Kronk Archive

  • Stephen and I don’t really buy a lot of vinyl anymore. There are still a lot of resin-based artists we support, but for the most part our vinyl buying has severely dwindled. When I first saw Dweezil, I wondered why–I mean, this piece is pretty amazing. It’s large (15 inches!), unique, dramatic, but with a simple color scheme. It’s what a lot of vinyl tries to be but totally fails at–then again, Kronk has proved himself to be a master of the medium and one of the few people I’ll still splurge for! I love both colorways too: the black & blue is sleek, while the grey & red is more dramatic. So far so good… but then I saw the price. Dweezil is $350. THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS. You know what I could buy for $350? A body for one of my floating Dollfie heads. Alter’s uber-rare Elizabeth (for less). A purebred kitten. For perspective, Alter’s absolutely spectacular Dizzy (review), who is 14″ and sculpted by one of the best of the best, was $150 before discounts (which were around 20%). On the flip side, this 15″, unshaded, minimalistically sculpted vinyl piece is $200 more. While I do love the design and wish I could own Dweezil, I just can’t get over the price. Granted, it’s limited to only 300 of each variant, so I’m sure it will sell well. But in my humble opinion, vinyl really needs to get away from the overpriced, hyper-limited bullshit and expand their customer base by offering interesting and original designs (read: less Dunnys and Labbits) that won’t break the bank. If for some reason you happen to have the money, this piece will drop on August 23rd online and in stores. [via the Kidrobot Blog]

    Kidrobot x Kronk’s Dweezil is Wickedly Expensive

    Stephen and I don’t really buy a lot of vinyl anymore. There are still a lot of resin-based artists we support, but for the most part our vinyl buying has severely dwindled. When I first saw Dweezil, I wondered why–I mean, this piece is pretty amazing. It’s large (15 inches!), unique, dramatic, but with a simple color scheme. It’s what a lot of vinyl tries to be but totally fails at–then again, Kronk has proved himself to be a master of the medium and one of the few people I’ll still splurge for! I love both colorways too: the black & blue is sleek, while the grey & red is more dramatic. So far so good… but then I saw the price. Dweezil is $350. THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS. You know what I could buy for $350? A body for one of my floating Dollfie heads. Alter’s uber-rare Elizabeth (for less). A purebred kitten. For perspective, Alter’s absolutely spectacular Dizzy (review), who is 14″ and sculpted by one of the best of the best, was $150 before discounts (which were around 20%). On the flip side, this 15″, unshaded, minimalistically sculpted vinyl piece is $200 more. While I do love the design and wish I could own Dweezil, I just can’t get over the price. Granted, it’s limited to only 300 of each variant, so I’m sure it will sell well. But in my humble opinion, vinyl really needs to get away from the overpriced, hyper-limited bullshit and expand their customer base by offering interesting and original designs (read: less Dunnys and Labbits) that won’t break the bank. If for some reason you happen to have the money, this piece will drop on August 23rd online and in stores. [via the Kidrobot Blog]

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  • I’ll be the first to admit, I really dislike the FatCap design. I never understood the appeal of a Dunny body with a random giant spray-can top tossed on for the head, and considering how few FatCaps we’ve seen and how long they sit on shelves, I feel like Kidrobot themselves even wonder why they created such an oddity. Then along came Kronk. Kronk here actually got me to like a platform that I dislike with his Totem design, which features amazing wings instead of arms, great usage of the odd head, and some of his signatures such as the band-aid motif. I also adore the color scheme of purples and blues and I feel the same about this overall piece as the recent Lovebirds, which use color amazingly well and have a very sleek feel. Sadly, though, the love ends there and I have some of the same issues that I had with the Atropa Dunny, namely, the box looks better than the actual figure in both instances. I feel like Kidrobot is just trying to get pieces out as quickly as possible and as a result we got things such as the flat finish on Atropa and the slightly-off sculpted wings here that are completely different in tone than the rest of the piece. That being said, if you want one of these 6″ FatCaps for yourself, they’ll be available starting on May 10th for $75 and will be a run of 900 available at all Kidrobot retailers. As much as I like the design work, I just have to pass on this as it still looks odd on a FatCap, but what do you think? Let us know in the comments below! [via the Kidrobot blog]

