Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Unlucky Bags

Thirteen sets of blind packaged figures. To be released to the mailing list today. Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tokyo Disney Sea

Spent the day after my birthday at Disney Sea. A thunder storm came through in the evening, but other than that had a good time. Rode the usual attractions and did a lot of walking.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Space Room

This is the Space Room at the Queen Elizabeth in Chiba. The Queen Elizabeth is a "love hotel" located a few minutes from Tokyo Disneyland. The hotel includes themed rooms all at reasonable rates. With an online coupon and 10% off with a member's card, we ended up paying a little under 6,000 yen. That's a fraction of what you'd pay at one of the resort hotels in the area. The Space Room features spaceship bed, large plasma tv, jacuzzi bath with tv, coffee maker, black lights with stars and planets everywhere, and super detailed airbrushed space wall. You can't go wrong at that price.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Saturday @ Phillips

I have two hand painted pieces in today's "Saturday @ Phillips" Contemporary & Urban Art Auctions, happening in New York. The "Toy Art" section of the catalog is growing, featuring several Japanese figures. There's even a San Diego Comic Con version Tokoji Seijin in there.


Late Night Visitor

This guy wandered onto our campsite the last night we were in Tanzawa. He hung out for a while, ate some bugs, then slowly headed back into the rocks. We found him the next morning relaxing just a few steps from where we saw him.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Camping in Tanzawa

Spent two nights in Tanzawa this week. It's is about a two hour drive from Tokyo. Besides the animals, we were the only ones at the campsite. Did a little cooking, walking, some playing in the river, photography, not much else. Though I enjoy setting up camp, it's a pretty big job getting everything packed up again. I'm still tired.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Yamanashi Bugs

In Yamanashi we also visited the Omurasaki Center, a large park, garden, and insect museum. The museum featured several bug displays, some live beetles, and a huge outdoor caged area full of native insects. We were a little late in the season to see most of the serious bugs (that might have been to our advantage), but we did find a few crazy guys including this huge praying mantis. My mom was super into them and kept wanting to either hold them or let them hang out on her arms. I can't imagine how crazy this place must be in the middle of summer when all the bugs are in action. I'll have to go back and see next year. Such a cool place and admission is only 400 yen!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Yamanashi Trip

Spent another couple of days in Yamanashi Prefecture to see the changing colors and relax. We were a little early to see the bright reds and oranges, but it was beautiful nevertheless. Saw lots of nature, some animals, and bugs. No people anywhere. Nice.

Suckadelic Show

The Evil Sucklord of Chinatown, NYC has teamed up with premier Los Angeles Toy Temple Munky King to present a group show of epic proportions. The show will feature several artists all of whom have customized Suckadelic's Sucklord 600 figure. Chanmen, KaToPe, Kiyoka, and I will each have pieces on display. Show runs from October 30 to November 23 at Munky King in Los Angeles. More details below.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

New Studio Lights

Got a new lighting setup and have been experimenting a bit with product style photography. I never really knew how difficult it was to shoot on a white background. It looks so simple but it's so hard getting it to look right.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Uglycon Tokyo

A few pics of the opening party tonight. Some really cute pieces by Sun-Min and David, lots of exclusive and one of a kind Uglydolls, and a few guest pieces. Not to mention the debut of the Pocket Kaiju Super Puncher figure. Good turnout, good times.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Ice Bat

Custom soft vinyl Ice Bat figure for Uglycon Tokyo.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Introducing Super Puncher

Super Puncher, designed by Sun-Min Kim and David Horvath, is the newest figure in Gargamel's Pocet Kaiju line. This first release is done in clear red vinyl with painted pupils, and includes a custom header card also designed by Sun-Min and David. Super Puncher will make his debut at Uglycon Tokyo, opening October 10 at Stitch Tokyo in Daikanyama.


Monday, October 6, 2008

Friday, October 3, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Another Awesome Find

After being on my most wanted list for about 15 years, I finally found it. The Microman Mecharoid V. Yeah, I've seen it around a few times, often in decent condition and with box, but at prices I refuse to pay. So today sitting on a dark shelf in a toy store I see the Mecharoid V with an unbelievable price tag. And the box, toy, everything is in perfect condition. Crazy.

A little history for those not familiar. The Mecharoid V was released in 1977 as part of the Microman series by Takara. Microman included various figures, vehicles, and playsets, all of which were interchangeable via 5mm joints and pegs. The figures were inspired by GI Joe and are therefore super posable. A lot of the vehicles included wind-up or battery powered motors (like the Mecharoid), making them super fun to play with.