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MAN-E-NEWS// Clutter Magazine Issue 22 feat. Tru:Tek’s Bootleg Keshi Guide out now…

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Clutter Magazine are proud to reveal that the latest issue (#22) of their free print publication is now up for grabs! Featuring an extensive article on the ReAction Figure brand alongside interviews with – amongst others – DeathCat Toys, Miscreation Toys and Bob Conge/Plaseebo, these have been joined by the second article for the mag from our own editor-in-chief, Tru:Tek- a fully comprehensive guide to the world of contemporary bootleg keshi! Spanning across 5 pages, the whistle stop tour covers the widely-unknown history of the pachi/bootleg figure, concluding with profiles on some of the most influential artists and figures from over the past 15 years- an article that we’re sure our regular readers aren’t going to want to miss out on… Anyone looking to grab a copy can currently find it in the Clutter store right here, with free copies due to touch down at your local specialty retailer soon- have them hit up DKE Toys Distribution if they’re not stocking it already!

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MAN-E-NEWS// The fully-functioning Missile Ring prototype from Omiso Factory…

Taking a quick break from his upcoming resin action figure project (recently featured right here), Miso Mike over at the Omiso Factory has just revealed a follow-up to his hugely popular Cyclonator rings! Adding even more functionality than before, the digitally sculpted and 3D printed design takes on the appearance of a mini gun this time around- coming complete with re-loadable missiles that actually fire! Currently in the prototype stage at present, we’ll be keeping our eye out for more on this intriguing project soon…

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MAN-E-NEWS// The “Rancid” ButtPlug resin figure from UME Toys…

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With Halloween just around the corner, Rich Page over at UME Toys has decided to add a little shocker to the UME ButtPlug line up, as he proudly presents a cheeky brace of rotten customs! Both individualy created and painted, the little guys stand at just over 2 inches tall cast in resin – in-scale with the UK 3 prong plug – each comes shipped in a header carded bag and signed by Rich on the base. Dropping in the UME store tonight (10/24) at 9pm London time, the “Rancid” ButtPlugs can be yours for just £22.50 each plus shipping…

MAN-E-NEWS// The DCon exclusive Bounty Wrestlers from Healeymade x DKE Toys…

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DKE Toys are set to reveal a whole slew of exclusives for next month’s Designer Con 2014 over the next couple of weeks, the first to feature on Man-E-Toys coming in the form of these awesome Bounty Wrestlers from Healeymade! Originally a set of one-off custom creations created back in 2009, these ingenious 3.75″ mash-ups of both wrestlers and Star Wars bounty hunters – including IG-88, Bossk and of course, Boba Fett – have been cast in black resin and treated to silver hand painted detailing. Limited to an edition of just 10 sets, each coming packed on a sleek framed blister card. Priced at $300 each, the Bounty Wrestler sets will be up for grabs at the DKE DCon booth (#126) from November 8th to November 9th. Look out for more DKE exclusives on the site soon!

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MAN-E-NEWS// The Crayon Boo sofubi micros from Uamou…

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Uamou are proud to present the latest release to hit their Atelier-based retail space, the Crayon Boo sofubi micros! Standing at around 1″ tall, the adorable Uamou companion figures have been produced in a selection of 7 playful matt colours this time around. Currently available at the store for an undisclosed sum – we’re guessing around 600yen ($6) – overseas customers can snap up the little ghosts by e-mailing Uamou directly at info@uamou.com

MAN-E-NEWS// The “Lavender” Pollenkaiser from Paul Kaiju x Toy Art Gallery…

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Toy Art Gallery is proud to present Paul Kaiju’s Pollen Kaiser in a special Lavender colorway! Standing at around 10″ tall, the stunning figure has been cast in a lavender purple soft vinyl this time around, coming complete with gold, black, red, yellow and silver sprays courtesy of Shirahama. Packed with its signature removable staff weapon and a red dolls eye insert, the figure will be up for grabs at the TAG store today (10/24) at Noon PST for $145 plus shipping…

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MAN-E-NEWS// Geek Life’s “Hugger Damage” Aggar sofubi…

