2.3.15

Pre-Order for Space Cobra: Soul Of Soft Vinyl Manga Series Begins March 24


Priced at 10,800 YEN for 270mm tall vinyl collectibles "Cobra" and "Lady", worldwide pre-order for Kingdom Come Studyo's Space Cobra (from Soul Of Soft Vinyl Manga Series) begins March 24th, 2014 at the following www-locals:

Thailand: www.kingdomcome.co.th
Japan: www.medicomtoy.co.jp
Hong Kong: Superman toy shop
USA and others: @unboxindustries

Event Video for DICHOTOMY @ Toy Art Gallery

"Toy Art Gallery is proud to present “DICHOTOMY”, a Doublethink Group Show. 40+ artists channel their inner undead doppelganger and customize the DOUBLETHINK soft vinyl figure created and sculpted by Takahiro Komuro (TKOM) and produced by TAG!"
You can purchase the customs online here via shop.toyartgallery.com although by now most of them have been listed as "Sold Out" ... the ones featured below have since already been spoken for ... :p


Above-left: Acid and Mushrooms by Johan Ulrich
Above-right: DISJOINED by MISCREATION TOYS
Below-left: I LOVE PONIES by OKOKUME
Below-right: MARTIN ONTIVEROS

Pre-Orders for Michael Lau's GUMGUMGUM ALEX + GUM“JENG!” ALEX from March 3-15


Information update for Michael Lau's figures forum Gum Gum's first anniversary, reveals a 2-figure box set featuring both GUMGUMGUM ALEX + GUM“JENG!” ALEX - priced at US$199 + SHIPPING, with a run limit of 299pcs each. Worldwide Online Orders begin March 3rd thru ti March 15th, ith delivery from May 2015. You can score your furry suited and black apron-ed figures via GUM-GUM-GUM.COM.

Teaser for Sam Fout's Upcoming "Satan's Aces"


Check out this short teaser / promo video for my Sam Fout's new upcoming toy line; Satan's Aces! (Psst: It contains full sneaks of all the sculpts to come…)

Cute animals with destructive capabilities and weapons of war at their disposal? LOCK'N'LOAD, PEOPLE!!!!!

Designed & painted by Sam Fout (IG @samfout), sculpted and cast by or DuBoseArt (IG @duboseart) - each toy limited to 50 pieces, with the first one, Ironside Battalion coming soon!

(Video & original music by @product614)

Birthday Custom Releases from JonPaul Kaiser


So JonPaul Kaiser has been celebrating his birthday over the weekend (Happy Birthday, mate!) with a series of custom-toy releases via his online, with the trio of pieces featured here today since been SOLD.

Seen above is his splendid Screaming for the Sunrise (based on a Yoskay Yamamoto piece), followed by the 8" tall Fujisan (original figure by Bigfoot and Dragatomi) and finally the Polar Assault Infantry (based on a 3" Dunny). Stay tuned t o his Instagram @jonpaulkaiser to see if there's any further "surprises" to lookout for!



Jangles the Pug-wok by Cesar Diaz


Cesar Diaz shares with us his latest creation: "Jangles the Pug-Wok - currently available here for $15.
He was digitally sculpted using Zbrush, 3D printed and then casted in resin for the final product. Figure is hand painted using Citadel acrylic paints and then sprayed with a matte varnish for protection and stands approximately 3 inches tall.""

1.3.15

Snaps for SOTOYS @ Lou Belle Shop launched on Feb 28


Here's a first few snaps of the launch of SOTOYS at Lou Belle Shop yesterday February 28th (pics+info courtesy of @TRLbandung) - featuring new practitioners in the indie art toy scene in Bandung, Indonesia! SOTOYS exhibits thru March 7th, 2015. Stay tuned for more pics and info :)


(Above: HANK by WHOP)

(Above: "Fald fams" variable dimension by yeyeyeaaghh)

(Above: elmot | elmit by Bilal. Boyd)

Wonder Festival 2015 (Winter) & The Realizing The Difference With Anime Festival Asia


Prepping and posting newsery for Wonder Festival 2015 (Winter), it had dawned on me why I had my personal disappointments with the annual Anime Festival Asia here in Singapore: Because I had myself been "accepting" AFA to be the by-default version of WonderFest!

