Tron Kubricks Sort of Make Up for a Flawed Sequel

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 2, 2011 in Cinema, Hobbies and Collections

Tron Kubricks

I have to say that I still find myself letdown on a number of levels with the Tron sequel: The fanboy in me feels that it just wasn’t as good as it could have been, yet I know the reality is that perhaps Hollywood couldn’t do anything more clever than to rip off the Matrix. But the bright side of all of my disappointments is that there is a wealth of cool Tron goodies that have been released onto the market. And on one such case are these cool sets of Tron Kubricks from Japan — if you can just forget the sequel you can relive your childhood. Read more…

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Because More is Better When it Comes to Holo the Wolf-Goddess

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 23, 2010 in Animation, Hobbies and Collections

Toys Works Collection 2.5 Wolf and Spice II

I’ll be honest to me Holo always looked more like a fox than a wolf, however that said I’m sure the hardcore Wolf and Spice fans out there would disagree with me. However there’s no question to me that this canis character is quite catchy so I was quite taken with the Toys Works Collection 2.5 Wolf and Spice II (トイズワークスコレクション にいてんご 狼と香辛料 II) which was issued to celebrate the second season of the series. The collection features multiple Holos with a Lawrence and a Fermi Amati figurine thrown in as well: Read more…

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This Cute Cthulhu Just Wants to Light Up Your Life

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 7, 2009 in Hobbies and Collections, Horror

My Little Cthulhu Vinyl Glow in the Dark Figure

This is no ordinary cute Cthulhu! This release of My Little Cthulhu actually glows in the dark. This limited edition 8-inch vinyl figure designed by John Kovalic won’t be out until March of 2010, but you can pre-order now. Can’t wait for your cutie? The original My Little Cthulhu Dark Edition Vinyl Statue is available now: Read more…

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Vinyl Toys Come to Life: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Making of Organ Donors

Posted by Guest Author on Feb 25, 2009 in Design, Hobbies and Collections

Organ Donors created by David Foox

Editor’s Note: As a creative person I’ve been watching the urban toys scene in awe — and the first question that pops into my head is always “What’s the process of making these cool art objects into reality?” Long time artist David Foox has just introduced a line of toys called Organ Donors, so I asked him as a favor to write up an article giving his start-to-finish experience as a first time creative tackling the world of designer toys.

Step #1 Concept

The most important aspect of any custom vinyl toy is CONCEPT. “If your concept is solid, your toy is a success.” – Erick Scarecrow, friend. While this is the first step of the project, it is actually the most important step – and the one that is most often neglected. People are typically in a hurry to get to the other steps and fail to adequately delve into the concept that is being developed. In order to best develop a concept, I would advise people to first create an inhabitable environment, world, universe, or cause. Read more…

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