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Warui Zonbi: Series 1 Deluxe Keshi Set


With apparel/toy brand Gory Hole‘s relaunch just around the corner, the folks over at Softoy Hobby are giving people a closer look at one of the many toy-related items that’ll be up for grabs in-store this Friday (June 24th 2016) at 4PM ET. The deluxe Warui Zonbi mini sets consist of mini rubber versions of both Selwyn and SS Werewolf from Series 1 (designed by Tru:Tek and sculpted by TTToy’s Makino-san) in a previously unreleased flesh-tone. The set will include matching soft enamel pin badges designed by Kotobuki-man, plus a matching Bikkuriman-style holographic sticker. Limited to an edition of just 20 sets, these will be priced at $35.00 each.


Kickstarter: der Zerstörer: the Destroyer

der Zerstörer: the Destroyer is a handmade designer art toy by Garrison Beau Scott. The artist has taken his project to Kickstarter to raise funds to produce the resin collectibles. The 4-inch tall, hand-poured and hand-painted resin toys will feature three points of articulation and an air flow action cape. Each one will come complete with a signed and numbered header card. As of right now, there are four different colorways. The actual resin figures are available beginning at the $35.00 funding level.

The project has reached its goal of $420.00 and will be funded on Thursday, June 30th 2016 at 1:00 AM EDT.

Remember...this is not a pre-order. There are many instances of crowd funded projects that have been funded never making good on their promised goods. So back with caution.

The Defender of Bad Taste

Goodleg Toys will be releasing a new resin figure - The Defender of Bad Taste - as an homage to what might be Peter Jackson’s least popular (but grossest) film - the 1987 cult movie “Bad Taste”. The 3.75-inch tall figures are hand sculpted, hand cast, and hand painted. Each one comes in a hand pulled blister on a hand made card.

The edition will be limited to 15 pieces - 10 no-border (flesh), and 5 yellow-border (washed) pieces. They're priced at $65.00 and $70.00, respectively (plus $7 international shipping). You'll be able to get your hands on a little Lord Crumb beginning on Wednesday, June 15th 2016 at 7PM ET.

The Blooms by Kyle Kirwan


Artist Kyle Kirwan is releasing a new figure onWednesday June 15th 2016. They are called Blooms and will be an edition of 10 pieces. Each 6-inch tall figure is cast in resin and painted. They'll be available for $50.00.

Blooms are usually found tagging along around Willos, as they appreciate the safety the Willo herds provide. Blooms share the same diet as Willos and are much faster on their feet and better at finding food so Willos let the little guys lead the way to the good eats. Then of course the Willos shove the Blooms out of the way and eat their fill, but it works out in the end.

My 2016 New York Comic Con Plans

Every year, for every convention I attend, members of the press are required to register/pre-register in an attempt to get press credentials to cover the event. It's a painful process, having to repeatedly fill out the same forms in an attempt to justify why you deserve to get a free ticket to give the convention the publicity it desires.

Since the bottom dropped out of the designer toy scene, I can't financially do San Diego Comic Con. It's just a byproduct of companies and online shops dropping out of the scene or going broke. For the last six years, I've been able to swing going to New York Comic Con. It's on the same coast. It's close to where I grew up. And I felt more connected to it since I had also attended a number of Toy Fair events at Javits Center over the years. I was actually a press sponsor of "The Block" section of NYCC way back in 2010(?) and featured on the NYCC website.

In other words...I've never had any problems getting a press badge to cover the show...until this year. For some reason, I was turned down. No reason was given, other than a lot of press applications were received this go-round. ReedPOP, which runs the event, did give me the option of purchasing my own ticket. Thanks. I've always had that option. 

I had been on the fence about whether I would attend New York Comic Con or try to give Toy Fair another go. Toy-wise, NYCC has been underwhelming in recent years. The designer scene is running on fumes. The big companies rarely bring exclusives or new products to the show. Other than my annual tradition of running into former WWF superstar Virgil, the event was uneventful. It seems like more of the industry reveals are taking place at Toy Fair.

So...all of this is to say that I won't be covering the events of New York Comic Con 2016 (or likely any year beyond it).

Tru:Tek’s “Pigu” Mimi Monsters and “Killed Kane” Gamarah


Tru:Tek has teamed up with TAN for a very special painted run of Mimi Monsters going be the name Pigumimis. Coming in at around 5.5 inches tall and featuring articulation in the neck, they've been cast in an orange vinyl, complete with metallic red, flesh, plum and black sprays inspired by classic kaiju infant, Pigumon. Limited to a run of just 5 pieces, these little guys will be going on sale in the Softoy Hobby Store at a random time this Friday, June 3rd 2016 for $140.00 each plus shipping

Also, Tru:Tek will also be offering up a one-off “Killed Kane” Gamarah via silent auction on Friday. Designed and sculpted by Co.Oc29 for his ongoing Yokai Yu line, the 8-inch tall amphibious kaiju has been cast in a green soft vinyl with a multi-layered flesh paint app, copious blood splatters, plus a chest bursting worm omake inspired by the fateful Gilbert Kane scene from Alien. The auction will run for  a 24 hour period starting 0.00am – 23.59pm this Friday, June 3rd 2016 (I think that's likely British Time) and interested parties will be required to direct message their maximum bid to Tru:Tek on Instagram (@trutek), with the highest securing the figure.


Designer Toy Summit (March 2017)


The folks from Discord Culture Shop have announced a convention that's been dubbed the Designer Toy Summit. It will take place in Memphis, Tennessee on March 18th 2017 (so you'll have some time to plan on how to get to Memphis). They're currently taking applications for exhibitors and, they're selling advanced tickets for $15.00. I, for one, am interested in seeing how a designer toy specific convention will do in the southeast US.

Deathgasm Resin Action Figures


Goodleg Toys and Jason Lei Howden has announced the official Deathgasm resin action figures. The series features Brodie, Zakk, Aeloth, and Medina - as seen in the metal horror comedy from 2015. Each 3.75-inch tall figure is hand sculpted, hand casted, and hand painted. They come in a hand pulled blister on an an exclusive card featuring Ralph Niese's artwork. The figures will be available as singles for $66.60 each, $190.00 for a set of 3, and $240.00 for a set of 4 (plus $8.00 worldwide shipping).