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MAN-E-NEWS// The “Eight Islands” Koningu sofubi from Ummikko…

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Monkey3000 over at Ummikko is seeing in the summer this weekend with a very special release, proudly opresenting the “Eight Islands” Koningu sofubi! Produced in a bright yellow soft vinyl and treated to gorgeous fluorescent pink and green sprays with black accents, the 5.5″ tall figures are set to come with their very own unique matching helmet/mask that’s been recycled from excess flash- absolutely genius! Touching down in the Ummikko store this coming Sunday, May 31st at 5pm CEST, the “Eight Islands” Koningus have been priced at just $50 each plus shipping…

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MAN-E-NEWS// The “Hell Raiser” Night Gamer #4 from Plaseebo…

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Bob Conge aka Plaseebo is proud to introduce the fourth figure in his ongoing line of Night Gamer customs inspired by cult horror flick Hell Raiser, finally taking on the leader of the Cenobites… the mighty Pinhead!  A one of a kind custom featuring inset “human” eyes, open wound lines, metal pin inserts and an internal motion activated color-changing LED unit with replaceable batteries, the gruesome soft vinyl figure comes signed and dated by the artist on the base. Touching down in the Plaseebo webshop next Wednesday, June 3rd, pricing for the piece is still to be confirmed, although we’re guessing it’ll marked up somewhere between the previous releases at $550-$750 plus shipping…

MAN-E-NEWS// The “Hulk” Ollie sofubi from Mutant Vinyl Hardcore…

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Mutant Vinyl Hardcore‘s prodigal son “Ollie” returns for the first time in over a year with a homage to one of the best Marvel comic characters of all time… the HULK! Produced in a green glow-in-the-dark soft vinyl this time around, the towering 13″ tall beast has been treated to a tight mix of bright green, dark green, metallic green, flo. pink and purple sprays, coming complete with a metal chest chain, stickers and MVH demon head logo hanging card. Currently up for grabs via e-mail lottery priced at $190 plus shipping, interested parties are going to need to head over to the dedicated lottery page here and get their entries in before close today (5/29) at Midnight Eastern time… Good luck to all who enter!

MAN-E-NEWS// Comet Debris’ Custom Kappa Grab Bags announced…

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Koji Harmon over at Comet Debris has just announced something special for all you Kappa fans out there, the Custom Grab Bag release! Set to feature unique hand painted versions of both Kappa Shonen and Kappa Kid sofubi, the randomly assorted bags are due to touch down for a discounted sum (TBC) on the Comet Debris store over the next few days. Be sure to keep checking the Comet Debris site’s front page more more details very soon!

MAN-E-NEWS// Science Patrol’s “Karakasa” sofubi prototype revealed…

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Realising that one of the most common yokai in Japanese folk lore – the tsukumogami* known as Karakasa – has seen surprisingly few renditions in toy form, Science Patrol have decided to redress the balance with their very own take on the cycloptic umbrella ghost! Pictured here as a finished wax prototype, the little guy appears to be in-scale with Science Patrol’s previous yokai-inspired figures at around 3″ tall, coming with a simple, 2-part design and an indent for the series’ familiar dolls eye inset. Set to debut in soft vinyl soon-ish, you can be sure that as soon as we have word on the first release, you guys will be the first in the know…

*inanimate objects in Japanese that are said to come to life after 100 years of use.

MAN-E-NEWS// The “Sludgie Mad Ball” from Mutant Vinyl Hardcore x Chris Dondin announced…

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Rich Montanari Jr over at Mutant Vinyl Hardcore has revealed that he’s teaming up with artist Chris Dondin for an all-new release… the Sludgie Mad Ball! Designed and sculpted by Chris based on MVH’s original Sludge Demon – along with a little nod to the DX in the form of a skull located on the back – the piece, once finished, is set to come cast in the same latex foam used in the production of the original 80’s Madball toys. Still in the early stages of prototyping at the moment, we’ll be keeping our ears to the ground for more information on the figure soon. Here’s hoping the figure is well received, as we’re told a whole line of MVH Mad Balls could follow!

MAN-E-NEWS// FTWR Toy’s “Zombie Army” keshi international sale…

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Originally debuting at Wonderfestival back in February, the “Zombie Army” keshi from up and coming keshi outfit FTWR Toy is finally available worldwide! Based on FTWR’s recent Bikkuriman-style sticker release, the ingenious 2.5″ tall design comes complete with a couple of neat design features inspired by knock-off kinkeshi- an embedded blade in the shoulder and a lead pipe that can be removed from the chest! Produced in a selection of flesh, green and pink rubber, the little guy comes packed with the aforementioned holographic sticker plus booklet for just $27 plus shipping. Interested in picking one up? Then you’re going to need to fire over your name, Instagram name, country, address, phone number, PayPal address and your first 2 choices of color to zombie666@outlook.jp before close on Saturday, May 30th. Supplies are said to be limited, so be sure to get your order in quick to avoid disappointment!

