Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Vinyl Toys - Art Or Collectibles?

A few months ago, one of my co-workers introduced me to a set of small creatures that live underneath his PC screen at work - he referred to them as "Dunnys". At first glance, Dunnys looked like new millennium toys that a child could pick up and play with. However, it wasn't long before I realized that there is much more to them than that. I always tend to be drawn to any form of art expression and as such these tiny characters quickly became my new craze. This "designer toys" are brought to life by artists all over the world, many of who have gained further popularity by deciding to participate in these projects.

Dunnys are made by the internationally renowned toy and fashion apparel manufacturer Kidrobot. The best part of purchasing a Dunny is that you have no idea of what it will look like until you open the box it comes in. This makes for a novel experience and it promotes online forum participation of Dunny fans as trading parties and special events are often held for collectors. The look and accessories of each Dunny are completely unique from the rest with some of them resembling animals, monsters, and even cultural icons. Many of these toys can become extremely rare and sought after as they are only manufactured in limited quantities as part of a production series.

Dunnys are a wonderful example of how something as simple as a toy can bring people together by capturing the feelings and views of an artist from a completely different part of the world. I consider Dunnys to be art rather than toys due to the intricacy and uniqueness of their designs.

If you are looking for a unique gift or if you would like to start your own collection check out the links below for more information.

A Dunny box unopened 

My Dunny collection at work!~ 

The newly released 2009 Dunny series

Kidrobot's Official Website

Kidrobot's Official Twitter Account

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