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Whilst we wait with baited breath for the next figure in Geek Life‘s Sega Retrogame Sofubi Collection – Space Harrier’s cycloptic Mammoth boss – the Japanese retro apparel brand has just revealed a second “Hugger Damage” colorway for their first release, the mighty Aggar! Taken from cult beat ‘em up Altered Beast, the gruesome first stage boss has been sculpted by Masami Yamada, standing at a lofty 9.5″ tall. Coming cast in what appears to be a clear red vinyl with internal black double-pour, the fully articulated figure comes complete with a separate interchangeable head, plus flaming projectile omake. Currently available to Japanese customers through the Geek Life store, overseas preorders can be placed through BlackBook Toy right here for just 11,800yen ($111) until Tuesday, October 28th…

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MAN-E-NEWS// Devils Head Productions’ “Bodhisattva” Alavaka head revealed…

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Breathing new life into his signature sofubi, Toby Dutkiewicz over at Devils Head Productions has just revealed the first test shot of the new “Bodhisattva” Alavaka head! Said to be a convert from Buddhism to the evil ways of the Alavi Demon, the flesh eating monk is set to make the perfect companion to previous Alavaka releases. With Dutkiewicz currently planning the first batch of releases as we speak, we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for a debut run over the next few weeks. Keep track of the DHP Instagram feed here for more details soon!

MAN-E-NEWS// The DCon exclusive Lab Mice mash-ups from Rampage Toys x Punk Drunkers…

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Whilst unfortunately Jon Malmstedt over at Rampage Toys won’t be making it over to DCon this year in-person, he will be sending a rather awesome collaboration for the event… the Punk Drunkers Lab Mice mash-ups! Featuring the body of Splurrt’s sofubi vermin with Punk Drunkers’ Cure produced mascot head, the little guys have been produced in both yellow and black (not shown) soft vinyl, coming complete with a mix of neon and metallic sprays from Jon, as well as a hand painted P.D. logo on the chest. Available at the Punk Drunkers DCon booth from November 8th-9th for an undisclosed sum, we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for more PD x Rampage action soon!

MAN-E-NEWS// The Mr Teenage bootleg action figure from Kalaka Toys x Mishka…

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Originally teased way back in May, Kalaka Toys‘ Mr Teenage is finally set for an exclusive release at Mishka‘s Brooklyn-based location next week! Drawing inspiration from TV and toys right across the 80s and 90s, including TMNT, MOTU and of course, the A-Team, the creepy cycloptic creation has been kit-bashed and re-sculpted from a number of KO action figures, coming cast in a brown resin with a choice of 2 different bootleg-style paint apps. Going up for sale alongside Splurrt’s Walking Cadaver debut (check it here) next Wednesday, October 29th, a standard, printed cardback version will be available alongside a super-limited hand painted edition (ltd 5) for an undisclosed sum… Keep track of the Kalaka Toys Instagram feed right here for full release details closer to the date!

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MAN-E-NEWS// The Critters action figure from Nevermore Pictures x Retroband x Worthy Enemies…

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With Nevermore Pictures attempting to revive cult 80’s classic Critters with their recently announced fan film Critters 3D, both Retroband and Worthy Enemies have jumped on board to help kickstart the project with an exclusive action figure released based on the furry little beasts! Coming in at around 1:18 scale, the 2″ tall resin figures have been sculpted, cast and painted by Retroband, with custom handmade card backers featuring art from Worthy Enemies. Currently available via preorder in the Nevermore store ahead of of the film’s upcoming Kickstarter campaign, the figure can be yours for $125 plus shipping… But that’s not all! As a little incentive to purchase early, the guys will also be offering up an exclusive 10″x15″ glossy poster and 8″ die cut sticker! That not enough for you?! Then you’ll be pleased to know that the first 50 people to snag the figure will also be entered into a lottery to win a companion “Bounty Hunter” figure too- more on him soon! Interested parties can head over to the Nevermore Pictures site here to find out a little more about the project…

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MAN-E-NEWS// The “Trick or Treat” Toil and Trouble resin figure from Healeymade…

