The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle license is another one that seems to be going around the vinyl toy community. There was Kidrobot, The Loyal Subjects, and, now, Vinyl Sugar (Funko). The Dorbz: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series features six characters from the classic cartoon. There are four heroes heroes in a half shell – Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michaelangelo – as well as a pair of baddies - Bebop and Rocksteady. Look for them to hit in October 2015.
Funko has announced that their Horror Mystery Minis Series 2 will be released just in time for Halloween (October 2015). This series includes horror legends such as Nosferatu, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Cthulhu, a Werewolf, and Frankenstein's Monster. (The press did say Frankenstein...but that's pet peeve of mine - Frankenstein was the doctor) There's also characters from Edward Scissorhands, The Fly, Beetlejuice, Hellraiser, Gremlins, Shaun of the Dead...and Alfred Hitchcock - because that dude's scary!
Eric Nocella Diaz, of Argonaut Resins, has fully revealed his latest project - Piragua. The little shaved ice in a paper cone resin figure features a translucent ice head and a a solid, footed base. Eric explains the project below:
Growing up in Spanish Harlem (El Barrio - uptown on the East side of Manhattan) on those hot summers one of my favorite things was getting a Puerto Rican shaved ice treat called a Piragua. They were like Spanish icies that were sold off a makeshift Mom and Pop cart with a huge block of ice and all sorts of awesome syrupy sweet flavors like cherry, grape, lime, strawberry, orange, etc.
The resin Piragua figurine is 5-inches in height and will come in a variety colors with the occasional chase figure thrown in. They will make their debut at New York Comic Con 2015 this October at Booth #402. Information on edition sizes and pricing is yet to be announced. Photos by Deborah Montanez.
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.
Funko's newest addition to their Mystery Minis line is the Mystery Minis: Anime Collection Series 1. This series features 12 characters that I have no idea at all who they are or what they're from!
The first series contains characters from anime classics like Soul Eater and Sao as well as newer series like Attack on Titan and Black Butler! There are also fan favorites like Sebastian from Black Butler, Fairy Tail’s Happy, and Eren, the Titan hunter!
I don't know what any of that means! But they sort of look cool and the blind box series will be available beginning in November 2015.
Vinyl Sugar has announced they'll be releasing a trio of Vinyl Idolz based on the 1974 comedy film - Young Frankenstein. There's The Monster, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, and Igor. Evil Corp has put their stamp on one of Mel Brooks' classics. Look for them to hit stores shelves in September 2015.
Devils Head Productions will be releasing a small run of Cadaver Twins (a Splurrt toy) on Saturday September 5th 2015. Each one is a unique one-off piece, but they all fall into what they're calling the BIPOLAR family. They all come bagged with a header card and will run $175.00 each.
Argonaut Resins has released another teaser for that upcoming project that will debut at New York Comic Con 2015. Eric Nocella Diaz will be there sharing booth #402 in The Block section with The Jelly Empire. And he will be debuting a new resin figurine (teased above) named Piragua (pronounced Pee-rah-gwah). Eric state that this new project "has me going way back to my childhood growing up in Spanish Harlem".
Vinyl Sugar has announced another series of Vinyl Idolz based on a classic 1980's film - Fast Times at Ridgemont High. They'll be releasing a pair of characters from the movie - Jeff Spicoli (with his slice of pizza) and Brad Hamilton (in his fast food job pirate gear). Thank goodness they didn't choose the infamous pool scene for Mr. Hamilton. They'll be available beginning in October 2015.
Mondo Tees is currently taking pre-orders for their 1/6th scale Leonardo figure, based on the original Eastman & Laird comic book - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The first in Mondo's 1/6th scale TMNT series, Leonardo features 25+ points of articulation, interchangeable heads and hands, and weapons and accessories taken right from the pages of the comic book.You can pre-order one now for $149.99, with shipping anticipated for Q2 of 2016.
The 1/6th scale Leonardo features the following:
- Classic Comic Red Mask Head
- Cartoon Blue Mask Head
- Dual Katana and Scabbards
- Set of C-Grip Hands 1
- Set of Climbing Claw Hands
- "Pointing Finger of Leadership" Hand
- Two Four-Point Shuriken
- Two Eight-Point Shuriken
- Grappling Hook and Cord
- Utrom Blaster Belt with Scabbard Straps
- Pre-Mutation Splinter
- Pre-Mutation Baby Leonardo