HUG HUG CAT (Galaxy Edition) from SHON for pre-order (Feb 22-28)


Taiwan-based artist and toy-designer SHON has announced the upcoming pre-order for his brand new vinyl figure; “HUG HUG CAT”! With the “Galaxy” Edition scheduled for a pre-order starting February 22nd and ending Feb 28th (at 24:00hrs). Exact quantity of this edition is as yet revealed, but if you are familiar with SHON’s releases, they do not hang around much longer - especially his “Cat Rider” customs!

Priced at US$75 per (exclude shipping), you can order this 16cm tall Made-in-Taiwan vinyl figure online via

" The galaxy " Hug Hug Cat #shonside #catrider #hughugcat #vinyl

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"Hug Hug Cat which is "made in Taiwan" has different meaning for me - from prototype to mold, each phase and quality was controlled by myself and hope that everyone can own this Taiwan vinyl satisfyingly~" - shared Shon Chen.

I am truly loving this aesthetic of HUG HUG CAT (which I’d love to call “抱抱猫” LOL) = a baby-styled version of Shon’s Cat Rider, wearing a riding helmet with horns on the head sticking forth, and the adorable body of a baby - complete with cute bums and chubby belly!

I would expect MORE versions/editions/colorways to come, and with SHON being a customization “fiend” too, I’d heartily recommend you stay connected via his Instagram @shonside!

CHEWIELOIC by Wetworks x BananaVirus for Thailand Toy Expo & Instagram Drop (Feb 24)

What started out as a custom one-off on a LOIC, soon became a production collectible, with CHEWIELOIC from @iamwetworks x @bananavirus scheduled for a release at the coming Thailand Toy Expo! And the result looks totally brilliant, and one of many exceptional pieces to come from Carlo Andrade Cacho AKA Wetworks, IMHO!

But first, a “handful” of the will be offered up this Friday February 24th @ 9am SGT on Instagram @iamwetworks. More details as it develops … meanwhile, here are more snaps of the figure, including the blister card, featuring the art of @samflowerpants!

KULT ISSUE #20: TOYS - Available Now!

WHAT-IS: "45 artists have pushed the world of toys into overdrive – individually interpreting and recreating playthings. This issue exposes the history of toys, what they are now, and how they might define the future."
"Kult Magazine" is a quarterly publication, with each issue’s contents focuses on a specific “theme”, and for the latest ISSUE #20, the theme is something dear to this blog: “TOYS”!

Featured here are some snaps of the inner pages, and as well a quick page-flip video (seen up top), for kind considerations :)

"Kult inspires play by celebrating the world of toys and addressing the various controversies they present. From rocking horses made with real horse hair to 3D printed toys, these toys have continuously made their mark in pop culture.

For anything significant that’s happened, someone’s built a toy based on it. The history of toys is almost a history of us.

With this in mind, artists were given facts about playthings which they interpreted and then recreated into artwork. The result is a visually provoking art book that exposes the history of toys, what they are now, and how they might define the future.

Over 80 percent of the 50 contributing artists have never been featured in Kult before and were scouted through social media, local art markets and word-of-mouth. With this issue, we invite you to partake in making the journey of toys."

This issue was released in tandem with the launch of the “Choking Hazard” exhibition at Kult Gallery. Currently available to purchase here for SG$8.00 (price excluding shipping / For international and/or express shipping, kindly e-mail


“Unknown” by Jon Paul Kaiser x StrangeKiss for Feb 21st Release

“Silently” listed on is this mysteriously titled “Unknown By Jon Paul Kaiser Resin Art Toy”, featuring as mysteriously silhouetted and sketched female centaur (above—right) dropping February 21st @ 12pm PST - with this 4.5-inch tall resin figure in an edition of 15pcs, each priced at US$159.95 … and looks to be “blind bagged”?

