COARSE toys Mark Landwehr & Sven Waschk presented new works in their exhibit Prisoners Beside Me, which opened Friday, December 5, 7-10pm. Mark and Sven was present at the opening reception. Held at Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery. Michael Walker was kindly enough to help The Toy chronicle out and give us an insight of what happened on the night as an Coarse collector.
Michael traveled all the way from Phoenix which was 1200 miles away from Chicago just to be at this show, shows how much of a hardcore Coarse collector he is. Here is a insight and mini interview with Michael on his experience.
TTC: Being a fellow coarse head what was it like going to meet Mark Landwehr & Sven Waschk at Rotofugi?
MW: It was great. They were both friendly and engaging. They took the time to do a sketch and/or sign for everyone in line. They’re very relaxed and genuine. Nice guys.
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TTC: Any secrets to share with the public?
MW: Secrets? Well the Rotofugi and Shibuya mini omens may make it online I suspect and maybe even some passages. The black and blue omen outbursts are 300 editions so they should be relatively easy to get.
TTC: You think coarse will be even stronger next year? do think Coarse should finish the omen line now?
MW: If these new sculpts see production then yes, I think it could be amazing. I know a lot of people are tired of omens but I’m sure it’s hard for mark and Sven when every omen they release sells out immediately. I think if these outbursts don’t sell super quick then maybe they tail off but I’m looking at the white one I bought and I love it.
TTC: The show well organised?
MW: Yes. The line tickets made it smooth and honestly the demand was just right for the supply.
TTC: Glad that it wasn’t a rampage and flippers hunting
MW: Nope. Quite nice. 50 people or so. There were a few flippers who got their piece and left but the good news is Kirby from Rotofugi was good about limiting people.
TTC: Worth the trip?
MW: Definitely worth the trip. I also met some fellow coarseheads which was great. Made the experience even better to be able to share it with other people as passionate about this.
TTC :What was your personal most wanted piece from the show?
MW: So many good pieces. I loved Permanent Guest and Cursed. Some of the new sculpts are next level. I think there is some really good stuff there.
TTC: It’s great to see Coarse tribute to Roman….. such a great company doing something like that for him and his family
MW: It was. I definitely reflected for a moment on Roman’s Omen. I was so impressed that they did a fresh sculpt and not just a color way. I asked them about that and they definitely felt for Roman. He was a very high profile collector.
He was a genuine soul and so friendly, We all miss him, everyone there had something positive to say about him.
Just after Roman’s passing Coarse released a statement and it was really touching what the company is doing for his family. Coarse I salute you!
We will put together a special edition for Roman to honor his love for coarse and in order to support his family. All proceeds from this sale will be for the benefit of Roman’s family. Please support our effort – updates will follow as soon as we are finished with the preparations
I personally wrote a article months before Roman’s left us if you would like to remember how much of an awesome person he was please have a read HERE
On 19.10.2014, our beloved friend Roman Shevchenko aka AlPred passed away. It was heart attack. Thank you all for your support these tough days. This is very important for his family.
If you have had any business with him in progress (transactions, projects, etc.), please drop us a mail at [email protected]ail.com
If you like to send a card to his family, please approach us at [email protected] for the shipping address.
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Special thank you Michael Walker for his time and effort to help TTC out.