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August 9, 2013

Kickstarter: A New Mr Toast Doll - VINCE

With the growing popularity of crowd-sourced funding and Kickstarter, artists and companies alike, are finding that is has become easier to fund ideas and projects. This latest Kickstarter by Dan Goodsell, aka Mr. Toast, is a great example. Dan has always made his Dolls and art very affordable, which is something that the art world needs, if it wants to grow. Dan even had an art show at Gallery 1988, where 500 original pieces of art were being sold for $30 each, framed, definitely a great deal. Now, Dan is utilizing Kickstarter to keep things growing.
Vince by Mr. Toast

Dan Goodsell recently launched a Kickstarter, which is already fully funded as of this post, to create his next Mr. Toast Doll: Vince. Vince is a videocassette doll, to go along with Mr. Toast's long line of character dolls. Vince is 8" tall and will be made in China. After production, Vince will be sold at shows, select resellers and on Mr. Toasts online store. To make backing the Kickstarter more interesting, a special Kickstarter only version of Vince is also being created, named Obsolete Vince. Obsolete Vince will feature a frown and "X"s for eyes, instead of the smiling face on Vince. Obsolete Vince will also come with a handmade tag which will be signed and numbered. Both dolls look awesome and represent the world of Mr. Toast very well.

With tons of affordable rewards, backing this Kickstarter is easy. One of the backer levels includes having Pancakes with Dan Goodsell, which would be a great opportunity to pick his brain about anything in general. Let's help reach those stretch goals!

"I'm Scared" A Stop Motion Film from Greg "Craola" Simkins

 Name THREE things you’re scared of….NOW!
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For most artists, being able to transcend a single medium and/or genre is a goal that typically leads to career longevity. Not all artists can make a living in a single niche, nor can they satisfy that creative instinct, without somehow diversifying. Greg "Craola" Simkins' latest endeavor will definitely open new doors of inspiration for established artists and newcomers alike. Coming off of a successful book launch and with the help of a Kickstarter and C4toons, Greg Simkins is hoping to take his "I'm Scared" theme to a whole new level with a stop motion film aptly titled: "I'm Scared".

From the "I'm Scared" A Stop Motion Film by Greg "Craola" Simkins Kickstarter page:
Greg “Craola” Simkins is an inspired and ambitious artist with a widely collected and highly coveted body of work. It is his careful weaving of pop culture, the old masters, nature, carnival kitsch, and (most importantly) his warped imagination that makes Greg a sought-after surrealist painter today. (taken from I’m Scared is a recurring theme in Greg’s art. "I'm Scared" is the age old story of the conflict between the imaginations of little boys and the monsters they battle on a nightly basis. It is also the story of the dynamics of brothers and how each looks at the world through completely different eyeballs. "Just becasue you grew up, doesn't mean they went away." -GS

With tons of great rewards being offered, there is sure to be something for everyone. Collectors and fans of Craola will find that this Kickstarter is a great opportunity to fund a great project, while at the same time getting rewarded (depending on a pledged amount) with an original painting, an original sketch, an awesome print, or even a painting session with Greg at his studio in LA. Being a fan of Craola, I found it difficult to choose only one reward, which should be considered a good thing, due to all the great rewards available. At the very least, help spread the word of this awesome Kickstarter and if willing, make a pledge for one of the many awesome rewards.

As the Kickstarter moves forward, expect updates and changes to be announced, as is typical with most every Kickstarter project.

Pink Baby Deadbeet APs and Britta Crittas by Scott Tolleson

Up for sale right now is Scott Tolleson's latest colorway of his baby deadbeet figure, PINK! Head on over to Scott's online store to pick up a few of these Pink Baby Deadbeets and grow your garden of Deadbeets. The Pink Deadbeet is selling for $3 each plus applicable tax and shipping.

Baby Deadbeet

 Also available is Scott's latest figure, Britta Critta, which was officially released at SDCC. Britta Critta is retailing for $50 plus $12 shipping.

Go pick up some great toys from the artist himself and help feed his children.

WIP of a Custom Sculpture by dust

German based independent artist "dust", aka dirty dust(David Stegmann), sent out a WIP teaser of his latest custom. Dust is Swiss-German artist who has been heavily influenced by the urban and street art scene, while also trying to develop his own unique style. Dust has been creating murals, paintings and customs for many years now, with his contemporary style being viewed as having elements of surrealism, neo-surrealism, and abstract art.

Untitled Custom Figure by dust

Dust's latest WIP photo is of a figure that stands at 33cm, or around 13 inches, roughly bigger than a 1/6th scale action figure. The head is a customized Nozzel Squadt, while the body is a self produced articulated figure. Not much else is known at this time, but as more information becomes available, we will be sure to share it with you.
In the mean time, some of dust's canvas and mural work can be seen in the latest Hi-Fructose magazine, don't forget to pick up your copy today.

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The Crow said don't look....

First of all, I would like to thank Benny for inviting me here to blog about all things in the 1/6 scale collectible figure world, will cover most new releases from Hot Toys, Enterbay, threeA and  a few others.

Thank you Benny!!!

OK, for my first post..

Not many people would of thought we would ever see the release of the Brandon Lee The Crow in the form of a high end 1/6 collectible, I knew a few people on the inside saying it would never be made whilst there was talk of the film remake... well we was proved wrong, fast forward to this years Animation-Comic-Game Hong Kong and BOOM!! Hot Toys previewed The Crow!

This had fans of James O'Barr's creation, interpreted magnifisantly by Brandon Lee (as we all know sadly his last role) clamming over keyboards looking at where to preorder!!! For a few days, we all thought it was show exclusive as no one new if it was available outside of the Hong Kong show.

Fortunately and wisely, Hot Toys released this worldwide!! Available in the US from SideShow Collectibles and for the UK/EU from OneSixthBruce and ToyHQ

Dont want to fill page will all specs/info so please click links above!

Thanks you for reading and looking forward already to the next post!

Wai Man