RESTORE unveil the highly anticipated follow-up to Iron Meat this week
- Size: 8″ (TBC)
- Articulation: 7+ points (visor, neck, arms, legs, chest piece)
- Release date: Winter ’17
- Price: TBC
- One of the most technical sculpts from RESTORE’s Junnosuke Abe to date, Final More Meat features a design inspired by TMNT Krang’s Android Body, sporting a removable visor and heart chest piece
- Backstory: In 1984, in anticipation of the threats approaching, New Electric Power Company (Electric Power Company), in order to strengthen deterrence and military power, we began to develop robots in confidence. Development has spanned several years, and budget of several trillion yen was poured. A robot developed at the time with the highest technology punched the earth in the experiment test, Since cracks on the earth entered, laws regulating the use of confidentiality were made, to the extent of the destructive power comparable to nuclear bombs, developers were excited about the science of new science though they were afraid…
- Keep track of the RESTORE web page here for more details soon
The latest in Splurrt‘s new Masterworks series is finally ready for production
- Size: 14″+ (TBC)
- Articulation: 5 points (neck, arms, legs)
- Marking the very first time the Usir has received its own body, this new upscaled version of the demonic beast features enhanced textures, refined detailing and of course, more articulation. Currently in the final stages of prototyping, interested parties can keep an eye on the figures progress by following Splurrt’s Instagram feed here
The guys over at Clutter Magazine have got their hands on a super-rare, un-produced prototype from Tim Clarke‘s iconic 90’s toy line the Mini Boglins… and it would appear that they’ll be giving it a much deserved release soon! Dubbed the “King Boglin”, this beautifully detailed fortune telling tike was originally sculpted by Maureen Trotto based on Tim’s design back in 1992, sadly not making it into the original series for reasons unknown at present. Likely to see production in either resin or vinyl before the year is out, we’ll be keeping you guys up to date with any developments as soon as we hear anything…
Rich over at Mutant Vinyl Hardcore has just unveiled the latest prototype he’ll have winging its way over to Japan for soft vinyl production soon, the awesome Doji San 3.0! Originally released in resin and quickly followed up in soft vinyl, this third interpretation of the yokai-inspired monster comes with a number of new design elements, including much needed articulation in the arms and legs, a plethora of new masks, plus a “super duper” surprise that we’re told will be revealed in due course. Currently undergoing the final stages of tweaking before production, we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for the little guys’ first release over the next few months…
Not one to ever rest on his laurels, Yowohei Kaneko of Mirock Toy has just unveiled yet another attachment for the ever-growing Dr Mirock series! Featuring a similar totemic design as previous releases, the beautifully sculpted mid-section piece comes with a gargoyle-like creature that has a version of the Hontai mini sitting neatly its head. Due to be produced in sofubi soon, we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed that this new sculpt will be making it’s way into the regular Dr Mirock rotation over the next couple of months…
“The ‘Ta fang hsi-yu chi’ by Hsuan-tsang (a Chinese scholar who wrote about India) tells the story of Apalala. Kasyapa Buddha was a man with the power to control the weather. He did so by controlling the evil dragons that possessed the power to bring storms. In return for his good will in controlling these storms, the local people offered him grain. Eventually, the people started to forget to offer the grain and Kasyapa grew angry. He prayed that he would become a dragon, so that he could punish them for their selfish behavior.
This prayer was eventually granted and after his death he became the dragon Apalala. He made his home in a pond in Udhyana (an old name for the area of the Swat valley). He destroyed the area with powerful storms and rain. This continued every crop season until Sakyamuni Buddha visited the area. He persuaded Apalala that what he was doing was wrong. They came to an agreement where Apalala would stop his destruction in return for one crop every twelve years. Rather than relying on the people to provide the offering, he would take it himself by flooding the land.”
First teased back in September of last year, the latest sofubi prototype from Toby Dutkiewicz over at Devils Head Productions has finally been revealed in-full! Whilst we still have very little to go on aside from the name “Apalala” and the detailed backstory above, we can confirm that the piece has been sculpted by Chris Grondin of Cryptodude fame, coming in at around the same size as a standard “fight” figure at 4.5″ tall. Be sure to keep an eye on the DHP Instagram feed here for more details on this intriguing project soon!
Originally teased in digital form a couple of months back, the new 3D printed “Mockbat” from Paul Kaiju and Unbox Industries has just been revealed in glorious prototype form! Digitally scanned from Paul’s iconic 8″ Mockbat design, the piece has been reduced to around the same scale as your standard action figure at 4″ tall, coming complete with the same articulation in the arms, legs, tail, head and belly as the original. Whilst we’re still not too sure of the future for the piece – there’s a good chance it will remain as an un-produced experiment at the moment – you can be sure that as soon as we find out, you guys will be the first in the know… Fingers crossed on Mockbats for the masses though, right?!