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Mar 3, 2012

DAVEMARKART Android custom WIP

A vaguely Cthulu-lookin' work-in-progress custom Android by Dave Webb aka DAVEMARKART. Can't wait to see the final piece! 
To see more of Dave's work, go here to his shop or go here to his page in my shop. 
To buy your own DIY Android, click here.

Domo & Friends set in stock now

From left to right: Tashanna, Domo & Mr. Usaji
This sweet boxed set features Domo and his 2 buddies, all seen on Japan's NHK TV station. These figures are about 4 inches tall each. In case you have no clue what is happening here, Domo is NHK's official spokesmonster. I've never seen any toys here in the US that featured all 3 of these characters, but they're here now! So I snagged a case. Buy the set here for only $17.99. 
Yes, everyone will think you're weird. It's OK.

Daniel Yu releasing his OMFG Crawdad Kid APs and customs Sunday

Daniel Yu was a part of the AWESOME October Toys Kickstarter-funded project called OMFG! (outlandish mini figure guys). The 2" figures in this series are an homage to our beloved M.U.S.C.L.E. men figures we all played with 20 years ago... all sculpts were developed by members of the designer toy community, and crowd-funded by artists, toy collectors and shop owners like myself!

Daniel is releasing his Artist Proof edition hot pink Crawdad Kid figures, as well as a bunch of custom Crawdad Kids, today. Go here to his store to buy them at 9PM EST tomorrow (Sunday March 4th), or check out his blog post here for more info and pics.

"Lobster Soup" hot pink AP edition Crawdad Kid ($6 each)
"Scourge of the Seven Seas" custom Crawdad Kid ($20 each)

Playge SQUADT fr0g s001 and K11 SPOT [SWAMP DWLLR]

The next Playge release- the SQUADT fr0g s001 and K11 SPOT [SWAMP DWLLR] set- is limited to  200 sets and will cost $115 total including shipping. fr0g is 6" tall.

(Note that Tenacious Toys will NOT be selling these- this one is a direct-to-consumer sale. You gotta buy em from Jamungo, and you have to buy them on Monday. These WILL sell out immediately).

The release is set for Monday, MARCH 5, 12:00 noon central time  (Austin TX)
Available at the squadt store>>

fr0g includes: wetsuit, tanks, flippers, spear gun, sMP5, tanto knife, 2.0 articulated and 'classic' arms and removable helmet.

K11 spot includes: wetsuit with pouches, flippers, removable helmet.

Clutter Exclusive PINK Gipper/Reagan Bust By Frank Kozik

Clutter is excited to announce their exclusive HIGHLIGHER PINK color-way of the Gipper/Reagan bust from art toy mastermind Frank Kozik! Part of his series of irreverent busts of 20th century political demagogues, The Gipper follows Mao, Stalin, Che and others to get Kozik's ultraviolence treatment.

Limited to just 50 pieces, the pink Gipper/Reagan bust will be ready to ship the end of this week. Priced at $200 - who doesn't love a hunk a chunk of pink vinyl?? Standing at 15" tall, he comes complete with removable "Destroy" plaque. Preorder your Pink Gipper here!

Mar 1, 2012

casting shadows pain — signature edition available

Casting Shadows- Signature Edition from Coarse Toys is now available to us. Retail price will be around $362 per set (don't hold me to that). Email us if you're interested as we'd need to place our order now. The figures are made and almost ready to ship to the US.

Featuring two vinyl figures, "noop" – arched in misery and "nism", peering from under his protective husk – complete with sharktooth warning markings. The set comes with a fabric kite, floating above the scenery and a set of typographic leaves, spelling out "coarse".

The assemblage speaks love, vulnerability, betrayal and revenge, all intertwined to create a unsettling perspective of the future. Bringing the declining mood of all coarse creations to a tipping point.

The ill-fated pair comes sheltered in soft black sponge, and packaged in a smooth matte-black box. Sheathed in a casting shadows sleeve complete with interactive pop ups – a nism teeth shield "love ends" and a noop blood gate "time to harvest", waiting for you to test the balance of their drastic detachment.

Suckadelic Gay Empire resin action figures in stock

The Gay Empire figure is 3.75" resin figure on a silk screened card back, made by the Sucklord here in New York City. This was supposedly the first openly gay action figure, as reported by one of the local papers here in NYC. It's also the first time we've been afforded the opportunity to stock a Suckadelic figure in our shop! Each handmade piece is assembled and "splattered" by the Sucklord himself. 
The Sucklord uses local sweatshop labor to actually pour the resin, as lowly task which he no longer wishes to do. What a bastard! 
The fame is going to his head. Expect a Britney Spears-style meltdown from him soon.
Buy your Gay Empire figure here.

