November 30, 2010
“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.”
- Leonardo Vinci
Oooooooh…. Here’s a first look at the Secret Base x Disney/Pixar’ s Alien inspired by Toy Story 3. The new Alien collaboration with none other than Tokyo-based Secret Base is scheduled for a Spring 2011 release along with other Alien limited edition releases from a select group of artists.
November 29, 2010
“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.”
- William Ward
Just weeks away from the what is expected to be one of the big holiday blockbusters, Tron Legacy the follow-up to the 1982 cult classic, said to be a slicker and more visually stunning than its predecessor, this sequel has taken 28 years to make its way to theaters, and what better way! Just can’t wait…
November 28, 2010
“What you see depends on what you’re looking for.”
- Source Unknown
Disney’s highly anticipated Tron Legacy is set for a December 17th launch and we’re getting ready as well with the latest artist collaboration from the popular Stitch Experiment 626 Series with Scott Zillner’s Tron Stitch inspired by the classic. Limited to only 300 pieces worldwide will be made available and select retailers and surely will be a “must have” for die-hard Stitch fans and classic Tron collectors.
November 27, 2010
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
One of our favorite artists latest art show “The Idol Hours” is ongoing in London until December 1, 2010 at the London Miles Gallery.
November 26, 2010
“There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.”
- George Sands
Thanksgiving is not a holiday celebrated in China, but we were treated to a special day here with the wedding of Lev from Toy Tokyo and Jessica along with a feast for lunch. The west meets east wedding took place in Guangzhou, China with friends and family including MINDstyle, Raymond from Toy2R, Kim and Benny from 3A, Chris and Jan from Made By Monsters to name a few in attendance.
November 25, 2010
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”
- Oscar Wilde
Our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to our many family, friends, collectors, partners, staff, artists, licensors, factories and collaborators. Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!
November 24, 2010
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
- Nelson Mandela
Korean toy figure designer CoolRain took time to oversee the final production of the highly anticipated NBA Collector Series. The site inspection allowed Coolrain to meet with the factory staff and QC before assembly and packaging.
November 23, 2010
”Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.”
- Benjamin Franklin
The best part about getting together is the opportunity of catching up with family and friends. Special thanks to everyone who joined us for the opening including the Miramar Group, our MINDstyle family from USA and China, Michael Lau, Flo, CFS, Kim from ThreeA, Les Schettkoe, CoolRain, and GFX as pictured to name just a few.
November 22, 2010
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens: but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
As seen at this past Saturday’s kick-off event at the Miramar Shopping Centre, it was a fan and media frenzy with one of Hong Kong’s top male vocalist, Leo Ku, and the world’s #1 mouse, Mickey taking stage along with Bloc28 Mad Mickey designer Les Schettkoe, mall executives and the MINDstyle family.
November 21, 2010
“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.”
- Joseph Addison
The kick-off celebration event yesterday at the Miramar Shopping Centre featured one of Hong Kong’s top male singers, Leo Ku to introduce Bloc28 Mad Mickey to fans and shoppers. The Hong Kong Cantopop/Mandopop singer and actor is the first singer to have won all four newcomer gold awards from Hong Kong’s radio/television stations early in his career and has remained one of the top selling male recording artists.
November 20, 2010
“More important than talent, strength, or knowledge is the ability to laugh at yourself and enjoy the pursuit of your dreams.”
Based on several of our popular Experiment 626 Stitch ATC figures. Tiki Stitch by Eric Tan and Lilo Cosplay Stitch by Jenny Chung share center stage at the Miramar Shopping Centre as part of the Christmas Around The World holiday celebration. The island style installation ceratinly brings alot a warmth and cheer this holiday season as part of our MINDstyle pop-up store featuring limited edition Disney merchandise and exclusive collaborations!
November 19, 2010
“Life isn’t what you want it to be, it’s what you make it become.”
- Anthony Ryan
Finally, our Bloc28 Mad Mickey is installed at the Miramar Shopping Centre in Hong Kong for this Saturday’s kick-off event. At nearly 15 feet tall, the figure provides a perfect photo opportunity for Mickey fans and holiday shoppers. If you’re in Hong Kong or plan to visit, the installation along with our MINDstyle pop-up runs through January 2, 2011.
November 18, 2010
“There are no short cuts to any place worth going.”
As part of our continued expansion in Asia, here’s a first look at the bigger than lifesize Bloc28 Mad Mickey designed by Les Schettkoe. Nearly 5 meters tall (about 15 feet), the massive figure is part of the Miramar Shopping Centre holiday celebration installation in Hong Kong.
November 17, 2010
“Welcome every problem as an opportunity. Each moment is the great challenge, the best thing that ever happened to you . The more difficult the problem, the greater the challenge in working it out.”
- Grace Speare
Designer Con is taking place on Saturday, November 20th in Pasadena, CA. In its 5th year, the event is definitely of one of the biggest toy, art and designer apparel conventions on the west coast for fans and collectors! At D-Con you will find toys, art, clothing, artists and exclusive collectibles.
November 16, 2010
“To attract good fortune, spend a new coin on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend, and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon.”
There are artist exhibitions… then there are an artist experiences. As one of the original vinyl toy pioneers, Michael has set the standard time and time again, but this time, he may have out-done himself with one of the largest solo exhibitions. Wow… it’s an amazing installation, a must see for anyone in Hong Kong or visiting. Crazy X’mas and Kindergardener are open to the public at Times Square and further validates Lau’s ability and creative vision in translating characters and telling his story. The massive exhibition showcasing the Gardeners will run till January 2nd in the atrium with Kindergardener open until December 26th on the street level.
November 15, 2010
“Don’t mind criticism. If it is untrue, disregard it; if unfair, keep from irritation; if it is ignorant, smile; if it is justified it is not criticism, learn from it.”
- Source Unknown
As part of our continued expansion in Asia, please join us at 3PM in Hong Kong for our first pop-up store and holiday celebration. There will be exclusive releases and limited edition products. Christmas Around The World opens this Saturday, November 20th at the Miramar Shopping Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong and runs until January 2, 2011. The installation will feature super-sized figures of some of our favorite ATC figures including a 15 FT Bloc28 Mad Mickey that was designed by Les Schettkoe who will join the festivities along with Korean toymaker, CoolRain showcasing his highly anticipated NBA collector figures. Updates to follow all week leading to the launch.