Scott Wilkowski – …Of All Ages II

Artist Scott Wilkowski Infects Ron English’s “Mousemask Murphy”, plus a very special “Labbit” skeleton November 3, 2012 Designer Con – DKE Toys booth #124

For Designer Con, DKE Toys is pleased to announce two special releases by Scott Wilkowski. First off, Scott infects Ron English’s “Mousemask Murphy” in beautiful red and black colors.

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These hand-cast resin editions will be limited to 25 pieces of two different colors each, adding up to an edition of 50 total pieces. They will be $250 each and will go on sale at the DKE Toys booth #124 at 11:00am. The infected critter sits atop a special black Japanese vinyl airplane by ZacPac.

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Scott Wilkowski has infected the iconic “Labbit” designed by Frank Kozik in his previous shows. Now, by popular demand DKE will release the “Labbit Skeleton”. An edition of 50 pieces will be available for $50 each at DKE Toys booth #124 at 2:00pm.

DBTV interviews Ron English

via Dudebox

A conversation with Ron English
On Art & Inspiration

In their second in an ongoing series of interviews with artists, Dudebox have just released a short film on Ron English.

Dudebox’s very own movie production department DBTV headed to Ron’s studio and explored his work space. The king of POPaganda gave them a very personal insight into what feeds his imagination, how he forms ideas and what inspires him to create.

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GoNuts Toy Launch @ Drop Dead Clothing

Drop Dead Clothing Proudly Presents their new GoNuts Toy.

On Saturday 1th August, make sure you go visit the Drop Dead London, Kingly St Store from 12pm for the launch of GoNuts.  Get your hands on the new 6 inch collectible vinyl toy and eat some free donuts while you’re there!

“Gonuts for Donuts!”

The second toy release from Drop Dead, following last years Kitty Brainz-esque Doroppu figure. No price has been revealed so far but expect it to be around £20 given that it’s 6″, the same size as Doroppu.

I personally love this toy and was instantly drawn to it after seeing the teaser on the Drop Dead Tumblr.  Really feeling the packaging and branding that goes with this toy; the Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts parodies are spot on.  The character design reminded me of the California Raisins, only way more awesome ‘cos y’know, its a donut not giving a fuck with it’s fingers up.

Expect a full review when I (hopefully) get my hands on one :]

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Jason Freeny’s CAPSLs – Series1

With CAPSLs Artist Jason Freeny Shows Us Once Again; It’s What’s Inside That Counts

One minute you’re an unknown artist working on a quirky new project; the next you’re being named Clutter Magazine’s Breakthrough Artist of 2011. Suddenly you’ve got an army of avid Facebook fans following your every move and your pieces are selling for $10,000 each. So where do you go from there? For Jason Freeny, who made his name by  dissecting toys, the answer was fairly obvious. Today Freeny is launching his very own line of designer toys; CAPSLs. Available online at CAPSLs.com, CAPSLs are super-durable, interactive keychains with pocket-sized personality and just enough space to store your smallest goodies, like candies, mints, “prescriptions”– whatever it is that keeps you going (and hey, we’re not here to judge).

In 2011, Freeny’s “Pop Anatomy” sculptures gave us a very literal look inside of  pop culture icons as Super Mario and Hello Kitty and launched Freeny into the spotlight with glowing write-ups in Gizmodo and High Snobiety, among others. With those pieces, Freeny started with mass produced toys and turned them into unique works of art. Now this web phenom is partnering with FCTRY, an independent product design firm, to turn the tables and mass producing his original creations for everyone to enjoy. For the first time, Freeny’s thousands of fans can each take home a piece of the rising star’s work.

“For my first line of designer toys, I wanted to add function” Freeny says. “ Everything else out there is all about form, but CAPSLs are actually useful too. And I wanted to add a 4th dimension, since so much of what I do focuses on what’s inside; CAPSLs let you go inside and actually use that space to store things.”

The first series of CAPSLs features 12 original designs ranging from sweet (Flower Bomb) to zany (Frog Squid). Tops and bottoms create an airtight seal, and they’re interchangeable, so you can mix and match with more than 100 combinations. In addition to the original 12, several special limited edition CAPSLs will be released over the next few weeks.

The full series is available for $99 and will include all original 12 plus 3 blind boxes. Individual CAPSLs can be purchased for $7.99 at http://www.capsls.com. Buy the full set and get a limited edition Medicine Man for free.

Connect with FCTRY. on Facebook to learn about how CAPSLs were designed, special releases and to connect with Jason Freeny at http://facebook.com/CAPSLs.

