July 31, 2017
This week, Kris Butiong is back at the round table. The gang talk toys with moobs, the influence of toy photography on collecting, accessories for toys, The Next Great Blank Toy Contest, and they select their Fantasy picks for the Mini Figure Draft.
Leaks and Sneaks:
July 9, 2017
This week, Don Kratzer is back and he brings Japanese designer and illustrator, Teresa Chiba with him. We talk with Teresa about having her first toy produced by Max Toy Company, self-producing, and currently having her Inu-Harigon character in Medicom's Vinyl Artist Gacha(VAG) series and as a Bearbrick in series 34. We discuss the motif's that inspire the "folk toy kaiju" of Teresa's toy designs, toy lotteries, licensing, colorways, sculpting, upcoming conventions, and much more.
Leaks and Sneak Peeks:
Morris soft viyl toy coming from Hinatique
Rato kim sofubi
FluffyHouse Blindbox series
Yasu - shrimp like figure
Vinyl Artist Gacha series 12
Folk Toy Traditonal Motif Influences:
Teresa's Facebook Fan Page "Folk Toy Kaiju"
July 3, 2017
This week, Kirby and Whitney Kerr, the founders and operators of Chicago based toy store Rotofugi, join Gary and Theresa in discussing the retail and gallery life. Just as their Abraham Lincoln logo would suggest, we get an honest and in-depth look into having run both a store and gallery for the past 13 years. Discussed is their approach to inventory, the complexities of importing, the challenges of constant shipping increases, avid versus casual collectors, the importance of diversity, curating events, pop-up shops, producing toys, community building, and much more.
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