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Aborto Trump: specimen HJres43 from Zombieking!

We have missed the work of Zombie King, but he’s back with a blast with his latest release – Aborto Trump. Making a political statement is tricky at the best of times and needs to be done with some thought and consideration. So when Zombie King wanted to make a statement about how the changes that the American president made him feel, he responded with his art.

So this little fella dropped through my door the other day and it’s an instant classic in my mind. The artist is making charitable donations to organisations whose plight he wanted to highlight every time someone buys one of the Aborto Trump figures. The work and thought that Zombie King puts into any of his pieces is always mind blowing, from the incredible detail on the actual figure sculpt to the hand finished adoption certificate that comes with these pieces. All of this artists work is very visceral and tactile, but also looks great when you leave it in the test tube and view from a distance – great work executed and finished with love and pride.

You can read more about the artists thoughts behind this release and the tie up with Mikeys Art Biz by going to his blog. There is a pin from Mikeys Art Biz you can also buy at the same time which will add to the level of donation the artists are able to make.

Initially there are only 20 of these available, so be quick if you want to buy from the initial release. Zombie King has said he will make more if the demand is there so don’t panic if you can’t grab any of the initial 20. Available to buy HERE at 4am PST time on Sunday 27th August.

The Modern Man LGv1 – Monkees Blood Creative!

One of the things I really enjoy is seeing a project from start to completion, and this is what happened when I stumbled across the iconic postings of the team from Monkees Blood Creative on Instagram. Monkees Blood Creative are a group of Brits working in New York and have just released what is going to become an iconic piece over time, and for their first full on toy art piece it’s pretty full on and very accomplished.

The Modern Man LGv1 is limited to 48 pieces with a limited allocation being sold out in the UK in the first hour and another 20 being made available to US customers only. “This heavily stylized LGv1, caricature resin figurine is based upon a UK national treasure & world renowned rock ‘n’ roll star. The infamous front-man of Britpop bands Oasis & Beady Eye… Mr. Liam Gallagher. This, matte grey resin, collectible art toy stands atop of his LG branded roundel base at 13cm tall (or around 12.5cm without it). What he lacks in height when compared to his real life counter part, is certainly made up for in designer art toy attitude!“… and as you can see, the quality is spot on!

From start to finish the team at Monkees Blood Creative have been incredibly enthusiastic and have kept a constant stream of timely updates posted on their social media, keeping people interested and letting everyone know how things have been progressing.There is something encouraging about a team who believes in their work like these guys do and this figure really stands out from the crowd.

Product Details:
•  Limited Edition Collectible Art Toy (48x Pieces Created)
•  Made from high quality matte finish, gray photopolymer resin
• 13cm (or 5.1″ Inches) tall incl. LG/Beastly Toyz branded stand base
• 3-part ‘keyed’ figurine. 1x Base, 1x legs & 1x head/torso
•  1x Tambourine also included
•  LGv1 sports a fishtail parker w/ Mod roundel & Union Jack patches on his arms
•  Individually hand sanded & finished
•  3D Printed on high-end machine at 50 microns capturing all finely sculpted details
•  Figurine Total Weight: 67 grams. Total Unit Package Weight: 180 grams
•  Comes packaged in a matte finish black 2-part cardboard cylinder branded with vinyl decals. Numbered on base & features black Beastly Toyz onyx resin ‘faux wax’ stamp affixed to lid
• Made in Manhattan, New York City
•  Digitally sculpted & designed by Monkeesblood Creative, LLC (NYC) for Beastly Toyz

If your in the USA you can place your pre-order HERE right now… and like mentioned above, to follow the progress of this project as well as many of their other projects, be sure to hit them up on their Instagram account HERE!

The Toy Box: From Pop to Present – Exhibition – Barnsley UK

It’s really REALLY rare to see a toy art exhibition in the UK, so when an organisation from outside the traditional toy art world picks up the mantel and puts together an exhibition that includes toy art – it’s great news. The Toy Box: From Pop to Present is an exhibition which is being held in a beautiful gallery space at The Civic in Barnsley in the UK. I got involved a month or so ago and after an initial chat was asked to make some suggestions for inclusion in a couple of the cabinet spaces.

