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May 31, 2014

Angry Woebots - Howling Masher | 1xRUN Limited Edition Time-Released Art



Angry Woebots - Howling Masher | 1xRUN Limited Edition Time-Released Art

(24) pieces left out of the 100-piece run as of right now!! Click link above to buy.

The framing for this RUN includes a 1 Inch Black Wood Frame with UV-Glass, foam core backing and ready to hang hardware. At $50, this is a ridiculously amazing deal for a FRAMED Woes print.

"This is a newer style I been playing with, loose and more raw. It's the second Masher joint that I have done with 1xRun, I call it the Howler, it's my Taiwan dedication to the heat. I travel to Southeast Asia a lot and I knew it was gonna be humid as hell, so this is homie complaining about the heat ha. The original sits on my wall back home in Los Angeles, I kinda like it and I never keep my pieces so I think I'll keep this one. " - Angry Woebots

Gossamer sculpture by Playful Gorilla available at Menace Inc Studios

Alexis sculpted this one-off  "Gossamer" piece for the Menace Inc. Studios Show "Childish Playthings." Gossamer was the large hairy monster from the old Bugs Bunny cartoons! He is holding a Simon Says toy which according to Alexis is one of his favorite playthings as a kid. This guy is a custom sculpt and custom painted figure standing in at about 6" tall.

Gossamer is on display at Menace Inc. Studios in Greensboro NC and also available in their web-store at Home from Menace Inc. Studios at a price of $300.00. Link below:

Gossamer (Custom Sculpture) · Menace Inc. Studios · Online Store Powered by Storenvy

New exclusive: Bella Delamere (The Unwound Automation) by Doktor A

Long awaited but it's finally here after 2 years of problems, delays and other excuses. Final edition of the Bella Delamere by Doktor A. is The Unwound Automation 
Limited to 175 pieces worldwide and available now Bella is priced at €74,95 incl. TAX (€61,94 for the NON-EU customers) this price excludes shipping. To pick up one of your own head over to the Minty Fresh site.

Nerdirt Presents Kidrobot SF Friends from forgotten fairytales


In this episode, Nerdirt visits San Francisco's Kidrobot store to explore their new exhibit "Friends from forgotten fairytales". If you love designer toys and custom toys then this is something you should checkout. They do exhibits in-store often so if you miss this event then follow them on Instagram to keep updated.
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Discordia Culture Shop | DEAD KOZIK BUST - PINK By Kevin Gosselin | Online Store Powered by Storenvy


Discordia Culture Shop | DEAD KOZIK BUST - PINK By Kevin Gosselin | Online Store Powered by Storenvy

DEAD KOZIK BUST - PINK by Kevin Gosselin
The tables are turned on iconoclast toy designer Frank Kozik as he becomes a giant vinyl bust.
The Dead Kozik Bust was designed and sculpted by Kevin Gosselin for the Kozik Tribute Show at the 1 AM Gallery in San Francisco in 2012. After receiving an overwhelming response from the art community and successfully funding a Kickstarter campaign, Kevin brings a scaled up vinyl version to production.
Originally standing at a modest 13 inches, the bust now towers at 15. With box art designed by the man himself, Frank Kozik, these busts are a must have for any Ultraviolence art collector.
-15 Inches Tall
-Rotocast Vinyl
-Limited Edition of 50 pieces
-PINK with GLOSSY Finish
$189 at Discordia

Mother of Dragons? That's cute. — The 4 Horsies of the Pocalypse

 
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May 29, 2014

Clown Life - Custom 20" Dunny by Ian Ziobrowski

Ian Ziobrowski's latest custom 20" Dunny commission is a called Clown Life. Based on Nugglife's Rusty the Clown, this huge custom Dunny features a lot of detail. 
"Being a homeless clown has been rough for this fellow Nugglife resident.  Everyday is a new hustle, whether its performing sidewalk tricks, selling Nugs, or pimping hoes, he's always on the grind."
Rusty the Clown features a scepter and crown, painted in a color scheme fitting for a clown named Rusty. The ears of the Dunny have been repositioned and a typical red Clown nose has been added as well. With a lot of area to cover on a 20" Dunny, Ian did a great job using paint to complete the overall theme of the custom. This custom will go well in a lucky collectors collection of custom clowns.







