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September 18, 2014

When Your "Leading Artists" Are Rip-Offs, It's Not A Bragging Point

Puffpipes.com Boast Industry Leading RipOff Artists

This ad published 18/09/2014 in the Vancouver (BC) paper was brought to my attention by fine artist Camilla- long time friend to the Designer Toy industry, exemplifying the care we as a community have for each other. Designer Toys is a small, tightly-knit community; we can spot biters pretty quick.

Puffpipes (.ca) are toting an artist's amalgamation of some of the Designer Toy Industry's most prominent creative contributors. Their "Industry's Leading Glass Artists" rip-off the Kidrobot Munny and Bot platform- two of Kidrobot's most internationally recognized product lines.

Kidrobot Munny

Kidrobot Bot Mascot


 Puffpipes (.ca)'s most bragworthy industry leading artists ripoff the "Argyle Warrior" himself, Fine Artist Scott Tolleson. We notice when you rip off and bootlegg an artist's toy, apparel, website, and logo designs. The designs are pretty inseparable from Scott Tolleson's practice, especially inside Designer Art Toys.


That Would Be The Ripped Off Tshirt Emblem In The Image Background

With A Color Scheme Reminiscent of Tolleson's "Agent Argh Noir" Production Release

Tolleson's Kickstarter Tshirt Was Pretty Cool. And Iconic.

With a little flavour reminding me of Frank Kozik's Clockwork Orange x Beethoven bust design, and his industry-recognized affinity for the appropriation of Clockwork Orange inspired imagery.



What is Puffpipes to do when your Industry Leading Artists's most brag-worthy product, which you've paid to advertise, is a ripoff of well recognized companies and artists? Maybe not publish them in a metropolitan newspaper. Or, they could instead seek to contact the artists and companies who are leading the industries yours ripped off; I've collected them here for you. :)



Yours sincerely,

My Bomb to Bear by Cole Brenner drops September 21 for Super Series Sundays


Cole Brenner [ColeBrenner.com] is bringing his graphic design style to the toy world with the release of “My Bomb to Bear.” Five blue My Bomb to Bear figures were created for a Tenacious Toys Super Series Sundays release on September 21. The custom boxed toys have a bear strapped to a rocket that's mid-flight; each 3.5in resin figure is individually hand cast & painted.

Cole's experience as an apparel designer for J!NX & TAPOUT has been translated into his personal artwork which packs a dark & humorous punch.

“Its been the hardest and greatest year of my life. The change of focus from a Freelance Designer [BRENNERds.com] to a stay-at-home dad, and now to full time Artist & Toy Studio. The spark that motivated this change is the recent loss of my dad [comedian David Brenner], who had made it to Boulder, CO for the birth of my first son Wesley in November, but in April he passed away after battling cancer. I keep a photo of my dad and I on my work table, so he is with me in spirit. After his passing, my brother Wyatt and I went into a frenzy casting and painting. Now the toys are for sale on ColeBrenner.com and on the bottom of each box is a small “HEART, Dad” the signature of every email he sent me.”



The five My Bomb to Bear figures allocated to Tenacious Toys (above) contain one tentacled chase and four regular blue colorway figures. This Super Series Sundays release will take place at 6PM on Sunday September 21, 2014. Each blind-boxed piece will be $65.

The entire My Bomb to Bear series is made up of 60 blind-boxed pieces. Some Chase versions have missing limbs with metal caps, Tentacles and more fun madness.


Nugglife Present's Gro-Pods Series 1


Gro-Pods are Nugg's genius creation for personal growing. Pretty affordable and very durable these environmental climate control pods will grow the stinkiest, dankiest, Nugs known in Nugglife.. come's pre-set, just gotta shine some light through. 

Gro-Pods series 1 is ready for release this Friday, September 19, 2014 at 4:20pm eastern for $110 each. available at his online shop... there are only 5 so good luck!!!

"Killing Time" Print by Craola

Craola, Greg Simkins, is an amazing artist with a super creative imagination. One of his latest prints to become available is called "Killing Time", which leans towards the Brown/Orange color spectrum while having pops of reds to break up the monotony. Limited to just 75 pieces, with an additional 5 sold out Artist Proofs, "Killing Time" is priced at $150 plus shipping. Each Giclee print is hand signed and numbered, printed on Elegance 320g Cotton Rag. Measuring in at 20" x 20", this piece will look great on any wall, with a decent frame and matting. Definitely a great piece to add to any collection, head on over to the IMSCARED website to make a purchase.

Kickstarter: Tentacle Crown by Killer Tentacle Octopus

Going from 2D to 3D is the Tentacle Crown from Camilla d'Errico's "Dream Melt" painting(print). Kaity O'Shea, from Killer Tentacle Octopus, has been working with Camilla d'Errico for a year to produce the wearable version of the Tentacle Crown. Currently, the Kickstarter is fully funded and any additional funding is always welcomed. While the original prototype was created by Kaity, Mana Studios will be handling the reproduction of the piece. Check out the Kickstarter video and page for more info. There are a lot of different rewards starting at just $1. The Tentacle Crown Kickstarter is set to end on Satuday September 27th, so be sure to check it out and if possible, make a pledge for a cool reward.


September 17, 2014

Brandt Peters x Ferg TERROR BOYS GOHSTBAT [YETI WIZRD - NORTHERN]

Welp, it's official- this here is my very favoritest Squadt ever made.

TERROR BOYS GOHSTBAT [YETI WIZRD - NORTHERN]
BRANDT PETERS X FERG
EDITION OF 225

The release is set for Monday, SEPT 22 - 12:00 noon central time here in the Squadt store.

GOHSTBAT [YETI WIZRD - NORTHERN]
  • 6" vinyl, fur and ABS
  • Includes 2 sets of HT lenses
  • 2.1 and classic arms
  • claw hands
  • jeweled sword-cane
  • removable helmet
$105 Includes worldwide shipping. And damned well worth it if you're lucky enough to get one.

Dope Vaders by Seriously Silly K for Dopevinyl


Available now is a small run of green Dope Vaders, created by Seriously Silly K as a Dopevinyl exclusive. Priced at $30 plus shipping, these Dope Vaders are limited to just 10 pieces. Each piece comes bagged with a header card and measures around 2" tall. This is likely the last batch of Vaders to be made by Seriously Silly K, so once these sell out, they are gone(or at least until someone can convince Silly K to produce more). Head on over to Dopevinyl's webstore to make a purchase and also check out the other items available.