Monsters & Misfits III is still going strong until September 26th in Takayama, Japan, but all the artwork is currently online. A good portion of the show has sold, but there are still plenty of amazing pieces left by such talents as Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Stan Manoukian, Andrew Bell, Ragnar, and Dok A. We compiled a few of our favorites that are still available to purchase here, but know there are plenty more right here.
Rabid Rabbit Pulltoy by Kathie Olivas
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Rabid Rabbit Pulltoy by Kathie Olivas
480mm tall / oil, acrylic, on epoxy resin, cast resin, wood
You may already know that Obitsu is the brilliant toy manufacturer behind the Circus Posterus+Tomenosuke line of sofubi – and if you know that, then you also know that their workmanship and detail is pretty much unparalleled!
The Circus Posterus crew was lucky enough to visit the Obitsu factory, where they got an up-close look at the vinyl manufacturing process and store manager Mikee Riggs realized a life long dream of pulling vinyl(hey, we all have slightly weird things on our bucket list, okay?). Here’s some pictures from the trip!
The Circus Posterus artists, sketching for Obitsu.
A metal sofubi paint mask(for Super7’s Visighost!).
Steel sofubi molds.
Mikee, pulling a vinyl kewpie doll from its metal mold.
The whole group, in the Obitsu showroom!
Since many of the Japanese collectors don’t get to see our wonderful band of artist misfits very often, it is a true blessing when Monsters & Misfits comes around to their home base! Many Circus Posterus aficionados get to meet Brandt and the gang for the first time, or finally get to continue a conversation from the year before!
This year’s Monsters & Misfits III showed once again the lengths to which our great crew of artists will go to please their collectors. They signed toy after toy and drew in sketchbook after sketchbook. They were more than happy to show the love back to all those attending the show – or anywhere for that matter. Fortunately, we had Mikee on hand to share some pictures from the multiple sketch sessions in Takayama!
Andrew Bell spills the creatures in his head
(Title shamelessly stolen from Brad.)
Our intrepid store manager, Mikee Riggs is in Japan with the rest of the Circus Posterus crew, and frankly, he’s the funniest one, so here’s some pictures from him(All captions are Mikee’s)!
“Getting my hands dirty pullin Japanese vinyl! Best moment ever! #toylife #mmiii #japantrip #toylegit”
At Obitsu HQ… Weeping at their display cases.
“Metal 24/7 even in Japan #sometal #brutality #mmiii #monstersandmisfits #japantrip”
“Manboy #hardstyle through Japan ’13 tour.”
“They left me alone for ten minutes. I bought these. #toylife”
Shinji and the incredibly gracious Tomenosuke crew have also been posting gorgeous pictures, videos and updates from Monsters and Misfits, so please visit them as well! A few pages from the Monsters and Misfits online preview is up as well, but keep checking that link for more, and the rest of the show.
As the opening festivities for Monsters & Misfits III come to a conclusion, we are left open mouthed and gawking at the photos we are seeing. All the artists in attendance have graciously been texting us images and actively posting on their Instagram accounts about what went on that glorious day. We tracked down a small handful to give all the fans that couldn’t make it a look inside the opening ceremony of Monsters & Misfits III.
Here we go!
Before the show opens, we thought a final few glimpses or creatures from the night parade would be appropriate.
Leemace, by Stan Manoukian lives among moisturing wood in the forest and has a favored taste for squishie worms. If you see him during the parade, toss him some to eat on because he will be hungry.
The blue Strops by Andrew Bell are getting restless. I wouldn’t want to cross these guys. They are pretty emotional.
Doktor A has his Flagman ready to cheer on all the monsters and misfits of the parade as they go by, but what he doesn’t know is he is one of them too.
Monsters & Misfits III opens tomorrow night!!!!!!
The gang is all sleeping now, but initial setup for Monsters & Misfits III has started! Big thank you to our own Mikee Riggs for texting us images of all the hard work, and we won’t keep you waiting any longer for them.
Move here, adjust there, and move again
We also have the first video from the Tomenosuke blog documenting the show!
Making their debut at Monsters & Misfits III are Pipsqueaks and Bugbites by Amanda Louise Spayd and Chris Ryniak, so you better hide all your cookies and snacks!
Fans have been asking for minis for a while, and once again, our favourite artists have delivered! Chris and Amanda have been hard at work casting these little varmints in numerous colors, and they’ll be carrying these tiny friends to Japan as gifts for their amazing hosts and friends.
They may be making their debut in Japan but have no fear, there will be herds of them being made when they get back. We may even see some at Designer Con!
Look out for more Bugbite and Pipsqueak adventures in Japan!
Now, let’s reveal the mysterious “Conjoined Pink Boos” for Monsters & Misfits III by Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas!
This colorful duo are known as sleep spirits and makers of imaginary rabbits, as you can see from what is appearing in the gorgeous fabric folds sculpted by Kathie.
Standing 11 inches tall and made of oil, acrylic, epoxy resin on cast resin, the Boos are ready for the opening on Friday. First, they’ll be making sure our sleepy travelers get over their jet lag and get proper sleep.
Before Ash gets a hold of him, we are proud to show you a rare glimpse of Fledermaus, The Bat King.
This is a special treat because Fledermaus only appears one time a year to the living during the night parade, and it just so happens that Monsters & Misfits III coincides with the much fabled parade.
Designed by Brant Peters, all 14 inches of Fledermaus’ acrylic and resin will take flight soon, so get a good look while you can. Notice the stern look, stitched mask, and eyes oozing with darkness. Those ears can hear you lurking around. Ash, you have your work cut out for you.