Be sure to check out more of Ian Ziobrowski's work and possibly hit him up for a commission spot.

Zombie Terror Munny by Toy Terror

One of my favorite artists on this moment is Toy Terror (Rich Sheehan). Love the depth of the paints in his work. This recent custom Munny show his whole style. Colorfull and full with details.



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May 27, 2014

Cars - An 80's formula revisited.

In the 1980's a whole range of what were essentially 22 minute long television commercials raged onto the airwaves to support an explosion of toylines. G.I. Joe, He-Man, Thundercats, Care Bears, Rainbow Brite... the themes and styles ranged far and wide, but all followed a fairly standard formula of toned down violence and a lesson to be learned in the end. Anyone in their late 30s can recall this time, and toy companies and copycat lines of product were everywhere.

"Cars", the Pixar Studios release, was very much a personal project for director John Lasseter, as it was a product of a series of months he spent out with his family taking the scenic backroads of America.

A little over twenty years later, in April of 2006, Mattel began releasing 1:55-scale die-cast models of characters based on, and in marketing support of the Disney-Pixar film, Cars.When I first got wind that Pixar would have a Mattel based line up of diecast cars coming out, I imagined it would be maybe a few of the major characters that would see the light of day, and that if I was smart, I would beat a path to the nearest toy retailer to procure them before it was too late. In fact the night that I went to go see the movie, I went quickly to Walmart right after the show, only to find ten pegs all but standing empty save for a Lightning McQueen, and two Sarges.

The initial wave consisted of Chick Hicks, DJ, Doc Hudson, Fillmore, the King, Lightning McQueen, Mater, Sally, Sarge, Sheriff, Wingo, and Lizzie (who seems to have been the early unintentional chase/rare because of how Mattel short packs certain characters). This was just the beginning as Mattel would have a run away success on their hands that would polarize collectors ranging from niche theme collectors, to facing down the dreaded bane (in this blogger's opinion) of getting to a retail peg section after the Hot Wheels fans have picked it over, to the incredibly bizarre way that Mattel handles box contents, to the short run non-sensical exclusives.

"Cars" the movie was essentially Doc Hollywood (the movie that had Micheal J Fox out as a fish out of familiar waters to the backset of a romantic comedy), but had some great voice acting talent, and a decent storyline that talked about moving on, Route 66, family, and being true to yourself, or more importantly, FINDING yourself. The movie was, as most Pixar movies are, visually stunning and stuffed to the brim with various characters of all makes and models of cars that literally begged to be made into toys.

Fast forward again, and you can find the Cars toy line everywhere from Wal-Mart to Aldi Grocery Stores to ToysRUs, but because of the popularity of the line, distribution of some sub-sets, chase cars, and even some of the more commonly made ones, differ wildly from store to store, state to state, with some stock on hand barely moving in one city, to another city maybe only 30 miles away not seeing any new stock for weeks or months at a time.

I have over the years collecting this line, amassing a large investment of time, money, effort... and going about it the old fashioned way of staying as far from Ebay as possible, and doing store hunts for the personal satisfaction and fun of it, the one thing that has not changed and should have in my opinion is the distribution of the toy line.

Pictured above are examples of Mattel's "Super Chase" and "Chase" selections.

The joy of being able to find a random toy perhaps in a blind box assortment, or maybe track down that one short packed female action figure from a recent big budget blockbuster like Captain America is one of the things that the kid in me revels in.

So as this packaging says on the back, no more than 4,000 of Trike Feldman will be made and found out in the "wild". For a Super Chase as it is though, I found 4 total at my local Aldi grocery, and none in any of the other places where I normally go toy hunting, which includes a list of at least 25 different venues in a 40 mile radius.

