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MAN-E-NEWS// (UPDATED) Bonjour Bots teaser from Lunabee x Cris Rose…

It looks like we wont be waiting long for the next awesome Lunabee x Cris Rose collaboration, with the first image for the provisionally named “Bonjour Bots” surfacing on the internet today. Whilst the above image reveals very little, it appears that Cris will be painting up a series of French influenced Sprogs, whilst Lunabee is on hand creating various accessories including some rather appetising French sticks and bree! No news on when these guys are going to drop, but guessing by previous releases, expect them on the Lunabee store soon. Stay tuned for more info as soon as it hits…

UPDATE//

The pair of French robots have since been revealed as the beret wearing Ruckuses, Garçon and Camembert! Cast by Cris Rose and hand painted by Lunabee, the pair of robots feature platted loaves, french sticks and cheese that have been sculpted by Lunabee. Priced at $160  each plus shipping, the duo are available to purchase on Cris Rose’s store now…


MAN-E-NEWS// The Heavy Metal Qee closing party (and custom sale at Fugi.me)…

Following our visit to the HMQ (Heavy Metal Qee) custom show earlier in the week (here), we couldn’t resist popping down again on Thursday night to catch up with a few of the show’s featured artists. Whilst we weren’t able to stay for long, one man we did manage to speak to was custom legend, Jon Paul Kaiser. Letting slip that he’s currently planning a full time leap into toys soon, we can only imagine what this is going to mean for his already steady output of production and custom pieces- world domination?!! His entry, “Untitled”, was inspired by Nottingham based sludgecore metal group Iron Monkey, featuring the same engaging mix of hand drawn detailing and meticulous brush work that we’ve come to expect from JPK’s unique b/w style- a truly stand out piece that stayed true to the Qee design…

[Jon Paul Kaiser & Myself]

One of our favourite “how did they do that?!” pieces from the show (believe me, there was a few!) was Mark Treharne‘s “Brainstorm”, so it came with great pleasure to get a chance to speak with the man himself about the custom’s creation. Funnily enough, the intricate grey dome head piece was originally a rubber dog toy before Mark added LED lit tubes, a Toyer incrusted pod and VR visor! Mounted on a smooth grey platform with a sparkling blue inlay, Mark’s minimal choice of colours really help to bring the custom’s production qualities to the forefront. A Design Technology teacher by day, Mark mentioned that he is also currently working on a custom toy after-school club for his pupils (boy, I wish he had been at my school!).

[Mark Treharne and his “Brainstorm” custom, middle, 2nd shelf]

Creator of the beautifully sculpted “Acetone to the Bone” (the red, 3 eyed satanic dog creature!), P J Constable was the youngest entrant to the HMQ show at only 15. Anyone interested in seeing more of his work will be interested to know that he will be exhibiting a piece at the upcoming Flatties “Dragon” show on Saturday, August 18th at 6pm at The Sho Gallery in Cardiff. Check his site here for more details…

[15 year old toy customiser P J Constable]

Head over to our earlier post for a more comprehensive selection of HMQ photos…

HMQ customs now available at Fugi.me…

[Lunartik’s “Waves” Knucklebear custom]

Whilst the show sadly closed on Thursday night, anyone interested in grabbing their favourite piece will be glad to know that the 30 heavy metal infused customs are available from the Fugi.me store now. With prices starting at £30 for Fordybo’s “Mortimer”, and going all the way up to £1,400 for Lunartik‘s monumental “Waves” Knucklebear custom (pictured above), there’s a piece suitable for all budgets. Anyone interested should head over to the store quick, as many of the customs are finding new homes already…


MAN-E-NEWS// The Heavy Metal Qee Custom Show revealed…

On passing through Covent Garden yesterday we couldn’t resist taking a quick diversion to Forbidden Planet to check out the newly opened HMQ (Heavy Metal Qee) Custom Show, and boy are we glad that we did! With a staggering 30 of the UK’s finest artists on board, each and every custom proved to be a winner; from Lunartik’s Hokusai inspired ‘Waves’ Knuckle Bear, to Robotic Industries’ meticulously recreated ‘Marshall’ amp, each interpretation took the heavy metal theme to a new and imaginative place. With the show running for another 2 days, be sure to head down for the close on Thursday (April 19th) at 6pm, where 22 of the featured artists will be on hand to talk toys, and more importantly, sign HMQ show books (read more here)!

Participating artists include: Jon-Paul Kaiser, Matt JOnes, Jim Freckingham, Fark FK, DMS, A Little Stranger, Lisa Rae Hansen, Michael Harrism, Zro, RunDMB, Chris Morris, Fadeworks, Sneaky Raccoon, Lunabee, Penny Taylor, Adam Lister, Hoakser, Alto, Mimic, Zukaty, Fordybo, Amigurumi Island, Tesselate, Jack Wade, Flatties, Mark Treharne, Rhys Inkbotz Brown, PJ Constable, Planet Domu, and Lex Luthor.

