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SDCC 2014: Andrew Bell photo
SDCC 2014: Andrew Bell

SDCC 2014: Andrew Bell

Heroes, villains, and of course, dead zebras
Jul 26
// Brian Szabelski
Andrew Bell's works once again took up SDCC residence inside the Dumbrella booth, with this year's exclusive being another set of Heroes and Villains Androids. The green, black, and gray set featured two sets of heroes and vi...
DKE Toys Infected Android photo
DKE Toys Infected Android

DKE Toys begins its SDCC news with Infected Android

Powered by Scott Wilkowski's spooky skeletons
Jul 01
// Brian Szabelski
With San Diego Comic Con just a few weeks away, the booth exclusives are coming out of the woodwork for DKE Toys. Starting things off is Scott Wilkowski's Infected Android, available in red, orange, smoke grey and blue colorw...
Designer vinyl photo
Designer vinyl

Evilos customized the Android I'm looking for

Cutest Artoo
Feb 24
// Kristina Pino
[update: added some more images to the gallery] Evilos has recently Instagrammed the image below of a stunning custom job he did on a mega Android, making it look like R2D2. "Mega" here means the Android is 9 and 3/4-inches ...
Anti-Cupid photo

The Bots bring us the Anti-Cupid

Love stinks, and this new Android custom agrees
Feb 03
// Brian Szabelski
Think love is stupid? Well, so does the latest creation from Jenn and Tony Bot, The Anti-Cupid. A series of five 4-inch custom Androids, The Anti-Cupid has that polymer clay outer shell that The Bots' style uses so much, alon...


Celebrate Chinese New Year with Year of the Horse Android

Bring yourself good luck and add to your Android collection
Jan 28
// Vanessa Cubillo
By now I look forward to seeing Andrew Bell’s holiday themed Androids. After the release of the Christmas Ornamental Androids, he will be releasing a special figure to celebrate Chinese New Year. Since the new year wil...
Android photo

Make your tree special with these Ornamental Androids

Grab these limited figures on December 10
Dec 09
// Vanessa Cubillo
Now that it’s the Christmas season, it’s time for another special holiday release from Dead Zebra. Andrew Bell will be releasing holiday Ornamental Android minis. I’m always a sucker for these special holid...
DesignerCon photo

DesignerCon 2013: Andrew Bell and Gary Ham

Wooper Loopers, Androids, and more
Nov 11
// Vanessa Cubillo
For this event, Andrew Bell shared a table with Gary Ham at booth #703. Andrew Bell showed some new stuff like his Dealmaker “Blueblood” edition with MPHlabs. He also brought along some older stuff like Groobs, Z...

MaloApril shows new custom Dia de Los Muertos Android

A love for Dia de Los Muertos and a love for art
Jul 29
// Vanessa Cubillo
April Elliott, also known as MaloApril, is an artist who specializes in customizing figures in the Dia de Los Muertos style. Her latest work is a custom Dia de Los Muertos Android. Painted in white with yellow roses and desi...
SDCC 2013: Dumbrella photo
SDCC 2013: Dumbrella

SDCC 2013: Dumbrella

Works from Andrew Bell
Jul 27
// Brian Szabelski
Andrew Bell was once again hanging out at the Dumbrella booth for SDCC, and this year, he didn't have as much on the designer toy side. Both the exclusives were colorways of previously released pieces. One was a blue variant ...
Mikie Graham SDCC reveal photo
The blind boxed series will be available at Dragatomi's booth
Monster lovers (and haters) will adore Mikie Graham's SDCC-exclusive blind boxed set, Android Hunters versus Dunny Monsters. The series re-imagines Dracula, Frankenstein, and a Werewolf as Dunny figures with the Androids as m...

