TOYBOX///THE TERRY RICHARDSON TOY HAS ARRIVED

February 5, 2010  |  colette, News, Terry Richardson, Toybox, Vinyl Fetish, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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Usually Terry keeps the camera pointed the other way...

Yes, we at Supertouch are known to grind on and on about how dead-in-the-ground the vinyl toy world is these days, but every once in a while a toy comes along that restores our faith in the medium. Today, that toy is the TERRY RICHARDSON figure by upstart toymakers UNCLE YORK for Parisian culture boutique COLETTE (we woulda bought a Terry x Michael Lau toy ages ago but they never got made). Available in red or blue trademark flannel, the must-have piece don't come cheap at $200 USD, but it sure beats the other junk on the shelves...

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The Big O gives his seal of approval...

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VINYL CULTURE///FILM///MEDICOM’S MUST-HAVE “WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE” TOYS

May 4, 2009  |  Film, News, Toybox, Vinyl Fetish  |  Comments Off

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SPIKE JONZE's forthcoming "Where The Wild Things Are" film marketing blitz is easily the most welcome merchandising moment in recent years. Kicking off the collecting onslaught is MEDICOM TOY's excellent KUBRICK set depicting Max and his merry band of monsters alongside an amazing 12" REAL ACTION HERO version of Max in his fuzzy suit and crown. All figures hit shelves in October when the movie— based on Maurice Sendak's seminal children's book of the same name—drops in theaters...

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TOKYO///SNEEK PEEK: TIM BISKUP & T9G’S “THE T x T PROJECT” AT STITCH GALLERY

February 2, 2009  |  art, News, Otaku, Tim Biskup, Tokyo, Toybox, Vinyl Fetish  |  Comments Off

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Otaku toy collectors are rejoicing at the upcoming joint show at Tokyo hotspot STITCH between TIM BISKUP and mad scientist Japanese designer T9G (Ta-Ku-Ji) whose wild remixes of each other's iconic figures are poised to single-handedly breathe new life into the slumping vinyl toy genre. Dubbed the "T x T Project," the show will also feature a colorful array of brand new Tim Biskup Kaiju paintings alongside the release of several incredibly rare production vinyl toys and art prints created especially for the occasion. The jump-off is February 6th, frequent flying toy nerds best cash in their miles now. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NEWS///VINYL CULTURE///RICHARD SANCHEZ’ “SKATE BAT” TOY DEBUTS AT “KILL YOUR IDOLS” ART BASEL

December 4, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Basel, Miami, News, Toybox, Vinyl Fetish  |  Comments Off

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Toys are dead, skating's not!... 

ART BASEL might seem like the most unlikely place for a toy release, but in honor of legendary skatepunk artist RICHARD SANCHEZ and the new art book, “Punk is Dead, Punk is Everything,” the new SKATE BAT toy based on his vintage black & white artwork is being debuted at the “Kill Your Idols” punk installation space in Miami’s design district. Created by Kill Your Idols Toys, the 7” tall figure will be released in this original monochrome colorway in a ridiculously small run of FIVE pieces total starting Thursday, December 4th, while a second colorway will be released in a larger run in Spring 2009 at yet-to-be-announced retailers. The venue is located at 3852 N. Miami Ave in Miami’s Design District so diehard collectors best start lining up now. Like, RIGHT now. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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HONG KONG///VINYL CULTURE///FIRST LOOK: MICHAEL LAU’S “CRAZY FORCE 1″ EXHIBITION

December 4, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Hong Kong, News, Nike, Product Toss, Toybox, Vinyl Fetish  |  Comments Off

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Hong Kong Sneaker and vinyl fetishists were on cloud nine last week when hoometown art hero MICHAEL LAU opened his "Crazy Force 1" art show at MICHAEL GALLERY. A collaborative project between the seminal toymaker's "Crazy Children" series and NIKE SPORTSWEAR's "1World" Air Force 1 program, the show featured a shoe box-like interior printed with Lau's "padded cell" print with artwork by Lau visible only through Swoosh-shaped cutouts in the wall. In the far corner of the room stood the artist's life-sized "Crazy Force" character solo in a corner. Of course no proper collab would be complete without to-die-for limited-edition product and Lau did not disappoint in offering fans a signature Nike Air Force 1 sneaker with an upper constructed of his quilted "padded cell" leather and a pocket-sized version of his "Crazy Force" character. Needless to say, supplies sold out in seconds and Lau's reputation as the king of the game remained undefeated. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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TOKYO///TOYBOX///KAWS’ PIPO KUN HELPS TAKE A BITE OUT OF CRIME IN THE WORLD’S SAFEST COUNTRY…

July 24, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, KAWS, News, NYC, Tokyo, Toybox, Vinyl Fetish  |  Comments Off

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Pipo Kun on the job keeping the toy asile safe for otaku nerds everywhere...

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

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SOUND & VISION///DJ SHADOW x CUT CHEMIST IN “THE HARD SELL”…

July 15, 2008  |  News, Sound + Vision, Toybox, Video, Vinyl Fetish  |  Comments Off

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

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TAIPEI///OPENINGS///KAWS x YUE MINJUN AT “ART FOR THE MASSES”…

July 9, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, KAWS, News, Openings, Toybox, Vinyl Fetish, Worldwide  |  Comments Off

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Yue Minjun's "Mr Pink" gets shy...

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

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TAIPEI///TOYBOX///KAWS x YUE MINJUN AT THE MUSEUM OF TOMORROW…

June 28, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, Cool Shit, KAWS, News, Toybox, Vinyl Fetish  |  Comments Off

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The new holy grail of vinyl toydom. He's laughing at how much you're going to pay... 

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

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VINYL CULTURE///JAMES JARVIS & BOUNTY HUNTER PROVE “TOY’S NOT DEAD”…

June 3, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, News, Toybox, Vinyl Fetish  |  Comments Off

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King Kun is ready to smash your Dunny... 

The vinyl toy game's been long dead for a minute now but OG Japanese toymakers HIKARU IWANAGA and his BOUNTY HUNTER BxH label and British artist JAMES JARVIS with his AMOS TOYS company have teamed up to create one of the year's most relevant releases. Combining their signature characters, Bounty Hunter's "Skull Kun," and Jarvis' "King Ken" the pair have created the ultimate must-have hybrid, "KING KUN" whose anatomy perfectly mirrors the most crucial elements of both figures' anatomy. No word yet on an actual release date but rabid collectors can expect a Fall '08 release with more details to come. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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