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MAN-E-NEWS// The GID B/W swirl Evil Origami from alto x DMS…

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To celebrate their awesome collaborative piece being nominated for ‘Best Resin’ at the Designer Toy Awards this week, alto and DMS have teamed up once again for another batch of the ever popular Evil Origamis! Cast in the ToyCon UK exclusive GID with unique black enamel paint swirls by DMS, the 3″ resin figure has been limited to just 7 pieces this time around, priced at $49.99 plus shipping. Head over to the DMS store here to secure yours now…


MAN-E-NEWS// The ToyCon exclusive ‘Boxen of Oxen’ from alto x Creo Design…

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ToyConUK sees alto and Creo Design team up once again for the release of ‘Boxen of Oxen’, a series of four Con-exclusive ‘mix and match’ Little Ox colourways… Designed by Alto and produced in Creo Designs’ signature weathered metallic resin, each hand cast edition has been limited to just 10 pieces, retailing at at a very reasonable £25 ($40) per piece… A Little Ox herd has also been branded by a variety of UK artists especially for the show, with customs from the likes of Sneaky Raccoon, UME Toys, Drew Millward, Mr Lister, RunDMB, Lisa Rae Hansen and David Stevenson, all on display and on sale at the alto booth… Expect a full reveal from us on the day!


MAN-E-NEWS// The UME Toys ‘ToyCon’ round-up…

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On top of the recently posted custom Giant Monster Embryo custom and Monster Kolor mascot, the ever busy Richard Page over at UME Toys has been hard at work busting out a whole heap of ToyCon related customs and original resins- the first of which we proudly reveal to you today…

“Bronze” Dita the Sphynx// The first of many custom Ditas that we suspect will be featuring at the con, this beautiful one-off piece has been given the signature UME “bronze” finish. Standing at around 7″ tall and coming with articulation in the neck, the beautifully weathered figure comes hand cast and painted by Rich.

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Lionel the Evil Origami// Created as part of a ToyCon exclusive custom project, Lionel is based on the original Ox resin figure designed by Chris ‘Alto’ Dobson and hand cast by DMS. Featuring some additional sculpting in the instantly recognisable UME style, the piece has been given a vivid rust-red paint scheme with subtle yellow and black washes… Expect more details on the project soon!

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The UME Greads// Rich has teamed up with Brian over at Deadhand Toys for a ToyCon exclusive batch of UME Greads. Limited to just 10 bagged and headed pieces, the highly popular resin has been given the full UME makeover, coming complete with newly sculpted eyelids plus the all-important bronze-oxide finish. Pricing and availability is still to be confirmed, so expect the full lowdown closer to the event.

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Project X// A figure we hold close to our hearts here at Man-E-Toys (it’s what first got us in contact with our good friend Rich!), we were delighted to hear that Project X is set to be resurrected for the con. Originally conceived by RunDMB, the stunning figure was sculpted by Rich at the beginning of last year, with retooling (including some new articulation) commencing recently. It’s still not clear as to whether the figure will be making an appearance in a limited run or as a prototype at the event, but you can be sure that as soon as we hear anything, you guys will know about it first!


MAN-E-NEWS// The post-holiday art toy catch-up!

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After an awesome 7 days away on the unique isle of Cuba (first week off this year, woot!), we’re back with all the latest news in the ‘alternative’ art toy scene, including exclusive H.U.S.T.L.E updates, reveals of our latest projects under the new ‘Disarticulators’ umbrella (a collaborative effort between our very own Tru:Tek, Zectron and Bigmantoys), plus news on the various upcoming shows we’ve been so very honoured to be asked to take part in over the coming months! To kick off our return, we’ve decided to give you guys a quick rundown of the best news we missed on our trip away, starting with the second wave of custom bootlegs from upcoming artist themarkultra…

New custom bootlegs from themarkultra…

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After a very successful debut release last month, themarkultra is back with a second wave of custom bootleg figures! Dropping in themarkultra store last Friday, the series consists of 3 all new figures; the moon headed Night Moves, kaijin inspired Mkultraman, and an astronaut known quite simply as Dave, all coming hand cast in resin, this time around sporting some awesome Monster Kolor flourishes. A huge step up from the first wave, we seriously can’t wait to see what this promising artist comes up with next… Wave 2 have been priced at $16 each, with 5 super-secret one-offs available for just $22 plus shipping.

