FiveFtTwo Toys – designed in SF

FiveFtTwo is a line of toys designed in SF, blurring the line between toy, art platform and functional objects that can be enjoyed & appreciated by adults and children alike.

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The Story

Currently the rubber ducky has no-one to play with. Although this isn’t the only reason we created Otto and friends, we think that children, parents and hipsters alike deserve another friend for the bathtub.

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Otto-the-Octopus

Otto is the loyal friend that we all need. He is always there for you to brighten your day. Otto loves leisurely swimming sideways & bopping around in the water.

You can help to fund the creation of Otto (& eventual friends) by checking out FiveFtTwo at IndieGoGo.

McBess 20inch Dunny leak

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Looks like we have a 20″ McBess Dunny inbound if this leaked image from Instagram user, “theyneverfade” is anything to go by. A pretty standard McBess design, I do love that Freddy Mercury-esque white jumpsuit though and who knows whether it’ll come with accessories or what the back will look like (besides more hair and the back of a jumpsuit..).

What’s puzzling is why this isn’t an 8″ Dunny? seems it’d make more business sense, especially as a 20″ Dunny is going to be a huge chunk of coin for anyone outside of the US.

Here’s to hoping there’s more McBess stuff to come (always loved his female character designs, be sweet to see them brought to life, come on toy companies give McBess his own toy series!). Still a pretty rad addition to the 20″ roster.

Kevin Gosselin x Pause Collaboration

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Kevin Gosselin and Pause have teamed up on a secret project.

They will be revealing a little more every 6 days with another teaser picture, with the full reveal on Feb 14th, and the release on Feb 21st.

This project has been in the works for over two years now, and we promise it will be worth the hype.

I think it’s a dead cert that we can believe the hype. The combined talents of Pause and Kevin Gosselin should yield something spectacular, keep your eyes peeled folks!

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Kidrobot London Closing Down

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Over the past few weeks, the UK vinyl scene has been astir with rumours and speculation that the Kidrobot London store would be closing.  People started to suspect something was awry after the pre-christmas sales and a string of MASSIVE sales recently.

It is most unfortunate that sadly these rumours have proven to be true, the Kidrobot London Crew posted the following message on the KR LDN facebook page:

There has been rumor and speculation about the future of our Kidrobot London store, and the impact this may have on the vinyl scene on this side of the ocean. We regret to say that we are indeed closing down. This January will be our last month of trading at 19 Earlham Street. We have struggled to approach this issue delicately, as we know a lot of you have come through the store over the past few months and have raised the concern with us. We understand your concerns with what this means for our little tight knit community with the store closing down, as this impacts not just our artist friends, but those who enjoy the Kidrobot brand for what it is and what it stands for.

The Kidrobot brand is still going strong. It is just our store in London being impacted.

Firstly to our brilliant customers/fans; Thank you for your custom over the past 3 1/2 years. We here at Kidrobot London have loved getting the chance to know you all. Thank you for sharing your collections with us, your passions, and bantering about how annoying flocked toys are to keep. Many of you have become more than customers, we’re happy to be able to call you friends.

Secondly To our artist friends; Thanks for all your support over the years, be it with shows, customs or just coming to hang out. We have watched many of you grow and have enjoyed watching you all making your mark with your amazing customs and art. We still get little tingles down our spines when we see your names amongst the heavy hitters in our scene. Thank you for sharing your passion with us!

Thirdly and on a personal note; Thanks to the ragtag bunch of misfits and delinquents that were the Kidrobot London staff (present and past). I’ll miss coming into work each day and seeing you guys and gals. You were the best make shift family anyone could ask for.

Let’s keep our little toy community spirit strong, and growing. Why not share with us your favorite moments of Kidrobot London, We’ll start.

Our fondest moment here at Kidrobot London is meeting you all. It wasn’t about the vinyl, it was about the people. You all rock.

Much love and big up the UK designer toy scene.
the Kidrobot London Crew.

A sad day for the UK/Euro vinyl community, I’m sure we’ll hear more as to reason for the store closure in the coming days.

I wish all the staff of KR LDN the best of luck in their future endeavors and will remember all the awesome things they accomplished in the past 3 years that helped to build a strong community and forge friendships of collectors and artists alike.

Veggiesomething’s Chunkie Fries Plush

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New from Veggiesomethingcomes the awesome, Chunky Fries Hipsta Gangsta edition. The face features a moustache and one of the fries has an aioli dip. (The hipsta parts.) It also has a switchblade tucked under a blue bandana. (The gangsta parts)

The plush measures approximately 7″x7″x2.5″ and all the parts are removable. (The bandana comes tied and has a simple stitch in the back. The stitch can be removed if desired.)

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Lunartik Halloween Brew – Midnight Release

Just in time for Halloween, Lunartik has carved 50 spooky pumpkin brews to haunt your home.
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Bloody Hot Pumpkin Tea
50 Cups at £60.00 each – All have flickerin’ eyes and come with tasty treats!

Warning: 5 cups have been dipped in an Acid bath but the rest are Bloody as hell!

Released on the 26th October at Midnight – Check the Lunartik Shopwhen the clock strikes twelve to bag your own terrifying tea!

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 :]