Monday, October 31, 2011
Diamond Select Toys continues their Femme Fatales line with this new figure of Raven Hex. Besides being the dream girl of every boy who ever played Dungeons and Dragons or owned a Dimmu Borgir album, she is also the sister of Tarot, who is likewise created by comic dude Jim Balent. This PVC statue will be available sometime in the coming year and will likely be in the $40 range, which is not bad considering this is the closest you're ever going to get to a girl this mean that won't steal your credit card or kill your plants.
Friday, October 28, 2011
I was just thinking to myself how I might make it past Christmas without buying anymore toys this year and then I see this. Kronk and Kidrobot are releasing a second version of the Yankee Pig Dog, this time in black. Having already picked up his green brother at New York Comic Con, there's no way I can pass up the chance to add another one to my collection. And just like before, the folks at Kidrobot are warning us ahead of time about the imperfections of the piece. But having stared at the one I own for a few weeks now I can tell you that any worries you may have about quality will be dashed once you hold one in your hands. These things are amazing and if you pass it up you'll definitely regret it. This version is limited to 900 pieces worldwide and will cost $69. Buy yourself an early Christmas present on November 17th.
Frosty's gone bad. Like drinking, smoking, and most likely womanizing bad. And with his heathen ways he has adopted the name "Crusty" and has immortalized it in yellow snow for all the girls and boys to see. Kozik and Kidrobot are bringing the holiday cheer with this guy, who also has a melted counterpart that is considered a chase figure (it looks like it would be kinda easy to tell which one you were getting just by giving a little squeeze to the box). On November 3rd you can pick one up for $11.95 and then mail it to me. Or keep it for yourself if you're cheap.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
When I got an email about this I had no idea who Monster Pants were. I thought maybe they were like Zubaz who made the really gaudy animal striped lounge wear that was in the colors of your favorite team. Thank God I was wrong. Monster Pants are in fact the company behind the films Automatons and Satan Hates You and not they are branching out into toys and t-shirts. The toys are hand made and cast in resin and have a really weird 1970's feel to them which I dig.
The first figure is the Robot Companion which stand 3 and 3/4 inches and is limited to only 66 pieces. For him to be your friend it will run you $24. Up next they have a version of their logo with his zipped up mouth. These guys look like they could be props in a low budget horror film and that's why I love them. The red and green editions are both limited to 22 pieces and will cost $66. Click here and pre order your now before they're gone and you cry yourself to sleep.
The fine folks behind the collectable Mimobot flash drives would like to save you a bit of cash on your digital storage needs. Check out their site right now to save 20% on characters such as Emily the Strange, Harley Quinn, and those lovable designs from Tokidoki. The government would never think to look for your doctored tax documents on something so adorable.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I spotted these at New York Comic Con almost two weeks ago and now I have some more info on how you can get these very different interpretations of everyone's favorite poster boy for a screwed up childhood. MAD Magazine cartoonist Sergio Aragones lends his signature style to the one pictured above, giving him a goofy and not terribly frightening look. He is 6 and 1/2 inches tall and is made entirely of porcelain. On January 25th you can add him to your Bat Cave for $90.
This statue comes courtesy of Mike Mignola who is best known for creating Hellboy. A different version of it was released in 2006 and quickly sold out, so the nice folks at DC decided to change it up a bit and make it available to the fans. He stands 7 and 1/2 inches tall and is also made or porcelain (which just makes it sound that much classier to me) and will set you back $95. You can pick him up on February 15th.
The Beast Brothers are the latest artists to add their touch to the Android phone mascot. His name is Don Pablo and you can add him to your collection on November 1st at 11am and at 11pm by going to the DYZ Plastic website. These will not last long so make sure you're not puking up all the Halloween candy you stole from the neighborhood kids when this sale goes down.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
When you make a toy named "Ugly Unicorn" it's pretty much mandatory that you do at least a small run of them to celebrate Halloween. Rampage Toys agrees with that logic and will be releasing the figures above sometime on Halloween. I really like the way the stenciling came out on these guys and it gives them a totally different look than previous releases. Check out their website throughout the week if you want one cause there's only 5 available and the exact time of their offering next Monday is still up in the air.
