New resin figure "Oni Baba" by Mikie Graham releasing at Designer-Con 2010

Mikie Graham aka Zombiemonkie is primarily known for his work with Blamo Toys, well just recently he has taken on his own personal side project an and today you are getting a first look at his new artistic venture, a small self run toy line named "Yokaiju." Mikie will be releasing his first character titled "Oni Baba" this weekend at Dcon. Mikie says that Oni Baba "is portrayed wearing a traditional Japanese Hannya mask. Hannya masks have been worn in Japanese Noh Theater for hunderds of years to represent a jealous or malicious woman whom has gone mad and transformed into demon form."

These figures are hand-cast in resin and hand-painted, and one of the really cool things about these figures is that they have articulation in the hands! "Oni Baba" comes housed in a traditional Kaiju style bag and header. Each purchase includes a printed 6X9 bio card / mini character print. This "Blue Demon" colorway is a limited edition of ONLY 8, 4 of which will be available this coming weekend at SpankyStokes.com Dcon booth #203 for $90.

The word and concept of "Yokaiju" are a mash up of two Japanese terms.
1: Yokai: traditional Japanese ghosts and monsters created over hundreds of years of oral story telling. Yokai are more than just monsters, they are unique characters with interesting back stories that often have a strong moral core.
2: Kaiju: giant battle monsters, shrunken down into a unique monster figure.
Combining the two words you get a nonsense jumble word "Yokaiju" which perfectly encapsulates Mikie's concept: fun, creepy, handmade monster toys that you can love, collect, and yes, even fight with!

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