Android Wood: In Depth

Yesterday I showed off the 2016 SDCC preview and casually dropped these beautiful piece into it, but I think they’re worth a bit more attention!

Android_Wood-group_1280Over four years ago we got together with Queens NYC-based woodworker and toy maker NoliNoli (aka Ken Como) to discuss bringing a the Android character to life in a variety of natural woods. Over the years we produced two small batches, most of which ended up in the hands of friends at Google, but never made their way into the world at large.

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I’m happy to finally get some of these guys out into the hands of fans and collectors, starting with a few that will be available at Comic Con (Dumbrella, Booth #1335!) This edition is made from a combination of regionally sourced FSC certified white oak and maple woods, finished with a natural shellac and bees wax for a nice soft sheen.


They stand about 5″ tall, here is one next to a 3″ vinyl mini collectible for reference! They are made entirely of wood, including all joints and can easily be disassembled for cleaning, conditioning or storage.

Android_Wood-Oak1_1280Every one is unique, if you’re interested I encourage you to stop by the booth and look at what we have available so you can pick the one that speaks to you the most.

For those of you who can’t make it to San Diego, we’ll have a small batch available online later this year.

Check out this great feature on Ken and his work: Recycled Wood Reborn in Toymaker’s Workshop from NY CITY Lens on Vimeo, plus some bonus behind the scenes photos below!


International Comic Con 2016 Preview!

It’s that time of year again, in just over a week I set up shop in San Diego at the 2016 International Comic Con!  Find me along with my dumb pal R Stevens, at “Dumbrella”  booth #1335 July 20th-24th. We’ll have all this and much more!

dz-sdcc16-Karoshi_Area51Karoshi San: Area 51 Edition! Limited to only 100pcs each with a numbered certificate, this 7″ tall green government lab escapee can only be spotted at conventions (where he can walk freely and people just assume he’s in costume). Limited quantity available, $65.

dz-sdcc16-CreaturePinsI heard you guys liked pins.. so I finally made some pins! I’ve got a whole lineup of brand new soft and hard enamel pins including O-No Sushi, Worrible, Dumpling of Doom and more! Each is packed on a backer card, available for $10 each with bundle deals extra savings!

dz-sdcc16-AndroidPinsOh and of course I made some Android pins featuring some classic designs to go along with those! Standard Green, Buisness Man, Construction, Panda, Copperbot, Lucky Cat, Hi-Voltage and Pinkey are all available at our booth #1335, and stop by our distributor booth at DISBURST / DKE #5045 to find BotMan and SuperUser!

dz-sdcc16-AndroidSeries06Speaking of Androids.. Visitors to #1335 get first look at and first crack at, Android Mini Collectible Series 06! We’ll have a few cases on hand for those lucky attendees to pick up early, with the series appearing at retailers starting in August.

dz-sdcc16-AndroidWoodI’m happy to announce that we’ll have some of these beautiful 5″ hand-made solid wood Androids available to the public for the first time ever! Started in 2012 as a collaboration with Noli-Noli Handmade,  these were previously only available as Google Executive gifts and impossible for the average collector to come by. I’ll have a post dedicated to these guys tomorrow! Available for $120 each, packed in a muslin bag and custom kraft box, very limited quantities.

dz-sdcc16-AndroidSummerStay aware and earn your special embroidered badge with the Summer 2016 edition “Bear Awareness” Android Mini Collectible also making its debut at Comic-Con!, this 3″ figure and 1.5″ keychain pair comes in a custom window box for $15 a set!

dz-sdcc16-TshirtsSome new shirts to cover your body with! Believe again with an adorably ugly UFO creature, control electricity with the new Tesla T, get to work with Karoshi San, sample some sushi with Lunch Special.. or maybe even piss off some peanuts fans with Snorpy! Come by and check out our selection, sizes and styles limited, $20 each.

dz-sdcc16-StickersSome new stickers to cover your body with.. or whatever you want to do with them. Oh so many stickers. Full color die-cut vinyl goodness to slap on your laptops, notebooks, guitar cases, windows, cars, pets, grandparents, etc.. $1 each.

dz-sdcc16-BooksWhat is Comic-Con without having some sort of comic? Unfortunately it’s still Comic-Con… but luckily I’ll have copies of Make it Stop and Do Not Eat available to sign, along with a few copies of the new Stranger Factory Coloring Book, and our Monsters & Misfits IV exhibition catalog! Prices vary.

dz-sdcc16-ToysPlushThere will be a selection of toys and collections including Karoshi San, the Last Knight, Android collectibles, Worribles and more! Prices vary from $7-75, so stop by and see what’s available!


