December 9, 2016

Electric Monarchy To Drop Flesh Variant Bukkake!

What's going on, everyone?  Welcome back to the old rantings and ramblings of your almost-favorite toy blogger.  It's been a busy season and a colder month, with this weekend turning out to be one of the more droptastic.  One reason it's turning out to be is the news that those cool kids in Germany are releasing a brand new variant for one of this years most sought after and controversial mini-figures this year.

Loyal readers will remember Keshi Drop being on the front line, or the Splash Zone, if I can get that trademarked, for Electric Monoarchy's glow-in-the-dark mini-figure called Bukkake.  Yours truly was there one day numero uno, back before this glowing beast was brightening up social media.  I was there before Toy Break awkwardly and disappointingly threw shade at the gross little guy...  I mean, despite their family of fecal, vomit, and trash monsters.  I was there before the line was supposedly drawn at ejaculate. I'm getting off track.  I suppose I'm saying all this because I couldn't be more excited and supportive of Bukkake's second whack at spreading it's love across our keshi community and across the world.

For those who ever wondered where the cloudy white original mini-figure came from, the answer may be included in it's second release, now... coming... December 11th 12am EST.  Taking it's first stomps in it's classic flesh-tone skin, this dripping abomination of your wildest black-out memories will be returning for old fans and new alike.   For those who joined in with the party of the first release, this is be an opportunity to expand your twisted desires, and for those who couldn't guess the filthy password at the door, it's a second chance to score.

You know the place and the day, so follow the men and women in long overcoats when they pass you in the dark and shady-looking alleyway.  I'm sure that's the crowd you want.  And of course, for more information, follow Electric Monarchy on social media and visit the website below.


December 5, 2016

Super7 Announces Alien MUSCLE Wave 1 Drop!

When you're talking about those who have really grabbed the reigns of mass pop culture, if I can even suggest it, and forced the popular eye to gaze upon the splendor of keshi, you're conversation has to include Super7.

Ever since their announcement of Masters of the Universe crossing into the realms of MUSCLE mini-figures, they have really taken on the mantle of standard bearer, waving the keshi flag, even if I haven't been the biggest supporter of their pop-up store events.  Regardless, when they release Masters of the Universe, but reveal plans on Alien, Street Fighter, Mega Man, Robotech, and Ghouls n' Ghosts, you can't help be on board.

Today, details on their second MUSCLE-inspired series has been released, and I am excited to share that Wave 1 of these bad dudes are dropping Friday, December 9th on the Super7 web-store.  Very interesting indeed, as I for one am looking to see how these react, not just with keshi collectors, but maybe Alien fans who never thought of collecting such figures before.  Good work, Super7!  Thumbs up!

December 2, 2016

Eric Nilla Announces Pocket Micheals Keshi+Resin Drop!

Pocket Micheals by Eric Nilla
Hey everyone!  Welcome back to the weirdest and least-helpful toy blog on the Internet.  Have a seat by the warm fire, grab a glass of Old Crazy SpiderEarth's World Famous Eggnog (secret recipe), and settle in for some keshi action.

Actually, before I break the good news, it's not actually just keshi action, but resin action as well.  Revealed over social media, prolific underground keshi master, Eric Nilla, announced a new set of his hit Halloween-inspired mini-figures, just in time to distract you through the month-long saccharine dredge through bright lights and god-awful music that has been the custom of this holiday season.

Perfectly dubbed as Pocket Micheals, I would be first to argue that some individuals, maybe myself included, need a Micheal in their pockets in December.  Now, I don't know how you're going to take that and twist that to your own perverted vision, but I stand by what I say.  Plus, look around, weirder things happen around here when the weather starts to get cold.

But don't let me hijack this with who-knows-what, Eric Nilla always makes a great product and if you want ground-level, independent, rebellious, keshi and resin, Eric is your man.  He's collab'ed with them all and many, if not most, of his work catches the coveting of collectors, and all for good reason.  When it comes to one-man-teams in America, I'd be hard pressed to name a better one, but maybe I just really need a masked maniac in my pocket...  just in case... reasons.

Check out his site below, and if I can, I'll update you about a proper release date and time.

November 23, 2016

Post-DCON Tru:Tek Drop for M.A.Y.O.R. + Others!

 Kabuki Kasa Obake, M.A.Y.O.R, and Karakappa
If I don't catch you guys tomorrow, Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you get feast on a lot of great food and drink with your family and friends, and try not to be swept up too much in the Black Friday con afterward.  It's always such a bizarre phenomenon:  enjoying some peace and quiet with your family and food, enjoying some football on TV or whatever, being thankful for what you do have, and then quickly transitioning to stomping other families into the ground for discounted flat screens.

What a wretched event Black Friday is.  If someone told me it's going away, dying, or just no longer a thing, I'd be the grumpy cat pictures with a proud 'Good, I'm glad!'.  So before I ruin my festive mood any more, may I suggest shopping online whenever possible?  And what better shopping can you do online than some really nice, high-quality, keshi mini-figures like the ones dropping today?

With Designer Con 2016 over, we are now seeing some of the survivors hitting online store fronts, and one of those refreshing today is slew of keshi kitbashes from Tru:Tek and crew.  I had covered a couple of them in the past, but I'm thankful I have a second chance to cover the ones I missed the first time.

Looking familiar to readers, surviving units of M.A.Y.O.R. (DRWG and Tru;Tek) and Kabuki Kasa Obake (Atonement and Tru:Tek) will be hitting the Softoy Hobby Store today.  With them, the pair of Karakappa mini-figures (SQDBLSTR and Tru:Tek) will be dropping also, and both sets will be ten clams each, which is an awesome deal anyone who wasn't able to go to Designer Con can be thankful for!

Please do yourself the favor and check these guys out!

November 18, 2016

Bandai Reveals Kinnikuman Kinkeshi Vol. 2 For Preorder!

Seriously, people, the hits just keep coming!  And I'm glad, because what better way to end a year of some keshi hotness but with some... "'Yuge. Very 'yuge news. Trust me, it's gonna' be 'yuge," news.  Sorry, I think in all this excitement my brain was cut off of oxygen there for a second.  Regardless of health and mental conditions, the keshi world was shaken once more by Bandai fireworks.

Exactly one month ago, frantic MUSCLE fans will remember the bombshell of Kinkeshi coming back with revisited and re-sculpted classic mini-figures.  It was called Vol. 1, with the promise of more, and I am here, likely last in line, to tell you Vol. 2 has been revealed in all it's glory and ready for preorder!

Visit my previous write-up for all the gushing about this brand and my excitement for this series, but you can also tell, with just one look above, these guys are legit.  Sculpted by the son of the man who sculpted the original classics, they carry the legacy created decades ago.

