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Space Rat Action Figure Art Series

It took DKE Toys a long time to figure out what to do with a galactic sized pile of vintage Kenner Salacious Crumb action figures from the original toy line. Behold, the limited edition Space Rat Action Figure Art Series.

DKE Toys invited 11 artists to lend their skills to interpret everyone's favorite Space Rat. Each artist created an original painting of the character for the packaging. Affixed to each card back is an authentic Kenner Salacious Crumb action figure from 1983. Each card back is signed and numbered by the participating artist out of 100. All 11 package styles will premiere at SDCC 2018 at Booth #5045 for $25.00 each. (Or get all 11 different designs for $200.00). 

The participating SPACE RAT artists are:

Scott C
Christian Clayton
Rob Clayton
Robbie Conal
Mike Egan
Alex Gross
Peter Kuper
Carlos Ramirez
Martha Rich
Mark Todd
Esther Pearl Watson

When Iron Man Meets Tron – Hot Toys Shows You

As a special edition 2018 Toy Fair Exclusive release, Hot Toys has re-imagined the Iron Man in bright neon color with scenes of electro futurism inspired by modern computer technology (Yeah...it's basically Tron meets Iron Man). Based on the blueprint of Mark IV, the newly developed 1/6th scale Neon Tech Iron Man incorporates luminous reflective elements in this exclusive release.

The Iron Man 2 1/6th scale Neon Tech Iron Man Mark IV collectible figure will be firstly available on-shelf at Hot Toys’ Flagship store in Shanghai Disneytown Lakeshore and at Hot Toys’ Booth B-13 at CCG EXPO 2018. (It hasn't been announced yet, but this has the feel of a Sideshow 2018 SDCC release)

The 1/6th scale Neon Tech Iron Man Mark IV Collectible Figure features the following:

  • Helmeted head with LED light-up function (white light, battery operated)
  • Shiny black and teal colored armor with luminous reflective patterns appearing under specialized LED light unit
  • LED-lighted circle-shaped Arc Reactor on chest (white light, battery operated)
  • LED lights can shine through sides of ribs and forearms (blue light, battery operated)
  • Pair of detachable shoulder mounted weapons
  • Interchangeable chest armor
  • Two sets of interchangeable forearm armor (normal and missile firing)
  • Pair of built-in shoulder missile launchers
  • Pair of fists
  • Pair of hands with articulated fingers and light-up repulsors (white light, battery operated)
  • Pair of repulsor firing hands (white light, battery operated)
  • Pair of laser firing hands
  • Pair of attachable real-like blue-colored lasers accessories
  • Specially designed hexagonal figure stand with character nameplate and graphic card

Furry Feline Creatives at SDCC 2018

Furry Feline Creatives has announced their plans for San Diego Comic Con 2018. They will be at Booth #5149 with a number of items in tow. Including the Purridge & Freinds Fruity Delights - with 6 Fruity Flavors to choose from - all 100% handmade by designer artist Cheri Lynn Ong.

Coconut Purridge Plush
"Inspired by the coconut fruit. Purridge goes nuts in a coconut with the colors and charm of Hawaiian culture."  - $25.00

Watermelon Ringo
"Ringo dressed up as a watermelon, one of the most popular fruits of summer." - $25.00

Tako Apple Shuffle Plush
"An Apple is one of the most popular fruit in America. Apple is also one the most popular technology company in America. And Chef Tako is one the most popular characters because he is cool." - $30.00

Mango Piga Plush
"Mangoes are one of the most cultivated fruits in the tropics. And with that we think of leaves covering all over." - $25.00

Avocadog Plush
"Inspired by the avocado fruit. Avocadog Bogie measures 6" x 9"." - $25.00

Banana Otterich Plush

"Inspired by the banana fruit. With a blue sticker that you commonly see at the grocery. The "B" stands for banana or "Bear" which he is oftenly mistaken as." - $25.00

Poop & Throne and Zombies Plush Set
"The King of the Throne has come! Removable Magnetic poop king plush with a toilet that makes a flushing sound with a press of a button. Includes the 2 variant of the poopie zombies." - $50.00

Furry Feline Creatives x Chuck Jones: The Chuck Jones Fan Club Tee
"Charles Martin "Chuck" Jones was an American animator, filmmaker, cartoonist, author, artist, and screenwriter, best known for his work with Warner Bros. Cartoons on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts. His work was a big inspiration for Cheri Ong's work with Furry Feline Creatives." - $30.00

Plastic and Plush – The 12 Collectibles of Christmas

It's Cyber Monday. Are you looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Well, we are bringing you our 12 Collectibles of Christmas holiday gift guide. These are some of my personal favorites. And you can pick them up for that special someone (yourself, of course).

1. 5-inch tall Krampus Dunny from Scott Tolleson and Kidrobot ($75.00)
Nothing says "The Holidays" like a part goat, part human demon that comes around and beats naughty kids with sticks and then throws 'em into a backpack basket. Remember, kids, Krampusnacht is celebrated on December 5th every year.

