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Court of the Dead

May 11, 2012

Dragon 7in Kidrobot Raffy custom by Scott Kinnebrew

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A work in progress shot of Scott Kinnebrew's second custom 7" Raffy: this one is a dragon!

Jorge Rodriguez Gerada Plague Doctor Qee bear

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Renowned Urban artist Jorge Rodriguez Gerada has created an amazing "Plague Doctor" Qee bear for the Swab Art Fair AIDS charity project.

Swab Barcelona 2012 presents the AIDS charity project, Swab Toy’z for FLS, hand in hand with the Lluita Contra la Sida Foundation Fighting Aids, and the participation of about 100 artists and designers who have made artistic interventions on 8" white QEE’s, turning each one into a unique and exclusive piece. There will be an exhibition of the customized Toys during the days of Swab Barcelona 2012 (23-26 May), along with a catalog that will document each of those sold in the auctions organized by Swab Barcelona 2012. This publication will undoubtedly contribute on the spreading of the project on the international art world. Furthermore, to enhance its dissemination, a selection of Toys will be exhibited in several European Art Fairs. Participation in this project becomes a unique opportunity for artists and designers to show their work by contributing to this act of solidarity.
The project is curated by the architect, collector and expert in the international Art Toys, Juan Redón.
The 80 Qee’s will be sold online on the Swab Barcelona website and 20 will be sold at the presencial auction organized by SOTHEBY’S on Thursday 24th at 19.30 at the Fair.

The benefits of the auction will be destined entirely to the Lluita Contra la Sida Foundation Fighting Aids (FLS), a non-profit organisation whose core missions are healthcare, research and teaching in the field of HIV infection. The Foundation has its own HIV unit in the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital in Badalona (Barcelona), an international medical reference in their research on the disease.

May 10, 2012

Resin is King Series 1 blind-box series drops May 18th

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Announcing Resin is King Series 1: a blind-box resin series featuring some of the biggest names working in resin today! We collaborated with Brian Ahlbeck of Dead Hand Toys on this project and we rounded up a few of the resin artists to collaborate:
 Staying true to the nature of resin toys, every single one of the 40 pieces in this series is absolutely unique. Each artist created a new sculpt specifically for this series, but after they cast the pieces in resin, each one is hand-painted or embellished by the artist to make it unique. Each sculpt comes in at just under 3 inches tall.  Each blind box will contain a randomly-packed resin figure, a ratio card and a sticker.

Brian Ahlbeck has created a Teuth as a Golden Ticket (below). The Golden Ticket will be randomly inserted into one of the blind boxes. The winner need only contact us according to the instructions on the ticket.
The Golden Ticket prize: this custom-painted Teuth by Brian Ahlbeck!
Resin is King Series 1 blind boxes will be $25 each. 

The release date is Friday, May 18th, 2012 at 8pm EST at the following link:

May 9, 2012

Pepe Hiller x Lunabee Woodbees

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Pepe Hiller announces his collab with UK artist Lunabee:
These hand carved wooden bees, aptly names WOODBEES, were created by Pepe in Switzerland out of maple & walnut wood and then shipped over to Lunabee to paint up. There are 10 bees in total - 9 smaller worker bees (approx 2.5 inches in length) and one large Queen bee (approx 3.5"). The worker bees will be up for $99 each and the Queen for $149.

These are the only bees that are being made - there will be no future series, it's a one off collaboration and so this is the only chance to grab one of these wooden delights.

The release is being split into two with 5 worker bees being released tomorrow Thursday the 10th May at 7pm London time on Lunabees store (http://lunabee.co.uk) and the remaining 4 worker bees and the Queen being released on Thursday the 17th May at the same time and in the same place.

7-inch custom Raffy Unicorn by Scott Kinnebrew of Forces of Dorkness

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With Kidrobot's release of the new 7-inch Munnyworld platforms, Scott Kinnebrew of Forces of Dorkness got a much bigger platform to work on for his Raffy Unicorn customs! This custom he's holding is literally the first 7-inch Raffy we unboxed and shipped out, and the first completed custom on this platform we saw. You can check out more of Scott's work on our website here. Look for much, much more from Scott in the near future!

Noferin Jibibuts Artist Series in stock now

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Jibibuts Artist Series wooden blind box figures by Noferin are in stock now! Currently we are selling sealed cases only as they arrived yesterday, but soon we will open some up to sell open-box at reasonable prices. Full cases of 12 pieces contain one of each of the 12 designs- a full, complete set in each case! No chasing rare colorways! I like that. 
This series contains pieces with artwork by some of our favorite artists: Andrea Kang, Anna Chambers, Bubi Au Yeung, Buff Monster, Leo Hillier, Martin Hsu, 64 Colors, Nathan Jurevicius, Noferin, Peskimo, Squink and Tado. 

Toy2R x Dark Horse Domo Qee Series 4 in stock now

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Domo Qee Series 4 blind boxes have just arrived! Currently we're selling full cases of 15 in our Domo section, but as soon as we get a free minute, we will open some up and sell them open-box. Ask around; we always offer VERY reasonable pricing, even on rare colorways.

May 8, 2012

Dunny Addicts custom giveaway

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Just got word about this giveaway that Dunny Addicts is running right now via facebook:
This is our free custom giveaway!
All you have to do is like our page and share this photo! On 21-05 we will randomly choose a winner!


Like our facebookpage:
https://www.facebook.com/DunnyAddicts
Share the photo:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=378214525549501&set=a.333144483389839.70355.333123820058572&type=3&theater


Check out our full article with more pictures:
http://www.dunnyaddicts.com/2012/05/custom-giveaway-6-axy-teddy-bear-by.html

May 7, 2012

Army of Darkness Ash custom by Jeff Beck

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Jeff Beck sent us these pics of his SWEET Ash Munny custom, complete with blood spatters, chainsaw hand and crazyface... and he didn't even know that Sam Raimi is my cousin! I love Sam's movies, and Army of Darkness in particular, so I'm really diggin this piece. To follow Jeff Beck, check out these links:

Real Steel AMBUSH articulated robot figure by 3A

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Worth noting as 3A makes inroads into manufacturing toys as collabs on other companies' licenses: Ambush, a 42cm (16.5 inch) tall highly articulated robot figure from the Real Steel movie. The detail and weathering is very impressive... this figure was available for preorder from the 3A web shop in mid-April. If you want to follow along with 3A's info and releases in the future, here are their links:

Note for confused newbies: there is nothing currently for sale in the 3A web shop. This is not a mistake. Literally everything 3A makes sells out right away. We recommend signing up for their VOX newsletter to stay informed.


Jon Malmstedt visits Gotto-san's studio in Japan

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Our ex-pat buddy Jon Malmstedt (Rampage Toys) now lives in Tokyo. A while back he was fortunate to be able to visit Japanese paint master Gotto-san, and he made this blog post and this video about his visit. Really, super cool to be able to see "behind the scenes" in the production of sofubi.


Something blue and evil this way comes... from Dave Webb

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Dave Webb (aka Davemarkart) created this sweet little blue evil thing... whether he knew it or not, he was creating his version of our little blue pitbull logo (below). He wanted to make us a present for helping him out, so he asked us what we wanted. We told him to make us something blue and wicked... and this perfect little monster is what he came up with! A damn fine addition to the official Tenacious Toys collection. Great work Dave! A thousand thank-yous!!!