25 February 2009
Since the release of the original STAR WARS movie in 1977, Topps has brought the magic of the big screen to the tiny trading card, inspiring millions of kids worldwide and defining a genre. In the following 30 plus years, Topps has continued to push the boundaries with such innovations as widescreen cards, foil stamps, and motion cards, evolving far beyond the old wax paper and crappy gum packets of yesteryear.
Enter the Sketchcard. With the release of 2004's Clone Wars series, Topps once again raised the bar by introducing 1 of 1 artist interpretations drawn directly onto blank cards. Short packed in with the regular cards, these are very rare, highly sought after mini works of fine art. Sketchcards have become a collecting category unto themselves, with websites and fan groups obsessively trying to find and catalogue each one as their value continues to increase. Traditionally, these sketchcards have been produced by Comic book artists, animators and fantasy illustrators, all known artists within the Star Wars community. Until now.
Reaching out to the vast world of street artists, toy designers, and underground pop mutants, Topps has pushed the limits once again. With the debut of the first die-cut sketch card, artists outside the traditional realm of Star Wars illustration have put their own stamp on these little canvases in the shape of Darth Vader and Stormtrooper helmets. STAR WARS Galaxy is a radical, art-oriented collection that showcases rare and offbeat imaginings of the Star Wars cannon. It is the perfect venue from which to unleash this new experiment in Star Wars collecting. Star Wars Galaxy 4 is available now in most comic and hobby shops or from Topps.com
Jaguar No No
Nick the Ring
Toys R Evil
24 February 2009
PRESS RELEASE: LOST JADE MONGOLION FOUND!!
San Francisco, CA. Thought to be lost in the tomb of Ghengis Khan, the Jade Mongolion Idol was recently discovered. It is believed to have magical powers and it is said that anyone that possesses it will wield the strength of the mighty Ghengis Khan army. It was recently discovered by the famous archeologist Alexander Banned in a remote cave somewhere in the Khentii Mountains in Mongolia earlier this year. This rare artifact is currently on display under glass and heavy security at Super7 in San Francisco, CALIF.
15 February 2009
14 February 2009
Now this what Tokyo has been hankering for!. An upscale Kaiju gallery on the first floor of a high end Womens Fashion Department Store in the heart of the Shinjuku Shopping district. KAIJU BLUE is on the first floor of the newly remodeled Marui One and re-opens on February 20, 2009. Kaiju Blue is billed as a shop specializing in Sub-Culture AND Underground. Not quite sure what all that encompasses but they had me at Kaiju. Add to this an interior conceptualized by MOGraphixx - known for his 3d work for KAWS & T9G - and a logo designed by graphic character mavericks the Mad Barbarians and I think this may just be the tipping point for the burgeoning Haute Coutre Soft Vinyl Monsters movement. The real jewel at the heart of the shop will be the "gallery" display case and will feature a different Kaiju Maker each month.
First out of the gate is perennial Dark Horse Blobpus - with his Dissection Exhibition. There will be 2 exclusive figures released and lots of new customs on display.
DOKUGAN DX (GEM.Ver)
BLObPUS DX (GEM.Ver)
13 February 2009
No real details on this sucker - but Hariken is one of my fave up-n-comers.
Monstock sure seems to beating the bushed to find the new talent.
10 February 2009
09 February 2009
08 February 2009
07 February 2009
So what comes around goes around. After Tim Biskup had a go at remixing T9G's Rangeas to great effect last year, T9G strikes back with his own special blend of Kaiju magic on Mr. Biskup's helper.
The sculpt was debuted at the recent T X T exhibition at STITCH in Daikanyama Tokyo. Bringing a Seventies Guy-in-a-rubber monster suit sensibility to the figure, T9G knocks it out of the park. The helmet factor with the cute over the ugly is what I really does it for me. Looking forward to seeing this figure come out.
The show is on until Feb 22. at Stitch
More pictures of the event on Flickr