Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Custom Kaiju by OsirisOrion for Red Carpet Kaiju Show at TAG

Toy Art Gallery presents Red Carpet Kaiju Group Show
This Saturday is the opening Reception for Toy Art Gallery’s newest group show Red Carpet Kaiju. TAG has invited some of the best monster and kaiju-inspired artists from around the world to showcase their unique visions and talents within this strange and wonderful sub-genre of art toys. OsirisOrion customized an army of killer looking kaiju for the show and these paintjobs were so beautiful The Blot just had to share them:

Custom Melon Burst Zudon & Custom Tropical Terror Marnon Vinyl Figures by OsirisOrion

For the Red Carpet Kaiju show at the Toy Art Gallery, OsirisOrion has customized an Elegab Shuttlegon, Elegab Puppet Minis and an Elegab Monster Patrol Car, two Dream Rockets Marnons and a Zollmen Zudon. You can see all of OsirisOrion’s customs for TAG’s Red Carpet Kaiju show, and more photos of the figures above, here.
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Original Fake x Disney Pinocchio & Jiminy Cricket T-Shirts by Kaws

If you love the upcoming Disney x Medicom Pinocchio & Jiminy Cricket vinyl figures by Kaws as much as The Blot does, but are unwilling to spend the $300 it might take to get a set, here’s a way to get in on the action at a much lower price. Original Fake is producing a line of Pinocchio & Jiminy Cricket t-shirts featuring Kaws’ reimagination of these classic Disney characters.

Original Fake x Disney Pinocchio & Jiminy Cricket T-Shirts by Kaws
The Original Fake x Disney Pinocchio & Jiminy Cricket t-shirts by Kaws comes in white on black or black on white, and features the image of Pinocchio on the front and a smaller image of Jiminy Cricket on the back.
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LTD Tee - Saint Mary T-Shirt & Art Print by Adam Jackson

The newest box set from LTD Tee was released yesterday, and it’s “Saint Mary” by Adam Jackson. Jackson spent most of his life growing up in Japan where he was surrounded by endless manga shops and books stores that filled his young mind will wild dreams. His love for fashion, comic books, rock posters and cartoons created a compulsive need to draw anything around him that sparked his imagination. Adam graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle in 2005, and has since been working in the apparel and fashion industry primarily as a graphic artist.

LTD Tee - Saint Mary T-Shirt & Art Print by Adam Jackson
The “Saint Mary” box set from LTD Tee is available for sale this week only, exclusively at www.ltdtee.net, from August 30th through the September 5th. Each box set includes a screen printed t-shirt, a signed 8”x10” art print with a certificate of authenticity, and a LTD Tee sticker pack all packaged in a custom screen printed box.

LTD Tee logo
The “Saint Mary” box set retails for $26.99, but readers of The Blot Says… can use the discount code “blotsays” to save 20% off their entire order!
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Monday, August 30, 2010

Robot Chicken Action Figure Series 1 by Jazwares

After the success of Jazwares’ San Diego Comic-Con 2010 Exclusive Convention Nerd action figure, the toy company is now releasing a full line of Robot Chicken toys based on the Cartoon Network’s stop-motion animated adult swim television show Robot Chicken! Robot Chicken Action Figure Series 1 includes the Humping Robot with washing machine, the Mad Scientist with Robot Chicken, and Candy Bear with bear trap.

Robot Chicken Action Figure Series 1 by Jazwares
Each action figures ranges in size from approximately 3 1/2 to 6 inches tall, and what’s really great about these Robot Chicken figures are their extra features! The Humping Robot actually humps his washing machine accessory (or really anything you want), and the Candy Bear’s bear trap actually screams when it closes. This could be a really great accessory for artists to customize, especially if you work with a figure whose feet will fit in the bear trap.

While Jazwares’ Robot Chicken Action Figure Series 1 will be sold individually, all three figures are currently available as a set for just $42.99 from Entertainment Earth.

Robot Chicken 10 Inch Action Figure by Jazwares
Jazwares is also releasing a 10" Robot Chicken action figure, which comes packaged in a window box for play or easy display. The 10 inch Robot Chicken figure retails for $20.99 and can be purchased from Entertainment Earth here.

All of the Robot Chicken action figures seen above are scheduled to be released sometime in October 2010.
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Dunny Series 2010 Mystery Chase Figures Official Photos

Kidrobot finally released official photos for its Dunny Series 2010 mystery chase figures. A Dunny series wouldn’t be complete without those unknown, rarely found chases, and this series is no exception!

First up is Frank Kozik’s mystery chase figure, which is an old timey design inspired by the Great Depression. While the ratio of the $5,000 Gold Apple Dunny is still unknown, we do know it is much rarer than its 5¢ Green Apple Dunny counterpart which has a ratio of 3 in 200.

