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Toy Art Gallery

TAG will hold custom Power Ranger anniversary show

Show opens on December 7th
Nov 22
// Vanessa Cubillo
If you’re in the Los Angeles area, Toy Art Gallery will be holding a very special show for Power Rangers fans. To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Power Rangers are presenting “20 Rangers for 20 years” cur...
64Colors Max Gumdrop photo
64Colors Max Gumdrop

64Colors brings the cute with new custom Gumdrop

Patterned after The Grinch's dog, Max
Nov 22
// Brian Szabelski
64Colors have revealed a new piece they're working on, a custom Gumdrop based on The Grinch's pooch, Max. That includes the one little antler tied to his head, which 64Colors have replicated and affixed to the top of the cust...
Custom Made Monday photo
Custom Made Monday

Custom Made Monday: Getting into the Halloween Spirit

Monsters, Pokemon and Harry Potter for all!
Oct 21
// Vanessa Cubillo
The weather is getting colder, and it's starting to get dark earlier now. Yes, this is fall! Of course one of my favorite things about fall is Halloween. The pumpkins, the candy, the scary's a great time. With Hal...
64 Colors cake toppers photo
64 Colors cake toppers

Custom Delights: 64 Colors' custom Marshall cake toppers

Made for one lucky couple's wedding cake
Sep 16
// Brian Szabelski
64 Colors fans tend to like Marshall quite a bit, but one couple liked the little marshmallow dude so much (and 64 Colors' other work) that they commissioned a set of custom cake toppers for their wedding using Marshall as a ...

64Colors' newest prints photo
64Colors' newest prints

64Colors' newest prints are just the cutest thing

Available right now in limited quantities
Aug 19
// Brian Szabelski
There's a bunch of new, adorable stuff up in the 64Colors shop to look at. For US$65, you can pick one of two new 11-inch-by-14-inch Giclee prints: the adorable Marshall "Fly" print or the Genuinely Good print. Both are mount...
SDCC 2013: Dragatomi photo
SDCC 2013: Dragatomi

SDCC 2013: Dragatomi (Part 1)

A cavalcade of custom creations and other curiosities
Jul 27
// Brian Szabelski
It goes without saying that Dragatomi had one of the busiest booths in the designer toy section during SDCC. There always seemed to be something going on there (usually a signing) and if there wasn't, there were plenty of cus...
Mapleman Mini Marshalls photo
Mapleman Mini Marshalls

Mapleman Mini Marshalls march out of 64 Colors' exhibit

Now available for the tree lover in you
Jun 11
// Brian Szabelski
With 64 Colors' Maple City exhibit opening last weekend at Rotofugi, a new batch of Marshalls were also released! The Mapleman Mini Marshalls are not made from wood (they're vinyl), but they've been given a little bit of a wo...
64 Colors at Rotofugi photo
64 Colors at Rotofugi

64 Colors' newest exhibit opens Friday at Rotofugi

Maple City runs through June 30
May 30
// Brian Szabelski
We haven't posted about one of Rotofugi's exhibit openings in a while, but this one involves the lovely duo known as 64 Colors. Their new show is called "Maple City" and will feature new work from them. One might presume it'l...

Toasted Marshall gets a bite-sized edition

Mini Toasted Marshalls on sale March 5
Feb 28
// Brian Szabelski
64Colors' little marshmallow man, Marshall, is back with a new mini toasted variant. The Toasted Mini-Marshall is just over 2 inches tall, each one differently painted with a toasted look. It's just like the big one, except s...
New 2-inch line debuts with an adorable Marshall ... and promptly sells out
64Colors' Marshall has been one of my favorite characters and collectibles, but for his next trick, he's getting a bit more furry ... and smaller. Popping up at Rotofugi, the Abominable Mini Marshall is only 2 inches tal...


64Colors' Gingermarshalls coming Friday

Warning: do not eat; plastic is not tasty
Dec 13
// Brian Szabelski
64Colors has got themselves a new custom Marshall in time for the holidays: say hi to Gingermarshall! As teased on Twitter, the little guy is a custom Marshall decked out as a gingerbread man, complete with sweet candy hat an...