We’ll also have mugs, socks, bags and more. Too many things to list here, but this should at least give you an idea and help you plan. Looking forward to seeing all your faces, both old and new.

Dumbrella, Booth #1335



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2015 DTAs

hey everyone! The annual ‘Designer Toy Awards‘ are coming up again this fall, and nominations are open for the next couple of days! May I humbly suggest a few nominations from my 2014 work?

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Best Vinyl: Last Knight
I’ve got to say, I’m really proud of this one! The Dead Zebra mascot finally came to life(?) in 2014 in the form of the Last Knight figure. The first edition was an instant hit and sold out quickly, with additional smaller editions being just as coveted. I had no idea it would be so well received, but I’m very happy to be in a number of amazing collections !

Best DIY Platform: Android
I am still amazed by the continued creativity exhibited by the artists bringing out the potential of what seems on the surface to be such a straight forward form! Here are a few recent customs. The 1,000+ and growing custom Androids on record at Trampt speak to the continued popularity of our little guy as an awesome platform.

…Artist of the year? Andrew Bell (Hey why not?)
This is a designer toy award, and 2014 saw 20+ production figure releases from me including the Last Knight, the Back to Back Black series (a decade in the making!), Dealmakers , Mardivale Dunny series, Lemon Drop 3” and Orange Drop 20” Dunnys. Throw in all my resin work for ‘Factory Strangers’ show at Stranger Factory and perhaps you might also consider me for Artist of the Year? 2014 was certainly the busiest in my toy career!

And why not throw in Dead Zebra Inc as brand of the year for shits and giggles?

Thanks for your consideration!
Go nominate over here (login is required, sorry!)


International Comic Con 2015 Preview!

Stop by the Dumbrella booth (#1335, 1337) at the International Comic Con this July 8th-12th for the good stuff! I’ll be there along with my Dumb pals R Stevens, Jon Rosenberg and puzzle master Chris Yates!

dz-sdcc15-MakeItStopFinally! A new collection of creatures featuring a menagerie of monsters from 2008-2015. This new book clocks in at 144 pages, and has the same size flexi-cover as the Do Not Eat collection. Make It Stop will be available for $12, or bundled with Do Not Eat for a discount! Available from fine retailers and the Dead Zebra Shop later this summer.

dz-sdcc15-SummerAndroidNo summer is complete without a trip to the beach.. or a summer edition Android! This year we feature a two pack of a sunburnt lifeguard (with tiny whistle) and a swimming prankster (complete with fake shark fin!). We’re gonna need a bigger shelf! This set will be available for $20.

dz-sdcc15-ShirtsNew shirt designs include ‘Hello World’ and the simple but adorable ‘Panda’ along with some popular classics such as ‘Astronomiton’, ‘Tagged’ and ‘Karoshi San’! Available in S-2XL with some in women’s cuts as well for $20 each or $17 each if you buy 3 or more.

dz-sdcc15-printsYou asked for it.. several hundred times over the last three years.. the Never Look Back series continues with a rather uneasy eel. Available for $10 each or in a full set of 4 for $30. We’re also bringing along some Android Foundry Propaganda posters and a creatures print or two!

dz-sdcc15-StickersAs always we have lots of full color high quality die cut stickers, including new Creatures, summer Androids, Glop, Karoshi and more!

dz-sdcc2015-toysplushWe’ll have an assortment of toys on offer from Last Knight and Worrible to Android Series 05 and O-No Sashimi, many at below usual retail prices.. oh and perhaps One More Thing™….



Tis the season.. again! Holiday Android & S5 Update

Ornament Androids are back! These guys were a huge hit last year in Blue and Red and we got many requests for a good ole ‘Android Green’ edition.. so here we go!

Available in the Dead Zebra Shop starting Monday, December 15th at 11am EST with more made available at 11pm EST. For people who want to really deck out their halls, we’re making them available as either single, double, 5-packs or 10-packs for $10, $20, $45 and $90 respectively.


US customers select Priority Mail to help ensure US delivery in time for Xmas! International customers will have to stock up or next year as they will likely not arrive in time, sorry!


Series 5 is on its way! Unfortunately due to some production delays, we weren’t able to get them out in time for the holidays, but they should start appearing at retailers and online towards the end of January! Here’s a little preview of Gary Ham‘s ‘Sk8 Cop’ design

AS5_Packaging_Insert-promo“Orange” and Jon Paul Kaiser’s “Sturnbrau” show off the Series 5 checklist insert.

