Sunday, April 20, 2014

Gallery1988’s Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary T-Shirt Collection by Johnny Cupcakes, Homage, Rebel8 & LRG

Gallery1988’s Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary T-Shirt Collection by Homage, Johnny Cupcakes, LRG & Rebel8

This past week Gallery1988 launched their amazing Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary traveling group art show in New York City! After it’s week long stay in NYC, the show will be traveling to Los Angeles, Chicago and San Diego Comic-Con. Along with some amazing original art and prints, Gallery1988 has also released this epic Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary T-Shirt Collection by Johnny Cupcakes, Homage, Rebel8 and LRG.

Gallery1988 picked some of their favorite independent clothing brands to collaborate on this collection that pays homage to the classic ‘80s film, Ghostbusters. Each limited edition t-shirt will be available at all four tour stops, with each company also having a small allotment to sell themselves. The Blot would also expect a few of these tees to show up on the official Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Traveling Art Show online store. I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!
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Friday, April 18, 2014

WonderCon Exclusive Olive Edition Akashi 5YL 8” Vinyl Figure by Dave Bondi

WonderCon 2014 Exclusive Olive Edition Akashi 5YL 8” Vinyl Figure by Dave Bondi

This weekend Kusovinyl will be releasing the newest colorway of Dave Bondi’s awesome Akashi 5YL vinyl figure! The WonderCon 2014 Exclusive Olive Edition Akashi is limited to just 40 pieces and can be purchased at Kusovinyl’s booth #1247 for $65 each. The Blot assumes any remaining figures will be available for purchase at the Kusovinyl online store after the convention. And if you’re going to WonderCon, make sure to be at Kusovinyl’s booth on Saturday (April 19th) when Dave will be in attendance to sign for all the fans!

It’s been 5 years (hence the 5YL title) since the original Akashi vinyl figure was released, and Dave’s mash-up of Mickey Mouse and Super Mario is still as fresh as ever. Each Akashi 5YL figure stands 8” tall, features seven points of articulation, a removable hat, an additional set of hands, and replaceable eyes with heart shaped pupils.
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“Nuff Said” Stan Lee Exclusive Pop! Vinyl Figures by Funko

ConventionExclusive.com Exclusive “Nuff Said” Stan Lee Pop! Vinyl Figure by Funko

The fifth and final ConventionExclusive.com Exclusive Stan “The Man” Lee Pop! vinyl figure by Funko has finally been released! For this release the Marvel legend sports one of his signature sayings ‘Nuff Said across his black t-shirt as he’s ripping off his jacket Superman style. After originally debuting at MegaCon in Orlando, collectors can now purchase one from ConventionExclusive.com for $24.99 each. Each Stan Lee Exclusive Pop! vinyl figure stands 3.75” tall, features one point of articulation and come packaged in a full color displayable window box with a “convention exclusive” sticker.
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REVIEW: “The Winter Soldier” Captain America 9FIFTY Snapback Hat by New Era

HAT REVIEW: “The Winter Soldier” Captain America: The Winter Soldier 9FIFTY Snapback Hat by New Era

Today is the last day to enter our Captain America: The Winter Soldier New Era Hat Giveaway, which you can still enter here! To celebrate the end of our latest contest, I thought I’d do a quick review of one of the hats from New Era’s new Captain America 2 Movie Collection. The Blot really loves this “The Winter Soldier” 9FIFTY snapback hat! This black, red and grey hat pays tribute to The Winter Soldier, one of the best “new” characters Marvel has introduced in over a decade. I don’t want to give away too much from the movie or the comics, but The Winter Soldier plays a huge role in both (and probably will for years to come).

HAT REVIEW: “The Winter Soldier” Captain America: The Winter Soldier 9FIFTY Snapback Hat by New Era

The simple design of the “The Winter Soldier” 9FIFTY Captain America snapback is really striking. Not only does the black and grey hat with red accents color scheme look sharp, but it accurately matches The Winter Soldier’s costume. It was such a great decision by New Era to use shiny, reflective material for The Winter Soldier’s red star logo on the front because it really pops off the black fabric of the hat. And I like that they use that same red shiny material for the bottom of the brim of the hat, especially since it’s hidden from most people’s view of the snapback. It’s hidden little touches like that, which make New Era hats the best!

