A week in toys…

Welcome to our third weekly round-up of the art toy scene! In our endeavour to search for exclusive content for the site, we regrettably miss a lot of the art toy industry’s biggest stories throughout the week. To combat this, we’ve decided to create a new weekly feature that helps sum up some of the most important developments in the scene…

This week we take a look at the soon to be released Matt Groening Simpsons x Kidrobot collaboration, MAD*L’s Mork artist proofs, J*Ryu’s ‘King of the Boards’ winning custom, and much, much more!


Tru:Teknology Files writer/editor


Simpsons x Kidrobot: Matt Groening 6″ vinyl toy

This week saw the reveal of the latest addition to the Simpsons x Kidrobot toy series, in the form of show creator, Matt Groening. Commemorating the show’s 5ooth episode (to be aired in February), the 6″ vinyl figure is set for release on February 9th at all Kidrobot authorised dealers for $50 (£40 UK).

If you were born in the last 35 years, and spent any of that time watching American television, odds are you learned a thing or two from The Simpsons. Some of us remember many more pearls of wisdom from the animated powerhouse THE SIMPSONS than from our own parents… which explains the continued success of donuts!

Created by legendary “Life is Hell” cartoonist Matt Groening, THE SIMPSONS is celebrating its 500th episode in February 2012, and Kidrobot is honoring the father of primetime animation in the only way we know how – making him into a 6-inch vinyl toy! Complete with goatee and glasses, director’s jacket, and pad and pencil accessories, it is the first EVER Simpsons Matt Groening toy. -press


UPDATE// Ron English’s Fat Tony: A ton of tiger with a short shelf life

Announced last week, the guys over at Clutter Magazine have just revealed new images of Ron English’s imminent Fat Tony vinyl toy. Gearing up to drop in the next couple of weeks, the 8″ figure will be limited to 500 in it’s original colourway, with follow up colours limited to 100 each. More news on pricing and release dates to follow…


MAD’s Artist Proof MORK and custom MORK MAD*Ls

Released on MAD’s web store yesterday, Mork ‘816’ and ‘913’ are the latest figures from the artist’s Pobber Toys company. First seen at New York Comic Con last year in extremely limited quantities, the 6.5″ tall signed and numbered artist proofs are available for only $80 each.

Coinciding with the vinyl toy release, MAD also released two one-of-a-kind 10″ Mad*L customs. Decked out in both ‘816’ and ‘913’s colours, the toys were available for $400 each, but have since sold out.


Skinner x Jay222: H.P Lovecraft “Figure-a-Month”- The Colour Out of Space

It’s been a long time in coming, but legendary artist Skinner and master sculptor Jay222‘s collaborative project is finally coming to fruition in the form of the H.P Lovecraft “Figure-a-Month” series. Limited to only 10 figures per batch, each release will feature a different creature inspired by the H.P Lovecraft universe. First up comes the 5.5″ Colour of Space figure, which will will be available Monday, January 23rd for $100 each. Anyone interested in the toy should e-mail Skinner directly via skimmerdog2003@yahoo.com, as this wont be available in any shops!


J*RYU- Kidrobot’s King of the Boards

In a relatively short amount of time, toy customiser J*Ryu has become widely regarded as one of the hottest talents the scene has to offer, so it comes with no surprise that he’s been crowned Kidrobot’s ‘King of the Boards’ for the month of January. Head over to Kidrobot’s blog for an extensive interview with the man himself, plus a chance to win the 3″ Dunny that got him crowned.

To enter you must find the secret title of this toy on J*RYU’s Twitter steam and email this Dunny’s name and where you are from to wheelbarrow@kidrobot.com by next Thursday, January 26 at 6pm EST. As an added bonus, Twitter addicts must Follow@Kidrobot & @J*RYU and Retweet the hashtagged name of the Dunny to be in the running to win a mysterious custom 3-inch Dunny. Only the lucky winner will be able to see the secret display in side the head.


Kaiju Coup’s ‘Warui Inu’ ‘Ghost Edition’ viny toy from Medicom

The elusive Kaiju Coup revealed his latest figure this week, with the ‘Warui Inu’ dog getting an official release through Medicom Toys in the form of a ‘Ghost’ edition. Limited to only 6 pieces, the 6.5″ tall vinyl figure comes with 2 motion activated led units set in color gels inside the head and body that project light effects through the clear vinyl. Available via e-mail lottery through kaijucoup@gmail.com, the figure will set the 6 lucky winners back $220 a piece.


Keithing’s ‘Black Gold’ edition Dragon Warrior

Revealed by Keithing earlier this week, his breathtaking Dragon Warrior is set to drop in it’s latest colorway- Black Gold. Hand sculpted, cast, and painted by the artist, the 10″ resin figure is likely to set you back around $165 on it’s release this Monday (January 23rd) at Toy Qube.

Published by Niall Anderson

Owner of ShinGangu, a UK boutique toy brand specialising in self-produced Japanese soft and keshi toys...

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