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May 29, 2010

Aarting Blankie Designer Series 1: color samples

Blankie Series 1 is a community-driven series of mini figures made by Aarting
The artists chosen for the first series are: Menilla, Stor Dubine, PO! (Patricio Oliver), Igor Ventura, Chupa & Cabra, Atomic1970, Cvele, Miss Shelby, Jaoc, Jec, and McCoy.
For more info on this line of toys, check their website, follow their blog, or participate in their forum.

May 28, 2010

Custom Yoka show June 5th at Genuine Artikle

Custom toy show June 5th, 8-11PM at Genuine Artikle on Long Island, NY, using the Yoka platform as a base for the customs.
Featuring customs by James Yeah, Nerviswr3k, Jeremiah Ketner, 64Colors, Task One, Okkle, Oke Doki, Leecifer, JPK, OsirisOrion, Jay222 & more!

Misterdarkboy custom Skullyboom

Misterdarkboy shows off his sweet jet-propelled Skullyboom custom by way of a YouTube video:

May 25, 2010

May 24, 2010

Mark Nagata Captain Maxx Mini Kaiju series

Mark Nagata is back, with a brand new edition of his new CAPTAIN MAXX MINI KAIJU FIGURES!
This time, the five characters - Captain Maxx, Alien Xam, Drazoran, Eyezon and Tripus - are in glorious FULL COLOR! I believe these will be available soon.
Limited Edition, 5 inches tall, high quality and made in Japan out of rotocast vinyl.
Retail = $14.99 each. Interested? Email us.

Ghost Girl Black by Matt Siren & MPHLabs

Ghost Girl was born out of two loves, the female form (specifically the face), and the Ms. Pac-Man video game (specifically the ghosts). Originally two separate designs that were combined out of experimentation, the end result proved to be iconic and widely recognizable. Derived from street artist Matt Siren's classic two dimensional graphic representation, Ghost Girl comes to life in vinyl form as three dimensional character art.

6" tall vinyl figure made by MPHLabs.

About Matt Siren:
Matt Siren is an illustrator and street artist based in Queens, NY. His art is heavily stimulated by images from the 80's such as cartoons, video games, graffiti, heavy metal cd covers, posters in the Art Nouveau style, pinup and the emergence of modern day (computer generated) graphic design & branding. His work is iconic - both clean and gritty, using clean lines over textural backgrounds. In 2005, he created "Ghost Girl" as his signature icon in representing his current work. Matt's work can been seen in clothing lines by Better Days Clothing, skateboards by Reciprocal Skateboards, RoyalFlush Magazine, numerous galleries in the NYC area, as well as throughout the streets of Manhattan.

May 23, 2010

Emilio Garcia 5-inch Jumping Brain DIY vinyl

Coming in July-ish is the new 5-inch vinyl DIY (white) Jumping Brain by Emilio Garcia, made by Toy2R
(Syringes not included. I don't think.) Anyway, we'll update this post with a link to the preorder later on when we're closer to release date. The 2" blind box Jumping Brains have proven to be incredibly popular, so we anticipate a lot of buzz for the 5" version!

Patricio Oliver Almond & Salamandra prototypes

May 22, 2010

David Horvath 5-inch Roller the Reindeer


Roller the Reindeer is the latest figure in the ever-expanding Bossy Bear lineup by Uglydoll creator David Horvath. This 5-inch vinyl figure is made by Toy2R & is scheduled to release in July.
Retail price will be around $18.
Will update this post with a link to the preorder once we get closer to having the actual products in stock.

Roller the Reindeer attends flight school for reindeers up at the north pole...but Roller doesn't want to pull Santa's sleigh at all. No, he wants to move to LA to become a skateboard champion! You would never guess all this just from looking at him.

RAJE Toys Doktor A G.N.O.M.E turnaround


RAJE Toys – G.N.O.M.E, originally uploaded by RAJE toys.

