June 13, 2018

Violence Toy Unleashes Monitorr the Gorekeeper Set!

I'm apologizing once more, for being such a ghost around these parts.  I hope again, I don't repeat this line so many times, it spawns into a meme or something.  Trust me, when I say, it's tough to watch so many great reveals and releases span across social media and not rush to the computer to share my opinions.  With so many great products, I wonder if the reason I stall out sometimes with certain new articles is that I wouldn't have much to add besides 'Hey, this is great!'  Maybe I need to feel I'm bringing something new or different to the discussion to really compel the keyboard into my hands, and what I saw today is certainly doing that.

Violence Toy, purveyors of the brutal battle-mutants, The Gorelords, just released something rather interesting:  the keeper of the lords!

As a purist of keshi goodness, I have certainly snubbed my nose to every toy format not adhering to strict and holy guidelines of keshi purity (if this string of words makes even the slightest of sense to you, seek help), be that vinyl, sofubi, plush, or even keshi stretching out of the two-inch range or slug mold casting.   Tons of great toys of many types have found great scorn by yours truly, and honestly, in a different context, this one should too, but Violence Toy innovates just enough to fool a moronic toy collector.

Although not made from traditional keshi materials, Violence Toys' latest release, Monitorr the Gorekeeper, is presented as a vessel and carrying container for a set of Gorelords that come packaged with this disgusting skull.  Twist a hidden compartment on the bottom off, and it's hollow insides are exposed to pack in the rest of your mini uglies.  And it's this little extra bit of consideration, matched with the included set of Muscle flesh tone mini-figures, that has me with a thumbs up.

Storage may not be as integral of an aspect to keshi as other collectibles, where they are rather small and pretty durable to everything, with some exceptions.  I'm sure many use shoe boxes, dusty shelves, two hundred gallon fish tanks, or whatever is necessary to get the job done, but storage, at a small scale has always been an iconic image and theme with the mini-figures.  MUSCLE had their trash cans.  Trash Pack and Grossery Gang mini-figures have their variety of gross vessels.  Pokemon have their balls.  Monster Rancher has their yellow cream cheese containers, but maybe I'm the only one that remembers them.  And let's not forget every gachapon and vending machine toy out there rattling within a plastic capsule.  Now, The Gorelords have their own, and that's an awesome thing.

The first twenty sets of a series of one hundred are released today on the Violence Toy website.  Asking for forty shells plus shipping seems like a pretty nice bargain too, with that price broken across thirteen pieces.  Take a look, within a book, trademarked slogan and all that.


March 25, 2018

Sleaze Set To Drop With Relaunch And Shrinkage!

On the heels of their latest sell-out of their nuclear green colorway, Sleaze is taking it all the way back to what made their trash so hot to begin with, but with a little extra love on the side.

At this point, frequent Droppers to the blog might be thinking this love affair between Keshi Drop and Sleaze is getting less and less subtle by the week.  Just who will take who's last name, is certainly a question some might have, if only we could find a priest morally-questionable enough for this unholiest of unions.  Although I really should do a better job casting my net a bit wider than it has lately, just so I can have more different flavors for everyone out there, a reality where I work more closely with Sleaze, on their brand exclusively, almost came to be.  It certainly would have been an exciting project, with this exciting brand.

Besides all that however, those who have missed out on the sold-out nuclear greens can now find solace in the relaunch of the good old classic Glow in the Dark Bukkake coming out of retirement.  This time, he's well-fitted in an attractive limited edition marked packaging, letting you know just how many other dragon balls exist around the world.  Paired with a shrunken down clone, named Precum, this guy might just steal all the attention from Big B this release.

A brilliant move to reel in those who already have a Glowing Bukkake, weird set of words, is a new mini-figure of the same character.  Closer to scale to play well with other keshi, this affordable version is a no-brainer for high alert, and how could it not be?  Less of a centerpiece or an intimating force, Precum is the practical mini-figure version that interacts with Kinkeshi and Grossery Gang trash bins, Mystical Warriors of the Ring wrestling mats, or rattling inside your very own capsule.  And for those who love the chase, but maybe can't always afford the game, this is a perfect alternative.

Both will drop together, Monday, March 26 at 8pm German time (2pm EST) on Sleaze's Instagram account (@sleazeism).  Quantities are so low and selling out quick enough, they are bothering with web-store stuff when necessary.

March 24, 2018

Space-Themed Bit Figs Invade Pockets This Spring!

Long time fictional bogeymen of the blog and independent toy pioneers, Onell Design, have not missed a beat when it comes to keeping things new and interesting with their Bit Figs mini-figure line.  Animals have reached a Series 3 and a good number of limited edition one-offs remain available for those who are looking to extend their Glyos-compatible collections.  In the coming days, they are looking to expand once more.

