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June 30, 2012

Uglydoll Grants Licenses to... Everyone. *le sigh*

Uglydoll, in a decidedly mass-market business move, has recently granted the following licenses:
  • Callaway Digital Arts (mobile apps based on Uglydoll brand)
  • Amscan (complete line of Uglydoll party supplies)
  • Grasslands Road (ceramic ware manufacture & distro)
  • Anagram (Uglydoll balloons)
  • FAB*Starpoint (backpacks, bags, handbags, totes, etc)
  • Accessory Innovations (fashion headware, cold weather accessories, etc)
  • Thermos (Thermos FUNtainer products, lunch accessories, lunch kits)
  • Zak Designs (children's dinnerware)
  • Freeze (t-shirts and fleece apparel)
  • Komar (sleepware for children)
  • Richard Leeds (junior's and women's sleepware)
  • United Legware (socks and legwarmers)
  • Toy Factory (toys)
  • Thumbtack Press (art prints)

Honestly, I miss the days when Uglydoll just sold, well, Uglydolls. Since they went mass-market, I just can't move any of their products. It's not for lack of trying... I've bought a bunch of their different items over the past couple years. The market's just flooded with Uglydoll products. Nothing I get from them sells anymore. So sad. Used to be one of our top sellers.

Toy Invaderz opens tonight (June 30) in Chicago

Toy Invaderz opens tonight in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood!
June 30th, 2012 6pm to 11pm
1 month exhibition, up until July 30th
The show will be hosted at RGB LOUNGE:
1420 N. Milwaukee, Chicago IL, 60622
Click here for the Toy Invaderz Facebook page
Click here for the Toy Invaderz page on our website, where the customs will be sold starting next week.

A custom Munny by George Johnston

Here's a custom by someone named George Johnston. It appears to be a 7-inch Munny. Aside from that, I got nothin. No links, price, info or anything. But it's a cute little bug-eyed dude, innit?

Rampage Toys at Tenacious Toys NYCC Booth 3121


Future, originally uploaded by rampage.toys.

Jon writes: "NYCC is going to be AMAZING this year!"

Yes it is, Jon, yes it is.

NYCC Booth 3121. Be there in October...

Bob-omb custom Android by nati513

Another cool custom Android by Bengi aka nati513: this Mario-themed Bob-omb is perfect in its simplicity! Nice work. Available in our shop here.

Davemarkart customs and commissioned Androids

"SILENCE IS GOLDEN" (4.5" custom vinyl toy)
You can buy Davemarkart customs in his shop here, or on our website here. Dave's a good guy. We're happy to support him and the sale and promotion of his artwork.
 
"WOODEN YOU LOVE TO LOVE SOMEBUNNY"
MINION FROM DESPICABLE ME

Kung-Fu Panda

ALIAH: A 3D ANIMATED SHORT FILM BY LAB81




ALIAH - Trailer from LAB81 on Vimeo.



Between reality, dreams and dreams of reality, time goes by.
Seeing and listening the harmony of a carillon to find serenity in spite of the cruelty of war, through a dream and the eyes of an Afghan little girl. Aliah.
The carillon, symbol of memories and time passing, makes everything sweeter through its melody. Hope for a better world.


Written & Directed by Lab81
www.aliahshortfilm.com

June 29, 2012

Manly Art 1-inch Hello Bertie customs up for sale now


 We are very pleased to announce the launch of another Tenacious Toys artist exclusive custom series: Jason Chalker of Manly Art got his big Texan mitts on a bag full of tiny little 1-inch tall Mini Berties from infamous Hong Kong toy manufacturer ThreeA. He then proceeded to customize them in the least obvious manner possible for a Texan: creating a Hello Kitty homage x 3A mashup that works surprisingly well.

Jason painted up 18 of these figures, with the star graphic coming in 4 different variants as pictured above. Each figure is painted and weathered uniquely, and comes affixed to a grassy base. I think this was a smart move, given the fact that Mini Berties have feet that are about 2 millimeters long. Not very stable for your display shelf without being affixed to a base!

Additionally, each figure comes packaged with an original, Hello Bertie-themed sketch card by Jason. The actual figures that I'll be sending to customers, and the sketch cards each order gets, will be picked randomly (for example, if you pick the Hello Bertie with a star with no dark outline, I'll randomly pick one of the 5 pieces like that, and randomly pick a sketch card to go along with the order). Each Hello Bertie / sketch card combo is $25 and you can buy yours here.

