Sunday, 16 April 2017

Interview with Michael Devera AKA: OBSESSED PANDA!

ALRIGHT. I'm psyched! Our first interview! This is the first in a series of interviews with our collaborators at Planet 3 Toys. We're so lucky to be able to talk and work with some of the amazingly talented people in the indie toy community and want to hopefully give you a peak into them and their process. Hope you enjoy.

Our first interview is the actually the first painter we ever worked with. The wonderful Michael Devera.

1. Let's start at the start. Where did you grow up?

I was born in Bolingbrook, Illinois but I was raised in Newark, California

2. What got you into toys?

My dad's love of Star Wars action figures got me into toys. From a young age I saw my dad bringing home figures and letting me play with some. When it came to designer vinyl toys, I was drawn in by my favorite artist collaborating with kid robot.

3. What kind of collector are you? A completist? Certain color? Certain artist?

I would say I'm a completist, my collection is very dedicated to certain sculpts. My favorite sculpt is the Max Toy Co. Eyezon 2.0 and I'm currently complete with all factory painted runs, Mark Nagata micro runs, and every released unpainted blank, and I also have some amazing one-offs.

4. Do you remember what the first toy you ever painted was?

The first toy I ever painted was the Super7 Power Mister.

5. What or who were your early inspirations?

My earliest inspiration to push me to paint was Mark Nagata, owner of Max Toy Co. After seeing his one-off customs in person at the eyezon anniversary show, I was instantly blown away and wanted to paint.

6. What's your thought process when you're about to paint a new toy? Do you go in with a distinct plan or feel it out as you go?

When I paint a new toy, I like to study the sculpt and look at how the details flow. Sometimes the colors just come to me and sometime I have a plan that I had already thought off. I like to play around in photoshop and mess with colors and patterns.

7. What is your go-to tool for painting?

My go to tool for painting is my trusty Iwata Hp-c airbrush. It's a real workhorse for small and large projects.

8. You sometimes use Vcolor, Monstor Kolor... Are there advantages to the different types?

Yes, I use both paints. Vcolor is amazing paint if you want a semi gloss finish and a paint that adheres to the vinyl and is almost scratch resistant. The only negative thing about Vcolor are their color options and you have to mix them to airbrush working standards. For Monster Kolor you get a huge range of different color paints and different types of metallics and they are airbrush ready. The one small bad thing about mk is that you have to clear coat it once you're done with the project. If you don't clear coat it, the piece is very prone to scratches.

9. Although you've done other stuff, you primarily do soft vinyl. What attracts you to sofubi/soft vinyl?

The thing that attracts me to soft vinyl is the rich history that comes with it. The amount of hours spent by skilled artists to come up with a super detailed or smooth sculpt is mind boggling.

10. Any final words or advice for people wanting to do what you do?

I say pick up an airbrush or paintbrush and go at it. I started this as a fun way to blow off time and it just stuck with me.

11. If anyone would like to contact you, what's the best way?

The best way to contact me is by email at michaeldev789(at)

12. Lastly, I know you're into movies. What's your desert island top 3? Plus a snack.

Wow haha thats a hard one. For snack, I would bring a big bag of cheez-itz.

1. Drive
2. Witch
3. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone

You can find more of Michael's incredible work over at

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Bōzu: Eater of Rainbows

Hey Folks! We're super psyched to announce a new micro - run release - Bōzu: Eater of Rainbows by Obsessed Panda X Planet 3 Toys!

Eater of Rainbows will be available as well as 2 one - offs designed by Mike Devera!

Available Sunday, April 16th at 9:00am PST over at:

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Sakura Bōzu!

Sakura Bōzu!

Hey Folks!

We're writing you guys on this fine Saturday to let you know we have a new release coming up! We're super pleased to announce "Sakura Bōzu" by Candie Bolton X Planet 3 Toys!

Sakura Bōzu stands at approx. 3.5" (90mm) and is cast in milky white sofubi and beautifully painted by Candie Bolton. Produced in Japan by Grody Shogun/Lulubell Toys. Price: $150.00 USD

Available Tuesday March 21st at 6:00pm PST over at Candie's site:

***All orders will ship March 31st***

Wednesday, 22 February 2017


Alright, folks - our first release of 2017 is ready and dropping this weekend:


Bōzu stands at approx. 3.5" (90mm) and is cast all in 'SuperClear' sofubi (more on this later!). Comes with a hand made, stamped tag and produced in Japan by Grody Shogun/Lulubell Toys. $30 USD + shipping

The spirit will be available for contact Saturday, February 25th at 10:00am Pacific Time at the wonderful

Seirei or "精霊" means "Spirit" in Japanese. Seirei Bōzu has one foot in the ether and one in the human world. Or at least the human toy shelf. Converse with Bōzu spirits at your own risk!


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Home Base

Our first look at Bõzu's test pulls sent over from Lulubell Toys

Hey an update! We're finally getting some stuff set up at last and wanted to give you guys a heads up!

THIS PLACE will be our new home base for Planet 3 Toys news and updates for now. We love using Instagram, and will keep using it, but we've noticed we miss some people's latest posts due to IG's spam algorithm. We'll keep putting stuff on IG but if there's any doubts, you can check here anytime to be sure you're super up to date. We also started a mailing list so if you love info delivered right to your inbox, with toy love, like I do, click HERE.

We, like you, love toys. For me it started when I was a kid with Mattel's Masters of the Universe and then Playmates' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Kenner's The Real Ghostbusters lines. For Maki it was her first hand-made, wooden toys from Japan and Switzerland. It sorta exploded from there and as we got older, we started to learn and really geek out about the craft of making these things. Which finally led us to making our own toys.

A toy in the back just asked why I'm talking about this. I think it's my tipped-over Shredder. Well, tipped-over Shredder, as we keep making toys, we're getting to talk to a lot of other people who love/make/collect toys and getting more insight into not just the hows, but the whys. The more we learn, the more we want to know and it's way less creepy to ask if we share it with you guys here. We'll be posting peeks into the process, some toy making stuff we love, and interviews with artists we work with, all right here!

Okay post over! In summary, check back here for the latest P3T news/release info and also some looks into the toy making process and talks with other toy artists about themselves and their craft. Our first interview will be coming up very soon along with an all new Bõzu release we're super psyched about - so stay tuned for that!

Alright take care and we'll talk soon!

~Dave + Maki

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Planet 3 Toys: In Blog form!

Welcome to the Planet 3 Toys blog! Here you’ll find news and updates for all the projects we’re working on! To get the latest news, events, and project release info sent right to you, click HERE!

Talk to you all soon!