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MAN-E-NEWS// Geek Life’s officially licensed “The Human Centipede” keshi revealed…

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Japanese pop culture lifestyle brand Geek Life are proud to reveal that they’ve secured a license to produce keshi based on Tom Six’s infamous cult horror flick, The Human Centipede! Utilising the sculpting talents of Kenth Toy Works‘ Komori Kentaro Kenth, the release is set to feature a total of 5 mini figures inspired by the “First Sequence”, including the rather unfortunate Jenny, Lindsay and Katsuro, crazed surgeon Dr Heiter, and what we can only assume to be the “truck driver”, a failed test subject from early on in the film. Due to be making their debut in a keshi style rubber at some point over the next month or so, be sure to keep a close eye on Geek Life’s Facebook page here for full release details soon…

MAN-E-NEWS// The Medicom Toy exclusive “Zoromederu” sofubi from Anraku Ansaku…

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Following the monumental return of Gogamejira last month, Medicom Toy are proud to reveal that they’ve once again teamed up with mysterious sofubi producer Anraku Ansaku for the revival of yet another much loved character, Zoromederu! Making it’s return in all 3 previously released sizes, the standard version (middle, 10.5″) has been produced in a red vinyl with classic pink, gold and black sprays, the mid-sized version (right, 4.5″) a red vinyl with mint green, silver and pink sprays, whilst the adorable mini (left, 3″) comes in a pink vinyl with black, red and blue sprays. Going on sale via open preorder through the Medicom Toy store starting Monday, August 24th, the figures have been priced at just 16,800yen ($136), 3,800yen ($31) and 2,800yen ($23) respectively…

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MAN-E-NEWS// The IWA Japan “Chupacabra” sofubi from TTToy x Hinomaru-ya…

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TTToy have just unveiled the fifth figure in their ongoing, officially licensed IWA Japan Pro Wrestling sofubi series, taking on the mighty Chupacabra! Faithfully realised by TTToy’s Makino-san, the infamous reptilian wrasler stands in-scale with previous releases at around 4.5″ tall, featuring articulation in both the waist and arms. Due to make it’s debut through the Hinomaru-ya store on Tuesday, September 1st for just 2,000yen ($16) plus shipping, look out for a full-reveal of the figures’ first colorway soon…

MAN-E-NEWS// The Getsumenken “Moon Dog” No.2 and No.3 sofubi from Utsugiyo…

Elusive sofubi producer Utsugiyo are proud to reveal that their highly sought after Getsumenken “Moon Dog” returns this week in not one, but two new colorways! Inspired by Japanese folklore’s “Jinmenken”, the human-faced dog, and Georges Méliès‘ silent movie “Le Voyage dans la Lune”, the super-creep moon faced beast stands at around 3.5″ tall, coming with one point of articulation in the neck. Produced in a light tan soft vinyl this time around, Moon Dog “No.2: Green” – limited to 10 pieces – has been treated to simple green and yellow sprays, whilst “No.3: Camouflage” – limited to 21 – has been lavished with rather more intricate army green, black, brown and gold sprays. Packed in deluxe custom boxes with 2 Bikkuriman inspired holographic stickers, the pair are currently up for grabs via lottery until Wednesday, August 5th, priced at just 6,800yen ($55) and ($71) each plus shipping. Interested parties can find the dedicated entry forms right here

MAN-E-NEWS// The debut of TKom’s “Gamaotoko” sofubi…

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Rather embarrassingly, we bring you details of the third poo-related toy this week, as the highly talented sculptural artist TKom proudly presents the debut of his second sofubi, the stunning Gamaotoko! Said to be made up of biological waste (i.e. crap!), the scummy looking beast stands at a chunky 8.5″ tall, coming complete with articulation in the head, arms and legs. Produced in a purple soft vinyl and treated to a number of slimey black, green and blue sprays, the first edition of Gamaotoko has been limited to just 20 pieces priced at $130 each plus shipping. Going on sale via a 48hr lottery starting Midnight Japan time this Saturday, August 1st, anyone interested in bagging the figure will have to head over to the TKom site right here and fill in the dedicated entry form… Good luck to all who enter!

MAN-E-NEWS// The Gravy Toys x Paul Kaiju “Unchiman” sofubi one-offs…

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It’s quickly becoming the week of turd-based toys, as not only do we have the previously featured “Dump Golem” from Target Earth, but we have another 2 “dropping” over the next couple of days… the first coming in the form of these gorgeous Unchimans from Gravy Toys‘ Bwana Spoons! Standing at around 9″ tall each, the Paul Kaiju-created figures have been produced in an undisclosed soft vinyl, coming with a selection of one-off Monster Kolor sprays in Spoons’ instantly recognisable, tripped out style. Up for grabs via the Gravy Toys store at 10am Pacific time today, pricing and edition size are still to be confirmed, so we suggest heading over promptly to avoid disappointment!