Words just really don't express how awesome this event all is.  For something to have arguably fathered and started everything we associate with keshi mini--figures and a keshi community for them so many years ago, to come back with new breath and vigor, pass the torch to new brilliant minds, with the fortune to have the blessings of the past.  It may be silly, but I can recognize not every fandom will experience this and I can be thankful for being this lucky.

In many past posts, I've suggested any production initiatives were great efforts to increase the keshi community.  Any new line or relaunch or redesign has the chance of catching a new generation and a new collection of fans to appreciate this toy format.  Does anyone else feel Bandai and Kinkeshi could be a tidal wave of that?  What will come of all this?  Lend me your thoughts and comments below!

And of course, for more information and to preorder this set, visit the link below!

November 17, 2016

Robo Toy Fest Brings the Gold to Designer Con 2016!

Set your seats back to their normal upright position, because we're turning back to Designer Con!

Revealed today, the fine folks over at Robo Toy Fest will be bringing a brand new colorway of their RTF Robo mini-figure, exclusively for the Pasadena Convention Center.   This character, designed and modeled after their Robo Toy Fest character has seen his fair share of conventions, but always appears with a new colorful mood.  This time it's adorned in some glorious gold plating.

To be completely honest and transparent, this is the concept stuff I can really get behind.  This mini-figure only comes out of hiding for conventions, always with a new variant, and never asks for the moon, despite it being an exclusive get.  That sort of fun chase is what I can really get behind, and it saddens me to remember I don't actually own a RTF Robo yet.  I ought to fix that, like, right now, and if you're in the same boat as me, maybe you should fix it too.

Check out the link below!

November 16, 2016

AlienRobotMonster Reveals a Stranger Drop Post DCON!

Maybe it's a bit out of line to already be moving on past Designer Con, especially when it hasn't even happened yet, but when one of the hottest keshi creators this year reveals their progress with mini-figures based on one of the hottest television series this year, it sorta' steals the spotlight.

AlienRobotMonster has been hitting on all cylinders lately.  Every colorway of MonsterEx has been a complete smash and instant sell-out, but that goes for every product produced by them.  Every mini-figure, from their MUSCLE CARS to this and that, right down to prototypes and test casts sells.  Everything they touch has turned to gold and it may not change any time soon...

Especially when their recent project involves references of Netflix's extremely popular series Stranger Things, that aired last summer to raving fans and critics alike.  I don't watch much TV.  I haven't seen a single episode of the Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, or anything else immensely popular, except for Stranger Things.  I think it was the classic horror elements with an 80's atmosphere that really lured and hooked me in, and I'm willing to bet the very same happened to a lot of others too.

The question I present is, can AlienRobotMonster do the same?  From Instagram, they have stated this project is still very much a work in progress, but with more news slated after Designer Con, maybe it's a lot closer than they are leading on.  I suppose if there is anything I would add, it would be to expect a longer time table than shorter.  Things like this take a lot of time, and more often than not, find bumps in the road.  Plus, you can't rush a quality product.  If these mini-figures need X number of months to fine tune everything, I say I will happily be ready to visit the upside down sometime next year.

Of course, for more information, please do your part on the social medias and follow your favorite artists and production teams.  Also, show some love and support by clicking the link below.

November 15, 2016

DRWG, AshMadeThis, and Onell Design Readying For DCON!

Bit Figs by Onell Design
Someone most likely said something to the effect of 'don't jump to conclusions' in some important time in history.  It wasn't me.  I was just a couple ago whining and complaining how there is little keshi news heading towards Designer Con, and now I am here with some cool updates on releases and exclusives.

The first appears to be a new colorway for everyone's pixelated vending machine mini-figures, Bit Figs.  I haven't actually made this mention before, but it was a pleasant surprise to see the ninja set of Bit Figs arrive at my local grocery store's vending machine recently.  It's safe to say, every visit or so, I've lost a couple bucks, increasing my bit army.  Now it appears a translucent green option is in the works coming from Onell Design, heading for Designer Con.  This is very cool, as I have yet to see a translucent Bit Fig IRL, and I'm curious to how sunlight reacts to it, outside this spoiler picture above.

M.A.Y.O.R. by DRWG/Tru:Tek
Kabuki Kasa Obake by AshMadeThis/Tru:Tek
Our second batch of news is almost a double-header, with two pieces coming the way of production pro and giant, Tru:Tek.

The first, in green, is a collaboration with DRWG called M.A.Y.O.R., named after everyone's favorite Final Fight character, Haggar.

In the muscle-tone is the Kabuki Kasa Obake collaboration with AshMadeThis I covered briefly before, but these are both new colorways coming exclusive to the convention.

This is all pretty exciting stuff, and I hope in the coming days, just as Designer Con is drawing ever closer, we get a little bit more just to expand the overall keshi consciousness across the whole convention!

As always, please show some love and support by visiting the links below.

November 12, 2016

Mystical Warriors of the Ring Gear Up For Designer Con!

Designer Con is only just over a week away, and with that, fans and collectors will have a chance to check out all the great art and designer toys of various platforms.  I'll be honest, there hasn't been much of a keshi presence or at least a stir of one for Designer Con so far.  There have been plenty of news for sofubi, action figures, and the like, but not as much as I expected from slug mini-figures, but luckily Mystical Warriors of the Ring have been a welcomed exception to that.

It's been no mystery that the MWOTR camp has been working diligently towards this release for Designer Con, so it's really no surprise that they could very well be leaving the convention with the proverbial championship belt.

Earlier this fall, they has a preview release for Cero, and within moments he was completely sold out.  Now with higher quantities, does Cero have it in him to be a knock-out for a second round?  Looking at the four preview pictures released on social media, I think there is a good shot.  Metallics and GITD's are always a fan-favorite, so it may just be a matter of getting enough eye balls on the rhino to get him in the hands of new and old fans, alike.

Check back for more information on Designer Con and more exclusives, but it never hurts to visit the source, so please click on the links below.

November 8, 2016

Adam Quesnell Reveals Despair Exclusive for DCON!

Welcome back everyone to the Keshi Drop!  For America it's election night, and therefore your Crazy Uncle SpiderEarth has dipped into his special reserve of hiccup juice, so you'll have to excuse the occasional slur.  But as you know from previous posts, I am neither a fan of politics nor will I use this space to blab about whatever side of whatever matter.  I'm here just to share about matters of all things keshi, and luckily, I have an update about a great-looking piece tonight.

Comedian Adam Quesnell with the assistance of sculpture George Gaspar and produced by Tru:Tek, had created the character Despair sometime ago, and has released a good amount of variants and colorways throughout convention seasons.

Now with Designer Con approaching later this month, the Down-Low edition of Despair was revealed over social media, exclusive for the convention.  Marbleized in purple and green, this microphoned demon is looking super nice and not just under a black light.  However, you have be there at Designer Con, November 19th and 20th, and find Adam Quesnell for this uber rare variant.

