DKE Toys has started the ball rolling as they prepare for COMPLEX CON 2016 thats happening this weekend Long Beach, California November 5th and 6th. DKE again representing a host of independent art toy releases from across the world at their booth for COMPLEX CON. Is your wallet ready for all these limited artist edition figures and hilarious bootleg figures that you would never of dream seeing before.
What is it? ComplexCon is an expertly curated convention and festival that brings the world of Complex to life. This is our generation’s World Fair. The minds behind Complex have come together with a Host Committee that includes legendary artist Takashi Murakami, award-winning producer Skrillex and our Cultural Director/Executive Chair Pharrell Williams to imagine a place where creators, curators and YOU converge to celebrate and shape our culture. Watch, Listen, Shop, Taste, and Experience the future…now!
Star Weird: Boba (cas) Sette by Topztoy
Topztoy from Thailand has come up with an edition of 20 of our favorite bounty hunter encased in a cassette tape? Maybe this technology is better than a good old carbon freeze? This large hunk of hand poured resin is approx 3.75″ tall and comes carded with resealable blister. Maybe you can get it to play in your tape deck. $40 tax inc Thawan Khiowpiam is a Thailand based artist and graphic designer who has been making custom art figures under the name Topztoy ( Topztoy.storenvy.com) since 2013. in 2014 he organized the “Toy-want-you” art toys exhibition in Bangkok
Anonymous by The Panik Collective
With a team of international designers, the team will debut its first ever toy to be released at ComplexCon 2016 in Long Beach this November. You’ll have your chance to get your very own hand painted and customized 3.75″ carded Anonymous protester figure. Half of Panik’s proceeds from sales will benefit The Courage Foundation. Signed and numbered edition of 50. $55 each tax included. THE PANIK COLLECTIVE is a team of credentialed painters, sculptors, musicians, mathematicians & curators dividing time among multiple exhibition projects and public actions. Their inaugural solo exhibition at the Houston Museum of Drawing was extended through the end of November, and their High Fidelity series is a featured photo essay in the latest issue of Flaunt Magazine. Culture jammers by nature, the collective is frequently aligned with social activists, and both music and technology are common tropes within their oeuvre. www.panikcollective.com facebook.com/panikcollective/ @panikcollective (twitter, instagram, ello)
Alien vs Predator by Special Ed Toys
Special Ed is back with another version of their 2015 Designer Toy Award nominated (for Toy of the Year!!!) figure set. This version made for ComplexCon 2016 is the Evil of the Thriller edition. You get two hand painted, cast and customized 3.75” scale figure on custom card backs. Signed and numbered out of 20 pieces. $120 tax included for the pair. Heee Heee!!! “They came into our lives in the 80s, “touching” us in ways we could never imagine. One from the stars and the other a big shinning star on Earth. But as quickly as they touched our childhoods, they were gone. But now they’re back…and they’re coming after your fondest childhood memories and there’s no telling who will win. Will it be the Reese’s pieces peddling Alien or the Pretty Young Predator in disguise? One thing’s for sure, no matter who wins, your childhood loses.” “From bootleg toys to terrible “art” of dubious quality, there is no type of “artistic” medium I won’t shamelessly exploit in my mission to bring a little bit of terribleness into collector’s homes far and wide!” Special Ed Toys www.specialedtoys.com Instagram: @specialedtoys
Corporate Vader by Crisp
Colombian based street artist Crisp has honored us with a customized 3.75” scale figure on a hand stenciled card back. Each card front has a 5 layered stencil with another stencil on the back. Signed and numbered edition of 50. At $75 is a steal… Crisp is an Australian street artist currently based in Bogota, Colombia. He has been participating in art shows and the vibrant urban art scene and festivals since 2009. Crisp’s work deals with the aesthetics of both the natural and socio-political world. He predominately uses the stencil technique and medium to convey his vision on the streets of the world. His use of street sculpture and masks adds another dimension and depth to his works in the street. You can find his street art in many cities across the world including Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Houston, Mexico City, Winnipeg, Sydney, London, Santa Marta, San Jose, Aruba and of course his adopted home of Bogota, Colombia. He