Running from 5.5 to 5.13.21, RM Sotheby’s “Handle with Fun” auction is filled with unique and quirky automobiles, Americana, and more. Among the lots is a World’s Fair Mold-a-Rama machine, a 1994 Subaru Sambar that looks like a VW microbus, a space ship kiddie ride, unique vending machines and toy collections.
We can think of few better characters to make tiki mugs of than the residents of Bikini Bottom. Created by designer Joe Allard and sculpted by Ramirez Studios for Mondo, the series includes a squared-off 32oz. SpongeBob, a 25oz. Patrick Star, and a 30oz. version of Squidward’s Moai house.
Candylab celebrates a staple of modern dining, the food truck. Among their wonderful collection of wooden toy cars, you’ll find this series of box trucks, featuring delicious treats like burgers, hot dogs, pretzels, ice cream, and more. They look great with LEGO minifigs lined up and waiting to chow down.
This awesome 1/8th-scale metal model from Eaglemoss’ Die-Cast Club is a perfect replica of the iconic Eleanor Mustang from Gone in 60 Seconds. The finished car measures 22.9″ long and weighs 17.6 lb, and is quite the investment of time and money, with its parts arriving in small kits which arrive over the course of 27 months.
UK shop The Teeny Tiny Canvas Co. makes miniature photo-quality prints on canvas and displayed on mini easels. They offer a wide variety of designs inspired by pop culture, including classic images from movies and comic books. They also can make custom prints from your own images.
These miniature 3D collectibles are inspired by Topps’ classic Wacky Packages bubble gum. There are 60 parody products in Series 1 and 72 in Series 2, as well as some rare variants. Some of our favorites include Cap’N Crud Cereal, Moron Salt, and Skimpy peanut butter. Sold in 5-, 15-, and 20-piece blind box assortments.
Idaho artist Thunktronix makes playful pixel-art sculptures of characters from video games and pop culture. Each of the sprites is made from 1/4″-thick plexiglass which has been decorated with translucent colors on back. Robotron, Donkey Kong, and the Mooninites from Aqua Teen Hunger Force are among our favorites.
Funko has revealed a collection of POP! vinyl figures, inspired by the characters on the classic 1990s sitcom Seinfeld. Jerry, Elaine, Kramer, and George are all here, wearing memorable costumes, including the Puffy Shirt and Urban Sombrero. Newman and the Soup Nazi also make appearances. Shipping starts 5.2021.
Michigan artist Scott Nelles hand crafts all kinds of neat objects from cast metals. Among them is this awesome retro-futurist ray gun that looks straight out of Flash Gordon. The 15″ long space artifact is made from bronze and aluminum and features a working trigger. We also love his flying saucer and rocket coin bank.
Kidrobot presents a soft and squishy replica of the Hover Board that Marty McFly swipes and rides in Back to the Future II. Measuring 28″ long, the plush and colorful version of the board is a perfect match to the floating movie prop, minus the original’s Mattel logo.
Star Wars fans will want to grab these USPS postage stamps. The 20-stamp sheet has two copies each of stamps celebrating iconic and lesser-known droids, including G-11, R2-D2, K-2SO, D-O, L3-37, BB-8, C-3PO, a Gonk power droid, 2-1B surgical droid, and C1-10P aka “Chopper.” Coming to the USPS Stamp Store Spring 2021.
The Coop’s Handmade by Robots series of collectible toys is designed to look like it was handknit, but they’re actually sculpted and then molded from vinyl. We love these two figures based on Captain Kirk and Spock from Star Trek: The Original Series. They also make nifty Ghostbusters toys.
Tamashii Nations envisions Pac-Man as a Chogokin mech. Made from a mix of ABS plastic and die-cast metal, the 4″ tall dot-gobbling machine has a metallic skin and can launch flying punches to help ward off ghosts. His flip-top head opens to reveal the real Pac-Man at the controls inside the mech. Drops Fall 2021.
