Thursday, July 9, 2020

Lil Alex Mini Sofubi from Frank Kozik x Blackbook Toy



 
    During this pandemic we have all had to adjust our lives significantly to stay healthy.  For my wife and I, that means if they're not paying us or it doesn't involve buying groceries, we're not going.  In turn, that's amplified our interests in other things.  We've gotten really good at gardening and we take walks around our neighborhood every night.  Seeing a squirrel or rabbit now has us Crocodile Hunter-level excited and we will watch the most common animals like we just landed on Madagascar.  I can't tell if we've hit the adorable phase of middle age or if we've taken a sharp turn into weirdo territory.

 On our walks all of the rabbits we encounter seem to have much better attitudes than Lil Alex.  Frank Kozik's A Clockwork Orange inspired figure has been shrunken down but is still chock full of the ultra violence.  Blackbook Toy made the popular sofubi smaller, added a ton more articulation for maximum posing ability, and also made it ultra affordable for all of us ballers on a budget.  The first versions are being offered in either black or clear, with an option to purchase a set.  They're accepting lottery entries until July 12th, so if you find yourself unable to live without em, here's what you need to do:

Please send email to 
info at blackbooktoy.com
(Please change at to @)

*Email Title: mini Alex Lottery entry
*Name
*Address(Don't forget to include your country and zip code)
*Tel
*Item name (You can enter only once per item. You can enter all items in a mail)
*Instagram, Facebook, Twitter(if you have. If we can't contact you through email, we would contact you through these SNS, so preferable.)

1person/household can order 1pc for each item at maximum.
Only winner would be a receiving email and PayPal payment request on July 16th(JP time).
Payment must be made in 72hours.
If we couldn't confirm payment by deadline, you would be banned from our online shop and lottery forever


Monday, July 6, 2020

Ragnar Vinyl Kaiju Kickstarter from Last Bastion Studios



    The only Ragnar I've ever known is the one made famous by the Vikings tv show.  Oddly enough he met his end after being thrown in a pit of slithering reptiles, though I doubt it is anything more than coincidence that the second Ragnar I know happens to be a turtle.  Or is it part of a deeper conspiracy involving the Illuminatti and the Reptilian Elite who secretly control the worlds oil and Mountain Dew reserves?  If you never hear from me again, you have your answer. 

   Ragnar the vinyl toy is a young Kaiju just trying to find his way in the world, which involves you helping him become reality.  Last Bastion Studios have a Kickstarter going right now to help fund production of this guy.  You can check out this link to become part of his story by backing it at various reward levels.  The project is very close to meeting its funding goal, so check it out and support if you can.





Friday, July 3, 2020

Puck Little Painter Tenacious Toys Exclusive from Chris Dokebi x Strangecat Toys




      I grew up in the sticks of Virginia, which meant that my exposure to graffiti was limited to insults about someone's sister, usually followed by a phone number.  Thus my pivitol years of artistic taste building involved monsters, horror movies, and heavy metal album covers.  So I generally don't get excited by a toy holding a spray can, cause to me that just means that there's some outdoor furniture that needs a recoat or we're about to deface something out of spite.

    So I see this little dude from Chris Dokebi and Strangecat Toys and I think he looks kinda cool.  His name is Puck, who was also the best cast member ever on The Real World, and evidently he's a little Korean folklore goblin that goes around causing mischief and I'm more than cool with that.  I can totally picture him elevating the derogatory graffiti I know into high art while still maintaining its poignant commentary.  That is true art.

   As you can see he's all decked out in blue which does indeed indicate that he is an exclusive for Tenacious Toys.  You can buy one today (July 3) at noon eastern time for $75 by checking out www.tenacioustoys.com.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Evil Ape Fink OG Preorder from MCA x UVD Toys




   I was first exposed to the work of MCA during the closing of Tower Records.  Amid the bins full of picked through magazines and cds was a box of small figures know as Qees.  I'd always been a figure collector, but this was my first exposure to the world of designer toys and I was instantly hooked. I ended up buying a handful of them, including his tribute to David Bowie's Alladin Sane.

    That was longer ago than I'd probably care to think, but it's kinda cool that MCA's designs have literally been in my collection since the moment it started.  Now UVD Toys is taking me on a walk down memory lane with his latest figure, the Evil Ape Fink.  This 4 inch dude looks completely whacked out of his gourd, which is also part of his charm.  I used to work with someone kinda like that, who was pretty useless when it came to doing actual work, but whose life was so chaotic you couldn't wait to hear what nonsense they were involved in the night before.  Jerry Springer could have built a season's worth of shows around their bad decisions

    Preorder your OG version of this figure today for only $60 by visiting www.uvdtoys.com.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

It's Splurrt Saturday at Lulubell Toys




    Now that all of the Columbus statues are coming down and we will hopefully be replacing his undeserved holiday with one that is actually based on merit, I've been thinking about what other holidays we could start celebrating.  Obviously, all would be days in which work was closed but we still get paid, cause nothing makes me feel like a boss than staying home AND making money.  First, I'd like Skee Ball Day where we celebrate what is truly the best sport in America that isn't professional wrestling.  Next is Professional Wrestling Day, because duh.  Those two should really be part of a four day weekend.  My favorite might be Flog the Moron, where through a voting process we take the person that has made the most ignorant Facebook post of the year and beat them on national television.  I'm really proud of that one. 