    Kidrobot and Kronk Team Up For A Totem FatCap

    I’ll be the first to admit, I really dislike the FatCap design. I never understood the appeal of a Dunny body with a random giant spray-can top tossed on for the head, and considering how few FatCaps we’ve seen and how long they sit on shelves, I feel like Kidrobot themselves even wonder why they created such an oddity. Then along came Kronk. Kronk here actually got me to like a platform that I dislike with his Totem design, which features amazing wings instead of arms, great usage of the odd head, and some of his signatures such as the band-aid motif. I also adore the color scheme of purples and blues and I feel the same about this overall piece as the recent Lovebirds, which use color amazingly well and have a very sleek feel. Sadly, though, the love ends there and I have some of the same issues that I had with the Atropa Dunny, namely, the box looks better than the actual figure in both instances. I feel like Kidrobot is just trying to get pieces out as quickly as possible and as a result we got things such as the flat finish on Atropa and the slightly-off sculpted wings here that are completely different in tone than the rest of the piece. That being said, if you want one of these 6″ FatCaps for yourself, they’ll be available starting on May 10th for $75 and will be a run of 900 available at all Kidrobot retailers. As much as I like the design work, I just have to pass on this as it still looks odd on a FatCap, but what do you think? Let us know in the comments below! [via the Kidrobot blog]

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  • Kidrobot seems to be on a roll today; first we saw the gorgeous new Jason Limon Atropa Dunny and now we have a great smaller vinyl figure release from artist Kronk! The Lovebirds are 4″ tall vinyl figures that will be available in teal, orange, black, and purple colorways, and are quite adorable. These little birdies feature lots of hearts all over them, from their feet to their bellies and even their faces, and are adorable when paired together. Each figure will be individually boxed and will retail for $19.95 beginning on April 26th at Kidrobot stores and other retailers and I can’t wait for them to be set free on the public! I love Kronk’s designs and these are no exception; the sleek lines and simple, but effective colorways look great and the low price point make for some great figures to collect! Will any of you readers be trying to cage some of these little Lovebirds or are you going to let them fly away? [via the Kidrobot blog]

    Kidrobot and Kronk Bring The Love With New Lovebirds

    Kidrobot seems to be on a roll today; first we saw the gorgeous new Jason Limon Atropa Dunny and now we have a great smaller vinyl figure release from artist Kronk! The Lovebirds are 4″ tall vinyl figures that will be available in teal, orange, black, and purple colorways, and are quite adorable. These little birdies feature lots of hearts all over them, from their feet to their bellies and even their faces, and are adorable when paired together. Each figure will be individually boxed and will retail for $19.95 beginning on April 26th at Kidrobot stores and other retailers and I can’t wait for them to be set free on the public! I love Kronk’s designs and these are no exception; the sleek lines and simple, but effective colorways look great and the low price point make for some great figures to collect! Will any of you readers be trying to cage some of these little Lovebirds or are you going to let them fly away? [via the Kidrobot blog]

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  • Kidrobot released the first Yankee Pig Dog Labbit: Biological Warfare edition, designed by South African artist Kronk, for NYCC, and we were able to get a closer look at it during the show. Based on the name I assumed that there would be at least one more colorway, and I was right! The second edition is the Yankee Pig Dog: Stealth Warfare version. Like the first one, it’s part of the “Broke Ass Labbit Sale” aka the quality control is really bad so it’s discounted from $100 to $69. At this point I kind of wonder if that’s the intended price point and this is a marketing ploy, because it seems odd to have the same mistakes on the second edition when they obviously knew they would happen after the first. Wouldn’t they, you know, fix them? In any case, the qc problems actually aren’t that bad–they’re pretty minor compared to some past releases like the SDCC 8″ Huck Skullhead. I really do like this colorway better than the first–the pink and green was a nice combination but id didn’t really scream “war plane” to me. The black with red, white & blue accenting seems a lot more fitting! This is a 7″ Labbit and is limited to only 900 pieces. It’s set to drop on November 17th, and will retail for $69. [via the KRonikle]

