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Mar 9, 2013

Comic Droid Series by Fuller

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James Fuller, of Fuller Designs, showed a little teaser of a 1/1 Comic Droid Android series that he will be releasing next month, exclusively through Vinyl Riot. The mockup shows 5 characters designed on Android figures, all of which are from the Marvel X-Men series. Gambit has always been a favorite character of mine and I can't wait to see the final product of the whole set. I imagine that even the packaging for this set will be great, as Fuller likes to create his customs as a complete package. Hopefully, Fuller will create more characters from the Marvel Universe in the future.


Based on the mock-up, it seems that the series is going to be available on 4/27/13, sold as a set, exclusively through Vinyl Riot. Be sure to keep an eye out for more release information in the coming weeks.

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Shapeways API release...what does that mean?

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https://www.mixeeme.com/

Shapeways released their API (full article) and it's kind of a big deal.  Here's a quick run down of why that is:
  • First, an API (Application Programming Interface) is basically a piece of computer code that lets two programs talk to each other in a way that both of them understand.
  • Using the Shapeways API you could make an app, program or website that people can use to send things to Shapeways (without having to go through their site) and then it gets made and shows up on their doorstep!  AMAZING!
So what does that mean in the real world terms?  Well, uh, money for one.  There are about 8,000 Shapeways Shop owners and they made about $500,000 in profits last year.  Now that is for shops that are on the Shapeways Shop site which is a good place to start but...what if you made a site where people could (for example) make custom little dudes and dudettes and have them appear in the mail a few weeks later?  

Someone already answered that question and I think it is a great case study for some of the possibilities that the wide release of this API opens up.

Mixee Me was started by some Yalies (full disclosure, I do know one of them personally - Hi Nancy!) and in essence, the site lets you mix and match parts, then get it printed and mailed to you.  This is objectively awesome and the interface that they have come up with (using the Shapeways API) is dead simple but allows a tremendous amount of flexibility by giving you the option of uploading designs.

That is the "now".  My brain is still spinning with the immediate future possibilities for toys that are not only bigger (or smaller), better, faster, stronger, cheaper but custom, exactly what you want and when you want it!  What do you think?

This article only really scratched the surface of what is going on in this realm so stay tuned for more articles on this (and tangentially related) subjects coming soon!

Vincent the Red Eye by Respect

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Have to say impressive work. Love this first Dunny from Respect...


This is my 1st completed dunny and a second addition to a set of customs I am working on. The customs are a crew called "Bear Knuckle", the first was a gift for my girlfriend.

This is Vincent the Red Eye, an aggressive bastard, mentor and leader of the crew. His past is muddy and filled with blood, slowly gathering and assembling the crew he dubbed as Bear Knuckle. The animals are gathering, preparing for something that we don't know about yet. Only he knows what the end result is, and he's not telling.  

I'm in the middle of working on 3 more of these for anyone looking to purchase, they will be available for $65. Each toy will come with custom packaging and a 3" Bear Knuckle sticker, signifying a membership into the crew. 




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 - Don P

Mar 8, 2013

Latest works from Don P

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Here are my latest works. Hope you dig these ones!

Destroyer V2
01 FETT
LED edition 01 DESTROY
01 DESTROY
One Eyed Rabbit Mecha
Destroyer

Mar 7, 2013

Custom AgentK Dunny from Tasha Zimich

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Rsin's Agent K Dunny platform has been proving a unique base for some seriously excellent customs, notably JC Rivera and JFury's come to mind, so I wanted to share my take on the platform too; "AgentKustom". This 3" Sculpt with Rsin's signaturely protruding teeth is an instant classic- Kidrobot would do well to consider releasing another!

 
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"Runts" Foomi by One-Eyed Girl for sale!

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This custom has been made some years ago, but One-Eyed Girl decided to let her favorite custom go. It is up for grabs now in her store. Have to say those bananas are realistic painted!




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Latest works from Reet Neet (R3)

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Some excellent creative customs from Reet Neet, a 3 inch Dunny and a 3 inch Lunartik Tea (For the Fans of Tea series). Awesome works!




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King Codename Unknown Dunny

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The best 8 inch Dunny I have seen from Sekure D....ooooohhh wait it is his first! Stunning work!


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Mar 6, 2013

VIDEO: Evilos Donates Vinylmation Customs to Vinyl Toy Kickstarter

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chris evilos vinylmation kickstarter from dope vinyl on Vimeo.

Friend of Tenacious Toys Christopher "Evilos" Avalos met up with another of our friends- filmmaker Jordan Ahern- to get some footage of the creation of some Evilos custom Vinylmation figures. The customs are now being offered as rewards on Jordan's Kickstarter to fund a FRIKKIN SWEET documentary Jordan is making about the vinyl toy community.

Please support Jordan's documentary, and the entire art toy community, by donating to the Kickstarter! Rewards include copies of the movie when it's ready, and a whole slew of sweet custom toys. We hosted Jordan at our NYCC booth in 2012, and we'll be hosting custom Androids by Evilos in our shop a couple Sundays from now!

Latest works from RunDMB

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RunDMB has been busy lately. Here are his awesome last works. Enjoy!

 My evil Origami custom. Original resin toy by Chris Dobson (Alto) and Dan DMS
  
 Little Flux custom 3" resin ox from Alto / Creo Design

Custom Chuckboy LG0 series

Carson Catlin's Gold and Silver Mascots

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Amazing Mascot and Bot from Carson Catlin. Seems that he loves the platform and is up to more of these guys!

Just completed this duo for a private commission. I love how they came out so much that I'm thinking of doing a series for SDCC.



 
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Mar 5, 2013

Dark Horse x Toy2R Domo Qee Series 5 is here!

