And while I sort out the coming week's features, I'll start the ball rolling with introducing to you folks my own lesser-known toy-guilty-pleasure = #iCollect PINKY:ST!
(Disclaimer: Please do pardon the somewhat-weird narcissisticalish self-answering Q&A, but this is to give you folks an idea of the questions to expect, if you intend to join in the showcase fun! Email me direct at "topysreviler [at] gmail.com", thanks!)WHAT-IS: "Pinky:St (ピンキーストリート?), also written Pinky Street, are plastic (PET) figures designed by BabySue and manufactured by the Japanese company Vance Project. Their distinguishing feature is the interchangeable parts. The heads, hair styles, clothing and accessories can easily be switched between figures according to taste. The figures are about 10 cm (4 in) tall and compatible with 1:18 scale dollhouses, furniture, vehicles and other accessories. Many special edition Pinky:st figures have been produced based on characters from Japanese anime, manga and video games." (Wikipedia)
QTN: What's your name and age?
TOYSREVIL: My name is Andy but you folks also know me as "TOYSREVIL", and I have been a toy-addict for nearly 25 of my 44+ years of life.
QTN: What do you do for a living?
TOYSREVIL: I blog, and play with toys. But if you mean "earning a decent income to survive by", then I can be considered "in-between jobs".
QTN: WHY Pinky:St?
TOYSREVIL: I do not necessarily know HOW it started … it might be perhaps I was in-between collecting toys (You know how that's like, folks … the vacuum always needs to be filled LOL), might be slightly after collecting 1/6th-scale and before I dived into BE@RBRICKS and other platform-based toys/figurines.
Moe likely than not, it might have been the result of a "reaction" from collecting "urban vinyls", and the lack of ability to "play" with them, because what else can you do but display them? And some you dare not remove from box too hahahahaha
I admittedly enjoyed the "interchangeable" aspect of the figurine - very much like 1/6-scaled figures, and even reminded me of Playmobil - and the nature of "playability" of the line, appealed to me personally. And the anime-kawaii-adorability factor is undeniable!
QTN: When friends ask you, how do you describe to them, or what do you call what you collect?
TOYSREVIL: I remember distinctly trying to explain to a hospital staff nurse from where I was staying for Stroke-recovery back in 2010 … I had opened a gift box/parcel containing a custom hand-painted Dunny from the lovely Sarah "Lunabee" Miskelly, and the nurse was quite charmed by what she saw … but by having no concept of "art toys", it was quite a chore to explain to her what it was … I try to do so online back in 2006 tho (but I reckon I might need to re-read that piece again ;p).
As for friends who collect "toys", I will always remember that particular nick my 1/6th-hobby buddies used to call me; "SMLCAB-Man". As for what the acronym meant, well, all I will say is, it essentially translates to "anything-genital-Hokkein-reference-Can-Also-Buy" ;p
Regardless, my collecting focus is too eclectic - and while my current Pinky:St collection is not exactly "huge", this is one way I can organize and showcase at the very least one aspect of my toy-hoard LOL
QTN: Which is your "most expensive" single piece in the collection? Based on how valuable they are now in the aftermarket, or how expensive you bought them for in the first place?
TOYSREVIL: Trick question, as I have no particular idea either way! All I know is, I used to buy Pinky:St years ago when they were SGD$5.90 per single blister-carded pieces, then I feel off the grid collecting them (as I had lost interest, or rather focused my expenditure into other pursuits), and only came back on not more than month ago, when my neighborhood hobby store had them on sale - and I managed to score stuff I had wanted before but could not afford to!
But if memory serves, I bought this single blister-carded CAINE figure from a flea market years bcd, for a price I never thought I would part with (which I cannot for the life of me remember "how much")! Ironically, I would find and purchase the tiresome as local hobby shop at a discount years later :p
QTN: Which singular item is your most treasured/cherish? And why?
