Tuesday, June 19, 2012

San Diego Comic-Con 2012 : DKE Art Toy Exclusives

I had once thought the term Art Toy sounded a bit pretentious. Over time, I came to realize these vinyl beauties that dance across my computer screen often transcend the label of "toy" and become something more. There is still many a moment when I see a design for a new piece and go FUCK YEA! It's just damn fun and the term "art toy" seems to want to squash that spirit. Sooo..call them what you will, but beware! Strolling past the DKE booth (#4728) at San Diego Comic Con 2012 may force an emptying of your wallet. DKE always has a wide array of exclusives from many artists, so let's take a look at this year's goodies...

5” flocked Treeson by Crazy Label and Bubi Au Yeung : My name is Treeson, I stand taller than seated and I grow older every day. My body is a marshmallow, though sometimes it tastes like snow. I used to have nothing in my chest. Then one day, a tree branch was stabbed into my heart — don't worry, it doesn't hurt. I'm used to it now. Don't we all have something in out heart as we get older? I like my friends. I smile a lot. And I'm seldom bored. I am Treeson, the son of trees. $40 each and there are two sweet colors, pink and a minty green. DKE will have 150 pieces of each color.

San Diego Ji Ja by mr clement : Ji Ja bird is a new character from mr clement's comic - Ji Ja café - currently available online on his website (mrclement.com/jijacafe.htm). A pair of little birds who are only able to speak Ji and Ja, they are exploring the world between frames, carrying a mysterious message in the tiny envelope to someone who is waiting for it and like every journey there are stories to tell on the way. You may not be able to travel as far as them or speak as much, but you might have someone who needs to be sent a special message. Just write what you want to say and put it into the envelope and then your Ji Ja bird can go deliver the message for you, envelope held firmly in its beak.

Ji Ja bird will take any message for you, you might say I love you of course but it could be I hate you instead, Ji Ja bird just wants to pass on your message and won't look, whatever you write. Handpainted by mr clement especially for San Diego Comic Con. $45 and limited to 50 numbered pieces.

Android Summer Edition: Comic-Con Variant Set by Andrew Bell : Artist Andrew Bell teamed up with Google and members of the Android™ to bring their mobile platform mascot to life in the form of a collectible miniature figure! Figures are generally 3 inch vinyl pieces with rotating arms and head. $25 for the set. Limited to 1,000 sets

CrapZombies Set by Van Beater : Yo Ho! CrappyCat is drunk, down on his luck, and stuck between “who knows” and “who cares.” His life used to be amazing. Red carpet fashion shows, High tea at noon, picnics in the park with his closest friends, but then something changed. It is weird, he can’t quite remember, but the life he loved was ripped from him, and he just can’t quite put the pieces together again. His only friend now is the bottle and … well, just the bottle.

All of that is about to change. As his past starts to unfold, he realizes that everything isn’t as bad as it seems. It’s much worse, and the world is hanging in the balance. Can he pull his sh!t together in time, or are we all doomed? Join Crappy in the most epic tail of junk and stuff evar told! $20 for the pair. DKE Toys will have 100 sets.

Gold Daibutsu by Erick Scarecrow : Figures are $140 each and DKE Toys will have an edition of 18 pieces at San Diego Comic Con. The figure is 7" tall and is handmade resin. This release will happen at the DKE Toys booth #4728 on Thursday, July 12th at 12pm.

Vrah Citric Summer Acid Edition by Healeymade : Figures are $80 each and DKE Toys will have an edition of 12 for San Diego Comic Con. This release and signing will happen at the DKE Toys booth #4728 on Friday, July 13th at 1pm.

Bones from artist Mike Egan : He is about 8” tall and handpainted/manufactured by Luke Rook/Lullubell/Grody Shogun in beautiful Japanese vinyl. Check out Mike’s work here http://www.eganpaintings.com/ This is an edition of 80. There may be more than one colorway. $45.

B.U.N.N.Y.W.I.T.H.(Based Upon Nearly Nothing You Will Indulge in These Hares) Glow in the Dark figures by Alex Pardee : 5 different Glow in the Dark Bunnywith figures. Only 300 made. Approx 3" tall. Injection molded plastic. $5 includes one figure and one corresponding screenprinted vinyl sticker bagged with a headercard. Figures are sold individually with matching sticker. DKE Toys is releasing 1 figure per day at San Diego Comic-Con.

Weds: Bunnywith
Thurs: Bunnywith No Legs
Fri: Bunnywith Mesmerizing Eye
Sat: Bunnywith Hammerhead
Sun: Bunnywith Siamese Twin

Alex will be signing at the DKE Toys booth #4728 on Saturday, July 14th at 10am. Other colorways will be sold of these figures in the future, but the GID editions are exclusive to SDCC2012.

Deathead from BIC Plastics and David Flores : It is an edition of 50 in green colorway and is 10” tall. $100 tax included. The release and signing with David Flores will take place at DKE Toys booth #4728 on Friday, July 13th at 2pm.

Translucent Red Vinyl Mao Bust by Frank Kozik : $300 - 25 pieces - 15" tall. Crafted by Veracious Vinyl and made in the USA! Frank Kozik will be signing at the DKE booth #4728 Friday, July 13th at 3pm and Saturday, July 14th at 5pm.

The Toy Whose Name We Can Not Speak by Suckadelic : $150 - 9 pieces available - It is 5" tall and has no packaging whatsoever. This toy, along with a few others from the mind of The Sucklord (we will be announcing shortly) will release on Friday, July 13th at 10am followed by a signing with The Sucklord at 11am.

DKE is happy to announce that we will have Art Hustle promo cards to giveaway at SDCC again this year! This will be our third year with promo Art Hustle cards at SDCC. All an attendee has to do is stop by the booth each day and ask nicely and someone from the DKE crew will hand them that day's card. Each card is limited to 500 pieces. We want to see people coming back everyday at DKE booth #4728.

Wednesday: Angry Woebots
Thursday: Jim Mahfood
Friday: David Healey
Saturday: Brendan Monroe
Sunday: Simone Legno

Here's who will be signing at DKE booth #4728. Hope you come by and say "hi", meet some of your favorite artists and pick up one of their toys.

Thursday, July 12
11:00am The Sucklord
5:00pm Ferg & Scott Wilkowski

Friday, July 13
1:00pm Healeymade
2:00pm David Flores
3:00pm Frank Kozik
5:00pm Ron English & Scott Wilkowski

Saturday, July 14
10:00am Alex Pardee
11:00am Andrew Bell
12:00pm VanBeater
1:00pm Buff Monster
2:00pm The Sucklord
3:00pm Brendan Monroe
4:00pm Ferg & Luke Rook
5:00pm Frank Kozik & Scott Wilkowski

Sunday, July 15
11:00am David Horvath
12:00pm Sample Sale
Be sure to bookmark THIS LINK to see all the SDCC 2012 exclusives (as well as additional pics to those posted in the articles) as they roll out!

And THIS LINK will show you all this year's exclusives so you can make your shopping list! We'll be updating it daily.

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