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Funko Twitter Q&A Highlights: April 29th, 2016

Funko - 3 hours 55 min ago
We hosted another Funko Q&A on Twitter and
wanted to share some of our favorite questions!

@Relias7 Yes! ?

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) April 29, 2016

@TheSnowKhaleesi Why thank you! The four of us make them by hand.

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) April 29, 2016

@AgeOfTyler it's a decision made between our creative team and licensor!

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) April 29, 2016

@TheNerdFu Good questions! Sigourney on Ripley Pop - Cam, LANDO - Lauren, Captain Spalding - Hilary, Agent Carter - Yoko

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) April 29, 2016

@nomadichead Yes and yes ?

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) April 29, 2016

@funkofanatic528 Pasta box

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) April 29, 2016

@imliamobv on our wish list!

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) April 29, 2016

? https://t.co/yAxL8lRVuB

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) April 29, 2016

@DrewHamilton seems very likely!

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) April 29, 2016

@IYQbd You are correct! ?

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) April 29, 2016

@craneial licensing issues

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) April 29, 2016

@mcarterjukic ?

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) April 29, 2016

We aren't currently offering tours but here's a sneak peek! https://t.co/ss2RkQAQzE https://t.co/VzSxMu9CDs

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) April 29, 2016

@Cohenprime86 We will!

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) April 29, 2016

@XIIVI coming soon! Keep an eye out! ?

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) April 29, 2016

@generalsleia Yes! It's just a matter of time.

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) April 29, 2016

@kennykraly @supergirlcbs @MelissaBenoist Seems likely!

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) April 29, 2016

@katemolen724 Closer to the release of the box! We'll share an unboxing video and give some away ?

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) April 29, 2016

@SCC_76 there are some pretty good hints on the blog!

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) April 29, 2016
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LEGO Disney Minifigure Series

Plastic and Plush - 7 hours 4 min ago
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The newest series of LEGO Minifigures is slated to be release on Sunday May 1st 2016. And while most LEGO Minifigures are original ideas, these are licensed characters - specifically Disney characters. The Disney Minifigure Series consists of 18 blind-bagged characters, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Buzz Lightyear, Alien, Mr. Incredible, Syndrome, Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Ariel, Ursula, Aladdin, Genie, Alice, Cheshire Cat, Maleficent, and Stitch. (So why the Toy Story Alien and not Woody?) Each blind bag minifigure will run you $3.99.

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Switcheroo – Pig and Butterfly

Plastic and Plush - 9 hours 49 min ago
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Amanda Visell and Michelle Valigura have released their latest resin figure set - Pig and Butterfly. You guessed it...this hand-sculpted and hand-painted resin set consists of a pig and a butterfly. That big pig measures about 4.5 inches x 3.5 inches. The set is limited to a run of 25 pieces and is available for $90.00.

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Funko Spotlight: Amanda Brock

Funko - 11 hours 44 min ago

Tell us about your background! What led to your job at Funko?

I've always loved making characters, so I went to art school and earned my degree in Video Game Art & Design. I hoped to make video game characters - I had no idea that making toys was even a career option. Funko contacted me about a week before I graduated and I started working here a few weeks later. I've been here about a year and a half now and I couldn't imagine working anywhere else!


What are your biggest artistic influences and/or who are your favorite artists?

I take artistic inspiration from so many different sources. My favorite artist of all-time is Francisco de Goya, an 18th century Spanish painter and printmaker. Other artists I love are Jamie Hewlett, who did the art for the original Tank Girl comics, and fantasy illustrators Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallego. 

Of course I'm influenced most by my fellow sculptors here at Funko. They're all ridiculously talented and I'm always learning new things from them.


What are some of your favorite projects you have worked on at Funko?


When I was in school, I wanted to work for Bethesda Game Studios, so it was a bit like a dream come true working with them on the Fallout and Skyrim Pop!s and the Fallout Mystery Minis. I'm a big Fallout nerd, so the Fallout 4 Pop!s are probably my favorite thing that I've mad thus far, especially Dogmeat.

I'm also a big Adventure Time fan, so sculpting the latest series of Pop!s was totally math. The Jake Car Pop! Ride was a lot of fun to make.

Also Star Wars. I'm always excited to work on Star Wars.


What programs and/or tools do you use most often?


I live and breathe ZBrush, the 3D sculpting program I do all of my work in.

What is your dream project?

Legend of Zelda is definitely at the top of my list. One of the first video games I remember playing is the original Legend of Zelda for the NES and I've played every Zelda game since. I'm hoping that one day we can make that one a reality!

Some others on my extensive wish list are Pokemon, Dragon Age, The Witcher, Tank Girl (the original comic version), Saga, and Rat Queens.

What do you collect?

My collection of figures I've worked on is growing to epic proportions. The only other toys I collect are Adventure Time toys. I also collect and paint tabletop miniatures.

What is your favorite medium?

