Kathie Olivas recently added some pictures to her flickr of what looks like a bunch of The Scavengers mini-figures from S1 and S2 all primed up and hand painted on. Kathie states that she plans on creating about 100 of these mini-figures and releasing them as a Blind Box Series really soon. Personally, I am really looking forward to this Series and hope to get at least one or two pieces for myself.

Here's a direct quote from Kathie Olivas:

"The DIYs are all hand-primed white S1 & S2 figures, this includes at least 1 of every figure including the chases. They are all hand-drawn with a black sharpie and a few have metallic or color accents. I'm trying to finish 100, will then re-box them all up and sell them blindly when I sell the Hazels. A few of the DIY's will be set aside for some of flickr photo contest prizes."




To celebrate their 10th Anniversary, Upper Playground is having a 50% OFF SALE on their entire stock of items. You can find collectibles, apparel and even clothing accessories designed by artists such as Jeremy Fish, Sam Flores, Greg "Craola" Simkins and Usugrow, just to name a few... This sale will run through 1.25.09 and there's some really good stuff on their site, so be sure to check it out when you get a chance.

You can check the sale HERE.


9" 2 FACED HAZEL (ASIA) Exclusive

9" 2 FACED HAZEL (ASIA) Exclusive by Kathie Olivas
Available for pre-order @ freshmanila.com

Info taken from freshmanila.com:

"TWO FACED HAZEL is one of the hottest new collectible art toys for 2009. The original version sold out instantly. MINDstyle is proud to announce the ASIA exclusive red color way that will be released in celebration of Chinese New Year on Monday, January 26th... Limited to 500 pieces."




alwaysSEEN.com would like to thank the wonderful folks at STRANGEco for allowing us to carry their products in The Art Gallery. So be on the lookout for vintage and future STRANGEco releases on our site.

Once Again, THANK YOU STRANGEco!!!


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