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MAN-E-NEWS// Secret Base’s SpongeBob X-Ray DX sofubi and mug set at Toy Art Gallery…

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Toy Art Gallery are proud to reveal that they’ve secured a limited batch of Secret Base‘s latest SpongeBob X-Ray DX release! Standing at around 5″ of Japanese soft vinyl, the fully licensed figure comes with the standard “split” paint app in SpongeBob’s classic colors complete with partially visible bright GID green skeletal insert. Coming packed with an exclusive SB x SpongeBob mug for just $99 plus shipping, the figure will be touching down in the TAG store right here at 12pm Pacific time today (12/12)…

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MAN-E-NEWS// The “Mutant Mickey” resin figure from Wizard Skull…

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Brooklyn-based illustrator Wizard Skull is proud to present his latest resin figure, Mutant Mickey! Inspired by the artist’s reoccurring character of the same name, the towering 6.5″ figure was kit-bashed from a pair of vintage Disney Marx figures, recast in resin by our very own Tru:Tek and then hand painted by WS in an authentic pallet of black, cream, white, yellow and red acrylics. Making it’s debut at the recent Action Figures: Objectified at ConArtistNYC over the weekend as a run of just 2 figures accompanied by one-off paintings, the artist has thankfully produced another limited batch that are currently being offered to Wizard Skull e-mail subscribers – sign up here – for an undisclosed sum. Not on the mailing list, but want to bag the figure? Then you’ll be glad to know that you can also make enquiries by e-mailing info@wizardskull.com… Stay tuned for news on the next edition – a Man-E-Toys exclusive, no less – in the near future!

UPDATE// Wizard Skull has very kindly confirmed that these have been priced at $150 each. Be sure to hit him up before the remaining are gone for good!


MAN-E-NEWS// The “Run the Jewels x TMNT” bootleg action figure from Trap Toys…

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The guys behind low brow art blog Streets of Beige have just announced the launch of their new bootleg rap toy imprint, Trap Toys! Unofficially kicking things off with their Bernard Rollins collaboration “Action Figure Bronson” at Plastik Schmack back in September, the figure unfortunately received a cease and desist soon after show, leaving the awesome pictured Run the Jewels x TMNT piece to spearhead the new company instead. A loving homage to El-P and Killer Mike’s new hip hop outfit RTJ, the hulking, 11″ tall figure has been kit-bashed and re-sculpted from the rare TMNT Krang Android Body to resemble the duo, coming recast in resin and treated to a black/turquoise paint app that reflects the artwork from duo’s self-titled first album. Due to be released in the newly opened Trap Toys store soon for £85 plus shipping, be sure to keep track of the dedicated TT Instagram feed here for the full lowdown soon…

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MAN-E-NEWS// New Mechawhale figures and custom sets from Deep Fried Figures…

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To celebrate the latest chapter in the Mechawhales saga recently going live (check it out in-full below), Hauke Shcheer over at Deep Fried Figures has been hard at work number of new 3D printed additions to the Mechawhale PVC toy line! Featuring new companion figures including the Battle Beast-inspired fan favourite Orca Mechawhale, these have been joined by a selection of kits to customise the existing PVC design. Currently up for grabs through Deep Fried’s store on Sculpteo right here, figures and sets are available unpainted for you customisers out there, with prices ranging from just €9 right up to €54 for the fully articulated Orca…


MAN-E-NEWS// The DCon exclusive MOTULOS playset from DeathCat Toys x Nerdone…

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DeathCat Toys and Nerdone have just revealed that their collaborative “Nekos in My Pocket” playset will be returning for Designer Con 2014 courtesy of Toy Art Gallery! Featuring the MOTU/Neclos inspired MOTULOS castle in an orange soft vinyl with dark orange and brown sprays, this has once again been joined by a DeathCat keshi companion, coming in a choice of either solid purple or orange rubber. Packed in the all-new custom MOTULOS box co-created by both Deathcat and Nerdone, the edition of 20 sets (TBC) are likely to set you back around $80 each. Head over to the TAG Instagram feed here to check out the other DCon exclusives, customs and prototypes the gallery will have on display…


