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The “TREPAS” Gang

Emilio Subirá's newest release is known as the "TREPAS". A special "barrel of monkeys" reinterpretation, this version features a bunch of guys in suits hanging from each other (or rather trying to climb each other).

In Spanish "trepa" is how we call that person who does whatever he has to do to get to the top, this kind of dude who walks over the others with no scruples to achieve his goals, the typical teacher's pet but grown up. So there they are, climbing for their bananas, hahaha.

The nearly 5-inch tall resin pieces are available at emiliosubira.storenvy.com for $20.00 each (a pack of 3 for $58.00).

Transformers vs G.I. Joe Cobra Commander Art Figure

Kidrobot has released this amazing Cobra Commander figure in conjunction with Hasbro. Available in two colorways - Black (200 pieces) and Blue - the Transformers vs G.I. Joe Cobra Commander Art Figure stands in at 7 inches in height. Both versions sell for $49.99 and are available from Kidrobot. I'm a sucker for Cobra Commander figures - both helmet and hood versions.

Designer Con 2017 Exclusives

Designer Con 2017 takes place this weekend (November 11 and 12) in Pasadena, CA. Oh...and there will be a whole lot of exclusives available there. Check out the image above for just a few of the exclusive items you will be able to pick up around the Con. With 400 vendors and 150+ artists...there are bound to be many, many more exclusives available.

10 Questions with… Selina Briggs (The Jelly Empire)

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: Selina Briggs - The Jelly Empire
Toy Submission: Rusty Robots from The Jelly Empire
Instagram: @thejellyempire
 
1. Where are you originally from?

I'm originally from the UK, from a small town called Chapel-en-le-Frith. It's about an hours drive from Manchester, but I've been living New York for about 12 years and absolutely love it!
 
2. Who is your favorite artist (any artist, any medium)?
Oh wow! This question is a tough because I have so many. I don't really have a all-time favourite but I can name some of my current faves. I've always been a massive fan of Quentin Blake since reading Raold Dahl books when I was little; his illustrations make me happy. I'm also in love with Camilla d'Errico's neo-manga art style, Matt Dixons adorable robots, and a more recent discovery Camille Chew's mystic/mythology inspired artwork!
 
3. What was your favorite toy line as a child?
I played with any toy that was from a favourite cartoon.  I have 2 younger brothers so it was a lot of TMNT and Thundercats!
 
4. What's your most prized collectible?
I don't think I really have one. Recently I've started to get into buying more artwork over collectibles. The walls of my apartment are looking a little empty!
 
5. What was the last film you watched?
I think the last movie I watched at the cinema was Dr. Strange, but the last movie I watched at home was (for the 100th time) was Hot Fuzz!
 
6. Do you unbox and display or keep MIB (mint in box)?
I have no will power to leave MIB. Unbox everything!
 
7. What was the last book you read?
The last book I read was 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows' but the last comic book was a really funny graphic novel called 'Rat Queens'.
 
8. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Don't make me choose!  I love them both!
 
9. What motto/creed do you try to live by?
Goonies Never Say Die!
 
10. What was the inspiration behind the piece that you produced for the Aim, Destroy, Transform: Play for Change toy show?
I really love textures, especially weathered metals. The idea that time and environment can change the colour, and the feel of something, can be so beautiful. I wanted to apply that to my robots. Fresh out the factory they were probably shiny and clean and looked state of the art, but when neglected, forgotten about and left to the forces of nature and time, that shiny exterior decays and this transforms the robot itself into something else. It sounds sad but to me it's not. They evolved and became unique in appearance and continue to function amid all the stresses of time 🙂

10 Questions with… Nelson Asencio

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: Nelson Asencio
Toy Submission: Chuki in Paper Tales... A Trump Tragedy
Twitter: @NelsonX
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nelsonx71/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nxasencio 
https://www.facebook.com/chukifriends/
https://www.facebook.com/Storybox-Ink-Studios

Deviant Art: https://nelsonx.deviantart.com
Website: www.storyboxink.com
www.chukiandfriends.com 
http://nelsonasencio.blogspot.com

1. Where are you originally from?  

I’m originally from ENY Brooklyn and my parents are from Ecuador.

2. Who is your favorite artist (any artist, any medium)?  

I have many but my top three are Frank Frazetta, Art Adams, and Katsuhiro Otomo.

3. What was your favorite toy line as a child? 

My favorite toyline was definitely the first Star Wars line. My amazing Aunt Nancy gave me the entire line and the Death Star station playset for Christmas that year. My Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle takes second place for sure. lol

4. What's your most prized collectible?  

Hmmm I kept some cool one of a kind prototypes from my Art Asylum days-a 12” Borg Drone we sculpted for playmates and Eminem one shot would be on that list.:)

5. What was the last film you watched? 

The last film I watched was “War of the Planet of the Apes” which I loved.

6.Do you unbox and display or keep MIB (mint in box)?

I like to keep MIB because I realize that I don’t play with toys anymore-lol

7. What was the last book you read? 

Do comics count? LOL If so, It would be Batman White Knight by Sean Murphy-highly recommended!

8. Star Trek or Star Wars? 

Both lol I love Star Wars for its fantasy aspect but I love Trek for its level of maturity and realism.  I am loving the new Discovery series and its main character Michael Burnham.

9. What motto/creed do you try to live by? 

Carpe Diem!  Need to do this more often.

10. What was the inspiration behind the piece that you produced for the Aim, Destroy, Transform: Play for Change toy show? 

My inspiration for my piece was to reflect on the state of our political system and the people we appoint to represent us.

10 Questions with… Asaf Harari

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 Name: Asaf Harari
Proper Title of your toy(s): Zion's Action FIgures
Your toy/submission: 4pack - 4 Israeli statesmen - Golda Meir, Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Yitzhak Rabin, and David Ben-Gurion
Facebook: Piece of History
Instagram: pisathistorya
Website: www.piece-of-history.com

1.Where are you originally from? 

Israel

2.Who is your favorite artist (any artist, any medium)? 

Jean Arp

3.What was your favorite toy line as a child? 

Ninja Turtles 

4.What's your most prized collectible? 

I don't collect

5.What was the last film you watched? 

The Arrival

6.Do you unbox and display or keep MIB (mint in box)?

I don't collect 

7.What was the last book you read? 

To long ago to remember...

8.Star Trek or Star Wars? 

Neither

9.What motto/creed do you try to live by? 

Expect nothing and appreciate everything

10. What was the inspiration behind the piece that you produced for the Aim, Destroy, Transform: Play for Change toy show? 

Although statesmen figurines are not something new, the figures which I've created are the first statesmen figurines in Israel, part of the Middle East, probably one of the most deadly conflict zone in the world. 

This dissonance between the pure purpose of the objects (toys) and the the narrative they represent (the old and ongoing fight for the state of Israel) makes you wonder about questions of identity, nationalism and the modern merchandising.

REVIEW: Classicbot Classic

The fine folks from playsometoys have dropped their Classicbot Classic designer toy collectible. You might remember that, a few months back, they changed the name of the figure from Macinbot Classic to Classicbot Classic. Same toy…new name.

And in addition to the Standard Edition, playsometoys has released their Thailand Special Edition Classicbot Classic. Limited to a run of only 200 pieces, this special version features a classic TRON paint scheme. You’ve got me sold on that one.

The Classicbot Classic is modeled after the Macintosh Classic, a desktop computer sold by Apple in the early 1990’s. It featured an all-in-one monitor with a keyboard and mouse. The toy uses that same design and adds in a pair of magnetic arms and legs that snap into the bottom of the monitor body.

The figure includes a pair of accessories. You will find the classic mouse. (Is that a smiley face on it? I do think so) Also, there’s the briefcase with the letter A on it. If my memory serves me correctly, this would be the old-school Apple system icon for fonts. It’s fairly easy to snap the briefcase into ol’ Classicbot Classic’s classically classic hands.

Even though I made mention of what a huge TRON fan I am, I feel the standard version works great at reproducing the look of the Classic personal computer. And I’m not saying I don’t like the TRON colorway. What I’m saying is that these are both amazing in their own right.

It’s been a while since I’ve rated a toy as high as the Classicbot Classic. And it’s been an extremely long time since I’ve rated a designer toy at this level. But it just checks all of the boxes – retro chic, fun (magnetic arms), great design, and better than perfect price point.