2. Dragonfly 2.0 from Eric Nocella Diaz and Argonaut Resins ($40.00)
Eric's latest creation - the Dragonfly 2.0 - is available in multiple colors (GID, DIY, and various painted versions). Oh...and, of course, I chose the above photo with the Dragonfly 2.0 sporting a horn bump rather than a horn on its head.

3. Back to the Future Part II Vinimates from Diamond Select Toys ($9.99 each)
DST's Vinimates line - the bigger (less-articulated) brother of their Minimates line - is available in a multitude of licenses. One of our favorites? Back to the Future Part II. If you're more of an original film fan...they have Marty McFly and Doc Brown from the first film as well.

4. BattleBots Rival - Minotaur and Beta from HEXBUG ($49.99)
One of those excellent summer shows I missed this past year (because it didn't air) was BattleBots. I've watched BattleBots (as well as the British Robot Wars) for years, so I was excited to see HEXBUG grab the license to produce mini versions of some of the most popular bots. And they are fun to play with...

5. Classicbot by Philip Lee and playsometoys ($27.00)
This was one of my favorite all around figures to review this past year. Based on an Apple Macintosh Classic computer, the figure features magnetic pieces so you can display in bot or computer form. Plus, there's a special Tron version available ($31.00).

6. The Dude Bust from Christopher Genovese and FreakShop Gallery ($200.00)
Who wouldn't want to have Jeff Bridges from The Big Lebowski staring at you day and night? This 1/2 scale bust is one character in a number of available busts from Christopher Genovese. 

7. Star Wars Forces of Destiny Endor Adventure Multipack from Hasbro and shopDisney.com ($34.99)
It's nice to see Disney and Hasbro combine to create a girl-centric line (Forces of Destiny) of Star Wars collectibles. Because girls can like Star Wars too! And these stylized collectibles might be my favorite of the new Star Wars toys.

8. Joel Embiid Bleacher Creature from Bleacher Creatures ($19.99)
Trust the Plush Process! Bleacher Creatures' Joel Embiid stands a little shorter than the actual player (10 inches vs 7 feet), but he's still as cuddly...maybe. Who doesn't love a collectible, displayable plush.

9. Lobo 1/6th scale figure from Sideshow Collectibles ($249.99)
Lobo was one of the first comic books I purchased as a kid...and I was in for a world of weird. And while the intergalactic bounty-hunter has never received the respect he's deserved, Sideshow has released the ultimate 1/6th scale version of Lobo for fans.

10. Tuptim Lil' pOtbellie Ellie from Charles Stephan and Charles Creature Cabinet ($211.11)
This might be my favorite creation from Charles Creature Cabinet, and Charles has produced a whole bunch of ball-jointed collectibles. This tiny ball-jointed elephant is super cute and doesn't scare my children like some of CCC's faeries do.

11. Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot Robots from Bob Bukoski and MST3KBots.com (Servo - $275.00; Crow - $450.00)
I love MST3K, so I might be slightly biased. But I did shell out to purchase both of these bots. I sort of like having Tom Servo and Crow hang out in my man cave, helping me riff on cheesy 80's flicks. Oh...and they full size replicas and function just like their on-screen counterparts. Basically, they're big awesome puppets.

 

12. Sartorial Creatures from Monique Motil ($150.00 - $550.00)
The taxidermied creatures that inspired characters in Christopher Moore's Secondhand Souls, Monique's Sartorial Creatures are creepy, cute, and everything in between. Featuring parts from various types of animals, she takes character creation and art to a completely different place. (Oh...and she now has Game of Thrones inspired creatures available)

10 Questions with… Grey Williamson

I'll be posting 10 Questions with... a number of artists who are taking part in the Aim, Destroy, Transform: Play for Change Toy Show , presented by Medialia Gallery & The Ethyr and taking place November 4-25 2017 in NYC.

Artist: Grey Williamson
Toy Submission: Renegade Obama Bust, Val-Mar Bust & Apollo Bust
Instagram: @carbonfibreme

1. Where are you originally from?
Brooklyn.

2. Who is your favorite artist (any artist, any medium)?
Impossible to narrow it down to less than a couple of thousand…

3. What was your favorite toy line as a child?
Chess… I’m not sure that’s what you're asking but… think about it… maybe…

4. What's your most prized collectible?
Brother’s Worker “Robber”

5. What was the last film you watched?
The “MAGNIFICENT SEVEN” remake.

6. Do you unbox and display or keep MIB (mint in box)?
There was a time that I did both, but I am no longer a “collector’. So that means, I think, display in the future.

7. What was the last book you read?
SECTORS by Harule Stokes

8. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Although Im not deeply invested in either, I would probably lean toward TREK, as that franchise acknowledges the presence of non-whites a little more convincingly, with a little more agency within its culture.

