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November 30, 2015

Krang's Android LEGO Body - Custom TMNT LEGO Figures!

These figures are limited to 10 pieces, and will not be produced again. Each figure is a unique hand-made art toy. Recommended for adult collectors ONLY, not meant for play.
Created for the Boss Krang art & toy show at Acme Superstore in Florida earlier this year, This minifigure revisits the classic cartoon styling for Krang & his Android Body.
Each figure contains original lego parts, each sourced for its unique color (my goodness flesh colored parts are in short supply!), as well as two resin cast parts. The cast parts include the head antenna (cast from an original lego part in a color not available), and the hand-held communicator (custom sculpted & cast).
Each communicator has a different image of shredder taken directly from the animated series, and each is cast in a slightly different color to accurately mimic the communicator's color changes throughout the series (and often within each episode/scene).
All graphics were created & printed onto water-slide decal paper, then applied to each figure. Each figure also has hand-painted accents (the lines on the legs, etc.).
Each figure comes in a bubble case, punched for hanging, with hand cut & folded inserts (which depicts the interior of the Technodrome).

Don't Cuddle the Krampus by Warpo - Final Week on Kickstarter


It's no secret, I love anything Krampus. I've sold a few different Krampus toys on our website, and I donated some of our toy inventory to the company that does set dressing for the upcoming Krampus flick. So, with this hilarious iteration of Krampus so close to the end, and so close to being funded, it's time for me to spring into action! Look at this fucking thing, it's hideous and awesome and it needs to be made.


Check the video below:



That's great Benny, what the shit is a Krampus?
Good question. From the Kickstarter: "Krampus is an ancient European legend and wicked counterpart to Saint Nicholas. His job is to punish naughty children by swatting them with rusty chains and switches and then stuffing them into his sack to be carried away to his evil lair."


See? Awesome. Go spend your money. And while you're at it, back Dream Big Friends too because you need something non-creepy and constructive to give to some kids in your family. You know you do. I'm managing the Dream Big Friends Kickstarter for Bigshot Toyworks and David Horvath. Kickstarter is the bomb, get with it or get left behind.

TOY OF THE DAY: FELIPE ORIGINAL EDITION BY JUAN MUNIZ


Now in stock!

Juan Muniz's signature character Felipe, brought to life as an adorable collectible art toy.

Stands 9.5 inches tall (from top of balloons)
Limited to 200 pieces worldwide
Vinyl
Window Box

Buy FELIPE ORIGINAL EDITION BY JUAN MUNIZ today!

Brick Warriors - Warrior pack polybag "Demon"

LEGO may be synonymous with the concept of interlocking bricks, but there are a fair few companies filling in the niches and edges that Lego hasn't always catered to.

I was in line just a few month back picking up some new additions to my collections at my local Toys R Us when I happened to see a small little display box filled with what I thought were LEGO polybags of some series I'd not seen before. At first glance, I thought it was the upcoming Monster themed Series, but then I realized this was a polybag add on set produced by Brick Warriors.

If you're not familiar with Brick Warriors, and you love Lego and customizing the minifigs up, you should be heading over there after you finish reading my review. Or do it now, I can wait until you come back.

You back? Well then, you saw the awesome accessories on there? Those are now what are available in these new retail sold polybags. The display box showed a lot of awesome sets, and I was at first worried, because I was hoping to get the one I really wanted, the one that had the demon wings in it. As I turned the polybag over, I was SUPREMELY surprised to find that the back was transparent. I could see the contents!? Holy cow! What a freaking concept! Of COURSE Brick Warriors doesn't want you to have to be all creepy and feel up every blind polybag out there for the right accessories. Not if these are meant to be like on the website where you can order the exact accessories you want and go all crazy custom! (Which by the way, the custom full on Brick Warrior figs they offer in low limited editions are all pretty legit as well.)
(Top) The front and clear backing to the pack. (Lower Left) All the content in the bag. (Lower Right) Cool coupon code, unfortunately expired, as it's 2015.
So let's look at this polybag and see how the quality and all holds up...

I think they got it really right by providing a clear viewing section on the back. Maximizing the branding space on the front with great clear graphics.

Opening it up, the first item out I looked over was the Demon Helm. As you can see below, the overall look and design of this is far more aggressive and wild than 90% of the official LEGO releases, including even Chima.
(Top) The Demon Helm front and back. (Bottom) Demon Shield front and back.
The parts had sort of an over the top kind of old school Warhammer Fantasy vibe that I really liked. The plastic is an ABS, it's tough, and the detail sharpness is very nice. The injection molding process is probably different though, and I'm willing to wager it is, as LEGO has what I believe a proprietary way of injection molding it's parts that leaves the cleanest and best engineered way of creating them.