Returning to their roots, Onell is introducing their Space Big Figs, inspired from original characters from their Glyos figure line.  This is certainly an interesting and a celebratory time for Onell, Bit Figs, and their collectors.  Not only have these figs seen a revitalization in the vending machine market, but now is the moment the training wheels come off.  This set, at least the three teased to be a part of the set, are original designs, not chibi ninjas or animals that any kid can immediately relate to, and I'm excited to see where this path leads for them.  And it doesn't just go one way either.  Glyos collectors will now have their bridge into Bit Figs and mini-figures, as a whole, so it seems everyone wins.

Since my time in the independent toy scene, Glyos stuff and myself have always had a weird connection.  It felt close to something I would have liked, but because they were multi-parted figures, intended to be swapped and customized, even though made from the same general material modern keshi-style mini-figures were being produced with, I kept my distance.  That was until Bit Figs came around and I bought up a good deal.  I had ordered the bronze sets of animals and ninja, and found a vending machine locally to sacrifice my pocket change to, however neither set really sunk their teeth into me.  Maybe now it can.  Maybe rekindling that interest I had when I first discovered Glyos, with those times I was back and forth to whether or not I was going to dive in.  Maybe now I can confidently say I'm interested in Glyos now.

If you're interested as well, the five piece set of Space Bit Figs will be up for grabs, Sunday, March 25th at 9:30 PM ET on the Culture Pirates web-store.

March 15, 2018

Sleaze Drops Russel Taysom Nuclear Green Bukkake!

God damn, it's seriously March already?  I mean, from the arctic nightmare world I live in, I suppose I would be less surprised to see my calendar still reading December 2017.  In fact, it probably still is, but for a different reason.

What I meant to say instead is 'Holy crap, has time flew by!' and a couple important drops and events and updates and cool news things and everything else because I'm such a loser.  Mystical Warriors of the Ring are filling the seas with their new shark mini-figure.  Super7 is still convention king, but really more like convention emperor or demigod, at this point, as they revealed even more keshi series and sets in the last couple months.  Alien Robot Monster even came out with a super hype terminator mini figure I was ready as hell to cover, but it all just fell through my fingers like these last few months.

Maybe that was a tad over-dramatic, as my time has been spent with my new son who...  Oh, yeah, who can almost walk now!  Oh, that's the missing link right there!  Sure, laziness and exhaustion took their toll on my mind and fingers away from the blog, but chasing this little perpetual motion machine down, night and day, might just be a bigger culprit.  But damn, do I love him, and he's just too happy and too smart.  Way smarter than his ol' pop!

I'll spare you the wallet of baby pictures and cut to the real reason we're all here right now.  Announced and tantalized about, earlier this year, Sleaze's Bukkake has finally found it's way to pollute the fresh fair of the cool March spring.  If this is your first time here reading about this mini-figure, I would suggest you take a moment to read some previous posts about this piece and it's brand.   In fact, one of my more favorite recent articles was written about the ball of slime, so please check it out, if you haven't already.  If you did, or have some knowledge about these guys, you know they are super limited and quite hard to collect.  Colorways are small sets, popping up only for a short time, and then vanishing forever before you can click on your Paypal App, so I am very concerned I am not speedy enough for the update.  If you're interested, it's absolutely worth the effort to check the availability as soon as you can.

Although this also could change, it appears sales of this colorway look to be restricted to Sleaze's Instagram page (@sleazeism).  Web-store malfunctions seem to have befallen them, so it appears you'll have to reach out to them through social media.  Not the biggest issue ever, and where the set is only limited to ten pieces, putting that sort of mild inconvenience up for some collectors might be what the doctor ordered for us late bloomers.

Alright guys, that's me for now!  I do apologize for being away for a couple months there, and I certainly never intend on that.  Things will get better and more frequent, I just need more time and patience with it all still.  Thanks and until next time!

January 17, 2018

Shadow Mordles Drop! Mystical Warriors of the Ring Leak!

What's going on, everyone?  First off, thanks a ton for all the positive feedback on my previous post.  It always means a lot to me that people are reading my work and are entertained by it.  By some cosmic miracle of unknown science, I somehow didn't fall face-first into any controversy with it.  I certainly didn't expect my writing to be as clear and precise about things, but I suppose major points were covered clear enough.  Although I could have handled whatever that came my way, it's a relief not having to do the extra work.  Instead I can move forward to new updates like today's pair of keshi news.

