Thursday, May 31, 2012

New sofubi dinosaur figures from Rampage Toys

What's up sofubi nation? I'm back in the saddle after a really nice trip to Taiwan. 

It's always nice to be able to report on new toys, and it's especially cool when makers provide in development shots of the sculpts, protos, etc. Rampage Toys has three new figures in the pipeline. They draw on Jon's educational background in paleontology, so we'll have to take his word for it that the -clops, -pus, and -tops are all in the right place.

The figures are around 3" tall, and each has multiple parts, which is nice for figures of this size.

Here are individual looks at the sculpts, which are slotted for production very soon:



Thursday, May 24, 2012

The State of the Sofubi World: Osaka

As the tide of the sofubi world ebbs and flows, I wanted to provide a look at the way things are in Osaka, from the perspective of the indy toy world.

First, Mandarake. This staple of all things in toydom does not hold up well in Japan's second largest city. There are two Mandarakes in Osaka: Umeda and Shinsaibashi, Both, as of this post, have very limited selections of indy sofubi, and the selection has been shrinking bit by bit over the last few years.

So let's move onto the shops that do have some nice offerings:

Located in the Namba City shopping complex in Namba, this has long been a favorite with toy collectors. They have some nice stuff for sale, including Grody Shogun, Real Head, Dehara, etc:
Original sculpt, made from sculpey.
Grody Shogun and Velocitron figures leftover from the recent show in Osaka:

 More after the jump:

Monday, May 21, 2012

New Popsoda + Refreshment Shop (International shipping OK!)

Popsoda has a new location in Osaka. The shop also features Refreshment Toys figures and merch, as Refreshment moved to the new location with PS.

The Popsoda and Refreshment websites are in Japanese, but if you see anything you like here (or on the sites) and want to order, they will ship anywhere and can accept payment via Paypal. No need to go through their online shopping system. Just send them an e-mail at:

The basics:

Address: 〒550-0027  大阪市西区九条2-26-13
Tel: 06-6599-8056
Hours: 12:00-8:00 PM (Closed Wednesdays)
Map: Click here for a pinpoint map to the shop.

More shop pics:

 More after the jump:

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Interview with Paul Kaiju

Paul is in Japan to travel, visit with friends and fellow toy makers, and attend some shows. At his exhibition with Uamou at Studio Uamou, I sat down with him for a few minutes. We talked about his trip, upcoming releases and plans, and thoughts on the indy toy scene.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Images from the Bits show at Lot F Gallery

Images from the Bits show, kindly sent over so we can share with the interverse. The show, featuring the work of Bob Conge, Todd Robertson, and Will Long, is being held at the Lot F Gallery, and it runs through May 30.

From Plaseebo's Bob Conge:
HD-2 by Bob Conge

Concept sketch
More after the jump:

Friday, May 18, 2012

Paul Kaiju x Uamou Exhibition @ Studio Uamou

Today and tomorrow, Studio Uamou in Akihabara is hosting a show featuring customs by Paul Kaiju and Uamou. There's a really nice assortment: Paul's take on Ayako's figures (and vice-versa), as well as some awesome mashups.

The releases are being tiered between the two days. These went on sale today:

 More after the jump:

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Peter Kato's Goldies resin series

Beautiful new resin releases from Peter Kato:

In his own words:

"They are called the  Goldies: made with an intense mixer of golden yellow clear resin & a drop of clear amber-ish gold this color-wave picks up light very nicely. I really love the intensity of the golden yellow...they feel like they were carved from fossilized amber."

Peter made eight pieces each of Kawako, FrightBite & Man-Nie.

Each figure will be $10 & will be sold on Peter's webshop this Thursday May 17th, 5pmish EST.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Design Festa 35 Part 1: Indy Toys

Lots to see at today's Design Festa: new figures, upcoming figures, and more. First up, indy toys:

Akaisatsu Club + Nakayoshi:

 130 pics after the jump:

Thursday, May 10, 2012

GUUMON x Kaiju Korner exclusive KRUNK - SOLD OUT

Welcome to the release of Titanium KRUNK, a GUUMON x Kaiju Korner exclusive. Each figure was painted by GUUMON's Brian Mahony using a gorgeous new paint application he developed: titanium.

The header card features an image based on a watercolor painting by Kaiju Korner's Irene Fu. Irene's art features her usual levity and unique sense of perspective.

Here are more pics of the figure:
 Front and back pics of the figure bagged with header card:

This release is limited to 5 figures. Each order includes a large GUUMON sticker and a drawstring backpack.

The release is now sold out.

Thanks everyone!!!

KK Andy + Irene

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

KK Reviews: Greasebat

Greasebat, designed by Jeff Lamm and produced by Monster Worship, is not only a faithful realization in sofubi of Jeff's line art, but also a very fun toy in its own right. From the excellent header card art, it's immediately obvious how well-sculpted the figure is - a 3D form that has leapt straight from line art to vinyl.

Let's start with a look at the packaging:
The figure is packaged in traditional bag/header style.

Classic rampaging monster art by Johnny Sampson.

 More after the jump:

Saturday, May 5, 2012

GUUMON x Kaiju Korner KRUNK: Coming May 9!

Next Wednesday, May 9, we'll be releasing an exclusive version of GUUMON's sofubi figure KRUNK. The release features a gorgeous new colorway developed by GUUMON's Brian Mahony called "Titanium." And, the header will feature artwork by KK's Irene Fu.
The Titanium KRUNK will be super limited to just 5 pieces, at a price of $150 each (+ shipping). Ordering info will go up right here on Kaiju Korner on May 9 at 12:00 noon EST. Figures will be sold first come first served.
See you Wednesday!

New Medicom exclusives

Released today:

Real Head:

 Bullmark/M1 and Yamomark
Very classy day in the streets of Shibuya.

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