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MAN-E-NEWS// DeathCat Toys’ “Cerebus” Elder Demon revealed in full…

Wasting no time since the release of the first round of Elder Demons in keshi-form just a couple weeks back, Johan Ulrich over at DeathCat Toys has just revealed the series’ third entry in full, evil hellhound Cerebus! Designed by Johan and once again sculpted by the masterful KtoKto, the 3” tall mini – named after the three headed dog tasked with guarding the gates of hell – follows a similar approach to the previously released Oni Mira and Red Pharaoh, featuring a Bukkuriman/Ma-Ba Zombies inspired aesthetic with a split torso, finger puppet style design. Presumably seeing a run in a keshi rubber courtesy of DuboseArt ahead of full production in soft vinyl later in the year, be sure to stay tuned for more news on this awesome figure as soon as we get it…


MAN-E-NEWS// The “Chinpira” kaiju from Yamomark…

Satoru Doki over at Yamomark has just revealed his latest full-sized kaiju to make it into vinyl, the awesome Chinpira! Borrowing elements from the previously released Yamobazooka and Dobler, the approx. 9” tall beast comes with a number of eye-catching design features, including a tree trunk-like arm, a snake companion resting on his shoulder, and a rather ominous phallic-shaped head! Pictured here in it’s debut colorway – GID vinyl with a mix of pink, blue, gold, metallic brown and green sprays – it would appear that Chinpira will be making it’s first appearance at the upcoming Doki Doki Osaka Sofubi Show next month. Here’s hoping for an international online release soon after…


MAN-E-NEWS// DEKU the Buster “Crisis ver.” from Uky Daydreamer…

With the second colorway of Uky Daydreamer’s DEKU the Buster touching down just a few weeks ago, the Japanese sofubi artist has wasted no time in preparing a third, proudly presenting the “Crisis” version!Standing at 4.7″ – around twice the size of Uky’s usual mini output – and coming with 3 points of articulation plus removable helmet, the Japanese astronaut has been treated to a life-like mix of grey, black and rust colored sprays, washes and dry-brushed detailing on an orange vinyl. Priced at just 4,500yen ($39) plus shipping, Deku the Buster “Crisis” can currently be found in the Uky Daydreamer store right here


MAN-E-NEWS// The “Cristal Azul” Anticristo 666 sofubi from Frank Mysterio…

Frank Mysterio’s Anticristo 666 sofubi returns for it’s latest “blank” micro-run, the Breaking Bad inspired “Cristal Azul”… Standing at around 8” tall and coming with 3 points of articulation, the Mysterio designed, Chauskoskis sculpted figure has been produced in a clear blue soft vinyl to replicate the cult T.V show’s blue crystal meth. Limited to an edition of just 13 pieces, each coming with a custom header and stickers, the “Cristal Azul” Anticristo 666’s can be found in the Mystery store right here for just $65 each plus shipping…


MAN-E-NEWS// The Medicom Toy exclusive “Iron Monkey 2″ sofubi from Kikkake Toy…

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Originally releasing way back in September of last year, Kikkake Toy‘s Iron Monkey 2 sofubi returns this month as a Medicom Toy exclusive! Drawing inspiration from classic vintage wind-up toys, the beautifully sculpted figure replaces the original design’s torso with an upscaled Roly Poly ball, also removing the cymbals in favour of an all-new accessory- a trifecta of creepy leashed dogs featuring the original Iron Clown, Monkey and Skull heads! Produced in a black sofubi and treated to a highly detailed mix of metallic blue, red, silver and gold sprays, the 7″ tall figure is currently available to Japanese customers in the Medicom Toy store for 16,667yen ($140) plus shipping. Overseas customers are going to need to fill in the dedicated lottery form right here to be in with a chance of picking up the set…


MAN-E-NEWS// Mirock Toy x Medicom’s “Mirocku Maru” VAG mini figure…

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Previewed here just a couple of weeks back, we can now bring you the full lowdown on Mirock Toy‘s contribution to Medicom‘s upcoming Vinyl Artist Gacha: Series 2, the “OTA scaled” Mirocku Maru! As with previous releases, the stunning mecha-diety features a 2.5″ tall 2-part design, coming in a selection of 5 randomly assorted colorways. With the little guys touching down at Village Vangard alongside 26 other Japan-based retailers throughout March for a super-cheap 463yen ($4) each, overseas customers are going to need to get in contact with forwarding service M-World at m-world-service@dream.jp to be in with a chance of securing these incredible looking minis…

