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MAN-E-NEWS// Clutter Magazine Issue 22 feat. Tru:Tek’s Bootleg Keshi Guide out now…

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Clutter Magazine are proud to reveal that the latest issue (#22) of their free print publication is now up for grabs! Featuring an extensive article on the ReAction Figure brand alongside interviews with – amongst others – DeathCat Toys, Miscreation Toys and Bob Conge/Plaseebo, these have been joined by the second article for the mag from our own editor-in-chief, Tru:Tek- a fully comprehensive guide to the world of contemporary bootleg keshi! Spanning across 5 pages, the whistle stop tour covers the widely-unknown history of the pachi/bootleg figure, concluding with profiles on some of the most influential artists and figures from over the past 15 years- an article that we’re sure our regular readers aren’t going to want to miss out on… Anyone looking to grab a copy can currently find it in the Clutter store right here, with free copies due to touch down at your local specialty retailer soon- have them hit up DKE Toys Distribution if they’re not stocking it already!

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MAN-E-NEWS// Clutter Magazine Issue 21 feat. Tru:Tek’s Keshi 101 out now…

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Clutter Magazine are proud to reveal that the latest issue (#21) of their free print publication is now up for grabs! Featuring an “H.R Giger Remembered” piece alongside interviews with, amongst others, Mark Nagata of Max Toy Co and Boglins creator Tim Clarke, these have been joined by the very first article for the mag from our own editor-in-chief, Tru:Tek- a fully comprehensive Keshi/Mini Figure 101! Spanning across 6 pages, the whistle stop tour covers the widely-unknown history of the rubber mini figure from its conception right up to the current wave of artists that are still keeping the platform alive today. Forming the basis of a regular mini figure feature in the magazine, expect more in-depth articles, interviews and exclusive features from Tru:Tek for some time to come… Anyone looking to grab a copy can currently find it in the Clutter store right here. Alternatively, you’ll be able to find free copies at your local specialty retailer soon- have them hit up DKE Toys Distribution if they’re not stocking it already!

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MAN-E-NEWS// The Rampage x Frenzy “Metal Frosting Head” Cakefighters revealed…

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Jon Malmstedt over at Rampage Toys has teamed up with Frenzy for an all-new run of Cakefighter sofubi! Created as part of the huge line-up of toys Jon will be hauling to Wonderfestival on February 9th, the latest version of the Cupcake/Barbarian mash-up has been upgraded to 100% soft vinyl this time around (the original featured a keshi head), coming cast in flesh with metallic blue frosting, metallic “rust” attire and an extra special, still unrevealed surprise! Word on pricing and edition size is still to be confirmed, so be sure to keep track of the Rampage IG feed here for more details soon…


MAN-E-NEWS// NYCC exclusive Cadaver Kids and Digglers from Rampage Toys…

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Jon Malmstedt of Rampage Toys has just revealed that he will have a number of one-off custom Cadaver Kids and Digglers at NYCC later this week! Tackling Splurrt‘s soft vinyl platforms in a way only he knows how, the sofubi minis have been treated to a mix of neon VColor sprays, metallic hand painted detailing and some breathtaking gouache brush work. Making their appearance alongside the previously posted Cadaver Twins, the little guys will be available from the Monster Island booth (#504) on Saturday, October 12th at Noon local time. Pricing TBC…


MAN-E-NEWS// Universe of Violence: Boss II from Eric Nilla…

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Hot off the heels of the first Universe of Violence ‘Boss’ figure release, Ironmask’s Hell Turtle, Eric Nilla has just revealed a teaser for his entry… an as yet untitled Elephant warrior design. Featuring the same high-quality stylised sculpting we’ve come to expect from the rubber mini figure series, the oversized mini will be released with an unconfirmed accessory at the beginning of February as part of IroNilla’s monthly release campaign. Expect a full reveal, plus a look at that intriguing extra closer to the release…


MAN-E-XCLUSIVE// The “Bootlegs of the Universe” Kickstarter campaign revealed…

As promised in our post on Wednesday, we can now exclusively reveal details of the very first “Bootlegs of the Universe” project! Currently in the early stages of planning, BOTU founders John Santagada (formerly of DC Direct and Mezco) and Hex Evo (KO-Messiah) are set to release a large, high quality hardcover coffee table photo art book to celebrate the entire world of MOTU bootleg, encompassing Vintage to New Adventures to 200X AND every country of manufacture; all will be included in depth, letting their natural poorly made charm take center stage through topnotch professional photography and notation! As well as taking a look at past MOTU bootlegs, the book will also be featuring a staggering list of artist profiles from every corner of the neo-vintage scene, including; COTU, RoBco, Galaxxor, ManOrMonster? Studios, Giant Japanese Monster Bad, Killer Bootlegs, Eric Nilla Customs, BigMan Toys, From the Styx Toys, Goodleg Toys, 5.5 Customs, Working Class Villains, MonsterForge, Battle Babies, RadioactiveUppercut and our very own Tru:Tek! Due to be posted up on Kickstarter in January 2013, be sure to stay locked on the Bootlegs of the Universe Facebook page here for further developments… Believe us when we say, this project is going to be HUGE!


MAN-E-NEWS// The “Ultra Rare” Fishtank Castle Annual 1983 from The Tarantulas

Ahead of the massive NIBBLERS artist series due late November (find out more here), The Tarantulas are proud to reveal the first printed book based on the highly sought after figure, the Fishtank Castle Annual 1983! Featuring action packed Nibbler comic stories, an official Nibbler collectors checklist, the NIBBLERS artist custom series gallery, unseen stuff from the Fishtank Castle archive, Matt Doughty’s ‘cut out & keep’ recipe cards, plus a whole host of stories, posters, puzzles & other poorly conceived page fillers, the bumper 64 page annual will be available to preorder from your newsagent  the Nibblers store in limited quantities soon…