December 20, 2015

OTMFG BrainWaves Black Colorway Drop!

I've pointed out in previous updates that 2015 hasn't really been a year that brought a lot of love and attention to October Toys' OTMFG.  In years past, they would see a scheduled monthly drop that excited a lot of fans, but this year it just wasn't there in full-force.  Not to repeat myself or to harp it on much, it's great to see they are not forgetting it this holiday season and they are finishing year off with some keshi love.  And who else should we see, but the lone warrior of 2015 itself, BrainWaves.

Out now, this lump of coal variant of the hot new addition to the OTMFG line-up and the only known variant to the figure since the writing of this update.  So far, to my knowledge, there are only this black version and the flesh version, so if you are like me, getting this one might just complete your set.

But if you are a completionist like me sometimes, you might be interested to know they have a lot more than just this variant, if you are looking to start a collect off big or looking to wrap one up.  I'm talking about eight Zombie Pheyden colorways, two Brocotal colorways, the flesh Baby Deadbeet, and five elusive Mini Gwin variants that are all still available, so check them out!   It's all just a couple bucks each!

Alright guys, until next time!

December 14, 2015

The End of Moose Toys' Mutant Mania?!

With the news of it hitting the clearance racks across Europe, it appears this just might be the very end of the Mutant Mania toyline from Moose Toys.

Long time readers will remember old posts questioning Moose Toys and Mutant Mania for design choices.  For those who may not know, Mutant Mania was a cool new twist on the classic Kinnikuman/ MUSCLE minifigures.  They were made in awesome vibrant colors and had all kinds of crazy and gross-out characters akin to The Trash Pack.  Where it really fell apart, at least for me, was that they were nowhere close to being a single slug minifigure.  In fact, they were three pieces held tightly together with a rubber barbell that ran through the exposed back of the minifigure.  This was the selling point of the toyline.  It made it customizable, as well as playable, that is, if anyone really felt the same.

Mutant Mania's first set sold and created a fan base, however, I can't really say how well or how big, considering the toyline didn't really grow much past that.  I suppose we can all say it wasn't successful enough, whatever the numbers were, as it is only a year later and it seems to be in it's clearance bin death throws.

Let's not forget Moose Toys have been in this situation with a keshi-inspired toyline many times before.  We can remember The Trash Pack as well as Fistful of Power before that, met the same fate, so I wonder if this is it with Moose Toys and minifigures.  The good news is they still have Shopkins and Uggly's Pet Shop still going to this day, but Mutant Mania was aimed directly as the Kinnikuman audience and failed just over a year.  Would they look at their mistakes and take another shot or move away, maybe to return in some time in the distant future?

We can all take a look into our crystal balls and make our guesses, but what's not to say other keshi-inspired toylines will fall with them?  It always seems when you add a new feature or modernize it up a bit, it takes away from the appeal.  When it pulls away from creative character design and sculpting, what product is really for sale?  Keep it simple and beautiful, I say.  Don't cut up the sculpt.  Don't dig out it's back.  Don't make some ridiculous rubber barbell spine that looks out of place, and don't try to sell me on anything but well-crafted keshi minifigures, because I'm not sure it'll be that successful.

December 11, 2015

It Came From A Vending Machine: Lil' Brats!

Welcome back, everyone!  There is just so much to thoroughly enjoy about this time of year!  Is it the super cold weather?  How about the infinite darkness and daylight that only seems to be around for fifteen minutes in the morning?  What about the holiday music, on endless loop, from every store starting as early as weeks after Halloween?  There's always the rampart holiday shoppers, charging and barging through parking lots and store doors.  Boy, there is just so much, it's a wonder why anyone would be sick of it and wish it was actually just a couple days long like normal!  Buy, hey, before it's over, let's not forget about the children and our segway into today's It Came From A Vending Machine, featuring Lil' Brats!

Like other vending machine toy howlings, I come across them almost randomly, shopping from here to there, and today's is really no different.  These guys seem to be a new addition to the super market inside the plaza, so I figured I would give them a shot, especially because they appeared keshi-like, or at least, as keshi as a painted mini-figure would be.  In fact, at first glance, I thought they were something akin to Homies or the Family Guy miniatures I've covered in the past, so for once, I was pretty excited to waste some coins on some awful plastic.

That was the first impression away, because what awaited for me inside the capsules was something much different.  Even from the picture I took with my tree, it's hard to imagine them, hollow, with the same sort of texture and softness as you would expect from one of those tropical fish squeeze bath toys.  Yeah, to my surprise, these mini-figures were very not keshi in almost any way.  They were hollow, very soft, and sculpted to possibly be squirting toys, once upon a time before bootleggers rehashed them.  Poses on them seem to indicate they were intended to spit out water or what have you, but now with giant holes in the bottom of their feet, leave that feature dry.

Immediately disappointed, I looked for something salvageable with these guys.  In my head, I knew I couldn't rightly add them to my keshi collection, but maybe there's something to like about them all the same.  Although I'm sure readers know I'd rather have zero paint application than any, the application on these guys is straight up horrible, even by bootleg standards.  Smudges of different colors plague every mini-figure.  Colors not even found in other places appear smeared on the back of a head here and down a leg there.  Some paint scuffed completely off.  I suppose I don't need any more evidence that these guys all traveled together, loose, and whatever happened along the way just happened.

Lil' Brats look and smell like toxic waste, and I imagine they would taste the very same.  These guys, will most certainly be freebies tossed in with trades with forum members, and I hope for your sake, you don't ruin your festivities with more awful Lil' Brats.

December 4, 2015

Kaiju Smackdown Krampus Preorder!

Hey, everyone, welcome back!  As we come closer and closer to the soul-crushing dread of the holidays, we can at least find some solace in one avatar of peace and goodwill, and by that of course I mean our favorite forgotten Yuletide demon, Krampus!

