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July 29, 2011

3A Adventure Kartel Retailer Ankou preorders running out

Only 1 or 2 preorders left for Ankou Johnson (above). Starting to run out of Tommy Red as well (below). Ship date of these excellent 1/6-scale figures is Nov/Dec of this year. They're $90 each but we're offering you the option of just sending us a small non-refundable deposit of $15 per figure that will lock in your order. Balance not due till the figures are ready to ship. 
Click here to buy these and other excellent 3A toys in our 3A section.
Why don't you see preorders for all 8 of the Retailer Adventure Kartel figures in our shop? Because we offer them for sale privately to people on our email list first. Thus, the more rare and desirable figures go to people on our email list, saving them the trouble of scouring the internet and fighting for Ankous, Penumbras and Shadows. Click here to sign up!

Mo Abedin Artwork: A Storm is Born & Grey's Anatomy

"A Storm is Born" by Mo Abedin

Mo Abedin, owner and creator of the MEGA series of DIY toys, shares with us some of his artwork: "A Storm is Born" (above) and "Grey's Anatomy" (below). You can find Mo on Facebook!

"Grey's Anatomy" by Mo Abedin

July 26, 2011

Ian Ziobrowski NUGGLIFE Paintings

 In a season when many artists are slowing down, Ian Ziobrowski is gathering momentum. In addition to an epic-scale custom project he's nearly completed (and we'll be selling on our site), Ian has begun working regularly in oil on canvas. He plans on regularly creating oil paintings to accompany his toy releases. Here are his two most recent paintings: above is a delicately rendered Jesus painting, part of a NUGGLIFE triptych he's completed.

And the Nuggs painting above is a study for a custom 8" Dunny commission that I an will be working on for a client. I honestly have no idea how Ian has enough time to get all this stuff done, but I do know that he has a brand new studio out on Long Island where he's been working away. I am very much looking forward to helping Ian promote and sell his upcoming projects- I'm constantly impressed with the work he does!

July 25, 2011

Steampunk Cephalopods by Noadi



Steampunk Cephalopod Sculpture by ~Noadi on deviantART


Sheryl "Noadi" Westleigh shared her amazing commission work online: three Steampunk Cephalopods: "an octopus, nautilus, and cuttlefish. Bodies are sculpted in polymer clay, clockwork is real watch and clock pieces sealed under clear resin. Bases are stained wood with a brass rod support."

See more fine work by Noadi on her website and on Etsy.

July 24, 2011

COOL SHIT AT SDCC: Free Bunny Keychains from Kid Ink Industries

Kris Dulfer of Kid Ink Industries will spend the last day of SDCC (Sunday) checking out toys and giving out swag packs consisting of his self-produced tasty resin Bunny keychains (above)(do not eat) and sticker packs to those who approach him and request a swag pack!

Kris will be easy to find as he will be wearing his black Kid Ink "Alchemy" t-shirt:
If you are lucky, and you ask real nice, Kris might give you one of these awesome Alchemy t-shirts as well! They're super limited (he only made 25) so definitely find him early. Follow our tweets to get reminders about where Kris will be today!

Kris Dulfer's SDCC Wandering Swag Schedule: 

9:00 - noon: WANDERING
noon - 12:15pm: near Hippy Comix booth #1615
12:15 - 12:30pm: near Sideshow Collectibles booth #1929
12:30 - 12:45pm: Hasbro Pavillion #3213
12:45 - 1:00pm: near G4 booth #4249
1:00- 1:15pm: near Frank Kozik booth #4734
3pm onward: near Dragatomi booth #4935


Rampage Toys Moving to Japan; Last Resin Figures Release Tomorrow

Jon from Rampage Toys is moving to Japan in 2 weeks! He already has a soft vinyl toy in production there, so the Rampage Toys releases will continue, only from here on out they'll be in real Japanese vinyl! Jon has a couple final resin releases tomorrow in his shop: the rainbow-colored Flex Packs (above) and the Cupcake Buddha v2.0 figures (below).
These figures will drop Monday July 25th (tomorrow) at noon EST in the Rampage Toys web store
The end of an excellent chapter, and the beginning of a new one in the evolution of Rampage Toys!