However, if there are any survivors, you may see them online on his shop later this month.  If you can't make it to the convention, or miss out before it sells out, you'll be happy to know there are still colorways in his web-store available right now to add to your collection.  Follow the links below for more information.

October 31, 2016

AlienRobotMonster Blood Red Monsterex Drop News!

Monsterex by AlienRobotMonster
Happy Halloween, everyone!  Welcome back to The Keshi Drop!  I hope everyone has had a fun and safe evening, and are now kicking back with a nice scary movie and a bowl of candy.  Tonight I have more release news.  It's always fun and exciting for me, and I hope it's the same for you.

Perfectly themed for a spooky night like this, AlienRobotMonster announced their red colorway for the super-popular and sought-after Monsterex mini-figure.  For classic monster fans and/or Monster In My Pocket collectors, this monster mash-up character is right in your wheel house, and for me personally, this is one of the few that always seems to evade my best efforts.  Standing almost two and a half inches tall, this guy is an actual keshi monster, and you know you need that one overlord to look over your collection, and who better than a character with two heads.

Follow me this Friday, November 4th, to the AlienRobotMonster web-store for when this keshi beast drops.  Sadly, I have not found the exact time, but be persistent and check in every so often.  You know how it goes!

11/03 Update!
I found the approximate time for the drop will be 9:00am PST!  Good luck!

Obliterate your F5 key here!

October 29, 2016

Violence Toy Offers Gorelords Master Sets!

Hey everyone!  Welcome back!  I just have some quick product news, and maybe a little thought on it, so let's get right into it.

Purveyor of the finest mutant and cannibal death-fighters in mini-figure form, Violence Toy is back with a little update on their Gorelords toy line.

They had first released their Gorelords in a three-pack of either a muscle flesh tone or a random selection of the other colors they had available.  While fans and collectors jumped all over these, looking to collect a master set, there was some speculation and some math crunching as to how much it would actually cost to accomplish this at essentially twelve whacks per blister.

Now the wait is over and you can now make your one-and-done purchase and grab a whole master set of your own for $320 plus ship.  For those who haven't jumped on the Gorelords yet, now is a perfect time to grab every character in every colorway without much fuss, but if you have already plopped down money on a good handful of blisters already, this is probably something of an agitation.

Keshi collectors are programmed to buy quick.  We know things sell out very quickly, and if we really want something, we have to be there on day one and grab what we can afford.  It's a risky move, and in this case it sort of reflects that, however it's also a damned if you do damned if you don't scenario for Violence Toy as well, who may see some backlash from introducing this sale after the initial launch.  But what's the right course of action?  Sure, fans wanted it, but how was Violence Toy supposed to know how many?  And further more, how would they know Gorelords would hit with collectors at all?  I feel it might be one of those things where you test the market out first, start small, and react to the needs of our customers.  I think this is a great way to do so.  I just hope it doesn't burn too many people that have already invested a lot in their own master set.

What do you guys think?  Let me know by leaving a comment below or hit me up on Instagram!

October 26, 2016

FreeKarateChops Offer Blind Boxes for NE Comic Con!

I have to say, I really can't wait to bury yesterday's political rant under an avalanche of mini-figure news and updates.  It's not that I think it's a wretched thing to read or will work up anyone, but just flipping over those rocks gives me the feeling like I need a shower afterward.  Yet, no matter how hard I scrub, I can't wash away the shame.  I'm glad I shared what I shared, but I'm happier to leave it in the dust and carry on with better and more interesting things, at least to me.  If you're here, I think to you too.

Resin wrassler, FreeKarateChops released a rather interesting piece of information today.  For those who don't know, FreeKarateChops is an independent resin artist and kit-basher with all sorts of pro-wrestling and pop-culture references.  It's rather interesting stuff, and I do feel a bit embarrassed to have only started showing off his stuff now.  At least, I believe this is the first time, although I could be wrong.

FreeKarateChops will be attending the Northeast Comic Con in Wilmington, Massachusetts, December 3-4, and to celebrate they will be introducing convention exclusive blind boxes full of resin greatness found otherwise in The Chop Shop.

Pictured above is the larger blind box priced at twenty clams, but there is also a smaller for half as much, but regardless, this is a helluva insane deal.  Some quality resin casts will cost you a twenty spot on their own, especially if you're counting shipping and handling.  If you make towards the frozen tundra of New England this December, he'll fill your ice-fishing tackle box with mini-figures for the same price.

You know me.  I'm always up for a great deal, and if you can make it to the convention, these blind boxes could be a deal of the century.  Consider attending if you're in the area, or visit his website today and grab a chop of your own now.

October 24, 2016

Art Without The Artist: Awful Election Edition!

Almost two years ago, I did an article pondering the idea of separating your opinions of a product and your opinions of the artist that made the product, and today I want to revisit it with new soul-crushing election flavor.

Let me preface this all with the point of view of a single American - me.  It's currently just a couple weeks away, and good god almighty, I can't wait for this whole thing to be over.  It's almost to the verge of surrender, not caring who claims victory, as long as I can wake up some morning in the near future without immediately being beaten down by all this.  So, for my readers in other countries, especially outside North America:  if you think news about our election is annoying to you, imagine being trapped within it these last few years and unable to escape this cacophony of madness and hostility.  I feel this place of annoyance has transformed over time to a place of hostility, as things are coming closer to an end and voices are growing more desperate to be heard.  It's as if you're a child again, living again with you father and mother, who once just had differences, but now are incessantly fighting and screaming, threatening and breaking things.  America, my country, has been the children of this house for a while, and although I can say it's pretty much a first world problem, as we're not occupied by a foreign military or under attack or anything, it's taken it's toll on our minds and our character without a doubt.

That's the backdrop I want to place first.  I want to set that table first, because I now want to expand on my reaction to this volatile political scene right now to how I feel it effects communities of business and art.  I think the biggest shame of this whole election is how it allowed everyone to overlook some of the most basic things.  We allowed it to slot us into such rigid yes or no categories, when, deep down, we all know neither were perfectly correct.  We allowed it to turn our heads from general discussion and we sat happily, secluded, in our own echo chamber of our choosing.  We were disconnected, alone, and told our world was going to fall apart if we, at an individual level, didn't do the right thing by whoever's standards.  We allowed it to create enemies out of friends and frenzied minds to think people who felt just slightly different to be less than human.  Peace and understanding was overwritten with panic and intolerance.  We somehow forgot we are all different people, from different parts of the world, living different lives, experiencing different events, with different dreams and goals, protecting different needs and possible vulnerabilities.  For reasons unbeknownst to me, we allowed this season to slot us blindly into yes or no categories, when we were aware of the million other possibilities, with the only result of these two being our unhappiness.

