One of the more popular distributors of urban vinyl designer collectibles is DKE Toys and they are returning to New York Comic Con with more exclusives from some very creative designers. The first wave (of three) of their exclusives include releases from Josh Mayhem, Manly Art, Manny X Romero, and one of my favorite designers in Special Ed Toys.
Pictures and more information is below courtesy of DKE’s press release:
BLOWN AWAY TROOPER by JOSH MAYHEM
Hand painted customized vintage 3.75″ carded figure, signed and numbered edition of 50, $125
Bio: Josh Mayhem’s lifelong habit of collecting children’s playthings has fueled his passion for transforming said toys into objects d’art. Embracing both order and chaos as inspiration points, Mayhem’s mixed media ‘art toys’ tend to be created in two contrasting styles: intricate, detailed assemblages comprised of Japanese model kit parts, and more free-flowing, expressionist sculptures. Among his best-known pieces are those constituting his “Blown Away” series, in which mass-produced forms are covered in strands of resin and layers of acrylic paint to create gravity-defying drips that give the impression of the work being deconstructed by a strong wind.
The popularity of this direction has led to Mayhem being nominated for Designer Toy Awards, participating in TRASHed: Art of Recycling at Coachella Festival, representation by the Corner12 agency, and continuing partnerships with the premiere worldwide creator and dealer of limited edition art toys, Kidrobot.
BOUNTY HUNTER by MANLY ART
Each one is an original painting !!!! Signed and numbered out of 24 – $150 and comes with a sparkly green figure.
Bio: Jason Chalker (aka Manly Art) is a East-Coast based illustrator and toy maker. He has done illustration work for Upper Deck and Topps on brands such as Marvel, Mars Attacks, and Star Wars. His Pimp2-D2 action figure line has managed to find its way into the collection at Rancho Obi-Wan and the homes of collectors around the world.
BLART by MANNY X ROMERO – ICONOCLAST TOYS
Hand cast and painted 4” carded figure, Signed and numbered edition of 50 – $75
Ron English created a brand new rendition called Blart for Manny X. Comes with 2 of 4 snacks. In easy open clamshell packaging.
STRANGER WARS: PRINCESS EL by SPECIAL ED TOYS
Hand cast and painted 3.75″ carded figure, Signed and numbered edition of 25 – $100
Special Ed Toys
“From bootleg toys to terrible “art” of dubious quality, there is no type of “artistic” medium I won’t shamelessly exploit in my mission to bring a little bit of terribleness into collector’s homes far and wide!”