The suggestions I put forward were Doktor A (he’s based about 60 or so miles from Barnsley, which in toy art terms is local) and Okedoki, and I got some real enthusiasm back very quickly from the staff organising the exhibition (Thanks go to Jason White for his infectious enthusiasm). It would appear that there was a real love for the toy art scene and I was more than happy to take down the Okedoki Benny the Dreamer box set and Doktor A organized a couple of pieces of his own to send along for inclusion.

So to the exhibition which I went to see yesterday, and you will see as usual I took MANY photographs for you to take a look at. The space is wonderful, really well lit with natural light and some supplementary lighting as well – all done very tastefully and with maximum respect and appreciation for the work on display. I have been to a lot of gallery spaces in many venues and in many countries around the world and this space is now in my top 5 gallery spaces. I won’t spend the next half an hour listing the pieces on display, hopefully the pictures will do that job – and I am sure that if your reading this then many of you will know much more about some of these pieces than I ever will!

OK so the first thing I need to point out is that THIS IS NOT A TOY ART EXHIBITION – it’s an exhibition that happens to feature toy art to illustrate the exhibitions purpose. This is the point where I let the gallery staff and their team share their vision for the exhibition and the purpose of the exhibits in the gallery space for this exhibition. “The Toy Box: From Pop to Present is a new exhibition, exclusive to The Gallery@ The Civic, exploring the use of toys in the world of contemporary art and design. By using British Pop Art of the 1950s and 1960s as a starting point and the movements it inspired, the exhibition will showcase paintings, prints, photography, fashion and sculpture from around the world. The Toy Box also takes a look at how toy companies have collaborated with artists to create collectable art toys, such as Urban Vinyl.” A great explanation of what you can come to expect from this fantastic exhibit.

For me, this is one of the most inspiring and relaxing exhibitions I have been to see for a long time. The fact that it includes toy art is an absolute bonus. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak at the WHATSHISNAME 120cm POPek a few days before the exhibition opening, and to see the enthusiasm in the assistant curators eyes as he showed me this piece told me everything I needed to know even before the exhibition was live. The art included in the exhibition which isn’t toy art is also stunning with names like Eduardo Paolozzi, Anne-Sophie Cochevelou and Paul McCarthy exhibiting their work.

Our friends at Collect and Display have a Pop Up shop in the entrance area of the main venue as well, which is getting some attention before visitors even enter the gallery space – a VERY clever idea which is being well managed by the staff at the venue to good effect. Additionally the exhibition has a real focus on engagement with people of all ages. It’s a safe creative space to take your kids, and they are included rather than excluded – which is always a good sign as it’s encouraging future artists and future collectors. This exhibition runs 29th July 2017 – 23rd September 2017.

*ON SITE*: Creep Show 2 – Leeds – United Kingdom!

On the 22nd July in Leeds (United Kingdom), Secret Demon Services brought together another incredible selection of Sofubi for Creep Show 2. We went along to get some pictures for you if you couldn’t get along to see the pieces for yourself. With a roster of artists that would look good in any Sofubi show, Creep Show 2 really didn’t disappoint and the team at Secret Demon Services set a standard for future Sofubi shows in the UK and beyond.

Artists included the following: Paul Kaiju,  Awesome Toy, Kto Kto, Splurrt, Violence Toy, Unbox Industries, Secret Demon Services, Matt Blak, Leeeeee Toy, Trutek, Kaiju Tan, Monster Foot Creations, DRWGCO, Choke Hazrd, Grizlli Atom, Death Cat Toys, CO.OC29, Paulus Hyu, Rotten Studio, Joseph Harmon, Nomiwa, Stkl Toys, Oltretomba, Retroband, EPSW, Rampage Toys, Copasquat Toys, The Olive Knight, Purple Toys, and Noisecret! An awesome lineup who seriously produced some really stellar work!

The venue for the show was supplied by the crew at Art Official  – if you are ever in Leeds and are looking for art supplies, go and see these guys. You can contact the team at Secret Demon Services to see if your lucky enough to grab a piece post show – but judging by the popularity of the artists featured you need to be quick – contact them via email for more information on availability secretdemonservices@gmail.com – some great pieces, congrats to all involved, the show looked amazing!

Custom ‘Game of Thrones’ He-Man figures from Robotic Industries!!!

