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Archive for February 6, 2012

MAN-E-REVEAL// The MOTU [ALT] ETERNIA custom series from Adam Pratt x MAN-E-TOYS…

We mentioned at the weekend that we would be announcing a massive new custom project from artist Adam Pratt (featuring a little helping hand from MAN-E-TOYS!), so without further ado, we pass you over to the man himself to explain a little more about what to expect in the coming months.

To all you MOTU and He-Man fans, this one’s for you….

I had decided about a week or so ago (and after some prompting from some of my fans) to tackle the Masters of the Universe line. I have done the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures, but I didn’t have any aim or direction, just kind of doing the ones I like. After thinking about the He Man back story, and the really rich environment, I decided to go ahead and dabble in the canon a bit…

Alt Eternia is a world similar to Marvel Comics “What If?”- What if Man-E-Faces never turned from evil to good? What if He-Man was from the Vine Jungle and were a tribal warrior? I thought it would make a cool basis for some customs, and a neat story for people to follow.

I know the lineup so far will be Man-E-Faces, He-Man, Man at Arms, Mer-Man, Skeletor, Fisto, Trap Jaw, Zodiac, and Beast Man. I am going to also include Battle Cat and even Castle Greyskull in my custom repaints. That lineup might change, but I want to stay with those characters. Some of the figures from the 80′s line aren’t a good fit for customization due to the way the toys gimmick works, or the material they are made out of- That being said, it would be cool to re-fur Grizzlor into an arctic version of himself…hmm…

So this Man-E-Faces (pictured) was a working prototype. I had a little difficulty getting the figure prepped for customization, but from here on in I’m confident I have disassembly and reassembly of the Masters of the Universe figures down to a fine art…

Now this is where we come in… Adam has given us the honor of designing header and stat cards for each of the customs, with the first coming in the  form of the aforementioned  ‘Ever Evil’ Man-E-Faces. Taking inspiration from the classic trading cards of our miss-spent youth, the one-off designs will help to explain a little more about the various characters’ alter egos, whilst proving the perfect nostalgic companion to Adam’s awesome customs.

We’ll be following the project to completion, so stay tuned for exclusive reveals of the [Alt] Eternia cast (plus stat cards!) over the coming months here at MAN-E-TOYS…

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MAN-E-NEWS// ‘Lord On Board’ custom resin figure from Abell Octovan…

‘Lord On Board’ is the latest custom toy creation from Indonesian toy maker, Abell Octovan. Standing at around 8″ tall, the self-made resin figure re-imagines the one and only Dark Lord as a skateboarding punk, replete with golden helmet, sneakers and deck, beautifully off set by solid black low slung shorts and open shirt. Unfortunately the initial gold/black colourway sold out within a matter of minutes on Octovan’s site (the toy was limited to an edition of 2), but word has it that more should drop in the coming months- stay tuned for more info…


MAN-E-NEWS// The Pretty Boi ‘Bio Morph’ resin toy from ESC Toy x Tomenosuke…

The ever busy Erick Scarecrow revealed yet another Tomenosuke exclusive this week, in the form of the ‘Pretty Boi’ Bio Morph edition. Limited to just 5 figures, the signed and numbered hand cast resin figures should be available to purchase through the ESC Toy shop some time this week. Co-designed by Yagi, each lucky collector who manages to score the piece will be rewarded with an 8″x10″ print from the artist himself. Keep following the ESC Toy twitter feed over the coming days for further updates…

 


MAN-E-NEWS// Plaseebo’s custom Garamon for the Garamaniacal custom show @FOE Gallery…

With the ‘Gagamaniacal’ custom show opening at the FOE Gallery this Friday (February 10th), we decided to take a quick look at Bob Conge’s (aka Plaseebo) contribution, the mighty Garamon and Skulloctopus From Outer Space. Standing at 14″ tall, the glow in the dark vinyl toy comes with internal colour changing LEDs that are controlled via a ‘rock’ switch in the back of the head. Available to purchase at the show, pricing on the one-off figure is still to be confirmed, so be sure to keep checking over at the FOE site for further updates…

Garamaniacal Press-

February 10-March 4. Opening reception Friday, February 10 6-9pm.

Co-owner Jim Shea teams up with Michael Nordstrom of Garamania to curate GARAMANIACAL, an homage to the clunky, crusty, fish-lipped, oil-belching, high-rise-wrecking meteorite monster Garamon and his “recycled” alter ego, the friendly and excitable Pygmon.  GARAMANIACAL will look at kaiju culture through the lens of these two iconic creatures, presenting information on the characters, the TV shows on which they first appeared, and the visionary artists who created them.  As well, the gallery will be filled with an amazing assortment of contemporary art and toys inspired by Garamon and Pygmon

Artists include:

Astromonster/Alex WaldBill NordstromPLASEEBO/Bob Conge,  Bob EggletonCUPCO/Luke Temby, Dave Dopko, GargamelGreasebat/Jeff LammGrody Shogun/Luke Rookhellopike/Phil StaszkiwIsabel SamarasJason EdmistonJim GromanJosh Herbolsheimer,Cometdebris/Koji Harmonhi guys!/Lauren StutzmanLeecifer/Lee GadjaMark DabelsteinMark NagataMatt SesowMiles Nielsen,Monster WorshipMutant Vinyl Hardcore/Rich Montanari Jr. , Paddy CharlesPaul KaijuJacquelyn HeloisePrometheum5/Ben Mininberg,Ralph CosentinoRobert DeCastroSteve SeeleyGorilla Mouth/Troy Stithzapatoloco/Benoit RobitailleBrian Mahony/GuumonWalter ParentonToybot Studios/Kirkland JueMichael SkattumRob KimmelChauskoskis/Walter JacottRamiro Davaro-ComasStreet Grapes,Michael Tonn, Mike Ridge and more.

Coloring Contest

FOE and Garamania both feel strongly about community engagement.  So as part of this show we’ll be running an event to raise money forMSPCC.  MSPCC has an office in Holyoke and offers direct services to more than 4,700 children and their families in communities throughout Western Massachusetts each year.  Have fun, get entered in a drawing for awesome toys, and support a great organization.  Go to Garamaniafor full details and Down Load an Entry!


MAN-E-NEWS// The Valentine Zukies from Alison Perez…

With last week’s Autumn Zukies barely having enough time to acclimatise to the harsh temperatures outside, New York based artist Alison Perez has revealed yet another (slightly more seasonal!) one-off toy project, this time in the form of the adorable Valentine Zukies. Limited to an edition of only 2, the Valentine Zukies are available in yellow or baby blue, come housed in Alison’s now trademark 3″x3″x3″ protective display case (plus heart balloon accessory), and can be purchased exclusively through Alison’s store now for $60 each plus shipping…