Kidrobot Dunny Series 2010 - Mystery Chase $5,000 Gold Apple Dunny by Frank Kozik
The mystery design by Aya Kakeda is one of The Blot’s favorite figures from Series 2010. Besides being incredibly adorable, Aya’s Centaur Dunny is also one of the rarest Series 2010 figures with a ratio of 1 in 400. Good luck hunting down this 4 legged mythological creature!

Kidrobot Dunny Series 2010 - Mystery Chase Centaur Dunny by Aya Kakeda
Last but not least is Damarak the Destroyer’s super rare alternative clear green and pink colorway design. I don’t know if it’s because the mystery chase is rarer than the standard clear black and red Damarak the Destroyer Dunny or just because I’m a sucker for pink vinyl toys, but I really like this alternative color scheme. Too bad it’s almost as hard to get as the two designs above!

Kidrobot Dunny Series 2010 - Rare Clear Green and Pink Alternative Colorway Dunny by Damarak The Destroyer
If you’re a completist, then you’re probably looking for one of the three figures above (along with either Jesse Hernandez’ Bat God Dunny or The Beast Brothers’ Techno Viking Dunny) to complete your Dunny Series 2010. If so, best of luck and keep buying those blind boxes!

Kidrobot’s Dunny Series 2010 blind boxes are currently on sale at Kidrobot stores, Kidrobot.com and retail stores worldwide for $7.95 each.
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Friday, August 27, 2010

Morgon Resin Figures by Motorbot

Motorbot has been on a tear lately creating new, never before seen resin creatures and monsters that are sure to stand out in anyone’s toy collection. His latest hand made resin figure is Morgon, an all business monster who’s as dangerous in the boardroom as he is in a dark alley!

Morgon 4 Inch Resin Figures by Motorbot
Originally created for San Diego Comic-Con 2010, Motorbot has made 9 different Morgon colorways so far, each featuring a one of a kind color scheme. These hand rotocast resin figures stand 4 inches tall and have one point of articulation. While many of these Morgon colorways have already found good homes, a few are still available on Motorbot’s online store for $30 each.
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Space Junk Custom Marshall Vinyl Figures by OsirisOrion

Tenacious Toys Marshall Blind Box Custom Series - Space Junk Marshalls by OsirisOrion
The custom figures in Tenacious Toys’ upcoming Custom Marshall Blind Box Series just keep getting better! Check out these wild looking Space Junk Custom Marshalls by OsirisOrion, which takes OsirisOrion’s trademark Space Junk character and transforms it into a cute little Marshall. I love these figures because they feature everything that’s great about OsirisOrion’s work, including killer paintjobs and those scary looking teeth!

Tenacious Toys Marshall Blind Box Custom Series - Space Junk Marshall by OsirisOrion
The Tenacious Toys Marshall Blind Box Custom Series will retail for $50 each and features the artwork of Mike "Nemo" Mendez, Brent Nolasco, OsirisOrion, Ian Ziobrowski, Den Ramos, LYS0L, Rolo, Bryan Collins, Phetus, John "Spanky" Stokes, Leecifer, Steve "Sketchbot" Talkowski and ZAM. The Marshall figures, which look like little marshmallows that have sprouted arms and legs, were originally designed by 64Colors and produced by Rotofugi.
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Sketchbot Custom Marshall Vinyl Figures by Steve Talkowski

Tenacious Toys Marshall Blind Box Custom Series - Sketchbot Marshalls by Steve Talkowski
The Blot was pretty excited to find out Steve Talkowski had included three custom Sketchbot Marshalls in Tenacious Toys’ upcoming Custom Marshall Blind Box Series to coincide with the three colorways of his Sketchbot figure. I’m a huge fan of the Sketchbot design, and Talkowski did a great job taking the figure’s key elements and applying them to the Marshall platform. These custom figures would look excellent next to the Sketchbot in your collection, so be sure to try your luck by buying a blind box when the series drops.

Tenacious Toys Marshall Blind Box Custom Series - Sketchbot Marshalls by Steve Talkowski with Sketchbot Vinyl Figures
The Tenacious Toys Marshall Blind Box Custom Series will retail for $50 each and features the artwork of Mike "Nemo" Mendez, Brent Nolasco, OsirisOrion, Ian Ziobrowski, Den Ramos, LYS0L, Rolo, Bryan Collins, Phetus, John "Spanky" Stokes, Leecifer, Steve "Sketchbot" Talkowski and ZAM. The Marshall figures, which look like little marshmallows that have sprouted arms and legs, were originally designed by 64Colors and produced by Rotofugi.
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Tiki Custom Marshall Vinyl Figures by Nemo

From the upcoming Tenacious Toys Marshall Blind Box Custom Series comes four angry looking Tiki Marshalls by Nemo. The artwork on these is incredible, and each Tiki Marshall actually looks like it was hand crafted from wood! But what The Blot really loves about these custom figures by Nemo is the center figure’s sculpted head, which really makes the figure come to life.

