The name Mondo has become synonymous with fantastic looking and highly collectable art prints. Most of their limited prints sell out in hours and the Mondo brand has managed to acquire a great many talented artists to create pieces for them.
Part of the Alamo Drafthouse (famous among many things for releasing an eclectic collection of movies on DVD and VHS), the Mondo brand has now decided to branch out into other areas; their most exciting venture yet is the news of a new range of collectable figures.
This is not a particular new move for Mondo, but it is an exciting one. The company have already branched out from their original print based origins and got into producing pieces solely aimed at fans of the movie genre. Alternative print releases led into limited VHS and Vinyl soundtrack releases which are now a regular thing for Mondo, as well as their side line of T-Shirts and gift card selections.
But CEO of Alamo Drafthouse Justin Ishmael never had a limited scope for Mondo (as he explains in a quote from USA Today website).
“I’ve never ever, ever wanted to be the poster company. I want to be the good stuff company,” he says. “We’re fans who’ve made it and are making stuff for fans.”
As a fan of pop culture and Mondo in general it is always exciting to learn of new products soon to be released, especially when it is created by fans much like us. So when Mondo sent out the press release information before last week’s comic con in San Diego, it got the attention of many a collector.
Mondo is doing toys! The launch of figures for The Iron Giant, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Alfred Hitchcock are Mondo’s first foray into toy collectibles, with the subjects and diversity of design reflecting Mondo’s unique passions. The initial offerings include replicas as well as toys from artist-based designs, which can be previewed at San Diego Comic-Con in Mondo’s booth (#835).
Toys join Mondo’s growing list of pop culture passions in posters, vinyl, gallery events, VHS and apparel. “I am so pumped to announce toys! We’ve been working on this in secrecy for a year and now it’s time to let you guys know about it. We’ll be focusing on existing properties that we love as well as working with artists to bring their own creations to life. This is a new area for us, but I resist the term ‘expansion’ since the goal for Mondo has always been to be a place where artists and designers can work to have their visions realized, whether that’s through posters, gallery shows, vinyl, apparel or now toys,” said Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael.
Mondo seem just as excited about this release as fans of their products will be and for good reasons. Mondo have taken the attention to detailed previously kept for their other releases and transferred it to their collectable toys. But what is in this new line up you ask? The Iron Giant movie figure is one of the figures coming out just in time to celebrate the friendly robots 15th anniversary. The figure is 16 “tall and comes with thirty points of articulation. A 6 “replica of the Iron Giant bolt seen in the movie is also available.
We then move onto a collection of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures with The First Turtle vinyl figure an appealing addition. This is a figure based Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s original turtle design which gave them the inspiration for the turtles we will soon see on the big screen very soon. At the moment there are no shots of the actual figure itself, but this is the original artwork that the figure will be based on.
Mondo will also be releasing Lil Mikey, another vinyl figure, but this time based on the designs of Mike Mitchell an artist who has worked with Mondo prints before. Below is the original piece of art by Mike.
Mike had this to say about seeing his creation in a 3D form.
“If I had $5 when I was a kid, it was going to be spent on a ninja turtle figure. So much of my childhood was defined by TMNT, I watched every episode, I had the toys, the shirts, the games, the comics. I wish I could say “Lil Mikey” was a dream come true, but I never could have fathomed this happening. I am so extremely excited about this figure, and I can’t wait to show it off at SDCC,”
The final product is a spot on re-creation of Mike’s original idea.
Final classic film fans will be pleased to know that a 1/6 scale figure of the famous director Alfred Hitchcock is in the works as well. Though no image is available at this time the description certainly makes it sound like a must have for fans of the director.
The worlds most famous director is immortalized in this 1/6 scale figure, which features an authentic likeness, his directors chair, clapboard, cigars, as well as props from his most famous films- a butcher knife, a raven, and a seagull! He also features a fine-tailored suit, several interchangeable hands, and a figure stand.
If this line is a success (and with Mondo’s track record it would be hard to think it will not be) we can expect to see lots more interesting collectables coming our way every soon. In fact here is a shot (from Justin Ishmael Twitter feed) showing a brand new figure soon to be seen at the San Diego Comic Con this weekend, with the Iron Giant and Lil Mikey figures making an appearance to.
There is no news on official release dates for these collectables, but Geek will keep you informed all the way on any more developments on the Mondo collectable toy front.
Images: Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, Mondo Tees,
Alamo Drafthouse, Mike Mitchell, Warner Brothers.