AW177 custom Mickey Mouse figure for PlayImaginative

Our good friend, local artist AW177, got one of the 6.5" Mickey platforms in the mail from PlayImaginative, and in true AW177 style, he used bold graphics and cultural iconography to create this "Dragon Ninja" custom.

Allen writes:
I have a bit of news - I was asked by Play Imaginative to custom one of their 6.5" Mickey Mouse vinyl art figures.  This piece will be displayed at shows by Disney/Play Imaginative and will be up on their website.

To celebrate the year of the dragon 2012, I made Mickey into a "Dragon Ninja", complete with equipment belt, shurikens, pouches for gear, striking/climbing knives, dragon claws on feet and hands, and nunchucks! You can place the nunchucks into the back for storage.  Dragon symbol on the upper ear, black outlines to give it a more animated/cartoon feel.  This is my real first time sculpting, but I'm happy with the results.

This custom is based on one of the designs I submitted to Play Imaginative/Disney for possible production, so if you like to see it made, please let them know!

Pictures are up on my Flickr.

Rsin custom Bellicose Bunny "Quasi" bears some resemblance to the platform

Rsin also rocked a Bellicose Bunny for the Bellicosity show at TAG (March 23rd).

Rsin writes:
So the first 3 days of this piece I was ready to give up.  I ran into so many problems making this work.  I walked out of the studio a few times, cause I was ready to toss it against a wall.  But in the end I cleared my thoughts and made it work.  Now I love this piece.

Named this piece Quasi, cause growing up my lil sister had a rabbit named Quasimodo, and also the definition of Quasi is "Having some resemblance"  I took the original design by Nathan Hamill and just put my spin on it, but still resembles the original piece.

To follow Rsin, you have many options: Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Deviant Art, Flickr, and his shop.

OsirisOrion Bellicose Bunny custom for Bellicosity show at TAG

 Osiris rocked a Nathan Hamill Bellicose Bunny for the Bellicosity show:
OsirisOrion - Art and Custom Vinyl Toys: 03/23/2012 – “Bellicosity” Bellicose Bunny Group C...: Hey Everyone! Here is my custom Bellicose Bunny for the "Bellicosity" show that will be taking place at Toy Art Gallery on 3/23/12 in LA.
See more pics here, and OsirisOrion's original blog post on this custom here.

Feb 29, 2012

Custom Mickeys by Don P and Shawn Wigs

 So PlayImaginative, it seems, has taken a page out of my own playbook and is putting up an online custom show here focusing on their new Mickey Mouse DIY platform. I've seen a ton of cool pieces from my circle of artists (thanks Facebook) but here are two from guys that specifically reached out to me: Don P and Shawn Wigs. Don P's piece above is called WARZONE Mickey. I don't think Shawn named his piece (below) but it's a hella creepy clown. All clowns are creepy to me. You can find out more about Don P here, and you can follow Shawn here (both are Facebook links). To see other customs in this show, go here.

RAMPAGE x Imps and Monsters MANOTAUR sofubi: in WAX!

Manotaur WAX!, originally uploaded by
Jon Malmstedt sends us word from Japan- another project in the works! This is the Manotaur figure he's creating with Justin Hillgrove of Imps and Monsters- a SWEET sculpt if I do say so myself. In terms of the progression of how a vinyl toy is created, it needs to be molded in clay, and then wax. The clay is "waxi-fied", and the wax was at the mold maker as of the 21st of Ferbruary, meaning this project is well underway! The official release is scheduled for the weekend of Emerald City Comic Con - Seattle's Comic Con - starting March 29th. There will be blanks up first, and a really small batch of RAMPAGE handpaints as well.

After the event, anything left will go in the Imps and Monsters site (, and I think Justin might be offering a pre-order now as well. Blanks will retail for $65 - painted versions pricing TBD. You can also follow that link to read the backstory on the Manotaur.

Jon says: Following the initial release of blanks and handpaints, we will be having masks made, and regular runs will be painted in (generally) simple masked paint schemes - with one-offs from Both Justin and myself and RAMPAGE micro-runs on occasion. You can expect some teaming up of the Manotaur and the Ugly Unicorn.

Pictures of the monster, 8 inch Wax Proto can be found on Jon's Flickr:

Shawn Wigs Silly Rabbits Dunny Series drops March 1st

Shawn Wigs Is Back With a Brand New Series Of a 110 Custom 3" Dunnys & 1 Custom 8" Dunny!

