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Ten Reasons Why Designer Con is the Best Convention

Dean Gojobori and Sean Chao at the GR Booth Giant Robot has shown at a variety of conventions for two decades. I might be disavowing previous joyous occasions by saying Designer-Con is the best of them all. Surely, many are busier including the grandfather of all conventions, San Diego Comic Con, but none have the passion and joy that comes with Designer-Con. (see the Full Photo Set from Designer Con) Uamou Booth at D-Con   Here are Ten Reasons why Designer Con is the Best 1) The name, Designer Con, began representing the "Designer toy" scene, but has smartly opened it's doors to "designers" of many types of objects. It's the premier "indie" creator event that's geared towards art, toys, figures, and plush. There...

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Giant Robot Podcast: Luke Rook the Apprentice Toy Maker

Luke Rook has always been a friend to Giant Robot. He began his recent career in toys by opening Lulubell Toy Bodega in Arizona and soon moved to Japan where his career turned. From being a “toy buyer” he’s now a toy maker. In this podcast, Luke Rook explains some of the mysteries of the Japanese toy making scene. In a matter of a few years after moving, he’s unlocked the “system” of striking up vinyl figures from serious mom and pops factories. One of the greatest facets of Luke is his sheer honesty and frankness which is shaping a new sub genre of “kaiju”. He still calls himself an apprentice, but that’ll change soon enough. Here’s a link to...

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GR2 5/7 2-4pm Mari Inukai Sekaiseifukudan Figure Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – New Figure Signing Mari Inukai Saturday May 7, 2011, 2-4 p.m. GR2 2062 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025 gr2.net (310) 445-9276   Giant Robot is proud to host a signing by Mari Inukai who’s Sekaiseifukudan series is set to launch on that very day, Saturday May 7th. Designed by Mari Inukai, 7 different figures were meticulously created by Inner Sanctum in methods new to the toy making world. These pieces are treated like works of art, and we will also have rare and exclusive versions as well. This special event will take place on May 7 from 2-4 p.m.   Mari Inukai is an artist  born in Japan who came to America in 1995 to...

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