TOYSREVIL: I'd cop out and list these three designs from Range Murata X Youki Kanaya , well simply because they aesthetically rock my retro-futurist-loving-world! But push comes to shove, it will be this single design of "Caine" - the eye-patch gets to me, you know? :)
QTN: Any particular piece you think not many folks have seen before?
TOYSREVIL: I think there is a whole heck more I need to see for myself in the first place! What I would like to see instead, are licenses for anime such as LAST EXILE, LAST EXILE: FAM THE SILVER WING - my dream concept collectibles, actually! AND Range Murata had also done conceptual design work on Last Exile and Blue Submarine No. 6.
ANd I am desperately trying NOT to scan thru the pages on www.pinky-street.com, as toy-temptation lurks at every corner!
QTN: Is there a "Holy Toy Grail" you are looking for?
TOYSREVIL: There are more than one! First up are "Vehicles"! I wish to one day be able to acquire the Rabbit Scooters / Vespa(s) and car (Messerschmitt Mitt KR200 Ver.1)! And maybe get some "guys" for the gals, so everyone could have a party hahahaha … But I am interested to see the AIRGEAR Versions up close and personal too!
(Above pic via Tamayose Guenaelle)
(Airgear packaging pics via Air Teck)
Couple of Instagram-based contests happening right now, with chances to score Ron English's Yucky Children Charmer vinyl from @ronenglishart and a Angry Woebots x FLABSLAB backpack from @tenacioustoys. Click on either images posted above to check out the given instructions needed to enter the respective contests - Good Luck, folks!
Chris Alexander of Creo Design shares with us a unique and official custom he had made based on the collaborative art multiple he had produced with artist Mark Gmehling, under the Creo banner."This is an official custom and is a 1/1 piece. Titled '5pm' this is Creo Designs take on Marks beautiful 'unplugged' design which metaphorically illustrates the daily grind that never stops and how you feel at the end of each day - worn-down and exhausted. Creo Design took this idea one step further by giving '5pm' a full rust patina to produce a unique rust effect.
This is a 1/1 solid resin custom and stands over 25cm on a base. Priced at £500 (same as a standard unplugged model) with free international shipping."
That's truly some sweet-"rusting" application at work, IMHO. '5pm' will be released at 5pm GMT on the 15th March 2014 via www.cdtoys.co.uk.
Kiddo Kang releases for pre-order his 1/6-scale character creation; "SHADOW" (003) from his "Lord of the Concrete Jungle" series (last seen on display at Taipei Toy Festival 2013).
Email direct email@example.com for both prices and product availability info, while you can check out www.kiddoworks.com to peek more behind-the-scenes WIPs of this hand-made figure, and others! Now, THIS is the genre of 1/6 I really love!
Standing about 15.5cm tall, the Baby inc 2nd color［Milk ver.］is priced at 6,500 JPY per (approx US$64 / excluding shipping costs). Interested folks are to email firstname.lastname@example.org for availability details.
I really love what I see here, but alas I can only but live my toy-desire vicariously thru your purchase(s)! Lemme know what you think of it when it reaches your hands, folks! LOL
THE CRAWLING DEAD| Miscreation Toys Autopsy Zombie Staple Baby Custom Group Show @ Toy Art Gallery (March 8-29)
Please join us for the exhibit opening on Saturday, March 8th from 7-10pm at Toy Art Gallery’s showroom located at 7571 Melrose Ave. Hollywood CA 90046. Jeremi Rimel, the creator of the Autopsy Baby, will be in attendance along with many other participating artists. THE CRAWLING DEAD runs through March 29th." (More on Facebook)
Posted here are selected customs for the show, with participating artists include: Absurd Toys, Big C, Bob Conge / Plaseebo, Brent Nolasco, Chet Zar, Cop-A-Squat Toys, Deeten, Devils Headquarters, Dlux, Dr. Hill, Dskione, DuBose Art, Eckotyper, Elegab, Ferg, Frenzy Bros., GalaxyPeople, GERMS, Goreilla, Greg Mishka, Grizlli Atom, Grody Shogun, Hip Hop Robot Tattoo, iROC, Jason Freeny, Jason Limon, Jay222, Jeremi Rimel, Jim Koch, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Kenth Toy Works, Killer Bootlegs, L'amour Supreme, Lil' Japan, Martin Ontiveros, Matt Perez, Matthew Dutton, Michael Pro, Mikee Riggs, Mutant Vinyl Hardcore, N.C. Winters, Naoto Hattori, Nebulon5, Necessary Nonsense, Nicole Rimel, Paul Kaiju, Retroband, Scarecrowoven, Shirahama, The Committee Of Public Safety, The Pizz, TKOM, Topheroy, Velocitron, and more!