Readers may recall the Kaiju Kaos Smackdown Kickstarter project sometime ago that really won me over on their high quality resin minifigures.  They have been steadily increasing their ranks, adding more monsters to smack down, and this holiday season, they are opening their site for pre-orders on their lastest creation called Krampus!

Everything about this guy is super fun and exploding with grumpy, Grinch, character.  If you're in the market to keep a Santa ornament in line or a few hoofed characters on the grill, this is the guy for you!  Go check him out in all his festive colorways by clicking the link below!

November 30, 2015

Purist Ramblings: No Promo Keshi In America?

With Designer Con news and updates, Thanksgiving, and even all the blitzkrieg super sales of the following days afterward, I want to spend a couple moments discussing about a topic I've been wondering about.  I was thinking, 'What happened to promotional minifigures in American products?  Why aren't they as big as they were before, and what really needs to change to see them in the capacity they once where?'  So, let's discuss this, and even worse tremble at a very possible, yet nightmarish, solution.

Before we delve into the minutia of consumer thought patterns in the last thirty years, let's just cover all the basics, or rather, the basics that come readily to mind.  Minifigures as a whole are not a Japan or Asia only thing.  Little rubber or plastic toys have existed all over the globe, ever since toy companies have found a way to shape melted plastic into shapes, but make no mistake, keshi, as we know it, does have a lot of origin there.  The word itself is Japanese, and it more or less created the format, it's nothing that has any sort of exclusivity attached to it.  It's not like saying you won't see a lot of baseball cards in countries without a baseball league, because you'll find trading cards of all sorts, depending the region.  This is also true about American keshi, as well.  As Kinnikuman/ MUSCLE was catching on outside of Japan, America developed and created their own toy lines based on the keshi format, and not really were more popular than Monster In My Pocket.

Monster In My Pocket was indeed popular to see itself in a promotional capacity.  It found itself in cereal boxes, cracker boxes, and hell, even video game boxes.  Yeah, believe it or not, Monster In My Pocket was successful enough to see itself not just a video game named after it, but a children's cartoon and comic book series.  To this day, the exclusives found in these products are some of the most coveted and hard-to-find minifigures among collectors, but when kids were through stuffing monsters in their pockets, monsters stopped showing up in cereal, and then finally store shelves.

Can we blame MIMP's demise for the reason why there are no modern day promotional sets?  I would argue not.  Just look at the countless number of following minifigure toy lines that have been released since.  We're talking about Slug Zombies, Fistful of Power, The Trash Pack, and the hundreds of vending machine sets as well.  What kept them out of the cereal boxes and coffee cans, because as most of us know, promotional stuff with Japan is still huge thing.

There are many stores dedicated to Gachapon vending machines, with a thriving customer base still hungry for small figures, and even just this year we saw Japanese Circle K see a re-release of classic Kinnikuman with their fountain drinks and Georgia Coffee with the Series 2 of the Kinnikuman 'At-Work' series that depicted the characters all forgoing their wrestling poses and doing something handy.  So we're talking about 2015 stuff, with no indication we won't see some 2016 stuff.  So what's the hold up?

Is it solely a cultural thing?  Can we safely assume that for some reason or another only Japanese people have the ability to enjoy keshi figures?  I would only have to point your attention, if not to Monster In My Pocket, to sets like Homies, Lalaloopsy, and Skylanders to a lesser extent.  In fact, some could also argue this new insurgence of blind box toys is something of the latest format for vending machines.  I don't think it's a cultural thing at all, and really, I can't really come up with any reason why keshi can't swing the attention of kids and adults with an awesome promotional frenzy this summer.  Maybe there have been legal changes about this that I am unaware of.  Maybe unbeknown to me, rules have changed about what can go with a box of crackers and or a soda, but if that's not it, I'm not sure.

I am sure, however, of what or who can change this in the minds of Americans and American consumers, and the thought of it makes my skin crawl.

Close friends of mine know I absolutely despise, with every fiber of my being, Minions from the Despicable Me franchise.  Their complete aesthetic, with the basic oval designs and basic coloring, bother me like a rash.  It's amplified more with their brainless gibberish and their happily stupid attitude.  But just to hate these little yellow balls of trash on personal appeal alone wouldn't be touching anything more than the tip of this iceberg.  How these drooling, bug-eyed, idiotic things are used as the modern day Garfield, on everything from inspirational posters to random pictures and quotes throughout social media, bubble the intolerance to Minions to near nuclear levels.  In other words, I wouldn't hesitate to collect any keshi figure from any keshi set from any franchise... except Minions.

But brushing away my rage towards those yellow, disgusting, things, I can't without good conscience see anything else work within a keshi format and be universally accepted in a promotional setting than Minions.  Minion minifigures are already a thing, as far as I can tell, as I have bought absolutely none of them, but tying them into seasonal giveaways with glow-in-the-dark, glittered, and all sorts of variants wouldn't be the craziest stretch in the world.

Minions are huge.  Stupid and repulsive to no end to me, but insanely huge to others.  Their simple designs and little need for color plays right into the keshi format.  They could make the transition almost seamlessly.  I wouldn't necessarily enjoy one crawling out of my box of crackers, but I don't see anything else at this moment kicking this off.

November 20, 2015

ARM Monsterex + RTF Robo Designer Con 2015 Exclusives!

Hey everyone!  Designer Con is almost upon us!  Tomorrow morning, Saturday the 21st, to be exact, people will be piling into the Pasadena Convention Center to be checking out all the cool designer toys, artist offerings, fun events, and interesting panels.

Two more of keshi exclusives will be new colorways of previous minifigures you may or may not have seen before.

The first one is a new Ectoplasm Blue variant of AlienRobotMonster's super successful and beloved Monsterex.  If you want to start talking about a 'Best of' list for 2015, I would not be surprised to see this monster mash-up in a lot of them across collectors.

