Fugitive Toys has the all-new Blow Up Dolls (BUDs) up for pre-order. They should be in this week which means that they'll be shipping as soon as they are in. This blind-box assortment will cost $8.59 each.
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.
Nakanari has let us have one of his Funny Club Customs to give away to one of you lucky readers. The contest ends on March 6th, so you still have time you enter. You'll need to be a mailing list member and send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And if you are in Carrboro, NC...check out the Unnatural History show at Wootini. Also, you can check out our Discussion Board to chat in the Wootini Forum. Learn more about Dero, Squire and whatever else Mike and the crew have going on.
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.
Wootini's current gallery show showcases the works of Nakanari (Tony Shiau) and Bloo Empire. There are a number of customs, prints and one-off paintings on display and for sale. The Wootini website will have a number of these pieces for sale, or you can also stop by the Carrboro store and inquire within.
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.
Carrboro, North Carolina's number one designer toy shop - Wootini - is presenting Hi-Fructose magazine co-creators Attaboy and Annie Owens. The show is entitled Swarmy Weather and you'll need to show up on Friday, March 10th from 7pm to 12am at the historic Carr Mill Mall. You'll be able to see original artwork (and I'm sure some toys from Atta) as well as partaking in the usual refreshments.
Gallery 1988 is presenting Remixing the Magic. They will be presenting the work of 50 artists who are reinterpreting Disney classics. Just check out the list of artists: Han, Biskup, Ledbetter, etc.
The show will include a special installation inspired by Alice in Wonderland titled Cheshire Cats and The Purple Tree by Julie B. It appears as this might be the introduction of the Cheshire Cat figure designed by Nathan Cabrera, sculpted by Monster5 and produced by Span of Sunset.
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.