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.
Portuguese dude living in the UK, rocking out customs and resin figures.
Legendary sofubi artist Sunguts from Japan.
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.
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.
Surrey-based artist Angry Hedgehog blends hand sculpting, CAD, 3D printing and resin casting to bring an eclectic mix of characters to life. He will be bringing Boos, Wardens and Shades, as well as some other new creations! Meanwhile, Geistwülf returns with some kickass new wülves and a bunch of brand new pieces! Together, they’ve teamed up to rock your toy shelves!
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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.
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Mike Stick's diverse collection of detailed sci-fi inspired figured will open your eyes to new worlds.
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
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.
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.
I’m 2Petalrose aka Liam Scriven from London UK.
A Toy fan & collector who stumbled into the world of customising before I started making my own resin toys in 2008.
Emelie Jensen was born in a town called Norrköping in Southern Sweden. This is where she developed a burning passion for art and design in all its forms.
"Hi, I'm PJ! I have a passion for creating & populating the world with an array of colourful, quirky monsters from my imagination. I specialise in sculpting & toy-making as well as character design, practicing considerable care & attention to detail. I hope you will enjoy exploring my work."
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.
Designer toys hand made in the UK
I also dabble on the custom scene
A toy design studio based in China. We have create a branch of characters now. Such as Umasou/ Major Brain/ Boogie Boy etc.
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.
Secret Terror Kult Leader's Emporium Offering creepy little sofubi Designed and Sculpted by the Kult Leader.
Fhloston Paradise was born from a long term and very real addiction to toys!
From the age of 5 when I first laid my hands on a vintage 1977 Kenner Darth Vader, I have had an affinity with tiny pieces of plastic.
I have dedicated over 30 years to the ‘hobby’ of collecting. Just as my tastes have changed over the years, so has the approach and stance of our company. We started out as a retailer dealing in retro style and neo vintage action figures and while we still specialise in those aspects of collecting (we love anything retro styled, why wouldn’t you!) Toy Con 2019 marks the beginning of our companies next chapter with the launch of our own brands NeMA Toys and Leeloo Apparel.
We look forward to seeing you in March!
Japan inspired quirky and fun collectible toys from new brand in Hokkaido.
The Droid Foundry is all about droids and yes, we may well have the droid you are looking for.
The Droid Foundry have been making droids for years and produce a whole range of different types from obedient Utilitarian All Purpose Droids (UAPDs) to Droiddogs, Security Droids to all terrain Hover Droids and from Companion Droids to Droid Mechanics and Engineers.
Every droid has an AI unit with a lifetime guarantee, all droids can be precisely programmed to tasks and self-learning units can be added as required. Contact us and let us know your specific requirements.
Deanne George is the founder and lead designer behind the wildly popular U.S. based brand, Sorbet Jungle.
Having been introduced to art and animation as a young child, Deanne found herself drawing incessantly throughout her entire life. Never missing a chance to grow and experiment with new media and tools, she eventually found her passion in character and toy design.
In late 2010 her love for animals and desire to pursue illustration and product design as a career led her to create the first characters inside the Sorbet Jungle universe.
Best known for their instant hit character, Croconana, Sorbet Jungle combines cute animal characters and creative word play into a smile invoking brand that has not only grown into one of the most popular, but also one of the most established companies of its kind around the world.
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.
Blue Monkey is a creative deisgn studio, dedicated to promote, position, renovate and build brands with original products and services focused on its target market.
Me lleva la huesuda is a creative project centered in the promotion and dignification of one of the most emblematic Mexican festivities (day of the dead), involving art, culture, participation values, team work, respect and family union between the young and the adult.
This 2019 is our 6th edition, becoming stronger year by year thanks to the collaboration of the public and our sponsors.
Sharing exhibition at this year´s ToyCon UK, with the Mexican designer, Mike Wynter- Toy Design.
DABOMB is a clothing & lifestyle brand started in 2009 by Max Fan, as the main designer. DABOMB Toys is a new department that go on expressing the spirit of DABOMB, by filling the brand's elements into the toys, like military、religion、politics. "ABYSS" the giant desert monster is the first production of DABOMB Toys, its the substantiation of "All seeing eye", also the iconis image of DABOMB.
It started when I was four years old and I had a decision to make; do I want to be Indiana Jones, or do I want to invent my own heroes?
This thought still drives my work and creative thinking, specialising in character design and painting sculptures and vinyl toys. This work references pop culture, history and art in a figurative form. As well as gaining a cult following with my painted reinterpretations of other designers established figures I have also worked with industry leaders like Kidrobot, Android/DeadZebra, Pobber Toys and Peugeot to develop and produce my own characters and intellectual property.
My themes vary from fine art to pop culture and on to historical culture; exploring craft, history and nature to develop new characters and artistic avenues to explore.
In 2017 I won the Artist of the Year award at the prestigious Designer Toy Awards, this was followed up in 2018 with an award for Custom of the Year as well as Mini Series of the Year for my work on the Arcane Divination Dunny Series with J*RYU and Kidrobot.
A London professional artist working in the video-games industry that has taken his expertise in making characters from the digital to the physical. 2D art, Digital 3D art and Japanese Garage Kit Resin Figures are all inspirations that have inspired him to make a new line of sci-fi re-imaginings of fairytale characters.
Founded by collectors, for collectors
Ever thought to yourself: The rest of the world get so many independent toy lines, why can't we get them over here in the U.K. THAT'S TRASH !!!!
