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Five Points Festival 2019: The Photo Recap!

Clutter Booth Display
Clutter Magazine Booth Display (All Photos By Gail)

I feel no shame admitting that I had stuffed animals on my bed into my thirties. Despite being a grown adult with a day job, I still love and collect toys, and I especially have a sick fetish for Designer Art Toys. This is why the annual Five Points Festival is my jam. Thanks to this awesome blog, I was able to score press passes once again to this year’s Five Points Fest, which took place the first weekend in June. Since Geoffrey is no longer on-the-scene, so to speak, I brought along my Partner in Squee, Jamie, and we spent about  5 or 6 hours trawling through hundreds of tiny toys and using the words “Cute” and “Adorable” about one hundred million billion times, each. Just being serious.  While many designer toys are limited editions that can sell for hundreds of dollars, it is also possible find dozens of captivating art toys at Five Points Fest that can be yours for as little as $10 each. Please enjoy my photos of some of the toys that we found to be most squee-worthy, and you will see how easy it can be to build an affordable toy collection that adds joy to your life.

Buff Monster Cone

Do you like Buff Monster? I sure do. This Hot Pink version of his Mister Melty creation is a limited edition that was selling in the Clutter Magazine booth for about $275, I think. That sounds like a big chunk of change, but consider that this piece is also a highly-collectible work of art. Clutter is a  generous sponsor of Five Points Fest so I want to give them a big Shout Out, right now!

Squash Buddies

These cute little guys are called Squash Buddies ($8 each) and, yes, they are scented! Top Trenz is the manufacturer and they were found in the PIQ booth.

Meowchi Cats

PIQ is also where I discovered this shameless Pusheen rip-off series of Fat Cats called Meowchi, by Tasty Peach Studios of Japan. Don’t be fooled by imitations! Demand Pusheen!

Sushi Cat

Why did I take a picture of the box but not the toy? Clever Idiots, indeed. Sushi Cat sells for $7.99.

Vivicat

Hey look; more cats for you Cat Lovers! This slothful feline is part of the Lazily Sitting Cat Series by Vivi Cat. There are nine different poses to collect (9 Lives = 9 Cats) which sell for $12.50 each, and they are from Pop Mart toys.

Hello Kitty Buddha

3D printed Hello Kitty Buddha comes in two sizes and is from our pal Mucky Chris.

Hello Kitty Custom

Hip Hop-style Hello Kitty TEQ63 custom vinyl figure by Sanrio in collaboration with Quiccs, offered by Kid Robot, sells for $74.95.

Pop Mart Mascot

Are you read for more cuteness? Here it comes.

Boo Bear Pink Edition By Mighty Jaxx

Boo Bear Pink Edition by Andrea King, sold by Mighty Jaxx for $40!

Shark Tooth By Momoco

Shark Tooth (Hammerhead and Regular) resin figures by Momoco, just $15!

Popsicle Mon

Popsicle Mon Popsicle Cart Set by 16M is a limited edition designer toy selling for $150.

Cube Whale By Sank Toys

The Cube Whale by Sank Toys sells for $115. Here’s a closer look at this very unique and clever designer toy!

Cube Whale By Sank Toys

Cube Whale, Bitches!

Bobo and Coco

Bobo and Coco Blind Box Series by Pop Mart sells for $11 each. The Cuteness.

Pink Dolly Oblong

Hot Pink Baldwin character ($85) by Dolly Oblong. The Pinkness.

Tara McPhersons Dream Scouts

Speaking of Pinkness, take a peep at Tara McPherson’s Stellar Dream Scouts vinyl mini figure series for just $12 each — very affordable! These figures are sold by Kidrobot.

Croconana by Sorbet Jungle

Check this guy out: He’s called Croconana (half Crocodile, half Banana Split Sundae) by artist Deanne George for her brand, Sorbet Jungle. Really clever!

Croconana

The Croconana comes in a variety of ‘flavors’ and sells for $65 each.

Eric Althin Sad Salesman

Here is friend-to-the-WorleyGig Eric Althin of Sad Salesman toys. Cute is his middle name!

Symbiosis Vinyl Figure

Eric’s latest creation, Symbiosis limited edition vinyl figure ($85) revisits Sad Salesman’s previous Symbiosis figure, but this time he has three different interchangeable ‘head symbionts,’ for hours of crazy head-swapping fun!

Cranston Junior

Monsters can be cute as well as scary. Check out the Cranston Junior Vinyl Bat Toy series ($70 each) by Lou Pimentel, whose is a fine artist as well as toy designer!

