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Feb 23, 2017

playsometoys and Philip Lee Release Macinbot Classic 10cm ABS Figure

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Introducing Macinbot Classic, a little collectible figure for anyone with a passion for classic computer designs

playsometoys is a new small Hong Kong company founded by designer Philip Lee. His company motto is “to create something we want to collect ourselves!”  Since he has a soft spot for product designs from the 80’s and the 90’s, it is natural for playsometoys very first product to be the Macinbot Classic, a collectible figures inspired by the classic Mac computer design.

Macinbot Classic will be produced by precise injection molding with ABS plastic. It is beautifully detailed. One unique feature is detachable legs and arms. The arms are held on by magnets – the perfect way to turn Macinbot Classic into his pure computer form.

Each Macinbot is about 10cm tall. He carries a “font suitcase” in his hand and is accompanied by his friendly MouseBot. The first prototype was on display at Toysoul 2016 Hong Kong. For international consumers pre-order is available online now at www.macinbot.com. It costs $25 plus shipping. Estimated shipping time will be in June. Macinbot Classic is not a limited model, the number produced will depend on the demand of it.





Feb 22, 2017

Niall Anderson and Rich Page Form Submission Toy to Produce Keshi and Sofubi

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Niall writes of his new venture with fellow UK artist Rich Page of UME Toys:
 
We've formed Submission Toy to collaborate on a number of sofubi and keshi-related projects (starting with the Smogball, which debuted at DCon back in November), including our own original works as well as painted runs and customs in collaboration with other artists in the scene. 
 
Huge kick-off sale in-store right here, with a new run of Smogballs, Oozeballs and more available from 11pm London time on Friday, February 24th.

  • “GID” Smogball- Submission Toy’s debut sofubi in a glow vinyl. Limited to 10 priced at $65 each
  • “Hubba Bubba Oooze Bubble” Oozeball- The Oozeball returns in an unpainted strawberry gum colored sofubi, this time coming packed with Hubba Bubba sticks plus a foil-backed deluxe header card. Limited to 10 priced at $55 each
  • “Black and Blue” SofuBall set- A super-limited recast of the black Oozeball is joined by the Smogball in a deep royal blue. Limited to just 2 sets at a reduced sum of $110 each
  • “Skinned Alive” PigPigMan- Tru:Tek teams up with Kaiju TAN for the first of 2 PigPigMan releases. Limited to 5, each coming with layers of acrylic brushwork, VColor sprays and bloody detailing for $320 each
  • “Twin Destroyer” Ettin- Tru:Tek once again joins forces with Planet X, this time for a run of their latest 2-headed beast. Cast in a green soft vinyl and treated to layers of life-like sprays and hand painted detailing. Limited to 4, each coming packed with both axe and anchor accessories for $240 each
  • “Young Grasshopper” Molochowl- Submission Toy take on Solo Is Toy‘s Molochowl for their first joint paint run. Cast in a flesh soft vinyl and treated to layers of acrylic dry brushing, detailing and shading courtesy of Rich Page and Tru:Tek. Limited to 6, each complete with aged cloth wrist, leg and head bands for $250 each
  • Bukimi Ball one-offs- Bukimi Blasters‘ Bukimi Balls get the Tru:Tek treatment for this mini release. Features 3 one-off customs – Zonbi, Garamoan and Stink Eye – each coming with layers of sprays and brushed detailing for $110 a piece
  • Submission Toy one-offs- The pair have been busy on a number of one-offs, including a Skinner “Ogos”, Violence Toy “Mutant Cop”, PLT Blood Maijin and Ultra Bastard, plus a Red Hot Style “Kilin” amongst others
  • “Haunted Mansion” Argomedus and the Whisper- Submission Toy take on Scott Tolleson‘s sofubi duo, this time treating them to an acrylic paint app inspired by Disney’s Haunted Mansion. Limited to 3 sets priced at just $70 each
  • Warui Zonbi one-offs- Submission Toy’s Rich Page has got to work on 2 Warui Zonbi sets, aptly titled “Stone” and “Bone”. Limited to just 1 of each, these will be available for just $40 each


