The third layer of this is the understanding of how vital it is to keep peace and understanding, especially when you have a platform to do so.  There are some exceptions.  If the person/character/production/group have a reputation of something otherwise, maybe it's an easier pill to swallow.  I'm not so sure of it's me or a character, but I think I might be an exception, even to a lesser extent.  I think people who visit my updates know I'm a ranting lunatic and not always that brilliant.  I have my opinions of a matter, concede they are likely wrong because I'm a lunatic, but suggest you do what I apparently have no skill in and properly inform yourself.  I'm not completely sure, but I feel if I came on here and started screaming about this and that, I'm not too sure too many readers would be too shocked or offended.  At first glance, some readers may see a giant screaming rant of madness and assume it's another Super7 pop-up store and not think too much more about it, but regardless, I don't think this is the right place nor I think I'm right person.

Given enough time, and our dysfunctional household will be back in order.  The screaming will end and everyone will calm down.  The things that are so incredibly dire right now won't be, given enough time, and while I'm not suggesting not caring about things, I am proposing things are more important than the matters of right now.  I have friends and acquaintances everywhere, from different states and time zones here in the States, to people far off in different countries, drinking beer and eating food I'll probably never get a chance to sample.  I have to remind myself to sit back and look at it at a larger scale.  I remind myself of how thankful I am to be in this position, and so lucky to have met so many different people, all interesting and complex in ways I never had first considered.  This stupid keshi thing, for example, binds us all together in an artistic vision of simple elegance and creative challenge.  It's here I am reminded that this is far more important to me, far more complex and unique, to ever sit perfectly into the rigid categories something like this election season demands.  It suggests I should shove it in, try to make it fit, compromise the shape, character, and everything that makes it so vast and interesting for it's sake.  I simply say no.  Maybe what it's telling me is important, to a certain level, but it's not the most important - not even close.

So it's saddening and frustrating to see artists blow up on social media about all this election garbage.  This was really the main inspiration of this update.  Without calling names, it looked like someone had a bad Monday night and really sunk into one of those election moods this season thrives on. I feel bad.  I look back through their activity like a timeline and you can almost tell the downward spiral.  You can see how the arguing and fighting nonstop, everyday, has it's affect and with each newer entry, it's getting more and more rigid until you're regrettably compromising more important things.

I may have made mention of this in the prior article, but an independent artist cannot afford to negatively affect their own brand, especially where the nature of this art is so tightly wound to their identity.  Large faceless corporations can get away with it to a larger extent, through sheer will and monopoly, but niche artists have to tread much carefully.  That's not so much a threat, as is no one wants to do business where they don't feel welcome.  If I'm selling girl scout cookies, but shouting and being confrontational, I'm not going to be selling a lot, and if I really care about spreading my love for these cookies, if that's really why I'm getting out of bed every morning, why am I yelling and causing a mess?  Why would I be turning away customers?  What matters could be more important than cookies?  If this is my passion, if expressing my love for this is what I want to do forever, what am I doing making sure the opposite.  It then becomes the crux of it all.  What's more important:  my passion or anything else in the world?  To escape this metaphor for a moment, to see an artist answer with the latter, even involuntarily through anger and frustration, is a great disappointment, because I feel, even two years later, it's very hard to remove the artist from his work.  If you fail your passion, your passion fails you.  Your art only stands with you there behind it.  Leave it for something else and it falls.

There are too few of us.  Too few artists and producers.  Too few customers and fans.  No one wins out when creativity and artistic passion doesn't reign supreme.  A hit to us hits too hard, and one we can't afford taking too many times.

Be good to each other.  That's the overall message.  Don't assume you're the only one out there having a bad time, and just find something that makes you happy.  Or look up into the night sky sometime and just stare.  Look at bursting suns light-years away, from your bubbled rock flying through expanding oblivion.  Look at our beautiful moon and it's interesting craters from times it likely bashed the surface of our planet a few times.  Look at everything in it's cosmic splendor, and then maybe a keshi mini-figure, and ask yourself if you stared at the TV enough.

October 21, 2016

Electric Monarchy Teases Figure 02 "Pug Burger"!

This week has been a blitzkrieg of keshi excitement.  Earlier this week, we saw the announcement of the new Kinkeshi series coming out next February, and today Electric Monarchy has released a teaser image showing off their second figure, following one of my favorite mini-figures this year.

Dubbed "Pug Burger" by artist Ulises Farinas, this rather nonthreatening black and white picture does actually strike a bit of dread and worry in me.  I know this is happy-go-lucky Keshi Drop and we're just talking about toys here, but I know Electric Monarchy and they don't hold back.  If they have a message or a statement to covey, you'll feel it like a brick to the head, and how this teaser is almost sneaking by innocently with it's plain white box with black lettering has me wondering exactly how little this exposes.

Allow Crazy Uncle SpiderEarth to go on a tangent and speculate a couple things.  I feel most artists have quite a bit attention to detail and everything presented serves a purpose and meaning.  I look at this white burger box, and this may sound funny or stupid, but I honestly get that bad feeling in my stomach like you're too far into something horrific.

You see, I feel product design and, in particular, a fast food box in general will try to convince you you made the right choice, even before you've taken the first bite.  There is a myriad of ways to accomplish this: from bright colors, cheerful pictures, to reassuring text like '100% Organic' or 'No High Fructose Corn Syrup'.  There are people employed to big corporations and fast food chains whose job it is to make sure products look completely one-hundred percent safe, without defect, and that burgers comprised of fifty cows are still extremely delicious.

I point this all out because this white box does absolutely none of that, whatsoever, and completely on purpose.  Extrapolate from that and you have a mystery mini-figure inside that is, instead, the focal point.  With no damage control or reassurance, whatever is in the box is speaking for itself, and I, for one, am not completely convinced just because it's a pug means it'll be more cute.

Maybe it's just me.  You know I have a way of over-thinking things and twisting myself around a conspiracy theory or two, but if you're feeling a little uneasy, but excited all the same, I'm right there with you.  Maybe their first mini-figure wasn't as repulsive and shocking as they wanted.  I rather liked the rock star 'who gives a damn' flamboyance of Bukk*ke, but maybe that wasn't the point of the piece .  Maybe Electric Monarchy is back from the drawing boards with vengeance in a plain white box.

October 18, 2016

"Perfect Large Numbers" Rekindles Kinnikuman Volume 1!

Hey, welcome back, K-Droppers.  I've got some seriously huge news to share with you, but first I have to do some housekeeping for a quick sec.

Before I get into anything, I do want to express my serious thanks to UraHameshi for all the new pictures, graphics, and the new beautiful banner.  She's a young talented artist that I met on the LittleRubberGuys toy forum and she's been nothing but professional and total joy to work with.  I seriously suggest you to check out more of her work, whether that's more of her graphic design, her crafts, or her videos on Youtube, and show some support for independent artists doing there thing.

