Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Cheestroyer "Bikkuriman" Pin & Flesh Cheestroyer Vinyl - Bad Teeth Comics

Ordered myself a epic pin last week! This has officially out-done all previous pins, this thing is huge!!! Cheestroyer "Bikkuriman" gold-plated hard enamel pin. Artwork by Bad Teeth & Cojica Toy. This pin is 1.75 inches(about 4.5cm) across. It's so big it has two butterfly clasps on the back! I mean, I knew it was big, but having it in my hands is another matter altogether!

Glenn Manders from Bad Teeth Comics was also kind enough to throw in a flesh mini Cheestroyer vinyl(sculpted by Double Haunt, produced by Unbox Industries)! Not a big fan of 'flesh' as a colour, but I'm a big fan of the Cheestroyer sculpt & maybe I'll find someone to paint it one day. Or maybe my blank vinyl collection will grow into a monster & I'll have this one flesh weirdo standing in the middle!

(Please ignore the excessive flash in this photo!)

I shoved the pin on my bag, took a bit of effort(had to move a few other pins/badges around), but I made it fit! I really wish one of my photos had captured the epic shininess of this pin, but alas, my photography skills continue to suck.

Also JUST managed to cram the flesh Cheestroyer onto my arrow shelf. I'm going to need to do some serious reorganisation soon! Quite a lovely addition to my Cheestroyer collection however!

These pins are limited to 100 & I highly recommend you snag one before they're gone(there was less then 30 left when I ordered mine). Bad Teeth has pin/vinyl lots listed in their store as well. For anyone seeking a flesh Cheestroyer(or a blue one!).

You can go buy something on Bad Teeth Comics Big Cartel store, or stop by their instagram or facebook.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Pug U - 3rd Planet (Chatpakon Spng)

Who doesn't love pug dogs? 3rd Planet(Chatpakon Spng) has created a truly unique toy! These little cuties can be mixed & matched! I had to buy two, just so I could play! These little Pugs are about 2 inches tall & 3 inches long in size. They were only about $13.50 AUD each, which is a VERY reasonable price.

These aren't the most refined toys I've ever bought, but they're quite fun. I love an interactive toy & I bought two specifically for that purpose. Perhaps it's due to the period I grew up in, but inter-changeable toys are very appealing to me & it's always fun when you can actually 'play' with your toys!

I have to say I was a little disappointed with the packaging. Basic sealable baggies. No header cards, no business cards or stickers. Just my toys in a box. Though admittedly, WELL packaged! Layers & layers of bubble wrap & tiny styrofoam beads... which I spilled everywhere... In my personal opinion though, packaging is all part of the process & these were greatly lacking in that regard.

I think this might be my first toy from Thailand. The toy community over there is growing like crazy & I endlessly see creative work from that corner of the world. I hope to acquire many more toys from Thailand in the future!

I really love the touch of pink in their middle sections. I'm not a huge fan of pink, but I believe it's a wonderful contrast colour & these toys are a beautiful example. I'm almost tempted to display them in pieces, just to emphasise their pink insides.

3rd Planet has teased a few other colours lately. Clear vinyl, a pink/blue marble version etc. I find the blanks very appealing(perhaps because they're shiny). As much as I feel a little indifferent about these first two, I'm still oddly tempted to buy more(which really, makes me question my slightly unenthusiastic opinion of these toys)!

3rd Planet doesn't have a website, but you can find them on facebook & instagram!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Kappa - Stegoforest - Jesse Narens

More vinyl! Yay! This weird little cutie is called 'Kappa' by Jesse Narens. Part of his 'Stegoforest' series. This sculpt was first teased about 3 years ago(or at least that's when I first became aware of it), originally named 'Mossy Kappa'. I instantly wanted it! Luckily I saw a blog post from SpankyStokes a couple of weeks ago about the first release & I managed to snag the very last one! There was 4 or 5 different colours for the first release(I think), I got a red one!

Yokai demons are pretty common to see in the toy realm & Kappas are a pretty popular choice. Generally I find it all a bit redundant, but this little guy is the exception to my rule apparently. I couldn't look past it's cute little feet & tail, it's hooked beak & the general creepy cuteness of it.

These were produced by Science Patrol, the same milky red vinyl used for my Mastodon Tank I think. About 3.75inches long & 1.75inches tall. It's articulated at the neck & very well balanced thanks to it's four feet.

I'm so glad I learned about this released before they sold out. Though I'm sure there will be more Kappas in the future, I'm particularly fond of red. Jesse Narens 'stegoforest' creatures are wonderful & I'm excited to see what other strange things he creates in the future.

