So here it is: the actual March Madness Toy Tournament bracket. All of you bracketologists rejoice! You can now see the progress of your favorite toy artists. Be sure to vote for your favorite artist - First Round voting ends on this Saturday March 11th. Check out our discussion board where you can vote in all of the toy artists matchups.
We've set up all of the brackets for our first annual March Madness Toy Tournament. We have assembled 64 of the top toy artists out there and have seeded them in 4 different regions (East Coast, West Coast, Asia and Worldwide). The winners will be selected in online polling through our forum - go to the Polls section and vote in all of the matchups (they continue onto page 2).
Round 1 voting will end on Saturday March 11th. So go on vote..and check back in for the first round results.
double booth was a fairly happening place as usual. They had a number
of new products on display – both on their production and distribution
Mars-1 Invisible Plan
was released in a special Comic Con version last July. Well, the
“real” version is out now in a red and a green colorway. Plus, they
have added 6 additional characters to up the line to 12 figures.
Scarygirl creator Nathan Jurevicius has a brand-spanking newline of super detailed vinyl figures. The characters include Seoop, Arkski, Bennzi, Heenie and Naal
and each figure includes accessories that allow for 2 versions of the
same character. Look for these to release about 2-3 months apart from
One of the most talked about figures at the show was Jim Woodring’s Mr. Bumper. The top segment of the figure is removable, and it brings back memories of figures of yesteryear.
Last year Jeremy Fish gave us Bunnyvan – think a pink rabbit and a caravan mated. The next figure from Mr. Fish is his Turtle Camper. It’s the same premise and has movable legs, head and tail.
Dean Bradley has been well known for his Mainframe
character and now it is finally coming to vinyl form. It’s a
super-poseable figure, toting a keyboard for one hand and an axe in the
other. Look for camo versions coming out in the near future.
Superfun Company is following up their Toxic Teddies Ramones set with a set of the Misfits. They also have a brand new Toxic Teddies line based on classic horror films. It looks like The Shining, Jaws, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Planet of the Apes to me.
Ron English’s Cathy Cowgirl might
have been one of the more shocking figures at Toy Fair (well maybe not
as shocking as devil baby dolls). The figure is statuesque and made of
resin. Some might call it udder-ly ridiculous (bad, bad joke).
Will Sweeney's comic, Tales from Greenfuzz, has introduced us to a number of wild characters. Next up is The Kebab Henchmen (Kleptikos and Periwinkle). They are the skewered sidekicks of Helmut the Hot Dog Man…remember the hot dog with a tommy gun?
Rocket World's updated version of their Insurgents Wilderness Gruppo Rocket Ship was on display. The rocket will be able house the mini line of figures and their accessories. The full sized Henson the Polar Bear and Septimius the Black Bear were also on display.
James Jarvis’ Vortigern’s Machine graphic novel has given us Mr. Vortigern, Harvey and Jubs. Amos now introduces us to Rusty & Dworkin, Wiggs, Mr. Waverley and The Witch Doctor. They will also be releasing the Mr. Vortigern and the Great Sage of Wisdom comic book.
Superdeux’s new Shikito figure was on display. It looks like a multi-colored, smiley-faced Hershey Kiss (…or maybe a turd). Wootini and Jermaine Rogers’ second figure – Squire – was also being shown off. This figure might be the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen!
The Circus Punks guys are doing their second series of mini punks. (Designs by: Tara McPherson, Jermaine Rogers, Reuben Rude, Jeremyville, tokidoki, Craola, Joe Ledbetter and Peter Bagge). Playbeast was showing off their Monsterism Island line as well as the Cardboy Sneakers figures. And the guys from Friends With You had a bunch of new plushies on display including their Malfis.
Sideshow Toys might not produce urban vinyl or designer toys, but their products appeal to most of us collectors. They recently acquired the US distribution rights to a number of Medicom products – and had these on display at Toy Fair.
The Medicom VSD (Vinyl Super Deformed) figures are super high quality toys that were previously only available in Japan. The Stormtrooper and Darth Vader figures are both 10 inches in height and estimated to ship in the 3rd quarter of 2006.
Sideshow also introduced a number of new Star Wars, Friday the 13th, Terminator 2 and Lord of the Rings figures. They have also been adding to their premium format line, however, I am still a big fan of the 12-inch format. Check out the Sideshow website if you are interested, as they are continuously adding more pre-orders.
Little Wonder Studio debuted their Foofnicks line of vinyl toys at TF2006. The line contains 3 main characters – Jacked Rabbit, Jim Jam and Waffle. Each figure stands at about 6 inches in height and there are plans for 3 colorways of each character. Robert Curet, the creator and artist responsible for the Foofnicks, said each will be limited to about 1,000 pieces.
The day before Toy Fair is when the Toy Industry of America announces their Toy of the Year Award winners. Uglydolls came home with the Specialty Toy of the Year. The Specialty Toy of the Year is described as "the best toy primarily distributed through specialty retailers". Congrats to the whole Uglydoll crew.
Since we're trying to bolster our forum activity, we've signed up a number of new and exciting folks to chat on our discussion board. In addition to Blythe, Rocket World and Friends With You, we have added an Android 8 (Sours and Rustboy), MAD (creator of the popular MAD*L figures), mimobots (everyones favorite flash drive turned designer toy) and Wheaty Wheat Studios (one of the hottest designer toy companies in the biz) forum. They will all be moderated by folks specific to each artist and/or company. This is just the beginning...more forums will be coming soon. We'll also be running a ton of prize giveaways through the board, so now is the time to sign up!
Also, check out the Forum Member of the Month thread for more details on how to achieve that distinction.
Toy Tokyo had a number of new offerings on display at Toy Fair. The first figure from the Instant Sapien line – Big Puff Maki – was being shown off. (These will be carried by FreeBento.com)The newest figure from Go Hero – Yira – was also displayed. Also, check out David and Sun-Min’s Little Yoya and Minty vinyl figures from Toy2R.
Evergrow has introduced a new line of figures on the heels of their Emotes vinyl. Loconauts and Emotes were on display at Toy Fair 2006 – sharing a booth. The Loconauts line will include both plush and small resin toys.
All of the characters are based on wacky personality disorders. With names like Baxter Burnout, Anna Anorexia and Barry Bi-Polar…you can see the theme. Each figure also has a tagline about his or her specific ailment. Shirts and hats will be available as well as key chains and travel mugs.
My personal favorite is Barry Bi-Polar. He resembles a light bulb and his vinyl head actually lights up when activated.