This Time I Reached Out for Some Help from 7 Amazing Artist and 1 SUPER STAR ...
Here's the Line up:
Shawn Wigs, Nervis Wrek, James Fuller, Mike Die, JC Rivera & BALD (Bryan Lopez). Plus there will be 6 custom Dunnys designed & signed by Ghostface Killah from The WU-Tang Clan.

The Release Date is set for Thursday March 1st at 12:00 pm Eastern Time.

The Series Is Called Silly Rabbits and is a Tribute to The All Mighty Coarsetoys PAW !!!
Paw Is One of My Favorite Figures (& I am A Dunny Fanatic).  Since I seen the Release of Paw Raw I decided to Make a series of Dunnys That Look Like Paw and Send them Out To Some of My Fellow Artist and Give them a Shot Before The Mighty Hands Down 12" Paw Is Available to Smash ... 

The series will be blind box and sold for $90 each ... Buy them in Shawn's web store here.

Feb 28, 2012

SNEAK PEEK: Domo Qee Series 4 revealed- actual product shots!

You saw it here first! Actual product shots of the upcoming Domo Qee Series 4, arriving in late April 2012. These are 2" tall blind-boxed Domos, manufactured by Toy2R and distributed exclusively by Dark Horse. Price for one BB will be $8.99, and we'll also open some up to sell open box. We offer very competitive pricing on open-box Domos. 
To see the Domos we have in stock right now, click here.
We also have some 4" Blacklight Domos, and a Domo & Friends Boxed Set, incoming right now. More posts on those soon.

MeSmithy dropping 2 new KayNids and a final Anubis on Friday

Our advertiser Megan Smithyman (MeSmithy) writes in to let us know about this upcoming Friday's release in her shop: two new KayNids and the last Anubis figure she'll be making for a while. The two KayNids are Demon Dog (red) and Moon Fox (blue). The release will be at 9pm EST on February 29th. Mark your calendars! If you'd like to keep up with MeSmithy and her awesome stitched customs, shoot her an email or DM her on Twitter and she'll add you to her email list.

Feb 27, 2012

Apple from Beyond custom by OsirisOrion

As the curator and organizer for his own Bad Applez custom show, you'd expect OsirisOrion to create a stunning piece... He didn't disappoint! Osiris' signature multi-color metallic paint is in full, brilliant effect on this piece, which he titled "Apple from Beyond". 

Osiris writes:  I used magic sculpt, bamboo sticks, and Monster Kolor paint on this custom. He's approx. 4 inches tall and priced at $125.00.

You can buy OsirisOrion's custom apple here.

Bad Applez custom by Ian Ziobrowski

You know how that old saying goes: 
"Give a man an apple, and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to customize an apple, and he'll turn it into a monster. Give Ian Ziobrowski an apple, and he'll smoke weed out of it." 

Not sure if I got that saying exactly right... but I'm sure the last part is right. This is Ian's entry into the Bad Applez Inc custom show. In typical Ian fashion, the piece is both aesthetically pleasing and also works within the framework of his NUGGLIFE world. You can buy this piece here.

Jon Walsh and ServeEm blind Mini Munny trade

Gremlifly Mini Munny custom by ServeEm
A customizer named Jon Walsh recently got in touch with me about a Mini Munny blind trade be did with ServeEm. Both of these guys are boardies on the KR forums, which is a hotbed of customizing and custom toy industry interaction.

The Incredible Mini Munny custom by Jon Walsh
 Jon writes:
I recently participated in a 1 for 1 Mini Munny trade that I thought you might like to post on your site. Here is the background information:

Late last year ServeEm and myself decided to a blind trade, with each of us creating a MunnyWorld figure for the other person. We had free reign to do whatever we decided and once complete we would ship to the other person without them seeing the piece finished. I received my piece first from ServeEm, a Gremlifly, which is part gremlin, part butterfly and 100% awesome. (see more pics here)

My piece was a little delayed as it took a USPS detour north of it's destination but did arrive safely. His name is The Incredible, a killing machine built with pure chaotic genius. Unfortunately he is destined to destroy all of his owners at some point, so ServeEm better beware. (see more pics here)

We both can be found on the CTU and KR forums and are available for commissions. My contact address is

Looks like a sweet trade for both of these guys! It's neat that people can meet up online and develop enough trust to send along precious customs to each other. 
To find out more about these customizers, check the following links:

Jon Walsh (j0nwalsh on the CTU and KR boards)

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