Tenacious Toys Marshall Blind Box Custom Series - Tiki Marshall Vinyl Figures by Nemo
The Tenacious Toys Marshall Blind Box Custom Series will retail for $50 each and features the artwork of Mike "Nemo" Mendez, Brent Nolasco, OsirisOrion, Ian Ziobrowski, Den Ramos, LYS0L, Rolo, Bryan Collins, Phetus, John "Spanky" Stokes, Leecifer, Steve "Sketchbot" Talkowski and ZAM. The Marshall figures, which look like little marshmallows that have sprouted arms and legs, were originally designed by 64Colors and produced by Rotofugi.
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Tenacious Toys Custom Marshall Blind Box Series

Tenacious Toys, one of The Blot’s favorite toy stores, has put together a killer custom blind box series of Marshall vinyl figures by some of the hottest artist in the game. The Marshall figures, which look like little marshmallows that have sprouted arms and legs, were originally designed by 64Colors and produced by Rotofugi. I’m so in love with this series, The Blot Says… will be highlighting some of the incredible customs included in this series throughout the day.

Tenacious Toys Marshall Blind Box Custom Series
Each Tenacious Toys Custom Marshall Blind Box will retail for $50 and feature the work of one of these talented artists: Mike "NEMO" Mendez, Brent Nolasco, OsirisOrion, Ian Ziobrowski, Den Ramos, LYS0L, Rolo, Bryan Collins, Phetus, John "Spanky" Stokes, Leecifer, Steve "Sketchbot" Talkowski and ZAM.
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

MINDstyle x Disney Lilo Cosplay Angel ATC Vinyl Figure by Jenny Chung

The Lilo Cosplay Stitch by Jenny Chung was one of the most popular Sticth artist series figures released to date, so MINDstyle decided to release a second Lilo Cosplay Art Toy Collectible vinyl figure, and this time Lilo is cosplaying as Angel, a character from Lilo & Stitch: The Series. Angel is Stitch’s girlfriend, and she is evidently extremely popular in Japan and the Far East.

MINDstyle x Disney Lilo Cosplay Angel ATC Vinyl Figure by Jenny Chung
The Blot can’t lie, I have no idea who Angel is but I do like the figure. Really though, this just seems like a 2nd colorway of the Lilo Cosplay Stitch figure released earlier this year. The Lilo Cosplay Angel figure will be released at the final stops of the Asian tour of Experiment 626 Exhibition and exclusively in the states at select Disney Stores just in time for the Christmas holiday season.

The MINDstyle x Disney Lilo Cosplay Angel ATC Vinyl Figure by Jenny Chung is 5” tall and will probably retail for around $30 each.
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Star Wars Luke Skywalker & Han Solo in Stormtrooper Gear 100% Kubrick 2 Pack

As a kid, one of The Blot’s most wanted figures was a Han Solo in Stormtrooper disguise. At the time no action figure like that existed, but since then Kenner, Hasbro and Medicom have all made different variations of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in their Stormtrooper disguises. The newest version of Luke and Han in Stormtrooper gear takes the form of two 100% Kubricks, and each figure includes a removable Stormtrooper helmet and a blaster. The Blot will definitely be picking up this awesome 2-pack when it is released.

Star Wars Luke Skywalker & Han Solo in Stormtrooper Gear 100% Kubrick 2 Pack
The Star Wars Luke Skywalker & Hand Solo in Stormtrooper Gear 100% Be@rbrick 2-Pack by Medicom will hit store shelves sometime in December 2010 and will retail for $25-40.
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Mondo Star Wars Screen Print Series #5 - Great Warrior by Todd Slater

The fifth screen print in the Mondo Star Wars Screen Print Series was unveiled yesterday and it is entitled “Great Warrior” by Todd Slater! Slater is one of The Blot’s favorite artists, and this screen print of Yoda is amazing in both its intricacies and composition. I love the juxtaposition of the leafy green Yoda and the dark Dagobah swamp behind him. This is definitely THE Star Wars screenprint to get of the five released so far.

Mondo Star Wars Screen Print Series #5 - Great Warrior by Todd Slater
“Great Warrior” by Todd Slater is a hand numbered 17″x24″ screen print with a limited edition run size of 385. Each print retails for $50 and can be purchased directly from Mondo Tees at a random time today, Thursday, August 26th, here.