HAT REVIEW: “The Winter Soldier” Captain America: The Winter Soldier 9FIFTY Snapback Hat Logo Tag by New Era

My only slight complaint is nowhere on the hat does it say Captain America or The Winter Soldier. Personally I’d like it to outwardly tie-in to the movie with a little text on the back, but I’m sure for some that’s probably a positive. In some ways it extends your wear of the hat since without the film’s title it can easily pass for a non-comic book or movie hat for years to go. It is definitely a Captain America: The Winter Soldier hat though, as the tag inside features the film’s logo.

“The Winter Soldier” Captain America: The Winter Soldier 9FIFTY Snapback Hat by New Era should be hitting stores everywhere soon. It doesn’t look like it’s currently available at the New Era online store, but I would imagine it will be showing up there soon.
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“Our Father” Darth Vader Star Wars Resin Statue by Sket One

“Our Father” Darth Vader Star Wars Resin Statue by Sket One

After 3 years of planning and 6 months of hard work, Sket One has finally unveiled his newest masterpiece, the truly epic “Our Father” Darth Vader resin sculpture! This 25"x16"x8" 10lb statue is the first piece in a bigger series Sket One will be creating where he will be focusing on more of a higher artistic road. The Blot doesn’t know how Sket can top the religious themed “Our Father” Star Wars statue, but man I’m excited to see what else he has in the works! It’s always amazing to see how a fellow Star Wars fan is inspired by the works of George Lucas.

“Our Father” Darth Vader Star Wars Print & 7 Day Prayer Candles by Sket One

The “Our Father” Darth Vader Star Wars Resin Sculpture is currently available for purchase at the Sket One online store. It is limited to just 25 pieces and retails for $999. While this kind of art multiple may be out of the price range for many collectors, 1xRun has also released a matching run of limited edition “Our Father” prints (LE100 - $50) and 7 Day Prayer Candles ($15-25) available from the 1xRun online store.
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“Shiny Red” Skullhead 6” Resin Bust by Huck Gee

“Shiny Red” Skullhead 6” Resin Bust by Huck Gee

Later today Huck Gee will release the second colorway of his amazing Skullhead resin bust! Man is The Blot still jealous of everyone that snagged the OG White Skullhead bust. For this release Huck’s painted up 50 Shiny Red Skullheads that are sure sell out in a matter of seconds! Each one stands 6” tall and features pretty wings and a stone faced killer stare. The “Shiny Red” Skullhead Bust comes signed and numbered by the artist, and goes on sale at noon PDT today, Friday, April 18th, at the Huck Gee online store for $100 each.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

RSD 2014 Exclusive Nick Cave RPM Vinyl Figure by Frank Kozik

Record Store Day 2014 Exclusive Nick Cave RPM Vinyl Figure by Frank Kozik

Back in 2010, Record Store Day released a new platform vinyl figure named RPM. Designed by Frank Kozik, this 3” blind box series was created for and sold exclusively by participating independent record stores. Fast fourward 4 years later and Record Store Day’s RPM vinyl figure is back! This time around RPM has been supersized to a whopping 5.5” tall and will feature the first design modeled after an actual person, musician Nick Cave!

