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Friday, May 27, 2016

DeepBlueRealm's "Mickey/Sorcerer" BoBomB Mashup!!!

Created as a custom commission, Paul Pino of Deep Blue Realm recently completed this rad looking "Mickey/Sorcerer" BoBomB Mashup. This one-off figure is super unique and according to Paul, he had to break the mold and reinvent the wheel on this one to get it to stand. A nice little designer mashup, the Stars on the hat glow in the dark as do the eyes. The Stache, beard, and hat are sculpted with super sculpey... and turned out quite fantastic. The part we really dig is that the hat is removable to reveal the wick of the bomb... very clever!

New "Let's Hide" Lapel Pins from Yosiell Lorenzo!!!

Yosiell Lorenzo just announced that he will be releasing the first of 4 enamel lapel pins. The "Let's Hide" lapel pins are 1.25" tall and are $10 shipped. They feature a sweet looking casket with thick silver leading along with the words "Let's Hide" scrolling across the middle of the pin in a filigree fashion! Pins are available through his shop HERE right now... snag this up and get ready for the other 3 to drop soon!

KaijuMonsteR x Target Earth - Exclusive "Dappun Golem" aka Dump Golem!

Target Earth’s 8.5″ tall figure has been cast in a grey soft vinyl for the release, with only 5 one of a kind blind-bags available. Each come individually signed and numbered by Target Earth for just $225 plus shipping. Those interested in bagging the exclusive figure from KaijuMonsteR are going to need to fire over your name, Instagram name (if you have one), country, shipping address, phone number and PayPal address to kaijumonstergallery@gmail.com before Wednesday, June 1st!

Horrible Adorables x Kidrobot - "Shrewdipede" & "Yippey Yak" released!!!

Available Today at Kidrobot.com - the 2 new Horrible Adorables vinyl figures... "Shrewdipede" and "Yippey Yak"!!! You all loved the first drop of Horrible Adorables featuring: "Tangled Twins" and "Spruce Spricket"... well, today, Kidrobot proudly partners with Jordan Elise to present the second drop of the Horrible Adorables Vinyl Series! These strange creatures and wonderful wonders come packaged in a window box and each Mini Figure measures approximately 4” tall. Quantities are limited to 1000 of each worldwide... so pick up these colorful cuties HERE right now for $25 a pop!

ZUKATY unleashes a slew of custom Kidrobot Dunny sets!!!

Zukaty just shared with us a brand new Dunny series entitled "CyberZ's"!!! These were originally made for Toycon UK, but only now will see the public release... and according to Zukaty, some have evolved into sets! 5 sets to be exact... and they will come with a customized Kaws 'Bus Stop' in a matching theme! These will also include a free painted flesh ZKT micro Brain Spraycan and stickers... pretty RAD! The sets will be priced at £75($110) + shipping.
On top of that... there's also 4 single one-off Dunny's!!! Again, these will also include a free painted flesh ZKT micro Brain Spraycan and stickers... and the set will be priced at £45($66) + shipping. All of this will be up for grabs HERE this coming Saturday, May 28th at 1pm PST!

SPOTTED: Otto Bjornik × Kidrobot’s “Shah Mat” Dunny Chess Set!

We first spotted Philippines-based artist Otto Björnik's "Shah Mat" Dunny chess set series at New York's Toy Fair, but now it seems that Woot Bear has copies of the Kidrobot vinyl figure series in-hand and they are willing to share more pics! And do you notice that knight figure above? It's a freakin' four-legged centaur in armor with a lance accessory! Yes, this series just keeps getting better. Sold as a blind box series, each "Shah Mat" box will include two Dunnys (one black or white pawn and one mystery royalty Dunny) as well as a piece of an interlocking plastic chessboard! With a complete Master Set (all 32 pieces needed to play) available to preorder for $500, we can't wait for July 10th, 2016 to come so that we can enjoy these marvelous $20 apiece blind boxes!

Happy Panda Toys unbox the new 'Mermicornos' mini-series from Tokidoki!!!

