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Jun 5, 2015

New Gorgoloid release: Fiji Mermaid and Avilar

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Gorgoloid presents the first limited release of our newest figure, the Fiji Mermaid! The original sideshow Fiji Mermaid was bought by an American Sea Captain from Japanse sailors in the early 1800's. The mermaids were created by Japanese and East Indies fishermen who would stitch together taxidermy monkey and fish bodies. This resin version is a 3.5" inch long, 2 mixed part figure dyed with MonsterKolor dyes. Limited to 25.

$30.00+shipping in the Gorgoloid store now.




NEW GeeGee the Lady GeekWok by UME Toys

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Introducing GeeGee the lady GeekWok. Standing a hairy 3 inches high this new sculpt is the perfect partner for GeekWok featuring oversized specs and a massive bow. She will get her wordwide release today on the UME webstore at 9:00 pm London time. Each figurine ships in a header carded bag and will be signed and numbered on the base. £34 plus shipping



Jun 4, 2015

Clear Spirit World Maddie Figures by Bigshot Toyworks Now Available in Bigshot Toyshop

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Photo credit: Kris Dulfer / kidinkindustries.tumblr.com
Clear "Spirit World" 6-inch Maddie figures are now available in the Bigshot Toyshop! This is a limited-edition figure with only 200 units produced for the successful Bigshot Toyworks Maddie Kickstarter. Many of those have already been shipped to proud Kickstarter backers, and the remaining pieces are now available in one place only- here - for $55 each. Articulated at neck and wings, crystal clear except for the pupils of the eyes. The rest of the Four Horsies (4-inch Clash, Raven, Ghost and Calamity) will also be available in this clear color variation, as will the 4-inch Tween Maddie. All 4-inch figures will hit the Bigshot Toyshop later this year.

Photo credit: Kris Dulfer / kidinkindustries.tumblr.com

SNEAK PEEK: Jason Freeny Balloon Dog Anatomy Figures coming soon

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VERY EXCITING NEWS! Our buddy Jason Freeny has announced his next Anatomy production figure - the Balloon Dog Anatomy! This AWESOME follow-up to the ridiculously popular Gummi Bear Anatomy figure (which is now totally sold out) will be available in our shop. Not sure of the timeline of that release, but I am hoping it's before NYCC because Jason is signing at our booth (208). Will keep you all posted of course. I know nothing about pricing, but as new info becomes available I'll post it here. Size appears to be 250mm long (9.8 inches). Color variants detailed in graphic above: clear, purple, green, pink, yellow, GID and metallic.

MIST Solo Show at Wall Works New York Opens Saturday June 6 in the Bronx

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Worth posting: A gallery called Wall Works New York in the Bronx will be hosting French graffiti legend MIST in his first solo exhibition ever in New York! Opening reception is Saturday June 6 from 5-8pm. There will also be a limited-edition print available through the gallery, so it's highly recommended that you make your way to Wall Works, which is located at:
 39 Bruckner Blvd, Bronx, NY. 

Why am I telling you about a gallery show? Because MIST has designed some of my favorite art toys. We even have a couple in the shop, available for purchase: his Lucius character (to the right), and the giant Holybrikus. Buy your own MIST toys here.

MIST's toy designs mimic his signature angular characters and shapes he applies to walls and canvases. You can even see echoes of the classic MIST toy shapes in the 2D piece above. Looking at the toys next to his graffiti and more abstract painterly piece, you can definitely pick out a signature style which is consistent throughout his work.

Jun 2, 2015

Metal Slug Beard Custom by Jon-Paul Kaiser

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Jon-Paul Kaiser recently delivered a custom Metal Slug Beard Kaiju piece. Originally created by Paul Kaiju and Toy Art Gallery, Jon-Paul was commissioned by a UK collector to paint up this large Kaiju piece. With many Kaiju pieces being multicolored and toned, having Jon-Paul add his black and white paint application to this piece, really brings out specific details and textures of the original design. Metal Slug Beard measures around 10" by 10" and took Jon-Paul a bit of time to paint around all the details of this piece. Justin Allfree was the photographer who took the wonderful photos.

