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8″ Dunny Archive
Posted by Leah Bayer on April 1, 2013 | No Comments
Kidrobot is the reason I got into collecting toys of any kind: Stephen and I were browsing the clothing in their SoHo store and the Span of Sunset Cheshire Cat screamed out my name. And thus it began! But in the 4 years since we picked up that piece I’ve found my interest in KR and vinyl as a whole waning. It just seems less and less inventive, to the point where I can’t really recall any non-kaiju pieces I’ve been lusting after in the past 6 months or so… until now.
This collaboration with South African artist Colus is simply stunning. ‘The Hunted’ is a black & white 8″ Dunny modeled on the Springbuck/Springbok, a type of antelope. I find it almost haunting, very minimalistic but still moving on an emotional level. I honesty can’t even recall another 8″ design I’ve loved as much as this one! It’s limited to only 1,250 pieces, retails for $75 a pop and will go up for order on April 11th (which just happens to be the day before my birthday… hmm…)
[via Kidrobot's Blog]
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on February 12, 2013 | No Comments
Kidrobot is not one to really show up to Toy Fair since they only recently started going only a year ago, but seeing their booth, it’s blatantly obvious as to why they showed up as they’re now licensed merchandise crazy. All of Kidrobot’s major announcements I can’t say a single word about, which is a tad ridiculous (why bring them if people can’t talk about them?), but let’s just say it’s one major announcement that will be integrated into lots of lines, and some are home runs and some are really big misses. There’s also a few expansions on existing lines, but again, mum’s the word.
That being said, there were a few new things on hand that I CAN tell you about: the new Major Lazer figure, which is as clunky and weird as you would expect a figure of Major Lazer to be, a new colorway of the Kozik 8″ Mecha Dunny, and a new colorway of the Chuckboy Labbit. Also on hand were a large scale vinyl figure of Cartman from South Park in his wizard outfit and a new Kozik piece called the Big Bones Labbit that I’m not quite fond of. All in all, it’s pretty clear from Kidrobot that re-colors and licensed merchandise are apparently the future of vinyl to them, which just looks like a bunch more nails waiting to go into the coffin of designer vinyl. It was nice knowing ya.
Posted by Leah Bayer on January 30, 2013 | No Comments
You probably know by now that I am a huge fan of Chris Ryniak’s work, in fact he’s probably my second favorite vinyl artist. However, I am not thrilled about the announcement of an 8″ Dunny collaboration: in fact, I’m the exact opposite of thrilled. Why? Well, first off it’s his design from the Apocalypse series which broke my heart. Look at Ryniak’s other sculpts like Bubblegut or the Misfortune Cat and compare the level of detail to this Dunny. Yeah, something’s missing big time here. This is because the Dunny is a terribly restrictive sculpt: all inventive forays are filed down to the bare minimum of detail. I wish they’d push the boundaries of this platform a little further, but that’s a discussion for another day.
Meltdown comes in an unprecedented four colorways, all of them GID: Green (sold in Kidrobot stores), Yellow (sold at Kidrobot.com), Pink (sold through toy stores in the US), and Orange (sold through toy stores abroad). Which, yes, means if you happen to live in the US (more specifically NYC, LA, Miami or San Fran) and want all 4 you can get them. Otherwise… good luck completing a full set! All four retail for the same $75 and will go up for sale on February 14th.
[via the Kidrobot Blog]
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 20, 2012 | No Comments
Back at the Dunny 2Tone release, Angry Woebots had one of the rarest figures in the series–and one of the best! Now it’s getting an 8″ Dunny release, though in a totally different color palette. They’ve swapped black and white for grey and pink, one of my favorite color combos. This is a run of 1,250 and will retail for $75. The release will take place on December 6th, so don’t be late if you want to snag one of these!
There will also be a small signing tour in California to accompany the release. On December 5th Angry Woebots himself (Aaron Martin) will be at Kidrobot LA from 6-8PM, and on the 6th he will be at Kidrobot San Francisco. I am definitely considering picking one of these up!