Record Store Day 2014 Exclusive Nick Cave RPM Vinyl Figure & Packaging by Frank Kozik

The Nick Cave RPM vinyl figure was designed by Frank Kozik and will be sold exclusively this Saturday, April 19th, at Record Store Day 2014! Limited to just 2,500 pieces, the RDS 2014 Exclusive Nick Cave RPM will include a Record Store Day record accessory and retails for just $19.99.
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Black & Silver Swirl Leroy C. Vinyl Figure by Invisible Creature

ToyCon UK 2014 Exclusive Black & Silver Swirl Leroy C. Vinyl Figure by Invisible Creature

The Blot has no idea how I missed the announcement of this beautiful Black and Silver Swirl Leroy C. vinyl figure by Invisible Creature! Originally released as a ToyCon UK Exclusive last weekend, this awesome Leroy C. colorway was slush cast with black and silver soft Japanese vinyl and features yellow and metallic silver sprays. I absolutely love how all these metallic silvers play against the black vinyl of Leroy C. Produced by Super7, this 4.25” vinyl figure is currently available for purchase at the Invisible Creature online store for $40 each.
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DC Comics Interchangeable Magnetic Vinyl Figures by Funko

DC Comics Interchangeable Magnetic Vinyl Figures by Funko - Batman, Classic Blue & Grey Batman, Robin, Superman & Aquaman

Funko has unveiled its newest line of collectible figures, and they’re kicking things off with a wave of DC Comics characters. Unfortunately the name for this line, Interchangeable Magnetic Vinyl Figures, doesn’t really roll off the tongue! Each figure stands 3.75” tall and features magnetic parts, so that you can switch out a character’s head, arms and legs with other figures in the toy line to create your own mish-mash of DC Comics characters.

DC Comics Interchangeable Magnetic Vinyl Figures by Funko - The Joker, Harley Quinn, Deathstroke, Bizarro & Black Manta

DC Comics Interchangeable Magnetic Vinyl Figures Wave 1 includes heroes Batman, Classic Blue and Grey Batman, Superman, Aquaman and Robin, and villains The Joker, Harley Quinn, Deathstroke, Bizarro, and Black Manta. These figures aren’t expected to hit store shelves until September 2014, but you can pre-order them now from Entertainment Earth for $8.99 here.
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Coraline Soundtrack Vinyl Record by Mondo with Cover Artwork by Michael De Pippo

Coraline Soundtrack Vinyl Record Cover Artwork by Michael De Pippo

Mondo is teaming up with LAIKA Animation Studios to release the Coraline soundtrack on deluxe limited edition vinyl for the very first time! LAIKA’s stop-motion animated feature film Coraline is one of The Blot’s all time favorite films, and I can’t wait to get my hands on this soundtrack. The film features music by Bruno Coulais, an original song by They Might Be Giants and cover artwork by artist Michael De Pippo.

Coraline Soundtrack Vinyl Record by Mondo

The soundtrack to Coraline is haunting and beautiful. With the help of the Budapest Orchestra and Choir behind him, Bruno Coulais captures the dark child-like imagination of the titular protagonist with a menace and aplomb. Without seeing the film you can follow the musical journey of the story from Coraline’s angsty reality, to her dreamy uneasiness, to the ultimate unravelling.

Coraline Soundtrack Black & White Swirl Vinyl Record Variant by Mondo

The Coraline original motion picture soundtrack is pressed on 2xLP 180 gram 12” black vinyl records, with randomly inserted black and white swirl vinyl variants randomly inserted into the run. Think of this as a blind box for vinyl records! Music lovers can pick up this awesome OST at a random time on Tuesday, April 22nd, at the Mondo online store for $32.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Alex Pardee x Retroband “Snake Eyes” Bootleg Resin Action Figure

Zero Friends - Alex Pardee x Retroband “Snake Eyes” Bootleg Resin Action Figure

Alex Pardee and Retroband have teamed up once again to produce a crazy new bootleg resin action figure entitled “Snake Eyes”! While the figure is cool, The Blot’s really loving the retro G.I. Joe inspired blistercard packaging, which pages homage to the world’s most famous Snake Eyes. Based on an original painting and story by Alex Pardee, each Snake Eyes resin action figure comes signed and includes 2 signed 8”x10” Snake Eyes giclee prints and an official pamphlet on the origin of Snake Eyes.