    Lulubell Toys has been hosting Splurrt Saturdays for some time and it may be the most perfect holiday of all.  The only requirements of celebrating are buying yourself some killer monster toys, which I find myself prepared to do every day of the year.  As always there will be multiple figures available that will add a special dose of weird to your collection.  It all goes down this Saturday, June 27th at 9am pacific time only from www.lulubelltoys.com.





Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Gerald Okamura Custom Mini Figures Available Now




     Most of us had buckets of the brick building toys (that shall remain nameless) and it was guaranteed that at least a portion of them were sticky.  No investigation could ever unearth how they ended up with expired cola or pancake syrup tucked into the nooks and crannies, but it was as inevitable as your dad stepping on one of the pieces barefoot and calling you everything but your actual name.  But seriously, who was spilling soda onto my bricks?  The case remains open.

    I can assure you that no matter what sets you had growing up, they never came with mini figures nearly as cool as these.  Gerald Okamura is known as The Man of Many Weapons, so you know any toys bearing his likeness will come armed to the teeth.  You'd be surprised how much crime can turn up in your little brick village when you least expect it.

    There a two different versions available for $35 each and can be had right now at https://geraldokamura.com/fan-club/.



Thursday, June 18, 2020

Baby Haruo Nakajima Custom Lottery from Plaseebo




    I don't have any kids and never really felt the need to, though I could be easily persuaded to change my mind if it could be guaranteed that this is how they would come out.  I would happily build an army of Godzilla babies and change my name to Christopher Targaryen, Bringer of Woe, Father of Lizard Children.  And it may not be that far fetched, as a place I used to work had a microwave in the back room that was at waist level and had a hole in the door.  Not that I ever used it, because honestly it was gross, but I'm sure some radiation lingered from everyone else warming their Hot Pockets and salisbury steaks.

   This may be the closest I come to realizing my new dream of having a Godzilla baby, and I don't think it could have come from anyone else other than Plaseebo.  His work is deeply rooted in a more psychological horror rather than relying on just being gross.  There's a subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) feeling of unease that his pieces evoke, while at the same time being utterly fascinating to look at.  This one of a kind figure is no exception, and for the chance to add him to your collection, this is what you have to do:
To enter lottery, please send the following to:   bob@plaseebo.net 

1.  Name

2.  Shipping Address 

3.  Country

4.  Telephone Number

5.  PayPal Email Address

6.  Instagram ID

Lottery winner will receive notification email by June 22nd. Figure will ship upon receipt of payment due by June 23rd.

This nine inch monster baby will be $650 plus shipping to whoever is lucky enough to win.  You only have until Sunday June 21st to enter.





Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Sucklord Got Arrested Accessory Pack for Charity




    Of course The Sucklord would come up with the most unique item to auction for charity.  Beyond being something that is surely interesting, it might be one of the most compelling pieces of protest art I've seen in recent memory.  It's raw and poignant and irreverent and uncomfortable which is everything great art should be.

   The story behind it is that while participating in a peaceful protest, The Sucklord was attacked by a police officer and required hospitalization before his arrest.  The reason he wasn't more seriously injured is because another officer stepped in and stopped his colleague from continuing the assault.  This collection documents what it takes to enact social change in our country, which we have seen happen on different levels in response.  It's something different from someone who is known more for his tongue firmly planted in cheek approach to art, but also something I could see as hanging in a museum one day as an important statement of social change.

    If you want to own this grouping or artifacts, you need to head to this link and place your bid on eBay.  One hundred percent of the proceeds are being donated to the Brooklyn Bail Fund to help out people that find themselves in the same situation.


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Metallic Burst Ushi-Oni from Guumon x Cereal Box Toys





     A few days ago while I was at work I was sitting across the desk from a customer when I just so happen to notice something dangling above her head.  This little furry spider had descended on a thread like an art thief breaking into a museum.  He hung there momentarily before dropping into her hair and nearly disappearing from sight. I had two options here:  I could say nothing and let the spider could go about his business, possibly unknown to the woman (she had a lot of curly hair) or I could remove the little guy myself, ensuring he would live on without fear of being mangled by a hairbrush.  I chose option number two.  I told her to hold still for a second, reached in and plucked the curious arachnid out.  She looked at me like I was completely crazy until I opened my hand to show her what it was, at which time I was pretty sure she was going to pay off the balance of my car loan as thanks.  I let the spider go and and everyone lived happily ever after.