But not when it gets harder and harder to collect toy lines because of bad distribution. And Mattel, for all it's presence in marketing and brand recognition, does not know how to get enough variation out to the markets.

I really think that the Carla and Nigel ones should have just been variations that were generally released with the normal versions prior as opposed to counting them as Chase vehicles in this way.

The fact is that at this point in collecting Cars, it can be both incredibly fun even if you don't like the movies, just because of the huge spectrum of car types and characters that were created. That said, it's probably also one of the most frustrating collections I try to keep up with.

(top and bottom left) Megan Carrar (top and bottom right) Trike Feldman

I'll end this with a brief overview of the two characters that I found at the same Aldi. The first, "Magen Carrar" looks a lot like a repaint/retooling of the main character Sally (who is also a Porche, so I guess that is to be expected, and the Cars toy line is rife with repaints and retools of existing cars). Nothing really stands out about this character, and I think she was seen for just a few seconds in Cars 2.

Now "Trike Feldman" is one of those in the Cars line that I really like to find. He is a fairly unique model, and has a great bit of color and variety that adds to his appeal and is what I would expect from something labeled as being a Super Chase.

As I move forward in these reviews, I will try to hit sets, unique editions or variants, and cover some of the weird places I managed to find some of the ones that were harder to get.

Until next time!


Little Maddie by BigShot ToyWorks is 31% funded on Kickstarter

Click the link below to see this update we sent via Kickstarter:


Click here to back Little Maddie and help turn her into a REAL TOY: http://kck.st/1j5SGJh

May 23, 2014

Little Maddie and the Four Horsies of the 'Pocalypse #Sticker Sheets #Kickstarter Rewards

http://kck.st/1j5SGJh
For the low, low price of just $15, you can get this set of 5 huge sheets of cull-color, die-cut stickers: one sheet for each Horsie! Maddie, Raven, Clash, Ghost and Calamity come alive, just in time for the impending 'Pocalypse! These freaky fillies will be stuck all over you as you lose your grip on reality!

May 22, 2014

The Iron Giant......

Meanwhile... Its the late 1950's.....  in a small town in the state of Maine


Earlier today, over at  the limited edition poster/screen print creators Mondo, there was a rumbling.........



Batteries included.

#notaposter

Now I take that as either an action figure or some sort of statue, my guess is Mondo will produce a 1/6 scale action figure of the Iron Giant, as many Iron Giant goods go for quite a high amount of money, especially the figures..... This will be great news for fans of the film and collectors alike.

Not much info at the moment as its only a teaser thus far, but I will keep you all updated.

Thanks for reading

WaiMan
www.onesixthbruce.co.uk

Zombiez 3" Dunny by kOmega



They're aliiive! Kind of. What would you say they are, kOmega?

"The fosl virus encountered a few zombie creatures who seemed to only posses half a soul. After infecting their guests the parasite was not able to fully develop... creating a fosl that was still half living. Resulting in an evil race of fosls that would torment the world for centuries."

Exactly. Though if you're a visual learner, you could watch the super cool video trailer for these Zombies instead over here

Parasite Grimm 3" Dunny

These little fiends released on kOmega's eStore here and are looking to spread the infection. For more of kOmega's work, check out his Facebook and Instagram @komega


Grossetta 3" Dunny



One Eyed Girl at Popzilla Gallery PopCade


Kasey "One Eyed Girl" Tararuj has 2 pieces on exhibition with Popzilla Gallery's POPcade exhibition - Popular video game characters being the theme.

"Bowsy", pictured above, is a custom sculpted and painted 4" Kidrobot Bub, available for $175 here.

And a mixed media 3D-sculpted painting "Piranha Pipe Invasion" listed for $225 here.



We just launched a Kickstarter for the Little Maddie Cthulhu figure by Bigshot Toyworks

Little Maddie Cthulhu by Bigshot Toyworks on Kickstarter
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of the Little Maddie 6" collectible figure by Bigshot Toyworks. Little Maddie will be the first figure produced in the Four Horsies of the 'Pocalypse line of collectibles, which is comprised of: Maddie (caretaker of the 'Pocalypse), Raven (famine), Clash (war), Calamity (pestilence) and Ghost (death).