The Alex Pardee x Retroband “Snake Eyes” bootleg resin action figure is limited to just 45 figures, and goes on sale at 1pm PDT this Sunday, April 20th, at the Zero Friends online store.
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Star Wars Pop! Series 5 Vinyl Figures by Funko

Star Wars Pop! Series 5 Vinyl Figures by Funko - Hoth Luke Skywalker, Wampa, The Emperor, Bossk, Biker Scout & Hammerhead

Check out the first official photos of Funko’s soon to be released fifth wave of Star Wars Pop! vinyl figures! This villain heavy wave includes Luke Skywalker in Hoth GearThe Emperor, Bossk, Hammerhead, a Biker Scout, and a 6” Wampa. There's definitely a couple of must gets in this wave, including the massive Wampa, the first ever 6" Star Wars Pop!

Each Star Wars Pop! Series 5 vinyl figure bobble head stand 3.75” tall, features one point of articulation and come packaged in a full color displayable window box. These Star Wars figures aren’t expected to hit store shelves until September 2014, but you can pre-order them now from Entertainment Earth for $9.99 each here. The 6” Wampa Pop! will retail for $14.99.
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WonderCon Exclusive Kookie No Good Vinyl Figure by Scott Tolleson

WonderCon Exclusive Kookie No Good Vinyl Figure by Scott Tolleson

The third colorway of Scott Tolleson’s adorable Kookie No Good vinyl figure drops this weekend exclusively at WonderCon 2014! The WonderCon Exclusive Kookie No Good sofubi toy stands 3.5” tall, is cast in tan soft Japanese vinyl, and features a white shirt and a snazzy red bow tie. This grumpy little fortune cookie is pretty adorable, but I’m hoping there’s more to future colorways than just a new color of bowtie. Fans of this “No Good” cookie can purchase it at De Korner’s WonderCon booth #1153 for $39 each.
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“Clear Purple” 6Null4 Resin Figure by Erick Scarecrow

ESC Toy - “Clear Purple” 6Null4 Resin Figure by Erick Scarecrow

The Blot is really loving ESC Toy’s Retro Video Game Controller Series! Erick Scarecrow’s latest release is the “Clear Purple” Edition 6Null4 resin figure, which pays tribute to the wacky looking controller of the classic late ‘90s gaming system Nintendo 64. The Clear Purple 6Null4 stands 4” tall and is limited to just 15 pieces. Pick one up today at the ESC Toy online store for $45 each.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

RSD 2014 Exclusive GID ParaNorman Soundtrack Vinyl Record by Mondo

Record Store Day 2014 Exclusive Mondo x LAIKA ParaNorman Soundtrack Glow in the Dark 2LP 12” Vinyl Record by Jon Brion Featuring Cover Artwork by DKNG

Mondo is teaming up with LAIKA Animation Studios to release the ParaNorman soundtrack on deluxe limited edition vinyl for the very first time! The Blot’s a huge fan of stop-motion animation, and I love the renewed passion and interest LAIKA has brought to the medium over the past few years with releases like ParaNorman and Coraline. While a standard edition version of the 2LP soundtrack will be released next week at the Mondo online store, this weekend Mondo will be releasing an extremely limited Glow in the Dark Edition as part of Record Store Day 2014!

For those familiar with the works of Jon Brion (Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love) you’ll immediately recognize the melancholy, ear-worm melodies in his score to ParaNorman. Mixed with 80′s slasher throwback motifs and a whimsical family sensibility it is a terrific score front-to-back.

Record Store Day 2014 Exclusive Mondo x LAIKA ParaNorman Soundtrack Glow in the Dark 2LP 12” Vinyl Record by Jon Brion

The Record Store Day Exclusive ParaNorman Soundtrack 2LP Vinyl Records features glow in the dark cover artwork designed by DKNG, as well as mystery colored GID vinyl. This edition is limited to just 500 copies, with each copy including randomly inserted clear splatter 180 gram 12” discs that glow one of three colors (red, blue or green). I want this so freaking bad! Too bad there's no way I can camp out early enough to snag a RSD 2014 this limited.
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