Enjin Factory will be showing off 5 custom Big Puff Maki figures this week at the Project and Pool Tradeshow in Las Vegas. Enjin Factory's Sean D'Anconia and New Balance designer John D. Franklin directed the development of 20 unique BPM by top designers. Check out some of the designs!
Yoyamart had David and Sun-Min in for a signing the day before Valentine's Day. They were working overtime this week between Toy Fair, winning Specialty Toy of the Year, signings… But they took time out to sign some brand new toys from Toy2R. Little Yoya (David’s interpretation of the Yoyamart monkey mascot) and Minty were both available in a very limited quantity – 50 of each.
I was one of the first people there, so I got my hands on each figure. I thought that the 27 inches of snow might have kept folks away, but the place soon filled up. You’ll probably need to wait to get the regular versions of Yoya and Minty. However, this was the only version of Minty with the red eyes and black pupils.
**If you’re interested about the story of Choco and Minty, here is my paraphrased version: They were the spokespeople for a candy bar and have been laid off. I actually picked up a candy bar (which really does exist) at Yoyamart.
Ningyoushi was in attendance at Toy Fair 2006. They were showing off Super 7’s Kittyfire figure (due out in March). If you remember, Super 7 had these at SDCC this past summer. The booth was also showing off some of the TADO Flying Cat products. I really enjoy these. They are fun and colorful. TADO are definitely one of my favorite up and coming artist duos. The husband and wife team have their Ryoko and the Sissyfists set out as a full set (retailing around $55). They also have several colorful plushies, both large (Albert) and small (Fortune Pork).
Ningyoushi had a few new products on display as well. Their Get Small Series – San Francisco has 4 characters that were created by 4 different artists. These include Coro (Ortho), Sam Flores (Billy Bronze), David Choe (Siamese Twin) and Jeremy Fish (Bunny Skull). All of these figures will come in “mini buses”. Never being to San Francisco, I had to be told that these are the transit buses that everyone takes while in the city.
The other product on display was Sam Flores’ Fatima. This should be due out in April with 4 different versions available (two exclusive colorways). The two versions that were on display were Fatima in a green dress (with a tiger print) and the pink dress version (with a dragon print).
Blackwater Toys were on hand to premier their first toy line – Kuggs. This series of toys will be built upon a strong back-story. Briefly, it details the plight of an everyday guy who wakes up one day and realizes that there is something else in life (other than the daily drudge of work, etc.) So all of the symbols on the actual figure have some significance in the story.
The first 2 figures will be named Sheep and Black Sheep. Each large figure will contain a mini subway train and several inch tall mini figures. One nice detail in this line is that each hand of the large figure contains magnets. These then work with the subway train (which has 2 magnets) and the mini figure (1 magnet).
The packaging is also worth mentioning. It is shaped like half of a subway train and they can be placed next to each other to form a full train. Look for this line to be launched before the San Diego Comic Con.
Span of Sunset and John Kelly Chocolates have announced their 2006 Valentine's Day special. Chocolate Candy! The Chocolate is available with any in-store or web purchase and limited to 50 pieces. The wrapper is designed by Andrew Brandou...while supplies last.
Toy2R has announced that they have snagged the Hellboy license for their 2.5" Qee line. The Hellboy and Abe figures will be released in September 2006 with original packaging artwork done by creator - Mike Mignola. Being a Hellboy fan, I'm looking forward to checking these figures out.
For 1 Day Only! Fugitive Toys is having a Valentine's Day Sale. 10% off everything in stock! It only lasts one day, so if you are looking for the perfect gift for a loved one...why not buy him or her a designer toy??
Fugitive has the TOOFLY Qee from MOTUG up for Pre-Order. It's limited edition and part of a blind box set, but you can assure that you will receive this rare Qee. They are also having a sale on all of James Jarvis' In-Crowd figures.
Neth Creatures was in attendance at Toy Fair 2006. J of Neth Creatures was showing off his first series of 9 figures. Look for some new, very different things coming from Neth Creatures. They had some really cool prints on display…but the new project might be a little “softer”. I’m really looking forward to seeing the amazing artwork that J creates next.
Toyolink is a distributor that has begun creating its own plush characters. Donut Dog is a happy, little dog that wears a scarf and has donut shaped eyes. Monza is another line of plush dolls (I really like the characters with the smiley faces). The Freaky Dolls are handmade and appear to have their guts spilling out of their bodies. My goodness…that looks painful!
Monkey Fun Toys is a division of Slave Labor Graphics. Filler Bunny, Spooky and the new Z? Mug have all been created by Jhonen Vasquez. The new, guitar-rocking Mummy figure was designed by Eric Jones. Our 2006 Toy Fair sponsor, FreeBento.com, will be carrying this figure once it is released in March 2006. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the Milk and Cheese vinyl figures on display. These 7-inch tall vinyl figures should be released in July.