Welcome back to the Tomocast! Once again, I'm joined by Andres Cerrato and Rio McCarthy, back from the adventure known as life. Since the three of us have been in the same approximate area in the recent past, we're buzzing wi...
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.
Kidrobot's blog is home to some preview images of the upcoming Mardivale Dunny Series, featuring the work ofAndrew Bell and Scribe. Some of the more mysterious, masked designs are Andrew's work, while Scribe has taken to creating some colorful characters, like the stilted Dunny clown. You can check out the five preview photos Kidrobot have posted in our gallery to get an idea of what to expect.
Just a reminder, they're coming out tomorrow (March 4) and are priced at US$9.99. Check with your local Dunny retailer for any info on release parties; I know a lot of brick-and-mortar stores that sell Dunnys are having them.
MAD's new MADL Phase 4 series is almost ready to invade stores near you, and for this series, he's wrapped two of his classic characters around the MADL body. The trio of releases are MAD's Mad Ape, Modernhero and Maemaemon, with the latter of the three being a design by MAD's daughter. It looks pretty cute!
The series had a soft launch of sorts back at the end of January when MAD put a bunch of these in his shop, but this is the official release party and signing for these will be March 8 at Rotofugi (2780 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Central. MADL Phase 4 pieces will be US$35 individually or US$100 for a set of all three (a US$5 discount).
Toy Art Gallery's newest release thinks you're a jerk, because it's the Sucklord's S.U.C.K.L.E. set in a new clear red colorway! Yes, the same 10 figures are available in a new colorway, and really, that's about all that's new here. Isn't that the case with most colorways, though?
The TAG-exclusive set will be US$25 and on sale Wednesday at noon Pacific (3 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. GMT).
Super7's next Rose Vampire takes root this week, and all plant puns aside, the S7 crew are teasing us with a Spring Green Pocket Rose Vampire. As you can guess, he'll be a green machine, cast in glittery green soft vinyl with metallic blue leaf accents and a little splash of dark green for the petals ... not to mention his red eyes.
The Spring Green Pocket Rose Vampire arrives at noon Pacific (3 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. GMT) on Thursday at Super7, retailing at US$25 each.
The Clockmaker has a new robot for his resin army, and it's a 1.5-inch mean machine named Cannonball. Available in two hand-painted colorways, the little guy is built for combat, but works in a circus fighting a regular opponent (which is the other Cannonball colorway).
Cannonball's two colorways are available from The Clockmaker's shop for £15. They do appear a little bit rough in spots, but they're not bad considering The Clockmaker is a relative newcomer and a younger artist.
Max Toy Co. has rolled out a new colorway of their Kaiju Negora sofubi figure, and this one is a slightly darker tone. The brown-and-yellow Sabertooth version does feature some metallic paint accents, especially around the eyes and spine, that give it a little more interesting look. You get the Big Fish accessory, too, as with the other Kaiju Negora figures.
If you're interested in the colorway, it's US$45 and you can pick one up from the Max Toy Co. shop until either they hit their pre-order limit or next week, when pre-orders will close.
Huck Gee's Penelope McStompsalot Dunny has been released into the wild, but Kidrobot has a little surprise for those picking her up in her black or olive green colorways. Huck and KR have hidden a golden ticket inside one of the boxes, and the winner gets a pretty rare piece of Huck's work for their collection.
The prize? A development prototype of Huck's Art Giants Skullhead. Yeah, you remember those things are about 4 feet tall? Not too bad a prize for picking up one of these.
The black version of Penelope is already sold out online, meaning that it'll only be in Kidrobot stores and that the green version for retailers is your other chance to win. Penelope isn't cheap either, priced at US$199.99. Also, if you're in San Francisco, Huck will be signing at a release party tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific at Kidrobot San Francisco (1512 Haight St.)
The Disarticulators have a new keshi (rubber) figure that they'll be releasing on Friday: the Atomic Uchuujin. If you're a big enough Ultraman fan, then the design will look familiar to you, because it's based off of the character Alien S'pell from a banned 1967 episode of Ultraseven. The ban came from the fact that Alien S'pell's design was too similar to that of an atomic bomb survivor, including scarring.
The Atomic Uchuujin is 2.75 inches tall and cast in rubber, with a lot of colorways expected. They're starting out with a fleshtone version, and a |"deluxe UV edition" is planned for March. It'll be one of the many releases at Rampage Toys' keshi party on Friday in Tokyo, Japan (more on that in a separate post) and it'll be priced at around US$29 (¥3,000). A Western release for those of us who can't make the event is also planned; news on when to expect that should be coming soon.