With constantly seeing the images and videos of WonderFest through the years, I had transferred my desire to see toys thru to AFA, since my coverage from 2008, had an abundance of. The primary difference being, AFA showcased mass market licensed properties from anime and as well toy brands, whereas events like WonderFest also included much more indie brands and designers. "Cosplay" is one of the factors which links the two, IMHO.

The excitement of seeing Medicom Toy products on display at AFA 2008 (itself a effort via the toys' distributors in SG), parlays now to brands like Bandai, Tamashii Nations, Good Smile Company holding court in AFA. Truth be told, one of my fave exhibitors is Bandai, where they make available TONS of merch for sale, some with sweet prices too! That's how I could afford to pick up Wild Tiger and Barnaby Brooks Jr (from Tiger & Bunny) S.H.Figuarts collectibles a few years back, which in turn led me down a renewed path to anime toys! Passion for the genre represented by "purchasing ability" has always been a boon and bugbear for myself personally thru the years anyways LOL


And for years, I've oft lamented the lack of more "indie" artists/designers/creators at AFA … names like TOUMA, DEVILROBOTS, Mori Chack et al - essentially folks we might see in SG toycons! Fair enough they need not be housed in individual booths, but perhaps in a sole pavilion, under a sole banner. If TOYSREVIL has the ability and resources, I would do that ("cost" being the biggest issue, of course, I am not naive ;p), and want to do that without a shred of doubt (or "business acumen" obviously LOL). And as for "licensed characters by-way-of anime culture" = I am sure they designers have products to cater to that notion/concept? Or can cater to that notion, as "fanarts" is one of the key proponents in the culture, no? *nudge-nudge*


Be that as it may, I have come to acknowledge that both AFA and WF are indeed two separate entities, and I laugh at myself because it took me YEARS later til today to realize+recognize the difference! Blame my fanboy-head for dwelling amongst the clouds for far too long, I guess LOL

Nevertheless, AFA is geographically closer to myself anyways, while WonderFest and all Japan-based events, while ever remain a dream destination ...


And while I have since since ended my blog-coverage for AFA 2014, featured below are two videos with a combined total of over 45 minutes' worth of filmed toys, collectibles and statues seen at WF2015W, for your gawking pleasures (**there are some repeats/overlaps in both videos). I have been screengrabbing images like a madman tho LOL (and montaged in images featured above), of course since posted HERE on the TOYSREVIL Facebook. ENJOY!

Cheers
Andy TOYSREVIL


The above featured 18+minuter "Tokyo Toy Fiend Invades Wonder Festival" features quite a number of names/toy-makers/customizers familiar to this blog (Instinctoy! RAMPAGE TOYS! Ohmy!), while the below 27+minuter from antibiotictab showcases tons of licensed kaiju characters as well. Are there any more videos I am missing out? Share with us in the comments section of this blog-post, thanks!

TOYSREVIL @ Anime Festival Asia 2014 / Public Impressions


One cannot deny the popularity of the annual Anime Festival Asia event in Singapore, for what I reckon is roaring "success" in terms of awareness and perhaps even "attendance" ("business wise" I have not stats to claim otherwise), and as it spreads to other parts of Asia - like Indonesia, Malaysia and this year we'll see the launch of AFA Thailand - the presentation of all-things Japanese anime is a force to be reckoned with here in this part of the world.

When I found out AFA was taking up the entire 4th floor at Suntec City Convention Center, I was both esthetic and gripped in "fear" - which essentially meant MORE goodness to gawk at (if not MORE space to maneuver LOL), mixed up with the tangible "fear" that my physicality might not be able to take the "punishment" of walking around too long too much!


