19 December 2010

Inspire Fireman

Fireman from Inspire japan
This 7 inch Figure of the classic 70's Tsuburaya Hero Fireman is scheduled to be released at the next Superfestival in January. The Inspire company continues to release these classic Tokusatu heros in the size I like to call the Bandai Modern Standard. Every since the King Zaurus series by Popy in the late 1970's pioneered this form factor, this style of figure has become the standard issue for the entire line of Ultra Heros and Kamen Riders alike. While the mainstream heros and monsters of the Ultraman and Kamen Rider franchises are continuously mass produced in China by Bandai and sold for 600 - 900 yen in stores all over Japan by the thousands, and a few of the classic Toei heros such as Inazuman and Barom One have been released; there are alot of older classic 1970's Tsuburaya heroes that have never been done in this Modern Standard style. Sensing a gap that needs to be filled is often the purview of many small Independent Japanese Vinyl companies, and Inspire has been filling this gap. And while its sometimes to hard to justify the disconnect of a form factor that match mass market figures that sell for less than 10 bucks and the price tags one associates with indie vinyl - these figures retail for over $40, Inspire definitely delivers on what is sets out to do. So far they have released quality figures of classic heroes Mirror Man, Silver Kamen, Spectre Man, Gambaron and many other obscure characters from the deep pantheon of Japanese Heros.

Iron King
Red Baron
Mirror Man
Silver Kamen
Silver Kamen  Giant
Spectre Man

18 November 2010

09 November 2010

Design festa 32 was a hoot

Another design festa has come on and gone. This was my 4th design festa from "the other side side of the table" as it were and as is the tradition now - I shared the experience and the booth with my good friends at Art Denka & Goccodo. New insights were gained (mini-booths rule- full booths are a waste), others were re-inforced (Saturday is far and away the day for figure sales. My sales were easily triple saturday what they were Sunday.) However it did seem like there were more actual people in the venue on Sunday. Small cheap stuff rules - while this seems to be the order of the day in the figure world in these Economically- challenged times this has always been the rule of thumb at Festa known as Design. Postcards, badges and stickers rule the day - I noticed alot of vinyl under the 1000 yen price point. It was still an amazing yet tiring weekend - I always see new friends, unexpected folks (Joe from squibbles ink!!) and discover something new.

Hope to see you there one day.

Kaiju Korner has some great pics from day 1!

- Posted from my iPhone somewhere in iJapan

05 October 2010

Super Festival! Super Friends!

SuperFestival 54 has come and gone but it was definitely a BLAST! The long heat wave of summer had finally broken, and there seemed to be a better than average sized-crowd of folks in the house. Superfestival is by far my favorite toy event in Japan. Kaiju Korner has a really good blog entry about the event with tons of pics. (Yokoso to Japan Andy!)

Mori from Real x Head got us all a group booth that made a solid block of fun. So many new releases - seems like everyone in the crew had something new for sale. Participating in the block party were Real x Head, Cha-iro Brown (Shef & Tama-chan), Uamou, ArtDenka, Goccodo, Kaiju Blue, Nerd One, Dr. StrangeToys, Refreshment, Pop Soda, Copy Robot, Kowelly Town, Spooky Parade, Fig-lab, Atom A. ArmwrestlerMirock ToysCord Viper, and - the boys from Boston - Onell Design & Rawshark Studios. 

This was my haul [See the annotated version at flickr]

09 September 2010

Esther's video by Chuck Eklectric

Like Twangy Guitar? Like Fat Beats?

Like Noise, Mecha and pretty Girls?

This new video by Chuck Elketrik of the classic Amon Tobin track "Esther" has it ALL!

03 September 2010


In animistic Shinto-ism everything has a spirit.
I need to pick up a set of these amazing devices.

24 August 2010

Zombie Meat Jerky

Its Chewie! Its Blue! They say its made from the same good stuff that regular jerky is made from.... but my guess is that its smoke-dried BRAAAAAINS!

