Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Soft Vinyl Figures from Mondo


     The best thing about Godzilla is that unlike my favorite space opera, whose toys I used to collect like crazy, they don’t just keep repackaging the same figures ad nauseam. Someone is constantly redefining what Godzilla and his cohorts look like so there are always cool things that I have to buy so my brain keeps releasing those happy little chemicals. The stress of finding somewhere to put them all could be a problem, but I refuse to let that sort of negativity in my life. Besides, I haven’t even begun to display them in the bathroom yet, so there’s still room.

   The folks at Mondo are releasing two new figures inspired by the upcoming Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire film that are totally beyond any movie tie in you’ll see for sale in a big box store. There’s a place in every collection for screen-accurate replicas, but these babies are a work of pure art. 

          Both figures are massive, with Kong coming in at ten inches tall and Godzilla just a hair over that, and limited to only 400 pieces. Kong isn’t as tall, be he does come with swappable arms and an axe, cause every diva needs their accessories (I’m team Godzilla, btw).They can each be yours starting tomorrow, Thursday, March 28th. They will retail for $190 each and can be had starting at noon central time from

Concept Design and Paint by Hector Arce. Sculpt by Hector Arce and Alex Brewer. Engineering by Tommy Hodges. Packaging Design by Jordan Christianson. Photography by Robert Howell. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Memento Mori Edition Nordic Lucky Cat for Stranger Factory’s Toy Makers of Planet Earth


     Last year was hard, as I faced more loss than I have ever experienced before. Individuals that I looked up to, that I considered friends, and others that were my family departed this world and left me feeling kind of helpless. I didn’t write much, or make anything as I was consumed by feelings of grief that made those tasks nearly impossible. This is my way of moving past that and gaining whatever sense of closure you can ever feel. 

    When Stranger Factory asked me to be part of their Toy Makers of Planet Earth show I had a lot of different ideas that I wanted to execute, but this is the one that I kept returning to. The Memento Mori edition of my Nordic Lucky Cat figure is solid resin and painted in matte black. On the bottom of each is the name of someone that was special to me, written in gold, that I lost last year. Five figures representing five souls that have moved on to the next phase of existence. These will be available exclusively at the aforementioned show along with plenty of other artists who probably did something way more upbeat. 

    The show opens this Saturday, March 23rd, from noon - 4pm at: 

Stranger Factory Gallery

1431 NM HWY 313 Suite B
Algodones, NM 87001

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Realm Runners Board Game from Skinner x Jason Furie


   There are very few things in life that could ever be considered a sure thing. At this point I would usually list three gradually funnier things, but this morning when I was getting out of the shower one of my cats jumped on my back while I was hunched over drying off my legs and in the interest of him not tearing my flesh as he slid down, I remained in said position. Then I took a step forward, and hit my head on the door jam. At which point I said a few choice words, stood upright causing him to lose his grip, and was flayed like a medieval prisoner anyway. The moral of the story is I left my cleverness for the day in the skull shaped dent of my bathroom and there it shall remain for the time being.

    So other than me getting creatively injured in a feline related incident, the other sure thing in life is that this board game created by Skinner and Jason Furie has already been completely crowd funded and is guaranteed to go into production. So backing it comes with no risk of disappointment, unlike the look on Jacob Peterson’s face when I bested him in the third grade science spelling bee. You really thought you had it wrapped up with “mitochondria”? 

    As with anything Skinner involves himself in, this game looks cosmically insane. His neon Lovecraftian style is splattered all over every inch of this thing, from the box art to the boards, to the miniatures that are exclusive to the deluxe edition set. 

  While this project is fully funded, they’ve got plenty of stretch goals available to make the final product even more mind melting than what you see here. So check out this link and get in on it before you miss out and are all sad and stuff.