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Chums, Terror of the Deep @ Kickstarter

It’s that time again, yup, it’s time to support an awesome new toy over at Kickstarter :]

I was emailed this week by Lissy L’Amoreaux of Union web design (who I highly recommend you check out, as they’ve done some amazing work for huge clients); informing me of their new venture into the vinyl toy market.

Chums, if successfully funded will be a run of 2000 pieces with the prospect of more friends to be made from any profit on the first run.  You can pledge as little as $25 (rougly £25 with shipping) to secure yourself a Chums when they’re released into the wild.

 

Overview

As both digital artists and vinyl toy enthusiasts, we set out nearly one year ago to design and prototype a vinyl toy that would actually do something. But what utility could a vinyl toy offer? We decided on a little friend for our desks that could hold our tablet pens. The result of one year of creativity, fun, a bit of frustration and a lot of trial and error is complete.

Meet Chums, Terror of the Deep.

Chums, although a deadly predator, is more than happy to hold your pen, pencil, beef jerky or whatever else you dare put into his mouth.  He may be small at almost 4″ but that doesn’t make him any less dangerous, he comes well prepared with his bib should he accidently spill some blood and his 22 sharp teeth should be enough to make any thief think twice about touching your stuff.

Not only do you have a neat vinyl toy, but also the added functionality of making sure you never lose that really fancy fountain pen you got from your aunt that one christmas.

The Goal

Our goal in raising this money is to take our prototype and work with a factory to produce 2000 painted and packaged Chums. Specifically, the money will go toward four things: Casting the production mold, making many Chums, painting many Chums and packaging many Chums. We don’t plan to make a large profit on this first run. We simply want to take our creation and give him to the world at a reasonable price. Any money that we do make will be reinvested in making more and more little friends for people to enjoy. Now that you know how we intend to use your pledge, you can find the specifics about this fascinating species in the next sections.

Head on over to Chums’ Kickstarter page to contribute to the project and help make it a reality.

Sergey Safonov’s Luno the Moon Rover

Luno the Moon Rover is a character-based spaceship created by Sergey Safonov the man behind the toy collection database Rotocasted. Luno is both an art sculpture and a toy for painting and playing. It is designed with storytelling in mind and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first man in space.

Luno the Moon Rover is about 5 inches in diameter with three spinning wheels. Mini Luno is about 3 inches in diameter. Both sizes of Luno will be made of hand-cast resin and painted glossy white.  Follow the updates to watch the progress of Mini Luno with Crazy Label!

About the Designer:

Toy designer, Sergey Safonov, dreamed of space travel all throughout his childhood in Russia. As a kid, Sergey was surrounded with space memorabilia: He had tons of space related-books and magazines, space food (tiny bricks of bread and space tubes) and April 12th was a family holiday. The only problem Sergey had with space toys was that all of them were replicas of spaceships and mechanisms, and he was looking for characters with which to play and tell stories. Now Sergey Safonov is grown up with a young son of his own, so he is trying to create his own space character: Luno the Moon Rover.

Sergey has been creating characters and producing original, hand-made toys for many years. His work has appeared in the books Dot Dot Dash and Art-Toys and the magazine, Design Bureau. He is currently working on a picture book about his characters, the Gooma. The following photos are several of Sergey’s original resin toys. They are available as part of one of the reward options for people who pledge to help produce Luno the Moon Rover.

Another great piece, (hopefully) made possible by KickStarter.  I can’t help but notice that Luno looks kinda like Pooka from Dig Dug, which is awesome in itself :]  Go pledge, every dollar helps and you can receive your own Luno, Mini Luno and more toys & art by Safonov.

Stance – DIY vinyl sneaker

What is Stance?

The Stance High is the first edition in a unique line of designer toys that connect the art and creativity of the customizable toy community with the passion and emotion of the sneaker culture.

Artist can re-create their favorite pair of Jordan’s that they wish they still had; or design a new colorway for that sneaker that you’ve always wanted to see. However, my ultimate vision is that artist will throw all the rules out the window and run with their very own vision of the perfect kicks.

Love the concept of this project, the packaging (although just a concept at this stage) alone is just plain awesome and certainly original.

There’s a huge amount of creativity in the custom sneaker scene and it’s gonna be awesome to see what will be made of the platform.. but only if you back it!  For $25 you can pre-order yours over @ kickstarter and help bring this product to life.

KusoVinyl – Red Lucky Cat Spiki

Lucky Cat Spiki is here to bring good luck to everyone in the year of rabbit. In Chinese tradition, the colour red represents luck, good fortune, and happiness and KusoVinyl is ready to send Lucky Cat Spiki to spread the love!

KusoVinyl will be taking pre-orders of Red lucky cat Spiki, designed by Nakanari, on Feb. 2nd 2011 (Chinese new year eve). Estimated drop date: Mid February. 4″ tall, limited to 200 pcs worldwide. Retailing at $12.