"Remember when you were a kid and would lift a big rock up just to see all the nasty bugs squirm underneath it? I aim to capture that same sort of feeling when you lay eyes one of my toys. I make art because it helps me enjoy life more, turning an idea into a physical object is an incredible feeling. Seeing these strange creations come to life makes me laugh inside.
"Autopsy Zombie Staple Baby" is the first reproduced sofubi doll in my series of original horror art dolls I've been calling "Autopsy Babies" over the years. The concept came to life from my interests in horror films, toys from the 80's, and an unusual need to gross people out…" - shared Jeremi Rimel from Miscreation Toys (Read more on Facebook.)
Previewed on the Kidrobot-blog is the upcoming Mardivale Dunny Series [Previously Teased], featuring "Mardi Gras"-themed designs from Andrew Bell and Scribe on the 3-inch tall Dunny figure (some "taller" now, because of the raised "stilt-legs" ;p), with a March 4th-release and a party at KR New York. There are 14 designs to collect, with each blind box pull a SRP of US$9.90 per.
(Additional pic + info via IG @kidrobot)
From Blurble comes the newest member of the Blurble art clan, "KID TOXIC"! Designed and imagined by Blurble blurbleone.com and sculpted by @iamscumbag, the first release is coined "Brothers of Metal" (made into beautiful swirled resin by @duboseart, then painted up by Blurble) - with the two Brothers "Simon" (black hat) and "Taz" (blue hat) being launched this Thursday March 6.2014 at 4pm PST via blurbleone.bigcartel.com.
Shown below are more color-combos for Kid Toxic - which I am personally really liking - snagged from his IG @blurbleone, for visual reference only - for the time being, of course :)
The first collection of robot drawings and interactive augmented reality concepts by artist Dacosta! will now be made available for your funds-pledging considerations on Kickstarter, who needs to reach a pledge-goal of US$18K by Tuesday, April 15.2014. We've seen the on-going Instagram #marchofrobots project, and now is a chance for you folks to back Dacosta's efforts!"…ROBOTS ARE AWESOME!!! I can’t say this enough. I think about robots all day long and how they will shape our future. They’ve already become more than just fictional elements or characters in storybooks and films, and they’re going to be a big part of how humanity moves forward. I can’t think of anything I’d rather draw, so putting together a book that explores a subject I love seemed like a fun idea." -Dacosta! "Inside the book you’ll find all manner of robots, from super cute bots to action-ready mech. I hope to give you a look into my process, from rough pencil sketches to ink drawings to finished vector illustrations. The project also has a digital side that goes beyond the boundaries of traditional print by incorporating “augmented reality”. By downloading a free companion app, you will be able to view animated 3D models and other elements of select images through your smartphone or tablet cameras." -added Dacosta!
BUT for the very first feature, I'll do a "cop out", and instead introduce you - my dear readers - where to FIND TOYSREVIL! (Geddit? "TOYS"-revil? C'mon, roll with me on this, thanks ;p) This started as a "Digital Footprint" notion on my Facebook, heavy on the side of "self-promotion", but has since been parlayed into "online venues" where folks can stalk find TOYSREVIL, and in turn a pseudo-self-promotion guide to where readers/collectors can find YOU; the artist / customizer, and your works. (I will address the angle of "toy collectors" in another post, thanks).