The second one is a metallic green/ glow in the dark gradient colorway of the RTF Robo from RoboToyFest called Atomic Green.  Sculpted by George Gaspar and usually held only at the Robo Toy Fest conventions, this guy looks like he couldn't resist the temptation any longer and will be finding himself with collector's as early as tomorrow.

Very cool stuff!  Designer Con looks to be a ton of fun and I swear I'll visit it some year.  For now, this should wrap up my previews of the convention, and I'll be back to random ramblings and oddball news very soon.  Keep an eye out for a new type of article I've been spit-balling for a little bit now.  I think it'll be interesting, I think.

November 18, 2015

Eric Nilla + Nama Niku Designer Con 2015 Exclusives!

I told you we would be right back to Designer Con stuff, so have no fear, today we are looking at some Eric Nilla and Nama Niku exclusives.

When it comes to rising independent artists and important figures in the American keshi community, Eric Nilla is certainly on that list.  You can't go anywhere and look at anything that hasn't been in someway a collaborative effort with Eric.  It seems like he's always working on something, whether that's sculpting or casting.  It goes without saying, Eric Nilla's presence as an American keshi artist is a strong one, and it doesn't seem to be shrinking anytime soon.

Debuting at Designer Con is Eric Nilla's very own Super Atomic Deluxe Ultra Mega Kaiju Fighter.  Inspired by the Japanese kaiju keshi, this beast of a minifigure has been sculpted and casted by Eric Nilla himself.  You know if you have at least one Ultraman or Godzilla keshi this guy is a must to complete the set, so make sure you get yourself to Designer Con or keep an eye on his website for future releases.

With Super Atomic Deluxe Ultra Mega Kaiju Fighter, Eric's collaboration with Nama Niku called Manzilla will be seeing it's final release.  If you have never picked up one of these beefy guys in the past, now is the time to get one before they are gone forever!

November 17, 2015

NJPW World Showcasing Classic Kinnikuman Episodes!

Let's take a quick break away from all the Designer Con 2015 stuff, and chat about something completely different.  For those waiting for more D-Con updates, we'll be back to more of that very soon.

New Japan Pro Wrestling is a very large and very successful wrestling promotion based out of the land of the rising sun.  Think of it as the WWE, but focused heavily on in-ring maneuvers and a boxing/MMA style promotion.  I've been following it for years now, and it's very entertaining.  I certainly recommend it to any wrestling fan, but I do understand getting imported wrestling product isn't always the easiest.

New Japan does have a Video-On-Demand subscription service called NJPW World.  Think of it like Netflix or Hulu or anything else when it comes to watching movies and television shows on the Internet.  Not to sound like an advertisement, but for roughly 8 American a month, you can get all the prerecorded and live shows New Japan is doing throughout the year, and this little update is very awesome as well.

Subscribers to NJPW World can now enjoy classic Kinnikuman episodes #87-90, that take place during a tag team tournament that is also right around the corner for the Japanese wrestling promotion.  This is very cool, especially if you have never seen the classic anime that inspired the Kinnikuman/MUSCLE keshi minifigure line.

One piece of advice, however, if you are looking to join: the website is entirely in Japanese and can be a little hard to navigate, if you have no experience with the language.  There is plenty of third-party support however to help you.  I would suggest using Google Chrome when browsing NJPW World, where it has a built in translation function that helps out a little bit.  As well as that, there are plenty of resources on Reddit and other fan sites that can assist you with a tutorial or walk-through.  Worth a look for sure!

November 16, 2015

Punkdrunkers Are Coming To Designer Con 2015!

Some days ago, the Japanese design company Punkdrunkers announced they would be at Designer Con 2015 later on this month.  Of course this is very awesome news for con goers, but Designer Con isn't exclusively keshi minifigures and Punkdrunkers hasn't dabbled in the stuff either since last February.  So, for someone who wouldn't be able to go this year, I wasn't exactly flipping out of my seat when I first heard the news.

Things have changed however.

Long time readers may recall last February as a time of huge regret for Crazy Uncle Yours Truly.  I had somehow fan-dangled the time away from work for the 24 Hour Toy Break stream, and I saved up a good amount of wiggle-wobbles to have myself a little shopping spree.  Weeks before the event, Punkdrunkers announced their collaborative minifigure they did with Onion Fights, and I was enthralled by it.  I needed it, and price be damned, it would be mine.  With my Paypal ready, I quested on through the 24 Hour night portion of the stream, ready for that next afternoon.

Long story short, I fell asleep.  I passed out and missed the drop.  I missed the drop so bad, by the time I woke up and figured out what time it was, the minifigure was sold out.  2015 has been a year of the 'keshi that got away' and I would be lying if I told you I wasn't every so often trolling through eBay and toy forums looking for anyone selling it.  

But now it's back!  Almost an entire year from when I missed it, the Punkdrunkers X Onion Fights collaboration keshi minifigure will be for sale at Designer Con 2015 at their booth, and you know I won't let this one go a second time.

November 15, 2015

Catching Up With More D-Con15 Exclusives! Nemos! Godbeast!

Hey, everyone!  As previously stated, the news and updates about the releases coming to Designer Con 2015 have been soaring through the Internets.  Here's a couple more awesome looks at some - this time with a Glyos perspective.

You wouldn't have guessed tragedy hit Nemo's Factory just a short time ago.  Sure, it laid up the production lines and halted the mechanics hard at work, but now that seems like such a distant memory, especially how massively Nemo's Factory has risen from the ashes.  Arriving at Designer Con, Nemo's Factory will be selling three new colorways of the AV Robot, and from the image, they appear to be flesh tone, clear, and a deluxe gold with some sort of bronzing finish.  Very neat indeed, and it goes without saying that everyone should be dropping by their booth or online store to more information.

