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August 28, 2012

'Dervish' Custom Coarse Toys 'Paw!'

The latest from Hugh Rose. Excellent patterns, loads too!






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      - Don P 

Custom 3A Bambaboss Hellboss by Kong Andri

Kong Andri is on fire! Another excellent piece.

  Hellboss from mini bambaboss (3A)




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The Simpsons Homer Buddha - Regular Edition by Kidrobot


I'm not sure if Kidrobot has stepped up their game this past couple of months with some fantastic releases, or it's a calculated plan to make half their fan-base broke. When I first saw the SDCC Exclusive version with his pretzel in one hand and beads in another, I thought it was a shame that they would release the best one first followed by a standard color version.

Well how very wrong i was the Gold one is great but so is this one, I'd go as far as to say this one looks a tad better with the accents of color. At 7-inchs tall and inspired by THE SIMPSONS episode “Goo Gai Pan,” in which Homer poses as Buddha to gain entry into an orphanage in China this is a must own for any Simpsons fan.


"Long ears signify past wealth, a big head represents the disconnection between mind and body, a tuft of hair symbolizes great inner wisdom, and a giant fried dough topped with pink frosting and rainbow jimmies equals deliciousness."
Released on September 6th for an affordable $50 US (£40.10 UK, €46.50 EU) at your local Kidrobot store, kidrobot.com or select retailers worldwide.


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Dan Brodzik Customs (and what they mean for the rest of us)

What's that familiar shape?  Roll on deodorant.  For reals.

Dan Brodzik paints customs like most people wish they could.  Like some sort of...professional.  In a field littered with Johnny-Come-Latelys trying to ride the wave and one trick amateurs, it is refreshing to see someone with a depth of technique and variety of application.

Dan got started doing f/x painting then moved on to painting toy prototypes freelance in 1999.  There are a bunch of great examples of production toys on his site.  A few of his customs are pictured below BUT before we get to the customs (and before I start getting hate mail), I want to address something.

Some people might object to my statement above about "Johnny-Come-Latelys trying to ride the wave and one trick amateurs" but I stand by it.  Every artistic field has these, there is nothing unique about custom toys in that respect.  I'm not calling anyone out and I have no interest in "naming names" so don't bother asking.  (However, if you read that sentence and got bent out of shape, maybe that is a sign that you know you need to step up your game.)

So, what does that mean for the rest of us?  Let me be clear here: my point in contrasting those people with someone like Dan (and there are plenty of others) isn't meant to be derogatory.  It is meant to be inspirational.  Talented, hard working people in any field help show us what is possible and provide inspiration for what might be next or even the next next thing.  My view is that we should all be constantly improving our techniques through practice and helping each other by providing honest feedback and suggestions.  And this goes double for Johnny-Come-Latelys and amateurs.  Welcome to this big messy world, now get to work!

Back to our regularly scheduled article:





- Ahren

Doktor A’s 8-inch Ironclad Decimator Dunny



Sometime ago Kidrobot released a t-shirt with a new Doktor A Dunny on it, people speculated a new Dunny or an 8” design and today we have the answer. I  have to say this is one awesome looking piece with a new sculpt, 3 new designs and lots of little details like the rivets that make it a must own.

The Kidrobot exclusive Ironclad Decimator Dunny which is only available at Kidrobot stores and kidrobot.com has shades of metallic silver and gold, with a uniquely sculpted head and body, and transparent blue lightening bolt accessory between the ears.




The Wholesale Exclusive Mecha Rupture Edition which is only available at select retailers worldwide has the same matte pink with a black and white high gloss head as the 3” Dunny, but with that uniquely sculpted head and body and a black transparent lightening bolt.


Released on September 6th and Limited to 600 of each with a 1 in 6 chase, this is sure to sell fast especially with an affordable price of $75 US (£60 UK, €69.60 EU).

Find Mecha Rupture at one of these exclusive Dunny dealers. Check with your local retailer for more details.

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New 8bittys and babbits resin from Cash Cannon

8bittys on top, babbits on the bottom

Spotted online!  Cash Cannon (@4TheLuvofToyzNY on Twitter) will be releasing some cute 8-bit inspired ghosties (8bittys) and wascaly wabbits...er...babbits in glitter and GID.  Keep an eye on his shop for more info!

- Ahren

UPDATE: New Tosco: The Alpha Series Design

As promised, a new design from the Tosco: Alpha Series Kickstarter project has now been revealed. This latest design, Grrr 0, is by Fuller Designs and is available at the $50 donation level. But as nice as these formats are I suggest going ahead and moving up to the $65 level and getting this design and a DIY for your own designs.