“The misconception that money dictates value has taken a strong hold on the Indy toy movement. Supply and demand are engineered, and consumers are often duped into thinking high price is a benchmark for quality. This two way street runs rampant with misconceptions and odd justifications. It’s weird and facinating all around.
Money in itself is odd. Haves and have nots. Or, have and have not so much. To someone who has a lot spending money, a high price on a relatively simple thing doesn’t have a very high impact on their lives. Conversely, to a person working twice as hard to earn half as much, a purchase speaks volumes. Neither are right or wrong just two sides to a coin. The issue is valuing one over the other.
What garners true value, is it money, effort, time, hoodzspa? Perhaps it’s a culmination of them all, or more?” ~Luke Rook
With auction sites, forwarding services and flippers (aftermarket sellers) all helping to artificially push up the prices of indie toys into the realms of financial exclusivity in recent years, Luke Rook and the guys over Lulubell Toys have decided to buck the trend and offer up their Francios le Grande sofubi as part of a unique “Value Lottery” sale! Offering up the stunning 15″ tall figure over a total of 3 lotteries that every toy collector out there is guaranteed to be able to afford; the first features a fully painted one-off Franc for $500, the second, a half painted version for $250, and the last, another painted version that’s been priced at $0… Yep, completely and utterly free! To enter any of the 3 separate lotteries, all you’re going to need to do is e-mail email@example.com before 5pm Pacific tomorrow (5/9) with either “Full Painted Francois Lottery”, “Half Painted Francois Lottery” or “Third Painted Francios Lottery” in the title, being sure to include your full name and PayPal address in the body… Good luck to all who enter!
MAN-E-NEWS// The DCon exclusive Rancid Raptor “Grab Back” bags from James Groman x Lulubell Toys revealed…
Following its debut at NYCC earlier in the month, Luke Rook over at Lulubell Toys has revealed that the Rancid Raptor sofubi is set to return for a special Designer Con 2014 exclusive “Grab Back” bag release! Designed and sculpted by James Groman and produced by Lulubell in Japan, the 2-part, 4″ tall sofubi mini is the first in a series of companion figures for the gigantic Rotten Rexx. Whilst little is known about the release save the above image at present, it would appear that the little guys will be offered up “blind bag” style, coming in a selection of different colors including light green, GID, orange and a super-limited flesh/black marble. Stay tuned for more info on the release closer to the event in just a couple of weeks time!
Luke Rook over at Lulubell Toys is proud to reveal that they will be releasing the next version of Ummikko‘s Koningu sofubi! Sculpted by Monkey 3000 and produced by Rook, the 5.5″ tall figure has been cast in a gorgeous “floating” marbled vinyl for the release, coming in a mix of red, light blue and a semi-translucent milky white. Due to go up for sale via a 24 hour open preorder in the Lulubell store on Friday, June 20th, expect to pay around $55 for the painted edition and $45 for the blank…
UPDATE// Lulubell have since provided a full rundown for both blank and painted versions-
Koningu painted version is cast usuing a new “floating marble” technique usuing clear blue and white vinyls. Painted with black, red, gold & gunmetal accents. Available as an open-run, made to order pre-order, set your alarm now, as sales begin June 20th at 12:01am Pacific Time on thehomepage, and are open just just 24 hours! $65usd each.
The unpainted micro-run lottery version is cast in clear blue, red, and white vinyls. Enter the lottery during the same 24 hour peroid to have a chance to purchase one of these uber-limited bad-boys for $95usd by following the lottery instructions below. Winners will be picked randomly. Purchasing open order version will have no bearing on lotto selection.
Emails accepted June 20th 12:01am – June 21st 12:01am
Please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Koningu Lottery”. Entry must contain your full name, shipping address and e-mail used for PayPal.
In association with Lulubell toys and Luke Rook of Grody Shogun, Geoffrey Maxfield is proud to present the Gruin Kaiju sofubi Kickstarter! Heavily influenced by classic kaiju and Japanese sci-fi, the authentic paper clay-style soft vinyl figure stands at a lumbering 9″ tall, coming complete with articulation in both the arms and waist. Currently available through a number of different tiers, pledges for the campaign range from signed prints from the likes of John Santagada (starting at $20), a standard Blue/Purple colourway ($75 plus print set), a Kickstarter exclusive Black 2 pack ($120), plus custom paint job sets from artists including Max Toy’s Mark Nagata ($250 for the 2 pack plus 1 custom and print set). On top of all this, Maxfield has also revealed stretch goals for both GID and Cosmic Glitter colourways, so be sure to head on over to the project page right here and do your bit to reach them! The Gruin campaign is set to run until 4.31pm PST on Sunday, March 23rd…
Whilst the dust has barely settled since the debut of Rotten Rexx at NYCC last year, creator James Groman has already set about working on an all-new head sculpt! Taking on the form of a triceratops this time around, the unnamed sculpt features the same jaw-dropping scale and detail of the original, coming with wonderfully realised scales, rotting flesh and a menacing expression that’s sure to give old Rexx a run for his money. Still a long way off from production (we’ve got the first painted run of Rexx to come first!), we’ll be keeping a close eye on any further developments over the coming months…
Coming just in time for the Holidays, Lulubell Toys are proud to reveal that the 2013 Grody Ornaments are now up for grabs online! Produced by none other than Grody Shogun, each ornament has been made from a clear soft vinyl Monster arm, complete with either gold or silver inserts, metallic red and green sprays, a red ribbon and a tiny jingle bell! Measuring approximately 4″ long, the Grody Ornaments can currently be found right here for the wallet friendly sum of just $5 a piece- cheap enough to deck out a whole Grody tree!
We’ve already featured one amazing Rotten Rexx custom that creator James Groman will be bringing along to Designer Con this weekend, so it came with great pleasure today to find that he’s teamed up with Lulubell Toys to bring that total up to four! Aptly named “Radiated”, “Rawmeat”, “Red Dead” and “Ultimate” Rexx, the hand painted quartet will be up for grabs via lottery at the Lulubell booth (#120) for $800 each, with drawings at 5.15pm local time on Saturday and 12.15am on Sunday. Joining the customs, Lulubell will also have several more marbled Rexx blanks at $250 each, as well as a healthy stock of Groman’s Rotten Rex comic book up for grabs… Unable to make the con, but still want to grab a Rexx? Then you’ll be glad to know that Lulubell are still offering up blank flesh and grey colourways right here!