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.

Art Hustle Series 3 Artist Proof sets have arrived in Japan!!

One of core tenets of Fig-lab’s mandate is to introduce talented Japanese figure makers and character creators to the rest of the outside world.  To this end, Fig-lab has the distinguished pleasure of coordinating with Simeon and the good folks at Card Hacks to wrangle some talented Japanese Artists to participate in their much accoladed Art Hustle series. 
For Series 1 we introduced the Sofubi kingpin Mori Katsura of REALXHEAD and character artist extraordinaire Ayako Takagi of Uamou fame. We would be amiss if we didn’t give a shout out to some of the other  talented Japanese artists who found their way into the inaugural edition including : Yukinori Dehara, Chanmen, Gargamel, and Katope. (ok – Fig-lab’s own datadub got a slot in Series 1 as well)
With Series 2 – we were mandated to cast a wide net across Japan  and hauled  in the DevilRobots, Mad Barbarians, T9G, Kaijin, Itokin Park, Touma, Skulltoys, Art Denka & Goccodo to the deck.
For the  Series 3 – we rounded up BLObPUS, Hariken (the Green Boy), Mori Chack of Gloomy Bear fame, rising star illustrator Konatsu and Ryu Akashi,  president of the seminal Medicom Toy company.
Here is a sampling of the new Series 3 special cards.

For those who don’t know…

The Art Hustle is a boutique trading card series featuring Contemporary Artists & Art. Uniquely presented on trading cards, this curated series is very much a collaborative effort with the participating artists.  

The Art Hustle exhibits an international group currently working in a variety of disciplines including street art, toy art, kaiju, illustration, painting, sculpture, aerosol art, tattoo art, digital art, film, photography and more. 

Included in the classic wax packs are Artist Profile Cards and Art Cards; all with interesting facts on the backs that you don’t want to miss. Artist-customized cards have been randomly inserted into packs, so you have the chance to pull an actual original piece of artwork. Signature Cards and Special Inserts have also been included; All contributing to a unique art-discovery experience. 

The Art Hustle is a new frontier in Art and Trading Cards, and a hell of a lot of fun. 

For more info visit the Art Hustle website.

Vintage Booty from Superfestival 62

(l-to-r) Spectreman – finger puppet (no maker mark), Ninja Arashi pendant mini (bootleg), Iron King pendant mini (Takutoku), Zabat – pendant mini (Takutoku), Moonlight Mask (anime ver.) – pendant mini (Popy), Kamen Rider V3 – mini (Popy), Ninja Arashi – mini (Popy), Mazalord (from Akumaizer3) – 4 part mini (Takutoku), Poly Kamen Rider (bootleg), BattleHawk (Yonezawa?) – 4 part middle, Casshern – mini (bootleg), Rainbow man – middle (Lotte)

GO! FIGURE! Presentation is now on-line

GO! FIGURE!, originally uploaded by datadub.

My Pecha Kucha presentation from last week where I outline (in very broad and stuttering strokes) some of highlights of the last five years of Fig-lab.Please check it out at the Pecha Kucha site.

After you watch the Go!Figure! presentation, you should check out some of the other amazing PechaKucha presentations that are online.Some faves from last week include Kenichi Asano, showing his awesome Sumo automatons; Takashi Tsunoda (aka Twelvetone) who makes amazing Figures our of paper tubes; and this particulary charming one entitled A Modernist in Kawaiiville by Craig Yamashita.