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....
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.]
Kuso Vinyl will once again be at WonderCon Anaheim, and for this year's event, their exclusives come in a trio of choices. First, there's two Luckittypons for the event: the Inazuma version that looks like Pikachu, and the Tigerrhappy version that looks like ... well, a tiger. Both will be limited to 200 pieces at Kuso's booth (#1247) for US$10 each.
Want something a bit more game-related? There's also olive-colored variant of Dave Bondi's Akashi, whose Mario-styled look you've certainly seen before. Only 50 of these will be available at US$65 each, and if you stop by on Saturday between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., Dave is doing a signing session.
Finally, if you want something that's darker, there's Darko, the Dragon Kid — a black, dragon-like Minicel with some attitude. Only 40 of these are going to be at the show, with a set number released each day, and they'll retail at US$20. I think it's the one I would want the most if I could be at the show; what about you?
ToyCon UK arrives on Saturday, and there's plenty of new things to gawk over before the show. So much so, in fact, that we haven't been able to keep up with it all! To make amends, we're rounding up as many of the ToyCon UK releases and news tidbits as we can, starting off with works from five of the artists in attendance.
Hit the jump to see some of what you'll find at ToyCon UK!
Big Chief Studios have done the Tenth Doctor as part of their Dynamix line previously, but they've done a limited edition version of the figure with some changes. You might notice the color of his pinstriped suit has changed from blue to brown, but the alternate head has the biggest change. For that, they've substituted Ten's regular glasses for something a little more iconic: his 3-D glasses, which instantly makes this version better than the first one in my mind.
The new version of the Tenth Doctor is available right now for £59.99 from Big Chief Studios' shop. It's also a limited run of 500 figures, so keep that in mind when you decide how soon you want to pick one up!
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?