Kaws has the greatest job in the universe. He sees an iconic character, X's out his eyes as if he's dead and BAM! instant expensive art toy. Having added his touch to Disney and Star Wars he has now invaded the world of the Peanuts with this Snoopy figure. I don't know how much it will cost, but judging by his past work I'm sure it will be more than my electric bill. If you needed another reason not to buy what is honestly a boring toy, just remember that Kanye West will probably get one, and he's dumb. Taylor Swift or die!!
Monday, October 24, 2011
Hasbro wants you to vote on which Star Wars character to include in their 2013 edition of figures. There are quite a few choices and unless you are the most uber of uber nerds, you probably won't recognize a lot of the names here since they are mostly from the expanded universe. But if you have a particular favorite, or you just really like to exercise your democratic freedom, then click here and cast your vote. The winner will be announced at Toy Fair in February.
Friday, October 21, 2011
The nice folks behind Mini Mates were kind enough to hook us up with 3 of their New York Comic Con Exclusive Zombie Civilians to give away! So from now until October 30th all you have to do is "like" our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheToyViking and post on our wall "I Wanna Free Zombie." Remember, "like" us first and then post. And if you already "like" us, then you're one step ahead of the game. On Halloween we'll pick three random winners and they each get a NYCC Exclusive Zombie!!! It's easy, and you didn't even have to deal with New York traffic.
Ok, so you missed out on the craziness that was New York Comic Con? Well now you don't have to miss out on all the exclusive toys (or pay eBay prices). Check out www.hasbrotoyshop.com right now because they just put up all of their convention leftovers for you to buy and they are actually a few bucks cheaper than they were in New York. They are sold out of the Compound Hulk figure, but you can still get the Transformers Prime Bumblebee and Arcee set, or the Maximum Carnage Mini Mates that are housed in a giant skyscraper. Go on, your credit card can take the hit.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
I thought I was one of the cool kids. I thought that I was "well liked by my peers," and "into hip things," but I think I may have overestimated. I'm sure there's more irony in this toy than all of Brooklyn could hold. What I see is a pigeon that looks to have swallowed a dozen or so really stale doughnuts. This dirty bird is brought to you by Staple Design and Kidrobot. Behind the bird you can see that it comes with its own little plastic dropping. All the hip kids must look at this and and find it to be brilliant, but I can honestly say the feeling is not mutual. If you want this for your own it will be available November 3rd and will cost you $75. I guess I'll just have to wait around until death metal and being unpleasant are cool again.
You know what you need in your life? Cuddly little ninja people. No, seriously, they make everything better. You got a problem with someone at work? Sick your ninja on them. You lose an arm in an industrial accident? Ninja will keep the wound clean and free from infection. There is nothing they can't do. Shawnimals has joined forces with Kidrobot to ensure no one is left without a ninja at their disposal. On November 3rd you can choose from the whopping 14" Wee Ninja for $29.95, the slightly smaller but just as potent 9" Wee Ninja for $17.95, or if you wanna go super stealth then you can pick from the fine array of Pocket Ninjas for $9.95. But I say forget making touch decisions and just create yourself an instant army when you buy them all. Decisions are for politicians and no one wants to be labeled one of those.
MAD is continuing his exploration into all things crooked with his Bent World Cans series from Kidrobot. Each spray can comes in two versions: one is fresh from the store while the other one has been used, abused, and tagged by artists such as Sket One, kaNO, Jesse Hernandez, and Pon. These will be available November 3rd for $7.95 each and will be blind boxed.