Can't wait for this one!

SPRING CLEANING at Tenacious Toys: 25% off Sunday & Monday

Sunday May 23rd and Monday May 24th we are offering 25% off any order of regular production toys (not good for custom pieces). We're in Manhattan, and sadly, space here is at a premium. We're full up with toys, and we need to clear out space for upcoming shipments. Spring cleaning! All you need to do is add the toys to your cart and paste the coupon code SPRINGY into the coupon code box, then click "Apply." Couldn't be easier!
This code is good for Sunday May 23rd & Monday May 24th only, so make sure you log onto Tenacious Toys tomorrow and fill up that cart!
PRO TIP: Check our Sale section for lots of items that are already discounted, and apply the coupon to them for extra savings!

DIY O No Sushi by Andrew Bell coming soon

- Standard edition includes figure with articulated arms, legs and replaceable eyes, second set of eyes, 1 piece sushi and 1 bowl of tentacles.
- Take-out tray packaging with usable sticker tray liner. 
Price will be a bit less than the painted versions: $22
- Figure is approximately 3 ¼" tall

May 17, 2010

Mr. Den + Mr. Power = Bull of Minos


THE BULL OF MINOS, originally uploaded by MR DEN.
Den Ramos' "Bull of Minos Devours Mr Power" custom Mr. Power for the May 21 show at ToyQube.

PACO Prisoner & PACO DIYs from SFASA Design

Federico is an Italian ex-pat currently living in Hong Kong. He sends word to us about his design company, SFASA Design, providing full spectrum design services. His current toy project is PACO, a character whose story is released monthly via comics! Check the website for more info. PACO is a 3.5 inch figure available in the Prisoner (seen above) as well as DIY versions:
There are also PACO canvases and t-shirts available.

About Paco:
He is a trouble but legendary man, he was born in a slum district in Milan, only with violence and poverty. The life for PACO is really hard and unfortunate, he turned into dark side by this harsh atmosphere. After many years of theft, robbery, arson… he was arrested.

HOWEVER, THIS IS NOT THE END.

The life of PACO is still not easy, he must camouflage everyday to escape from the prison. He has tried to fit as a bear, a tortoise, a horse…, but never succeed. PACO needs your help, bring him the best outfit to escape!

CAN YOU HELP HIM?

May 15, 2010

Argonaut Resins x Sam Fout - Bone Ghost Agents Wave 2 coming soon

Eric from Argonaut shares with us this teaser of his upcoming release: Sam Fout's Bone Ghost Agents! Wave 2 will include Agents F, G, H, I & J, decked out in their unkempt tuxes and mostly empty martini glasses. Nice job on those semiautos with the silencers, too. These Agents are BAD ASS!
Once packaging details are finalized, these resins will be available for sale in the Argonaut Resins online store. Stay tuned for more details.

May 14, 2010

Kozik Mongers animation: "Straight Outta Compost"

Mr. Power custom show at ToyQube May 21st

May 21st, 2010 there will be a SWEET custom toy show at the newly renovated ToyQube shop in Flushing, Queens, NY featuring the custom work of some of the best & brightest in the custom toy world! The platform will be the Phalanx Mr. Power figure. 
Come for the customs, stay for the bubble tea. 
Make sure you buy one for NEMO.

May 9, 2010

Coney Plush figures by Candykiller x Big Shot Toy Works

One of the most anticipated plush figure releases of the past few years is finally available! These amazing screen-printed plush figures are 14-inches of brawlin' beauty from Brian "Candykiller" Taylor and Bigshot Toyworks. 

Each 14" tall Coney is made of high-quality canvas, and screen-printed with Candykiller's stellar "Coney" character artwork. The base is weighted, allowing the plush figure to stand on its own! Plenty of attitude and incredible character design make this one of the coolest designer plush figures available! A color version will be available through retailers, while a super-limited Mono version is will only be available direct from Bigshot Toyworks online store.

