Of Hikari TMNT & 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Giveaway from Funko

Funko debuts the Clear Glitter Raphael Hikari Sofubi Figure (limited to 300pcs), and as well offers up a epic giveaway prize themed after "Guardians of the Galaxy"!
HOW TO ENTER: "Post a picture with your Guardians of the Galaxy movie ticket and tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. @OriginalFunko. Use the caption "I want to win the Guardians of the Galaxy Prize Pack from @OriginalFunko! #FunkoGuardians" - The giveaway starts NOW and runs through Friday 8/8 at 12am PST!"

One lucky winner will receive the prize pack, which the includes the following items:
- A complete set of Guardians of the Galaxy Pop! Vinyl Bobble Head Figures
- A complete set of Guardians of the Galaxy Mystery Mini Bobble Head Figures with artist test proofs
- A complete set of Guardians of the Galaxy Wacky Wobblers
- One Rocket Raccoon Fabrikation
- A set of Guardians of the Galaxy Pop! Prototypes
"Prototypes are early models of Pop!'s to test their concepts. Each prototype is extremely rare! Only three are made of each character."

A Look Back @ Marvel's Phase 1 & 2 Cinematic Universe

Chest-thumpingly awesome! MARVEL superhero-movies are a comicbook-geek's dream come true, and not something I myself would even dare contemplate decades back while shuffling in-between the shelves at the comicbook store, or imagined while reading them lying in bed, or even visiting fictional shops in dreams (true story, multiple times too)

SPOILER at the end of this video tho = If in case you want to catch #GuardiansoftheGalaxy! (Pssst: I'll post a screengrab after the weekend heehee)

Bog Boy! A New 'We Become Monsters' release

PRESS: "Eternally melting, swirling, dripping and dying can't keep this enthusiastic little freak down! His ever optimistic gaze and joyfully gloppy tentacles reaching for the sky as a reminder to all that whatever you are going through, at least you are not melting. And if you are, hey, keep your chin up while you still have one! A more cheerful little ghoul then I normally create, this guy helps keep me smiling while trying to climb out of the doldrums."

Hand cast, non-articulated resin art toy = BOG BOYS are sized roughly 3.5 inches tall, and are priced at US$30 each - available from 6pm Pacific US time 8/1/14 online here in random colors, a total of 12pcs available!
Chris Moore added: "All orders get a free micro SLAB (while supplies last) and entered for random drawings to get a full size WBM SLAB. SLABs are our waste reduction program that turns waste resin into art. Liking www.facebook.com/webecomemonsters also adds another chance for a large size SLAB. Also available in person at 6pm 8/1/14 in Las Vegas, at Downtown Spaces,1800 Industrial Rd. Suite 103 (thanks to Square Shooting for the spot!)"

PANDAS GO POP! PHOTOBOMBING POP CULTURE! A solo show by PodgyPanda @ Dragatomi - Opening August 9, 2014

Richard "PodgyPanda" Kuoch sends word and preview art work images about his upcoming solo show at Dragatomi - launching next Saturday on August 9th August, titled "PANDAS GO POP! PHOTOBOMBING POP CULTURE!" ~ And this looks really fun! :)
"The show will feature works based upon Panda’s taking over scenes of your favourite animated movies. Jerks! There will be 9 new pieces on show, with prints and original drawings as well. The show will open at Dragatomi on Saturday August 9th at 6pm, and will run for a month. AND I will also be there in attendance! (all the way from NZ!)" -shared Richard.

Below: Checking print proofs!

Dragatomi Gallery
2317 J St
Sacramento, CA 95816

The DarkKnight Resin Dunny by Mike Die

I remember conversations with different artists about utilizing pop culture characters in their work, and some commented that that would go against their own integrity of their own work - and be that as it may, THIS particular work from Mike Die, is a perfect example of what I had meant: a depiction of the original pop culture icon, filtered thru your own design intepretation(s), and not a just a wholesale riff, IMHO!

