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Shows In The Bay Area…

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Aaron Burtch, formerly of the band Grandaddy (currently in The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit), sent word of a few shows his artwork will be in.  Hmm...the opening receptions for each of the shows will be on November 18th.  With one in Oakland and one in San Francisco...at least they are somewhat in the same proximity.  To see some cool artwork, check out either Giant Robot San Francisco or The Gallery of Urban Art this coming weekend.

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The Ningyo Project

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Super Rad Toys is introducing us to the Ningyo Project: Gosho Doll.  It's a melding of traditional and contemporary artwork.  This is not a Platform project in the normal sense of Platform projects...Ningyo Project: Gosho Doll holds a historical relevance and is also a study between the connection and nature between collector and artist.  All ningyo designs are limited to 500 piecesTokidoki and Traditional are almost SOLD OUT.  The suggested reail price is  $79.99.  Look for them to ship in late November through mid December.

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They are also releasing Mister Cartoon's first vinyl figure (14" tall)...a collab with NIKE, T-Mobile, Joker and Estevan Oriol.  The first of 4 colorways ships January 2007.  MSRP $129.99.

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Cleabus The Radish Farmer

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Wheaty Wheat Studios (WWS) is proud to announce the release of the first character from Christopher Lee’s Urbanites series.  Cleabus the radish farmer will be arriving at your local vinyl toy retailer in December, just in time for the Holiday gift buying frenzy!  At the affordable MSRP of $13.99 for the standard edition Cleabus (limited to 800 figures) and $19.99 for the sepiatone, vintage edition Cleabus (Octane 3 exclusive and limited to 400 figures), this vinyl toy makes it a “no brainer” for the vinyl lover on your gift list.  Each figure will be individually numbered.

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REVIEW: JunPo from UNKL Brand

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One of the newest, and coolest, product lines from UNKL Brand is the known as JunPo.  The initial wave contains 3 rotocast vinyl figures that stand around 6” in height.

The JunPo came out of the shadows just after the turn of the millennium confirming the presence and vowing to continue to protect the human race from the very thing that threatens its existence – greed.  These self proclaimed public servants have always been made up of working class laborers with little stake in the world around them.  Throughout time they have hidden within unremarkable lives while secretly performing remarkable services that our privileged leaders refused to do or acknowledge.  As a result, the JunPo utilize highly specialized skills and an impressive knowledge base bout the world’s strategic locations and government organizations.

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Currently, only 3 members have come forward as spokesmen for the organization: AXL (blue), TRAN (green) and RAJ (orange).  Axl specializes in deep sea search, rescue and recovery.  Tran concentrates his focus on urban chemical warfare.  And Raj is the mole of the group, searching and exploring underground.

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SHOW: IMA MONSTA – Greg “Craola” Simkins

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Robert, from Kung Fu Toys, made it out to Greg "Craola" Simkins first ever solo art show.  The opening reception was November 7th at Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight in Los Angeles.  If you want to check it out...you better hurry.  It will only run through November 18th.  There are still a few pieces listed for sale on the gallery's website (which you can call to inquire about).

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7020 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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Operation: Fragmentation Group Art Exhibition

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Operation: Fragmentation is a group exhibition that will feature customized creations by twenty-four renowned underground artists from around the world.  The exhibition will be on view in BoMA’s first-floor Salon Gallery from December 12, 2006 through January 21, 2007

Operation: Fragmentation is the brainchild of Guest Curator Laura Kuenzli, an avid supporter of the recent art toy movement and its prominent illustrators.  Inspired by this subculture’s relative lack of exposure in the Columbus, OH area, she took the initiative to establish a concept and organize an exhibition.  Kuenzli purchased, from Jamungo, a series of identical 9” rotocast vinyl Nade figures, in the form of personified hand grenades.  Each was then paired with an authentic surplus ammo case, into which the toys could be stored.  The artists then received these items with little instruction and encouragement to re-interpret the pair as they wished.  To Kuenzli, the show’s title speaks to the effects of a detonated grenade, as well as the smattering of styles and techniques that the assignment will yield.

December 12, 2006 – January 21, 2007
Artists Receptions Sat., Dec. 16, 2006, 7-9pm      
BoMA Gallery
583 East Broad St. Columbus, OH  43215
The Salon Gallery, 1st Floor

Artists include: Angie Mason, Annie Owens, Bobby Dixon, Colin Christian, Dave Burke, Doktor A, Giant Japanese Robot Bad!, Grant Fusht, Jenna Colby, Jim Koch, Kathie Olivas, Mark Nagata, Mat Eaton, Michelle Steele, Mike Maas, Naoto Hattori, Stone, Todd Cameron, TweeQim, Tyson McAdoo, Walter King, Ferg and Van Beater.

Pink Panther Drinkware by SHAG

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Wondrous Arts announced a new Pink Panther line of tiki mugs and matching scorpion bowl, which have been designed by the artist SHAG.  The new line will be called SHAG tiki mugs and was specifically designed by SHAG for the Pink Panther's 40th Anniversary. 

Since his first appearance in the opening credits of Blake Edwards’ comedy farce The Pink Panther four decades ago, the Pink Panther himself has become one of the most recognizable characters in the world.  Each of the two mugs feature character art of Pink Panther and the Inspector. The scorpion bowl features a unique, three-sided shape with a tiki sentinel at each corner, and character art of the Pink Panther,  Inspector and Fez Monkey on the bowl’s three sides.  Rendered in rich, colorful, food-safe glazes, the ceramic tiki mugs and scorpion bowl are dishwasher and microwave safe, and are perfect for sipping a tasty, cold, tropical drink or for admiring in a collection. The new line is available for shipping for a limited time through the end of 2006.

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