MAN-E-NEWS// The “Dump Golem” sofubi from Target Earth…

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Japanese sofubi producers Target Earth return with a follow-up to last year’s “Low Brow Golem” release, proudly presenting the disgusting Dump Golem! Standing at around 8.5″ tall, the grotesque piece features articulation in the neck as well as an ingenious telescopic turd that’s been produced with a contrasting matt finish. Cast in red and green vinyl and treated to a number of brown, orange and black sprays with hand painted detailing, the Dump Golem is currently up for grabs via preorder for just 8,000yen ($65) a piece. Interested parties outside of Japan are going to need to fire over their name, address, post code and telephone number to Shono-kikakuattom1.Ffn.Ne.Jp, being sure to include “脱糞ゴーレム” (Dump Golem) in the subject title. The preorder will be open for just a few days, so be sure to act quick to avoid disappointment!

MAN-E-NEWS// Secret Demon Services’ “Dani the Sub-Human Girl” and “Pink Punky” YouZha revealed in-full…

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Fresh from our tease of the upcoming “Pinky Punky” YouZha micro-run just yesterday, UK-based artist Secret Demon Services has just revealed the long-awaited “Dani the Sub-Human Girl” sofubi in-full! Ramping up the creepiness ten-fold from previous offering Smalmack, the mini-mid sized piece – just a little taller than Splurrt’s Cadaver Kid – features long, outstretched arms (compatible with the aforementioned Smalmack) a sinister oversized head, “Fancy Toy” Takemi-style dress and a separate mystical door omake. Set to debut in an unpainted dark lime vinyl in the SDS store over the next couple of weeks, Dani will set you back just $60 plus shipping…

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But that’s not all! Following yesterday’s teaser, the “Pinky Punky” YouZha micro-run details have also just been announced too! Sculpted and produced by China-based toy artist Kearjun, the loving homage to Fulci’s cult horror flick Zombi stands at around 8″ tall, coming with articulation in the head, arms and legs. Produced in a flesh-tone vinyl and treated to a number of neon pink and black sprays, rubs and hand painted detailing, each comes complete with a custom nose-to-ear chain plus a pair of hand made jeans. Limited to an edition of just 5 figures, the “Pinky Punky” YouZhas will be up for grabs in the SDS store this coming Saturday, August 1st at 3pm Pacific time for just $140 each plus shipping…

MAN-E-NEWS// The “Purple Painted” Slugbeard sofubi from Paul Kaiju x Toy Art Gallery…

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Yep, yet more from Paul Kaiju today, as Toy Art Gallery proudly presents the latest version of their collaborative “Slugbeard” sofubi, the “Painted Purple” edition! Measuring in at a gargantuan 10″ tall and the same wide, the impressive sea dwelling beast comes with multiple points of articulation and even a vinyl wrecking ball attached with a real metal chain. Produced in the same lavender colored soft vinyl as it’s debut outing, this first painted “TAG” edition has been treated to a number of metallic/neon sprays and hand painted detailing. Priced at just $180 plus shipping, anyone interested in picking up the “Purple Painted” Slugbeard is going to need to enter the designated e-mail lottery before close on Monday, August 3rd at Noon Pacific time. All you have to do to get involved is fire over over an e-mail to sales@toyartgallery.com with “Slugbeard Lottery” as the title, making sure to include your name, address and PayPal address… Good luck to all who enter!

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MAN-E-NEWS// Paul Kaiju’s t-shirt and custom toy release at Mishka LA announced…

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Paul Kaiju has just revealed that he’ll be taking over apparel brand Mishka‘s LA-based store next weekend for a special t-shirt and toy release! Featuring the Devilman-inspired Mockbat shirt design you see above, the must have garm is set to be joined by a whole slew of one-off custom sofubi from Paul’s extensive line-up of figures. Opening its doors at 7pm next Saturday, August 8th at the La Brea Avenue location, be sure to keep a close eye on PK’s Instagram feed here for figure reveals from the impromptu show over the next few days…

MAN-E-NEWS// The Wonderfestival Summer ’15 exclusive “Monster” and “Gama and Ryu” sofubi sets at Lulubell Toys…