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Our carton of 2" Domo Qee Series 5 is now in the hands of the Tenacious Toys Blind Box Bitch, who is opening them and labeling them. Up for sale at end of week. Most common figures will be $8.99 each. If we get super rare chases they might be a little more. These will be for sale open-box on our super awesome Domo page. I'll probably steal better images from Trampt since Toy2R doesn't bother taking actual product shots.

Tenacious Toys Super Series Sundays: Wave 1 of Task One's Pillaging Pop Culture Series

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 This Sunday, March 10th, Task One's new 3" custom series "Pillaging Pop Culture" will join the Tenacious Toys "Super Series Sundays" releases. Pillaging Pop Culture is a tribute to today's artists who are pillaging icons from our childhood to sell art. Well, if you're gonna steal from the rich, at least make it affordable to the poor by pricing the art as low as possible.

The blind-boxed custom hand-painted figures will be $40.00 a piece or $100.00 for all 3 designs released in each wave. Purchasing 3 bind boxes in each wave guarantees that you will get one of each of the 3 figures in that wave. This puts each figure, if the full wave of 3 pieces is purchased, at a mere $33.33. Purchasing one figure means you will get a blind boxed figure.

We will also make available a limited number of full sets- the whole series of 18 characters plus chase- at $600.00, which is a lot less than some consumers spend hunting down a full set of a production series. There will be a "free" chase figure (not part of the 18pc set) that will be rewarded to 2 lucky orders each Wave and automatically to anyone who purchases the full set. While the exact run size is not revealed, the series is limited.

Release schedule for Pillaging Pop Culture:
• March 10, 4PM EST: Wave 1
• March 24: Wave 2
• April 7: Wave 3
• April 21: Wave 4
• May 5: Wave 5
• May 19: Wave 6






Re-Thinking the Blind Box
The current blind box theory works well for production pieces. But when it comes to custom and home artist-made series, especially ones with several artists, you may only want one or a couple of certain pieces in the series. The chances of getting one you like may not be in your favor. You also may not want to blindly pay upwards of $100 for a custom you may not like. Another issue is you may not want to buy more than one, in fear you might receive a duplicate.

So after a little thought and experimentation, this is how the Pillaging Pop Culture series will work:

The series contains 18 figures that will be divided up into 6 releases ("waves"), held 2 weeks apart.

By releasing 3 figures at a time instead of releasing the full series of 18 at once, it automatically raises your odds of getting the one you like to 1 in 3, instead of 1 in 18 or whatever the ratio may be. If you purchase 2 blind boxed figures, your odds go up dramatically. Your odds disappear completely if you shoot for the price savings and buy all 3. Releasing 3 figures at a time will also guarantee there are no duplicates bought or sent with any order. When a customer orders 3 blind figures in Wave 1, one of each of the three Wave 1 figures will be shipped to the customer.

To add a little intrigue to the usual blind box release method... instead of seeing all the figures in the series and a blacked out mystery chase figure, we will do the opposite and start with revealing the chase first (see below). The rest of the figures will be blacked out, only to be revealed upon each 2 week release. Hopefully this lends a little excitement and suspicion as to what figures may be revealed each wave.

To entice sales, the chase will be free. 2 lucky orders will be selected randomly each release round to receive a free series chase added to their order. The chase will also be rewarded automatically to any customers who purchase the whole series for $600.

A note from Task One:
By stretching the release out over a 12 week period it prolongs the fun, interest and awareness of this project both for the collector and the artists. As a collector, it increases your chances of receiving pieces you want and gives you time between paychecks to save up for the next release. As an artist, the space in between gives us time to fulfill orders and keeps the project in the blogs and media for a while, instead of having a nice build up to a release date, after which the project is forgotten.

Task One would like to encourage other artists or people putting together a blind box series to try this method out, and feel free to adapt and add on your own ideas to the process. If you do please contact him and let him know how it turns out.

‎'Abaddon' by Darren Glegg

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New "Sculpture" Foomi by Darren Glegg...





I have just finished a new custom angel. This is ‎'Abaddon', an angel shown as the king of an army of locusts, his name means place of destruction where the damned lie in fire. 

He is based on a 4 inch foomi, but now stands at about 8 1/2 inches, He will hopefully be for sale from http://www.collectanddisplay.com/collections/customs soon for £80 and if anyone wants to get in contact then hit me up https://www.facebook.com/darren.clegg.908
 
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Patrick Wong's "Prober" Munny

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New work from Patrick Wong, 7 inch Munny...

This new character came out of a bit of an experiment Patrick Wong and tattooist Ryan Tsutsumi executed painting graffiti. They painted the wall black, drew a line in the middle, and each were to draw half a face without the other knowing what the other was going to paint until that day. The Prober character was born out of that painting session (http://vimeo.com/60122766).

Prober is an immortal being that has intervened into human civilization since the dawn of time. It has sometimes created havoc upon the earth, but it is known by oral tradition to be an entity of justice swallowing evil doers from its black face with white holes.

Once in graffiti form, the character then took the form of the pasteup to further breath life into this fictional being. The 7" Munny was the most recent transformation of Prober shown with its two sets of eyes swallowing the souls of other characters and wielding its mystical staff.




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 - Don P

Fuller for President!

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It seems that Fuller stepped onto a whole new level of customizing. I see way more details than before in his work and I always think how does he do this? Here are his latest customs and my personal favorite is the Wings of Redemption Mascot...obvious since I commissioned him for this one. Just enjoy the quality works from Fuller again!

Wings of Redemption, 7 inch Mascot


 Grrr...., 7 inch Mascot


Spawn, 4 inch Munny

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