Rampage Molezilla from Plaseebo x Kaiju Coup…

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Bob Conge aka Plaseebo revealed the latest Molezilla release last week, the ‘Rampage Molezilla’ in cahoots with Kaiju Coup. Coming in an ultra limited run of just 2 pieces, the 7″ tall blood-drenched figure has been hand painted by Plaseebo, featuring a grisly severed head of an animal testing lab assistant in hand cast resin by Kaiju Coup. Due to go on sale in the Plaseebo webstore tomorrow (December 11th), pricing on Rampage Molezilla is still to be confirmed…

Little Ox first colourway release…

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Following the ‘Unfold’ show info we posted a couple of weeks back (check it out here), Alto and Creo Design are back with details of the very first Little Ox colourway release, Iron Ox! Designed by Alto and hand cast by Creo, the awesome resin figure comes in a unique metal finish, proving weighty and cold-to-the-touch… Limited to an edition of just 10 pieces (including 1 secret chase), Iron Ox will be heading to the Alto store this Friday (December 14th) at Noon GMT for a wallet friendly 325 (approx. $40) plus shipping.

Christmas UU’s from Rampage Toys…

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With the holiday season approaching fast, Jon over at Rampage Toys is proud to present his latest wave of sofubi, the Christmas UU’s! Originally planned for release last year, a hold-up in the factory meant that the aptly titled ‘Spectral Beastcorn’ UU’s had to wait a whole 12 months before seeing the light of day… at least they were well worth the wait! Looking somewhere between a yeti and a gnome, the awesome hand painted figures each come with a hand sewn cap created by Jon’s wife. Limited to just 10 pieces, the Spectral Beastcorns can be found in the Rampage store for just $45 plus shipping…

Mixed media plush from Taylored Curiosities…

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“These rare anemones have been found by Dr Taylor Curio herself on one of her many exploratory adventures. She has managed to procure some of them for you to re-home.”

Getting back to her roots on her latest piece, Penny over at Taylored Curiosities is proud to present her latest mixed media designer plush/art doll…Combining fleece bodies with painted cotton faces and woolen tentacles, the unique looking 5″ tall creatures are available in an initial ‘Purple Inaria’ colourway, retailing for just £20 plus shipping in the Taylored Curiosities store… Stay tuned for the Seedling Warrior test shot we promised before our holiday tomorrow! 

New Flavor Monsters from TRUTH x Lulubell…

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Lulubell Toys revealed a whole slew of new Flavor Monster sofubis last week, with the addition of 5 new Wild Strawberry colourways, 2 Wild Apples and 4 Honey Buzzers… Created to coincide with TRUTH’s new gaming app available for both Android & iPhone in which you must “fight off the Flavor Monsters & save humanity from destruction”, the Siccaluna sculpted/Luke Rook produced figures are available for just $15, $35 and $85 respectively. Find them on the Lulubell Toy store right here

Right, that’s it for now… expect normal posting to resume as from tomorrow!


MAN-E-NEWS// The ‘Little Ox’ resin figure from Creo Design x Alto…

Following the recent success of vinyl toys QiQi and Chebaka, Creo Design have been hard at work on yet another exclusive figure, a collaboration with artist Alto (aka Chris Dobson) entitled “Little Ox”… Created to coincide with Alto’s forthcoming exhibition ‘Unfold’ at the Little Ox Gallery in Edinburgh, the 100% Scottish made toy has been sculpted in the artist’s unmistakable origami style, with resin casting left in the more than capable hands of Creo’s Chris Alexander. Produced in a variety of different metallic finishes, each with their own unique density and feel, individual colourways are due to come limited to just 10 pieces including one ultra exclusive chase. With the first set going on sale at the show’s opening on December 13th, expect more to follow soon on the Creo Design store for a wallet friendly £25/$40 plus shipping… stay tuned for further release details on those soon.


