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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.