Dov is going to Super Toy Con in Las Vegas this weekend! We have a few releases to announce and will of course populate our booth with all kinds of cool stuff.
A note from Dov, “There were over a dozen Garbage Pail Kids artists appearing at Super Toy Con in Las Vegas and since I wanted to go anyway we decided to get a booth. We have a decent supply of hand made resin action figures from SDCC and DCon so…what the hey! Let’s see if a mainstream toy collecting audience is into what we do.
Dead Greedy was nice enough to expedite a run of Mr. TMNT. The previous 2 editions sold out and this third one is an edition of 20 pieces with purple knee and elbow pads. Presumably the third of four? There are four turtles after all. Hand cast and painted on custom made card back. $55
Special Ed and Allways Holdn teamed up with the Hip Hop Trooper to deliver an edition of 200 numbered vintage style lapel pins on a 4×6 card back. Hip Hop Trooper will be in attendance to sign them. $15
Lastly as a follow up to their action figure collab, UrbanMedium and Special Ed/Allways Holdn made a limited edition Che Trooper lapel pin numbered out of 100. $10”
Hello and here is BATCH #5, the FINAL batch of DKE Toys SDCC 2016 CON STUFF!
Bird is the Word by Frank Kozik
$65 tax included
Frank Kozik’s iconic Mao with ears character, “Bird is the Word” makes its debut as a 3.75” scale action figure. Each figure is hand cast in red resin and is limited to 50 pieces. Card back art by Frank Kozik. Sculpted by George Gaspar.
Ewoking Dead by Killer Bootlegs
$65 tax included
Killer Bootlegs has come up with another installment in his Ewoking Dead series. This time focusing on our favorite little critter. Each figure is hand cast, flocked and painted in a very undead kind of way. There is actual dirt mixed into the flocking from the Evans City Cemetery where the original 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead was shot. This carded figures is 3.75″ scale but measure about 2” cuz he’s short. Edition of 100.
Che Trooper by Special Ed Toys x UrbanMedium
$65 tax included
UrbanMedium’s iconic Che Trooper, generally found wheat pasted in the streets, has now been transformed into a 3.75” resin action figure that you can take home with you. If your other action figures are not behaving then you can sic this guy on them. ¡Viva la Revolución! This “Winter of 59” edition is hand cast in resin and hand painted. Measures 3.75″ on card. Edition of 50. Sculpted By George Gaspar.
Our Only Hope & For the Empire figure set by Special Ed Toys
$120 tax included
Special Ed Toys has a very special set of figures just in time for election season. The classic good vs evil political fight is on. This one is a little more cut and dry compared to real life. Set comes with two customized 3.75″ figures on card. Edition of 20 sets.
Darth Candy by Good For You Toys
$60 tax included
Good For You Toys’ third installment in their Django Uncloned series (the “D” is silent). This is the Debut Edition of the evil villain Darth Candy. Each card will feature “custom galactic spray” and have mesmerizing silver highlights. All previous editions of Django Fett and Slave Hildy sold out. Get this one while you can. Hand cast 3.75” resin carded figure. Edition of 30. Sculpted by George Gaspar.
Django Uncloned “Animated Edition” by Good For You Toys
$60 tax included
Good For You Toys is back with yet another Django Fett (the “D” is silent) in their classic mash up series of our favorite space opera and our western hero Django. This colorway is based on the classic animated bounty hunter look with remixed front and back card art. Why do they keep making more Django colorways you ask? Because they keep selling out!!! Hand cast and painted 3.75″ resin figure on card. Edition of 30. We fully expect these to rocket fire away…
As usual, everything subject to change. Cheat Sheet will be posted shortly!
We are always adding images to our Flickr including unannounced items! http://tinyurl.com/hlosj2k
Hello and here is BATCH #4 of DKE Toys SDCC 2016 CON STUFF!
There will likely be only 1 more batch next week, but we will try and get it out sooner!!
Wookie Hash Pipe: Dose Vapors by Jim Mahfood $100 tax included
Jim Mahfood, comic book artist extraordinaire, has created his own Sci-Fi universe series Wookie Hash Pipe. The first installment “Dose Vapors” is transformed from Jim’s hand to real life by sculptor George Gaspar. Each figure is hand cast and hand painted resin and measures approx 4″ tall (still 3.75″ scale because he is a little taller than the other dudes). Signed and numbered edition of 50. Comes with chapter 1 of the comic story on the back. What’s in store for chapter 2? Stay tuned…
Instagram and Twitter @jimmahfood
SECRETOY Cinema Monster by Splurrt $150 tax included
Joe Merrill creator of SPLURRT and SECRETOY has created this special edition for San Diego Comic Con. This 10″ tall sofubi figure (Japanese vinyl) is a marble mix of green and glow vinyl with metallic flake added. Edition of 25. Bagged with header card.
