COARTISM + BLITZWAY releases the first art toy from PLAYBOY with this collectible designed by Korea's Sticky Monster Lab. Funny how when I first featured the WIPs, I had no idea the final form would take up this shape haha … CLICK HERE to watch a sort video of Inae Kang of SML talking about their design influences.

Currently on pre-order via www.coartism.com for US$160 (Shipping is "Free"), pre-order closes May 31st, 2015. Quantity is not mentioned, but as per my video review, I reckon the run is determined by the pre-orders. Email coartism@coartism.com for further enquiries.

Here are some still images, while you can see the rest of this 7 inch tall x width 6.7 inch PVC non-articulated figure HERE on FB. Thanks to Coartism for the review piece!

Alice X Zhang's "MOMENTS 2" solo show @ Bottleneck Gallery opens June 12

The last time Alice X. Zhang had her first solo show in 2013, I came away with three prints … since then, I've had to near stop my procuring habits due to dwindled finances … alas I think I might have a hard time resisting the second show

""MOMENTS II" is the sequel to my first solo art show and will again be held at New York City's Bottleneck Gallery. The show will stay open for a month and feature many brand new film-inspired paintings (no repeats!).

The opening reception is on Friday June 12th and starts at 7PM. Admission and refreshments are free. I WILL be attending the opening, so I hope to see you there!

Signed limited edition prints will be available at the show and online afterwards. Part of the proceeds from art sales will go towards a charitable donation to Partners In Health."
(Alice X on Facebook Events Page)
Stay tuned for more information for the show, including timing of online sales (which should be shortly before the show opens). Artwork is teased in the promo poster, and I can only spot "Mad Max Fury Road", and possibly "Whiplash"? FYI: some prints from th frost show is still available to purchase here on bottleneckgallery.com (I've been eyeing the trio of prints posted below for ages too … *sigh*)

I need you folks to buy more of my goodness online so I could possibly get me some Alice X Prints, pleeeeease?

Enough of my pathetic groveling, here's some WIPs snatched from Alice's instagram @alicexz (hostage #alicexzmoments) … Can you guess which movies they are based on? :)

"ArvagadBoY" by thrilledTGU on sale now!

"Love Me, Let Me Bite!"

Shown here is the splendid looking "ArvagadBoY" - Designed and created by Nattapong Atisup AKA thrilledTGU (of Thailand toy collective "TGUwarrior"), this 3.5" tall hand-painted resin toy is limited to only 5 pieces, and available to purchase now on topztoy.storenvy.com for US$35 each. Now that's a very decent price-point for this indie collectible, IMHO!

Norfolk Merdogs: Merpug Plush Kickstarter Launched!

PRESS: "Jackie Ashley, owner of Shlii, is a toy designer and maker based in Norfolk, VA. She recently launched a Kickstarter to produce 10” tall Merpug plush toys. The Merpug plush will be the first professionally manufactured toy of her Norfolk Merdogs line. Each adorable plush will be made with soft, high quality fabric and embellished with expertly embroidered details. You can read more about Merpug here.

There are several cool backer rewards available, such as Norfolk Merdogs keychains, vinyl stickers, art prints, and the Merpug designer plush."

(Cheers for the headsup, Jaclyn - and good luck with the Kickstarter!)

Bubblegum Pink Ozzeballs from Zectron Drops May 31st

[ More images HERE on FB ]

Dropping this Sunday and 5pm PST at littlerubberguys.storenvy.com is a very limited artist exclusive color of the super soft sofubi oozeball - priced at only US$45 (plus shipping). And if you recognize the oozeball, Zectron was the ex-designer and sculptor for The Disarticulators.
PRESS: "Teaming up with Littlerubberguys for this release means for the first time the oozeballs will ship from the US instead of from another country. This is the only time Zectron who sculpted the entire ball and did most of the design work as well will ever be involved in selling this toy. You can choose a classic bubblegum pink or a strawberry tinted bubblegum pink or go ahead and grab both since the limit is two per person. Each ball also comes with a free bag of 5 oversized bright pink army men!"

[ More images HERE on FB ]
PRESS: "Zectron wanted to go all out for this one time release so he teamed up with his good friend Worthy Enemies to create three separate art pieces for the two header cards. Worthy Enemies created the Earth destroying moonface art and the army men under attack art while Zectron did the lost in space astronaut gripping the oozeit side of the ball himself."

[ More images HERE on FB ]

Felix The Cat X-Ray White from Secret Base Drops May 30th

With the success of their earlier "double-pour" sofubi collectibles, Japan's SECRET BASE continues with the "skeleton within clear vinyl" concept this time showcasing FELIX THE CAT, in X-RAY WHITE Edition! Priced at 9,180yen (US$74- / SG$100-) for a May 30th release somewhen, this 16cm tall looks pretty fresh, doesn't it?


TOYSREVIL Reviews Eric Smith's VULKIRA

Reviewed here today is the VULKIRA SHOGUN WARRIOR COLOR WAY-DELUXE PACKAGE (Available here for US$85), and includes the Vulkira figure, a left and right fist attachment, blueprints, sticker and limited edition, signed and numbered Gocco screen print.

