18 November 2011

Design Festa 34 on SOFUBI-MICHI TV

SOFUBI-MICHI captured the glory of our Design Festa table. For Refreshment, Rampage and myself it was cozy quarters but good fun was had by all. Catch more of the show over at the SOFUBI-MICHI TV channel on U-stream.

16 July 2011

Millennial Monsters from Blobpus

For the 3rd Symposium running now, Blobpus has may wicked contributions to the Millennial Monsters series. For those who like their monsters large, there is this striking Dokugan in the classic MM colorway. And for those who prefer their Kaiju fist-sized with guts, there is the BlobPus DX - clear vinyl and lovely organs. 

The figures will retail for $80 each and will be available at the All-Star Bazaar (SDCC Booth#4937) from Thursday morning onwards. Supplies are limited!

Memory Lane
Millennial Monsters - blobpi
GFS2009 - MM Blobpi
GFS 2010 - MM Armored Glowing Blobus

GFS2011 - All Stars ComicCon Schedule

Thanks to Ralph Niese for this amazing illustration!

Thursday, July 21 2011

All Star Bazaar - Open - 2pm 
A smorgasbord of Global Figure goodness including mini minis from UAMOU, new Millennial Monsters from BloBpuS, Barbarians from Frenzy Bros., new aliens from Galaxy People  PLUS select goodies from the FIG-X.JP warehouse.

Team Europa - 2pm - close
The Tarantulas, Triclops & Bruno Orbit bring a touch of Continental Class to the Symposium. 

Friday, July 22 2011

All Star Bazaar - Open - 1pm 
Return of the morning buffet of figure entrees.

Paul Kaiju - 1pm - 3pm
The West Coast Master of Monsters will hold forth with a cornucopia of his latest creations. 

Suckadelic - 3pm - 5pm
The East Coast King of Bootleg Action Figures holds court with a bevy of hot Necromancer exclusives and sexy sidekicks. 

Monster Worship - 5pm - 7pm
Newcomer to the Symposium - Monster Worship will be dropping new vinyl goodness from their All Star roster including Johnny Ryan, Jeff Lam and Mark Rudolph.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

All Star Bazaar - Open - 12pm 
Your first stop in the morning to tide you over for a long Saturday of Figure overload.

L'Amour Supreme & Fiends - 12pm - 2pm
Illustrator Provocateur L'Amour Supreme is bringing an All-Star entourage of artists to the table for 2 hours of creative chaos. Rumored yet unconfirmed names culled from the Twitosphere have included Skinner, Count Chocula, TWERPS, the Creature from Laguna Beach, COOP, and Beezelbub Jr.

Monstre Sean's Resin Emporium - 2pm - 5pm
Monstre Hero and UHOH toys team up to bring us a crunchy selection of cutting edge Resin-based Figures

Vectar's Saturday Night Special  - 5pm - 7pm
He's Baaaack. Second tier toy villain crashes the Symposium to drop a glyos-compatible version of himself. He will be joined in his capers by SideKick Lab. It might get messy.

Sunday, July 24, 2011
The Final Battle: All Stars versus the End of Time

This years GFS is once again proudly hosted by Onell Design & Rawshark Studios. 

We love you guys!!!

15 July 2011

Gardner Fox.. patron saint of the GFS

Portrait of Gardner Fox by Gil Kane
This year marks the 100th birthday of Gardner Fox, one of the most influential comic writers of the 20th Century. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 20, 1911.

During the Golden Age of comics, he worked on Batman from Issue 3, contributing to the early development of the character, introducing such fundamentals as the Bat Utility Belt, the Batarang and the Batgyro (precursor to the Batcopter) He is also credited with creating Hawkman, the Flash and the Sandman. In 1940, in the third issue of All-Star Comics, he introduced the Justice Society, the first superhero team in comics. The graphics for this year's Global Figure Symposium are an homage to the cover art from this classic Golden Age Comic. 