Do you dare to eat the ZOMBIE Jerky??

Available from this Rakuten shop (the site is in Japanese.)


Ichiban-boshi Chaos Custom Series 1

So Ichiban-boshi is trying their hand at the airbrush. The results look pretty good. These customs were for sale of the Ichiban-boshi online shop last Sunday. They were priced at regular Japanese retail for these figures which I thought was pretty classy. Hopefully we will see more customs in the coming months.
(BTW they're SOLD OUT).

17 August 2010

L'amour Supreme x Itokin Park "Baby Huey" Custom

This figure has been dubbed "Baby Huey" by Mr. LS - it was designed by LS, sculpted and cast by Kaz of Itokin Park. This version was painted up by L'amour Supreme for the Toxic Resin art show happening at Super 7.

10 August 2010

Gegege Exhibition at Matsuya Dept. Store

Its Obon - the summer time holiday - here in Japan - when thoughts turn to traditional ghosts, goblins and ghouls. So its the perfect time of year for and Exhibition of  Mizugi Shigeru - the godfather of the Japanese underworld.  This one starting today at the Matsuya Department store in Ginza looks like fun. I like how they will highlight some of his other characters beyond Gegege Kitaro including  Akuma-kun and Kappa no Sanpei. Show Runs from 08/11 (W) - 08/23 (M).

04 August 2010

Mirock Toy launches its website!

Mirock Toy has launched its official web site including a blog and an online shop. Mirock (pronounced Mee-Roh-Koo)  leapt onto the the toy stage with a collaboration with Real x Head which debuted at San Diego Comic-con 2010. Sculpting in wood his wildly re-imagined sculpts of Real x Head's core Mutant Zone characters - Head, Evil and Chaos were a big hit at SDCC. The web store contains several online exclusives, including all black unpainted versions of the RxH collaboration figures and a very traditionally painted chaos. There are also resin minis of Mirock, the brand mascot. (seen above). This guy will be one to watch for sure.

The web store currently doesn't ship internationally.

Ultra Disco Fun Time

Couldn't resist posting this.

More Crossover Recap tomorrow.
However here is a decent dose if you're desperate.
The interview is loaded with photos of SDCC and I would say over half are of Crossover...
not that I'm counting...

just saying.

03 August 2010


The Rift in the space-time continuum has closed but our universe will never be the same.
The Global Figure Symposium 2010 - the CROSSOVER - was a smashing success - old friends, new alliances, familiar figures and radical re-imaginings were all in evidence.

A super big thanks to Matt Doughty from Onell Design and Jesse Moore from Rawshark Studios for giving up half (way more than half) of their booth for the event as well as being deep in the mix.

Big UP to all the creators who participated:
Real x Head, Uamou, Skulltoys, PaulKaiju, Dead Presidents, MonstreHero, L'amour Supreme, Sucklord (and Vektar), The Tarantulas, Jesse DeStassio, Spy Monkey Creations, Brand Loyalty Toys, and everyone else who made the event what it was!

You can check out coverage from across the web.
The Crossover at the Global Figure Symposium SDCC
"I think one of the most interesting events this year was the tiny booth that seemed to hold a small army of artist and toy makers". - Toybot Studios 
SDCC10: The Global Figure Symposium Booth
"This one ranked at the top of the list for booths that I needed to check back in with. There was always something new and interesting...crossovers...small runs...handmade pieces. The Global Figure Symposium killed it again this year. " - Plastic & Plush
TOYSREVIL: Global Figure Symposium / GFS 2010 - The CROSSOVER @ San Diego Comic Con (Booth 4937)
"I personally look at this with awe and interest, especially this concept of a show-within-a-show with a specific focus, to me is pretty well brilliant, IMHO. " - ToysREvil
Toy Break - Episode 129 
 "Bringing in all those artists, and having that crazy schedule of people come into the booth everyday with these crossovers. Thank you to datadub, thanks to Onell." - Ayleen, Toy Break
"Next time you're at Comic-con, you gotta get to the Onell booth, cause there are just so many great people, selling so many great things .. just awesome" - George, Toy Break 
The Crossover Exchange - Global Figure Symposium 2010 @ San Diego Comic Con 2010 
- Kaiju Chronicle

Thanks to everyone for kicking ass and making toys.