Slater took some time to explain his Star Wars print: “From the first time that I saw Star Wars, I was captivated by the mystery of Yoda’s species and home world. For Yoda, Dagobah was a place to disappear, and I see him as being at one with the landscape. For this print I wanted to camouflage him as a part of this murky planet using leaves, sticks, ferns and other flora found in the swamps. The image is printed on black paper with a shiny black varnish layer in the background. The varnished layer reveals even more of Dagobah and is shown as a transparency through Yoda’s face. The kanji (japanese characters) on the left side gives one word representations of the six stages I identified in Luke’s Jedi training: the meeting of a great warrior, the discovery of a Jedi’s strength, entering of a domain of evil, learning that size matters not, seeing the future and finally, the confrontation of Vader. The screen print is seven colors, which is the most I’ve done to date.”
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Threadless “Comic Book Collectors Have Many Issues” T-Shirt

The Blot has no idea how I missed the “Comic Book Collectors Have Many Issues” t-shirt when it first debuted on Threadless a few weeks ago, but thankfully the designer t-shirt company saw fit to reprint it right before the start of its End of Summer $10 sale! If you read and/or collect comic books then this Threadless Type Tee is definitely a must get.


Threadless - Comic Book Collectors Have Many Issues by Nestor G Gomez
The “Comic Book Collectors Have Many Issues” comes printed on a white t-shirt and is currently available on sale at Threadless.com for just $10 (regularly priced at $18). The shirt comes in both guys and girls styles, sizes S-2XL.
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Dragon*Con Exclusive GID Big Sal by Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivias

Just announced on the Circus Posterus forum is the Dragon*Con 2010 Exclusive Glow-in-the-Dark Big Sal vinyl figure by Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivias (and produced by Super7). This Blot is a sucker for all things GID, and this colorway just blows me away! I especially love the way the lime green paint looks on GID vinyl.

Super7 - DragonCon Exclusive Glow in the Dark Big Sal by Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivias
The Dragon*Con 2010 Exclusive GID Big Sal by Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivias will be available for purchase at the Circus Posterus booth and will most likely retail for $30-40 each. Be sure to act fast if you want one of these killer glow in the dark figures, because these are sure to sell out pretty fast.

Dragon*Con takes place September 3-6, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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UPDATED DETAILS: Disney x Medicom Pinocchio & Jiminy Cricket Vinyl Figures by Kaws

When The Blot first heard about the upcoming Disney x Medicom Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket vinyl figures by Kaws I knew I had to have them…that is until I saw the price! Medicom has finally released some details about these awesome looking figures, and it goes a little something like this: the Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket set will be released via Kaws’ Original Fake on August 28, 2010 and retail for somewhere around $210-270. Here’s hoping my Disney contact can hook a brother up!

Disney x Medicom Pinocchio & Jiminy Cricket Vinyl Figures by Kaws
I have a feeling these Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket vinyl figures by Kaws will be very hard to get in the US, but The Blot does have a lead! ToyQube will be selling a limited amount of these figures for $265, and will be available sometime soon here.
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Obey Giant John & Yoko Canvas Screen Print by Shepard Fairey

While The Blot has enjoyed Shepard Fairey’s series of canvas screenprints, I haven’t been in love with a lot of them. Thankfully his latest print, “John & Yoko,” has lived up to the hype. “John & Yoko,” based on the phototgraph by Ian Macmillan, has definitely been the most hotly anticipated of all of the Obey Giant canvas prints, and I’ve got a feeling this one is going to be selling out extremely quickly.

Obey Giant - John Lennon & Yoko Ono Canvas Print by Shepard Fairey
The Obey Giant “John & Yoko” Canvas Screen Print by Shepard Fairey measures 18”x24”, comes signed and numbered by the artist, and has a limited edition run size of 450 pieces. Each print will retail for $70, with a portion of all proceeds going to the Spirit Foundations, Inc. The “John & Yoko” Canvas Print will go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, August 26th, at a random time at the Obey Giant online store
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Walking Dead Season 1 Official Trailer

We’re getting closer and closer to the series premiere of The Walking Dead on AMC, so it’s only right we finally get a look at the television show’s official trailer (seen below). AMC’s The Walking Dead is based on the popular Image comic book of the same name by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore.



The Walking Dead follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, traveling in search of a safe and secure home. Andrew Lincoln will portray the lead role of Rick Grimes while actor Jon Bernthal will portray the character Shane, who worked with Rick in the police department before the zombie disaster. Other cast members includes Laurie Holden, who plays Andrea, one of two sisters who join the survivors of the zombie plague, Steven Yeun as Glenn, an expert scavenger, and Sarah Wayne Callies, who plays Rick's wife Lori.

The Walking Dead Series Premiere will air on October 31, 2010 with a speical 90 minute episode.
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Star Wars C-3PO & R2-D2 100% Be@rbrick 2 Pack

Medicom has unveiled its next batch of releases and it includes some awesome Star Wars figures, including a Droids Be@rbrick Set featuring 100% Be@rbricks of C-3PO and R2-D2! If you’re like The Blot, then Threepio and R2 are some of your favorite Star Wars characters, and you will definitely want to get your hands on these cute little figures.

