Well, well .. another Comic Con under my belt 😉 Was planning to Ustream during the con and of course my iPhone could not connect at all, I couldn’t even Tweet, sigh … oh well, I suppose it would not have worked anyways as I after setting up at StrangeCo and Rotofugi booths did not have time to video anything .. in fact I barely took any pictures (!) the ones posted here are courtesy of Spanky Stokes (thank you John !) and Vinyl Pulse ( thank you Jack !)
image courtesy Vinyl Pulse
My impression of this years con was the decline of actual toy and or comic dealers continues .. just my impression but while looking for action figures with Max, unlike other years where we could not keep track of all the numerous dealers, this year we could actually find them time and again and compare what limited stock they had …was it the economy or the fact you could get any exclusive online and really for not too much more money considering hotel, plane etc costs… Big hits for Max included the giant Galactus figure and of course anything Legos.
Max checking out the actual prop suits from Iron Man movies …Daddy can we get one ? “No ” is the answer, son ;-P
Thursday Matt Walker – Dead Presidents Designs and Myself set up at the StrangeCo booth … was a great turn out and I want to think everyone for nearly buying everything I brought ;-P The power of Monster Kolor paints 😉
pic courtesy of SpankyStokes
pic courtesy of SpankyStokes
I could have sold these minis in rainbow colors all day 😉 some were tempted to eat them as well .. I don’t recommend it, but in my dreams I do eat them while shopping for toys in Japan… !
these Boy Karmas and more will be available via your fav retailer and wholesale from StrangeCo .. pre orders are up now !
Friday we both set up at Rotofugi’s booth …Kirby and Company are some of the nicest folks you will ever meet and by the way they are moving to a brand new location, bigger with beautiful window space ! Look for Toy Karma 3 – 2011, next September, Chicago !! Also be sure and check out the glow in dark Kaiju Dragigus and Drazorus figures only a few remain !! Painted by Goto-san .. they are stunning …and only from Rotofugi !
I actually did not have enough time this year to do much shopping, but the few things I did manage to pick up include a new killer piece from Kill!,
above Kill! and his awesome Cat/Rat/Butterfly Kaiju .. sorry for got the name ;-(
Matt Walker hit a home run and sold out of his new HazMat figures (sculpted by Sunguts !),
the ray gun is resin, but can be displayed as 2 separate ray guns or connected as a laser rifle (!!!) whoa !
look for more figures and a collectors club soon .. http://www.cosmicsquadron.com !
Black vinyl, no paint of Jeff Lam’s GreaseBat figure, was being sold in random places at SDCC, thank the Gods one made it’s way to me ( ha-ha ) !
and this totally blew me away.. I’m gonna be honest and admit I’ve not caught the resin bug … but when i saw this 7 inch tall, Big Lou resin figure from Brand Loyalty Toys .. painted by Matt Walker .. well my hand shot forward and grabbed it ! I think Matt was taken aback at my reaction .. ha-ha .. I saw two other figures but in my dazed state bought the one and was pulled away by Max .. as soon as I got back home, i called Matt and asked if he had the other two, which he did, and proceeded to buy them 😉 I highly recommend these figures and the tiny ones I missed out on , on Sunday …!
If you have not checked them out you should .. the quality on this is perfect, the glitter is not in the paint but in the resin and is perfectly mixed.. not only that but what made me go oh wow, was the metal pins and articulation built into these guys …!
Of course, was terrific to see my good friend, Toy Punks/ Reckless Toys Justin Kolvalsky, there debuting Mad Battle Man toy along with new filming for Toy Punks volume 2 .. look for an even bigger splash from them at the New York Comic Con.
Justin and Chris are not only some of the most talented folks i know but good people, honorable folks and believe me in this toy world that’s the highest compliment. 😉
Briefly saw Mori-san, RealXHead and the talented and cute, Uamou (Ayako Takagi) sorry didn’t take a picture with her ;-P .. of course, was not able to buy anything as most of their stuff had sold out (!)
Had a really good lunch with Bwana Spoons, Keith ( BeBop Designs ) Fulmis, and many thanks to Honda and Mike for showing us their secret Mexican food spot ( yummy ! ) look forward to next year, same place, same time, buddies !
Well two days is not nearly enough time to say ” Hi ” to everyone, and I apologize to those who i did not get around to see ;-(
I did get some time to just relax and enjoy the Del Mar beach by my sisters home …
Funny how i need a vacation after this vacation ?!!
Next up the painted minis have shipped from Japan and will be to everyone by first week in August ( yah ! ) New Kaiju pin offer this week ( more on that in another blog ), September will be in Los Angeles for Toy Art Gallery’s Red Carpet Kaiju show, where my new Alien Argus figure will debut, October will be in Florida at the Morikami Museum for a lecture/talk on Kaiju with Professor Jim Levy, than off to Tokyo for Matt Walkers “In Living Kolor” show and live kaiju painting with several cool guests 😉 to be announced !!! phew … there’s more but my brain is mush right now .. ha-ha …