Check out all of the featured designs pictured below (advance apologies for the amateur photography!)…


MAN-E-NEWS// ToyCon UK 2013 confirmed…

Designer toy collectors Jonjo Glynn, Ben Hart and Barry Darnell have finally answered the prayers of thousands here in the UK, with the official reveal of the country’s very first art toy convention! Dubbed ToyCon UK, the event is set to take place on Saturday, April 6th 2012 (364 days and counting!) at the Baden Powell House in Kensington, London. With most of the UK’s premier talent already confirmed including A Little Stranger, Cris Rose, Doktor A, Fugi.me, Hang Gang, Lunabee , Jon-Paul Kaiser, Matt “Lunartik” Jones, Mintyfresh, TADO, Triclops, The Tarantulas, Squink, Ume Toys, and Unbox Industries, ToyCon UK is already looking to compete with it’s bigger US counterparts, offering the best in vinyl, resin, and plush that our little island has to offer. Expect more news on this awesome project soon…


MAN-E-NEWS// Easter custom Sprogs from Lunabee x Cris Rose…

The unlikely marriage of industrious robots and whimsical painting is upon us once more… as Lunabee proudly presents her latest collaboration with Cris Rose, the Easter Sprog custom series! Featuring 5 original Sprogs (including 2 Renolds and a Rigel) plus 2 Robobees, the hand painted one-off resin figures will be available exclusively on the Lunabee shop from 7pm today (April 5th) for just $80 each plus shipping. Anyone interested in picking up one of these awesome customs should act quick- the last batch of Robobees vanished in a matter of seconds!


MAN-E-NEWS// The Spider Boom and Evil Ape Artist Series from Toy2R…

Recent revealed over at Tenacious Toys, both Sun-Min Kim’s Spider Boom and MCA’s Evil Ape will be receiving the mini-figure artist series treatment in the coming months courtesy of Toy2R. Featuring a staggering list of participants across the 2 series including Jon Paul Kaiser, Sneaky Racoon, Lunabee, Scott Tolesson, Jim Koch, Abe Lincoln, Sam Fout, and of course a few designs by Sun-Min Kim and MCA themselves, the blind-boxed figures will be up for pre-order from your local art toy retailer for around $8.99 a-piece soon…


MAN-E-NEWS// Robobees Series 3 from Lunabee x Cris Rose dropping tonight…

Previewed back at the beginning of the week, Lunabee has finally revealed the 5 adorable creatures that will be making up the latest series of Robobees. Hand sculpt and cast in resin by Cris Rose, the ‘Sprog’ based customs are to go on sale exclusively in the Lunabee store at 8pm (GMT) tonight. Entitled the ‘Warriors of the 5 planes’, the one-off designs will be available for $85 plus shipping.

Lunabee provides us with a little backstory for the 5 characters-

Let me present ‘Warriors of the 5 planes’ : A clan of brave and courageous warriors from all walks of life, united in protecting the Booshka Kingdom from enemies by working together with their special forces and talents.

This is Fornax: The feisty and intelligent red panda ‘Fornax’ originates from the Booshka forests. He is the leader of the team and organises all of their strategies and attacks.

This is Carina: The girl of the group from the Western farmlands, a little pig named ‘Carina’ whose tunnel digging is famed throughout the land. Perfect for surprising unsuspecting enemies.

This is Cetus: the rule breaker and always up for a fight ‘Cetus’ the piranha from the East Riverlands. His Robobee suit enables him to breathe out of the water – very dangerous for anyone not on his side with his razor sharp teeth.

This is Ursa: The frostily cool and calm polar bear ‘Ursa’ from the frozen lakes of the north is part of the teams muscle but also the most brilliant swimmer in the land.

This is Leonis: The wise and gentle natured lion ‘Leonis’ from the hot southern mountains is an expert in navigating – he knows every path, river and forest of Booshka like the back of his majestic paw.


MAN-E-NEWS// The Valentines Pink Robotones from Cris Rose…

Tonight (February 7th) sees the launch of the second figure in Cris Rose’s Robotone series, with this month’s addition coming in the form of Valentines Pink. Available in either Reynold or Rourke ‘Sprog’ designs, the 3″ hand cast resin robots come bagged and headed. Available from 6pm GMT over at Cris’ store for $25 plus shipping, the Valentines Pink Sprogs will only be around throughout February (or when stock runs out), so be sure to head over to the store soon to guarantee yours… And remember, if you manage to secure all 12 in either design throughout the year, Cris will send you the exclusive 13th edition for free!

Robotone releases are not a replacement for standard hand painted and rusted Editions of Sprogs, those are still ongoing as usual, they’re more of a monthly extra for those who like bright colours or require a more wallet-friendly robot in these trying economic times :) Also, they’re for me! I just love solid blocks of colour!

The Lunabee Valentines Sprog custom

Anyone subscribed to Lunabee’s newsletter would have also been privy to another awesome piece of Sprog related news this week- the reveal of the artist’s latest one-off Sprog custom! Created to coincide with the launch of the Lunabee x Cris Rose Robobees series 3 this week, the custom Valentine Sprog is set to be given away as a prize in Lunabee’s latest giveaway- all you have to do to be in with a chance is reply to the newsletter (subscribe now!) with the specific subject header she mentions in it. The winner will be picked at random on February 14th, with the winner notified by e-mail and announced on Lunabee’s twitter feed.


MAN-E-NEWS// Robobees Series 3 from Lunabee x Cris Rose…

Announced by Lunabee yesterday comes the third series of her collaboration with Cris Rose, the Robobees. Hand cast by Rose and painted by Lunabee, the Sprog-like bees are set to drop on the Lunabee shop sometime next week. Featuring six one-off designs, the 3″ resin figures should retail on the Lunabee store for around $80 each plus shipping. Be sure to follow Lunabee’s twitter feed over the coming days to be in with a chance of grabbing one of these, the first two series vanished within minutes!

(Please note, all photos have been taken from the initial Robobee and Robobee series 2.)