And, to keep you sated while Jon moves in and sets up shop, we will be selling an exclusive and wide selection of NEVER BEFORE AVAILABLE Rampage Toys pieces. Instead of shipping his older one-offs and con/show exclusives to Japan, Jon shipped them to us. So I have a giant box of Rampage Toys awesomeness in our warehouse. As I unpack and photograph it, I will offer it up for sale in our Rampage Toys section. Stay tuned for more info on that.

July 23, 2011

COOL SHIT NOT AT SDCC: B.A.L.D.'s Screw SDCC Sale

Bryan Lopez aka B.A.L.D. seems to be as pissed as I am that we didn't make it to San Diego this year...
Couldn’t make it out to SDCC this year? Me either!
So does that mean we just sit and wait for Con updates on the web?

Hell no!!! We will have our own fun, so I’m putting up a rare sale while the
Con runs it course.


Check the CTU Store for ridiculous pricing on BALD's amazing customs.

Preorder Ghost in the Machine Dunnys by Matt Anderson

Matt Anderson is currently taking preorders for these beautiful custom Dunnys he's calling the "Ghost in the Machine" series. Matt's starting off with 10 of them in varying color schemes and light colors, and you can preorder one for $80. Email Matt, or go find him on Facebook, to reserve yours. An amazing use of the clear Dunny head- the coolest nightlight EVER. Want.

July 22, 2011

COOL SHIT AT SDCC: The Sucklord Hangs With Billy Dee Williams

What the hell do I write as a lead-in to this photo? Some things are so awesome that words fail me. What do you say to Billy Dee Williams... when you've been actively bootlegging his action figures for years?

ThreeA Adventure Kartel Retailer figures available for preorder

We are now accepting preorders for these awesome 1/6-scale Adventure Kartel figures from ThreeA. These are the retailer figures and there are 8 of them in the Retailer Adventure Kartel series. Our mailing list subscribers got first crack at these preorders which is why you do not see all 8 figures here in our 3A section. We currently have preorders available for all 3 HoodZombs as well as the Tommy Red figure. They are $90 each, and a $15 preorder deposit is all that's required at this time to secure your order. The balance will be due when these figures are ready to ship to us. 



As an aside, we are increasing our order so there WILL be a few more different figures from this series available on our site in the near future.

July 20, 2011

COOL SHIT AT SDCC: Camilla d'Errico Custom DIY Kuro figures

Camilla Customizes Kuro DIY from Camilla d'Errico on Vimeo.



Camilla d'Errico will be at SDCC booth #4723 selling her first vinyl toy: Kuro! There is a GID "Glowing Blueberry" SDCC Exclusive colorway ($59.99) to be had. 


Also, Camilla can customize a DIY Kuro for you right there at the booth, like she did in the video above:
• $30 gets you a custom face on the DIY Kuro
• $40 gets you custom face and body on the DIY Kuro
• $50 gets you a full figure custom DIY Kuro

All prices include the DIY Kuro itself, plus the custom original art by Camilla d'Errico. 
Such a cute figure!

COOL SHIT AT SDCC: Kid Ink Twitter Scavenger Hunt with Swag Pack Prizes

Look for Kris, who will be wearing his Kid Ink Alchemy shirt (above)
This year, Kris Dulfer of Kid Ink Industries will be attending SDCC, laden with Swag Packs to give out to YOU! Each Swag Pack will contain a hand-poured Kid Ink resin skull keychain in a variety of colors, a sticker pack which includes several stickers, including the Tenacious Dog sticker, and maybe if you're really lucky, Kris will give you an original sketch.

How do you score a Swag Pack? Glad you asked! We'll be communicating with Kris throughout SDCC and we will tweet his location from the Tenacious Toys Twitter account. All ya gotta do is follow us, read our tweets, and go find Kris at the appointed locations. Tell him you saw my tweet and he'll hand you your Swag Pack. Pretty rad, right? Doesn't get much easier than that.

