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Feb 10, 2012

Join the Lunabee mailing list to be eligible for giveaways

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Just got an email that Lunabee is giving away a sweet Cris Rose sculpt that she customized for Valentine's Day. I can't steal the image out of her email, and that's probably done for a reason, so the giveaway Cris Rose Sprog custom is not pictured here out of respect for that.

What IS pictured above is an image of Lunabee's hand-painted Robobees Series 3. These are, again, Cris Rose resin sculpts, which, when combined with Lunabee's signature style- which one might describe as embellished cartoon illustrative style- make for some super-cute pieces. These are, not surprisingly, sold out. Which brings me back to Lunabee's email list- that seems to be the only way to get your mitts on some of her pieces. Email her. In the mean time, she does have several other pieces in stock and ready to ship in her shop.

Glitter Waniphant customs from Rampage Toys available today

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Glitter Waniphants!, originally uploaded by rampage.toys.
Jon sends us images from Japan- some wild custom paint work he did on the Waniphant platform.

Here's what Jon says:
Here's a collaboration with my buddy Shane in Australia. Shane might be known to you as "Hints and Spices" - the creative genius behind the Waniphant Sofubi toy!
This super fun figure was cast in super glittery glitter vinyl!
Pika Pika!
I painted five of these (using a broad array of clear sprays, and some handpaint work). They will be available in the RAMPAGE BigCartel this Friday - Evening EST. Check out the blog, or join the mailing list for updates!

Go to the Rampage Toys shop today to buy these items: rampagetoysandart.bigcartel.com

Autumn and Valentine's Day Zukie World pieces by Alison Perez

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Autumn Zukie World
New Zukie World pieces by Alison Perez are available in the Zukie web store. Autumn, above, is limited to 4 pieces: two yellows, a green and an orange, and measures 3" square. They are $60 each and can be purchased here. These pieces are made from sculpey, egg shell, hobby grass and assorted mixed materials.

The Valentine's Day Zukie pieces are available here. Same size as Autumn, with only 2 pieces made (and it seems yellow just sold so only blue is available). Purchase these items here.

Visit the Zukie World web store here, Facebook page here, the blog here, and Twitter here.

JFury's latest custom 3-inch Dunnys

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Justin Fury Phillips sends us images of a handful of his recent 3" custom Dunnys! JFury has been working nonstop- in fact, I have a few more emails from him in my inbox. Seems he's completing customs faster than I can blog about them. Pretty damn nice work! JFury is gonna have a custom piece up for sale at Kidrobot NY soon, which is great. They're always looking for cool customs to sell in their shop so if you wanna find out more, email me and I'll pass along their contact info.

If ya wanna find out more about JFury or book a commission, you can find him on Twitter and Facebook.

Feb 9, 2012

Geoff Soderberg's Crustacean customs... and Mickey!

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I'm like Keithing- I love toys based on sea life. There are so many wonderful sea creatures like jellyfish, crabs, the kiwa hirsute, and all those weird-ass animals that live around the hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the sea floor... they all make for super-interesting collectibles when artists choose to use them. It doesn't happen often. So when Geoff Soderberg sent me some images of his customs, I was stoked to find several of his pieces look like custom crustaceans. Not sure if they're actual painted crab shells, or they're just great sculpts, but I love 'em either way.

Geoff also does non- crustacean pieces, like the Mickey Mouse piece below:

Scott Kinnebrew Muertos Dunnys sets available now

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These Muertos Dunny customs by Scott Kinnebrew need no introduction. I think the pic speaks for itself. Two 2-piece sets available- blue or black- at $80 per set. Buy them here in our Scott Kinnebrew section, and don't wait. I have a feeling these are gonna sell immediately.

MeSmithy KayNid Anubis and Winter Kitsune

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We'd like to welcome our newest advertiser, Megan Smithyman, to our blog! MeSmithy is an artist working in CA, utilizing stitched leather to create her unique custom toy designs. In my opinion, once you start incorporating old-school materials in a custom toy, it starts to make that transition from "toy" to objet d'art. It feels legit, for me, maybe because I frequently have to explain that these items are not in fact toys, per se, in the normal definition of the word. Still, a painted piece of plastic is seen, by many people, as a toy, no matter what you say. Throw some leather on there and I think most of those people wouldn't need so much convincing. Handcrafted leather items seem to hold more weight in traditional society, and I think MeSmithy's customs are a wonderful crossover type of product that help legitimize our obsessive toy collecting. 

Plus, I love Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Just sayin'.
Check out MeSmithy's website here. For some really unique custom art toys, keep wtaching MeSmithy's shop. The Anubis figure (top) is for sale, in addition to other pieces.

Feb 8, 2012

How to paint a Dunny: a time-lapse video by the Color Chemist

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Check out how the Color Chemist (aka my man Bryan A. Collins) customizes a Kidrobot Dunny. This one, in fact. The above piece was a commission and is sold, obviously, but you can go peruse Bryan's store here. Definitely some sweet customs up for sale.


