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March 31, 2009

Blindsided: a 5-part essay on blind-box toys by Jeremy Brautman

I must have a bad case of HUTA, since I missed this last week:
Each day last week, ToyCyte's Jeremy Brautman released a piece of his essay series about blind-box toys. He managed to interview scores of artists, retailers and manufacturers during his research. It's a veritable Who's Who of movers and shakers in the toy business. 
I must say that this is one of the most thorough, well-thought-out pieces of expository writing I have ever read within our designer toy industry. Kudos, Jeremy!
Blindsided: a ToyCyte Investigation

March 25, 2009

FREE TOYS with $50+ purchases:

From now till we run out:
- Spend $50+ and get a FREE Bearbrick Dawn & Death Boxed Set with your order!
- Spend $100+ and get the Bearbrick Set PLUS a Kidrobot Series 5 REACH Dunny
- Spend $200+ and get the Bearbrick Set, the REACH Dunny AND a free Dok A Mechtorian!
Don't forget, all $100+ orders shipping within the US get FREE SHIPPING!

March 24, 2009

Upcoming toys from MINDstyle

These 3 new toys are coming out in the upcoming months from MINDstyle:
(top): MINDstyle Mono Colorblok x Tim Tsui Artist Series Crossover. Limited to 300pcs worldwide. Aprroximately 10" Tall. Coming late Arpil 2009. Retail: $94.99
(middle): MINDstyle Bunny Sees Boobs by Colin Christian. Original Version. Limited to 400 pieces worldwide. Collector Edition Packaging. Approximately 11" tall. Retail: $149.99
(bottom): MINDstyle Assassin by Kei Acedera. Based on Original Artwork. Aprroximately 8" tall. Green Dress version. Limited to 250pcs worldwide. $79.99
Email us at and let us know if you fancy any of these pieces. We are being solicited for them now.

March 23, 2009

Gary Taxali solo show in NYC opening April 4th

Gary Taxali solo show at Jonathan Levine Gallery here in NYC
529 W 20th St btw 9th & 10th Aves
9th floor
Opening 7-9pm on April 4th, 2009
Call the gallery at 212-243-3822 if you need to know more!

March 19, 2009

Strangeco posts images of upcoming tokidoki Frenzies!

And also we found out that the tokidoki Frenzies release date has been pushed back to June. A little later than we originally thought but they will definitely be worth the wait! We still have a few available for preorder.

March 15, 2009

PLUSH MADNESS: tokidoki & Friends With You

Just arrived from Strangeco:

The tokidoki plushes are made of a super-soft fleece material, much softer than the previous Sandy & Mozzarella plushes.

The TTT plushes are HUGE and pictures on the internet really don't do them justice. I saw them and got to play with them at a trade show which is why I ordered them. Each section of the TTT plush comes off. The figure has a central "spine" that the sections can slide on and off. Really a cool, interactive plush that would make an excellent present for a kid.

Don't forget, we are still throwing in a free Devilrobots Dunny from Series 5 with any order over $50.

March 13, 2009

Free Devilrobots Dunny with $50+ order, Free Shipping for US orders $100+

Can't believe I forgot to blog about this:
We are currently running a promotion where every order totaling $50 or more gets a FREE Kidrobot Series 5 Devilrobots Dunny.
Also, we have a permanent new policy: All orders with subtotals of $100 or more ship for free within the US. Our free US shipping policy extends to Hawaii & AK, so all you designer toy nuts in HI can take advantage of free USPS Priority shipping for any order above $100.
$100+ orders within the continental US will usually ship with Fedex Ground for FREE.
For up to the minute info on promotions like this, go to our website and add yourself to our email list. I emailed our email list about both of the above promos last week.

March 12, 2009

Spider Boom, Dalek Space Monkeys, Dr. Bomb, Watchmen & more

Here's what's new & in stock:

Doktor A Mechtorians Series 1 by MINDstyle. Still have lots in stock!

ALL of the Watchmen action figures by DC Direct including all eight 7" figures and all three 13" figures (Rorschach arriving very soon!)

And arriving any day now from Strangeco:
tokidoki Adios plush

Friends With You Mr. TTT Rainbow & Albino versions, which are a couple of really big, amazingly beautiful plushies!

March 10, 2009

Doktor A Mechtorians in stock & shipping now!

Another fine release by MINDstyle! 
Mechtorians look awesome, packaging is first-rate, yet again. First time I've seen slide-out window boxes!
Very, very happy with this series. All preorders are shipping starting tomorrow in the order they were received. 
The first dozen people who preordered Mechtorians will get a free toy included in the package as our way of saying thanks.
Good luck to everyone, hope you find a Golden Ticket!
By the way, we still have some Mechtorians left if you have not yet picked them up!
Tenacious Crew

March 8, 2009

our visit to the tokidoki store to meet Simone!

There was a small line of people still waiting outside to get their toys signed by Simone! We got there a little late, after 4, so we couldn't get on line for the signing anymore.

We went right inside instead and met Simone, for the first time actually. We've been selling tokidoki toys for about 3 years now and I've never shaken the guy's hand! Glad I got a chance to do that finally. He was very gracious even after having spent the previous 3 hours signing stuff for people.

He actually had a few more people in line so I kept it short with him and let him get back to his thing.

The store itself was small but had a great representation of tokidoki bags, apparel, skate decks and toys to choose from. For the most part the toys there were Strangeco's tokidoki selection, which we have carried ever since the very first Sandy & Sabochan vinyls! By the way, we are also able to get the tokidoki skate decks if anyone is interested (and all of the tokidoki stickers as well!)

Another great thing about the Spring St location is its proximity to the Kidrobot store. You can definitely get your designer toy fix down there pretty easily. Also on the same street are the Mac store and Opera Gallery. Opera often hosts art shows by well-known toy artists. Last one I saw there was Ron English. I'd highly recommend a trip to Spring St if you live in NYC or you are close enough to visit. You could definitely make a day of it- plenty to see and do, and some cute places to sit down and eat. It also crosses Broadway at one of the busiest, most dense shopping areas of NYC. Lots of designer clothing stores and about a billion sneaker joints for all of you sneakerheads.

March 5, 2009

tokidoki NYC store opening on Saturday 3/7/09

Saturday March 7 from 1-4PM is the opening party at the tokidoki "capsule" store in SoHo in NYC. Simone Legno will be there signing! How cool is that?

tokidoki Store
176 Spring St
NY, NY 10012

March 2, 2009

Doktor A Mechtorians arriving next week

Mechtorians Wave 2, arrival date unknown:


Great news: Wave 1 of the Mechtorians is arriving next week, a little earlier than we thought. We are really into this series so we ordered a ton of them, still have a bunch up for preorder.

At this point we'd also like to show you pics of Wave 2 of the Mechtorians to get you jazzed up for those! We're really excited about them, to see all of them please visit our friends at Superpunch, since they posted pics of Wave 2 way back in August.
Superpunch is our source for designer toy info, often posting up pics and info on toys before the manufacturers decide to email us with same info. Seems like a backwards way of doing things, but it's just that Superpunch is really on top of their game. If you check out today's post on their site and scroll down, you will see some really RAD customs by Doktor A.