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August 5, 2014

10 Year Edition MAD*L Set by MAD Toy Design

Jeremy Madl, MAD Toy Design, has been doing what he loves for 10 years and to commemorate this milestone he has created a special MAD*L 10yr Edition set. Limited to just 100 sets, the design is similar to MAD's 10yr mini MAD*L resin release. A set consists of two 5" MAD*L figures, a black with white graphics and a white with black graphics, each MAD*L comes in it's own custom printed drawstring bag. Each set will cost $50 plus shipping and is limited to two sets per household/account. These sets are expected to release on August 8 at 12pm Central time, exclusively on the MAD Toy Store website.
 

Congratulations to Jeremy Madl on his success and milestone! Here's to another 10 years(and more) of success.

Pinhead from Hellraiser by Jon-Paul Kaiser

Jon-Paul Kaiser recently delivered a private commission to it's new owner and now everyone gets to wish they owned this wonderful piece. The collector wanted a specific character to be created, with no base in mind or even what the end result may look like. Lucky for the collector, as a child, Jon-Paul was a little obsessed with the film this character is derived from, Pinhead from Hellraiser. This got Jon-Paul really excited about the commission and creating the piece, however, Jon-Paul still did not have a working base.  After some time, Jon-Paul stumbled across the RealxHead x Ichibanboshi Ryusei Ninja figure, a Kaiju figure with a skull head that is available in a wide assortment of colors. Pinhead really shines in this piece and Jon-Paul picked a perfect base to start. Jon-Paul says that to meticulously insert and glue all of the pins took about the same amount of time as painting the rest of the figure. Time well spent, to create an awesome representation of a cult classic character. As with all of Jon-Paul Kaiser's work, the amazing photographs were taken by Justin Allfree.
Pinhead from Hellraiser by Jon-Paul Kaiser, photo by Justin Allfree
Pinhead from Hellraiser by Jon-Paul Kaiser, photo by Justin Allfree
For everyone and anyone wanting his or her own commissioned piece from Jon-Paul Kaiser, now might be a perfect time to snag a spot on Jon-Paul's commission list. As of this blog post, Jon-Paul Kaiser's commission list is OPEN and for those anxious to snag a spot, get in touch with Jon-Paul Kaiser through his website or by emailing him at JPK [at] jonpaulkaiser [dot] com. No word on how many commissions he will take on, but one this is for sure, those getting on the commission list will not be sorry with whatever JPK ends up creating.
Pinhead from Hellraiser by Jon-Paul Kaiser, photo by Justin Allfree

Pinhead from Hellraiser by Jon-Paul Kaiser, photo by Justin Allfree
Pinhead from Hellraiser by Jon-Paul Kaiser, photo by Justin Allfree
Pinhead from Hellraiser by Jon-Paul Kaiser, photo by Justin Allfree
Again, Jon-Paul Kaiser's commission list is open and waiting. Don't forget to tell him who sent you.

Paul Budnitz on Kidrobot in 2003 in a Readymade Article - SLOBOTS.COM | Robot Artist Mike Slobot

Although this article is all the more sad, given the closing of Kidrobot's retail shops and their "restructuring," this 2003 article about Budnitz and the launch of Kidrobot in Readymade magazine is quite telling. It's a good read. Big thanks to Mike Slobot for finding the article again and scanning it into a PDF. Really fascinating snapshot into a particular point in time which is incredibly important to all of us toy collectors. Say what you will about Kidrobot (I certainly do)... in 2003 they were on the cutting edge and it was exciting for all of us. Link to Mike Slobot's blog post below, where you can DL the PDF.
Paul Budnitz on Kidrobot in 2003 in a Readymade Article - SLOBOTS.COM | Robot Artist Mike Slobot