Matt Jones (Lunartik) has released Ping Pong Gone... Wronger! It's broken particles of “ping pong gone...nom nom nom” adorned with playful Illustrations of mosquitoes dead and alive. The acrylic on concrete art pieces are signed by Lunartik. There are different shaped pieces, and they range in price from £20.00 to £50.00 (about $26 to $66)
Ben Spencer and Galaxxor will be releasing their new production vinyl figures. Each one features Glyos vinyl-compatible articulation at the head, shoulders, and waist. They sport multiple paints aps and tempo printing. And each 5.5-inch tall figure includes both a dome head and a horned head (that are interchangeable).
The three figures that will be released are Galaxxor 007/Infernicus (red), Gorgax/Roxxalag (black), and Galaxxor 001/Thanyr (blue). Each vinyl figure will run $30.00 and be limited to 2 pieces per order. They'll go on sale tonight (August 22nd 2016) 8PM Central at galaxxor.com.
FrankenToys Inc., which consists of Gus Fink, Emi Boz and Eric Grenier, has announced a new Kickstarter project that's looking to fund their upcoming miniature blind box series - the Creeplings. They'll be made of flexible soft PVC with pad printing (that's probably a good thing). Each with their own name, personality and fun colors/textures. If you recall some of Gus's previous mini figure lines, you'll definitely see some slight similarities.
Actual toys start at the $22 funding level and go all the way up to $10,000. That's where you're getting some crazy hand-sculpted figure and an original painting, plus other things. This project will only be funded if at least $15,000 is pledged by Sunday September 18th 2016 at 4:59PM 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.
Roll20 has announced a licensing deal for their online “virtual tabletop” to distribute Dungeons & Dragons content.
“While Roll20 was designed to play nearly any tabletop game, the spark that pushed us to start the product was Dungeons & Dragons,” said cofounder Riley Dutton, “Our very name, ‘ Roll20’ comes from the concept of a ‘ critical hit’ as popularized by D&D. For us, D&D represents an evergreen part of our gaming lives, and to be officially working with its creators and caretakers certainly feels like we’ ve made a winning roll.”
The launch is beginning with sales of the introductory adventure module Lost Mine of Phandelver, which comes with pregenerated characters, image handouts, maps, and tokens prearranged in Roll20 to help Dungeon Masters avoid lengthy setup times. Other licensed products will follow, including Dungeons & Dragon’ s latest upcoming adventure storyline Storm King’s Thunder, which is available in Roll20 for preorder and launches September of 2016.
It's quite possible that you've read about Rotofugi and the financial strain they've encountered recently. If you haven't read the open letter, I've pasted it after the break. Kirby and Whitney Kerr run one of the last remaining bastions for designer toy aficionados. They've won Best Toy Store or Best Online Toy Store in the Designer Toy Awards (as voted upon by the fans) since those categories were introduced in 2012.
If you've followed the designer toy industry, it's not a surprising turn of events. In all of my years running Plastic and Plush, Rotofugi has never advertised on this site. I noticed they do have ads on other designer toy news sites. I've also noticed that the number of online and brick and mortar designer toy shops have plummeted since 2008. Looking back at this site in 2008, comparing the number of advertisers, shows you how the market has tanked.
But this doesn't only impact toy stores. It's a great example of true trickle down economics. Designer toy companies start shutting down...then the stores that specialize in those toys...then the news sites that report about them.
Personally, this has been a huge hit to me and Plastic and Plush. I haven't been able to attend San Diego Comic Con due to the lack of funds generated from Plastic and Plush. Honestly, I'm paying to bring you the news. I still enjoy doing it. But when it has come to a choice of going to Comic Con or paying for speech lessons for my son...things are easily put into context.
The Designer Toy Awards have officially launched the nomination period for the 6th annual awards. Running from now until August 10th 2016 (6PM EST), nominations can be submitted through their website. This year's awards will accept nominations for releases, artists, and companies that were active from January to December 2015.
Head on over to the Designer Toy Awards website and answer the "Call For Entries" by adding those worthy from 2015, and don't forget... only nominated items can be considered for the awards. And since my site is always so well represented during the nomination process, I'd like to thank my great aunt Eleanor for always nominating Plastic and Plush for Best Blog. Ha! I've never even made the "Short List" for these things.
This summer, Andrew Bell will be celebrating with some bear awareness. The Summer 2016 Special Edition Android Mini Collectible - Bear Awareness features a little 1.5-inch Scout Android (keychain), who's out earning his wilderness survival merit badge. There's the 3-inch Bear Android and a 2.5-inch round Bear Awareness achievement badge. In addition to being released later this month (July 2016), Andrew will be bringing a few with him to San Diego Comic Con and the Dumbrella Booth #1335.
As the night's moon rises higher, the blackest of pitch is cut apart wide with the shrieking howls of the undead lycanthrope known as Bite Size! The moon's rays renew his radiation-soaked corpse with the mystic magic of the occult, causing him to glow bright deep into the night!
This coming Friday (July 1st 2016) at 8PM EST, there will a mini run of glow-in-the-dark sofubi Bite Size (Radioactive Rumblers) figures up for sale in the Radioactive Uppercut web shop. This run is cast in a milky white Japanese vinyl and glows bright in the dark. Bite Size will come polybagged with header card and cost $50.00.
Bluefin has announced the new S.H. Figuarts Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figure series from Tamashii Nations. The series will be offered in the classic colors of the original animated series. Each figure stands approximately 6 inches tall and features full articulation. The first figures, Raphael and Michelangelo, are set for release to retailers in October 2016. Their MSRP is $62.99 per figure.
Clutter Magazine has announced their latest collaboration with Milwaukee-based artist Scott Wilkowski and New York native artist Peter Kato - Bedtime Wilkowski. Known for his Infected and X-Ray Action versions of popular designer toys, Wilkowski has infected one of the cutest platform figures to date: Peter Kato's Bedtime Bunnie. Standing 6-inches tall, his Infected Bunnie pieces are double cast in resin, with different colored slippers.
Limited to 100 pieces in this colorway, it's available now for $95.00 via the above link.