And a new logo.
I don't want to reveal TOO much, but if you guys have questions before the launch, I'll do my best to answer them. For those who have already asked questions and are awaiting answers, I'm still working on them.
Also seen are the E.L.S 01 Kachidoki Energy Lock Seed which allows Gaim to obtain this new form. And we get a first look at the new DJ Gun weapon. These items are both scheduled for release in March at 2000 yen for the Seed and 5500 yen for the DJ Gun.
Following my earlier sneak peek feature, Lisa Rae Hansen let's loose a couple of more peeks at her "Heavy Metal Wookie" - which has since revealed to be a one-off custom of a vintage original Kenner Chewbacca, on sale this Thursday December 13th at ibreaktoys.storenvy.com. And while no price is mentioned, I am sure folks here would be interested to score this via a limited run resin cast series, yes? Rock-ON!
Custom Previews / Toy Retrospective / Mural by Meggs for "20 Rangers for 20 Years" @ Toy Art Gallery (Dec 7-8)
Above-right: Josh Mayhem
Below-left: hand-knit Power Ranger by Olek
Below-right: Scott Tolleson (cute kid does not come with)
This is an all-Power Rangers blogpost, featuring above customs of the 30" tall on show at Toy Art Gallery, ready for the "20 Rangers for 20 Years" show launching December 7 and exhibiting thru to Dec 8th, and directly below are images of the display by Bandai for a retrospective of the 20-year history of Power Rangers via toys!
And right at the bottom, we have a video to share, featuring the "Making Of" a Power Rangers Anniversary mural by House of Meggs. You can visit the mural for the next few months at it's location @ 7753 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(Images via @toyartgallery & event organizers @sweetstreetsla)
Launched at Art Basel in Miami over the weekend, was "TRASHed Miami" by Kidrobot x Global Inheritance, whereby invited artists redesigned a miniature recycling bin, meant to promote recycling in Miami. Check out some snaps of the finished work, from a variety of participating artists (most images courtesy of @kidrobot). Seen above-right is @nickgazin, holding the custom-base in question :)
Above custom by Jerkface @incarceratedjerkfaces
Middle custom by Carson Catlin @carsoncatlin
Below custom by Galen McKamy @galenmckamy
Above custom by Greg Mishka @gregmishka
Above custom by J*RYU @sniperjryu (check out the instagram video here)
Above custom by Linda Le / VAMPY @vampybitme
Above custom by Juston Lechko @justonlechko
What started out as a custom piece 9circa 20110, now turned into a production 8-inch tall vinyl from Kidrobot, is this YETI DUNNY by Eric Pause of PAUSE Design. Pretty sure nobody expected this to be made enmasse, did they? Kudos to KR for going beyond their dunny-norm and making this happen haha
Priced US$59.99, and limited to 250pcs - 1 in 6 is a chase (seen snaps below from @kidrobot - it's the black colorway, in case you need it pointed out ;p). Do check in with your fav retailers for availability.
STORY: "Normally a peaceful, timid creature, the Great North American Yeti is seldom seen outside his cozy suburban home. However, when its territory is encroached upon the Yeti can become extremely protective and in some cases even violent."
Vault and I have accumulated a number of NECA toys of late (with hopefully more on the way, I’m looking at you ED-209!), so we thought it might be a good time to kick off another week of reviews! But we need a better name than NECA WECA 2 since you have to say “NECA” wrong to get it to rhyme? We are open to clever suggestions, my brilliant readers!
I’m kicking things off with one of my favorite new toys this month, the Hive Wars Predator from Series 10, the Kenner based series. These Kenner figures are evil, by the way. When I first started collecting the Alien & Predator lines from NECA, I was happy because, one, they’re awesome, and two, they were a relatively small investment. A Xenomorph. A City Hunter. A Jungle Hunter. A Dutch. Some Colonial Marines. A few other key characters, maybe, then you’re out. NECA had other plans.
NECA’s Predator line had already established itself as a great line by crunching through the Lost Tribe of Predators seen at the end of Predator 2. There were some cool figures there, but I was okay to pass on them. I waited, and was really happy when the ball-joints hips replaced the v-crotches and I scored a great pair of the Predators from the first two films. I was good. I kinda wanted Big Red (I still do… I need to track one down), because he looked neat. He stood out from the Lost Tribe to me because he was a little more “toyetic” to me. But I was good, I had my two. I didn’t need the legion of others, cool though they may be.
And then NECA went for the jugular. If you’re my age, or even a little older and a fair bit younger, chances are you had more than a few Kenner figures. I had tons: Super Powers. The Dark Knight Collection, The Real Ghostbusters, Batman & Superman TAS, RoboCop & the Ultra Police, Terminator, M.A.S.K., Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos, Centurions, The Shadow, Play-Doh. Heck, I had a Care Bear or two. I’ll admit it. And, oh yeah, a little thing called Star Wars. You’ve probably heard of it.