   Had my spider friend been the size or had the looks of Ushi-Oni from Cereal Box Toys he would have been free to do with her what he wished.  I don't mess with supernatural arachnids as a general rule and being that I'm still alive I'd say I've prove its merit.  World famous vinyl artist Guumon has added his signature metallic/oil slick paint job to a limited run of five of these and the only way to own one is via lottery system.  Starting tomorrow (Thursday June 11) until Sunday June 14 you can enter by sliding into Guumon's DMs on Instagram here.  They will be $250 in the US, $275 everywhere else, which includes shipping.


Thursday, May 28, 2020

Ghost Grey Skellene Sofubi from Miscreation Toys x Lulubell Toys



    At this point in 2020 if I were to step outside my home and see hundreds of these walking around my neighborhood I wouldnt even be surprised.  And frankly, they're better than the Jehovah's Witnesses who decide that during the pandemic would be a great time to magnetically affix literature underneath the driver's side door handle of everyone's cars.  I'm still not about having to touch anything I can avoid, so being forced to remove it from my car before going to work was an added irritation I didn't need.  I suppose the virus forced everyone to innovate, and it was smart to do under the cover of darkness,  but come on.  Had to throw out my favorite pair of bbq tongs after that.

    If you were ever nervous about inviting a small ghost into your house, this year seems like the one to throw caution to the wind.  And Skellene looks extra spooky in this grey smoke vinyl.   Miscreation Toys and Lulubell Toys are offering this version as a special preorder edition, but you only have until May 30th at 5pm pst or until the cap of 25 pieces is reached.  Each figure stands approximately 12 inches tall,  retails for $175 plus shipping, and can be had now by visiting www.lulubelltoys.com.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Love Finn Universe Street Party Float from Kaize Toys x Cop A Squat Toys



   Lawd have mercy these are the toys we need right now.  These guys got all the happy juices flowing in my brain in a way that doesn't normally happen without a doctor's prescription.  Yeah, mostly I'm into monsters and dead things and and spooky stuff but there's something about brightly colored elephants in cars that hits me just the right way.  They make a day full of conference calls on Zoom feel way less like amateur dental surgery.

     I always dig the work of Cop a Squat Toys and that includes what he does to toys that aren't his, including these from Kaize Toys.  Obviously you want these, so now I'm gonna tell you how to get one:

Love Finn Lottery Info Open now until Friday May 29th noon EST

 * $130 plus shipping (USPS Priority)

* US only

* 1 entry per person please

Email the following info to info@copasquattoys.com

 * Real name
 * IG name
 * PayPal address
 * Shipping address
* Which paint app you prefer (Green or Yellow head)

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Warm Thoughts Polystone Statue from Death & Milk x Mighty Jaxx




    Well this is different.  I tease my wife all the time about taking her to the Pocanos and staying in one of those theme hotel rooms with the giant martini glass bathtubs and heart shaped beds.  I'm not sure who convinced so many people that particular configuration was the height of elegance, but they're still around today.  Martini bathtubs aside, my favorite place in the Poconos to visit is this little roadside zoo that has a cobra on display that killed its owner, who was one of those venomous snake collectors you sometimes read about when bad things happen.  Murder Cobra is so damn aggressive you can only view him through tiny peepholes otherwise he would just try and kill everyone who walks by.  Maybe he's just pissed that no one ever took him on a couple's retreat in one of those hotels that he knows is only slithering distance away. 

    Now of there were giant skull tubs I would have no problem convincing my wife that a weekend getaway was in order.  I applaud Mighty Jaxx for teaming with Death & Milk to create something that's truly interesting to look at.  A lot of times the "art" aspect of art toys gets forgotten about in exchange for recycled ideas that are safe bets in terms of sales.  I am starving for a story and just looking at this, without knowing anything about it, you can tell there's more to it than just looking cool.  There's obviously a larger narrative, which is refreshing to see. 

    This polystone statue stands 8 inches tall and retails for $219 with free worldwide shipping.  They're available now at www.mightyjaxx.com.


Friday, May 15, 2020

The Many Headed Hag Preorder from John Kenn Mortensen x Unbox Industries




    With a name like "The Many Headed Hag" most of you probably think I'm going to make a joke about your mom.  Despite thinking that would be hilarious, it is rather low hanging fruit, and I'd like to think I have the maturity to rise above such things.  And even though I'd like to think it I'M COMPLETELY WRONG BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHO ELSE IS A MANY HEADED HAG? YOUR MOM!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.  

