Vinyl Archive

  • From a young age I have been kind of obsessed with the apocalypse. I mean, I wrote a paper about the apocalypse in pop culture my senior year of highschool… and it’s probably only escalated from there. So of course this extends to toys, though apocalyptic toys are few and far between sadly. Enter Bigshot Toyworks and their Horsies of the ‘Pocalypse! We reviewed Maddie a while back (who has the bonus of being both apocalyptic and Lovecraftian), and now, as we promised during Toy Fair, it’s time for her little minions, who are based on the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

    Plastikitty Gallery: Bigshot Toyworks’ Four Horsies of the ‘Pocalypse

    From a young age I have been kind of obsessed with the apocalypse. I mean, I wrote a paper about the apocalypse in pop culture my senior year of highschool… and it’s probably only escalated from there. So of course this extends to toys, though apocalyptic toys are few and far between sadly. Enter Bigshot Toyworks and their Horsies of the ‘Pocalypse! We reviewed Maddie a while back (who has the bonus of being both apocalyptic and Lovecraftian), and now, as we promised during Toy Fair, it’s time for her little minions, who are based on the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

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  • Everybody loves Mr. Sparkle, because he’s disrespectful to dirt! Isn’t it funny what snippets of media end up being enduringly popular? It’s always moments I’m sure the creators never expected to be sensationally popular, but that’s exactly what happened with Mr. Sparkle, the Japanese company logo that appeared quite briefly in The Simpsons. And while I knew Kidrobot was making Simpsons figures, I definitely would never have bet on a vinyl Mr. Sparkle. But here we are, with a shiny all-gold Mr. Sparkle to get your dishes sparkling and fresh. Or, you know, to look cute and goofy on your shelf.

    Toy Fair 2016: Kidrobot’s Mr. Sparkle Figure

    Everybody loves Mr. Sparkle, because he’s disrespectful to dirt! Isn’t it funny what snippets of media end up being enduringly popular? It’s always moments I’m sure the creators never expected to be sensationally popular, but that’s exactly what happened with Mr. Sparkle, the Japanese company logo that appeared quite briefly in The Simpsons. And while I knew Kidrobot was making Simpsons figures, I definitely would never have bet on a vinyl Mr. Sparkle. But here we are, with a shiny all-gold Mr. Sparkle to get your dishes sparkling and fresh. Or, you know, to look cute and goofy on your shelf.

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  • It’s Toy Fair (or, you know, it was Toy Fair) and you know what that means! Time to take a look at everyone’s favorite brain-sucking ponies. Because who doesn’t like the apocalypse, Lovecraftian nightmares, and ponies? Because it’s truly the most sublime combination. The Horsies of the ‘Pocalypse were on full display, along with a gorgeous custom Maddie. We got to see Nugglife paint her in person! A few months ago we brought you a review of Maddie, and we’ll be bringing you a review of the full Horsie lineup soon. You can check them out in the gallery, along with their All City Style figures, Gnomeboys, and the amazing Mignola statue we saw at NYCC!

    Toy Fair 2016: Bigshot Toy Works Booth Overview

    It’s Toy Fair (or, you know, it was Toy Fair) and you know what that means! Time to take a look at everyone’s favorite brain-sucking ponies. Because who doesn’t like the apocalypse, Lovecraftian nightmares, and ponies? Because it’s truly the most sublime combination. The Horsies of the ‘Pocalypse were on full display, along with a gorgeous custom Maddie. We got to see Nugglife paint her in person! A few months ago we brought you a review of Maddie, and we’ll be bringing you a review of the full Horsie lineup soon. You can check them out in the gallery, along with their All City Style figures, Gnomeboys, and the amazing Mignola statue we saw at NYCC!

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  • Sometimes you think you’ve seen all there is to offer in the world of vinyl. I mean, how many plastic cats and Dunnys does one girl need? I mean, kidding obviously, there’s no limit to the amount of toy cats I will own. Or real cats. Anyway, sometimes something fresh pops into the market that takes even me by surprise. And I was definitely shocked to see a chess set at Kidrobot this year, with gorgeous art by Otto Bjornik. A cool idea in concept, but sadly it’s a little too rich for my blood. You can buy the set two ways: the first is in a double blind boxed set where you will get one pawn and one mystery royal figure + four board pieces (with the pawn in a window box so you can see the color). These retail for $19.99 each. There will also be super-limited full sets of 33: the entire white & black sets, plus the uber-rare gold chase that you can check out in the gallery. Price on this is TBA, but I can’t imagine actually being able to afford it. However, imagine how nice this would look on a coffee table…

