Mujuworld is an imaginary dimension filled with organic landscapes, inhabited by guardian spirits and elemental forces. These characters come to life through drawings, prints, paintings and Ltd editions of resin sculptures.
You can discover more of this world here: www.mujuworld.co.uk
Ryan Callanan is an artist working in contemporary printmaking and graphics. Already a prominent artist on the Street Art scene, the last three years have seen Ryan move away from this aesthetic towards a new practice that draws upon his in-depth knowledge of materials and craftsmanship acquired through his training in industrial model making and 3-D design.
From the starting point of the emblematic visual sign, Ryan began a series of works using the smiley face synonymous with acid house rave culture in the 1980s. Working in bas-relief, this iconic motif was recontextualised by rendering it in material and style usually associated with traditional pub signs - gold inlay and black lacquered background. This highly technical skill obtained and finessed through Ryan’s parallel career in the sign making industry.
This lead to a series of works in this visual style of the subverted pub sign, playing with further motifs such as the Cherry and the Watermelon of a fruit machine, again their meaning sent array using this simple visual pun. Ryan chose symbols to begin with as a means to accessibility, this is art that everyone can enjoy and understand the reference point. This is a common theme that has run throughout his practice, which has seen him draw upon a broad spectrum of contemporary popular culture, including film, music and art history in work that is often refreshingly comic and accessible.
From symbols Ryan progressed this visual aesthetic onto text, using colloquial words or phrases such as ‘fanfuckintastic’ or quotes from song lyrics that were personally significant, such as 90s hip hop and rap, all in an appropriate pub style font. Important to all Ryan’s work to date is this concept of the cross reference: taking one item out of its context and splicing it with another to create something that feels familiar but whose meaning is subtly shifted. This is used to great effect by Ryan’s use of the pub sign style, something so atmospherically nostalgic and locked in the collective British psyche it becomes an unconsciously absorbed reference point against which the words or symbols can react.
Ryan continues to progress his artistic practice and is working on new projects with song lyrics as well as numerous public commissions.
The Hang Gang is one of the UK’s premier online designer toy stores. We stock all the major brands such as ThreeA, Coarse, Kidrobot and Playage, etc. We have the largest selection in the UK, ranging from the US based Super7 and Max Toy Co; to brands imported direct from Japan including UAMOU, Chima Group and RxH. Also, if you’re looking for Japanese Kaiju, you’ve come to the right place!
Having collected toys of one form or another for the last 30 years we are proud to be one of the founding partners in ToyCon UK. We can’t wait to see you all in April for one hell of a get together and we have some exciting surprises up our sleeves so stay tuned!
I am an artist who works both on both designer vinyl toys and traditional canvas.
The inspiration for my work comes from a huge number of sources. Some are social comments on the human condition and how we as people interact, treat each other, as well as the habits we all follow.
I also take a lot of inspiration from the many forms of pop culture both past and present, such as music, film and graphic novels.
Living in London means I have learnt to become a sponge at times. As there are so many different cultural aspects, it can be such an inspiring place to work and live as an artist.
My style of work usually incorporates crisp, bold colours with intricate line work. I'm becoming most known for my jungle and flower themed customs as i take a lot inspiration from nature and the weird and wonderful creatures that still inhabit the ever shrinking jungles and forests of our world. with this in mind i am also trying to evolve these themes.
Kaiju Monster Gallery is proud to return for their TOYCON UK 2016 booth. Representing many talented Sofubi artists with an exhibition of Kaiju and Tokusatsu inspired toy art.
IF space-faring intelligent aliens are out there, how do you think they would first make contact?
You think they will plop down a mothership next to the local Walmart? Maybe set a saucer on the Apple Glass Cube on 5th Ave? Or will a little green dude walk into Starbucks, say, “Greetings Earthling!” and proceed to order a Pumpkin Spiced Latte!? — don’t be silly.
It will probably be far more innocuous, maybe a virus or a spore that slowly takes over… Perhaps the first will come in the form of a vinyl toy— it’s the perfect plan… Irresistible and totally unassuming…
Like an alien takeover, our site looks like business as usual… Touma, Kozik, Chueh, blind boxes, Funko, DIY toys, etc. Comforting and familiar…Well, like our future alien masters, give us time to reveal all… We have some secrets, surprises, possibly stolen alien technology…
Keep a close watch. Check back often. Bookmark us. Be one of the first to join our side and buy something — We dare you. Soon what you might see may change your whole world view. Who are the real toys? And exactly who is collecting whom?
