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9:00 AM on 03.14.2013

Who is Sekure D?

So just who is Sekure D? He's an artist living out in Melbourne, Australia, who began his craft in 2006 by painting one-of-a-kind sneakers. After many years, he expanded to other mediums, including a beautiful customization o...

Jon Wills


10:00 AM on 02.14.2013

Who is Wood-Splitter Lee?

So, who is Wood-Splitter Lee? She is a lovely sculptor who lives in Virginia. However if you asked her where her home state was, she would definitely tell you, "Alaska." Wood-Splitter-Lee was a child prodigy of sort...

Jon Wills

11:30 AM on 09.22.2012

Who is Outsmart Originals?

So who is Outsmart Originals? It's a company led by Kevin Winnik, formerly of Toy2R USA before they closed their doors, describing the company on their Facebook page as "bringing exceptional designs to the masses using m...

Brian Szabelski

8:00 PM on 04.12.2012

Who is David Brodsky?

David Brodsky (a.k.a. davidkraig) is an up and coming custom artist that we'll probably be hearing more about in the near future. He was one of the featured artists in Custom Toy Union's recent Star Wars Dunny series, going w...

Brian Szabelski



Who is Ume Toys? photo
Who is Ume Toys?
by Brian Szabelski

Ume Toys is the creative brainchild of artist Richard Page, through which Rich does various toy sculpts and customs. Among his recent pieces are a custom bust of Trust Pig's logo, a sickeningly sweet guy named Bassett D Kay, a fellow named Goose and my favorite, the top hat-wearing octopus Pembleton! Seriously, how can you hate that?

Check out the Ume Toys blog and shop for the latest in Richard's work (or to see when new stuff appears in his store). Let us know if you find a favorite, too!

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3:00 PM on 03.16.2012

Who is Steve Ehret?

Steve Ehret is a northeast Ohio artist who's just finished sculpting and baking up a prototype for a new figure! Based off a character from his paintings, he doesn't seem to believe in pants and reminds me a bit of ET, but th...

Brian Szabelski

8:00 PM on 02.21.2012

Who is Chiara Lombardi?

Chiara has taken DIY toys like Kidrobot's Rooz and turned them into amazing little buildings! Rooz, for example, is only about 7 inches tall, so the scale for some of these things like the teddy bear or the tiny plates of foo...

Brian Szabelski

7:00 PM on 02.05.2012

Who is Hitoshi Mitani?

Hitoshi Mitani (a.k.a. HitMit or keropuni) is a Yokohama, Japan-based fan of the Android vinyl figure, who also happens to be quite good at customizing them. Actually, quite good is an understatement: he's ridiculously g...

Brian Szabelski

1:00 PM on 01.15.2012

Who is Bruscolino ArtToys?

So just who is Bruscolino ArtToys? We've actually posted his work before, but the Italian toy customizer has a bevy of customs posted up on his Facebook page. Bruscolino (a.k.a. Marco Sgammotta) has several works that lo...

Brian Szabelski

6:00 PM on 01.11.2012

Who are Keybotz?

Sweden has brought us many good things: Dynamite. Modern seat belts so we would go flying through the window of our cars. Detolfs. Ace of Base. The Hives. Minecraft. Regular Ordinary Swedish Meal Time. And perhaps n...

Brian Szabelski

6:00 PM on 11.14.2011

Who is Thomas Scott?

It's about time, right? I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down (well, not sit so much as chat over the phone) with Thomas Scott, the lead designer on the Vinylmation creative team for Disney Parks to talk about his work,...

Kristina Pino



10:00 AM on 11.14.2011

Who is Karisma Toys?

So who is Karisma Toys? The answer is a Spanish collectibles maker founded in 2006 with some nice licenses under their wing right now. The list might not be as familiar to our American readers, but some of our international r...

Brian Szabelski