FYI: The sketch is not part of the package, but is in turn a splendid add-on from creator Eric Smith! THANKS!

As well you can have the 8.5" tall vinyl figure by itself, with this "Warrior Edition" priced at US$60 - as fantastically produced and manufactured by Unbox Industries!

CLICK HERE to view more individual images on the TOYSREVIL Facebook, and as well CLICK HERE to view continued coverage of VULKIRA on TOYSREVIL! :)

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Goodleg Toys' He-Fak Preorders Start May 30

“He-F**k ain’t nothing to f*** with”? Need something to f*** He-F**k with? Well, here’s He-Fak! The meanest He-F**k bootleg of the Universe! ;)

Goodleg Toys presents HE-FAAAAAAK (*name echoes into infinity*) - with this 5" tall hand-casted blue resin figure coming in hand-painted and features absolutely zero articulation - pre-orders beginning May 30th, 11am GMT+1 (Berlin time) on goodlegtoys.storenvy.com!

Available as a single figure for US$55 shipped worldwide, or in a 2-pack w/ He-F**k for U$100 shipped worldwide! All comes bagged with header.

LUKE SKYWALKER in 1/6 by Hot Toys (Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope)

[ More images HERE on FB ]

Hot Toys announces and reveals their latest 1/6th-scaled figure in the Star Wars line, with LUKE SKYWALKER, as seen for the first time in "Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope" - featuring the likeness of actor Mark Hamill in his youthful glory, courtesy of sculptor Kojun, with head painted and art directed by JC. Hong.

Scheduled for a release in the 1st to 2nd quarter of 2016, there is also a "Special Edition" (for selected markets only) to look out for, featuring "Bonus Accessories" of (A) a Stormtrooper belt with grappling hook and communicator, and (B) a blaster rifle. Do check in with your fav retailer(s)! Meanwhile, PICTURES, with the a dash off Hot Toys Press :)

[ More images HERE on FB ]
HOT TOYS PRESS: "Originally just a moisture farmer on the planet Tatooine, the young Luke Skywalker’s life began to change forever when he purchased two droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO, and met the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, the infamous smugglers Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Princess Leia! Luke’s actions helped change the fate of the galaxy by assisting the Rebel Alliance against the Galactic Empire and destroying the terrifying Death Star.

Today, Hot Toys is very excited to officially reveal the collectible figure of the central character in the original Star Wars trilogy – the 1/6th scale Luke Skywalker Collectible Figure from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope!

The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the film featuring a newly developed head sculpt, specially tailored costume, LED-lighted lightsaber, a hat with goggles, a poncho, detailed accessories, and a figure stand. A special edition is available in selected markets which include an additional Stormtrooper belt with grappling hook, a communicator, and a blaster rifle.

Your Star Wars collection wouldn’t be complete without this Luke Skywalker collectible figure."
(Hot Toys)

[ More images HERE on FB ]

The 1/6th scale Luke Skywalker Collectible Figure specially features:
- Authentic and detailed likeness of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in
- Movie-accurate facial expression with detailed skin texture
- Body with over 30 points of articulations
- Approximately 28 cm tall
- Interchangeable hair sculpture for wearing hat
- Eight (8) pieces of interchangeable palms including:
- One (1) pair of fists
- One (1) pair of relaxed palms
- One (1) pair of palms for holding lightsaber
- One (1) gesturing left palm
- One (1) left palm for holding blaster
- Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted

- One (1) off-white colored tunic
- One (1) brown-colored belt with pouches
- One (1) pair of light beige-colored pants
- One (1) pair of light grey colored boots

- One (1) LED-lighted blue lightsaber (white light, battery operated)
- One (1) lightsaber hilt
- One (1) long rifle

- One (1) hat with goggles
- One (1) brown colored poncho
- One (1) pair of binoculars
- One (1) training helmet
- One (1) training remote
- One (1) droid caller
- Specially designed figure stand with Luke Skywalker nameplate and movie logo

Special Edition – Bonus Accessories (for selected markets only):
- One (1) Stormtrooper belt with grappling hook and communicator
- One (1) blaster rifle

Limited Edition MR. TTT Prints from Friends With You

Friends With You have also produced a new series of silk-screened prints to coincide with the 4th installment of Rainbow City. They will be available for purchase starting May 28th, 2015 at 12 pm PST here. (Sized 10 x 30 inches, printed on 90# Coventry Rag White paper, Edition of 25 - Photographed by: Brandon Farrington).

Each color comes in an edition of 25, priced at US$200 each print. A discount of $100 will be given when a set of all 4 is purchased: "Mr. TTT Earth Totem" (Green) "Mr. TTT Power Totem" (Pink) "Mr. TTT Light Totem" (Orange) "Mr. TTT Sky Totem" (Blue).

