Guumon + Friends SOFUBI show at One-UP Akiba

Guumon and Friends SOFUBI Show at One-Up

Short notice folks – but D-CON was sooo last week. Fig-lab will be joining Guumon + Friends at a nice little SOFUBI show at the One-Up showcase in Akiba Cultural Zone. Featuring fresh customs from western SOFUBI artists GuumonBwana Spoons, Devils Head Production, and Kearjun.


Fig-lab will be contributing a clutch of Datadub finger puppets – several Metal Swipe Glitter Bomb one-offs plus an exclusive micro-run in a Metallic Bubble Gum stylee. Shiny shiny –  just in time for the Holidays

There will be a preview gathering on Friday evening (11/27) from 6pm ~ 8pm with sales beginning from shop opening on Saturday morning (11/28) at 11am.


DON-TEN at DesignFesta 39

At DesignFesta 39 held at Big Sight on May 17 & 18th, Fig-lab shared a booth with the usual suspects. My wares were sandwiched between the dual creative powerhouses of Refreshment Toy on one side, and Rampage Toys on the other.

DesignFesta is held for 2 days, Saturdays festivities at the Fig-lab table were mainly around the release of some choice PaulKaiju pieces that I won’t torture you with here (but the new Mock Pilot is adorable and the King Jinx one-offs were to die for).

Sunday – the more leisurely day of the Fest – I held the first DONTEN (呑展)- an exhibition around my favorite finger puppet – the Datadub – based loosely on yours truly. The Datadub figure is on the same mold as the illustrious Fig-lab Finger Five and has for the most part been used for self-promotion or as an omake – which is the Japanese word for special bonus.

This was really the first time that the Fab Five stayed at home, at our little Datadub took the center stage.

To one side – I had an array of a few of the custom one-offs I have had painted by some the artists that I admire and adulate.


RxH @ Yamashiroya :: Edo Sofubi-do the Second

By the time I arrived it was all over – the tables had been picked clean and the hardcore had moved on. But it was all the better to take photos of the glorious display cases. The 2 day event was held on the sixth floor event space of Yamashiroya in Ueno, arguably the best toy store in Tokyo. Each day started with an assortment of exclusive releases, including the newest addition to the RxH adult line – Pheyaos – an entirely new sculpt of the previous collaboration with Onell design that started with the mini Pheyaos in 2009 and continued with the adult Pheyaosman in 2010, also was a release of the new Paul Kaiju sculpted Jinx Man.

The main case was filled with an assortment of releases both old and new. One shelf was dedicated to the event releases all with Sold Out notices handwritten on the RealxHead shiriken coasters. Other shelves had all the recent releases of recent newcomers Mohican Trooper and another a grip of Bioknuckles.

At fig-lab we are more than slightly obsessed with form factors and RealxHead is the master of creating and populating his own unique format niches. Since 2009 (Post Lehman Kick) realxhead has shifted the focus of his “artistic” output to a line of “adult sized” figures away from the first wave of his popular “fight-sized” figures. Slowly and steadily he has been expanding this line of figures.

As a Realxhead is celebrating its 10th year as a toy brand this year and we thought this would be a nice time to do a series of post regarding the evolution of the RxH adult line. stay tuned.  For now enjoy this photo gallery.

Fig-lab Finger Five Exclusive release for STGCC

Better late than never… wanted to give a big shout out to Mighty Jaxx for hosting an exclusive release of the Finger Five at their booth at STGCC this past weekend. They also tapped us to supply them with a cornucopia of the freshest Japanese Vinyl from UAMOU, Blobpus, RealxHead, Chima Group, Monstock and Hariken. 

Hope the figures enjoyed the trip and found new homes in Sunny Singapore. Here is a small selection of what was on display.

Hey Kids!

Hey Kids!, originally uploaded by datadub.

The Fig-lab Finger Five TOOTI FROOTI series is a nutritional start to your day and comes in five wild flavors – Mandrill Mandarin, Caustic Lemon, Hurlin’ Chunky Grape, Hellish Melon, and Blueball Berry.

Collect all your favorite characters! Crazy Unca’ Biter! Sarcastic Sucklord SD!! Creepy Chibi Baby Hell!!! Far-out Phase Pheyden!!!! Mischievous MonstreApe!!!!!

The Fig-lab Finger Five TOOTI FROOTI series will be on sale at the 3DRetro Booth #5051.

Stop by and grab a handful of these Freakie Frootie Peeples – $10 each – or buy all five and get a sixth secret figure FREE!.*

*While supplies last. Offer not valid in Mordor, Tatooine, Atlantis, Hades, or Lesser Borneo.

BREAKING NEWS!: Meet the Hands behind the Fingers: Paul Kaiju and datadub will be doing a meet and greet at the 3DRetro booth #5051 on Thursday from 3pm – 5pm.
There will be exclusive customs, secret figures and other surprises!

Stop by and pull our fingers!

Characters (c) Paul Kaiju, L’Amour Supreme, MonstreHero, Suckadelic, Onell Design, Fig-lab

Blythe Gets a Job

The Designer doll Blythe, originally created in the 1972 by Kenner and re-introduced in 2001 in Japan by CWC/Takara, is the spokesperson for this new cosmetics campaign for ettusais’ aqua splash OB in Japan.
The campaign POP tells the tale of 2 Blythes: Teka-Teka(shiny) girl and Sara-Sara (Dry) girl. The product promises CHANGE from Teka-teka (which is bad apparently as demonstrated by the stormy skies and brown eyes) to the Blue-eyed Sunshine days of Sara-sara. The original Blythe doll had a gimmick where her eyes would change color at the pull of a string.