Remember when JonPaul mentioned a relaunch release with StrangeKiss in my earlier year-end Q&A? And here I thought it was a JPK “Peet” LOL … Will update image when revealed, of course :)


Source: IG @jonpaulkaiser


With their Sushi Cars just launched, here’s a closer look at another “new” product to come from Tokidoki - the new Tokidoki x Marvel MINI COMIC BOOKS COLLECTIBLES!
"Each of them when opened has a Marvel sculpted superhero in (it). They are just our frenzies/keitai strap, charms that you can hang where you want or just keep open on the shelf.” mentioned Simone Legno.
Gotta admire their tenacity and ingenuity to repackage their existing products, so kudos! Hoping these would not be “blind boxed” though…!

No release date as yet revealed, but do check in with your fav retailer(s) for availability and pricing.

Source: @simonelegno

EVIL MC GOLDEN BOY Editions by Ron English x BlackBook Toy for Feb 24th Release

BlackBook Toy announces the impending release of a new colorway of Ron English’s EVIL MC - with “GOLDEN BOY” scheduled for a drop from midnight of Feb 24th(Tokyo).
Oct 23rd 7am(LA), 10am(NY), 3pm(UK), 10pm(Thailand) online via Price will be 19440yen each (approx. US$171 / SG$243).
"This edition is casted in clear black and painted in gold. There are 2 variants for his face, white face with gold makeup and bling bling gold face with black makeup. Production qty of gold face is 25% of normal white one. MADE IN JAPAN sofubi.

Comes with a unique rifle, MC-47, to which spoon and fork are attached to.
Every rifle is hand casted in resin by Chop of Monstear Farm, who sculpted EVIL MC. This time, even this rifle has 2 variants, black with gold glitter and black with gold fork and barrel. Rifles would be shipped randomly, but if you purchase 2pcs, you would be getting both."
- Kaz for BBT.
[ Individual images HERE on Facebook ]

(Cheers for the headsup, BBT)

The Return of Giant Robot zine as GIANT ROBOT MEDIA #robotawakens

Giant Robot zine will return as an digital publication, and as a new entity: “Giant Robot Media”. Digital Issue 00 is titled “THE ROBOT AWAKENS”, and you can sort yourselves out by subscribing to them on (Currently in Beta). No further news on the premiere date as yet.
PRESS: "The zine is back as a new entity: Giant Robot Media.

The mission of Giant Robot Media is to cultivate culture by informing, collaborating, and expanding our world. Our subject matter runs the spectrum. We intend to make Giant Robot Media continue the exploration of intersections of Asian, Asian American, and everything else.

It'll be an online platform. When you visit the Giant Robot Media site, you’ll find original videos, interviews, articles, and cool shit."
"I remember discovering GR magazines at my local comicbook shop years back, as they were the only folks I knew who brought them into Singapore, and devoured then whenever any issues were available, both "current" and back issues (most were pre-ordered in the first place, but sometimes the shop brought in extra copies), until later I would find them at Tower Records, and eventually bigger chain bookstores, which by then I had weaned myself off needing them, as the agony of not having them, became too much to bear, I sh*t you not … that, and I stopped having regular income and I had to curb my magazine-hoarding habits across the board ~ *cue-violin* hahahaha

A personal sign how much I loved reading them? I would bring them to the john with me. I would bring them along when I go out too, and they were read from cover to cover, and not left gathering dust on a book shelf somewhere forgotten at home … I don't own a lot of them, but whatever I had, they've been read ragged at the page-edges, ever so gently. Hey, I take care of my mags, okay? LOL"

(First posted here, yes I am quoting myself, so there LOL)

CYBOT AVENGERS by Buzzard Guts for Feb 24th Release!

“CYBOT AVENGERS” is the latest bootleg fan art resin toy from Buzzard Guts and DAMarx toys - featuring a Star Wars/Marvel mash-up that uses Kenners 1977 protocol droids as a base for popular Marvel characters! Utter cool, as I’d imagine Ultron has created his own versions of mechanoid-Avengers!

These resin figures stand 3.75" tall and are hand cast and hand painted by DAM and mounted on a sturdy 6"x9" cardback with illustrations by Ryan Winn (*one of the creators of Valiant comics). Each card features a homage to classic Marvel comic covers by Jack Kirby, Bob Layton and Todd McFarlane - which is an awesome touch, IMHO!