Just in time for the release of Game of Thrones season 7 come more custom He-Man figures from Robotic Industries. You may remember his He-Finn and Battle Jake from a couple of years ago well this time he brings us Jon Snow, The Night King and Jon’s Direwolf, Ghost.

Jon is a custom He-Man with all new sword, belts and material cape. The head retains He-Mans features but now sports Jon Snows trademark flowing locks. The Night King is based on a Skeletor figure with a whole new head sculpt as well as new sword and armor. Ghost is an entirely original sculpt based on the proportions of Battle Cat read for Jon to ride into battle on! All three are one off pieces at the moment but that is how He-Finn started so watch this space!

Robotic Industries – “These customs come from my love of Game of Thrones and He-Man. Having grown up watching He-Man as a child I feel that Game of Thrones is an adult version of the cartoon. Both are set in fantastic alien worlds where magic and monsters are everyday occurrences but where as He-Man lives in a simple black and white/good and evil world. Game of Thrones is a much more complicated place with people having complex reasons for their actions and as we grow up we discover that this is much more the case.

Some Stranger Things – “Obskure: White” limited edition release!!!

With what had to be some of the most outstanding work on any booth at the recent ToyCon UK 2017, the artist Marcos Lorenzo is here with another sublime release for his Obskure platform. This new version with white tones, blue eyes, and realistic red hair really stands out as an extremely strong piece of work.

In a limited series of 25 units,  this resin toy is 170mm/6.7 inches high, painted with acrylics, tattooed with transfer techniques, white zipper and various attached rivets (plastic / metal) studs and spikes.

Marcos had the following to say about this release: “The aim of this work was to create a very luminous sculpture to let sunlight make it bright and play with shadows and soft edges, making it become alive with the contrasted orange tones and brighting studs but maintaining the inner dark spirit of the character. And that is because Sometimes darkness is just inside.

This sculpture first appeared on Sunday 30th April at ToyCon UK and it is now seeing its world wide release. The “Obskure: White” limited edition is now available from the Some Strange Things store at the price of 100€. Be quick if you want this in your collection as this artists reputation is really gathering speed and this release will be just as popular as those before.

ToyCon UK 2017 – Some thoughts wrapped up!

I got to spend a glorious weekend at ToyCon UK 2017 at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London last weekend. The start of the weekend for me was when I got to hand deliver the piece I was escorting to London on behalf of Okedoki to Collect and Display at the venue. This was a moment I had been waiting for since 2013 and it felt great to finally consider myself part of a creative scene and force I had admired from a distance for some time.

So to the event. Saturday morning started early and I got down to the venue before 7am to meet up with the devout who had already gathered for the pieces they had an eye on. The crowds of people slowly grew until 11am when the event started and the people swarmed in enthusiastically. From then on Saturday is a bit of a blur with non stop activity all day. The buying was fast and furious and many artists seemed to be selling their work at quite a rate.

During the afternoon things quietened down a touch but there was always a steady stream of collectors, and many of the artists and the companies there started to sell out of the work they had brought with them. Matt Jones (aka Lunartik) took to the stage and delivered one of his always entertaining and instructive talks about making your own toys during the afternoon which everyone who took part enjoyed.

Candie Bolton, Tim Clarke, Doktor A, Jon Paul Kaiser, Lisa Rae Hansen, Dolly Oblong and MANY other artists were there all day and spent time with their fans and collectors. This is the bit of these events I really like, when the fans get to talk to the artists whose work they love. It’s clear from many of these conversations how much the work of these artists mean to the collectors, and it’s also clear that the artists enjoy the feedback and support from events like ToyCon UK 2017.

Because I have been working more closely with 1000 toys and Don Datadub Kratzer from PowerCore, I spent a bit more time with them than others. The combination of the stunning toys brought to the event by 1000 toys and their team and the app that Powercore had put together for the event proved to be a great success and created a real buzz around the venue. The 1:12 Synthetic Human from 1000 toys proved to be really popular as expected and the allocation for Saturday sold out quickly.

This is the first time that ToyCon UK had been over 2 days, and the Sunday it has to be said was a lot quieter. This I think may be due to a number of factors of which the main one could be that people were just not used to it being on a Sunday yet. The vibe on Sunday was much more laid back and easy going and as a consequence there were far more people with smaller children taking their time and enjoying the day in a more relaxed way than the Saturday rush.