believes street art is an important uncensored pathway to highlight important issues and current affairs in a world where mass media is sponsored and controlled by politics, corporations and profit driven elements. He enjoys juxtaposing pop culture icons with real life concepts to highlight the irony of modern society and culture. He actively participates and donates his work to numerous foundations and social projects to enrich other people’s lives through art. Art can impact people’s lives not just for individual viewers but through co-operation, education and social change. Crisp recently was a finalist for the 2016 Stencil Art prize which is currently being exhibited as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival. Being an Australian a personal highlight for Crisp in 2015 was being invited by the Australian Ambassador in Colombia, to paint a large internal mural in the new Australian Consulate Office building in Bogota. In 2015, Crisp was one of a number of specifically selected artists including Sheppard Fairy, Retina, and Mr Brainwash, that were invited to donate works for the annual Kaleidoscope Gala ball in Los Angeles, which was hosted by Goldie Hawn and Halle Berry to raise funds for a local children’s hospital. His ongoing artwork covers a variety of mediums and a range of techniques – stencils, stickers, paste-ups, masks, street sculptures, large and small murals and works on canvas. Through urban mediums he addresses relevant socio-political aspects of the world as well as purely personal aesthetic expression. Crisp counts himself lucky to be able to practice his art as well as assist others, both things about which he feels extremely passionate. www.crispstreetart.com; www.facebook.com/crispstreetart; www.instagram.com/crispstreetart
LandObama by Free Humanity
Famed street artist Free Humanity has hand customized each 3.75″ figure and added a custom sculpted, cast and painted Obama head to one of our favorite scoundrels. More importantly each card back has been hand stenciled with 4 layers!!! splattered and then signed and numbered out of 25 pieces. At $100 a Free Humanity stencil of this complexity on a canvas would be at least 10 times as much money in a gallery. These will not last long. Free Humanity Street Artist/Public Artist. Established 2009. Los Angeles. Free Humanity is an internationally recognized artist that has focused on political situations and notable figures who have had a positive impact on the world. Working his way from small street pieces to large scale murals all over the country. Free Humanity art can be seen on the streets of many cities world wide ranging from London, Paris, Mexico City, New York City, Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles with his Signature Heart Style. Instagram @FreeHumanity
STR WAS: Chewback by Mark Todd
Here is the latest edition of artist Mark Todd’s first ever toy and first ever sculpture, a take on our furry friend. His original was molded and then cast in resin and hand painted by Mark as well. The card back is comprised of 2 riso graph prints on front and back for that very indie zine feel. 3.75″ scale carded figure. Only 30 made and each is signed and numbered. $55 tax included. Instagram @mark_todd marktoddillustration.com Like many kids raised in the 70’s, Mark was influenced at an early age by Star Wars and comic books. Unlike many kids, he grew up just a few miles from the Vegas strip, it’s neon and glitz looming over the city. He graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and currently lives and works in the Los Angeles area with his wife, artist Esther Pearl Watson, their daughter Lili and Mr. Pickles, a lovely French Bulldog. Some of Mark’s clients include: Cartoon Network + Houghton Mifflin Books + Getty Publications + Clearasil + Rolling Stone + Dangerbird Records + Blue Q + MTA + New York Times + Country Music Television + Entertainment Weekly + Outside Magazine + Los Angeles Times + Euro RSCG + Wieden and Kennedy + Spot Design + Coca-Cola + Fuse TV + Mtv + Travel and Leisure + Fantagraphics Books + Bark Magazine + Business Week + McSweeney’s + PC World + Texas Monthly + GQ + Nickelodeon Mark’s awards: American Illustration + Communication Arts + Society of Illustrators NY + Art Directors Club + Type Directors Club
To top it off at DKE booth you have the chance to meet the Hip Hop Trooper. He’ll be hanging out Saturday and Sunday!
WHERE: Long Beach Convention Center
WHEN: November 5-6, 2016
Further info and for tickets
#COMPLEXCON: Making Culture Pop in Long Beach this November.
More info head to
http://dketoys.com/ , twitter.com/sarahjo and facebook.com/DKEdkeDKE.
(Images and info lifted from DKE and COMPLEX CON)