Cancel your necromancy club meeting for tonight! But only if you live in Los Angeles or within driving distance, cause Toy Art Gallery has a custom show tonight featuring Scott Tolleson's Deadbeet figure. A bazillion artists took this weird little dude and made him their own and you can see the results first hand and even buy one if you fancy it. The opening reception is from 7-10 Pacific time and you never know who might be there hanging out with their work.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Funko has got to be tired of my shenanigans. Every time they ask who they should make into Pop! Vinyl figures next my answer is always Harley Quinn. Well, now I'm gonna have to think of someone else to harass them about because they're finally taking my advice. This August you can add Ms. Quinn to your collection, along with Batman Beyond (which I'm also going to buy), Nightwing, and Darkseid. Now if they would only release Sanford and Son figures.
Super Series Sundays are back! I know, it's been awhile since I've told you about one of these, but fear not, Tenacious Toys was just working really hard to bring you one of the coolest releases yet. Creo Design and alto made 10 of these Little Blue Ox figures exclusively for this release and you can only get one tomorrow, June 30th, from http://www.tenacioustoys.com/.
Friday, June 28, 2013
What's this? A book? I don't get to talk about my love for the printed page too much, but aside from collecting toys I do love to read. And I really dig Mike Egan's paintings, so I would call this a win win. DKE will have 100 copies of this book with a signed bookplate and hand embellished screen print. All that for only $25! That's a steal if you ask me.
You wanna know what happens when you spray pesticide near Smurf Village? Well, here are the results. David Flores has made those little mushroom dweller 100% less lame by giving them the Deathhead makeover. Only 50 of them were made in red and for $110, it will give your kids nightmares for years to come. See, another great value.
If this is what's lurking in space then I'll be happy to stay with my feet firmly planted in New Jersey. Killer Bootlegs is exposing what the government won't tell us with this crazy looking figure. I can picture this guy riding around on top of the Mars Rover like a mechanical bull in between his rounds of interstellar terror. I bet the Russians are behind this. Only 25 were made and they'll be $100 each.
My union contract states that if I write about Nathan Hamill anymore this week he's gonna have to start contributing to my 401k. Seriously, this dude has been going nuts with new releases. His next one is actually going to drop tomorrow, June 29th, at noon Eastern from Vinyl Riot Toys. The Curiosity: Lava Edition was sculpted by the folks at Pretty in Plastic, made by Oni Creations, and looks like delicious candy. Check out the picture below to see all the different variations in color you could get:
I need like 30 interns to help me keep up with all these releases for San Diego Comic Con. And to clean the cat boxes out. Do you think I could really get some communication majors to do my bidding for college credit? There's tons of crap they could learn from me about being an international super star in the toy world that would obviously enrich (if not surpass) the education they're receiving. Now I'm thinking I should charge them for the privilege. See, this is why I can't get anything done.
Like every other toy company, Super7 is going all out to pack their booth full of good stuff. Like the Alien figures based on original, unused designs from the 70's. Their doing it up early bird style like the original Star Wars figures did. Preordering these at their booth will get you a display stand, membership card, some photos, and stickers. Then they'll mail you all five figures as soon as they're ready from the factory. $100 will get you the set including shipping in the US. They're $125 including shipping for the rest of the world.
They also have these "Discovered Sales Samples" for the collector that wants it all. They didn't discover them so much as they made them look that way, but its a pretty neat idea. For $40 you get two unpainted figured in sweet retro packaging.
Don't worry, Aliens aren't the only thing they'll have. Super7 is known for their array of crazy monster dudes and there will be plenty to satiate your need. Check out Crystal Mecha, looking like Godzilla's blinged out best friend. I'd like to see a rapper with such a need for expensive jewelry that he just replaces his entire head with a gemstone. Try and top that one Kanye ya big dummy. $95 will get you one of these guys, which is much cheaper than a diamond encrusted Count Chocula necklace.