The first part of today's update come from our friends at Mystical Warriors of the Ring.  They have been a little silent this winter, but it didn't take them too long after the new year to make their presence known with their plans for anthropomorphic professional wrestling.  Last year, they shared news and some design images of their new massive shark character, but out of the gate, we're seeing what this new heavyweight looks like ripping itself from it's mold.  Maybe this glittery blue resin plays perfectly to this type of character, but you can't help but get excited about this new addition to the roster, and you can't help but mention what an awesome piece he's turning out to be in what looks like a single mold.  Menacing shoulders, clenched fists, and an expression to do some real harm, this guy is what it means to take the classic keshi fundamentals found in series like Kinnikuman and give them life in 2018.

Expect more Mystical Warriors of the Ring news and updates as it happens, but of course, visit their main website for extra information and the web-store to start wrestling now.


Following up that comeback story, we have another one not taking their time with the new year.  From the people at Toyfinity, they've announced a long-awaited drop for new releases of both their Mordles and Glyos figures.

Dropping tonight at 9 pm EST, two new colorway sets are going to be available to be added to your collection.  First, there is the army-green sort called the Guardian Darkness Soldiers and there is the glittery smoke Shadow Warriors, both of which will fill the ranks of your evil regiment just fine.  Like other Mordles, these will around the 1'' to 1.5'', so they will work well with Trash Pack and Grossery Gang figures or a swarm of mini nuisances for other toys on your shelf.

January 7, 2018

Sleaze's Bukkake: A Re-Release and Retrospective!

The joke I've made a million times already is that I used my sweet and accommodating girlfriend as a model for my Bukkake review, an oversight that led to the birth of my son nine months later, give or take a few months and dramatic re-imaging.

It's safe to say, Sleaze's Bukkake piece is an important one, for me personally and professionally, as it's not just a bookmark in the Keshi Drop's pages, but also a symbolic harbinger of friendship with it's designer many time-zones away.

Flirting aside, with Sleaze emerging from it's cocoon and starting their new rebranding campaign, pairing the release of Nuclear Green Bukkake with the good ol' classic Glow In The Dark White is as solid of a business plan as I've ever heard.  The wad of love has seen a few renditions since it's first contact with the public.  It's seen flesh, phrasing, glittery customs, orange, purple, yellow, and the ever attractive flesh-white swirl, exclusive to Japanese retail joints.  And long before the last colorways hit shelves, the original white had long sold out, so its good to see it come back again, maybe a year or so later after it's initial release.

When this second wave of original Glow in the Dark whites drop I am not absolutely sure, but like Nuclear Green, I think it's within this month or next, so keep checking with them on social media or back here, where I'll certainly update this information when I have the fresh details.

It's been some time since the original voyage, and it's gained a lot more attention than just from here.  I guess the question now is, right now, how do I feel about this piece, now with some mileage under it's belt?

At the core of this commentary are two factors.  The first being a portion of my first impression and review.  I had praised it's boldness to captivate an audience, even essentially against their own will.

"It captures your attention, your imagination, and instills certain feels, albeit uncomfortable (pronouncing that how you wish) in the audience.  Whether that's a glowing happy place or some sort of repulsion or anything in between, a two inch rubber mini-figure did that, and that sort of powerful witchcraft is pretty much reserved to art and powerful ex-girlfriend witchcraft."

That's what I said last June and it still very much stands and represents the core of my thoughts on this piece, however this dust-ball of a thought has gathered more in size and complexity, at least I'd like to suggest it has.

courtesy of toy break and october toys
Paired with that is a short clip in an episode of Toy Break, Episode #139 to be exact.  Here's the link if you wish it view it yourself.  Up until last fall, Toy Break was a pretty enjoyable YouTube series that covered all kinds of designer toys, big and small.  Their company, October Toys, released many mini-figures that I loved very much, but as of last fall, production of the show and their mini-figures reached it's end, an event that really settled with me pretty poorly.

I bring this all up as preface, because, at first, I felt their review on Bukkake was pretty unfair.  Ayleen looked physically uncomfortable near it, and couldn't personally pinpoint a reason to buy it, until the obvious was stated for her.  George gave it a slightly positive overview, with Brandon seeming uninterested.  This obviously didn't mirror my sentiments, and my knee jerk reactions were shouting at the screen,"It's just a toy!"  Producing their own mini-figures, they must of obviously known the material used in the piece.  In no way is the piece made of actual ejaculate.  How could anyone treat it like it could have been?  Simple disagreements swirled my head, wanting to correct them, mentally through my computer screen.  "They just did it wrong", I felt for a while.  "They should go back and try it again, but this time, actually try to get it."  However, after the wave of brat-like indignity washed over me, I had something of an epiphany.  I was wrong about them, as I usually am in situations, and wrong with their reaction to the piece.  In fact, their reaction was a beam or a crutch that was supporting my own.

