Swiftly following the awesome Dante’s Inferno inspired Dunny we featured at the weekend, Chicago based artist JC Rivera proudly presents his latest two customs, entitled “Create” and “Pain”. Using Secret Base’s Salvation and Rebel Ink sofubis, Rivera has gone for a Neo-Traditional approach to the paint work on these guys, infusing a mixture of “Day of the Dead” styled skulls and pattern work with old school tattoo flash. As always, JC has also managed to work his sculpting magic, with the subtle addition of horns and “Bearlee” styled boxing gloves on the “Pain” Rebel Ink and a skull base for the “Create” Salvation Ink really helping to make these gorgeous pieces pop… Unfortunately these guys were created for a private commission, so if you’re looking to score a similar piece, your best bet is to contact Rivera through his site here.
It’s been a while since we last featured any Dunnys at Man-E-Toys, but on catching wind of JC Rivera‘s stunning “Someone’s Inferno” yesterday, we knew we couldn’t pass the little guy up! More art-piece than custom, the beautiful figure has been inspired by computer game “Dante’s Inferno”, which was in turn inspired by the epic 14th century poem, Devine Comedy. Depicting a hellish world full of skulls, lost souls, and of course, Beelzebub himself, the harrowing scene has been painted in Rivera’s signature soft-focus style with a limited palette of browns and yellows… Unfortunately (for us!), Someone’s Inferno was a privately commissioned by a KR Board member, so if you’re interested in acquiring a similar piece, your best bet is to head over to Rivera’s site here with any enquiries.
It seems like it was only yesterday that we featured David Kraig‘s enchanting Magician and Rabbit customs (hang on a minute?!), but yes, he’s back once more with yet another stunning piece, the “Chewie” 4″ Munny! Featuring the highly detailed sculpt style that is quickly becoming the focal point of DK’s work, everyone’s favourite Wookie has been given a menacing overhaul, coming complete with leather utility strap, real metal Bandolier and sinister scowl… this Chewie’s ready for war! No news on whether this guy will be made available to the public, so you best bet is either heading to the DKCustoms store, or contacting David through his site here…
Hot off the heals of the astounding “Jinx” custom (find out more here), David Kraig kindly shares with us his latest duo, the Magician and White Rabbit. Using a 4″ Munny and 3″ Dunny, along with Super Sculpey, artist canvas and acrylic paint, the enchanting sculpt style and clean paint work bear all the hallmarks of a great DK piece. Created for the upcoming Custom Toy Union Trade (find out more here), the Magician and White Rabbit unfortunately wont be available to purchase. Head over to DK’s site here for any commission enquiries, whilst a selection of his work can be found on the DKCustoms store here…
Up and coming Irish glass artist, Henry Puxley, is proud to present his first foray in to the world of art toys with his latest creation, the custom Dunny Bottle. Originally featuring at the West End House Gallery, Kent, the beautiful 10cm x 5 cm pieces come with a detachable clear cast Dunny stopper, with bottles available in either light blue or pink colourways. Hand cast using a lost wax technique, the Dunny Bottles are custom made to order for just £65 plus shipping. Available to purchase by e-mailing him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, the Dunny Bottles will also be making an appearance on the soon-to-be-opened MAN-E-TOYS store in the near future.
Check the newly created Henry Puxley Tumblr for more pics and regularly updated info…
Whilst we endeavour to cover all of the latest production and self-made projects the art toy movement has to offer, one of the most important aspects of the scene is often neglected- custom toys. In our new weekly feature, we’ll be rounding up the best custom pieces the scene has to offer, including further links to featured artist’s work, availability, and pricing…
To kick our second week off, we be delving into the latest work from Jon Paul Kaiser, Carson Catlin, J*RYU and Zukaty to name but a few… Hope you enjoy!