Bristol based Artist/Toy maker with a twisted sense of childhood innocence.
The Toy Chronicle is the brain child of six enthusiasts of the toy/vinyl scene. Six enthusiasts that felt there was something missing in the UK toy scene that would bring joy to the masses. Those masses are the very people reading this blog post.
We are looking to get in to the minds of artists, the minds of collectors and put it all together in one place for you to visit, for you to fill your own mind with this beautiful information.
That beautiful information starts right here, today. Whilst we are still in our infancy, we’re looking to ramp up our posts, our reviews, our interviews, our news. All to ensure that you get what you need. If you need something shout.
Matt “Lunartik” Jones was a quirky British boy who turned into a quirky, yet very tall, British man. He is also a multi-media artist, painter, sculptor, illustrator, curator, teacher, sticker fanatic and toy designer, best known for his fan-favorite toy creation, the “Lunartik in a cup of Tea”, his “Plastik Surgery” guide and workshops to resin model casting, and his ongoing work for Titan Merchandise collectibles.
Today, the “British Prodigy of Quirk” lives in Berlin, Germany, with his wondegirlfriend and their two children, Indy and Anna. His latest projects include a guerilla illustration campaign of Mosquitos in various forms of life and death, a drawing machine operated electric brain outputs!
Social: Instagram @Lunartikjones
Dolly Oblong is a family run creative character design toko based in Rotterdam (the Netherlands). “Toko” refers to our pan-Asian roots and obsession with anything food related.
The main recipe behind all Dolly designs is keeping it simple with a twist. On the menu for Toy Con 2017: a fresh batch of resin toys, plush, pins, stickers, and some Dairobo-Z goodies.
Based in the UK, Serbia & Hong Kong Unbox Industries is known in the production trade as one of the go to teams for prototype sculpting, design and development. In recent years Unbox has had the privilege of self producing a diverse array of toys for friends and artists under it’s own label.
Okkle is a UK based artist, animator and games designer. Taking inspiration from nature, wildlife, video games and good old fashioned myths and monsters to create brightly coloured curiosities in his spare time. 8 out of 10 otters prefer it! Ocelot Approved.
Bruce Whistlecraft (A.K.A Doktor A) has become synonymous with the creation of Victorian Futurist style Robot characters.
Indeed, his popular ongoing Mechtorians series unravels the story of the retrobotic realm of Retropolis one artwork at a time.
Brass mustachioed scientists rub copper-plated elbows with polished metal bank managers, fairground hawkers and socialites in this fantastical realm where humans play no part.
A world whose inhabitants go robotically about their daily routine, playing out their part in a mimicked society modeled on a flimsy perception of an ideal world.
Every aspect of our own lives are reflected and filtered through the robot’s ill informed perception of what they are expected to be. Social hierarchy played out as theatre and consumer trends reflected as crippling exercises in vanity or peer pressure.
When machines try and duplicate our world the nonsense of the everyday is plain.
The Doktor’s work is an investigation of artifice.
From the physical actuality of pieces that look like complex automata, but are incapable of movement. Through the simulation of materials from other mediums. To the wider psychological and sociological constructs of what constitutes a person’s character and place in society.
Even the artist’s name is artificial.
Nothing is what it seems.
Having exhibited for the last eight years in gallery shows set as far a field as Los Angeles and Hong Kong, the Doktor’s works have found homes in high profile private art collections around the world and new pieces are keenly anticipated. His characters have also reached a wider audience through the medium of toys. Short run collectible figures take on the role of three dimensional art prints, with more rare editions being highly sought after.
Trained as an Industrial Modelmaker, Bruce has worked in many fields of the advertising and entertainment industry. A period of time working as a “blue-sky” concept designer with a leading UK toy development company, linked with his eight years as a gallery owner have combined to make him the unique artist he is today. Unlike many other artists in the “art-toy” world the Doktor is a toy maker turned artist. Rather than the more usual artist turned toy maker.