Secondly, The Godbeast has a new colorway for the Kabuto Mushi and Mini Mushi.  Imprinted with that signature Kinnikuman logo on his chest, you know exactly where this one is going.  A complete homage and love letter to the old school Kinnikuman/MUSCLE toy line, these flesh tone beetle berserkers look pretty amazing in this variant.  And the good thing about these guys is their parts can be mixed and matched with the AV Robot and Mystical Warriors of the Ring Evolution, so you can really make some scary creatures if you're imagination is up to the task.

November 13, 2015

More Designer Con Goodness: Bunnywith and Niku Wrestling!

Hey everyone!  Welcome back!

Like promised, I knew there would be a giant avalanche of Designer Con stuff just on the horizon, and really, there is even more than I first expected.  Expect more updates in the coming days, as I try to keep up with it all to the best of my ability.

Today, however, we have additional news from the DKE Toys booth and their new clear orange colorway of Alex Pardee's BUNNYWITH minifigure set.  Last year was a delicious clear pink and they follow up with another great looking gummy set.  If you're into strange cute creatures with a touch of deformity and mutation, these silly bunnies are for you.

Independent artist, Nama Niku, will be bringing all sorts of minifigures to booth #1104, including this Niku Wrestling Alliance Ring collaboration with Eric Nilla.  Sure, you may have all sorts of fantastic MUSCLE wrestlers and maybe even some wrestling rings for them to fight in, but you know you don't have a wrestling ring that is also a wrestler.  Now that's something you know you have to include in your collection!

Get to Designer Con and make it happen! 

November 12, 2015

Designer Con 2015 SUCKLE Exclusives!

Welcome back, everyone!

Today we have some really exciting news about both Designer Con, which is right around the corner, and SUCKLE Series Two, which I feel is one of the hottest sets this year.  Great pair of you ask me!

DKE Toys announced today news about a couple exclusives hitting the designer toy convention.

First, what is being called Series 2.5, the stretch goals of the original Kickstarter are coming back together for exclusive colorways.  From the image released, it may only be a pink and green, but I wouldn't be surprised if there were more.

The big news, I feel, is Series Two of the SUCKLE Rejects in a flesh tone.  They are back and rejected more than ever!  For those who don't know about the Suckle Rejects, but essentially, if you can even imagine the 'bootleg-ception', but it's Sucklord kit-bashing and bootlegging his own minifigures that were inspired by his original kit-bashes and bootlegs.  Just madness!

For more information, check out the following links, but of course, if you want these guys you'll have to find a way to Designer Con or some super nice that will go for you.

November 11, 2015

OMFG Series Four Siren Artist Proof Drop!

Welcome back, everyone!

Long time readers of the blog will know that I'm a die-hard fan of the October Toys brand and OMFG in particular.  Maybe even some will remember my review of the latest set that came out earlier this year.  If so, then you'll understand why this drop excites me so much.

Not only in the review, but in the Toy Break contest that banked me a couple awesome sets of Series Four, I sung the Siren's praises.  Not only did I feel this minifigure was the one to get out of Series Four, but I feel this is the one to get out of all four sets.  The overall character design and sculpture was one point, and when you're talking about working within the restrictions of keshi, this one does a really fine job.

Available this very moment on the artist's online store is the hot pink Artist Proof colorway of the Siren that was featured in Series Four of OMFG.  For only five wiggle-wags you'll net one of these ocean divas for you own, but you won't be getting just her alone.  Along with her, you'll be getting a blue collective case and a signed poster from Corey Webb as well.

Pretty rocking deal if you ask me, so check it out!  Follow the link below!

November 10, 2015

MWOTR Evolution Talos Prototype Leak Part Three!

A lot of work and effort is going behind the eventual release of the second Evolution minfigure.  We've been getting a lot of behind the scenes teasers and inside looks, and it's becoming increasingly apparent why.  This guy is a monster!

Teased with the removable championship title, this picture of Talos was just recently released across social media with implications that he will be making an appearance in some form or another later this month at Designer Con.

It's still very hard to say where in the production Talos lies, but with each look we get he's getting more cleaner, fleshed out, and ready to rumble.  But of course, follow Mystical Warriors of the Ring on Facebook and Instagram, as well as dropping by their website and online store for more goodness.  And if you need more Keshi Drop updates, use the tool on the sidebar to follow all the ramblings!

November 8, 2015

MWOTR Evolution Goliath Metallic Red Variant Review!

Welcome back, everyone!  Again, I apologize for the little break there, but it's always good to have a step away when things are pretty slow in the keshi world.  It's certainly good to recharge those batteries sooner than later, because Designer Con is at the end of this month and I know we will have plenty of news and drops to discuss very soon.

Today, however, we have the newest Goliath color variant from Mystical Warriors of the Ring.  It's an attractive metallic red, reminiscent of the metallic green and black variants of past drops, and just like those variants, the mix between a solid pigment and a wave of metallic shine is very nice.  I think the most appealing thing about this guy is how rare solid metallic red variants are in minifigure lines.  I don't readily recall many other keshi out there in this colorway, so this guy, if nothing else, stands on his own as a unique little guy. 

Mystical Warriors of the Ring always makes some pretty solid minifigures, so go to the link below and check out all their products, like this guy and many others.  Also, for more Keshi Drop ramblings follow all the updates by using the tool on the sidebar there.

October 28, 2015

It Came From A Vending Machine: Terror Toppers!

It's that time of the year again when we get in that screaming mood, and what better to cause a good fright than an eerie look into It Came From a Vending Machine!

Today's spooky sample came from the way of a local grocery store that I am assuming is getting all the kiddie's quarters scared out of their pockets.  It's Terror Toppers!  Granted, yes, it's not really keshi, again, but I feel there is some sort of family tree connection in there.  Maybe a distant cousin.