The organisation for the whole event was slick and the atmosphere throughout the weekend was extremely positive, with everyone pulling together for the common cause of promoting art, art toys and the artists who create them. I also like to see new artists appearing knowing that they will be supported by the positivity around them at events like ToyCon UK, and I hope the new artists who appeared this time took some of this positivity with them for inspiration.

There will be time for me to talk about the work of individual artists and the companies involved at ToyCon UK 2017 over the coming weeks. For now I am going to leave you with some of the photos we got to take before and during the event (thank you to the team at ToyCon UK for the access) – be sure to check out our full set of photos below!

ToyCon UK 2017 – Day one!

ToyCon 2017 has set new standards this year, and as you can see from the photos these standards are really high. Before I drop off after an exhausting, but brilliant day, I though I would send you guys a few photos to take a look at from day one.

When I get the time and also get back to my office machine, I will properly sort through and prep the 1000+ photos I have here, but I thought you guys might enjoy a peep at these photos to keep you going. Many MANY more photos soon… check out the slideshow above!

The Toy Bunker at ToyCon 2017!!!

I had the pleasure of bumping into the guys from The Toy Bunker at ToyCon last year, quiet literally…at the bar. These guy are producing some great work and have some pretty unique ideas, they are also based in the UK and there are only a few artists here creating decent monsters.

We have a few of their creations on our shelves and they are permanent fixtures. With a combination of real character and humour (with a splash of horror thrown in), these old school scary monsters look great and every painted figure is unique.The team at The Toy Bunker are refreshingly passionate and enthusiastic about what they do and it’s going to be really interesting to see what this talented duo from the North of England end up creating next.

They dropped me an email to let me know more details, and what you need to know about the pieces they are taking to ToyCon UK 2017. With them… 4 large resin figures, all hand sculpted using super sculpy and then cast in black resin. The four figures are Moon, Shell, Mountain and Factory. The size of the figures ranges moon 14 cm shell 16 cm mountain 20cm and factory 21cm. All are solid resin and the factory is pretty heavy at around 800grams!! Factory and mountain have magnetic limbs for limited movement but are not designed for 100% articulation.There is a total of 16 pieces, 4 of each character with 4 unique paint jobs done in metallics and gloss varnished to finish.

We take our inspiration from the toys we collect and things we like in general. Our favorite toy maker is Elegab, we love his playful style and some of the loose themes of the natural world mixed with crazy monsters.” Aside from these large pieces they will be bringing a small selection of smalls. Pyramid Snails and Power Gamer Hands. The gamer hands where inspired by a dual love of gaming and weights its a riff on the ‘Do You Even Lift BRO’ meathead shit! they will come packages in hand cut lino headers. The snails came from some late evening sessions creating weird creatures and will hopefully be the first in a set with others to come as we make them!

Prices are still TBD but will probably be around £25-35 pounds depending on figure with the small snails at £10 and the hands at £5 – go find them on the day to get more details. Go and track them down at ToyCon UK on the Saturday, they will be on booth T7 with Hollow Planet Designs.

Mike Strick for ToyCon UK 2017!!!

One of the showstoppers for me at ToyCon UK 2016 was the stunning piece from Mike Strick called Victor Blattodea’s Manual Over-ride, so it’s great news to see that Mike is back at ToyCon this year with more of his stunning work. One in the Eye for the Empire is a 10cm tall forced-perspective resin display piece that can be wall mounted or free-standing on the included stand. They will be for sale at £35 on the Angry Hedgehog x Geistwulf booth (Booth T8).

He is also bringing more twisted fun in the form of the newest creation from Victor Blattodea’s world – Toebots. Toebots are life-sized mechanically enhanced reanimated toes. There will be a selection of them in various configurations and colours at £15 each.

In addition there is a jewelry collaboration with Stuff by Katherine – a 1:6 Sterling silver Blade Runner blaster pendant – £90. Katherine will have her “Figure not Included” range of miniature silver weapons on sale at the same booth.

Finally there is Nukethulhu, which is a custom piece based on Evan Morgan’s Nuketopus. It’s 33cm tall at the wing tips. It will be for sale at £450 on the SUVB booth (Booth 3).