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....
Seems as though Colonel Rombus won't be the only Dok A creation coming to ToyCon UK. The little Stumpy Warburton, proofreader and founder of the Limbs Can Hold You Back Society, will be at the event too. He's a brand new Mini-Mechtorian figure, with a run of 10 2-inch figures handpainted and available. And yes, arms and legs aren't included because he wouldn't be Stumpy if they were!
Stumpy will be at Dok's ToyCon booth (#17) for £70 each.
Squink! has been quiet since the end of 2013, mostly because he's been catching up on commissioned work the whole time, but ToyCon UK is bringing out some new work from him. Specifically, it's a resin piece called My Final Breath, debuting on April 12 at the event. It's a different look than a lot of his customs and past pieces, in part because it feels more like a display piece, something you might put on a shelf on its own rather than with other designer toys.
He'll have an assortment of handpainted one-off customs at ToyCon, as well as clear and tinted colorways of My Final Breath at his booth. The leftovers from the show will be in his shop on April 14.
ESC-Toy's newest weekly release is a little different, though it doesn't seem that way. After all, we've seen the Scratch MK figure before, and this time, it's in a metallic blue colorway. There's nothing too out of the ordinary at first glance: it's still 5.5 inches tall and comes with a unique hologram serial number.
What's so special about this colorway is that ESC is doing something different: offering a special retail price for 24 hours of US$35. You can pick it up in the ESC-Toy store right now.
Otto Bjornik's latest work has arrived today,a 3-inch Dunny he did in collaboration with Kidrobot called Mayari. It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Mayari keeps a royal theme we've seen in a lot of Otto's work, as well as his simple black-and-white style, but there's also a red version of Mayari if you're looking for a little more color. If you want both versions, though, you'll have to do a bit of extra work: the black version is being sold and selling out already at designer toy retailers (myplasticheart has a few left), while the red version will be only at Kidrobot's stores and their online shop.
As you might remember, though, Kidrobot upped their prices earlier this week, and the 3-inch Mayari will cost you US$14.99. I love Otto's work, but US$15 for a 3-inch figure is a pretty steep asking price and I might have to sit this one out. What say you, Tomopop readers?
Doktor A will be back at ToyCon UK this year, and he's bringing along a new friend: Colonel Rombus. The newest piece from Dok is a fez-wearing robot who was once the leader of the Robotopolis army, but is now retired. He still likes to tell war stories, though ...
Originally, the colonel was a design for the Mini-Mechtorians Series 2 line, but the series got scrapped before they went past prototype stage. However, it's back, and is now a 6-inch figure (the Mini-Mechtorians were 3-inch figures), and I think that's a good choice. It's pretty easy to see why; a lot more detail has presumably been added to the 6-inch Colonel, especially around the gears sculpted onto the surface. We also get a real brass winding key on the back side and a real glass eye lens for the completed Colonel, probably thanks to that bigger size as well.
The first version of Colonel Rombus is a Coldcast Bronze colorway, though it's actually made of resin. A total of 50 pieces have been made in this variation, and 15 of them will be at ToyCon UK for £65 each. The other 35 will be available from Dok at a later date.
If you're a fan of The Disarticulators' Madball of Death, but perhaps would like a little more shine to your collectible, then you're in luck. Coming on Wednesday will be a glow-in-the-dark variant of the Madball of Death. Same 1980s inspiration, same toothy sculpt with a parasite inside. Just a little more scary when you see it glowing at 3 a.m. from your shelf.
The glow-in-the-dark Madball of Death is limited to a run of 10 pieces, each US$50 plus shipping in the Man-E-Toys store. They'll arrive at 9 p.m. London time (5 p.m. Eastern, 1 p.m. Pacific), and some additional surprises will be in the store at the same time. What, exactly, we don't know (or it wouldn't be a surprise), so you'll have to check it out for yourself!
Konatsu's Negora and Shibara sofubi figures have been favorites for some time now; I think it's just seeing pets transformed into gigantic kaiju that makes me smile a bit. But as with all sofubi, a collector's work is never done ... because the artists keep releasing more and more colorways. New variants of Shibara (glow in the dark and snow green) and Negora (glow in the dark and snow purple) have arrived, along with their 1.75-inch counterparts Mamera and Migora. The "green figures" seem more blue to me, though, don't you think?
The 3.75-inch Negora and Shibara figures are US$35, and Mamera and Migora will be US$12. You can find them at Rotofugi both in-store and online.
Mr. Clement's work is coming to Rotofugi for a May exhibition, and to celebrate, he's released a special variant of his Astrolapin figure. The Rotofugi variant is in a nice cherry red color, and he carries a map of Chicago in his hands, perhaps trying to find Rotofugi? Pssst, it's on Lincoln Avenue ...
Need your little rabbit astronaut fix? He's available right now from Rotofugi, limited to a run of 50 pieces and one per customer and/or household, for US$175 each. It's really tempting to pick one up, even at that price ... what do you think?
MeSmithy (a.k.a. Megan Smithyman) has some new arrivals in her store, including one onyx-colored Tuttz. That Tuttz and the new KayNids are all done in her stitched leather style, with one KayNid being a Discontent Demon variant, and the other three colorways of a kitsune KayNid (Night Shade, Desert Bluffs and Emerald Isle).
One of the KayNids is already gone, but the other customs are all available in her shop, ranging in price from US$125 for the demon to US$300 for the Tuttz.
I still love myplasticheart and Lou Pimentel's Junior, and their newest colorway sure touches on my geeky side. Behold the Dark Night version of Junior ... and yes, it's a play on Batman's nickname of The Dark Knight. Even the colorway has that gray-tone skin color like Batman's suit, and the black wings match the color of his cowl and cape (at least in some of the variations of his outfit). I'm only disappointed that our little demon friend isn't wearing a little utility belt all his own ...
The Dark Night Junior arrives on Wednesday, March 19, for US$34.99 at MPH. I will, for sure, be getting one!
Super7 brings us a new colorway of my favorite kaiju cookie, Foster, just in time for spring. The bright green Spring Forward Foster is cast in a sparkly translucent vinyl, and features buttercup yellow and silver accents for his mouth, eyes and filling. My Foster obsession compels me to buy one, I think.
Spring Forward Foster arrives at noon Pacific Thursday (3 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. GMT) for US$25 each. It's not as much of an instant buy as the frost-colored Foster, but I'll likely still own one. How about you?
Do you like wrestling and original articulated figures? If you do, then you might want to take a look at Daniel Yu's Bronco Buster and Gory Bomb. If you're a wrestling fan, you'll also recognize that the two characters borrow their names from those of wrestling maneuvers, so there's a bit of a theme here.
So what nefarious tricks do each grappler hold? Well, they both have multiple points of articulation, and Gory has that "foreign object" in his hand (via a swappable hand part) that he might use to cheat. Meanwhile, Bronco Buster's head comes off to reveal a not-so-friendly message underneath.
Both Gory Bomb and Bronco Buster are available in Daniel's shop for US$80 each.