MezcoToyz – Batman & Joker Mez-Itz

The Batman & Joker 6inch Mez-Itz two pack, which is a summer exclusive that will be revealed at SDCC, is available for pre-order now at MezcoToyz

In July they will also be available, along with the announcement of the next wave of DC characters at San Diego Comic Con.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Mezco’s 8″ Plush Scott and Ramona

Mezco Toyz creates 8inch plush figures of Scott Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers, based on the characters from the Scott Pilgrim comics and upcoming Universal Studios movie “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”, due August 2010.

Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera); a bass guitarist for garage band Sex Bob-omb. The 22-year-old has just met the girl of his dreams…literally. The only catch to winning Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him. Genre-smashing filmmaker Edgar Wright (“Hot Fuzz”, “Shaun of the Dead”) tells the amazing story of one romantic slacker’s quest to power up with love in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Available at finer retailers in July 2010, or pre-order here

Phalanx Studio’s – Mike The Polar Bear

Mr. Power is an original creation of Phalanx Creative. Phalanx Creative is a design collective  with major focus on toys.
Our goal is to create Mr. Power not just as an individual entity but a platform for creative expression and connectivity.

The Platfrom toys extend the possibilities of toys to something that you can create, personally customs to such it is a reflection of each individuals. Moreover, Phalanx Studio want to blur the line between toys and art sculptures. Especially with the final touch of artists themselves, the figure products transfromed into limited art crafts and gained more collectable values in them.

Hand made by the designers of Phalanx Studio. Very rare limited edition to 20 pcs only! The estimated shipping date will be mid July.
For moer information or to place an order, email: phalanx.studio -at- gmail.com

Price: $160 USD (not include shipping)

Bushi Samurai from 2PetalRose

Included with this figure:
Kombat King Figure, Samurai Helmet, Shoulder Armour, Sword, Staff, Base and Backdrop.
The size from the base to the tip of the Helmet front is 7.5 inches aprox
Everything Hand made and Hand Painted by 2PetalRose.

20 will be available for pre-order from 5.00 pm GMT time today (Sunday May 9th) The other 5 will be available on the day of release (June 4th)
Price is £90 GBP Plus £5 Uk postage and £10 Outside UK.

Pre-order here.

Fools Paradise – General Zoo: Origins – preorder

The General Zoo: Origins figure is the second in the series of three. The parts are interchangeable which makes this already awesome figure that little bit more awesome :] Now available for preorder at the Fools Paradise blog, sure to sell fast so get on it!

Now here comes the science bit:
Fools Paradise General Zoo Part 1: Origins , limited production of 270pcs worldwide,
• 120 USD (included world wide shipping)
• Figure will be shipped on April to May

Living Dead Dolls In Wonderland Book

Mezco Releases Living Dead Dolls In Wonderland Book

The Living Dead Dolls have been featured on lunchboxes, clothing, Halloween costumes, party lights, pencil toppers, board game, and more. Now, for the first time ever, they venture into the world of books.

Living Dead Dolls In Wonderland follows the adventures of Alice and she falls through the rabbit hole and meets Living Dead Doll characters reimagined as citizens of Wonderland.
This limited edition hardcover features a full color dust jacket and more than 20 pages of vivid digital illustrations.

Although they have yet to be released, the actual Living Dead Dolls In Wonderland dolls have already sold out while in pre-order status at many retailers.
With only 1500 copies of the Living Dead Dolls In Wonderland book being printed for this limited edition, demand is expected to be high.

Currently the book is available for pre-order at MezcoDirect.
Shipping  February 2010.

Samurai King – 2PetalRose

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Samurai King by Liam
Hand made and Hand painted Resin Figure.
Size: With Base and Helmet aprox 6.5 inches
Release Date: October 16
Pre-order available (e-mail for info)
Limited to 20 pieces worldwide
Price: £60 + Postage
Features a 2 sided base so you can have the print or plain black felt.

Loving this awesome set of hand made figures from 2PetalRose, outstanding craftsmanship once again, could swear it was a production piece if I didn’t know otherwise. The little touches like the string helmet strap and the hokusai base print definitely make each piece worth the money.

Sushibot by Pez Banana

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Jose Lorenzo Pacheco is an illustrator and designer from Venezuela working under the moniker PEZ BANANA. Sushibot is his  first designer toy, now available for preorder at PatchTogether’s store!

Do you like sushi?
Do you love robots?

Now they come to life together in the form of cute, quirky -and occasionally mischievous- little robots!
Sushibots can be whatever and whoever you like, but they start out as three of the most popular varieties of makizushi: Alaskabot (alaska roll), Ebibot (ebi roll), and Calibot (california roll).

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Sushibots are ready to fill your day with coolness, love, and flavor! (and a hint of fresh geekiness).

Quantity needed for production: 20
Price before production start: $29.95
Price after prototype made: $35
Height: 5.5 inch
Medium: Resin