A Closer Look at Customs by JonPaul Kaiser x JRYU for SKULLHEAD SAMURAI Group Art Show

The doors to FLABSLAB will open is a short few hours tonight for when the Skullhead Samurai Custom Art Show is launched, and we take a slightly closer look at the entries from Jon-Paul Kaiser x J*RYU, along with a little “explanation” of the customs, thanks to JPK - who in fact was the co-designer for the original “Skullhead Samurai” vinyl figure with Huck Gee, produced by Pobber Toys, released at STGCC 2016!

TOYSREVIL: How did the collaboration concept with Jryu come about? Which came first - The Collaboration or the Story?
JONPAUL KAISER The collaboration came about first, JRYU and I had talked at length about our ideas for this industry and scene. He has an incredible mind for both aesthetics and concept, really driving what the boundaries are for what a toy can be and how to push for a deeper narrative to expand the meaning beyond just the way a figure looks.

#pobbertoys #skullheadsamurai #jonpaulkaiser #huckgee @jryuart x @jonpaulkaiser

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JRYU: ”Both parts of this set were constructed and sculpted in Los Angeles, then shipped to London for the masterful paintwork, and then finally to Singapore for the exhibition. Between the two sets there are 32 separate elements that make up the scenes, made from expoxy, wood, plastic and paper in addition to the base vinyl figure.

The praying female was sculpted from scratch and the lanterns encase flickering battery-powered candles. While it may seem like there are two separate characters featured between the two sets, there is actually only one entity featured in our narrative. Lastly, look closely at the crest to reveal our little imprint on these pieces. Hope that you enjoy this piece, thank you for checking it out.”

TOYSREVIL: I did not realise until I saw the video (from @davidthekiller) that there were actually two figures! I thought it was a singular custom with articulated hands! For all intents and purposes, are the characters one and the same?

What’s their story? In fact, if there were a “sequential” aspect to the two custom sets, which figure/set comes first?

JONPAUL KAISER: The two parts are sections of the story; in the first the female figure is in prayer, her ancestral armour and weapons stacked behind her as she calls upon the strength of her forebears. The second scene she is wearing the armour, empowered with the co fiction that her ancestors are with her as she prepares to do battle.

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(Additional splendid pics & video by @davidthekiller)

More Awesomeness & Website Launch for 「DYNAMIC 豪!50!GO!」 #GONAGAI50th ANNIVERSARY

GO NAGAI 50 www

Since my last feature, the website celebrating 50th Dynamic Pro / Go Nagai has since launched - featuring a slew of products available, including of course collectibles from indie artists - including Shoko Nakazawa, Konatsu, UAMOU, DAN, P.P.PUDDING and strong support from Medicom Toy!

As well there are a few unlisted but definitely worth your attention and dollars, including Max Toy Co’s special Lady Darkness (painted in a Cutie Honey homage), UAMOU’s Mazinger Z and Devilman Uamous, and Teresa Chiba! And these are the limited runs, excluding a slew of customised one-offs - including that magnificent Devilman Negora from KONATSU!!!

Available only in Japan (no news for online sales, beyond prices and product description/quantity mentioned on the website), and no doubt online soon via secondary resellers, you’d do well to sort out your helpful friends and mules, for when the doors open March 25th, til the event ends March 30th Thursday! The event is located at SEIBU Ikebukuro Main Store (*at the Seibu Gallery on the second floor).

(Additional images via jme7315)

AVMV x Bawana Spoons One-Off Resin Releases

Bwana Spoons is currently offering one-off hand-painted versions of AVMV (Amanda Visell x Michelle Valigura) resin releases on - including Bats on Decks, Mole, Foxes and all-kinds of splendidness of indie artist-crossovers utilising the unique visual aesthetics of the artists, I felt compelled to upload images of on THIS Facebook post (sorry, I’m a brute :p).

Each one-off is priced at US$130, and I’d recommend you not dally for long in your purchasing considerations.

Everyone's excited to find their new homes. 10am pacific on Gravy Toys AVMV Magic.

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Nearing the finish line for tomorrow morning 10am release AVMV magic

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Time for a tea break

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AVMV Magic is up now at Gravy Toys. Helloooo Thursday

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Gorillaz To release new album “Humanz” on April 28th

In anticipation of their new album release, “Humanz” - out April 28 (Pre-order / stream), Gorillaz unleashes a quartet of tracks from said album, one of which is a full-on music video titled “Saturnz Barz (Spirit House)”, featuring Popcaan, a Jamaican dance hall artist.

