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January 31, 2010

SNEAK PEEK: Mimobot Design Challenge Winner + new tokidoki & Star Wars Mimos

Pictured below is the intricately and delicately detailed "Giddy Up!" Mimobot design by Hila Rosenberg Arazi. This design features a girl riding a giraffe and was chosen by the Mimobot community as the winning design out of 666 entires. I just saw it in person and I have to say that the detailing in the paint on this design far surpasses anything Mimoco has produced in the past. Release date on this design is March 15th.

We've already placed our order for some 4GB and 8GB tokidoki Adios & Ciao Ciao Mimobots, the much-anticipated followups to last years extremely popular tokidoki x Mimoco designs. Adios & Ciao Ciao Mimos should arrive soon and you'll be able to find them in our Mimobot section.
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And finally, we were able to see all of Mimoco's 2010 Star Wars Mimobots in one place. The new designs will be released in April. Stay tuned for more info on those!

SNEAK PEEK: Uglydoll 3" Action Figures Series 2

One of the advantages of living in NYC is that we get to go to the NY Gift Fair, where we can get an early glimpse at some upcoming toys. Our first stop at this Gift Fair was the Uglydoll booth where we were able to see the Uglydoll Action Figures series 2 for the first time in person! They'll be released in the spring (around March) and the will retail for $10 apiece. Series 2 is twice a big (6 different Uglies, each available in 2 different colorways) and this time, if I got this right, they will be available as both blind-boxed and window-boxed figures.






We put in an order for a full carton of the Series 2 action figures, but we're not allowed to put up preorders so we'll just keep you posted on the arrival dates.
We also reordered the awesome all-Icebat 6-piece glow in the dark series:


The GID IceBat series is blind-boxed but the cool thing is that is comes in cases of 6, and each full case contains one of each color so it's easy to collect the whole set- just buy a full sealed case! And at only $8 apiece, the GID Icebats are quite affordable.

January 28, 2010

OsirisOrion Domestic Disturbances show video coverage

Osiris Orion - Domestic Disturbances from David Ruzicka on Vimeo.

Domestic Disturbances: debut show of Osiris Orion. Custom Paintings and Toys at the David Apuzzo Photography & Art Gallery
4133 Whitney Ave
Hamden, CT

This show runs until the end of March. Come see the exhibit!

Frank Kozik x Muttpop Tequila Ocran Ocinatas




The Frank Kozik X Muttpop collaboration continues! Ocran Ocinatas (Narco Satanico backwards) is the official follow-up to the long sold out El Brujo Narco Satanico Tequila by Frank Kozik. This super detailed figure comes with a removable poncho, rotating head, tons of tattoos, and the menacing glare of blood-red eyeballs!
Limited to 500.
Retail $80, drop us a line if you like this one.
This is my favorite Tequila colorway EVER!

January 27, 2010

Vinyl Addiction designer toy show with host Jesse Hernandez

This is a must-watch show for all of us:


Interesting tidbits I picked up from these 2 episodes:

#1- Munky King is making a Luke Chueh Possessed x Angry Woebots collaboration piece that looks NICE

#2- Strangeco is going to be making some Angry Woebots toys which you KNOW we will have in stock

#3- The real deal history of Munky King, Marka27 & Angry Woebots, straight from the source

Kuso x Rotobox Celsius Transitions coming soon

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Celsius Transition (Pearlescent version)

Created for the sole purpose of serving the Evil Gunryu Empire, Celsius was stolen by the S3UCK team, a small renegade squad who fights for justice and freedom led by Mr. Censored. Now fully aware of the evil doings of the empire, Celsius vowed to spread the message that co-existence is the way.

Designed Spencer & Stephen Ong (Rotobox).
7" tall. Accessories: 2 guns, 1 backpack, a pair of wings, and a mini comic.
Limited to 100 pcs.

Price will be $80. You can find our current stock of Celsius figures here.

MUTTtoys Artist Series Coaster Sets

I knew Tyler from MUTTtoy had something interesting up his sleeve but I did not know what he was working on... till I stumbled across this post from Brent Nolasco's blog:
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Tyler says the artists involved are Brent Nolasco (obviously), MAD, Project Detonate & Matthew Ryan Sharp. There may be more, I don't know. I am cobbling together info from different sources, including this SpankyStokes post.

