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February 27, 2015

ToyConUK 2015 Teaser from The Toy Chronicle

With ToyConUK 2015 right around the corner, teasers and releases will start to trickle in. The Toy Chronicle sent over a little cryptic teaser about a release for ToyConUK and hopefully everyone will get the picture. Something to note about this release is that CAVEY is coming to an end. So, this should be a highly sought after release... whatever it is based on the teaser (FYI it's going to be a CAVEY). For those who are able to attend ToyConUK 2015, be sure to purchase tickets early and book that travel.

Custom Squadt Ooze Terror Boy by Jon-Paul Kaiser

As the year rolls on, more and more people are getting commissions done. Jon-Paul Kaiser's latest commissioned piece is a custom Squadt Ooze Terror Boy. Jon-Paul stated that he took this piece down a macabre path, creating the piece to have exposed and warped bones, with bloated flesh that was coming off in places. The red eyes of the piece work well with the typical color palette Jon-Paul uses. This should make the collector very happy. The wonderful photos were taken by Justin Allfree. For those interested in getting a commission completed by Jon-Paul Kaiser, be sure to send him an email through his website.
Custom Squadt by Jon-Paul Kaiser, p.c. Justin Allfree
Custom Squadt by Jon-Paul Kaiser, p.c. Justin Allfree

Custom Squadt by Jon-Paul Kaiser, p.c. Justin Allfree

February 26, 2015

Artist Collective is Growing


In 2014, the Artist Collective paid out over $25,000 to hard working talented artists. To increase this number, this year they will produce 10 Artist Collective designs as part of their full mighty wallet line that is carried by retailers in over 60 countries. 

This is HUGE exposure for the artists, not to mention it is on the amazing mighty wallet which is seen daily through everyday interactions.

If you or someone you know would like to join Artist Collective it is simple to sign up, and once approved you can begin uploading your art immediately. 

Upload your designs before March 13th and you will be included in their next induction round! If you are not an artist you can still support independent art by shopping Artist Collective for your next mighty wallet. 



February 25, 2015

Twisted Mouse show opens at PIQ March 14th



PIQ is announcing their Twisted Mouse show in their shop in Grand Central Terminal, literally the most convenient art toy shop and gallery in all of NYC. If you can't find Grand Central on your own, I can't help you.

Twisted Mouse opens March 14 at 4PM and will feature a TON of awesome toy artists offering their interpretations of that most famous of mice, through custom figures, prints and original canvas artwork. Not to be missed!

PIQ
8 Grand Central Terminal
New York, NY

Lootcrate's DIY Munny Contest




February's Lootcrate box included a mini Munny as part of the other, well, loot. As an incentive to break that little blank guy out and get creative, Lootcrate is holding a DIY Munny contest. You have until March 20th to get sharpies and paint flying and submit your custom vinyl in to one of the eight categories; Hero/Villain, Best Fashionable, Best Modified, Best Basic; Best Kid Design, Best Lookalike, Best Video Game, or Most Resourceful.

The contest winners will be based on votes from random strangers on the internet as well as famous strangers from Kidrobot, IGN, Nerdist and more.  The highest voted custom will take home $500 and a year of Lootcrate while the Judges top pick will take home $100 and a six month subscription.



February 24, 2015

Custom Fisher Price Pony Pickup by DrilOne

DrilOne likes to paint and make things rusty. One of DrilOne's latest pieces is a Custom Fisher Price Pony Pickup truck, with working doors. A nice piece by DrilOne, which is available for $140 plus shipping from his store right now. The Pickup measure around 5.5" long and 4" high. DrilOne needs to make some thrift store stops and paint up more toys.

Kickstarter: Mythic Legions Action Figures by Four Horsemen Studios

Four Horsemen Studios has created another Kickstarter to get a new batch of fantasy action figures created, called Mythic Legions. With a little more than 2 weeks left on the campaign and around $20k left to reach the goal, it's time to really push and get the word out. Nothing really explains this Kickstarter better than the video and Kickstarter page, so watch the video and head on over to the Kickstarter page to take a look at all the amazing figures. There are a ton of figures and add-ons, so make sure to look at everything available.


 Here is a picture to provide a sense of scale for the Mythic Legions figures.
Scale for Mythic Legion Figures from Four Horsemen Studios

Custom Lion 8" Munny by Jon-Paul Kaiser


Jon-Paul Kaiser's latest creation is a simple, yet exquisite, Lion as King Custom 8" Munny. Adorned in his Middle Age armor and the crown his ancestors wore, the Lion surveys his kingdom and subjects with his regal gaze. Jon-Paul is definitely a master of creating depth and texture with very little color. Photography was done by Justin Allfree.