You like cute? Heck, we all do sometimes, even though we wouldn't tell the guys in our outlaw motorcycle gang about it. Oh the hell you would have to pay if they ever saw your My Little Pony tattoo on your butt. Doko Duo and Foster are covered in more glitter than the men's room of a Lady Gaga show, but that's what makes them special. You can't bring ordinary and boring to comic con. Doko Duo will sell for $35, while Foster will be slightly cheaper at $25.
Alright, enough with the cute stuff, lets get back to something a little tougher. Something that will make you eat lightning and crap thunder. How about a Zombie Fighter? Unlike most mixed parts toys, these colors work really well together and look like some actual thought went into their construction. He can be yours to cuddle, I mean to do manly things with, for $65.
Is this all they'll have for you? No, don't be dumb. They'll be more and I'll tell you all about them cause I love you.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
I've said it before and I'll say it again: 3D Retro knows how to advertise a toy. You don't see them with piles of leftover stuff that nobody buys. You don't see them hawking their wares at discount chains or flea market booths. You know why? Because they're not just selling you a toy, they're selling you a lifestyle. It's the difference between buying a Volvo and a Harley. Here's the scenario: You pull up to a red light next to a convertible full of young coeds that didn't have strong father figures in their lives. They're not gonna look at your expertly made example of Swedish engineering and say "Check that guy out, he's so responsible and safe." But if you're straddling a chunk American steel and V-Twin fury, they're gonna look at you and say "Check that guy out, he'll probably buy us beer." 3D Retro wants you to be the guy making the run to the liquor store and partying with the ladies.
Nathan Hamill's Strife and Sire is getting a pretty sweet makeover for San Diego Comic Con. This homage to Captain America and Red Skull is limited to 50 pieces and is only $50. And Nathan will be there to sign em for you on Saturday at 2pm in booth #5051. The model however, will most likely be doing whatever it is hot girls do. Like, their nails or something.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Ferg x Grody Shogun's Young Gohst figures are pretty cool as they are. But now you can own one that was hand painted by Grody himself, and it still costs less than a tank of gas. That's original art son, for $35!!!! These suckers weren't painted by robots on an assembly line, or some random dude in a huge factory. These were made with love. And you can get one from Lulubell Toy Bodega starting Thursday at 1pm Pacific time. Plus they come with a random color removable brain so you can practice for your amateur neurology club presentation on the emotional lives of lobotomy patients. I hear it's going to be a humdinger.
The forces of evil are determined to make me go broke. I've been goo at behaving myself financially, but I think this may be the toy that reels me back in to spending first and feeling bad about it later. Oh, temptation, you are a cruel mistress.
My love for Skinner's Ultrus Bog knows no bounds. It's one of my favorite figures of all time and the fact that this sucker is painted up in tribute to Devilman makes him all the more special. Lulubell Toy Bodega was responsible for the production of this guy, but he will be sold exclusively at Project 1/6 in Japan and on www.medicomtoy.co.jp beginning July 24th. If you want one, or want to buy me one, use this link to get all the details:
And you didn't think Darth Vader could possibly be more terrifying. All you had to do was make him look like medieval goalie and BAM! Infinitely more frightening. Luke would be thrilled that his father went to the store for a pack of smokes an never came home, not all crying about his feelings of abandonment.
This Berserker from Mutant Vinyl Hardcore was painted up to look like the world's most famous Sith Lord and the only way you can get one is by entering a lottery that starts today at noon. Here's what you have to do:
Please send your entry to : mvh.Ollie@gmail.com
In the title please write :"I am your father "
In the body please include :
-If your on instagram you instagram name
If you're lucky, you'll be one of the 20 people chosen to purchase this massive figure.
If you're really lucky you'll be one of the 7 people that are also offered this limited DX figure as a sweet companion piece. He'll cost you a bit more, but it's worth it. The lottery ends Friday at 11:59 am Eastern time, so get your emails going or be sad forever.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
DKE always has a butt ton of exclusives when they hit up San Diego Comic Con. They've been releasing news everyday about them, but sometimes it's just hard for me to keep up. So I've gathered everything together that I know so far into one handy post for you. Now begin drooling over all the things you're gonna have to have.
