Hello all you toy folks who keep stumbling upon Lowbrownie, as promised a while ago, I’ve got some news from the character design front! For the past few months, I’ve been working on the first issue of Dust Catcher, a print magazine about character design, illustration and collectibles, that’s going to launch in August/September this year. One of the sections is dedicated to the world of toys, whereas the rest of the magazine will be including a colorful mix of sculptures, paintings and prints by various artists. The first issue is going to have an interview with Elegab for all you sofubi-people, while the other articles will have to remain under wraps for now.
If you want to stay up-to-date, you can subscribe to the Dust Catcher newsletter to be notified of the launch, or follow us on Instagram for upcoming announcements. We’re also still on the lookout for a few more articles, so if you’re a writer or feel like you have something interesting to contribute to the world of character-based art or toys, you can reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org (currently not looking for artists).
See you soon!
Unbox Industries are proud to present the first online release of the Nutipati figure by Purple Toys! Previously released in a few colors by the artist himself, this edition has been produced in translucent blue and lavender vinyl, including 4 points of articulation and a removable helmet. Measuring 7 inches tall, one of them could be yours for $85 plus shipping, or – if you happen to attend next weekend’s Designer Con in Pasadena – you can grab one of them there as well, if you want to save on shipping.
Grizlli Atom has teamed up with both Blood Guts Toys and Kearjun to release a bunch of Zombies into the wild on tomorrow’s Friday the 13th! Scheduled to be released at his online store at 11:13pm EST, the drop consists of a “Tarman” Shikabane Kaiju (both the Toxic & Flesh Eater head variants) in an edition of 6 pieces for $230 each, as well as a run of 5 “Yama” Youzha figures with blue and green variants with price tags of $130 plus shipping. Sold blind-bagged!
The Disarticulator’s Tru:Tek will be releasing a new edition of Oozeballs tomorrow, Friday 13th! Dropping at the Man-E-Toys store at 13:13pm Eastern time, this “Ofuda” colorway has been produced in squishy white vinyl this time around, and painted with a black rub and hand-sprayed ooze in a variety of one-off colors (including a metallic rainbow chase). Coming tagged with a special paper talisman for summoning the ooze god “It” in your hour of need(!), the limited run of 5 pieces comes packed in a linen drawstring bag for $65 plus shipping.
Once again, Fig-Lab and Paul Kaiju have released a new Unchiman colorway over at the Fig-X online store! This limited “S.T.E.A.M.” edition has been painted with metallic copper, gold and silver sprays by Goto-san and can be yours for $137 plus shipping. Unchiman stands 8.5″ tall and comes with 3 points of articulation!
Target Earth have returned with a trio of all new releases, which can now be pre-ordered by email! Standing around 10-11″ tall, the marine creature Hackberry and the cartoonish Yummiela have been priced at ¥10.000, whereas Bald Golem – featuring a new head over the Lowbrow Golem body – can be yours for ¥15.000 plus shipping. Customers in Japan can find further information at the Target Earth blog, while international buyers can send an email to email@example.com and will have to buy the above price with an additional forwarding fee of roughly $35 (plus shipping). Limited quantities!
Hong Kong based toy retailer Angel Abby have joined forces with the elusive Ilu Ilu once again, presenting two exclusive editions of the Techno Loaders! Debuted at Super Festival 68 in April, the incredibly detailed Commander Victor figure measures approx. 7.5″ tall and comes shipped in a window display with 4 different micro toys with a size of around one inch. Made of yellow/orange and grey vinyl, their torsos have been produced in translucent green and clear vinyl respectively and have got price tags of $330 per colorway.
Sold by lottery for the whole duration of November 7th Hong Kong time, interested parties can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, including “Exclusive Techno Loaders” in the subject along with your wanted color (orange, black, or both) and your name, address, phone and PayPal address in the body. Hong Kong residents can head over to their retail shop tomorrow instead – full info here!