Twitter and Instagram @splurrt
Jumbo Akashi Head by Dave Bondi $40 tax included
Dave Bondi has finally brought an edition of his acclaimed Akashi head to the masses. This rendition of his famous mash up was generally reserved for posting in the streets and on telephone poles in the middle of the night. This 8″ tall piece is made of poly urethane resin and foam filled. Comes in a special bright orange hue just for comic con. Signed and numbered edition of 30. Bagged with header card.
Death Vader by Broke1 $45 tax included
Broke1 aka Broken Pidgeon has brought a Japanese vinyl (sofubi) edition of his famous Death Vader. It stands 5″ tall in a special red colorway just for comic con. Bagged with header card. Signed and numbered out of 25. Sweet!!!
Hello and here is BATCH #3 of DKE Toys SDCC 2016 CON STUFF!
STR WAS: Chewback by Mark Todd $55 tax included
Artist Mark Todd’s first ever toy and first ever sculpture is a take on our furry friend. His original was molded and then cast in resin and hand painted by Mark as well. The card back is comprised of 2
riso graph prints on front and back for that very indie zine feel. 3.75″ scale carded figure. Only 30 made and each is signed and numbered.
Star Rockers Chewrocka by Alien Robot Monster $38 tax included
Alien Robot Monster aka Chris Nadolski has presented us with the first in his series of Star Rockers. Chewrocka stands at approx 5″ tall and comes in an exclusive hot pink especially for convention season. Only 30 made and each is signed and numbered.
Wars Not Make One Great by Free Humanity $100 tax included
Famed street artist Free Humanity has hand customized each 3.75″ scale figure and added a paint bucket and roller. More importantly each card back has been hand stenciled, splattered and signed and numbered out of 50 pieces. A Free Humanity stencil on a canvas would be at least 10 times as much money in a gallery. These will not last long.
Name’s Herman. Bicycles by Super Secret Fun Club $65 tax included
Resin master Super Secret Fun Club has done it again. Hand cast and painted resin figure set with multiple accessories. Edition of 11. Yikes!
Black Ninja by Manny X Romero – Iconoclast Toys $60 tax included
Just in case you were not in Argentina in the 1990s, Manny X Romero has brought back the rare ninja version of our favorite bad boy. Each figure is hand cast and painted measuring approx 3.5″ on custom carded figure. Edition of 20
Bossk Lives by Credenda Studios $65 tax included
Credenda Studios has done it again. This follow up to Freddy Fett & the Galactic Chainsaw Massacre Dengar. Bossk Lives mashes up our favorite bounty hunter with yet another horror classic. Hand cast and painted 3.75″ carded figure. Edition of 20
Star Weird: Boba (cas) Sette by Topztoy $35 tax included
Topztoy from Thailand has come up with an edition of 40 of our favorite bounty hunter encased in a cassette tape? Maybe this technology is better than a good old carbon freeze? This large hunk of hand poured resin is approx 3.75″ tall and comes carded with resealable blister. Maybe you can get it to play in your tape deck.
One Dollar Dude – North Korean Youth Version by Agent Wednesday $55 tax included
Agent Wednesday is back with another one of our favorite trouble makers. This 3″ hand cast and painted resin figure is limited to only 15 pieces. Comes with special Pyongyang Youth Edition card back. Don’t tell Dear Leader or your computer might get hacked. Canvas tote bag included.
Watcher in the Woods by Dollar $lice Bootlegs $55 tax included
From the wacky mind of Dollar $lice Bootlegs comes this Disney-esque droid hybrid figure, magnet articulated and glows in the dark. Each hand cast and painted 3.75 scale resin figure comes on a custom made card back with clam shell packaging so you can “play” with it. Be careful though, you might get hurt. Only 20 made.
“Is he real?! You’ll only see him in your selfie when it’s too late!! Your yoga pose will be totes ruined by having your nose torn off and shoved up your ass! Watcher In The Woods will snap your narcissistic neck as you Snapchat your Supreme swag!”
Hello and welcome to the first BATCH of DKE Toys SDCC 2016 CON STUFF!
We are announcing a little differently this year. Each email “batch” will have 5 or more items.
Today we have 5 items to announce!
Action MC by Ron English $100 tax included
Ron English’s iconic MC Supersized character has been transformed into a 3 3/4 inch vintage style action figure by sculptor George Gaspar. Card back design by Ron English. Hand painted by Special Ed Toys. Now MC Supersized can have epic battles with the other figures in your collection.
Edition of 50
R2-SL1200 by Artbot138 $65 tax included
Artbot138 aka James Garrett has brought you a hand cast and painted 3.75″ scale carded R2-D2 like figure with handy record player. Now all your action figures can listen to their favorite tunes. Not in real life but in pretend. Each comes with a vintage 7″ record and a fabulous record sleeve packaging with some crazy SW parody versions of some of your favorite bands.