Dragon Boy custom from J*RYU
As Dragatomi‘s ‘Year of the Dragon’ show looms ever closer (opening February 11th), we’re finally starting to get a look at some of the pieces that will feature, with J*RYU‘s entry, the Dragon Boy (WIP) our favourite yet. Based on the iconic Sam Flores x The Loyal Subject figure, J*RYU has re-sculpted the beautifully detailed head dress, finishing the custom with a bronze metal style colour scheme. Full reveal coming soon…
Riker’s Island Death Row Inmates from JC Rivera
The latest 3″ custom Dunny series from JC Rivera dropped this week in the form of the ‘Riker’s Island Death Row Inmates’. Limited to an edition of just 5, the hand sculpted and painted thugs are available to purchase at Tenacious Toys, priced between $40 and $75 (plus shipping) depending on the level of modification.
“… and so, as punishment for your heinous crimes, I hereby sentence each of you to death by lethal injection. You are remanded to Death Row on Riker’s Island to await your executions. Court adjourned.”
With the pounding of Judge Gerety’s gavel against his desk, the fates of the five criminals were sealed. The prosecuting attorney and the D.A. shook hands as the Inmates were led away in shackles through a door in the front of the courtroom. Reporters screamed a cacophony of questions and flashbulbs went off like strobe lights as the Inmates stepped into the beat-up, white DOC van. The short ride over the bridge to Riker’s Island would be the longest ride of their lives. It was over.
Custom NADE from JESTER
Created for Aerosol Warfare’s upcoming ‘Blow Up L.A!’ show, custom artist JESTER unveiled his latest custom NADE this week. Featuring an authentically weathered metal look, the deceptively ornate piece will be sitting alongside over 30 other custom 10″ NADE and BUD toys come the show’s opening on February 9th (Crewest Gallery).
Seven Six custom Munny from Carson Catlin
Swiftly following J*RYU this week, cut-out custom king Carson Catlin revealed yet another stunning entry for Dragatomi‘s upcoming ‘Year of the Dragon’ show, the 7″ Munny- ‘Seven Six’ (his birth year, and also a year of the Dragon). Featuring thousands of painstakingly applied bristles, the black and red dragon has got to be one of Carson’s best customs yet- here’s hoping we see more of this style in 2012!
The Buddha Munny and Daimyo from Jon Paul Kaiser
With the passing of another week comes even more hot customs from JPK, this time in the form of the ‘Buddha’ Munny and ‘Daimyo’ Android customs. Straying from the usual dark subject matter, Buddha’s smiling face and squinting eyes are a welcome change for Jon, proving that his unique b/w style can be applied to just about anything. The 3″ Daimyo on the other hand, is trademark JPK- the fully decked out samurai features some of the most insane detailing we’ve seen yet. No new as to wether these were privately commissioned, but we’ll let you know if these guys are ever made available…
The latest batch of customs from Zukaty
UK based artist Zukaty has been busy prepping his latest batch of customs for release this Saturday, February 4th. The fantastic collection is set to feature 3 8″ Dunny’s, a 7″ Munny, a 5″ MAD*L, and a Jubbs (expect prices between $40 and $160), all lovingly sprayed and brushed in Zukaty’s big, bold and brash style. In preparation for the big launch this weekend, 6 Fatcaps have been released on the store early, priced at $40 each plus shipping.
Mummy Mania! Customs from the Crypt at Super7
Held last weekend, Super7’s Mummy Mania! show featured over 40 Mummy Boy customs from some of the neo-kaiju scene’s biggest talents, including Mummy Boy sculptor Brian Flynn, Leecifer, Blurble, Paul Kaiju and Nebulon 5. All of the customs are now available to purchase through the Super7 store, with prices ranging between $55-$600. Our personal favourite is Rik Sans‘ neon-hued effort (pictured below left), the colours are quite simply out of this world- I have to say I’ve fallen in love with the pink to purple spray, but it’s that tight green detailing that really helps to make this Mummy pop. Where’s a spare $250 when you need it?!
The eternally busy Huck Gee has just put the finishing touches to yet another custom project, this time in the form of the 8″ Kitsune Dunny. Limited to a run of ten, each figure has been signed, numbered and comes with all shown accessories. Priced at $750 each, anyone interested should e-mail Huck directly at email@example.com to arrange payment and shipping- the figures will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to get in touch today!
Kitsune, the Seven Tailed Geisha. The Masked Beauty, the lover, the mirrored trickster. Protected by Kabuki, the Masked Ronin, her reflection of anger and retribution incarnate.