After the successful launch of their Panda and Tanuki newcomers in September, Anraku Ansaku and Medicom Toy have announced another new set of sculpts: Tiamat and Keitosu! Planned to be released on November 24th via open pre-order for a little bit over a month, both marine creatures measure around 9″ in height and will be retailing for approx. $135 each. Shipping in late March 2016 and probably releasing at a few online stores in the US as well!
T9G will be releasing the first painted edition of his new Monkey King at Design Festa 42 on November 21st! Painted over red vinyl and standing 5″ tall, they’ll be priced at $45 and are going to be accompanied by two new Rangeas editions: the “Paradise Sunrise” colorways! Made of glow-in-the-dark and clear vinyl, both versions have got a price tag of $72 each and we can only hope that all 3 toys will be released online shortly afterwards.
Andrew Bell and myplasticheart are taking part in this week’s Halloween toy party and have got a new Dealmaker edition: the “Pumpking”! Produced in vibrant orange vinyl with minimalistic black details, they’ll be sold for $35 a pop and will be released on Friday, October 30th at 1pm EDT!
Rich Montanari of Mutant Vinyl Hardcore celebrates this year’s Halloween with a trio of releases over the course of this week! Dropping at the MVH store on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8pm Eastern Time, each day will have one figure released and here’s what we get:
Today’s offering consists of a new “Rotten Gourd” Sludge Demon edition that’s been produced in a lovely combination of bright orange, green and dark purple vinyl. Sold blind-bagged with different variations of marbling, you can buy an unpainted edition for $75 or a painted edition for $85, which will get you either a metallic green or metallic purple face.
On Thursday, October 29th, the long-awaited “Zug the Troll” will finally be making its debut! Made of green vinyl and measuring 9″ tall, this “Gangreen” version includes a poop omake, club weapon and loincloth with a little surprise underneath. Priced at $175 or $200, both painted and blank pieces will be heading to the shop! Quite nice.
And to continue the tradition of MVH Halloween releases, Sam Heinous will be returning on Friday in a new “Ultra Violent” colorway! Made of yellowish-green vinyl for the body and GID for the head, Sam includes the usual razor blade and pewter knife accessories and a bunch of stickers and pin. Priced at $145!
While Super7 already took care of bringing back Nakajima’s Astro-Mu 5 minis a few months ago, Medicom Toy have now collaborated with The Galaxy People for a reproduction of the classic, full-sized toys – starting with the rivalling Ultra Earth and Devil Bado figures! With a height of 10″, their paint applications are almost identical to the original 70′s line and they have been cast in translucent yellow vinyl. Including a removable helmet/head for Devil Bado, glittery-golden pipes in their limbs as well as a button on the back and chest for all the yes/no head action you’ve always longed for, they’ll set you back around $120-135 each, depending on where you order them from.
Available until December 5th via open pre-order through Medicom Toy directly, as well as a few select online shops such as Toy Art Gallery or Lulubell Toys. Shipping in late April 2016!
Snatchpunch‘s back with another Bostyrant edition, being up for grabs at his online store right now! Priced at $70, they’ve been produced in lovely glow-in-the-dark vinyl and are limited to nothing but a handful of pieces. This year’s Dcon visitors will also get a chance to buy some Bostyrant figures and the near future holds a new sofubi release from Snatchpunch – stay tuned!
Angel Abby have collaborated with Kurobokan for an exclusive edition of Sleepwalker Nimbus figures! Available in two different, Doraemon-inspired colorways, this “MizuKuwa” edition includes a bell collar accessory and comes priced at $100, including worldwide shipping. Dropping at the Angel Abby store on October 31st at midnight Hong Kong time!
Medicom Toy and Restore are now accepting pre-orders for the first open edition of the Iron Meat figure in black vinyl! Painted with purple accents in typical Restore-fashion and including quite a few painted details, Iron Meat comes with detachable hands and can be yours for just $74 plus shipping. Up for grabs until December 1st and estimated to be shipped in late February next year!