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Saturday, July 23, 2016

PHOTO RECAP: Camilla d'Errico's Booth at SDCC 2016!

While not displaying any of her art toy works, Camilla d'Errico's booth at this year's San Diego Comic-Con was packed with her manga-styled illustrative pieces. Filled with adorableness that has a twist of darkness, d'Errico's SDCC Booth #4723 was a "must see" stop on Spanky Stokes's tour of the convention's hallways… Which is why he tried to capture every angle of it for you to see in photo form!

PHOTO RECAP: Tulipop at Toynami's 2016 SDCC Booth!

Tulipop, the Icelandic brand from best friends Signý Kolbeinsdóttir & Helga Árnadóttir, is an enchanted world filled with intriguing characters, each being their own unique addition to the original, beautiful, and magical realm. For this year's San Diego Comic-Con, the Toynami Booth #3229 was filled with some of the wonders this universe encompases. Thanks to our own Spanky Stokes, we have photos of the display so that everyone can get their own taste of Tulipop!

Friday, July 22, 2016

PHOTO RECAP: Hyperactive Monkey Booth at 2016 SDCC!

It's that time of the year again and our own Spanky Stokes is at San Diego Comic-Con taking photos for all of us that can't attend. Swinging by the Hyperactive Monkey Booth #5640, we really get a good look at all those new vinyl and resin figures that we previously announced. Check it out!

PHOTO RECAP: Acid Rain at Toynami's 2016 SDCC Booth!

Our 'man on the scene' at San Diego Comic-Con, Spanky Stokes himself, visits Toynami's Booth #3229 and checks out the new figures & miniatures created for Kit Lau's Acid Rain world.

PHOTO RECAP: Martin Hsu's Booth at SDCC 2016!

A stunning array of upcoming works were on display at Martin Hsu's San Diego Comic-Con Booth, featuring his ever-joyful Dragon Boy! Couldn’t make it over to SDCC Booth #4530? At least you can see what it held courtesy of our own Spanky Stokes's photos…

PHOTO RECAP: Squibbles Ink + Rotofugi’s Booth for SDCC 2016!

Chicago-based companies Squibbles Ink + Rotofugi had a marvelous array of production pieces and hand-painted originals on display at their San Diego Comic-Con Booth #5248, which Spanky Stokes was lucky enough to capture on film… So, for those unable to attend the convention, prepare to see the glories that Squibbles Ink + Rotofugi had to offer!

PHOTO RECAP: Frank Kozik & Scott Tolleson's 2016 SDCC Super Booth!

A team-up for the ages, veteran designer toy artists Frank Kozik and Scott Tolleson are sharing a booth space (#5139) at San Diego Comic-Con this year… and our man at the con, Spanky Stokes himself, snapped some great pics of what these masterful artists had to offer!

Kidrobot's "Arcane Divination" Dunny Artist Revealed: Tokyo Jesus!

No, pictured above is not a real reveal of what Tokyo Jesus's first production Dunny will look like, but we will be finding out what the Japanese artist envisions for the 3-inch tall figure when his design (or designs) are released early next year as part of the "Arcane Divination" mini-series. As we previously announced, this return for Kidrobot to the multi-artist mini-series (the first since 2014!) has been curated by JRYU.

While everyone is tight-lipped about what Tokyo Jesus's contribution to this "journey into the world of Tarot" will look like, we strongly suspect that it will include the elements that his dystopian art has become known for: skulls, decay, science, and the delicacy of human-ness. When we asked Tokyo Jesus, born Sayu Ishiyama, about this opportunity he replied that while he "wanted to customize a Dunny for quite some time" it was surprising to be invited "to participate in this big project." Himself a sculptor, having worked at Bandai Sofbi Toys almost a decade before creating his own artistic visions starting in 2009, we suspect his contribution(s) will be radical re-imaginings of the platform. When asked about the whole series's designs, he simply said:
I hope everyone can see how different this series of Dunnys is from others. They are all amazing and amazingly crazy. I am certain everyone is going to love this series of Dunnys.
Aside from Tokyo Jesus (and JRYU presumably), the other three artists in this phenomenal sounding series have been exclusively revealed at The Toy Chronicle, TOYSREVIL, and Vinyl Pulse (one artist revealed per site).

PHOTO RECAP: Super7's Booth at SDCC 2016!

One of the most anticipated booths at this year’s San Diego Comic Con has to be Super7’s SDCC Booth #4945, filled with hordes of reveals for what the future holds… Keshi mini-figure versions of the Alien characters? Yes! M.U.S.C.L.E. style renditions of Street Fighter figures? Got 'em! Reaction Figure additions including even more Street Fighter and Mike Mignola's Hellboy?!? Oh, hell yea!

*REVEAL* Scott Tolleson X Kidrobot - "Odd Ones" Dunny series!!!