    Toy Fair 2016: Kidrobot’s Otto Bjornik Shah Mat Dunny Series

    Sometimes you think you’ve seen all there is to offer in the world of vinyl. I mean, how many plastic cats and Dunnys does one girl need? I mean, kidding obviously, there’s no limit to the amount of toy cats I will own. Or real cats. Anyway, sometimes something fresh pops into the market that takes even me by surprise. And I was definitely shocked to see a chess set at Kidrobot this year, with gorgeous art by Otto Bjornik. A cool idea in concept, but sadly it’s a little too rich for my blood. You can buy the set two ways: the first is in a double blind boxed set where you will get one pawn and one mystery royal figure + four board pieces (with the pawn in a window box so you can see the color). These retail for $19.99 each. There will also be super-limited full sets of 33: the entire white & black sets, plus the uber-rare gold chase that you can check out in the gallery. Price on this is TBA, but I can’t imagine actually being able to afford it. However, imagine how nice this would look on a coffee table…

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  • It’s been a good time to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan! Before we had the regular, pretty basic toys but recently we’ve had all kinds of good stuff like the Good Smile TMNT statues and Kidrobot’s figures. This year at Toy Fair they unveiled a whole new line, which will include a new line of minifigures: the Shell Shock series, which is full of both good guys and villains from the ’80’s cartoon. We also have two medium-size figures of Shredder and Triceraton. Did you ever stop and think about how weird the TMNT world is? I mean, we have mutant turtles fighting ninjas and humanoid dinosaurs?? How high were the creators.

    Toy Fair 2016: Kidrobot’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Figures

    It’s been a good time to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan! Before we had the regular, pretty basic toys but recently we’ve had all kinds of good stuff like the Good Smile TMNT statues and Kidrobot’s figures. This year at Toy Fair they unveiled a whole new line, which will include a new line of minifigures: the Shell Shock series, which is full of both good guys and villains from the ’80’s cartoon. We also have two medium-size figures of Shredder and Triceraton. Did you ever stop and think about how weird the TMNT world is? I mean, we have mutant turtles fighting ninjas and humanoid dinosaurs?? How high were the creators.

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  • It’s no surprise that I’m moving farther and farther from vinyl collecting every year (mostly due to cost constraints), but there’s always something that draws me right back in. And this year it’s the Horrible Adorables series designed by Jordan Elise. They are that exact mix of creepy-cute that I adore. At first glance it’s all “aww, look at the fox!” Then you realize the deer has two heads and that cute fox is staring directly into your soul. These are a little bigger than the average blind boxed figures and stand 4″ tall, plus they’re substantially more detailed. So it’s no surprise that they’re $24.99, a bit of a bump from your usual Dunny but we’ve been told that these will be window boxed, so you don’t need to worry about blind boxes! Meaning that Mr. Foxy over there might very well be coming home to me. We’ll have to see about Mr. 2-headed Deer, though…

    Toy Fair 2016: Kidrobot’s Horrible Adorables

    It’s no surprise that I’m moving farther and farther from vinyl collecting every year (mostly due to cost constraints), but there’s always something that draws me right back in. And this year it’s the Horrible Adorables series designed by Jordan Elise. They are that exact mix of creepy-cute that I adore. At first glance it’s all “aww, look at the fox!” Then you realize the deer has two heads and that cute fox is staring directly into your soul. These are a little bigger than the average blind boxed figures and stand 4″ tall, plus they’re substantially more detailed. So it’s no surprise that they’re $24.99, a bit of a bump from your usual Dunny but we’ve been told that these will be window boxed, so you don’t need to worry about blind boxes! Meaning that Mr. Foxy over there might very well be coming home to me. We’ll have to see about Mr. 2-headed Deer, though…

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  • One of the coolest things that we’ve seen so far at Toy Fair came out of nowhere: Kidrobot’s elaborately detailed Frank Kozik x Frank Frazetta Labbits. Featuring the art styles of both Franks combined together into one in a way that works surprisingly well these large Labbits are a sight to see. Each of these is between the 10-12″ high range and looks more like a statue than something we’d expect out of a vinyl company due to all of the intricate detail that Klim of Bigshot Toy Works was able to get into these pieces. I personally love the axe wielding Labbit riding knight the most, but the barbarian Labbit is equally stunning as well, especially all of the detail in its base. Expect the Labbit riding knight first in July or August with the barbarian one coming after.