Tomopop Review: Android Lucky Cats

Jun 29 // Vanessa Cubillo
Product Name: Android Lucky Cats Product Maker: Dead Zebra, Inc.Retail Price: US$9.99Available At: myplasticheart | Dragatomi Beginning with the box, the design is a good representation for what the whole figure is. The box is essential a lucky cat on its own. On each side is a cat's eye; one open, one closed, and on the back is the Kanji symbol for good fortune. I really enjoy when the packaging is just as detailed as the product itself. It gives you the option of keeping your figure in box for display, or an aesthetically pleasing storage place for your figure. Continuing with the box description, on the very top of the box is an image of an Android in whatever color your figure is. So I have a box with a blue Android, and one with a pink one. As you open your box, you're greeted once again by the eyes of a Lucky Cat. This box is already wishing you luck. Standing at 3 inches tall, each Android Lucky Cat figure comes with an accessory and one arm raised. As mentioned before, they are available in different colors, and tradition says the color you choose will bring you luck for a specific aspect in your life. I chose a blue and a pink cat, which are fairly modern colors, so I'm sure these aren't traditional, and they just made up their fortunes. Nevertheless, blue is said to represent luck in your career, and pink represents luck in relationships. I do love how bright and cheerful these shades of colors are in this line. Each figure is also paired with a secondary color that they use for the collar, paws, outline of their belly, and dots placed on their arms and back. So my Blue Cat is paired with sunny yellow, and my Pink Cat is paired with red. I have to say that I like the Blue Cat more because the colors are more consistent. Yellow is used for their antennas and around their eyes, whereas the Pink Cat switches from black and white. They're minor details, I know. The Blue Lucky Cat comes with a little notebook and its left arm raised. The little black notebook, representing the hard work the cat puts into their job, comes wrapped in plastic at the side of your figure. From the advertised photo, the notebook is supposed to be placed under the right arm of the cat. So, to make the figure hold the notebook, you have to slide it up the right arm until the raised point met the arm. It's a pretty tight squeeze, and I was afraid I would either scratch the body or break the arm if I was careless. That's my only real negative.  The Pink Lucky Cat comes with a collar bell and its left arm raised as well. It also has a small pink heart on its belly which reminded me of a Care Bear. It is supposed to represent love, so the reference might be intentional. The collar bell is real so it jingles just like a cat bell. I'm a little disappointed that the bell is the only accessory the Pink cat comes with. I'm sure they could have thought of something to shove up their arm too. Maybe a love letter, box of chocolate, or a tiny copy of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.  For each figure, the arm that is raised swings up and down when moved or touched. It's a nice feature that makes this more cat-like, and something you can play with when you're very bored. Also, just like the box it came in, on its back is the kanji for good fortune.  Overall, in Android form, I think the Lucky Cat comes out looking really good. Now to wait and see if they will bestow upon me lots of luck! Until then, I will enjoy looking at them as they stand on my dresser. 
Android Lucky Cats photo
Lucky or not, these cats are still cute
The lucky cat is known as a Japanese figure of good fortune. Placed in the home, or your place of business, depending on the color, these cats were thought to give you luck in specific areas of your life. Now, Dead Zebra has...


Teru Fujita's Androids are more than meets the eye

No, they're not Transformers-themed, but they're still just as cool
May 13
// Brian Szabelski
The latest Tenacious Toys Super Series Sundays release is out, and it's a series of custom 3-inch Androids from Teru Fujita. The initial appearance of the figure is that of a regular DIY Android, so there has to be something ...
Custom Androids photo
Custom Androids

Mikie Graham's Mechanized Mad Men are brilliant

Celebrate history's geniuses with this custom Android set
May 10
// Natalie Kipper
Mikie Graham will be honoring some of history's more quirky minds with his upcoming custom Android series, Mechanized Mad Men. The release marks Mikie's first entry into the realm of blind boxes. The seven figures in the set ...

Check out Hitoshi Mitani's latest custom Androids

Some are out of this world
Apr 20
// Brian Szabelski
It's been a bit since we've shown off any work from Hitoshi Mitani, but he's been hard at work on his custom Androids. Among the cusotms he's made are some Kill Bill-inspired Androids, a "magical girl and kitten" that's clearly Kiki and Jiji; some cool metallic cyborg Android customs; and Chrome Man, a sentai-styled hero.  Check out more at Hitmit's Flickr. Which customs are your favorites?
woo, contest! photo
You could win rare, custom, and full cases of Android figures.
This Easter, Google+ user Jim Long wants to fill your baskets with more than just chocolate. Long is holding a major Android giveaway with prizes from many sponsors like VinylRiot, Tenacious Toys, and Fuller Designs. To...


Android Lucky Cats are looking to bring you great fortune

Pre-order is now available for buyers to own a lucky cat
Mar 12
// Vanessa Cubillo
Need some luck in your life? Now available for pre-order is the Android Lucky Cat series by designer Shane Jessup and produced by Dead Zebra Inc. There are 12 different lucky cats for you to choose from, coming in traditiona...

TazX shares his newest customs, check 'em out!

