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2019/01/03 | #News

Happy New Year from 1000toys!

undefinedA big thank you to all our fans for your support this past year, and we look forward to keeping everyone surprised and delighted in 2019.


We thought we would take a moment and look back at 2018.


2018 was a spectacular year for 1000toys - from Iconic character productions to Original direct-with-creator projects plus the continuation of nu:synth initiative line of designer action figures, there were many new exciting releases that ran the gamut.


As we opened 2018, Iconic licensed productions announced in 2017 rolled off the production line including the Iron Giant from the landmark animated film and 1/12 scale Killy with Safeguard from the Netflix/Polygon Pictures production of the Nihei Tsutomu manga of the same name. Continuing the connection with Nihei, we produced the first figure from his latest work - Aposimz (Ningyo no Kuni) - the 1/12 Etherow figure. Summer saw our biggest announcement of the year with the reveal of our 1/12 scale HELLBOY action figure (Mignola approved!) - the DX version of which was leveraged by Dark Horse to launch their direct to consumer Dark Horse Direct in-line collectible shop. 


From the 1000toys TOA Heavy Industries line, San Diego Comic Con 2018 saw the debut of the 1/12 scale Test Body Synthetic Human, a faithful reproduction of the much sought-after ? scale Test Body colorway of the Synthetic Human which had debuted 4 years earlier at the same event. The Test Body was an exclusive at events all over the world including San Diego, Shanghai, Singapore, New York, Taiwan, Pasadena and Hong Kong.


Another exciting direct-with-creator Original production from 2018 included the 1/12 scale ROBOX. Developed in close collaboration with master illustrator Kim Jung-Gi, this transforming Robot figure was released in a fully finished retail version plus three exclusive DIY versions in Canvas White, Black and Military Green. We were additionally honored to host Kim Jung Gi for a couple of drawing sessions at our Tokyo Comic Con booth this past December.


The first half of 2018 saw the release of the remaining figures from nu:synth initiative Wave 1 including Teal Knight & Lime Knight from the Knights of the Synth (Toy Pizza) series and Future & Cyclone from the Nextman Synth (RealxHead) series. DesignerCon 2018 saw the first release of figures from Wave 2, including Pheyden & Buildman from the Glyosynth series with American indie figure pioneer Onell Design and Aitsu from the Un:Synth Heroes series with Japanese premier street brand Punk Drunkers. 


Another highlight of 2018 was SYN HMN RMX (Synthetic Human Custom Show) - our touring art show that featured amazing original creations by an international roster of superstar Creators and Customizers. Gallery SF Dept (Tokyo - February), ToyCon UK (London - April), Thailand Toy Expo (Bangkok - May), Five Points Festival (Brooklyn - June), Wrong Gallery (Taipei - October) and DesignCon 2019 (Pasadena - November). One thousand thanks to all the artists who participated and a special shout out to the Antireal crew for graphic support. 


2019 is going to be even more exciting! 1000toys will continue to add Iconic licensed productions to its portfolio including beloved game characters. Hellboy is scheduled to drop in April 2019 with figures of Abe Sapien and Lobster Johnson soon to follow. 2019 will also see the release of the remaining figures from the Wave 2 series plus sneak peaks of what is coming in Wave 3! Also keep an eye out for several new items with Nihei Tsutomu plus new collaborations with IZMOJUKI. Also a special co-production with Malaysian artist 1000tentacles studio is in the works. And much much more!


As always stayed tuned to our social media channels for the latest news!