[All "Live" Instagrammed Images for #AFA2014 HERE on FB]

Alas with a one-day only pass provided, my coverage has since been condensed to that one day of milling about the thronging crowd and incessant noise of merriment choking the air. But the mood seems "right", seems "apt" (versus the night market that STGCC has become, IMHO). Two days spread out would have been perfect for covering the event, but no I do not run the show.

Contained herein are links to photo albums on the TOYSREVIL-Facebook for the select booths I had a chance to snap pics of via my iPhone3, as well I've decided to let some folks comment on the event itself instead of my yammering LOL

Thanks again to Hauke Scheer for keeping me company throughout!


[More images of GOOD SMILE CO @ AFA HERE on FB]
"Hahaha it's actually pretty manageable, of you are into saunas or steam room, pretty much the same. Haha AFA was fun! The crowd's great too!" - shared Wilson Cai - who was underneath the OO-KUN Mascot at the Animax booth! (Dance Video on FB)

[More images of Artist Alley AKA "Creators Hub" @ AFA HERE on FB]
"AFA was great but I was kind of stuck at my booth again most of the time so didn't really get to move around much. But I do hope that they can display more new figures that's not release yet like Wonder Fest." -shared ZiQi Wu of Monster Little, who was boothing at Creators Hub at AFA.

[More images of TAMASHII NATIONS @ AFA HERE on FB]
"As a "first time" exhibitor at AFA , it was really great and the crowd surprised me! I was a bit worried because my art is totally not related to anime/fan art lol ! Love the experience XD" -shared Shenly Yee from D'creativeholic - whom I purchased a Cheeky Fly from!

[More images of MEGAHOUSE @ AFA HERE on FB]
"I'm a bit annoyed by nissin booth. Because I was hungry and it smells sooooooo goood. lol

I thought it was pretty good. Personally I felt it was more organized and better run than STGCC (as an attendee) but of course the experience could be pretty different as an exhibitor."
- Illustrator, Jerry Teo (Creator of Rex Regrets)

[More images of VOLKS @ AFA HERE on FB]
"From the photos and videos I've seen and from reviews of a friend who worked there, I must say they have improved. Though I didn't go in the end, the mini events held here and there are interesting at least in words.

But I didn't go because the contents felt repetitive. Skipping this year wouldn't feel much difference as next year would be around the same or similar. They tried to be innovative with niconico karaoke booth and SnK 3D Manoevre stuff. Also SAO Oculus rift was cool. Next year should be have one la~"
- Thero Dennis

[More images of GUNDAM @ AFA HERE on FB]

5 Years since AFA has been happening in Singapore, and I think it's time I went to "enjoy" my geekself, than to attempt to "cover" it on the TOYSREVIL-blog … but maybe on my I Not Otaku-blog? We'll see as the months go along, shall we?

Cheers
Andy TOYSREVIL

MORE PICS:

[More images of Latendo @ AFA HERE on FB]

[More images of IDOLMASTER @ AFA HERE on FB]

28.2.15

“Rajah Dreams” by Jeremiah Ketner for WonderGround Gallery (March 14 Release)


Jeremiah Ketner is headed back to WonderGround Gallery come March 14th, where his latest piece “Rajah Dreams” (featured above) will be made available as prints and other merch at the locale in Downtown Disney District, California. Lovely work as usual!

No word if they'll be available online, so stay tuned to Jeremiah's Instagram @smallandround or @wondergroundgallery for any updates!

