Post by WishItWas1984 on Oct 31, 2017 22:51:47 GMT -6
For a while now I've kept a casual eye on the designer toy scene. As a toy collector who partly collects because of the art of it, I am fascinated with how artists create their art using the medium of toys.
I've actually finally added some choice pieces to my collection that I really connected with.
The problem is, I see so many ways that people describe this toy collecting subculture. So I thought I'd share what I believe and see what others thought of it.
First, I think there is 1 golden rule or requirement that all must adhere to. That is, they are independently created. Once it reaches the corporate mass-produced level, they lose this unique status. Although I've quite honestly never heard of one transitioning like that.
Ok, here's the categories/terminology:
Designer Toys / Art Toys - They are interchangeable
Urban Designer Toys - A large subsection of the above where subject matter revolves around topics typically found in urban settings. Like graffiti, hip-hop, rap, etc..
Bootleg Toys - Another large subsection of Designer/Art Toys, but are not 100% original art. These will always be based in some way on preexisting items, toys or toy parts, recast and/or kit-bashed to make something new.
So as an example, a figure from Sucklord would be a bootleg designer/art toy, but a vinyl from Ron English or a Dunny by Kidrobot, would simply be a designer/art toy.
Post by Thor Laserpunch on Nov 1, 2017 15:36:30 GMT -6
I'd love to see some pics.
I could see this being an area I'd wanna expand into with my collection. What's stopped me so far is the pricing. Can you put a price on art? Yes, when it gets to $90 for a translucent neon Weequay I'm out.
e2a: common sense says it's pronounced "pry-mer" but I keep hearing people say "primmer"... what up wit that?
Ultimately you just find 'em online and approach. Above links cater to my personal taste of course. But just google yours, reach out to that community and I promise their tentacles will grope right back at ya!