I'm starting things off big with this Kozik/Scott Wilkowski collaboration. I'm not sure what these Labbits are infected with. Maybe it's shingles. You know, if you've had chicken pox the shingles virus is already inside you, lying dormant, waiting for the right time to make you miserable. My father in law had it, and while he didn't become transparent and his skeleton didn't morph into an alien-like structure, he said it sucked pretty bad. So maybe these don't have shingles, but whatever they're afflicted with they're cool and I want them both. There are 75 of each color available and they will be $150 each. You think that's expensive? It's not, because those suckers can't be easy to make.
Maybe your collection is less sinister and more subtle. That's cool, because they have something for you too. This is a Ji Ja, and while I don't know what that means my keen detective skills tell me it is a bird-like creature ready to come home with you. Mr. Clement hand painted 50 of these and they will see for $45.
Crapzombies! What a great name. And what a great deal. You get 2 figures and a signed and numbered print for $25. Van Beater knows about value like no one else. That will leave you with enough money to buy a $20 hot dog and $15 soda so you don't starve to death. FYI: if you die at Comic Con everyone will think you're just doing a Walking Dead cosplay and it will take awhile before they figure things out. Don't die at Comic Con.
I like tea. Sometimes I get those bottles of Nestea from the vending machines and I get about half way through it thinking how healthy I'm being and then all of a sudden I just stop liking it. I've never drank a full one. They kinda taste like Pepsi at first and then I think I reach the part that's good for me and my taste buds revolt. I've spent years developing my healthy food defense system and somewhere along the way I've forgotten how to shut it off. But I like this guy. Matt Jones made 100 of these guys chilling in their tea cups and you can have one for $22. Again, that's a pretty good deal.
Find these and more at DKE's booth #5045.
How many people have toy releases on their birthday? Well, Nathan Hamill does. Today is not only the day that he is finally old enough for his driver's license, it's also the debut of his new Octopup sofubi toy. This little dude is exactly as advertised: he has the head of a dog with the kung-fu grip of tentacles. Darwin never saw this coming. 3D Retro is gonna release a new color every month and at only $10 each you can easily afford to get em all. Trust me, I looked at your bank account. Get the red edition today starting at 1pm Pacific time from http://www.3dretro.com/.
Monday, June 24, 2013
My wife recently changed jobs so we had to change our health insurance as well. Waiting for our new cards to come in the mail has been nerve wracking, as I've managed to injure myself no less than ten different times. Each time I jab something sharp through my thumb (that was yesterday) or have Icarus slice me with his razor-sharp claws when we try to take him to the vet (that was last week) I wonder if this is the stupid way in which I will die. How embarrassing would that be? To die from a dirty piece of metal that went into my thumb because I don't have my health insurance cards yet. As I lay on my death bed, rotting away from a wicked case of tetanus, I would take my last breath just as Sharon checks the mail and finds that envelope from Blue Cross Blue Shield. Maybe they'll make a Lifetime movie about me.
I could probably use some armor plating just like these new figures from Argonaut Resins have. Small Angry Monster did the customizing on these guys and they look pretty safe and secure, which is something I need to work on. He also made these Cursed 8 inch Tuttz that look as if they were pulled straight from a pharaoh's tomb. The curse of the mummy is not included. You will have a shot at owning one of the amazing toys you see here this Wednesday, June 26th, at 8pm Eastern time by going to http://argonautresins.bigcartel.com/.
If anyone wants to know what happened to Dr. Mengle, he is alive and practicing evil dentistry in Southern New Jersey.
I haven't been to the dentist in a few years, but I feel I have a really good reason. The last time I went my dental insurance people sent me to some guy whose office was in a converted garage in his house. No big deal, maybe he just wants the sweet tax write off. And when I met him and he turned out to be in his late 80's I thought he must be really good at what he does to be in practice so long. It wasn't until after he drilled into my tooth without the benefit of pain killers that I thought he was probably a Nazi war criminal in hiding.
