Meet the Androids : Robot Revolution (pt 1)

Remix, Reimagine, Rebuild! Introducing Android mini collectibles Robot Revolution series! The all new series features artwork from Google, Andrew Bell, Chuckboy, Patricio Oliver, Loulou & Tummie, Kong Andri and Scott Tolleson

We’ll be previewing some of the 15 unique new designs (and 2 variants) here every few days leading up to the May release.


Android the OS has always been about customization, openness and flexibility. Over the last 9 years we have taken inspiration from that approach, creating hundreds of designs from the base Android collectible form. We even toyed with the idea swappable parts in the past, but these were always limited to smaller special projects.


When prepping for a robot-themed Series 07, veteran Android artist Kong Andri submitted several ‘Mix-Bot’ concepts. Inspired by his approach, we knew it was time to re-visit the idea.. and to get some artists on board!


“Mix-Bot 04” is a colorful robot full of fun faces in a 1/16 ratio.


“Retro V1950” keeps it simple but classic in 50’s era teal / seafoam.


This Google created edition also has a 1/16 ratio.

More previews coming soon! Figures coming in May to the Dead Zebra Shop and retail partners around the world!

Meet the Androids: Series 04 Preview (pt6)


“Dicktator” has a few things he needs you to take care of.. or he might have to take care of you. Veteran Android artist KRONK is back with this diabolical design. With a 1/16 ratio, there’s only room for one supreme leader per case.

Click above for a full turn-around view of Dicktator!

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Today we have another bonus Android Foundry product preview for you! Ever wanted to display your Android pride on your feet, but just weren’t sure how? Well, you’re in luck, because we’re debuting these fancy, soft and comfortable Android Foundry crew socks in two different designs! Available soon along with Series 04, details below!

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“When can all this Android madness be MINE?!” you scream, violently waving dollar bills at your screen…
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Series 04 will be available from the Dead Zebra Shop starting this Friday, November 29th at 11am EST, with a restock at 11pm EST. Shipping starts a few days after that! Initial limit of to 2 cases (32pcs) per household applies.

Also look for Series 04 starting very soon at a variety of toy, comic, tech and specialty retailers across the world, including many on our Where to Buy list!

Chinese New Year 2013 Android Mini Collectible!

Happy Year of the Snake!
But wait! That’s a.. Lion? Holding salad?

No matter the representative animal of the yearly zodiac, you’ll always find a Dancing Lion at any good Chinese New Year festival! While traditionally Chinese, the famous Dancing Lion even spans cultures with Korean and Japanese equivalents.

Each Dancing Lion Android includes one of 7 different auspicious scrolls and a head of green lettuce. The scrolls are wrapped, so you don’t know what message you get until you open it up!

If you’re not familiar with the traditions, then a couple of guys in a brightly colored furry lion suit lobbing heads of lettuce at you might be a bit alarming.. may we suggest you read more about the tradition of the dancing lion over on Wikipedia?

This year’s Special Edition release is once again primarily for our Asian retail partners including HypePulse in China, City Super in Hong Kong, Android Fan store in Taiwan and Droidstore in Singapore. If you are in or near these areas, please check your local retailers for availability. They should be available for sale soon!

However, we will have a very limited stock  available in the Dead Zebra, Inc shop for $10 (plus shipping). There will be only one release time. These are limited to one per household / card holder / person / etc.. you get the idea!

Available in the Dead Zebra Shop starting Thursday, January 24th at 11AM Eastern Standard Time. They will start shipping the week after that.

We reserve the right to cancel any orders for any reason. If there is remaining stock after the initial releases we will put them back online for further orders, (unlikely in this case, so get in early)! As usual you might want to brush up on the Limited Edition release FAQ!

Frankie Frost flies high for the 2012 Holiday Special Edition Android mini!

Look up! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s ..suddenly really cold and snowing. Must be Frankie Frost flaunting his frozen flakes in your face! Seasoned Android artist Scott Tolleson brings us this cool new holiday special edition modeled after the classic stop motion characters of yesteryear.

Frankie starts flying next week from the Dead Zebra Shop starting at 11AM (EST) on Thursday, December 6th and again that evening at 11PM (EST) for $10. Limit is two per customer so you can keep one and gift another!

Shipping out starts December 10th, non-US customers who want to guarantee holiday arrival should select Priority Mail International shipping method, as First Class International can take 2-5+ weeks to arrive.