During the Silver Age, Fox's script for "Flash of Two Worlds!", from The Flash #123 (Sept. 1961), introduced the concept that the Golden Age heroes existed on a parallel Earth named Earth-Two. This introduces the concept of the Multiverse, allowing old and new heroes to co-exist and crossover. Where would modern comics be today with out the concept of parallel worlds???

Gardner Fox passed away December 24, 1986 here on Earth-One, but we have credible intelligence that he is celebrating his 100th on Earth-2 with an amazing birthday bash.

You can find out more about this seminal godfather of modern comics on Wikipedia and you can Like his fan page on FaceBook.

13 July 2011


Once again this year's Global Figure Symposium is graciously hosted by Matt Doughty from Onell Design and Jesse Moore from Rawshark Studio. We have a nice mix of familiar faces and first-timers. Unfortunately none of the Japanese artists were able to come over this year - but will still be there in spirit and toys. Schedule coming soon!
in brand new episodes as personally related at the third meeting of the Global Figure Symposium.

12 July 2011


GFS 2011 - ALL STARS, originally uploaded by datadub.
It's that time of year again! We almost thought it wasn't gonna happen - but you can't keep a good symposium down.


10 June 2011


Fig-lab was honored to be involved once again with the Art Hustle project. For series 2, we coordinated the participation of 9 Japanese artists.
Also its great to see a nice showing of western KAIJU artists like Paul Kaiju, Brian Flynn and Lash.

From the release:
Following 2010's sold-out inaugural series of collectible artist trading cards, the equally impressive new collection features an all-new roster of artists, more fantastic artwork and special surprise inserts produced exclusively for The Art Hustle Series 2!

SERIES 2 ARTISTS INCLUDE: Jeff Soto, Charles Krafft, Greg Simkins, Joe Ledbetter, KRK Ryden, Amanda Visell, Slinkachu, Corey Arnold, Luke Chueh, Dave Kinsey, Mark Mothersbaugh, SKINNER, Brett Ratner, Camilla d'Errico, the legendary Al Jaffee, and 60 more art stars.


  • Limited production of 500 numbered boxes
  • Over 75 Participating Artists
  • Original Art/Sketch Cards
  • Signature Cards
  • Special Inserts produced exclusively for The Art Hustle Series 2:
  • Artist Menko inspired by traditional Japanese game cards. Over 90 unique menko to collect.
  • Frank Kozik Silkscreen Cards - A 9 card subset featuring silkscreened artwork by Frank Kozik, including special Signature Edition Cards.
  • Ron English Sticker Cards - A 9 card subset featuring Ron English's unique social commentary reminiscent of the product parody sticker cards of the 70's and 80's. Also includes special Signature Edition Cards.


  • Poster
  • 36 Wax Packs
  • 162 Base Card Set
  • Artist Profile & Art Cards
  • 10 Signature Cards (Autographs/Tags)
  • 2 Original Art/Sketch Cards
  • Artist Menko
  • Frank Kozik Silkscreen Cards
  • Ron English Sticker Cards


The Art Hustle is a boutique series of artist and art-based trading cards that is curated, designed and produced by The Cardhacks, and manufactured in the USA by SideKick Media.

The set is very much a collaborative effort with the participating Artists. It exhibits an international group working in a variety of disciplines including street art, toy art, kaiju, illustration, painting, sculpture, aerosol art, tattoo art, digital art, film, photography and more.
Included in the classic wax packs are Artist Profile Cards and Art Cards; all with interesting facts on the backs that you don't want to miss. Artist-customized cards have been randomly inserted into packs, so you have the chance to pull an actual original piece of artwork.

The Art Hustle is a new Art experience and a hell of a lot of fun.

07 June 2011

"What is Kaiju?" at PechaKucha Tokyo

Gave a PechaKucha presentation - 20 slides at 20 seconds per slide - last week. Should be online soon...