20 July 2010


MH x RxH!!, originally uploaded by monstrehero.

More Crossover madness forcasted to spew from the gaping wormhole at Booth #4937. RxH's neo-standard Chaosman get the MonstreHero treatment inside and out. Oh and a fortune kitty gets it as well. Sean and Cliff should be rift-side on Preview night. There mirrorworld Gangledoppers Clean and Siff of KaijuHero will be doing a full spread at 3pm on friday and may phase in at 1pm on saturday for a battle with Paul.Monstre.

Its going to be wild - but we have already warned you about that haven't we.

19 July 2010

Fortune Cat Baby - Kurozake "DON"

One sure sign of disruption in the space-time continuum are the presence of strange beasts - in particular One-eyed Fortune Cats. These 2 examples have already been sighted in Japan but have been determined to be present at the site of the anomaly in san Diego as well. We also calculate that many more varieties will also scamper from the wormhole. Due to some advanced technological accoutrements we have implemented for the Crossover Exchange giving us efficiencies of extraction, we will be able to offer cats like these and all their brethren for $8

17 July 2010

Dynamite Monster Show Vol. 5 @ GFS2010

Here at Fig-lab we are continuously the monitoring the event horizon of the impending vortex. As the opening of the rent in the fabric of space-time approaches more details are becoming discernable. Our instruments have detected a distinct rumbling in the depths of the approaching wave front. We predict a large influx of Rumble Monster goodness will emerge from the anomaly at approximately 9.30 am Friday morning. There is a lot of variation in the signal - it is impossible to predict what other influences may be mixed and munged with what finally emerges into our universe. Fortunately the Crossover Exchange will be in full effect with Hossy at the controls to cultivate and deploy the Rumble-y goodness. GFS2010 @ #4937

Real x Head is bringing the heat to the GFS2010

Mori Katsura aka Real x Head is coming to town packing the heat. There will be a heavy heavy load of old favorites, mutated originals and freakish curiosities spewing forth from the anomaly centered at booth #4937. The Global Figure Symposium will do its best to cull the crop and offer it forth. There will be unique offerings at many points during the event so check back often.
(thx to Joe at Kaiju Chronicle for his monitoring of the event horizon)

16 July 2010

Skulltoys Marble 12 inch Dokurocks Suit

Skulltoys Dokurocks Henshin style suits are back in style. This time its formal wear like a Tuxedo from Hell - luscious marbled black and white.
These will be available from Thursday at GFS2010 - the CROSSOVER from Thursday.

Yamazura Mazingyo at the GFS2010

gfs-mazingyo, originally uploaded by datadub.

Yamazaki has been teasing us with this little monster for a couple of months now - finally he is ready to be unleashed on the world. Behold MAZINGYO - the Demon Fish Man.
GFS2010 exclusive color - Available from Thursday morning at the CROSSOVER EXCHANGE at Booth #4937. $50 reasonable!

15 July 2010

Glow in the Dark Steregon

gfs-steregon, originally uploaded by datadub.

Sometimes simple is best - a nice hulk of pure GID japanese vinyl - the Steregon Global Figure Symposium limited edition cometh. Comes with a club to keep the beat. Available from Thursday morning at the GFS2010 Crossover Exchange (Booth # 4937)

14 July 2010

GFS2010 - Armored Blobpus

gfs-armoredblobpus-02, originally uploaded by datadub.

So I hit up Kaji about doing an MM version of Blobpus for the con - he countered with this. The MM version can wait - behold the Glow-in-the-Dark Armored Blobpus. Available from Thursday at the GFS2010 CROSSOVER EXCHANGE.