Kris will be easy to find because he'll be wearing his black Kid Ink Industries Alchemy symbol shirt, pictured above.

BUT, the awesomeness doesn't end there! 
 If you purchase any of Kris Dulfer's custom Mecha Tanks (one of which is pictured above) from our website during SDCC, Kris will personally hand you one of his extremely limited-edition Alchemy t-shirts, as a thank you for your purchase! Buy the custom, email me to tell me you're at SDCC and I'll pass the info to Kris. Then I'll get him to find you.

July 18, 2011

COOL SHIT AT SDCC: Toys R Evil's Top 10 List

Andy from Toys R Evil shares his Top 10 List of toys you should buy at SDCC. 
Click through to see the list on TRE:

COOL SHIT AT SDCC: JellyMussel plushes by JellyFace

The new JellyMussel plushies will be revealed at DKE Toys booth #4728. JellyMussels come in 4 sizes: from the XXL to the pocket size (from 25 to 6 inches long). The email JellyFace sent us said "Please stop by and say hello..." which is quite vague. Will these new plushes be SOLD at the DKE Toys booth? I sure hope so. It's be nuts to roll up with new plushes and not sell some... DKE is a distributor so at the very least, the JellyMussels will be available to retailers after SDCC.

If you pollute the sea, watch your back! JellyMussel might bite your ....

Character bio:
Do you hear a murmur from the seabed? A whisper? Some JellyMussel are gathering, coming from all over the ocean … JellyMussel are enraged at the polluted ocean and they are going to get a revenge! A revenge with no half measures. Be careful, they are watching you!

July 16, 2011

COOL SHIT AT SDCC: Scott Tolleson Booth 4836


Scott Tolleson will be putting on a big show at SDCC this year. His booth # is 4836. He'll be debuting his new Lyle Bean plushes, a custom Android series, a third colorway of his awesome Otis and Otto figure sets, the 5" Uncle Argh Mini Qee by Toy2R, and much more! Definitely a booth to hit.

Scott is a cool guy. He just sent me a care package with a toy in it (for me) and some buttons (for you, since I'm a needlephobe). I'm giving away the button packs (2 packs of 5 Scott Tolleson buttons each) pictured below- one each to 2 lucky winners- via a Twitter giveaway:
All ya gotta do to enter is copy the text below and tweet it out to your followers:

I want to win a @MrScottTolleson button pack from @tenacioustoys! #TollesonButtons http://yfrog.com/kjwvgbpj Pls RT!

On Monday morning I'll use Tweetdeck to see who tweeted that, and I'll use Random.org's random number generator to pick 2 lucky winners! You HAVE to be following both us (@tenacioustoys) and Scott Tolleson (@MrScottTolleson) to win, since I'll be DMing you for your shipping address!

COOL SHIT AT SDCC: Tupac Cat by Jay222

Sculptor & painter Jay222 created a 75-piece run of Alex Pardee's "Tupac Cat" character for the Zerofriends booth (#5502) at SDCC. No two are alike, meaning you'll get a completely unique piece. This also means Jay has been worked to the bone and he's probably dead now, or at least has carpal tunnel. Way to go, Alex.

Here's the full details of this release, stolen directly from Alex Pardee's blog:
"IT'S TUPAC CAT, BITCH!" Sculpted & Designed by maniac JAY 222 (who sculpted my MOLAR BEAR, and who will be floating around the convention also so hunt him down), this fun rendition of my TUPAC CAT Character is available in 75 COMPLETELY UNIQUE, DIFFERENT, HAND PAINTED & EMBELLISHED VARIATIONS! No 2 are alike. Some are magical some are gangster, and some are downright SCARY (see the ZOMBIE one in that photo??). Make sure you come around the booth a few times throughout the convention as we will only be putting out a handful of these a day! And as a special bonus, anyone that buys one of these rare gems will get a FREE mini-book by ME and my good friend PHOTOSHOP featuring the adventures of Tupac Cat!
LIMITED TO 75, $70.00 EACH + FREE Mini Book!