9. What motto/creed do you try to live by?
Be in it, but not of it.

10. What was the inspiration behind the piece that you produced for the Aim, Destroy, Transform: Play for Change toy show?
I could tell you, but then…

10 Questions with… Taylored Curiosities

I'll be posting 10 Questions with... a number of artists who are taking part in the Aim, Destroy, Transform: Play for Change Toy Show , presented by Medialia Gallery & The Ethyr and taking place November 4-25 2017 in NYC.

Artist: Taylored Curiosities
Toy Submission: Bad Dream, Neglect, Fretful Nag, Healing Rock: Lapiz Lazuli and Huoli: Worry Warriors

1. Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in a little seaside town called Weymouth in Dorset (UK).

2. Who is your favorite artist (any artist, any medium)?
I am a HUGE fan of Kandinsky’s work and also probably Quentin Blake’s biggest fan.

3. What was your favorite toy line as a child?
I was in love with the original Kenner ‘Littlest Pet Shop’ toys. I had the big pet shop carry case and a whole variety of little critters that lived inside. I still have them safely in my old toy box.

4. What's your most prized collectible?
I have one of every Tamagotchi release since the original was launched. Some are used and others are new in their boxes.

5. What was the last film you watched?
I saw the Justice League film. Loved it! Those Amazonians are a truly inspiring bunch of women.

6. Do you unbox and display or keep MIB (mint in box)?
It depends what it is. Toys that are interactive or are tiny enough to live in my handmade dollhouse are unboxed. I have a few big pieces that are safely in their boxes still.

7. What was the last book you read?
I have just finished the third installment of Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet titled ‘A Swiftly Tilting Planet’. They are ‘teen fiction’ but the language is advanced and the scientific thinking that you need to try and understand within them is mind blowing.

8. Star Trek or Star Wars?
I like both, but I really enjoyed watching the original Star Trek series with my dad when I was little and I love the recent Star Trek films.

9. What motto/creed do you try to live by?
Be nice. It doesn’t cost and it could change someone’s day.

10. What was the inspiration behind the piece that you produced for the Aim, Destroy, Transform: Play for Change toy show?
Most of my work has a strong link to mental health awareness and wellbeing. Whether it is characters that actually represent emotions or characters that encourage adventuring and freeing up inner creativity and spirit.

10 Questions with… Kenya Danino

I'll be posting 10 Questions with... a number of artists who are taking part in the Aim, Destroy, Transform: Play for Change Toy Show , presented by Medialia Gallery & The Ethyr and taking place November 4-25 2017 in NYC.

Artist: Kenya Danino
Toy Submission: Animini Series: My Hero Dragons: Tsuyu, Ochako, All Mighty Trio
Twitter: @kdfoxx
Instagram: @kenyadaninoart

1. Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in Queens, New York.

2. Who is your favorite artist (any artist, any medium)?
I dabble in a variety of media because I like experimentation in creativity. Recently, I've gotten back into sculpting and learned how to make silicone molds to cast resin copies. On the regular, my favorite tools of the trade are bristol papers/ cardstock, oil color pencils, premium inks and Copic markers as I often use these in my comic work.

3. What was your favorite toy line as a child?
When I was younger, I didn't really have a favorite toy line, but I did have an eye for well made figurines of my favorite characters.

4. What's your most prized collectible?
I love the manga Soul Eater, so my prized possession is Square Enix's remake of their Maka and Soul static arts figure.

5. What was the last film you watched?
The last film I've watched is Wolf Children. I'm an animation nerd.

6. Do you unbox and display or keep MIB (mint in box)?
Theres not much space to inbox every figure I have for display, so I usually keep them MIB.

7. What was the last book you read?
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Album. It's and enchanting story about the history of music that keeps you at the edge of your seat.

8. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Wars because I was familiar with it first.

9. What motto/creed do you try to live by?
I stand at the door of my own cave mere inches away from where I once thrived willing myself to have courage- because to stand in the brightness of day at the risk of showing my scars, is better than becoming a beautiful image in an ugly place.

10. What was the inspiration behind the piece that you produced for the Aim, Destroy, Transform: Play for Change toy show?
I am a very picky cartoon watcher. Lately, I've seen a instant craze surround this new Anime called "My Hero Academia." The kids I work with at my school are aware of this show/manga and find deep value and inspiration in the characters motives to use the powers they were born with for the purpose of helping others. I gave it a watch and loved the instant theme of self-introspection I was hit with. There is a saying in Japan on Children's Day, "that a karp who swims upstream against the current will one day become a dragon." The characters' growth of courage in the series are tracked since they were 4 years old. I decided to depict some of my favorite MHA characters as dragons in these resin sculptures. The characters show the most intense want to destroy preconceived notions of people with powers (or "quirks") in their world to prove they have what it takes to be a useful force for good and not destruction.