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9:00 PM on 11.10.2014

DesignerCon 2014: Scott Tolleson, Lana Crooks, and Carson Catlin

The corner booth at DesignerCon that housed Scott Tolleson, Lana Crooks, and Carson Catlin had a eye-catching combination of plushes and figures, both original and customized. It also had several tantalizing con-exclusives av...

Natalie Kipper

De Korner, Scott Tolleson bring us Kookie No Good photo
De Korner, Scott Tolleson bring us Kookie No Good
by Brian Szabelski

Scott Tolleson's new work with De Korner is a pouty little bowtie-weatring fortune cookie named Kookie No Good. What is he no good at? Well, might just be fortune telling for all we know, but the little guy (he's a 3.5-inch-tall sofubi figure) looks so adorable being so sad. The first version of him also happens to be in celebration of the upcoming Year of the Horse, so he's painted in some traditional Chinese colors, namely red and gold.

Kookie's Year of the Horse colorway is going to be up in the De Korner shop in time for the Chinese New Year ... which is Friday. It'll be on sale at 10 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. GMT) for US$35 each.

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DesignerCon 2013: Scott Tolleson and friends photo
DesignerCon 2013: Scott Tolleson and friends
by Brian Szabelski

A lot of artists had shared booths at DesignerCon, like they do at larger conventions, but Scott Tolleson might have taken the cake in this regard. Not only was he manning a booth this year, but Leecifer, Lana Crooks and Carson Catlin were all along for the ride, metaphorically speaking.

As such, it made a good spot for Scott and Lana to show off their Plush Deadbeet, which looks pretty cute. More so, in fact, than Scott's vinyl ones. Carson also brought along a ton of his reticulated customs, while Leecifer had an army of Pickle Babies on hand. Check out the gallery for photos from the booth!

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2:00 PM on 11.13.2013

DesignerCon 2013: Ink It Labs

The folks at Ink It Labs brought plenty of wooden collectibles with them to DesignerCon 2013. Those included Scott Tolleson's Lil Rufus, the S.S. Meow Meow from Crowded Teeth, Onorio D'Epiro's Flower Eater, and-&nbs...

Brian Szabelski

Ink It Labs to bring the wooden undead to DesignerCon photo
Ink It Labs to bring the wooden undead to DesignerCon
by Natalie Kipper

According to one of Scott Tolleson's Instagram posts, a legend speaks of the first infected zombie, a boy named Rufus. In honor of the tragic lad, Scott has partnered up with Ink It Labs to create a unique wooden toy that will be on sale at DesignerCon tomorrow. What makes this toy so special, besides Scott's whimsical art style that can somehow make a tragic walking corpse look cute, is its three interchangeable heads. The heads go from a mildly zombie-looking "stage 1 infection" to a sort-of foreshadowing "stage 2 infection" to the final "totally f*cked infection." The heads slide into each other for easy storage and display.

Rufus will be limited to 50 pieces. The price is currently unknown. You can find him at Ink It Labs' booth (#800) during the convention.

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10:00 AM on 11.07.2013

Here are 3DRetro's DesignerCon exclusives

3DRetro's DesignerCon offerings are of the glow-in-the-dark variety, taking two recent releases and making them a little brighter at night. First, there's the MoonSHINE Bitta Critta, taking Scott Tolleson's character and maki...

Brian Szabelski

Info on DesignerCon-exclusive Deadbeet plush is dug up photo
Info on DesignerCon-exclusive Deadbeet plush is dug up
by Natalie Kipper

Just days ago, we discussed the teaser images of Scott Tolleson and Lana Crooks' Deadbeet plush that had been cropping up on Instagram. We now have clear images of the plush along with all the juicy information we had been craving. First of all, the official name of this plush critter is Deadbeet: Fresh Edition. He stands a whopping 18 inches tall and is 12 inches wide. He is also posable, as you may have guessed from the header image. Each Deadbeet: Fresh Edition plush is handmade with hand-dyed wool and fleece materials and comes with a signed and numbered wooden tag. 

Now, for the nitty-gritty. The Deadbeet: Fresh Edition is limited to just 5 pieces, with each plush costing US$200. They can be purchased at this weekend's DesignerCon at booth #233.

[via Spanky Stokes]

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Scott Tolleson x Lana Crooks Deadbeet plush is teased photo
Scott Tolleson x Lana Crooks Deadbeet plush is teased
by Natalie Kipper

Fans of designer toys are no doubt familiar with Scott Tolleson's Deadbeet soft vinyl figure. The toy has graced the pages of Tomopop more than a few times and even had its own custom art show at Los Angeles' Toy Art Gallery. So, what is next for the monstrous vegetable? Why, a plush, of course! Scott has teamed up with plush artist Lana Crooks for this very special endeavor. 