My tooth had chipped and I wanted to make sure it didn't develop a cavity. He takes a look, says its no problem and that he can smooth it out real quick and it would be good as new. At first he was right, he was shaping the problem area with the drill and I felt nothing. Then he jabbed that sucker in there like he was trying to kill it. The pain was excruciating and I nearly tore the armrests from his chair. When he finished I wanted to punch him in his wrinkly old face, but I felt this utter terror of having been violated so completely. That and I couldn't see out of my right eye.
Tooth Decal from Creo Design is 7 inches tall, made from solid resin, and brings up painful memories. They're gonna be 9 of these in the first release that will take place around July or August. I have to go and lie down for a bit now.
Friday, June 21, 2013
I tried to spray paint something once. Well, I guess it was more an attempt at graffiti than anything. We had gone to Richmond earlier in the day and I had seen the way people wrote their names on the buildings in these crazy styles, so I asked about it and learned that they used spray cans to do it. Well, we had spray paint in the garage and big pieces of plywood that no one ever used, so I figured I'd make some art. Like most of my artistic endeavors, I quickly found out it was harder than it looks. At the conclusion of my experiment I just ended up with a completely red piece of wood, because everything I tried to write looked more like a yard sale sign than a work of street art.
Maybe I just needed a fancier spray can like this porcelain one from NooN x K. Olin Tribu. Only 50 were made and they were all hand decorated. You can preorder one now by going to http://www.artandtoys.com/.
Guess what? This dude releases today!!!! I know I've been doing that a lot. And by "that" I mean posting stuff on the day its released, but hear me out on this one. I'd like to think of myself and the last minute reminder you have to get something you want. Sure, I could tell you about it 2 weeks ago, you could forget because you found out you have a tapeworm, and then where does that leave you? By this time you would have already taken the proper medication to kill the tapeworm, begun evacuating it's dead worm segments from your intestines, and have prepared yourself to welcome happiness back into your life. And then here it is, handed to you on a silver platter. No need to thank me, it is after all why I was put on this Earth.
I loooooooooooooooooove Paul Kaiju's Pollen Kaiser. It's a big hunk 'o weird plastic and this version is painted in homage to Devilman! And it glows in the dark! Finally, I can save money on my electric bill!
Toy Art Gallery is offering this dude up for sale TODAY (June 21st) at 12pm Pacific time. He's $195 and totally worth it. You want one. I want one. I would get a Kickstarter going to buy one if I had enough time.
Weird thing #1: There was a new sneaker released yesterday and a huge line outside of a store we walked past of people trying to buy them. One person in line was in a wheelchair and did not actually have legs. And he was waiting in line to buy sneakers. With no legs.
Weird thing #2: We went to a book signing that night and there were two blind people there. It was at this point that I asked God why he was torturing me.
So yes, the moral of the story is that I neglected my duties yesterday to entertain you, while I was thoroughly amused by the many things I saw all day. It doesn't seem fair, but it also gave you a chance to peruse the archives and remember the fun we've had together in days gone long past.
This Halloween you can buy yourself some new cuddle buddies in the form of Uglydolls dressed as Universal Monsters. Just look how cute they are? They're gonna be $20 when they're released so you can totally get them all, throw them on your bed, and roll around like you're Scrooge McDuck in his pile of money. Except this will be softer and less coated in germs.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
My wife used to go to Las Vegas every year for a manager's conference for her job and the pictures that she would send me were amazing. The best however, was of a man dressed up as Winnie the Pooh, passed out on the sidewalk with a bottle of booze in his hand/paw. But wait, thats not the end of it. There was also a little girl standing next to him in tears because she thought Pooh was dead. OH MY GOD it was the funniest thing I've ever seen! I was a bit horrified that anyone would let their small child near a filthy costumed character that needed to be in detox, but once I got past that the hilarity resumed. It could have only been more funny if he ended up biting her with his Pooh Bear mouth.