The idea for Mintyfresh came during a road trip to Germany in 2007 by 2 buddies Joël and Leon, halfway 2008 we finally did something with these idea’s and Mintyfresh was founded on August 8th. With all the passion and love we put into Mintyfresh we are convinced that Mintyfresh is doing it’s best to deliver the highest quality of service and products like Designer Toys, Plush, Prints and Apparel. The future is looking bright for the shop with our 1st retail space coming soon and a shitload of awesome projects !
Chris was raised in Dronfield in the United Kingdom, and now works out of a home studio, he grew up on a diet of popcorn, sweets, and Jayce and the wheeled warriors. Qualified as a graphic designer but also a keen painter from a very early age, he became a toy collector with the launch of the Toy2R Qee, which eventually lead to customising everything he could get his hands on! A head filled with characters in need of being set free finally had an outlet.
We initially discovered some Kidrobot blind boxes whilst out in London and this quickly became an obsession. The obsession was becoming fairly difficult to fulfil with a lack of supply in the UK so we started Collect and Display as somewhat of a hobby alongside our full time work commitments.
When we started the company all we knew was Kidrobot and that was our main focus but then we started to discover all kinds of varieties of these designer art toys. We quickly began stocking a whole range of great products and selling out. As each year has gone by we have continuously progressed with the products that we stock and the level of service that we provide. We have introduced a monthly customs series in recent years in which we work closely with 12 artists, some well known and some up and coming. This has been a huge success for both our store and the artists involved.
In the present day this little hobby is now our full time job and we are very thankful to all the artists and customers who have made this happen.
Our aim is to continue doing what we do - supplying toy goodness all over the globe.
Teaching art by day and creating art by night, Taylored Curiosities produces mixed media creatures based in fictional, quirky worlds, sprung from the depths of her bizarre imagination.
With a strong emphasis on anxiety aids and mental health awareness, she brings to life a variety of beings that help to reduce the stresses of every day life and to highlight some of the struggles we aren't always encouraged to talk about.
A steady flow of herbal teas aids the creative process.
All items are 100% handmade in the UK and every piece takes careful work, to add the right amount of personality.
Iwas born and raised out in the British countryside, on a remote farm. I spent my young life running wild in the untamed fields and woods with animals and dirt.
I’ve been creating ever since, heavily inspired by my childhood, just like every child of the 1980s, mixed witha fascination with a world of flora and fauna, that will never end.
There’s a special place in my heart reserved for all things lagomorphic, due to repeat viewing of Watership Down, (harrowing, I know) during my formative years, hence the presence of a small rabbit that lives in my studio, and the recurring themes of adorable rabbits, in my work.
Addicted to toys since 2001, I’ve been making and collecting for years, as my heaving shelves will attest. In 2011 I began customising vinyl, and I’ve never looked back.
I love what I do.
Kerry Dyer is a geek. She reads comics, plays videogames, reads Sci-Fi and sub par supernatural themed novels. But she also has a somewhat successful career in Stop Motion animation, and she is pretty good at sculpting models too.
She’s made Stop Motion Pirates, and Turians from Mass Effect (based on the doodlings of Sophie Powell), she’s sculpted decapitated and simultaneously impaled bronze dragon heads for awards ceremonies, and since moving to London she’s customised the hell out of a fair few vinyl figures.
My love for art has always been there. I have been drawing and doodling since I can remember. This has always been my escape and my passion.
I started my career as a professional artist about 12 years ago. This was the time when I decided that I wanted to make a living out of my art as a tattooist.
I spent many years studying the art of tattooing along side skilled and experienced tattooists and one day I found myself in the seat where I always imagined myself. After practicing the profession for some time I didn't find tattooing as rewarding, art wise, as I thought I would.
After allot of thinking and realization, I decided to give up my dream to find a new path. And so I did. I left Sweden to work in the UK and this is where I am still laying down the building blocks of my future.
I started studying 3D Computer Animation. After three years of studying I came out of Swansea Metropolitan University with a 2:1 BA (Hons) in 2012.
After this I decided to walk my own path towards something new.
I started Tomodachi Island during my degree, and it quickly became successful. I started out making little furry phone sleeves, but I've always loved vinyl toys and custom designer toys. Tomodachi Island is my baby and is forever growing. This is where I can be myself to the fullest and this is where my ideas and dreams become reality.