Some of you may not be able to go to Toys R Us or Target and buy toys because your significant other gives you a hard time about them. Being that divorce is an expensive process, why not just trick them into thinking your wants are more sophisticated than mere "toys"; they're "statues." Gentle Giant wants to help you decorate your home like a crazy person by having an amazing sale through November 1st. They're adding new stuff everyday, but I picked out a few Star Wars busts that I thought were particularly cool. Behold, the Death Trooper:
Or for the slightly more squeamish, there's always Darth Vader after he got jacked up in The Force Unleashed. I did only say "slightly."
Lulubell Toys and Cherry Vinyl teamed up for New York Comic Con and featured a table filled with releases. Seriously, every time I walked by there were more and more toys. One would sell and then twenty other things would suddenly come out of nowhere. Cherry Vinyl stole the show with actual items for sale that they've been teasing us with all summer. Tara Mcpherson's George The Vampire sold out quickly and Femke's NYCC exclusive Le Chat is not far behind with the few remaining pieces available on the Lulubell website. Here are a few pictures from their booth, with the rest being housed on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/TheToyViking.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
And I thought my cats tore my house up. This sucker looks like he's ready to wreck an entire city and then take a nap on top of the destruction. Created by Konatsu and Max Toy, this scary feline is named Negora. Standing at 3 an 1/2 inches tall he is completely hand painted and even brings his own dinner with him. He's $40 and will be available this Friday. I love this kitty!!
If Friday is too far away, or you're allergic to cats, you can always pick this guy up. Mount Kobo and Max Toy present Drazorus. He's 4 and 1/2 inches tall of mean lizard and will also run you $40 to add to your collection. Check out www.maxtoyco.com to get your hands on these awesome releases.
One of the best things about going to comic cons are discovering things that you hadn't previously known about. Check out these vinyl toys from Frombies. The girl's name is Zora, and the little flying squirrel is named SkiddlyBoop. The Zora figure comes blank and is ready to customize while the squirrel comes in both green and orange. Everything was really reasonable as far as price goes and there is a story line that ties all of the characters together.
Another new company we were able to stumble upon was Ohiya. They had great assortment of tee shirts available for sale and some pretty cool custom toys and plush on display. They're working on getting things manufactured as we speak, so expect to see lots of product from these guys in the near future.
Super7 will be unleashing the final two pieces of their "Trio of Terror" this Friday. The orange Rose Vampire made his debut at New York Comic Con and those lucky enough to pick one up will now be able to add the Zombie Fighter and Pumpkin Boy pieces to their collection. Didn't go to the con? Don't worry, cause I just checked and the Rose Vampire figure is back in stock on their website. So buy all three for yourself or your favorite toy blogger.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Is the Sucklord too famous to meet his fans now that he's a major tv star? Probably, but that didn't stop him from making an appearance at The Art Hustle/Sidekick Labs Booth to sell his wares. The biggest personality in the designer toy world drew a huge crowd and even asked them how much they were willing to pay for his new He-Man figure mash up, Suckator (they went for $150 each).
I picked up one of his famous Gay Empire figures before they could all be spoken for by the crowd. This is the newest edition of his most popular figure that has long since sold out.
DC Comics and their merch brand DC Direct had a huge display at New York Comic Con. My biggest interest where the new Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City figures. They had the roid raging Joker and the new Killer Croc figures on display from the first game that are slated to come out next year and these guys are massive. The Arkham City figures were very impressive too, with the addition of Catwoman, The Penguin, and Mr. Freeze. Plus there is an updated look for Harley Quinn in this game.
They also had on display their Anime inspired line of female characters and artist renditions of the classic Spy Vs. Spy comic from Mad Magazine. Check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheToyViking for more pics.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Super 7 made the trip all the way from San Francisco for New York Comic Con and brought tons of new toys with them. I snagged a Pocket Mummy Boy and a Pocket Invisiboy to add to my small collection of their wares. I've been coveting them for a long time and it was nice to finally get them. Check out some of the pictures we took and try not to drool all over your keyboard. It's already too late for me.