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The guys over at Lulubell Toys are proud to reveal that they secured 2 huge exclusives from last weekend’s Wonderfestival Summer ’15 for their loyal customers in the West! First up, we have the GID “B-Movie Monster” set from Siccaluna Koubou. Featuring all 4 figures from the series – Frank, Kong, Mummy and Gillman – each 9″ figure has been cast in a classic glow-in-the-dark soft vinyl,coming complete with subtle contrasting rubs and hand painted detailing. Up for grabs right here via preorder whilst in-transit supplies last, the set has been priced at $280 plus shipping…

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Next up, we have the “Gama & Ryu” set, also from Siccaluna Koubou. Taken from a classic Kairyu-Daikessen episode, the pair have been expertly painted up in colors inspired by artwork from the show, coming packed in a matching deluxe box with a bonus omake spider. Standing at a lofty 7.5″ and 11.5″ tall respectively, the jaw-dropping pair can be found in the Lulubell store right here for just $150 a set…

MAN-E-NEWS// Kearjun x Secret Demon Services’ “Pinky Punky” YouZha micro-run revealed…

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Hot on the heals of Krotpong’s offering last week (check it here if you haven’t already), Secret Demon Services is the latest artist to reveal his YouZha micro-run, proudly presenting the “Pinky Punky” edition! Sculpted and produced by China-based toy artist Kearjun, the loving homage to Fulci’s cult horror flick Zombi stands at around 8″ tall, coming with articulation in the head, arms and legs. As with Krotpong’s run, the figure has been cast in a flesh-toned vinyl for this release, featuring a number of pink and black sprays, rubs and hand painted details. Coming complete with metal nose-to-ear chains, the limited run of just 4 figures will be touching down in the Secret Demon Services store soon. Keep track of SDS Instagram feed for the full lowdown – plus more details of his next sofubi, Dani the Sub-Human Girl – over the next few days…

MAN-E-NEWS// The “Monster School” sofubi finger puppets from Shikamark…

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Sofubi producer Shikamark are proud to introduce their latest sofubi, the “Monster School” finger puppets! Inspired by the silverscreen’s classic monsters as well as Mattel and Bandai’s cult Ma-Ba Zombie toys, the series features a total of 4 figures sculpted with a school-infused theme -“Franken teacher”, plus pupils “Cyclops-kun”, “Medusa-chan” and “Salamander-kun” – each standing at around 3″ tall and featuring a simple uncapped, open base. Making their debut (and quickly selling out!) at Wonderfestival Summer ’15 last weekend, the unpainted black colorway you see above came in at just 2,000yen ($16)… Here’s hoping an overseas release is in the pipeline soon!

MAN-E-NEWS// The Toy Tokyo exclusive “Army Green” Tetsujin 28 sofubi from Siccaluna Koubou…

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The guys over at Toy Tokyo are proud to present their latest sofubi exclusive, the “Army Green” Tetsujin 28 from Siccaluna Koubou! Taken from Mitsuteru Yokoyama‘s iconic “Iron Man” manga of the same name, the officially licensed figure stands at just 3.5″ tall, coming complete with articulation in the arms and legs. Produced in an exclusive “Army Green” colored soft vinyl, the little guy comes packed with a header inspired by Yokoyama’s original art for just $24.99 plus shipping. Check him out in the Toy Tokyo store right here

MAN-E-NEWS// The one-off “Ian the Sewer Creep” micro-run from Coma21 x Hellopike…

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It’s been a long time since we last saw poor old Ian the Sewer Creep, so it came with great pleasure this week to find that creator Mikee Riggs aka Coma21 has teamed up with none other than Hellopike for a brand new one-off micro run! Standing at around 7″ of Japanese soft vinyl, the tentacled freak has been treated to a number of unique paint apps courtesy of Hellopike, including various sprays, washes, rubs and hand painted detailing. Up for grabs via e-mail lottery until Thursday, July 30th, interested parties are going to need to fire over their details to toysaresanity@yahoo.com to both enter and find out details on pricing and edition size… Good luck to all that take part!