You can check out the three other “Art Tracks” since featured here on #tunestalk!

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The MV was directed by Jamie Hewlett and produced by Cara Speller, with Passion Pictures Animation producing, in collaboration with Google Spotlight Stories … and experience SATURNZ BARZ (SPIRIT HOUSE) in 360º view!

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This will be Gorillaz’s 5th studio album, 6 years since their last “The Fall” (2011). Beyond their music, and pop culture crossover status, I still fondly remember their collectible figures released by Kidrobot circa 2006 … and thinking how awesome it would be to have a new updated collectible release with KR celebrating a decade since the first release with a “grown up” Noodle too! *nudge~nudge*


A Closer Look at MOONLIGHT SAMURAI Custom & Interview with Jan Calleja

Moonlight Samurai by Jan Calleja

Launching tomorrow March 24th is the first ever Skullhead Samurai Custom Show, curated by Jake Lee of Pobber Toys, with the exhibition hosted by FLABSLAB. We’ve had a look at the amazing customs & work-in-progress pieces for the show thus far, and today we take a closer look at the the fantastic “MOONLIGHT SAMURAI” from Jan Calleja, and as well have a little online chat with him about his inspirations and process for this build!

Don’t forget to check out more of his work covered #onTOYSREVIL, and as well his and!

“MOONLIGHT SAMURAI” by Jan Calleja will be available for purchase at the show!

(Above-left: Original Figure / Above-right: Initial Concept Sketch)

TOYSREVIL: What was your concept for the custom? Has it changed from your initial concept to final version? Or was it laser-focused all the way?
"JAN CALLEJA: The concept is a car-inspired design mixed with the original Skullhead Samurai toy. The only change that happened was during the first week of build. I usually have this stage as I really don’t do a definitive design from the start. I just have the story, or idea and from there I adjust as I go along. It might be because of availability of materials or ... perhaps a better way to execute the idea."

TOYSREVIL: Walk us through your customisation process for this piece, please :)
JAN CALLEJA: Well, as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t have a blueprint design for this build also. After the ideation process, the first thing I did was revise some shapes at the side of the head to make way for a more car-fender-look ... but not too much as to alter the silhouette of the original head. Then came the stage where I changed direction of the build.

I planned to make it a long-robed samurai with a car-inspired head ... but ... I thought why not go on an all-out machine looking car-inspired samurai execution? Hence the boosters, exclusion of legs, and appropriation of the former head ornament into a sort of wing at the back.

TOYSREVIL: Vehicular Epicness and your works are inseparable, and is a hallmark of your art, IMHO. Was there any specific vehicle on your mind when you designed "Moonshine Samurai"?
JAN CALLEJA: Yes, it's the Oldsmobile (custom) rocket. This got my attention while at the local hobby shop. I thought the shape and feel of the car was perfect for my narrative, and for this beautifully designed platform toy.

TOYSREVIL: Any particular reason for the name “Moonlight Samurai”?
JAN CALLEJA: When I got the blank toy, I thought to myself, wow, a Filipino customizing a Japanese inspired samurai toy, designed by two western dudes. Hmmmm :)

Offhand I can always play with the "Samurai" design and just decorate it with my style ... but I thought maybe we can also play with the story of the whole exercise of ME customizing this toy ha ha ha. The "me", who doesn’t even drive, make a car-inspired design on a blank toy inspired by a Japanese icon ... and so on.

I first thought of the Italian Spaghetti Westerns or something to that effect. Some sort of bootlegging is in the story ... but none of the mediocrity attached to it. Until I saw the car at the local hobby shop and how I read before that it was used to run moonshine liquor. The shape. The story. The bad-assery attached to it. That was it.

The bootlegging narrative became the car that inspired me to juxtapose with Huck's and JPK's Skullhead Samurai. The former negative (personal) connotation became an homage to the duo's perfectly shaped vinyl toy.

TOYSREVIL: To call this a “showroom ready” piece of art is an understatement! What do YOU think of your own custom?
JAN CALLEJA: First of all, thank you very much for your kind words, Andy :) Well, aside from some changes at the onset of the build I'm quite happy with the way this turned out. This project presented some opportunities to try new production I used a different (but not new) paint technique, hence a noticeable "showroom ready" finish ... and some cool finishing stuff I recently learned from local scale model enthusiasts :)

Thank you very much! :)
Moonlight Samurai by Jan Calleja
Moonlight Samurai by Jan Calleja
Moonlight Samurai by Jan Calleja
Moonlight Samurai by Jan Calleja

