We recently saw Martin Hsu at this month's DesignerCon and, while the show was a whopper, the artist still has plenty of events and releases coming up soon. Tomorrow at Disneyland's WonderGround Gallery in Anaheim, ...
It is getting down to the last few days before Halloween and while most people are stockpiling bags of candy and putting finishing touches on their costumes, Kelly and J. Spencer Shull of jellykoe have been making extra-special, extra-spooky limited edition toys! The husband and wife team made Halloween-themed editions of two of their popular toys, the Nosferafoo plush and the Sgt. Pepper Roni resin figure.
The seasonal versions are called Nosferafoo - Classic Edition (US$40) and the Haunted Slice (US$25). Nosferafoo - Classic Edition turns the otherwise colorful vampire into the classical Hollywood image of Count Dracula, right down to the hairdo and cape. The plush is 15 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Sgt. Pepper Roni finds himself joining the legion of the undead in The Haunted Slice. This resin figure features glow-in-the-dark paint and a special creepy color scheme.
Both of these special Halloween toys will only be available to purchase until the end of Halloween. You can find them at the jellykoe online store.
Toy artist, Kris Dulfer of Kid Ink Industries, will be releasing new figures in his online store starting on August 16. The first figure that will be available is called Marvelous Death. This resin figure shows Death cl...
Martin Hsu's Dragon Boy seems to be quite the unstoppable force. Hot on the heels of his "Wingrow" and "Prism" editions , comes the "Heart of Gold" edition made in collaboration with VTSS Toys. This very special colorway can only be found at VTSS Toys' online store. The painting technique used on this particular 7 and a half-inch vinyl figure gives Dragon boy an almost antique sheen in places. I like how his underpants remain colored, standing out from the gold body.
The Dragon Boy "Heart of Gold" edition is limited to 150 pieces. It was released on Tuesday, July 30, so I'd say that there probably aren't many left. Each figure costs US$100.
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.
Art prints, custom figures, colorful shirts, and a special Dragon Boy colorway populated Martin Hsu's San Diego Comic Con booth. All of the goodies shared a common dreamy aesthetic that should be familiar to fans of Martin's previous works. I loved his custom figures the most. Someone managed to purchase one of the four (the Trikky one) before I could snap a photo of it, sadly. I can't say I blame them, though; they are pretty darn awesome. The black and neon colored Wingrow edition of Martin's Dragon Boy figure stood in a lighted display case, drawing the eyes of passersby. Attendees also had the chance to purchase one of the second run OG edition Dragon Boys. It was too bad Blacky the Dragon Dog couldn't join him.
The custom gigantic My Little Pony figure from 2012's My Little Pony Project was also at the booth. She sort of hung around in the corner. It almost looked as though she was people-watching. Three Crabby Bear plushes, made in collaboration with Lana Crooks, joined in. A collection of Martin's art prints were available for purchase, organized across the booth's table and hung on the sides. You can see a few of them in this post's gallery.
If your SDCC plans involve making a stop at Martin Hsu's booth #4531 (and really, they should), you have got quite a few things to look forward to. For starters, the last 5 pieces of the Wingrow Gallery colorway (US...
Gary Ham's lovable axolotl buddy, Wooper Looper, hit San Diego Comic Con last year in the form of plushes, sofubi, Dunnys, and Holly Stanway's Caveys. It wasn't until earlier this year that Gary joined forces with Flat Bonnie to create the first run of Flat Wooper Looper plushes. The adorable 10 inch tall guy sold for the price of US$80 each. This time around, the price has been slashed to US$45. The price isn't the only thing that has changed. Instead of the original pink/white color scheme, the 2013 SDCC exclusive Flat Wooper Looper will be made in a white fleece with Tiffany Blue pleather accents.
These plushes are limited to 20 handmade, numbered pieces. Flat Bonnie teased on her Facebook page that #0 (yes, there is a number 0) will be extra-special. They will be available for purchase at Gary Ham's booth (#5139) at San Diego Comic Con.
Cavey is turning three and, in honor of the happy day, Holly Stanway a.k.a. a little stranger is hosting a Vinyl Cavey custom show in London on May 31 (details here). Those lucky enough to attend will have the chance to purch...
Martin Hsu and his creation, Dragon Boy, made a trip to Taiwan last weekend for the Young Art Taipei Exhibition. This wasn't his traditional OG colorway of the Dragon Boy figure but a special colorway inspired by the vib...
Wondercon recently released a list of the exclusives that will be available to con-goers. One of the list's highlights for vinyl collectors is sure to be the Gray Version of Andrew Bell's delightful Can of Worms (previously covered here). The figure will be available for purchase at DeKorner's booth (number 1179) for the price of US$50 each. The Gray Version is limited to 100 pieces so if you plan on purchasing this unique piece, I'd visit the booth early in the day.
I know I am biased, being an Andrew Bell fan, but I really like the Can of Worms. I think this con-exclusive colorway really adds to the figure in manner that is hard to describe in words. Where the original colorway is more lighthearted, this one brings a somewhat subdued awareness that I appreciate.
What do you all think of the Gray Version? Are any Wondercon attendees adding this one to your shopping list?
Luke Chueh and Scott Tolleson's Bartholomew Punchyface plush was teased way back in late June of last year. We then saw the prototype made by Holly Stanway a.k.a. a little stranger at San Diego Comic Con 2012. Since...