There are 4 figures in the set. The Cybot Avengers features C3-PO as Iron Man and the Captain, while RA-7(death star droid) mutates into Hulk and Spidey. (Star Wars fans might reference Cybot Galactica, the company responsible for manufacturing these protocol droid models.)

This 1st edition series is limited to 20 figures being 5 of each or 5 sets. Dropping exclusively at on Friday February 24th at 7pm eastern standard. They are US$40 each, or US$150 for the set (*Save $10 when you buy the set) … can you bear to “tear” the team apart? :p

ABOUT: "A little bit about buzzard guts. We produce resin action figures in small run editions. Appropriating factory made production toy parts and assimilating various pop culture icons to create a fan homage or a strange multi-dimensional version of an alternate reality. Sometimes referred to as "bootlegs", these art toys are conceived, hand made and painted by DAM featuring collaborative illustrations by various artist including Neil Devlin of Last Boss Comics, who illustrated packaging art for the Riot Scum series which features various gender bender Star Wars characters in a punk band. The series had exclusive releases through Dke toys at DesignerCon, New York Comic Con and most recently at the Clutter Gallery Inaction Figure 5 exhibition.

Other past Buzzard Guts collaborators include Moctoys, Randy Walker, Klon Waldrip, Michael Shantz, Scott Stripling, and Reis O'Brien."


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ENBT X Star Wars PITHETROOPER from Coolrain for Pre-order (March 1-7, 2017)

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Coolrain shares with us images & info about his latest release - his first BREAK TIME X STAR WARS handmade edition figure! Initially made for the ”Star Wars Rogue One Experience" exhibition in South Korean, the official release of the figure is NOW!

Pre-order for ENBT X Star Wars PITHETROOPER is between March 1st to March 7th, 2017. Price is US$649 (+40usd for global EMS shipping), in a 100pcs edition. Payment by Paypal (“”), with an expected ship-out between May 4th (*Star Wars Day!) to June 2017. Folks are to email orders to “” (*No refunds after submit order).

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This 1/6th-scaled figure (about 230mm) set includes a bench (200mm), and is made from polystone, resin and acrylic hand-painted.

Note that the images shown here are of the prototype. ”When shipped, the final piece may differ for handmade painting.”

If memory serves me, you don't have a whole lot of chances to see a wider release for "Pithetroopers", with most times seen at exhibitions and such, so this might well be a real treat for fans of Coolrain and as well "Dunkeys" (a collaboration work with @coolrainlee, @grafflex and @seman10cm)!

ABYSS TRIPUS: Custom painted Kaiju TriPus by Shifty x Max Toy Co

Custom painted Kaiju TriPus by Shifty sees Max Toy Co’s latest kaiju clad in a splendidly rich color palette, resulting in a micro-run of only 3 pieces names “ABYSS TRIPUS”!

Priced at US$260 per (shipped worldwide from France via Priority Mail, insured / tracked), they have been made available first to Max Club members, with any unspoken for to be listed on somewhen (stay connected to IG @maxtoyco for updates!).

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Steff Bomb Signs On To USAopoly's Project Raygun

Los Angeles-based artisan plush crafter Steff Bomb has announced that she had signed a “toy deal” with USAopoly - specifically with their newly launched “Project Raygun” division.
"This new partnership will take Steff’s creations out of art galleries and television series— like TLC’s Craft Wars— and put high end, soft prop plush collectibles into the hands of collectors, cosplayers, craft enthusiasts, and pop culture fans alike.

Steff will be working to bring the legendary Gjallarhorn rocket launcher—from Bungie’s Destiny—to market in late 2017, for all the loot-­‐obsessed Guardians (as the players of the game are known) out there.

Of course, it’s not all about the explosions. Project Raygun’s line of soft prop collectibles will include Steff’s designs for properties like Adventure Time, Game of Thrones, John Carpenter’s The Thing, and more.

If Valyrian Steel seems a bit harsh, collectors might consider a softer cut—Steff’s version of the Catspaw Blade from HBO’s Game of Thrones looks killer, but has plush filler. Cartoon Network fans will no doubt enjoy chilling out with an Adventure Time plush modeled after Marceline’s Bass. Or, if you want to heat things up, why not curl up next to a plush Flamethrower from John Carpenter’s The Thing?