This series features artwork from Google, Andrew Bell, Devilrobots, Gary Ham, Jon Paul Kaiser, Kong Andri, Lunabee, Reactor 88 and Scott Tolleson! Keep an eye out for previews of the series throughout January.


Get Lucky! 2014 Halloween Android drops Tuesday.

Time to prepare the Pumpkin Spice Partial Sparrows and dip those Caramel Mouse Heads because Lucky Lucy is coming to town! This classically inspired Halloween black cat Android joins last year’s Trickertreat with a dynamic double-sided head design. A scowl or a smile, with this two-faced feline you can put your favorite face forward.

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Lucy lucks out in the Dead Zebra Shop for $10 each starting Tuesday, October 21st at 11am EST with more meowing at 11pm EST. Limit 2 purr household, usual Limited Edition Release rules/suggestions apply!


*Trickertreat not included, but I just had to post this because they look great together!


Back To Back Black

If you’ve been following the teasers on instagram then you probably saw this coming. Out with the new, in with the old! We’re re-visiting some old favorites with special dark editions that we’ve been slowly collecting (and selfishly hoarding) for years! To celebrate we’re dividing up the runs and taking them on an east coast / west coast adventure, with a final stop online for everyone else!

Friday, October 10th at New York Comic Con – Myplasticheart Booth #113.
Things kick off in NY! I will be signing and doodling at the booth 2pm on Saturday.

Saturday, November 8th is our next stop at Designer Con in Pasadena, CA
I will be signing and doodling throughout the weekend.

Black Friday, November 28th, online at the Dead Zebra Shop
Finally (appropriately) on black Friday for those who can’t make it to either event, we’re bringing them to the web shop.

All of these pieces are signed and numbered. A very few per event will be available in a special matching bundle, but most will be sold individually.

O-No Sushi (in Squid Ink)
Edition of 90pcs – $35

Last Knight : Blackest Knight
Edition of 200pcs – $75

O-No Sashimi (Blackened)
Edition of 90pcs – $45

Can Of Worms : Nightcrawler
Edition of 90pcs – $55

Dealmaker : Black Gold
Edition of 50pcs – $35

Glop in a Box : Black Box
Edition of 30pcs – $120


International Comic Con 2014 Preview!

Here’s a sneak peek at just a few of the items that will be exclusive to, debuting at, or otherwise available from myself and my collaborative partners at the 2014 International Comic Con in San Diego this July 23-28th!

dz-sdcc14-android_hv2We’ll have a whole bunch of Android stuff, but the real star of the show is the Android Mini Collectibles Heroes & Villains II set! The set will be available starting Preview Night with limited supplies available each day. $40, limited to 2 sets per person.


We’ve got a ton of new full color high quality die cut stickers, including new Creatures, a Last Knight, Androids, and more! $1 each or $4 for 5! Android Set B includes 10 mini Androids for $8. We’ll also have a few huge Android wall stickers on hand!


New shirt designs include super soft discharge printed Dead Zebra ‘Tagged’ and the oft requested O-No Sushi ‘Lunch Special’! We’ve also got an Android ‘Astronomiton’ with metallic ink on navy, and a drippy Orange Dropper monster on silver. Available in S-2XL for $20 each or $17 each if you buy 3 or more.


I’ll be bringing an assortment of toys including some Last Knights, Squishables, O-No Sashimi, Androids and…dz-sdcc14-dealmaker

a new Dealmaker! This sofubi-style USA made vinyl figure is back with a ghostly glow! Glow in the Dark ‘illuminati’ edition will be available for $35 each.


Over at our distribution partner, DKE Toys, you’ll find the finally finished Infected Android sculptures! They’ll have these hand-cast resin sculptures by Scott Wilkowski x Android Foundry in four different deadly colors for $70 each. Only at DKE Toys (#5045)!dz-sdcc14-baitLast but not least.. Last Knight is back! Following the incredible release of the original edition (thanks!) we’ve teamed up with BAIT to bring you the really limited and really red ‘Field Dress’ edition and skateboard! The figure is hand numbered in an edition of only 100 pieces, slated to be available for $75 or for only $100 with the matching skate deck. Only at BAIT (#4949)!

Hope to see some of you there! As usual I’ll be spending most of my time at Dumbrella, Booth #1335, so come on by and say hello and support the arts by picking up an item or 10!


