You should check out SpikeTV's Geek-Ray Vision show. It's viewable on Spike's website...you'll have to wait for all of the fancy Flash stuff to run its course and then click on the Geek-Ray Vision section of the Web Originals. There are interviews with a number of Kidrobot folks - Paul Budnitz, Toy Baroness Nichole, Maze and JK5.
There is also a sneak peek of the upcoming line from Kidrobot - Flowbots (from JK5). They will be available on September 14th.
FreeBento.com has sent us a few of Frank Kozik and Kidrobot’s latest collaboration – Mongers.
If you see a figure with an X on its forehead and a cigarette in its mouth…it doesn’t take much to realize it’s from Frank Kozik. He’s created Dunnys, Labbits and Bone Bunnies that have the “smorkin” look. Kozik has teamed up with Kidrobot to bring Mongers to life. Series 1 of these mini figures has 20 different designs…from smorkin’ bananas to smorkin’ sausage.
The Mongers series is blind-boxed. Each box includes a sheet with drawings of the figures as well as ratios.
Kidrobot has posted a ton of pics from their May 18th signing party at Kidrobot San Francisco. Yes, that's Patrick Ma - of Rocket World and Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo fame - signing one of the KR exclusive Peary: The Bloody Polar Bear.
We've been waiting for Sket One's series of Ci Boys characters for close to a year now. They have finally been released and look to be well worth the wait. You'll see a number of retro characters from the 1980's included in this set - Big Boy, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Tron, and more!
"Kidrobot and Wheaty Wheat have reached an amicable agreement with
respect to the release of the Mr. Bunny Dunny as part of the L.A.
series, and Wheaty Wheat has authorized this release. The terms of the
agreement are confidential. Wheaty Wheat holds an exclusive license to
make toys from Joe Ledbetter's Mr. Bunny Character."
Several of our sponsors will be very excited as today is the release date for the Los Angeles Series of Dunnys. FreeBento.com, 3DRetro.com and RocketPop.net will all have the series up for sale today. 3DRetro did pre-orders...essentially selling out before the figures ever came in. FreeBento has opened boxes and RocketPop has blind boxes. This series might be what the Dunny needs...after several "eh..." releases.
I might be somewhat critical of platform toys sometimes. A lot of the designs we see are just the same old stuff. The same artists doing the same work on a different figure. I think that's why I like a lot of customs and platform toys done by Sket One. A lot of his work talks to my inner 1980's child (see his upcoming CiBoys line).
Kidrobot has taken Sket's very popular King Tut Dunny (just ask Whoopi Goldberg - who allegedly purchased the original) from the inaugural custom Dunny Show, and shrunken it down to a formidable 8 inches. This is my favorite Dunny so far. Not only will the original Blue Tut be available...but the evil Red Ramses (OK...I think they might be calling this one the Red Tut) will be available as well.
The Red version is available only at Kidrobot (500 piece edition) on December 29th and the Blue version will be available at finer retailers on January 5th (2,000 pieces). I am guessing that both FreeBento.com and 3DRetro.com will have this figure available.
3DRetro.com has a number of brand spankin' new Dunnys up for Pre-Order.
Huck Gee's tattooed 8-inch Don'yoku Dunny was first shown at the Visionaire Dunny Show in 20-inch form. It has been shrunken down and mass-produced for everyone to own. Or 2,000 people...as that is the edition size. Availble for $39.50
DOMA - a group of Argentinian artists - has also created a Dunny. Like Huck Gee's Dunny, this one will be released on December 1st. It will be available in Red or Blue versions. The Red version is limited to 1,500 pieces and the Blue version is limited to 1,000. Available for $29.50
Rocket World has created an exclusive bloody polar bear...exclusive to Kidrobot. This is a limited edition addition to the Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo. Peary is an extra bloody polar bear (he looks a lot like Titus) and limited to only 100 pieces. He is 7 inches tall, so it's the normal vinyl figure and not a member of the mini figure line. It looks like Peary got into some tomato sauce...but that's actually human blood (I like the smeared handprint).