Thursday, January 31, 2013

Mutant Vinyl Hardcore x Kaiju Korner Doji San release info!

This collab is a long time in the works. We're very happy to be able to give you pics and ordering info for the MVH x KK Doji San!

We were thrilled to collaborate with Rich (LASH) on the release. Please note: Ordering will be through MVH. Here are the details:

Doji San "Watermelonhead" lottery info
- Cast in glorious glow vinyl
- Painted in metallic green, with hot pink, red and silver details.
- Comes with both cyclops and demon masks!
- Comes with full color Doji San inspired print by Kaiju Korner's Irene Fu!
For this release, Irene did a painting inspired by the Watermelon Head Doji San, with other MVH characters joining in on the fun. The print is based on a famous Japanese ghost legend, featuring Doji San on a classic "matsuri" (festival) float and surrounded by ghosts and MVH characters. The prints, which were made in Japan by a professional print house, measure 5x7" and were done on a heavy gloss stock. Each Doji San order will come with this print and a Kaiju Korner sticker.

Lottery Details :

- $85.00 plus shipping.
- Shipping within the USA will be a $10.00 flat fee from the East coast to the West sent Priority USPS mail.
- International shipping will be $ 35.00 Priority USPS ONLY

How to enter:
Lottery Begins: Friday 12:00 AM  2/1/2013 US Eastern Time
Lottery Ends: Friday  11:59 PM 2/1/213 US Eastern Time

All winners will be chosen and notified by MVH on Saturday.

Please send your entry to:
In the title please write: "WatermeLLonhead"

 In the body of the e-mail please include :

-If you're a Skullbrain member, your SB name
-If you're on Instagram, your Instagram name

!!But wait there's more!!
 >>>> There will be a chase version of the figure in MVH colors! Feeling lucky ?? <<<<

Unpainted Glow "Cherry Picker" Doji San Release info

In addition to the painted Doji San, Rich will also be selling an unpainted glow version!

The unpainted version will be sold through the MVH web shop >> HERE <<

It will sell for $75.00 and a lucky few will get a painted "Cherry Picker" version.

The unpainted version comes with both masks that feature red doll eyes. This release will also come with a black and white print based on Irene's illustration for the Doji San painting.
This illustration is black and white with the exception of red highlights, which Irene added to reflect the red doll eyes of the Cherry Picker release
The sale goes live on the MVH Big Cartel on Friday 2/1/2013 at 8:00 PM US Eastern Time sharp!

Good luck everyone!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Night Bazaar release Yusei Majin

Released the other night in front of Cosmo Knight Alpha, in the middle of a big ass street bazaar.

Very few were sold - maybe 5 or so. You lined up but had to choose the right card out of a stack for a shot at buying the figure. All very carny.
It's called the Tohoku line Yusei Majin, represented by the green shinkansen toy train the figure comes with. (The first release came with a blue train named after another shinkansen line.)
Yusei Majin was on a spinning dais. Here are a couple more shots:

Monday, January 28, 2013

Blobpus x MVH Death Sludge Demon

Amazing Blobpus x MVH collab
I love the Blobpus metallic pallet. Also, with this release, Kaji-san used more of a gorgeous mother of pearl silver spray, which works really nicely with the GID base vinyl.
Looking forward to seeing more from the dynamic sofubi duo!
Here's an indoor look which brings out the metallics more.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Rampage Studios opening event and store visit

This weekend, Tokyo's newest indie toy store, Rampage Studios, opened its doors. The shop features many figures by Rampage Toys and other makers, as well as collabs, exclusives, and various other incarnations of indie art cross-pollenation.

First some shop details:

Address: 3-14-9 Zoshigaya, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0032
Closest station: Ikebukuro (take the East exit, near the Seibu department store)
Hours: Tues. 14:00-19:00, Wed. 12:00-17:00, Thurs. 14:00-19:00 (closed Friday though Monday, but may be open on weekends for events) It's also possible to make an appointment during off-hours.
Contact e-mail:

OK, onto pics of the shop, the current Keishi show, and the opening festivities:
Storefront window, visible from the street
 More after the jump:

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Kaws x Medicom Star Wars Boba Fett release!