Regardless, plunk down a few coins and you too can see if these Terror Toppers are 'terror-riffic' or 'terror-ble'...  ...  I'll see myself out.  Trash-tier jokes aside, I was happy to throw some quarters in, just to see what I could get and to see the quality.  For my luck, I got the purple doctor ghoul head and the blue Elvis character.  The rubber used seemed pretty decent enough.  It wasn't rock hard and brittle, but it wasn't soft enough it would fall apart either.  The paint on the other hand is beyond the use of a Halloween-themed pun of bad description.  Granted, sure, someone like me would have preferred no paint at all, but these are just awful.  Sure, I should be lowering my standards, and I do, but the quality is just silly.  You'd figure it wouldn't be that hard to pull of a messy looking zombie head, torn off it's body.  You'd figure the black ink or paint would wash and settle into the crevices easy enough and your hand would be able to be steady just long enough to do a couple eyes and a few teeth.  Well, you figured wrong.

I never got the clown topper, but looking at it now, it makes me pretty curious.  I'm looking at that nose and how perfectly pink it is.  I should go back and throw some change in there.  I have to see how miserable is.  It's not Halloween yet!

October 27, 2015

Ironhaus Universe of Violence Wave Two Drop!

Wow, you know I tend to cover a lot of releases, and typically they are a small thing, maybe a new variant or two.  Maybe it's a new set or even maybe just production updates, but wow, do we have something expansive and enormous today.

I suppose if you have the means to go all-out, maybe the best course of action is to do just that.  Ironhaus Productions, a collection of independent artists around the world, have come together to release their Universe of Violence:  Chaos Dimension Wave Two minifigures, but if I left it at that, that would only be the tip of the iceberg.

Wave Two of this series is coming in maybe a literal flood of colorful keshi greatness.  First, you'll see the final print release of Satyrant and Maneater from Wave One in new variants.  Secondly, you'll see these three new characters joining the ranks -  West Nile, Deadface II, and Hell Chicken.  But what's crazy is that these guys are being released in not your typical flesh or glow-in-the-dark colorways only, but they will be available in twelve variants from the get-go.  That's bonkers, but so bonkers it's brilliant, as each color is chosen to match classic keshi lines in the past and present.  You have your Monster In My Pocket neons, like yellow, purple, orange, red, and the rare pine green.  And of course you have your MUSCLE flesh and dark purple.  You even have a hot pink to match all your Artist Proof keshis from October Toys.  The point is, no matter what classic line you collected, there is a variant set that matches for you.

I bet if that was the end of the story, you would be satisfied, and rightfully so.  You're looking at five minifigures with more variants to know what to do with, but of course, I told you earlier this drop is insanely huge.  Coming with Wave Two, this practice shot Iron Viking will be tossed into orders for free, while supplies last.  I absolutely love this guy, and being lucky enough to get him for free is a very exciting option.

Also, because this drop never ends, Ironhaus will be selling miscasts and defections a couple bucks a piece, so the option to really fill up an box of keshi is right there for the taking.  Maybe most people are not into defects and miscasts, like me, but I love the idea of them and collecting sort of the rough draft work from an artist.  Very exciting and awesome stuff!  Check it out by following the link below, and as always, follow Keshi Drop by using the tool on the side there.

October 26, 2015

Surprise! MWOTR Evolution Goliath Red Colorway Drop!

Hot off the press, Mystical Warriors of the Ring is releasing an unannounced variant of the Evolution Goliath minifigure.  Well, I suppose it's announced now, but this was somehow squeezed in all news and releases coming to Designer Con.

This ruby red looking gator won't be hitting a convention however, but the MWOTR webstore, like before, and along side him, more resin variants of Molie in a sort of army green.

Expect these drops to hit Friday, October 30th at 12pm noon CST, so check out the links below to snag one.  Also don't forget to use the tool on the side there to follow Keshi Drop and get all the updates emailed to you.

October 24, 2015

SUCKLE Series Two Pink Colorway Drop!

Readers that have followed my coverage of the Series 2 SUCKLE minifigures know they come with a pretty shoddy, bootleg, seal of approval.

And in case that came off weird, let me clarify - I really dig this set.  It's fun, hilarious, and as ridiculous as you'd come to expect from the Sucklord.  It's dripping with nostalgia and worth looking into.

When I covered previous sets, I said the pink set is the one to look forward to, whenever it comes out...

Well, wait no longer because they sit now in the Sucklord's webstore ready for consumption!  Check them out!  I really can't recommend this set enough.  Also, hit up the tool on the side there to subscribe to more Keshi Drop ramblings and raves.

October 22, 2015

Mystical Warriors of the Ring: Mystery Solved!

Luckily, I know my readers.  Luckily, I know I can come back here and say something like "Alright, gang, you know Crazy Uncle SpiderEarth has a couple screws loose, right?" and none will be too shocked.  Luckily, I can rely on these things, because Mystical Warriors of the Ring revealed their cryptic messages and plans for Designer Con and I couldn't have been more wrong with the guesses I made before.


The good thing is, however, the true reveal is actually pretty exciting still.  It was certainly more surprising, which is never a bad thing.

Coming to Designer Con, guests can partake in exclusive sets of Series One, Series Two, and the Goliath figure all in a MUSCLE Flesh Pink colorway.  Some people have noted that Series One has seen a 'flesh tone' variant already, but this release has more of a pink hue to it and compares closer to the classic MUSCLE figures.  I suppose if you need to classify the older flesh set to a classic MUSCLE variant, I would call the previous flesh a 'salmon' tone instead.

This variant is pretty fun and exciting!  I'll surely been hitting up my mule sources, and I suggest you do the same if you can't make it to Pasadena, California, November 21st & 22nd.  For more info, check out the links below, and for more crazy Keshi Drop ramblings and incorrect guessery from yours truly subscribe to the blog by using the tool on the side there.

October 21, 2015

October Toys OMFG + OTMFG October Releases!