Star Wars Droids 100% Be@rbrick Set by Medicom - C-3PO & R2-D2
The Star Wars C-3PO and R2-D2 100% Be@rbrick 2-Pack by Medicom will hit store shelves sometime in December 2010 and will retail for $25-35.
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Argonaut Resins Tuttz T-Shirts by Rich Page

Argonaut Resins recently produced its first designer t-shirt! This first release features the art of UK based artist Rich Page and will be limited to just 30 pieces. Rich Page won Argonaut Resins’ "Win A Free OG Tuttz" art contest with this design and agreed to make a back plate to enhance the overall look of the t-shirt.

Argonaut Resins x Rich Page Tuttz T-Shirt
This limited run white tee with black print has a 3 imprint area features the Tuttz cat template on the front and the Tuttz Ankh logo, created by Eric Nocella Diaz for his designer resin Tuttz figure, on the back. The Tuttz t-shirt also features the Argonaut Resins x Rich Page logo on its left sleeve.

The Argonaut Resins x Rich Page Tuttz T-Shirts come in sizes medium, large and x-large, and can be purchased at the Argonaut Resins online store for $24.99.
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Gods of Geometry x David Flores Oil Mickey Clothing Line

Currently on display at The RONIN.GALLERY in LA in an exhibit of all new canvases, installs and sculptures by artists David Flores and Bryant Koger. While most of us won’t be able to see the Flores/Koger show in person (it will be on display throughout the month of August), fans everywhere can now wear DF’s newest painting, Oil Mickey, on a t-shirt, sweatshirt or tank top. It’s a pretty slick clothing line, don’t you think?

Gods of Geometry x David Flores Oil Mickey Clothing - T-Shirts, Crews & Tank Tops
Teaming with Gods of Geometry, David Flores’ Oil Mickey clothing line originally debuted at his RONIN.GALLERY show, but is now available for ordering online. The GOG x DF Oil Mickey t-shirts and tank tops retail for $30, while the crew retails for $55. All three pieces can be purchased from the Gods of Geometry online store here.
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Monday, August 23, 2010

Standard Edition Hot Pink “Lick It Up” Buff Monster Plush Figure

Buff Monster’s eighth Buff Monster plush figure colorway is the Standard Edition Hot Pink “Lick It Up” doll. Available at fine retailers worldwide, this is the only Buff Monster plush colorway that isn’t exclusive to just one store. The 5” Hot Pink Buff Monster plush features white and black embroidered detailing, and reads “Lick It Up” on its back.

Standard Edition 5 Inch Hot Pink Lick It Up Buff Monster Plush Figure
The General Release Hot Pink “Lick It Up” Buff Monster Plush Doll has a limited edition run size of 400 pieces and will retail for $18.
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Skratch Purple Claws Resin Figure by Erick Scarecrow

On Friday, Erick Scarecrow unveiled the next resin figure from ESC Toy, Skratch Purple Claws. This 6" hand painted resin figure by ESC will come signed, serial numbered and packed in ESC Toys’ trademark “Scarecrow box.” Skratch Purple Claws will go on sale this Friday, August 27th, at 9am EST at the ESC eBay store.

Skratch Purple Claws Resin Figure by Erick Scarecrow
Skratch Purple Claws’ Story: Recently Skratch grew tired of her job stacking boxes at a local toy shop. She was underpaid, cranky and hated the fact that she didn't get any freebies. Her big mouth boss made her job harder by telling her that if she worked a little harder, she would be awarded the title "Employee of the Month.” Skratch couldn't care less about the title. Every month that title went to a lazy Purpolo Papa Sama that was favored by the boss for some mysterious reason, but that's another story.

One day a large box fell on Skratch's head due to the Purpolo Papa Sama's neglect. She couldn't take it anymore and decided to quit. Her boss asked "where are you going to find a better job in this economy? Besides you're a purple puss with no boots. Who would hire you?" That "purple puss" comment drove Skratch over the edge as she popped her claws out and went after her boss. The chase came to a halt when they noticed an ice cream covered mouse opening an ice cream store across the street. It was lunch time.
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LTD Tee - Think Positive T-Shirt & Art Print Box Set by J3Concepts

For his last t-shirt in the J3Concepts August takeover of LTD Tee, J3 is bringing some happiness into peoples’ lives with this awesome t-shirt and art print set entitled “Think Positive.” As an added bonus for J3’s final August design, each “Think Positive” set will also include a print signed by the artist! J3 (Jared Nickerson) is a 27 year old freelance illustrator who runs his own design studio, J3Concepts. Along with running his own studio, he is also the co-founder of renowned vector community BloodSweatVector. Jared specializes in character, editorial, video game, product, and textile design, along with art direction and management.

