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SDCC: Cardboard Spaceship photo
SDCC: Cardboard Spaceship

[UPDATED] SDCC 2014: Cardboard Spaceship

A trove of Wandering Misifts
Jul 27
// Brian Szabelski
Sure, we've seen Cardboard Spaceship's Thimblestump Hollow figures, but what about the rest of the booth? It was a small booth, but there were still other pieces on display, including customs from Carson Catlin, DrilOne, Reac...
Art of War Dunnys photo
Art of War Dunnys

Kidrobot's Art of War Dunnys revealed

Featuring work from DrilOne, kaNO, ilovedust, Sabo, Colus and Sergio Mancini
May 18
// Brian Szabelski
Kidrobot has posted a mini-magazine on their blog, which also happens to be an official announcement of its Art of War Dunny series. As you might guess, it's war-themed and six of the artists for the series have had their wor...
KRSF new exhibit photo
KRSF new exhibit

Kidrobot SF plays host to Friends From Forgotten Fairytales

A world of mystical beings ... well, at least custom toys based on that idea
May 06
// Brian Szabelski
Kidrobot San Francisco is playing host to a new exhibit that opens May 10 at the store (1512 Haight Street), called Friends from Forgotten Fairytales. Opening night is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Pacific, and includes some gif...
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...

Custom Cavey sneak peek photo
Custom Cavey sneak peek

A look at some of the custom Caveys for Friday's show

Some are cute and cuddly, others ... not so much
May 29
// Brian Szabelski
This Friday marks the Custom Vinyl Cavey Show in London, and as a peek, we're getting to see the customs a little early. There are 41 customs that are part of the show, all of which have now been posted to the Hey Cavey blog....

A look at some of Fonzo Loves the UK's customs

May 09 // Brian Szabelski
Hayao by Rsin Nightclub Incident by RunDMB (more photos) Fox McFloyd by Chauskoskis Yoru Tsubasa by Artmymind Count Vladpire by Daniel Fleres Gaia by Camilla d'Errico Alignak by Charles Rodriguez by DrilOne Benzo by Doubleparlour by Otto Bjornik by Jeremiah Ketner by Stu Witter by Sergio Mancini
Fonzo customs photo
Featuring pieces from Camilla d'Errico, DrilOne, Jeremiah Ketner, Rsin, Artmymind, Chauskoskis and more!
As we posted before, Fonzo Loves the UK opens this Saturday, May 11 at SHO Gallery in Cardiff, Wales, U.K. The show is set to feature a ton of different takes on Freak Store's vinyl bulldog mascot, and we've been busy gathering them up to share with you. Some of these designs ... I'm absolutely in love with them already. Hit the jump to check out a wide variety of the customs on display Saturday!

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...

DrilOne and Frank Kozik are added to Cavey show's roster

Two more artists enter the fray!
Oct 10
// Natalie Kipper
We've already shown you four of the twelve artists (check back here and here for a refresher) who will be taking part in Cavey's American Cousins plush show, the first exhibit for Holly Stanway's roly-poly plush to be ho...

Checking in with the customs for The Super Suck Up

Latest reveals include art from Scott Tolleson, DrilOne, Onell Design, Luke Chueh and more
Sep 10
// Brian Szabelski
A while back, it was announced that The Super Suck Up was coming to DesignerCon, and that a number of artists would be lending their skills to customizing some Suckadelic figures. So, just about two months out from the show, ...

Celebrate rust at To A Life Consumed by Slow Decay

Sep 02
// Brian Szabelski
DrilOne is known for his distressed, rusted art style, and he's bringing that all to Miami for To A Life Consumed by Slow Decay. Opening Sept. 20 at Kidrobot Miami (638 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Fla.), the show will fea...

DrilOne, Cris Rose launch Decommissioned Sprogs

Feb 21
// Brian Szabelski
Spotted on toysrevil, DrilOne and Cris Rose have collaborated on a new series of limited-edition Sprogs! As the story goes, DrilOne has purchased some decommissioned military bots from the Cris Rose factory that never saw com...

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