Beware the Ides of March: the Last Knight

Dead Zebra, Inc has been around for over 13 years! Throughout that time we’ve used a variety of related graphic elements for branding such as stripes, skulls and even a full-on dead zebra. We’re long overdue to put all of these elements together into one of the quality collectibles that we are known for! We’re proud to announce The Last Knight! Part collectible, part sculpture, part over-sized chess piece.. part zebra, part dead!

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The Last Knight is a skull-headed zebra in the format of an 8″ tall knight chess piece. Figure features an articulated jaw and ears, and high quality paint work. Each Last Knight box has an individually hand numbered band with elegant black and silver stamp artwork and a hidden magnetic clasp.

Available at the Dead Zebra Shop and select toy and specialty retailers starting March 15th, 2014 for around $65 US.

The Dead Zebra Edition in our traditional color scheme is an edition of 500pcs. Designed by Andrew Bell, produced by Dyzplastic, digital sculpting by Scott Wetterschneider!


Year of the Horse!

Happy upcoming Lunar New Year! On the Chinese Zodiac this year is the year of the Horse. As with past years, our Asian partners have a Special Edition Android to celebrate! This Android features a stylized horse mask design and traditional Chinese costume.


We’ll have a few in stock in the Dead Zebra Shop on Tuesday, January 28th at 11am EST and more at 11pm EST. Limit 2 per household, usual Limited Edition Release rules/suggestions apply!


We’ll be running our “add a case” special again, where you can add a single square or hexagonal figure display case to your order for only $3. While supplies last!


Misfortune Cat A/P Edition Release!


My customized Artist Proof editions of the AB x Playge Misfortune Cat mini will be going on sale in the Dead Zebra shop this Thursday at 11AM EST. Each cat features a hand painted blue tongue, nose and sword end, with 3 new metallic blue glass eyes, and the skull has a gold tooth to boot. Signed and numbered on the underside, and includes a matching 7″ signed and numbered print on velvet finish cotton rag paper.


This guy will retail for $99 and only 20 are available so Limited Edition release rules apply! 1 per household, specific number requests not guaranteed, credit card payments only, does not include regular edition figure.

Some more pics over here!


Designer Con 2013 – Items update!

Here’s a quick rundown of some goodies I’ll have at Designer Con this weekend in Pasadena, CA at booth #703!

First up is a brand new edition of the locally made sofubi-style Dealmaker! The “blueblood” edition features a light blue vinyl base with magenta and black paints. Comes header card / bagged for $35/pc.

UPDATE 11/8:
Unfortunately these guys were too awesome for the US Customs office to handle in a timely manner and it looks like they won’t be making it to the convention center in time for the show. My apologies!
Still plenty of goodies to be had, so come on by anyway and be bummed with me.


Ohh and what’s this? Something BIG? Oh yes.. While we wait for Android Series 04 to chug across the ocean, I’ll be air dropping a handful of these mega monsters on to the west coast in a special preview release.

Standing at almost 10″ tall, these vinyl colossi feature posable ball joint arms and movable,and removable heads! A special internal dual wall liner is large enough to hold a can of tasty beverage, and keep it cool too! Available for $70.


..and I didn’t forget about the DIYers out there! We’ll also have a handful of these giant blanks ready for some amazing (huge) customs! Available for $65.

These will be available for general sale via the Dead Zebra Shop and other Android figure retailers towards the end of the year.


Additionally I’m reaching in to the vault to bring a few gems from the past including a Groob, a few ZLIKS (including Die in the Dark GID!), and a bunch of older special edition Androids no longer available for general sale!

I’ll also have a few original drawings (framed and unframed) and a sculpture or two!

Looking forward to seeing some of you there!


Designer Con 2013!

Hello everyone! I’m happy to announce that I’ll be attending Designer Con 2013, this weekend November 9th and 10th in Pasadena, CA. It has been a bit of a last-minute decision as I worked out some scheduling details, but mister Gary Ham has graciously agreed to share his space with me! We’ll be at booth #703.

In addition to (hopefully) a new item or two, I’ll be reaching into the archives..


Come on by for some items from the recent and not-so-recent past. Includes some classic holiday Androids, hard to find ZLIKS, original artwork, sculptures and more.

Hope to see some of you there.


Trick or Treat.. or Trickertreat – 2013 Halloween Android release!