The "Dark Knight resin Dunny" is available here online for US$45 each ~ *Man-Squeal* ~ as for the comicbook blue+grey version? I guess, "be patient"? :)

Short Peace

I chanced upon this anime anthology in my weekly #fridaymovie viewing (something I've always wanted to wind down my week with, event when before I was blogging), and saw a low-res version online and found it pretty inspiring - and I've always loved anthologies myself ("Memories", "Genius Party" etc), catering to my lack of attention span ;p - and then having seen the higher-res versions in trailers and PVs, makes me really want the original DVD!

Regardless of my own viewing habits and preference, I present to you; "SHORT PEACE" - a multimedia project composed of four short anime films produced by Sunrise and Shochiku (and a video game), with filmlets directed by Shuhei Morita, Hiroaki Ando, Hajime Katoki and Katsuhiro Otomo!

Read more about it on my full(er)-post on PopcornX, if you so please :)

Where You At? Establishing An Online Resource For Yourselves As Artists & Creators

Let me preface this with the following disclaimers:

1. This is in consideration of folks who might not already (consistently) follow you as an artist, and is more geared towards new folks finding out about your works, and wanting to know more about your work.

Imagine a mega-site like Boing Boing discovering your work you had done, posts about it, but is unable to URL-link back to you, because you don't have a site to be linked back to. *Fist-Pump* for promos! *Shed A Silent Tear* for no linkage back to you ... :p

2. I am sure most of you just want to do your "art", and not the frills that come with it - there are other folks who do that for a living (ironically film directors are tweeting their own promos for the work they do, puts people out of their jobs tho LOL) ... and the task of "self promoting" might be a chore, or even actively "selling your work" might be a challenge … Consider this a step towards not needing to constantly need to hustle and hype. Maybe.

3. I am not a self-promotional guru and neither do I need to claim to be one, or insist this is a "sure-fire" way to success. These are personal observations thru my paltry years of blogging, which I hope to share with you, to help you along whichever road you intend to journey unto.

4. I am not going into what I term "pro-websites" ("professional" meaning you pay someone to design and/or create your website, host on a specific server and pay for said server). I have my own personal experiences with such a situation, and none of them are happy stories to share, sorry :p

Also, unless you are a website designer, you might not need this particular set of stress ~ LOL

Here are a few www-locales you can consider (or already have) where you could park yourself and your work, for the entire world to see - that is currently "free" to use - and specifically in the delivery of visual medium:

A somewhat "sexist" term for "where all links come to, or go from". It could mean a www.yourdomainname.com (which you pay for) which provides multiple URL links to ALL your www-locales, like Facebook, Instagram, etc, and in many ways a sort of "self-branding" that I feel is needed, a price for which needs be paid, of course … or simply set up free pages at https://about.me/ or https://flavors.me/ (which needn't be a complicated daily upkeep except for being the "mothership").

Being a "visual medium", it's mostly about storage and presentation of visuals and images. Either you pay for dataspace, or go for these free to use www-locales:

Opening up an "Artist Page", with dedicated albums uploaded with your works, categorized or "mix-cassette-tape" style, plugs you into the social media network. And this is different from your own personal page - whose Privacy Settings might "protect" your own personal life, but for your Artist Page, everything is set to Open, so folks can SHARE your image(s). "Watermarking" is a whole other consideration and choice :)

Two Optional Considerations:

(1) Control what people can post on your public wall - on one hand they could post assorted news and reports about you (YAY!), or on the other hand, they could just come on and post/link to their own work (Works for a news-based site like mine tho ;p). The choice is yours.

(2) Control what you post, categorize them into dedicated albums. Folks that follow your work might love seeing your work-in-progress instagram snaps or wall updates, but to circumvent folks needing to shift thru tons of images to see your work, dedicated albums help loads, IMHO.