Or had this conversation to yourself? I'd love have that toy, but the delivery and customs are gonna eat through my wallet. THAT'S TRASH !!!!
You're damn right it is.
Toy Trash is here to bring you the best from the world's top independent designers such as Knights of the Slice and God Beast.
If you live in the UK or EU, order from us and rest easy knowing the price on the store is the only price you'll need to pay to get your grubby mitts on that beautiful toy. No customs or crazy delivery fees.
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.
VodkaMargarine create a mix of cute and macabre characters from the Gubbins that inhabit Oddwold Forest to the mouldy mushrooms from Moo Mountains. Available as hand-sculpted clay sculpts, resin figures, pins and stickers.
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?
muffinman. From Hamburg, Germany.
Makes limited resin collectibles (L.E.R.Cs). Hügs, Cäts, Grümpfs and others.
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!
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
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.
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.
Tom & Emily are the creators of Heartwood Realm; a place of deep forests, cavernous ice peaks and ink black caves. All manner of denizens inhabit the Heartwood, from ghosts to sentient pumpkins, wendigos to witches and everything inbetween.
Working from their studio in the south of England, Tom and Emily bring the Heartwood to life through the use of hand sculpted resin cast toys. No creature is out of the question, and you never can tell what you might find....
Wendigo Toys is a two person art collective from the Canadian prairies. They have been working together for five years, creating pieces to amuse each other and hopefully the greater community of designer toy enthusiasts.
Based in Singapore, Mighty Jaxx is an award winning design studio specializing in developing art collectibles. Since our inception in 2012, we have produced over a thousand designs and delivered hundreds of thousands of products to collectors all around the world. Our limited edition collectibles are designed in collaboration with world renowned artists worldwide.
We also worked with international brands such as DC Comics, Cartoon Network, MTV, New Balance and more, to develop unique projects and worlds that our creations live in. See you in our many universes!
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Mike Wynter is a toy designer from Puebla City, Mexico.
Small objects have always been a fascination to him. He developed a thirst to collect figures and toys through his childhood. As he grew up, this feeling became an inspiration for making original designs and customs.
At the workshop he designs and customizes figures to anyone with the same wish of feeling an image in their own hands. Doesn't matter if you desire a figure of your loved one, or the model of character from a movie. Every project has its own emotional link between the motive and the tangible object.
Discovering art toys was a breakthrough. Feeling, cutting and modifying a vinyl figure has made him find his element. Nowadays he also teaches customization and design processes through art toy curses during the year.
Sharing exhibition at this year´s ToyCon UK, with the Mexican project, Me lleva la huesuda by Blue Monkey.
Digital Sculpting and toy makers from the east end of London. Born in the 80s grew up in the 90s bringing our ideas and yours to life.
Althea Espejo is a spanish artist behind Thorns and Horns, an unconventional naturalist society focused on cryptozoology and weird (but really cute) critters.
My Name is Brad and I run Monster Ego Studios. I guess I best tell you a little about myself, though as I write this there is no 'You'. I don't mean this in some deep philosophical way, or even a Keanu Reeves Matrix outlook, I mean I have just set up Monster Ego today and have no social presence so I am essentially writing this to myself. (What a Egotistical weirdo).
I have always enjoyed being involved in the creative environment though unfortunately I lack the talent in any capacity to draw, howeverI like to think my strength lies in creative imagination (which does not have any external residual manifestation so you can tell it is really useful). I spend the majority of my time thinking up creative stories for the creatures I create and sculpt, and now I have decided to turn these stories and creatures into something that resembles a mental breakdown manifesting in resin based figures and toys and digital mythical realm with artwork. Very much in demand I can imagine.
I primarily use digital sculpting tools such as Zbrush and then print these in a 3D printer for resin casts, though I do also do the occasional clay/sculpt based sculpt too.
If you take a look at my 'Compendium' section you can see the creatures I have created already and keep an eye out for the new ones arriving all the time. This compendium section will be where I keep all the stories and creatures, like a mix up of Darwin's origin of species and a less commercially driven pokedex. Some of these will be turned into Art Toys to purchase such as the Lacuna Sapling, some will be available as blank sculpts to paint while others remains purely for the story of Amaranthine.
I also am a strong believer in helping push unknown artists, so you will contstantly see as I go along new artists illustrations for the creatures I create. Usually I will have a guest artist for each series, though occasionally we will comminsions a one off just for fun.
I believe the Arttoy and digital artist community is and amazing group of talented and friendly people. I want to try to explore ways of communicating with the community, sharing ideas, pushing concepts and creating new groups.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the world I have created, and please, if you have any questions, chuck them my way. You can see all my contact details in the contact tab.
P.S Dont feed the Zombies after midnight, they become far less cuddly.........Or is that Mogwais
Spanish artist who has fun mixing cats, colors and other things in his toys.
Sculptor, animator and illustrator.
BeekeeperHeavyIndustries or BHInd., the custom-toy art project by Gunnar Gerhardt goes into the fourth year at ToyConUK!
BeekeeperHeavyIndustries is a fictional independent multi-corporation, think tank and research organization with the aim to find alternative sources of energy and invent new intelligent technology often crossing the line between historical reality and fiction while loosely referring to the apocalyptic lore of the "Acid Rain World" universe by Kit Lau.
Gunnar Gerhardt aka. SICKOPHANT, is a designer and artist based in the historical town of Weimar, Germany, who is exploring the galaxy for great and inspiring art and loves to design original characters using old school crafts and digital tools to make new toy-life and enrich the Multiverse.