Dragoste Art
Shendijiro & Ura

Also, speaking about the LittleRubberGuys toy forum, I do want to credit both NamaNiku and BrockenmanJr for blowing this story wide open, earlier this afternoon.  Without their help, I think a lot of us would be very excited to see some of these images, but be quite confused to what any of it meant.  I've said it before, but it's worth repeating, this is why being a part of a toy forum or some sort of community is so important to your hobby, and why, if you haven't already, you should consider finding one that fits your needs and join.

LittleRubberGuys Toy Forum

Alright, let's jump right into this!  Hot damn, this is some really exciting news, so much so I'm finding it a little harder to find the point of entry.  I'm not sure where to begin, so please excuse the whiplash from bouncing back and forth.

Kinnikuman is regarded, if not completely legitimate, the grandfather of keshi mini-figure brands.  At least in the view of the American keshi collector, which could be very different to the say Japanese one, Kinnikuman took their wrestling characters off of their manga pages and anime episodes, and began making small, single-molded, mini-figures in various colors of unpainted rubber in the 1980's.  As far as the keshi west is concerned, this was the genesis of the trend and beloved toy brands like Monster In My Pocket only rode on the popularity created by it's predecessor and expanded on the niche for collectible pocket-sized figures in the early 1990's for American children.  The rest is pretty much in the story books.  Kinnikuman had a good run with numerous sets, even an Ultimate Muscle one that wasn't so bad.  Monster In My Pocket did as well, as did many other companies, keeping the keshi torch bright, but when you think of classic, old-school, toy lines and series from days long gone, you really think something new and different will be coming up next.  You wouldn't suspect something like Kinnikuman to burst back to life like a phoenix, but maybe that's why the reveal was extra exciting.

I unfortunately don't read the books, but from sources, I am gathering the manga is in midst of a story arc called 'Perfect Large Numbers', and to celebrate, classic Kinnikuman mini-figures molds are being revisited and re-sculpted into a new set and possible series of sets.  But it's just not a new HD version on an old classic, but as classics are getting redone, there will be a handful of new characters as well, all done by the son of the original 80's Kinnikuman sculptor!

Preorders on this first series seems to be up or coming up very soon, and I have to say, I, for one, will be all over this.  Something as special as a new running Kinkeshi toy line is something I thought I'd never see.

Who else is completely hyped over this!?

Kinnikuman Kineshi Volume 1

October 11, 2016

Mystical Warriors of the Ring Cero Drop Announced!

We've been teased and tantalized.  We've been whipped and spanked.  We've been... no, this is escalating too quick. We haven't been taken that far.  But we have been looking forward to the word of when the Designer Con previews would be hitting the interwebs, and that moment has finally... arrived.  Yes, arrived.  That's a good word.

If you're lucky enough to live around the Pasadena area for Design Con next month, or first class enough for the plane ticket, well aren't you special.  You would be getting the first look on this drop, but maybe not this time.  This time goes out for the less fortunate, like myself and the rest of the stinky, homeless, bums of the keshi community, shucking mini-figures under trench-coats.

Yo!  Psst!  C'mere!  I gots the good stuff right here.  I got that Mark V. stuff!  You know, the real good stuff.  All kinds of it, my dude.  Resin!  Urethane!  PVC!  Keshi!  Bro, I got it all: glows in the dark, shines in the sun, see-thru, don't see-thru.  Whatever you need, you know I got your hook-up.

Some days that only feels like a slight exaggeration.

But what's not an exaggeration is that you know MWOTR always makes a great product for a fair price.  If you can't make it to the convention, this Friday is your day.  Noon, central time, all sorts of mini-figures will be going live on the Mystical Warriors of the Ring web-store.  Of course, Cero the Rhino is the main attraction, but it appears he won't be on this card alone.  With him, or maybe against him, is Talos the Bull, Barker the Referee, and Molie the Interviewer, all in new variants.

And if you haven't heard me tell you before, you don't want to sleep on this one.  Even if you're missing the convention and thinking this is your relaxed, easy route to these exclusives, you still have to be right there the very moment these all drop.  I would not be surprised if these all sold out within hours, so be vigilant.

Obliterate your F5 key here!

October 6, 2016

Run For Your Life! Violence Toy's Gorelords Are Live!

One of the most anticipated productions going into this fall season, without a doubt, is the project coming from Violence Toy, and for good reason.  2016 has been a great year, but maybe not so great for purist two inch keshi.  It's been fabulous for resin and mini-figures, but aside from Super7's Masters of the Universe MUSCLE sets coming out at San Diego Comic Con, not much else has represented The Keshi One Percent.

Well, maybe that's about to change.

Teased all over Instagram and toy forums for weeks now, these mutated muscles are now ready and willing to fight to the death in your very own battle arena.  Live on the Violence Toy web-store, you can have your very own roster of vicious cannibals and maniacs to spice up your keshi collection, just in time of All Hallows Eve.

In various sets and various color variants, completionists beware:  a master of these blood babies could cost you more than a couple fingers if you are not joined up with a trading center on a forum yet.  A set of twelve in either muscle-flesh or a mixed color set will run you forty bones, and from the number of different colors there are to master that master set, you're looking to complete that order nine times over.  That could be a hefty pill to swallow for some, but there are certainly harder tasks to complete out there with mini-figures.  For example, look at anything Moose Toys releases, with their super mega ultra rares sometimes only being seen by a couple people per continent.

These guys are such a welcome addition to keshi landscape, providing just that much more excitement and creativity to the community and collectors alike, especially if you're attracted to the radioactive mutant aesthetic of it all.  With the Gorelords being completely without paint, traditional size and packaging, their success rides solely on their artistic value and collectiblity.  If they do in fact succeed, which I feel they certainly have a shot at, could they interest other companies new and old to come back into the keshi fold?  I think that's certainly a possibility.

To grab your very own Gorelords and to find additional information, please visit the link below while they are still available.

October 4, 2016

So... Ugh... Everyone Is Selling Stupid Enamel Pins Now?!

Not coming anywhere close to anything ever
It's been quite some time since I took a moment to have one of my famous nearly completely unknown rants about something trivial and nonsensical within the world of keshi purism.  In fact, this topic may not even wrap around back to keshi at all, so I do apologize for that.  Regardless, let's dive into some SpiderEarth ramblings and make this weird for everyone.

I admit, in the last few weeks, I wanted to make a rambling post about how much I hate all these stupid enamel pins everyone is making now.  It's never been my thing.  I've never seen the appeal to them.  I've never gone to a vacation spot and needed the pin to remember my time there.  I never saved any pins out of any special video game bundle or anything.  When the old Loot Crate box came in, back when I was subscribed to it, the pins were lucky not to be thrown away with the empty box and packaging.  I mean, I get what they do.  It's like a flat piece of jewelry for your shirt, jacket, or any place visible, just to ensure everyone that sees it knows you're not interested in normal human interaction.  You're some pin-wearing freak, and to just keep walking.

