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Mecha-Frogs 3.25 inches tall by Sentinel Co Available Now! ! !

Mecha-Frogs 3.25 inches tall by Sentinel Co Available Now! ! !

KerouNen is an exciting collaboration between renowned indie mech-designer Kow Yokoyama and equally famous cute character creator Takeyama Noriya.

Produced by Sentinel Co. Ltd., these soft vinyl Mecha-Frogs stand 3.25 inches tall, are fully pose-able and feature a detachable tadpole pilot.

Series 2 features four all new patterns and colorways.

  • Fuku-zou (Orange)
  • Ken-zou (Yellow)
  • Robo-zou (Grey)
  • Rai-zou (Metallic Blue)


Each KerouNen will be sold separately. Collect them all!!

Sentinel Co., Ltd. 
Aizumi Ueno Bldg. 3F
1-18-10 Ueno, Taito-ku,
Tokyo 110-0005 JAPAN
https://sen-ti-nel.co.jp/contact/

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The Air Dondi X Clutter  at Superchief Gallery NFT !

The Air Dondi X Clutter at Superchief Gallery NFT !

DROPPING TODAY!, April 7th, at 6pm EST, Clutter will be releasing their 1st official NFT Edition Drop!

The Air Dondi NFT & Sculpture Edition

Superchief Gallery NFT the WORLDS FIRST NFT gallery, situated in the heart of NYC's Union Square, is honored to present legendary Graffiti artist Dondi White 1st official NFT Edition Drop! In partnership with Clutter and the Dondi White Estate.
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Releasing TODAY, April 7, which would have been Dondi's 60th birthday, at 6 pm (est) exclusively on @superchiefgallerynft 

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A 1 of 1 NFT Auction of The Air Dondi Genesis NFT!

A limited-edition NFT with a total of 30 available as follows:

- 15 Air Dondi NFTs available at 1 Etherium each
&
- 15 Air Dondi NFTs that come with an officially licensed figure (just 15 total pieces), cast in high-impact resin at 2 Etherium each.

Produced in a matte black color way, don’t miss out on being one of the lucky few to own this piece of history!
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Standing at 12"x12"x4", the Air Dondi comes in a custom wooden box with a COA from Clutter and the Dondi White Estate. 

About Dondi White:
 

Born in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, Dondi was the youngest of five children. He was of African American and Italian American descent. He attended a Catholic school during his sophomore years. By 1975, East New York became an unstable region with racial tensions and social conflicts such as the prominence of gangs. In an interview with Zephyr, Dondi stated that he had joined several gangs in the 1970s to avoid being attacked. Anxious to leave high school behind, he earned his GED in 1984, took a job in a government office, and began to indulge his interest in graffiti.

Graffiti became a serious part of Dondi's life in the mid-1970s. He tagged using "NACO" and "DONDI", and worked on refining his style, gradually moving from simple tagging to building more elaborate pieces. Using the name Dondi (a version of his own name) was considered very risky at the time, as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the New York Police Department (NYPD) were trying to crack down on writers. In 1979, Dondi officially adopted his name when he painted a giant piece on the roof of his house.

He became a member of TOP crew (The Odd Partners) in 1977. In 1978, Dondi formed his own crew, named CIA (Crazy Inside Artists), which included other prominent artists such as his good friend DURO. For the next 20-odd years, Dondi became recognized as the stylistic standard, influencing generations of graffiti writers.

Dondi pioneered many of the styles and techniques still used by modern graffiti artists.[citation needed] Though he would often do wildstyle pieces for the benefit of other writers (like the famous 2MANY piece), he wanted the public to be able to read and enjoy his work, so he would focus on readable letters with intricate fills and characters.

His most famous work was Children of the Grave Parts 1, 2 and 3—three whole cars on the New York City Subway in the years 1978 through 1980. The name of the piece was taken from a Black Sabbath song. Journalist Martha Cooper filmed the final piece from start to finish. On this last piece, Dondi adopted the cartoon characters from the late Vaughn Bode. He later painted a version of Children of the Grave 3 in a studio.

He was the first graffiti artist to have a one-man show in the Netherlands and Germany, and his work is collected by European museums.

As attested by newspapers and magazines of the early 1980s, like People magazine he worked with the Fun Gallery and together with artists of the like of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lee Quinones, Keith Haring, ERO (Dominique Philbert), Rammellzee, Fab 5 Freddy, Futura 2000, Toxic, Zephyr, and others, he brought Graffiti art from the streets to art galleries, and museums of the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Dondi died on October 2, 1998.


https://www.instagram.com/dondi_the_real/

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Artist Spotlights: Micro Custom Runs - HOT ACTOR ! ! !