MAN-E-NEWS// The Mab Greaves x Blurble “Illuminati Doughnut Sparrow” resin figures…

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With the first round releasing to instant sell-out success early last year, Mab Greaves is proud to reveal that she’s been hard at work on a new batch of Blurble‘s Sparrow resin figures! Entitled the “Illuminati Doughnut Sparrows”, the fun little guys – digitally sculpted by iamscumbag and cast by Dubose Art – have been treated to meticulously detailed pink, grey and red paint apps courtesy of Mab, each coming complete with a miniscule custom bat belt buckle and iced doughnut in-hand. Limited to an edition of just 8 pieces this time around, stock will be dropping on both Mab‘s and Blurble‘s stores this Sunday, May 31st for an undisclosed sum. Keep an eye on the Blurble Instagram feed for the full lowdown soon!

MAN-E-NEWS// The “Sterling North” and “Rascal Raccoon” World Masterpiece Theatre sofubi from Mirock Toy x Medicom Toy…

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Mirock Toy have teamed up with Medicom for their latest officially licensed series, this time around taking on Nippon Animation’s classic 70’s anime, World Masterpiece Theatre. Kicking things off with a bang, the guys have decided to focus on one of the most popular cartoons in the series, “Rascal Raccoon”, an adaption of iconic author Sterling North’s semi-biographical novel “Rascal”. Featuring both the young North and his furry companion, the pair – standing at around 7″ and 2.5″ respectively – have been designed and sculpted by Mirock’s Kaneko Yowohei, coming cast in a white soft vinyl and painted in an authentic palette of muted tones. Currently available to Japanese customers through the Medicom Toy store for just 6,841yen ($60), international orders can be placed through Rakuten right here until Tuesday, June 30th…

MAN-E-NEWS// Hellopike’s custom one-off “Mini Unchiman and His Septic Tank”…

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Joining a whole slew of new works in his store, artist Hellopike dishes up one of the most inspired sofubi one-offs we’ve seen in a long time, the hilarious “Mini Unchiman and His Septic Tank” custom mash-up! Featuring a Max Toy “Kaiju Tank” with a removable Paul Kaiju “Unchiman” gacha mounted on the back turret with magnets, the stunning piece has been treated to a septic tank-yellow base over black vinyl, coming complete with blue spot sprays and net-masked silver accents. Currently up for grabs in the Hellopike store right here, Unchi’s mobile sanitary unit can be yours for just $100 plus shipping…

MAN-E-NEWS// Awesome Toy x Slave One’s “FAKE BARON Vs. Duo Gero” Battle Set…

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Originally teased here a couple of weeks back, we can now bring you details of Awesome Toy‘s first “Battle Set” in-full… FAKE BARON Vs. Duo Gero! For those that missed our first post, the guys kindly share a little background about the project… “Imagine Fake Baron is a real tv show, whereby in each episode Fake Baron will be fighting different enemy. It is a collaboration project between Awesome Toy and many other sofubi makers around the world. In each battle set, we will be painting other sofubi brand’s character and the partnered brand doing the same for our Fake Baron…” Teaming up with none other than Slave One for the first “episode”, the set features a Tetsujin-inspired FAKE BARON complete with sprays from Slave One over blue vinyl, plus a pair of purple and green Geros with paint apps from Awesome Toy inspired by both the infamous Roswell alien autopsy and Marx Toys’ classic Great Garloo figure. Limited to just 15 sets priced at $210 each plus shipping, the release is currently up for grabs via e-mail lottery for the next 48 hours. Interested parties are going to need to fire over their full name, address/contact info and PayPal address to lotto.awesometoy@gmail.com… Good luck to all who enter!

MAN-E-NEWS// The “Koblin” resin figure preorder from Acolorfulmonster…

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Having dedicated most of his toy output on his “Zombitron” collaboration with Kenth Toy Works over the past year, artist Acolorfulmonster finally returns to the world of resin with his latest release, the awesome Koblin! Inspired by mythical Japanese beast, the Kappa, the beautifully sculpted, multi-mouthed piece stands at around 5.5″ tall, coming with a single point of articulation in the neck. Pictured here as a finished clay prototype, Koblin is set to come cast in an unpainted, keshi gomu-style flesh toned resin for this first release. Up for grabs via preorder on the Acolorfulmonster store right here until Friday, June 26th, the figure can be yours for just $30 plus shipping…

MAN-E-NEWS// The return of Bigmantoys’ “D-Structure” resin figure…

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“The simmering anxiety and passive aggressive exchanges that made the BIGU building such an unpleasant place for all who worked there have caused negative spiritual vibrations. As the photocopiers and computers inside overheated and radiated the building, something horrible happened. D-structure began…”

Having only seen a clutch of releases since it’s debut back in 2013, the highly underrated “D-Structure” resin figure from Bigmantoys returns in the form of these stunning one-offs! Designed, sculpted and cast by Lee Burbridge, the “tower block kaiju” stands at around 5.5″ tall and comes with peg articulation in the neck. Limited to just 2 uniquely painted figures – number 6 and 7 in the series – the pair can be found alongside a whole host of other new goodies in the Bigmantoys store for just $65 each plus shipping…

