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Meet the Androids: Series 06 Preview (pt 7)

We’re rounding out the Android Series 06 round up with the last of the “regular” editions, this adorable “Red Fox” from Dyzplastic. He won’t be hiding much with a 1/16 ratio.
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The elusive chase edition from artist Colus and two additional variants will remain a secret.. for now! We’ll be posting those up to the product page after some time, but want to give people a chance to find out for themselves first!

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Series 06 is now shipping from our distributor is already available via some of our retailers both online and off soon! We’ll have our own stock along with our new pins in the Dead Zebra Shop starting Wednesday September 7th!

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Meet the Androids: Series 06 Preview (pt 6)

We tapped into the talents of toy customizer Dwaine Morris to bring you “Ben Franklin”! Ben is based off of a design from back in 2013 that left a lasting mark.Android_s6-BenFranklin-34AB
Ben was translated Dwaine’s custom design into a this adorable production edition complete with trademark round glasses, a kite and a key! This mid-experiment Ben comes in a ratio of 1/16.. and I doubt you’d be shocked to learn that there is a chase variant to be discovered!

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We also have this simple yet slick design, “Sheen” shows off with a shiny automotive-like metallic finish that changes with the light.

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Sheen* will add some shimmer to your shelf in a 1/16 ratio!

* contains no tiger blood

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Meet the Androids: Series 06 Preview (pt 5)

Suit up with artist Igor Ventura and his beautiful card-inspired “King” and “Queen” Android designs!

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The Red Mutuca crew member plays a tight hand, with elaborate paint work and some fancy accessory crowns and weapons.

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Android_s6-Queen-34ABIt won’t be too hard to count these cards, both King and Queen come in a 1/16 ratio. Finding all the face cards might prove a bit more difficult, the odds are stacked against you.

Android_Series06-CasePic2I’m also happy to announce that our shipment has finally arrived, and Android Series 06 will be going on sale at retailers both online and in the real world starting soon! Here are a few places you might be able to find Series 06!

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Meet the Androids: Series 06 Preview (pt 2)

Avid Android mini collector, fan and Google employee Jess Wang cooks up a tasty treat for us with her “Hot Dog” design!

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Against the best wishes of the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (it’s a real thing!), this dog comes adorned with both mustard AND ketchup, along with two little squeeze bottle accessories. With a 2/16 ratio, you can share a hot dog with a friend!

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Otto Björnik, an artist of many talents based in the Philippines, translates his elegant geisha design with “Sayaka”.

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She features super sharp lines and includes a sculpted obi bow on her back. Sayaka comes in a 1/16 ratio.

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Meet the Androids: Series 06 Preview (pt 1)

Our artist series is back in 2016 with all new designs from some amazingly talented artists. This year we have Andrew BellAndrea Kang, Colus, Dwaine Morris, Igor Ventura, Jessica Wang, Nathan Jurevicius and Otto Bjornik all lending their talents and vision to the Android series!

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be taking a look at the new designs leading up to their launch at toy, comic, specialty and online retailers worldwide. Let’s get started with two:

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As you can tell from the promotional and box art, this series’ solid color signature edition is a perfectly powerful purple!

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Purple adds to the expanding spectrum with a 2/16 ratio. Today we’ve also got ‘Švytėjimas’, from Nathan Jurevicius.

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Švytėjimas comes in a pink fade over translucent yellow, with unique custom wing arms. A perfect compliment to his Nightrider figure from Kidrobot! Švytėjimas is packed in a 1/16 ratio.

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To help kick off the series, Wootbear will be hosting artist Nathan Jurevicius at their store this Saturday, August 6th from 6-9pm for a signing, he will have artist proof Android figures and original art sets available. If you’re in the San Francisco area don’t miss out. Many of the other designs from the series will be on view as well if you’re into spoilers!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Summer 2016 Android: Bear Awareness!

Going camping this summer? Spending some time with some scouts in the great outdoors taking selfies? Remember to be aware, be aware of bears. Be Bear Aware!

Here’s the new Summer 2016 edition Android Mini Collectible!  Featuring a little scout, out in the woods, earning his wilderness credentials.. or not.

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Both of these guys come packed together in a combo window box, and we even put together a special 2½” merit badge custom sewn patch for your scout shirt or sash! Let everyone know that you are fully aware of bears!

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(this probably happened, I’m sure no one got eaten.. don’t worry)

Bear Awareness will be available from the Dead Zebra Shop in late July! I’ll also have a few on hand at Comic-Con this year, Dumbrella booth #1335!

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2016 Chinese New Year Android

February 8th marks the start of the new year in many Asian countries! In China and neighboring areas it’s traditional to give out gifts of red envelopes containing money to help ensure good fortune through the new year.

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This year we released the ‘Red Pocket’ edition Android mini collectible in Asia, featuring a traditionally dressed Android holding up a whole bunch of red envelopes. Each figure also includes an actual red envelope containing a fun little Android / Monkey “dollar bill”, OR if you’re really lucky, a ‘golden ticket’ that rewards the winner with a custom minted 10g 24k gold coin worth over $450!
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We’ve got two of those golden tickets somewhere in our limited stock of figures! The Androids will be available in the Dead Zebra Shop starting this Monday (Jan 25th) at 11am EST for $10 each.

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Good luck and good fortune!

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Happy (Android) Holidays!

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Tis the season for gift giving! No doubt the elves have been busy at the workshop.. but so have the lesser known toy production bears! Bingle Bear by artist Scott Tolleson is here to deliver holiday cheer!

Bingle Bear will be up for sale on the Dead Zebra Shop starting December 10th morning at 11am EST, with shipping starting on Monday the 14th. Unfortunately due to some production and shipping delays, these are later than we’d hoped. US customers should select USPS Priority Mail for your best bet to receive in time for Xmas!

Mousepad_Circuit_Straight_800Cloth mousepads are back in stock and shipping soon! We have the classic Android green on black and a new blue Circuit design pad ready for your pointing and clicking pleasure.

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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 !

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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.

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…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!)

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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™….

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…for Science!

…for science! You couldn’t read this blog post from a tiny handheld computer via invisible information waves while sitting on a toilet inside a flying machine 30,000 feet above the surface of our planet if it weren’t for science! While we’re all naturally curious creatures, some are a bit more commited than others. “…for Science!” is a series of Android Mini Collectible special edition figures celebrating some of the greatest scientific minds in history.

We’re kicking off this (hopefully ongoing) series with three of the best and brightest: Sir Isaac Newton, Marie Curie and Nikola Tesla.

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Each 3″ figure includes an appropriate accessory and comes in a foil stamped windowed display box featuring a short summary of their most notable achievements on the back. This series was created in collaboration with former Android engineer Dan Morrill.

Science isn’t restricted to great minds, anyone can make a great discovery or run their own experiments! So, remember to yell “For Science!” before you throw that switch, start that reaction, or eat that questionable combination of hot dogs and mint ice cream that your 4 year old nephew insists he ‘cooked’ just for you.

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See our ‘…for Science’ project page for more photos!

…for Science figures will be available via the Dead Zebra Shop starting Monday, April 20th at 11am EST. Figures will be available individually for $10/pc or together in a set. Due to limited supply, orders are limited to 2 of each figure (or 2 sets) total.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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Dealmaker : Black Gold
Edition of 50pcs – $35

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!