Most of my work is done digitally in ZBrush, but when I do step away from the computer, I love knitting (is yarn a medium?) and making props for costumes, usually using foam.


Any advice for aspiring toy designers?

Don't get stuck working in one style. One day you might be working on a super stylized figure and the next you might need to sculpt a realistic action figure. The more versatile you are as a sculptor (or designer), the more successful you'll be in this industry.
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(One-Off) ALFIE by UME Toys Drops April 29

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 12 hours 25 min ago
WHO/WHAT-IS: "ALF is an American science fiction sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1986 to March 24, 1990. Produced by Alien Productions, ALF originally ran for four seasons and produced 99 episodes, including three one-hour episodes which were divided into two parts for syndication totaling 102 episodes. The title character is Gordon Shumway, a friendly extraterrestrial nicknamed ALF
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Deep Blue DMS Octeapus

Plastic and Plush - 12 hours 34 min ago
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On the back of the sellout ToyCon UK version of the DMS Octeapus, comes the Deep Blue colorway of this Mechanimal. The piece stands in at around 5.5 inches tall x 7 inches wide and features moveable, changeable magnetic tentacles. There's pressure cast resin base and cockpit, piloted by a custom version of Lunartik's mini tea vinyl toy.

The Deep Blue colorway is limited to 15 pieces. It will be available to order beginning today (Friday April 29th 2016) at 6PM BST (1PM ET) for £49.99 plus shipping (About $66) from DMS One's Shop.

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Ukydaydreamer x TAG ULTIOTL Exclusive

Plastic and Plush - 14 hours 20 min ago
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Toy Art Gallery has announced the release of two new exclusive ULTIOTL editions from Ukydaydreamer. The space-faring ULTIOTL comes in black and orange flavors and features Uky's unique style and a slick metallic-laden paintjob. The ULTIOTL editions will be available today (Friday April 29th 2016) at Noon PST.

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1984 G.I. Joe Amphibious Personnel Carrier Advertisement

Battlegrip.com - 16 hours 57 min ago
When I wrote about action figure carrying cases a few years ago one of the styles mentioned was the case + vehicle combination design. These carrying cases served two purposes, and an excellent example of such a case is the 1983 G.I. Joe APC toy (see yojoe.com). Just how much did the G.I. Joe APC cost when it was new?... Read more →
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Kickstarter – Growing up with the Commodore 64 hardback book

Battlegrip.com - 17 hours 6 min ago
The 8-Bit Kids book project at Kickstarter is exactly the sort of thing where I say “okay” almost instantly. A hardcover book dedicated to the Commodore 64 and the eighties? Yeah? Really? I’m in!!! “My book will take you back in time and hopefully give you the feel of how an 80s youngster’s life revolved around this machine. Just imagine... Read more →
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Kronoform Watch Newspaper Ad from 1984

Battlegrip.com - 17 hours 27 min ago
Transforming robot watch toys were a bit of a thing back in the eighties (Bonkers candy ad, 1984 newspaper ad), and today I’d like to direct your attention to a section of an advertisement that we’ve seen before. This Takara Kronoform watch ad makes me again want to chase down some of the Kronoform series. I think instead I’ll enjoy... Read more →
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ICE BAT KAIJU "PINK" by SUBCARISM Tokyo Available Online Now!

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 22 hours 4 min ago
A photo posted by TOYSREVIL (@toysrevil) on Apr 28, 2016 at 10:25pm PDT You might have noticed the teasers (like bagged-n-tagged figure and promo video - embedded below) on @davidzhorvath, but the agonizing waiting-time is now up, with the ICE BAT KAIJU "PINK" currently up for purchase via subcarismtokyo.stores.jp! Priced at 6,000 JPY per, the 150mm tall soft vinyl figure is limited to only
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TAG Exclusive ULTIOTL from Ukydaydreamer - Available April 29

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 22 hours 12 min ago
Dropping Friday Aril 29th at 12PM PST exclusively via shop.toyartgallery.com are two new TAG exclusive editions of ULTIOTL from Ukydaydreamer! The 8" tall space-faring figure(s) features Uky's unique style and a slick metallic-laden paintjob, and will be available in Orange and Black editions (Price as-yet revealed at time of post).
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Mecha Top Release by inami toys on April 28th

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 22 hours 19 min ago
INAMI TOYS PRESS: "Presenting the next-gen Rock-Paper-Scissors Top! The Mecha Top is designed as a robotic mining exosuit. Each Top uses real cold-cast metal for the handle and drill. As an added feature, the Pilot is poseable by turning to face any direction. Each Mecha Top also comes with a rock base for display purposes. The play feature is very simple to use. Just spin it and once it stops
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A Look At HIGHTLIGHT Diversion 2 illustration sine from Ryuji Oguni