02 June 2011

SuperFestival Cy'Os

 Cy'Os - definitive version - $77 shipped worldwide

Cyberius.droid13 was originally created by Pr. Arkaroy at Kinetic Organic Laboratory (KO-lab). In an unfortunate lab accident, he went off his original programming becoming a rogue agent calling itself Cy'13 and engaging in dastardly acts of  malice and mayhem. One of his hobbies is ripping huge holes in the fabric of the spacetime continuum just to see what happens. In one of these experiments, a shard of his being injected itself into the Mutant Zone colliding with a Mutant Vegetable known as Chaos. This resulted in the manifestation known as Cy'Os.

This version of Cy'Os - which I consider the "definitive colorway" - was released at Superfestival 55. There are a few pieces remaining so any interested parties should drop me a line at datadub(at)gmail.com. 

They are $77 shipped worldwide.

25 April 2011

Superfestival 56 Cy'Os

Superfestival 56 Cy'Os, originally uploaded by datadub.

Through the power of the diabolical Dayripper device, Evil Genius Robot CY'13 has dispersed his existence across the dimensions. One shard of his being has manifested itself in a world known as the Mutant Zone, where it has infested the body of a Vegetable creature known as Chaos.

Behold Cy'Os! Half machine - Half vegetable - 100% insane.

24 April 2011


NECROMON Face Off!, originally uploaded by datadub.
Truly a Thng of Evil!

Hardcore Necroman on Necromon action.

Coming your way at Superfestival 55!!!!

29 March 2011

Dai Kaiju Card Monsters Benefit Sale

Ilanena, Fig-lab and the talented group of international artists who participated in the Dai Kaiju Card Monster Custom Toy Show last month have all agreed to donate 100% of the proceeds from the Show sales to relief for the victims of the disaster in the Tohoku region of Japan.

Details are here fig-lab.com/daikaiju

20 February 2011


IMG_0222, originally uploaded by datadub.

A Sneak peak at my custom for the Alien Argus show.
More pics here

19 February 2011

Hot Tears of Shame TV - You Be Ilenena

Some hot shaky-cam action of the Ilanena Dai Kaiju Card Monsters Custom Show shot by Patrick Macias, narrated by Matt Alt and featuring yours truly.

18 February 2011

Alien Argus Custom Group Show

Toy Art Gallery is proud to present Mark Nagata’s Alien Argus Custom Group Show! TAG, Mark Nagata and Fig-lab have gathered together over 70 of the best Kaiju and toy artists in the world to customize Toy Art Gallery and Maxtoy Company’s first collaborative figure project

Participating artists include:
Abe Lincoln Jr.
Art Denka
Ben Mininberg
Bert Gatchalian
Bob Conge
Buff Monster
Carlos Enriquez Gonzalez
Cieromuco/Abel Vasquez
Cliff Kirschner / MONSTREHERO
Cris Rose
Daniel Goffin
Dead Presidents
Dr. Strange Toys
Dustin Cantrell
Emilio Garcia
Fig-lab / datadub
Hints And Spices/Shane Haddy
Jan Calleja
Jeff McMillan
Jesse Moore/Rawshark studios
Jon Knox
Kaiju Chronicle
Keith Fulmis
L’Amour Supreme
Mark Nagata
Matt Doughty / Onell Designs
Megan Smithyman
Mikie of Blamo Toys
Onaka Takeshi
Osiris Orion
Paul Kaiju
Pico Pico
Skull Toys
Spooky Parade
Steve Talkowski
Thiyea Project/ Takeshi Togo
Thiyea Project/ Mai Nagamoto
Toybot Studios
Triclops Studios
Troy Stith
uhoh Toys

Opening reception is February 26th 2011 from 7-11 PM. Show runs Feb. 26 – March 26.