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MAN-E-NEWS// The “Half Galaxy” Real Uamou sofubi…

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Uamou‘s Half Galaxy Week came to a close over the weekend with a fourth and final release, the “Half Galaxy” Real Uamou! The latest iteration of Uamou’s RealxHead Chaosman, this stunning 7″ tall figure has been treated to a breathtaking paint app courtesy of Master Gotto that blends both “black” and “metallic blue” variants of Uamou’s signature “Galaxy” colorway to dream-like effect. Currently available at Uamou’s Tokyo-based store alongside “Half Galaxy” versions of Fortune Uamou, the classic Uamou and Boo set and the Bastard, Real Uamou has been priced at just 8,000yen ($67). Overseas customers interested in purchasing the figure can hit up info@uamou.com with their enquiries…


MAN-E-NEWS// Triclops’ exclusive “Milky Way” Rotten-X sofubi…

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With our very own exclusive “Albino” Rotten-X coming to the Man-E-Toys store this Thursday, February 26th – check our original post here for full release details – we thought we’d share yet another upcoming version of the figure, Triclops’ “Milky Way” edition! Featuring the Triclops designed/Zectron sculpted “Rotten Tomato” ball as a head, the stunning “X” body figure has been jointly produced by Rampage Toys and Skull Head Butt, standing at around 9″ tall and coming with 5 points of articulation. Marking the figure’s third colorway following the previously released NYCC exclusive “red” and Lucky Bag “green”, Rotten-X has been cast in a gorgeous milky light pink with red lamé this time around, coming with a stunning mix of metallic red, gold, purple and blue sprays courtesy of Rampage Toys. Limited to a run of just 10 pieces, these guys will be up for grabs through Triclops soon for just $95 each plus shipping. Anyone interested in getting in on these early can contact the guys directly at rob@triclops.co.uk to snag one now…


MAN-E-NEWS// KtoKto‘s “Unpainted Green” Kaibutsu (Monster) Series 2 and more…

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Having recently debuted at Wonderfestival Winter 2015, KtoKto‘s Kaibutsu (Monster) Series 2 returns for it’s first official online release! Inspired by a mix of both classic monster designs and 80s Japanese horror toys – including the iconic MaBa Zombies – this second wave once again features a total of 3 different designs; a quad-eyed Werewolf, Creature from the Black Lagoon and a de-tombed mummy, each sculpted in the classic finger puppet style and produced in an uncapped soft vinyl. Cast in an unpainted green to mimmick the past Series 1 release, the little guys have been packed with a header rather than the usual box format this time around, coming in at a wallet friendly 3,700yen ($31) plus shipping. Currently up for grabs via e-mail lottery until Thursday, February 28th at 6pm Japan time, interested parties can hit up the KtoKto blog right here for details on how to enter…

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But that’s not all! Never one to rest on his laurels, KtoKto’s Sato Takehito has been hard at work prepping Series 3! Pictured here as early clay prototypes, the third round is once again set to feature 3 different designs; Frankenstein’s monster, a grave dwelling zombie and Dracula. Stay tuned for more news on their development soon!


MAN-E-NEWS// YS Planning’s Ragaburugu of the Temple of Doom “1st Colorway” sofubi minis…

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Having debuted and instantly sold out at Wonderfestival just a couple of weeks back, YS Planning‘s Ragaburugu of the Temple of Doom series returns for it’s first official online release! Designed and sculpted by the original sculptor of Neclos Fortress, Shigeo Uchida, the first wave of 3″ finger puppet-style minis features a total of 3 different designs inspired by the vintage mini figure series’ extensive back catalog of figures. Due to touch down at the Fat Moes store this coming Saturday, February 28th at 8pm Japan time, a total of 3 different colorways will be up for grabs; the previously released “OG” in Neclos’ classic metallic green, teal and flesh, an unpainted blank metallic light brown, and metallic brown with a dark brown rub. Whilst orders through the store are restricted to Japanese customers only, collectors in the West can contact Fat Moes through the site with their enquiries…


