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10 Questions with… Onjena Yo

I'll be posting 10 Questions with... a number of artists who are taking part in the Aim, Destroy, Transform: Play for Change Toy Show , presented by Medialia Gallery & The Ethyr and taking place November 4-25 2017 in NYC.

Co-Curator: Onjena Yo
Website: www.ethyr.me
Toy Submission: Multilingual Alphabet "What's on your fridge?" faux fridge & poster

1. Where are you originally from?
My Dad was from Pittsburgh and served in the Air Force. He met and married my Mom in South Korea. I was born in Texas but raised in Ohio (military brat).

2. Who is your favorite artist (any artist, any medium)?
Grey Williamson, creator, visual artist, sculptor, writer

3. What was your favorite toy line as a child?
Barbies and Transformers

4. What's your most prized collectible?
Renegade Obama bust by Grey Williamson & Kilroy III

5. What was the last film you watched?
Turner & Hooch

6. Do you unbox and display or keep MIB (mint in box)?
Unbox and display

7. What was the last book you read?
Sectors by Harule Stokes

8. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Trek

9. What motto/creed do you try to live by?
Be kind, bring peace and protect the vulnerable.

10. What was the inspiration behind the piece that you produced for the Aim, Destroy, Transform: Play for Change toy show?
The idea for my submission was inspired by working through the shame of having forgotten how to speak/read my mother's language. My siblings and I were semi-bilingual as kids but when we began school, our mother wanted us to focus solely on English, a decision she now regrets. The Multilingual Alphabet “What's on your fridge?” is a bite-sized and ordinary way any busy adult or child can start to learn a new language or six. The accompanying poster features alphabets from six languages: Arabic, English, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean & Spanish.

The One:12 Collective Michael Myers Halloween Figure

In October 1978 a new film called Halloween introduced the world to seemingly unstoppable masked killer Michael Myers and launched a franchise that would span five decades. With his soulless eyes peering from his expressionless mask, “The Shape” as he is referenced in the film, has become one of the most recognizable icons of modern horror.

Mezco has announced their One:12 Collective Michael Myers Halloween figure, which features a film accurate sculpt and coveralls as well as an alternate head with affixed ghost sheet and glasses to recreate the infamous “mistaken identity” scene in the film. The figure also comes equipped with both bloody and clean knives as well as a light-up Jack O' Lantern.

You can pre-order the figure now for $80.00. It's expected to ship between June and August of 2018.

The One:12 Collective Michael Myers Halloween figure features:

Two head portraits
Pair of fists
Pair of posing hands style #1
Pair of posing hands style #2
Upward knife holding hand (R)
Downward knife holding hand (R)
Film accurate coveralls
Removable Ghost sheet with period glasses (permanently affixed to 2nd head portrait)
Sculpted boots
Jack O' Lantern with light-up feature
Clean knife
Bloody knife
Judith Myers tombstone
One:12 Collective display base with logo
One:12 Collective adjustable display post

Pop! Television: Fraggle Rock

Funko's newest Pop! line brings collectors to the land of Fraggle Rock. The Pop! Television: Fraggle Rock features Jim Henson’s little creatures who live in a network of magical caves. (Anyone else remember watching this show on HBO?) Each Fraggle comes complete with their own Doozer. The series includes the explorer GoboBoober wearing his brown cap and scarf, Mokey the dreamer, the energetic Red, and Wembley wearing his palm tree shirt. There's also a flocked version of Red can be found at Books-A-Million. And you The intelligent dog Sprocket can be found at Toys “R” Us and Uncle Traveling Matt is a Funko Specialty Series.

If you're interested in pre-ordering these, head on over via this link to Amazon.com.

10 Questions with… Reactor88

I'll be posting 10 Questions with... a number of artists who are taking part in the Aim, Destroy, Transform: Play for Change Toy Show , presented by Medialia Gallery & The Ethyr and taking place November 4-25 2017 in NYC.

Artist/Toy Maker: Reactor-88
Toy: Mini Maori Misfortune Cat
Website: www.reactor88.com
Twitter: @reactor88
Instagram: @reactor88
Facebook: www.facebook.com/reactor88art

Where are you originally from?:
I’m born and raised Los Angeles.

Who is your favorite artist (any artist, any medium)?:
There’s so much great art out there spanning many mediums past and present- it’s way to hard to pick just one. Historically I’m a big fan of the Italian Renaissance, the Dutch Masters, as well as anyone that passed through the Hudson River School (Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, etc.). As far as more contemporary art, I like Ed Ruscha, James Turrell, and Murakami. I’m also a big fan of all the Disney artists like Eyvind Earle and Tyrus Wong.

What was your favorite toy line as a child?:
That would be a toss up between Lego and Star Wars. Side note- I still have all my original Kenner Star Wars toys from when I was a kid.

What's your most prized collectible?:
A box set of vintage Walt Disney mini-card games from the 1940s

What was the last film you watched?:
The last big box-office movie I saw was Wonder Woman (I don’t get out to the theater that often…) I do watch a lot of random movies via Amazon Prime while I’m painting or doing something else productive. The last thing I watched on there was the series Tin Star.

Do you unbox and display or keep MIB (mint in box)?:
Unbox and display of course!

What was the last book you read?:
Vessel by Andrew J. Morgan

Star Trek or Star Wars?:
Star Wars

What motto/creed do you try to live by?:
“One day at a time..."

What was the inspiration behind the piece that you produced for the Aim, Destroy, Transform: Play for Change toy show?:
My piece was inspired by Ta Moko (Maori facial & body scaring/tattoo). I’m a big fan of the art and design of Ta Moko, so I wanted to pay tribute by creating my own stylized representation of it (keeping with the general design cues), that would fit with the Misfortune Cat form.