Max Toy Company 

02 February 2011

Ultraman Zero -- the Movie --

Taking its cues from the spate of high-end superhero flicks pouring out of Hollywood, The Ultraman franchise has been upping its game with the last couple of Ultraman Movies.  Since the beginning, most Ultraman series have been presented as a standalone takes on the overall series template - then they are slowly crossed over, sliced and diced and mix and munging with the series and characters that came before re-inventing the overall universe over and over.

But since the 40th anniversary Ultra Series - Ultraman Mebius - broadcast in 2006 - and the ensuing theatrical release - Ultraman Mebius & Ultraman Brothers, Tsuburaya has been slowly but surely tightening up the continuity. The original Showa Ultramen (1966 - 1980) are now part of the "Canon" as Continuity Geeks like to say. I should note that the 2008 movieSuperior Ultraman 8 Brothers - unfortunately was a bit of a misstep - using a clunky alternate universe plot device to mix and match Heisei Utramen Dyna, Tiga and Gaia with the old school Man, Ultra7, Jack and Ace with Mebius somehow in the middle - Inferior is more like it.

However I thought 2009's Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy was everything one should expect from a 21st century modern ultra-flick. A lot of it takes place on the Ultra homeworld. The villain was pretty bad-ass, the evil Ultraman Belial (he kind of looks like a McFarlane reject - but I still like the idea of an evil Ultraman). The new main Ultrahero - Ultraman Zero - is a bit of an rebel outcast which is a cool touch (as well as the son of Ultra Seven). And all the Showa Ultra-dudes have cool roles in the story. 

I like the fact that they really just went for it and went over the top, instead of pussy-footing around. Considering that first and foremost these movies are for kids and are in someways just toy commercials on steroids - I am always pleased when the movies give copious nods to the old school. Hopefully the producers are realizing that there is a discerning secondary market in older guys who grew up with the stuff (or at least wish they had) and are open to take a chance to be entertained by this kind of fare.

The newest movie, called Ultraman Zero, the Movie was released theatrically this past December looks like it is following on in this gonzo vein. One thing that has piqued my interest are 3 new characters which are homages to 70's tokusatsu heros that were outside of the Ultra Pantheon. 
They all show up in these teaser - see if you can figure out who is who!

Official Movie Site

More tomorrow.

01 February 2011

ILANENA 10th Anniversary Dai Kaiju Card Monsters Custom Toy Show

To celebrate its 10 year anniversary, Tokyo-based Figure Label ILANENA is having a special Exhibition in Nakano at the alternative cafe!!

Every release-to-date of ILANENA's iconic Dai Kaiju Card Monsters - encompassing a mind-boggling 73 unique sets - will be on display. Additionally there will be a Custom Show featuring Daiju Kaiju Card Monster sets by 23 select Western Artists. As an added bonus, a special collaboration between alternative comic virtuoso Jim Woodring and Ilanena will be unveiled.

February 8th - 20th, 2011
alternative cafe, Nakano, Tokyo
party February 11th 18:00~21:00

alternative cafe

Special support from Robot Robot and Presspop Gallery.

Customs will be available for sale at the venue during the event and afterwards online through Fig-x.jp and Fig-lab.com.

Participating Artists
Aaron Blstr / Sqdblstr
Brian Bunting / GalaxyPeople
Brian Flynn / SUPER7
Cliff Kirschner / MONSTREHERO
Daniel Goffin
Datadub / FIG-LAB
Dennis Hamann / Shirahama
FU Irene / Kaiju korner
Ilanena Hoshina / ILANENA
Jesse Moore / Rawshark Studios
Jim Woodring
Kirkland Jue / Toybot studios
Koji Harmon / Cometdebris
L'amour Supreme
LASH / Mutant Vinyl Hardcore
Luke Rook / Lulubell Toys
Mark Nagata / MAX TOY
Matt Doughty / Onell Design
Paul Kaiju
Ralph Niese / Bruno Orbit
Randy Borden / Kaiju Big Battel
Ricky Wilson / VELOCITRON