Feb 6, 2012

A Challenge for Nico Deacosta

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A collector named Willem recently got in touch with us and wanted us to feature his (still unfinished) custom series he commissioned from Nico Deacosta. While this is very interesting, this is not the usual type of post that I write, so I will let Willem tell the story:

I got addicted to vinyl by a colleague from work.
He introduced me with the dunny's.

And within a month i gathered several dunny's, from different series.
And when i got familiar with the KR boards, the hobby/collection got even bigger...

I got to know some very good artists, who made custom dunny's.
These were even better then the original..

So i started to collect customs.
Fuller, Matt A, Rsin, Ardabus Rubber, Fail2Evolve, Nikejerk and many more..

Then i got to know Nico Deacosta aka Likhang Pinoy.
A very good artist..

I asked him if he could do a theme, a set of 12 3"dunny's
And he accepted the challenge..

And i must say, his work came out better then i could dream...
Gratz for Nico!!






Sounds like Willem has good taste in customizers! These Dunnys are pretty sweet. I'm diggin that Carnage one myself. By the way, I'd love to explore Nico's blog in order to flesh out this post, but it's set to private.  Click here if ya wanna see for yourself.

Voodoo Bud: the second Tribesman from NEMO, for sale now

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NEMO has released the second of his Three Tribesmen series: the Voodoo Bud! Based on a cheap plastic platform called Doodle Budz, this 3 to 4-inch tall vinyl figure features crazy troll hair, a loincloth and bright paint work. This piece is for sale here on our NEMO page, where a whole slew of one-of-a-kind customs are available (including the first Tribesman).

Plaseebo custom Garamon for GAGAMANIACAL show

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Plaseebo sends us images of his latest masterpiece:

Here is my custom Garamon for the GAGAMANIACAL show that opens this Friday February 10th at FOE Gallery (Northampton, MA).

14" high glow in the dark vinyl with inset eyes and an internal color changing LED unit that has a "metal controller rock"  located in the modified back of his head that functions as the switch to turn the Led unit on and off. He also comes with his bud, The Skulloctopus From Outter Space, a 3 1/2 high clear vinyl custom with glass eyes and a switched LED unit in his head. Both pieces in the set are hand panted and signed.




Bob's work is fucking nuts.  This is a 14 inch high figure in GID vinyl, which also has an internal color-changing LED. Meaning, this thing glows in two ways. Nuts.

I think Bob is from outer space. What a cool dude.

Custom Horselington by Alison Perez

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Recently we covered some Zukie World sculptures by Alison Perez. We also covered Matt Anderson's Horselington. Not to be outdone, Alison then sent us pics of her own Horselington custom! Definitely cool enough to get some page time here on this blog! It's too bad the Horselingtons didn't get this much love a couple years ago when they were first released... I think this platform is an interesting one.

Alison wants everyone to know that no panda was hurt during the creation of this custom.
Alison's links are as follows:

choke - urban creation street art umbrellas

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choke is a new "street art" umbrella brand featuring art by artists spanning the globe.  

alone from Tehran, Iran, cabaio from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and papermonster from here in NYC are the three artists currently adorning choke's umbrellas.

You can also follow choke on Facebook.

Fungi Men Mini Munny custom by Cyberphunkk

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Cyberphunkk send us images of his cool new custom series called Fungi Men. This custom was inspired by the character Matango from the movie Attack Of The Mushroom people by Toho.co.jp.

This custom is based on a 4-inch Mini Munny figure, but Cyberphunkk says there will be more figures in this series coming on other platforms. 
You can buy this custom here. More images are on his Flickr here.



Jacob JAMS Dropping Jaw Exclusives in stock now

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In our last blog post we teased our blue resin exclusive Dropping Jaw figure by Jacob JAMS- and here it is! At 2.5" tall, our exclusive Tenacious Blue Dropping Jaw figures are hand numbered and signed, and come bagged with header card. This Exclusive is limited to 5 pieces and priced at $15 each. 


The artist, Jacob Siegelbaum, is 11 years old and I would love to tell you that this is his first rodeo, but amazingly, it isn't. Jacob has been selling his resin figures to friends and classmates with great success. Tenacious Toys is the first shop to be given a Jacob JAMS exclusive. You can see the rest of his work here on his website.

Support your local artists! You can purchase a Tenacious Toys Exclusive Dropping Jaw here. Jacob will also be participating in the Bad Applez online group show going live February 14th. Click here for a sneak peek.

Feb 5, 2012

Custom Suckadelic Gay Empire figure by Jim

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storm 1, originally uploaded by Jim1297.
Jim's hilarious! He sends me these Flickr sharing messages so I just click thru and post his customs up. I like the sparkly purple codpiece on this one. Sucklord would love it too.