November 18th, 2011
Thanksgiving is next week and that means only one thing… the Holidays are upon us and soon we will be bombarded with gift giving! Unlike me, who often waits until the last minute to put together gifts for my loved ones (sorry, guys!), you should get your shopping done as early as you can. There are some awesome art toys and books in this week’s Toy Rundown that would make incredible gifts! And keep an eye out for upcoming mph gift lists tailored for all the people in your life – the young at heart, the young at age, the toy fanatics, the plush lovers and those people who are difficult to shop for!
- The Tree Book by Mark Ryden – This book is the exhibition catalog from “The Tree Show” at the Michael Kohn Gallery in LA. Exquisite paintings, drawings and sketches, as well as photos of sculptures and installations. A great piece for fans of Mark Ryden. I mean, come on… who doesn’t like creepy little girls wearing woodland creatures as hats?!
- Banksy Myths and Legends by Marc Leverton – This awesome book is a collection of stories and tall tales all centered around the enigmatic presence of Banksy. Some might be true and some just hearsay, but they are all pieces of the legend that he is.
- Bellicose Bunny by Nathan Hamill – This little bunny has won my heart! Although bellicose is in his name, I am certain that he fights for good, not evil, making this lil’ guy number one! “Starbunny Fields Forever!” Limited edition of 200!
- Hello Kitty mimobot USB Blind Boxes – Hello, Kitty! Not only is this iconic Sanrio character capable of making people giddy, she’s now a cute and stylish way to save your files! Thanks to mimobot, Hello Kitty acts as a USB flash drive and also comes in cute animal designs! Penguin, fox, panda…! Too cute!
- Skin & Bones Domino Set by Jeremy Fish – Okay, so I’ll be honest, I don’t know how to play dominoes, but I will definitely learn how and then will look super cool when I grab this domino set and hear all my friends “oo” and “ahh” in envy.
- Chipster by Scott Tolleson – This smiley character is Chipster, a gentle, huggable creature who relocated from the bustling city to the serene forest. Be his bff in matching argyle suits, eating chocolate peanut butter cups into the sunset together! (Note: Argyle Suits and PB Cups Must Be Purchased Separately)
November 16th, 2011
JLed’s newest mini series, featuring the 12 animals from the Chinese Zodiac are quickly disappearing in store and online. Produced by Play Imaginative, the Chinese Zodiac mini series comes packaged in window boxes, so you can choose your birth year animal! Each figure is interpreted in Ledbetter’s signature style and each is quite charming, if you ask me. We have already sold out of some and others are running low in stock, so grab your animal before it goes!
And for a little fun, I thought I’d put a poll in today’s post, since JLed has produced a lot of characters in his time as a toy designer.
November 15th, 2011
It’s my birthday today and what I really was hoping for was cupcakes to rain from the sky. Instead, I got regular rain… but I thought I should share in the birthday joy by holding a giveaway on the blog! Today we are giving away two Uglydoll Windups! I received a few of these for my birthday and loved them, so I know you will too. To enter, leave a comment on this post with your top three birthday presents you’ve either received in the past or hope to receive. If one or more of the items on the list is an art toy, you’ll be entered twice in the giveaway. Woohoo! Windups will be chosen at random and so will the winner!
November 14th, 2011
It’s always interesting to see what toys are in the collections of artists who design toys themselves. Today we are giving you a look at MCA’s collection from his studio in Massachusetts. MCA has been around as a collector and toy designer for awhile now, so it was no surprise he has an extensive collection of art toys, including many that he’s designed himself.
This last image is my favorite! Have a closer look and see if you can spot some of the awesome pieces in here. I especially like the KAWS ones!
Let us know if you’d like us to visit any artists in particular!
November 10th, 2011
I recently took a trip to Lowell, MA to check out Eyeformation’s studio space for Studio Miners. Eyeformation, is Frank Casazza and his artwork consists of bold lines and oftentimes bright, happy colors. His characters bring a smile to your face, featuring wide eyes and matching smiles. It’s hard not to get a bit giddy and lose yourself in a world of mustached trees and fluffy clouds. I felt very fortunate to be in Eyeformation’s studio, especially when he mentioned he’s been working on creating a DIY toy. We’ve seen ice cream come to life in 3D before. Buff Monster’s inflatable ice cream and Don Gelato from the Acid Sweeties series surely melted our hearts, but this fat little swirl of an ice cream will be a happy new spin on sweet treats in the vinyl and art world! And in the meantime, if you’re hungry for something sweet, why not grab one of Heidi Kenney’s figures, like this Plush Ice Cream Sandwich or a Yummy Donut! What food would you like to see as a figure?!
A plush figure of the same ice cream character
The prototype fresh from the 3D printer (don’t worry – he’ll be smoothed out by the time he hits the shelves!)
Plush ice cream enjoying a dip in the work-in-progress packaging for the DIY figure