Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Matt Doughty from Onell Design Launches his Govurom Spaceship Moody for the Pravus Gallery Show

Matt Doughty definitely pushed the outer limits with this brilliant Govurom spaceship Moody custom. The character that accompanies the Moody custom is Onell Design's newest toy, Govurom, which will make its debut at the opening of 'Don't Cry Over Spilt VINYL' on May 2 at the Pravus Gallery in downtown Phoenix. Matt's custom will definitely be a huge hit with attendees.

Matt and his partners at Onell Design have gained a strong following within the toy collector world. Their expertly crafted and highly articulated toys are in huge demand. If you haven't seen one of their toys up close, I urge you to visit their online store and pick up a Pheyden or some of the other amazing characters from the Glyos System Series.
Here is an excerpt from their local newspaper, the Beacon, that will provide you with a glimpse into the man behind Onell Design.

In the first room, a massive collection of action figures stand their posts on a network of shelves or hang from the walls, like sentries guarding the entrance to the second room, Doughty’s workshop.

Like the first room, nearly every square inch of this inner sanctum is dedicated to action figures. Walking through the room requires carefully maneuvering between a few bare patches of carpet. There are action figures hanging from the walls and overflowing from plastic bins on the floor.
In the corner is the desk where Doughty, an Acton resident, first crafted Pheyden, the hallmark of Onell Design, an independent toy and comic book manufacturer based in Acton. Doughty, 34, and his wife Michelle started four and a half years ago. Doughty decided to go ahead with his dream after spending seven years working for his wife’s family’s generator company, Buxton Service.

Pheyden and Doughty’s other figure, Exellis, stand 2.75 inches tall and hark back to the durable, affordable, small-scale action figures of the 1980s, bucking the trend of the independent toy movement, which is largely built around elaborate vinyl figures intended mainly for collectors. Doughty is more than happy to demonstrate Pheyden’s durability by hurling him against the floor and popping his arms and legs off only to reassemble them, tactics he often uses when presenting the figure at comic book conventions.

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'Mad Cowboy' Moody by Dr. Bao/NVC Crew

This stunning custom was well worth the wait. Dr. Bao and Spive put their hearts and souls into this custom. 'Mad Cowboy' is vintage NVC Crew ... excellent concept, attention to detail, brilliant execution. Check out more about 'Mad Cowboy' at Toysrevil - - 'Mad Cowboy' is on its way to Phoenix for the 'Don't Cry Over Spilt VINYL' show. Arizona is cattle country and this custom is sure to be right at home at the Pravus Gallery. Bao and Spive put the finishing touches on their custom after returning from a successful trip to NYCC, where they unveiled their first production toy - Ishikawa 'The Roller Warrior'. Every piece of the Ishikawa project, from concept to packaging, was built by Bao and Spive and the results are amazing. Read Andy's in-depth interview at Toysrevil - A huge THANK-YOU to Bao and Spive from everyone at Bovinyl. You guys are true 'Custom Masters'.

Friday, January 18, 2008

'Hugsy' Moody by Nick Louma (Canada)


Don't let Hugsy's fierce appearance fool you. Hugsy lives for only one purpose - to find, love and hug other creatures. The creatures that inhabit this strange, dark world, live in constant fear that they will be captured and taken back to Hugsy's cave. Much like Frankenstein's monster, it does not know its own strength. Hugsy's happiness is always short-lived because his new friends never wake up after he gives them their first hug. Hopefully, these cute, cuddly chicks will be able to escape before Hugsy decides to literally 'hug them to death'. "Peep, peep, SQUISH!" So sad : (

HULK Spiki x Moody by Nakanari (United States)

Tony Shiau Nakanari was born 1979 in South Taiwan and from childhood began collecting and designing toys. It grew from one of Nakanari’s favorite hobbies to a career he wanted to pursue when he grew up. “Designing toys never started on paper for me, because I never really liked to draw. Instead, I would picture a design in my head and just start molding them out of Super Sculpey, adding new features as I went along.” Nakanari's distinct designer toys are infused with oriental style and a colorful mixture of innocence and cute characters. “The Misfits of Nakanari was the very first toy line I came up with. I used two different characters to show contrast, just like good vs. evil.” In 2004, B.B.birdyprmier toy designer and first to launch Taiwanese designer toys, picked up Nakanari’s “Misfits of Nakanari” design for his Funny Club series. That year Nakanari also began working on the Funny Club Show. “As show director for the 2004 Funny Club Show,” explains Nakanari, “the idea was to have a number of artists bring their talent from 2D to 3D artwork on blank canvas toys. This was the beginning of my dream of working with over 150 global artists, traveling the U.S. from the east to the west coast as well as exhibiting in Asia.”

Nakanari has exhibited with other well knows artists like Emmy award winning "Teacher’s Pet" creator Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, graffiti legend "Seen", Cameron Tiede, popular toy designer MAD, Sket One, Frank Kozik, Jada Toy Crew, x-concept designer Chito and Mattel’s Hot Wheels head designer MIQ WILLMOTT. Nakanari’s work has been exhibited and collected around the world.

For more information on the art of Tony Shiau Nakanari visit