Tag Archive | Collectible Toys

My Little Pony Toy Designer Gayle Middleton Creates new Line of Undead Monster Babies

Midnight Mori
I Am Such a Sucker for a Skull with a Bow

I can’t tell you how many recovering Goths I know that also have an insane obsession Hello Kitty or Uglydolls. It’s weird how those two things sort of end up going together: Goths with a Cuteness Fixation. If you can relate to that, I’ve got your cuteness fix right here.

Gayle Middleton, the designer who did the revamp of My Little Pony (and other popular toys) a while back has a dark side of her own which has led her to create a series of plush toys she calls Vamplets. They are pretty sweet.

Gayle is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund a second run of all of these crazy cute little vampire and monster baby plushies, which sold out of their first runs almost immediately. I think you can see why.

Lily Rose Shadowlyn
The Cuteness

There’s way more to the story that we don’t have time to go into right now, so please check out the Kickstarter page, which features a super fun video staring Gayle, at This Link and make a pledge! There are some very cool and wildly collectable plush gifts available for pledges as low at $35. This campaign expires on April 11th so please help her reach her goal and get some bitchen swag in exchange. Good luck with the campaign, Gayle!

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Clutter Media Group Announces the Launch of Ron English's Re-Branded Popaganda Website

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Clutter Media Group launches a new online experience as they join forces with internationally famed artist Ron English. One of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today, Ron English’s rebranded website – www.popaganda.com – features a full art gallery, up to date news and a full service webstore with exclusive signed merchandise designed by the artist.

POPaganda is the ultimate online destination for Ron English’s rabid fans, collectors and admirers. On Thursday June 28, 2012 POPaganda is releasing a brand new color variant of FAT TONY, English’s satirical jab at over-sugared breakfast cereal and US corporations’ complicity in the obesity epidemic plaguing American children.

Ron English Fat Tony Banner
“Fat Tony”

Ron English is known the world over for consistently creating art with a message and has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images. He has coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, populated with his vast and constantly growing arsenal of original characters, including MC Supersized, the obese fast-food mascot featured in the hit movie Supersize Me, and Abraham Obama, the fusion of America’s 16th and 44th Presidents, an image widely discussed in the media as directly impacting the 2008 election. Recently, Ron English has created art in partnership with South Park, pop star Chris Brown, and has even been featured on an episode of The Simpsons.

“We’re honored to be working with such an amazingly talented artist like Ron English,” says Miranda O’Brien, Founder of Clutter. “Working on Popaganda.com is a key part of our mission: providing artists with direct access to their public on a whole new level.” As the creators of the Designer Toy Awards, Clutter is a power influencer, a conduit to one of the key trendsetting subcultures in contemporary pop culture. Designer vinyl toys are quickly becoming a trending international art form, attracting a fan base that spans a convergence of demographics – from sneaker pimps to high art collectors to music fans and fringe enthusiasts.

To keep up-to-date on new information and news, please visit Clutter Magazine Dot Com.

Kidrobot & Swatch Design Collaboration Launches

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Today, August 18th 2011, marks the worldwide launch of the highly anticipated Kidrobot x Swatch collaboration. To celebrate this pairing of artist-designed watches and matching Dunnys (Kidrobot’s signature 3-inch vinyl rabbit figure), Swatch is hosting events in eleven countries around the globe, featuring appearances by Kidrobot artists Frank Kozik, MAD, Tara McPherson, Jeremyville, Tilt and Joe Ledbetter. Additional Swatch / Dunny designing artists not participating in the events are Gary Baseman (a favorite here at the Worley Gig) and SSUR. The 3-inch Dunny and Watch sets will be available for sale beginning on September 1, 2011  for $70.00 each.

The Events Schedule is As Follows:

Shanghai, China – August 18
Swatch Art Peace Hotel
Featuring Frank Kozik, MAD and Tara McPherson

Tokyo, Japan – August 20
Tokyo Shibuya/Harajuku (Dictionary Club)
Featuring MAD

More Event Listings After the Jump! Continue reading

Ron English Brings Popaganda to His First Japanese Exhibit

Here’s some good news for anyone living in, or visiting, Tokyo, Japan between the dates of July 1st to 18th, 2011: Zac Pac Toys & Collectibles will be hosting Ron English’s first Japanese art show, entitled Popaganda in Japan. If you’ve ever been to one of Ron’s exhibits you know to expect something really far out and fantastic. To commemorate the show, Zac Pac teamed up with English and Medicom Toy to produce a “Grin & Bear It” Be@rbrick vinyl collectible that has 2 faces; which, from what I could decipher at various Japanese language websites, may or may not be packaged with one of English’s grinning skulls (see photos below). This limited edition toy will first be available at the Popaganda in Japan show, and then at the upcoming San Diego ComicCon at the Toy Tokyo Booth. If anyone manages to attend the show, please send back a report!