Preorders for Forces of Dorkness Chewquila Customs Go Live Sunday June 7 at 8PM EST

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Chewquila is a custom figure designed and produced in the USA by Scott Kinnebrew of Forces of Dorkness. This piece is based on the 8-inch tall Muttpop Tequila vinyl toy and features a handmade bandolier, resin bowcaster and the furry Wookiee suit treatment.

A limited number of Chewquilas will be made, and they will be offered at a price of $200 each with preorders beginning June 7th, 2015 at 8PM EST. The preorder window will be 2 weeks long, after which no further preorders will be taken. Scott will complete the work approximately 2 weeks after the preorder window closes.

Your will find Chewquila here on the Tenacious Toys Super Series Sundays page:
tenacioustoys.com/SuperSeriesSundays_s/207.htm

For other dorky collectibles, check the Forces of Dorkness Shop:
forcesofdorkness.storenvy.com/

FoD IG:
@forceodorkness

Urban Vinyl: Daniel on his collection and how it began | eBay UK

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Before we spoke to Daniel, we weren't sure what to expect. We knew from what we'd seen him selling that he's very serious about Urban Vinyl (also known as Designer Vinyl) and that he describes himself as 'obsessed' with it. The word obsession is something that is usually perceived in a negative light but, when we speak to him, we find someone likable, knowledgeable and genuinely passionate about something that is such a great part of his life.  

Read the full post by clicking below:

Urban Vinyl: Daniel on his collection and how it began | eBay UK

Instagram Posts About Sara Harvey - @4thelovoftoys

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Click here to see the original post on Instagram (@instagram) • Instagram photos and videos

“My personal collection is quite large,” explains designer, illustrator and stylist Sara Harvey (@4theloveoftoys) of the assortment of toys she's pieced together over the last 15 years. “I have no idea how many I have, but it’s in the thousands.” Far from the children’s playthings many think of when they hear the word ‘toy,’ the objects that fill Sara’s home in San Jose, California, are better considered works of art. “I started collecting designer toys in the late ‘90s and early 2000s when my favorite artists started creating them from their illustrations,” says Sara. She shares her collection with the world through her photos, complete with information about the artists. And as she composes, she focuses on bright colors and the emotions they evoke. Her photos often include a personal cameo as she inserts herself — complete with vivid clothing and ever-changing colored hair — to add a sense of story and scale.

Above all, though, Sara says that the toys bring her happiness. “At the heart of it all, I love how they make me feel. I’m a giant child. Life can get way too serious.” Photo by @4theloveoftoys

Jun 1, 2015

REVIEW / BOAST POST: ENKKI resin figure by Art Whore and friends

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 I'm not exactly sure what to call this type of post. I frequently help out / partner with people who create, design and otherwise promote collectible toys, so I tend to get a lot of samples and freebies in the mail.

I'm not gonna lie to you- I didn't buy this figure. Josh of Art Whore kindly mailed one to me without even telling me, and it's awesome and has a pretty detailed backstory and history so I figured I'd share with you.

This is, I suppose, the type of post I'm SUPPOSED to be doing frequently as an art toy blogger... after all, this blog serves as a platform to expose new figures to a wider audience. I guess I'm supposed to tell all the toy creators to mail me their pieces to review, but that just seems greedy, honestly. For the past few reviews we've posted here, I've had the companies or artists send the samples directly to my other bloggers, as I'd prefer to cut them in on the freebies. One of the perks of writing for the Tenacious.Ninja blog I guess.

By the way, Art Whore is a cool website from Australia's Convict Town run by a bloke named Josh. He really goes in depth with his interviews of various people around the world that produce toys. Really interesting site, highly recommended. He interviewed yours truly in 2014. Check all the other amazing interviews here in their archives. Set aside some time, there's a lot of reading there.
Anyway, not long ago I got the above item in the mail: ENKKI. Here's the ENKKI character backstory:

“ENKKI was born from the ur black hole exploding many many millennia ago.

 Before this explosion there was Nothingness. Stillness. Blackness...

 Then... A snap... Light. Through the light, apart from the blackness was ENKKI - A corporeal being. Part of space, yet apart from space.

