Sergey Safonov updates us with snaps of his solo show in Russia dubbed "After Dark", viewable on his Flickr - featuring peep-hole boxes filled with his creations, along with projected imagery on the walls.
Along with the showcase, were two new releases, in the form of a Mini The end of the Man Skull (above) and the Preserver Bird (shown below) - both of which are available to purchase at the links provided.
Scheduled to launch Saturday, December 14, 2013 @ Tree House Kemang, Jakarta, Tamish Aswani aka Pronto Pixel will be having his first solo artshow titled; "The Pronto Pixel Still Alive Show!" - "…in celebration of winning my battle against cancer!" -rejoices Tamish. Dude has been battling the illness for some time now, so this is quite a triumphant news indeed. Further details to update via his Facebook event page.(The event will include) "Tunes by Giorgi Adiraharja aka DJ KRISNO #gokrisno make sure to drop by , bring cash as there are alot of goodies and fresh prints waiting for you . Hope to see you all there and dont forget to take pics and instagram #stillaliveshow as I will be randomly picking someone to receive a limited edition star wars print" -added Tamish.
Infamous for his custom bottled condiments, Sket-One returns with "KKIKOSKET", with this 8" tall custom custom-Dunny scheduled for a drop (not "literally", least it "breaks", innit?) December 13th at 12AM EST and they will be available till 11:59PM PST = aka 24 hours / 1 day ONLY ordering window, folks! Head towards www.sket-one.com and get ready to fork out US$475 per - no limit to ordering quantity too. LOVE that "clear" bottle of faux soya sauce!
It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a DC figure from Mattel. It’s kind of slim pickings with the DC Classics line coming to an end. We’ve got a few more figures to go, but there is only a couple more I’m really interested in. We’re dealing with a pretty limited budget at this point, and it seems like it’s starting to take its toll on the figures themselves.
Ra’s al Ghul is one of those figures I’ve been waiting get in DC Classics style. Like most people, I’m always for adding more villains onto my Batman Rogues shelf. Unfortunately I’m just not as happy with this figure as I hoped to be. There’s no one big reason why I’m dissatisfied. It’s more like the culmination of a bunch of small nitpicks.
I’ll start with the sculpt. We’ve got a very basic figure here. Ra’s has a new head and cape, while the rest of figure uses the basic suit buck. Ra’s is a pretty eccentric character. The suit body doesn’t look bad on him, but it does cut down on extreme poses and gestures. He’s definitely not going to be winning any swordfights with Batman. Guess I’ll have to settle with him just bossing other figures around.
With the reuse of so many pieces, it really falls on the headsculpt to make or break a lot of DCUC figures. Ra’s headsculpt just doesn’t grab me really. He’s got this weird expression that’s a mix of unhappy and bored, which don’t really fit together. I know a lot of sculpts try to keep it neutral, allowing for various posing scenarios. But Ra’s is a bit crazy, especially after climbing out of one of his pits. I think it would have been acceptable to get a little of that emotion in this figure. Continue to page 2…
Just when you think threezero has their hands full with the release of FullMetal Ghost, and the announcements of The Walking Dead and RoboCop licenses, out pops this little nugget of awesomeness: MAZINGER Z!!!???"We have a mysterious teaser for you! Following the launch of big and heavy armored FullMetal Ghost, we are bring you Mazinger Z! Please follow and like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/threezeroHK for more info and updates."
Here's a group shot of what toys to expect from the coming Giant Monsters Total Combat! solo show by Jeff Lamm at Rivet Gallery, opening Saturday, December 7th (exhibiting thru Dec 31st).
The line-up includes a white/blank and Rasberry Glitter BATTLE DAMAGED MSBRAVO (featuring an all-new sculpt), and Muscle-Colored GREASEBAT & FRIENDS GUMMI PLAYSET, all from Unbox Industries!
After their earlier work-in-progress teaser & SDCC display images, threezero reveals the final version, PLUS availability details for their 1/6th-scaled The Walking Dead Pet Zombies (2 Pack Exclusive Version) from the AMC television series!