    I'm embarrassed for myself,  but despite having a name that resembles your mom, this figure from John Kenn Mortensen and Unbox Industries is something I would actually allow in my house...UNLIKE YOUR MOM!!!!! HAHAHAHA..I'm good...I'm good.  This thing is a nightmarish thing of beauty that will bring hours of terror and wonder to all who own one.  Standing nearly 10 inches tall this vinyl sculpture will go up for preorder beginning tomorrow (Saturday, May 16th) for $100.  They'll be available exclusively from http://store.unboxindustries.info.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Bullet and Bullion Resin WNDGO Dunnys from Scott Tolleson




    At the rate the world is going I figure we're about a year away from welding spikes onto our cars and wearing animal skulls on our faces.  The thing I never got about post apocalyptic movies like Mad Max is why everyone is driving around in the biggest gas guzzlers they can find.  When I picture the wasteland of our future I don't see it peppered with convenience stations where you can fill up the tank while grabbing some beef jerky and an oversized Diet Pepsi.  So you would think putting some dune buggy tires on a Hyundai would make much more sense than loading up some lifted truck with a ton of steel whose sole purpose is to look scary.  But as we see on the news, the slightest inconvenience in the world turns many of our brains into mush.  I just want to know when is it considered too soon to shave my head into a mohawk and add the title of warlord to my business cards?  I like to be prepared.

    Scott Tolleson's WNDGO Dunny seems well dressed for the future everyone seems to want.  He's decked out in a snazzy chrome mask that doesn't look virus proof, but will easily separate you from whatever will take the place of money.  Two different versions of this five inch resin figure (Bullet and Bullion) will be available tomorrow, Friday May 15th.  Each one will retail for $300 plus shipping and can be yours starting promptly at noon pacific time by visiting www.stolleart.com


Thursday, May 7, 2020

Gachafest 2020 from Toy Art Gallery x Paul Kaiju



     You better take advantage of Gachafest because this is the closest thing to Coachella you're gonna see this year.  I used to love going to festival shows when I was younger because I could check a huge amount of bands off my list in one shot.  At the risk of sounding old I will admit that I would rather gargle bleach than subject myself to a music festival now.  Mostly because I just can't deal with the summer heat the way I used to, but also because the older I am the shorter my attention span gets.  Even when my wife and I go to shows now if there's more than one opening act I second guess buying tickets.  For one, I like to get to the point. I don't need to be warned up, I maintain my level of warmth like a handsome crock pot. Secondly, my bedtime is much earlier now and it takes me a week to recover should I be brazen enough to ignore it.  

    Toy Art Gallery is unleashing a plethora of Paul Kaiju mini figures as part of the aforementioned Gachafest.  Each tiny sofubi figure stands about two inches tall and is only $10 each, which if my calculations are correct mean you could by enough with your stimulus check to fill a regulation sized wheelbarrow.   They'll be available this Friday, May 8th, at noon pacific time only from https://www.toyartgallery.com.  



Thursday, April 30, 2020

Introducing Splat from Splatoys




   I can assure you that when I was 15 years old I never had any inclination of making my own toys.  I mostly thought about football, girls, metal, making unearthly noises on my guitar, girls, getting out of my podunk town, and my sweet 1983 burgundy Volvo station wagon.  And I'd still be driving that car if the engine hadn't died.  The brains behind Splatoys is a mere 15 years in age and he got more direction than most people twice his age.  His debut figure is also the namesake of the company and he reminds me of those little Scrubbing Bubbles that I may of may not have thought were real when I was a tiny child and could never understand why my mom just didn't hire them to clean everything instead of wasting her time. 

    This kid is also a master of merchandise, because not only does he have the figures,  but he has already branched out into t-shirts, pins, and even prints.   Check out everything that's available by visiting https://www.splatoys.com/products.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Nordic Lucky Cat Enamel Pins Available Now


   What better time to launch a new product than during a worldwide pandemic! Timing has never been my strong suit, but what can ya do?  Just in time for all of those stimulus checks to hit, you can now buy one of these killer Nordic Lucky Cat pins from me.  I designed em, worked with a factory to produce em, and now they're ready to be the ultimate accessory to your already fabulous wardrobe.  Each pin is 1 and 1/2 inches tall and are $10 each which includes free shipping in the United States.  They're limited to 100 pieces and can be had right now by visiting thetoyviking.bigcartel.com.  


Friday, April 17, 2020

Prismatic Resin Shard Dunnys from Scott Tolleson


   What magic is this?  Scott Tolleson's Shard Dunny has seen many iterations, but this version is insane.  But Chris you say, what makes these so special?  I'm glad you asked, cause these Prismatic edition Dunnys change color depending on which angle you view them.  I have no idea how this effect was achieved, but imagine the fun you could have stoned out of your gourd while in quarantine, eating all of your Oreo rations and watching the colors change as you spin one of these in your hands.  Hell, you may just unlock the secrets of the universe, or you may just forget to shower for a week.  Anything is possible in these uncertain times.  Also don't do drugs, or whatever.  

