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Introducing the world's worst surgeon, Doctor Flop


Toys, illustration work based on artist's own experiences
Mar 06
Gessica Malagò is an Italian artist who has spent some time in hospitals due to medical conditions. Those experiences, some of which were good but some of which were also pretty bad, have manifested themselves in a ser... read
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Hang around with Yosiell Lorenzo's Secret Keepers


Newest Sickling-themed piece available in his shop
Mar 01
We've gotten some news from Yosiell Lorenzo about his newest Sicklings piece, the Sicklings Secret Keepers. Instead of being a small figure, these are 3-inch-by-5-inch Sickling resin faces mounted on a wooden plaque, painted ... read
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Nanan introduces us to The Badass


It's a 27-inch version of his Amaterasu resin piece
Jan 03
Nanan's illuminated Amaterasu pieces have been featured on Tomopop before, but none ever quite this big. This is The Badass, a 27-inch version of the smaller Amaterasu figure, and yes, it's got a big light for a head, too. Th... read
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DesignerCon 2012: doubleparlour


Handcrafted creatures from the corners of the imagination
Nov 11
The creations of doubleparlour are really ones you'll love ... or hate. They aren't the cuddliest sculptures in the world, and for some, they might be the stuff of nightmares. But to me, there's something interesting about se... read
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Three more art shows, events opening this weekend


Featuring creations and such from J.Shea, Amanda Spayd, Shawnimals
Sep 06
This weekend seems to be a busy time for events, because in addition to the Rotofugi dual-show opening on Friday, and shows opening at Stranger Factory, there's other events happening from one coast to the other ... and place... read
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Features handmade critters from Amanda Spayd
A while back, you probably remember hearing that Amanda Spayd's critters would be the stars of a stop-motion animation film called The Maker. Well, great news: you can now watch the entire 5:30 award-winning short film onlin... read feature

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Art Wars: A New Hope Intergalactic Art Show opens Oct. 11


Aug 21
If you're a Star Wars fan going to New York Comic Con, do yourself a favor: visit Kidrobot New York (118 Prince St., SoHo) on October 11. Why? Because that's the night Art Wars: A New Hope Intergalactic Art Show, featuri... read
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Munky King's Memories are Made of This opens Aug. 18


Aug 08
You probably remember the news that Munky King was closing its Melrose location this month, but not before one final show there. That final Melrose store show, Memories are Made of This, opens Saturday, Aug. 18, and feat... read
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Arkiv's Aftermath exhibition opens at TAG on Saturday


Aug 02
Toy Art Gallery is playing host this Saturday night, Aug. 4, to Aftermath, a solo exhibition featuring new works from Arkiv Vilmansa. For this show, Arkiv is bringing along some new paintings, customized Vans sneakers, limite... read
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SAVE&DESTROY show makes a stop in Spain


Jul 10
SAVE&DESTROY's second art event took place last weekend at Malaga, Spain's Animacomic convention. Featuring work from Mark Nagata, Jay222, Emilio García, Ryan Hall, Emily Bee, Shin Tanaka and more, the show serves ... read
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Morphous group show opens Saturday at Rivet


Jul 05
This Saturday, Rivet Gallery's latest exhibition opens its doors in the form of the Morphous group show! The show features new curiosities and creations from Chet Zar, Dalton Ghetti, Dave Pressler, Doktor A, Irene Mendonis, J... read
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Patient No. 6's newest toy hates people


Jul 04
Patient No.6 is back with a new character, a fellow known as I Hate People. Maybe it's because that's what it says on the back of his head? In any case, the one-horned fellow carries a first aid kit in his left hand and is pa... read
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Meredith Dittmar's Transmutation comes to TAG on June 16


Jun 14
An interesting little exhibition is coming to Toy Art Gallery starting on Saturday, June 16. Transmutation is a show featuring the works of Meredith Dittmar and her abstract/geometric polymer clay designs, as well as her clay... read
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Thumbtack Press adds Uglydoll to its print offerings


Jun 13
Art print retailer Thumbtack Press already features art choices from several artists you've seen on Tomopop, namely Jason Limon, Jeremiah Ketner, Ken Kierns and Nathan Ota, but their most recent addition might raise a few eye... read
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Check out the latest from Nanan's Amaterasu project


May 10
Last year, we got to see Amaterasu, a very interesting project from Nanan (a.k.a. Gael Brienne) that combined designer toys with lighting fixtures to create characters that lit up the space around them ... literally. Now, he'... read
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There are many ways to keep your family and friends close at hand, be it through a photo or through the wonders of modern communications. Or you can be more literal and just turn them all into 3D-printed toys, like artist Ker... read feature

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Art Too Cute for Words opens Saturday in Los Angeles


May 07
Do you like cute things? If not, then turn away from this post, because it's about a show opening Saturday called Art Too Cute for Words, featuring the Supahcute Dream Team. Curated by, well, Supahcute, the show features... read
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This weekend marks the start of what could be a pretty busy summer art show season (if not a busy summer for us blogging folks), with several shows opening up around the world. Three of those shows which have ties to things T... read feature

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Yoskay Yamamoto's Joke's on Me opens Saturday


Mar 23
Yoskay Yamamoto has spent the last three years working on what is now his first solo show featuring his 3-D works, Joke's on Me. Yoskay's show focuses on some brand-new hand-crafted sculptures in wood, plastic, resin and viny... read
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While a lot of our interviews on Tomopop focus on artists, there are plenty of other folks in the toy world that don't do their work in resin and vinyl. In fact, some ply their craft from behind a camera lens. One of those ph... read feature