This is a compendium to my previous blogposts on Promoting Yourselves In The Internet Age, and Navigating The Networks :)
The Main Blog. The Mothership. Where all TOYSREVIL "cyber-spawn" return and point to. Also where TOYSREVIL.NET (a paid domain) points to. Where you are reading right now = YAY! for you!
And while traditional "blogs" work for sites like TOYSREVIL, they no longer fit the requirements of working artists/creators, who might in turn find the necessity of providing text along with the images, a tad troublesome. In turn, sites such as Tumblr and/or Instagram is the current go-to online platform to showcase your works, without the need to type a whole lot of mumbo-jumbo.
Where once folks can ramble on with nuggets of information both mundane and internationally-world shattering, is now a blanket term/name by which personal journals and news sites fall under. I now fill my travel / immigration documents, and even my own personal name card with my profession being: "Blogger", but I am not necessarily a "Reporter" nor "Journalist", much less a "Writer".
Shown here is a screengrab of my Statigram landing page instead, because I had not been able to access my Instagram page for weeks now (I needed to upgrade my browser apparently, which I haven't … longer story why not…). My default go-to online venue right now to do instantaneous "bloggery" by way of images!
A whole lot of my own personal life happens here, where the blog used to contain, but no longer do (a personal choice). My favorite online spot now, until when my mobile phoneline gets cut-off though!
Do pardon the multiple typos (I have been keying in one-eyed and "sometimes" spellcheck thwarts my attempts LOL), and don't worry, there are not a lot of selfies (but loads of #toyselfies) and tons of snaps of food, and cats, and dogs, and stuff not necessarily "toys" :)
FOLLOW me @toysrevil :)
One-stop directory to (most) TOYSREVIL Online, with links pointing to multiple URLs.
This is one instance where I would recommend all artists/creators/customizers to have, and make use of. The platform is currently FREE to use, so if anyone does not have a individual domain name to himself/herself, this is the next better option.
Think of it this way; if any websites or any organization(s) needs to mention and provide a SINGLE URL LINK to yourself, a good option is either (A) your ow domain name, or (B) a singular landing page with a directory to ALL YOUR OTHER pages on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Also a single spot where an "official" write-up about yourself can be posted, and for anyone else who needs a description about you, can use.
If you choose to provide this option, consider a 60-word, or 90-word, or even 100-words self-description. Why? Because it can be used for print or event-listings which you would-be involved in, which has a specific word-count cap. Do this one time and you need not constantly do it again, unless you want to change/alter your own description from project to project.
This about.me page was (obviously) done prior to my Stroke, hence the images (used also in "Art Hustle Series 2") of myself in long-hair, and the only few images of my workdesk in my bedroom which no longer exists. A reminder of times, for me personally ...
Also where http://toysrevil.org points to. Yes, I rent/purchase my own domain name specifically for this. Looks nifty printed on namecards LOL
Although the rationale for the domain name was was before when it had numerous numbers in the URL address … now that I have chosen a shortened URL, it works more concise for recognition, and probably no longer need the individual rental-domain name. Folks should look into this on their own FB-page(s), and search under "Settings"
In this day and cybr-age where folks ned to PAY for bandwidth to store stuff, FB acts as a decent place to store FREE images (not necessarily of higher-resolution, of course), and as well acts decent as a one-stop-spot where folks ca come see your works, provided they do not have to wade thru tons of non-work-related stuff! THAT's what the dedicated "Artists Pages" are for! And it is not necessarily the amount of "LIKES" you have to worry about, compared to having a spot to post images of your work for free (for the time being?) in the first instance.