MAN-E-NEWS// The Black Bart with Gold Chain custom action figure from Bootleg Bart x Manny X…

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Teaming up with famed knock-off catalogers Bootleg Bart, Manny X over at Patrullax is proud to present his latest custom action figure, Black Bart with Gold Chain! Booted directly from the original 1989 Playmates action figure, the 3″ tall piece pays homage to the classic rip-off designs of the 90’s, coming cast in a brown resin, hand painted in a mix of contrasting neons, and packed on a custom blistered card back complete with gold chain accessory. Unfortunately selling out in the Bootleg Bart store last night before we could even get a post up, those who missed out will be glad to know that more versions are planned for release very soon…


MAN-E-NEWS// The Disarticulators, Disart ToyLabs and Gory Hole NYCC leftover sale…

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Having released a number of different exclusives under The Disarticulator, Disart ToyLabs and Gory Hole brands throughout NYCC last week, we’re proud to finally reveal details of the leftover online sale! Featuring a number of figure debuts, limited prototypes and of course, THOSE “MoYF” rings, at least 2 of each of the original line-up have been held back for our online customers so there should be something there for everyone! Touching down in the Man-E-Toys store next Friday, October 24th at 9pm London time, we bring you a quick rundown of the goodies that’ll be on offer…

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Oozeball Resin Prototype: It’s finally here… the long awaited sofubi Oozeball! 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 base removed…

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Debuting at the con in prototype form, a strictly limited batch of 10 grey resin casts were produced by Tru:Tek, each coming packed in a custom dated, signed and logged box for added authenticity. Priced at $75 a piece, only a couple of these guys remain… Stay tuned for details of the first online preorder in an unpainted, squishy “Ooze-It” green soft vinyl next week!

Rotten Tomato Resin Prototype: In celebration of the release of Triclops x Rampage Toys x Skull Head Butt‘s Rotten-X, The Disarticulators have decided to bring back the original Rotten Tomato figure as a super-limited resin prototype! Designed by Triclops, sculpted by The Disarticulators’ Zectron and produced in a proto grey by Tru:Tek, the gross, maggot infested 3″ ball comes safely packed in a similar custom dated, signed and logged box as the previously mentioned Oozeball…

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Limited to a run of just 10 pieces, The Disarticulators are offering 5 of the protos alongside an extra special item- a blank red soft vinyl cast of the Rotten-X head from Rampage Toys and Marmit! NEVER to be repeated again, this could be your one and only chance of bagging a slice of unpainted SHB in the West… Priced at $60 for the standard release and just $80 for the set, again, just a couple remain of each!

Atomic Uchuujin “Blind to the Truth” Mystery Bag Edition: Having previously only seen 2 very limited con/event releases in the past, The Disarticulators’ infamous Atomic Uchuujin returns for a special one-off blind bag release! Inspired by banned Ultra 7 character Alien S’Pell (head over to Ultraman Wiki here to find out more), the Zectron designed/sculpted figure has been produced in a UV resistant keshi-style rubber courtesy of Tru:Tek. Limited to an edition of 10 one-off tints and finishes – including the elusive “gift only” neon purple – the 2.5″ tall figures come packed in premium foil bags, available for just $25 each.

The Leucotomy Ball: UK apparel brand Leucotomy have teamed up with The Disarticulators for the release of their very own signature ball toy! Designed by Leucotomy’s Gabe Mackenzie and sculpted by the hugely talented Zectron, the 2″ ball – roughly the same scale as the previously released Oozeball – has been inspired by a Manga short story compilation (name forthcoming), blending a macabre, exposed flesh design along with elements from Cure’s Thorn Ball Boogieman to devastating effect.

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Debuting at the con in both flesh and GID colorways courtesy of Tru:Tek, both editions were limited to just 10 piece each, coming bagged and headed with art from Gabe for just $30 a piece. On top of the main runs, a number of blind-bag one-offs are also up for grabs, so be sure to head over to the store early to avoid disappointment!

