In honor of Geek Pride Day, HAZARAI dares you to “Show Your Geek Pride in 6 Seconds or Less” on Vine.
May 25th, 2013 is many things:
- Star Wars: A New Hope is turning 36.
- Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy lovers will celebrate Towel Day for the 12th year in a row.
- Discworld fans will break out the lilacs and hard-boiled eggs once again for The Glorious 25th of May.
- And of course, it’s the internationally recognized, Geek Pride Day.
Geek Pride Day? Yup, it’s an actual thing, and in celebration of this “holiday” HAZARAI presents the “Show Your Geek Pride in 6 Seconds or Less” film festival.
You say you’re a geek? Then show some pride! Prizes include signed copies of:
Wanna get in on the action? No problem, it’s simple, all you have to do is:
- Create a Vine video that best expresses your “Geek Pride”
- Share it on Twitter with the hashtag #FanKind
- Make sure to follow HAZARAI on Twitter because that’s we’re we’ll be announcing the winners on May 25th – the actual Geek Pride Day.
Plus, it gets even better because HAZARAI amiga, Jessica Chobot, is personally helping us pick the winners. Keep it locked to her Twitter too, where she’ll be shouting out her very own #1 pick.
And in case you’re in need of a little inspiration here are a few to help get those creative juices flowing:
FOR ALL FANKIND by HAZARAI:
Or, how about…Now, get those smart phones out and let’s see your filmmaking skills.
Good luck everyone!
HAZARAI EXCLUSIVE: The Latest Tenacious Toys “Super Series Sunday” Is An Undisputed Heavyweight Champion!
Benny Kline is one tough guy to nail down, the personification of the word “tenacious.” Therefore, when the owner of the aptly named, Tenacious Toys, offered to take a few minutes out of his 80-hour work week to sit down with us and show off the latest gem in his Super Series Sundays program we no doubt jumped at the opportunity. For those not familiar, Tenacious Toys’ Super Series Sunday is an exclusive weekly event featuring a new release of a resin or custom figure by an artist handpicked by Benny himself.
This week’s edition is a definite crowd pleaser, SumoTrooper, a 3″ sumo wrestler/stormtrooper cast from blue tinted resin. “That’s pretty f’en cool” we offer up almost reflexively when Benny shows us a picture of it, after all, what isn’t to love about mashing up Japanese culture with an homage to Star Wars? “It is, right?” Benny agrees, “but you know what’s really cool…exclusives – let me see if I can hook you up with one.” And just like that he’s on the phone with SumoTrooper creator, the uber talented multi-discipline artist, Kris Dulfer (and to imagine, we thought we hit the jackpot when Benny simply opened a Tenacious Toys store on HAZARAI).
For those not familiar with Kris Dulfer’s work, he’s a self-taught craftsman, a beyond obsessive perfectionist when it comes to his work, and a self-described “Culture Jammer” (more on this in our profile of Kris coming soon to the HAZARAI blog). He credits his inspiration for SumoTrooper as coming partially from Scott Kinnebrew‘s badass Buddha Fett, partially from a few stormtrooper helmets he had lying around, and partially from a handful of sumo wrestler toys that his father stumbled across at a dollar store, and figured Kris could find something to do with them. The original plan was to produce just 25 pieces in a limited edition set sold in blind boxes: 15 blue, 5 glow-in-the-dark chase pieces, and 5 hand-painted chase pieces – along with a randomly placed “golden ticket” in one of the boxes redeemable for a special golden SumoTrooper, (more teaser images are available by our friends over at TOYSREVIL), however, as a favor to Benny, Kris agreed to produce another 15 pieces in red and make them only available for purchase in his KiD iNk iNDUSTRIES HAZARAI store this Super Sunday, 3/31. As if it couldn’t get even better, he’s also including a “golden ticket” in one of the red exclusives too.
SumoTrooper drops this Sunday, March 31st at 4pm EST, and is the first in what hopes to be a long line of fresh creations by Kris Dulfer that we’ll be featuring on HAZARAI. Like we said, there’s only a limited amount of them being cast, so make sure to grab your red one on HAZARAI this Sunday (3/31) @ 4pm EST, and the rest on Tenacious Toys’ website then too.
Our very special thanks to Benny Kline for allowing us to be part of his Super Series Sundays (not to mention scoring us the exclusive).
Tenacious Toys is an internet-only store based in NYC committed to broadening the reach and recognition of independent creators in the growing art toy community. For more about Tenacious Toys owner, Benny Kline, check out both parts 1 & 2 of his interview with TOYSREVIL‘s Andy Heng.
Since its first release in 2002, Medicom’s annual Valentine’s Day BE@RBRICK 100% Figure has become an over decade-old yearly tradition. So, with February 14th just around the corner, HAZARAI hooks it up with the jump on this year’s he@rtbreaker.
As Israel “Lev” Levarek, owner of New York City’s famed TOY TOKYO leads me through the catacombs of his legendary store’s warehouse, he assures me that this year’s 2013 Love and Happy St. Valentine’s Day BE@RBRICK 100% Figure is just like last year’s…only better. I press Lev to expand on that, although a single “you’ll see why” is all I’m able to get out of him. It isn’t until we turn the corner and I am presented with this year’s version that I finally understand.
The 2013 truly does conjure up some fond memories in its design. The packaging resembles those of years’ past, with our 100% sized (approx. 2.7 inches) Valentine’s Day leading man on display in a transparent blister pack affixed to an oversized heart shaped card.
The similarities don’t end there either as the 2013 also features the now customary “Love and Happy Valentine” message printed on its stomach, along with the single “love is (almost) blind” heart-shaped patch over one eye. As Lev promised, there are some differences (or should we say improvements) with the 2013 from the 2012. Most notably, gone is the translucent pink and silver speckled body, upgraded to one fashioned from pink chrome and covered with a generous bouquet of red hearts.
The familiar date stamp on its backside has been changed to: ‘13,2,14 – although you’ll have to open the package in order to see for yourself, something I wasn’t prepared to do.
As is usually the case, Medicom has released only limited amount of their Valentine’s Day edition, making the 2013 Love & Happy St. Valentine’s Day BE@RBRICK 100% Figure extremely collectible and increasingly hard-to-find, however, thanks to Lev and TOY TOKYO, you can get your hands on a 2013 now ($24.99) in TOY TOKYO’s HAZARAI store. Check it out before they’re gone.
Ian Griggs aka Ian Credible is the CEO of HAZARAI and former writer/producer for Spike, MTV, IFC, Fuse, and Comedy Central.
TOY TOKYO is the NYC destination for designer art toys, japanese imports, vintage toys & toys for all ages.