Artist Spotlights: Micro Custom Runs - HOT ACTOR ! ! !

Artist Spotlights; 5" Dunny Micro Custom Releases!

Clutter is proud to bring you a new series of artist spotlights, with limited micro-run releases of 5" custom Dunny.

Throughout the year, Clutter is working with top toy customizer talent to bring you monthly drops of 6 custom 5" Dunny by artists such as One-Eyed Girl, Beanie Bat, Mus Musculus, Czee13, Vanessa Ramierez, Frank Montano, Cat Atomic, and more! 

 

March Madness; Hot Actor!

We are proud to present 6, one-off customs by Hawaii's own Hot Actor!

Brining his well-known characters to the Dunny Platform, Hot Actor reinvents his Raw-man, Puck & Rizzo, and Rebel characters to perfectly fit the form.

Dropping on Wed, March 31st, 2021, at 12 pm (EST) be sure to get in quickly.

About Hot Actor:

Hot Actor is an artist living in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. He began the bulk of his early art career as a set and Mural painter for theatre productions. Winning several Hawaii State Council "Pookela" awards for his elaborate set designs covered in his art. Moving away from that world he began canvas painting. He is attracted to bright bold, beautiful palettes of color and loves to incorporate and display them in his work. He walks a tightrope between two styles of Art. The first is deviations on popular cartoon characters. He loves adding his own commentary to classic pop culture cartoon images or just mashing two pop culture characters together to create something new. The second style is original characters illustrated. Creating new characters and stories in the medium of Pencil line work, Painting, and digital design. Along with this, he is also a designer toy customizer. Frequently switching up his style from project to project in order to fulfill whatever vision the toy has inspired in him to customize and create a new.

https://www.instagram.com/hot_actor_/

About Clutter:

Clutter, established in 2004, is a portal to the global subculture community of Designer Toys and Underground Art. From festivals to art openings to pop-up events, we have our finger on the pulse of this diverse and welcoming community.  

As a Gallery, Clutter works closely with international artists to curate original shows and releases. Whether it's a high-end resin made in our New York fabrication studio, or collectible vinyl produced using one of our overseas manufacturing partners in China or Japan, Clutter puts love, hard work, and dedication into every piece we create.

With multiple events throughout the year, we are dedicated to providing the toy community with in-person gatherings and toy releases, all culminating with Clutters’ Five Points Festival and the Designer Toy Awards.  

And yes, sometimes we publish a magazine.

https://www.clutter.co

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‘X,’ the First Ever Invasion Toys Custom Show Goes Live This Weekend! [Preview Gallery]

‘X,’ the First Ever Invasion Toys Custom Show Goes Live This Weekend! [Preview Gallery]

In collaboration with After Five Studio, X will showcase work from 11 artists worldwide

After months of planning and hard work, we are proud to present X, an Invasion Toys custom show! Featuring work from 11 artists from across the globe, X uses a vinyl platform created by our friends over at After Five Studio.

In collaboration with After Five Studio, X will showcase work from 11 artists worldwide

After months of planning and hard work, we are proud to present X, an Invasion Toys custom show! Featuring work from 11 artists from across the globe, X uses a vinyl platform created by our friends over at After Five Studio.

After Five Studio regularly collaborates with and features works by artists all over the world. They have put on their own designer toy shows at locations across Mexico and regularly participate in art events in Chicago. They are the creators of X, the platform of our latest and greatest custom show.

What is X?

Aside from the name of our toy show, X is After Five Studio’s vinyl take on Xoloitzcuintli, the Mexican hairless dog. According to ancient lore, Xolos act as guides for those souls journeying to the underworld.

In collaboration with After Five Studio, X will showcase work from 11 artists worldwide

After months of planning and hard work, we are proud to present X, an Invasion Toys custom show! Featuring work from 11 artists from across the globe, X uses a vinyl platform created by our friends over at After Five Studio.

invasion toys x show event poster

Who is After Five Studio?

After Five is a design studio based in Chicago, but whose heart lives in Mexico. They have worked with companies such as Black Horizon Brewing Company, music festivals such as Guadalajara’s Roxy Fest, and have produced several designer art toys since 2018.

After Five Studio regularly collaborates with and features works by artists all over the world. They have put on their own designer toy shows at locations across Mexico and regularly participate in art events in Chicago. They are the creators of X, the platform of our latest and greatest custom show.

What is X?

Aside from the name of our toy show, X is After Five Studio’s vinyl take on Xoloitzcuintli, the Mexican hairless dog. According to ancient lore, Xolos act as guides for those souls journeying to the underworld.