LTD Tee - Think Positive T-Shirt & Art Print Box Set by J3Concepts
The “Think Positive” box set from LTD Tee is available for sale this week only, exclusively at www.ltdtee.net, from August 23rd through the 29th. Each box set includes a screen printed t-shirt, a signed 8”x10” art print with a certificate of authenticity, and a LTD Tee sticker pack all packaged in a custom screen printed box.

LTD Tee logo
The “Think Positive” box set retails for $26.99, but readers of The Blot Says… can use the discount code “blotsays” to save 15% off their entire order!
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Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations - Back to Beirut

The last time Anthony Bourdain left Beirut, it was not a happy time for Tony or Beirut. One of the most vivid memories from No Reservations’ 2006 trip was looking out at the airport and seeing it bombed. In the first few days of that trip, Beirut had a closer resemblance to Miami Beach than to a city under siege, but it soon turned sour. Tony soon found himself in the middle of a war, holed up in the confines of a luxury hotel. Ever since leaving Lebanon, Tony has felt a need to come back and do a show on Beirut the right way.

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations on the Travel Channel
Back in the 1960's, Beirut was known as the Paris of the Mediterranean. There were lots of different groups, languages, ethnicities, religions, sects, interests, and political factions all intermingled throughout the city. Today, while downtown Beirut is trendy, new, and hip, travel just ten minutes away and you see the destruction from the war. You are just as likely to meet a model or an entrepreneur as you are to meet a soldier or a hezbollah supporter. However, with all of that cultural diversity comes an incredible mix of foods.



Some Lebanese believe the reason so many people are fighting over the land is because it is so lovely. Between the gorgeous coastline, the mountains, the seafood, lamb and produce, it is a place that is not hard to fall in love with. On the face, Beirut seems like a dream city among the Arab world, but they just can't seem to catch a break.

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations airs Monday nights at 10/9c on the Travel Channel.
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Friday, August 20, 2010

Uncanny X-Force Minimates Box Set

To commemorate Marvel’s all new ongoing series Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender and Jerome Opena, Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum have created this awesome Uncanny X-Force Minimates box set. Wolverine and Angel have put together this black ops team with one goal in mind, take down the recently resurrected Apocalypse. Following the team’s debut in X-Men: Second Coming #2, comes the team members’ official action figure debut in their new black ops outfits.

Uncanny X-Force Minimates Box Set by Diamond Select - Wolverine, Archangel, Psylocke & Deadpool
The Uncanny X-Force Minimates box set includes Wolverine, Archangel, Psylocke and Deadpool in their black and grey uniforms. The only disappointing part of this set is that it does not include Uncanny X-Force’s fifth member, Fantomex, especially since Diamond had a Fantomex Minimate on display with this set at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.

Marvel Comics - Uncanny X-Force featuring Wolverine, Archangel, Psylocke, Deadpool & Fantomex
Packaged in partial window box packaging and limited to the specialty market (specifically online retailers like Big Bad Toy Store), this 4 pack is sure to be a hit with fans and collectors alike. Each Uncanny X-Force Minimates box set retails for $15.99 and will ship sometime in January 2011.
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La Muerte Negro Custom Munny by Huck Gee

Huck Gee continues his line of sci-fi custom vinyl figures with the mysterious and deadly La Muerte Negro. On Naoya 13 there are many whispered tales of people disappearing in the night. Sometimes, they are tales of dissidents and rival political parties. Sometimes they are tales of justice in the underground, of pit fighting organizers, of gang lords, or of corrupt police. Sometimes they are just tales…People may never know the answers they seek, but when darkness descends, when evil things happen and they leave not a trace, they blame La Muerte Negro.

La Muerte Negro Custom Munny Vinyl Figure by Huck Gee
Officially, La Muerte Negro does not exist. The Taurenos royal family denies their existence. There is no La Muerte Negro. But the people know better. They were told the tales as children to keep their lives straight. The tales evolved as they grew older, no longer just a myth. Everybody knows someone that knew somebody that disappeared. The people know what darkness patrols the city when the sun sets...the people know...

La Muerte Negro Custom Munny Vinyl Figure by Huck Gee
Huck has created 10 hand painted La Muerte Negro custom Munny vinyl figures, and will be selling then for $800 each. This set will be distributed to customers on a first come, first serve basis. Anyone interested please email sales@huckgee.com ASAP to reserve your figure and make payment arrangements.
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Disney Vinylmation Toy Story Series

Coming soon to Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort is the brand new Vinylmation Toy Story Series featuring all of your favorite characters from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3! The Disney Vinylmation Toy Story Series includes 11 characters and 1 secret mystery chase. This series actually looks pretty cool, but I was disappointed to learn they left out some of my favorite Toy Story characters like Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Slinky Dog and of course those cute, lovable squeeze toy Aliens.