12 July 2010

Mutant Chaos - Millennial Monster version

The Millennial Monster series is back after a brief hiatus. Mutant Chaos by Real x Head is one of the top classic original monsters to come out of the Japanese Indie Vinyl scene. This edition will be debuting at the GFS2010 Crossover Exchange at Booth #4937.

11 July 2010

GFS 2010 - the CROSSOVER -

An evil robot genius in a universe next door has deployed an unspeakable device that is renting the very fabric of space and time. Strange attractors are ripping though the multiverses grabbing Heros and Villians alike; mixing, distorting and melding them into mind-boggling configurations. They will step through into our universe very soon. 

Its going to be wild.

GFS 2010 - the CROSSOVER -, originally uploaded by datadub.

28 May 2010

ベイダー・プロジェクト オークションカタログ






現代において最も有名なアンダーグランド・アーティストによって再現されたダース・ベイダーのヘルメット100点が、2010年6月12日~20日まで、Freeman’s Los Angeles Auction Preview (6812 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)において公開されます。その後、これらの作品は2010年7月10日にフィラデルフィアのFreemans’ Auctioneersにおいてオークションにかけられます。

ベイダープロジェクトはDKE ToysのDov KelemerとSarah Jo Marksによって立案されたもので、そのコンセプトはとてもシンプルです。現在活躍する100人の傑出したアンダーグランド・アーティストやデザイナーがそれぞれの感性を活かして、実物大のダース・ベイダーのヘルメットを作り上げるというものです。KelemerとMarksは次のようにコメントしています。「2005年に浮かんだ素朴なアイデアが2009年には記録的な展示へと成長し、このプロジェクトから生れた作品がいよいよ世界へと飛び出す時が来ました。この優れた芸術作品を初めて一般にも広く入手いただけるようご協力いただいたFreeman’sに感謝しています」。

このプロジェクトに参加いただいた著名なアーティストは次の方々です:Shag、Peter Kuper、Jermaine Rogers、Gary Baseman、BXH、Tim Biskup、The Pizz、Dalek、Paul、Frank、Ron English、Jeff Soto、Michelle Valigura、Frank Kozik、Plasticgod、Simone Legno – Tokidoki、Bill McMullen、Secret Base - Hiddy、Joe Ledbetter、Alex Pardee、Suckadelic、Real x Head /森かつら、 Cameron Tiede、Mister Cartoon、Marc Ecko、Amanda Visell。作品のヘルメットはそれぞれ$3000(米ドル)~$15,000(米ドル)で販売される予定です。

Freemansのポップカルチャースペシャリスト、Simeon Lipmanは次のように語ります。「驚異的な成果が生み出されました。今回のオークションは、映画界において象徴的存在であるダース・ベイダーのヘルメットをモチーフに、Shag、Marc Ecko、Tim Biskup、Frank Kozikなど多くの有名なアーティストが手掛けた世界でも希有な芸術作品を、一般の方にも入手いただける絶好のチャンスです」。

2007年の発足以来、ベイダープロジェクトの作品は世界各地で行われたさまざまなスター・ウォーズ・コンベンションや博物館などで展示が行われました。ベイダープロジェクトが初めて公開されたのは2007年5月、ロサンゼルスで行われたスター・ウォーズTMセレブレーション IVです。以来、世界各地をツアーし、2007年7月にはヨーロッパ、2008年7月には日本でお披露目がされました。最近では2009年2月13日~5月3日までペンシルバニア州ピッツバーグのアンディー・ウォーホル美術館でエキシビジョンが行われました。

今回のオークションはLucasfilmのスポンサーおよび承認を受けておらず、Lucasfilmとは一切関係はございません。スター・ウォーズTM およびこれに関連する知的所有権は© 著作権登録、または ® 登録商標がされ、2010 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TMが所有権を保持しています。無断複写・転載を禁じます。

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