According to After Five:

Art is personal. 2018 turned out to be a year of loss for us, and we embarked on a journey to turn this loss into an homage for our departed.

X is our reinterpretation of the Aztec psychopomp: the Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican hairless dog). Through him, we explored the journey of the Tonalli (vital energy) through Mictlan (the Aztec underworld). 

X is the physical representation of a goodbye we were unable to say… 

After Five Studio

Ok, now what about the X show?

At Invasion Toys, we love and respect the in-house ethos of After Five Studio. That’s why we’ve teamed up with them for our first ever custom toy event (also, we really love doggos).

Using the aforementioned X platform, we’ve tapped 11 designer toys artists from around the world to put their spin on this vinyl spirit guide. Those artists are as follows:

The rest of the artists will be revealed closer to the event, so keep those eyes peeled!

1. Boy in the Corner Studio

 

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The Phase One Canbot by Sket One! Available TODAY, Friday, March 26th, 2021 at 12 pm (EST) ! ! !

The Phase One Canbot by Sket One! Available TODAY, Friday, March 26th, 2021 at 12 pm (EST) ! ! !

Danger ⚠️ Extremely Dope!

The Phase One Canbot
by Sket One!

Sket One's Iconic image is brought to life with a brand new Canbot head sculpt!

Featuring Sket’s signature style, as seen on his murals and prints, this Canbot is the ultimate example of Sket’s style in a 3D work of art! This killer Phase One Canbot features an all-new, NEW FULLY sculpted Canbot head... BOOM!

5oz Size (5.5" tall)

Complete with trademark rattle

Only 200 pieces available!

Available TOMORROW, Friday, March 26th, 2021 at 12 pm (EST) at clutter.co and priced at $95.

*Available and ready to ship!*

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AIR BAIR by RUFNEK:21 c/o SUPER SOULJAH STUDIOS Available Now ! ! !

AIR BAIR by RUFNEK:21 c/o SUPER SOULJAH STUDIOS Available Now ! ! !

AIR BAIR by RUFNEK:21 (BLACK CEMENT IV COLORWAY)

 

c/o SUPER SOULJAH STUDIOS

 

Limited Edition of 367 WORLWIDE

 

8” x 12” x 10” (CHUNKY) SOFT VINYL

 

(SHOEBOX Style) DELUXE PACKAGING WITH MAGNETIC WINDOW FLAP (BLISTER PACKED)

 

 

Introducing the first original Character from the “Heart of a SOULJAH” story

 

AIR BAIR is the sidekick of RUFNEK:21

 

Although Extremely cute and loveable, AIR BAIR has plenty of style inspired by the greats before him.

 

There are a few items in AIR BAIRS daily uniform that you will hardly catch him roaming the streets without.

 

Always sporting his favorite black hoodie with a BOLD number “23” to let you know who he considers the greatest player to ever play the game.

 

A “PHAT” Gold Rope chain and oversized Black framed glasses displaying his love

of  the Golden Era of HIP HOP Culture.

 

AIR BAIR has too much “SOLE” to have bare feet.

 

BLACK Cement IVs to make the outfit complete.

 

Last but not least you will NEVER see AIR BAIR without his Signature Smile.

 

Do not, I repeat Do Not miss out on this opportunity to have this OG Edition colorway in your collection.

 

RUFNEK:21 promises a lot more to come, but there may never be anything like the first time.

 

 

DROPS ONLINE THIS SATURDAY MARCH 20th at 11:00am PST (LA) / 2:00pm EST (NY) (Less than 200pcs available)

 

www.airbair.com

 

 

check out @originalrufnek  for more pictures and release information.

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Kryptonite GID Grumpy Coal by The Bots x UVD Toys over at The Toy Chronicle

Kryptonite GID Grumpy Coal by The Bots x UVD Toys over at The Toy Chronicle

Designed by The Bots (Jenn & Tony), the Grumpy Coal has been produced by UVD Toys. This 2x2inch vinyl figure has been produced in the Kryptonite GID edition for The Toy Chronicle and is now available on our TTC Shop. They are limited to 100 pieces and priced at £20 + shipping each. Each comes bagged with a header card designed by The Bots. 
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Summoning Devil 10-inch Vinyl Figure By Spicy Donut is LIVE on #kickstarter

Summoning Devil 10-inch Vinyl Figure By Spicy Donut is LIVE on #kickstarter

BACK THE KS HERE: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spicydonut/summoning-devil-a-10-vinyl-figure-by-spicy-donut/

I'm Spicy Donut! An artist from Austin, TX with a flair for classic cartoons and a dark sense of humor. You may be most familiar with my series of horror slashers known as merry murderers or my series of devilish delights enamel pins with a kustom kulture kick.

