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8:00 AM on 02.24.2014

Evilos customized the Android I'm looking for

[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 ...

Kristina Pino


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The Bots bring us the Anti-Cupid photo
The Bots bring us the Anti-Cupid
by 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, along with his lantern and chains. He uses that chain to steal hearts, and looks like he's already got a few ...

If he's stolen your heart, you can find him in the Urban Vinyl Daily shop on Wednesday at noon Eastern (9 a.m. Pacific, 5 p.m. GMT) for US$75 each.

 

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7:00 AM on 01.28.2014

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Year of the Horse Android

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...

Vanessa Cubillo

9:00 AM on 12.09.2013

Make your tree special with these Ornamental Androids

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...

Vanessa Cubillo

7:00 PM on 11.11.2013

DesignerCon 2013: Andrew Bell and Gary Ham

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...

Vanessa Cubillo

9:00 PM on 07.29.2013

MaloApril shows new custom Dia de Los Muertos Android

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...

Vanessa Cubillo

11:30 AM on 07.27.2013

SDCC 2013: Dumbrella

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 ...

Brian Szabelski



Androids and Dunnys wage war in Mikie Graham's SDCC set photo
Androids and Dunnys wage war in Mikie Graham's SDCC set
by Natalie Kipper

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 mechanical foils to the beasts, each equipped with tools for a specific monster. My personal favorite is the Werewolf. I just love the way his mouth is sculpted as if he is mid-howl. Although, that Dracula is pretty spiffy, too. Those bats atop his head are brilliant.

This set can be found at Dragatomi's booth (#5350) at San Diego Comic Con. It will be among other blind boxes as part of Dragatomi's new Android versus Dunnys series featuring 26 different artists' work totaling 150 figures, with each box costing US$80. Each piece is one of a kind. 

In this war between Dunnys and Androids, whose side are you on?

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Tomopop Review: Android Lucky Cats photo
Tomopop Review: Android Lucky Cats
by Vanessa Cubillo

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 produced these Lucky Cat Android mini collectibles designed by Shane Jessup.

Available in 12 different cats, with nine different colors, will these cats bring you luck, or are they just a misfortune? Read on to find out. 

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Teru Fujita's Androids are more than meets the eye photo
Teru Fujita's Androids are more than meets the eye
by 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 hidden inside, right? That would be correct: if you press a little button on the back of the Android, the head lifts up and reveals a sculpted robot head underneath with LED-illuminated eyes. The mechanism is spring-loaded, according to Tenacious Toys, so when you take your finger off the button, the head goes back down and the eyes turn off. It does require a large button battery to illuminate the eyes, and you can see in the photos that the battery is hidden inside one of the Android's legs.

If you want one for yourself, there's eight of these little guys up in the Tenacious Toys store for US$200 each. Yeah, not cheap for a custom, but do keep in mind that a.) they're a very limited run and b.) there's a ton of mechanical components that go into creating these little guys. We've put a few videos after the jump if you want to see how they work for yourself; I'm quite impressed with the mechanical aspects of this custom figure!

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6:00 PM on 05.10.2013

Mikie Graham's Mechanized Mad Men are brilliant

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 ...

Natalie Kipper



10:00 PM on 04.20.2013

Check out Hitoshi Mitani's latest custom Androids

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?

Brian Szabelski