You can find Jesse Narens 'Stegoforest' on facebook & instagram

Thursday, May 25, 2017

FuKu Bear ( Blank Pink ) & ( Blank Yellow ) - Don't Cry In The Morning

How cute are these? Don't Cry In The Morning recently dived into the realm of vinyl & the moment I saw the FuKu bear, I basically stalked their social media until an online release happened! DCITM are an avid user of bright colours & these bears are no exception! As you can see, I couldn't decide which colour I liked best, so I bought both!

I think these bears are totally weird! Bulgy eyes & fortune cookie heads? Who comes up with that? The combination of cute & weird is greatly appealing to me!

The Fuku Bears were one of two toys that were part of DCITM first vinyl release. The 'Kaiju YaKu' was also available in two colours(they have both sold out already). Honestly, I was quite tempted by the kaiju as well, but my money supply was limited & the FuKu Bears were my priority!

I really love these toys! They bring a bit of colour my shelves, which is always nice! They're about 4.5 inches(12cm) tall, surprisingly well balance(I had them standing on my coffee table, which I then walked into & they stayed standing!). They also have cute little tails & I love that their hands are smooth, almost like they're gloved! Honestly a very well thought out toy! They are also only HK$220(about $30 USD) each, which is a bargain!

Both the pink & yellow blank FuKu Bears are limited to 50 each. There's still some available, so grab them while you can! I'm excited to see what other colours are produced in the future! Though really, I just think I'm excited to have more sofubi in my life! On a roll this year!

You can find Don't Cry In The Morning on facebook & instagram, or pop over to their site & buy yourself one of their first FuKu Bear releases!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Mickey Monster - Vincent Scala

Back in November, the Mickey Monster kickstarter was making the rounds on social media. I loved Vincent Scalas design, but as I have no credit/debit card I was unable to pledge. Instead I took the time to share it obsessively, in the hope that when it reached its goal & got produced, I could buy one. That opportunity recently became a reality & now I have this epic mickey-parody freak for my shelves!

Admittedly the quality of this toy is a little lacking. Mine came loose from it's inner blister during shipping & was floating around in it's packaging. Honestly though, for $40 USD, this thing is amazing! 7 inches tall & 3 points of articulation(which really helps with it's balance... which is a little questionable!). I actually love that the vinyl seams are weirdly placed(bottom of the head, at the top of one leg) & the paintwork isn't as perfect as it could be. It all makes the toy quite unique & a little silly!

Vincent Scala threw in a few goodies for me. All very awesome, but the pin is probably my favourite. It's found a new home on my bag & it's officially the largest pin I own! These stickers are pretty sick though. Makes me feel the need to come up with a solution for my ever-growing collection of stickers!

The concept for this toy is creepy & playful. There are three version of Mickey Monster. The solid black & pink versions are limited to 50 & are $100 USD a piece. If i could afford it I'd totally snag the other two versions!

I absolutely love this toy! So happy to finally have one in my hands & it was totally worth the wait! I'm excited to see what else Vincent Scala will make in the future!

You can check out his work(or buy your own Mickey Monster!) on his website & instagram

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Customs - Bash Projects(Bas Petter)

This is probably the largest order of toys so far in my collecting history! It might seem insane to some, but this purchase took... some time. Almost 4 years in fact. It was totally worth the wait(the blame for the long time period can probably be put on both parties equally :P)!

It all began with a contest. Bash Projects(Bas Petter) had just completed a set of mini 'Lunartik in a Cup of Tea' customs that he called 'The Barrels of Tea'.

Six brave animals who aren't afraid of a little adventure. They traded their Cups of Tea for these wooden barrels and jumped in the river. They are gonna go down the Niagara Falls!

Bas decided to give away of couple of these cuties. He held a contest that required giving an idea for a larger Cup of Tea custom. I was one of two winners. The elephant 'Barrel of Tea' was my cute little prize! I also managed to snag the last 'Barrel of Tea'(the pig) that was available.

My idea for my contest entry was a 'Cute Little Rat'. As Bash started sharing photos of his progress on the custom, it became clear to me that I'd need to buy that rat once it was complete.

Honestly this rat is adorable! Bas obviously took my suggestion of 'cute' literally. It's wearing cheese on it's head & look at it's tiny little bear minion! It's just insanely adorable!

The other winning idea was a 'Head Hunter'. I decided to snag that too! It's a pretty mental custom.

I really love the bone through it's nose, beautifully executed in my opinion. I also love the colours(which my photos really don't do justice to) & the fact it's cooking itself!

