived and rendered skull-based designs. Originally debuting at the Singapore Toys, Games, & Comics Convention, this piece — titled the "Vampire Skull" — has a fierce expression in those empty eye sockets, one which is solely overwhelmed by slick curvature of the teeth… with pointed-tip fangs showing in the back. With a height of roughly 3-inches, these are handcast in resin by the artist before getting a nice weathering application to finish off the affect. Available for pre-order now, you can reserve yourself a copy of the "Vampire Skull" from the 13art store for $58 apiece.

Josh Mayhem's "Blown Away" version of Luke Chueh's "Headspace!"

Andy Warhol would be proud, as Josh Mayhem has seemingly converted himself into a one-man "Blown Away" factory. Immediately recognizable, his windswept illusion created by augmenting the vinyl base figure with multiple layers of sideways dripping resin has garnered a seemingly unending string of fans. Including the person who commissioned Mayhem to create this aptly titled "Blown Away Headspace," built on Rotofugi exclusive version of the Luke Chueh designed piece. The choice of keeping the head free from the 'blown away' elements was a smart one, making it look like the costume itself is the only thing affected and drawing further attention to the crying Sad Bear eyes… though, equally effective, is using the alternate Pirate Abe head as shown below. A commissioned work for a private art collector, those interested in obtaining similarly themed and styled works can contact the artist directly.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Scott Tolleson x Kidrobot - "Francis" revealed from 'Odd Ones' Dunny series!

Another new 'Odd Ones' Dunny reveal... yes please! This new release from Kidrobot, designed by artist Scott Tolleson, shows the monster... "Francis"!!! Bolts for ears, and an enormous amount of sculpted details on this piece... we love how this looks... and really, we haven't disliked any in this series so far... home runs all around!!! This is one of many new designs in this rad upcoming series... who will be revealed next? The 'Odd Ones' is releasing Friday, October 7th! Stay tuned for more spooky reveals... Only a few more!

DKE Toys NYCC 2016 exclusives BATCH:2

DKE Toys does about 4 conventions a year in which artists from all over the world create limited artist edition figures. Each piece is generally made out of hand poured resin and many are hand painted on custom printed (and sometimes hand drawn) card backs. Sometimes as many as 20 different artists participate in a given show... and for NYCC 2016, they have a ton of fun releases, so let's kick things off with the second batch batch!!! (miss out on the first batch... click HERE) ===============================================================
Red Guy and Blue Guy by Barbarian Rage • We saw a one off figure set on Instagram earlier this year. We called Scott to please make an edition for us. He said no way. We begged. Promises were made... Here they are! Hand cast and painted 3.75" carded figures. Each color a signed and numbered edition of 25. Card back was based on Scott's original velvet painting. Only $45 each. Never again he said. ===============================================================
Star Weird: PerFett & Boombox by Topztoy • In a follow up to the SDCC sold out edition Boba Classette, Topztoy is back with an equally "weird" figure, PerFett. Each $40 piece is hand cast 3.75" resin figure on card and an edition of 40. The blister packaging allows for the figure to be removed and replaced with ease for extra "play" value. ===============================================================
D'OH Boy by PHX • This is the debut figure of our favorite doughnut eating icon by PHX. The figure is approx. 4" tall and each piece is a hand painted cast resin figurine numbered out of 30 pieces worldwide. The card back measures in at a whopping 8.5 x 11. $65 each ===============================================================
Darth Buddha by Random Skull Productions • After seeing this piece at Designer Con last year we knew we needed an edition for an upcoming show. We asked and we received the Darth Buddha Sith Red edition. This deity of the dark side stands just over 4 inches tall and has been hand cast in a limited red colorway. Each figure is signed and numbered and comes bagged with a matching signed and numbered card. $40 each and only 25 made!!! ===============================================================
C-P33N by Kill! X Virva Peikko • It’s amazing that no one came out with this figure sooner. Back in 1977 Topps Trading cards actually released a trading card with this golden phallus to unsuspecting children. How it got there is a source of some speculation. Prank on the set or irate employee no one quite knows or at least no one is fessing up to it. Now in all its glory you can have your own hand cast and painted 2" resin figure on card. Only 30 made. $55 each. ===============================================================
Bortman by Kill! X Virva Peikko • What do you get when our favorite bad kid gets mashed up with an animal from the sewers? Yup, Bortman. Hand cast and painted 3" resin figure on card. Edition of 30. $65 each
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Jawa Bunny by Flat Bonnie • Flat Bonnie created a special version of their famous little bunny in cosplay as JaWabbit for New York Comic Con. Each handmade and hand sewn piece is made from soft fleece, vinyl pleather and safety eyes. They are 12" tall, signed and limited to 30 pieces and retail for $45 each. ===============================================================
Riot Scum: Greeloo by Buzzard Guts • The second addition to the Riot Scum figure line from Buzzard Guts and a collaboration with Last Boss Comics' Neil Devlin. Witty Rodian and musical virtuoso Greeloo, rocks the one liners just as hard as she rocks the keys. She joined the band shortly after a gig at the Mos Eisley cantina where they were introduced by the opening band, Chewy Lewis and the News. Hand cast and painted 3.75" resin figure on custom card. $45 each. Edition of 20. ===============================================================
R2-SL1200 by Artbot138 • After a sold out SDCC edition Artbot138 is back with the second and final installment. Each hand cast and painted 3.75" scale carded figure comes with an actual vintage 7" record with Artbot138custom label. The "robot" has been modified to resemble a vintage UZAY figure. Edition of 40. $65 each. ===============================================================
Salacious Protester by Special Ed Toys • Special Ed just couldn't hold back for NYCC. Their third piece for the show is the Salacious Protester, a follow up to their hit Protest Trooper. Signed and numbered edition of 50 pieces utilizing an actual vintage Kenner Salacious Crumb figure from 1983 in each one!!! With the very low price of $30 how could they last? AH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA !!! "From bootleg toys to terrible "art" of dubious quality, there is no type of "artistic" medium I won't shamelessly exploit in my mission to bring a little bit of terribleness into collector's homes far and wide!"