Tomopop About Town: Cavey's American Cousins, Part 1

Nov 23 // Natalie Kipper
Cavey's American Cousins took place at an English pub called the Cat and Fiddle, situated on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. The gallery area was in a room adjacent to the main pub space.  When I entered the gallery, I was greeted by Holly Stanway, Cavey creator and all around cool artist. Up on a big screen hanging a corner of the room directly across from the entrance was the eBay page where each of the displayed plushes were listed for bidding. It was constantly scrolling and updating. I found myself watching it, mesmerized at several instances. Each of the custom Cavey plushes was accompanied by a special print done by the artist (which are available for purchase). The one done by 64colors struck as cute if not a little barbaric, turning the Cavey into a headdress for a tribal ritual. I liked the layered look to details like the facial features on the tribes person as well as the "64colors" logo on the back of the head. There was also embroidery seen the person's exposed belly button. I was impressed to see how well this top-heavy-looking custom balanced.  Angry Woebots' print reminded me a bit of graffiti, especially the bottom signature part. The black and white color scheme certainly suits a panda very well, don't you think? This Cavey's translation from print to plush impressed me with its accuracy. The face really looked just the poster and they even included the signature on the back! The bigger black portions, such as the the panda's eye patches, were made of fabric (felt from the looks of things) while the finer details were embroidered. The Beast Brothers' print seemed to me to be a mix of Day of the Dead imagery and avant-garde art. It brought to mind those sugar skulls you see in Latino markets around that time. The eyes (both in the skull and the talk bubble) were a tad disconcerting.  The plush was simple but I think captured the feel of the Beast Brothers' print quite nicely. It looked like an amalgam of a Cavey and a cow skull which I think is what they were going for.  The print made by Camilla D'Errico had a mild anime flavor to it. The character had big eyes, blue hair, and a small mouth. It was so pretty. I loved the dandelion seeds in the background (perhaps a nod to her comic, Tanpopo?). They enhanced the overall feel of the print but without detracting from the main image. Camilla's may very well have been the most detailed of the Cavey custom plushes. I suppose it is no wonder when you look at the print it is based on. I loved the eyes on this one, with the little spirals in the pupils. I also thought the use of Camilla's characters, Kuro and Shiro, for the "ears" of the Cavey was an inventive touch. This one was just so beautiful. It really came out great. Chris Ryniak's print was done up in watercolors and looked just like his Cavey, right down to the big, pitiful eyes and the way the feet are positioned. I evoked the same strange curiosity that I find in much of his other works. This Cavey is, in fact, not a plush at all. It is a sculpture with a plush cover (so it can be disguised as a Cavey). I didn't manage to snap any shots of the little fellow wearing his suit but I bet it looks darling. This and the 64colors one are the only toys that have legs. DrilOne's print didn't so much highlight their Cavey as put it into a fake military poster. It was imaginative and fit well with the theme of the actual plush. Here is DrilOne's rather war-torn Cavey. The poor vet is missing an ear and still has his little plush-sized gas mask. His outfit looked like it was a kind of faux leather which went well with the brown material used for its actual body. It could have been my imagination but it appeared as though the fabric used might have have rougher than the other plushes. I, of course, didn't handle it or any of the other works so I can't be sure.  This isn't the end of the party! We still have the other six artists and their work to cover. Stay tuned for part two of Tomopop's coverage of Cavey's American Cousins!
Crossing the pond for a plush party!
For the last couple of weeks, we had been leading up to the Cavey's American Cousins pop-up gallery, the first show for the brand in the United States. Each of the handmade plushes in the show were designed by American artist...


Cavey's American Cousins are fully revealed

Now, I am even more psyched about the show!
Oct 31
// Natalie Kipper
Okay, no more teasers now. This is the real deal. We have the full images of the custom Cavey plushes set to appear at the pop-up art show, Cavey's American Cousins, taking place in Hollywood on Saturday, November 10. Curated...
Brian's SDCC haul photo
Brian's SDCC haul

Show and Tell: Brian's SDCC 2012 haul

Aug 24
// Brian Szabelski
San Diego Comic Con was just over a month ago, but finally, I'm getting to writing something up about my SDCC 2012 haul. This year, the theme was to go small: I didn't end up picking up anything that was too expensive or more...

SDCC 2012: Rotofugi/Squibbles Ink

Jul 15
// Brian Szabelski
Rotofugi, sharing a booth with close partners Squibbles Ink once again, announced all of their SDCC exclusives ahead of time, so there wasn't much in the way of surprises. You had your Bubble Gumdrops and your Grim Marshalls ...

Rotofugi announces its SDCC exclusives

Jul 07 // Brian Szabelski
64Colors' Bubble Gumdrop — US$8, edition of 500 pieces Chris Ryniak's Glow in the Dark Snyboras — US$33 each; 20 have been set aside for the Circus Posterus forums; first-come, first-served in an unannounced edition size Ferg's SQUADT Gohst 003 [PLAYGE] — US$125; 6 inches tall; 20 figures being released each day on July 12, 13 and 14 Travis Lampe's Rinaldo the Fabulous Tear Drip — US$11, edition of 300 pieces Max Toy Co./Mark Nagata releases and customs: Mini Kaiju Negora with Big Fish — US$50 Lady Darkness — US$44 Blue Unpainted Micro Eyezon — US$15 Lady Maxx comic — US$5.99 Kaiju King Negora — US$155 Monster Eyes Eyezon — US$400 Day and Night Eyezon — US$400 Yellow Hands Eyezon — US$315 Tripus custom — US$220 Custom Micro Eyezons (left to right) — US$100, US$190, US$100 Galaxy Negora — US$250 Metallic Negora — US$190 Mini Drazoran custom — US$85 Mini Lady Maxx custom — US$85 Mini Alien Argus custom — US$85 Custom Eyezons — US$315

Rotofugi's finally announced its SDCC exclusives, and not a moment too soon! Not surprisingly, as they're partnering with Max Toy Co., that a ton of Max Toy exclusives and customs are on sale at booth #4736. But that's not al...


