Thursday, September 27, 2007
This set came out a while ago. I'm still waiting for mine to show up and looking forward to the clear shiny goodness complete with pipe cleaners!! The ultra-cool shots are from Geo over at Omni-Monster Kaiju Utopia!! Rad Baltan shot, George!!!
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Here's a sneak peek at the new Gaiking Revoltech figure. Forgive me if I don't know which anime, movie or universe this Gaiking variant comes from. Looks cool though. Kinda like that creepy Spidey suit that was all alive and turned into Venom....
When I first saw the stylized Raiking from CM's Corp. below, it looked like some weird designer version of Gaiking. Then this Balking showed up with his dual axes and I realized there was more to this interesting set. It now appears that if you collect presumably three(3) figures including Raiking, Balking and a yet to be announced figure, you can assemble Gaiking. Cool enough concept. I might bite!!
I really don't know anything about these interesting mechs except that I believe they come from the Patlabor universe. Perhaps Heavy Mechs when the going gets rough? Maybe space versions for missions on Mars? In any case, they look cool.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Check out these new pics of the Halloween Popsoda for the upcoming Superfestival. I'm digging the clear grey with gold pipe cleaners. I'm a sucker for little gimmicks like pipe cleaners and glitter.
Also if you didn't catch it, here is a pic of the outstanding Junkspot Chaosman released recently. I like the human body, arms and the red scarf is always a welcome touch! Destined to be a classic IMO.
Check out the new BLObPUS toys. Notice anything? Our own Lance finally got his Kaijin BLObPUS toy in production. For the cool story behind this figure above, CLICK HERE. How friggin cool is that??
hahaha, BLObPUS does an homage to Kozik's Murder series???
ok, now for the big stuff. BLObPUS Toxic-P Series. How you like them colors? Kinda Neo Hawaii?
Want 'em? You can pre-order all this BLObPUS goodness from your neighborhood Super7
The second stop on the Portland Toy Roadshow was Compound aka Just Be Complex and before that Just Be Toys. I think the name changes over the last few years reflect the changes in the store as well. From nothing but toys to toys, movies, clothing and shoes to now having the Compound Gallery. Compound was the coolest store I visited in Portland although it didn't have that many toys. The space itself is beautiful with high ceilings and an upstairs that holds the gallery. On the ground floor, you have toys, movies and a section for hipster clothing and shoes. Variety is the spice of life at Compound and it works well. Anyone from the age of 5 to probably 45 walking by and looking in the windows would have a hard time not going in and checking out the store.
The biggest treat was the digmeout show in the Compound Gallery. 12 artists from the digmeout art agency in Japan were displaying their artwork.
EAST MEETS WEST: DIGMEOUT COMES BACK TO PORTLAND 4TH TIME
Osaka Japan's Up-and-Coming Artists Take Over Portland's Compound Gallery
PORTLAND, Ore., September 6th -- Five young artists from Digmeout, one of the most successful art agencies in Japan, will be flying into Portland for their 4th annual American show on the First Thursday of September 2007. They represent the chosen few from an annual contest in which 5000 hopefuls enter their illustrations, paintings, and digital art for the chance to design for companies like Sony, Nissan, and Panasonic.
This art opening, displaying the work of the 13 artists chosen from their 150 represented artists, marks the 4th collaboration between Digmeout and Portland's Compound Gallery. Last year's Digmeout show was fully covered and featured by Japan's primary television station, Fuji TV, and was Compound's most successful art show in 2006.
Compound's owner Katsu Tanaka first initiated this relationship with Digmeout in an attempt to provide an opportunity that most upcoming Japanese artists would not otherwise have - American exposure. "Most of the artists showing with Digmeout are making their American debut", says Tanaka "many US companies have shown interest in these artists because they admired their work at our shows, and some of the artists are currently working on projects with these companies".
The art opening features a The magazine spotlights the artwork of the 12 artists and furthers Digmeout's mission to expose the young artists of Osaka, Japan. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 6th at 7:00 pm and the show runs through September 31.
Compound Gallery was founded in 2001 to provide a venue to expose fresh and upcoming urban and pop art to the Pacific Northwest. The gallery exhibits a variety of genres and new works by local, national, and international artists.
Digmeout is a visual artist excavation project promoted by FM802, an Osaka-based radio station. Digmeout and FM802's goal is to assist young artists and to expose the art and culture of Osaka, rather than being overwhelmed by the constant flow of Tokyo.
To see bios and examples of all the amazing Japanese artists, CLICK HERE
I have to say for my personal tastes, amongst all the amazing Japanese talent, I was immediately drawn to an artist known at TERIYAKI. His style seems to be almost traditional, as if Michelangelo were a Japanese Hip Hop Artist. The set of four Warhol-esque skulls would look awesome in my toy room!!