I guess you can collect them, and I suppose that's what the trend is now, but I'm missing the point on that too.  I suppose a lot of people will look at keshi mini-figures and assume the same, but I'll tell you to scatter keshi across the floor in one dark room and enamel pins in the other, and then I can at least tell you with some confidence a keshi collection won't kill you.

And that wraps it up!  That pretty much was my initial idea for the topic.  I was annoyed seeing these stupid things crop up, regardless of how many people were interested in them, and just wished everyone went back to making mini-figures or anything remotely close, but the longer I thought about it the more I felt I was on a different stream of thought.

You see, I've only been reintroduced to the keshi collecting hobby for the last four years or so.  My entire scope of knowledge on this subject are these last four years, what I remember when I was very young, and what I've read and heard about in between.  I didn't actually experience any of that, so if there was a trend or a pattern, per se, I wouldn't really know of it, at least assume there was one, but I think there may be.

Not to chime the doom bells of keshi, because keshi enthusiasts will always be around, but maybe keshi collecting and producing will fall out of popularity someday in the following years.  This could be a trend only to America, as well, as maybe some new artists in Italy, for example, may be inspired by the years of American creativity, and start their scene when ours seems to be on it's last lap.  What I am saying is there may be a pattern to things popping into popularity and falling out of popularity, and these infernal enamel pins might be a indication of that.

I think you can see that with the Glyos fanbase.  You see some of the most loyal, hardcore, and longest standing collectors there in the American scene, and Glyos itself is a dissection and evolution of keshi fundamentals.  You know when Glyos hit the scene, many keshi collectors jumped ship and are experiencing the best of both worlds between action figures and keshi.

Like I said, I've only been here the last few years.  Maybe the great days of the keshi reemergence are over and done with, with me missing every last one of them.  Maybe it's not as popular as it once was some years ago, but it must have been born from some great need or something.  Maybe for some that need has been filled and are moving to other needs.

I'm starting to feel 80's nostalgia is playing a huge part in adult collecting, not just keshi.  People are getting back into keshi because they had them when they were younger or recognize them from days gone by.  Stupid enamel pins were part of those nostalgic days too.  Maybe not mine, but a lot of others, and just as 80's inspired toy lines are coming up everywhere, so does 80's fashion accessories.

I suppose it only makes sense, even if I think it's dumb as hell and I'd rather step on keshi figures any day.

October 3, 2016

Clutter Magazine Reveals Relaunch of Boglins For NYCC!

Back in the 80's, when I was just a kid, I was fortunate enough to have my very only Boglin puppet.  I remember having conflicting feelings about it.  On one hand, I distinctively remember it being one of the ugliest toys I've ever seen and was, if not creeped out by it, just genuinely scared.  It was green and wrinkly.  The texture was lifelike and wriggled as if it was alive.  In the right hands of my father or a cruel uncle, the thing came to horrific life with emotion and personality.  There was that one hand, but the other was enthralled that there was nothing quite like it.  Most of the other toys were hard plastic, poorly painted, and moved only so much.  Even the dolls, fabric puppets, and stuffed animals could only come to life only so much.  Even at that age, when my brain was telling me to run and hide, something told me it was a special toy.  Solidifying this idea, I remember my father and uncles having a good laugh over it's lifelike features.  With some reflection, maybe I need to rephrase something.  Back in the 80's, when I was just a kid, my dad bought himself a Boglin and I eventually claimed it for myself.

Who's not excited as hell for this?
Fast forward almost 30 years later, and you wouldn't believe me I told you they were just announced to make a comeback at this year's New York Comic Con, but that's exactly what's happening!  Okay, maybe not exactly that right now, but maybe even better now that I've been obsessed with keshi the last few years.

Although I never had any when they originally came out in the early 90's, these new Boglins take very much after the Mini Boglins released by Mattel.  Two inches of solid rubber and capturing all the great character the Boglins brand always had in spades.  Tim Clarke and Maureen Trotto are so extremely talented and it's of no mystery why their work has become legendary and their creativity permanently imprinted Boglins in millions of minds across the world.

Now, with great excitement, we are back into the Boglin world, this time with a four miniature blind box set.  This series is only limited to 400 pieces, with my guess being 100 per mini-figure. but for only six clams per bog, that's a really great deal!  I am beyond ecstatic about this update and I will be doing my best to get my hands of these guys for sure.

Time to turn on the Bat-Mule signal!

September 30, 2016

MWOTR Cero the Rhino D-Con Prototypes + Web Sale!

If you've been creeping around the bushes of MWOTR Headquarters like your Crazy Uncle SpiderEarth you've been noticing a lot of work lately, preparing for Designer Con happening Mid-November in California.  You've seen a lot of this and that, and if you weren't to careful, you may have lost your foot or some other appendage in a silicone mold.  It's a vicious world out there, and sometimes only the strong survive.

But getting to serious business, a lot of the business surrounding the camp has been about getting their newest character ready, and as you can see, he's no easy task.  Cero the Rhino is looking to be a monster release, as as you can see, as I first thought, this massive mini-figure is one big solid slug of resin gorgeousness.  Whether or not these are previews for an official Glyos-compatible production sometime down the road, I am not sure, but right now you can't look at these guys and not be impressed.

You see larger scale mini-figures move to other formats when the size gets too large.  Whether that's vinyl or sofubi, it always seems to take away from the initial design and concept single cast mini-figures create.  You've seen it with Electric Monarchy earlier this year.  You can accomplish something big, chunky, and beautiful without having to move from the medium, and I think Mystical Warriors of the Ring is doing just that with this character.

And as great as it is to see this guy get fleshed out for his Designer Con launch, there is talk about an online sale for fans and collectors prior or during Designer Con, who can't make it to the convention - maybe something a certain island country that does a lot of amazing keshi should consider.  This is all speculation, but I feel with enough interest, it may just happen and the rhino will break free sooner than later.

As always, if you want more information or just to keep in the know, please follow the link below, and don't forget to take a look through their store front to see if anything catches your eye.  It's always a good idea to support creative minds.  Also, if you would be so kind, drop your email into the box on the side there to subscribe to all my nonsense and updates.

September 23, 2016

Dropped But Not Forgotten! Uncut! Onion! Violence! AshMade!

The Bad News Rad Uncle by Uncut
Hey, everyone!  SpiderEarth back again with another awfully titled update showcasing a lot of news pieces that I've failed to cover in any proper length.  It hasn't been a terribly busy week, per se, but all these interesting teasers or drops occurred one after the other, so a format like this felt more fitting.  So let's take a look at everything in store today!

For starters, Super Festival 72 is just a couple days away, and with that, comes a lot of news and updates from one of Japan's bigger keshi-friendly conventions.

