Category Archives: Toy Design

Art-Toys Book Signing

Wow! I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I last posted here… been super busy!

I recently had the great honor and pleasure to be invited along with a few other artists and toy designers to sign Brian McCarty’s forthcoming book, “Art-Toys: Photographs by Brian McCarty“. Brian is THE premier toy photographer in the world and a monograph of his work is finally being published. Congratulations Brian!

The signing event itself was a blast and a great opportunity to reconnect with my fellow peers, friends and heroes, many of which are considered some of the top artists in their respective fields. In attendance at the signing and included in the book were Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Luke Chueh, Frank Kozik, MARS-1, Mark Ryden, Michelle Valigura, Amanda Visell, Yoskay Yamamoto and many more (as well as myself, of course.)

The book is available at Amazon.com, Brian’s website as well as at the San Diego Comic-Con if you happen to be down there this week. Below is a little video I took of the event with my iPhone 4.


Kricky The Alien Frog – Released!

Finally! After many delays and more than a few setbacks, my toy label GENSHI:TOY is proud to announce the release of my second toy Kricky The Alien Frog!

A couple of days ago I visited my distributor’s warehouse (DKE Toys) where we had just received my inventory of “Kricky Frogs” (which is how the Hong Kong manufacturer, ThreeZero, labeled the cases) and a very big smile quickly grew upon my face.

Stack Of Krickys

Stack Of Krickys

I want to take this opportunity to thank a few people that helped to make this all possible, starting with my new business partners Shirley and Howard, a.k.a. the Chi-Lees, for their support and for making this project happen; Matt Manos for is invaluable work on the packaging design; Dov of DKE Toys as always for his support, advice and Jedi-like distribution skills; ThreeZero for their professionalism in manufacturing; and last but not least, Visnja Zelenika for her invaluable moral support, patience and inspiration (as well as making the “Krick, Krick” noise when explaining how Croatian frogs sound like… which is what inspired Kricky’s name!)

Details about the toy:

Kricky will initially be available in 3 varieties; the original two-toned Green Kricky at $29.95, the Glow-In-The-Dark Kricky at $29.95 (limited to 100 pieces) and for those of you that love to customize your vinyl toys, a Blank White Kricky at $24.95 (which will be sold through Kricky’s site exclusively, starting within the next couple of weeks!)

Please contact your favorite vinyl toy retailer and ask for “Kricky The Alien Frog” by name!


Kricky The Alien Frog – Shipping!

Though delayed by a couple of weeks, Kricky The Alien Frog is finally on the ship from the manufacturer and headed to the Port of Long Beach! It should arrive on October 3rd and then after clearing U.S. Customs (anywhere from 3 to 7 days) it will be trucked on over to my distributor, DKE Toys.

My excellent freight company provided me with all the details of the shipping process including the name of the cargo ship and the port of arrival. With this information, I found a site that allows me to actually track the ship on google maps… you know, in case of pirate attacks! 😉

Kricky's Ship - The OOCL Tianjin

Kricky's Ship - The OOCL Tianjin

Tracking Kricky

Tracking Kricky

UPDATE as of 10/02/2009: Kricky is getting closer…

Tracking Kricky 10/02/2009

Tracking Kricky 10/02/2009

UPDATE as of 10/03/2009: Day of arrival…

Tracking Kricky 03

Tracking Kricky 03


Kricky The Alien Frog – Finished!

That’s right folks, my next toy “Kricky The Alien Frog” is officially out of manufacturing. My manufacturer, ThreeZero, sent me the email last night along with a few photos of Kricky fresh off the factory floor! (see below)

The cases of Krickys will be put on a ship from Hong Kong next week and should arrive at my distributor’s door step in a couple of weeks after that. More information will be forthcoming on how you can purchase your very own limited edition Kricky The Alien Frog!