February 22, 2015

Anna Wintour Custom 400% Bearbrick by David Stevenson

David Stevenson was recently commissioned by a UK fashion stylist to create VOGUE Editor Anna Wintour. The finished piece is simple and clean, representing David's work very well. Be sure to check out David's work on his FB page.

February 21, 2015

Mr. Krispy Blindbox Series by Mr. Mars x Shawn Wigs

Available now, is Mr. Krispy, a custom Dunny blindbox series from Mr. Mars and Shawn Wigs. Limited to 20 pieces, this Krispy Kreme Dunny series features 3 different donut head designs: Jelly Filled, Glazed, and a Homer Chase. Priced at $75 each, these sweet customs sell blindboxed. Each piece comes in a custom box, with a signature card and have a chance of coming with a custom accessory. Be sure to pick one up now.

Time Release Print: Adventure Time Remix by Clogtwo – Mighty Jaxx

 Dude. This bananas Adventure Time print was available on the Mighty Jaxx site and now it's sold out. Argh. Fucking useless blog post, sorry. Print is cool enough for a mention anyway. My favorite interpretation of Finn & especially Jake that I've ever seen. Big ups Clogtwo.

February 19, 2015

Evilos Custom Amiibo to sell on Toys R Us website


Evilos has been pumping out great custom art work for some time now.  And when I saw the work he was doing on Nintendo's Amiibo figures I knew they'd be a hit with collectors.  It seems that someone at Toys R Us feels the same way.  Evilos has announced that his custom Amiibos will soon be available through the TRU website.  This is groundbreaking on so many levels.  To get to see an artist rise in popularity, and get recognized is fantastic in of itself.  But to have that artists work distributed on a large corporate chain like TRU really means something to the community as a whole. Hopefully this opens up more to the world of custom toys and collecting.

All of us here at Tenacious Toys want to congratulate Chistopher Avalos for such an achievement and well earned recognition of his work.

Now I fully expect you to make Evilos a DLC character in Super Smash Brothers, Nintendo.

+The Highest Fever

Tenacious Toys Exclusive Blue Nerviswrek The Inner Child Vinyl Figure Drops February 28

Tenacious Toys Exclusive Blue - photo credit: StrongtreeImages.com
The Tenacious Toys Exclusive Blue The Inner Child vinyl figure designed by Nerviswrek and produced by Suburban Vinyl will drop on Saturday, February 28th at noon here. This is a 4-inch vinyl figure, with 125 pieces made in our exclusive color, retailing for $45 each. We will also have a limited qty of the red retailer colorway available to purchase alongside this blue colorway.

Tenacious Toys Exclusive Blue - photo credit: StrongtreeImages.com


Retailer Red, Suburban Vinyl Green and Tenacious Toys Blue - photo credit: StrongtreeImages.com

SubUrban Vinyl is proud to announce the release of Arizona based artist Nerviswr3k’s first designer
vinyl figure, Inner Child. The Inner Child Stands at 4 inches and boasts articulated arms, and is packed in a 4-panel box adorned with art of the Inner Child’s inner self. The figure is being released in 3 color ways. The first color way is red for retailers. A blue color way exclusive version will be released via TenaciousToys.com March 7th (with preorder on February 28th) and a green color way exclusive will be released via SubUrban Vinyl Retail store and online at SubUrbanvinyl.com March 21st.

Release Schedule
The release for the red color way is set for February 21 at 12pm EST at these fine retailers:
  • Rotofugi-Chicago, IL
  • Tenacious Toys-New York City
  • My Plastic Heart-New York City
  • The Cotton Candy Machine- Brooklyn, NY,
  • Woot Bear-San Francisco CA
  • Collect and Display-United Kingdom
  • Art Attack Toys-California
  • WTF Plastic Co-Brazil
  • Martian Toys-Houston, TX 
  • SubUrban Vinyl Waldwick, NJ 
.. or contact your favorite retailer. There are only 125 of each version being released, so grab them while you can!

About SubUrban Vinyl
SubUrban Vinyl is an art gallery and designer toy store in Northern New Jersey, located less than an
hour out of New York City. As well as producing artist designed vinyl figures, SubUrban specialize in
carrying a large assortment of toys including vinyl, resin, and plush. Suburban also carries prints, paintings, custom toys, original art, and apparel from the scene's greatest artists. Product lines include KidRobot, Mishka, Frank Kozik, Gary Baseman, Tara McPherson and The Loyal Subjects, just to scratch the surface. In addition to the retail store, SubUrban Vinyl has art shows that showcase original works of art.