Feb 21, 2017

Go Figure News Video Review of GUUMON Dragonfire Bangagon

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TJ from Go Figure News reviews our exclusive Dragonfire Bangagon figure by GUUMON. Great review video, really gives you some background into the figure and what one actually looks like  - videos do a much better job of this than our static images. We even gave GOFN an exclusive discount code, so make sure to check out the full blog post here on GOFN, and watch the video review below:





Getting Up: Steff Bomb's New Licensed Plush Line for Project Raygun

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Getting up is pretty easily defined for a writer or graff artist: get your artwork up there on the train, or on the wall, or wherever, for everyone to see. That's the definition of success.

When you're a plush artist like Steff Bomb, how do you "get up"? What's that even mean for someone whose medium is plush?

Well, here's one answer: Steff Bomb was tapped by USAopoly's Project Raygun to develop a fully licensed line of her plushes (Steff's style, USAopoly's licenses) to be sold under the Project Raygun banner. That must be what "getting up" means for a plush artist. Cool video below:


Most of you have probably figured out by now that I (Benny) really don't make much money selling art toys and collectibles. But what keeps me going and fuels my fire is seeing indy artists like Steff Bomb get up and get recognized for their talent and vision. When an indy artist I've been working with for years finally gets a big break, a big deal that actually means some steady money coming in, THAT is what makes it all worthwhile for me. That's why I promote indy artists, sell their pieces in my shop, blog endlessly about all their work, represent artists at shows, brainstorm with and advise artists whenever they ask me to, and yes, that is why I place indy plush, resin and handmade collectibles next to the Funko POPs in my shop. Every time a new person discovers an indy artist, we celebrate a small victory.

When a hundred small victories turn into a major win, like this one Steff is experiencing now, we all win. Proof that with hard work, and dedication, and sacrifice, indy artists can establish themselves and find ways to pay the bills with their art.

Big ups to Steff Bomb, and big ups to all of you indy artists struggling and hoping and working all the time. Keep it up, stay positive, make friends, be approachable, don't cop an attitude, be open to making those connections. You never know who you might meet, and who THEY may know, and which big companies might be taking notice.

Press Release:

USAopoly, Inc. is excited to announce a collaboration between the company’s Project Raygun division and Steff Bomb, an artisan plush crafter based in Los Angeles.

This new partnership will take Steff’s creations out of art galleries and television series— like TLC’s Craft Wars— and put high end, soft prop plush collectibles into the hands of collectors, cosplayers, craft enthusiasts, and pop culture fans alike.


Check out the full Project Raygun / Steff Bomb press release here.

- Benny Kline

The Pencil from John Wick Chapter 2 - A new creation from The Forces of Dorkness

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"That fucking nobody is John Wick." said Viggo Tarasov as he told the story about John killing 3 men in a bar with a pencil in John Wick and *spoiler alert*...in John Wick Chapter 2  you get to see him kill some bad guys with one. (Bad Guy is subjective in this case, who really is the bad guy you may ask yourself, me...I consider anyone trying to kill me the bad guy, and I bet John does too).



This is a tribute to an amazing action-movie franchise. It's a real pencil, coated is resin for durability, and custom painted to look like it has entered someone's skull and then been retracted. Each one is hand made so there is some variation between each so no two are alike.  Call it a toy, call it a collector's item, call it a weapon, just don't call John and expect him to say anything on the phone or to use more that 3 words as a response in a conversation.



Each one is a standard sized No. 2 pencil in a custom bloodied bag (note:  It's paint and not actual blood becuase that would be gross and probably smell after a while) with a custom designed header card by The Forces of Dorkness.

$16.95 gets you one and being the nice guy he is Scott is also including shipping in the US.  The release is limited to 20 pieces, and to make one part of your collection all you have to do is go to their online store.