Steff Bomb and Project Raygun are just getting started. The line will be available for purchase online at in Fall 2017."
(Full Press Announcement on


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"I've spent the last 8 months secretly developing my first toy line, which will all be officially licensed pop culture toys. I've already made the prototypes for some Adventure Time toys, John Carpenter's the Thing, Game of Thrones, Nintendo, and more. The prototypes were on display at a Toy Fair in NY this past weekend. I can't wait to show you everything. I've been working non-stop, way more than usual. I totally went hermit-crazy but it's all been so worth it. Minus the country falling apart around us, I am the happiest person in the world. This is my everything. This is it. I did it and I'm so proud of myself and I can't wait to make the best stuff I've ever made." (shared Steff Bomb on Facebook)

To help “celebrate” the announcement, here is a mini-documentary showcasing Steff Bomb, made by Merdocs! And you can check out coverage of Steff’s work on TOYSREVIL by CLICKING HERE!

“I Am Danny Rand” - New Featurette & Motion Key Art for Netflix’s IRON FIST

Netflix has released motion key art (featured below) and a featurette titled “I Am Danny Rand” (featured above), for Marvel's IRON FIST! This featurette includes new footage from the upcoming Marvel's Iron Fist and interview with Finn Jones.
WHAT-IS: "Marvel’s Iron Fist, produced by Netflix in association with Marvel Television and ABC Studios, is the fourth in the hero series, following Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Marvel’s Luke Cage, all leading up to the teaming up of the main characters in Marvel’s The Defenders, which is set to debut later this year. All 13 episodes of Marvel’s Iron Fist will premiere exclusively on Netflix on March 17."

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SYNOPSIS: "Billionaire Danny Rand (Finn Jones) returns to New York City after being missing for years, trying to reconnect with his past and his family legacy. He fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist."
Marvel’s Iron Fist premieres on Netflix, on March 17, 2017.

(Cheers for the headsup, Vivien)


Secret Base Marshmallow Man X-Ray Black version & Full Black

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- Marshmallow Man X-Ray Black version
- Marshmallow Man in Full Black colorway
X-Ray Black version @ 10cm tall
Full Black colorway @ 17.5cm tall
X-Ray Black version @ 4,104 YEN (US$36 / SG$51)
Full Black colorway @ 9,990 YEN (US$89 / SG$125)
ORDER: By emailing
Do not order from

SKELEVEX DEFACED Series 3 by DMS x Hoasker for Feb 24th Drop

DMS will be unleashing a new series of Skelevex collectibles this coming this Friday Feb 24th (at 7.30pm GMT), on! Titled “SKELEVEX DEFACED Series 3” - this is a collaborative Skelevex Die Orama custom series, featuring the art of Birmingham UK graffiti writer known as Hoakser.
"Measuring at 3" long, handmade polyurethane resin cast Skelevex featuring the amazing hand painted graffiti style designs of Hoakser. Materials: polyurethane resin, acrylic and spray paint. Limited to five one of a kind pieces - each priced at £14.99 each plus shipping."

The Coming of DEVILMAN from Go Nagai x Mike Sutfin x Unbox Industries

With the drawing (above) teased nearly a year ago, Mike Sutfin’s rendition of Go Nagai’s DEVILMAN is to be made a collectible from Unbox Industries, and this latest image reveal is balls-deep-INSANE! Expect a release “later this year” … go stake out Instagram @unboxindustries for updates!

WHO-IS DEVILMENT: "Devilman (Japanese: デビルマン Hepburn: Debiruman?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Go Nagai, which originally started as an anime adaptation of the concept of Nagai's previous manga series, Demon Lord Dante." (Wiki)
The design of DEVILMAN by Sutfin was also released as a screen print from Mondo (still available to purchase here), with this particular edition sized 24" x 18" / Edition of 300.

Saudi Comic Con 2017: Did you know Saudi Arabia had their first ever Comic Con the past weekend?