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“Bootleg Black” Bartholio (not pictured): Conceived by AshMadeThis and kit-bashed by our very own Tru:Tek with sculpted elements from NolanJP, the booted Beavis bendy toy has been recast in hard resin, this time around coming with a paint scheme by Ash inspired by the classic bootleg Bart Simpson tees of the 90’s. Limited to an edition of just 10 figures – each coming with a unique shirt slogan – each comes bagged with a custom header from AshMadeThis for just $45 a pop…

Iceclops: Originally revealed as a near-finished clay proto way back here in early July, NolanJP‘s second movie themed GPK-style figure, Iceclops, finally made his debut at NYCC this year! Paying tribute to Ray Harryhausen’s iconic beast from 1958′s The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, the ingenious mash-up of monster and doll stands at around the same height as the previously released Scary Larry at 2.5″, coming complete with – in true GPK style – an icecream cone horn and lumbering mace. As with the Leucotomy Ball, Iceclops was produced in 2 of Disart’s favourite colors; flesh and classic green GID, both coming cast up by Tru:Tek in a UV resistant, keshi-style rubber. Limited to just 10 of each, both editions have been packed in a GPK inspired foil pack for just $25 each… Calling all customisers! On top of the standard release, we will also be offering up a number of Icelops figures in a blank white resin- perfect for those looking to paint the little guy up! Packed in the same foil bags as the main release, these will set you back a slightly cheaper $20 each…

Scary Larry “GID”: Joining Iceclops, NolanJP’s original movie themed GPK-style figure, Scary Larry, returned for a special NYCC exclusive colorway! Bowing to the constant requests of fans, the wicked werewolf has finally been produced in a classic green GID rubber courtesy of Tru:Tek. As with Iceclops, Larry has been limited to an edition of just 10 figures, each coming packed in a premium foil bag for just $25 each…

The “Strange Kid” Screwball: Originally debuting right here way back in June, the Disart ToyLabs’ debut collaboration with Strange Kids Club – the Screwball – returned for an all-new NYCC exclusive release! Based on an illustration for SKC’s ongoing Circle Jerks sticker line, the stunning gross-out sculpt was originally undertaken by artist Jose David Cifuentes Ulloa as a fan project, quickly sparking the interest of SKC editor, Rondall Scott III, and ultimately leading to a full scale toy release. 3D printed, prototyped and produced courtesy of Tru:Tek over at Disart ToyLabs, the 3″ x 2″ figure has been cast in both GID and flesh-toned rubber, limited to 10 of each and priced at just $30. As with the Leucotomy Ball, a number of blind-bag one-offs will be available, so be sure to check stock early to avoid disappointment!

Pachi in Ya Packet “Cobraking”: Waiting in the wings since it’s first reveal way back in June, Disart ToyLabs’ collaboration with Monster Namahage, the “Cobraking” custom bootleg mini will finally see the light of day at NYCC as part of Disart ToyLabs’ “Pachi in Ya Pocket” series! Meticulously kit-bashed and re-sculpted from a mix of vintage mini figure designs, the 2″ piece has been cast in a MIMP-style UV resistant rubber. Available blind bagged in a selection of classic neon hues, these will set you back just $12 a piece…

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The Ooze and Stretch “Monster on Your Finger” Rings: Previously unveiled here a couple of weeks back, the hotly tipped “Monster on Your Finger” series debuted at NYCC with 2 different designs on offer! Based on infamous bootleg monster toys of the 70’s and 80’s, the rather aptly titled “Ooze” and “Stretch” have been directly inspired by the Cosmos’ Alien Ooze-It knock-off and the Japanese Stretch Monster bootleg. Produced in a patinated pewter courtesy of Baindots, the standard US size 10 rings have been limited to just 20 of each, coming packed in a drawstring bag with collector tag for $70 each. Worried the rings may be too big or too small? Well, along with plans to release more sizes in the future – albeit in a different material – we will be offering the rings with 24″ silver plated chains for an extra $5 each…


