Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Thanks to Mark Nagata for the hook-up on these cool Darkside Hero Toys. I believe these two sets are the first painted versions of Garblin and Bozz. Also many thanks to Mr. Y for the assistance as well!
I have a soft spot for toys with weapons and accessories. In this case, both sets come with both! The first set comes with staffs and axes. The best part is the real leather armor with a strap to hold the axe on their back. Too cool!
The 2nd set in the Wonderland Series is the Death Eater and Porter set. This set is really interesting too because both figurs are painted, but Garblin comes with a little robe and his head is turned backwards to give him a real creepy look. Bozz has the full Sex-Slave leather armor going on. Together, they look like they are ready for some kind of S&M party...!
I like to see Garblin's face... he looks like a Satanic Monk..!
Both sets are very cool and highly recommended. These figures are perfect size. Not even quite Fight Figure size. Slightly bigger than a mini, but smaller than a Fight Figure. Costumes including the real leather armor really make both sets. The weapons are very cool, but need to be straightened.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
My first reaction to this new Secret Base Skullbrain was "oh shit!" The design calls back to the Secreter Series which is still probaly the best series of Skullbrains ever. My second reaction was "what does UNBK stand for?" Well on the header card it reads: Ultra Nuclear Bomb Killer...!! We like it. Keep 'em coming just like these Hiddy.
Secret Base continues the recent upswing in releases with these two sets of Bagman. The day-glo set above is a Cure Toys exclusive and unfortunately not available for overseas orders. You gotta love the new "Madball" head sculps and plushie inserts.
UPDATE: Didn't realize that Japanese online street wear retailer A.dore also have an exclusive Bagman colorway set too! Thanks for the heads up Kaz!!
This set is available for overseas orders from the Secret Base site for 4,200 Yen each not icluding shipping. That's around $42 USD.
Yikes! While I like Bagman just as much as the next guy, this is six (6) variants dropped all at the same time!! So a quick calculation for you completists out there: $42 x 6 plus shipping from three locations = $312...! that's a lot of money and this assumes retail price... I weep for the Bagman completists out there.
I still like the Cure versions the best. Must be that fade on the bag....nice!
Coming soon to the Cometdebris website:
Clear Pink Gargamel Tokoji Seijin. Bright clear neon pink vinyl with clear red,clear black, and silver sprays. White eyes.
Clear Crouching Zagoran. Half pink and half purple, with some silver, white teeth, and a neon yellow eye.
Both figures are handpainted by Koji Harmon at Cometdebris Headquarers. Only a limited number will be available. They will go on sale on Saturday, May 2nd, at 8:00 PM PST at the Cometdebris website
Buff Monster took time out of his busy schedule (see pic below) and sent me new pics of some recent BLObPUS customs. Pretty cool...Thanks Buff!
Now this looks like a man who enjoys his job...very nice picture hijacked (and framed) from Vinyl Pulse
Monday, April 27, 2009
I am a cursory fan of Michael Lau. I've always thought his Gardener characters were pretty cool. But up until now, i've never owned one. So when CSBOOTH 16 came around this year and he made a tribute to Metal Gear Solid's Snake figure, I got interested pretty quick. I love all things MGS. The cynic in me imagined that there was only going to be 25 pieces sold and that the day of the release, you would have to pay $500 on eBay to get one. I was pleasantly surprised to find them readily available for retail and our own Ningyoushi right here in San Francisco. Omar and Denise are the official source of Michael Lau goodies. In fact, weeks after being released, all three versions of Solid Snake are still available. The other two versions have a tan or black aligator costume.
Being this is my first Michael Lau figure, I can say I like it and would probably purchase more cool characters for retail price. It's certainly not Japanese vinyl, but I don't think it's supposed to be either. Apples and Oranges and that's ok with me. For $125, he could have included one of them M-16's from the "Fat West Jacket" figure. I would easily trade a few sets of hands that came with it for a machine gun. Since he didn't, I added my own submachine gun. Speaking of which, I'm still trying to track down the MGS Kubrick with the aligator head, but refuse to pay $200 for it...sigh.
This pic taken by Omar...
wow, check out buddy Hiro Hiyashi's aka Lil Japan new laser engraved Dragon Skate Deck. This thing is pretty cool. Only 10 will be made for his mailing list. $150 each. Very cool, but i'm afraid all my mad tricks would mess it up...
I think this is Rotobox Vinyl Anatomica's 3rd Custom 8" Qee in their superb "Suparobo" Series. This time we have a very interesting Qee Gaiking!!! Oh, man this looks like a lot of work!!
And looky, looky...here is a teaser for May's custom Qee: Mazinger and Boss Borot??