Fantas by Onion Fights
I have two mini-figures today to showcase.  The first is from Uncut, with their Evil Dead inspired The Bad News Rad Uncle mini-figure in various colorways.  Uncut's stuff is always red-hot and if you've always enjoyed their stuff, I'm sure this is new mini is on your must-have list too.

The second is a rather intimidating clown character called Fantas from Onion Fights.  Must like Uncut, Onion Fights makes a lot of stuff American collectors, as well as everyone else in the world, just drool all over.  It is certainly not uncommon to find any post of theirs on any social media website or application with someone asking if they will ship internationally.  Frustratingly, Onion Fights keep to their Jiro Dreams of Sushi ways and almost require plane tickets to acquire.

Thankfully the next two are much easier to pick up if you're interested.

Various Characters by Violence Toy
The first is news of a new independent toy line called Violence Toy reaching costs for full-scale PVC production.  This is very exciting, in a number of ways.  Firstly, this could mean there is another big player in the keshi scene, bringing new collectors in with them, and inspiring and collaborating with keshi veterans.  Secondly, these mini-figures look really great.  I love that rude, crude, mutant thing and these guys look like what I'd expect Kinnikuman would like after a nuclear explosion.  Certainly keep this project on your radar.

Kabuki Karakasa by Ashmadethis/DRWG Co/Tru:Tek
The last but certainly not the least today is a collaborative effort between Ashmadethis, DRWG Co, and Tru:Tek called Kabuki Karakasa, and as a fan pointed out on Instagram, this is very much the missing piece in the classic Monster In My Pocket line.  This guy fits absolutely perfect with them, and if I didn't already know better, I would have assumed it was from a 1990's set to begin with.  Whether you are a casual collector or this one is making you feel your set is now incomplete, I would certainly suggest you tracking it down.

Links for Kabuki Karakasa and everything else I've mentioned today are right here below, and it would warm my heart if you clicked on them and showed all the great independent toy artists out there some love.

September 16, 2016

Mystical Warriors Of The Ring Reveal Cero The Rhino!

Even Goliath (left) is amazed at how good Cero (right) looks!
The crew at Mystical Warriors of the Ring have been busy brewing up some new things behind the scenes for Designer Con next month.  It's been a little teaser for this, a little teaser for that, and it's very hard to predict any of it because they always seem to have more than one surprise.

Maybe today's reveal cuts down on that a little, as the brand new mini-figure Cero the Rhino has taken it's first breath on The Interwebz. and what an attractive first look!

Look at the size comparison between him and Goliath and that classic arms-to-the-side MUSCLE/Kinnikuman pose.  Granted he's in black, but I'm not seeing any clear lines showing he's a multi-part figure.  Could he be one heavy-duty slug?  Wow, this guy would rocket up the wrestling rankings in my mind if that was the case, but I suppose only time will tell.  It's certainly has gained my attention, that's for sure.

September 15, 2016

OMFG Glow In The Dark Series 4 Kickstarter is LIVE!

I had previously proclaimed some big news would be coming from the October Toys' camp sometime soon, but this bit of news was something I didn't predict.  I mean, of course I still stand behind the conspiracy theory I created some weeks ago, but like any good nut job, maybe it's next time.  Just gimme' a little more time!

From their video, October Toys explains how often they get the request to do Glow In The Dark variants and the latest series of OMFG mini-figures were no exception, but a weird thought came over me when I heard that.  I thought Series 4 already had a GID variant, but when I sat down with the thought for a second longer, I was pleasantly reminded that it must have slipped my mind.

So the campaign to bring this set to the land of bright green is live on Kickstarter right now, and already, as of writing this now, the campaign has some really interesting details I want to share.

Firstly, even at ground zero here, funds are looking about half complete already.  That's a really great sign out of the gate to see if this project can has enough interest to get fully funded, and where Kickstarter hasn't showed a lot of love towards mini-figures lately, this one looks to be headed in the right direction.

Secondly, this has some exclusivity that collectors should keep in mind.  Treat this campaign as your opportunity to preorder this set now, because they are only producing quantities to fulfill backers.  There won't be any hitting a web-store anytime in the future.  This is it - preorder now or miss out.

A pretty big tangent off of that is the inclusion of the OTMFG BrainWaves mini-figure.  He's shaping up to be a bonus figure to accompany the set, seemingly free of charge, but I am also assuming it's not safe to risk not grabbing this variant now.  The Glow In The Dark BrainWaves could also be limited and exclusive to this campaign, so that complete set you have right now will no longer be complete if you are a day late or a dollar short.

As of right now, there is still about twenty days to jump on and preorder this set, and for six limited edition glowing variants, I'm not sure there is a better deal out there either for twelve bucks.  Follow the link below and consider grabbing this set while you still can.

September 11, 2016

The Grossery Gang! Crusty Chocolate Bar Review!

Hey guys!  I recently had a weekend out of town and I came across a store selling some brand new Grossery Gang blind bags.  You know me, I couldn't refuse and for the price, I couldn't really leave without a good handful either.

It seems like Moose Toys has all sorts of designs for their packaging.  I looked for the fountain drink cup one, but I was still happy I found the chocolate candy bar one.  And I must say, when it come to theme, these guys are really awesome about that.  They really drive home the gross food thing in every category, but how does the rest stack up?

Under the wrapper is a fun, rather surprisingly heavy-duty plastic capsule resembling the candy bar advertised on the package.  It's certainly a good touch, but I wonder how much of a waste it is.  Of course, as well as being part of the theme, it keeps people from squeezing the packaging and discovering the hard rubber ultra rares, but once the mini-figures are out, what can you really do with it?  Maybe it's a little paint well or something to store some jewelry?  Ultimately, it's a shame a lot of these probably find the bottom of a trash bin, because there is little use for something this small.

Under the plastic chocolate, we get the checklist and two random mini-figures.  Not pictured is the giant checklist showing all 100-120 gang members in this series, and it strikes me just to how daunting it is to collect a set of this stuff.  A nice note from the checklist however is a little mention of Trash Pack on the top exclaiming The Grossery Gang is 'from the world The Trash Pack', and how true that is.

The mini-figures themselves are exactly, one-hundred percent, what anyone familiar with Trash Pack miniatures would expect.  As I really felt, this new toy line is, in all intents and purposes, a relaunch of an old favorite, and this proves it.  Commons are small, soft, and receive some paint applications.  Rarer ones get a harder rubber cast, with flocking, glow in the dark, metallic, or some other extra touch.  You can tell from the image above, in my lot I got a flocked ultra rare of some rank pineapple or something.

If you loved Trash Pack, you'll love these guys.  If you weren't thrilled with them in the past, for one thing or another, they have done almost nothing to change anything.  I, personally, have a soft spot for this stuff, so I might be throwing some more chump change their way, especially if I can find the fountain drink set.