This update really comes at the most fitting time.  It's as if they were reading my mind!  Of course that certainly not the case, but it's pretty perfect nevertheless.

You see, I covered Joe Whiteford's BrainWave artist proof variant, and made a passing mention how concerned I was with October Toys.  Maybe it was just my feelings and thoughts alone, because they have been doing a lot this year, but at least in the last couple months, it seemed like they were going through some retooling and refitting with their shows and their brands.  Some of their off-shoot video series have been condensed into their flagship Toy Break brand.  Their Skeleton Warriors Grimskull Kickstarter fell short of funding, and OTMFG hasn't seen that monthly love since June and then before that in March.

Some may say they've found a lot of hardship lately, but I feel some of it, if not more, can be attributed to earlier expansion.  I think I can say, after only watching their shows and buying their products for a couple years now, that they feel they can always do more.  They are hosting two annual conventions now, filming multiple weekly shows, and making a few different brands of toys, all on their own.  It's probably partial insanity, but once people find things that drive their passion and creativity, you'll best learn not to get in their way.  However, taking that all into account, I feel they may have been pulling a few things back because they've created way too much to do.

I'm sure fans will have different opinions, but I feel the biggest loss to these possible drawbacks were the monthly OTMG releases.  Granted, most often it was just variant and colorway releases, but still, I was very excited to see and pick-up the new minifigures every month.  It was something to look forward to, and seeing them role out consistently instilled the idea they were an healthy business, which in turn made me excited to see many more in the future.  Like I said before, 2015 hasn't been that fair to the OTMG brand, but maybe that's going to change very soon.

On Wednesday, October 21, at Noon PST, there will be a good, old-fashion, October Toys drop!  Releasing that day is the flesh version of the OTMFG newcomer BrainWaves, designed by Joe Whiteford, for a paltry two-spot, and with smartypants, OMFG Series 4 will be released in purple for ten!

This certainly puts a smile on my face and hopefully this is a sign of good things to come to round out this year, heading into the next.  For more info, check out October Toys' website and web-store below!

October 20, 2015

AlienRobotMonster's Monsterex Preorder Details!

Let's talk about one of the most anticipated releases this year!  People cannot get enough of this guy!

People are a buzzing and people want to know when they can finally get their hands on one of these guys, and today we finally have some news on that.

As we knew from before, three colorways will be dropping, and it looks like that mysterious third color is a purple.  I have to say, these three together look some attractive, and I can see why so many collectors are foaming at the mouth for these.  Like I said before, these guys are slamming that Monster In My Pocket button and crushing it into dust.  You can tell that, although MUSCLE was enjoyed a lot here in the States, MIMP filled a lot of toy boxes as well, including mine.

But onto release news!  Preorders will be open Wednesday, October 21 at 9am PDT/MST and it'll be running $20 plus shipping and handling.  Although I feel a lot of people will feel it to be a bit too pricey, keep in mind this guy is actually a tad larger than convention.  I would say he stretches near the three inch mark, from pictures I've seen towering over other miniatures.  To preorder and to check out for more info, follow the link below.

October 19, 2015

MWOTR: Evolution Talos Prototype Leaks Part Two!

It looks like Talos has fallen into the hands of The Godbeast.  Released earlier this morning, better detailed pictures of the upcoming second figure of the Mystical Warriors of the Ring: Evolution, Talos the bull.

As it's a good-looking prototype to see coming along, it's also great news to see the figure this far into production.  Fans of MWOTR know that The Godbeast is their closer and double-checker.  He gets all the prototypes and put them under his microscope before they hit mass production.  I think many of us are surprised to see Talos this far along in his creation.

With news of the mass production model coming out, it appears some resin versions will be showing up at Designer Con this year as well.  This energetic red bull popped up this afternoon with some notice that he'll be attending in some capacity.  At this time, we can only speculate if that's just to show off or any resin prototypes will be for sale, but when news occurs, I'll certainly share it.

Production updates aside, I think we can all see this guy is going to be one impressive minifigure.  I really became a big fan of the Goliath releases all this year, but I feel this one might beat that champion.  For more news and updates, follow the The Godbeast and Mystical Warriors of the Ring on their websites and on social media.

October 15, 2015

Joe Whiteford BrainWaves AP Variant Drop!

If you were following the OMFG Series 4 Kickstarter some time ago, then you certainly recognize this little creature.  Designed by Joe Whiteford, BrainWaves here had a flesh colorway version as a pledge bonus for the Kickstarter backers.

The trickiest thing however, even considered the newest member of the OTMFG cast, he hasn't shown up in any form other than those given to backers... well, except for now.

This variant is a brink pink 'artist proof' colorway and will hitting Joe's web-store Friday, October 16th, with a slew of extra goodies as well.  As teased on his Instagram, there will be stickers, buttons, and shirts as well for those who want to get fully decked out on the BrainWaves.

This is very cool and exciting to see a public release of BrainWaves, however I'm a little surprised not to see some other colorway sooner from October Toys.  Interest has been pretty high on this guy, primarily because he's so hard to find but also because he's a crazy, wild-looking, creature that fits very well into the OTMFG clan.  This weekend is certainly BrainWaves and Joe's time to shine, but it does make me wonder and worry whats been going on in the October Toys side of things.  Maybe I'll write a piece about it soon.

October 12, 2015

Alienrobotmonster Monsterex Drop!

I suppose one way to make the American  keshi community collectively explode virtually overnight is to mash up classic movie monsters into some sort of super Monster In My Pocket throwback minifigure, and the guys at Alienrobotmonster did just that with this creation.

Now, mash-up might not be the right term to use either, as I feel this guy might be a completely original sculpt from the artist, and not a combining of minfigures like the term might imply.  Someone correct me if I am wrong.