Shall this Dunny and these Androids tickle your fancy?
Feb 05
// Rio McCarthy
The King of Rusty Robots is back again. This time TazX has a new Dunny, as well as two new Androids. We'll start with the Armored Warrior 3 inch Dunny, which has splattered blood on his helmet, as well as a couple of differen...

Get festive with Andrew Bell's Chinese New Year Android

Releasing tomorrow in very limited quantities!
Jan 23
// Natalie Kipper
Quick quiz: What year is it? If you answered the Year of the Snake, you are a wise one indeed and quite deserving of Andrew Bell's Chinese New Year Android. The figure is all decked out to resemble the Dancing Lions seen in f...

Cris Rose's factory expands with Reclamation Drones

Custom Androids on sale Jan. 14
Jan 11
// Brian Szabelski
Cris Rose's robot workshop is churning out a brand new line to kick out 2013. Well, sort of. He's taking his robot designs to the Android designer toy platform with Reclamation Drones, a resin/vinyl custom series. Limite...

Carson Catlin shares some of his new commissions

Androids, Munnys and Dunnys, oh my!
Jan 09
// Kristina Pino
Though you basically have slim-to-none chances of owning any of these figures yourself, Carson sent along some pictures of his latest commissions as well as the information that he now has four slots open again. If you want t...

Buy Android Series 3 figures open-boxed at Tenacious Toys

HUZZAH for open box sales!
Dec 04
// Kristina Pino
Ever looked at a series of vinyl figures and wanted just one particular design, but didn't want to buy a few blind boxes or pay a "premium" on eBay for it? Tenacious Toys has you covered if Android Series 3 falls into that ca...

Custom Delights: Podgypanda's Booger Android

You can pick your nose, but you can't pick this commissioned piece up
Nov 11
// Brian Szabelski
Podgypanda has shared his latest custom with us, a little Android he's calling Boogers. Yes, it's a panda picking his nose, but look at him. He looks so content while he's doing it, and how can you hate the poem Podgy wrote t...

Saturday brings a Strife and Sire signing to TAG

Featuring Nathan Hamill's newest vinyl creation
Oct 18
// Brian Szabelski
Toy Art Gallery will be playing host to a signing on Saturday, Oct. 20, featuring 3DRetro and Nathan Hamill's Strife and Sire figure. Nathan will be in attendance for the event, which will see the release of the two-piece, 7-...

NYCC 2012: Tenacious Toys

Oct 17 // Natalie Kipper
Original works and custom creations mingle
Tenacious Toys' booth at New York Comic Con was definitely one for toy collectors that fancy their figures with a touch more hands-on artistry. I believe all of the toys there were either hand-made or created by a smaller gro...


Android Series 03 coming on Sept. 24

More designs from Gary Ham, MAD, Andrew Bell, Huck Gee, kaNO
Sep 21
// Brian Szabelski
We brought you a little bit of news about Android Series 03 last week, but we've got even more to share! First, there's the release date: Android Series 03 starts dropping on Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. Eastern (8 a.m. Pacific) in th...
Will have ball-jointed arms for extra poseability
If you remember back to SDCC, you remember the peek at Android Series 03 we saw ... wait. What's with those arms? Well, according to the Dyzplastic production blog, Series 03 will feature ball-jointed arms for the Androi...


SDCC 2012: Dumbrella

Jul 14
// Brian Szabelski
Hey, remember those bunnies from Scenes from a Multiverse that got posted about a few weeks back? Well, the Kickstarter was a success and they were at SDCC along with creator Jonathan Rosenberg. Having actually held one ...

Custom Delights: Nati513's Android Bob-omb

Jul 02
// Kristina Pino
This awesome custom Bob-omb by Bengi shows us simplicity at its finest, praise I echo from our friends at Tenacious Toys. I could appreciate intricate designs as much as the next person, but sometimes it doesn't take much to ...

Android Series 3 on the way

Jan 28
// Brian Szabelski
Since DYZplastic's Android Series 2 figures sold so well ... why not make Series 3? That's exactly what's going to be happening this year, featuring another round of 3-inch Android vinyl figures. Along with returning artists ...

Gary Ham's Toy Soldier Android marches into my heart

Dec 15
// Brian Szabelski
The latest seasonal Android collectible is out, and once again, Gary Ham is the man behind the design. This year, he's turned the Android into a cute little toy soldier. Yes, it even comes with a little turn key accessory tha...

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