When I saw this monstrous custom 8' Dunny zombie, I thought to myself 'Fuck it, why not add one more to your order!'(of course, being me, I DIDN'T stop there & you can read about the absolutely LAST additions to my order on my A Clockwork Orange Collector blog). I really love the details on this one. The little severed arm, the dismembered limbs, the exposed brain. It's just all happening with this freak!

You may notice in the pics, there's an axe that needs to be re-attached to the back, I'll get around to that the next time I feel I'm having a 'steady-hands' day(it was removed to ensure safe travel on it's way to me)!

Bas also threw in his epic take on King Kong that he strung together for ToyConUK back in 2014. Honestly a pretty mind-blowing custom 7' Munny. I'm quite happy to add it to my collection!

These toys are brilliant! I'm glad I'm able to lay claim to such a huge selection of customs from Bash Projects.
I'm unsure if Bas is still making customs, but you can find him on facebook & inquire if you love his work!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Handsome Studio - TTL (Cute Snout)

Back in October last year Handsome Studio shared something new. TTL(Cute Snout), an adorably phallic, cat/peach critter(you can read about the original prototype on The Toy Chronicle). From my understanding, the design wasn't intended to be suggestive.

In Handsome Studio's own words:

The TTL(Cute Snout) is a combination of the cat’s snout and peach.
I am always with a cat.
The cutest part of a cat is a snout.
As a child, peaches were expensive and could not be eaten.
Now the most precious thing to me and the lack of childhood are purely harmonious

However, I instantly saw it's inappropriate nature & it will always be a cute penis to me!

This little cutie is my first resin toy of the year & for something only 2.5 inches long, it's a beautifully rendered little thing! Handsome Studio obviously has some incredible skill working with resin. Not a air bubble in sight & sanded down to a perfectly smooth surface!
The Cute Snout is also beautifully painted. Shades of pink with a hint of sparkle. Generally I'm not a big fan of glittery paints, but this toys shine is so subtle I find it quite appealing.

This was actually one of my first purchases of the year, but it was missing some decals for it's eyes/whiskers/anus that were meant to come with it. Those arrived a couple of days ago.
I considered applying the decals before taking my photos, I hesitated however. I don't have the steady hand of a seasoned artist & I'm concerned my applications will make my Cute Snout appear a bit cockeyed(Hehehehe see what I did there?).

Besides the decals, this toy came with lots of fun little extras! Postcards & product cards, stickers & a awesome 2 inch badge! I really love the Cute Snout art on all the extras. That is one adorable little character!

The product card reads:

- Just a combination of a cat's snout and peach. But somehow sexual and cute?! -

TTL(Cute Snout) has been made in an endless array of colours(Handsome Studio is also working on more 'TTL World' designs!). I settled on the original, but I'm still super eager to gain some more! The clear versions & the white splattered(semen splattered?) version are probably my next Cute Snout goals!

TTL(Cute Snout) is still available to purchase, you can find them on etsy & ebay

You can find additional information about Handsome Studio on facebook & instagram

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Lora Zombie x Eyes On Walls - Unicorn Kiss

When I first saw these making the rounds on social media, I was super excited. I'm a big fan of unicorns & these are adorable. I had a few purchasing struggles, but in the end I managed to snag one.

To pre-warn you, I will most likely use this in all future blog posts that include a unicorn :P

Lora Zombie does a great deal of unicorn art, but I believe this is her first foray into the realm art toys. 'Unicorn Kiss' really has the perfect design to incorporate into a toy. It's cute, it stands well on it's four little stumpy legs & well, it's a unicorn! The packaging art is super cute as well! It was produced by Mighty Jaxx & sold exclusively through Eyes On Walls. There were 4 different colours available. I bought the black version.

Tragically, I'm not really overwhelmed by the quality of this piece. For a Mighty Jaxx produced toy & for $25 USD(& $19.95 USD shipping!), I expected better. I could swear the tail seems a little different from the rest, darker, or shinier or something. Additionally there was tiny scraps of vinyl packaged in with the toy(perhaps from the vinyl trimming process?). A small piece left a tiny dent in one of the unicorns cheeks & it's been left with a overall unclean appearance. I'm not hugely fussy about toys, but I put a lot of effort into acquiring this one & it's left my enthusiasm a little dampened.

On a lighter note, it's a great addition to my collection of unicorn toys! After all, one can never have too many & the black is a fantastic contrast to the rest!

It really is a pretty adorable toy & It's a pretty impressive piece, standing at 5inches tall. I'm still happy I bought one! Even if it's not quite the quality I expected, this is a rather nice addition to my collection.

You can find Zora Zombie on facebook, instagram, twitter or check out her website.

You can also find her & multiple other artists on Eyes On Walls facebook, twitter, instagram & their website.