[via the KR Blog]
Posted by Leah Bayer on August 24, 2012 | No Comments
For years and years fans have been petitioning Kidrobot to make an 8″ Dok A Dunny. Since he’s my favorite vinyl artist, I have been behind this petition for a long time! We’ve had several 3″ designs, but what we all really want is an 8″ Rupture. Or, you know, a 20″ one… that would be cool too. Well, the time has finally come and we are getting one! Granted, it’s not really Rupture, but the Ironclad Decimator which seems to be a bit of a mashup between his previous 3″ Dunny designs.
There are two colorways: the first is a “regular” copper release which will be limited to KR stores both physical and online. The Mecha Rupture is, surprisingly, the one with a wider release and will be at most Dunny retailers (there’s a full list on their blog). There are 600 of each and both editions will have a 1 in 6 chase, meaning that there are really 4 colorways! Thankfully they’re the standard $75, even with all the extra sculpting and clear parts. I am really loving this design, and it’s nice to see so much detail put into this piece. I think this will be the first 8″ I’ve picked up since Calvera Azteca!
[via the Kidrobot Blog]
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on July 23, 2012 | 1 Comment
Back at San Diego Comic Con, Andrew Bell and Kidrobot released the Mahākāla Dunny Prosperity Edition, a white version of the Dunny you see here, to great appeal by the crowd. Now that San Diego Comic Con has come and gone, the Protection Edition of the Mahākāla Dunny is on its way to those of you who missed the first, or didn’t like its colorway. Featuring a black base with blue gradients and gold and red accents, I enjoy this colorway much more than the exclusive one, but that’s still not saying much as I enjoy the designs on the back of the Dunny more than those on the front. I do like that Kidrobot took a risk with this by producing such an intricate Dunny with 4 arms and a ton of accessories to boot, but that still doesn’t mean that it’s something I’d want to display in my collection at all.
If you feel the opposite and want a nice Buddhist-inspired protector in your collection the Mahākāla Dunny Protection Edition, an 8″ Dunny for those wondering, will be available beginning on August 2nd and will be an edition of 900 pieces retailing for $100 (£79.90 UK, €92.70 EU) and will be available on Kidrobot’s website, at Kidrobot stores, and at other Kidrobot retailers. Also, if you happen to live in San Francisco or New York, Andrew Bell will be stopping by the Kidrobot locations there on Wednesday, August 1st at Kidrobot San Francisco and Thursday, August 2nd at Kidrobot New York to sign this Dunny from 6-8.
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 18, 2012 | 4 Comments
Kidrobot is obviously one of the main players in the vinyl world, with perhaps more releases than any other company (not counting Super7, since their production rate is ungodly). While I’ve lost interest in most vinyl I always try to keep an eye on what they are up to, since there’s always something fun at SDCC. They teased a ton of exclusives before the con, most of which were only revealed there!
My favorite by far is the amazing Hypnotoad from Futurama, who I am sure will be making his way into my collection sooner or later (he should have an online release). The Chuckboy Labbit, which looked a bit bland from the silhouette, is actually ridiculously adorable. Chuckboy’s recent robot style works very well on this platform! The other exclusives are less my style: I like the Andrew Bell 8″ “Mahākāla” Dunny (Prosperity Edition) but it’s a bit busy for my taste, though I can see why it’s so popular. The Homer Buddha, in the same vein as Hypnotoad, is pretty adorable and comes in a normal and golden colorway… I just don’t really like Homer! Then there’s Huck Gee’s Skullslinger, which to me looks far too close to Jesse Hernandez’ Bandito. I do like the sleek stylized look, but I’d like to see something a little different as far as event exclusives go.
Of course that wasn’t all they had, tons of minifigures made their way to the convention as well, so check them all out in the gallery!
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on June 7, 2012 | 1 Comment
Well, it’s that time of year again, it’s almost San Diego Comic Con time! Sadly, Leah and myself do not know if we’re headed back out there again this year yet (fingers crossed that we will be!), but that doesn’t mean that we can’t get excited for all of the exclusives that will be on hand! First up this year, and almost every year, is Kidrobot, who has decided to show off their 2012 exclusives as silhouettes, which is quite sleek! First up on Wednesday, Preview Night, we have the pre-release of the Futurama Hypnotoad vinyl figure, which will retail for $39.95 and will be available at Kidrobot retailers and online starting on August 2nd. Also on Preview Night we will see the release of the SDCC exclusive Simpsons Homer Buddha figure, which will be an edition of 500 pieces retailing for $50 each.