MAN-E-NEWS// The Heavy Metal Qee closing party (and custom sale at Fugi.me)…

Following our visit to the HMQ (Heavy Metal Qee) custom show earlier in the week (here), we couldn’t resist popping down again on Thursday night to catch up with a few of the show’s featured artists. Whilst we weren’t able to stay for long, one man we did manage to speak to was custom legend, Jon Paul Kaiser. Letting slip that he’s currently planning a full time leap into toys soon, we can only imagine what this is going to mean for his already steady output of production and custom pieces- world domination?!! His entry, “Untitled”, was inspired by Nottingham based sludgecore metal group Iron Monkey, featuring the same engaging mix of hand drawn detailing and meticulous brush work that we’ve come to expect from JPK’s unique b/w style- a truly stand out piece that stayed true to the Qee design…

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One of our favourite “how did they do that?!” pieces from the show (believe me, there was a few!) was Mark Treharne‘s “Brainstorm”, so it came with great pleasure to get a chance to speak with the man himself about the custom’s creation. Funnily enough, the intricate grey dome head piece was originally a rubber dog toy before Mark added LED lit tubes, a Toyer incrusted pod and VR visor! Mounted on a smooth grey platform with a sparkling blue inlay, Mark’s minimal choice of colours really help to bring the custom’s production qualities to the forefront. A Design Technology teacher by day, Mark mentioned that he is also currently working on a custom toy after-school club for his pupils (boy, I wish he had been at my school!).

[Mark Treharne and his “Brainstorm” custom, middle, 2nd shelf]

Creator of the beautifully sculpted “Acetone to the Bone” (the red, 3 eyed satanic dog creature!), P J Constable was the youngest entrant to the HMQ show at only 15. Anyone interested in seeing more of his work will be interested to know that he will be exhibiting a piece at the upcoming Flatties “Dragon” show on Saturday, August 18th at 6pm at The Sho Gallery in Cardiff. Check his site here for more details…

[15 year old toy customiser P J Constable]

Head over to our earlier post for a more comprehensive selection of HMQ photos…

HMQ customs now available at Fugi.me…

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Whilst the show sadly closed on Thursday night, anyone interested in grabbing their favourite piece will be glad to know that the 30 heavy metal infused customs are available from the Fugi.me store now. With prices starting at £30 for Fordybo’s “Mortimer”, and going all the way up to £1,400 for Lunartik‘s monumental “Waves” Knucklebear custom (pictured above), there’s a piece suitable for all budgets. Anyone interested should head over to the store quick, as many of the customs are finding new homes already…


MAN-E-NEWS// The Heavy Metal Qee Custom Show revealed…

On passing through Covent Garden yesterday we couldn’t resist taking a quick diversion to Forbidden Planet to check out the newly opened HMQ (Heavy Metal Qee) Custom Show, and boy are we glad that we did! With a staggering 30 of the UK’s finest artists on board, each and every custom proved to be a winner; from Lunartik’s Hokusai inspired ‘Waves’ Knuckle Bear, to Robotic Industries’ meticulously recreated ‘Marshall’ amp, each interpretation took the heavy metal theme to a new and imaginative place. With the show running for another 2 days, be sure to head down for the close on Thursday (April 19th) at 6pm, where 22 of the featured artists will be on hand to talk toys, and more importantly, sign HMQ show books (read more here)!

Participating artists include: Jon-Paul Kaiser, Matt JOnes, Jim Freckingham, Fark FK, DMS, A Little Stranger, Lisa Rae Hansen, Michael Harrism, Zro, RunDMB, Chris Morris, Fadeworks, Sneaky Raccoon, Lunabee, Penny Taylor, Adam Lister, Hoakser, Alto, Mimic, Zukaty, Fordybo, Amigurumi Island, Tesselate, Jack Wade, Flatties, Mark Treharne, Rhys Inkbotz Brown, PJ Constable, Planet Domu, and Lex Luthor.

Check out all of the featured designs pictured below (advance apologies for the amateur photography!)…