Toys and Collectibles

Metropolis II by Chris Burden (the movie)

A short documentary about a kinetic art called Metropolis II.  Artist Chris Burden used the iconic Hot Wheels to create a stop and go motion as if it was an actual traffic on normal street.  It took him 4 years to complete the project which uses 1500 Hot Wheels cars and many electric trains.  For more information about Chris Burden’s work please visit – and

Source: Hypebeast

Bape X Transformers

Bape and the Transformers franchise has released a limited edition Optimus Prime in Bape’s trademark camouflage design.  To coincide with the toy there is also a collaborative tees featuring the Bape mascot alongside Optimus Prime.

Source: Streething

Acclaim Magazine Issue 24: FANTASY

The wait is over. The new issue of Australian creative lifestyle title ACCLAIM magazine is set to hit local shelves the first week of August, 2011.

The theme of issue 24 is FANTASY. Perhaps it was the cabin fever we’ve all been feeling from being stuck inside this Melbourne winter or perhaps we’re just a bunch of trippers at heart, either way we are excited to unleash the fantasy theme onto our readers. We felt it was time to take a step away from the tangible world and take a trip into our subconscious, with our editorial team digging into every mystical nook and magical cranny to create a psychedelic journey with each page.

As always, the issue has two very special covers. The short-run cover features the work of futuristic Swedish artist and illustrator, Kilian Eng. Kilian is featured in the issue also, along with his work which references the future and analogue culture at once. His retro-future girl graces our cover and on a very select number of issues, the cover features glow-in-the-dark ink. These will be available exclusively to Australian Magnation stores and subscribers (Please note this cover version will be out a week later than the standard cover, due to the special printing process). The standard version of Kilian’s cover is available from all of the boutiques within ACCLAIM’s BTQ network.

The general release cover which will hit newsagents across the country, features the polarizing figure that is Bay Area rapper, Lil B. Who better to champion the fantasy issue than the tripped out Based God. The issue features an exclusive interview and photoshoot with Lil B. Love him or hate him, B is prolific and very much an example of the new generation of music artists in today’s economy. An intriguing mix of strategic social-media savvy and his stream of consciousness rhyme-style and quotables, the rapper has the internet world entranced.

Other content includes:

Mark Bode

We chat with artist Mark Bode, who is carrying on the family business passed on by his father, the iconic comic book artist Vaughn Bode. Vaughn’s artistic vision including his characters such as the Cheech Wizard, have infiltrated street art and graffiti culture for years and are kept alive via his son’s work which continues on with the comic book legacy.

Mark McCloud

San Fran’s Mark McCloud has the impressive title of owning the world’s largest collection of acid blotter art, which he houses on his premises aptly titled The Institute of Illegal Images. Mark let’s us in on his various court cases with the DEA, the psychedelic experience and the history of the acid tab.


NYC photographer Walker Esner sets his lense on one of the most intriguing of outsider activities, that of larping (live action role playing) with his Dagorhir photo editorial. We also speak with one of the key organisers of the events.

Mansions on the Moon

Virginian electronic trio Mansions on the Moon finally have lift-off with their debut album about to drop, co-signs from The Neptunes and a stint at Red Bull Music Academy. We speak to the promising new act about their recent move to LA, the recording process and being mistaken for Seth Rogan.

Ivan Benic

Ivan Benic is world-renowned for his mystical artwork which appeared on the sides of automobiles during the vanning movement of the ‘70s. Our feature with the artist includes archival photos of some of his iconic pieces that have never been published anywhere ‘til today.

Nagi Noda

The late Japanese artist and director Nagi Noda had a uniquely imaginative way of looking at the world, which was evident in her dreamlike videos and artworks. We speak with a number of friends and collaborators of the artist, including Mark Ryden and Kenneth Cappello, on their memories of Nagi.

Mel Ramos

Mel Ramos paints every man’s fantasy: fast food and naked women. Using the mantra of sex sells, Ramos is one of the last original pop-artists, still eagerly at work even in his 70s. We interview the iconic artist of his work, family and painting Pamela Anderson.

ACCLAIM magazine is available through all good newsagents, select boutiques and Magnation stores. A digital version of ACCLAIM is now available to purchase via Zinio. Hard-copy subscriptions can be made through the Magnation website. If you are interested in stocking ACCLAIM in your store, please contact


Pictures and Words via Acclaim Magazine

Medicom Toy Mad Hatter Mickey Mouse

Medicom Toys made a depiction of Disney’s trademark character Mickey Mouse in Mad Hatter garb.  Inspired by the recent Alice In Wonderland film, it merged all the detailing and colours of Johnny Depp’s quirky character into a 6″ vinyl Mickey Mouse toy.

New Thundercats Cartoon Trailer

Us growing up in the 80s we’ve watched alot of cartoons.  One of them is the Thundercats.  Now Japanese animation experts Studio4°C has recreated the Thundercats with a more edgy and complex look.  Check out some footage from the upcoming series reboot.  Can’t wait to watch it!!!


Source Toy News International

JeanYves Lemoigne – X-Rated LEGO

From PIXXXEL an Amusement Magazine, photographer JeanYves Lemoigne did a photoshoot of models in sexy poses and then modified to look like LEGO brick forms.  This is definitely not for kids!  The shoot has a realism that copies department store mannequins and making it into a blocky-pixelated lego effect blocks adds to the x-rated theme.

Source: Beautiful Decay

Coolrain X MINDstyle NBA series

Toy maker Coolrain combined forces with Mindstyle and made a collection of NBA characters.  There are two version, an 18″ version which will be available during the NBA All Stars Game on Feb 18 at the Los Angeles Staples Centre, while a 12″ version is getting developed by Coolrain.

Source: crazytoyzLIFE

Ralph Lauren and his amazing car collection

Clothing designer and car collector Ralph Lauren owns a lot of cars and his garage looks like a museum of legendary automobiles of the past 100  years.  Each of this rare model cars have been restored with original parts.  Very amazing gallery indeed.

Source: slamxhype

Arctic Lego Vehicle “Stilzkin Indrik” by Peer Kreuger

Its astonishing what people can do with Lego.  Peer Kreuger is one of them.  He’s done a few of this Lego vehicles that actually function in real life.  His latest creation is the Stilzkin Indrik.  Check out the outstanding home video of the Stilzkin Indrik.

Hot Toys Iron Man Mark V 1/6th Action Figure

Hong Kong toy brand HOT TOYS continue with the licensed Iron Man action figure line with a 1/6th version of the Iron Man Mark V armour.  Very accurate in reproduction and scale the collectible features LED lighting eyes and arms, swappable accessories and suitcase.  It also includes a stand with nameplate for displaying purposes.