CAPSLs (series one) include: 3 Eyed Squid, 40 Watt, Bones & Band-Aids, Brain Monster, Daily Dose, Flower Bomb, Frog Squid, Happy Pill, Frog Squid, Peace Bomb, Shark Bomb, Spray Bomb, Squid Monster and Medicine Man (limited edition 300 available)

Competition: Design the Dubai Mall MEGA

The guys over at Foo Dog in Dubai are currently holding a competition where you can win the chance for your design to be crowned the official “The Dubai Mall’ MEGA“! You will also be featured along side all of the other 150 artists that are taking part!

 

To be entered into the competition all you have to do is:

1. Send your design of a custom MEGA along with a short bio about yourself to thepeople@foo-dog.com.

2. Friend MEGA on Facebook and Like The Dubai Mall www.facebook.com/thedubaimall

3. Follow The Dubai Mall on twitter @thedubaimall

4. Tag MEGA on facebook and twitter with you submission

 

You can download the template / starter pack from the Foo Dog site here.

There’s not much time left to get your entries in as the closing date is the 10th of June 2012, so get your designs in asap! Winners will be announced on the 11th of June 2012.

 

Unfortunately this competition is only open to residents of the United Arab Emirates.

 

The final exhibition ‘Project: MEGA | The Dubai Mall‘ will take place on the 28th of June 2012 at The Dubai Mall.

Atropa Dunny CV.1 by Jason Limon

Just caught a glimpse of this awesome custom Dunny from Jason Limon on facebook.

Really loving the idea and work that have gone into this piece, you can see some serious sculpting has taken place! The green & orange contrast so well with the dark colour scheme on the rest of the piece making sure the face is the first thing that grabs your attention!

You’ll get a chance to grab this one pretty soon as it’ll be for sale on June 1st at 1pm CST at Jasons shop www.thefirstof.com for $500.

Keep an eye open for more from Jason too.

New Release: Squadt – CHIPP s004 and BOOMER

We’ve got some great news and that is the guys over at Project Squadt have a new release and it’s definitely a stunner! Here you’ll get two pieces Chipp & Boomer and a whole bunch of accessories, one of the best parts is boomers head which opens up to reveal two pipe bombs!! I’m really liking the desert camo colour scheme used on these guys.

CHIPP s004 and BOOMER [FORT BURNOUT-DSRT]: Chipp Includes; modular tactical vest with assorted pouches, Fort Burnout shirt, bandana, sMK23 with holster, SM4 with red dot and suppressor, regular arms and 2.0 arms, smoke and yellow lenses and removable helmet.
Boomer includes: head-case, 2 ‘pipe bombs’ and modular harness.”

If you want to try and grab one of these you’ll have to be quick as they are only limited to 200 and will sell out in no time! Head over to http://store.projectsquadt.com on Monday, May 28, 12:00 noon central time (Austin TX) where they will be available.

Review: TADO x MATHMOS Chuppi

It’s review time and we’re reviewing the new TADO x MATHMOS Chuppi customisable toy/night-light.

Contents:

  • 1 x Chuppi
  • 2 x Sticker Sheets
  • 1 x Charging Base
  • 1 x Charger [and the required adapter depending on country]

Right out of the box Chuppi is a sizeable little fella at approx 8″ tall.  Upon taking Chuppi from it’s box I was quite surprised at how light it was; yet it’s sturdy enough as to not fall over from the slightest bump.

Chuppi comes with 2 sticker sheets with 18 stickers for you to play with.  The box and instructions show 18 faces you can create as designed by TADO, or you can mix and match to create thousands of possible faces.

I wasted no time in attempting to recreate the face of Wario on my Chuppi (as can be seen below).

I plonked my newly dubbed Wario-Chuppi onto it’s charging station fora while whilst I waited for night time.  On the underside of Chuppi is a single button which is used to activate the various light modes; a single press sets it to cycle through a rainbow of colours, pressing it a second time sets it to solid blue, a third time sets it to red and a fourth and final time sets it to green.

Each colour was vibrant and also provided an ambient glow.  By default, after 30 minutes Chuppi will graduaully fade until it goes off, this setting can be changed by holding the button down (for 3 seconds) until the underside red LED goes off.

PLUS: Vibrancy/Range of Colours, Endless possibilities with stickers/customization, Portable, Sleep Timer, Charging Station, Rechagrable

MINUS: Would’ve been nice to be able to pause mid colourcycle / greater choice of light colour.

I highly reccomend picking up a Chuppi from MATHMOS, they’re awesome little toys with some added functionality that will especially be appreciated if you have kids that are afraid of the dark.  The ease of use, portablity and the fun that can be had customising your Chuppi makes them a more than worthwhile purchase.

 

Big thanks to Emma / Miss Cakehead of Stay Puft for providing us with a Chuppi to review :]