Man, is this monster impressive!  Named Monsterex, this beast is an obvious mix of Frankenstein's Monster and The Wolfman, and if he doesn't scratch that MIMP itch, I'm not sure what will.  

Monsterex is planning on hitting the Alienrobotmonster web-store very soon in three different colorways - flesh, green, and one other I have not been able to find out.  But, if you need someone to tell you, if this guy interests you, you need to be quite the aggressive shopper, because like I said, with almost no notice, this guy is snowballing out of control will attention and excitement.  People are really loving this piece and I can see why.  If you desire one, I would certainly follow the link below for more information and be one of the first in line to snag this guy before he's gone.

October 11, 2015

MWOTR: Evolution Talos Prototype Leak!

More information regarding Mystical Warrior of the Ring's releases for this November's Designer Con in Pasadena, California, has surfaced.

This just in:  wax is fragile!

This also just in!  It appears Talos the bull, just as we suspected, would be following in Goliath's footsteps in the MWOTR: Evolution line.  The multi-part glyos-compatible minifigure is being worked on and it appears to be in some prototype phase.  How far along is yet to be discovered, but the picture released indicates he's made it at least into the third dimension.

I had recently covered a cryptic message from Mystical Warriors of the Ring some may remember.  I had made a few guesses as to what it means, and although this announcement seems to present a whole new lot of information, I still stand by my original guesses.  I feel this bit of news is super excited and a bonus, but overall unrelated.  If I could make a slight adjustment to my guesses now with this, it's just the inclusion of Talos with some announcement or tease of Series Three.

What do you guys all think?  

Also, who do you think would win between Talos and Goliath?  Let me know with a comment below.

October 8, 2015

Mr. Rucksack Keshi From Kuidaore Toy!

Look at this wild character!

Everyone, meet Mr. Rucksack the villainous backpack character from the deepest depths of Kuidaore Toy's mind.  If you've been following them on social media, you've been keeping up on the creation of this knapsack creature, and now it looks to be very close to being released.

If nothing else could else could be said about this unique minifigure, you know you are missing that backpack monster in your collection. Maybe it's a bit too strange for some, but you have to admire artists that really follow through with something this creative!  Follow this link below for more information and the future release!

October 7, 2015

....But What Does It Mean?! SpiderEarth is on the case!

While Japan has their Wonder Festivals, we have a few awesome toy shows up our sleeve too, and I'm not talking about Comic Con.  Late November, we'll be seeing the Designer Con tent pop up in Southern California, and with that, we'll be seeing a crop of news and releases coming from artists and toy designers all across the world --- and in fact, it's already happening.

Released on Facebook and Instagram, the folks at Mystical Warriors of the Ring dropped this photograph with the caption "What do these have to do with Mystical Warriors of the Ring?  Stop by Designer Con in November to find out."

If you can't wait for Designer Con, then you're in luck!  I have my hunch or two.  Just get your tin foil hats on, because it's crazy Uncle SpiderEarth time!

Okay, with this one, we are going to be working with parallel coincidences.  We are going to take a few things we already know and can assume from the crew at Mystical Warriors of the Ring and apply it to this cryptic message.  Firstly, we can deduce from their recent release schedule, that they are hard-workers and have some difficulty holding back drops.  We saw this with the extra Goliath colorway drops this year, as well as the huge Series Two drop in multiple colorways.  It's been a busy and productive year for them for sure, but I have to assume that's how they like it.  Expecting things out of the blue and ahead of schedule isn't as crazy and wild as you'd think.  Also, we know they have been working on the Molie minifigure.  Molie is their mole interviewer character, and he was slated to be released in a future set.  Now we have the three other MUSCLE keshi minifigures in the picture.  Clockwise, that's Meat, Claw, and Sunshine E Top.  That's great and all, but what does that mean?  Although I could be wrong, I feel what will be shown off at Designer Con this year will be --- the prototypes of Series Four!

I think, for one reason or another, each of the characters in this picture represent someone in the new MWOTR set.  Of course the obvious tell is the announcer, but others can sort of give a clearer picture of what to expect too.  Sunshine and Claw are both villains, so we might see some baddies come our way.  Also, this is a alternative version of Sunshine, so we might see an alternative version of a villainous character already made.  Although, I wouldn't be terribly surprised if Claw was a red herring, meant to represent a new Widowmaker alternative, because they both have multiple appendages.  Meat could be an easy riddle to figure out.  Where he's a sidekick of sorts, the same could be assumed of the MWOTR counterpart.

But that's just my crazy ideas!  What do you guys think?

October 4, 2015

Nemo's Factory Gunmetal + Bronze AV Robots Drop!

It's with great news to see the once befallen Nemo's Factory churning and pumping out toys again!

Some readers may remember Dominic of Nemo's Factory experiencing some catastrophic events happening to his home last month.  The toy community banded together, and with help from a fund raiser campaign, he was able to start piecing the things back together.  Of course, I'm sure there is tons left to reassemble, but it's great to see the AV Robot back with a couple new colorways as beacons of strength and hope.

As of October 3rd at 6pm PST, in gunmetal silver and bronze, these bots are dropping in the web-store of Nemo's Factory, and really, I couldn't think of two better figures to check out and snag up, while supplies last.  Also, Tales of Nemo's Factory Issue #1 just hit news stands as well, so if you want to check out the stories behind these mechanized characters, you won't want to miss that either.

The AV Robots are priced at ten dollars a piece and are completely interchangeable and compatible with Glyos family figures, like Skeleton Warriors, MWOTR Goliath, and the Kabuto Mushi.  Please, do yourself a favor and check this drop out.  Support the bounce-back of Nemo's Factory!

September 28, 2015

SUCKLE Series Two Suburban Vinyl + LRG Colorways!

