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February 27, 2010

Tenacious Toys coupon code: 15% off this weekend


To celebrate that freaky crystallized water that has been falling from the sky lately, we are making our offering to the Snow Gods: use the coupon code SNOWDAY during checkout between now and the end of the day on Sunday (Feb 28th) and get 15% off your entire order (excluding customs).

February 24, 2010

Lisa Grue's Owls Have More Fun solo show @ Gallery Hanahou Feb 25th

Please join Danish artist Lisa Grue for the opening of her solo show OWLS HAVE MORE FUN tomorrow, February 25, 7-9 pm, at gallery hanahou!
You are cordially invited to the opening of OWLS HAVE MORE FUN by Lisa Grue on February 25th at gallery hanahou
Visitors will receive these (limited!) signed and numbered prints by the artist:

OWLS HAVE MORE FUN
Lisa Grue pays tribute to fantasy, wise girls, and Mother Nature with outrageously beautiful designs

February 25th to March 26th, 2010

gallery hanahou
611 Broadway, Suite 730, NYC
galleryhanahou.com
Mon-Fri 12 pm - 6 pm

Opening Party
Thursday, February 25th, 7-9 p.m.
rsvp info@galleryhanahou.com

February 23, 2010

TEASER: Toy2R Qee x Fifth Sun apparel line coming 2010



Just got word direct from Toy2RUSA that they're gonna be teaming up with apparel company Fifth Sun to create a line of Toy2R apparel. No further word on that. Frustrating but also very cool. I think as a retailer I am literally required by NY State law to rock some of that gear... can't wait to see what they come out with!

Dr. Brain 7.5-inch vinyl toy by RAJE coming mid-2010

DR. BRAIN, a 7.5-inch vinyl figure, will have a limited production run of only 500 units worldwide (that's 450 units regular colorway and 50 units of the chase). Coming in mid-2010, the retail price will be $59.95. It is the “brain-child” of ROBOTIC INDUSTRIES’, and RAJE partner, Jim Freckingham.
Borne out of a passion for the growing urban art and designer-toy sector, RAJE have created a business model that aims to introduce exciting, unknown talent to the market, as well as work with some of the greatest names in the designer-toy industry.
RAJE will be showcasing the DR. BRAIN figure at a special launch party (TBA) in the UK - a signing event for retailers and collectors alike. Retailers who would like to attend can contact RAJE TOYS via its website.
Shipping two months after DR BRAIN, in July 2010, will be the Victorian-cyber-punk-esque “G.N.O.M.E” – created by the hugely talented, DOKTOR A; renowned for his work with Kidrobot and Mindstyle’s Mechtorians. G.N.O.M.E will have a production run of 500 units, with a chase colour-way. (Find a good price on your hotel stay using this coupon.)
RAJE TOYS LTD was formed in November 2009 by Richard Emms, Adam Boreham, Jim Freckingham and Eddie Deighton -- a highly unique collaboration of retailers, designers and marketeers with over forty years collective experience between them.
Richard Emms has run and managed several successful retail stores over the past three decades. He is also co- owner of NYC-based Ardden Entertainment LLC - publishers of the new Flash Gordon and Casper the Friendly Ghost series.
Adam Boreham is the lead designer for Reaction Visual Media, a design agency based in North Hertfordshire, where he has worked for clients such as Red Stripe, G Casino, Gleneagles Hotel and Kelloggs amongst others. He spends most of his spare time hurting himself on his skateboard or training in mixed martial arts.
Jim Freckingham has over 10 years modelmaking experience, most of which was gained in the toy industry.
During that time, he has worked on licensed toy lines including The Muppets, Harry Potter, Dr Who and Lord of the Rings, to name but a few. As founder of Robotic Industries, Jim is always looking for ways to expand his toy robot collection.
Eddie Deighton is Founder and Creative Director of successful design and advertising agency, An.x. He is also co-owner of Com.x, one of the most prolific comic publishing companies to appear in the publishing sector over the last ten years. He brings a wealth of creative, management, screenwriting and IP creation skills to the company.
Check out RAJE TOYS on facebook & twitter.

Non-racist Black Skinhead Panthro bootleg non-action figure



Non-racist Black Skinhead Panthro bootleg non-action figure, made of resin by Tone Tank of Scumlife. 24 pieces made, $24 each. Buy one here.