MAN-E-NEWS// The Medicom Toy exclusive “Aboras” Ultra Kaiju from Rampage Toys…

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Ahead of both Pigumon and the Red king making their “Rampage Ultra Kaiju” debut over the next few weeks, the second figure in the official, Tsuburaya-licensed series – Aboras – is set to receive his second outing this month as a Medicom Toy exclusive! Designed/sculpted by Rampage Toy‘s Jon Malmstedt and produced by Marmit, the 5″ tall figure has been cast in a deep purple, complete with metallic red, yellow and blue sprays. Going on sale through the Medicom Toy store on Sunday, June 7th for just 4,000yen ($33) plus shipping, due to licensing restrictions we’re guessing that international orders will have to be placed through a forwarding service, M-World. Interested parties can hit them up at m-world-service@dream.jp with their enquiries…

MAN-E-NEWS// Peter Kato’s “Sunshine” EyeHeart Bunnies resin figures revealed…

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With summer finally starting to rear it’s head, resin artist Peter Kato has decided to celebrate with his latest round resin mini figures… the Sunshine EyeHeart Bunnies! Featuring Peter’s all-new “EyeHeart” design, the 3″ tall figure has been digitally sculpted, prototyped and cast in a summery light yellow resin this time around, coming complete with minimal hand painted detailing in neon pink acrylics. Touching down in the Peter Kato store this coming Thursday, May 28th at 8pm Eastern time, pricing and edition size is still to be confirmed… Look out for details of Peter’s latest figure, the DIY “Bunnie Box”, later in the week!

MAN-E-NEWS// The Medicom exclusive “Nannou” sofubi from Delta Vinyl…

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Releasing at Mandarake‘s Siryosei Expo a couple of weeks back, the debut sofubi from promising newcomers Delta Vinyl – fun looking Nannou – has just received its first worldwide release as a Medicom Toy exclusive! Standing at around 6.5″ tall and coming with 4 points of articulation, the beast has been produced in a GID soft vinyl this time around, coming with green, orange and metallic sprays and packed with a “capsule” omake. Currently available in Japan through the Medicom Toy store for 6,000yen ($54), international customers are going to need to fill in the dedicated lottery form right here before June 10th to be in with a chance at bagging the figure…

MAN-E-NEWS// The “Zinkeshi” Zinewolf sofubi from Hateball…

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Born out of his love for M.U.S.C.L.E and custom mini figures, Justin Jewett over at Hateball has prepared a very special toy release, the “Zinkeshi” Zinewolf sofubi! Produced in the classic keshi gomu flesh-tone, the 8″ tall soft vinyl figure – complete with a magnetically attached mask (not pictured) – comes packed with an all-new ‘zine plus a special little surprise… a mini-sized keshi Zinewolf! Reduced, prototyped and produced in a flesh-toned rubber courtesy of our very own Tru:Tek, we’re told to expect more of these miniaturised versions very soon… Available in strictly limited quantities in the Hateball store right here, the “Zinkeshi” Zinewolf can be yours for just $75 plus shipping…

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MAN-E-NEWS// The Medicom exclusive “Requiemer of Sun and Death” sofubi from GEEK!..

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Having debuted at Mandarake‘s Siryosei Expo a few weeks back, the jaw-dropping “Requiemer of Sun and Death” from GEEK! has finally seen it’s first general release this week as a Medicom Toy exclusive! Designed by GEEK! and sculpted by Pico Pico, the figure – inspired by the Aztec’s”Xolotl” stone motif – stands at a gargantuan 12″ tall, coming cast in black soft vinyl with a mix of brown and gold sprays. Currently available to Japanese customers through the Medicom Toy store for 20,000yen ($178), international orders can be placed through Rakuten right here until Tuesday, June 30th…

MAN-E-NEWS// The Legion of Doom sofubi from Medicom Toy…

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Nearing the end of yet another month in the world of toys can mean only one thing- a whole host of new Medicom Toy exclusives! Once again offering up way more than we could ever feature in one day, we’ll instead be giving you guys the lowdown on the best releases throughout the rest of the week- starting today with the latest figures in Medicom’s long running Legend Pro Wrestler project, the Legion of Doom! The fourth round of figures in the series to secure an American licence – past releases have featured only Japanese fighters – both Hawk and Animal has been recreated in a stunning vintage sofubi style courtesy of Neugramm, standing at just under 10″ tall and featuring 5 points of articulation. Currently available to Japanese customers through the Medicom Toy store for 7,800yen, international orders can be placed through Rakuten right here for the slightly inflated price of $69.26…

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MAN-E-NEWS// Uncut’s “Mush Man” Splatter Retsuden keshi revealed in full…

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Originally teased here way back in February, the second figure in Uncut‘s ongoing “Splatter Retsuden” series – aptly titled “Mush Man” – had finally been revealed in-full! Inspired by cult horror flick Return of the Living Dead 2’s “Tarman” character, the Bikkuriman-style keshi appears to be the same size as the previously released Splatter Retsuden (Boropushi/Cropsey) at 2.5″, this time around coming complete with a mini brain accessory. Due to touch down in a selection of different colored rubber alongside an all-new holographic sticker on the Uncut site soon, be sure to stay tuned for full release details over the next few days…

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