Due to scheduling difficulties, I wasn't able to get a question post up. My deepest apologies, dearest Tomocast listeners. To make up for it, I brought on a trio of guests that will surely entertain you. To...
The fine folks at Rivet have themselves a little exclusive figure that's going on sale this week. That would be the clear purple colorway of Alex Pardee's Bunnywith Affinity For Slave Women piece, which mashes up Bunny a...
Rich Page, better known as the guy behind Ume Toys, has a new release in time for the holiday season. He's bringing us a little sweetie called Plum, derived from the fact that she's actually plum pudding. There's a little holly berry/leaf topping on top of the gooey pudding insides, but the whole thing isn't edible. It is just a 3-inch-tall resin figure, after all.
Ten Plums will be up in the Ume Toys shop for 28 plus shipping, starting at 9 a.m. GMT (4 a.m. Eastern, 1 a.m. Pacific) on Thursday.
The annual Kidrobot holiday Dunny is upon us, and it's MAD's HolidAPE. This year's design is indeed a primate in holiday colors; one is a red-and-green Christmas affair, while the other is a silver/white/light blue Hanukkah variant. It even has a menorah and dreidel on the ears in place of the ball ornament and candy cane.
These guys are US$11.99 and available at kidrobot.com and most designer toy retailers.
Double Haunt have a new Cheesetroyer resin figure that will be released at Supanova in Brisbane, Australia. While the event isn't until Nov. 8, they are offering up one figure for pre-release. The catch is that it's a lottery, so you get one entry to try and win the right to buy a pink Cheesetroyer before Supanova.
To sign up, you'll need to head over to the lottery website and fill the form out. It's about as easy as that, unless you're going to Supanova. If that's the case, you can pick one up there.
Just in time for Halloween, Nathan Hamill and 3D Retro are releasing a glow-in-the-dark Octopup. Available at 3D Retro and Nathan's shop, these are still US$10 a piece with the same design as before, just cast in glow-in-the-dark Japanese vinyl.
By the way, 3D Retro is also having a contest: if you buy one of these Glow Octopups, take a Halloween-themed photo and post it with the #Octopup and #GlowOctopup hashtags on Instagram, you can win one of the upcoming new Strife and Sire colorway sets.
Kidrobot's next blind-boxed Dunny series — Dunny Evolved — is here, but it's got a slightly different twist. Instead of recruiting a bunch of artists for the 15 Dunnys in the series, there's only five: Huck Gee, McBess, Frank Kozik, Scott Tolleson and Kronk. Do the math, and you get three Dunnys per artist, all themed around evolution from one form to the next. The previews shown off so far indicate that artists have had different takes on exactly what's evolved. Kozik has gone with life and humanity it seems, while Huck's evolution seems to center around a security/enforcement theme.
The official roll-out is Thursday, Oct. 10, at most specialty shops, and Kidrobot's retail and online shops. The usual Dunny price of US$9.99 applies, and Kidrobot Boulder (1468 Pearl St., Boulder, Colo.) is hosting a party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mountain. Additionally, during NYCC, Kidrobot New York (118 Prince St., SoHo, Manhattan) is having their signing/party, featuring Kozik, Scott Tolleson and Huck Gee in attendance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern.
What do you guys think of the choices that have gone into Dunny Evolved? It's a bit of a different direction, and I'm not sure I'm too hyped over it, but at least Kidrobot's trying something else.
Otto Bjornik's kind of had a grayscale thing going on with his customs, but my word: add in color and his designs look even more incredible. Such is the case with his newest Dunnys, the Cadmium Geishas. They're a series of 25 Dunnys in five different colors (red, yellow, blue, black and white) with five different faces. They're all blind-bagged, too; you can pick a color, but not a face.
If you want one of these like I do, they'll be in Otto's shop for US$115 on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 11 a.m. Eastern (3 p.m. GMT, 8 a.m. Pacific). I'll be going after a blue one for obvious reasons. How about you?
True Cast Studio has a new piece out called Walking Dud. If you guessed it's a zombie by the name, then you're right ... or you looked at the header image. In any case, Walking Dud is a very cool, nicely sculpted rubber figure that reminds me of old-school toys ... but at the same time, look at those teeth. Man, they look real, don't they?
They're also available in several versions: the one you see in the header above is the 7-inch version, but there's also 2-inch and 4-inch versions available.
If you want one now or won't be at NYCC, you can find them in the True Cast store in three versions: single colorways for US$75 each; color, non-painted figures for US$125 each; and fully painted figures for US$150 each. If you are going to NYCC, they will be with The Godbeast at the Onell Design booth (#102) during the show. There's also a companion Walking Dud piece on the way from True Cast, this one sculpted by Rudy Garcia (who has done work for NECA, Sideshow, McFarlane and many more companies).
Andrew Byham is a new face on the designer collectible scene, as he's just rolled out his first figure, a little goat called Kid. There's a cool little story behind it, too: Andrew's son did a project based on art toys earlier this year, and has his own little shop, and Andrew got in on the act, too, producing the 3.5-inch-tall resin goats you see above.
Kid is limited to an initial run of 10 hand-painted pieces, each £45 plus shipping and available on Andrew's website. For a first piece, it's not that bad at all; the only real roughness I see is on the pupils of the eyes, but that roughness usually fades as an artist produces more and more work. What do you guys and gals think?
Paul Shih has a new character and a new figure to match, and I'm already a fan of it. Mister Bing the Fortune Teller is an anthropomorphic fortune cookie, complete with little mustache, with a specialty in the Chinese fortune telling style of Kau Cim and a pastime of baking cookies. He's also a handcast resin toy, and Paul also mentions that each Bing has a fortune message inside the toy. (Note to readers: Do not break Bing open like an actual fortune cookie ... or attempt to eat him. He is resin and tastes yucky.)
Paul has some posts on his website detailing the creation of his little fortune teller (Part 1, Part 2), so check those out if you're interested in the figure-making process. Further more, if you love the design like I do, Paul's got 20 of these on sale Monday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. Pacific (4 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. GMT) for US$45 plus shipping.
A 9-piece run of the neon-colored Muraida Slush — my personal favorite design of the bunch — has arrived to smother you in a gooey wave of paint. It's 10 inches tall and comes with a special 8-inch-by-10-inch Giclee print by Yaji and Erick Scarecrow for US$125.
Finally, there's an 11-by-17 Giclee print available called Not My Colors, which is actually kind of adorable. Maybe it's the kid graffiti artist and the pig cop pointing at the graffiti like a parent scolding a child, but I like it. They're US$45 and only 25 have been made, each signed and numbered.
Back in June, MyTummyToys announced they'd be doing a collaboration with Darbotz on a new collectible called Monster Ball. Today, we've got a sneak peek at the 6-inch resin figure, which is releasing in October at the artotel Jakarta event.
It appears to be based off a custom Munny that Darbotz has previously done, except with some of the painted details now actual features. Specifically, those teeth; Monster Ball doesn't look like something I'd want to come across in a dark alley at night.
There's going to be 20 Monster Balls available in black-and-white for US$150 each. Tomopop readers, any thoughts on the design of this little monster?