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July 23, 2015

FOLLOW UP: Waste from Russia - Beaяs & Pяimats

Following up on our previous blog post where we introduced you to Waste, a toymaker from lovely lakeside Petrozavodsk in western Russia, we have some follow-up info! I guess he noticed our post!

His real name is Alexandr Bud'kin aka WAS+E / 2013. As a child he was constantly drawing comics, and sculpting figures of heroes of films. He discovered designer toys in 2004 (just like me and Steph!) and that was his starting point for toymaking. Now he is working on a series of figures based on his doodle drawings: Beaяs & Pяimats. He's working in parallel on several projects:
1. working with a Russian brand of street wear
2. making figures for his friend @pashabumazhniy
3. creating some figures with a Russian hip-hop artist

More info on those projects will be sent to us soon, but for now we have these images of his drawings and the start of his toy creation process in the Beaяs & Pяimats series.
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Awesome Toy's "Awesome TV" Sofubi

The guys over at Awesome Toy are proud to present something a little different to their current roster of super robots, kaiju and retro-themed figures... introducing the Awesome TV! Inspired by the Indie Toy scene’s extensive selection of “platform” toys - figures that can be customised - the vintage-styled TV’s unique take on the idea is set to offer sofubi painters, designer toy customisers and even illustrators more scope for creativity than ever before. Featuring an ingenious, fully-adaptable design, the deceptively simple soft vinyl cube has been fitted with a removable front “screen” panel, meaning that not only can the outer shell be painted, re-sculpted or mashed-up with other figures - a TV head instantly springs to mind! - but it can also be used to display prints, drawings, photos or even various items inside- the possibilities for different “programs” and “channels” are limitless! Aside from the DIY/custom aspect, the Awesome TV will also be used in conjunction with future Awesome Toy releases, including a number of planned artist collaborations, exclusive versions, plus integration with previous AT figures. Pictured above (insert pic!) in vinyl test-shot form, we’re told to expect the Awesome TV sofubi’s first colorway via preorder soon… Keep track of the Awesome Toy Instagram feed here for the full lowdown over the coming weeks!

I'm really excited for these.  I've got a few customs in mind that use a TV "head" and this will look a lot better than any attempt to sculpt one myself would come out. I once tried to sculpt minifigure.  I was going for a werewolf type creature.  I settled for "blob with what could be eyes".

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New Custom from Tony Gil: Diamond Ninja Black Edition (Black & Gold)

Diamond Ninja black edition by Tony Gil

Lurking through the streets spreading his art without a trace - Ninja style. He'll never be seen without a trace. You might catch a glimpse of his shiny gold skin.

Available at Tony's shop here:

Super excited about this because, as you may recall, we have designated Tony's Diamond Ninja character as the mascot for this blog! And I even have Diamond Ninja stickers now. Hmm... now how should I begin giving those away to all of you? Need to arrange some sort of promotion or something here via comments or via G+... ideas welcome, please leave a comment.