MAN-E-NEWS// Super7’s officially licensed Astro-Mu 5 reboot announced…

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After nearly 8 years on the drawing board, Super7 are proud to reveal that they’ve been given the green-light to bring back Nakajima’s iconic Astro-Mu 5 series! A huge inspiration for some of the most highly sought after sofubi around at the moment – Paul Kaiju’s Mr REE and Ilu Ilu’s Tokio Supernova in particular – the classic 70’s soft vinyl line consisted of a core group of 6 humanoid figures, each coming complete with removable helmets, gloves and boots, and featuring a neat “nodding” function with the press of a button on the chest. Whilst nothing is known about the project apart from the imminent March 6th release date, we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed that the original 6 will feature in some form or another… Keep track of the Super7 blog here for more details on this long awaited project soon!

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MAN-E-NEWS// The “Titanium” Skull Chief sofubi from GUUMON x Scumbags and Superstars…

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The guys over at apparel brand Scumbags & Superstars have teamed up with GUUMON for a special micro-run of custom “Titanium” Skull Chiefs! Standing at around 4″ tall (a little larger than a baseball), the mascot head figures have been produced in a chromed soft vinyl this time around, coming with a multitude of clear metallic sprays in GUUMON’s signature style. Limited to a run of just 6 pieces, the “Titanium” Skull Chiefs will be touching down in the S&S store right here at some point later today (2/20) for just $75 each plus shipping…


MAN-E-NEWS// Shimomoku’s “Mustard” BETA sofubi mini at Lulubell Toys…

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Lulubell Toys are proud to reveal that they’ve secured a limited supply of Shimomoku’s beautiful BETA sofubi mini! The third figure in the artist’s ongoing Kinokeshi series, the little chap retains the same porcelain like qualities as both Lampu and Makori, this time coming with a unique design that features 4 fully articulated legs that can be neatly tucked under the figure for a multitude of display options. Produced in an unpainted “mustard” color soft vinyl this time around, the latest version of BETA can be found in the Lulubell Toys store right here for just $23 plus shipping…


MAN-E-NEWS// The Kappa Borg and Frozen Kappa Shonen sofubi from Comet Debris…

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Koji Harmon over at Comet Debris is proud to reveal that he’ll be dropping not one, but two new figures in-store this weekend! First up, we have the breathtaking Kappa Borg… Produced in an unpainted clear soft vinyl, this mini-mid sized Kappa Kid has been treated to “mechanical engineering” by Chanmen in the form of a beautifully designed acetate insert, coming complete with a matching header card for just $30 a piece… Joining the ‘borg, Koji will also be unleashing a special “Frozen” version of KK’s bigger brother Kappa Shonen. Loosely inspired by the cult Disney film, the figure has been produced in a silver glitter vinyl with light and dark blue sprays, coming in at just $60. Look out for both figures in the Comet Debris store this Saturday, February 21st at 8pm Pacific time…

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MAN-E-NEWS// The “Half Galaxy” Bastard sofubi mini from Uamou…

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Coming a little late to the game, we bring you the third release in Uamou‘s ongoing “Half Galaxy” week, the Bastard sofubi mini! Designed by Studio Uamou and hand-painted by Master Goto, this breathtaking colorway blends both “black” and “metallic blue” variants of Uamou’s signature “Galaxy” paint app to dream-like effect. Currently available at Uamou’s Tokyo-based store alongside “Half Galaxy” versions of both Fortune Uamou and the classic Uamou and Boo (pictured below), the little Bastard has been priced at just 3,000yen ($25). Overseas customers interested in purchasing the figure can hit up info@uamou.com with their enquiries…

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MAN-E-NEWS// The Man-E-Toys exclusive “Albino” Rotten-X and 1st Oozeball online release announced…

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First off, we’d like to give our regular readers a massive apology for the lack of coverage over the past few days, you have a word we’ll be back running full steam by the end of the week! Our absence hasn’t been without cause though, as we’ve been gearing up for not one, but two massive drops in-store next week. First up, we have the long-awaited arrival of the Man-E-Toys exclusive “Albino” Rotten-X… Featuring the Triclops designed/Zectron sculpted “Rotten Tomato” ball as a head, the stunning “X” body figure has been jointly produced by Rampage Toys and Skull Head Butt, standing at around 9″ tall and coming with 5 points of articulation. Marking the figure’s third colorway following the previously released NYCC exclusive “red” and Lucky Bag “green”, Rotten-X has been cast in a gorgeous milky light pink with red lamé, coming with vintage-style metallic yellow, green, pink and black sprays courtesy of Rampage Toys. Limited to a micro-run of just 5 pieces, these guys will be up for grabs in the Man-E-Toys store next Thursday, February 26th at 9pm London time for just $95 each plus shipping… But that’s not all! On top of the Man-E-Toys version, both Triclops and Zectron will be releasing their own colorways in the near future- be sure to stay tuned for details on those soon!

