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Limited Edition Yin & Yang Tuttz minis

Collect King Tutankhamun's missing kitty.
Dec 30
// Rachael Chambers
Argonaut Resins has released numerous incarnations of their Tuttz figures, but this version created and designed by Eric Nocella Diaz has to be my favorite. Painted in a simple black and white design, these stoic cats ar...
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I think I'll make a Garfield Tuttz
To celebrate his birthday, creator of Argonaut Resins, END, has decided to hold a design contest. On social media, he announced that he will be having a Tuttz art contest where fans can win a Tuttz mini. If you want to enter...

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Argonaut Resins' Sparkly Tuttz Minis are festively fun

These will be released all week
Jan 21
// Vanessa Cubillo
After the success of the Christmas Holiday Hunt and New Years Hunt Tuttz blind boxes, Argonaut Resins is releasing the Tuttz Mini Sparkly Cats again. This time they won’t be blind boxed so you can pick out the figure y...

Tomopop LinkUP: The Puzzle & Dougrams edition

Nov 21 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Max Factory has updated their blog with a gallery for their Dougram model kit. It's very impressive looking with just having the canopy frame painted and stickers applied. Have you seen Good Smile Company's new Picktam line of face changing rubber straps? Of course their first series is for Attack of Titan. They're about the size of a Nendoroid Petit and like a Nendoroid all of the parts are interchangeable. Plus they're making bonus expressions as well. Been to the Good Smile Company website recently? It's been completely overhauled and Kahotan has posted a guide to all of its new features and there are a lot! Speaking of the GSC website, they've got a preview up of the upcoming Nendoroid Neptune from Hyperdimension Neptunia. She's being bundled with the seventh volume of the anime DVD and Blu-ray in Japan. She's a full figure that comes with two expressions, a bunch of arms, and a game controller to hold. Now make a figma! Bandai has put up a video for their new Sailor Moon Moon Stick prop replica, or what they're calling a "Proplica". I don't know if the quality is enough that I would call it a prop, but it is shiny. AMINIMAL Studio has started a Kickstarter project called Inkimals which allows users to customize their own 3D printed designer figures. They're still a long ways from their goal so show them some support. I'm really impressed with what 3D printers can do with color these days. Hobby Search Tweeted an updated prototype shot of KanColle's Yukikaze figure from Aoshima. She's looking cute! Hobby Search also Tweeted this pair of super cool Ghibli 3D puzzles from Ensky. I want them! wieselhead posted a great photo review of Kobato Hasekawa from Haganai by Kotobukiya. So cute and love the backdrops! Hevesh5 uploaded this great video of domino tricks. With over 10 million views and counting there's some really cool stuff to see in here. AmiAmi blog has posted a feature on the upcoming IDOLM@STER Umi Kouaska figure from MegaHouse. We got our first good look at her in magazine scans back in September and she's looking even better now. Tentacle Armada did an extensive photo gallery of Meiya Mitsurugi from Muv-Luv Alternative by Kotobukiya. Looks amazing! Argonaut Resins is doing some experiments with metal cold cast Tutz. First up are these great looking aluminum casts with more tests coming soon. GSC's Shinsotsu (New Recruits) blog updated with a neat post showing how Nendoroid package layouts are decided. Here I thought it was just magic. The Animate Osaka Nipponbashi store has an employee that's causing quite the buzz among female customers. Crunchyroll has a post with lots of pictures and videos about Yuya Uchida, a real otaku with a thing for fighting games and older women. He says he works nearly everyday so if you happen to be touring Osaka... Neath Grim has done a review of Max Factory's 25th Anniversary Belldandy and Holy Bell figure from Oh, My Goddess! Those are some really great photos! And that's it for another week. Be sure to come back next week for more small servings of all the things you love.
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Come play with these!
Hello and welcome back to another week of Tomopop LinkUP! In one week from today we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving here in America and I for one am looking forward to getting stuffed on some turkey! Even though it's a popular...

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NYCC: The Jelly Empire

The Jelly Empire having a post-NYCC sale

Grab them while you can!
Oct 17
// Kristina Pino
The Jelly Empire had a great NYCC, but it looks like a few figures are still in need of loving homes. So! Tomorrow (Friday, October 18th), at 3 PM EST, head on over to her store for a chance at what you missed. Check out the ...

