Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New from Real Head (1.31.2012)

New Chaos Fighter Next:

Plus its clear!
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Monday, January 30, 2012

New from Real Head (1.30.2012)

New releases:

 Kamen Rider tribute colorway, based on Kamen Rider Meteor from the currently airing season, Kamen Rider Fourze. (Thanks for the info Hatetriot!)

Just one of these

There were a couple of these with slightly different color apps

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Peter Kato resins

I don't often get a chance to cover resin figures, mostly because they rarely cross my desk. But recently New York-based artist Peter Kato sent over a couple of his super cool figures, which are a ton of fun.

I first met Peter and covered his work at an exhibition he had at Studio Uamou last year. More recently, I posted info about his initial Turtle Tetsujin release.

His figures are 1-2" tall and feature well made resin with detailed sculpts and line work.

Onto the images!
Intial Turtle Tetsujin (with custom lettering by Peter) and Jet Black Fright Night.
This fellow would make a cool sofubi figure too!

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Miazawa-san (Shikaruna) painting Tetsujin-28 (video)

The other day I visited the Shikaruna studio. While there, Miazawa-san was kind enough to let me film him painting some Tetsujin-28s, one of the figures in Shikaruna's popular anime line.

A couple of still shots:

Tokyo Toy Shop Map Updated! (1.28.2011)

I've added Shikaruna to my Tokyo Toy Shop map, with the store hours, website, etc. I've also added all that info to yesterday's store visit post. Make sure to stop by the shop if you're in Koiwa. Third Uncle is also nearby.

Plus, you can take a very nice walk from Koiwa to Aoto (takes 45 minutes), to visit Shinto Gangu and Real Headz! (But remember to check Mori's Twitter feed to make sure one of the shops is open.)

Also, alas, I've removed Thrashout from the map. One store closes, one store opens.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Visit to Shikaruna shop + studio

I've visited and written up Shikaruna a couple of times before, but it's been over a year since my last write up, and a lot has changed in the interim. The studio is now a full-fledged shop, selling Shikaruna figures as well as antique toys.

The latter category is actually a throw back to the shop's origins, as they were once an antique shop. Now, they've come full circle - bringing it all together, and the place looks fantastic. It's also a studio, so there are sculpts, masks, molds, and paint bottles adorning the shelves, walls, and ceiling. Subarashi.

The studio/shop is in Koiwa. Given its renewed shop status, I'll soon add details of how to get there and will also update my Tokyo toy shop map. Edit: And here they are:

Opening hours: Tues-Sun from around 1:30-7:00.
Phone number: 03-3659-1990
Address:  〒133-0057 東京都江戸川区西小岩1-10-4-101 ハイメゾン菅野
Location: near Koiwa station (on the Sobu line - about 10 minutes from Akihabara). Click here for a precise map to the shop. (You'll want to print this or save it to your mobile device. The backstreets of Koiwa are a labyrinth!)
Website:  http://www.mangajyuku.com/

New display window in front

A lot of the stuff in the following images is for sale. Some figures are samples. Just ask, and they'll let you know.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rampage Toys x Splurrt Cadaver Kid

Rampage Toys + Splurrt have teamed up for a fantastic collaboration, entitled the Guardian Daemon Cadaver Kid.

The release, which is limited to 10 pieces, features an excellent paint job by Jon of Rampage Toys on a flesh base vinyl Cadaver Kid.
base vinyl
The highly detailed paint work contains a mixture of nicely blended broad and fine spray with very precise brushwork. Jon really went to town on the figures, and they came out great with fantastic color balance and an intricate, though not overblown palette.
top down view
Can't say I'm crazy about the pentagram on the chest plate, since it seems like kind of a cheap effect that doesn't really add to the design (yeah I get that it's a demon), but it's a small point, and I do like the application of shapes and stencils on vinyl, which Jon has been working with in recent months.
front/back look
The figures are priced at $65 each, and they'll be available on Jon's Big Cartel site sometime around 10:00 PM EST on Thursday January 26. Good bet they'll sell out within minutes, so to all those F5ers out there - ganbatte!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New from Real Head (1.25.2012)

New releases:

New cupee body! It's the Jolly Green ChaoQ! Six parts + super soft sofubi.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Blobpus x MVH x Medicom Enma Ollie

Today, pre-orders opened for the latest Enma, which features a head sculpted by Blobpus on MVH's Ollie. This version is on a blue base vinyl with gold, black, red, green, and silver spray. Though it's a Project 1/6 exclusive, pre-orders are up online, starting today and continuing through February 10.

The cost is 13,800 yen. The good news for overseas fans is the release is open to worldwide orders! However, the order page states that buyers will be chosen by lottery in mid-February, which suggests that this is not an "open" pre-order but rather a limited run.

Click here for Japanese ordering instructions.
Click here for English/overseas ordering instructions.

Clutter Issue 16 + The Fort

Clutter Issue 16, which is now out, contains my 6 page article/photo essay on The Fort, where Grody Shogun + Velocitron ply their trade and produce some of the world's best known sofubi. I also go into the sofubi making process, and there are a couple of dozen nice hi res photos which I shot at the Fort. So, lots of good stuff in there.

The mag (which can be ordered from the Clutter site here) is a beautiful glossy publication and only costs something like 10 bucks (full disclosure - I don't see any of the moolah).

Here are thumbnails of my piece:

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Karoshi - featuring Velocitron + Grody Shogun - show at TAG gallery

Karoshi, a two man show featuring the work of Velocitron (Ricky Wilson) and Grody Shogun (Luke Rook) opens at the TAG Gallery in Hollywood on February 3. The show kicks off with an opening reception at 7 PM.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Paul Kaiju x Real Head Biterman Side by Side

Biterman features a Paul Kaiju head design on an adult Real Head body.
The Biterman on the left was released at Shinto Gangu sold on 12.16.2011. The one on the right was sold at Shinto Gangu on 1.18.2012.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

New Blobpus x Yamomark figures

Blobpus continues his run of Yamomark collaborations with two new figures:

Nikulu Kamen

The figures will be sold via lottery, with entries accepted from January 25 to January 29. Ordering details will go up later on the Blobpus website.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Disney @ Mandarake Akiba

Mandarake's Akihabara Complex mega store has a nice Disney display on the first floor. They've got toys, statues, pins, etc. One of the great things about Mandarake's display is it's all up for grabs - like the candy growing on the trees in Willy Wonka's factory. Except it isn't free. And there aren't any Oompa Loompas. Come to think of it, in Akiba...

Anyway, here are some pics from the home of the Everlasting Yenstopper:

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New from Real Head (1.18.2012)

It was a good day at the Gangu.

OG Chaos colors!!

Just 1 of these

This one too. Check out the tin foil brains!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sofubi paint masks

Most sofubi is done free spray, but a lot of makers also have masks made to spray certain areas of their figures. Masks allow for very precise paint work as well as complex designs. The downside is they're very expensive, costing hundreds of dollars for even very small masks.

Here are a few masks used by Luke Rook (Grody Shogun Lulubell).

Masks for Betty Hairy Honey:

Note there are 3 masks just for the eyes!

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