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The New Vinyl

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Back about 5 years ago…when someone said to me: “I have a lot of vinyl,” I automatically assumed they meant records. And in most corners of this country, that’s still the prevailing meaning. But slowly, and in dark corners, this word vinyl is beginning to take on a different form, a form that is growing exponentially. What am I talking about? Why, toys, of course. Toys shapes molded in vinyl and silk screened. Now, vinyl toys have been around for a long time, it’s true. But it seems that over the last few years, a new generation of toymakers has been borne, and this time, it’s not just a toy, it’s a sculpture. Quality, artistry, and concept have all aligned, and the result is a product that’s irresistibly collectible.
I honestly don’t know about the full history of the new vinyl revolution, but you can find out more about it by picking up this awesome book called Vinyl Will Kill, which explains the process in depth of creating these toys and I think has interviews with various artists. (I don’t own the book myself.) Now, as I know, you’re probably asking, “why the fuck should I care?” Well, I don’t have the answer to that at this moment, other than to add, as soon as I started collecting these toys, I couldn’t stop. It’s so incredibly addicting. Especially if you enjoy the low brow art scene, including artists such as Tim Biskup, Frank Kozik, Coop, Gary Baseman, David Horvath and Dalek…who each have created either their own toys, or created a design to be painted on the Dunny or Qee. If the words Dunny and Qee aren’t familiar to you, but you want to begin collecting vinyl toys, try visting one of the websites listed belwo; each have a great collection of toys.

And for those of you who know how nerdy this is, but will be jealous all the same, I just scored the rare Gary Baseman Dumb Luck Bunny, Japan Edition.
Suckers!

http://www.kidrobot.com (the leader in vinyl toy reatail by a wide margin)
http://www.critterbox.com (toy manufacturer)
http://www.strangeco.com (toy retailer and toy culture)

Written by pocheco

April 22, 2005 at 7:18 am

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