    Kidrobot’s Yankee Pig Dog Labbit: Stealth Warfare Edition

    Kidrobot released the first Yankee Pig Dog Labbit: Biological Warfare edition, designed by South African artist Kronk, for NYCC, and we were able to get a closer look at it during the show. Based on the name I assumed that there would be at least one more colorway, and I was right! The second edition is the Yankee Pig Dog: Stealth Warfare version. Like the first one, it’s part of the “Broke Ass Labbit Sale” aka the quality control is really bad so it’s discounted from $100 to $69. At this point I kind of wonder if that’s the intended price point and this is a marketing ploy, because it seems odd to have the same mistakes on the second edition when they obviously knew they would happen after the first. Wouldn’t they, you know, fix them? In any case, the qc problems actually aren’t that bad–they’re pretty minor compared to some past releases like the SDCC 8″ Huck Skullhead. I really do like this colorway better than the first–the pink and green was a nice combination but id didn’t really scream “war plane” to me. The black with red, white & blue accenting seems a lot more fitting! This is a 7″ Labbit and is limited to only 900 pieces. It’s set to drop on November 17th, and will retail for $69. [via the KRonikle]

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  • Kidrobot had a bright, open booth at NYCC, and while there was not a ton of stuff on display they had quite a few nifty items. There were, of course, the NYCC exclusives–the GID minifigures and the Yankee Pig Dog Labbit. They also had Labbit plushes, the All City Breakers mini figures, Kronk’s awesome 20″ Dunny, and several different sets of minifigures. Check it all out after the jump!

    NYCC 2011: Kidrobot Booth Overview

    Kidrobot had a bright, open booth at NYCC, and while there was not a ton of stuff on display they had quite a few nifty items. There were, of course, the NYCC exclusives–the GID minifigures and the Yankee Pig Dog Labbit. They also had Labbit plushes, the All City Breakers mini figures, Kronk’s awesome 20″ Dunny, and several different sets of minifigures. Check it all out after the jump!

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  • Back before New York Comic Con, we showed you Kronk’s special Yankee Pig Dog Labbit Biological Warfare Edition, which was quite controversial — it was blatantly advertised as having major issues even before release. Well, at NYCC I decided to get up close and personal with one of these to bring every nitty gritty detail to you and let you decide for yourselves if this is acceptable or not. You can see many spots of the print not lining up, missing parts of the sculpt, very poor paint lines, and much more. Personally all of this completely turned me off from buying the figure, which is a shame as I love the original idea and design so much with all of its amazing color choices, bomb additions, and faces on the backpack, but what do you think? Let us know in he comments below!

    NYCC 2011: Kidrobot x Kronk’s Yankee Pig Dog Labbit Biological Warfare Edition

    Back before New York Comic Con, we showed you Kronk’s special Yankee Pig Dog Labbit Biological Warfare Edition, which was quite controversial — it was blatantly advertised as having major issues even before release. Well, at NYCC I decided to get up close and personal with one of these to bring every nitty gritty detail to you and let you decide for yourselves if this is acceptable or not. You can see many spots of the print not lining up, missing parts of the sculpt, very poor paint lines, and much more. Personally all of this completely turned me off from buying the figure, which is a shame as I love the original idea and design so much with all of its amazing color choices, bomb additions, and faces on the backpack, but what do you think? Let us know in he comments below!

