Another tiny Toy Haul for today, but it's all good. It's probably best sometimes not to look at a pile of toys and brush over all the cool little details, which is why of course we have these guys.
These orange and blue twins are mascot minifigures of the 3D Retro toy store in Glendale, California. Sculpted by George Gaspar of October Toys, these guys have been those hard-to-find fringe OMFG/OTMFG miniatures, despite they are not actually a part of either set. Even so, collectors have dubbed these, if not a few more, unofficial releases under the same flag, and thus have a lot of interest behind them.
3D Retro doesn't have predictable plans with their little keshi robots. The flesh tone was sold through October Toys web store, at least until it sold out, and the glow-in-the-dark was done through 3D Retro's Instagram. There actually still might be some of them around, but don't hold me to it. It's just certainly good to check in on that, if you're interested. The blue and orange ones pictured here are in-store exclusives, which means you have to get to Glendale or know someone who can.
These two, if not others, are becoming crazy popular, if not for the unpredictable releasing then the in-store exclusivity. I am not even 100% sure these are the only two colorways used as in-store exclusives. When the figure was first announced, what appeared to be a metallic blue and metallic green colorway was also shown with the flesh tone. This could have been a Photoshop to show what it could look like in other colors, or maybe they are hiding in a crate in 3D Retro, ready to surprise the keshi community again. Who knows!?
Getting these keshis are hard for anyone who can't be at the right place at the right time, but that's why it's really important you involve yourself in an online community of collectors, traders, and all sorts of enthusiasts. Knowing and trusting the right forum members may score you some really awesome finds. If you're even semi-serious about completing any current keshi series, I suggest this is something you consider.