MAN-E-NEWS// The “Shibuya” NekoFukurou sofubi from Jeff Soto x BlackBook Toy…

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Seeing its last release way back in September last year, the NekoFukurou sofubi from Jeff Soto and BlackBook Toy have finally returned in a special “Shibuya” colorway! Featuring an ingenious stackable design, the stunning 2-faced head sculpt stands at around 6″ tall- an impressive 24″ stack when displayed with the previous “Pink”, “Blue” and “Thunderstorm” editions. Produced by BlackBook in misted clear soft vinyl with black, brown and pink sprays for the release, the figure will be up for grabs through the BB store via preorder from Noon Japan time this Friday, July 31st, the “Shibuya” NekoFukurou will set you back just 8,100yen ($65) plus shipping…

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MAN-E-NEWS// The “Mystery Code” series from Uamou x Minoru Takagi…

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Between the gaps of the universe a hidden code flows mysteriously, connecting space and time. Its entirety cannot be grasped by mere mortals but every once in a while parts of the code find a way to leave an imprint on the elements… These are the unfortunate Uamou that have been struck by this mysterious force. Carrying the mark of the universe their masks hide a deeper meaning that will take an eternity for us to uncover, nonetheless it is important to remember that we should never lose the courage in understanding the ultimate truth…”

Uamou have once again teamed up with master jeweller Minoru Takagi for the release of their latest round copper-masked sofubi, the “Mystery Code” Uamou! Standing at around 3″ tall, the sand-filled, clear cast vinyl figure have each been given a unique, hand embellished mask from the artist, coming complete with beautiful splashes of silver along with expertly set sapphire and ruby stones. Limited to an edition of 40 pieces priced at just 8,000yen ($65) each plus shipping, the “Mystery Code” Uamous can be found in their dedicated online store right here….

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MAN-E-NEWS// New sofubi from Science Patrol available now…

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Japan-based artist Science Patrol has just unleashed a whole swathe of new soft vinyl goodness in his store! For all those with a weakness for yokai, kawaii and minis, we bring you a quick rundown of what you guys should be picking up now…

Trunkie “Pom’s Night Out”// One of many all-new creations from Science Patrol, the adorable Pomeranian stands at just under 3″ tall, coming complete with articulation in the neck. Showcasing in a special “Pom’s Night Out” colorway, the little guys have been cast in an electric blue soft vinyl with simple metallic purple sprays for just $13 a piece.

Melon Pan Monsters “Frost” and “War Bread”// Science Patrol’s bread guys return for 2 all new releases, “Frost” and “War Bread”! Produced in a blue and yellow soft vinyl respectively, both have been treated to simple sprays and come fitted with dolls eye inserts. Available in both “Kraken” and “Seijin” sculpt variations, these little guys also come in at just $13 each.

The Slime Adjudicator// Another figure to debut as part of Science Patrol’s latest sale, the D&D inspired piece has been produced in your choice of “slime green”, “grey ooze”, “ochre jelly”, “black pudding” or “frost” colored soft vinyl, each come complete with masked silver sprays and a dolls eye insert for $25 each.

The Elemental Archmage// Last, but by no means least, we have the debut of the Neclos Fortress inspired Elemental Archmage. Available in a huge selection of colorways, including “Frost”, “Kamen Rider Ghost Ore” and the one-off “Elementals”, these awesome 2-part figures have been priced between $23-$25 each.

MAN-E-NEWS// The “Black” Awesome TV sofubi from Awesome Toy…

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Hot on the heals of our exclusive announcement last week, the guys over at Awesome Toy are proud to reveal that their “Awesome TV” is now up for grabs online! Inspired by the Indie Toy scene’s extensive selection of “platform” toys – figures that can be customised – the vintage-styled soft vinyl TV has been fitted with a removable front “screen” panel, meaning that not only can the outer shell be painted, re-sculpted or mashed-up with other figures – a TV head instantly springs to mind! – but it can also be used to display prints, drawings, photos or even various items inside- the possibilities for different “programs” and “channels” are limitless! Produced in a black vinyl for this first outing, the piece comes complete with 1 of 10 randomly assorted card inserts including the static and “They Live” themed versions you see above. Priced at just $15 each, the “Black” Awesome TV’s can be found in the Toy Underground store via preorder for a limited time…

MAN-E-NEWS// The “Freaky Monster Village Series” from Rockin’ Jelly Bean x Blackdots…

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Rockin’ Jelly Bean have teamed up with up and coming sofubi producer Blackdots for the release of their latest line of toys, the Freaky Monster Village Series! Featuring a total of 3 mid-szied figures from some of the Japanese indie toy scene’s finest – “Twin Head Skull Bro” from Monster Farm’s Chop, the “Mummy Man” from Motor Kenz and “Mr Death” from RESTORE’s Abe Junnokai – the trio, whilst sadly not directly inspired by RJB’s erotic art, still have their roots set firm in the rockabilly scene that inspired the early indy sofubi of the mid-late 90’s. Revealed in prototype form at Wonderfestival Summer ’15 over the weekend, we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for the first round of Freaky Monsters over the coming months…