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Keeping with the Halloween theme, Healeymade has revealed that he’ll have a festive “Trick or Treat” version of Toil and Trouble up for grabs later on today! Standing at around 3″ tall, the stunning piece has been kit-bashed from a vintage Disney’s Snow White figurine, coming complete with two mini ‘witch head’ hands- a subtle reference to the 3 hags in the infamous play, Macbeth – and coming cast in a gorgeous swirled orange and black resin. Presumably limited to an edition of 20 pieces, the figure will be up for grabs in the Healeymade store tonight (10/23) at 9pm EST for just $25 plus shipping…

MAN-E-NEWS// The “Pumpkin Patch” one-off Megara sofubi from ButcherBrand…

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Coming just in time for Halloween, Butch Adams of ButcherBrand is proud to present a special one-off “Pumpkin Patch” Megara custom! Standing at around 3.5″ tall, the soft vinyl mini has been treated to Butch’s signature layered acrylic work, coming in a mix of light orange and green textured paint with red and yellow eyes. Priced at just $60 shipped in the US, anyone interested in bagging the figure can PayPal Butch the monies to butcherlee127@gmail.com- the first to send it over bags the figure, so be sure to act quick to avoid disappointment!

MAN-E-XCLUSIVE// The Disarticulators’ OG “Ooze-It Green” sofubi Oozeball preorder…

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Debuting at the Rampage Toys x Tru:Tek NYCC booth in prototype form a couple of weeks back, The Disarticulators are proud to reveal that their sofubi Oozeball will finally be available to preorder this week as part of our HUGE post-NYCC sale! A follow-up to last years hugely popular keshi-ball release, the DA’s Tru:Tek has completely redesigned the figure from the ground up for the new medium, opting for a more organic, Ooze-It like face, paper clay-style textures and the pièce de résistance… a hidden face inspired by Georges Méliès iconic 1902 silent movie, Le Voyage dans la Lune! Beautifully sculpted by none other than Zectron, the 2-part design has been upscaled from the original 2″ diameter to little over 3″- making it both more in-keeping with the classic Madball scale, and, more interestingly, compatible with a wide variety of mid-sized kaiju with the capped base removed… Currently undergoing wax prototyping over in Japan, the figure is set to be produced in a super-squishy soft vinyl mirroring the original Ooze-It doll, with this first “OG” release coming in an unpainted, pantone perfect deep green (artist interpretation subject to change). Up for preorder in the Man-E-Toys store for a month starting this Friday, October 24th at 9pm GMT until Monday, November 24th, the OG sofubi Oozeball has been priced at just $50 shipped worldwide. ETA for the figure has been set for late January/early February 2015…

Note: This will be your one and only chance at bagging the figure through preorder, all future runs will be super-limited exclusives so be sure to snag one whilst they’re readily available!

MAN-E-NEWS// New Moguming, Moguring and Baby Skeleton Soldier sofubi minis at Jungle…

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Japanese toy retailer and producer Jungle has just revealed a whole slew of figures that’ll be touching down in-store this coming Saturday, October 25th at 1pm Japan time! Featuring the return of 10b Factory’s adorable steampunk inspired Moguming in a lavender purple and Moguring in a pea green, the pair will also be joined by a new batch of Skulltula’s Baby Skeleton Soldier, each coming complete with sword in a choice of either blue, orange, army green or red soft vinyl. Unfortunately we have no word on pricing at the moment, but judging on past releases, all 3 figures will set you back around 1,000yen ($9) to 2,500yen ($23) each plus shipping…

MAN-E-NEWS// The Blood Brothers custom keshi from Blurble…

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Blurble has revealed that he’ll be following up last year’s hugely popular Goo & Roo mini figures with an all-new custom bootleg creation soon, the Blood Brothers! Kit-bashed and re-sculpted by the artist from various vintage minis, including Bam Bam Ji and Warsman from M.U.S.C.L.E, the two headed beast has been cast up by Dubose Art in a marbled pink and blue keshi-style rubber. Presumably featuring alongside Blurble’s extensive line-up of releases for DCon next month, we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for an online release of the little guy soon after…