Facebook is essentially the "Multiply" of this age (folks in South East Asia would recognize Multiply hahaha), and hence the ability to provided multiple albums categorizing your work, is a nice resource to have again, IMHO :)
What folks choose not to recognize, is that Facebook was always a "social network" site, and not necessarily built for "business" - which I think FB in turn are harnessing / harvesting now with paid ads - so of course your biz-end will be affected. No pay? Limited exposure! hahahaha
I'll be contented with minimal exposure, than ZERO exposure, but that's just me hahahahaha
"LIKE" TOYSREVIL at https://www.facebook.com/toysreviler :)
I remember being so utterly charmed by the advent of Twitter! Now it functions primarily as a "traffic-channeler", and somewhere where friends and folks can give me a shootout about the email they had just sent me LOL
Interaction is sparse, but it works sweet for folks who not necessarily into "interaction", but want links directed to interesting things online :)
Follow me @toysrevil :)
Buy my sh*t, yo! This shop is specifically catering to TOYSREVIL-exclusive offerings … and I will be opening yet another online shop soon to cater to "general" toys from my own collection I will be selling from … *gulp* … Hey! I need to feed myself somehow too, you know?
And while previously (mis)used as a URL-Feed for the main blog, this spot is now my virtual "bulletin-board". Like I mentioned above, the requirement of "minimal text" works perfect in this instance.
Most times a "traffic channeler" for the main TOYSREVIL-blog, but also a place where I can showcase and/or put a spotlight on cool imagery and or news nuggets I do not (or no longer) post on my main blog.
Follow me on toysrevil.tumblr.com :)
Yet another virtual bulletin-board hahahaha and minimal descriptions necessary too :)
Follow me on Pinterest :)
I have been heavily into videos for sometime, and have plans to continue … although I really should spruce-up this page a little bit more tho ... ;p
Subscribe to the TOYSREVIL-Channel on YouTube :)
Been long since I uploaded hi-res videos, nor had a need to ... might have to clean the cobwebs out soon tho … *cough* ;p
This is an oft underrated wikipedia-site for art toys, and of the sub-culture we dwell in daily, IMHO. And while not maintained by myself, I really need to update this entry and soon, at the very least to rename "TOYSREVIL" (and not "Toys are Evil") LOL
Tenacious Toys is currently offering "Art Toy Starter Kits" at the splendid price of US$45.00, for essentially a total retail value of US$75+ for these figures. And it is not bought "blind" like "Lucky Bags", but the contents are laid out for your considerations! Quite a slice of marketing brill, IMHO. The pack includes:
- 1 x 5" Mini Qee designed by Voltaire and produced by Toy2R (you get either the Sleezter or the Deady character)
- 1 x 3" Crackal figure designed by Jonny Wan and produced by Dudebox
- 1 x blind-boxed 3" Transformers figure produced by The Loyal Subjects (could be one of several different characters)
- 1 x Exclusive Blue Bunnywith figure by Alex Pardee
- 1 x 1.5" Punkstar Frenzies keychain produced by tokidoki
- 1 x Exclusive white 5-piece DIY OMFG figure set, containing designs from 5 different artists, and produced by October Toys
TENACIOUS PRESS: "Tenacious Toys Art Toy Starter Kits make a great introduction to the art toy collecting hobby. They make great gifts, or as your first art toy purchase. I've carefully selected a diverse group of toys to round out this Starter Kit, representing several different artists and manufacturers. Best of all, we're offering these Kits at a steep discount off the retail price."
A withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, Mr Hublot is scared of change and the outside world. His solution: he doesn't step foot outside his apartment! The arrival of the dog Robot Pet will turn his life upside down: he has to share his home with this very invasive companion..." (via)
Mr Hublot is a short animated movie, written and directed by Laurent Witz (according to Stéphane Halleux's Universe) and Co-Directed by Alexandre Espigares. Produced by Produced by ZEILT productions, the short was nominated in the 86th Academy Awards for "Best Animated Short Film", and won! Congratulations! … I love it when existence of these shots gets illuminated by events such as the Oscars, where they might otherwise be missed… at least by myself :p