The creatures that live in my mind has found a home here at Tomodachi Island, and even though it might be just a "little" island, it has no borders or boundaries, just like my dreams.
I want people to come here and feel inspired. I want to take people to that part of my brain where I like it the most. Where no bad things happen and where the world is at peace.
I feel, life without art, quite simply can't be called life. This is why I have chosen to live my life as an artist to the fullest. Through my art I want to bring a smile to peoples faces, bring the child back in to those who have to be "grown ups", and make imaginations run wild.
Born into the greyness of England at the end of the seventies, from age four JPK knew that he never wanted to stop playing with toys.
Zoé from Monster Pie Toys uses resin, felt and clay to bring her cuddable characters to life from her home studio in Tyne and Wear.
Roll up! Roll up! Ladies and gents to a most spooktacular circus.
Showcasing a wondrous menagerie of misfits, monsters and marvels created by artist Matthew Roby.
Exclusive artworks including one-of-a-kind sculptures, custom toys, Ltd edition resins and original paintings/drawing/prints.
Enquires are welcome regarding picture, sculpture and customizing commissions.
T shirts and apparel available from...
The Toy Bunker is a small DIY company based in Yorkshire England. We hand sculpt and cast resin monsters
Born from the roots of a dead tree I am a child of the mossy darkness.
I stalk through the woods, the smell of raindampened dirt and fallen leaves in my nose, hunting for secrets and the unknown.
There are worlds out there that only I have seen.
Javier Jiménez is a self-taught illustrator and character designer based in Granada. His style is influenced by kaiju movies, toys, classic cartoons, urban and Japanese culture and hip hop. For most of his digital works he relies on vectors, giving a clean and eye-catching vibe to his illustrations.
Through his original characters and his toy line StickUp Monsters, he mixes the urban and the traditional folklore from different cultures, giving birth to unique creatures with their own crazy stories. Javier started working as a freelance artist back in 2011, when he realized that creating was his calling. Since then, he has been working for different clients and brands while working on his own personal projects too.
Max Toy Company features unique Kaiju collectible toys designed by Mark Nagata and artists and designers from around the world.
Between the cold, harsh mountains in the kingdom of Norway. Forged with cold wind, frothy seafoam and plastic, Remjie's colorful imagination incarnate will arrive to the island of Albion and ToyCon 2016.
PowerCore bridges the ONLINE and OFFLINE Worlds - connecting BRANDS, TOYS, EVENTS to Mobile GAMES and Digital EXPERIENCES.
is Malte Fulda, born and raised
and (for some strange reason)
still living in Hamburg, Germany.
Being brought up on an unhealthy diet
of Sugary Cereals, Comicbooks and
Animated Movies and TV-Shows
led to the keen desire to turn his own
and other peoples ideas into Sculpts
and Limited Edition Resin Collectibles.
All his „LERCs“ are 100% handmade.
We are Verity (CreatureCave) and Rachael (RachMakes) and together we created Green Chimera; where we enjoy creating and experimenting with new designs and materials to make a myriad of monsters. Aside from working in the film and advertisement industry as technical artists and makers, we manage to find the time to create critters in the forms of art dolls, resin figures, and plush toys. Green Chimera is our comfy blanket to hide under from the scariness of a world not totally filled up with adorable monsters.
I Break Toys is Scottish artist Lisa Rae Hansen. She breaks toys and she makes toys, namely Art toys. Customizing existing figures, sculpting, mold making and casting resin to produce her own characters.
She grew up in the 80's playing with Star Wars toys, Masters of the Universe and not a Barbie doll in sight! She spent her time drawing and making whenever she wasn't climbing trees or riding her bike.
Fascinated by movies like the Dark Crystal, Beetlejuice, Star Wars, these early influences can be seen in her desire to create other worldly characters. She has grown up but never grown out of toys!
"What is SUVB?
Secret Underground Volcano Base!
It’s a group, it’s a platform and its a means for people to distribute creative projects.
Right now it’s a big cartel page and facebook group, with a few exclusive and limited edition toys and figures. Over the next year it will evolve in to its own website, with timed releases, its own IPs, exclusives and specials editions.