This gets two fold, so I apologize for the rabbit hole and the unnecessarily boring trip down it, but I have to explain two things at this point.  Generally, Bukkake should get to main reactions.  The first being some sort of positive thumbs-up or excitement, maybe even to the point of reveling into it's brash lewdness.  The other is disgust, rejection, apprehension, and a desire to distance oneself away, physically and mentally.  The short explanation is that our two reviews fell on those two general fields, to varying degrees.  A statement more obvious than pointing and witnessing the sun as it's rising in the sky, I enjoy gross things that gross people out, most of the time to very extremes, and these were people who were grossed out.  The standard and definition of this niche appeal hinges on the disgust of other unnamed, unknown, people, likely bored, overprotective, stay-at-home mothers, but not the Toy Break crew.  For a moment, I think my admiration for them clouded my ability to let them assume the role of the disgusted people I had always felt had nothing in common with me.  Clearly, the revolted and the distanced were a lot more similar to me and weren't these super-sensitive straw men I had created for this purpose.  So I mentally raised the "I'm sorry! I'm stupid!" flag, however from years upon years of use, it had grown worn out and torn.  I put it back and just make a mental note.  From then on, I embraced their reaction as something symbiotic to mine and got over it.  At least I tried to, until I found the rabbit hole went deeper.

Here's the second part of my comprehensive nonsense.  I just covered the general feelings I assumed people would fall into when meeting a piece like Bukkake.  One group would embrace it and one would not be so keen to.  The layer underneath asks why.  What causes those reactions and what is rooted in our minds that trigger those impulses?  Is one right and one wrong?  I feel this second layer gets pretty close to the center of this metaphorically world, a nebulous zone of emptiness and weightlessness, where opinion and perspective reigns over fact, so I'm going to speak a bit more suggestively and leave ideas for you to think about on your own than try to explain how or what to think or feel.

Bukkake, as stated before, is a rubber mini-figure and nothing more, but assuming the role of a dripping monster of human goo.  Is the line of acceptance and rejection the ability to acknowledge and separate fact from imagination?  I would suggest not, because what if it was.  Even growing up as a gross-loving child, there is a huge difference of throwing some quarters in a machine for a capsule of neon green slime to mash into the carpet when we got home and actually just finding something faintly similar in a used condom on the sidewalk.  I can't imagine the demographic of people who are actually into that, although I assume there are some, in not a few, but certainly distinctively smaller than the group of people who just like slime and Garbage Pail Kids.

artwork by giuseppe cristiano
So the hinge of that is why?  There can be little said about why people are grossed out to the idea of gross things.  Normal, reasonable, minds would keep their lives free of unnecessary germs, illness, harm, and general mess as natural self-defense mechanism.   Those without that trigger have some explaining to do.  For me personally, I've seen the worst side of germs and harm.  I've been bitten by poison spiders, lost skin and toenails in skateboard crashes, and found myself in the hospital twice for crazy strange muscle or skin infections, but, the way I see it, I'm still here.  I haven't been ejected from the surface of the planet yet, so no matter how gross things are or could be, it's not enough to trigger my self defense.  I am no longer afraid of spiders or doctors or exam rooms or the human body slowly mending itself, but I wouldn't be interested in some more gross things found on the sidewalk.  So there is a distinction.

artwork by giuseppe cristiano
Harmless gross toys could hit or miss your natural trigger to defend your health, but I would suggest there is also a different social element to it as well.  The term Bukkake just doesn't imply what the monster is made of, but how.  There is a certain way to make something like that.  Certain chefs of certain sorts have to know how this recipe works, because it's not just ingredients.  Close to this nebulous area of opinion, we can discuss if the act of baking this cake is toeing the line or firmly pressed into moral and social repugnance, so be warned, we're going there.  What does this act say about a man as an individual, men as a group, a woman as an individual, and a single woman with a group of men?  We swirl now within the center of this mass of opinion, as I now feel a bit cowardly to not confront any of it, as I pass the responsibility onto you.  Within this act, are there people or objects?  What is the goal, if there is one?  Is it the final result or the performance?  Is it not just a fog of complex desires, pulling at different extremes?  At least we can hope so, if we're to assume it's all fun and games and everyone leaves pleased with their work, although I think it's naive to think that happens absolutely every time.  Maybe some people at sometimes want to have a bad time.  That subject might be best left for a different time and a different place.