Twisted Mouse Show @ PIQ: Flyer & Artwork Previews (Opens March 14)


Opening March 14 at PIQ (8 Grand Central TerminalNew York, NY) is the group art show titled "Twisted Mouse", featuring, well, the infamous Mouse as twisted and re-envisioned by a slew of artists in one-of-a-kind customs figures, prints and canvases. Check out some previews I thralled thru the www for, and as well the above artwork in the flyer is by Vincent Scala, and am looking forward to be seeing MORE ~ (Cheers for the headsup, Sabina)


Above Custom by Jay222

Above Artwork by Betso

Above WIP Artwork by JFury

Announcing @mrsume for UME Toys

UME TOYS PRESS RELEASE: "Drum roll please… Here is Friday’s big news from team UME! If you’ve ever come and seen UMETOYS at a convention you’ll always find me (Rich) and Mrs UME (Jay) fronting the booth, what you may not know that over the last year or so Jay has been sculpting in secret and sewing awesome cosplay costumes with @elmos_empire".


"It’s been a long-time coming and after a lot of arm twisting I’m pleased to announce that Jay will finally be having a resin collectable release of her own under the UME banner. What can you expect to see? A high quality resin piece and something completely new for UME, hand stitched clothing! We are still working on final details but if you’d like to keep up-to-date with the development and grab a peep behind the scenes head on over to Instagram and search for @mrsume you never know there may even be a launch give-away so get in quick." shared Richard Page for UME Toys, who adds - "PS Jay is the one on the right in the photo. Cheers"

Custom-Feature: Squadt Ooze Terror Boy by JonPaul Kaiser

"This is a Squadt Ooze Terror Boy which I've taken down quite a macabre path; with exposed and warped bone, bloated flesh which has sloughed off in places. The photography was again by Justin Allfree. " -shared JonPaul Kaiser, who shares images of his commissions AFTER the client/owner has received them - "I think after a quiet January people are feeling the festive pinch ease up a little so I've been shipping loads recently."

WIP of "Chibi" Vader by Wetworks (possibly) for #maythe4thsg


Wetworks AKA Carlo Andrada Cacho sculpts some Star Wars awesomeness with a possible release for Star Wars Day #maythe4thsg - thanks to FLABSLAB. Looks like the Sith Lord might have some "Imperial help" too … *EXCITEMENT*

Frank Kozik x BlackBook Toy: A Clockwork Carrot Dim “Haunted” edition Drops Feb 28


BlackBook Toy announces the impending release of Frank Kozik’ s A Clockwork Carrot Dim Haunted edition. Remember the Lil Alex Haunted edition (since Sold Out)? Now he has a matching Droog to help wreck havoc on other toys! … or in this case, each other?…

Sculpted by T9G and is a Made in Japan Sofubi, the Dim Haunted edition stands 28.5cm (11.25”) and is 12960 yen, available to purchase here on www.blackbooktoy.com. Online sales would start at Noon of Feb 28th(Tokyo), 27th 7pm(LA), 10pm(NY) and 3am(UK). Please read the following carefully:
"Dim Haunted has clear black casted body with matte finished head, hands suspender, codpiece and boots. You can choose his metal chain colorway (GOLD or BLACK). Upon the release of Dim Haunted, we would be restocking very limited amounts of Lil Alex Haunted. We would discount 1000yen when purchasing Dim and Lil Alex together." - Kazuhiro Takahashi for BBT.

Looks like the rabbit lost to the bear…!

Treeson Momiji by Bubi Au Yeng x Momiji


With the demise of Crazy Label, one might assume we'll not see Bubi Au Yeung's beloved Treeson as new collectibles on toy shelves around the world again … but there is fab news for collectors, as TREESON IS BACK! Made in collaboration with UK doll company Momiji, presenting TREESON MOMIJI!
"Only 500 pieces have been produced, each one is numbered on the base by hand. TREESON MOMIJI is packaged in Momiji’s signature noodle box printed with Bubi’s iconic style. Momiji are message dolls. Inside each one there’s a tiny folded notecard for a hand-written message, dream or wish. Momiji work with designers from around the world to create their collection of characters."
So what would be YOUR secret message? Priced at Priced at US$27.50 per (£18.95 / €22.95) and exclusively available via www.lovemomiji.com, Treeson Momiji is scheduled for a launch Friday 27th February. I just checked stock available for Singapore, and has since been listed as "Sold Out" ~ *living in sad-city* :(

(Thanks for the headsup, Claire)

MOMIJ PRESS RELEASE: "Bubi Au Yeung and Momiji Collaborate to Create TREESON MOMIJI. Award-winning designer, Bubi Au Yeung and UK doll company Momiji have joined forces to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the iconic character, Treeson. Treeson was created in 2005 by the Hong Kong artist and rapidly became a magnet for design prizes, accolades and love from around the world. The new Limited Edition release combines Treeson, a creature of the forest with a Momiji girl who represents a human soul. Treeson is known for the branch that sticks out from his heart.