Happiness for Haiti 2.5" Qee Bear


We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we dohave” – Fredrick Koenig

We take for granted the things we have but being without everyday necessities, like water and shelter can be devastating, especially for children. Helping make a better tomorrow for the people of Haiti includes bringing happiness back to the children. Toy2R is collaborating with Artoyz in France and Apex in the US to release thisvery special edition 2.5” Happiness for Haiti Qee Bear.
Limited to 500 pieces – this Qee can be purchased directly from Toy2R, Artoyz and Toy2R-USA.
The proceeds from each sale will go directly to the American Red Cross to help their relief efforts in Haiti. Help bring the back smiles to the children of Haiti with the purchase of this limited edition Qee.
For more information contact:
Toy2R (Hong Kong) – info@toy2r.com
Toy2R USA – info@toy2rusa.com
Artoyz (France) – contact@artoyz.com
The Apex (USA) – theapex@apex-z.com

STAS Doom Cat artist multiple, edition of 10

The 28-year-old Austrian artist STAS releases his twisted version of a Maneki Neko sculpture in an edition of 10 handmade pieces. With an aesthetic rooted in do-it-yourself and punk and his main interest in transforming the meaning of existing characters and Objets Trouvés, STAS turns his attention to the Maneki Neko and transforms it into a symbol of fear. Doom Cat by STAS:

Modelling Paste, Acrylic Paint, Objet trouvé, Moving Arm, Batteries
Approximately 20,5 cm (8 inches) tall

Edition of 10 Price: 120 Euro (about $163)

Check out the video!

Available now at ARTOFSTAS.com

February 20, 2010

INSIDE TOY FAIR: Idolz Toys stackable figures

While I was hanging out with the guys from Elite Gudz in the designer toy aisle at Toy Fair, NEMO mentioned that down the aisle were some really cool stackable toys that he would love to get his hand on to customize, so I took a walk and here's what I found:
Idolz are a platform toy concept a little different than the rest: they do have articulated feet & arms, and they do have accessories, but what sets them apart from the rest is the fact that the apendages are removable and the Idolz can stack on top of one another. I think what got NEMO going was the endless totem-pole-esque opportunities this platform offered him as a customizer. Idolz are about 3 inches tall and cost $9.99 each.
Gruntor (the green camo design in the front of the pic below) is the first design that Idolz made, but I bet you could contact them and inquire about DIY blanks. I know for a fact that Damien, the president of Idolz Toys, has a few blanks in his office. If he runs out and there are enough requests, I think he could be convinced to make another run of DIY blank white versions to sell alongside the future colorways. The future colorways are detailed on the Idolz website here.
If you want to find out more about the Idolz, check out their website, read Gruntor's blog, and friend him on Facebook! Gruntor even sends out the occasional tweet. His username is gruntor, of course.

INSIDE TOY FAIR: Band Mates plushes shaped like instruments

One of the standout new lines of plushes I found at Toy Fair were these super-soft Band Mates plushies in the shape of musical instruments. From left to right, they are: DJ MC, Mike, Tom & Axe-L. They retail between $14.99 and $19.99 each and you can read their backstories, check out the web comic, download wallpapers, and find out more about the cool people behind this line of plushes on their website.
I'm digging DJ MC the most, I think. Which one do you like best? Drop us an email or leave comment!

February 19, 2010

NEMO's Mannequin, executed live @ Toy Fair 2010

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Check out more pics of this amazing piece on NEMO's blog.
I believe Toy Fair will be auctioning this piece off for charity.

February 17, 2010

INSIDE TOY FAIR: Domo Qee Series 2 coming March

It is no secret that I love Domo. We've stocked all kinds of Domo stuff: paper goods, vinyl toys, plush toys...
We have a plush 6" Domo that lives above our microwave in our kitchen!
Every morning I am greeted by a Domo as I make my coffee.
So of course one of my first stops at Toy Fair was the Dark Horse booth where they were exhibiting the upcoming Domo mini figure series!
Domo 2" Qee Series 2 is a series of 15 different blind-boxed mystery figures. There will be 5 flocked colorways, and also a beautiful tear-drop design that reminds me of the Triclops Rainy figure from the UK Dunny series. There's one that looks like metal plates, one that looks like a turtle shell, one that looks like a circuit board, and one that looks like a skeleton, in addition to several others. In short, a whole mess of interesting designs!
As a supplement to the Domo Qee Series 2 figures, they also created 5 limited edition Domo Qee designs that are will be available individually on blister cards. With the exception of the Flocked Classic Brown Domo Qee, the 4 other new designs will not be available in the Series 2 blind-boxed Display Case. The blister packaging looks like this:
Domo 2" Qee Flocked Pink Figure
I believe the blind-box Domos will sell for $7.99 and the blister-carded Domo figures will sell for $8.99, although I'm not 100% certain. Of course we will happily sell open box series 2 Domo Qees at reasonable prices if you like buying that way.
Also on display in the Dark Horse both were the upcoming 7" Domo Qee figures, most notably the Skeleton, Grass and Wood Grain colorways, which will retail for $79.99 each.