The final tangent of barely coherent ramble is the string of logic that excludes or does not exclude Bukkake from being as potentially repugnant as it's source of inspiration.  Let it also show, to maybe no true value, that I am male and Ayleen is female.  Lost to me at first, but there are distinct emotions attached or possibly attached by being of a certain gender.  Bukkake could very well mean and represent something different, hold a different perspective, carry a different weight, from person to person, but also what gender you identify as.  The action of creating such a monster would ask of different things from different people of different genders, and dependent of the desires of the individual, they all might not be the fairest of proposition.

Now, nearly a year later, I ask what is it that allows Bukkake to be exciting to some?  Is it the fact that it's brings us close to the fire, but doesn't allow you to burn?  Or is it the deadening thud of an otherwise thunderous clap?  Is it something small, simple, and harmless, derivative of something quite possibly opposite in every way?  Why must we as a people humanize everything?  Does every thought and act require a walking, speaking, representation?  Would we understand it less if not?  Or would it just fade back into our minds, away from our daily worry and concern?  Does it need a body away from our own?  Is it not a part of it's charm that it says something about itself in such a manner we could never?  Maybe we are maybe voyeurs to Bukkake's world, happily able to check out when it's most convenient?  I think you get the gist.

Bukkake is a monster, in concept and in form.  He's a massively large and thick keshi representation of something even more unwieldy.  The only difference is that he comes in a variety of attractive colors, blinding us to the task of responsibility, with a veil of collectibility.  Wherever you fall within this scope between disgust and excitement, I have to suggest, if nothing else, it's a remarkable feat to even drag us this far with mere rubber casting and design alone.

If you made it this far, from the bottom of my heart- thank you!  I hope there wasn't a tremendous amount of loose ends and screwed-up sentences up there, and the general feeling of it all makes some sense.  I look forward to doing more pieces like this, as well as more news and reviews, so please make it back.  Until next time!

January 1, 2018

Kinkeshi Avalanche! Gacha Series 4+5! Premium 5+6! Noir!

Happy New Years, everyone!

I do want to apologize again for being largely ghost-like in 2017, and I hope posting like this is a good sign for things to come for 2018.  Honestly, although I think I brought this point up briefly in a previous post, I feel I could have done a little better last year, especially near the tail-end of it all.  The fact of the matter is: I could have, but being so absent from the scene for so long, it was increasingly harder to find the perfect spot to jump back in, although a hundred of hundred people will tell you there is no perfect spot, just jump in whenever.  Be that as it may, missing a laundry list of convention news and releases, from all the new products coming from Super 7, down to all the independent work I wanted to cover, it added the problem of coming back with now the extra question of why.  What could possibly shake me out of this hiatus if the stuff that just whizzed by my head couldn't?  That was the question that circled in my head, although I figure now it's a silly one to really consider a moment of thought.  That's the stupid thing about stupid thoughts.  You can throw some bad food in the trash or a bad drink down the drain and that's that, but a poisonous thought can keep coming back, haunting you with its broken logic and unreasonable demands, breaking down your common sense until you finally give in.  Assuredly, that's something of a over-dramatic look at it all, but I'll tell you one project that isn't missing one step: Bandai and Kinkeshi.  And what they are doing, just might be the boot to the ass I was looking for.

Last April, I covered Bandai's Premium Kinkeshi Volume 3 Set, but since then, they have exploded in new products, for both serious collectors and newbies with just a few coins in the pockets.  Missing the news and release of their new Gachapon series, which appear to be a micro set of new sculpts, exclusively found in Japanese vending machines, they have expanded that, or at least working on expanding, to Series 4 and 5, that look to hearken back to the wrestling move posed heroes and villains.  There appear to be some added surprises in there as well, so keep your coins close.

But if you're the sort that has a little more than loose change, you might be more interested in the Premium sets releasing sometime in the near-distant future.  Sadly, Series 4 came, went, and was shipped to happy customers, without so much of a mention from me, so for that, I'll have to go back and check out what I missed.

Moving forward, however, Bandai released some images showing off a few new series to the ever-expanding awesome resurgence of Kinnikuman and Kinkeshi.  For one made and released just for someone like me, the "Noir: The Best" set seems to be a re-release of some of the favorites from previous sets, just for those who have been hiding under a rock, but now in a cool dark-grey colorway.  Pretty awesome stuff for us clueless collectors, as well as completionists who now have a new colorway to add to their collections.

But I wouldn't be calling this a Kinkeshi Avalanche if it was really just that.  As partially-spoiled above, Bandai is also working on the release of both Premium Volumes 5 and 6.  Aiming to come out during this winter, and possibly the next couple months, these guys are home-runs after home-runs.  It's absolutely amazing to see how well these guys are looking and how thriving their comeback has been.

Keep an eye on the link below for more information on release time and price, as well as any more surprise releases, because of this is just the first of the year.  What else does Kinkeshi have planned for 2018?