Cranston Junior Stickers

Lou’s booth had little stickers as well. So darn cute. Enjoy more cute monsters coming up right now!

Pink Bruno and Mini Lil Franky

Meet Bruno (Pink Version, $110) and Mini Lil’ Franky ($30) by Knuckles’s Custom Monsters! Scary cute.

Little Hut Set

T9G and Shoko Nakazawa, two artists living in Tokyo, collaborated on this mini  Sofubi (a soft vinyl figure) set of three monsters from The Little Hut, which is priced at $45. Left to right, the creatures are named: Rangeas, Rangeron and Byron, who appears to be possibly modeled after This Guy.

Mayor McBlob

Meet Mayor McBlob, a sculpted resin figure from LoveCats Collectibles. I can’t even stand how cute he is. Mayor McBlob was created by a fantastic lady artist named Sciamellis, and this size figure sells for $25. I believe the green one also glows in the dark!

Donut Girls

This delightful trio of Donut Girl figures come from The Coven of Cuteness, makers of ‘creepy cute’ art dolls. These little gals are meticulously hand-sculpted by artist Jennifer Liceaga and sell for $100 each. Worth it.

Mushi Bros Toys Guumon

I have no idea what these fanged, winged figures  are called, but I found them in the booth shared by Mushi Bros Toys and Guumon. Lots of fun!

Housegoth Curiosities

These little demons are called Wundertakers and they are from Housegoth Curiosities by artist Mandy Szewczuk. I don’t know the exact price point of Mandy’s adorable creations but I do expect that  these were in the priced-to-own category.

Wundertakers

I am dead now, from the cuteness.

Karoshi San

Speaking of being dead, the Karoshi San: Model Employee Edition by Dead Zebra, Inc. (designed by Andrew Bell) comes with his own Death Certificate inside his tiny briefcase! This $65 limited edition figure can still be purchased on line at This Link!

Jellykoe Grim Reaper

If there is one exhibitor who has the horror/cuteness mash up down, it’s Jellykoe, who were one of our very favorite vendors from last years show. A Cute Grim Reaper, please, I am literally dying. Jellykoe’s framed original drawings sell for just $25! What a bargain!

Jellykoe Hellraiser

These big-eyed Cenobites (from the Hellraiser franchise) will melt your Hellbound Heart (see what I did there).

Jellykoe Stabby Bear

I need one of these for my desk!

Urban Devil

Apparently, Satan is a little Skater Boy, don’tcha know? The Urban Devil figure by PepperJerry for Tenacious Toys comes in two versions: Red ($60) and Gray ($80). Adorable.

Five Points Festival is really about so much more than toys. Events at the show included  live painting competitions by popular street artists, plus booths selling food, clothing, comics, action figures, jewelry, pins and lots of original artwork. I covered all of that in last years’ post, and this year I wanted to tighten my focus on a Toys recap, but I’ll be writing a few individual posts on super cool items spotted at other booths that were not included here, so stay tuned to Worleygig.com for continued coverage!

See You Next Year

Bye, See You Next Year!

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David Bowie Ziggy Stardust / Aladdin Sane Mini Lego Figures!

Ziggy Figure 1 Packaging
Photos By Gail

This year’s Five Points Festival is a few weeks behind us now, and trust me when I say that the full-on photo recap of this truly mind-blowing event is on the way. But in the meantime, I’d like to satiate your craving for art toy news with a little teaser, featuring my favorite purchase from the show: these adorable Mini Lego Figures of David Bowie as two of his most famous personas, Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane!

Ziggy Lego Mini

These figures were designed by artist Ron Reeves of Spandex Studios (SPandEX), and the attention to detail makes them instantly recognizable. For example, the toy above is rocking the Asymmetrical Knit Bodysuit designed by Kansai Yamamoto in 1973 for the Ziggy Stardust tour. Mini Lego Ziggy also comes with a Mic, so he can drop it.

Aladdin Sane Figure 2 Packaging

And despite the fact that it says “Ziggy Stardust” on the packaging, this figure is clearly Bowie from the Aladdin Sane-era — distinguish by the iconic lighting bolt across its face. The card art includes an image of Bowie from the D.A. Pennebaker live concert film, Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars (1973). Perhaps a bit more attention to detail could have been employed here, but whatever. It is still pretty cool.

Aladdin Sane Lego Mini

Visit Spandex Studios on the Web at This Link!

Five Points Festival: The Mother of All Photo Recaps is Here!