I've long dreamed of making my own vinyl figure. I've collected toys since I was a kid and fell in love with art toys. I've painted dunnys and munnys, I've gone to trading parties. I've written articles for clutter magazine and other toy blogs. I've attended and sold at Designer Con. And finally, I have a chance to put my own work out there! 

I'm gonna need a lot of help. Making a figure is an expensive process and crowdfunding is the only way I can make it happen.

 

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Shortcake the Strawberry Cow Toy and Garden Cows Pin Set on Kickstarter (FUNDED)
DesignerCon is BACK ON for November 12-14 2021

DesignerCon is BACK ON for November 12-14 2021

After a convention made possible by innovative virtual programming, DesignerCon is thrilled to announce their return to an in-person model in 2021! From November 12th-14th the largest Art and Toy convention in the United States is back at the Anaheim Convention center.

DesignerCon is so excited to bring the community back together in a safe and conscious way, working closely with the Anaheim Convention Center to ensure compliance with all CDC and Los Angeles county guidelines, ensuring attendees are safe and healthy during their visit. Founder Ben Goretsky is hard at work to make this convention the in-person event you spent all last year dreaming about.

 

"We are looking forward to bringing the community back together in-person with all your favorite vendors from around the world in the updated ACC facility with new health precautions in place for the attendees and the vendors."

This year's convention is not to be missed, with Medicom returning to its only US show, a special project with popular international artist Tristan Eaton, and new show artwork by NFT superstar, Greg Mike.

And the big news doesn't stop there! DesignerCon is expanding in a major way. Leading up to the in-person convention, DesignerCon will be holding another online event partnered with Popshop Live this summer. Following the online event DesignerCon UK will be held in London in August, and in 2022 look out for DesignerCon China. It's safe to say 2021 will be a big year for Art and Toy enthusiasts.

About DesignerCon

Founded in 2005 by Ben Goretsky, DesignerCon brings together artists, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in the designer toy/ vinyl collectibles market and has grown to incorporate everything in the design world including apparel, plush, printing, sculpture, designer toys, and both fine and urban art. The steady growth DesignerCon has enjoyed correlates with its popularity in today's art nerd, geek culture; collectors and designer toy lovers alike wait through the night for new releases, pre-orders for new artist collaboration apparel are sold out within minutes, and artists use the convention as an opportunity to announce exclusive releases and collaborations. www.designercon.com

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'ART TOYS This is How We Do it !' Now Available By Matt Jones!

'ART TOYS This is How We Do it !' Now Available By Matt Jones!

ART TOYS – This is how we do it.
Written by Matt Jones and Editor Jason Nagy
Want to become an Art Toy designer and see how Art Toys are produced? Now you can
learn from the best in the industry!
All the in’s and out’s of what’s needed to get your designs into production.
– 30 Pages of useful information:
12 key chapters – Covering basics such as What is an Art Toy? Making sure you are prepared
before you begin with topics like project set-up and 3D CAD modelling tips. Helpful
information about production including vacuum casting, using resin, and injection moulding
techniques. Even essential networking tips with production factories and industry
professionals is covered.
You can expect tips and tricks gained through my years of experience. But, I brought along
some friendly professionals to share their knowledge, too! Hear 3D CAD tips from Caitlin
Ashford, casting advice from Evan Morgan, and even advice from toy producers, Unbox

– Available now as a PDF Download eBook.
RRP: £5 per download
Lunartik website shop:
www.Lunartik.com/shop/art-prints/arttoysebook
Plastik-Surgery Website shop:
www.plastik-surgery.com/shop.html

> Patreon’s read it for FREE
Join Matt’s patreon page and you can read this book for as little as €2.50.
www.patreon.com/lunartik
#Arttoys #Lunartik #Plastiksurgeryworkshop

Matt’s Instagram Accounts: @plastiksurgeryworkshop - @lunartikjones

 

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“The Diners Club Show” at the Main Street Arts Gallery in Clifton Springs NY 5PM Saturday March 6th

“The Diners Club Show” at the Main Street Arts Gallery in Clifton Springs NY 5PM Saturday March 6th

“itt”  A one of a kind custom Vinyl figure of a Splurrt Cadaver head on a Plaseebo Walker body with hair and a color-changing LED unit.

Artists Included:
Christina Bang, Paul Brandwein, Edward Buscemi, Tarrant Clements, Bob Conge, Kurt Feuerherm, Bill Hand, William Keyser, Susan Mandl, Peter Monacelli, and George Wegman.
 

 

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