    Hollywood prop maker and all around resin magician Task One made these 3 inch resin figures and they will instantly become a cherished piece in your collection.  That is, if you're lucky enough to score one of the 30 available when they go on sale today, April 17th.  They are $60 each and will be available starting at 10am pacific time only from www.stolleart.com.  

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Apoc4lypse One Off Release Lottery from The Devil's Kaiju




     When you elect the Antichrist to run the country why should you be surprised that the Apocalypse was soon to follow?  Ok, the second part of that was a little dramatic, but don't act like the thought hasn't crossed your mind.  Though watching the news is enough to make you wish it would hurry up and get here already, and don't tell me you won't be excited to see all the morons in their little red baseball caps as they realize the elevator they're on only goes down.   Pack your aloe vera in case you burn easily. 

   The Devil's Kaiju has a fitting name to go along with such a doomsday themed release.  He's calling it the Apoc4lypse, as there are four sets of one off figures that call out to the most famous of horsemen.  Each set consists of one of his GØD figures and one companion Aleister.  You think they're gonna scoop the poop of their beastly pets? Just imagine what a beast like that leaves behind on his daily walks.

    If you want the chance to purchase these you have to enter a lottery to do so.  Here are the details:

1. Send ONE email only please to: thedevilskaiju@gmail.com
2. Email title MUST be: The Apoc4lypse Lottery
3. Email Body (English please/ No special characters): 
4. List your preferred one-off colorway selection in order of 1-4, 1 being your favorite. 

Example:
     1. Green
     2. Pale
     3. Red
     4. Black

Your full name:
Shipping Address:
Paypal Email Address:
Outside US only: Phone Number:

Winners will be chosen at random Monday (4.20.20) and will receive an email notification and Paypal invoice at that time.
Winners have 48 hours to pay or another will be selected. Thank you so much for your support and interest. Namaste & good luck!


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Brick Red Edition Kub from Mike Fudge x UVD Toys



  The world is crazy right now, as I'm sure you know, but the weather in New Jersey has been all like "hold my beer" and turned things up a notch.  The other day it was 60 degrees out and it magically starts snowing out.  Granted, it only lasted for five minutes, but it was really weird and almost more snow than we had all winter.  Yesterday we were under tornado watch all day, which is one of those things that never happens here.  Today I wore my heavy jacket and I have my hard hat in the car just in case the intensity of these weather events ramps up to Biblical plague level.  Frogs look soft until they're smacking you in the head from the cruising altitude of a 747.

    Mike Fudge's wildly popular Kub vinyl figure seems well dressed for anything this apocalyptic weather could throw at him.  This version is knows as the brick red edition, well, because that's what color it is.  Not everything has to be overly complicated.  UVD Toys will have this 7 inch figure available starting tomorrow, Wednesday April 15th, at noon eastern time.  Limited to 100 pieces and retailing for $75 each, they can be had directly from the source at www.uvdtoys.com

Friday, April 3, 2020

Huge 40% Off One Day Sale Happening Now at Tenacious Toys




   You know what makes me happy when I'm stressed out?  New toys, of course!!!  What did you think I was gonna say, ya weirdos?  The times are indeed uncertain and we all could use a distraction right now, so for today only (Friday, April 3) Tenacious Toys is offering 40% off a huge selection of toys on their website.  And we're talking about good stuff too, I know cause I looked.  If saving a ton of money wasn't enough of an incentive to invest in your happiness,  you also have the ability to score a free 8 inch Gorilla figure designed by James Groman.  To get one you just have to spend $110 after the discount if you live in the United States and $200 after the discount if you live anywhere else in the world.  Why you're still reading this is beyond me, so click this link and start shopping.  Don't  forget to use the code FRIDAY40 so you get your deal. 




Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Win Horrible Adorables Latest Figure and Help Your Favorite Toy Stores




    I'm sure a lot of you are sitting at home right now feeling kinda helpless in the face of this pandemic.  And while some of you may be occupying your time trying to figure out whether that tiger lady killed her husband or not, others may be feeling kinda lost.  Horrible Adorables have come up with a really cool way that you can help small business owners from the comfort and safety of your own home while being the first to obtain their latest Fuzzy Friends figure.