Little Maddie started as a rough 3D render digital "sketch" that Klim Kozinevich posted to the Bigshot Toyworks Tumblr. The concept art got picked up and republished by large websites such as iO9, Neatorama, Geeks Are Sexy and Laughing Squid, and generated a lot of positive feedback. Based on the feedback, Klim decided to flesh out the Four Horsies concept and launch Little Maddie as a Kickstarter campaign to bring her to life.

Four Horsies of the 'Pocalypse backstory:
www.4horsies.com
Twitter: @the4horsies

It’s the end of the world as we know it…or is it?

Meet Calamity (Pestilence), Raven (Famine), Clash (War) and Ghost (Death). They’re the Four Horsies of the ‘Pocalypse (or at least they would be if they could only get their act together)! This next-generation of doombringers are on a mission to destroy the Earth, but to do so, they'll have to beat the likes of Queen Chroma and her rainbow sprite army! Too bad they can’t crack teamwork to save their lives.

Led by Maddie (an older sister type with an affinity for destruction), these would-be Champions of Chaos are desperate to show their parents they've got what it takes to inherit the legacy. Cake and ice cream for eternity? Not if these freaky fillies have anything to say about it!

The rewards levels in the Little Maddie Kickstarter
GID Maddie: limited to 300 pcs
About the Little Maddie Kickstarter:

The Little Maddie Kickstarter is live right now and will run for 30 days, ending on June 19, 2014. Rewards range in price from $1 (for a set of Four Horsies digital wallpapers) to $160 for the Hyper Combo (Maddie, plus a Kickstarter-exclusive GID Maddie, plus a Maddie t-shirt, keychain, sticker sheet set and the digital wallpapers). There are several reward levels in between those.

As with all Kickstarters, no money is charged to the backers' credit cards until after the campaign ends in late June. If the campaign doesn't reach its mark, no money is charged at all. Kickstarters are open to international as well as domestic backers.

The success of this Kickstarter will lead to the production of the other Four Horsies, and the aim is to expand this concept to trade shows, exclusives, apparel, web episodes and, of course, more collectibles toys.

From the buyer's perspective, this Kickstarter functions much like a preorder: The $60 cost of Little Maddie includes shipping. No money is charged at the time of your order. Cards are charged in late June, pending success of the Kickstarter to meet the monetary goal. Once your cards are charged, the money drops into our account and we send the payment off to the factory to produce the Little Maddie figures.

Bigshot Toyworks has already heavily invested in this project, and the tooling masters for the Little Maddies has already been created. So when the Kickstarter ends, there will be little to no delay before the figures go into production.

About Bigshot Toyworks:
www.bigshottoyworks.com

Bigshot Toyworks is an award winning creative shop with a focus on the design, development, and production of unique characters, illustrations, toys and art objects. Our work can be seen in national print, and TV advertising campaigns, toy stores, and art galleries around the world. With roots deep in industrial design, toy design, digital sculpting and very close project management, the international team of designers and artisans at Bigshot have a unique ability to create incredibly vivid and detailed works of art that closely represent the heart, soul and vision of their creative partners. Unique understanding of design, a fine tuned development process and the endless drive to pull off the impossible are the driving force behind the studio.

About Klim Kozinevich (creator and producer):

Klim Kozinevich is the Bigshot at Bigshot, with nearly 20 years of experience in character based product design, and the entertainment industry. From developing mascot characters, hand-sculpting prototypes to overseeing production of best-selling toys for mass market, Klim has worked and innovated in every area of the industry. At Bigshot, Klim is the creative lead and oversees all character design and development. As the heart and soul of Bigshot Toyworks, it is Klim’s unique vision and undeniable talents that have provided the company with its reputation for quality, reliability, and innovation.

