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Stranger factory is proud to present our March mid-month event with sofubi (Japanese soft vinyl) toy artist, Paul Kaiju. Paul is a designer, sculptor, and painter working away at his sofubi/kaiju creations in sunny San Diego, California. Known as much for his custom paint work as for his original toys such as Boss Carrion, Paul’s work is recognized as some of the best in the American Toy scene.

 Paul Kaiju will have a limited amount of hand-painted custom figures at this one-night opening reception. It is a very limited engagement and any available figures after the weekend, will be put up for online sale on Monday, March 18th by 12 PM noon (PST) in our online store on CircusPosterus.com.In person sales on Saturday will require a raffle wrist band that will be distributed on a first come first serve basis, starting Saturday, March 16th. Numbers will be randomly picked and called at 6PM. Must be present to participate in the lottery.

One item per person. No additional in person sales over weekend once a piece is purchased Saturday night.

No phone calls or emails will be accepted until the following Monday, if any pieces are still available.

 

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Stranger factory is proud to present our March mid-month event with sofubi (Japanese soft vinyl) toy artist, Paul Kaiju. Paul is a designer, sculptor, and painter working away at his sofubi/kaiju creations in sunny San Diego, California. Known as much for his custom paint work as for his original toys such as Boss Carrion, Paul’s work is recognized as some of the best in the American Toy scene.
 Paul Kaiju will have a limited amount of hand-painted custom figures at this one-night opening reception. It is a very limited engagement and any available figures after the weekend, will be put up for online sale on Monday, March 20th by 12 PM noon (PST) in our online store on CircusPosterus.com.

In person sales on Saturday will require a raffle wrist band that will be distributed on a first come first serve basis, starting Saturday, March 18th 12 noon through 7:00 PM (UPDATE 3/17/17). Numbers will be randomly picked and called at 7PM. Must be present to participate in the lottery.

One item per person. No additional in person sales over weekend once a piece is purchased Saturday night.

No phone calls or emails will be accepted until the following Monday, if any pieces are still available.

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March brings an exciting mid-month pop up event to Stranger Factory with legendary toy artist and designer, Paul Kaiju!

Stranger Factory is proud to present a special mid-month event in March: A one weekend exhibition with legendary West-Coast (San Diego) toy designer and artist, Paul Kaiju, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 19th (from 6-9 PM, with the artist in attendance.)

Highly inspired by vintage Japanese toys/television, big screen Kaiju monsters, 1960s Sci-Fi, and old horror shows, Paul “Kaiju” is member to an extremely talented small group of industry leading toy artists that not only design, but sculpt, engineer, and self-produce their toys in Japan through a very rare “sofubi” (soft vinyl) traditional manufacturing process. Always the constant muse for the independent art toy industry, Kaiju pioneered techniques, customization, toy design processes (from color/form to function) and has been a major influence to most toy artists and has pushed the boundaries of toy beyond commercial application into new contemporary sculpture.

The artist will have a limited amount (a few dozen) of his hand-painted custom figures at the opening reception. It is a very limited engagement and will only run from March 19th-21st. Any available figures after the weekend, will be put up for online sale on Monday, March 21st. In person sales on Saturday will require a raffle ticket that will be distributed on a first come first serve basis, starting at noon Friday, March 18th through 5:30 PM on the 19th (right before reception). All sales on Saturday and Sunday will be in-person. No phone calls or emails will be accepted until the following Monday, if any pieces are still available.

The opening reception will be on Saturday March 19th from 6-9 pm with artist in attendance.

This mid month pop up exhibition will remain on display until March 21st (if works are still available after weekend).

Stranger Factory
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-508-3049

Gutzpon and Gordy

 Paul Kaiju has unleashed a trio of terror for Bewitching IIITwo custom Mr. Rees start off the devilish fun, and we don’t really mean fun. Known as “Gordy” and “Guts Bunny” these two are ready for Halloween and more importantly – Devil’s Night!

Paul is a wizard when it comes to paint application and sculpting, and seeing these two just solidifies his place in the art and kaiju community. Simply put,these two are badass.
HolesWe can’t forget about Paul’s King Jinx for the show! This one is known as Pumking Jinx! Showing off his magical skills again with a stellar paint job, this Jinx is looking ripe and can’t be near any pumpkins because he sure to smash them all with his mighty claws.

We can say these won’t last long when Bewitching III opens October 11. They will be in and out before you know it – just like Halloween!
Pumking Jinx

Bruise Carrion and Biter JackTo get every one amped up for “Lost Worlds” and the Paul Kaiju workshop “Mini-Figure Sculpting“, we are stoked to show you two more pieces for the exhibit, Bruise Carrion and Biter Jack!