MAN-E-NEWS// The “Slimed” Quackula sofubi from Healeymade…

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David Healey over at Healeymade is proud to present the second run of his Quackula sofubi, the “Slimed” edition! Based on the original custom bootleg release – a loving tribute to both Count Duckula and Universal Monsters – the Naoya Ikeda-sculpted figure stands just shy of 7″ tall and comes with a total of 4 points of articulation. Produced in a clear green and yellow swirled vinyl by none other than Gargamel, the piece comes complete with subtle orange and white masked sprays. Up for grabs in the Healeymade store right here alongside an unpainted Blue GID Magusaean 3.75, the “Slimed” Quackula can be yours for just $65 plus shipping…


MAN-E-NEWS// The NYCC exclusive “Bootleg Black” Bartholio from AshMadeThis x Disart ToyLabs…

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Unfortunately missed our in our main reveal late last week, we’re proud to present the final exclusive we’ve brought along to NYCC… the “Bootleg Black” Bartholio from AshMadeThis and Disart ToyLabs! Kit-bashed by our very own Tru:Tek with sculpted elements from NolanJP, the vintage Beavis bandy toy has been recast in hard resin, this time around coming with a paint scheme inspired by the classic bootleg Bart Simpson tees of the 90’s. Limited to an edition of just 10 figures – each coming with a unique shirt slogan – each comes bagged with a custom header from AshMadeThis for just $45 a pop. Going on sale during Preview Night later on today, be sure to come and check them out early as we can’t imagine them hanging around for long!


MAN-E-NEWS// The Disney Marx inspired “Blacklight Yellow” Astronocchio from David Bondi…

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“This is the story of Astronocchio  –  The real boy who wanted to be a robot… He sought the wisdom of Krishna, Buddha, and the God of Abraham. They told him to forsake all desire to see the truth. It was revealed: suffering and happiness, love and hate, compassion and cruelty, all manifesting at once in the great catostrophic being. He was no longer human. His finger pulled the trigger, but it was someone else. He had become the perfect killing machine…”

Pop artist David Bondi has just revealed that the latest version of his Astronocchio figure has just touched down in his online store! A hilarious mash-up of Disney’s Pinocchio and Tezuka’s Astroboy, the originally sculpted figure stands at around 5″ tall, coming hand cast by the artist in a bright “blacklight yellow resin inspired by the classic Disney Marx figures of the early 1970’s. Limited to an edition of just 25, each Astronocchio is packed on a resealable blister card that pays homage to classic Disney graphics and Japanese robot schematics. Priced at just $65 plus shipping, head over to the store right here to check them out…

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MAN-E-NEWS// The custom Utrom/Krang inspired “Oot Keshi” from Plastic Playhouse…

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Originally releasing in extremely limited numbers last year, Rick Dries aka PlasticPlayhouse’s awesome “Oot Keshi” figure has returned for one final outing! Based on the brain-like “Utrom” aliens in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – the most prolific of course being Krang – the originally sculpted figure features an aesthetic similar to Neca’s now cancelled TMNT series, opting for a minimal, stylised approach that’s also in-keeping with traditional keshi. Cast by none other than Eric Nilla in a one-off edition of 25, just 10 of the flesh-toned rubber mini figures remain, with PP currently offering them up either blank for $20, or painted (pictured) for just $25. Interested parties can hit the artist up directly at fugazi9676@gmail.com with any enquiries…


MAN-E-NEWS// Daniel Yu at STGCC…

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With SGTCC opening it’s doors tomorrow morning, master toy maker Daniel Yu has just revealed a whole slew of figures that he’ll have up for grabs at booth AA90! To all those lucky enough to be able to attend this weekend, here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll be able to pick up…

The Footmen “Neon Tribes”- Previously featured here last week, Daniel’s latest custom Playmobil figure takes direct inspiration from the 1989 TMNT cartoon’s Foot Soldier minions – more accurately the Playmate action figure interpretations – featuring the same instantly recognisable hooded ninja design, albeit with Daniel’s super-fine attention to form and texture. Produced in a flurry of mixed neon resin parts and coming with neo magnet articulation, these will be up for grabs as singles (price TBC), or as a 7 piece “Super Set”, coming with an extra “shadow” Footman and retro mutagen canister!