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 22 hours 21 min ago
A video posted by TOYSREVIL (@toysrevil) on Apr 28, 2016 at 6:21pm PDT Here are glimpses at the awesomeness that which is Ryuji Oguni's self-published illustration sine [HIGHLIGHT] "Diversion2" - with this issue showcasing mecha design and art, and comic panels with collaborators Abdul Qadim Haqq, Wolfen-Graphix, FLYACE, Dynagon, QUICCS + 3TX aka Raf Banzuela, as well as Ryujji's own KAGE (Shadow
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

"Lucky You & Me APO Frogs" by Twelvedot for Thailand Toy Expo 2016

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 22 hours 59 min ago
Since my earlier announcement post, South Korean creator Twelvedot has revealed both the figures and the packaging for their "Lucky You & Me APO Frogs" (with the product reveal to happen at Booth B4 @ Thailand Toy Expo). CentralWorld, Bangkok, Thailand
 Booth no: B4, Zone: Temp
4 May 2016 (Grand Opening) 5 - 8 May 2016 (Event Day)
10.00 am - 10.00 pmMESSAGE FROM TWELVEDOT: "Worldwide sales of
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Custom-Feature: Codename Noir Twins from Sekure D

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 23 hours 8 min ago
Sekure D shares with TOYSREVIL two new custom MUNNYS he has completed (before news of his KR Collab drops), featuring "Codename Noir Brothers"! Currently available to purchase individually online via www.sekured.bigcartel.com - these custom 4" MUNNYs were made using an exclusively Black and White palette."Most of my work is very colorful, sometimes using 20+ colors in a custom so it was really
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Pig & Butterfly / Giraffe & House Resin Sets from Amanda Visell

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 23 hours 15 min ago
PIG & BUTTERFLY resin set from Amanda Visell now up in the online shop on myswitcheroo.com. Limited to 25 pieces, @ US$90 per set, featuring hand sculpted, cast and painted figurines (pig measures about 4.5 x 3.5 x 3). Also listed is another adorable pair: GIRAFFE & HOUSE - orderable here for US$90 - limited to 35 sets - featuring hand sculpted, hand cast, hand painted resin set (Giraffe
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Ron English x TAG Jawbreaker MODZILLA available April 27

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 23 hours 24 min ago
TAG PRESS: "Ron English's MODZILLA is back at TAG this Wednesday! The Jawbreaker MODZILLA stands 13" tall and features over 20 individual soft vinyl parts, including removable Rabbbit and Bunnny figures! This release is cast in a turquoise blue soft vinyl and is made in Japan. The Jawbreaker Modzilla is available for $165 on Wednesday, 4/27 at 12PM PST at shop.toyartgallery.com!"
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Coming Soon: New NFL Pop!, Keychains, Wobblers, and Dorbz Minis!

Funko - 28 April, 2016 - 10:59
Happy Draft Day! We're celebrating by announcing a ton of
new NFL figures, including two brand new lines from Funko!

Pop! NFL Wave 3

The third wave of NFL Pop! figures imbue each player with a distinct personality!
We have an impressive offense that features clutch quarterbacks like
Russell Wilson and Tom Brady, and show-stopping wide receivers like
Odell Beckham Jr and Antonio Brown!

That side of the ball is rounded out with legendary tight ends Jimmy Graham
and Jason Witten, as well as running back powerhouses Le-Veon Bell and Todd Gurley!

The defensive side showcases some of the most famous faces in the
NFL with Richard Sherman, Luke Kuechly, and Super Bowl 50 MVP, Von Miller!


Coming in August!

Dorbz Minis: NFL
Dorbz Minis are a completely new blindbag product from Funko!
These figures stand at 1 1/2-inches tall and are completely random!
Which player will you get??
Coming in August!

Wobbler: NFL

In case you haven't heard the news, we're revisiting our
roots with a completely revamped Wobblers line!

Funko originally announced these figures during Emerald
City Comicon to an overwhelmingly positive response!

The new Wobblers stand at 6-inches and are
sure to please Funko fans both old and new!


Coming in August!

Pocket Pop! Keychain: NFL

Bring your favorite players wherever you
go with our NFL Pocket Pop! Keychains!
Coming in August!
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Threezero x Devilrobots – 1/6th scale Samurai To-Fu

Plastic and Plush - 28 April, 2016 - 10:00
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Threezero meets Devilrobots with the launch of their collaborative collectible figure - the 1/6th scale Samurai To-Fu. Based on their symbolic character To-Fu, the 15-inch tall Samurai To-Fu figure is a fully-articulated reimagining of the iconic character in Threezero’s detailed style. It includes hand-tailored layered clothing featuring a scarf and kimono. Accessories for Samurai To-Fu include a bamboo hat, katana, wakiashi and pistol. The figure also comes with a Frog sidekick figure, who also includes his own exchangeable hands, cloth robe and cabinet accessory.

The pre-order window for Samurai To-Fu with Frog will begin today - Thursday, April 28th 2016 - at 9PM ET over at Threezero’s online store. The Samurai To-Fu figure will run you $198.00.

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