Looking at the close-ups below, you have to keep reminding yourself that these customs are one inch tall. Painting those Hello Kitty faces on the Berties' heads must have been a real exercise in patience... To get yourself some of Jason's handiwork, head over to the Manly Art page on our website, or just click here for the Hello Berties. Many more close-up images available in each product listing.
Hello Bertie variant 1

Hello Bertie variant 2

Hello Bertie variant 3

Hello Bertie variant 4

all 18 Hello Berties in this series
the sketch cards that will be randomly inserted into each order

June 28, 2012

Joe Ledbetter appearance at Yoyamart tonight

Joe will be appearing at Yoyamart ce soir in support of the Yoya Exclusive Burger Bunny Bop Bag! Llimited supplies of the Burger Bunny Bop Bags, an Exclusive Yoyamart print (edition of 50), Burger Bunny Men's and Women's Tees as well as limited Joe Ledbetter art toys will be available. Come on out and have Joe personalize your Bop Bag!
See you Thursday, 7-10p!
It's a summertime PARTY!!

YOYAMART
15 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014
tel: 212-242-5511

WWW.THELOYALSUBJECTS.COM

June 27, 2012

COMING SOON: 3A Punter Bot Sniper figure

 The BBICN "exclusive" Punter Bot Sniper 1/6 scale figure by 3A is almost ready to ship out to us. We have one or 2 left unsold out of our whole shipment. You can snap one up here, and be sure to check out the rest of our 3A inventory here- Adventure Kartel figures, Heavy Brambles, custom Mini Berties all available now!



COMING SOON: Shawnimals Pocket Pork Dumplings vinyl mini figures

Nicely sized at 1.8-inch wide by 1.5-inch high and 1.6-inch deep, Shawnimals new vinyl Pocket Pork Dumpling blind-box mini figures are perfectly collectible!

What’s in the series?
The first series will consist of 12 total designs (9 main +  3 chase) in a blind boxed assortment packaged in adorable, mini take-out style boxes. Designs are a sweet mix of classic styles found in past plush series, along with many new designs never seen before.
 
Look for another post in the near future with more pics and a link to buy these sweet little mini figures!

Hello Bertie sketch cards by Jason Chalker

The Hello Bertie custom series (and these accompanying sketch cards!) will be up for sale soon (couple of days) in our Manly Art section. One sketch card will come with each Hello Bertie.

June 26, 2012

Hello Bertie series by Manly Art coming soon

We're very excited to announce our next custom series from ManlyArt's Jason Chalker: Hello Berties, a custom series based on the 1-inch tall Mini Bertie platform by 3A. There will be 18 of these figures in the series, in 4 different variations, and each will come with a sketch card by Jason Chalker. More info to come soon!

VA Paper Toys Tenacious Toys Street Dog

Our friend Bengi (aka nati513) has modified VA Paper Toys' Street Dog template to create a Tenacious Toys Danger Dog paper toy! He kindly printed out and constructed one of these himself and mailed it to us (pics above).

You can do the same by clicking here. Download the paper toy image / template on that page (it's the huge image that doesn't fit on the page), print it out, and cut and glue it into the shape above!

Once you create your Tenacious Street Dog, take a pic and email it to us! We'll update the page with your images of the constructed Tenacious Street Dog, along with your name, location and a link if you want us to post that. Try to take a picture with a local attraction (like the Eiffel Tower if you're in Paris, or Big Ben if you're in London...).

Big, huge thanks to Bengi and to Willie Beren of VA Paper Toys!!!

June 25, 2012

Toy Invaderz custom show 6/30/12 @ RGB Lounge, Chicago, IL

Definitely check out this show in Chicago, IL on June 30th! Many talented artists involved! We will be handling online sales after the show.

Don P custom Bub "Skryton"

Follow Don P on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/DonP.PatrickLippe
Read his blog:
http://donpcustoms.blogspot.com
Buy his stuff:
http://donp.bigcartel.com

Preorder Cyclops Dinos from Rampage Toys

http://rampagetoysandart.bigcartel.com/product/cyclops-dinos-pre-order

This pre-order is the first release of the Cyclops Dinos - T-clops, Anklyo-clops and Bronto-clops! This release is being sold as a set of three figures. Each figure is around 3 inches tall/long (the same size as all your favorite vintage kaiju sofubi!), and is articulated in 2 or 3 spots. These will be super fun to play with, and also a blast for mixing vinyl parts and colors!

June 21, 2012

Street Artists Unite show at Dorian Grey Gallery June 27

Some people we know in this show: Cope2, Kid Lew, See One and Fumero are all local artists who I've worked with, hung out with, collaborated with or just been to their shows...

A new name to me- Screwtape- turns out to be a friend as well. He's the boyfriend of my friend Lis from college. I hear he's a talented stuntman (seriously) but i know for a fact he's a damn fine painter. Crazy talent in this show. Do not miss it.

