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Sep 24, 2010

Tenacious Toys Custom Marshall Blind Box Series shot

Boy that's a whole lot of blind-boxed customs, isn't it? Our Custom Marshall Blind Box series will be for sale here at 9pm EST this upcoming Sunday, September 26th. 
Limit of 2 per person. Price will be $49.99 per piece.
We've released a bunch of teasers and flyers but there are TONS of variants and chases that you haven't seen yet. Images of those figures will be released next week.

Sep 23, 2010

Art by Indonesia power couple Eric & Pamela

Eric Wirjanata, head of Thunderpanda toy company from Indonesia, sends over a picture of his lastest custom: Astro TV Boy, which he created from a Takara Astro Boy figure and Munny accessories! The figure is for sale for $45 at the Slanted Toys shop and will be on display at Eric's show at Plastic Culture in Jakarta.

Eric's girlfriend Pamela Halomoan (cool name, right?) is an animation student who will be helping Eric at the Thunderpanda booth during the Singapore Toy Con 2010. These are her Cupcakes Paper Art, featuring her twisted characters! 

And finally, Eric has been kind enough to let me sell t-shirts with one of his Skullrider drawings on it, so look for that in our Cafepress apparel shop soon!

Sep 22, 2010

Tenacious Toys Custom Marshall Blind Box Series work-in-progress

So here's the process of creating our little Custom Marshall blind box series: take a bunch of custom Marshalls (above), and the ratio cards and stickers (left)...

Insert ratio card + sticker (cuz stickers rule) into each box...

Then apply stickers to outside of box, on the panels that used to show 64colors' beautiful original designs for the Marshalls (much respect to 64colors but we had to cover those designs because they no longer apply to what's in the boxes...)
Et voila! 
The Custom Marshall blind box series will be for sale in our Exclusives section this upcoming Sunday, September 26th at 9pm EST. 
Any leftovers will be brought to NYCC to sell in our booth in early October.

Sep 21, 2010

Lemi 5-inch mini plush sets now in stock (Americas Exclusive)

We continue to be very impressed with the work that Eric of Thunderpanda puts into his plush toy releases: his 5-inch mini versions of Lemi the Space Wanderer just arrived, and the set is amazing! The three plushes come packed in a 10-inch zippered bag, screen printed with Lemis all over it. There is a magnet and a sticker in there as well. You get the whole set for just $25! Tenacious Toys is the exclusive retailer of these plush sets in the Americas. You can buy yours now here.
Each Lemi plush has a lanyard with either a suction cup or keyring at the end. The blue colorway is limited to 150 pieces worldwide, the pink to 100, and the green plushes are limited to just 50 pieces. Eric recently had his first solo show at Plastic Culture!

How to make your own blind-box series: Step #37 (gather printed materials)

Step #37 (gather printed materials): 
Gather the stickers you made to apply to the outside of the boxes, as well as the ratio cards you had printed up. Count remaining stickers you have left after that. 
Do you have enough to throw one into every blind box, along with the ratio card? 
Yes, you do. 
Take fuzzy pics with your terrible webcam so that you can show everyone by posting to your blog.

John Stokes custom Jouwe: "HoneyPot Stroll"

Our friend and fellow blogger John "Spanky" Stokes has been developing his own customizing style over the past couple years, and I think this is one of his most successful pieces thus far: a custom Jouwe for the group show at Toy Art Gallery in LA. John writes:

After watching the National Geographic channel, I got inspiration from the deep sea dwelling fish... more specifically the "Angler Fish" that has a long node of filament and attached to the end is a ball of bio-luminescence that the fish uses to lure his prey closer to eat them... and as you can see that is kinda what I did when creating the "HoneyPot" Stroll. The figure itself was sculpted on using magic sculpt, wire, tin foil, and I also used faux fur, a glass eye, wood stain, acrylic paints and other misc objects. I also created the "HoneyPot" with resin and inserted a self-contained LED unit with a built in switch.

Nice work Spanky! 

Sep 20, 2010

SNEAK PEEK: Ratio cards for our Custom Marshall blind-box series

The final piece of the puzzle: now that we have these sweet double-sided ratio cards printed (big thanks to Bryan Collins!) I have everything I need to pack up our Custom Marshall blind-box series!
After I add one of these ratio cards to each box, I'll apply our stickers, seal the boxes and mix them all around. Will post up images and/or video of those steps this week as we prepare for the release of this series next Sunday, September 26th at 9pm EST.

Emilio Garcia 8-inch Brain Pattern Qee coming soon

From the creative mind behind the Jumping Brain figure comes the newest Qee creation – the 8inch Brain Pattern Qee. Set to drop at  the beginning of October – this limited edition artist Qee will be available at Tenacious Toys. Drop us an email if you're interested; we'll bill you only when these are ready to ship to us. I'd anticipate the pricing to be along the same lines as other 8-inch Qees: $55 to $65.

A fantastic treat for this confectionary filled month, this will be Emilio’s first production Qee figure and Toy2R is proud to share it with all of the world. It is a worthy follow-up to Emilio's first endeavor with Toy2R- the wildly popular 2-inch Jumping Brain keychains.

Also, don't forget to enter Toy2R's 15 Weeks to Celebrate 15 Years Contest - Week Two begins today!!

Sep 19, 2010

Tenacious Toys Custom Marshall Blind Box Series reveal: Steve Talkowski

Steve "Sketchbot" Talkowski is a man that needs no introduction. He successfully organized one of the best custom shows I've ever been to at MyPlasticHeart, and he's got round 2 in the works with even MORE great artists customizing his Sketchbot figure (incidentally, we also sell Steve's Sketchbot v.1 figure in our shop). 
His custom work is bright, clean and professional. But aside from all that, Steve is one of the most frenetically happy people I've ever met. He is incredibly positive and welcoming. Just a great guy. 
I gave him 3 Marshalls to customize for our blind-box series, and he did them up in paint schemes to match his Sketchbots: 3 Marshalls in 3 different colorways. Above is the pic of the Marshall custom version of Steve's v.1 Sketchbot colorway. Below is the v.1 Sketchbot: