#DTA2019 Showcase: BEST PRODUCTION SCULPT

And while the voting has since ended, I’d still want to take a look and acknowledge the finalists chosen for “BEST PRODUCTION SCULPT” in the 2019 Designer Toy Awards, which “recognizes a singularly outstanding sculpt for a production toy. This award celebrates a sculpt that captured the likeness of the artist’s concept and transformed it into a 3-dimensional object.”

Collectibles featured here

POP TOYS 1/6th scale Chivalrous Robin Hood (Russell Crowe) 12-inch Action Figure Preview

Robin Hood is a 2010 British-American epic historical drama film based on the Robin Hood legend, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Mark Addy, Oscar Isaac, Danny Huston, Eileen Atkins, and Max von Sydow. Russell Crowe stars as Robin Longstride, who later in the film becomes Robin Hood.

POP TOYS 1/6th scale Chivalrous Robin Hood 12-inch Action Figure Parts List: Squint version head, Normal version head, Hands x4, Cape, Sponge suit, Green long-sleeve, Pants, Boots, Vambrace, Leather belt, Bow, Arrow x6, Arrow bag, Dagger, Dagger bag

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POP TOYS 1/6th scale Chivalrous Robin Hood — War horse Parts List: Horse, Saddle, Stirrup x2, Horse face belt, Rein, Leather liner, Front belt, Back belt

Unboxing ‘Little Voyagers’ from Coasre x Pop Mart

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Coarse‘s Los Angeles Studio to unbox all of the brand-new Little Voyagers blindbox figures produced by Pop Mart.  Despite some slight (ahem) technical difficulties, I had a blast opening both Little Voyagers ‘chapters’ (series): Let’s Go! (daytime) and Sweet Dreams! (nighttime).  Give it a watch on Youtube or below.

The twelve sculpts—two each for Cactus, Cat, Hamster, Frog, Fish & Raccoon—highlight Coarse’s signature aesthetic and emotive storytelling. In addition to character cards—fairly rare these days—Coarse has also gone the extra mile by including fold-out pamphlets in each blindbox featuring a story detailing each character’s journey (12 in all) and a full-color illustration on the flip side.

Little Voyagers are available now direct from Coarse in full cases (six figures each) for $98/case.

Buff Monster Norwegian Mister Melty Cards, GID Mister Melty and Devil Resins + More (4.9)

Buff Monster has a packed Tuesday (4.9) drop lined up at 7 AM PDT from StayMelty.  First up is the online debut of his new Norwegian Mister Melty trading cards featuring a special mix of designs drawn from S1, S2, and S3—in darker hues—on chip-backstock, alternate foil cards, a metal card befitting the heavy metal theme and one completely new card design. They will be available in sets of 4 wax packs ($20) as well as a full display box ($120).

Toys?  Absolutely.  Buff Monster has clear green GID resin editions of both Mister Melty and his Devil 3″ figures ($30 each).  He also has GID mixed parts (resin/vinyl/multiple characters) one-off figures in assorted colors ($60 each). 

Or go big with the debut of the brand-new Concrete Devil Ball which is twice the size of the original ($200, USA only due to weight).  Plus… several a few unannounced surprises (shown in the gallery).

All of releases will be available on Tuesday (4.9) at 7 AM PDT over at StayMelty.

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“THE FIRST” Exhibition by Nobuyoshi Araki & Art Sculpture Release (March 27-29)

EVENT PRESS: “”The First” exhibition will feature a large-scale photography work by the photographer Master Araki, a unique Polaroid photo, and the first sculptures in his life, Elephant「デロン君」& Woman 「 処女ゲバゲバ」.The exhibition, curated by the international art organization APPortfolio, will take place on March 27-29 at the Soho Yard exhibition space at 19 Auburn Street, Central, Hong Kong. On the

Happiest Fung x ToyZeroPlus Cosmad

Cosmad, the multi-faced cosmic instrument of destruction from HK-designer Happiest Fung and ToyZeroPlus is almost ready for prime time.  In fact, the designer has been running a countdown, currently at 3 days.  Whether that’s three days to release or full reveal is not clear. 

Thankfully the stylized teaser shots have revealed quite a bit of the dual-blaster wielding warrior including what appears to be at least three faces—skull, happy, and angry. The happy + angry faces are inspired by traditional red+black Asian folk masks.  While there are plenty of cute, spacey soft vinyl toys, Cosmad seems ready to fill the relative void of edgy cosmic vinyl.

In addition to the upcoming Cosmad, Happiest Fung and his HappyFactory brand have created other figures including the semi-nostalgic Blojobot produced by Kaiju One.

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Icon Heroes San Diego Comic Con Exclusive – Crisis on Earth X Dark Arrow 8.5 inch tall Statue

An Icon Heroes San Diego Comic Con Exclusive!

From the latest DC TV epic crossover event, Crisis on Earth X, comes the Dark Arrow statue! On Earth X, Oliver Queen’s doppleganger is its dictator, the Führer of the New Reich, who leads an attack on the heroes of Earth One.

This collectible polystone statue stands 8.5 inches tall, is hand painted, individually numbered, and includes a Certificate of Authenticity.

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Tony Riff x Unruly Industries I See Colours (2.19)

As Unruly Industries has just lifted the lid off their initial collection of new art toys (original and licensed), we’re posting  a few that have caught our eye.  On the originals front comes the quirky and visually striking I See Colours from Tony Riff.  The curious  black and white character features streams of color pouring out of his eyes.  This apparent bust style vinyl is set for a pre-order on Tuesday (2.19)

What Edward Low Thought of 2018 Toy Releases

I had earlier asked Edward Low (one of the Administrators for MY Toy Hoard on Facebook – one of the more active groups and the more diligent of toynews-sharing by Admins on FB I have since come across) “WHAT HE THOUGHT OF 2018 TOY RELEASES”, and this was what he shared, presented here in full and non-edited 🙂

I was very interested to read what he had to share, especially as he is entrenched

Super Run by Fools Paradise

Fresh off the Super Professional 2 Director’s Cut, Fools Paradise switches things up by recasting the plumber and princess into new roles with Super Run.  Sitting on a familiar bench, Gump  ponders the meaning of life as he opens a box of chocolates (power-up boxes) alongside Peach who’s reading from a Fools Paradise catalog. 

The deluxe vinyl set is fully realized including the details on both figures such as the pigeon poop on Gump’s shoes, the bench with nice textural effects, and Gump’s accessories including his Fools Gum Squid Co. hat and his old-school suitcase.

Limited to 498 sets, Super Run features Gump (~11.8″), Peach, the park bench (16.5″) and the various accessories.  It’s available now for pre-order direct from Fools Paradise for $328 (+$30 worldwide shipping).

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