On a side note, it turns out this guy is kinda well known, as this picture will prove:
Back to the task at hand. Bitta Critta is a costumed character that also likes to get his drink on. Or as I like to say, his draaaaaaaaaaaaank. That makes it sound like more of a good time. Go on, try it, I'll wait.
Scott Tolleson thunk him up, 3D Retro manufactured him in their vinyl toy uterus (or China), and VOILA! another San Diego Comic Con release. $50 will get you one at booth #5051.
If I were a rich man I would have a huge library in my house. With rich, dark wood and rolling ladders to reach the multitudes of books. A few leather chairs for reading, possibly a stately desk from which I could examine my important papers. And this. Under a glass dome in the center of the room. In fact, while they were planning my library I would allow the architects some alone time with it so they could create something worthy of such a majestic piece.
Admiral Ackbar looks ready to take command of Her Majesty's Royal Fleet in this bust from Gentle Giant. Based on artwork by Steven Daily, this mini bust stands 8 inches tall and comes packaged in a wooden box with a print of the original art that inspired it. It will be available at San Diego Comic Con, but non convention goers can preorder one now and it will ship to you after the convention is over. That gives you time to go to Home Depot and spruce the place up a bit before its arrival.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Mother of God how cool is this? How come no one has ever mashed up Star Wars and Evel Knievel before in toy form before? Looking at this picture it just seems like the obvious thing to do. The only thing that would make this better is if he had that stunt cycle for the '70's that you had to rev up an watch as it crashed into the wall.
See how much fun he's having. Or she's having. It was an ambiguous time.
Retro Outlaw and 3D Retro (that's a lot of retro) are making this king of bounty hunting dare devils available at this year's San Diego Comic Con. You can pick one up for $120 at booth #929. Then you can go home because nothing will be cooler than this. Or you could stay, since I'm sure it cost you a lot of money to get there and whatnot. But buy this guy first so you have something to hug the rest of the time.
I'm detecting a theme developing here today. It's all unpainted toys! Paint 'em yourself, send 'em to someone else to paint, or leave them as they are because you're undecided. Personally, I think all toys look better painted, especially with the amount of detail in these figures from Dream Rocket. I mean, at least spatter some red on them so they look like they've been on a rampage of unspeakable horror. Lulubell Toy Bodega is offering these suckers up as preorders but you should hurry, cause the cobra dude already sold out (which is why there's no picture of him, cause I don't want to tease you like that).
With the government listening in on our phone calls and wanting to deploy drones to spy on us, it's only a matter of time before we start seeing stuff like this policing the streets. Well, maybe not EXACTLY like this, because that would involve a level of creativity our elected officials just don't possess. But something along these lines, ready to club you for not picking up your dog's poop.
Today is the day that Mecha Greasebat will be unleashed upon the world! Designed by Jeff Lamm and produced by Monster Worship, these big hunks 'o black plastic will be going on sale at 7pm Eastern time at https://store.monsterworship.com/ for $85.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Everybody is getting in one little figures like this, so it was only a matter of time before The Sucklord put his spin on them. You can help make these guys a reality with the official SUCKLE Kickstarter campaign. Evidently, it costs a lot of money to make tiny wrestling dudes, so DKE and The Sucklord are raising some funds to produce a butt ton of these figures. Like any Kickstarter, what you pledge determines what you get in return, including the exclusive clear version of the set. Loosen up those purse strings and get to donating at :
We're going all out cute today. I can't be dark and brooding all the time like I was as a teenager. I don't have time to lock myself in my room, listen to Marilyn Manson records, and think about how great it will be when I blow this hick town and become a guitar god. Now I listen to Marilyn Manson while driving in the car to get Vitamin Water from Target and to pay my cable bill. So it's cool now if I wear something other than black and let a little bit of cuteness into my life.
Lunabee painted these figures that were made by her man friend Cris Rose and has turned them from rusty robots into patrons of summer. They will be on sale today at 7pm London time (that sounds so fancy) at http://lunabee.bigcartel.com/.