    Toy Fair 2016: Kidrobot’s Frank Kozik x Frank Frazetta Labbits

    One of the coolest things that we’ve seen so far at Toy Fair came out of nowhere: Kidrobot’s elaborately detailed Frank Kozik x Frank Frazetta Labbits. Featuring the art styles of both Franks combined together into one in a way that works surprisingly well these large Labbits are a sight to see. Each of these is between the 10-12″ high range and looks more like a statue than something we’d expect out of a vinyl company due to all of the intricate detail that Klim of Bigshot Toy Works was able to get into these pieces. I personally love the axe wielding Labbit riding knight the most, but the barbarian Labbit is equally stunning as well, especially all of the detail in its base. Expect the Labbit riding knight first in July or August with the barbarian one coming after.

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  • Every year I love stopping by Argonaut Resins’ Toy Fair booth as it’s so different from his New York Comic Con setup and different from nearly every other booth here: it’s focused on creating. Every year Eric sets up a sculpting station at his booth and helps to teach those interested about the magic behind toys and figures. This year Eric’s working on a large scale Tuttz action figure little by little and even letting others get in on the sculpting action on it by applying Sculpey and learning techniques on how to blend, texture, and smooth it and I’ll definitely be joining in on the fun later in the con. Outside of that the usual Tuttz, Piragua, and Mariposas were on display to give visitors an idea of what can be made via the techniques he’s showing off. I personally have my eye on that water blue Kings of Atlantis though…

    Toy Fair 2016: Argonaut Resins Booth Overview

    Every year I love stopping by Argonaut Resins’ Toy Fair booth as it’s so different from his New York Comic Con setup and different from nearly every other booth here: it’s focused on creating. Every year Eric sets up a sculpting station at his booth and helps to teach those interested about the magic behind toys and figures. This year Eric’s working on a large scale Tuttz action figure little by little and even letting others get in on the sculpting action on it by applying Sculpey and learning techniques on how to blend, texture, and smooth it and I’ll definitely be joining in on the fun later in the con. Outside of that the usual Tuttz, Piragua, and Mariposas were on display to give visitors an idea of what can be made via the techniques he’s showing off. I personally have my eye on that water blue Kings of Atlantis though…

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  • Wonder Festival has come and gone: we’ve seen all the new PVC figures from it, and have a good sense of what the coming 6 months will look like in terms of pre-orders. But what about the non-PVC stuff? I mean, Wonder Festival is a big event, and it has a dealer’s room! Where you can get garage kits and kaiju and all sorts of great goodies… if you have the money, and of course the skill to paint. We showed you a pre-event roundup, but there’s always lots more to see at the actual thing. A LOT more. And such a wide variety! There are weird tiny cats in kimonos, so very many KanColle and IM@S/Love Live girls, Chima Group’s goodies, a suspiciously low amount of Miku, lots of cuteness, and a very surprisingly SMT Nocturne kit. Check them all out below! [via Toshi GK & Ryoku Kasinn]

    Winter WonFest 2016: Garage Kits

    Wonder Festival has come and gone: we’ve seen all the new PVC figures from it, and have a good sense of what the coming 6 months will look like in terms of pre-orders. But what about the non-PVC stuff? I mean, Wonder Festival is a big event, and it has a dealer’s room! Where you can get garage kits and kaiju and all sorts of great goodies… if you have the money, and of course the skill to paint. We showed you a pre-event roundup, but there’s always lots more to see at the actual thing. A LOT more. And such a wide variety! There are weird tiny cats in kimonos, so very many KanColle and IM@S/Love Live girls, Chima Group’s goodies, a suspiciously low amount of Miku, lots of cuteness, and a very surprisingly SMT Nocturne kit. Check them all out below! [via Toshi GK & Ryoku Kasinn]

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  • Everyone knows how much we loved Bigshot Toyworks’ Maddie figure, a delicious mashup of cute pony and mind-bending elder being, and we know that the line will be quite expansive based on past conventions. Big Maddies, Mini Maddies, the 4 Horsies of the ‘Pocalypse, and even a lovely Maddie bust to drive your houseguests insane. And they were all on display here, along with other goodies like the FUnicorn, a Mike Mignola statue, gnomes, and a whole lot more. Check ’em all out below!

    NYCC 2015: Bigshot Toyworks

    Everyone knows how much we loved Bigshot Toyworks’ Maddie figure, a delicious mashup of cute pony and mind-bending elder being, and we know that the line will be quite expansive based on past conventions. Big Maddies, Mini Maddies, the 4 Horsies of the ‘Pocalypse, and even a lovely Maddie bust to drive your houseguests insane. And they were all on display here, along with other goodies like the FUnicorn, a Mike Mignola statue, gnomes, and a whole lot more. Check ’em all out below!

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