December 30, 2017

Electric Monarchy Goes Sleazy With New Bukkake!

Go on, Google Electric Monarchy right now and tell me what comes up.  Okay, well it's not nothing.  It's still a few articles here and there, some leading back to the blog, but that's besides the point.  The point is your basic protein-based Pokemon is evolving into it's next form.  God, that sounded a lot less gross in my head.

Currently deep within it's cocoon, lies the twisting and throbbing remains of Electric Monarchy, writhing it's body parts and fluids into a new focus and brand moving into the new year.  You can find glimpses of it now, quickly patched over the now re-branded Electric Monarchy Instagram account.  The name given to this new emerging abomination, dripping it's filth onto the world, is called Sleaze.

News like this can be unsettling for some who don't care much for change.  I can certainly fall into that camp, along with avid collectors who much rather collect full production lines until the sun goes supernova than start something new, but I can say, with some certainty, is that it's just a re-branding of sorts.  The impression I'm getting is that moving forward, customers and collectors will get a better sense of the world and vision of Sleaze as a more focused concept.

I think there is no better way to convey this than to bring back an old favorite in a new flavor.  Collaborating with illustrator and comic book artist, Russell Taysom, Sleaze is releasing the neon green Nuclear Bukkake.  I dont have the exact date of time when you can befall onto the online shops, but talk around the water cooler would indicate the team is working on a late January release, however I wouldn't take that as gospel quite yet.  I'll update this post when I have a more exact time frame.


November 5, 2017

It Came From a Vending Machine: Real Heroes! Real Horror?

Just because Halloween has passed us by, that doesn't mean you can't be scared stiff by your local vending machine offerings.  What is it this time?  Cartoon characters with gooey globs of paint dripping from every conceivable inch?  Maybe razor-sharp flash-covered plastic things, just begging to use up your last Band-Aid?  Or maybe some stickers, squashed between some cardboard, just to instantly remind you how uncool and out-of-fashion your choice immediately was?  Actually, none of those really, as this one is maybe the least scary this series has ever seen.

Introducing, Real Heroes, not to be confused with other imitators apparently.  These soldiers, in various classic poses and army camouflage color-ways, are a modern re-imaging of classic army men mini-figures with updated molds and weapons.  And the first thing you can notice and the thankfully exclusion of those hideous figure bases of the classics.  These, balanced more evenly, stand on their own, in every pose.

Pulling away from it's classic past and its differences from the hard thin plastic figures, what do these offer in the way of classic, purist, keshi nonsense?  You know, what does someone like me want to know about these guys?  For one, paint application on these are very minimal.  Small dashes over the hands and face are generally all that cover these, which allows the dessert, forest, snow, or night-time camo to really be the focal point.  Another positive point is the damn-near perfect feel and flexibility of the material used to mold them.  Surprisingly not poured in a super-hard plastic, recycled from bleach bottles and trash bags, I resist to use the term perfect when describing the amount of firmness these guys have.  Instead of being too hard and brittle or too soft and squishy, these mirror classic keshi minis in hard rubber feel without going too far in either direction.  The only significant knock I would have against these guys are the size and scale.  Like the monkeys, mini-ninjas, and other things we've found lurking in vending machines, these too stand only roughly an inch tall.  For a couple quarters, I suppose that's fine, but when talking about whether you should be interested or not to collect the whole set, this might be a deal-breaker, if you're interested in a certain flow within your collection.

Besides all that, I was actually pretty pleased to drop a few quarters in this machine.  I usually regret it, but sleep well knowing I'm still supposing something I still want around.  This time, I actually dig these guys quite a lot, and I don't even like army men that much.  Far from perfect, Real Heroes could actually be a gem to be pretty excited about, especially if this theme really gets your blood flowing.

October 22, 2017

Where is SpiderEarth? Is Keshi Drop Dead?

Hello, everyone!  Long time no see!  Don't get me wrong, I am fully aware I should open this bad-boy up with an apology for my absence, and one with no explanation.  Well, further explanation, I mean.  But, past all that, I do want to apologize to those who checked in for news and ramblings only to find spiderwebs, and not the 'Yeah, I get it.  He's a spider,' type.

I'm sure everyone knows the story, but early this spring the world thought it would be a good idea to allow me to bring another one like me into being.  I warned them about the long-term ramifications, but alas, my son was born late June.  Wait!   I haven't even updated you all about that.  Okay, let's rewind a little further back.  In preparation of my son being born, I told everyone I was going to be having him sometime in the spring and that my work here and the blog wasn't going anywhere.  Then late June he was born.

