Happy Forth of July America! We're so happy for you all!
If you have a second this weekend check out the awesome sale I put together for the weekend!
There's lots of good stuff here so be sure to take advantage while it lasts! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Enjoy those amazing summer barbecues, swimming pools and fireworks!
Here at Mindzai, the human brain and it's infinite ability to imagine is the inspiration behind our entire company and what we do. On the surface, it may seem that we're all about fun and toys but we're constantly reminded about how important it is to practice that creativity that comes from our brains.
Can you imagine if one day, our brains started to deteriorate and we started to lose our creative abilities, our memories and the knowledge that we learn?
For now, Dementia is a reality and it's a devastating loss for people affected along with their loved ones. But there's some really smart people out there trying to overcome this disease and change the future. I really believe that this can be done in our lifetime.
The people at Baycrest Health Sciences have been focusing on brain health for many decades and we're proud to be a creative partner for their new art initiative, The Brain Project.
The Brain Project is a creative art initiative that has brought many amazing artists from around the world to customize these large brain sculptures. The sculptures will be found across downtown Toronto in a public exhibition and will be sold to sponsoring organizations or collectors worldwide.
There's some amazing artists in the lineup including Mr. Brainwash, Gary Taxali, Pascale Girardin and so much more including our good friends, Samara Shuter and Matthew Del Degan! Even the fashionable Kim Kardashian (yes...that one.) also makes an appearance!
The public art exhibit goes from June 3 until the end of Summer in August. For more information and to see where the sculptures are located, visit www.brainproject.ca to find the interactive maps!
We'll also be participating in helping raise awareness and funds for The Brain Project by hosting a creative contest where you'll design your own brain! The winner wins a Mindzai DIY prize pack!
Enter the contest at www.mindzai.ca/brainproject
Learn more about The Brain Project at www.brainproject.ca
Mindzai is going to be at the GTA Collectibles Expo on May 1st at the Sheraton Centre downtown Toronto. The small event has grown over the past years and we're excited to be a sponsor of the event.
We'll have four tables there and the show will be giving away Mindzai sponsored goodie tote bags for the first 250 people through the doors! What a treat!
Tickets are $20 at the door and more information about the show can be found at gtaexpo.com
GTA Collectibles Expo
Sheraton Centre Toronto
123 Queen Street W
May 1, 2016
Wow. I can't believe it's April already! I've got something very fitting for April Fools Day!
We recently reached out to the ultra creative team at Fools Paradise, a Hong Kong toy design company and we decided to pickup this amazing toy figure titled "I Won't Be A Hero, Tim"
Bat Lowfool (the figures name) is a beautiful art toy figure dressed up in Batman's original blue and grey colorway sitting patiently on a box crate getting a tattoo by his friend, Tim. :)
This one of a kind figure is going to be released in Q2 of 2016 around May but is available for pre-order now. It's an extremely limited release so be sure to pick it up before they are gone.
Kurt Elster who runs the popular podcast, The Unofficial Shopify Podcast called me up a couple of weeks ago and wanted to find out more about Mindzai. We talked about some of the things that we've have done in the past and where we came from and what we're going to be doing next.
Have a listen!
The new Nightriders blind box series toy is coming and we couldn't be more excited! We're happy to announce that Nathan Jurevicius will be signing at our launch party!
The party is on February 6th from 3-6pm at our flagship store located in Markham.
Aside from the signing, we're going to have some prizes courtesy of Kidrobot! Be sure to come to meet with Nathan and get some of your newly unboxed spirits autographed! In addition, the team at Kidrobot has sponsored some great prizes for the event and we'll have light refreshments and snacks too!
Also, we'll giving double the reward points for all Nightriders purchases!
Be sure to pickup the latest Night Riders Blind Box series by Kidrobot!
Mindzai Flagship Store
3623 Highway 7 E, Unit 112
Markham, ON, L6G 0B4
Nightriders are a particular breed of nocturnal bird spirits that wander between the supernatural world and earth-bound gods, communicating the unseen. These supra normal beings are the creation of Nathan Jurevicius, a Canadian based Australian artist. Jurevicius’ diverse range of work has appeared in numerous publications, advertising campaigns and galleries around the world. He is well known for his Scarygirl universe.
We met up with Jon Paul Kaiser back in November at Designer Con and we had a great chat about our plans with our Hideki Project platform designed by Ken Hui.
Having JPK work on your platform is a true honor. His work is truly jaw dropping and each time I look at his pieces I tend to take the time to look over all the tiny details. He always pays attention to the small stuff and it's wonderful.
Introducing Kristofer Fisker. When he showed me what he did with this a few days ago, my mind was blown. From his arm tattoos to the stitching on his jeans the details are a marvel to stare at for hours. JPK really did an amazing job on this brand new platform. The Hideki platform is nice and simple and in JPK's own words, "( The Hideki platform toy has ) a good mix of character but minimal enough to put your imprint on it. "
We'd love to keep this for ourselves but we think it's better for true art toy collector to pick this up and give it a good home. There's only 1 available.
We had the chance to meet up with Gary Rozanski from The Toy Chronicle while we were at DesignerCon in November and we had a really great chat about our toys and a bit of insight into our company. It's taken a tiny bit of time but Gary finally posted the interview up on his site today. If you have five minutes read about The Toy Chronicle interview with us here at Mindzai.