DesignerCon 2014: Martin Hsu

Martin Hsu‘s Dragon Boy is one of my favorite characters in the designer toy world. I love all of the different forms he’s been seen on, and I love Martin’s art as a whole. A few other artists have shown love to Dragon Boy at his booth as well, including customs by Emma SanCartier, Max Toy Company, and my personal favorite, Jeremiah Ketner.

Among all of the incredible pieces of art found at his booth, one of my favorite things that I need to own somehow in my life, is Dragon Dog Blacky. He’s so precious! The blue colorway is just as adorable – I’m not sure which is my favorite! You can find him for sale in Martin’s Online Store now.

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DesignerCon 2014: Dead Zebra, Inc.

Walking up to the Dead Zebra, Inc. booth at DesignerCon, it was easy to see a theme amongst the toys. Heck, you could spot it from down the aisle: Black. Black editions of everything. Artist Andrew Bell had turned his popular O-no Sashimi and O-no Sushi into Blackened and Squid Ink versions, respectively. Even his Can of Worms took on a darker colorway, dubbed “Nightcrawler.”

Beyond the new versions of his older figures, Andrew also brought two original sculptures with him, both also had a black thing going on. The Resistor resembled the piece of equipment of the same name, only this little guy looked a little glum. Maybe he was feeling burnt out? The other sculpture, the Extraction Station, particularly impressed me. Consisting of a black blob atop a wooden stand with vials of black liquid underneath, it gave the appearance of draining the essence of the little thing for some sinister purpose. It was well thought out and fittingly dark.

You can see more of Andrew Bell’s work (and buy some, too!) at the Dead Zebra, Inc. official site.

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DesignerCon 2014: Beefy & Co.

The DesignerCon booth belonging to Beefy & Co.‘s Menh Voong was like a treasure trove of con-exclusives past. There may not have been a specific toy dedicated to DCon but the sheer amount of awesomeness that fans like myself may have missed out on (sometimes you have to skip a con or two) more than made up for it. I spotted toys from WonderCon, New York Comic Con, and San Diego Comic Con.

Many of the popular Beefy & Co. characters were present. Bad Bad Buddha was available in the Jade “Spirit” Edition and “Water” Edition and even the original vinyl variety. The Ghost Tribe Warrior x Ghost Edition was for sale at a discount as was the Power Mazinger-Z figure, a collaboration with TOUMA. Ryupoo and his plush friends were also a big draw. The only character that was noticeably absent from the mix was Menh Voong’s SQuibby vinyls.

You can purchase Beefy & Co.’s awesome toys for yourself (or others; the holiday season is upon us after all) at the online store.

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DesignerCon 2014: inki-drop

Shelly Rodriguez of inki-drop‘s booth at this weekend’s DesignerCon was colorful, whimsical, and more than a little nautical-themed. My plush-loving eyes immediately focused on the Tentatrio (consisting of Jellyblub, Sweetoof, and Ika)  and Starwhal toys. I hadn’t seen them since the prototypes at Anime Expo and I can vouch that they turned out marvelously. 

Pins bearing Shelly’s aquatic-flavored art were available for sale in various sizes. My favorite was definitely the giant button with an picture of her Loin Shark character and the caption, “Bacon of the Sea.” It certainly made me smile. Shirts, scarves, and jewerly were also available for purchase as were several mini-prints. One in particular was a collaboration with Kaitlin Reid, also known as Sunset Dragon, and featured her character, the Little Moon God, playing with the Tentatrio.

Those who couldn’t attend the con can also purchase many of the items shown at the inki-drop online shop.

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DesignerCon 2014: Explorers Playground

Explorers Playground showed up at DesignerCon with their Horndribbles plushes, though their biggest news was the new Horndribbles book, “Meeks and the Great Invention.” Most of the plushes on display were from the smaller Nimblets line, featuring little round bodies that played host to a number of different designs. The little furry, purple-horned dude is probably my favorite of the bunch; he just looks so fuzzy!

Check out the gallery for a glimpse at the plushes, and let us know if you’ve got a favorite design!

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DesignerCon 2014: jellykoe

I’m not going to lie; I have a soft spot for jellykoe‘s Tox City line. The series of plushes were a big success on Kickstarter and I adored their New York Comic Con exclusive addition as well. Kelly and J. Spencer Shull brought several Tox City citizens with them to last weekend’s DesignerCon along with an extra-special one: Gillbert – Big Katuna Edition. The exclusive mutant came dressed in swim shorts and felt sunglasses, carrying a hand-painted wooden surfboard. He even comes in a different shade than the original Gillbert, as if he got a tan. As an added bonus, he can be dressed and undressed as you please. He was a riot!

In addition to the Tox City plushes, there was also a display of J. Spencer’s paintings and custom figures. You can purchase and see more of jellykoe’s work on their website.

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DesignerCon 2014: TOUMA

TOUMA hit DesignerCon with a vengeance. His DCon exclusive Knuckle Bear Cosmic (US$55) looks crisp as usual, and I always love his designs. He also had little soft vinyl toys of Pico Mao Cat, Pico Hitch Bear and more, also showing that he now has LINE stickers available.

Where I’d really get in trouble are the Budog toys, especially the keychains. They’re all so adorable and have such personality; I’d love to collect them all! He also had Gorelax, Astro Skullbot and more on had, which were especially colorful and bright. There were plenty of things for you to take with you if you stopped by his booth this weekend.

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DesignerCon 2014: Flat Bonnie

As is her wont, Flat Bonnie‘s DesignerCon booth featured flat stuffed critters lined up on tiered displays resembling a grassy knoll. I spotted several fan favorites, like Flat Suggie the Sugar Glider and Flat Dusty the Chinchilla, nestled amongst the faux lawn dressings. The big draw were the two con-exclusives, though. The first was the Winter White edition of Sparq the Baby Dragon. This colorway resembled what fans saw in teasers of this character prior to its debut release at San Diego Comic Con 2014. Following in the winter theme, the second exclusive is Jackalope – Frozen edition. I especially liked the Jackalope’s forest-y feel, with the little pleather leaves on its arms and horns.

You can find more of Flat Bonnie’s darling flatties on her online store.

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DesignerCon 2014: Jeremiah Ketner

Jeremiah Ketner‘s latest works were on display at DesignerCon 2014. His style has the same, vibrant-toned fantasy feel we’ve come to expect, but he’s got a few new customs alongside his new illustrations. In particular, I’m digging that Dragon Boy: Jeremiah has done a wonderful job taking Martin Hsu‘s character and giving him a fairy-tale feel, right down to those big sparkling eyes.

Check out the gallery for photos of his newest works!

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DesignerCon 2014: Scott Tolleson, Lana Crooks, and Carson Catlin

The corner booth at DesignerCon that housed Scott Tolleson, Lana Crooks, and Carson Catlin had a eye-catching combination of plushes and figures, both original and customized. It also had several tantalizing con-exclusives available for purchase to attendees. Scott’s Kookie Glo Good (seen in the header) was a special glow-in-the-dark version of his Kookie No Good vinyl toy. Completing the lifecycle of the Deadbeet plush, an artist collaboration between Lana and Scott, is the Beetling, exclusive to DesignerCon.

While Carson did not have an exclusive for sale, his custom figures more than made up for it. He also had blind boxes of some of his Micro-Munny figures. There were even some extra prizes involved, depending on what figure was in your box. It was a really clever idea.

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