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Catch full moon fever! 2012 Halloween Special Edition Android mini!

Arrroooooo! Happy Halloween everyone! It’s my favorite time of year, and always a great excuse to release a fun mini special edition! I designed this guy as a tribute to a certain awkward age werewolf that many of us remember fondly.. back when vampires didn’t sparkle and werewolves played basketball! The night has come and this mild mannered teenage Android has caught a bad case of full moon fever..
 

So you’re not sitting around hitting F5 on your computer when you should be out having fun while dressed up as a Sexy Mudskipper we’re shifting out release schedule a little bit. Werewolf will be available at the Dead Zebra Shop starting at 11PM (EDT) on Devil’s Night, October 30th and again on Halloween morning October 31st at 11AM (EDT) and again on November 5th at 11PM (EST)!

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Android Special Edition : Big Android BBQ Blue

It’s been a busy month for Android and mini collectible fans as many of you rip into your S3 cases! The fun continues with the Big Android BBQ taking place in Dallas, Texas next week!

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This was originally slated for a late summer release for people who couldn’t grab the red SDCC edition but when we confirmed that we could make it to this year’s Big Android BBQ this year we knew it would be a perfect release to have there!

The Androids comes together in a case style window box ready to enjoy the day with camera, spatula and bbq accessories.

They’ll be available for $20/set in person throughout the BBQ weekend, late-registration tickets are still available! For those of you who sadly can’t make it, we’ll have them up online in the Dead Zebra Shop on the 20th at 11am EDT, get your appetite ready!

Android Series 03 release!

Hooray! We’re finally taking orders in the official Dead Zebra Inc shop! Orders will start shipping later this week. They’re available now There will be more at around 11pm EDT and if we sell through those don’t panic because there will still be plenty of options from our retail partners!

Thanks to all the fans for the continued support (and patience!), I know you’re going to love this series! 

P.S. We also have two awesome new Android t-shirts available!

Meet the Androids: Series 03 Preview (pt9)

God of the wild, god of goats, nature protector.. kick-ass flautist? From the sparkly purple brainmeats of artist Kelly Denato comes Pandroid! Ready to rock out with his tiny pan flute accessory, this Android has a 1/16 ratio. 

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Meet the Androids: Series 03 Preview (pt6)

Our S3 shipment is in and delivered to the magical toy cave, where distribution will begin shortly! S3 should start popping up in retailers very soon, and I’ll post the Dead Zebra Shop release schedule / information tomorrow!

But we’ve still got some previews to get through! Rack a can of this awesome “cry-on” design by MAD. 1/16 ratio.

Of course we have a little extra for you. Turn your sound on for shake rattle and..roid. Always wear your respirator, kids.

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Artist kaNO put together this awesome Beastie Boys / Japanese construction inspired design long before the recent tragic loss of MCA. I’m glad it made it into the series as I think it serves as a fun tribute to the late great intergalactic rap superstar! Armed with a mic accessory, ready to let the beat drop with a 1/16 ratio.

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Meet the Androids: Series 03 Preview (pt4)

If you ask for a “venti mocha blaster”, or a “frappa caramel whatsit”, this Android will kick you out of the cafe before you can even finish your obnoxious branding babble order. Stop talking made up nonsense, here’s your espresso. Drink it within 15 seconds and move along.

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When my sister opened Cafe Grumpy here in Brooklyn 7 years ago I helped her out by designing the logo.. and then somehow I was drafted into serving a brief stint as a barista. I never drank much coffee before that, so by the end of the day I looked pretty much like this guy.

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Meet the Androids: Series 03 Preview (pt3)

This is one of those designs that needs to be seen in person to fully appreciate! Nexus sports a smokey dark translucent body and carries the latest generation flagship 4G LTE GSM dual band tri force quadruple card 5GHz 5″ HD* completely non-functional miniature Nexus phone accessory.

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Set him up near a light source for maximum effect! 2/16 ratio.
*note: phone specs may be slightly exaggerated, phone is a small piece of solid plastic.

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Meet the Androids: Series 03 Preview (pt2)

This is what happens when you test cosmetics on live animals.. escaped killer apes with blood on their hands. You’ve been warned!

Escape Ape is one of two killer Series 03 designs by South African artist and toy designer KRONK. This one has a 1/16 ratio, the other one.. well, that’ll be a bit harder to find.

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Meet the Androids: Series 03 Preview (pt1)

Series 3 is almost upon us! Hooray! Our shipment is arriving on the sunny shores of California today and should be hitting retailers in a week or two after we clear customs and truck it over to the distribution center!