   I cant imagine the stress that small business owners are under right now, especially if their means of support is something non essential.  Toy retailers are being hit very hard right now but there's a cool way you can get involved while getting some new toys to brighten your day in the process.  Horrible Adorables will be giving away 8 of their new Podgy the Hedgehog figures when you support your favorite toy stores.  The first store up is Rotofugi, and all you have to do is spend at least $20 online with them, dm your proof of purchase to Horrible Adorables on Instagram (winner will be drawn on 04/01 at 9pm eastern time) and you could win.  There will be 8 different stores in total, so the next chance to win will involve a completely different retailer.  Keep your eyes peeled at this link so you can see which store is up next!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

iBoy Designer Toy Kickstarter from Classicbot




   I've spent this first week of isolation doing a lot of art projects and writing a lot for a bigger story I've been working on.  Basically I'm just trying to put a silver lining on all of this craziness that has become our normal for the foreseeable future.  My wife and I have also done a fair amount of house cleaning, which has been interesting to say the least.  For one, I will never understand how we have a full sized trash can worth of socks but I am never able to find them when I want them.  One load of laundry was nearly all socks but I can almost guarantee you by June I will be in the store buying another pack because they have disappeared.  The second thing that is weird is determining what we own that could be worth selling in a pinch.  I have a ton of local crew shirts from various bands whose shows I've worked over the years that I will never wear but refuse to just give away.  They're like the ultimate limited edition merch item and I keep telling myself I'll put them on eBay but instead they're in a box that I will discover some time later and be surprised about.  You want a Kid Rock shirt with Sanford and Son on it?  I got one and I'm not proud of it.

    Sadly as we dug through the layers of our hoard I did not find any original iPods in their unopened packaging, because those things are worth a small fortune now.  Classicbot can't make up for the fact that I didn't see those things becoming more valuable than gold, but he can sell me one of his iBoy figures to ease the pain.

    If Stephen King taught a young me anything, it was to be weary of any inanimate object at all times because they are one short story away from trying to kill you.  This dude looks like a pretty chill guy; just barely enough to calm some of my irrational fears. There are 20 days left on the Kickstarter for this anthropamorphic blast from the not so distant past, but the good news is he is already funded so your figure is guaranteed.  Check out the campaign at this link


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Kaaarg Glow in the Dark Debut from Jeff Lamm x Clutter Magazine




     Sharon and I are on day three of our shelter at home order and the cats have begun to get suspicious.   I would bet my hard earned money when we're not home that the majority of their day consists of taking the best naps that anyone has ever known.  But now their day consists of staring at us all the time wondering why we would dare interrupt the routines that they hold dear.  I think they enjoy it somewhat, especially as a few of them are all about getting our attention, but the others just seems confused as to what to do.  Are they feeling some obligation to entertain us? Are they worried that we have lost our jobs and thus the ability to feed them? Now I'm starting to think their licks of endearment are their attempts to determine which parts of us to eat first.

    There are lots of things to do while in isolation that sound way more fun than being devoured by five confused felines.  How about doing some shopping? Jeff Lamm and Clutter Magazine have now introduced a killer collaboration by the name of Kaaarg, who you may recognize from the inaugural Five Points Festival poster.  This sofubi chunky boi stands eight inches tall, features five points of articulation, and even has an exposed brain that you can poke and peod as you see fit.  Limited to only 30 pieces in this debut glow in the dark edition, you can snag one for yourself by visiting shop.cluttermagazine.com.  

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Sofubi Shamrock Stroll from SpankyStokes x Toy Art Gallery




    We are living in weird times, my friends, but no matter how strange things get people will always find a way to enjoy themselves.  While the bars might have been shut down for St. Patrick's Day, folks from all over the world utilized technology to share a drink with friends and strangers alike.  I'm sure amongst the good cheer and socially distant revelry there was more than one laptop completely ruined by the effects of over indulgence, but have any of you truly lived if you have not cleaned vomit from the keyboard of a MacBook?  From what I understand we'll have a lot of time on our hands to ponder that and more of life's most pressing questions.

     Inspired by the holiday the celebrates a man who really wasn't a fan of snakes, SpankyStokes and Toy Art Gallery have released the latest version of their sofubi Stroll figure.  The mascot for one of the longest running toy blogs in the world stands 8 inches tall, is cast in translucent green vinyl and is filled with green metallic tinsel to give it an extra dose of sparkle.  We could all use a little luck of the Irish right now and this massive dose of it can be yours for $85 by visiting www.toyartgallery.com.  

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The Final Semi Korosiya Release Ever from Cop A Squat Toys




       Have you possibly been living under a rock, taking an extended nap, or just spending your money on dumb stuff like electricity or court fines, then you may have missed out on purchasing a Semi Korosiya figure.  Whatever your excuse may be you are now being given the opportunity to make things right.  Cop A Squat Toys is waiving good bye to their flagship figure with one final release tonight, March 10th, at 10pm eastern time.  Only 13 of these will be available and each will retail for $75 each plus shipping.  Let's give this figure the proper send off it deserves as it moves on to a life of retirement at some beach side resort, sipping on colorful drinks with umbrellas and creeping on scantily clad coeds.