It was a roller-coaster of emotions that's for damn sure, and I wish I could say they were all positive.  Leading up to it, we were getting very sentimental and very anxious to meet our little man, but it was problem after problem after problem with the hospital and their staff that really kept it from being a perfect experience.  Long story short, unbeknownst to us, natural labor was not in the cards and the longer we pushed it, the more stressful it got, and near the end of day three of labor, I was on the floor weeping, praying, and falling apart, sure that this bloody hospital had killed my baby and girlfriend.  Through those rough patches though, and a Cesarean later, we made it through, and god-damn, if our child was made from brimstone, my girlfriend literally marched down through every level of hell and grabbed him herself.  Just the amount of physical, mental, and emotional sacrifice she gave to someone that'll carry my last name and not hers, is something I know I'll never be able to repay, but she keeps saying, every time I bring it up, is that she'd do it every time for the baby.  This whole debacle with the hospital is story for another time and, frankly, a lawyer too, at some point, but let's wrap this part up quickly.

With the baby born, we stayed in the nursery for a little over a week later, ironing out kinks the hospital created and making sure everything with junior was peachy for his life outside mommy.  One of the one's on my side, was that I was experiencing some insomnia and when I was getting sleep, I was getting some pretty severe nightmares.  But it wasn't anything that was going to kill us at this point, so we were just waiting for things to get better in other places.  In time there were, so we went and started to relax at home, but raising a baby is rough work!  Holy hell, people joke, but it's the honest truth!  When you're raising a baby, whatever title you think of yourself, be that artist, worker, pointless blogger, or whatever, that is all quickly transformed to father real quick with no time for much else, at least in my experience so far.  So at first, writing on the blog at all was a complete no-go.  I had fallen off the keshi wagon altogether.  I had no idea what was coming out or being teased or anything!  I was on baby-detail around the clock, but I loved it all the same and still do.  However, the little-one is almost four months old now, and no one would believe me if I said that sort of crazy routine was still going on.  So what's my excuse then?

None.  I don't have a really good one, but I think you find it common around the social-sphere of the Internet.  You'll see a video-maker or writer or artist just completely fall off the face of the earth and then come back after quite a long break with really no reason for their prolonged absence.  I think part of it I just briefly mentioned.  I had completely fell out of touch with the keshi community.  I missed a series of conventions, releases, and general news, I had no idea where to jump back in.  I suppose the right answer would have been 'Anywhere', but it certainly didn't feel like that.  However, I do have to thank one thing that brought me back to write this, at least.


Halloween and vending machines, actually.  Which I felt was almost too perfect, as vending machine junk is what got me back into this hobby a few years ago.  It dragged me back in again, sort of.  Well, with All Hallows Eve drawing near, I just happened to pass across some new, maybe not new at all, mini-figures at the grocery store's vending machine and I thought 'Hey, that would be good for a 'It Came From a Vending Machine' article, just in time for Halloween!'  And the longer I thought that, the more I was open to get my toes wet again, even despite how little free time and play money I have.

If it's not spent with the babe, the rest of my day is spent at my new job.  Sadly, shortly after my previous post, I was let go from my place of employment because the business was shutting down.  Yeah, pretty great, right?  Unemployed and having kid, lucky me, but to be honest, it worked out well in the end.  I got to spend a lot of needed time with the family and I got a lot of experience and lessons under my belt about being a dad quick, so I wasn't panicking and worried later.  After the summer, I found a new job and probably the best one I've had so far.  I now work with a toy company, believe it or not.  It's not keshi, sadly, but I work in the shipping department of a toy company that specializes in kid's toys of all sorts, so it feels like I am shopping half of the time and working the other, while being paid far more than I previously was.  Absolutely zero complaints.

I think that brings us up to the present, with a lot of events going on and not much excuse to what took me so long to come back, but to be honest, I have some reservation saying I am coming back right now.  Having a baby takes a lot of effort, a lot more than I first thought, and producing anything on my own right now seems to be something I need to schedule a babysitter to assist me with.  However, I want to make a better effort.  In my previous post, I promised Keshi Drop wasn't going anywhere, and I am still upholding that promise.  I just don't think I can regularly write a lot.  At this moment, I won't be able to cover news and releases when they should be.  Things would have to fall precisely in the times of day or week where I could spend some time with it, and I think that won't really work outside some rare cases of pure luck.  But despite all that pessimism, I think some effort should be put forth.  I should write something, so for now, this is that, and later, maybe you can expect some more opinion pieces, where I delve into thoughts and explorations about topics than articles of news and happenings.  I think that's something I can do, that's not all that time-sensitive, so with a crooked-smile, I say you can expect that, but I should probably warn you not to get too worked up over it.  Right now, I am super busy.  More than I thought.  And it will be a process of thinking up something to write, tossing it around my mind a bit, lay it out in my brain and sorta' write it mentally, and finally put flesh to keyboard.  I have no idea how long of a process that'll be, but I am going to start taking baby-steps back into things.