About Nerviswr3k
Born into this world as a human clone baby, Nerviswr3k went thru life enjoying and admiring the left
side of life, colors, taste, emotions and creativity. At the age of 12, Nerviswr3k managed to disconnect himself from the machine known as the American dream and began the long journey to creative freedom. That long journey takes us to now.......focusing on odd creatures and odd fellows, creating what in his mind is a master race that pulls the strings on modern society, controlling the media, governments, agriculture and monetary institutes. This world is a dystopian rat lab where we wait to find out who wins this rat race called life. The end.

February 18, 2015

Kickstarter Exclusive 4" Tween Maddie figure announced in last hours of Four Horsies Kickstarter

early mockup of the Kickstarter Exclusive green 4" Tween Maddie figure

With 12 hours to go in the Four Horsies Kickstarter, Bigshot Toyworks has announced some awesome new figures as Stretch Goals: after hitting the $90K mark a few days ago, Bigshot committed to putting an entirely new sculpt- 4" Tween Maddie - into production. Tween Maddie is available, currently, only through the Kickstarter (link below) at $25 each.

Tween Maddie is available in original painted purple colorway, Glow in the Dark and Spirit World clear, to match the colorways of the 6" Maddie figure and the Four Horsies figures.

Like the Four Horsies (also 4" figures), Tween Maddie is being offered to KS backers in an exclusive green color variant that will NOT be available online to buyers who did not back this Kickstarter. Click the link below to read the full update:

Four Horsies of the 'Pocalypse collectible art toy figures by Tenacious Toys — Kickstarter

Below please find all the Add-Ons that have been revealed through the Stretch Goals:
  • Four Horsies Ghost Kickstarter Exclusive variant figure (+ $20)
  • Four Horsies Raven Kickstarter Exclusive variant figure (+ $20)
  • Four Horsies Calamity Kickstarter Exclusive variant figure (+ $20)
  • Four Horsies Clash Kickstarter Exclusive variant figure (+ $20) 
  • ALL FOUR KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE FOUR HORSIES VARIANTS: (+ $80)
  • 4" Tween Maddie original color (+ $25)
  • 4" Tween Maddie GID (+ $25)
  • 4" Tween Maddie Spirit World clear (+ $25) 
  • >>NEW<< 4" Tween Maddie Kickstarter Exclusive figure (+ $25) 
  • ALL FOUR 4" Tween Maddie figures listed above (+ $90)
  • Aquavelvet Custom Painted Blue/Purple 6" Maddie (+ $250)
And of course, KS backers can Add On a few assorted pieces from the standard set of items that BSTW was already planning on producing (or have produced) for Kickstarter. Those items are:
  • Four Horsies 4-pc button pack (+ $10)
  • 15" Four Horsies wall graphic (+ $15)
  • 5-pc wall graphic set featuring 6" Four Horsies and 8" Maddie graphics: (+ $20)
  • Four Horsies mug (+ $20) Four Horsies wallet: (+ $25)
  • Four Horsies t-shirt: (+ $25)
  • Four Horsies full color, laser etched wood iPhone case: (+ $45)
  • Maddie 6" figure original colorway: (+ $55)
  • Maddie 6" figure GID: (+ $55)
  • Maddie 6" figure Spirit World Clear: (+ $55) 
  • ALL THREE 6" MADDIES: (+ $150)
  • Four Horsies laser-etched skate deck: (+ $60)
  • additional Four Horsies original colorway 4pc boxed set: (+ $100)
  • additional Four Horsies GID 4pc boxed set: (+ $100)
  • additional Four Horsies Spirit World clear 4pc boxed set: (+ $100)
  • ALL THREE BOXED SETS OF FOUR HORSIES - original, GID & clear: (+ $270)
KS backers can decide what you want from above lists, add their values to their pledge amount, and update the pledge inside Kickstarter to match the total required to cover their Reward Tier selection PLUS the Add Ons desired from above lists.

February 17, 2015

Bulletpunk: Baby TEQ63 by Quiccs

Quiccs work is quite awesome and pretty affordable. One of the most recent releases, not sold out, is the Baby TEQ63 Custom resin 3" Dunnys. Available now through Hidden Fortress Manila, each Baby TEQ63 is priced at $20 each plus shipping, while picking up the Yin and Yang pair is priced at $30 plus shipping. For reference, shipping on the Yin and Yang pair to the US is $15. Each colorway is limited to just 30 pieces and should be ready to ship. In the works is a similar 8" Munny version of this character, set to be completed in March. Be sure to check out Hidden Fortress Manila to pick up a pair of these Baby TEQ63 and follow Quiccs on FB to see what's getting created.

Custom TMNT Figure by Play Dead Toys

Michael "Bubo" Reilly is not just a mold making, casting wizard, Bubo also likes to customize figures. Having been influenced by the comic book TMNT #1 by Mirage, Bubo took the opportunity to customize one of The Loyal Subjects TMNT figures in a similar black and white noir fashion. Bubo also took this opportunity to create a half-tone image of his custom figure, which is reminiscent of the black and white comic books of the past.