The folks over at Happy Panda Toys got their hands on the new mini-series from Tokidoki... the 'Mermicornos', and decided to do an unboxing video!!! If you dig the previous mini-figurs from Tokidoki, then these are perfect for you... super cute, unicorns with mermaid tails... yes please! Tons of bright vibrant colors along with some crazy cool paint applications... give this video a watch, better yet, head on over HERE right now to snag up a few blind boxes for yourself!

Prepare yourself for a Summer Blockbuster: Retroband × Zectron's "Tug O' War: The Revenge!"

In 1975, when the film Jaws was released, the term "blockbuster" began being applied to movies… Before massive cineplexes took over, the word indicated films so popular that people were literally lined up past a block waiting to gain entry. And while the term isn't typically applied to designer toys, especially those sold online, I firmly believe it is safe to preemptively proclaim Retroband's "Tug O' War: The Revenge" a blockbuster, as people will surely be lined up at their computers, hitting the refresh button, eagerly hoping to put one of the only 20 pieces made in their shopping cart.

Made using Zectron roughly 3-inch tall vinyl figure, as produced by Unbox Industries, this Jaws-themed, hand-painted micro run of the monstrous sea creature will be available on Retroband's online shop tomorrow (Saturday, May 28th, 2016) at 10am Pacific time, so be sure to cast your line out and hope you snag him up for just $55 a pop!

The Return of the Pointman! Futura's "New Horizons" Solo Exhibition Announced!

When the 1998 album Psyence Fiction by UNKLE dropped, I wasn't simply fascinated by the sounds that DJ Shadow and Mo'Wax owner James Lavelle created but also the overall aesthetic their packaging presented. Created by Leonard McGurr, better known to fans as Futura and formerly as Futura 2000, the cover used his "Nosferatu" (or "Pointman") character, which became synonymous with the musical act. And when a designer toy version of this creature was released, it became one of the earliest proper designer toys that caught my attention.

Now it is time for Futura, pioneer of abstract street art that had been active since the '70s, to really shine on his own. Opening on June 18th, 2016 at the Library Street Collective in Detroit, Futura's latest solo exhibition is entitled New Horizons and it will feature all the imagery that fans love McGurr's art for: gyroscopes, nebulae, and other abstracted structures as well as some of his Pointman characters. With every piece being completely new for the exhibition, McGurr is titling every work with a nod to local culture, like Shelby Yellow, Pistons, and Tiger Stripe. Not to be missed, this exhibition will be one to marvel at, I'm sure.

[Images and information from the Arrested Motion blog.]

Two OGs together again… NEIGHBORHOOD's 1000% Be@rbrick from Medicom Toy!

Medicom Toy were creating stunning toys before the term designer toy started floating around and Japaneses streetwear brand NEIGHBORHOOD, helmed by Shinsuke Takizawa, designed their own canine-themed vinyl figures as early as 2000, making these two both OGs within the art toy community to be sure. Having a long history of working together, NEIGHBORHOOD designed their first BE@RBRICK pattern, Medicom's most iconic form, only four years ago… and now that design returns with a 1000% sized rendition! Standing 27½-inches tall, this piece features a striking matte black finish and transparent ears, as well as a skull and bones motif painted on the body, balancing out the toy’s endearing silhouette with a little edge. Available through lottery entry from HBX, those interested only have another 18 hours to enter for their chance to buy one of these pieces. No price is listed, but we're assuming it will be $350 to $400 based on previous 1000% BE@RBRICKS.

doubleparlour’s brand new resin sculptural multiples release today!

The husband-and-wife artistic partnership known as doubleparlour continue to amaze with their pop surrealistic sculptures, their wondrous world unfolding with every release. A perfect blending of creepy, cute, and cool, they will be unleashing all the hand-painted resin multiples pictured herein and a whole lot more. Oh yes, there will be more! Available today (Friday, May 27th, 2016) at 12pm Pacific time in the doubleparlour shop, their works tend to sell out quickly so be prepared to fight for whichever pieces call to you most.