Ko-Re Ko-Re

A UK based importer, distributor and retailer of the best in Japanese and Asian collectibles and design.

Top Ten Toys 2016

As the year is drawing to a close we thought we would share our thoughts on the top toys of 2016.  This list is put together from what we think were the hottest and most interesting products to hit the scene in 2016 and we tried to stick with items that were new releases over the year.

10. Planet X Asia Twin Clops

Keeping the trend of two heads are better than one along with a huge dash of nostalgia plus a strong initial release of amazing paint jobs brought to us by Vintage & Vinyl Club we thought this was an amazing debut figure.  Honourable mention to the Ettin and Mecha Goliathon releases as well, confirming Plant X Asia as one to watch in 2017.

9. Nag Nag Nag 400% Be@rbrick

As big Be@rbrick fans we had to slip one on the list despite it not being a new figure, but the Nag Nag Nag release showed us more of the hydrographics Medicom has been using lately, with some extra eyes and the box art is mind blowing as well.

8. Mechatro We-Go

This fun child transporting robot is available in different scales and formats and has also become a great base for customization.  Through special additions and the amazing detail of the figure we think this is a special platform and we dare you not to fall in love with the 1/12th scale version in aqua.

7. James Groman x Instinct Toy King Korpse

A large scale figure with complex detail and parts that looks menacing in painted form and equally as impressive in the unpainted mixed part version and we cannot wait to see where they take this rotting giant next.

6. Paul Kaiju Chimera

Paul always impresses with his sculpting and detail, not to mention his paint and we love this two headed, four legged, six titted beast with the snake tail and really hope we can get our hands on a few for the future too!

5. PLT x Unbox Industries Blood Majin

This gnarly figure might turn some off, but the sculpt, the ability to pull off a wig and the versatility we are witnessing with different heads (Ultra Bastard and Atomic Alien) has us getting warm and fuzzy about this soft vinyl bad boy.

4. Awesome Toy Bigfoot

As soon as we opened the box of our ToyCon UK 2016 exclusive unpainted red Bigfoots we were hooked.  The detailed fur and impressive scale of this figure have us craving more and we are fans of the painted and unpainted versions of this elusive creature.

3. Choke Hazrd Noxious

A British designed, Japanese produced monster with one eye and a big tongue that is both grotesque and cute at the same time, what more could you ask for in your sofubi.  Plus we have been delighted to work with Luke on an exclusive version of this figure releasing in early 2017.

2. Shoko Nakazawa x T9G Rangeron

A somewhat sequel or perhaps a prequel to the wildly popular Byron (our top toy of 2015) with more horns, spikes and a little more detail but no reduction in charm.  Our only hiccup with this guy is we wish we could get our hands on more of them!

1. Mame Moyashi Maguro Senpai

Since this self-mutilating fish popped up on our radar this year, we don't think there has been anything hotter and with a few versions having now been released we love this guy even more.  With the perfect blend of humor and realism we look forward to seeing more variants and customs, plus the other members of the Mame Moyashi group still to come.

Toy Soul 2016

As half of the Ko-Re Ko-Re team is settling into life in Hong Kong, we managed to get out and visit the Toy Soul 2016 show, this past weekend in Kowloon.  The event was a mixture of larger toy brands / shops and some smaller indie toy producers from around Asia.  There were some hot exclusives and new items on sale that went fast, so purchases were limited.  

We would like to say thanks to everyone that gave us some of their time and is making Ko-Re Ko-Re feel very welcome here in Hong Kong as we continue to get out to events and shops.

Ko-Re Ko-Re Visits Hong Kong

 

After the success of ToyCon UK 2016 the Ko-Re Ko-Re team has been working to expand our offerings and product lines and so when a chance to visit Hong Kong in late April came up we jumped at the chance to get over there and explore the toy scene and touch base with existing and new connections.  During our visit we got to explore toy hot spots such as Sino Centre, In's Point, CTMA Centre and Oriental 188, along with meeting up with the wonderful people at Awesome Toy and Unbox Industries.

Please enjoy some of our highlights of the trip through the eyes of the Loch Ness Monster

 

ToyCon UK 2016 Releases and Exclusives Part 1

ToyCon UK 2016 is now only a matter of days away; Ko-Re Ko-Re will be occupying a double booth this year with our guest Datadub flying in direct from Tokyo.

The first batch of releases and exclusives includes the Ichi figure by 0313 available in 3 colourways, Mee cat by Chima Group, hand finished Konatsu Fortune Negoras, Kitan Club Pikachu on the Cup gacha, a Paul Kaiju hand painted dual bat and the Paul Kaiju Ree in Cosmic Prince and Fungus Boxer variations.

See you at booths 26 & 27 on April 9th!!

Tickets still available http://www.toyconuk.com/buy-tickets/

Jon Paul Kaiser Hyper Japan Exclusives

 

Hyper Japan begins tomorrow and the Ko-Re Ko-Re team is nearly ready to go, but first we wanted to share some details on a couple of exclusive items we are bringing with us.  Working with Awesome Toys and Jon Paul Kaiser (JPK) we have created a new twist on the Awesome Toys TV platform complete with mini prints created and signed by JPK.  There will be 3 different screen designs in two different TV colours, black and white of course.  There are only 40 pieces total and this is the only place to get them, complete with a co-branded, JPK designed header card.

There is also a limited run of an exclusive Platinum edition of JPK's Atomic print at our booth which matches one of the TV screen designs.

Please visit us at booth Z24 this weekend to pick up these exclusive releases and many other rare and fun offerings from our Japanese toy vaults.