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Next up we have the much anticipated first online release of The Disarticulators’ Oozeball sofubi! Designed by Tru:Tek and sculpted by Zectron, the loving tribute to Ooze-It, Madballs and Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon has finally undergone full production over in Japan, with the first batch now ready and waiting to be sent out to those who preordered back in October/November. Produced in a super-squishy soft vinyl and fitted with a previously unannounced squeaker on the undercarriage (yep, you read that right!), the ball has initially been produced in 2 colorways; the OG “Ooze-It” green and NYCC exclusive “Moon Dust” grey/silver sparkle. Whilst the majority have already been called for, an undisclosed amount of each will be touching down alongside the “Albino” Rotten-X in the Man-E-Toys store next Thursday for just $45 each… But wait, there’s more! In the build up to the release, Tru:Tek will be offering up a 1/1 uncut “Moon Dust” test pull in a “hard” soft vinyl to one lucky Instagram follower- so be sure to keep track of his feed right here over the next couple of days to find out how you can snag this true collector’s piece!


MAN-E-NEWS// New Avalon and Monochochin sofubi from Science Patrol…

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Whilst the recently featured Oyasumi Punpun sofubi won’t be seeing an online release due to licensing restrictions, creator Science Patrol has revealed that a number of other figures from the recent Wonderfestival Winter 2015 will be up for grabs in-store this weekend! Seeing new editions of the artist’s hugely popular yokai inspired figures, flagship character, the benevolent hat Avalon, will be available in “Dark” and “Negalon” colorways for just $20 each, whilst old lantern Monochochin is set to come in a “GID” colorway complete with black rub and eye insert for $9. Keep a close eye on the Science Patrol Instagram feed here for an exact drop time soon…

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MAN-E-NEWS// The “Mixed Blind Bag” Gero sofubi from SLAVExONE…

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SLAVExONE is proud to reveal that a slew of mixed-part Gero sofubi has just touched down in his store! Standing at around 6.5″ tall, the cycloptic neo-kaiju is being offered up blind-bag style with 2 different options up for grabs; a mix of teal and flesh vinyl with metallic purple, silver and blue sprays, and a selection of solid, unmixed vinyl in a swathe of one-off sprays. Available in limited quantities through the SLAVExONE store right here, both Mixed Blind Bags can be yours for just $60 each plus shipping…


MAN-E-NEWS// SKULLMARK’s Commander Nizard sofubi at Toy Underground…

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Having kicked things off with the release of Commander Cytron last month, Galaxy Commanders – the debut line from Hong Kong-based sofubi toy producers SKULLMARK – has just received its second retail release through Toy Underground! Directly inspired by obscure 1977 action figure line “Starroid Raiders” from Hong Kong’s Tomland, the latest figure in the series comes in the form of Commander Nizard, coming cast in an authentic purple vinyl with masked yellow/black sprays and a control panel chest insert. Currently up for preorder right here for a limited time, the figure can be yours for just $69.99 plus shipping…


MAN-E-NEWS// The Elegab February lottery sales…

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Regular as clockwork, Elegab is proud to reveal that his lottery sales for February are now live! Keeping up the momentum of last month’s release, a total of 4 figures are up for grabs again – tank beast Warsgon, standing at just over 9″ tall and coming in a clear yellow vinyl with metallic green, blue, red and yellow sprays; construction site monster Kougira, coming in at 8″ and cast in a green vinyl with yellow, red and metallic teal sprays; the 9″ tall Puppet Seijin in a gorgeous clear violet vinyl with metallic blue, red and green sprays; and Dancheera, produced in a clear vinyl with an assortment of neon sprays – all come in at a very reasonable 8,000yen ($67) each plus shipping. The deadline for all 4 lotteries has been set for this Sunday, February 15th, so be sure to head over to the Elegab site and get your entries in quick!

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