About Jason Bischoff (writer and concept development):

twitter.com/PrometheanWorks

Jason Bischoff is a writer/creator and 10 year toy industry veteran. Silently managing some of today's most-successful licensed collectible programs, in addition, Jason owns and operates Promethean Works, a guerrilla IP and Story development studio. When not contributing to world-class toy brands, comics and Television Shows, Jason pretends like he's sleeping to avoid the robot-suspicions of others.

About Tenacious Toys (KS manager and rewards fulfillment):
www.tenacioustoys.com

Tenacious Toys is a New York City-based online toy shop with nearly 10 years of experience selling and shipping toys. Benny at Tenacious Toys will be managing the Little Maddie Kickstarter campaign as well as fulfillment of the Kickstarter rewards and any further Four Horsies releases thereafter.

May 20, 2014

The Ultimate Legend - The Warrior by Ardabus Rubber

Wrestlemania VI Neon version 

Ardabus Rubber releases a series of new fine art prints, based on a tribute artwork after the recent passing of The Ultimate Warrior. Ardabus explains that growing up, wrestling had a profound effect on his life growing up. He has created an inked lineart piece in 4 distinct colour editions, available in his webshop.

These 12x16" Fine Art Prints are painted on 310 GSM Elegence Velvet Cotton Rag paper. The edition sizes reflect intimate details of The Ultimate Warrior's professional carreer;



- Wrestlemania VI Neon version - Classic Warrior colors. Limited to only 6, for his victory at WM6.
- Rookie version - Black and yellow, the mask he wore during his debut match as Ultimate Warrior on 10/25/87. Limited to only 2, for the number of minutes it took for him to win the match.
- Fire Paint version - From his Survivor Series match 11/24/88. Since he was on a team of five, this one is limited to 5.
- My (Ardabus') Favorite Color version - Pretty self explanatory. This one is limited to only 8, marking the day he died. RIP Warrior.


Ardabus' hope is for these artworks to be enjoyed as a fitting tribute to The Ultimate Warrior. The care and attention to detail that goes in to elements like the edition numbers, and colour variants never ceases to impress me!

Collect yours, or other prints or originals, here.




May 19, 2014

NEW from Rampage Toys

Rampage Toyshas released all of their Design Festa 39 leftovers and some other new stuff in their shop.

-new UU - "Psychadelic Freakout" on Marbled pink and GID vinyl - $35 bagged and header carded

-new Micro My Little Shaggy Unicorns ($10 each)


-New stuff from RAMPAGE x Tarantulas - some Nibbler-based figures that are part of our efforts to raise a bit of fundage for a new figure we are working on :-)  (Bestroyer, Homer Nibbler and Robo-Nibbler).


This and LOTS more in the Rampage Toy shop now.

May 18, 2014

Matt Obscure Perez Day of The Dead Snow White


Matt Obscure Perez added some custom touches to this Disney Snow White doll, making her over Day Of The Dead style. Matt began with the doll looking like this:


And did some Hair & Makeup styling;


The revamp to her outfit to match her new persona impresses me, sewing is a pretty handy skill kids! You can find more of Obscure's work on Facebook and Instagram @obscureakg






May 16, 2014

SandLord 5" Kaiju by Super Sandbagger


Dropping Saturday, May 17th at 12pm EST, Super Sandbagger's SandLord is a 5" tall urethane MONSTER!  According Sandbagger it feels like production PVC in the hand.  It features articulated arms and lots of cool details like the spiral palm.  SandLord is limited to 5 pieces in this colorway,  Sunset Sand, and a special GID edition!  Grab one before they're gone!

-The Highest Fever
@thehighestfever

Forces Of Dorkness Store Returns!


News flash!  Scott Kinnebrew's Forces of Dorkness online store A) is awesome, B) has returned, and C) has new goodies to buy.  Go buy all of them.


-The Highest Fever
@thehighestfever

Mini Nugs Series 3

          

  Tomorrow at 4:20 pm eastern, Ian Z will be releasing Nugglife's "MINI NUGS Series 3".  There are 5 lucky strains for this set and each come with an accessory, and a 3x2 inch mini painting of your strain.  Packaged blind bag each one will be $50 shipped and available here.