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Earth Movement opens its doors next week


Feb 24
Next week marks the opening of a new art show, Earth Movement. The show, being curated by Jeremy Brautman and Super Cooper Berella, will feature original drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography, prints, etc. that wil... read
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Circus: Folke comes to Stranger Factory


Feb 03
Tonight at Stranger Factory, artists/sisters Miss Mindy and CJ Metzger will have their works of art on display as Circus: Folke opens its doors! Described as "an exploration of the Circus, its characters and all associated no... read
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A fresh batch of Zukie wood paintings now available


Jan 26
You might remember Alison Perez and her Zukies from a few months back. Well, Alison and her Zukies are back in painting form, and she's done a neat little thing with them. Alison is offering up 3.5-inch by 3.5-inch wooden pai... read
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Munky King hosting a surprise Sucklord event tomorrow


Oct 04
Where ever the Sucklord goes, interesting (and bootlegged) things are always sure to follow. And tomorrow, that will happen to be at Munky King (7308 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles), where he'll be there to meet, greet, maybe sign... read
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Troy Stith's The Guardian is a tree-mendous sculpture


Sep 28
Troy Stith has been quite busy as of late, as he's had many projects on his hands. He's sent along pictures of his latest, and handmade sculpture called The Guardian that he was commissioned to do. In fact, those of you with ... read
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The Bronx Zoo gets some much needed LEGO action


Jul 30
Hey it's Saturday everyone! That means it's a great day to get outside, take your family, and head to the zoo. Better yet, head to the Bronx Zoo right now and see some of the rarest beasts this side of Narnia. We're talking t... read
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War Toys is a documentary that's got my attention


Jul 14
I've always been fascinated by how toys are perceived and played with in other parts of the world, so it's only natural that I was attracted to Brian McCarty's "War Toys" documentary. Brian's made his name in the world of pho... read
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Kidrobot Black gives us a new piece from Doze Green named Goddess


Jun 14
Kidrobot started up their Black line way back in January of 2010 and have since released a whopping three figures in the line so far: Gary Baseman's Midnight Magi, SSUR's From the Cradle to the Grave, and Jeff Soto's The Deek... read
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Mike Leavitt creates amazing Takashi Murakami Figure


Apr 04
Mike Leavitt is known for his amazing "Art Army" figures that take established artists, combine them with elements of their work, and synthesize it all into one figure. Takashi Murakami has just gotten the treatment and the e... read
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Promotional stunt brings us a 1.5-ton Play-Doh car


Mar 20
It's always fun to post about old-school toys or things that are a little odd, so why not combine them both? As part of their campaign to promote the new Chevrolet Orlando (if you haven't heard of it in the U.S., it's not bei... read
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Who is Tom Hardwidge?


Mar 10
So who is Tom Hardwidge anyway? Well lovers of steampunk and entomology take note, for Tom Hardwidge is the creator of Arthrobots (robot arthropods)! He has been constructing these amazing metal insects by hand since 2010 out... read
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Doktor A's 'Amnesia Primm' steals my heart and replaces it with gears


Mar 08
We may have just posted about the Doktor A "Mr. Whistlecraft’s Tarnished Day Dreams" solo show, opening April 1st 2011 at Iksentrik, but that doesn't mean more pieces aren't being teased! The Doktor has just revealed t... read
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Who is Felt Mistress?


Mar 06
Felt Mistress aka Louise Evans is the creator of a wide range of one of a kind, handmade, and entirely cuddly monsters that hail from the UK. Primarily she collaborates with partner/illustrator Jonathan Edwards, but she has a... read
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Yosuke Ueno's Hapiko looking adorable in bronze


Mar 05
My favorite character in the Yosuke Ueno pantheon is probably Hapiko. She's appeared before in paintings and as small sculptures, but now, thanks to Toy Art Gallery, she's available as a bronze statue. Sculpted by the artist ... read
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Kit Lane takes us to her Strangeland at Gallery Hanahou


Feb 28
Our coverage of Gallery Hanahou's Needle Felting Extravaganza, opening March 3, 2011, continues with the felt sculptures of Kit Lane. The pieces that she has revealed for her "Strangeland" mini show have got me very excited. ... read
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Yoko Nomura's Fractured Fairy Tale show joins the Hanahou felt circus


Feb 27
As I'm sure you remember, we recently covered Hine Mizushima's teased pieces from the upcoming Needle Felting Extravaganza at Gallery Hanahou which opens March 3, 2011. Well with just a few days to go before the opening, we h... read
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Enchanted Doll's newest 'Surviving' faces breast cancer fears head on


Feb 23
For many women, breast cancer can be one of the darker fears we are raised with. This is especially true in a society that glamorizes, fetishizes, and focuses on women's breasts so much. From the old masters to the tackiest v... read
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Bob Conge is once again making my nightmares reality


Feb 22
Bob Conge! My arch nemesis and greatest ally at the very same time, the man responsible for about 90% of my current phobias, Bob Conge is back again with some new creations to show off. And as usual, they are a rare breed of ... read
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Yoskay Yamamoto's bear wants to cuddle with you


Feb 20
Yoskay Yamamoto is absolutely one of my favorite artists, so when he posted this plush bear wooden sculpture combo on his blog I had to smile. Apparently Yamamoto has had the bear laying around for years, but with it's origin... read
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Toy Fair 2011: Elite Gudz Booth Overview


Feb 19
Most companies simply show off their wares at Toy Fair, but Elite Gudz tents to one-up everyone by making figures during the show! Once again they engaged in some live sculpting and painting, this time of some spiffy iPhone d... read






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