Folks in the early-to-mid-2000s might remember "Multiply", a platform site that provides exactly this ability for free uploads unto an infinite number of "albums" (virtual "online folders") which you could create at your whim and fancy. And if you don't know by now, Multiply has since become an online market-place, with previously downloaded hi-res images of your own, reduced to minuscule pics when you were asked to download before they deleted your account, to convert to their current site. Much like Yahhoo-Albums from decade back too hahaha

I constantly refer to Multiply because it is simply a past parallel to online use / "service" as it is now ... Will FB someday turn in a similar direction? Hey, you're not paying for it anyways, right? :p

CONSIDER THIS: The number of "Likes" on your FB Artist Page versus your personal FB page should not be a point of contention. Your FB Artist Page is to be used as a point of www-reference, and not a result of a "popularity contest" … unless you really rock, and folks love your work LOL ... half-joking here! 10K "Likes" does not necessarily equal to 10K-number of folks who will purchase your art/custom/print/work, yeh? Just a "Perspective-Thought", is all ... :)

The "hottest" thing right now, with stream-of-consciousness updates without the need for lengthy-text (unless you choose to provide it). Swell to look at, great for followers of your work to be constantly looking at your work, and be a "comment" and "reply" away to being your "friend" = What's not to like?

But besides being a direct-cyber-connection to your fans/followers/friends, what "other" folks need, is "patience" - to be able to wade thru your multiple images to find what they want.

A lot of artists use IG for multiple purposes of posting snaps of food, travels, cats, besides their work - like a "visual blog" for this particular period of the www-age - other that purely "work" and/or "art" related pics. So the choice is yours to make: Exercise Restraint, or Let The Good Selfies Roll! LOL

And now that Instagram provides you a way to embed your image? *BONUS* :)

Is a text-based delivery platform. Sure you can tweet a pic, but it could simply be used to tweet a URL-link to your FB etc, to see the pic, and in turn, more of your work.

Untapped resource perhaps, but in providing eye-candy to things you find only and want to share, you too can share your own work. But remember images on Facebook can be shared, but just the image itself alone, and not thru the FB-page it sits in … a URL-watermark on your image in the first place, would help, IMHO.

I've recently read different folks saying; "People don't read blogs anymore" - for which I strongly disagree, BUT in lieu of that, folks might turn to Tumblr, and they offer free image uploads as well! Works for me hahahaha

The "stress" of having a "blog" might be the need to have "text" along with your images, and many folks might not want to get into that (and for those who use other bloggers' words or text to describer your work, please at least seek permission to, AND provide a URL-link back to where it originated from), and that's why (ironically) platforms like Tumblr works in this regard.

But consider this, platforms like Blogger allows free uploads (not unlimited dataspace, but still GBs worth) of images AND videos, and it would be a waste not to utilize this.

REMEMBER: To tag / label your published posts - like "Custom Toys" or "Artwork" etc - so that folks can see them IN ONE CLICK specifically if they want to.

A by-default go-to portfolio site for many, specifically for a visual medium. AND being able to embed images unto other blog platforms, is a PLUS!

And it is also a specific link to where your fans/followers/freinds are, and if you don't mind "the competition", it;s all good :)

I've never used Behance (as it is more relevant to being an online portfolio), but seems as "pro" as it gets, IMHO. But the ability to let folks "comment" on the albums lets it spiral into the context of a social-media-type quandary too.

But hey, "talking" - or in this case "blogging about it", is easy. The "hard" bit is you uploading and categorizing your own work! And remember, it is not about "self-critique" (more about "self-censorship", because you choose what to present or what not to show), and neither need it be a "discography" if you don't want it to be.

Or if you prefer to do the "Directory" route, there's Trampt, or even my own (Facebook based) Art Toy Nation and Art Toy Nation Asia :)

IN CLOSING: Please provide you URL (to link back to you) to whomever you email your news submissions to. Do not necessarily "assume" folks already have you on speed-dial (like on phones lol), and this is a helpful tool to whomever is helping to promote your work - Thank you for your considerations :)

This post is in compendium to my earlier article; "Promoting Yourselves In The Internet Age" and is also in many cases, parallel that of another previous blogpost; TOYSREVIL's Digital Footprint.


