Clutter Magazine Issue 28 - M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E. SDCC 2015

Page 47

An assortment of Mystical Warriors of the Ring, S.U.C.K.L.E., and OMFG Series 2 figures

likes of Rampage Toys and Nama Niku’s

over the past couple of years, with the

small but dedicated scene continues

of new artists and, inevitably, the revived

Plastic, and even The Super Sucklord

has an even healthier indie community,

early bootlegs encouraged a huge swell interest in pocket mini figures has also lead to some very interesting, larger scale factory produced lines too.

Skirting on the edge of Designer Toy, mainstream, and pocket mini scenes, October Toys’ community-based line OMFG set a new standard for mass-

produced pocket mini figures back in

2011. Largely drawing inspiration from the Americanized keshi of the mid to late ‘80s both in terms of style and

presentation, the majority of recently

released lines have been produced in

China using a similar hard PVC as the

original M.U.S.C.L.E. Usually released in

comparatively small runs, with colorways often running between 80-200, these types of figures almost always come

packed on a blister card or in a Bandaistyle trash can for added authenticity.

This industry has seen continual growth

likes of Unbox Industries, Fantastic

offering up their takes on the classic monochromatic 2” figure.

As with the mass-produced lines, keshi and pocket mini figures’ increase in

popularity has lead to an explosion of talent in the self-produced scene as

well. Unlike the previously mentioned series though, the self-produced

to flourish. Not surprisingly, the East

with outfits and brands such as Onion Fights, Newtervision, Moqkeshi, and Nerdone pushing the boundaries in

terms of both creativity and authenticity of production, blending traditional style

with unconventional mediums, including soft vinyl and hard resin, to dazzling effect.

creations tend to rely heavily on the

Similar to the indie/self-produced

characterized by their soft rubbery

— community now spans a worldwide

original Eastern keshi culture, largely feel over the hard, American-style PVC, and are limited to runs of anywhere between 10-200 pieces, dependent

on the choice of either hand-cast or

sub-factory-led production. Brought to the forefront in the West by the likes of Ironmask, Eric Nilla, and, recently,

Metal Monkey’s Universe of Violence

(UoV) series as well as a steady flow of releases from The Disarticulators, this

figures, the pachi — or bootleg

roster of A-list artists, ranging from Healeymade and his conceptual

M.U.S.C.L.E. & M.A.S.K. mash-ups, Triclops with their wholly bootlegembracing B.A.S.T.A.R.Ds, and, of

course, Buff Monster’s recent Melty

Misfit take on Cheap Toys. Aside from

these resin produced figures with their

Art Toy leanings, there are still a number of artists staying true to the original

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