Dorian Grey
437 E.9th Street, NYC
June 27, 6-8pm

Kidrobot Dunny 2012 Series in stock now

Buy Kidrobot Dunny 2012 Series here:
http://www.tenacioustoys.com/Kidrobot_Dunny_2012_Series_sealed_case_p/krd12case.htm

"Outside In" Two Man Show Featuring Aaron Jasinski & Bryan Collins

Our friend Bryan Collins will have nine new paintings in this exhibit and will be in attendance at the opening from 8-11pm. Please say hello to him, he's about the nicest, most genuine guy you'll ever meet.

Date/Time:
Saturday, June 23rd, from 8-11pm

Location:
Art Whino Gallery
120 American Way
National Harbor, MD 20745

Reception begins at 8pm

Show end date: August 11th, 2012

The event is FREE and open to the public.

FPlus Corruptor resin figures

Josh Pearce just sent an email update that he plans on rounding up the run size of his resin figure set "The Corruptor" to 40 pieces. That means if you missed out on picking up this awesome piece, you have one final shot. Preorders up at the following link:
http://fplus.bigcartel.com/product/the-corrupter-limited-edition-resin-figure-set-pre-order

June 20, 2012

Kidrobot Dunny Series 2012 coming June 21

Get your Paypal account ready and free up some room on your credit card... Dunny 2012 is almost here! We already have our shipment and the release date is tomorrow, June 21st. Dunny 2012 comes in cases of 20 pieces. Case cost is $199 (that's $9.95 per blind box) and we are offering free Fedex/USPS Priority Mail shipping on cases sold to customers in the US. Click here to go to our Kidrobot page where we'll be selling cases tomorrow.

Seasoned Dunny masters jump in the mix with fresh blood, creating characters that push Dunny into new worlds with new sculpts, new uses of the Dunny platform, new treatments, and new plans. A more colorful mix than you would find in the Mos Eisley Cantina, each figure is its own species - an ambassador to the mind of its creator. If you are one of the lucky few to see them all together, you will find a window into what whimsy and wickedness lies under the creative rocks found in the far away corners of the Dunny galaxy. 

DS2012 features the emissaries from the hands of Andrew Bell, Attaboy, Scribe, Jeremiah Ketner, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Junko Mizuno, Kronk, MAD, Mauro Gatti, Sergio Mancini, Nakanari, Pac23, Tara McPherson, and Triclops Studio. 










June 19, 2012

Rose Vampire "Outerspaced" Casket Cruiser

The Rose Vampire Casket Cruiser is blasting off! Deep into the heart of the Milky Way blazes the Cosmic Rosferatu, kicking it into high gear and letting his cape flap in the solar wind. Transparent Glitter vinyl camouflages the Rose Vampire against the night sky, his roaring engine the only signal of his approach. Be sure to check the mirrors, traveling through hyperspace ain't like dusting crops.

The OuterSpaced Casket Cruiser is a high-quality Japanese vinyl figure, approximately 4 inches long, with free-rolling wheels.

Designed by Joshua Herbolsheimer.

Available Thursday June 21st, 12:00 noon Pacific, $65 each in the Super 7 store:
Super7store.com

June 16, 2012

New toy company from Mexico: Bugs and Plush!

I gotta say, there's a lot of cool, creative stuff coming out of Mexico lately. I just got an email from a gentleman named Raymundo, the guy behind Bugs and Plush, a new Mexican toy manufacturer. As you can see from the above image, they have a TON of sculpts already. Their website and their web shop look pretty tight, graphic-wise, and they made a nifty video (below) about the inception of their toys. I just shot Raymundo an email regarding New York Comic-Con. I feel like this type of platform is a good fit for display/sale at NYCC, so we'll see what he says and I'll keep everyone posted.



Playge Squadt Fr0g s002 & K11 Spot set in stock

The Playge Squadt Fr0g s002 & K11 Spot set is in stock now and ready to ship! Arrived faster than expected. Click here to buy this boxed set; US customers get free UPS shipping.

Opportunity LOL x Tenacious Toys Epic Review: Kidrobot Dunny Azteca II Case with a GIVEAWAY!

Another giveaway! Holy cow! This one is for a FULL case of Azteca Series 2 Dunnys by Kidrobot, sponsored by us and organized by OppLOL. Click the link below to read the article reviewing this excellent Dunny series, and at the bottom you find out how to enter the giveaway.


And, by the way, we will be selling the upcoming 2012 Dunny Series on June 21st. Full cases ship free within the U.S. They'll be up for sale in our Kidrobot section.