Custom-Feature: The First Rogue Corsair by Jon-Paul Kaiser

Custom RealxHead Ryusei Ninja Ichibanboshi by Jon-Paul Kaiser -known here as "The First Rogue Corsair" - will be available here for £180.00 from 4pm UK time on August 1st, 2014. Always loved JPK's aesthetics and am enjoying his current usage of the color RED to accentuate the dynamics of his signature black-n-white, IMO. Looks awesome, but I am sure you can see that for yourselves haha (Photography by @jallfree)

#flashbackfriday: Disappearing Thieves Market & Toy Shops Through The Years

"Sungei Rd flea market to be erased, NEA confirms", goes the headline for The Online Citizen.

Known as the "Thieves Market" in Singapore, it was the one locale I would loved to have brought visiting friends to, but for the immense heat, and unknown element of being able to procure anything or gain anything from said visit. And I never once did, actually … Perhaps I judged too severely here, but soon the point will be moot, as Thieves Market "will be making way for the new Sungei Road MRT station, which is expected to be completed by 2017." Remembering my sole blog-post about the place, and am liknda "porud" of my bloggery attempts then too LOL

I remember a time when I spent as much time there than with regular toy haunts - all for the sake of hunting props for movies, or retro stuff I'd love to collect … and sometimes I'd get lucky with toys - ranging from McDonald's happy meal toys, action figures, and Barbie's accessories (I have somewhere in my hoard, 2 x VWs, 1 x Kitchen and 1 x refrigerator), and this plastic toilet bowl in kitschy-green … stuff that seemed to have "dropped off at the back of the delivery truck"-sorta vibe, as the spot was well known for stolen goods, etc. Hence the name "Thieves Market", yeh? :)

It was utterly enriching in "the beginning", where I'd be able to procure props for my films and television sets - only trouble being having no "receipts" to claim my monies back hahaha

Things turned downhill when folks begun to dissever what I was doing, that I worked in film and was looking for props (I must've made a slip and word spread faster than I imagined). The anonymity I had enjoyed before, soon became a recognizable beard Chinese guy - who NEAR EVERYONE I visited - would offer me something "good for your movie!", which by then, prices grew higher, and no longer a viable spot, if not for the array of weirdness (altho I constantly wondered WHY folks thought I was making a "horror" film - I never made one HAHAHAHAHA).

Subsequently I would bring folks from my Art Department along, and "secretly" pointing out the items I wanted as props to my girls, and they would in turn smiley-charm the uncles for better prices … the ruse didn't last long tho hahahaha

All these happened near a decade ago … and I haven't made an effort to visit ol'Sungei Road since … and all these somehow reminded me of toy shops from times past, that no longer exist … from Clarke Quay's bustling flea market, to Bunny's corner shop in Shaw Towers (you can still find him at Sunday flea markets at CSC helming a table), or even that Basement toyshop along Bras Basar, and Falcon's Hangar in Far East Plaza (since moved to Waterloo Centre), and my fav haunt of all; Jerrick's spot at Midtown Orchard - where many of my 1/6 toy-collector friends gathered every weekend … memories faded, but burn vibrant when remembered :)

These were the toyshops I "grew up" with, in my early adult years, and as with commercial enterprises, shops come and go - some shops close business, some move and flourish - but are simply not "heritage sites", in the traditional historical and cultural context provided for and dictated by the government, which is understandable, but to we/us toy-collectors, they represent such locales chockfull of memories and as well a physical place fellow collectors might congregate and commiserate … and in the internet age where a purchase is a click away, that physicality is replaced ever so drastically by a moment of instant gratification, that which replaces the joyful need for a shared toy-joy, face-to-face … and one might only "come down from the mountain" only once a year for conventions LOL