“I used to have nothing in my chest. Then one day, a tree branch was stabbed into my heart. Don't worry, it doesn't hurt. I'm used to it now. Don't we all have something in our heart as we get older? I like my friends. I smile a lot. And I'm seldom bored. I am Treeson, the son of trees.”"

(The 3" tall resin Treeson Momiji is also available via for $45 per / Additional pic via)

Toy-Review: Inner Child by Nerviswr3k x SubUrbanVinyl


Designed by Nerviswr3k and produced by SubUrbanVinyl, INNER CHILD is scheduled for a release Feb 28 at www.suburbanvinyl.com (Green colorway exclusive, limited to 125pcs), www.tenacioustoys.com (Blue colorway exclusive, limited to 125pcs) and the RED reviewed here is a "Retailer" Edition (also limited to 125pcs produced), so check in with your fav retailers for availability. SRP for this 4" tall vinyl piece is US$45 per (excluding shipping).

Check out MORE still images since uploaded HERE on the TOYSREVIL-Facebook - RECOMMENDED BUY, no. B.S. :)

TOYSREVIL Milestone: First Ever Production Toy #TOYSREVILTurns10

WHAT-IS: "In an effort to celebrate the TOYSREVIL-Blog Turning Ten Years Old, I look back at a decade of bloggery and pick 10 x (personal) Milestones (more than the ones I blogged about in 2011 LOL), to share, to reminisce, and to give myself a motivational-booster to continue blogging. Thank you for your indulgence, my dearest readers :)"

A photo posted by TOYSREVIL (@toysrevil) on


Found documentation for the TOYSREVIL booth for STGCC 2009, during my yearly spring clean for Lunar New Year - and there's loads to be had too! Fill up quite a number of forms, which of course as a hoarder I had kept thru the years (need to rectify that soon…).

Always memorable was launching my first production toy, a TOYSREVIL YOKA - thanks to the generosity of Eddie Yip at adFunture - for which I will always be beholden and grateful to, and had taken for granted, my sincere apologies will never be enough ... and definitely a milestone in the 10 years of TOYSREVIL :)

The TOYSREVIL Edition YOKA was limited to 100pcs and is since OUT OF STOCK in my hoard, with only a scant few left as gifts or future fundraising auction (*hint-hint*).

27.2.15

TOYSREVIL Milestone: Best Blog 2011 #TOYSREVILTurns10

WHAT-IS: "In an effort to celebrate the TOYSREVIL-Blog Turning Ten Years Old, I look back at a decade of bloggery and pick 10 x (personal) Milestones (more than the ones I blogged about in 2011 LOL), to share, to reminisce, and to give myself a motivational-booster to continue blogging. Thank you for your indulgence, my dearest readers :)"

A photo posted by TOYSREVIL (@toysrevil) on


Receiving the "Best Blog" nod in the inaugural Designer Toy Awards 2011, was the perfect booster for me, for surviving Stroke in end-2010. Truthfully I used to "resent" it as I had felt it was a "pity vote" that got me thru, but you know what? I bust my a$$ blogging daily and I deserve this! Hahahaha … well, I need whatever motivation to help push me thru everyday, right? ... It's a real pity though the gold chrome tarnished real quick, otherwise I would've brought it out (at my booths at local events) and displayed it more ... Blame Singapore's humidity, perhaps? :)

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: My humble thanks to everyone who had voted for the blog, and it means so much to me as this is a Public Voted Award. Thank you all for reading :)


(Sean Leonard from The Cotton Candy Machine presenting …
my pre-prepared speech was cut-off at the end tho)

The Award Trophy features a character designed by Pete Fowler , and manufactured by Pretty In Plastic.