Rise of The Beasts by Little Rubber Guys

Plastic Imagination launched a new line of articulated PVC figures called Rise of the Beasts. Starting off with 2 different figures, in a multitude of colors and paint schemes, the Rhino and Scorpion are just the start. With 4-5 points of articulation, the figures stand at 60mm and are priced at $7 for painted figures, while the unpainted versions sell for $4 each. The joints utilize Glyos style pegs, although are not meant to interchange with other Glyos figures. To make collecting a bit more interesting, each figure comes with a Proof of purchase sticker which can be redeemed for a limited edition figure. It takes 10 proofs of purchase stickers to redeem one of the limited edition figures, but ordering 10 or more figures will automatically get one of the mail away figures included in the purchase, in lieu of the stickers. Check out Rise of the Beasts for more info and to check out all the of the available color schemes and options.


Prototypes for the next Wave of beasts.

Molotov Deathshead Brothers by Patrick Wong

It looks like someone's collection of David Flores' Deathhead Mickeys has grown a bit more, thanks to Patrick Wong's latest creation. Molotov Deathshead Brothers is one of Patrick's latest completed commissions. Recreating, once again, the iconic Molotov cocktail pose, Patrick was able to reposition the Deathshead Mickey to give it more of the iconic looking pose, complete with cocktail in hand. This should make an excellent addition to the growing collection it's being added to.

"The Crossroads at Rawdon" Custom 3" Dunny by Jon-Paul Kaiser

After a long time lost in the post, one of Jon-Paul Kaiser's latest commission pieces finally made it to it's rightful home. Titled "The Crossroads at Rawdon", this piece features a 3" Custom Dunny zombie which has been captured and placed in a hanging gibbet at the crossroads, near the once infested town of Rawdon. Used as a warning and a sign of the town's history, the zombie hangs for all who reach the crossroads to see. Jon-Paul Kaiser seems to be still open for commissions, so for those interested, be sure to shoot him an email before Jon-Paul gets more involved in convention season. Awesome photography was taken by Justin Allfree.

Wananeko Soft Vinyl Toy - Indiegogo Project by Javier Jimenez

Javier Jimenez, an designer based in Spain, recently launched an Indiegogo project to produce a Soft Vinyl Sofubi version of his Wananeko figure. Wananeko was originally created last year, in a simple resin version. After a long process, Javier is now looking to the masses to get this project completely off the ground and make Wananeko Soft Vinyl Toy a reality. Wanting to have a different pose, Javier is going with a 5.9" standing figure, with 5 points of articulation. With a modest $6000 goal (already $4000 funded), there are plenty of remaining rewards to be had by supporting Javier and his vision. Be sure to check out the Indiegogo project page, video and pictures.




 
- Mark-Anthony

Nugborg 2420 Custom 3" Dunny by Nugglife

Nugglife, Ian Ziobrowski, recently completed a commission titled "Nugborg" 2420. This custom 3" Dunny has been re-sculpted to create a Half-man and Half-Machine Nugg, who has been fully reconstructed for survival. Growing, trimming, and distributing is no problem for Nugborg. Another prime example of survival of the fittest. Nugglife's legend lives on. Hit up Nugglife if interested in creating another version of Nuggs.




February 12, 2015

Zorz - a member of Pext Friends


This is Zorz, the new resin from Tesselate HQ for 2015.

Zorz is the first in a series of complimentary friends known as the PEXT Friends. This ‘Future Yellow Edition’ is a small run of 10, and each character will be signed and numbered (on the bottom) by Tesselate. Zorz is available on the Tesselate shop at 8 for £10 + p&p.

Zorz is 9cm/3.5 inches wide and 2.8cm/ just over 1 inch high and is cast in polyurethane resin and finished with multiple coats of clear lacquer.

Inside of the packaging header card will be a special unique message to each Zorz owner. This secret is between you and Zorz itself.

Zorz is always watching, listening and judging. Just please be careful not to stand on his balls.

One-Of Cass Jerman Beasties To Be Your Bestie



Cass Jerman @cassjerman 's been busy (but, she's never too busy for you, sugar) in the Chudfundary desert collective sculpting, casting and painting little 1-of friends.

An assortment of 15 hand painted critter sculpts which debuted at DesignerCon 2014 are available on Cass' eStore here ranging from 35-40$ea. These are 1-of paint jobs, and will not be reproduced.




Periodically Cass will post a new one-of-a-kind colorway to her instagram @cassjerman and put it up on her eStore, so follow along to stay up-to-date with the new releases. Once all these casts find homes, the molds will be retired, and a new different project will replace them, so collect your favourites!