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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

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