NYCC 2013: Argonaut Resins & The Jelly Empire

Lots and lots of special resin figures
Oct 17
// Vanessa Cubillo
At this year's NYCC, Argonaut Resins shared a table with The Jelly Empire. For the event, both companies created many exclusives. For Argonaut Resins, some of their exclusives they had were Brim Stone Pharaoh Hounds, Leopard...

Tomopop Interview: Argonaut Resins

Oct 10 // Vanessa Cubillo
How did you start Argonaut Resins and where did the name come from?   END: I got tired of doing business the way I was doing it with my parent company, GoldMane Entertainment Inc. I wanted to try something really different, so I went and set up a simple blog and online store. The goal of this new company was to get rid of the normal clunky website, make interesting and original type collectible figurines while keeping all the costs down and then be able to turn a profit on anything produced.   The company's name, Argonaut Resins, actually came from the Ray Harryhausen epic fantasy film, Jason and The Argonauts that I saw as a kid. That movie changed my life, in a way, by seeing incredible characters go on a crazy exciting journey. The adventure Jason and his crew went on was outrageous, but incredibly well done, with crazy battles, monsters and mythical figures. That whole boat journey with warriors searching for the golden fleece blew me away. So I loaded up my Argo boat with lots of fantastic artists and now we go in search of our golden fleeces, which I guess you can say is what turned into all of the interesting and exciting resin projects that have been produced over the last six years.    Can you describe the process you go through when making one of your figures?   END: I usually have illustrations with the concept in various views called rotations that give me an idea of how tall, wide and detailed the figure will be before I start any sculpting. I then make a really simple wire armature from twisted up light weight aluminum wire that I would post on a small wooden base. This frame holds the clay while I build up the sculpture's shape and form. I used to make complex wire armatures, but they always ended up sticking out of the sculpture someplace or other when it was completed. So I keep it simple now to avoid that problem.   Your current lineup of figures are the Tuttz, Sucio and Pharaoh Hound. What was the inspiration behind these designs? END: The Tuttz cat is based on a black Bombay house cat named Blacky my family had as a pet when I was a teenager. We got him at a few weeks old and he was like a instant family member right off the bat. That cat had such a great personality and was forever doing weird things around the house. We had him for a long time, and when he got sick and passed away it affected me deeply. So the Tuttz resin cat concept wound up being a black cat that was immortal and would live forever. The Pharaoh Hound showed up as a companion piece for the Tuttz cat, and the style worked well on a dog too. People think he's Anubis, the Egyptian Jackal head God, but he's not. He is based off the look of the real Pharaoh Hound dog that actually exists. The Sucio was more a test to see if that concept could translate onto another figure and still keep with the aesthetics of the original Tuttz design.   What artists would you like to collaborate with?  END: I'm working with most of them now; The Jelly Empire (Selina Briggs), Small Angry Monster (Adam Pratt), Emily Bee, Clinton Yaws, Angella Powell and Kilroy's Attic.    What has been your proudest moment so far with Argonaut Resins? END: I'd have to say the whole entire six year endeavor to be honest. All the good, bad, ups and downs tempered the process of producing indie collectibles to probably make it last as long as it has for me. There hasn't been one golden moment that stands out because so much has happened as Argonaut Resins took shape.    From your past toy releases, which have been some of your favorites? END: If I had to choose I would say all the Tuttz releases are probably my favorites. Especially when other talented artists collaborate with me to take the brand even farther than I could have imagined. That and the fact that collectors like all the different sizes that the Tuttz cat has been produced in.    How do you think you've evolved as an artist since you started out? END: I think I've become more of a designer than a artist due to the amount of actual hands on creation and mental prep on the recent concepts I've created. The ideas now float around in my head and come together right on the work itself rather than on paper with drawings. Early on in my career it was the other way around for a very long time.   Can you talk about some current projects you're working on? END: Yes, I'm working on a all new Bone Ghost Agent sculpt for artist Sam Fout. I'm also helping put together a custom Obot project in collaboration with Carbon Fibre Media as well as planning something special for this years New York Comic Con in October. The biggest project I'd really like to get off the ground would be the Tuttz illustrated story book with Robert Garrett of Xmoor Studios. The story has been fleshed out, and I even designed some of the supporting characters that will show up in the book.   How do you feel about the designer toy world now? END: I like how the designer toy world evolves every year, and how resin concepts now have a solid foothold in it. I also love seeing new artists with original pieces show up and do well on the indie circuit.   What do you see in the future for Argonaut Resins?   END: That's hard to say since I don't like being conventional in any sense of the word, and have been known to change course on a dime. I think there will be some big changes soon that may have some of the platforms show up in different mediums other than resin. I try not to over plan what's down the road since doing that tends lock the company in too tight of a course. Everything changes so fast now in this day and age, and I'd prefer solid well received long lasting concepts over multiple easy to forget ones. Playing it very loose has always been a big part in the creation and development of Argonaut Resins from day one. I like keeping a lot of doors open, so anything can happen at any given time. [Thank you to Argonaut Resins for giving this interview and providing us with photos. Check out their exquisite exclusive figures at NYCC this weekend at booth #325.]
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Argonaut Resins shares their history along with exclusive photos of their NYCC figures
Hailing from Hoboken, New Jersey, Argonaut Resins has been designing and making figures for six years. While they've created many figures in the past, they are currently known for creating the Tuttz, Pharaoh Hound and Sucio....


