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September 18, 2014

Your "Leading Artists" Deserve More Accurate Representation Boast Industry Leading Artists

This ad published 18/09/2014 in the Vancouver (BC) paper was brought to my attention by fine artist Camilla- long time friend to the Designer Toy industry, exemplifying the care we as a community have for each other. Designer Toys is a small, tightly-knit community.

21/09/2014 With the availability of more accurate information, some clarification is needed.

Puffpipes (.ca) are toting an advertisement depicting an un-credited glass sculpture, and pipe. It's not difficult to identify the form of the hand-blown glass sculpture is derivative, and even a reproduction of, the Kidrobot Munny and Bot platform- two of Kidrobot's most internationally recognized product lines.

Kidrobot Munny

Kidrobot Bot Mascot

What's not immediately visible in the advertisement would be the artist(s) responsible for a piece boast as a representation of their industry's creative leaders. I take issue with 's portrayal of an unspecified reproduction of a designer toy form, as a reflection on their industry, without appropriate context. It gives the impression that would have readers believe these designs are singular to their product lineups, and wholly original to the "industry leading artists" whose work they represent and sell.

The originating artists Coyle & Slinger are fully transparent about the origins of their works, and their relationships to Kidrobot.

Coyle Condenser's Glass Munny Work, Photographed by Toto

When this information is withheld from distributor's advertisements, website, social media & informational outlets, it muddies responsible advertising practice. Artists distributing through retailers like may be wary of the efficacy of the promotion they may receive, or the communication of their practice.

You can find more of Coyle Condenser's hand-made glass sculpture work here, and through Photographer @glassotaku on Instagram.

Yours sincerely,

My Bomb to Bear by Cole Brenner drops September 21 for Super Series Sundays

Cole Brenner [] is bringing his graphic design style to the toy world with the release of “My Bomb to Bear.” Five blue My Bomb to Bear figures were created for a Tenacious Toys Super Series Sundays release on September 21. The custom boxed toys have a bear strapped to a rocket that's mid-flight; each 3.5in resin figure is individually hand cast & painted.

Cole's experience as an apparel designer for J!NX & TAPOUT has been translated into his personal artwork which packs a dark & humorous punch.

“Its been the hardest and greatest year of my life. The change of focus from a Freelance Designer [] to a stay-at-home dad, and now to full time Artist & Toy Studio. The spark that motivated this change is the recent loss of my dad [comedian David Brenner], who had made it to Boulder, CO for the birth of my first son Wesley in November, but in April he passed away after battling cancer. I keep a photo of my dad and I on my work table, so he is with me in spirit. After his passing, my brother Wyatt and I went into a frenzy casting and painting. Now the toys are for sale on and on the bottom of each box is a small “HEART, Dad” the signature of every email he sent me.”

The five My Bomb to Bear figures allocated to Tenacious Toys (above) contain one tentacled chase and four regular blue colorway figures. This Super Series Sundays release will take place at 6PM on Sunday September 21, 2014. Each blind-boxed piece will be $65.

The entire My Bomb to Bear series is made up of 60 blind-boxed pieces. Some Chase versions have missing limbs with metal caps, Tentacles and more fun madness.

Nugglife Present's Gro-Pods Series 1

Gro-Pods are Nugg's genius creation for personal growing. Pretty affordable and very durable these environmental climate control pods will grow the stinkiest, dankiest, Nugs known in Nugglife.. come's pre-set, just gotta shine some light through. 

Gro-Pods series 1 is ready for release this Friday, September 19, 2014 at 4:20pm eastern for $110 each. available at his online shop... there are only 5 so good luck!!!

"Killing Time" Print by Craola

Craola, Greg Simkins, is an amazing artist with a super creative imagination. One of his latest prints to become available is called "Killing Time", which leans towards the Brown/Orange color spectrum while having pops of reds to break up the monotony. Limited to just 75 pieces, with an additional 5 sold out Artist Proofs, "Killing Time" is priced at $150 plus shipping. Each Giclee print is hand signed and numbered, printed on Elegance 320g Cotton Rag. Measuring in at 20" x 20", this piece will look great on any wall, with a decent frame and matting. Definitely a great piece to add to any collection, head on over to the IMSCARED website to make a purchase.

Kickstarter: Tentacle Crown by Killer Tentacle Octopus

Going from 2D to 3D is the Tentacle Crown from Camilla d'Errico's "Dream Melt" painting(print). Kaity O'Shea, from Killer Tentacle Octopus, has been working with Camilla d'Errico for a year to produce the wearable version of the Tentacle Crown. Currently, the Kickstarter is fully funded and any additional funding is always welcomed. While the original prototype was created by Kaity, Mana Studios will be handling the reproduction of the piece. Check out the Kickstarter video and page for more info. There are a lot of different rewards starting at just $1. The Tentacle Crown Kickstarter is set to end on Satuday September 27th, so be sure to check it out and if possible, make a pledge for a cool reward.