Madballs by MONDO

The classic Madballs are being remade by Mondo as highly detailed vinyl toys. These new versions are now called MONDOBALLS. They'll be available for preorder on www.mondotees.com in early February.

See the original post on Mondo's Blog here : 

http://mondotees.com/blogs/news/87915331-introducing-mondoballs-gross-out-toys-of-the-80s-90s-reimagined

I'm really into the gross out era lately, so if the price point is manageable I will be all over these.  They are also planning to expand to licensed characters in the near future. 

One of the influential designers of that time and original designer of Madballs, James Groman is still going strong. You can follow his work on instagram.

 

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE CLASSICS

Unfortunately I don't have enough space to enjoy Castle Grayskull in all it's glory. Every once in a while I will get it out from under the desk and play around a bit. The Talon Fighter/Point Dread set came in a couple weeks ago, so I had to see how it looked perched up on Grayskull's highest peak. While some have complained that the fighter looks a little too large when juxtaposed against the castle I find that I really like it. The scale is just insane and dwarfs the figures in a convincing way. The entire assemblage comes up to my waist.


Adventure Time minis by Kid Robot

Continuing with the Christmas present theme, Tara gave me a full case of blind box Adventure Time mini figures that she got at Toy Art Gallery's closeout sale. It was more fun than I expected to open up so many little boxes. It was like getting 18 little presents all in a row. After the dust settled I ended up getting everyone I wanted except Magic Man.

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This is my Christmas/Chanukah present for Tara. She expressed some interest in a similar item a couple weeks before Christmas and I had just enough time to source the parts and put everything together. I think I will still revise the base, but other than that I think it came together well.


NECA Aliens Collection

The 80's goodness coming out of NECA is starting to take over my shelves. I'm going to have to cycle things out from time to time because I can't bear to have them hidden away in the pantry for too long. Last night I re-did the shelf with Alien and Predator stuff. It will pop a bit more when I get the eggs and repair my Bishop and City Hunter Predator.

I can't wait for the Kenner inspired Alien stuff to come out. There is bound to be some reveals at ToyFair next month. 

Interview with Hasbro's Star Wars Design Director

This article gives a great overview of what it takes to bring a toy line to life. 

http://m.fastcompany.com/3051411/meet-the-most-powerful-force-in-the-star-wars-universe-the-man-who-makes-the-toys

It focuses on the development of the various types of figures in the current Force Awakens line. I appreciate the thought and care put into these products. While I am normally very critical about reverting to a simpler articulation scheme, in this case is seems to make some sense. The inclusion of the extra armor pieces and buildable turret guns really sparks the imagination into places beyond just what happens in the movie. 

The 5 POA figures are also that much more palatable because there are other options for collectors in their "Black Series" both in the 6" scale and the 3 3/4". 

Thanks to www.battlegrip.com for pointing out this article.

 

Baby Hellboy by Mondo

Mondo is really killing it with their new collectibles. Up next is a 1/6th scale baby Hellboy from the moment when Rasputin pulled him into the world.

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Here is the press release from Mondo:

Summoned to Earth on December 23rd, 1944, the half-demon child known as Anung Un Rama was intended change the tide of WWII in Germany’s favor. Instead he was discovered by US soldiers, given the name Hellboy, and would go on to fight the forces of evil as an adult.

Working closely with creator Mike Mignola to design the definitive baby Hellboy, we’re thrilled to release a figure featuring 6 points of articulation (neck, tail, shoulders, right elbow, and right wrist), and the cutest lil face Hell ever spawned.

In addition to the regular version, we’re releasing an exclusive version – available exclusively on Mondo site – with the removable Crown of the Apocalypse. The exclusive version will be available for 72-hours only (until Thursday, Dec. 17th at 12PM central).

Now’s your chance to hold this little bundle of demonic joy in your own hands!

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I'm not a 1/6th collector, but I can appreciate a good figure when I see one. I hope this is just the first of many Hellboy figures they make. I'm really happy with my Mezco figures, but it's been a while since there has been good comic based Hellboy figures on the market, it's time for more.

"NORTHERN LIGHTS" GROUP SHOW AT ROTOFUGI

"NORTHERN LIGHTS" GROUP SHOW AT ROTOFUGI

 Big Trubble art toys will be featured in Rotofugi’s next group show entitled “Northern Lights”. The show features several other Canadian Artists as well. 
 Rotofugi is one of the most respected toy shops and galleries in the world, so I am very happy to be a part of it. 
 I will be bringing along Leader, Ghost Pig and God: Incognito. Drop by if you happen to be in Chicago!

Big Trubble art toys will be featured in Rotofugi’s next group show entitled “Northern Lights”. The show features several other Canadian Artists as well.

Rotofugi is one of the most respected toy shops and galleries in the world, so I am very happy to be a part of it.

I will be bringing along Leader, Ghost Pig and God: Incognito. Drop by if you happen to be in Chicago!

Ghost Pig News (On Sale Now!)

Hello all! Quite a bit has been happening. I have been neglecting my social media responsibilities, so I will jam a bunch of cool stuff into one post.

Big Trubble has an awesome article in the latest issue of Designlines. It focuses on the Ghost Pig, but gives a nice overview on what we’re about

http://www.designlinesmagazine.com/magazine/features.php?id=747#.UYsfGLWG18F

There are also lots of ways to buy a Ghost Pig now! I was finally able to buckle down and finish the edition of 30. It was a ton of work, but they are finally ready to consume.

You can get one at http://www.bigtrubble.com/product/ghost-pig

You can go to Magic Pony on Queen West in Toronto. http://www.magic-pony.com/pages/Hours-and-Location.html

..or you can come to the Open House this weekend at Walnut Studios! http://walnutstudios.com/

If you have any questions or inquiries feel free to email me at Laird@BigTrubble.com