Edition of 20
Make America Ape Again by Barely Human $65 tax included
Barely Human aka John Black has made this magnificent POTA inspired 3.75″ carded figure from his Plain Old Apes series. Each hand painted resin cast 3.75″ figure has a load of accessories and interchangeable heads as well as magnetic articulation in all the joints. What more can you ask for?
Edition of 25
Crystal Blue Snaggletooth by SkipBroToys and Field of Grey $80 tax included
SkipBroToys and Field of Grey have teamed up to bring you something very special. This hand cast 3.75″ clear blue resin interpretation of our rare vintage friend also comes on a unique clear vintage style card. Has to be seen in person to really be appreciated. It’s like the spirit of Snaggletooth!!!
Edition of 20
Art Trooper Series: Basquiat by RYCA $55 tax included
This is an amazing follow up to the 2015 Warhol Trooper. Each 3 3/4 hand cast and painted figure comes on a full color silk screened card back.
Edition of 65
There are many more images of these items and we are always adding images to our Flickr
Thanks to Huck Gee and Mark Brickey for having Dov on the show this week.
You can listen here.
From Huck’s site:
Episode 327 “The Collection with Huck Gee Volume II: Dov Kelemer of DKE”
The Collection happens the first Wednesday of every month on Adventures In Design when toy famous designer Huck Gee joins us along with special guests and we talk about the world of collectable designer toys from collectors to designers. We evaluate Huck’s first month in 2016, cleaning up his web store and still plotting and panning his future. More info here.
February 4th, 2016 in
DKE Toys, Van Eaton Galleries, & Baby Tattoo Books
Invite YOU to a Holiday Party!
Christmas Eve, Thursday December 24th
Van Eaton Galleries
13613 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
We hope you will stop by for some fun, food
and Holiday cheer.
Poster by Craig Elliott free to attendees while supplies last.
December 23rd, 2015 in
Purchase will strengthen independent creative product distribution.
Los Angeles/Columbus, Dec 1, 2015: Disburst today announced the agreement to purchase DKE Toys wholesale operations from owner/operator Dov Kelemer. Taking place Feb 1, 2016, the purchase will make Disburst the largest independent toy wholesale distributor in the world with vendors and customers spread around the globe. Integral to the purchase agreement is a service agreement with DKE Toys to continue to provide vendor relations/management and new product acquisition services for Disburst going forward. Disburst will continue to maintain the current warehousing and fulfillment operations in North Hollywood, CA.
“The opportunity to take the highly respected services DKE Toys provides and extend their reach and breadth is what motivates Disburst. Retaining Dov’s participation via DKE Toys as an invaluable resource for independent toy designers to work with on behalf of Disburst is what makes this purchase so important to us,” said Scott Kuenzli, Chief Executive Officer of Disburst. “We at Disburst anticipate that leveraging our extensive backgrounds in business operations will enable us to take and grow the DKE Toys wholesale and fulfillment operations to include even more vendors, products, and customers in the future years.”
DKE Toys has been in the toy business for over 22 years and has operated as a wholesale independent toy distributor since 2005, presently serving as the largest independent toy distributor in the world. Owner Dov Kelemer has a long and positive history of supporting independent toy designers through his company, DKE Toys, which currently provides wholesale and fulfillment services for 170+ independent vendors. Dov will continue to be the point person for independent product vendors world over through DKE Toys’ continued vendor management relationship with Disburst.
Disburst, in Columbus, is a partnership between local entrepreneurs and friends Scott Kuenzli and Kent Boelling. With over 40 years of specialty retailing experience between them, Scott and Kent bring extensive business backgrounds with years of experience in direct mail advertising, financial and business systems software, logistics, convention exhibition, and art exhibition. Scott’s relationship to designer toys and popular culture art began in the late 90s when he attended the FX Toy show in Orlando, FL. Scott has often acted behind the scenes assisting Rivet during its 8 years as a popular culture mainstay of the Short North Arts District in Columbus, OH. He has served as a board member for the Short North Arts District business association, exhibited and dealt artwork on Rivet’s behalf at various Columbus venues and at Art Basel. Kent’s background in popular culture centers on his two and a half decade owning and operating Columbus’ longest running full service game store, The Soldiery. He started his first import-export company at age 23. Kent has served as an invaluable resource for numerous local entrepreneurs through informal startup business consulting for independent game producers over the course of his ownership and operation of The Soldiery.
Disburst, headquartered in Columbus, OH is a limited liability company formed in 2015 for the purposes of worldwide independent creative product distribution.
Contact: Scott Kuenzli
DCON is tomorrow! Here is one last announcement that just came through.
Come see this stunning customized Darth Vader helmet by DrilOne.
Boss Vaderus Maximus by DrilOne
Hand painted and customized replica Darth Vader Helmet