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Peter Kato Custom Toy Launch


Cult toy designer Peter Kato will release fifteen exclusive color variations of his Bedtime Bunnie figures created exclusively for PIQ. These custom versions of his signature sleep walkers hold contrast colored hearts in their hands. They're only available at PIQ Grand Central Terminal and 

Also, you can meet Peter on Wednesday February 1st 2017 from 7PM to 8PM at PIQ and find out why the Bunnies are so sleepy.

Ichi: Celebrating 10 Years at Lulubell

Ichi (meaning ONE in Japanese) celebrates not only the opening of the Lulubell Toy Bodega new location, but also their 10 year anniversary of bringing lowbrow and toy artists to Arizona. Lulubell will be opening their new back gallery for the first time, with a celebration of toys and art from some of the amazing artists they've worked with over the last ten years.

Artists include: James Groman, Splurrt, Miscreation Toys, Bwana Spoons, Grody Shogun (Japan), Real x Head (Japan), Itokin Park (Japan), Yamomark (Japan), Candie Bolton, Devilshead Productions, Blurble One, Dski One, Aaron Coleman, Mikey Saratt, Mark Matlock, Such Syles, Champ Styles, Evil Dave, Copasquat Toys, Kevin Herdeman, Planet 3 Toys, DoubleParlour, Shirahama Toy (Japan), Kill!, Boon Velvet, Whistling Pony Toys, Josh Carter, DreamRocket (Japan), Wao Toyz (Switzerland) and more!

The exhibit will open Friday, January 13th 2017 at 7PM, and all pieces will be up for sale at that time. Any unsold pieces will go up for sale online on Tuesday, January 17th here.

Lulubell Toy Bodega
126 W. Pepper Place (NEW LOCATION)
Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 733-5858

The 6th annual DTAs hosted by Stella Chuu



The Designer Toy Awards have announced who will be hosting their 6th Annual event. This year, the special host is renown cosplayer, Stella Chuu. Being an award winning cosplayer and advocate for nerd culture and self-confidence, Stella is a match made in geek heaven for the DTAs. The event will take place on Saturday, October 8th 2016 from 8PM to 11PM EST at Hudson Terrace in New York City.

Good Gravy – this October


Gravy Toys has announced the Good Gravy grand opening on Thursday October 6th 2016 from 7-9PM. Located at 400 NW Couch in Portland Oregon, there will be exclusive toys and goods from talented folks near and far. Barely Human, Pop Soda, Rampage Toys, Deathcat Toys, Liverad Studio, Mixed Species, Cop A Squat Toys, Shirahama, Grody Shogun, Betty Turbo, Refreshment Toy, and Bwana Spoons. Good Gravy will be a brick and mortar homebase for all of Bwana's artwork.

There will also be a Good Gravy Pop-UP Party in Brooklyn. That will take place at 36 South 4th, #D8 in Brooklyn New York on Saturday October 8th 2016 from 7-9PM. Bwana will be bringing a small army of short run toys, a few paintings, a new tee, and more. There will be some loot from the Good Gravy grand opening, some Paul Kaiju customs (by Bwana), and a bucket of Namaniku keshi.



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).

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.

Mike Slobot featured in Anything Goes Show

Mike Slobot is being featured in an art show called “Anything Goes”, which takes place at Litmus Gallery in Raleigh, NC. The opening is this Friday (November 6th 2015) from 6PM to 9PM, and the show runs until December 4th 2015. Anything Goes features work from 40 different artists. Check out the above video, which features Mike talking about some of the pieces he will have at the show. 

Plaseebo’s Electric Uncle Custom


Bob Conge (Plaseebo Customs) was one of the artists to be invited to create a custom Marshmallow Uncle figure for the Angel Abby x Black Seed Marshmallow Uncle Custom Show at Wrong Gallery in Taipei Taiwan. The show opens on October 8th 2015. Bob's submission is the one of a kind Electric Uncle. This glow-in-the-dark vinyl features red glass eye inserts and space junk inside of the clear vinyl Chest Burster. He also has an internal motion activated color-changing Led he glows in two ways.


TAG – Famous Last Words


The name of Toy Art Gallery's upcoming show - Famous Last Words - is somewhat fitting as it's their swan song show. The group show features works from Izumonster, Joseph Harmon, Kikkake Toy, Martin Ontiveros, Miscreation Toys, Restore, Pico Pico, T9G, and Uamou. The sad news is that this event will be the last at TAG's current location. They will continue their online shop as well as toy production...but this'll be the final time you can get out to the physical place.

The show opening takes place on Saturday, September 5th 2015 from 7PM to 10PM at Toy Art Gallery’s showroom located at 7571 Melrose Ave. Hollywood CA 90046. Famous Last Words runs through September 27th 2015.