Be@rBrick x Care Bears

bearbrickcarebear00Adding to the 1980s nostalgia, the Care Bears get the Be@rBrick treatment.  Medicom offers two bears at release, the Cheer Bear and Grumpy Bear figures.

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Medicom Toys Be@rbricks Series 32

bearbricks32The popular toy-art figures Be@rbricks are back with another series.  Medicom Toys releases the Be@rbricks Series 32.  The 3″ bear-like LEGO mini-figs feature 12 base designs and 10 “chase designs.”  This year’s collection features company designs like the Suicide Squad, Terminator, One Punch Man and artists like Shoko Nakazawa and Fujio Akatsuka.

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BAIT X TED 2 X REEBOK Classics = Instapump Fury

reebokinstapumpfuryWith upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release of Ted 2, BAIT! collabs with Reebok Classics and Ted 2 for a special Ted-inspired sneaker.  The Reebok Classics Instapump Fury will available at BAIT retail locations on November 14th, 2015.  Look for a $170 price tag and the kicks will be available in sizes 3-13.

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Panda Vinyl Action by Cacooca

pandacacoocacoverDo you like cute Panda vinyl toys?  This is the Panda: Classic designed by Cacooca.  The cute vinyl toy art measures 7.5″ tall.

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BE@RBRICK x Transformers

bbxtakara00Just hitting the retail shelves is a collaboration between Medicom and Takara.  The popular toy brick bears meets the transformerable robots in this neat merchandising product line.  The 4 figures:  Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream and Bumblebee figures can transform into their BE@RBRICK form or G1-style robot form.  Now that is cool, so just take my wallet and credit cards now!

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Cute Pandas taking over Hong Kong

panda 00It may just look like a cute Panda project and a nod to urban art, but it’s also to raise awareness about Pandas.  French artist Paulo Grangeon partners with WWF, PMQ and allrightsreserved plan to launch 1,600 Pandas in papier-mâché form onto the streets of Hong Kong.

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Luke Chueh Postcards

luke cheuh postcardsAre you bored with the typical mundane postcard?  Well, you can buy these cool strange artsy postcards by artist Luke Cheuh.  The 5×7 postcards comes in a set of 6.

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Interview with Luke Chueh

bearingtheunbearablebookHere at Retrenders I had the pleasure of interviewing Luke about his just released book, The Art of Luke Chueh – Bearing the Unbearable published by Titan Books, and got to know a little more of the painter and graphic designer.

RTNDR:  I see this book is a great collection of your paintings, acrylic statues, and even showing your skateboard art, but we know you have an amazing collection of vinyl work. Will we see a book highlighting your vinyl art?

LUKE:  I think creating a book of my 3-D work would be a great idea. Maybe in couple years after I’ve built up a large enough portfolio.

RTNDR:  How would you categorize or characterize your art or should we even categorize art?

LUKE:  Years ago, I used to spend time thinking of new names for the genre of my art. I always felt “Lowbrow” had demeaning connotations and “Pop Surreal” only told a part of the story. Word combinations like “Post Brow”, “Idealized Art”, or “Contemptorary” became labels I threw around. But lately I’ve sort of “come to terms” with Lowbrow & Pop Surrealism. To dismiss these would be to dismiss the artists whose work inspired label, and if fans and critics consider my art to be of the genre, then whom am I to tell them they’re wrong? But to be completely honest, I would prefer having my work simply recognized as “contemporary art” (ie. Art that is characteristic of the present).

The Art of Luke Cheuh: Bearing the Unbearable

bearingtheunbearablebookThe Art of Luke Chueh – Bearing the Unbearable, published by Titan Books, depicts Luke’s signature artworks and details his career and the steps he took to reach where he is today. Both symbolic and literal subjects are scattered throughout this published work of art.

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