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The line for STRANGEco's SDCC colorway Vivisect Playset set was one of the longer (and more surprising) at the show.  But we were diggin' Greg "Craola" Simkins' Cap'n Rotnclaw.  I might have to wait until the red (more crab-like) colorway is released.


And I'd love to see the above Mars-1 piece released in that size.  Wouldn't you?  Also on display at the booth were a number of SDCC exclusives from Max Toy Co., King Ken Series 1 (mini figures), a number of new tokidoki pieces and John K's Tenacious D figures.

I'm usually not overcritical of figures, but I don't like how the Tenacious D turned out.  They were designed to look like the vinyl figures that were released in the 1960's.  So they actually wanted a sloppy-looking paint job.  I love John K's work and know that he'll be releasing more impressive figures with STRANGEco.  I'm guessing that if the same number of people who saw Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny buy these figures, a run of 500 or so figures might sell out.



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Max Toy Co. SDCC Exclusives

Max Toy Co. won't actually have a booth at San Diego Comic Con this year, but they will have a number of exclusive figures available at the STRANGEco booth.

Tripasu: Cronic and Max Toy Co.


Produced by Cronic and based on a design by Mark Nagata (Max Toy Co.), the run of 15 pieces have been hand-painted by Mark.

Pharoahs: Rumble Monsters


The limited edition of 5 pieces have been hand-painted by Mark Nagata of Max Toy Co.

Eyezon: Max Toy Co.


This version of Eyezon is clear gold vinyl with visible guts.  The limited run of 16 pieces have all been hand-painted by Mark.

Booska Glow-in-the-Dark: Max Toy Co.


This GID version of Martin Ontiveros' take on the classic character will be limited to 40 pieces.

Boy Karma Glow-in-the-Dark: Max Toy Co.


Boy Karma Black Edition: Max Toy Co.


Boy versions of the Boy Karma figure (GID and all black) will be limited to run of 30 pieces.

Captain Maxx – 2008 edition


Max Toy Company is back with a new colorway of their uber-popular Captain Maxx 9.5" tall rotocast vinyl figure.  Designed by Mark Nagata, the 2008 edition look squite different from the original orange and blue version.

New Moofia Characters


The ever popular blind box line from tokidoki and STRANGEco has added a trio of new characters for 2008.  Riso, Creamina and Fragolina join The Moofia mini series and make us hunger for dairy products.  You'll be able to enjoy them...even if you are lactose intolerant.

Somewhere City Plushies


Memo Wee and Oink Le Rouge are the two new plush characters from the Somewhere City series.  Memo Wee (pictured above) is a doctor of memory retrieval and a part time horn player.  Oink Le Rouge (pictured below) is a famous actor and a real city kid.

Both plushies are about 8" tall and designed by Goran Lelas.  They are made of terrycloth and suitable for kids of all ages.  The line is produced by STRANGEco in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).


Booska – Max Toy Co Edition


Max Toy Company has teamed up with Portland based artist Martin Ontiveros to produce his interpretation of the classic kaiju character - Booska.  The piece is officially licensed by
Tsuburaya Productions and sculpted by Kiyoka Ikeda of Tokyo-based toy company Gargamel. It's made of rotocast vinyl and stands 9" in height.  Wholesale inquiries should be directed to STRANGEco.

James Jarvis’ The Bird God


The newest figure from James Jarvis and Amos Toys is The Bird God.  While there are not many details yet, it appears that the rotocast vinyl figure will be available in two colorways.  Look for it to be released on March 27th.

Wish Come True


STRANGEco has released details of their brand
new mini figure series designed by FriendsWithYou (Sam
and Arturo Sandoval).  Named Wish Come True, the six figure line will measure between 3" and 4" and have weighted bottoms and built-in bell chimes.  The blind boxed line has been designed for kids and adults and will premiere on February 16th in NYC.  They should hit retailers around early March.

Now, I didn't study Sigmund Freud...but I'd say there was some definite phallic symbolism here.


The Vivisect Playset from STRANGEco


On January 26th, the much-anticipated release of STRANGEco’s Vivisect Playset will take place.  The mini figure series features designs by Anthony Ausgang, Luke Chueh, Peter Gronquist, Thomas Han, Joe Ledbetter, Greg Simkins and Amanda Visell.


The Vivisect Playset is based on an annual group art show, curated by artist Luke Chueh and hosted by Gallery 1988. The show, whose fourth installment is currently running at Gallery 1988's San Francisco location, thematically focuses on the representation of animals that demonstrate the human condition. With the toy series, we have chosen seven of the core artists from the art show, whose designs lend themselves well to plastic. The Vivisect Playset toy series features seven original designs, one by each artist, plus a special collaborative design by Joe Ledbetter and Greg Simkins.

Saturday, January 26th
6PM to 9PM

Gallery 1988
7020 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 937-7088