Let’s count down the days with a few design previews, starting with Sket One’s glossy conman, 8-Ball Hustler. This slick black fedora wearing pool player also includes a cue accessory.

  8-Ball Hustler Android Series 03 Sket One

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Up in arms over an Android Series 03 update!

Series 03 design: Pandroid, by Kelly Denato

Hello everyone! Sorry for the delayed update, I wanted to get some firm information from the factory before I posted anything related to a timeline for release! (Sorry Hitoshi!)


As you know we had hoped to release Series 3 end of Q2 this year (late June).. obviously that has come and gone! Unfortunately we got a little over 2 months behind on our production schedule.The good news is that we are basically done and will be releasing by the end of Q3. I’ll let you know when they are en route, and maybe I’ll even post the boat information so we can interactively track their journey across the ocean! 🙂
…Now for some excuses exciting information!

Series 03 features some really fun designs and quite a few complex paint applications that take a long time to get just right. However, the biggest delay can be attributed to the re-engineered arm joints that we’re debuting with Series 03.

The standard joint is made of one simple piece, and can just turn in one direction. The new joint is comprised of three pieces: a ball peg and two arm halves that are assembled around the ball peg. This allows for a much larger range of motion as the arm can be turned forwards, backwards, in and out as well as around as usual.

This also means 3x + as much work to produce and assemble the final products. The effects may seem subtle, but in our opinion they’re definitely worth it! The ability to adjust the arms just so really brings a lot of emotion to the figures. The feedback from fans who got their hands on a few SDCC preview sets has been great! We’ll be using ball joints for Artists Series as well as selectively on special editions in the future where appropriate.

P.S. Self promotion time! I have a little art show opening Tomorrow night in Brooklyn! Check out the info here!

Android mini collectibles – Series 03 update!

Series 03 “Escape Ape” design by Kronk

Wow it’s been a few months since I posted here! It doesn’t feel like it, because we’ve been hard at work behind the scenes since last year on the next designer series of Android mini collectibles! Originally we were aiming for a Q2 release, which would be before the end of this month…

The good news is that they’re better than ever, almost ready, and they look great! The bad news is that the improvements we’ve made equaled slightly longer prototyping manufacturing time. Despite things being pushed back a bit, I think everyone will be pleased with the results. We hope to have them all on a big ole boat by the end of the month and in your hands starting late July.

We’ll also have some more awesome Android news for you next week, so check back!
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Toy Soldier – Android Special Edition

Tis the season for Androids! Gary Ham once again ushers in the winter weather with a special edition Android mini collectible Toy Soldier design! Each soldier includes a decorative removable key accessory that fits into a hole in his back.

The first batch will be available in the Dead Zebra Shop starting Wednesday, December 14th at 11AM Eastern Standard Time. The second batch will go online Wednesday, December 14th at 11PM Eastern Standard Time.

Unfortunately due to a combination of production and shipping delays we’re cutting it a bit close for x-mas, but most US orders via Priority Mail should arrive before the 25th. Luckily these guys are cool enough to display year round!

Since we know people will want to give some of these away, we’re raising the initial limit to TWO per person/address. In the spirit of the holidays, please don’t try to buy two for yourself and two more for your cat who lives suspiciously close to you. We reserve the right to cancel any orders for any reason. If there is remaining stock after the initial releases we will put them back online for further orders, but I don’t think these will be around for long!

As usual you might want to brush up on the Limited Edition release FAQ , and take a peek at the Holiday Shipping Deadlines while you’re at it!


Don Pablo Calaveroid – Day of the Dead Android

Halloween is so October 31st… We’re all about Dia de los Muertos now! This year we asked our friends Ernesto and Carlos East, aka the Beast Brothers to lend their Mexican flair to a Special Edition Android mini collectible!

The result is the beautiful and colorful “Calaveroid”! This limited special edition figure will be available at the Dead Zebra Shop starting on the Day of the Dead, November 1st, 2011 at 11am (EST) and again at 11pm (EST). In order to make it available to the most people, sales will be initially limited to 1 per person for the first few stock periods, and after we catch up we’ll let the rest out for doubles or re-orders! There will also be a few available via select Asia retailers.


 

Oh, and who wouldn’t want to don some Don Pablo? Delicious skull T’s on both black and limited run purple will be making an appearance as well!

Adios!