Kusakabe Folk Museum

A Mysterious Box of Bots Lands in Japan …

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Tomenosuke’s Shinji Nakako recently received a most exciting box of bots from Doktor A for the fast-approaching Monsters & Misfits II exhibition. Thankfully, it appears everything arrived safe and sound after a roundabout trip from the UK to London, Paris, Mumbai and then China, before finally settling in Japan. Hopefully they were able to take in some of the sights!

A whole whack of sweet (literally) and retrobotic goodness awaits you below! Loving the collision of mad scientist and mystical whimsy of these pieces. Thanks for the teasers, Shinji!

Friday Night Art Dorkin’ at CP HQ

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Looks like Kathie and Brandt are engagin’ in a bit of #FridayNightArtDorks action right now, as Kathie has just shared a batch of new WIP and teaser shots on Instagram for the upcoming Monsters & Misfits II exhibition in Japan. It’s coming down to crunch time for the artists as these need to start shipping soon to clear customs, so here’s hoping we get a few more juicy snaps in the coming days while things get packed up!

There are a lot of interesting pieces in this batch, most notably the crazy white rabbit Boo Skelve totem up above. This is such a freaking complex and exquisite piece, and given that KO’s rabbits rarely make an appearance in 3D form, this piece is bound to be a showstopper.

This one has me a bit curious. First: what the devil is it? Second: is this a custom or an original sculpt? At first glance it looks like a customized Stingy Jack head (esp. that nose), but now I’m not so sure. The legs are throwin’ me, here. Such a bizarre little fellow.

And here we have Brandt putting on his best artist-face-of-utter-concentration as he manhandles a Skelve’s head. Stare that Skelve into utter subservience, BP! That lout ought to be painting himself!

And what’s this? Boo seems to have gained a Lucky puppet friend. Aw. The little hood is cute — loving all the reinterpretations of Boo in this show (there are more — stay tuned!). Happy art dorkin’ all!

Monsters & Misfits II opens April 13th through the 26th at the Kusakabe Folk Museum in Takayama, Japan.

Amanda Spayd’s Mint Chocolate Skelve for M&MII

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Soft sculptures and candies aside, it appears Ms. Amanda Louise is also bringing a Skelve with her on the trek to Japan!

First teased last July, the antique-laced, button-butted critter marked Mandi’s debut production Skelve and had fans chompin’ at the bit for a release date. Sadly, the edition met a tragic end due to manufacturing issues.

BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS! Some of her Skelves managed to escape from the factory and Amanda is customizing them for shows (yay!). With that said, say hello to Mint Chocolate, a one-off who’s part of Monsters & Misfits II! More will make their way out of the woodwork in good time.

And to the collectors who were amped about adding an ALS Skelve to the collection: fret not! She is releasing a new Skelve at some point this year … more on that soon!

Monsters, Misfits… and Zombies!

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Oh em gee. Kathie’s Instagram onslaught continues with some really sweet pieces for Monsters & Misfits II — we’ve got girls, we’ve got snakes, we’ve got … rotting reindeer? Fingers crossed the latter is a new edition, because who honestly wouldn’t love a zombie deer: Circus style. ;)

Monsters & Misfits II opens April 13th at the Kusakabe Folk Museum in Takayama, Japan.

More M&MII WIPs from CMR!

Ryniak’s roll continues with a whole whack of new progress pics for Monsters & Misfits II. It’s like Candy Land over there! It appears we have another custom Octopus Girl in the works, along with a Lizzie and soft serve Bubblegut (click for full frontal), some Cuspid Skelve dentata, and a new detail shot of this fella. Always a treat watching these take shape. More pics through the click!

Read More »More M&MII WIPs from CMR!

Custom Octopus Girl from Chris Ryniak for M&MII

Aww. We’ve got another heartbreaker on our hands here from Chris Ryniak for Monsters & Misfits II. Believe it or not, this was an Octopus Girl at one point (which was a KO Elizabeth … yes: a custom that was editioned and then customized again. Crazy!), and it seems she’s acquired a set of Bubblegut feet. The eyes on this one knocks my socks off; I’m always amazed at the amount of life they imbue that I half expect her to blink. And do her moles remind anyone else of Cadbury Mini Eggs?


New Sneaks from Kathie Olivas for M&MII

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So Circus Posterus is on Instagram now, in case you missed the memo, and what better way to incite irrational excitement amongst the fans than debut with some insanely beautiful teasers of pieces for Monsters & Misfits II? I swear Kathie does this to us on purpose. Anyway, let’s have a look. Above: an aproned Elizabeth whose gloves admittedly have me curious, along with the fact that she seems abnormally tall (maybe this teaser will jog your memory?). Really loving the aged treatment on this one, as well. In behind we have an encrusted masked Lizzie — scroll down a bit …

Ah, there we are. Anyone else still aching for the production release of the Masked Elizabeth? I know, such a beaut. This particular disguised crusader is a Lizzie and she’s rockin’ some serious rocks. (And bling!) The encrusted look is really starting to grow on me; I’m a fan of the white gems, which we’ll see more of in a bit. Oh, and the bunny plush is just for show — a gift from a fellow CP boardie. Pretty, ain’t it? Seems Lizzie has found a sidekick!

Ok, everyone back off: I call dibs on this one. This is a custom Bear Hood Lizzie, complete with lolli and all kinds of wicked, hand-sculpted elements. Love the hands, the zipper mouth, the hat … and that empty gaze. Ho boy. Just lovely.

Here be the aforementioned white gem bedazzled lady. This one is still a work in progress so no full reveals yet, but she’s interesting: kind of a marionette vibe going on here with two slits running down the sides of her mouth. And a wicked wooden cart. Word has it she’ll also be decked out with her own Brandt Peters skeleton pit crew (they’re on lunch break).

And last, but certainly not least … ladies and gentlemen: new Kumas are coming!!

More info to come! Monsters & Misfits II opens April 13th at the Kusakabe Folk Museum in Takayama, Japan.