July 15, 2011

SDCC Exclusive Atomic BearTank Mini Qee

 Thanks to our friends at Atomic Martians, we have this image of the Smash Tokyo Toys' SDCC Exclusive Atomic BearTank 5" Mini Qee, which will be sold at the ToyBreak booth #4838. A limited run of just 80 pieces, this Mini Qee will cost ya $28. Don't sleep, they'll be gone in a flash.

Toy2R at SDCC: Skelanimals Launch and Signing

Our friends at Toy2R have a lot going on at SDCC 2011, including the launch of Skelanimals Qee Series 2 (pictured below). On hand will be Mitchell Bernall, creator of the Skelanimals toys. Mitchell will be signing at 1PM on Friday July 22nd at booth #601, where the Skelanimals Qees will be launched!
If you can't make it to SDCC, you can always preorder Skelanimals Qee Series 2 in our shop here.

July 14, 2011

SDCC Preview: Titanium the Robot by Tony Montalvo

Tony “Titanium” Montalvo, Sculptor of Keithing's Myth Warriors and the Snackz zipper pull line introduces his new creation... "TITANIUM the Robot"!!! He’s the muscle and the heart behind the whole Titanium toyz line, where Tony designs the Toyz, and TITANIUM builds them! He’s the robot with the heart of titanium, which is an unbreakable metal! 

Tony built TITANIUM the way Frankenstein was built, taking parts from other robots and piecing them together... and it's pretty obvious that Iron Man was an inspiration for this figure! He stands a whopping 12" tall, is all hand casted and painted by Tony “Titanium” Montalvo, and the really cool thing about these is that the eyes and chest plate are glow in the dark. 

This figure will make his debut at SDCC 2011 via ToyQube's booth #4934 in the three colorways, limited to 4 of each and they are priced at $125 each.

Tenacious Toys Exclusive Blue Greads by Brian Ahlbeck

LYS0L just finished a small run of 8 special, Tenacious Toys Exclusive blue-tint Greads with pearlescent spray. I love LYS0L's Greads, and when I saw that he was testing out different color ideas and putting the images up on his Twitter, I thought it might be a good time to ask him to do a run just for us. 

Release date for our exclusive Greads will be this Saturday, July 16th at 5PM EST. 
Look for them in our Exclusives Section for $15 each. A freaking STEAL for exclusive, handcrafted, handpainted resin. Don't sleep on these!

(No, our blue Greads don't actually glow on their own... this is a fancy shot in a dark studio by LYS0L, using a light source that lights up the tinted resin. Cool shot though!)

Squadt NOZZEL s004 frozn whole up for preorder

The upcoming Squadt NOZZEL s004 [frozn whole] 6" vinyl figure is now up for preorder here
This Squadt, one of my very favorites from Jamungo, comes with:

  • 3 dot patterned arctic parka with fur-lined hood
  • 2 sets of arms
  • removable helmet
  • squocom sMK23 pistol w/ removable laser sight and suppressor
  • sUMP w/ red dot scope

July 13, 2011

South Park Dead Kenny 3 inch figure by Kidrobot

Dead Kenny 3" vinyl figure by Kidrobot
Release date for the Dead Kenny 3" vinyl figure by Kidrobot is 7/21/11. Just got our tracking info and it looks like we're all set for having the product in stock on the release date. 
We'll be selling this figure here for $10.95 each.

From the KR Kronikle:
Oh my god, we killed Kenny! South Park and Kidrobot kick off an awesome new collaboration beginning July 21. You know Kenny as the poor kid in the group, who eats canned food and frozen waffles for dinner and has died in innumerable ways in South Park’s first five seasons. Sculpted to look every bit the worse for wear, Dead Kenny features exposed brains, bloody ribs, authentic cuts, scratches, and scrapes, and an arm that falls off the bone.