AMC's The Walking Dead Pet Zombies will be available for pre-order at www.threezerostore.com at December 13th, 9:00AM Hong Kong time. Priced at US$130/HK$990 for singles zombies, while the 2-pack (exclusive to threezerstore) is US$240/HK$1869 (and comes with severe hands accessory).
And these are not the only characters being made! Keep a lookout for Merle, Daryl, Rick, Well Zombie, and of course; Michonne! Meanwhile, here are some further images of the Pet Zombies to gawk at!
AMC's The Walking Dead Pet Zombies (2 Pack Exclusive Version)
* each figure stands around ~12-inches (30.5 cm) tall;
* fully articulated figure (we will provide photos closer to the sale, to illustrate the concept)
* articulated head, shoulder & waist covered by an authentic soft skin lookalike material for the whole torso;
* lots of attention to details, inducing realistic rotten flesh look, resembling characters on the show;
* realistic paint application to highlight all the details and freshly deceased look and feel;
* detailed clothing with detachable backpack;
* real metal leash with the chain attached.
The Walking Dead Pet Zombies 2pack exclusive will come with an extra pair of severed arms and will be available ONLY at threezerostore.
Opening this Friday, December 6th at Gallery1988 (East) is "Modern Vintage" - featuring the art of Tom Whalen & Dave Perillo. The show runs through Dec. 22, 2013. The previews posted here speak volumes of the style which I personally heart (suddenly I remembered the "Mister X" comicbooks from Dean Motter x Vortex from the late-80s lol …)EVENT PRESS: "This time the artists will once again tackle pop culture inspiration in their own throwback fashions, creating unforgettable images that will be available as limited edition prints, promised to sell out. Those who remember their last 2-man show, will know this is not one to miss."
[Above: Tom Whalen / Below: Dave Perillo]
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Designed by Matts Walls (A.O.I.) and Daniel Smith (turboPISTOLA), the Ion Men are a series of 5” tall sofubi vinyl figures. The Ion Men are made up of a combination of 7 different parts. There are 8 heads, 2 bodies, 2 legs and 5 sets of arms (clockwork cannons, fists, mace, Seismic Ace head arm, and a UFO). The heads are named: Big Damage K16, Centurion K16, Kumatank (Beartank), Murder Boner, Seismic King, Strollbot, Trojan Hoss, and XLR8OR88.
There have been several color releases, as well as some hand-painted versions. For this review, we received the Uma-naut Clear Black colorway. It features the Trojan Hoss head and a translucent black look.
Series: Ion Men
Artists: turboPISTOLA (Daniel Smith) and A.O.I. (Matt Walls)
Material: Clear black vinyl sofubi
Dimensions: Around 5” tall
Points of Articulation: 6 points (neck, shoulders, elbows, waist)
The Japan-made sofubi vinyl comes bagged with a header card. There is a colorful illustration of the Ion on the front. The back of the card is where all of the information about the figure is located. Also, you can also see outlines of the various head styles in the background.
As you’re probably well aware, I have a slight bias towards Japan made (sofubi) vinyl figures. It’s not that pieces made in China are inferior; there are plenty that stack up equally to (or better than) their Japan-made counterparts. It’s that a good sofubi figure feels better in your hands (softer) and can be made in translucent colors without the bubbles that usually plague those made in China.
This Ion figure was extremely well made. I found a few tiny bubbles (insert Don Ho video here), but it’s definitely something I had to search for. There’s no paint on this version, so I can’t tell you how a painted figure looks. But I actually like the translucent smoke color of this colorway, without any paint.
There is plenty of articulation in the top half of the figure. Below the waist, he’s sadly not moving. It offers some playability if you’re not looking to set him up on your shelf. Uma-naut was also durable enough that I received him back from my 3 year old’s testing regimen without a scratch.
Since this is a series and there eight different heads available, I’m pretty sure that you’ll find one or more appealing. Personally, I like the Trojan Hoss head. But since all of the parts are interchangeable, there are a number of combos that you can create if you don’t find the exact pairing you like.
For a figure constructed similar to the Uma-Naut, you’re looking at $25.00. That’s a pretty good deal considering the quality of other similarly priced figures on the market. There are some more complex builds, or builds featuring alternate colors, and they will run you a little more.
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