Toystreet: Designer toy street fair in NYC April 2nd!

ToyStreet is a new event by Cookies -n- Cream that will provide opportunities for toy collectors, artists and vendors alike to unite in a unique experience where they can buy, sell and trade designer toys and other related merchandise such as art, clothing, handcrafted goods, sneakers etc. ToyStreet will also include live painting and music performances by different artists.

The launch event will take place here in New York City on April 2nd, 2010 (Good Friday) and will run from 4pm - 9pm. The location for the event is 268 Mulberry Street between Prince St & Houston St.

Coarse Toys false friends loser – signature edition for retailers

coarse unveils the global retail version of their 'false friends' series, a set of two original vinyl statues. This release incorporates 'paw!' and 'noop' as they continue their fragile friendship.

The coarse artists once again display the depth of the brand, bringing about a perfect balance between subtle pastel colors, refined textures and solid forms. This merging together of contrasting ideas and styles has given coarse its definition, and has gained international acclaim in recent years.

This year coarse will roll out its cross over project with Ashley Wood, display its works in Paris, Chicago and Tokyo as well as disclosing several new releases.

This chapter sees noop and paw! awaken under the morning sun over the elastomer. Everything seems to be peaceful and pristine, and the unassuming pair enjoy their time together in the blissful warmth. A twist in the narration, however, suggests that life would not always be this easy, and that perhaps they are part of bigger system, a system with other intentions for them.

The young noop and paw! duo come in a thriving yellow sunrise version, nurtured in protective sponge. They are packed in a lifesize paw! and noop face box, enclosed with a clear sleeve with an attached monkey rabbit nose.

Take care of your new seedlings and their futures could be saved.

In stores worldwide February 2010.
Suggested retail HK$ 3388 (approx $435 US dollars)

January 26, 2010

64 Colors Marshall Mashumaro 3.5" blind box figures in stock

In stock now: 3.5" blind boxed Marshall Mashumaro figures by 64 Colors!
$10.95 each, 19 possible variants (16 pictured variants & 3 mystery).
A Squibbles Ink x Rotofugi production.



UNKL Brand JunPo 6" vinyl toys in stock now

We just received a case of the 6" vinyl JunPo toys from UNKL Brand:
from top to bottom, they are Tran, Raj & Axl.
A steal for under $20 each.




OsirisOrion Violator Munny commission

Check out more from OsirisOrion here. He just had his first solo show, video will be posted soon.

Skullyboom giving $10 from every preorder to Haiti

Haiti Earthquake Relief
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from their blog:
"For the next week, we would like to step forward to help raise money for the Haiti Relief Fund through the American Red Cross.
For every SkullyBoom SB1 Pre-order, we will donate $10 to the American Red Cross.
The SB1 is scheduled to start production at the end of this month, and we are still offering the $29.99 pre-order pricing.
There has never been a better time to nab an SB1 and hopefully save a life in Haiti."

12 NEW posters from Poster Cause to Benefit Haiti relief efforts

Image of HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF Poster designed by JON BURGERMANImage of HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF Poster designed by NATHAN JUREVICIUSImage of HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF Poster designed by STEVE SIMPSON

Image of HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF Poster designed by NORA KRUGImage of HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF Poster designed by SERGIO MORAImage of HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF Poster designed by EBOY

Image of HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF Poster designed by BUILDImage of HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF Poster designed by CONOR & DAVIDImage of HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF Poster designed by MASSIMO VIGNELLI

Image of HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF Poster designed by NEUBAUImage of HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF Poster designed by JOE IURATOImage of HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF Poster designed by SERGE SEIDLITZ

Poster Cause has released 12 new posters recently, with 100% of profits going to Doctors Without Borders. The 1 new artists are Burgerman, Jurevicius, Serge Seidlitz, Sergio Mora, Steve Simpson, Nora Krug, Joe Iurato, Neubau, Massimo Vignelli, Build, Conor & David and a new print by eBoy.

January 25, 2010

If you thought Kidrobot was slipping, you might be surprised this year...

Over the past couple months there's been a lot of press about Kidrobot.

