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May 23, 2015

VIDEO: Scratch Designs and Sculpts a Tenacious Toys Dog Custom

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Scratch (one of our customers) decided she was going to do a one-off custom of our blue dog logo and give it to me!!!!!

All of a sudden I got this frikkin sweet custom in the mail! This piece now lives proudly in the glass case in our apartment. Definitely one of my favorites, along with the Benny/Thor action figures that Kris Dulfer and Jason Chalker made for me!

I am so honored and blessed to have such talented and giving customers, it makes me want to give back more to all of you!

Hmm... now what can I give away? Aside from stickers, which I'm already sending out like a crazy sticker freak...

Check this awesome video which shows a little bit of her sculpting process:




May 22, 2015

Brandt Peters Dunny the 13 Series by Kidrobot

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From award winning, contemporary toy artist Brandt Peters comes The 13; Kidrobot's latest Dunny Series. “The 13” features thirteen evil Dunny souls providing a history lesson in the macabre based on classic All Hallows' Eve tropes and vintage horror exploitation cinema icons, with feminine frights designed by none other than Kathie Olivas.

Legend has it that a shady eccentric by the name of Lord Strange opened up the 13th dimension one blood moon, and in so doing filled his demented 13 floor mansion, Infernal Manor, with beasts, creatures and monstrosities of every type. Lord Strange was never seen againÉ his lair abandoned and sealed from the public since that horrific evening. None brave enough to venture into Infernal Manor has ever returned to tell their tale. Do you dare seek The 13?

These have a ship date for Fall 2015 and will retail for $11.99 apiece. 


May 21, 2015

Custom Troubleboy Squadt by Jon-Paul Kaiser

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Jon-Paul Kaiser seems to always have a stack of commission work to complete and as customs arrive to their rightful home, everyone else gets to envy the wonderful creations. Jon-Paul's latest delivered commission piece is a Custom Troubleboy Squadt, designed by Ferg and Brandt Peters. The design is relatively straight forward, accentuating the existing lines of the original piece. Jon-Paul's artistic black and white touch is very prominent in the overall finished design, creating a tattooed, weapon wielding troublemaker. Photography is taken by Justin Allfree, Jon-Paul Kaiser's go to photographer.

tenacious-toys.blogspot.com is now Tenacious.Ninja

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OK, Benny, now just what the hell is going on with the Tenacious Blog today? The domain changed? What's this Tenacious Ninja thing?

Glad you asked, thanks for noticing.

Lemme explain:
I've been building and writing this blog for about 5 years on the Blogger platform. It's free, so that's awesome, and there's a built-in communication between Blogger and Google search simply because it's a Google product. I love that.

When you first start a Blogger blog, you get to choose the beginning of the URL for your blog, but it'll always end with .blogspot.com unless you set up a "vanity" address using a domain you've purchased. Making that switch isn't hard, or expensive. SpankyStokes.com and ToysREvil.net are two examples of blogs you probably already read that have set up custom domains for their blogs a long time ago.

I sorta never did this... I'm not sure why. It didn't seem like a priority to me until I realized we have been blogging for 5 years and had over a million pageviews. Only then did it dawn on me that my blog's domain was wack... by that I mean, too long and cumbersome. tenacious-toys.blogspot.com ... man, that's a mouthful and really not a pretty URL to stick on a business card. Also, hard to remember offhand.

Thankfully, we have the Google, so this blog is very easy to find and comes up #1 on Google if you search "tenacious toys blog" so you can understand why I might have placed this whole custom domain concept on the backburner.

This year, however,  I've spent a lot of time setting up new domains, websites and social accounts for other people and companies. I started thinking about domains a bit more clearly this year. I also noticed in GoDaddy that they began to offer new "extensions" which are basically new endings that replace .com or .net or .info or those other more common endings.

Out of curiosity, I logged onto GoDaddy and searched for new, short domains with the word tenacious in them - I wanted to keep my Tenacious branding but establish a short, memorable URL which could be easily communicated. I found .club, .nyc, .today, .buzz, .reviews and all kinds of other ones I could use. But nothing seemed to fit...

