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....
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?
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.