DesignerCon is just around the corner (scheduled to be held at the Pasadena Convention Centre, over the weekend of 11th-12th November), bringing to one venue the great and the good in the world of art and design, smashing together collectible toys and designer goods with urban, underground and pop art.
Over 90,000 sq ft of footprint is given up to over four hundred exhibitors, art and custom shows, live demos and more. One of those exhibitors is California’s DKE Toys, who also retail a number of partner creations at conventions – today, they reveal the first of three waves of DesignerCon items, including designs from Mark Todd, Credenda Studios, Wolf Pits, Buzzard Guts and UME-Toys‘ Richard Page.
DESIGNERCON 2017: DKE TOYS EXCLUSIVES, WAVE 1
WRECKED BALL by Richard Page (UME-Toys)
Hand cast and painted 3″ figure bagged with header card. Signed and numbered edition of 20. $65
Richard Page, founder of UME-Toys, is a creative professional whose background is founded in graphic design. UME-Toys (You & Me) came to life as a joint project with his daughter @elmos_empire to serve as an outlet for their joint ideas whilst she was being home schooled. Always a keen doodler Richard began to turn his sketches into finished resin collectables, growing the UME brand through social media, gallery shows and word of mouth. In 2014, he won the prestigious Clutter Designer Toy Awards for best resin toy with his cute GeekWok character.
STR WAS: DTH VDR by Mark Todd
3.75″ scale carded figure. Signed and numbered edition of 30. $55
The third and last edition of this figure, STR WAS: DTH VDR by Mark Todd will rear its head complete with googly eyes and paper clip light sabers. Card backs were printed on a reisograph to give that underground zine feel and Mark as always delivers on these hand painted beauties. The hand cast resin was based on Mark’s own sculpt.
Like many kids raised in the ’70s, Mark was influenced at an early age by Star Wars and comic books. Unlike many kids, he grew up just a few miles from the Vegas strip, it’s neon and glitz looming over the city. He graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and currently lives and works in the Los Angeles area with his wife, artist Esther Pearl Watson, their daughter Lili and two French Bulldogs, Mr. Pickles and Gherkin.
FEDDY FRETT by Credenda Studios
Hand cast and painted 3.75″ carded figure. Signed and numbered edition of 30. $65”
“It looks like Credenda Studios’ evil twin has stolen the plans to one of his prized figures, the Freddy Fett. Only he didn’t get all of the secrets. After months of trying and failing, a clone of the Freddy Fett has been produced. Only it’s not what you’d think it would be. With a knockoff backer card and some interesting back story, the evil twin has created a new monster and his name is Feddy Frett.”
The Horror Hunters return, only this time with a bootleg-Turkish-Uzay feel to it. There have been 4 figures in this series so far but this one has been gone for so many years that it was time to bring it back.
A DAY LIFE STORY by Buzzard Guts
Signed and numbered edition of 35. $30 each and comes with accessories as shown.
Following his NYCC sell out of Say Utinni, D.A. Marx from Buzzard Guts is back with another movie parody, A LIFE DAY STORY. Hand cast and painted 3.75″ scale carded figure. Be careful you’ll shoot your eye out.
Illustrated by Last Boss Comics.
Buzzard Guts was founded in 1994 as a hand distributed “fan” zine by self proclaimed “artist” and multi-dimensional guru Dain A. Marx who has been creating and exploring alternate universes since the early 70s. Now, Buzzard Guts produces kit bashed hand cast resin figures from a trailer in the woods. These “bootleg toys” of characters from alternate realities feature collaborations from various talented illustrators like Neil Devlin of Last Boss Comics, Ryan Winn of Valiant Comics and maybe one day, you!
PREACHER CREATURE by Wolf Pits
Hand cast and painted 4″ carded figure Signed and numbered edition of 25. $55
Artist Ryan Taft, aka Wolf Pits, is premiering one of his first carded figures with us, PREACHER CREATURE.
Instagram and Twitter @wolfpits
DESIGNERCON 2017 will run from Saturday 11th (10am-7pm) to Sunday 12th (10am-5pm) October at the Pasadena Convention Center – tickets are available online. Discover more on their official website and also their social media feeds: Facebook and Twitter.