Saudi Arabia hosted its first ever Comic Con over the weekend, and thanks to video news coverage, we get to have a peek at what was happening on the convention floor!

Besides the norms we see at Cons worldwide - such as booths hawking collectibles, cosplay and guest stars (in this instance, Western film and TV stars like Mads Mikkelsen, Charles Dance, Julian Glover and Giancarlo Esposito), there was even the “Transforming Car” from Letrons on show!

But what lit my eyes open with a smile, was what looked to be “Artist Alley” tables where designers/artists showcased their own fanart - which to me is a splendid occurrence, as it goes beyond the consumer-focused activities from the big(ger) brands, and adds depth to fandom and the pursuit of the arts, IMHO.

"The oil rich nation of Saudi Arabia hosted its first comic con to show off its other riches -- young people that love the arts."
"Masks, costumes and characters of all types gather in the Red Sea city of Jeddah for the opening day of Saudi Arabia's first Comic-Con event. The international pop culture event seeks to break stereotypes about the Islamic kingdom."
"Saudi Arabia’s first-ever Comic Con, held on February 17-19, 2017, in the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah, received enthusiastic response, with more than 20,000 visitors. The event was held under the aegis of the Saudi General Authority for Entertainment (GAE), in line with the Kingdom’s 2030 vision to bring first-class entertainment to Saudi citizens. (Arab News video)"
"The three-day international pop culture event, Comic-Con, has for the first time opened in Saudi Arabia. Thousands came out to enjoy events centered around Japanese anime, pop art, video gaming and film. The Comic-Con festival began in the United States in 1970, and has since spread around the world. Saudi Arabia's General Entertainment Authority said they're aiming to provide more entertainment in the country."

Now that we’ve seen the news-coverage, scroll down for videos from the organisers themselves, who had also kept a pretty strong-looking social media connection (Instagram / Twitter) during the 3-day event for SCC, something folks might not realise (or perhaps choose not to realise) could easily mean a record of their achievements for the project, rather than just haphazard snapping of activities with no description or context, but that’s just the blogger in me hahaha

Someone hire me on to promote your events online? Yes? No?


I’d fondly remember when Singapore held their first STCC back in 2008 (when I had a booth too), and the absolute thrill of having an event such as this, where folks can gather and geekout together with other like-minded folks - beyond the confines of their favourite toy-shop, or weekly comicbook shop drops - and enjoy the company of fellow fanboys and fangirls!

As the years grew on, folks no doubt had their complaints (Singapore’s always ready to “complain” but hardly praise, don’t we?), likes and dislikes, and of course “comparisons” … but at the end of the day, I’d prefer to hold on to the notion of a shared fandom, and sense of geek-(for lack of a better term)-community, that still provides us - from all walks of life and financial status - a chance to enjoy our escape, together.

Well, that is the “dream” anyways :)


Source: Facebook / CNN

“BEST FRIEND - Pretty In Homeless” by Dehara Yukinori @ GR2 Opens Feb 25th

Can’t get enough of Dehara Yukinori and his visual aesthetics and collectibles? No worries, for he returns to the United States this coming Feb 25th, for a solo show at Giant Robot 2/GR2 with “BEST FRIEND - Pretty In Homeless”, debuting a new colorway of his “TOMOROU” vinyl vagrant, and his wee friends!
"It's his return in just over a year to GR2. This time his work will explore life on the streets in his own tongue and cheek way. Yukinori Dehara will be at GR2 in person. This promises to be a fun exhibition. This might mark Dehara's tenth exhibition with Giant Robot."
Reception is 6:30-10pm on February 25th, with the show exhibiting thru March 15th, 2017. Here are some snaps to gawk at!

And stay connected to Dehara on Instagram + Twitter

GR2 Gallery
@ 2062 Sawtelle Blvd Los Angeles,
CA 90025 4242.GO.ROBO
(424.246.7626 new number!)

SUBMISSION TOY for Feb 24th sale/launch

Niall Anderson AKA Tru:Tek X Richard Page of UME Toys = “SUBMISSION TOY” … and with a combo like that, expect many an awesomeness to come from this two gentlemen’s deft hands!