Over the past week or so, Scott's and Lana's Instagram pages have posted teaser images of the Deadbeat plush (more on Lana's than on Scott's). Not much is known about the plush other than that it will be found at California's DesignerCon, taking place on November 9 and 10. I expect more images and information will be posted as we get closer to the con.

I am certainly thrilled with this reveal and the Deadbeet has skyrocketed to the top of my DesignerCon wish list. What do you think about the new direction of this character?

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12:30 PM on 10.14.2013

NYCC 2013: Kidrobot

Kidrobot's NYCC offerings included the reveal of their newest Kidrobot Black vinyl figure. It's called Murder, by British artist Craww, and features a 12-inch-tall woman cloaked in a feathered crow-like outfit. She also comes...

Brian Szabelski

Kidrobot's new Dunny series is Evolved photo
Kidrobot's new Dunny series is Evolved
by Brian Szabelski

Kidrobot's next blind-boxed Dunny series — Dunny Evolved — is here, but it's got a slightly different twist. Instead of recruiting a bunch of artists for the 15 Dunnys in the series, there's only five: Huck Gee, McBess, Frank Kozik, Scott Tolleson and Kronk. Do the math, and you get three Dunnys per artist, all themed around evolution from one form to the next. The previews shown off so far indicate that artists have had different takes on exactly what's evolved. Kozik has gone with life and humanity it seems, while Huck's evolution seems to center around a security/enforcement theme.

The official roll-out is Thursday, Oct. 10, at most specialty shops, and Kidrobot's retail and online shops. The usual Dunny price of US$9.99 applies, and Kidrobot Boulder (1468 Pearl St., Boulder, Colo.) is hosting a party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mountain. Additionally, during NYCC, Kidrobot New York (118 Prince St., SoHo, Manhattan) is having their signing/party, featuring Kozik, Scott Tolleson and Huck Gee in attendance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern.

What do you guys think of the choices that have gone into Dunny Evolved? It's a bit of a different direction, and I'm not sure I'm too hyped over it, but at least Kidrobot's trying something else.

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6:00 PM on 09.09.2013

All colorways of Bartholomew Punchyface now available

Tomopop has been reporting on the development of Luke Chueh and Scott Tolleson's Bartholomew Punchyface plush since the little guy was just a conceptual design sketch. Now, the adorable bear has grown into a real boy (err, to...

Natalie Kipper

SDCC 2013: Gary Ham, Scott Tolleson, and Julie West photo
SDCC 2013: Gary Ham, Scott Tolleson, and Julie West
by Natalie Kipper

The booth housing artists Gary Ham, Scott Tolleson, and Julie West was my first stop on preview night of San Diego Comic Con. The space was laden with prototypes for future toys and con-exclusive goods. I came there for Gary's Hermees plush (made in collaboration with Lana Crooks) but I stayed for the sheer amount of awesomeness tucking into that corner booth. Along the periphery were tall glass cases, each one full of either Gary, Julie, or Scott's work. It was like a teaser for those just walking down the aisle. The booth's back had cubbies where additional merchandise was stored.

In Gary's section, the 2013 Flat Wooper Looper plushes (made in collaboration with Flat Bonnie) looked very cute and lovely, especially when the exhibit hall lights shone on the eyes and pleather accents. The Hermees plushes were popular and I am not surprised at all. They are wonderfully well made and the detail on the plush is delightful. I am so relieved I managed to get mine. Next to Hermees in the display shelf was a prototype for a vinyl figure called Sylvan. Interestingly, the model was made of wood. Returning to the Wooper Looper family, there were also four different colorways of the character's vinyl figure available to purchase: Neopolitan, Glow-in-the-dark (Sprayed), unpainted Vanilla, and Unpainted Glow-in-the-dark.

The highlights for Scott's display included the debut of his Bitta Critta vinyl figure (which could also be found at 3D Retro's booth), several different colorways and sizes of the popular Deadbeet sofubi, custom Raaar! and Fonzo figures, as well as the adorable Bartholomew Punchyface plush. I didn't manage to snap a picture of the second Bartholomew Punchyface colorway (the yellow and blue one) that was supposed to be at SDCC but the original green and brown plush was also there.

Last but not least, Julie's goods were divided between vinyl figures and cute plushes. I spotted both her Tweet and Bumble figures as well as the custom Skelanimals QEE. I freaking loved her plush of the smiling tree branch. I am not sure if you can tell from the photo but the details are on the fabric of the plush, not embroidered. It gave them a cool, sleek look.

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