Metalhead “Blind Anarchy”- Daniel’s other all-new figure Metalhead will also be making it’s debut at the con in a special “Blind Anarchy” run. Produced in various resin finishes, including standard opaques, metallics and pearlescents, the unpainted, unarticulated figures are due to be sold randomly “blind bag” style (price TBC).

Mystery Mortis “version 2.00″- The hugely popular Mortis mini figure returns for 2 new runs at SGTCC, the first coming in the form of a follow-up to the “Mystery Mortis” release! As with Metalhead, these static, 3″ tall figures have been cast up in a variety of different resin finishes – including neons, glitters and marbles – selling randomly “blind bag” style (price TBC).

Mortis “Noir”- Joining the “Mystery” run, Daniel has prepared yet another amazing hand painted Mortis run, this time opting for a sleek film noir inspired palette of dark greys, blues and black. Likely to be limited to around 10 pieces, pricing, as with the other releases, is still to be confirmed…

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MAN-E-NEWS// The “Cannibal Fuckface” custom 5.5″ action figure from Kalaka Toys…

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With Johnny Ryan’s Prison Pit finally getting its own official Instagram account (here) earlier this week, mad bootleg scientist Matias over at Kalaka Toys has decided to honour the occasion with a custom of the graphic novel-turned-cartoon’s lead protagonist, Cannibal Fuckface! Utilising a classic 5.5″ MOTU-style action figure as a base, the artist has painted the buck in an authentic mix of flesh, black, blue and blood-splattered crimson acrylics. Finished off with detachable metal wrist chains and fist-blade accessory, the post-apocalyptic man eater has been safely housed on a vintage MOTU blister pack, featuring additional hand painted modifications from Matias himself. Unfortunately we can’t confirm whether the figure will ever see a proper release at present, but you can be sure that as soon as we find out, you guys will be the first to know…


MAN-E-NEWS// Medicom Toy’s The Riddler and Harley Quinn for the DC Comics Retro Sofubi Collection…

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Having recently debuted their new Marvel line with Spiderman, Medicom Toy have returned to DC Comics this month for the fourth instalment of the ever popular Retro Sofubi Collection, taking on 2 of our favourite Batman foes- the Riddler and Harley Quinn! Once again sculpted by Bear Model in the classic vintage sofubi style, the soft vinyl figures stand at just shy of 10″, featuring a total of 5 points of articulation each. Currently available via preorder in Japan through the Medicom Toy store, overseas customers can find both figures on Rakuten right here for just $83.06 each plus shipping. Up for grabs until September 30th, shipping has been estimated for December ’14…


MAN-E-NEWS// Daniel Yu’s “Footmen” resin mini figures revealed…

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With STGCC ’14 in just a couple of weeks time, super-sculptor Daniel Yu has started to reveal the line-up of new figures he’ll be unveiling at his booth- starting with the awesome Footmen minis! Riding on the recent TMNT resurgence, Daniel’s latest custom Playmobil figure takes direct inspiration from the 1989 cartoon’s Foot Soldier minions – more accurately the Playmate action figure interpretations – featuring the same instantly recognisable hooded ninja design, albeit with Daniel’s super-fine attention to form and texture. Due to be debuting at the con alongside another new character, “Metalhead”, stay tuned for the full lowdown on both figures soon…

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MAN-E-NEWS// Dream Rocket’s Gandye figure in the Monster Kolor store…

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Monster Kolor are proud to reveal that they’ve secured a preorder for Dream Rocket’s latest vinyl figure, Gandye! Taken from Dynamic Kikaku/Toei Animation’s classic Devilman anime, the three-eyed monster has been sculpted and hand painted by Dream Rocket’s Yajima-san, standing approximately 12″ tall with an impressive total of 11 different parts. Originally debuting at Wonderfestival last week in a One-Up exclusive colourway, this second version has been produced in a metallic soft vinyl complete with orange and yellow sprays. Available through the Monster Kolor store right here, Gandye has been priced at $90 plus shipping…