Five Points Press Badge
All Photos By Gail

If you happen to be a fan of character-based, pop culture collectibles — which includes dozens of items encompassing such must-haves as enamel pins, plushies, art toys, limited edition / designer vinyl toys and action figures, monsters, model kits, art prints, novelties and seemingly endless subcategories of amazing swag — then the Five Points Festival, which took place in Greenpoint, Brooklyn over the weekend of June 2nd and 3rd, 2018 is the only place you want to be. There’s a lot to distill in this recap, so we are going to get right to it. If you weren’t at Five Points Fest, here is just some of what you missed!

Kidrobot Booth

You can’t really talk about Five Points Fest without at least mentioning Kidrobot, acknowledged worldwide as the premier manufacturer and retailer of limited edition art toys, signature apparel and lifestyle accessories. Their booth was crammed full of goodies like these pocket collectibles.

Andy Warhol Dunny
Andy Warhol Dunny Series 2

Andy Warhol Brillo Box
Andy Warhol Brillo Box Object Series

Kathie Olivas Dark Harbor

Artists Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters have designed a new mini figure series called Dark Harbor, which Kidrobot manufacturers and distibutes. We’ve been fans of Kathie’s work forever, so these super cute little guys are fun to see!

Sad Salesman Banner

Eric Althin’s Sad Salesman designer toy and vinyl collection started as a labor of love and has grown into a family of endearing characters inspired in part by Eric’s young son and daughter.

Dessert Oracle

The Dessert Oracle came home with me to join my collection!

Pink Astral Wizard

Eric’s Pink Astral Wizard (created in a now sold-out limited edition just for this show) also won Sad Salesman an award for Breakthrough Artist! Congratulations!

Breakthrough Artist Award

Jim McKenzie in his Booth

Jim McKenzie is a formerly New York-based artist who has enjoyed great success with his unique hybrid character creations such as the Pumpkin CrabRacoonicorn and the Pugglepillar, as well as his adorable Scarecrow who is, literally, scared of crows. Jim recently relocated to live the dream out in Burbank, California so we were happy to catch up with him at Five Points Fest!

Racoonicorn
Racoonicorn

Jim painstakingly hand sculpts all of his creations.

Pink Scarecrow
Limited Edition Pink Scarecrow

Octopump

He also does amazing digital paintings. Jim McKenzie!

Frank Ape Booth

Frank Ape is another character that has evolved from the street to the merchandise market thanks to the innovative vision of his creator, Brandon Sines.

Frank Ape Onesie

Here is Geoffrey hanging out with Frank Ape on the exhibit hall floor. Hilarious.

Geoffrey and Frank Ape

Matthew Lineham

Do you like Rock Stars? I get yer Rock Stars right here. Meet Matthew Lineham, who makes all kinds of wildly collectible merchandise featuring his own charicatures of famous rock stars from back when pop music did not yet suck. His shit is the shit.

David Bowie Valentines

Check out these David Bowie Valentine Cards, which are just insane.

M Lineham Art

Robert Smith T Shirt

If I was a person who still bought T Shirts, I would have to own this Halloween-themed Robert Smith design for sure. Twenty Bucks? What a bargain! I hope that you are doing a Google on Matthew’s website (M Lineham Art) right now because I am not going to make it easy for you by adding any hyperlinks to this post. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Jellykoe

Husband a wife team Kelly and J. Spencer Shill work with both original and appropriated characters for their Jellykoe line of prints and soft toys. Do you like Uglydolls? Check out these out Mini Monsters that Kelly sews from Spencer’s original designs. Ugly Cuddly!

Ron Swanson
Ron Swanson’s Meat Palace

Ron Swanson Fans: this one needs to go in your TV room right now. And this Pennywise poster; just brilliant.

Pennywise

Pidgin Dolls

Move over, Barbie and make way for Pidgin, the fabulous creation of New York sculptor and doll maker Joshua David McKenney.  A reinvention of the fashion doll, Pidgin is a medium for the language of style! All dolls begin life from an identical sculpt, and are then hand painted and styled by Joshua, so that no two are alike. The dolls have ball joints, so they’re fully posable and can be interacted and played with, as well as being a unique work of art!

Pidgin Doll

Beautiful!

Naoshi Booth

If you were at the fabulous Ramones and the Birth of Punk Exhibit out at the Queens Museum a couple of years ago, then you may have seen the art of Naoshi, who created a very memorable Kawaii-influenced picture of the band!

Ramones By Naoshi
Ramones By Naoshi

Naoshi Art

Naoshi also works with sand (called Sunae in Japan) to create colorful tiny pictures, and makes enamel pins of her characters. Oh, the cuteness. You can find her shop on Etsy.

Tara McPherson
Posters By Tara McPherson

Five Points Festival proved to be an ideal place to pick up original paintings, drawings and other unique wall art that you’d otherwise have to scour dozens of galleries to find — if you could find them at all, because a lot of these guys are underground, baby!