Veteran Android artist and jack-o-lantern of all trades Gary Ham is back in classic Halloween form with “Trickertreat“! Pick your pumpkin poison with this sneaky two-faced design in a beautifully illustrated window box coming next week to the Dead Zebra Shop. Also make sure you don’t miss Gary’s new art exhibit opening at Stranger Factory‘s gallery in New Mexico on November 1st!


Prepare your pepo! Trickertreat will be available for $10 each at the Dead Zebra Shop in two releases starting at 11AM (EDT) on Monday, October 21st and again at 11PM (EDT)! Shipping will begin on Wednesday.

Please note orders are limited to two figures per household, and only credit cards will be accepted. Please brush up on the Limited Edition release guide & FAQ to help things go smoothly!


China National Day Android special release!

Happy China National Day! (ok, this post is a few hours late if you’re actually in China)

中国紅起来! A special Android mini collectible was put together for some of our partners in the China and Hong Kong region to celebrate the holiday this year! The figure features a simple but strong design featuring the national flag colors and iconography along with a package that celebrates the advances in their space programs.


While this is primarily a release for the Chinese and Hong Kong region, we secured a few figures for this side of the world. They will be available in the Dead Zebra Inc shop starting October 2nd at 11pm EDT.

Please note quantities are very limited, orders are limited to one figure per household, and only credit cards will be accepted. Please brush up on the Limited Edition release guide & FAQ to help things go smoothly.



DZ / Andrew Bell / Creatures in my Head SDCC 2013 Rundown!

It’s that time of year again! Comic Con time! Be sure to stop by Dumbrella, booth #1335 to check out the goodies from me and my pals!

sdcc2013-tshirts New shirts including Android Jolly Roger, JellyPhones and a creature we’ve lovingly dubbed Snot Rocket here in the studio.


I’ll be debuting the “Clear Envy” edition Dealmaker sofubi and the blue edition of Can of Worms! Also a few squishy items, and a selection of Android goodies including the new Rainbow sets, Big Box edition, Lucky Cats and more!


I’ve got a bunch of new high quality die cut silkscreen stickers ready for you to vandalize decorate with!


A few of the new Android Foundry Progress Administration developer propaganda posters will be in the house, along with the delicious assortment of other prints including the Never Look Back series.


I’m also excited to show off the debut of a Scott Wilkowski x Android Foundry collaboration, INFECTED ANDROID. A different color clear cast resin abomination will be available at DKE Toys #5045 Thursday through Sunday!

I will be signing along with Scott at 12 noon on Saturday, July 20th at DKE.

sdcc2013-bluewormsDebuting at the show is the BICPlastics produced Can Of Worms in the “Rare European Blue Blood” edition, limited to only 150 sets. These will be available at #1335 when the show opens, but for those of you who can’t attend (that’s probably a lot of you!) Myplasticheart will make some available online! Grab a set of wiley wine drinking worms starting at 12 EST on Thursday July 18th for $55

sdcc2013-dealmakerFinally a brand new edition of the Dealmaker sofubi style vinyl figure made entirely in the USA. The transluscent green “Clear Envy” edition comes bagged and carded. Limited quantites available daily at #1335, $35 each.


Google I/O 2013 Wrapup

A few pics from my recent trip to Google HQ for my Talks @ Google artist talk and the 2013 I/O Developers conference! I had a great time, got to meet some good people and ran into some friends. Thanks to Tom and Thiru for arranging the talk logistics, to Dan for the introduction and to Hugo and the entire Android team for making the I/O Tester special edition mini collectible a reality!

Below is an edited (secret Google bits removed, sorry!) version of my talk. I cover my early inspirations and the development of my art over the years with various examples, followed by a bit of info about Androids and a short Q&A! Runs about 45 minutes.


New Site!

Hi everyone! Welcome to the fresh new Dead Zebra site! It’ll take a little while to work out some of the bugs and import the old dyzplastic blog posts, but hopefully we’ll be back up and running with a new blog covering all things Dead Zebra, Inc (and not just just the toys!).

Halloween Release – Hurricane Update

Hello everyone! Due to widespread power outages, people being evacuated, flooded, and generally spotty internet service here and at the warehouse, the originally scheduled 11pm release tonight will be postponed.

Instead we will be releasing as planned at 11 AM EDT  October 31st  (Halloween!) and then we’ll save the second part of the release for November 5th 11 PM EST (don’t forget that whole daylight savings thing). Yes, we miss out on a bit of the Halloween spirit, but we want to give our fans and collectors in the Northeastern US a chance to recover.

Thanks for understanding!