On Saturday June 28th 2014, Matt JOnes (Lunartik) will be releasing the ZX Teas - White Edition...a white set of 7 mini teas (2.5" tall). This is a limited run of 300 sets of Super Infused Mini-Teas from Lunartik. Each set comes freshly packed in a super deluxe box. The set will run £45.00 (around $76).
On Friday June 27th 2014 at 12PM PT, Toy Art Gallery will be releasing a new edition of both the Pollen Kaiser and Luftkaiser from Paul Kaiju. These Dark Forest Editions feature metallic purple, pink, blue, and gold sprays on vibrant green vinyl.
The Luftkaiser stands 4” tall and is articulated at the arms and waist, while the Pollen Kaiser stands 10” tall and is articulated at the arms, wrists and waist (he also includes a staff). Both editions are handpainted by Paul and are sold separately. No word yet on pricing.
Charles' Creature Cabinet has a new website (now .net rather than .com). And Charles has announced that his first offering will be the limited edition Bee Withme firefly faerie ball-jointed doll. Standing in at 9.5cm (under 4"), the piece is cast in vanilla-yellow and Glow-in-the-Dark yellow.
She will be up for preorder in a few days and will come as a full set including a handmade Hachi (bee) Outfit by Lin Murasaki Design, CCC box, goggles and fly wings in soft resin. Each piece will have random glass eyes and an authenticity card. It'll be priced around $329 - $349.
Joe Ledbetter has revamped his classic 2005 vinyl toy Fire-Cat (pictured below, produced by the now defunct Wheaty Wheat Studios) and has self-produced a brand new vinyl version. Standing in at almost 11" in height and featuring 5 points of articulation, this version of Fire-Cat is limited to a run of 400 pieces.
You'll only be able to purchase one directly from the artist at store.joeledbetter.com. It will be available beginning on Thursday, June 26th 2014 at 8AM PT and run you $99.00 plus shipping.
Ron English'sPoPaganda.com will be releasing the Mousemask Murphy in Airplane (The Boy's Alter Ego Edition) today (June 25th 2014) at Noon ET. This 6" tall sofubi vinyl piece features 6 points of articulation and comes bagged with a header card. The Boy's Alter Ego Edition is limited to a run of only 25 pieces. Each one has been signed by Ron English. And each one can be purchased for $210.00.
After successfully funding their iOS app via Kickstarter, Monstermatic launched a unique iOS app that allows you – as the user - to select a pre-made animated monster or create one of your own.
You then have the option of swapping out parts, changing colors, and even drawing on the monster. The app gives you the ability to take your monster into the real world with Augmented Reality Technology. Take photos of it and share with friends via social media. You can interact with your new pal by feeding, shaking, and talking to it (it’ll repeat what you say in a chipmunk voice). There’s also a mini-game (Farting Simon) that will keep you entertained as long as a regular game of Simon probably could.
Finally, you can purchase a tangible version of your monster - sending your creation to a 3D printer at Shapeways. We ended up getting one of the pre-made animated monsters for this review. It pretty much resembles a monster ice cream cone (check out the app version below).
Monstermatic Manufacturer: Shapeways Artist: You Material: Sandstone (3D printing) Dimensions: about 2” tall Points of Articulation: Zero Pricing: $25.95
The figure comes securely packaged in a plastic bag with lots of packing peanuts...inside of a shipping box. In other words, there was no product specific packaging. But the guy wasn't going to be broken.
The Monstermatic app is one of the few that will keep my four year old entertained for more than a few minutes. There’s a lot of potty humor (ahem...fart sounds) that stimulate the mind of a youngster. Plus, he likes being able to create his own monster, having that monster repeat what he says in a weird voice, and being able to send that monster into the “real world” using my iPhone’s camera.
But where other apps end your experience when you turn off your phone, Monstermatic allows your creations to live (technically speaking) in the physical world. By choosing the 3D print option, you can have that monster you just created – no matter how insane – printed by Shapeways in Sandstone (it’s done in full color) and shipped to your home.
And this isn't just a platform figure with artwork printed on it, the actual shape of the figure varies depending on what you've created. Like the ice cream cone monster has raised sprinkles and a straw shooting out of its head.
When you dig into the shop area, there are three poses that your monster can be printed in. There’s a slightly hunched over look. There’s one that I like to call praying to the sky (it’s looking upward with palms to the sky). And there’s a spooky monster hands over its head pose...as you can see below. Each one will run you the same $25.95 to purchase.
There is the option to play the games and use the app so that you collect points. Those points can then be accrued and used towards money off your purchase of printed figure. For example, I collected about 37 points by playing a game of Farting Simon (I went to a church to play it), and that got me about 3 cents off of the figure price.
When I received the printed figure, I was impressed with the final product. I’ve seen a number of 3D printed toys and collectibles, and usually it's a platform design with color added via post printing painting. When you get your Monstermatic figure, the colors are a part of the sandstone printing. It doesn’t have tight, defined lines of a production piece...but it’s definitely worth the $25.95 to see a character you produced turned into a 3D collectible.
The newest Star Wars collectible from Sideshow Collectibles is the Cad Bane in Denal Disguise from The Clone Wars Militaries of Star Wars Series. Inspired by the hit animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the sixth-scale figure is currently available to pre-order for $149.99 with an expected ship date in February 2015.
The 12-inch tall disguised bounty hunter includes the following:
• Battle Weathered Full Body Armor with 501st Marking Deco
• Detailed Phase I Helmet with Macro Binoculars
• Cad Bane Portrait
• JT-12 Jet Pack
• Backpack with Fabric Cover
• Thirteen Interchangeable Hands
• Pair of Standing Pose Feet
• Pair of Action Pose Feet
• DC-15A Blaster Rifle with Optional Spear Attachment
• DC-15S Blaster Carbine
The latest episode of Nerdirt heads to the Oakland Museum of California to check out the exhibit poignantly entitled Super Awesome: Art and Giant Robot, curated by Giant Robot.
Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the alternative art and culture magazine Giant Robot, the show features works by 15 contemporary artists who have been a part of the magazine's social and cultural evolution. Artworks in the exhibition represent a range of mediums, including mural art, sculpture, illustration, portraiture, large-scale installations, graphic novels, photography, and more.