Art By Justin Lieter

Look at this cool and affordable Monster art by Justin Lieter! You can see the top of Justin’s head behind the number 5 on the Kewties sign!

Sharpy

Do you like Sharks? I sure do. This awesome grinning shark character is the signature creation of the street artist known as Sharpy. I think his work is just fantastic.

Chil Pepper By Mike Grossman
Chil Pepper By Mike Grossman

Chil Pepper (which, genius) is the creation of Mike Grossman and is part of his Goofy Froot series of anthropomorphic fruit characters. Yes, I just typed that.

Christian Hooker Monroe Eyeball

Okay, how great is this unintentional homage to The Residents? An artist named Christian Hooker (real name? Likely not) took one of photographer Gene Korman’s most iconic images of Marilyn Monroe ever, photoshopped out her face and replaced it with a giant, flame-encircled eyeball. It is so many kinds of brilliant.

Live Painting Event

Many of the artists in attendance participated in a Live Painting Event, where each artist created an original spray paint artwork on-the-fly!

Jim and Chris Paint

Here are Chris RWK and Jim McKenzie in action!

Jim and Chris Paint 2

Here are Chris and Jim again, a little bit farther along!

Glazed and Confused Mini Donuts

It was fun to watch the artists paint while enjoying tasty snacks from a selection of food trucks, like these mini donuts from Glazed and Confused!

Glazed and Confused Truck

Live Paintings

All the paintings were auctioned off, with all proceeds going to benefit Planned Parenthood! Excellent!

Meow 3D Printed Planters

We saw many very cool examples of toys and other merchandise made via the magic of 3D Printing, such as these adorable little planters from Meow 3D Printing! Check out the Pink Hedgehog!

3D Mucky Chris Bat Buddha

You’ve seen his Batman Buddha on Worley Gig before, but were you aware that the artist known as 3D Mucky Chris has created an entire universe populated with Buddha-fied versions of many of your favorite sci-fi characters? It’s true!

3D Mucky Chris Buddha Mash Ups

Tardigrade Small Figure

The Tardigrade is an actual Living Thing That Exists, and now DoomCo Designs have created a Tardigrade character for all of you Tardi-fans. His name is Tarbus and he comes in variety of colors and two sizes!

Tardigrade Large Figure

Big Ten Inch Tarbus!

Tardigrade Enamel Pins By Doom Co Designs

Tardi-great is more like it!

Here’s a bunch of other random stuff we liked enough to snap a photo (or two). Enjoy!

Mister Self Indulgence (Cherry Flavor edition) by Nouar

Is this the cutest thing in the universe or what? Presenting Mister Self Indulgence (Cherry Flavor edition) by Nouar (Martian Toys).

Mister Self Indulgence and Lil Scoopy

Mister Self Indulgence (a cherry pie with a chubby-cheeked grin who is poised to eat a slice of his own head) is a soft vinyl figure and he comes accompanied by his friend Lil’ Scoopy, who is a dish of ice cream. So cute, I can’t even live.

Mister Self Indulgence

I am dead now, from the cuteness.

Pink Wookie Cosplayer By Nick C Kirk

Artist Nick C. Kirk made this Pink Wookie character based on his photo of an actual Cosplayer whose likeness can be seen on the box.

GWAR Comics

GWAR Comics. I am speechless.

Pork Dumpling Display
Pork Dumpling Pocket Toy

Topic: The Japanese have too much time on their hands. Discuss.

Pork Dumpling

“Do Not Eat Me.”

This Shit Blinks KT Ferris Creations Jewely

Since art toy obsession is a legitimate lifestyle, you need some accessories to help you rock the look, amirightKT Ferris Creations (#ThisShitBlinks) is  a line of handcrafted Jewelry featuring hyperrealist doll eyes that open and close with the movement of the jewelry. Lovely and Disquieting!

Handbags By Marzipan Physics

We like these handbags by Marzipan Physics! Stylish!

Marzipan Physics

Mr.DEATH 2nd color Version

Do you like Monsters? I got yer Monsters right here. This guy is called Mr. Death (2nd color Version) designed by  Rockin’ Jelly Bean for their  Freaky Monster Village series (sold by Black Book Toys).

Lonely Monster Toys By Elliot Lobell

Here’s a Pink Monster from Lonely Monster Toys By Elliot Lobell.

Zombie Alex InstincToy

Zombie Alex from InstincToy is due for release in October 2018.