Rainbow City by Friends With You In Thailand @ Central Embassy (May 28-June 25)

Samuel Borkson & Arturo Sandoval III AKA Friends With You goes to Thailand, and brings with them their interactive installation "Rainbow City", and will be presented at the Central Embassy Mall in Bangkok (celebrating the mall's one year anniversary) from May 28th to June 25th. Check out some launch pics posted below! Truly wish we could see something like this is Singapore one day too! haha
"Rainbow City was originally commissioned by Luminato Festival of the Arts in Toronto, then shown at Art Basel Miami Beach with Pharrell Williams and Paper Magazine, and later at the High Line Park that runs through the Chelsea gallery district in NYC. Inspired by Holi, a festival effectuated by Hindu followers throwing brightly colored water and powder at each other, FriendsWithYou presents a vibrant collection of mutable, air-filled sculptures that encourages visitors to be active and explore, subsequently inventing their own ritual."

(Additional pics via @FriendsWithYou + @centralembassy)

Hell Raiser Night Gamer #4 - “PINHEAD” from Plaseebo

PLASEEBO PRESS: "The fourth in a new series of Night Gamers inspired by the Hell Raiser movies. A one of a kind custom vinyl with human eye inserts, open wound lines, metal pin inserts and an internal motion activated color-changing LED unit with replaceable batteries. Signed and dated 2015."
Available from the Plaseebo webshop on Wednesday June 3rd, do also check out individual images HERE on FB, if you so please :)

MEDICOM TOY EXHIBITION ’15 @ Parco Opens June 20th

The annual MEDICOM TOY EXHIBITION ’15 will be held at Shibuya Parco Museum this year, opening Saturday June 20th 2015, and exhibiting thru Sunday June 28th 2015. An event anticipated eagerly by fans, who are on the lookout for new figures debuting from the Japanese brand, from their variety of products. It takes much confidence in being able to reveal their future slate of products, IMHO.

As well there will be event "commemorative products" to be had (View listed ones here) including a 1000% BE@RBRICK BOBA FETT (¥36,000), 100% BE@RBRICK DARTH VADER & STORMTROOPER CHROME Versions (¥1,500), 400% of both (¥8,000), and a 400% "BE@RBRICK カリモク Antique Furniture Model"

MEDICOM TOY EXHIBITION ’15: "The evolving toy culture movement from Japan has spread to the world. It is beyond its genre and essential for our lifestyle as collection as well as the interior decoration.

Today, “MEDICOM TOY” is producing not only the action-figures but also introducing awesome collaborations in different field.

Every year, the exhibition gets a great response with the attractive lineups such as Apparel, interior accessories and of course figures."

Place: Parco Museum [Shibuya Parco Part1 3F]
Address: 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Period: Saturday June 20th 2015 to Sunday June 28th 2015
NOTE: No close date during term of exhibition.
Opening hours: 10:00AM~9:00PM
NOTE: Admissions are 30 minutes before closing.
Admission: 300 Yen (tax included)
NOTE: No charge for kids under elementary school.

Contact information
About exhibition: Parco Museum
TEL. 03-3477-5873 www.parco-art.com
About memorial item: MEDICOM TOY User Support
(weekdays 11:00AM to 6:00PM)
TEL. 03-3460-7555 www.medicomtoy.co.jp

Spidahopper Test Colorways from Topz Greenfull ToyDsign + Peek at TOYSREVIL-exclusive edition!

Thailand-based resin slinger Topz Greenfull ToyDsign shares snaps of his SPIDAHOPPER Stormtrooper x 6-armed spider resin figure, seen here in a variety of (test) colorways - LOVE that intense Glow-in-the-Dark version too! - and as well a montaged peek at the TOYSREVIL exclusive edition colorway, for 10x10 - Celebrating Ten Years of Bloggery! We'll have a closer look at this sweet red with black-rub figure soon, yeah? Can't wait to show you folks!

Stay tuned for further product availability info on topztoy.storenvy.com, and check out Topz WIPs on his Facebook album!

Animated Uglydoll Film from STX Entertainment Announced

"STX Entertainment will launch a family and animation division aimed at creating entertainment for film, television and digital platforms, Variety has learned.

The studio’s first project will be an animated feature based on popular toy line Uglydoll. It plans to explore future projects with Pretty Ugly LLC, the toy company behind the cuddly critters, in gaming, television and other arenas."
- reported Brent Lang for Variety (Read more via).
The film will be produced by STX Entertainment. Gigi Pritzker and OddLot will co-produce, and David Horvath and Drew Matilsky will executive produce on behalf of Pretty Ugly LLC. An animated UGLYDOLL feature? Yes, please!

How would YOU like it to be presented? Via flat 2D cell-art styled (like Horvath's illustrations)? Or a 3-dimensional CGI UGLYDOLL characters scampering about? :)

Totoro with Face Mask

The Totoro hiding behind a No-Face mask is an inspired touch … the Totoro holding an Iron Man mask, is funny as heck!

These indie toy figure is made in Thailand and features sculpt by Poom, with (test) resin casted by Topz Greenfull ToyDsign, and custom painted by Apirada Wongsakul. No news currently if these pieces would be made available for public sales tho … stay tuned for updates!

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