Scheduled for an online drop via on Friday, February 24th from 11pm London time, is such a release, wth pieces showcased in the video above!

Collaborations include character figures from Kaiju TAN, Planet X, Solo Is Toy, and one-offs with Skinner, Violence Toy, Red Hot Style and Scott Tolleson - most of which are described individually HERE on Facebook!

Stay connected to their Instagram @submissiontoy for more!

EL MIGHTY - Mighty Luchador Vinyl Figures by Carlo Flores x So Electric x Ruby Raygun

DISBURST PRESS: "Born from fire and lightening The Mighty Luchador is a brand of colorful and adventurous luchadores inspired by well-known lucha-libre icons! World renowned for their agility and strength, each one is 7" tall with their own heroic, rambunctious attitude ready to tear down walls and borders. Created by So Electric and Ruby Raygun in their first ever whirlwind entry into urban toy culture. The Mighty Luchador premiered at DesignerCon to great enthusiasm and will be debuting at Wondercon 2017. The three Luchador colorways come in special branded boxes featuring artwork by Eric Hibbeler and in a very limited edition of only 200 pieces each."

With a SRP of US$34, do check in with your fav retailer(s) for availability of “El Mighty”, and his compatriots in the ring; “Siniestro” (skull-face) and “La Sombra” (the GID blank) … and stay connected to the official instagram of The Mighty Luchador™ @ @themightyluchador

Source: Disburst

“The Pencil from John Wick Chapter 2” - A new creation from The Forces of Dorkness

Knocking em out until all orders are filled. #thisisnotafuckingtoy

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Having just watched the movie yesterday, THIS particular product release info truly tickled me something’fierce!

Fresh from the cremated remains of the cast of “Rogue One” - witness the latest pop-culture approximation and newest creation from The Forces of Dorkness: The Pencil from John Wick Chapter 2”!

WARNING: Possible Story Spoilers for the movie ahead!
""That fucking nobody is John Wick." said Viggo Tarasov as he told the story about John killing 3 men in a bar with a pencil in John Wick and *spoiler alert* John Wick Chapter 2 you get to see him kill some bad guys with one. (Bad Guy is subjective in this case, who really is the bad guy you may ask yourself, me...I consider anyone trying to kill me the bad guy, and I bet John does too).

This is a tribute to an amazing action-movie franchise. It's a real pencil, coated is resin for durability, and custom painted to look like it has entered someone's skull and then been retracted. Each one is hand made so there is some variation between each so no two are alike. Call it a toy, call it a collector's item, call it a weapon, just don't call John and expect him to say anything on the phone or to use more that 3 words as a response in a conversation."
"Each one is a standard sized No. 2 pencil in a custom bloodied bag (note: It's paint and not actual blood becuase that would be gross and probably smell after a while) with a custom designed header card by The Forces of Dorkness.

$16.95 gets you one and being the nice guy he is Scott is also including shipping in the US. The release is limited to 20 pieces, and to make one part of your collection all you have to do is go to "
Stay connected to Scott Kinnebrew a.k.a. The Forces of Dorkness on Instagram @forceodorkness!

SIR SHILLING COPPERPENNY "Mourning Edition" by Doktor A Unleashes Feb 22nd

Doctor A readies to release a new series of figures (been quite a while too) featuring all-new hand-painted edition of his mini Mechtorian vinyl figure (circa 2008).
"Satin black with royal Purple, tarnished silver and white pinstripe. Each of these 3" tall figures is painted, signed, numbered and dated on the underside by Doktor A. Painted to the same high standard of any of the Doktor's gallery pieces. Each comes boxed."
The “Mourning Edition” of SIR SHILLING COPPERPENNY will be unleashed on Wednesday 22nd February at 6pm (UK time - GMT) online via Limited to only 20pcs, they are each priced at £65 (approx. US$80).

"Manager at the Bank of Retropolis. He has deep pockets and short arms. Although his heart is large (some would say just old fashioned) he loves his coin collection above all else… He has even toyed with the idea of having his beloved coins fashioned into a spouse."

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