But all these places remain with me, because of the "good memories" they retain in my heart, and perhaps in this age, in my heart and head it shall remain, I guess … sure as heck can't bottle up the shop itself and display on the shelves like toys, innit? LOL


Of Ghost Rider Playmobils, GLO Troopers & Coloring Book Series Figures from Sucklord

Newly listed on The Sucklord's suckadelic.myshopify.com are new figures in his Suckpanelz series, as well including the above GHOST RIDER Vintage comic book page mounted on 1/2" plywood with affixed action figure under a clear plastic blister (US$125), along with new figures in his Coloring Book Series (UUS$150-$165 each) and new GLOW TROOPERS featuring glow-in-the-dark sprayed figures.

As of now, I am intrigued to see Sucklord's interpretation of comicbook superheroes, and as much as I enjoy his "Star Wars" takes, they no longer are as interesting or 'fresh' - to me anyways … but then again, I'm not exactly a "paying customer", yeh? Heh.

The Illustrious Warrior - Custom 4" Munny by Fiona Ng

"I've finished a 4" custom Munny (it's full height is now 6") for a client who wanted me to make their in-game character from Guild Wars 2. The custom also includes three accessories-- a sword, an axe, and a mace." -shard Fiona Ng (ngfiona.com).
I've always liked the clarity of details in her work. Nice job, this!

First Wave of Pocket Pop!'s Keychains by Funko Launches Fall 2014

Funko announces a the brand new line of merch in the form of Pocket Pop!'s Keychains - featuring miniaturized Pop!'s as figurines sized 1.5" inches tall and comes on a key ring. Shown here are the characters from the first wave, to be available in Fall 2014. And they've catered to folks and fans across their popular licenses: Batman, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! This re-sized product line "makes sense", and I wonder why this was launched before haha

#SDCC2014 Debut Golden Fleece edition BITCH by Luke Chueh for Online Orders

Post-SDCC debut, remaining pieces of Luke Chueh's BITCH will drop 12noon PST on July 31st @ munkyking.com - with shipping beginning early September. Besides the earlier teasers, posting the above montage makes me feel like I'm doing "p0rno" now LOL

Priced at US$160 and limited to 150pcs, this "Golden Fleece edition features a hand-crafted mirror chromed fleece and striking matte black wolves".

(Above SDCC-pic via Rachel Cheyenne Stone)

Previews for "The Sideshow" @ Stranger Factory (August 1st-launch)

Kathie Olivas Curates "The Sideshow", launching Friday, August 1st from 6-9pm at Stranger Factory, with this group show opening in the main room, while Leecifer's "Real Live" happens in the Project Room.
WHAT: ""Sideshow" is a group exhibit in our main gallery featuring circus-themed work from a talented and diverse roster of artists, curated by Stranger Factory co-owner Kathie Olivas. Sideshow features new works by Kathie Olivas, Jessica Joslin, Brandan Styles, Desiree Fessler, Valency Genis, Seymour (Peter Kelk), DrilOne, and Phil Noto. With works ranging from original drawings to paintings to sculptures and customs, Sideshow brings all the wonder, magic, and mystery of the circus to life."

Above: Daniel Talone's "Phantasmagoric Feejee Mermaid"

Above: Circus Folk by Seymour

Above-left: Artwork by Valency Genis
Above-right: Artwork by Jessica Joslin
Below: Artworks by Brandt Peters

Above: Artworks by Kathie Olivas

Above: The Great Circus Beast by Brandan Styles / Dr. B. Zurk
Below: "Old Scratch Sideshow" Beelezebub by Brandan Styles / Dr. B. Zurk

I used to have a HUGE fascination with "circus" and "sideshows" (and even created characters for a comicbook that never happened too LOL), the allure of the weird and macabre middling with "regular" folks, held my imagination enthralled for a good few years ... ironically I've bene sat underneath a bi top nor experienced such occasions ... so perhaps the curiosity got the better of my subconsciousness? The images previewed here certainly has my interest piqued, and what I reckon would be a perfect collective of folks to represent them in, other than Circus Posterus, IMHO.

