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May 12, 2014

May's OTFMG Exclusives: Purple Zombie Pheyden & Blue Brocotal

October Toys has just announced via their blog that May's OTMFG figures will be a blue Brocotal and a purple Zombie Pheyden.  Both figures will be available May 15th at 3PM EST.  Set your alarm and don't miss out.

-The Highest Fever

Guest Blogger Lawrence on Urban Vinyl and the Amnesty International Freedom Candles

Hello Friends,

    Some of you know about my Penchant for "Urban Vinyl", some of you don't.
Urban Vinyl is a kind of Art Movement; born from out of the time when Graffiti became art, Urban Vinyl has become what has been a perfect marriage between Street Art and Progress.
    This art form finds only as many facets as the Imagination will allow.
My personal Favorite piece is the "Dumb Luck" Bunny, by Gary Baseman (to the left). It is the first piece I ever bought. As my collection waxes and wanes, it will also be the last piece I ever
let go of.

It looks like a Toy, doesn't it? Well, that's the Raw Fun of Urban Vinyl, ART in the form of a toy.
Produced in limited numbers and often in several 'Colorways' they are collectible and somewhat rare.
And look at this piece, look how proudly this Bunny shows off his 'Lucky Rabbit's Foot' despite
the peg leg he has acquired to procure this 'magical implement'. Dumb Luck indeed.

    Another group making history with these toys is called COARSE TOYS. The figures are angular
and bring to mind an appreciation for the Cubist Movement.

Artist Mark Landwehr's vision is often obscure and his subject matter leaves many details about what any particular piece is saying up to the viewer.

    And as you see here to the right, another Rabbit. Teddy Bears, Rabbits and other traditional toy subjects
have been reinterpreted by these different artists in many different ways. In Landwehr's work, where the human subject is actually in conflict with these childhood characters, there seems to be some suggestion in tow about the nature of growing up and developing the courage to question the status quo.

    The movement has taken many directions and has been interpreted by Artists of many genre's.
It has also been a driving force at times in addressing Social Issues.

    Here I am bringing to your attention the work of both Mark Landwehr and Sven Waschk. They have
created for Amnesty International three different candles, each burns down to reveal a Bronze Statue and
these candles, they are currently on auction on eBay. There are 10 of each piece.
Please click on the video below and watch the short by Amnesty International
and please, take the time today . . .   to do something for someone else in the world.

    Thank You,

This month's total d**k award goes to…

In a toy scene that’s more and more becoming a toy scene built on the customisers/bedroom artists, and not the Kidrobots of the scene, It takes a special kinda idiot or arrogant tit to try and scam a hard working artist and think he’s gonna get away with it.

On that note this months total d**k award goes to…… Dominick Rosati of Hudson Florida aka
shadyzunit on Ebay (the irony in that username is a wonder upon itself by the way). According to Hugh Rose:
This kid bought a piece of my work, claimed it never arrived and received a full refund. After he attempted to sell it online, I messaged him to settle the amount as it was clear that the piece had arrived after all. His reply: "Suck my d**k”, he then deleted his forum account and ignored all of my emails.

Said item then appeared on ebay up until a few minutes ago when “the listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available.” I’m guessing the community sent him a couple of messages addressing how much of a cock he was and that he’s mistaken If he thinks he can get away with something like this.

Hopefully with a community as small and well connected as ours we can keep guys like this outta the toy scene. If you know anymore info on this guy such as new forum usernames then get in touch. It’s hard enough to make a living making toys without guys like this screwing you over.

In the meantime go support Hugh Rose

- K

TOYSREVIL: Getting To Know Little Maddie & The Four Horsies of the 'Pocalypse

 The "Little Maddie" Kickstarter is coming together and will launch soon! I will be handling the project on Kickstarter and also fulfilling on the back end. The concept, design and production is all Bigshot Toyworks. Link to Kickstarter will be posted soon, and I'll keep pushing it throughout the KS. We've set up a website here. Andy got the scoop on the KS:

TOYSREVIL: Getting To Know "The Four Horsies of the 'Pocalyps...: In anticipation of their Kickstarter happening "soon" in May 2014, Bigshot Toworks has launched a YouTube channel dedicated to ...

Nathan Hamill x Urban Vinyl Daily Curiosity 'MudHoney' Ed Resin

Urban Vinyl has teamed up with Nathan Hamill to release an all new painted colorway of his 'Curiosity' resins. The 'Mudhoney Ed.' of this 5" figure features an allover bronze paint job with drips of 'honey' randomly on the body. This limited edition release of 5 figures were cast by Oni Creations, will be signed/numbered, and sold blind. You will be able to get yours for just $70 each in the Urban Vinyl Daily store starting May 14th at 12pm EDT.

Whalasaurus Plush Kickstarter - Designed by a 7-Year Old

Diggin these parent/child creative projects.... especially on Kickstarter. Looks like a great opportunity to teach a kid about business, economics and proper use of social media... The Whalasaurus is based on a 7-year-old's drawing, brought to life by his mom (a seamstress). Love it. Check the video:

TEASER: Discordia Merchandising x Mighty Jaxx