Lil'G Boombox appears alongside the Mini Beachcomber at Canadian Auto Show

Jason Dollin shares with us some exciting news about his Lil'G Boombox project and his trip to the Canadian International Auto Show:
Jason was contacted for this opportunity by Candice & Alison:
I'll let Jason take it from here:
"Candice & Alison were commissioned by MINI to design and produce the Canadian launch of the MINI Beachcomber concept car at the 2010 Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS).
The theme concept was a 1950's Beach Tailgate Party which included Pin up style models with era inspired costumes. Adding to the beach party theme, Candice & Alison approached me to have Lil'G accompany the models showcasing the display area. Everything went amazing, the MINI Beachcomber - concept car was very well received. The models (Jon, Vlada and Caitlyn) were all decked out in their beach wear and looked the part of 50s beach babes and dude. With Lil'G at their side as they showed off the new car from MINI.
Getting ready for the event took a lot of work. The Lil'G prototype wasn't fully ready for the event, so I had to have new parts rapid prototyped for the back section. Creating the slot for the MP3 players to be inserted into. Industrial Designer Jason Nip (DesigNet) was a large part of getting Lil'G up to speed, together we brought Lil'G to what it would be on store shelves. MINI/Candice & Alison requested that it be a full working model as it would look at retail.
Industrial Designer Jason Nip (DesigNet):
It's really wonderful that MINI/Candice & Alison would recognize a designer product such as mine. It shows that designer toys are ready to break into other markets and be accepted by the consuming market, and not just by collectors and enthusiasts. I hope this event inspires other to push for amazing possibilities such as this. Put your work out there, be unique, positive, creative and see what happens!"
You can visit Jason Dollin's website here, find out more about the Lil'G Boombox here, follow him on Facebook here.

Custom Steam-Punk 3" Trexi by Daniel Yu








From Daniel Yu:
"Inspired by the steampunk and punk-rebel culture, this piece is entitled steam-punk. A representation of flamboyance and rebellion, the piece explores the underlying need for approval and acceptance that is shelled within attention-seekers."

Title: steam-punk
By: Daniel Yu
Medium: DIY Trexi, epoxy sculpt, acrylic paints
3 inches tall
More pics can be found at his blog and on his flickr.

Playge Misfortune Cat Black drops Monday Feb 22nd

PLAYGE MISFORTUNE CAT 'BLACK'
Release Info:
The release date is set for Monday, FEB 22, 12:00 noon - Central Daylight Time
The webstore for this release is located here.
Additional info:
- 9" rotocast vinyl.
- Includes velvet bag.
- 150 pieces produced.

Price: $85 USD - includes worldwide shipping via FEDEX

February 16, 2010

Captain Maxx Mini Figures by Mark Nagata, 1st Edition: Pink

Mini Tripus: Mini Eyezon:
Mini Drazoran:
Mini Alien Xam:
Mini Captain Maxx:
Brand new from Max Toy Company, arriving in stores in March.
This new series of mini kaiju toys features 5 five-inch characters from Mark Nagata’s original line-up, shrunk down into a super deformed style. High quality, made in Japan!
This first run of Captain Maxx Mini Kaiju figures is in sold pink color. Because they mentioned that, I am assuming there will be follow-up series in other colors. Limited edition, retail price will be $14.99 per piece. Email us at tenacioustoys@gmail.com if you are interested, we have to get our preorder in soon if we are getting these.

Custom Toy Workshop Feb 28th in San Fran

Custom Toy Workshop @ Indie Industries in SF
Whether you've customized toys before, or you're new to the game, the Delicious Drips crew will be happy to help you get started. If you already have a toy to work on, they welcome you to come hang out and perhaps help other aspiring artists.
If you don't have a toy, for just $10 you get to pick a DIY toy of your choice between any of the Mini Munnyworld figures, DIY Skully, or Toy2r BabyQees. They will also supply you with paints, sculpting mediums and all the tools you'll need to make your project rock out.
The workshop will be held at Indie Industries, 218 Columbus Ave., San Francisco.
Sunday, February 28th 2pm-6pm

T9G Shyly Blue drops in March


The T9G Shyly Blue figure by intheyellow will retail for $75.
Email us at tenacioustoys@gmail.com if you are interested, we need to get our order in by the end of Feb.

