Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Ben works alongside his wife, Fiona, who manages their print and product stores, and the ever-popular Speakerdog Paper Toys project. Fiona has previously worked successfully in the advertising industry as studio and account manager for both boutique and major ad agencies in Australia.
They are having some super smoking deals on posters/prints right now at their online store, so if you see something that grabs you eye head on over and buy one today. I am in love with the bright and cheerful colors...it is a most definite contrast to my normal dark brooding skulls that I like, haha complete polar opposites! Keep up the amazing work you two, and keep smiling ;-)
The TeddyTroop was found by Gazpacho in New York, and he said that he was not sure if this was going to be planted in uptown or down town and he also mentioned "I kinda put all my eggs in one basket here...hope it pays off..." and it did for him! He also said "I live uptown around 110 st but i made an educated guess and was staking out soho starting at around 2pm. took me 20 frantic minutes of running around (3 parking lots if you're counting) before I made it to the correct one on wooster and grand." Great stuff, and it sounds like you really worked your tail off!
The custom MeiMei was found by Diego, here in San Diego...this is one that we thought we lost to a regular passer by, but it turns out Diego was there, and snatched it. Here is his cool story;"I arrived at Balboa Park around 11:15 a.m. and went straight to the Botanical Garden because I had a feeling it'd be in the vicinity. I didn't see anything inside the building so I decided to walk around the park, scoping out other landmarks just in case you'd give another clue. I was in the Alcazar Garden (between the Museum of Man and Museum of the Living Artist) when you updated your site. When I saw it, I thought 'oh crap, why'd I leave' and ran all the way back. Once there, I noticed a couple people looking in the potted palms(prob Dodgrr and IlenePowell) at the front of the Garden entrance. Seeing them, I thought I was too late. I decided to look in a different area and walked to the right of the building. I found the mini palm and moved some bark lying on the ground next to the tree. I didn't find anything and felt discouraged. However, I saw the box as soon as I glanced higher on the tree. I quickly stuffed it in my hoodie's front pocket and casually walked away. When I turned around there was already someone else looking in the area.
I was in such a rush that I wasn't 100% certain that I had it. I didn't have the time to check until later. For all I knew, it could have just been a stray box that someone else left.It was fun. It's the closest thing I'll ever get to experiencing The Amazing Race, thankfully without the cameras."
Thank you all for playing, and hopefully we can do this again soon, but with other cities, and thanks again mostly to Patrick for making these amazing customs and giving them away! Rad!
Join the Toy Break crew for a look at Calavera by Ramos and Herrera, Wild Grinders by Rob Dyrdek, Star Wars Vinyl from Disney, a blindboxed custom, and much more! Dig into those Matzos early and join us for a Toy Break!
- Billy Syn Contest - two lucky winners will each win a hand made, hand cast, hand painted Billy Syn figure by Nreazon! To enter, check out the Where's Billy? image, then leave a comment with number of Billy's you find - deadline is April 1st
- Small Toy Break Download - just use the "small mp4" link above for a lower resolution, smaller version (320 x 240) of Toy Break at about half the size in megabytes
- The Neil Winn Project - vote for your favorite design and watch as we chronicle the progress from design to finished resin piece - vote in the Toy Break forum by April 1st
- Toy Break on Blip.tv - reminder to update your Flash player to fully enjoy watching Toy Break on Blip.tv!
- "I have more toys than your kids" Shirt - by Rotofugi & Formula Werks - choose the shirt and text colors - $25
- Blindsided - by Jeremy Brautman - 5 part investigation that discusses the pros and cons of blindbox from the perspective of toy companies, toy fans, toy stores, toy artists, and toy bloggers
- Squadt Nozzel S1 - by Jamungo - releasing at noon central standard time March 30, this 6" vinyl figure is limited to 100 pieces and comes with cloth parka, 2 sets of arms, gun, and removable helmet - $65 including shipping
- Calavera - by Humberto Ramos & Francisco Herrera - 7.5" vinyl figure - $50
- Wild Grinders - by Wild Grinders - Rob Dyrdek stylized skate toys - wave 1 includes: Lil Rob, Meater, Jay Jay, Emo Crys, Jack Knife, and Spitball - about $7
- Star Wars Vinyl Squeaky Toys - by Disney - 7 figure set includes Darth Vader, Yoda, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Clone Trooper, and Boba Fett - available at the theme parks for around $20
- Custom Blind Boxes - by Elliot Riggs - customs raffle at Red Hot Robot going on now for $3 per ticket or receive a free entry with purchase of a custom blindbox - 1st prize is a custom 8" Dunny, 2nd prize is a custom Mecha Sad Bear - drawings will be held on May 1st
- Kaiju Blasphemy - group show of customized Godamnits at Kaiju-X3 in Phoenix, AZ starting April 3rd
- Custom Mutt Show - group show featuring lots of custom Mutts at APW Gallery in New York City, NY starting April 3rd
- Attack of Illazilla - group show of customized Illazillas at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles, CA on April 4th
- Humans Beware - I.W.G. custom show featuring over 70 artists at Rocketworld in San Francisco, CA from April 10th to June 6th
- The Resin Collective - hand-cast figures from around the globe at Red Hot Robot in Phoenix, AZ from April 11th to May 9th
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Opening Friday, April 10th, 7-10PM
Exhibit Continues Through April 24
Erykah Badu and Artist Steven Lopez collaborate for social change from Steven Lopez on Vimeo.
Respected Los Angeles visual artist Steven Lopez features soul goddess Erykah Badu in his latest addition to the “After Midnight” series, a collection of portraits celebrating notable musicians. One hundred copies of the limited edition Giclée prints, signed by Badu and Lopez, will be available. Lopez, who uses the music of artists as his inspiration for his portraits, describes Badu as one of his favorite performers whose music he has wanted to artistically interpret since first hearing her in concert in 2005. “She understands the healing power of sound and she delivers strength which is often lost in today’s music,” said Lopez.
Through his art, Lopez was able to capture that “strength” and Badu took note. Once he completed the artwork, he posted it to the comment section of Badu’s website and she reportedly loved it. “When I saw the image on Erykah’s MySpace page I was really surprised and extremely honored,” said Lopez. “It was a great feeling to know that she appreciated my work and wanted to share it with her fans.“
Badu was so pleased that she reached out to Lopez and they decided to offer a signed, limited-edition of the painting, donating a portion of the proceeds to Beautiful Love Incorporated Non-Profit Development (B.L.I.N.D.), a charity organization she established to provide community-based programs for inner-city youth.