Emily Bee's newest custom Tuttz is quite the Renegade

Available on September 4
Sep 03
// Vanessa Cubillo
Emily Bee has finished up another great custom Tuttz figure. This eight inch Tuttz figure from Argonaut Resins is painted in a colorful design incorporating red, pink, white, black and grey. When I first saw this custom, I t...

Argonaut Resins goes tribal with their new releases

Available today at 2pm EST
Aug 30
// Vanessa Cubillo
Argonaut Resins will be dropping more eye catching hand crafted figures into their store today. Their first new offer is the Witch Doctor Tuttz. This figure is eight inches tall and made in collaboration with Small Angry Mon...

Argonaut Resins' new customs are looking snazzy

Available tonight at 9pm Eastern Standard Time
Jul 10
// Vanessa Cubillo
Argonaut Resins will have lots of new customs available tonight in their store. Their first new figures come from artist Angella Powell. Customizing their Tuttz Mini, Pharaoh Hound Mini and Sucio, Powell has created a custom...

Emily Bee shows off personal custom 'Without You'

Customized from an 8-inch Tuttz
Jul 01
// Vanessa Cubillo
Emily Bee is an animator and artist who does work on many customs. Her latest work is called "Without You". This piece has been customized from an 8-inch Tuttz from Argonaut Resins. "Without You" is a very personal and ...

Argonaut Resins puts a curse on you

Teaming up with Small Angry Monster again, Argonaut Resins releases more customs
Jun 23
// Vanessa Cubillo
Argonaut Resins is back collaborating with Small Angry Monster for a bunch of new customs. Their first collaboration is a wave of Tuttz figures called Cursed. Coming in an ominous custom hand painted stone textured box, each...

Glow in the dark figures drop in on Argonaut Resins

Available starting at 10pm EST
Jun 18
// Vanessa Cubillo
Tonight at 10pm Eastern Standard time, Argonaut Resins will be adding some illuminating figures to their online store. Available will be limited glow in the dark figures of their signature Tuttz, Pharaoh Hounds, and Sucios. ...
All hail the mighty Tuttz!
Gaze in wonder at one of Ancient Egypt's monumental creations, the mighty Tuttz! Seen with workers toiling over it's massive structure, this is a new set that will be available from Argonaut Resins. Coming with the micr...


The Jelly Empire kicking butt with two releases this week

Who would win in a fight, Bruce Lee or Green Hornet?
Feb 26
// Kristina Pino
Selina Briggs of The Jelly Empire sent over some pictures of two crossover sets she'll be releasing this Friday (March 1st, 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time) inspired by comics and Bruce Lee.  The first crossover set is in t...

NYCC 2012: The Jelly Empire

Splatter Cats and Super Bots!
Oct 15
// Kristina Pino
Selina Briggs of The Jelly Empire, ever charming with her Jellybots was also present at NYCC with plenty to offer. We already wrote on the comic she'd have there as well as accompanying Supes stickers and more, but Brian snag...

Another update from Emily Bee on her piece 'Conquest'

Apr 09
// Kristina Pino
Wednesday last week I wrote about Emily Bee's work in progress piece for her collaboration project with Argonaut Resins. She has updated since then with a few pictures of the figure revealed to be called Conquest with a splas...

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