At the time of this post, it's only 15 days until San Diego Comic Con. With time ticking down, you know that there'd be a ton of exclusive announcements and let me tell you, companies have definitely unleashed the floodgates....
Last year for New York Comic Con, True Cast Studio brought along Walking Dud, a rubber zombie figure. You won't have to wait that long for the new PVC version, though: it'll be available on Sunday, Aug. 31, at 8 p.m. Central ...
The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.
Fo' Chisel, a wooden and resin DIY figure from by UK-based designer Nicky Lewis, has just been released to the public for purchase. The 6-inch figure design's pretty simple: a cube-shaped head, along with a round body and arms that have shoulder articulation. Still, artists like Jon-Paul Kaiser, A Little Stranger and Planet Domu have made some interesting customs on the platform already, which you can check out in the gallery.
If you like one, you can find the wodden Fo' Chisel for £40 and the resin Chisel for £14 in the Fo' Chisel shop. What's your thoughts on Fo' Chisel, Tomopop readers?
Brent Nolasco is known for his out-of-this-world creatures, so it's no surprise that his collab with Toy Art Gallery — Blood Thirst — looks a little out of this world. The newest version of it, the Night Stalker version, is the first painted edition of Blood Thirst (though one-off customs have been painted several times in the past) and has been done in a mostly grayscale palette. The only touches of color are some red accents around the eyes and back, which really help those parts stand out and makes Blood Thirst look even scarier.
The Night Stalker Blood Thirst will be in Toy Art Gallery's shop on Friday at noon Pacific (3 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. GMT) for US$75 each.
Taylored Curiosities has a new creature in her shop: the blooming Spriggledop. These little dudettes (they're females) have found a plant to nest in and lay eggs for the next generation to be born. They also try to camouflage a bit as parts of the flowering blooms. Or, in other words, Penny has hadsculpted these to match their plant base, attaching them magnetically to the base. You can take them off and display them separately, though, but you'd be missing out on the teeny tiny eggs in the nest!
The Spriggledops are £20 each and are still available as one-offs in pink and blue, pink and purple, yellow and blue, and blue and red colorways.
SoKo Cat has some new customs in her shop, with a "B" theme to them. By that, I mean bunnies, broccoli, and 'bots:
A custom version of Paul Shih's Bevil, the Broccoflower edition, with some re-paints on Bevil's body to make him look a little more like a blend of broccoli and cauliflower. Sadly this little guy has already sold out.
Peter Kato's Bedtime Bunny, in both small and medium versions, in a summertime colorway with some bright colors (US$35 small, US$40 medium)
Rotten Daughter's robot has gotten a custom rusting from SoKo Cat, with its heart also salvaged from its body. (US$60)
Spelunky has been a game that's grown on me, and as such, I'm quite happy to see Fangamer make a new series of Spelunky figures! The lineup for Series 2 is a boss monster affair: Anubis, the Yeti King, Alien Lord and Old Bitey, available as a four-pack for US$30.
But wait, there's more! The Series 1 lineup is back in stock, with a full set going for US$60. Or, you can just get both sets for US$84, all in the Fangamer shop.
Otto Bjornik's new Gyaraga Dunnys aren't 100 percent new designs: two of the three main designs are based off of his larger Odyssey 1969 custom Dunnys. Joining Neil A (in the white) and A Lien (in black) is a new red astronaut named Luna, with the three of them making up the majority of the 3-inch customs.
However, even they aren't alone: Otto's including not one, but two chases for each color of Gyaraga Dunnys. All three colors will have a dead astronaut as one of the chases, with the other being a one-off special character: Krang (black), Jeremy (white) and Laika (red).
A total of 10 characters will be released for the red, black and white colors, meaning eight of each 10 will be either Neil A, A Lien or Luna, depending on the color you choose. Oh, and did we mention they're blind-boxed? Because they will be when Otto releases them in his store on Thursday, June 26, at 11 a.m. Eastern for US$110 (plus shipping) each.
The Disarticulators' Madball has been a nice throwback to the toys of yesterday, but it's not going to be alone for long. In collaboration with Strange Kids Club, a new collectible called Screwball is on the way with a interesting little backstory. Screwball originally started as a design by James Groman for Strange Kids' Circle Jerks sticker series, and was then sculpted as a fan project by artist Jose David Cifuentes Ulloa, which in turn got Strange Kids interested in actually releasing Screwball.
If you're planning on picking up Screwball for yourself, then here's the basic details: it's 3 inches tall by 2 inches wide, cast in a marbled pattern of neon purple and lime green rubber, and limited to 10 pieces for the first edition release. They'll be US$35 each, available in the Strange Kids store on Thursday at 10 a.m. Central (11 a.m. Eastern, 8 a.m. Pacific, 3 p.m. UTC).
So we've had cat kaiju, and dog kaiju ... how about some fish kaiju? That's what's new from Max Toy Co., as they've put together the mighty Kibunadon, based off of Teresa Chiba's character. Teresa won the Kaiju Gals Design-a-Kaiju contest, and I have to say that Kibunadon fits in well with Konatsu's Negora and Shibara figures.
The first U.S. release of Kibunadon is a red and yellow colorway with some gray and green accents, and can be had in the Max Toy Co. shop for US$40 right now.
All good things must come to an end, and for Doktor A's Bella Delamere, that end comes in the form of a final colorway Releasing on Friday at 9 p.m. in Amsterdam (that's 3 p.m. Eastern, noon Pacific), the final colorway is called The Unwound Automation and features Bella in a dark chocolate-colored palette. Even though it's vinyl, she does have a bit of a wood or leather feel to her from the colorway.
The final colorway of Bella is limited to 175 pieces, all available on Mintyfresh. Price-wise, you can expect to pay €74.95 for Bella.
Jenn and Tony Bot are back with their clay-coated creations, making another cuddly little critter. Their target this time? Frank Kozik's Heathrow, which they've turned into the Prickly Pencil Pusher. The little yellow fellow isn't just sporting rimmed glasses; his quills have also become erasers (note: not actual erasers) to fit with the No. 2 pencil theme of the entire piece.
Two of these little fellows are going up in the Urban Vinyl Daily store on Wednesday at noon Eastern (9 a.m. Pacific, 4 p.m. GMT). No price has been announced, but I'm sure you can pencil it into your budget.
Not everyone celebrates May the 4th in the same manner, and Artmymind have chosen to celebrate Star Wars with a new piece, Storm Samurai. Obviously styled on the Stormtrooper helmet with some influence from Japanese kabutos, the 3-inch-by-3-inch-by-2-inch piece has been cast in both resin (matte black and matte white) and a shiny metal version. It's a very clean look, not too outside of what Artmymind usually creates, and it looks just as awesome as their custom work.
The matte black and white samurai heads are US$49 each, while the metal version is US$69 each. You can find all three in Artmymind's shop this very moment.
[UPDATE: The Storenvy shop is down at the moment, so you can buy them from Artmymind's BigCartel shop. They've also decided to throw in a slight discount to make up for the inconvenience: the matte black and white versions are €30 each, and the metal version €42.]