toys as art


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...

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 ...

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...

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...



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...


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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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'...


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...


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...


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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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. ...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...






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