Toy Art Galley may have recently hosted Blamo Toys' own Mikie Graham for his show, The Return of the Zombie Art Project, but that doesn't meant they are quite through with the artist collective yet. Blamo Toys' 4th Annual Custom Show begins tomorrow, December 15, at the gallery's location in Los Angeles, California. The show this year will focus on their adorable Hug figures as over 50 artist put their own spin on the affectionate character.
Mikie Graham is not only one of the show's curators but also has one of his own pieces in the exhibit. Entitled "The Temptation of Hug," the entry features a handcrafted 6 inch tall Hug (with 4 points of articulation in the arms -- as opposed the usual zero). Hovering above each of this made-from-scratch figure's shoulders (with the aid of clear plastic rods) is a mini Hug, one devil and one angel. It is quite a complex piece!
Another piece you will have a chance to see up close is Josh Mayhem's "The Hug Machine." Loaded up with with cogs and gears, it looks a little like one of Dr. Eggman's devices except that, according to the artist, it is "powered by love." Check out the little cockpit in the front of the figure with the tiny pink pilot (it can even be removed!). The amount of detail is really something to marvel at.
You can see "The Temptation of Hug" and "The Hug Machine" as well as many other spectacular custom figures at Blamo Toys' 4th Annual Custom Show taking place at Toy Art Gallery, located at 7571 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046. The show runs from December 15 to December 30. If you are in the area, be sure to stop by!
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