September 10, 2016

Dropped But Not Forgotten! HealeyMade! DRWG! Rufus!

The Hex by HealeyMade
I'm telling you guys, I'm pretty trash at this.  I really enjoy reaching out and expressing some of my weirder feelings about stuff, but anything creative past that is just throwing turds at the wall.  I spent all day thinking up a decent title for this news format, and queue the failure game show sound, you get the first installment of 'Dropped But Not Forgotten'.

The Assassin by DRWG Co.
I'm not sure that name really describes everything very well either, but in essence, I needed a title to wrap around a few drops and releases that I missed to discuss in any proper length.  Some weeks there is nothing going on.  Some weeks there's just one or two things going on and I can cover that pretty well.  This week everything is happening, and I'm doing a pretty miserable job trying to mention it all.  So, with my dearest apologies for not covering them fully, here are a few recent keshi releases that I flew by me the first time.

Prolific bootlegger and designer HealeyMade released the flesh set of his gorgeous The Hex mini-figure cast in resin, with proportions and definitions that make you wonder Onion Who?

DRWG Co. just released the Secret Chief III "The Assassin" mini-figure following the beloved and successful Librarian.  If you like your keshi chunky and chibi, please check out this amazing artist.

Mr. Softy by After Midnight Studios
Finally, Rufus of After Midnight Studios is looking to release a new version of his Mr. Softy mini-figure at the Tenacious Toys booth during New York Comic Con.  If you enjoy your resin a little on the ruder side, like you know Keshi Drop does, do make sure you keep Rufus on your radar.

That's it for the first episode of 'Dropped But Not Forgotten' and wow that's a terrible name!  But do make sure you show some support and love by checking out their links below and buying up their toys so they can keep on keeping on.

Click these!

September 9, 2016

Mystical Warriors of the Ring Reveal Designer Con Drop!

It's getting around that time.  The heat is beginning to cool off and the leaves are changing color.  It also means Designer Con is coming right around the corner, and with that, we will be getting some exciting news about new releases and convention exclusives.

Mystical Warriors of the Ring are out swinging and punching from the sound of the bell.  Released earlier today, they dropped an interesting look at one of their newest wrestling characters expanding on their Evolution line.

It's hard to tell solely from the image, but MWOTR has been working on a rhino character called Cero.  My hunch is that's what we're looking at, but more interestingly, is he coming alone?  This is the first time we've been teased with this character, yet there have been a few that have seen resin releases that haven't received the red carpet PVC like Goliath or an official set of mini-figures.

Is this where we seen some resin rhinos and some PVC bulls?  I think only Designer Con knows.

September 8, 2016

IronHaus Productions Teases New Wave Of Gorewads!

One hot scoop going around the social medias in the last few have been the teasers of the new Gorewads going around.  Gorewads are little mini-figures from the twisted mind of independent artist IronHaus Productions.  Imagine the old school Monster In My Pocket figures, but with a rabies, West Nile, Zika, or some other wretched plight.  That's the impression I get.  While I love Monster In My Pocket for being classic horror, these guys scream out 80's slasher flicks, monster movies, and all that campy rudeness.

Even looking at early pulls and prototypes, this wave is looking hotter than the dark lord's nipple clamps, with wild characters such as Turdcat, Mr. Yama, Sh*tty Kid, Diet Hell Turtle Redux, and (the Internet darling) Harambe's Revenge.

This is quite the hot topic and one to keep an eye on, because, sadly, there is no news of a release yet.  I will certainly have that information to share when it surfaces, but in the meanwhile, please visit the link below for more information.

September 6, 2016

Onell Design's Bit Figs Trophy Set Review!

Welcome back, everyone!  It's apparently a rapid round of reviews and whatnot.  I really don't mind and I hope you don't either.  Today we received some more mail, maybe not as mysterious and puzzling as October Toys' recent package, but let's check it out all the same.  If you haven't already read up about it, scroll down to the article about October Toys' recent release.  It was very bizarre and I enjoyed it a lot.  Now let's move on and look at some Bit Figs from Onell Design.

The first thing you may notice is the golden bronze all these figures have.  This is the limited edition trophy set, and I'm lucky to have ordered a set while I could because it now sold out.  I've said it a million times, whether it's for limited editions or just normal drops, you gotta' be right there with your Paypal ready.  It's no rarity that a variant will drop and will completely sell out forever between the very moment it goes live to only a couple days later.  The Candy Bolton variant of Bukk*ke sold within moments that night.  The first Goliath was gone in just hours, and this trophy set was bought up in a couple days.  The only way you can take a passive approach to all this is that if you fund the project at it's very roots with Kickstarter for example, but only if one's available.  However, hopefully you were able to get a set if you wanted one, otherwise there are plenty of regular sets still available that come with rare figures as well.

Moving on to the review of the set particularly, you know there's something fundamentally wrong with me if the first thing I do with a plastic baggie full of new Bit Figs is to take a good whiff.  Why we have to hit up that first of the senses is beyond me, but that certain kind of PVC always smells so good to me.  Hits the right spot.  Some people smell their wine or beer.  Some even candles and spices.  Heck, you may even see some take a whiff off particular plant products.  Now, imagine this jerk doing the same with baggie full of mini-figures.  Admit it: it's not that strange.

Out of the packaging, these mini-figures are solid PVC with about an inch or more of height.  I would suggest they scale really well with ToyFinity's Mordles, but are a bit small and short for most anything else.  I would suppose this was with vending machine capsules in mind.  After all, that's a huge inspiration of this line and the only other place to find these besides the Culture Pirate web-store.  It's something to certainly keep in mind, despite how much I really wanted these guys to reach up another inch or so.

Looking into the designs of both the animal set and the ninja set included there's some real math in their depth and shape.  I think those who just see the video game pixel graphic style and suggest it was automatically calculated and made my a program are off on the wrong foot.  I'm willing to bet there is a dry erase board somewhere in Bit Fit Headquarters with just numbers written all over it.  Now I do believe they were sculpted and prototyped through 3D printing, the end result is a lot more cleaner.

Bit Figs are impressive for what they are designed to accommodate.  Some would to gripe about the size, but conflicting thoughts come to mind.  They would never fit in vending machine capsules, for starters, and if I plunked down a few coins for one of these guys out of a machine, I would give it nearly perfect remarks.  Compared to other things you find in machines, these guys blow them out of the water, and that's including the tiny little wrestler bootlegs that got me back into the keshi community a few years ago.

From one day to the next, it's like night and day.  From absolute garbage Crazy Bones to some good quality Bit Figs, it couldn't be more apparent who cares about their product and it really couldn't be more obvious that it's Onell.

Order some to see firsthand for yourself and follow the links below for more information.

Also Adam over at The Glyos News Dump did a really good write-up on these as well, so do check out his work too!