(Top) Front and back views of Demon Armor. (Middle) The wings included are easy enough to attach, but as you'll note from the bottom image, the wings come still attached by a sprue connection.
The chest piece is really nice, no tampo details on it, but it more than makes up for that in some nice plate and scale mail armor design on it. The wings included in the set do come still molded together, and I recommend getting appropriate model snips to cut them apart. Here, as a test of the ABS integrity, I did what most younger kids and parents might do, I just moved the wings up and down until the plastic gave. The result was a bit of plastic damage, but I also went at it slowly. The wings are the most delicate items in this bag, but they are still well made and I love the look and how they work with the armor.
The Demon Tail and Demon Sword.
The two final parts were the ones above, and they were nice finishing touches to the assortment in the polybag. I didn't get pics of the parts on any of my minifigs, but when I tried them out, I was impressed. They look great, and "snap" into place like official parts do.

My final thoughts? If you want some fun and outlandish varied designs, get these while you can now, before some of these aren't made anymore. I know that customizers love to add additional paint details to some of these, pushing the minifig look into custom vinyl toy directions. I might try and do that in the very near future myself. Also, you can't beat the price, as it comes out cheaper to buy it this way in a bag set than to part it out and get the set online. BUT, when you start ordering in bulk on parts... then yeah the website for BrickWarriors is the way to go.

Until next time! - Mario, the Rogue Hobbyist.
 
Stats Rating/Information
Item Warrior pack polybag "Demon"
Made by Brick Warriors
Rarity Common
Classification In Production
Condition New
Procured Toys R Us - Kansas City, Missouri
Worth $7 (if bought online separately)
Investment $3 in polybag
Further Research http://www.brickwarriors.com/demon/
Trivia & Fun Facts BrickWarriors is a small business located in Wilmington, Delaware that designs and produces LEGO® compatible accessories and minifigures.

November 29, 2015

iam8bit Releases Monument Valley Capsule Collection

As a special “Black Friday” promotion, running November 25 through “Cyber Monday” on November 30), the Ida, Crow and Totem plushies will be bundled together at a discount: $70 for all three (a savings of $10).


iam8bit and ustwo have teamed up to debut an exclusive line of Monument Valley merchandise just in time for the holiday season, featuring the mind-bending visuals of the game and its beloved protagonist, the princess Ida. Awarded Apple’s “Game of the Year,” Monument Valley peacefully explores concepts of sacred geometry and the journey to restore a labyrinthine world to its original shape. The collection reflects the course of Ida’s odyssey and the tranquility of her environment. Starting today, fans can pre-order the capsule collection of Monument Valley clothing, hats, pins, and plushies directly from the iam8bit online store.



Enthusiasts can show off their fandom for the award-winning game with t-shirts lovingly crafted by Monument Valley’s own designer, Ken Wong, featuring extractions of the serene, Escher-esque monuments, princess Ida, her obliging companion Totem and the mysterious Crow People.

All Monument Valley merchandise is produced in low quantities with an eye toward premium quality, truly, quality over quantity in practice. They are available exclusively on the iam8bit online store starting today, Tuesday, November 24 (store.iam8bit.com / store.iam8bit.co.uk). The t-shirts will retail for $25, the pins for $10, the plushies for $22.50 (Ida & Crow) and $35 (Totem). All orders placed prior to December 15 will arrive in time for the holidays.




November 26, 2015

DCON 2015 Exclusive Leftovers from Toy Art Gallery available online

Toy Art Gallery has a good number of DCON 2015 Exclusives available online, right now. Some pieces like Poison Pup Pink and Spankystoke's Stroll in the OG colorway are already sold out. Doktor A's Mandrake Root in Blue, priced at $65 plus shipping, is currently available, along with a good number of customs. Be sure to head on over to TAG's online store and take a look at the remaining pieces. A lot of great pieces are just waiting to be added to collections around the world.

November 25, 2015

Jesse Hernandez x MAXX242 Capsule through Fighting 4 Dreams

Black Friday 2015 is coming up fast and not only are stores going to have some goods offered up at lower than normal prices, there are also a number of places who are going to drop some new releases. Jesse Hernandez is releasing a capsule, along with MAXX242, through Fighting 4 Dreams. Not only will this Urban Aztec Trooper Art Print be available, there will also be some socks and shirts released on Black Friday as well. Check out the Fighting For Dreams online store on Black Friday for this release, as well as other items that are currently available.

