Saturday, September 6, 2014

Cloned Punk | INS x Jagnus Design Studio | STGCC 2014

Here is a peek of the new colorway study by Jagnus Design Studio for Imagine Nation Studios'  Mini Trooper Boy.

See the Cloned Punk colorway at the Hidden Fortress Booth, unit AA17, STGCC 2014

September 6-7 2014
Marina Bay Sands
Singapore








Thursday, September 4, 2014

9" BOTOTOY | Jagnus Design Studio | STGCC 2014

Jagnus Design Studio's 9 inch Wooden BOTOTOY at the Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention (STGCC) 2014.

The figure is made entirely of wood and has seven points of articulation. Head, arms, legs and feet are all detachable and interchangeable.

Price: S$70

Available at the Hidden Fortress Booth, unit AA17

September 6-7 2014
Marina Bay Sands
Singapore


THE NAME: Bototoy – The name is a mash up of the words: Toy Robot. The word play made it sound playful, street and Pinoy due to its closeness to the sound of the word “putotoy” (a common Tagalog/Filipino endearing term for penis). Since it’s only one of the few toys made and conceptualized in the Philippines, rooting the name locally was intentional since most toys from other countries gives one an idea about its origins.


DESIGNER: Arnold Austria - “Creativity knows no boundary” is a statement that holds true to Arnold Austria. Born to a family of artisan goldsmiths in Bulacan, He took up Architecture in University of Santo Tomas and has worked on several building projects in different scales most recently the Ronac Art Center. As Creative Director of Jagnus Design Studio, an architectural firm he co-founded with Sonny Sunga, he recognized the limiting side of his profession typically constrained by requirements imposed by clients, building laws and other factors in order to realize the final outcome.


ORIGIN: This unwillingness to be boxed in by rationalism prompted him to conceive objects such as toys, chairs, sculptures that serve purely his own personal pleasure. His designs characterize the modernist leanings of his firm’s architecture with clean lines, purity of form and exceptional craftsmanship as its hallmarks. His influences come from various unexpected places that left an impression on him be it an odd bottle design, comic books or just daily bits and pieces that others may even consider junk. With no one to answer to for his works, the architect says, “Their only function is to make one smile”.


INCEPTION: “Bototoy is a product of the architect’s childhood memories”. He never outgrew his penchant for Japanese robot cartoons and extensive collection of various imported toys. ”I used to draw robot characters when I was a kid and BOTOTOY is one of them, I even constructed one out of cardboard toothpaste boxes”, says the architect. His fondness for wooden toys and building blocks further incited this idea to produce BOTOTOY using real wood. The decision to finally make his own toy materialized when he collaborated with Detalle Furniture’s Mady Beldia, Architect and designer/producer of fine local furniture. Detalle chose the material and oversaw the production employing their craftsmanship in accordance with the architect’s specifications.


MATERIAL / SPECIFICATION: Bototoy is made of Gmelina Wood (Scientific name: Gmelina Arborea), also called “White Teak” or “Beechwood”. In the Philippines, Gmelina is commonly used for furniture, cabinetry, mouldings and wood sculptures, particularly for religious statues because it is fairly easy to carve. It’s the perfect material for custom wooden toys because it is lightweight, can be easily sanded and receives paint or varnish very well. This makes it an ideal canvas for artists who wish to personalize their toys. Gmelina’s beautiful grain and natural cream/yellowish brown color gives BOTOTOY its characteristic 100% wood look that is different from imported wood toys available in the market today.


VIBE: BOTOTOY’s local take of an imported concept made this genre of art more democratic since vinyl , with all its good qualities is more expensive to produce. The toy is easier to produce in wood here in the Philippines since Gmelina is a fast growing tree and is native to tropical countries.


BOTOTOY comes in 3 sizes, Small (9"), Medium (14") and Large (18"). With seven articulations and detachable/interchangeable parts, turning BOTOTOY into a custom art piece is an absolute joy for any artist or toy aficionado. The figure is fully customizable. Carve, paint, draw or stick anything to it and make it uniquely your own. "Do whatever you want with your BOTOTOY!";)


Bulletpunk: TEQAGON | BOTOTOY x TEQ63 | STGCC 2014

Quiccs 'Bulletpunk' does BOTOTOY!

A collaboration between Hidden Fortress and Jagnus Design Studio, Quiccs customized a mini BOTOTOY and turned it to this low poly TEQ63 called TEQAGON. 


The 5.5 inch resin figure will be launched in STGCC at our booth AA17 on a limited run of 20 for only 60SGD/48USD.


Interested buyers outside Singapore can reach Quiccs via quikijiki@gmail.com







Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BOTOTOY Metal Pins | STGCC 2014

BOTOTOY pins! Crafted from metal and enamel.

5 new colors - turquoise, mint, tangerine, pink and black.

Price: USD8 / S$10

Available soon at the Hidden Fortress Booth, unit AA17 STGCC 2014.
September 6-7 2014
Marina Bay Sands
Singapore






Friday, August 22, 2014

Bulletpunk: Storm King Machine Mini | Quiccs

Another awesome figure by Quiccs!

Bulletpunk: Storm King Machine [Mini Edition]

Kicking off the Hidden Fortress' STGCC 2014 Releases is the 1/144 STORM KING MACHINE (Mini Edition)! The figure stands at 6" Inches (the original being 20")
​and is set at a limited edition of 100. ​The figures will be sold at 50 USD at the STGCC and via www.hiddenfortressmanila.com for a September-October worldwide shipping release. The diorama components seen on the preview ARE NOT INCLUDED with the purchase but is available by commission-basis, and interested parties can contact the artist via quikijiki@gmail.com.




Saturday, August 16, 2014

SPACE INVADERS by Mimi Tecson and Wesley Valenzuela | Secret Fresh Gallery

Secret Fresh presents SPACE INVADERS by Mimi Tecson and Wesley Valenzuela.


SPACE INVADERS examines the very objects, images, and ephemera that permeate the artists' personal territories. Tecson and Valenzuela have brought together works that portray their visions of nostalgia and of their continuous examination of new and collected memories.



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