We have the UK exclusive license for Devil Toys and a distribution agreement with Acid Rain, these arrangements will grow with the community, as more people take interest in more lines SUVB will use its connections and buying power to get exclusives and distribution rights for other lines and company’s, all the while prioritizing the platform to help independent artists and toy makers
Hi I'm Marianna! Based in London, I am a plush maker and fiber artist. This will be my second year at ToyCon. You will find an eclectic collection of plush and soft sculptures, which will include donuts, sasquatches, spiders and bats!
Figment Creations is about making designer toys and storytelling. Bringing dope looking figures that speak to the hearts of the viewer. You get to know what it looks like I'm to let loose of your imagination and give it form.
Hollow Planet Designs (Brighton, UK) create hand made modular art toys, cast in silicone & resin.
1000toys (pronounced ‘Sen Toys’) is an independent art-toy brand started in 2012 to show the world the excellence of Japanese creativity.
Along with renown Japanese creators such as Tsutomu Nihei, a manga artist who has earned world-wide recognition through his unique styled SF manga series ‘BLAME!’, ‘Biomega’ and the recent ‘Knights of Sidonia’, 1000toys has started the ‘TOA HEAVY INDUSTRIES’ brand with the ‘TOA HEAVY INDUSTRIES 1/6 Synthetic Human’ as its first line-up in 2014.
For a diverse line-up which has never before seen in the industry, 1000toys is also working in conjunction with multiple Japanese creators to build up a new world of art toy.
1000toys will keep on providing high-quality art toys worldwide, so be sure to keep an eye on us!
Bhuna & Beard (AKA BlueFrog & Uncle Absinthe) have been regulars in the UK custom scene for quite a few years now and after a year off from Toy Con they are back with a vengeance. You can expect to find all sorts of exciting customs and original pieces on their booth this year.....and don't forget they give the best free hugs money can buy! x
it's a CYN creates characters that are a combination of textiles, 3d printing, and resin.
Fabricating whimsical characters from musings and dreams it's a CYN's 3D storytelling, mixes traditional and emerging art forms — 3D printing, 3D modeling, molding, casting, hand sewing, hand painting, yadda-yadda-yadda.
There is beauty in nonsense
Gemma grew up with a love of Henson films in particular Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, also being an avid bookworm she has gained a very active imagination, after being bought an art doll for a Christmas present one year she turned imagination to creating critters. Working in a variety of styles and materials ranging from sculpting clay, polymer clay, and resin, to faux furs, faux suede and various painting forms she has been able to create a number of different critters in a short few years of making art dolls; she has many, many more designs on paper and in the dark recesses of her mind just waiting to created.
Sergio Gallegos was born in Santa Coloma de Gramenet (Barcelona, pain). He studied design in Barcelona and were consumed was working as art director on shorts and music videos. In this environment he developed his creativity within the film set, changing the digital pen tablet, nails and paints.
After recreating spaces and tangible objects to the stage, Sergio crossed the screen to go to the other side, coming to work in one of the related video post production in their country.
Currently works as a video editor in Lastcrit (Barcelona)
His relationship with the ArtToys started a few years ago, first as a collector and then as a producer. Vuitbits developing the brand, Sergio works his toys from an aesthetic of the most classic games, leading the pixel to the three dimensions. A pixel hyper vitaminado that has forgotten the plane to appear in cube form.
US Artist based in Seattle, WA. Creating original sculptures and custom designer toys.
Greg Turtle and Ghetto Plastic are two spanish homies raised in the crazy 80's, they grown breathing plastic and pixels.
Now they are just common adults following an evil plan to domine this planet.
DYNAMITE is an independent gallery showcasing a bold and beautiful mix of contemporary art and custom toys from around the world.
Since we launched in December 2013, we have a gaineda reputation for bringing elegant, edgy and unusual work to the South East of England.
Dealing in original, printed and sculptural work since opening, we more recently made the decision to dedicate half of the business to custom, collectable toys from an international market.
Although the artistic talent is never ending, we at Dynamite Gallery carefully select artists we strongly believe in, and are certain will ignite your imagination.
Angry Hedgehog and Geistwulf are proudly returning for 2017, bringing along with them a slate of old friends and new faces! Alastair Fleming, Black Edge 3D, Bubbafroux and Stuff By Katherine will each be bringing their creations to Toycon for the first time, and Colossal Miniatures, Mike Strick and Robotic Industries will be joining us too to round out the day!