Tracy Tubera's Online Store stocked full of Prints

Tracy Tubera stocked his store with a ton of goodies, ranging from DCon left overs to A/Ps and even some previously released prints. The Back to the Future 2 print and Bullets Over Broadway A/P(Deadpool) print are just a couple of what is available right now through Tracy's online store. Head over and check out all the goodies. Keep in mind, purchased prints will start shipping on December 4th, a bit of time after the Thanksgiving Holiday.

The Skullhead Blank v1.0 Black, Red, GID by Huck Gee

Huck Gee posted up more Skullhead Blanks v1.0 in his online store. All of the Designer Con 2015 leftovers are now available online, so everyone should hurry to be able to purchase a GID, Black, Red, and even a restocked white Skullhead Blank. Priced at $75 a piece, these guys shouldn't last long. 

Silent Stage Gallery "Black Friday" Sale and DCON 2015 Leftovers

Silent Stage Gallery is having a "Black Friday" sale on a select number of items. With DCON 2015 leftovers also up for purchase online, there is a lot of cool art to be had. Be sure to head over to the Silent Stage Gallery store and click on the Black Friday link to check out the list of products that are available for an additional 20% off. Don't forget to enter "blackfriday" in the promo code area, during checkout.
In addition to the Black Friday sale, Silent Stage posted up all the DCON 2015 leftovers. So, for those who were not able to make it out, look at what's available and make a purchase.

FPLUS Store packed full of Goodies



With Designer Con 2015 all wrapped up and Black Friday coming up fast, DCON leftovers are starting to pop up in artists' shop. Josh "FPLUS" Pearce has all of his left over resin goodies up for sale in his online store, here. With a lot of items left to a single piece leftover, collectors should not wait to pick anything up. Prices start at $30 plus shipping, with several different Babbies and other pieces available. there is sure to be something for all the collectors out there.

November 24, 2015

TOY OF THE DAY: PREORDER ITS A FAD 8-INCH KIDROBOT DUNNY BY JRYU


** PREORDER scheduled to ship spring 2016**

8" tall
designed by J8RYU
produced by Kidrobot
schedule to ship to shops in spring 2016
chase colorway randomly packed

Preorder ITS A FAD 8-INCH KIDROBOT DUNNY BY JRYU today!

November 23, 2015

Kickstarter: Shore Lore Apparel by Bryan Collins

Artist Bryan Collins needs everyone's help to get a current Kickstarter funded, with only a little over 2 days left. Bryan launched a Kickstarter to help fund Shore Lore, a nautical inspired apparel and conversation project. Through Shore Lore, Bryan hopes to bring awareness to our oceans and the creatures inhabit these big bodies of water. The Kickstarter is straightforward, with the main rewards revolving around receiving one or all of the three designs currently created. Shown are the three designs, the Mermaid, Diver and Whale and Fisherman designs can be chosen individually as a reward for $28 plus shipping. Backers can also choose to have all three designed shirts for the $75 plus shipping reward tier. With reward tiers starting at only $1, there is definitely a reward for everyone out there. Be sure to check out the Kickstarter video and follow Shore Lore on social media, as Bryan moves forward with this great project. Make a pledge and spread the word to help get this project funded. With a few hundred more dollars til the funding goal of $1850, a bunch more shirts and rewards to be pledged for to help make this happen.


November 20, 2015

DCON: Blown Away Dunnys by Josh Mayhem at Kidrobot's Booth #518

Designer Con 2015 has a long list of available pieces, many of which will likely sell out before the weekend is over. Recently featured by Kidrobot, Josh Mayhem will have a good number of his Blown Away styled Dunnys at the Kidrobot Booth #518. Several 8" and 3" Dunnys were given Josh's colorful application of paint drips over sculpted features. The end results are colorful Dunnys that look like the wind is blowing the paint right off the surface. With the 8" Dunnys priced at $500 each, the 3" Dunnys fit into more people's budget with a price of $100 a piece. Josh's process was recently featured on Kidrobot's Blog, with some great pics and explanation from Josh, what it takes to create these amazing pieces. 
Blown Away Dunny progress shots, photo pulled from Kidrobot.com, taken by Josh Mayhem,
For those who won't be able to attend Designer Con 2015, Josh Mayhem is always open for commissions, so just get in contact with him and something can always be worked out. 

DCON: New Urban Vinyl Daily T-Shirts Avaialble at Booth #707

Designer Con 2015 will not only debut some sweet art toys and customs, clothes will also be on hand. Urban Vinyl Daily will be releasing a few shirts, featuring their OG Hands Logo, created by JC Rivera. Available in two colors, there will be a limited quantity on hand at the Urban Vinyl Daily Booth #707. Priced at $15 each, be sure to pick up a shirt early, just in case your size is super limited.