The Coney Cloud features the same rogueish grin and wink, but on a 14" round cloud body made of a super-soft velour material. The art on the Coney Cloud is full embroidered on both sides, making this the coolest throw pillow you'll ever own. Perfect for napping, throwing at your children, or just sitting on your couch and winking lecherously!

Suggested retail price for the Coney and Coney Cloud plush figures is only $30.00 each. As always, shoot us an email or leave a comment if yo dig these plushies!


Bigshot Toyworks is a creative studio specializing in the design and production of unique collectibles, toys, and art objects. With roots deep in industrial design, toy design, digital sculpting, and very close project management, the team at Bigshot has a unique ability to create incredibly vivid and detailed works of art that closely represent the heart, soul, and vision of their creative partners. Unique understanding and endless drive to pull off the impossible and surprise their fans are the driving forces behind this one-of-a-kind studio. 

Brian "Candykiller" Taylor is a renowned illustrator, artist, and character designer based in Scotland. His work has appeared everywhere from gallery shows to book covers to designer toys, and he is still plugging away at this feature-length digitally animated film, "Rustboy". 

May 7, 2010

Steff Bomb Interview by Tenacious Toys


TENACIOUS TOYS: To start off, what's your name and where are you from?

STEFF BOMB: Hi!  I'm Steff Bomb and I am originally from Philadelphia, PA but about two years ago I moved to Chicago.

TT: What got you into creating designer plushies?

SB: Around 2004, I read about an all plush art show, and something inside of me said, "YES!"...like a light bulb went off or both halves of my brain hi-fived.  I guess I never realized that there was plush life beyond teddy bears.  The next day I bought a really crappy cheap sewing machine, some fabric remnants, and button eyes, and taught myself how to sew.  It was just a hobby then and I was really bad at it (and I am still working on being good at it).  The first toy I ever made was supposed to be a robot, but really just looks like a gray turd with eyes.

TT: So how did you progress from a gray robot turd to food plushies?

SB: I don't know at what point exactly I made the jump from gray robo-turd to food, but it went something like this: robo-turd, ugly square Domo-ish monsters, ugly hour glass shaped monsters, food.  I love eating and I'm always hungry, so I guess it just naturally worked itself out that way.  It's like the Descendents said: I like food, food tastes good.

TT: HA! So how do you choose which foods to turn into plushies? Does it come in a flash while you're eating that food? Or are you sitting around one day on your couch and it suddenly dawns on you that you need to make an ice cream sammich?

SB: Pretty much both. Basically, I was trying to not be a fatty last summer (FAIL), but I wanted to eat an ice cream sandwich so badly.  So, I made a plush one instead...which back fired because it actually made me want to eat one even more...then I did, and it was awesome.  Currently, I'm working on something called "Grumble Buns" which is a grumpy burger...but it's also what I call my boyfriend when he is being a big ol' grumpus. 
 I watched the Lord of the Rings trilogy the day before I made the wizard sandwich.  At the same time, I could be riding my bike and TAH DAH...out of nowhere I wanna make a whatever-bot-thing-wich.  So I carry a notebook with me for that kind of stuff.  Other than that, sometimes my brain turns into a giant fart and I can't think of anything to make...but I am very lucky to have some pretty clever and supportive friends.  They always point me in a good direction.

TT: You're hysterical! So what's next for Steff Bomb? Any new plushes in the works that we should look out for? Do you make any other Steff Bomb products besides plushies?

SB: There are always new plush in the works.  I have a dry erase board & a pocket sized notebook full of ideas that I want to sew.  Grumble Buns is next though.  I've drawn him an official seal, planned out a few friend for him (Would You Like Cries With That), a few variants, blah blah blah, etc. 
 I just love making things so I tend to get a little a head of myself.  I am also debating whether of not I wanna make a color variant of the chainsaws.  Green mayhaps?
 I make some things besides plush.  I am making patches, I have buttons.  I sew an occasional top tube pad for bikes.  I made my very first print of a shark-horse the end of last year, but that was just a small run of 50 so they are long gone.  I am thinking about making shark-horse shirts but I don't know if anyone would want them.  Ha. 