Laura and Eric, the duo better known as 64Colors, have revealed a little teaser picture, which shows off something very cool: wooden Gumdrops! The wooden Gumdrops appear to stand 4 inches tall, which keeps them in scale with ...

Tomopop About Town: My Little Pony Project 2012

May 07 // Natalie Kipper
Attending the My Little Pony Project really made me realize how lucky I am to be a member of the press. If you were an average fan, this is were you were headed if you wanted to get into Toy Art Gallery. Press, VIPs, and artists were able to get in early to mingle, take pictures and, you know, not wait in a long line on Melrose. This photo was taken just as the event was getting started and the line only got longer as the night progressed.  Once you did make it inside, it was all ponies, all the time. Well, that and a bar in the rear of the gallery. Other gallery-goer goodies included free mini cakes with the Mane Six's cutie marks on top and a photo booth, where fans could hold up a giant cardboard frame that read "Greetings from Equestria." Oh, and the merchandise! So much amazing stuff from the Mighty Fine team was available for purchase over at Toy Art Gallery. The walls and islands were packed with all sorts of shirts, hoodies, bags, and iPhone cases. The official event tee was a big hit. The front side had the My Little Pony Project Logo while the back resembled a band tour shirt, with all of the participating stores' and sponsors' logos lined up along with the dates and location of the exhibit. I had to take a picture of the Sailor Pinkie Moon shirt because Sailor Moon references are always awesome. On two walls of the gallery were glass cases full of vintage, first generation My Little Pony toys. I thought they were a pretty neat addition to the exhibit. I found it curious that part of the press release had mentioned something along the lines of "25 ponies for 25 years," yet the placard in the vintage toy case said they had been around for nearly thirty. Were they just rounding up?  Now, without further ado, onto the main event: the custom My Little Pony figures! This pony, named "Lucky," is by 64Colors. It indeed had a mystical, almost voodoo, feel to it. I loved the expressions on all the little spirit-looking fellows painted on the pony's body, especially the one on its face. Notice: even the back hooves have characters painted on them. Ana Bagayan's "My Little Pony Baby Pony" had some of the cutest details, in my opinion. Her face has tiny freckles, adding to her youthful appearance. The skillful application of lace, pom-pons, and buttons give this toy the appearance that she is wearing clothes, rather than something painted on.  We had previewed J*RYU's "Goodnight, Sweet Dreams ... XO" before the opening of the show and I was anxious to see the ethereal beauty in person. I have to tell you, you have to see it it in person to fully appreciate this custom. The pony's body has a sort of glisten to it. The ghostly little girl appeared to be slightly translucent under the gallery lights. I may never look at carousels the same way ever again. Winning my vote for "Best Use of Accessories" is Junie Moon's regal custom, "Pony Couture." Lace, pearls, and velvet decorated this pony's bow (topped with a crown!), faux fur capelet, and waistcoat. She looked so refined and elegant!  TOUMA's "Chaos Pony" was dark, moody and full of twisty, spirally things. You can't really tell from the photos, but the dark purple spirals had a metallic sheen to them which contrasted nicely with the smooth black of the pony's body. I also like how you can see some of the rough carved edges of the spirals, giving it a more pronounced and, dare I say, chaotic, look. Perez Hilton may not be a famous artist but he is apparently famous enough to have garnered a spot (and a pony) at the My Little Pony Project. I don't really have much to say about this one. This is but a taste of the awesomely artistic ponies at the event. What? You want more? Good! A second part of this feature will be coming up shortly with more ponies than you can shake a hoof at (I had to add a pony pun in here somewhere). 

This last Saturday marked the opening of the My Little Pony Project 2012, an art exhibit of custom My Little Pony figures that took up four stores on Los Angeles's Melrose Avenue. Twenty-five big name artists made one-of-a-ki...

Gumdrop Series 1 arrives March 23

Mar 16 // Brian Szabelski

On Tuesday, we broke the news that 64Colors' Gumdrop Series 1 was coming soon, and today, we're happy to pass along the full details on the release! As expected, Gumdrop is going to be a Squibbles Ink and Rotofugi release, av...


64Colors teases Gumdrop Series 1

Mar 13
// Brian Szabelski
Finally. After what feels like forever (it's really been since about San Diego Comic Con last year), 64Colors have posted a new teaser for Gumdrop Series 1 online. It comes via their Facebook page for Marshall, and shows ...

Enchanted by 64Colors' Supermagical Dunny

Feb 23
// Kristina Pino
I'm a little late here (Kid Robot's preview post is dated Feb. 9), but considering that 64Colors are in Miami tonight doing a signing for the release of this gorgeous Dunny I figured I'd do up a little post about it. You see,...

More wooden Marshalls coming Tuesday

Nov 21
// Brian Szabelski
Good news, fans of 64Colors' Marshall and/or wooden toys: more wooden Marshalls are on the way! The 3.5" Marshalls are all made from maple harvested from Michigan (where 64Colors is based), with the graphics made via laser. T...

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