Supertouch's resident Popagandist and billboard liberator RON ENGLISH put "Abraham Obama," his incredibly unique hybrid portrait of BARACK OBAMA and ABRAHAM LINCOLN into play early in the Big O's presidential campaign via a massive series of eye-catching posters wheatpasted, guerilla-style, across the walls of America's urban centers. To commemorate the unique nature of today's presidential election, MINDSTYLE TOYS has dropped their collaborative homage with Mr. English in the form of a gleaming white 16" vinyl bust of "Abraham Obama," sculpted by Vin Teng in a limited edition of 50 pieces. Retailing at $200 USD, the piece is available for order exclusively through Mindstyle.com. Don't sleep. And more importantly, don't forget to vote...
Yeah, we said it, like graffiti the toy thing is long dead. RIP. Fortunately, genre godheads like England's JAMES JARVIS still manage to release beautiful product as a reminder of a once-flourishing scene that might still see a comeback before the final nail is hammered into the Bape cammo coffin. Jarvis' iconic KING KEN figure was the pinnacle of his vinyl output when the big version dropped several years ago (if you've got a white one, you're a happy collector) and now this new line of 4" Mini Kens produced by the venerable toy aficionados STRANGECO revives the great ape's glory in pocket-sized form in six colorways—including two originals from the large series along with a special "chase" color—all in blindbox assortment. Look for them in Late November and pray for more soon from our man across the pond.
Stepping up this fall to provide KAWS' signature Darth Vader figure with some much-needed bodyguarding are the Original Faker's new XX-eyed STORMTROOPERS, produced in limited edition by Japanese toy masters MEDICOM TOY. We don't have to tell you how fast these mindless terror drones are going to move, and one thing's for sure, they look even better as an army. If only they were life-sized...
Tokyo travelers know that the national obsession with kawaii ("cute") character mascots is ubiquitous to the point that even the police have their own cartoon buddy, PIPO KUN, to keep them warm & fuzzy inside (too bad the same's not true here, we can only imagine the mascots the LAPD & NYPD would come up with). In a very unofficially sanctioned homage to the gunless wonders that keep Japan the safest country on the planet, Supertouch buddy KAWS has just released two colorways of his own XX-eyed version of the little do-gooder called "JPP" for sale on his personal website. Produced by MEDICOM TOYS for KAWS' ORIGINAL FAKE label, the little buggers are 8" of crime-stopping vinyl in either yellow or black (1,000 pieces produced per colorway), and will set you back $98 each. Don't sleep; these will disappear faster than John McCain's presidential run. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
If you're like us the last thing you wanna look at is another painted toy/object show. Keeping that in mind, we couldn't help but be stoked to catch a look at the ill work of our boy USUGROW at the Japan touchdown of the VADER PROJECT 2008 at MAKUHARI-MESSE in Chiba this weekend. Lending his signature black ink linestyle and to-die-for lettering to a creamy vanilla Darth Vader helmet (a real one at that) for the show honoring the 3oth anniversary of Star Wars in Japan, the mysterious artist proved that there's still fresh blood in the murky waters of this tired genre. Other good looks came from amazing Japanese toy sculptor T9G, and an amazing Vader as samurai helmet. Of course the hoards of Japanese otaku nerd girls in stormtrooper uniforms wasn't too hard on the eyes. Now the only scary thing is knowing that a painted Han Solo-in-Carbonite sculpture show is undoubtedly on the horizon. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Turntabilism fans who haven't yet caught CUT CHEMIST & DJ SHADOW's amazing live "Hard Sell" show have exactly 12 days and seven tour dates left to catch up on one of the best live events of the year. Looking to break open the traditional DJ performance, the pair teamed up with the idea to perform live mixes using only vintage, traditionally pressed 45's to create their impromptu soundscapes. Sequenced on an array of eight turntables fed through four mixers and an effects box or guitar pedal, the resulting "songs"—accompanied by an eye-popping image reel—are an incredible mash-up of genres, tempos, and eras, some never to be replicated again. Click HERE to check out the remaining tour dates. And, for fans looking to take home more than a T-shirt the just-released Hard Sell JUKE-BOT vinyl toy designed by English street artist PAUL INSECT and produced in a limited run of 500 units is available at the shows and in limited quantities online. Says Shadow of the toy: "We conceived it as a throwback to a pre-digital era. There's something about a jukebox doing battle with pesky iPods that seems to resonate with people. It's a kind of protest against the technology rat-race, particularly where music is concerned." HAVE A LOOK: Read More
As we mentioned previously, perennial ST homeboy KAWS teamed up with Chinese Pop Art god YUE MINJUN to create a special figure for the MUSEUM OF TOMORROW’s “fine art toy” show titled “Art For The Masses” that opened last week in Taipei. Featuring new sculpts displayed alongside original artworks by ZHOU TIEN HAI, LIU YE, JING YU, ZHOU CHUN YA, the show is the first to address the genre for a Chinese audience incorporating domestic modern artists. All figures have been produced in runs of 100 pieces for sale in complete sets only at the museum and are not being distributed domestically. And yes, they’re expensive. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Yeah, that thing's real. It's a special collaborative figure made by KAWS and Chinese art phenomenon YUE MINJUN for a special show of vinyl toys designed by Chinese artists called "Art For The Masses" at Taipei's MUSEUM OF TOMORROW that opened tonite (through July 27th). Featuring new sculpts by ZHOU TIEN HAI, LIU YE, JING YU, ZHOU CHUN YA, and YUE MINJUN (with KAWS), the show is the first to address the genre for a Chinese audience incorporating domestic modern artists. All figures have been produced in runs of 500 pieces for sale at the museum and are not being distributed domestically. Translation: keep your eyes on eBay and your PayPal account locked & loaded. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Saving us from the deathly boring world of modern art toys (thanx for nothin', Kid Robot) this month is one of our favorite designers, Hong Kong's ERIC SO, who has transformed Japanese streetwear house DEVILOCK's signature PALMBOY character into a thing of beauty. Normally, ol' Palmie's intrinsically boring design leaves us dry, but after Mr So added his magic touch, and a bit of rock action, the pedestrian character was transformed into "Devirock," who now stands proud in his 6" of bronzed, leather-jacketed fury. Only 80 are being made and distributed in Asia so keep your eyes on eBay and start saving your pennies now cuz these guys are gonna get xpensive. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
We’ve said it loudly before and we’ll say it again, the toy game is dead, but it’s refreshing to see a nice art figure being made from time to time. This month brings us “Jeremiah the Innocent,” a vinyl incarnation of a drawing by legendary outsider artist/musician and 2006 Whitney Biennial participant DANIEL JOHNSTON. Created by AT ARMS TOYS, the 12” figure representing Kurt Cobain’s favorite DJ image (see below) is available in three colorways: white (edition of 350), green (edition of 250), and orange (edition of 250). All figures are individually numbered, stand 12 inches tall, and are housed in a collectors case. Order yours HERE, and learn more about Daniel Johnston HERE. HAVE A LOOK: Read More