Ron English’s Popaganda in Japan will Run from July 1- 18, 2011 at Public/Image 3D Located at 1F, Department Ikejiri Building, 2-32-2, Ikejiri, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-0001 Japan (2 minute walk from Ikejiri Ohashi Train Station). Phone 81 50 8882 0087. Hours are Tuesday – Sunday 12 Noon – 7 PM.

Ken Keirns' Monkey in the Middle at My Plastic Heart

My Plastic Heart Vinyl Toy Boutique and Art Gallery is currently hosting a small but fun exhibit by artist Ken Keirns, featuring a selection of oil paintings as well as sculptures, toys and mixed media pieces, many of which feature monkeys or other pop culture icons/references. Keirns’ work mixes pop art with classic portraiture infused with a serious side of humor. Here are a few pieces you’ll see in the show:


“A Force To Be Reckoned With” By Ken Keirns


“King For a Day (TGIF)”


“Rawk” (Oil Paint on 8-Track Cassette)


“Sesame Street Walker”

All of the art is for sale and prices range from $300 to $1200, so this might be a good opportunity to add a Ken Keirns original work to your collection !

Monkey in the Middle is on exhibit through July 17, 2011 at My Plastic Heart, Located at 210 Forsythe Street just below Houston. Store Hours are Tuesday – Saturday Noon -7 PM and Sunday Noon -5PM.

Pink Thing of the Day: Pink Ghost!

Here at the ‘Gig, we love Art and we love Toys, and a good place to find Art Toys is The Pink Ghost Store, where you can find awesome collectible designer toys by breaking artists like Buff Monster and Gary Baseman. Pink Ghost also sells accessories, gadgets, books and art prints like Tara McPherson’s rockin’ concert posters! Cruise on over to Pink Ghost Dot Net right now and take a look! Pink Ghost!

TT Underground Gallery Presents: Crazy Monsters Art Show

You have just one more week to see one of the most fun exhibits currently showing in NYC: TT Underground’s Crazy Monsters Art Show. Crazy Monsters features nearly 200 pieces of original artwork by 19 artists who mix humor with horror in their various portraits of monsters both fresh and famous.

“Metal Wolf” By Frank Russo (All Photos By Geoffrey Dicker, Click on Each Image to Enlarge)

Featured Artists Include:

STEPHEN BLICKENSTAFF

STEVE “PHECK” RITSUA

CHRISTIAN BRACCO

DARREN MARINUK

DANIELA FULLAM

PAIGE REYNOLDS

TIM LASTFOGEL

DENNIS BAUSER

JEFF LAMM

JASON EDMISTON

PATRICK MCQUADE

JUSTIN ERICKSON

JOSH BERNSTEIN

ERIK RODRIGUEZ

STEVE CHANKS

BRIAN EWING

GARY PULLIN

SEAN PRYOR

FRANK RUSSO

My favorites included three very clever portraits by artist Jason Edmiston, entitled “Tommy,” “Joey” and “Axl” which depicted outrageously hideous monsters, each of whom had styled themselves in the characteristic and instantly recognizable  accessories  of Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee, Joey Ramone and Axl Rose, respectively. These three portraits, at $2,500 apiece, are also among the more expensive works in the exhibit, where many of the canvases are priced for collectors at between $50 and $350. This was also my first time visiting the TT Underground Gallery, which is a huge renovated space that serves as a great showcase for this unique collection. After checking out the show, be sure to spend time in the Toy Tokyo store at ground level, where they have a fantastic collection of Ron English collectible vinyl figures, among many other cool items for sale.

Crazy Monsters is on Exhibit through May 15th at TT Underground Gallery, Located at 91 Second Avenue Near 5th Street (Under Toy Tokyo) NYC.  Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Sunday from 2:00-7:00 PM