Join us on Saturday for a great lineup of awesome robots, wulves, beasties and more - and find us on Facebook and Instagram to see what wonders we'll have with us!
My name is Rebecca Groom, the person behind Palaeoplushies; a line of realistic soft toy prehistoric creatures which I design and make by hand. I have recently had some of my designs produced professionally and hope to make plush design my full time job!
I have a background in science; I studied Palaeontology, so scientific accuracy is very important to me. I love the idea of teaching people about the latest palaeontological discoveries through my toys.
My favourite Mesozoic reptiles are Ichthyosaurs!
Based in the Scottish Highlands Magweno produces cute and highly unique art dolls for an international audience. A tactile combination of fabric, fur and resin, these little cuties are full of personality and colour. Magweno casts, sews, sands and paints these collectibles on her own to sell exclusively online. ToyCon 2017 will be the first time she has exhibited work in the U.K.!
Small team of animators ripping their art from the screen to the physical world.
Portuguese dude living in the UK, rocking out customs and resin figures.
ROH NOH is an illustrator and plush toy maker based in Brighton, UK with a passion for character design, sewing and printed products.
Handmade quirky crafts, animals and Japanese kawaii culture inspire her work. Her charming creatures range in sizes but formed using the same materials of fleece and felt.
Bristol based Artist/Toy maker with a twisted sense of childhood innocence.
Sickophant Productions is a project by Gunnar Gerhardt, researching the relation of our inner child to the real world by creating characters and art toys.
Beekeeper Heavy Industries (BHI) is a technology & design think tank with the objective to improve the experience of the 1:18 (3.75") scale custom action figure collector.
Prolific Illustrator, and Toy Customizer DOMO WASAKI from Austria shows off his twisted and nightmarishly cute sculptures, that look as if H.R. Giger met Tim Burton and they made a baby together on planet LV-426.
SomeStrangeThings is a Toy Art studio founded in 2014 by Marcos Lorenzo and based in Barcelona, Spain.
Here is where I produce small series and commissioned pieces of high quality hand crafted design Toys, and other strange stuff based on my original designs.
About me, Marcos Lorenzo (Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 1973), I'm a self-taught sculptor, illustrator and Toy designer, as well as engineer and industrial designer.
UME Toys specialists in character creation, sculpting and resin cast designer collectables.
Tim Clarke Master Toy Designer "King of Gross"
For over 30 years Tim has been Inventing, Designing and Sculpting some of the most unusual toys to ever be marketed in the US and abroad. Once known as the "King of Gross" after co-creating in the 80's Sectaurs (Coleco) and Boglins (Mattel). Tim now launches his new line of horribleness the "TOTIMS"
I love creating my own mythology. The world is filled with modern day mythological creatures you can find them in every nook and cranny of your bedroom closet.
Tim Started his career designing and building puppets for the Muppets. Most notable were the Mystics and the Slaves that he sculpted and designed for the movie the Dark Crystal guided by the incredible drawings of Brian Froud. He also worked on puppets for Sesame Street , Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock for which he created Traveling Matt. After Dark Crystal was launched he garnered his first toy sculpting gig with Hasbro creating the Garthim, Mystics and Lanstrider toys.
He has also created toys for Melissa and Doug toys, EK Success, Hasbro, Mattel, Coleco, Kenner, Ideal Lossirs, to mention just a few.
UK based artist czee13 .. stickers .. art .. sculpture .. toy design .. web design
Graphic Design - Pins / Prints / Patches / Stickers / Toys - DM for wholesale or commissions - one man industry, Liverpool, UK
Beasts of Balance is a half-digital-half-physical-jenga-meets-pokémon-stack-em-up, and is the first game from London based indie studio Sensible Object. Kickstarted in Feb 2016, shipped in time for Christmas and now invading all your Cons in 2017.
Legend has it that the strange duo known as Concrete and bone are powered by enchanted bees and lightning, and legends are never wrong, right? Bringing a unique world of spirits, monsters and the in-between to your grubby little mitts in the form of gashapon, posable figures and figurines!
The names ZTENZILA and who is the maker and runner of ZAPTOYS UK I like making toys out of bootleg figures,wooden manikins and 2part oil liquid ...so place your bets please ?
The Droid Foundry is everything droid and very probably the ones you have been looking for.