Today at OriginalFake, the new Kaws x Medicom Star Wars figure was released: Boba Fett! Everyone knew this was going to be a release for the ages, and I think it was incredibly well handled by the store's staff. But the sheer crush of people in line was staggering.
I've never seen anything like it. I got there and walked past the store and on and on, and then around a corner. I heard the line eventually snaked around a couple more streets. The tally was something like 1,600 people vying for around 400 figures (exact total not clear, but that's the number I've heard a lot).
Here's how the release was handled. You had to be in line by 9:00 AM. That entitled you to receive a lottery ticket in front of the store. There were two types of tickets. One was a rejection that basically said you were out of luck. The second type had a time frame on it (mine was 3:00-3:20 PM) with a lineup number on it (mine was 17). That meant you had to be at the store at 3:00 and line up according to your number.

However, having a time slot ticket was not a guarantee of receiving a figure. At 3:00, there were still figures available. But I heard they were gone by the 6:00 PM slot. So somewhere between 3:00 and 6:00, the figures sold out.

Luckily I was able to get one. Here are more pics of the figure, starting with the box:
 More after the jump:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Mark Nagata x Todd Robertson Custom Kaiju Negora Show

Through January 27, One Akiba is hosting a show featuring the customs of Mark Nagata and Todd Robertson. The Custom Kaiju Negora Show has already been extremely successful, with the majority of pieces already sold. But the figures are still there to check out in person.

In case you can't make it, here are pics I snapped today.
I'm surprised the Thor is the only one not yet sold. It's a beaut! Click here for more pics of these figures, which I snapped the other day.
Another glorious piece by Mark.Negora has gone henshin, turning into a remote controlled vehicle...

... driven by the mouse overlord!

 More after the jump:

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Mandarake exclusive Enmas

MVH x Blobpus Enma Ollies -  handpainted by Kaiji-san (Blobpus). Released today at Mandarake.

Regular version:
 Secret version:

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Mark Nagata x Todd Robertson custom Negora show (partial) preview

I spotted these custom King Negoras by Mark Nagata the other day at the One Up Akiba shop. The day after tomorrow, Jan 20, the show opens with customs by Mark and Todd Robertson. Unfortunately when I was there Todd's pieces weren't up yet, so this preview is just a part of what will be sold at the show.

 More after the jump:

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Super Festival 61 (スーパーフェスティバル61) Part 3: Mighty Jack Exhibition

Our final report from Super Festival 61 is a look at a special exhibition of Mighty Jack (マイティジャック) items. Mighty Jack was a TV show from the late 1960s, making it one of the earlier tokusatsu shows - buoyed perhaps by the Ultraman wave.

These types of exhibitions are regular at each SF, with toys, games, props, paperwork, and other related items. It's a nice inside look at what is usually a very fine collection of items.

Plastic masks like the one in the top left were made for a ton of different shows. One sometimes sees them displayed on the ceilings of toy shops.

More after the jump:

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Super Festival 61 (スーパーフェスティバル61) Part 2: Shirts, Shows, and Showcases!

Super Festival is a great show for a lot of reasons. Besides all the new toy releases (click here to check out the new indie toys from Super Festival 61) there are clothing releases, talk shows with luminaries from TV shows and movies, autograph sessions, and dealer tables.

Here's a look at some of those sides of SF 61.

First let's look at new T-shirts released by Bandai to coincide with the show's special guests:

Henshin Ninja Arashi

It's hard to catch in this image, but the silver areas are covered with glittery metallic specs. Very cool.
Tiger Seven
 More after the jump:

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Super Festival 61 (スーパーフェスティバル61) Part 1: Indie Toys

Today's Super Festival, the first of 2013, saw an enthusiastic gathering of toy makers, new and vintage toy dealers, TV heroes, and fans.
It was a very nice, though chilly winter's morning in Tokyo.

The toy faithful arrived by 7:00 AM to get a lottery ticket to participate in the early morning sales.
Here's Part 1 of Kaiju Korner's SF 61 report: indie toys. The makers are arranged alphabetically.

190+ pics after the jump:
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