(“Skullhead Samurai” is originally designed by JonPaul Kaiser x Huck Gee and produced by Pobber Toys)

Q POP Presents ALOHA! LOLLIGAG Vinyl Doll Release & Custo Group Show (March 25.2017)

EVENT PRESS: "Q Pop and Bombastic Fantastic are joining forces to bring you a custom art show of the new vinyl toy, Aloha! Lolligag. Featuring over 45 artists contributing customized Aloha! Lolligag vinyl figures, the new exhibit opens at Q Pop's Little Tokyo gallery on Saturday, March 25th." (Facebook Events)
Participating artists include: 64 Colors, Alina Chau, Aron Jean Shay, Baby Vtec, Brandon Dicks, Carson Catlin, Cat Toung Bui, Chris Mitchell, Devilrobots, Evon Freeman, Gabbie Zapata, Grace Kim, Hyperactive Monkey, Jackie Cadiente, Jackie Huang, Jane Liu, Jason Hornbuckle, Jeff Granito, Jeff Ranjo, Jeremiah Ketner, Jhonny Nunez, Joey Chou, Kamakiri, Leesassaur, Lissa Treiman, Magen Mitchell, Messy Pink, Miss Mindy, Mizna Wada, MJ Hsu, Monster Factory, Obscure, Onch Movement, Paul Shih, Riser,Riyoko Iwamoto, Stacey Aoyama, Special Ed Toys, Sylvia Liu, Tasha Zimich, Task One, Touma, Toy Art Custom, Uamou, Zachary Sweets, Zard Apuya.

Aloha! Lolligag Custom Toy Show
Opening reception: March 25th 7pm-10pm
Show Date: March 25th - April 16th
About Aloha! Lolligag: "Surfing on a wave of enchantment and wonder, Aloha! Lolligag finds Lolligag reimagining herself as a classic hula girl from the Big Island, complete with a flowing grass skirt, a Kukui nut necklace, a Haku lei around her head and a lollipop in her hand. This kawaii Hawaii set is extremely limited to 125 pieces worldwide."

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• 5-inch vinyl figure
• Mildly articulated arms and head
• 2-sided lollipop
• Edition of 125

Flat Bonnie Exclusives for #WonderCon 2017 (Booth 2130)

Flat Bonnie shares images and info about her two exclusives for the next week’s WonderCon Anaheim 2017 (*Booth 2130) - featuring the return of the BunEwok plush, and a new enamel pin of Flat Bonnie in cosplay as BunEwok. Fret not if you cannot make the even physically, as Yukari has sorted you out on her online store!

BunEwok Plush - Flat Bonnie in cosplay - $45
12" Handmade Plush - signed and numbered
Special WonderCon sewn in tag and hangtag
Comes with adoption certificate
Made of faux fur, soft fleece and vinyl pleather with safety eyes.

BunEwok Enamel Pin
Limited Edition
1.25" Hard Enamel Pin - $10

Super7 Presents the Space Knight Connell Custom Show (Opening March 25.2017)

Launching Saturday, March 25th (at 7:00pm) @ the Super7 San Francisco store, is the SPACE KNIGHT CONNELL Customs Show! The Space Knight Connell is a creation of Kenth Toy Works, and on show will be painted custom vinyl runs by Dski One, Paul Kaiju, Skinner, and Joseph Harmon (previews seen below). No prices listed as yet, but they sure look yummy bagged and tagged!

Also featured will be special artwork by Evildave, Scottyg68, nownownow66, and Josh Herbolsheimer. Drinks and donuts will be provided.

Super7 San Francisco
3253 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415.374.7190
Located between Guerrero and Dolores and
a short walk from the 16th Street BART Station.

FURMUTATION New Works by Horrible Adorables, Plushplay & PopProlific opens April 7th @ myplasticheart

EVENT PRESS: "myplasticheart is excited to present “Furmutation” featuring the work of Horrible Adorables, plushPLAY and POPprolific. The husband and wife duo of Horrible Adorables from Cleveland OH joins forces with their New York counterparts Mariangela Tan (plushPLAY) and Justin Alan Volpe (POPprolific) to showcase their signature handmade fiber creatures in a variety of fauna inspired hybrids."
Event launches Friday April 7th from 7-10pm for the opening reception. The artists will be in attendance and refreshments will be served. Exhibition runs through May 5th 2017.

Scroll down for preview of WIPs for the show! :)

Furmutation - New Works by Horrible Adorables, Plushplay & PopProlific
Opening reception Friday April 7th 7-10PM
Exhibition runs through May 5th 2017

210 Forsyth St. NYC
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