A few mega-hits from the “Big Two” aside, Kenner owned the boy’s aisle from the late 70s to early 90s, particularly when it came to licensed toys. And included in that list above but held back for dramatic purposes is, of course, Aliens & Predator. The great thing about that era of toys, and some collectors will balk at this I know, but the toys were… toys. It wasn’t always about articulation, scale, accuracy, all these things that I think are important today – I didn’t care much about back then. If Caramel-Spinkick Batman or Screamin’ Winston Zeddemore was fun, I was happy. And if a Predator looked cool in baby blue? So be it.
Which brings me back to NECA. While I still really want to see NECA make Harrigan or Keyes in his containment suit, I respect the importance (& need, really) of having to reuse molds. Repaints have always been a toy company’s best friend, but moreso now than ever. And some smart reuse goes along way. With the Lost Tribe complete, NECA looked to an even deeper well for inspiration and they came back with a simple conclusion: If a Predator looks cool in blue, so be it. Continue to Page 2…
Our tribute to Power Rangers Megaforce & Super Megaforce continues with another DX gallery from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger! Using the ranger keys of Mahou Sentai Magiranger in Gokai Oh summons the Grand Power of Magiranger, Magi Dragon!
DX Magi Dragon is of course based on Magiking's Magi Dragon form. Though considerably smaller than the original it's still a fun little DX figure. It breaks down into 5 components to be stored within Gokai Oh until the dial gimmick is activated. When spun, the dial hits sequential triggers in each of Gokai Oh's limbs that unlock the doors allowing the spring loaded parts to push them open and "transform" into place. When combined with Magi Dragon it's referred to as Magi Gokai Oh! Here's a quick review of the dial feature:
And remember that Toku Toy Box 2013 is under way to celebrate our 2 year anniversary! Posting in this thread automatically enters you in for a chance to win our:
Ultra Robo Kaiju Prize Pack
-S.H. Monsterarts Godzilla '64
-NECA Pacific Rim Series 2 Battle Damage Gipsy Danger & Leatherback
-DX Ultraman Saga
-Marusan Reissue Gamera Vinyl
-Pacific Rim 8X12 Coyote Tango Print
Just make a post in this thread or the upcoming gallery of DX Gozyujin to be entered in for this specific prize pack. 8 galleries this month gives you the chane to be entered in for each prize pack twice! Please note that all staff members and last years Toy Box winner are inellegible for entry.
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I went to Batam the previous weekend and scored me some toys. One of them was a "Bootleg" Gundam :)
Here the trailer
Mine is the big Christmas battle 2 parter in Go-Busters. The fighting spirit for the busters increased because they were saving the kids from a violent death at the hands of Enter. I loved how high the stakes were in that episode, also...
2. AND HIS DATE IS CANDERRILLA?!
3. "But She Laughs At My Jokes!"
4. Eh? Debo Kantokku Puts The Kyoryugers In A Cop Movie Scenario!!!
5. What Was That? A Spark Between Nossan and Canderrilla?!
6. Yuko Finds Out About The Two And Wants To Put A Stop To It!
7. She Comes Under Attack, But An Ally Appears!
8. Canderrilla Watches As Nossan Is Attacked! What Will She Do?!
9. Amy's DVD Watching Proves To Be The Problem?!
10. GIGANT! KYORYUJIN! GIGANT! KYORYUJIN! What Lies Ahead For The Armored Hero And The Joyful Knight?! DISCUSS! VAMOLA MUCHO!!!!
2. An Alliance With Baron, Kurokage and Guridon?!
3. Micchy Knows The Key To Hunt Down The Inves!
4. Micchy Learns the Truth About Zangetsu!
5. More Inves Appear In The Real World!
6. A Rider Battle Royale Seems Imminent! DISCUSS, ON!
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"Sometimes" I like to join in the discussions … but most times folks might get tired, or even exhausted from listening to me! But i digress …
Programming is far and few in-between especially for "art toys", besides the by-now established Toy Break from Ayleen and George Gaspar (and friends) of October Toys, so really, folks are not exactly "spoilt for choice" … but seems the landscape is ever changing and evolving … here are two examples of programming to have recently started in the www:
From KFHC comes "Toy Turds" - a "group-of-guys-on-a-couch" concept with the additional mixed input of verbal vulgarities, heavy metal music, bolstered by the effects of alcohol consumption ("sponsorship" opportunities here, folks!), with two episodes uploaded thus far.
And from new youtube channel Toy Trauma sees numerous genres and brands of toys crossing over and talking smack about each other, in various degrees of vulgarity (notice the emerging pattern?) via stop-motion photography, punctuated in your face with faux dialect voice-overs and script (remembering the good old days of Sucklord's "Microsexuals").