You will notice that these two creations are definitely the heads from Paul’s kaiju world but the bodies are that of a familiar Circus Posterus sofubi – Stingy Jack! Adorned with Paul’s masterful painting application. the colors stand out and the forms fit perfectly to equal stellar one of a kind pieces!

We will reveal more soon from “Lost Worlds”, so keep checking back!

 

 

What Kind of BossMonday’s announcement of “Lost Worlds” let the world know that masters of kaiju are coming to Albuquerque, and one of those masters is the man himself, Paul Kaiju. 

Above we have what might be a Boss Carrion from PK, but something is looking a tad different. We know the paint application is signature Paul Kaiju with the palette and technique being dead on as always! But…what exactly is the head here?

In the upcoming weeks, we will bring you all kinds of teasers and work in progress images from the amazing talent we have in store for the show – stay tuned!

Lost Worlds opens August 2nd at Stranger Factory featuring the incredible monsters of Paul KaijuJames GromanJosh Herbolsheimer, Stan ManoukianJoe MerrilGoccodo, and Mutant Vinyl Hardcore. We’ll also be announcing a mini painting workshop by Paul Kaiju shortly(Sunday afternoon, if you’re planning your trip…)!

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August 2013 brings a new group exhibit to Stranger Factory featuring the incredible monsters of Paul Kaiju, James Groman, Josh Herbolsheimer, Stan Manoukian, Joe Merril, Goccodo, and Mutant Vinyl Hardcore.

LOST WORLDS showcases the incredible creatures of a variety of top monster makers in the pop surrealist, kaiju, and art toy fields. From the gleeful carousing of French artist Stan Manoukian’s alien creatures to the unsettling realism of Ohio artist James Groman’s sculpts, the roster for LOST WORLDS promises to provide creatures for all tastes.

The exhibit runs August 2nd – September 1st, with an opening reception on Friday, August 2nd from 6 – 9 PM.

PAUL KAIJU is a designer, sculptor, and painter working away at his kaiju creations in sunny San Diego, California. Known as much for his custom paint work as for his original toys such as Boss Carrion, Paul’s work is recognized as some of the best in the American Kaiju scene.

JAMES GROMAN is a sculptor, illustrator, and Toy & Animation Character Designer who has worked on everything from custom model kits to the famous Madball series. His work ranges from sculpts to comics to consumer goods, and his work is impeccable.

JOSH HERBOLSHEIMER is an artist, toy designer, and graphic designer in San Francisco. His paintings have a unique, organic style that complement his toy design while giving each their own unique style.

STAN MANOUKIAN is a Paris-based artist whose inhuman flora and fauna exude more personality and backstory than you can imagine from 2D drawings. With a truly unique eye for creature design, Manoukian’s creations are simply brilliant.

JOE MERRILL is a kaiju figure painter and toy designer whose work is quickly become a fan favorite among modern kaiju collectors. With original creations like the Diggler and the Cadaver Twins, Merrill’s work is a fresh voice in the modern kaiju industry.

GOCCODO is the working name for collaborative design by Japanese artists Shigeta and Shinpei Tanaka. With a whimsical and uniquely Japanese pop design sensibility, Goccodo brings a more childlike aesthetic to the Lost Worlds monster lineup.

MUTANT VINYL HARDCORE creates hyper detailed and gloriously disgusting modern kaiju figures. Designed in the US but manufactured in Japan, MVH bridges the gap between traditional Japanese monster making and the American desire for biggest, better, faster, and significantly more disgusting.

Stranger Factory
109 Carlisle Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-508-3049

Sometimes you have a mail day so good it brings you to tears. Standing behind the counter, weeping and worshipping a new god, while customers stare at me confused. These mail days are few and far between. But yesterday was one of those days.

If you are in the know in the Kaiju scene, you know that one man towers over most with his top hat and trademark evil grin: Paul Kaiju. He is a beast, pure and simple. His works are this amazing blend of sick and elegant. The Pollen Kaiser is a huge example of how great Paul’s work truly is. The Pollen Kaiser stands 10″ tall and around 12″  with the staff. This particular version was the recent Toy Art Gallery factory paint release and is a great lure to getting people to look back at some past Pollen releases. Seriously , the handpaints from SDCC this year still haunt my dreams. That and I would sell my mother into slavery for a Mockbat … any takers?

Until next time, live that 24/7 Toy Life!