He's an all-time great; an unparalleled storyteller, and a man whose talent can only be compared to the size of his legend.
While that statement might be open to opinion, no one can argue that The Notorious B.I.G.’s influence can still be felt in the rap world. Why else would Mezco Toyz have created a line of stylized Biggie (aka Christopher Wallace) vinyl figures?
The Notorious B.I.G. 2008 Exclusive was released at this year’s New York Comic Con and features the rapper in his Juicy music video attire.
The solid cardboard packaging features a silhouette of The Notorious B.I.G. on the front and the back of the box. The figure is secured in a plastic tray with twist ties. A sticker on the box identifies that this is a 2008 Exclusive piece.
Charles Stephan and Elfdoll Inc. will be teaming up with Toy2R to create a line of Alice Cherry Blossom Qees. While only the prototype samples are being shown, they should be released this coming summer. It appears that the figures will have the normal Qee body will a new, special pig head sculpt.
Jouwe is a rhino with ant-shaped head, designed by Indonesian based artist Marine Ramdhani. He describes the figure concept as:
"a story based character called the Rhino's project, and it will be
growth like a comics books, caused Jouwe now already had a parents
(Plum and Bismarck/this two figure will come soon), the concept is
taken from One Cone Rhino, who live in Ujung Kulon Jungle, Banten West
Java Indonesia, The concept for this figure is always growth like a
comics books, we also can't predict when the concept is end. This story
will growth together with the figure."
When I first saw the artwork, I thought the body looked like a lot of pieces already available out there. But they changed it up on the sculpt, which is a good thing.
Matt Walker is a professional pinstriper and he's bringing his artistic touch to the vinyl toy world. His Dead Presidents Designs label will be working exclusively on customs...and is currently taking commissions.
They've been released! Random House and Uglydoll have launched the first two Ugly Guides from David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim. The Ugly Guide to the Uglyverse (#1) and the Ugly Guide to Things That Go and Things That Should Go But Don't (#2) each have been published in paperback and are 64 pages long.
You can pick them up directly from the Uglydoll folks for $5.99 each.
The Toomer Gallery presents Curster’s Fantastico: paintings and vinyl sculptures by Erin Currie. The show takes place from April 23rd through May 31st. The opening reception will take place on April 25th from 7PM until 9PM.
Currie finds inspiration in the shadows, carnival memorabilia and her family, whom she fondly refers to as her favorite bunch of clowns. The essence of Erin Currie’s art is best summed up by Currie herself; “I want people to see my work and imagine themselves running with Yetis through the forest or floating on clouds of balloons.” Erin enjoys creating her monsters with a variety of different mediums; this exhibition will feature paintings and fiber sculptures of her mischievous creations. Curster’s Fantastico will be Currie’s first gallery exhibition.
Soo Visual Arts Center
2640 Lyndale Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Sideshow has released photos of their 12" tall Lara Croft figure. They have also made the Sideshow exclusive available for pre-order. It'll run you $79.99...which might equal $1 per accessory. It doesn't really come with 80 accessories, but it definitely looks that way.
On display at the Diamond Comic Distributors - Previews booth were a number of their exclusives as well as products that the company distributes. The most recognizable pieces were from Toy2R. They included Joe Ledbetter's Smash, as well as Bart and Homer Simpson Qee line. We also got a glimpse of the upcoming Kaiju Qee lineup.
Jenny Harada is giving away a custom designed plush to one winner
based on their choice of two favorite colors and two favorite animals. The
contest is running in conjunction with an interview Kristen Rask of Schmancy did with Jenny.
The contest will run until April 30th and a winner will be chosen on May 1. While the above photo isn't the actual plush (the winner chooses the colors and animals, remember?), it's an example of Jenny's work. Check out this link...contest details at the bottom.