Disney Vinylmation Toy Story 3 Inch Series - Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie & Bullseye
Disney Vinylmation Toy Story Series includes Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Bullseye, Lotso, Big Baby, Army Sarge, Buttercup, Rex, Wheezy, Hamm and as the mystery chase, Hamm as Evil Doctor Pork Chop. There’s been no word yet as to the official release date of this new Vinylmation Series, but The Blot’s got a feeling it’s going to be very popular among diehard Disney/Pixar fans.

Disney Vinylmation Toy Story 3 Inch Series - Rex, Wheezy, Hamm & Mystery Chase Hamm as Evil Doctor Pork Chop
Disney Vinylmation Toy Story 3 Inch Series - Lotso, Big Baby, Army Sarge & Buttercup
Disney’s Toy Story 3" Vinylmation Series will be sold as blind boxes for $9.95 each at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and at Disney’s official online store.
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Mondo Star Wars Screen Print Series #4 - Hoth by Dan McCarthy

The fourth screen print in the Mondo Star Wars Screen Print Series was unveiled yesterday and it is entitled “Hoth” by Dan McCarthy! McCarthy is a huge name in the world of screenprints and his landscapes are always breathtaking, so I would expect the combination of a McCarthy print with Star Wars to mean a super fast sellout.

Mondo Star Wars Screen Print Series #4 - Hoth by Dan McCarthy
(click on the photo above for a more detailed look)

And if you’re wondering how we know this beautiful snowy landscape really is the icy planet of Hoth, you can see a viper probe droid in the foreground, sent by the Empire to search for the Rebellion’s secret Echo Base (as seen in The Empire Strikes Back). The Blot loves Star Wars, but what’s really cool about this print is that it could be hung on your wall and most people would not necessarily know it was Star Wars related. Sometimes that’s a good thing when your significant other isn’t in to sci-fi.

“Hoth” by Dan McCarthy is a hand numbered 12″x36″ screen print with a limited edition run size of 475. Each print retails for $50 and can be purchased directly from Mondo Tees at a random time today, Friday, August 20th, here.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Threadless Sesame Street “The Real Mmmmmph Mmmph Monster!” T-Shirt

Is it me or is Sesame Street making a come back in the coveted 18-35 marketing demographic? I’ve seen a lot of Cookie Monster parody shirts pop-up recently, and “The Real Mmmmmph Mmmph Monster!” continues that trend with a unique take on the insatiable blue monster. Re-imagining Cookie Monster as if he were a real monster, Threadless’ “The Real Mmmmmph Mmmph Monster!” features a blue monster that looks eerily similar to those classic Japanese giant monsters like Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah.


Threadless Sesame Street “The Real Mmmmmph Mmmph Monster!” T-Shirt
The Sesame Street inspired t-shirt “The Real Mmmmmph Mmmph Monster!” comes printed on a red t-shirt and is currently available on sale at Threadless.com for just $10 (regularly priced at $18). The shirt comes in both guys and girls styles, sizes S-2XL.
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FIRST LOOK: Rare Aya Kakeda Centaur Dunny from Kidrobot’s Dunny Series 2010

Thanks to Rotofugi, we now have our very first look at Aya Kakeda’s Dunny Series 2010 design, and it looks awesome! Aya’s Centaur design is a standard Dunny with an accessory of two back legs which attaches from behind. While the figure looks great, with a ratio of 1/400 very few of us will be able to add it to our collections. Expect to pay some big bucks if you’re not able to pull this four legged Dunny from a blind box.

Kidrobot Dunny Series 2010 - 3 Inch Centaur Dunny by Aya Kakeda
Each Kidrobot’s 3” Dunny Series 2010 blind box retails for $7.95, and goes on sale today at all Kidrobot locations, Kidrobot.com, and stores worldwide. If you’d like to try and attend an official Dunny Series 2010, check out the list of participating stores here. And you can print out the official Kidrobot Dunny Series 2010 Collector's Checklist seen below to keep track of your pulls and needs.

Official Kidrobot Dunny Series 2010 Collector's Checklist
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GID Bacon Mad'l by Sket-One & West Coast Signing at Crewest LA

While we’ve known about the upcoming Wizard Sleeve Toys Exclusive Bacon Mad'l by Sket One for a while, what came as a total surprise is the uber-rare Glow in the Dark chase that mysteriously showed up at Sket’s east coast signing! While the standard Bacon Mad’l will be available at WST’s online store soon, these super-secret GID chase figures will only be available for purchase at Sket’s east and west coast Bacon Mad’l release parties…although rumor has it you might be able to pull one blind box style on Bacon purchases from WST.

Wizard Sleeve Toys Exclusive Glow in the Dark Bacon Mad'l by Sket-One
If you missed the signing at Kidrobot NY a few weeks ago, you’re in luck…Sket will be signing again this Friday in LA. The official west coast release party of Wizard Sleeve Toys’ Bacon Mad'l and a special signing with Sket One will take place this Friday, August 20th, from 6-9 pm at Crewest LA.

