After the arduous journey through conception to release at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, Martin Hsu's Dragon Dog Blacky, is available for purchase via the artist's online store. Dragon Boy's canine companion is cur...
When we first got a glimpse of Flat Bonnie's Sparq the Baby Dragon back in May, he was a nameless prototype, filled with possibilities and cotton. Now, he is on his way to debut at San Diego Comic-Con. And seeing how at SDCC,...
The addition of Park Starz to Disney's world of Vinylmation grabbed collectors' attention in a big way. Unlike traditional Vinylmation, each figure in this line has its own unique mold rather than a standard Mickey Mouse format. Arriving this month is Series 3 and boy am I excited! Not only are there a ton of great options in the standard blind boxes but also several special variant editions.
Read on to get the scoop on what's coming up and how to get 'em!
Yukari of Flat Bonnie shared with us some exciting news for WonderCon attendees. That's right; it's the unveiling of her con-exclusive plushes! Flat Bonnie's booth #1570 will have two exclusive toys plus a perfectly precious Tiger Cub will make its public debut at the convention. Let's talk about the con-exclusive plushes first. Last WonderCon's Shelbun plush, a bunny-fied version of Big Bang Theory's Dr. Sheldon Cooper, was such a hit that he is making a return appearance, this time in two different color ways. Attendees can choose between last year's "The Flash" design (edition size of 25 pieces) or a brand-new "Green Lantern" one (edition size of 15 pieces). Both versions are 12 inches-tall and feature a special WonderCon tushtag and hangtag. Each plush will cost US$25.
As mentioned previously, the Tiger Cubs are not exclusive WonderCon but the con will be the first place to get them. Yukari will have about seven of the plushes at her booth, with each of the felines costing US$40.
Those who frequent WeLoveFine's online shop no doubt remember their popular My Little Pony purchase-with-purchase figures. The company had previously released traditional vinyl figures as well as flocked ones featuring t...
Spring is just around the corner. It's a time when a young (Dragon) Boy's thoughts turn to love, flowers, and chocolate. That is the feeling I get, a least, with Martin Hsu's new colorway of his popular Dragon Boy figure, "No...
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.