... until I found .ninja.

Tenacious. Dot. Ninja.

I was actually laughing out loud at the absurdity of that idea, and bought it right away.

I mean, what the hell, GoDaddy? .ninja is STILL funny to me! Why the hell is there a .ninja?!

So my mind starts racing... maybe this blog could actually have it's OWN mascot! A ninja! And all of a sudden, it hit me: Tony Gil (Gilt Studios). Many of his custom toys are little ninjas! And they're awesome, simple and tight characters with personality, and they are fun. They were perfect:
So I reached out to Tony (who I've worked with in the past) and basically told him the whole story, and he was into the concept - his character as this blog's mascot. And Tony is a very talented sculptor and painter but I had one specific guy in mind to translate Tony's 3D character into a mascot, because he so expertly designed our pitbull logo for the Tenacious Toys store: Alex Rivera (Playful Gorilla).

Alex was all for it, and Tony was all for it, so I set the wheels in motion. What Alex came back with was a brilliant, cartoony reinterpretation of Tony's Handplant Ninja character - the Tenacious Ninja. It's fun, it's blue, it's badass, it's adorable... it's the perfect graffiti-writing, ass-kicking mascot for an art toy blog:


If you're looking for tight, colorful and super-professional mascot or logo development in this style, I highly recommend reaching out to Alex on his FB business page (or friend him on Facebook and message him there). He is available for commissioned work.

Look for much more Tenacious Ninja action on this blog in the future - we will be creating awesome Tenacious Ninja t-shirts, stickers, and using the artwork in promotional materials, and I believe Tony is planning on creating actual custom figures of this exact character. Obviously, we will be posting about all of that as it develops.

Thanks for reading the new Tenacious.Ninja blog! Hopefully now it'll be easy for you to remember our domain name....

May 20, 2015

Chibi My Little Pony Line by We Love Fine

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Klim of Bigshot Toyworks posted:
While we rock and roll on our own projects, we also do some amazingly fun work for a variety of awesome clients. Check out these incredibly adorable My Little Pony Chibis that we sculpted for our friends at WeLoveFine. 
http://www.welovefine.com/content/feature?content_id=236 
They are insanely cute!

SoKo Cat Release - Custom Painted Rancid Raptor - "Almost Extinct"

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Rancid Raptor was designed/sculpted by James Groman and produced by Grody Shogun.  Custom toy painter, SoKo Cat, has created an amazing work of art that not only highlights Groman's amazing sculpting ability, but also brings the figure to life by means of an original but still wildly excellent paint job!

The one-off 4" sofubi figure, entitled "Almost Extinct", has been hand-painted using high-quality acrylics and washes, and comes signed and dated by SoKo Cat!  It will be available for purchase from her online store this week, so be sure to keep an eye out for this drop because it will sell quickly!

There are rumors that SoKo Cat will be painting another Rancid Raptor with a different colorway, but no details have been provided yet.

Not for the younglings! Although a toy, it is a toy for youths ages 13 and up.

If you'd like to know more about SoKo Cat, you can visit her blog , follow her on Instagram, and check out her store!



May 19, 2015

Fresh Figures Action Figure Boutique

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Fresh Figures is a new online toy store specializing in many of the most popular figure lines available today.  The selection at Fresh Figures is growing everyday and they offer a variety of scales and some great accessories to make your display or toy photography really stand out.  You can shop online now at www.freshfigures.com and follow +Fresh Figures on Google Plus for upcoming sales, new arrivals and pre-order info.


+The Highest Fever

May 18, 2015

SoKo Cat Release - PickleBaby

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"Little Green Men" opened at SubUrban Vinyl over the past weekend .  This is the Leecifer custom painted PickleBaby, a piece entitled "Dill", which has been completely hand-painted by SoKo Cat with high-quality acrylics and washes, and comes signed and dated by SoKo Cat. 

Not for the younglings! Although a toy, it is a toy for youths ages 13 and up.

If you'd like to know more about her, you can visit her blog, follow her on Instagram, and check out her store!