Mothership Toy Gallery

I don’t know this little guy’s name, but he looks like some kind of Monster Travelling Salesman,  and he is just fantastic-looking! I found him at the booth for Mothership Toy Gallery.

Grinning Horns

Mummy Spice Version of King Creepy By Richard Strohmeyer.

One of a Kind Figures By Emilio Subira

One-of-a-Kind Figures by Emilio Subira (those that did not sell at Five Points Fest are available online from Mothership Toy Gallery).

JPK Jon-Paul Kaiser Captain Sturnbrau

I am pretty sure this Pirate Dude is called Captain Sturnbrau and he is by JPK, which are the initials of toy designer Jon-Paul Kaiser. Aaargh!

Clutter Display Wall

Before I forget, I  must give a shout out to Five Points Festival’s primary sponsor, Clutter, which is the world’s premier magazine and media source for Designer Toys, and the originator of the Designer Toy Awards, as well as having a gallery dedicated to art toys, and doing custom manufacturing on-demand!

Clutter Toys

Thanks to Clutter for all that they do to support the community! See you next year for another rad Five Points Festival!

Five Points Fest Badge

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Astral Wizard Collectible Vinyl Figure

Pink Astral Wizard
Photos By Gail

A mostly forgotten (if not widely-known) fact about me is that, in my high school years, my nickname was Wizard. The backstory on that takes way too long to talk about, but Wizard is nevertheless a word and a thing that has remained near and dear to my heart through the years. So, to come across a Pink Wizard: that is a pretty big deal! While Geoffrey and I were making the seen at this past weekend’s Five Points Festival in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, we came across this little guy in the booth for Sad Salesman, a collectible figure and toy company run by Eric Althin, who used to own the late great Bold Hype, one of our favorites among the Chelsea Art Galleries. We miss them so much, so it’s awesome to know that Eric is still making cool art and bringing it to the masses! Eric designs and sculpts all of Sad Salesman’s original characters!

Eric told me that The Wizard was the very first sculpture he sat down to make with the intention of it being a designer toy. “I made others following it,” he explained, “but after hearing feedback, it seemed to be everyone’s favorite. I crossed my fingers and went ahead and produced it as a limited edition vinyl toy, via Pretty In Plastic. I also wanted to have an even more “special edition” and had the factory make a translucent pink version!”

Created in a limited edition of just 70 pieces, the Pink Astral Wizard (so named for his powers of Astral Projection) is 9-inches tall, with a vinyl body and resin legs. He is giving you the side eye, because he knows all. Eric tells me that there are few of the Pink Astral Colorway Wizards remaining from sales at Five Points Fest, so if you weren’t able to make it out to Brooklyn, you can get yours now at This Link! And be sure to check out Sad Salesman’s other cool toys and figures while you are there!

Stay Tuned for our Spectacular Full Coverage Five Points Festival Coming Soon!

Pink Astral Wizard
What Are You Looking At?

The Suckadelic Art Toy Universe: Retrospective and Pop Up Store

NYC’s Boo-Hooray Gallery announces the first retrospective gallery exhibition by subversive toy-making geniuses, SUCKADELIC. Intentionally confusing, misleading, disappointing and really funny, SUCKADELIC’s limited edition parodies of action figures reverberate with a vicious wit and are oddly eyeball-pleasing in the manner of all kinds of toothsome 20th/21st century collage and montage art. The toys and their aggressively situationist piss-take packaging comment on pop culture commodification and the consumer habits of compulsively shopping kidults: The very process that made KAWS, Takashi Murakami and Michael Lau art-stars on the Art Basel Miami/Armory Show/Venice Biennale tip. This exhibition marks the first time the entire SUCKADELIC catalogue will be exhibited in one place. For the duration of the exhibit, a SUCKADELIC SUCK-SHOPPE pop-up store will be open. Original artwork, sculptures, silk- screens and paintings will also be for sale. The opening night party takes place on Tuesday, January 11 at 6 PM where attendees will have the opportunity to meet the characters from the SUCKADELIC Universe. You know I’ll be there!

Boo-Hooray Gallery is Located at 521 W 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011, and the Exhibit is Open Every Day from 11 AM – 6 PM from January 12 – 23, 2011

Yes It Exists: Lady Gaga Bubble Dress Plush Doll

Now that I have seen this Lady Gaga Bubble Dress Plush, I have really seen everything. Besides the crazy-ass bubble dress that Gaga wore on her first Rolling Stone magazine cover, the doll also comes dressed in copies of other famous outfits worn by the world’s most outrageously hyped-up-the-ass pop star. If you read Portuguese you can get more details – and perhaps even purchasing information – at Katkiller Dot Com.