Thursday, the first day of the con, has the first release and signing with Chuckboy’s SDCC Exclusive Cyborg 7-inch Labbit Excelsior Edition, which will be an edition of 300 pieces retailing for $75 each and Chuckboy himself will be on hand to sign them. Friday follows this up with Andrew Bell’s signing for the Mahākāla Dunny Prosperity Edition, which is also an SDCC Exclusive and a run of 300 pieces, but this 8″ Dunny will cost a pretty penny — he retails for $100. Featuring four arms, a staff, a crown, and a removable belt, this is one detailed Dunny, but considering having seen the Dunny 2012 design that it is based upon, I think I’ll be passing on this as it’s just not something I’d want to own for $100 and way too distant from Andrew Bell’s usual style. Saturday sees the release of Huck Gee’s Skullslinger Tuco Edition, an 11 inch tall vinyl piece presumably with Huck Gee’s classic skullhead design, a long flowing cape, some of Huck’s usual wings, and presumably a gun somewhere. Tuco will retail for $100 and will also be an edition of 300 pieces and have a signing accompanying him as well.
Last, but not least, Sunday will have a special event featuring Kidrobot’s Ryan the Wheelbarrow who will be live screen printing shirts for people in whatever color and style they request. There will only be 78 shirts on hand and they will go for $38, so if you want one, I’d suggest getting in line pretty early as these are sure to go fast! All signings and events will take place at Kidrobot’s booth (#4529) from 12PM-2PM and will most likely require wristbands like previous years to keep things in order. Personally, there’s not much here that I’m excited for outside of the Hypnotoad, whom I will most likely just get after the convention as he is a general release, and the Chuckboy Labbit as I love the cyborg Dunny that he did and I know that this Labbit will come out amazing. Well, that seems to be the rundown for Kidrobot this year! What are you looking forward to picking up or are you sick of the same people being brought back to do the same things year after year? Let us know in the comments below!
[via the Kidrobot blog]
Posted by Leah Bayer on April 13, 2012 | 1 Comment
The first time I saw Jason Limon’s work was at mph’s custom Cranston Fellows Jr. show ages ago: I absolutely loved his piece there, but sadly had already purchased one and really couldn’t swing a second custom. Since then I’ve been dying to add a piece of his to my collection, but it seems like he mostly does customs and with our large monthly orders it’s not really feasible. Thankfully he’s teamed up with Kidrobot on a wonderful production piece: the 8″ Atropa Dunny!
Limon’s style meshes perfectly with the classic Dunny silhouette, and I love that they took the time to do a custom-sculpted face. My only complaint would be that the beige parts look a little too “clean”: I hope the paint on the final one has more texture and depth, but I’ll probably be picking it up regardless! This little beast will be released April 26th for $70, with 1,000 pieces available. Jason Limon will also be doing a signing tour, hitting up Kidrobot stores in New York on the 24th, Los Angeles on the 25th and finally San Francisco on the 26th. All 3 signings are from 6 to 8, and there’s a special bonus: purchase Atropa at the event and you’ll be entered in a lottery for a painting! There’s one for each city and they are all lovely–check them out (as well as extra shots of the Dunny itself) in the gallery!
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on April 10, 2012 | No Comments
The Beast Brothers and Huck Gee have collaborated on 8″ Dunny pieces before, but this latest collaboration is most certainly one of my favorite. Dubbed the 8″ Royal Guard Skullendario Azteca Dunny, this gold mixture of the Skullhead design by Huck Gee and the Beast Brothers’ Azteca 2 Dunny Series design is quite stunning to see. Adorned with gems and jewels and featuring the royal flag as well, this is one awesome looking piece. If you’re looking to add a great handmade resin piece to your collection, the Royal Guard Skullendario Azteca Dunny will be available for 24 hours starting on April 20th at 1pm EST for $475 on the Beast Brothers’ online webstore.
[via Huck Gee's newsletter]