Hey everyone!  Welcome back to the old ramblings on Keshi Drop!  Real quick, I just wanted to mention that Keshi Drop is officially one year and a couple days old!  You know it's a meaningful moment when even I miss it by a couple days.  Also, we are coming very,very, close to ten thousand eyeball views.  Granted, yes, maybe to everyone else in the world neither things are very important, but I do want to make mention of them, because I don't take anything on this site for granted and appreciate it all.  Thank you guys all very much!

Moving on from all that stuff, though, I just wanted to pop in with some more awesome news about SUCKLE Series Two.  As you guys may know, I really enjoyed this set.  It's hilarious and absurd, and certainly one to hunt down.  So far there are sets in flesh, clear, and glow in the dark.  Actually, with this bit of news you can add two more.

Suburban Vinyl has locked down the transparent green set and LittleRubberGuys has the solid white.  Both have their uses for sure!  If you're a transparent bright color nut, like me, the green set has you covered, but if you want to do your own Sucklord bashing, you'll want the solid white for all your customization needs.

If they are not there yet, keep checking in to their respective websites soon!

September 23, 2015

Disintegrator CD + Muscle Wolf Keshi Drop!

First off, I want to thank a reader of the blog for bringing this awesome news find to my attention so I can share to everyone here!  Thanks a lot!  I'm only one guy, so I miss a lot of awesome stuff I'm sure, so feel free to send me an email or leave me a comment about something you want me to read up on or cover!

Long-time readers may remember my coverage of the Despair minifigure that was included in Adam Quesnell's comedy album.  It was certainly an impressive little keshi figure to follow, as it went on it's voyage outside the keshi community, and today we have something of the same vein.

Today, let's look at Muscle Wolf in these various colorways, made for the release of Australia's metal band, Disintegrator, and their next album. Slated for an early 2016 drop, Muscle Wolf will be taking a page from Despair's book and will be released alongside their latest heavy metal effort, in many colorways and two different variants (regular and battle-damaged).

If Muscle Wolf interests you, you'll want to act fast.  Even though the album won't be released for another couple months, Muscle Wolf is only going to be included as a preorder bonus.  As far as it stands right now, when these guys are gone, they are gone, and could possibly not see an independent release.  

September 21, 2015

Lets Look At Some Future Onion Fights Releases!

Ultimately, I feel this really should be renamed to 'SpiderEarth really needs to learn Japanese' because I feel I have virtually nothing to add to cool finds like these.  Even still, I will try my best and add my thoughts.

Onion Fights is probably one of the coolest and hottest toy lines in the modern age of keshi minifigure collecting.  Taking inspiration from classic Kikkikuman and building it into their own universe of space wrestlers, Onion Fights have climbed in popularity in not just Japan but in America as well.  Their professionally-sculpted figures have unique portions and burst with character and appeal.  It's a shame they are so limited and it's so difficult to get State-side.  Even now, I have yet to own a single one, and I'm sure I am not the only collector with the same plight.

 Despite that, I still very much enjoy seeing their releases, and it looks like they have quite the selection coming out pretty soon.  I have yet to find the information about when and where, but I have found these images on their Twitter and Instagram accounts, showing two new Onion Fight wrestlers called Doraneko Mask and Tacos & Nachos, and possibly a collaboration or a crossover with a horror-themed manga I am unfamiliar with.

All three of these figures look amazing!  And when there are any further news about the releases of these guys, I will certainly share it with you all.  Lets hope that some if not all of them will have an international release, maybe off their website, so more can cross the sea.

September 18, 2015

S.U.C.K.L.E. Series Two Review!

It's great day to be checking out keshi minifigures, that's for sure!  Today I just received my Kickstarter fulfillment in the mail from DKE Toys and the Revenge of the SUCKLE (Series Two) sets.

What a massive haul!  

For long time readers, you might remember all the project coverage earlier this year, and how incredible all the support was.  It seemed like every stretch goal they created was busted wide open, and whole project was looking to bank those who backed it a ton of minifigures.  At one point at the end, it was looking like people were going to virtually get a minifigure for each dollar they spent.  It was just such a crazy good bargain, especially for something brand new and basically looking for preorders.

Bargain aside, this set is all sorts of fun.  Sculpted by George Gaspar, of October Toys, Series Two has all the twisted characters in the Suckadelic world you wished was in the first set.  There's Crystal Pharaoh and Mary Paper$, from Toylords of Chinatown, but now also miniature keshi versions of Sucklord bootlegs like Bionic Carrot, Wrecked Souls, and Gay Energon.  Really though, last but not least, there is a keshi version of the Sucklord himself, maybe a little outside his bootlegging persona, from the reality show he starred on Work of Art.

Series Two is a giant grab bag of Sucklord randomness and insanity, and if you're a fan, you're going love every little inside joke and jab each of these minifigures pack.  From Transformers to GI Joe to Dungeons and Dragons to Fisher-Price's Little People, this is a wild set you just have to check out to believe.  My only gripe is I now have to wait for a pink/silver splatter variant.

September 17, 2015

Free Minifigures from Healey Made!

Do you like keshi minifigures?  Do you like keshi minifigures from talented independent artists?  Do you also like keshi minifigures from talented independent artists that are free?  Who doesn't?!?

Whiles supplies last, Healey Made is giving away awesome little kitbash minifigures  for free with every purchase!  No matter how big or small one of these little flesh tone dudes will be showing up as well.

You can't say no to that!  Follow the link below and check out all the cool things Healey Made offers!

September 14, 2015

Day Of The Slug Wave Three Drop!

BigManToys is back with another wave of slimy minifigures from his Day Of The Slug series.

Collaborating this time with Jimmy Rommel of Ironhaus Production, Wave Three sees a set of four gruesomely gross slugs, all jammed-packed with Boglin-inspired attitude and character.

When purchasing, you'll only be pleased to find a set of trading cards have slithered their way into this wave of slugs.

Wave 3 is currently available now while supplies last, so head over to BigManToys web-store and get them while they last!