Rule changes, company policies and some writing that their product line is growing a bit long in the tooth. It's par for the course when you are at the top of the pile- there will always be detractors & critics.
Well, I've seen some of the upcoming releases and I have to say that if you feel KR's offerings had grown a bit stale, you're going to be pleasantly surprised in 2010.

The Dunny Fatale series is beautiful, and if you need proof you need look no further than the fact that KR has sold out of them. The NEXT Dunny series after Fatale might be my favorite Dunny series ever, and KR just dropped another email on us retailers with some sneak peeks at future series. WOW! Big-name artists with cool-looking mini figures in the artists' signature styles... I'm a little fuzzy on what I can and cannot reveal in public, so I'm not gonna post any details... but the intention of the above rambling paragraph is just to let you know that it is obvious to me that they are successfully trying to step up their game.
It's always good to stay hungry and to be challenged. That is true for an individual as well as a big company like Kidrobot.

Having said that, here's what else we have ordered and will be coming in the near future:
- some awesome Artoys full-size figures
- Kuso Celsius Transitions colorway
- UNKL JunPos in 3 colorways
- Lunartik in a Cup of Tea (colorful new series coming soon!!)
- O No Sushi Green by Andrew Bell
- Marshall Mashumaro by 64colors x Rotofugi
- Marshall keychains by Rotofugi
- 5" flocked King Bossy Bear by David Horvath x Toy2R
- das mo S.P.U.D. in the Tenalicious Exclusive turquoise colorway by PatchTogether

2.5” Elemental Qee Series from Toy2R

As a follow up to the widely successful Wood Grain Style Qee Collection, Toy2R continues to pursue perfection in developing various natural finishes (click on image to zoom in!).

Paying tribute to the living force of nature Toy2R presents the first series of Elemental Qees based on natural resources. These elements balance each other through opposites: water quenches fire, fire boils water, earth contains air, air erodes earth. From this first series, the Elementals, Stone and Wood, represent your Qee guardians and protectors.

Cherish these forces as they bring you luck and happiness sharing the living spirit of nature.

Dropping in February, this 25 piece assortment comes blindboxed and includes patented keychain attachment.

Stay up to date with the Qeevolution at www.toy2rusa.com, on Twitter @QEEBEAR or at the Toy2RUSA Facebook Fan Page.

Toy2R – Putting Art In Your Hands For 15 Years!


Neon Monster Mitch 14" plushes

Neon Monster kicks off 2010 with their new plush release of Mitch, who is a "depressive aesthete". Aren't we all?
Mitch is 14 inches tall, made of 100% recycled fleece, kid-safe & comes in the 2 colorways seen above.
Click thru to the Neon Monster website or blog for more info on Mitch.
Click on image above for a close-up.

January 24, 2010

KENNY WONG X FERG - COPPERHEAD WHITE SPECIMEN

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KENNY WONG X FERG - COPPERHEAD WHITE SPECIMEN
Release Info:
The release date is set for Monday, JAN 25, 12:00 noon - Central Time
The webstore for this release is located here.

Additional info:
COPPERHEAD SQUADT 'White' Limited to 100 pcs, 6" vinyl, includes:
hose clippers, diving suit and as always a removable helmet.
Price: $75 USD - this includes worldwide shipping via FEDEX

January 23, 2010

das mo S.P.U.D. 6-inch resin art toys and 3cm zipper pulls

Our friend from Germany, Timo (aka "das mo") has been hard at work over the past few months developing his concept for the S.P.U.D., which is a resin art toy in it's most elemental form. His simplified aesthetic comes to life in the renderings he has revealed below:
The original S.P.U.D. design and colorway is seen above from all angles.

The 3cm keychain/zipper pull versions of the S.P.U.D.s will be blind-boxed and will come in 10 different colorways, including 2 mystery colors!
The full-size 6-inch resin art toy versions of the S.P.U.D. will be available in several different colorways through the Patch Together preorder process. Exclusive colorways will also be available to stores that wish to secure one.
See that fancy turquoise one in the middle with the white accents? The one that matches our store's color scheme perfectly? That's the Tenacious Toys exclusive colorway! More info on that soon!
For now you can follow das mo's projects on Facebook or on his website.
We are happy to support das mo in his latest production toy project!