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 Cars...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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?
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...
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.
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...
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.
Scott Tolleson and Luke Chueh's adorably pitiful Bartholomew Punchyface plush is seeing his second release at San Diego Comic Con. You may remember his initial release in April 2013, in which he wore a green sweater with brown corduroy pants. This special SDCC colorway shows Bart Bear in a cute orange/yellow top with blue pants. The poor bullied bear retains his not-so tightie-whities (with sewn in tag!), providing the owner with the opportunity for wedgie action, should you feel so inclined. Just like the first release, Bartholomew will also have a sign on his back. But instead of reading "Kick Me,"the note says "Wedgie is my Bestie."
I highly recommend buying Bartholomew Punchyface while you have the chance. I own the original and I was immensely impressed with the plush's detail and quality of production. The 14-inch tall plush will cost US$40 each and be available in "limited numbers" at 3D Retro's booth (#5139). Scott Tolleson will also be on hand to sign your Bartholomew Punchyface during the con.
A new Raaar! has arisen, and the design of the dino called Jay Bee is unmistakably Scott Tolleson's work. An exclusive to De Korner, the 6-inch figure is coming in the third quarter of 2013 (around November) and appears to be...