Hot Toys is showing off a 1/6th-scale toy based on one of Batman’s best vehicles. Inspired by the badass military motorcycle from The Dark Knight Rises, the collectible is a spot-on reproduction of the one seen on screen, with real rubber tires, detailed mechanicals and munitions, and working LED headlights. Measures over 23″ long.
The Ghost Trap is one of the iconic pieces of paranormal paraphernalia from Ghostbusters. In the movies, the device emitted sparks and plasma arcs as it gobbled up lost souls. This Ghost Trap replica from Numskull Designs emits a wisp of fragrant smoke instead. This clever collectible drops in March 2021.
Medicom presents one of the toughest takes on Batman, inspired by the armored bat-suit in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. It features an aging Bruce Wayne beneath the hood, ready to beat down the most violent Gotham City criminals. The 6.3″ tall figure includes three heads, interchangeable hands, and a cloth cape.
This 1/6th-scale set includes precision sculpts of Princess Leia and Wicket the Ewok from Return of the Jedi. Accessories include Leia’s camo poncho, helmet, and blaster, and Wicket’s spear. The set comes with an Endor-themed base, and two Imperial helmets and drumsticks so Wicket can bang out some Yub Nub.
MezcoToyz present a boxed set of action figures inspired by Walter Hill’s classic film The Warriors. The retro-style 5 Points set includes Swan, Ajax, Cleon, the Baseball Fury Leader, and Baseball Fury Lieutenant, along with tiny baseball bats, spray paint, a Molotov cocktail, a pipe, switchblade, chain, and spiked wooden plank.
Paul Scardino of Winchester City, Virginia likes to collect Funko POP! figures. At this point, he’s amassed an incredible 5,306 of the big-headed vinyl toys, which makes him the Guinness World Record holder. The crazy thing is that he still has more than 3,000 more POP!s he’s yet to procure.
Since the sad demise of ThinkGeek, Icon Heroes‘ Picard facepalm bust has been off the market. Just in time for the madness of 2020, the 8″ tall sculpture is back, now with a painted Starfleet logo on its base. You can pre-order one from Entertainment Earth, with deliveries expected by 8.2020. Limited to just 1701 pieces.
If you can believe it, 2020 is the 40th anniversary of the release of Pac-Man. Numskull Designs is celebrating 4 decades of the dot gobbler with a special edition 1/4-scale arcade machine, a collectible gift set, pin badges, and socks. There’s also a limited-edition mini machine signed by Pac-Mac creator Toru Iwatani.
Put the moon in the palm of your hand with Shire Post Mint’s lovely lunar memento. Each coin features engraved detail of the near and far sides of the moon, struck into solid 999 fine silver. Available in 1″ (.25 troy oz.) and 1.5″ (1 troy oz.) sizes. Why can’t real currency look this awesome?
One of our favorite characters to emerge from The Mandalorian is IG-11. The robotic bounty hunter didn’t last long but the Taika Waititi-voiced droid certainly left a lasting impression. Hot Toys‘ sixth-scale figure measures 14″ tall, has 29 points of articulation, and has a light-up mechanical head. His waist can even spin 360º.
Brian Volk-Weiss is the man behind The Toys That Made Us. When he heard about the challenges faced by independent toy stores in the face of COVID-19, he got to work producing a docuseries about 50 wonderful shops, giving them some added exposure, and donating the majority of the show’s proceeds to the stores featured.
This hilarious collectible vinyl toy from 100% Soft artist Truck Torrence features an adorable kawaii interpretation of the object that has come to symbolize much of what’s wrong in the world these days. The flaming heap of rubbish has a big pie eyes and a smiley face inviting you into its warm trash pile. Ships starting late May 2020.
Philip Lee and Classicbot expand their series of retro tech-inspired figures with an adorable take on the original iPod, named “iBoy.” This little guy comes with removable magnetic arms and legs, and a pair of headphones for him to wear. While there are no electronics inside of iBoy, he does have delightfully clicky buttons.