MAN-E-NEWS// Skinner x Healeymade’s CHORKO online sales announced…

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“CHORKO! The most powerful wizard on eternia! Untamed by Skeletor and Too oily for even HE-Man to take hold of.. He lays his pimp talk backwards mind whammy on every living thing on Eternia.. Frankly things just haven’t been the same since the king and the royal folk of the palace woke up with their furniture nailed to the ceiling…”

Having debuted at SDCC last week, Skinner is proud to reveal that the second figure in the ongoing “Mansons of the Universe” series, Eternia’s master of the black arts “CHORKO” will be touching down online later this week! Beautifully crafted by Healeymade utilising MOTU’s Orko alongside a modified version of Skinner’s Charlie Manson head sculpt, the 4″ tall figure has been cast in a sleek black resin complete with lime and orange hand painted detailing. Coming packed on an authentic MOTU style cardback, the black wizard will be available from the Critical Hit store this Friday, August 1st at Noon PST, coming in at $80 each plus shipping…


MAN-E-NEWS// Mirock Toys’ officially licensed Wanpaku Ōji no Orochi Taiji sofubi and more at Wonderfestival Summer 14…

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Originally teased here a couple of weeks back, we can now reveal Mirock Toy‘s officially licensed Wanpaku Ōji no Orochi Taiji sofubi in full! Featuring the classic Japanese animation’s lead protagonists, the Naughty Prince and Tiger, the beautifully sculpted, vintage styled figures have been cast in tan and yellow soft vinyl, coming with meticulous sprays from none other than Itokin Park. Going on sale at the Mirock Toy Wonderfestival booth (5-10-8) this Sunday, July 27th alongside limited restocks of both Jackie and Bikkemberg sets, pricing is likely to be around the 9,800yen ($97) mark…

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But that’s not all! Joining the licensed releases, Mirock will also have a total of 3 releases in the highly sought after Dr Mirock series. Featuring mash-ups of the original series parts, new additions, plus a few borrowed from the recent Meka Chibira-Kun release, 2 sets will be on offer at 7,000yen ($69) each; Set 1 including a Mirock Attack, Tenno Ong and Tokotoko Mirock, and Set 2, a “Full Version” Mirock Rocket and Devil Busting Tank, as well as standalone mini, Dr Mirock Shock for 1,000yen ($10).


MAN-E-NEWS// The Marvel Retro Sofubi Collection “Spiderman” from Medicom Toy…

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With the success of the recent DC Retro Sofubi Collection tucked firmly under their (utility) belts, Medicom Toy are proud to reveal that they’ve secured a license with Marvel for a similar ongoing series- kicking things off this month with everybody’s favourite neighbourhood spider, Spiderman! Sculpted by Bear Model, the vintage-style figure stands at a lofty 8.8″ tall, complete with articulation in the head, arms and legs. Authentically painted in Spidey’s iconic primary red and blue and housed in a window display box, preorders for Japanese customers can be found in the Medicom Toy store (20,000yen), whilst overseas orders can be placed through Rakuten right here for $84.92 plus shipping…


MAN-E-NEWS// UME Toys’ “Raph in a Box” for the Modified Wool group show…

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Richard Page over at UME Toys has just revealed his entry for the upcoming “Modified Wool” group show, proudly Raph in a Box! Taking on Chima Group’s adorable dino sofubi mini with ease, Rich’s TMNT inspired custom is brimming with tiny details, including a beautifully sculpted shell, cleverly redesigned belt/scarf, plus a hand cut, “grease” stained box complete with Raphael’s twin sai and a slice pizza! Touching down at London’s Ray Gun Comics this Saturday, July 26th between 4pm-7pm, Raph in a Box will be available alongside 29 other custom Wool figures from a selection of artist around the globe. Head over to the dedicated Facebook page here for more details on the event…

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