Wizard Sleeve Toys Exclusive Regular and Glow in the Dark Chase Bacon Mad'ls by Sket-One
Sket’s Bacon Mad*l is 5.5 inches tall and the regular edition has a limited edition run size of 300 pieces. No word yet on the run size of the GID chase, but it’s pretty rare! Best of all, the Glow in the Dark Bacon Mad'l features silver blood splatter instead red. These figures will most likely retail somewhere around $45-60 each, I haven’t seen an exact price yet.
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Spanky Stokes Exclusive Ash Tuttz Wave 2 by Argonaut Resins

The Blot’s been waiting for the reveal of the SpankyStokes.com Exclusive Ash Tuttz Wave 2 resin figures by Argonaut Resins for a while, and boy did they deliver! END has been killing it with his Wave 2 releases lately, and the Ash series is no exception. Of course I favor the Batman inspired Dark Knight Hellion Tuttz, but I’m also really digging the Kaws inspired Fake OG Black Clear Tint Tuttz.

SpankyStokes.com Exclusive Ash Tuttz Wave 2 by Argonaut Resins
The Spanky Stokes Exclusive Ash Tuttz Wave 2 by Argonaut Resins consists of six figures: Fake OG Black Clear Tint, Dark Ash Clear Tint, Dark Knight Hellion, Sylvester, Ash UnderWorld and Smokey Jade Tint. If you like the Tuttz platform and have been trying to pick a colorway and/or wave to go after, this is the one…each piece is so unique and I love that it includes three very unique clear tints.

These six resin figures will be sold blind box style for $50 each, and go on sale today, Thursday, August 19th, at noon PST in the SpankyStokes online store. Each figure comes packaged in custom a custom box and includes a signed certificate of authenticity.
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Clear Purple with Glitter Mummy Boy by Super7

This weekend sees the release of a sparkly new take on the Super7 mascot Mummy Boy. This Clear Purple vinyl with Glitter Mummy boy is one of The Blot’s personal favorites, and I can’t wait to see this killer piece of vinyl in person!

Clear Purple Vinyl with Glitter Mummy Boy by Super7
The Clear Purple vinyl with Glitter 8” Mummy Boy goes on sale this Saturday, August 21st, at 11am PDT at Super7’s online store.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Threadless Alfred Hitchcock “Those Damn Birds!” T-Shirt

Those Damn Birds!” is a funny pop culture themed design that combines Alfred Hitchock’s trademark profile shadow with one of his most popular films (The Birds) in a most unique way. I think you can probably figure out the connection just by looking at the design below without The Blot going into too much detail! I’m also really digging Threadless’ choice of t-shirt colors for this design. The black and turquoise color combination does a great job highlighting the white splat on Alfred’s head.

Those Damn Birds! by Alvaro Arteaga Sabaini

Threadless Alfred Hitchcock 'Those Damn Birds!' T-Shirt
The Alfred Hitchcock inspired t-shirt “Those Damn Birds!” comes printed on a turquoise American Apparel t-shirt and is currently available on sale at Threadless.com for just $10 (it is normally priced at $18). The shirt comes in both guys and girls styles, sizes S-2XL.
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Iron Man 2 Iron Man Mark VI & War Machine 100% Be@rbricks

The newest 100% Be@rbrick Blind Box Series, Series 20, is currently on sale in stores worldwide. While The Blot has yet to find any Series 20 blind boxes locally, I’m on the lookout for them because of one specific reason…it ties in with Marvel’s Iron Man 2! Best of all, not only does Series 20 include an Iron Man Mark VI Be@rbrick, but Medicom also included a secret chase Iron Man 2 Be@rbrick, a War Machine variant figure. Don’t these figures look great?

Bearbrick Series 20 by Medicom - Iron Man 2 Iron Man Mark VI & War Machine 100% Be@rbricks
Be@rbrick Blind Boxes retail for around $10 and are currently on sale in stores around the globe.
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Brightest Day Action Figures Series 2

Brightest Day, the bi-weekly DC Comics' follow up to Blackest Night, continues as the mystery behind the white light that resurrected twelve heroes and villains begins to unravel. Though the exact reasons for their rebirths remain a mystery, each is destined to play an intricate role in the future of the DC Universe. DC Direct’s Brightest Day Series 2 features three recently resurrected heroes, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman and Firestorm, and one previously resurrected hero, Mera.

Brightest Day Series 2 Action Figures by DC Direct - Martian Manhunter and Mera
Brightest Day Series 2 Action Figures by DC Direct - Hawkman and Firestorm
Each Brightest Day action figure stands at 6.5-6.75" tall, features multiple points of articulation, includes a display base and comes packaged in a 4-color clamshell blister card. These resurrected heroes are scheduled to go on sale April 6, 2011.
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