MAN-E-NEWS// The Woot Bear exclusive “Mr Treat” Salary Ika sofubi from Frank Kozik…

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Frank Kozik has just revealed that his Salary Ika sofubi is set to return for a special “Mr Treat” colorway! Created as one of four exclusives the artist will be bringing along to the grand opening of new San Francisco-based toy store Woot Bear, the 9″ tall figure has been produced in a black soft vinyl this time around, coming complete with yellow, brown and orange sprays plus white and green masked detailing. Touching down at the event next Saturday, October 25th at 6pm, be sure to keep an eye on the shop’s dedicated Facebook page here for exact release details soon…

MAN-E-NEWS// Milkboy x Dune Toy’s Donut Zombie sofubi revealed…

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Shingo Yasuda over at Tokyo-based clothing brand Milkboy has teamed up with Dune Toy for the release of his debut sofubi, the Donut Zombies! Standing at around 4″ tall and coming with 4 points of articulation, the tasty little undead treats will initially be offered up in 2 different colorways; a “Survivor” pink and “Zombie” blue, each coming with a mass of sprays, hand painted detailing and googly eye inserts. Due to be touching down in the Milkboy store in the near future, the figures will be up for grabs at just 7,800yen ($73) each or 14,000yen ($131) for the pair. Stay tuned for more details on the drop very soon!

MAN-E-NEWS// The “Despair” rubber mini figure from Adam Quesnell and Stand Up! Records…

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“Despair is a demon from the 10th Circle of Hell; the level where people who make bad cinematic adaptations of classic toy properties are flayed for eternity. Not your average demon, Despair suffers from severe anxiety disorder and crippling depression. Satan himself even banished Despair from Hell for being a major bummer…

Cast out upon the earth in a fiery geyser of lava and tears, Despair landed in the parking lot of a comedy club that was hosting a weekly open mic night.  Despair put his name on the sign-up sheet, got on stage, and told his story. Since then, he has been punishing himself, night after night, on comedy stages of varying quality throughout the Midwest. He dances and lashes himself for audiences with hopes of selling t-shirts and CDs to drunk people who will not wear or listen to them.”

Originally teased a few weeks back, we can now bring you full release details of the debut figure from comedian and avid toy collector Adam Quesnell… Behold, DESPAIR! Created to celebrate the recent release of his album “Can We Afford This Much Despair?” on Stand Up! Records, Adam has teamed up with illustrator Terence Brown II, October Toys, and our very own Tru:Tek of the Disart Toylabs to bring you the 3″ rubber toy of your saddest nightmares… Standing at around 3″ of 100% UV resistant rubber, the super squishy figure was designed by Terrance and sculpted by the OT team, coming cast in a multitude of colors and finishes by Tru:Tek, including; Marbled Orange/Blue (ltd 20), Stealth (ltd 10), GiD (ltd 10), Neon Green (ltd 20), Neon Purple, (ltd 20), Neon Orange (ltd 20), Hot Pink (ltd 20), Flesh (ltd 20), Red (ltd 15) and Blue (ltd 20). Touching down in the newly opened FAQ Comedy store on Halloween night (10/31) at 6.66pm CDT, Despair will be up for grabs “open bag” style, coming packed with a download code for the album at just $25 each plus shipping… But that’s not all! On top of the many, many different colorways on offer from day one, Adam has also teamed up with Stand Up! to provide the label with their own exclusive releases. First up we’re promised a red/black marble with a super-limited clear blue to follow shortly after- expect more details on both of those soon!

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MAN-E-NEWS// The Baby Bark resin figure from UME Toys…

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Originally dropping in super-limited quantities a few weeks back, UME Toys‘ Baby Bark returns for another limited run!  A loving homage to Guardians of the Galaxy’s adorable dancing sapling, Baby Groot, the originally sculpted figure stands at around 7″ tall in-pot, coming hand cast in solid resin and treated to a number of realistic acrylic washes courtesy of UME’s Richard Page. Limited to an edition of just 20 this time around – each coming signed and numbered on the base – Baby Bark can be found in the UME Toys store right here for just £50 plus shipping…