So, if you don’t pick up a Classicbot Classic…you only have yourself to blame. But you will be seeing this little guy again when I post about my best toys/collectibles of 2017. No doubt about it.

The Facts



Classicbot Classic
Series: Classicbot
Manufacturer: playsometoys
Material: Plastic with magnetic arms
Dimensions: 5 inches tall
Points of Articulation: 5 (legs, hips, and arms)
Designs: Standard Edition; Thailand Special Edition (200 pieces)
Accessories: Font briefcase; Mouse
Pricing: Standard - $27.00; Thailand - $31.00

You can pick one up at the following:

Classicbot.com: Standard - $27.00; Thailand Version - $31.00

 

REVIEW: NECA’s Mohawk Gremlin

Gremlins 2: The New Batch is often downplayed as one of the many inferior sequels that were spawned during the 1980’s. First off, Gremlins 2 was released in 1990. And, secondly, Gremlins 2 was a fun take on the slightly scarier original Gremlins film. The New Batch, thanks to the genetics laboratory, opened up a whole new world of wacky Gremlins.

One of those creatures was the Spider Gremlin, which, many folks don’t remember, started out as Mohawk Gremlin. NECA has released a version of Mohawk before drinking that spider serum, and – obviously – before his ultimate showdown with Gizmo.

The ultra-realistic Mohawk Gremlin measures in around 7.5 inches in height. He comes with a single accessory – an Uzi submachine gun – that his hands are sculpted to hold. His namesake red mohawk flows down his head and back.

The sculpting on this figure is excellent. There are so many little details that aren’t visible until you really start combing the little Gremlin with a fine-tooth comb. Add on the paint, which is also excellent, and you have a totally excellent quality figure. (By the way, I like that NECA went with a glossy looking paint, which gives Mohawk a slimy look).

As far as articulation, the figure is fully articulated with 15 points. That includes an articulated jaw, which is useful for freaking out your children. I have noticed that Mohawk’s dental structure is very close to that of my cat. And they sort of sound alike. Maybe they’re related?

NECA is well-known for their Gremlins line. It’s been going strong for many years now. And why not? The films and characters are classics. And thanks to The New Batch, they have a whole group of unique Mogwai and Gremlins (yes, they also produce Mogwai figures) to work with.

The Facts



Mohawk Gremlin
Series: Gremlins
Manufacturer: NECA
Material: Plastic articulated figure
Dimensions: About 7.5 inches tall
Points of Articulation: 15 (6 legs, 6 arms, 2 neck, 1 jaw)
Accessories: Uzi submachine gun
Pricing: $24.49

Pick one up at the following:

Amazon.com: $24.49

CONTEST: Win a Plastic and Plush Mystery Box

We are giving away a Plastic and Plush Mystery Box. Well, it's not such a mystery, since I'm showing you what's in it. But you can purchase your own Mystery Box (over on the right hand side of the homepage) for $50.00.

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The contest will run until 11:59PM ET on Saturday November 18th 2017. The winner will be announced on Monday November 20th.

10 Questions with… Tara Nakashima Donahue

Co-Curator: Tara Nakashima Donahue (also Vs the Bad Guys)
Toy Submission: Senbazuru (1000 paper cranes)
 

1. Where are you originally from?
New York City, United States

2. Who is your favorite artist (any artist, any medium)?
Mashiko - sculptor, silkscreen, book artist, medallic artist, curator, gallery owner

3. What was your favorite toy line as a child?
Paper balloons from Japan

4. What's your most prized collectible?
Original LUTHER comic strip by Brumsic Brandon, Jr., dated 11/23/1971

5. What was the last film you watched?
The Conversation

6. Do you unbox and display or keep MIB (mint in box)?
Unbox and display

7. What was the last book you read?
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

8. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Both

9. What motto/creed do you try to live by?
If not now, when?

10. What was the inspiration behind the piece that you produced for the Aim, Destroy, Transform: Play for Change toy show?
My contribution of senbazuru - 1000 paper cranes - will be folded over the course if the exhibit and was inspired in several ways. Growing up with a Japanese mother, origami was an important part of my childhood. Folding patterns exercised imaginations, and taught me to value patience, process, and memory. It taught me that practice becomes skill, and that through stillness, deliberate movements can yield results.