 Yet ENKKI was not alone, for the explosion also sent out from it's center dust - a side effect from the explosion. A dust that would eventually spread throughout all of time and space.

 A dust we humans now identify as DMT.

 On Earth DMT populated itself in the purely physical realm of nature – existing as plants.

 And ENKKI... well ENKKI continues to travel the 4th dimensional universe as an intergalactic salesman, hawking the wares of spirituality were ever he roams, accessible for brief periods by the DMT imbibers.

 ENKKI has landed many times on our Earth and countless other universes spreading it's word to the imbibers and associated followers.

 Is it doing good? Evil? Working alone? For an unseen ‘force’?

 Only the universe knows…”

 The story doesn't end there, though. This figure was a labor of love, and MANY people (knowing and unknowing) contributed to its existence- here's the story as told by Josh:

WAYYYYY back in like 2009 i first discovered 'The Sucklord' - my gateway drug into the designer toy scene.

I immediately fell in love with Morgan's work - and also figured, hell, anyone can do that! So i grabbed an old ET toy and a crucifix i had lying round... (us Jews keep crucifixes at hand just in case...) and began to cut n splice.

Well, turns out anyone CAN make a 1-ff mash-up figure: knife + glue + toys/things is pretty easy math. The hard part is making a mould and slinging that resin!

SO ENKKI sat round in my room for a while. Make that YEARS.

Then in like 2012 i joined 'Galactic Jerkbags'.

ENKKI became my avatar for that site, people seemed to dig it.

THEN in 2013 i set up 'Art Whore' and got chatting with Peter Goral of 'Killer Bootlegs' fame about making runs of the little alien deity - thanks to an initial bump by Tyler from 'Ham FX'. Peter agreed but his damn fame led to him being busy and he had to bow out...

So... ENKKI was lying dormant. I couldn't think what to do... Then i thought of my old friend from the 'Jerkbags' forum - The good sir Derrick of 'DLL Customs'. Derrick agreed! Making me damn damn happy. This was 2014.

Fast forward to 2015...

I needed to finalise the release and needed some art and a designer for the header.

 Well. Here some ole Convict Towner's stepped in - Giles aka 'Fat Ankle' on the art, and 'The Infamous Dogfight' on header design.

ENKKI has now finally been born in resin!

 The very first 'Art Whore' release!


MORE INFO... like, a lot more info:

 ENKKI Contributors:

 ENKKI Releases

 1st Release = 'Believer Edition' (This is the one I received)

 * 10
 * clear GID resin
 * sent as presents to people who have helped make me the 'Art Whore' i am today!
 ALL GONE-

 2nd Release = 10 off - Black Resin - 'Black Edition'
 * will be for general release

 3rd Release = 10 off - Red Resin - 'Rryujinn Edition'
 * will be for general release

 4th Release = 10 off - ???? - 'DLL Customs'/'Duality' edition 
 * will be for general release

Price most likely US $ 25 + shipping.

 2nd + 3rd + 4th editions dropping this year.

 Derrick AKA DLL Customs is making a new mould for ENKKI - meaning the 1st release was made from a mould never to be used again - and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th drops will be happening later this year!

 OTHER

  • Planning on releasing a T-Shirt of the 'Fat Ankle' ENKKI art eventually as well.
  • And will ENKKI take further forms down the line? A re-sculpt? A vinyl version? Who knows! ;)

Flat-Faced Foe 3D Printed Mini Figure Series by BadForest Toys Available Now

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FLAT-FACED FOE is a miniseries by BADFOREST TOYS, limited to an edition of up to 50 per figure. Measuring between 1.25-2", these figures are 3-D printed in sintered nylon and then hand dyed. Through this series BADFOREST unites the innovation of technology, the imagination of art, the tastefulness of design, and the cuteness of animals.

These plastic animal toys will be sold in sets of two: either The Kunder & The Snigh or The Jungy & The Binbat. Each set is $20 + $5 for s/h. As they are small and a choking hazard, we advise not to give these figures to children under the age of 15. Due to the outsourcing of 3-D printing, please allow up to two weeks for your order to ship; these toys are hand dyed, and the coloration may vary. To purchase, click on the link below:

http://www.badforesttoys.com/badforest_shop.html