Friday, March 6, 2020

Shub Grub Sofubi Debut from Wonder Goblin

 


    This figure has me torn, because worms are fun, especially the parasitic variety that I try and convince people they have, but so is the otherworldly-ness that this toy clearly evokes.  Do I talk about the dangers of undercooked fish or do I go with the mysterious Lovecraftian creatures that call the darkness home and wish nothing more than to turn our minds to mush?  Never mind, inspiration has struck in superbly grotesque fashion: hydatid cysts.

   Combining the best of both aforementioned worlds, hydatid cysts are sacs that grow in your brain due to the presence of tape worm babies.  They're just in their swimming around in a nausea-inducing sauna that puts all sorts of pressure on your brain and makes you miserable.  If you really want to have a good time you should look up videos of them being surgically removed as the doctors have to do their best not to break them open and unleash those worm babies in your skull.  Anybody else hungry?

     Wonder Goblin is releasing the debut of his Shub Grub figure via lottery system tomorrow (Saturday, March 7th) at noon eastern time.  This version glows in the dark and under black light, is limited to 30 pieces, and priced at $50 each plus shipping.  If this is just the larval stage, a fully grown one might be too much for our reptile brains to comprehend.



Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Emerald Green Sofubi Borealis Kid and More from Splurrt x Lulubell Toys




     Not far from where I live there was a very specific collector who had decorated his front lawn with the objects of his affection. He was in love with glass insulators from power lines, which you've probably passed by in an antique store without paying much attention to. This man was so into them that he built utility pole- like structures around his property to display the thousands of them that he owned. Ranging from completely clear to a rich Pine Barrens green, they stood as a unique display that invited people to pull their cars over and gaze at the depths that the love for collecting can take us. Sadly he passed away and I believe the house was sold to someone who didn't appreciate them the way he did.  They were subsequently removed, leaving the drive down that particular stretch of road way a lot less interesting.



    The Insulator House is the first thing that came to mind when I saw Splurrt's latest update to his popular Cadaver Kid figure. Featuring a new head and arms, the Borealis Kid's melon and clear green vinyl are reminiscent of those relics of our country's infrastructure. Of course, when you have a color this amazing you don't limit its use to just one figure, so he also made a set of his Dokuro Pocket Monsters available in the same hue. These will be exclusively available from Lulubell Toys this Saturday, March 7th, at 9am pacific time. Each is limited to just 1 per household, so you will unfortunately have to find another way to decorate your lawn.




Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Mossy the Moss Spirit from Strangecat Toys x Mumbot



     Growing up in Virginia there were always huge forests to walk in and it remains one of my favorite things to do.  I was probably 13 or so at the time and had just gotten in an argument with my parents, so a walk through the woods seemed like a good idea to clear my head.  I was gone for hours with no real intention other than to ignore my home life and explore what the natural world had to offer.  After some time I came to the remnants of an old house, which was little more than the outline of a foundation, a fire place, and a scattering of metal utensils buried under piles of leaves that I disturbed with a sweep of my foot.  I sat there for a little while, wondering about the people who must have lived there when I noticed a small cemetery just a short distance away.  There, in the literal middle of nowhere, was a smattering of headstones with various degrees of legibility.  I have forgotten what they said a long time ago, but I’ll never forget the sad feeling that they were so well hidden that no one would ever come to visit them.  Now as I’ve gotten older the thought of such peacefulness (not the dead part, mind you) sounds like the most wonderful thing on Earth.  It’s all about perspective.

    Of course no one is ever truly alone in the woods, as there are numerous sets of eyes taking a great interest in you at all times.  Many you would recognize, but what about others that are even better at hiding than the shyest raccoon?  Introducing Mossy the Moss Spirit from Mumbot.  Now I’ve never seen anything like this roaming around, but it wouldn’t upset me if I did.  Strangecat Toys has produced this nearly 5 inch figure in vinyl and are offering up this debut version right now through their website.  Start building your own magical dream forest now by visiting www.strangecattoys.com.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Marbled Slugbeard Lottery from Paul Kaiju x Toy Art Gallery




    It's been a long time since we've seen a Slugbeard release, but like an absentee father he has come back around just when you were about to search through the local obituaries. That line to get cigarettes at the corner store really is something else!! And now that I think about it, Slugbeard is kind of asking you for money and a place to stay after not even calling you for your last 25 birthdays. It only sorta hurts to explain to your cats why they have just met one of their grandfathers, no big deal I guess, but you will not promise them that you'll be there to watch the Hoarders marathon on Saturday with them and then no show because you were called in to work at your job with the CIA to avert another national crisis.  