WIP for INNERDEMON by David Ho x VTSS Toys


Check out the above featured 3D rendered image teaser for David Ho's "Innerdemon" (Click on image to view original instagram post)- to be made into a polystone sculpture by VTSS Toys! Standing 18 inches tall and comes with a wooden base, the price is TBA, but hell, I'm looking forward to more figure developments! Check out the OG digital artwork by David posted below, titled "exposing my demon" :)

VTSS has pursued a niche genre whereby they adapt contemporary artists' works into sculpts, most notably from Naoto Hattori, to modern designers like Alex Solis, Okedoki and even graf artist Bounce, pushing the genre to "collectible art", without the need to "argue" that it is "art"- and I am so down with that :)

First ToyConUK-Exclusive Vinyl Cavey Tease from The Toy Chronicle


UK-based toy blogging site The Toy Chronicle teases the first of their ToyConUK-exclusives (Facebook Events), with what looks to be a bearded Vinyl Cavey ala their blog mascot! Congrats in advance, guys!
PRESS: "With less than two month from the biggest day in the UK Designer Toy 2015 calendar - TOYCONUK2015 - we figured we'd give you a first teasing glimpse at one of our TTC booth exclusives. Can you guess what it is? More details will follow over the course of the next 58 days! Keep your potatoes peeled on The Toy Chronicle website for further info on other ToyConUK exclusives that will be coming your way! Also, if you have not got your tickets for ToyConUK yet, what are you waiting for? Get them here."

Kaiju Chubs & Kappas from Gorgoloid Available Now

GORGOLOID PRESS RELEASE: "Gorgoloid presents the first limited release of our newest figure, Kaiju Chubs (seen above). 5 inches tall, 260 grams hand cast resin dyed with MonsterKolor resin dye and sprayed with MonsterKolor paint. Hand painted glass eyes and two points of articulation.

Also available in the shop: Kappas! (seen below) Gorgoloid's version of the Japanese yokai stand at 2 inches tall and come in 5 available color options: mint, teal, white, blue and pink. All Kappas are hand cast and dyed with MonsterKolor dyes. All figures are available now at www.gorgoloid.com."

Am really diggin' the Kappas! *GOOD JOB*

Cactus Critters by PJ Constable Drops Feb 27


PJ Constable shares with us info and snaps of his new custom series - up for grabs this Friday at 8:00pm GMT via www.collectanddisplay.com. Introducing CACTUS CRITTERS!
"These Cacti Customs are all based off 3" Dunnys, all of which have been cut open and heavily sculpted on to create the cactus form and texture (No prickles for safety purposes though!) Each Custom features scratch sculpted critters living within or on their hollowed out bodies. No place too dangerous to call home! I hope you enjoy them. ^__^" -shared PJ Constable. (Thanks for sharing, PJ!)

Names and prices:
Cactus Critters! Lynx & Bat - £100
Cactus Critters! Blue Lizard - £85
Cactus Critters! Sssnakes! - £95
(Full images HERE on FB)

Business Monkey by Joe Ledbetter x Munky King Drops March 12th

"CEO? Wage slave? Either way, Monkey is ready for the rat race with his corporate duds and signature dour expression. Comes with a bossy bird telling him to make that money."
Releasing March 12th via www.munkyking.com is Joe Ledbetter's BUSINESS MONKEY! This latest iteration of the 20cm tall "Good Morning Sunshine" Monkey is in an edition of 500pcs and has a MSRP of US$90 per. As well, folks eager to headhunt this vinyl simian can join in a contest this weekend on there instagram @Munkykingtoys to win a free Business Monkey before everyone else! So stay sharp, folks :)


(Cheers for the headsup Lauren)
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