Most pics via IG @strangerfactory

#ArtofWar Capo Dunny A/Ps from Sam Fout (Aug 6 Sale)

Sam Fout readies for his CAPO DUNNY Artist Proofs release come Wednesday August 6th on samfout.com! Straight from his "Art of War" appearance, Fout's Capo Dunny will have a new black suit, fresh blood spatter, and come with two gato bodyguards = all for only US$75, in an edition of only 10, signed and numbered!

Sippy Shortstraw by UME Toys (August 1st sale)

PRESS: ""With the summer in full swing over here in the UK it's time to chill out with a long drink, and what better way to cool down than to add a Sippy Shortstraw to your collection. Standing just under 3 inches tall (around 4.5 inches with her resin straw) this 'Pink Punch' special edition of Sippy will melt your heart and is a great fit on anyone's toy shelf." -Richard Page of UME Toys.
"Sippy Shortstraw" will be available over at the UME online store Friday 1st August 2014 at 9:00pm GMT. Each Sippy will ship with a collectors card and resin straw accessory packed in a header carded bag.

Gary Baseman Documentary: "Mythical Creatures" on Kickstarter

"Part Pixar, part History Channel, artist Gary Baseman and filmmaker David Charles travel to Ukraine to uncover the Holocaust experiences of Baseman's parents, and re-imagine their heroic stories through an inspiring, fantastical, heart-wrenching odyssey."
"Mythical Creatures" is the name of the documentary, currently on Kickstarter "to raise funds for Baseman and the film crew to travel to Ukraine to complete documenting the people and the places where the artist's family once thrived for generations."

One of the rewards feature a new 12-inch Toby plush toy, made exclusively for this project, and being offered for the first time since 2005. The campaign ends August 18th, 2014.

About That Red & Purple ShockerCat from CatMask Meaw

Remember the Black ShockerCat from CatMask Meaw I featured not too long ago? There is also a RED colorway of this 3.2 inch tall resin figure, currently available to order online herefor US$30 (+ worldwide shipping $10). Too bad the other 4 x Black ShockerCats are not listed (or perhaps already sold?).

AND then there is that PURPLE Colorway, available via "lottery"! The online translator is not helping my mission for this blog-feature, unfortunately … maybe you'd have better luck here yourselves? :p

Ice Cream Cavey Available August 4th

PRESS: "Here at Cavey HQ in London summer is definitely in full swing, and the Caveys are enjoying the long, hot summer days.... and lots and lots of ice cream!! Our Cavey breed for August is Ice Cream Cavey. Ice Cream Cavey is a short run of just 20 numbered pieces. Each is handmade in our London studio from soft pink polar fleece and topped with a faux strawberry. Each Ice Cream Cavey comes in his own removable felt 'cone' with stitched detailing. Each comes with a purple glitter Cavey sticker and a clear vinyl Cavey Cube carry bag. Cavey is 10cm tall."
OMGCUTENESS! Ice Cream Cavey goes on sale at 8pm BST (London time) on Monday August 4th heycavey.bigcartel.com. Get your licks in, people!

Eric So's "So Fun" Marv figure @ #SDCC2014

Eric So's "So Fun" Marv figure seen on display at San Diego Comic Con 2014, and as well in the hands of Frank Miller (who looks worryingly skinny here :/) at the Sin City signing.

As previously blogged, this 13-inch tall vinyl statue is to be released by Dark Horse circa August 13th - limited to 950pcs with a SRP of US$150.00 per. Designed by Eric So and produced by Unbox Industries, do check n with your fav retailers (possibly comicbook retailers?) for availability.

Pics via MWCToys + Dark Horse Comics
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