    Toy Art Gallery has a lottery happening right now that will last through Wednesday that gives you the opportunity to purchase one of these bad boys with the gangsta lean from Paul Kaiju.  You want one of these rarities then this is what ya gotta do to get one:

    The Slugbeard Marble Edition retails for $175 and will be released via email lottery starting on Monday, Feb. 24th at 12PM PST and ending on Wednesday, Feb. 26th at 12PM PST. Email sales@toyartgallery.com with “Slugbeard Lottery” as the subject along with your paypal address and shipping info. If selected you will be sent an invoice for payment. Please allow 24 hours for a response after the closing time. Winners will be chosen at random, one entry per participant please (if you submit more than once you will be disqualified). Good luck!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Garamon in Meteor Suit One of a Kind Figure from Plaseebo




   When I first read about this figure I had yet to see a picture, so I'm thinking this dude's Meteor Suit is just a fancy way of saying that he was clad in his space get up. That he had tired of this world and was off exploring the galaxy. But it turns out that Garamon was dressed up in the remnants of an actual meteor, which is way different than I would have expected. I have a problem finding pants that fit the way I like and this guy is out here chiseling space rock into something that would probably win Project Runway.

   Plaseebo creates figures unlike any other and it's not just because they all shine like they're burning up in the atmosphere. He can mix and match pieces together in a way that most people would never think of to create something unlike anything you will ever see again. And if you don't act quickly to enter the lottery for this figure he may be nothing more than a memory for you. That's because like most of Plaseebo's work there is only one to be had. Follow these instructions if you're interested in owning him:


USD $250. + $20. for US shipping OR $65. for world-wide shipping.

To enter lottery, please send the following to:   bob@plaseebo.net 

1.  Name

2.  Shipping Address 

3.  Country

4.  Telephone Number

5.  PayPal Email Address

6.  Instagram ID

Lottery winners will receive notification emails by Sunday February 23rd. Figure will ship from the USA upon receipt of payment due by Monday February 24th.





Thursday, February 13, 2020

Five Inch Rose Gold Dunny from Tristan Eaton x Kidrobot




     You know what's bigger than the Super Bowl?

     Your mom, hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

     Ok, I'm better now. Not much is bigger than the football game that determines who gets the shiny trophy (and is for some reason deemed more important than airing a new episode of 90 Day Fiance) so it's a pretty huge deal that Tristan Eaton got to design the program and the tickets for this year's game. Yes, the man who created the Dunny with Kidrobot got one of the highest profile art gigs I can think of, but he hasn't at all forgotten his humble foray into designing the toy world's most iconic platform.

    Tomorrow, which just so happens to be Valentine's Day, is also your first chance to snag this 5 inch metal Dunny clad in stunning rose gold. It features elements from Tristan's world famous mural work and will refract the light in crazy blinding fashion that will make you think you have your own Lombardi trophy right there in your home.  You probably wont get to hoist it a top a fire truck in a parade down main street where you live, but it never hurts to ask.

    Get em at www.kidrobot.com or wherever else they sell fancy toys.  Not the place your mom goes, that's a different sort of thing. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

New Ushi-Oni Sofubi Colorways from Cereal Box Toys




    The break room at my job often times looks like people were attempting to combine their lunch with professional wrestling. I cant understand how bits of food manage to end up under the table, in the electrical closet, near-ish to the trash can, under the trash can, on the keyboard attached ro the server in a locked IT room, etc. Naturally, all sorts of little critters get a whiff of those crumbs and are all like "don't mind if I do" and dance their way inside from their otherwise happy outdoor lives. Which then leads to spiders, the natural predator of said critters, dancing their way inside to set up shop and take advantage of the free range buffet dwellers. Their presence leads to screams at various pitches and calls for me to relocate the eight legged opportunists or risk them being squashed under heel. I'd like to think I have a commemorative statue in wherever it is the majority of spiders congregate that describes the amount of their lives I've saved from certain death over the years. I hope they had a good reference picture to use for the sculpture, as I'd rather not have my Vanilla Ice inspired haircut from middle school be immortalized for the ages.

   If this dude made his way into my place of business I don't think he would need much assistance from me, as he appears to be able to handle his own business.  Although, the more I look at him, Ushi-Oni from Cereal Box Toys does have kind of a cute, maybe even sad face.  You almost want to hug him a little, tell him everything is gonna be alright, until you realize he has a skull for a butthole.  You think I'm kidding, then explain this:


  That sure is one way to hide your evil side.  Innovative skull placement aside, I really like this figure, as it is so different from anything anyone else is making right now.  

  This dude is extremely limited in two different colorways and only three figures of each.  They will be $80 and available this Friday, February 14 at 3pm eastern time from https://cerealboxtoys.storenvy.com/