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  • This is one of the single most confusing posts I’ve ever seen hit the KRonikle with their announcement of Kronk’s Yankee Pig Dog: Biological Warfare Edition Labbit, which we found out about a few weeks ago. I can’t tell 100% if they’re finally admitting that the quality in their factories is sub-par in many instances or if they are purposely making a gritty figure due to the nature of the design. Either way, I’m a fan of the design and I’m glad to see more from Kronk, so I’m not going to complain, but from the teaser images it seems like we have another Huck SDCC 8″ Dunny scenario on our hands from two years ago. For those unfamiliar with what happened, the piece was produced incredibly quickly with a large number of flaws such as fuzzy paint details, sloppy paint work, and misregistration among other things. Now these same terms are being used to describe this Kronk release, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the pieces came out flawed and they ran with it as the Biological Warfare Edition. Either way, Kidrobot is being upfront that these will not be your standard vinyl fare with perfect lines and quality control and whether or not that’s intentional will forever be a mystery. All of that said, this is actually one of the very few items coming out at New York Comic Con that will actually be coming home with me. That’s right, out of the multitude of items shown off that will be at the show, the flawed Kidrobot piece that’s “on sale” for $69 instead of $100 made my short list. You may be asking why, and well… it’s because Kronk’s design shines through no matter what and is truly a great and unique design. I love the riveting, the moustached face, goggles, and bombs, and the color scheme is top notch and combines the war-tones of old with modern vinyl “pop-ness” and if anything, the messiness adds to the character of the figure. If you’re looking to add this piece to your collection, it will be an edition of 300 and will be at Kidrobot‘s booth at New York Comic Con (#774). [via the KRonikle]

    Kidrobot Drops A Bomb With Kronk’s 7″ NYCC Labbit

    This is one of the single most confusing posts I’ve ever seen hit the KRonikle with their announcement of Kronk’s Yankee Pig Dog: Biological Warfare Edition Labbit, which we found out about a few weeks ago. I can’t tell 100% if they’re finally admitting that the quality in their factories is sub-par in many instances or if they are purposely making a gritty figure due to the nature of the design. Either way, I’m a fan of the design and I’m glad to see more from Kronk, so I’m not going to complain, but from the teaser images it seems like we have another Huck SDCC 8″ Dunny scenario on our hands from two years ago. For those unfamiliar with what happened, the piece was produced incredibly quickly with a large number of flaws such as fuzzy paint details, sloppy paint work, and misregistration among other things. Now these same terms are being used to describe this Kronk release, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the pieces came out flawed and they ran with it as the Biological Warfare Edition. Either way, Kidrobot is being upfront that these will not be your standard vinyl fare with perfect lines and quality control and whether or not that’s intentional will forever be a mystery. All of that said, this is actually one of the very few items coming out at New York Comic Con that will actually be coming home with me. That’s right, out of the multitude of items shown off that will be at the show, the flawed Kidrobot piece that’s “on sale” for $69 instead of $100 made my short list. You may be asking why, and well… it’s because Kronk’s design shines through no matter what and is truly a great and unique design. I love the riveting, the moustached face, goggles, and bombs, and the color scheme is top notch and combines the war-tones of old with modern vinyl “pop-ness” and if anything, the messiness adds to the character of the figure. If you’re looking to add this piece to your collection, it will be an edition of 300 and will be at Kidrobot‘s booth at New York Comic Con (#774). [via the KRonikle]

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  • Hot on the heels of MPH’s NYCC teasers, Kidrobot has just unveiled their full convention lineup! There’s going to be a 7″ Labbit from Kronk entitled the “Yankee Pig Dog Biological Warfare” edition, which sounds quite interesting. There will also be several special edition 3″ figures: GID versions of the Street Fighter Blanka and also South Park‘s Dead Kenny. There are no pictures so far, but more information (including pricing) should be coming out soon! You can check out Kidrobot at booth 774 in the Cultyard. [via The KRonikle]

    Kidrobot Announces Their NYCC Exclusives

    Hot on the heels of MPH’s NYCC teasers, Kidrobot has just unveiled their full convention lineup! There’s going to be a 7″ Labbit from Kronk entitled the “Yankee Pig Dog Biological Warfare” edition, which sounds quite interesting. There will also be several special edition 3″ figures: GID versions of the Street Fighter Blanka and also South Park‘s Dead Kenny. There are no pictures so far, but more information (including pricing) should be coming out soon! You can check out Kidrobot at booth 774 in the Cultyard. [via The KRonikle]

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