Introducing Yuna and the Dream Big Friends Kickstarter by David Horvath, Sun Min and Bigshot Toyworks

What happens when veterans of the toy industry come together to pour their vision into a concept whose time has come? Something BIG! 


After watching their own kids play, David Horvath and Sun Min (Award Winning Designers of Uglydoll) began a discussion with Klim Kozinevich (Creative Director of Bigshot Toyworks) and wondered; what if there was more? The worlds of princesses and pixies, fashion models and super heroes are all fantastic, but something was missing. The trio set out to create a unique personality in a small plastic body, focusing on aspirational, inspirational and imaginative play. Something that would encourage kids around the world to embrace what makes them who and what they are, inside and out. With all that in mind, Yuna was born!


Yuna is the very first doll in an all new line called Dream Big Friends. She's also the first Asian American girl to be the center of a doll line! She loves science, travel, rockets, art, design, and Korean food. Her big dream is to run a company designing rockets that will one day take her to Mars. She'll be the first one to stand on the planet's surface, naturally. With your help, she’s sure to get there.

November 20th  (that's TODAY!) heralds the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for Dream Big Friends, where you can invite Yuna and her cat Kamata into your home. 

The 10" Yuna doll is fully articulated and comes dressed in sneakers, socks, a skirt, a Giant Robot t-shirt, a red jacket and a shoulder bag, packaged with her kitty Kamata as an accessory... all for just $40 + shipping. A killer price for a high quality 10" figure!



There have been many discussions about body types and unrealistic proportions and attitudes imposed through children's toys these days. David, Sun Min and Klim wanted their first doll, and all of her friends, to feel like very real characters, complete with rich backgrounds and boundless potential...  Avatars for your imagination. Made with high quality materials and built to last, our BIG Dream is that one day far from now, your kids will share Yuna with their kids. 

Yuna will be making her first appearance at DesignerCon November 21 and 22 in Pasadena, CA at the Bigshot Toyworks Booth #901. Where, conveniently, you will find Benny.

Spread the word... and Dream BIG with Us!



About David and Sun Min:
David Horvath and Sun Min are best known for creating and managing the Uglydoll plush toys and brand. David is also the creator of the Bossy Bear children's book series, as well as the daily animated program "Littlebony " on NHK in Japan. Over the past decade, David has created and produced thousands of toys, books, and consumer products which have been available everywhere from the MOMA Museum in New York City and the Louvre in Paris to your local comic book shop.

About Klim:
Klim Kozinevich is the Bigshot at Bigshot Toyworks, with nearly 20 years of experience in character-based product design for the toy and entertainment industries, with clients including Hasbro, Kidrobot, MTV, Sideshow Collectibles, Mondo, Fisher Price, CAA, Weta, and many more. From developing characters for award-winning toy lines and advertising campaigns, to overseeing the 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, earning the company a reputation for quality, reliability, and innovation. Bigshot's work can be seen in national print, and TV advertising campaigns, toy stores, and art galleries around the world.



DCON: GooDon Customs by KearJun for UVD


Chinese Artist KearJun is releasing  a figure called GooDon at Designer Con 2015, through Urban Vinyl Daily Booth #707.  Each hand painted figure features a unique colorway that highlights the details of the sculpt, while making each separate figure unique. Priced at $250 each, these pieces will come bagged with a header card and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. There is definitely going to be a lot of things available from Urban Vinyl Daily at Designer Con 2015, Booth #707.

Golden Eye Perry by The Space Wanderer

The Space Wanderer (Eric Wirjanata) brings back Perry The Sea Wanderer as "Golden Eye Perry", the fourth colorway from the series. Golden Eye Perry is a 6 inch resin figure that was designed by Eric Wirjanata (The Space Wanderer), sculpted by Win Satrya and originally produced by Plastic Culture. Painted by The Space Wanderer and Little Giant, Golden Eye Perry is limited to just 6 pieces. Priced at $66.80 plus shipping, these are available now through The Space Wanderer's online store.


DCON: WuzOne Custom Dunnys at Urban Vinyl Daily Booth #707

Urban Vinyl Daily is really going to have a lot of different customs at Designer Con 2015. Spanish customizer, WuzOne, painted up a couple of Dunnys that will be available through the Urban Vinyl Daily Booth #707. Featuring WuzOne's unique application of colors and lines, these customs will likely go fast. Priced at $80 a piece, these will make a great addition to any collection.