 I just bought a Gocco Printer from my friend James (Veggiesomething), so I am really excited to use that.  Also, I do artwork for records, band shirts, and show posters too.  That's always a nice break from plush.  Sewing may have consumed my life, but drawing is my true love.  There are a lot of things I wanna sew and make.  I always wanna do everything and all at once, but it's never as easy as I think it is.

TT: Ain't that the truth. Well, we're excited for your next plushies! I just received our first shipment of plushes from you and I have to say, I am very impressed with the quality and execution. They are all perfect, every single one. Much better quality than some of the mass-produced plushes we've stocked.

SB: Aww, shucks...thanks.  ((totally blushing))  I don't know about perfect, but I try and make them as nice as possible.

TT: Thanks so much for chatting it up with me!

SB: No way man, thank you!!!  P.S. I know it's a bit of a ways off, but if anyone is going to be at Pitchfork this year, I'll be there peddling my wares...so feel free to stop by and say hello.  <3 <3 <3

To learn more about Steff Bomb, visit her website SteffBomb.com, and support her by shopping for her plushes at Tenacious Toys or the Steff Bomb Etsy shop. And stay tuned for more info on Steff Bomb's Shark Horse and the other fun plushes she makes, by hand, slaving over an overheating sewing machine in the good ole US of A. Go Steff Bomb!

ThreeA ready to ship WWRP Berties to retailers

Posted on the ThreeA Production Blog is this shot of the retailer-version Berties, will all paint and decals applied, in package, as they will arrive here in not very long. ThreeA has notified me that they are ready to ship to us, so we are extremely excited to finally see these amazing toys!

May 6, 2010

Joe Ledbetter Art Switch light switch covers coming soon!

Incoming: Joe Ledbetter light switch covers made by The Loyal Subjects! 
$14 apiece, 2 designs to choose from: Toucans (top) and Balancing Act (bottom):


These cool light switch covers fit most light switches and are made from recycled plastic with high-quality digital JLED graphics applied. Preorder them now, will be here by May 10th!

May 3, 2010

Nanan1 found-object custom pieces for Le Salon Sans Nom show in France

These are three found/recycled object pieces made by Gaƫl (aka Nanan1) for "Le salon sans nom", a french show near from paris joining twelve artists who come from street art, graffiti and art toy. FYI that means "the room without a name".
These 3 pieces are entitled The Weaver (top) Akuma (above), and The Speedball (below), three sculptures made of recycled objects...
Find out more about Nanan1 here.

Spraycan custom piece by NEMO for Dragatomi Not Vinyl show

Finished spraycan custom for Dragatomi's "NoT Vinyl" show coming up this weekend.
"Blind Sacrifice"
magic sculpt on metal spraycan
Acrylic paint (one off)

Jellyface Inca plush line revealed


Jellyface has a series of new Inca-themed plushes coming out in a variety of sizes, a la Uglydoll's method of releasing the same plush in 4 different sizes. There's Inca Jelly Sovereign, Inca Jelly Feline & Inca Jelly Mummy, all available in 4 different sizes.

Vinyl.Monster reveals a blind box custom Silent Armada series

Gas Masked Rider custom set by Daniel Yu


gas masked rider 001, originally uploaded by doryphunk.

Entitled Gas Masked Rider, the piece was commissioned by a local collector, with both rider and vespa done up in 1/18 scale.

Medium used: epoxy sculpt, acrylic paints, Maisto 1/18 scale Vespa, GI Joe figure.

More pictures can be found at Daniel's Flickr page

Frank Kozik Mongers animations! Episode 1: Smokey's Gambling Problem