February 15, 2010

64 Colors Marshall Zipper Charms in stock now


64 Colors' Marshall Zipper Charms in stock now. 5/8 inch (1.5cm) tall, with metal clasp and a lanyard so it can be attached to a zipper, keychain or cell phone. Only $3.95 each per blind box.

INSIDE TOY FAIR: Vamplets 7" baby vampire plushes

One of the first gems of Toy Fair I found was the Vamplets line of 7- to 8-inch tall baby vampire plushes by artist G-Ra. They retail for around $15 each. There are currently 6 characters available: (starting at upper left and moving clockwise:) Burton Creepson Jr, Cadaverson Nightshade, Count Vlad Von Gloom, Midnight Mori, Lily Rose Shadowlyn & Evilyn Nocturna. There will soon be companion animals to go along with them. There's also a Disappearing Bottle of Blood accessory for the Vamplets for just $4.95.
You can explore the backstories and the extensive world of the Vamplets here- there's lots to see on their website!
Vamplets set up a great cross-promotion with the Toy Fair: they had a second booth in the back where you could donate blood, and Vamplets would give you either a special-edition plush or a special Vamplets t-shirt as a gift for your generosity.
We're really diggin these cute/creepy plushes; email us at tenacioustoys@gmail.com if you want to see Vamplets in our store! They really are very cuddly and huggable, I can personally attest to that.

INSIDE TOY FAIR: Live art by the Elite Gudz crew

I was really excited when, at the last minute, I heard that the artists from Elite Gudz had been tapped to perform live art and customization in the Designer Toys aisle of the NY Toy Fair! The platforms for this project are the Mannequinz you see in the following shots.
Elite Gudz, headed up by street artist/designer/entrepreneur Phetus, is a Long Island, NY-based creative studio. One of their many projects is the Concrete Immortalz comic book. Their roster of artists includes some of the best and brightest of NY-area street artists from all walks of the art world: Phetus' resume spans the fashion, design & comic book worlds, Rolo works in illustration and fashion, Mr Den is a tattoo artist, sculptor & painter, Brian works on comic books and handles PR for Elite Gudz, Narek's a digital painter & illustrator, my buddy NEMO, of course, is an independent sculptor & painter extraordinaire who I've mentioned countless times.
Toy Fair got in touch with Elite Gudz not so long ago and offered them a spot so they could show attendees some art in action. I have to say, their booth does lend quite a bit of street cred to an otherwise all-business convention.

Elite Gudz setting up early Sunday, the first day of Toy Fair:
Rolo gets to work on a Wall Lord-themed Mannequin:
Narek, NEMO & Phetus starting their projects:
Rolo cannot be stopped, he just bangs out the most amazing illustrations in minutes:
Mr Den sometimes smiles.
But even when he does, he somehow still looks like he might rip your arms off. He's a really nice guy, I swear:
NEMO in his element, pushin clay:
Phetus at the start of what looks like a very colorful Mannequinz project:
I told you Rolo works fast. The dude's a phenom:
If you can, stop by booth #4954 on the lower level of the Javits to check out the artists at work!
I am sure Elite Gudz will be posting up pics of the finished Mannequinz on their website after Toy Fair.
You can also fan them on Facebook.

February 13, 2010

Cool Kids Never Die art, plush & custom toy show Feb 20th, Albuquerque

COOL KIDS NEVER DIE
art/plush/custom toy show
Feb 20th, 6pm - midnight
Studio Broadway
1810 Broadway SE
Albuquerque, NM
Call p.nut for more info: 505-262-3833
Click here to see preview images from the show.

February 12, 2010

SNEAK PEEK: Joe Ledbetter pillowcases coming late March



Here's something you might not see anywhere else: a sneak peek at the three upcoming Joe Ledbetter pillowcase sets which will be arriving at Tenacious Toys in late March!
Three full-color designs, packed in pairs, as pictured above. Each package comes with two standard-sized 20 x 30 inch pillowcases in a 73/27 cotton/poly blend. Cost will be around $28 per pair.
If you just CAN'T wait till then, email us at tenacioustoys@gmail.com and we'll add you to an unofficial list, getting payment from you later, once the products are in transit on the way to us.