Thank you for stopping by for this and reading the ramble this far, and I hope you you come back soon when I have something a bit more keshi-sentric prepared.

May 2, 2017

Call to A.R.M.S! Keshi Attack on Designer Toy Awards '17!

Ladies, gentlemen, dorks, geeks, nerds and shut-ins, today we have an important mission!  Today, I come to you not as your rambling toy hobo, shouting at the clouds, but as your rambling toy hobo general, calling for your swords and shields to battle by my side.  Some of us will die.  In fact, since the 80's our keshi armies have not always seen much victory, so none of us might make it back, but don't let that cloud your mind from victory.  What we lack in size and articulation, we more than make up for in simple elegance, design, and durability!  We are proud keshi soldiers and we will conquer all!

We have already deployed a secret platoon of elite keshi marines, but as we all know, we need a stronger force with a higher body count.  We need a mass of foot soldiers to maintain our position and to topple the opposition, completely and utterly.  That is where you all come into play.

Your target?  The 7th Annual Designer Toy Awards!  Your enemy?  Every infernal blind box abomination!  Every fragile resin reject, with a gallon of paint smothering it's insides!  Every hollow hunk of sofubi!  Every plush will hang on spikes, to rot and be picked a part by birds!  Everything falls to our monochromatic, inarticulate might!  It is the time for the Keshi Army to reign supreme over the toy landscape and the time to do that is now!

Soldiers, here are your instructions!  Visit the link below and sign up to the Designer Toy Awards.  That's the only way you can vote for the both A.R.M.'s Stranger Minis and Super 7's Street Fighter M.U.S.C.L.E., in their respective Licensed and Non-licensed categories.  It would be so amazing to see them both emerge as winners.  Both companies have been blowing the doors off the keshi scene the last couple years and these two projects have really defined their efforts.  Seeing keshi go 2 for 2 would be a lightning strike of a kill-shot to the toy community.  Sure, some hunk of sofubi garbage won this category and some bunny-eared slop won a different one, but all challengers pitted against keshi fell to the might of our swords.  We are the kings atop of the mountain!  We get to eat the drumstick!  Or the breast meat!  Or whatever part of the turkey we want!  Just be thankful if we share our turkey at all!

Alright, Keshi Army, we charge on my count!  On three!  One!  Two!  Crap!

Crap, both categories Stranger Minis and Street Fighter M.U.S.C.L.E. are in are panel only, and not open to the public.  That's a huge bummer, and really takes the frenzied mob thing out of it all.  Leaves keshi completely in the hands of these shady Illuminati panel members, probably not of this world.  Hopefully, they understand how many there are of us and how frenzied this mob can get, if we ever get to frenzy the mob in any regard.  Threats aside, hopefully they understand how incredible both of these projects are, and how superior keshi is in general.  We're watching you, reptilian panel members.  Don't screw this one up!

Well, that was a lot of hot air for nothing.  Welcome to the Keshi Drop, everyone, but do visit the link below and vote for all the public categories.  I think it's still important and fun, even if we can't really whip a mob up together.  Maybe next year...  maybe next year...


April 19, 2017

Bandai Reveals Kinnikuman Kinkeshi Vol. 3 For Preorder!

Welcome back everyone!

With the brand new revitalized Kinkeshi Volume 1 reaching the hands of pre-ordered customers in the past week, Bandai announced Premium Volume 3 is up for pre-order now!

For those who somehow don't know (hey, it's cool, welcome aboard), Kinkeshi is arguably the grand daddy of keshi mini-figures and late last year they announced that the classic line from the 80's would see a return with new figures and new resculpts of old favorites.  This being the third announcement brings great news, as fans across the world have signaled the desire for this line to continue on.  It's great to see such a success story in both the keshi business and the keshi community.  In times like these, it's always healthy to have a little artistic coming together.

Displayed in the new set, are a lot of familiar faces, looking good as hell, but there's some new wrestlers entering the ring for the first time too.  One catching my attention the most is the USB flash-drive character, who also seems to be catching more eyeballs than just mine.  The studio behind the Kinkeshi revival also seems to have something of a soft spot for the modern mutant man.  He's certainly strange as hell, but that's part of the charm.

For more information, check out the link below, and as always, thanks for checking in.  In the next few months, I'll be having some baby news.  It's crazy to imagine it, but it's almost time.  Coming upon the last lap.