Favorite company: Crazy Label
I was totally on the late train with Treesons. I always thought they were cute but I never bought any. SDCC 2010 was a mad scramble to get the SDCC Exclusive Treesons (the 5 on the left). My friend got me the ones on the days I didn’t attend, and I bought the remaining one when I returned from SDCC.
This is another toy that I completely slept on. What is my problem?! Marshall is supah cute and the toy is a lot bigger than I thought. Every time I look at it, I get happy….and crave s’mores. I don’t care about limited edition or exclusivity or any of that. I judge a toy on whether it makes me happy to look at it. I need to collect more of these.
I love David Choe, and I love Giant Robot; so this one is a no-brainer. They did such a good job with translating Choe’s whale into toy form. You really can’t go wrong with any of these. Plus the girl Munkettes have bows in their hair and itty bitty boobies. See more from our Munko photo shoot.
Favorite art toy: Schoolboy Jizo by Dehara Yukinori
Personally I hate the term “art toy” because I think it sounds silly and pretentious. Since this was purchased at Dehara Yukinori’s solo show at GR2, I’m okay with using the term. To be quite honest, I did not like Dehara Yukinori‘s artwork before I saw it in person. Then, I saw the Jizo, and I fell in love. At first glance, they’re almost ugly but then you realized that they’re totally cute!
My boyfriend surprised me with this piece for my birthday, so it means that much more to me. Plus we were introduced to Dehara at the art show, and he just seemed like someone you’d want to have beers with.
Favorite discovery: Sawdust Bear by Shing Yin Khor
I fell in love with Shin Yin Khor’s specimens (left and middle) at the recent DesignerCon. I really appreciate the care that goes into these handmade critters. Her work is so imaginative and you can tell her specimens are made with love. Plus I love her Marlowe web comic. I’m in trouble because I know I’m going to get more of these.
Favorite toy of 2010: Beastlies by Leslie Levings
Let’s give it up for Beastlies!! I held off on adopting one for so long because I wanted to find the right one. And I did. Every Beastlie is handmade by Leslie Levings, and again I’m so appreciative of artists who sculpt their own creations. Her Beastlies shop is closed for now, but when it opens in January, watch out! I’m really looking for a red or orange Beastlie for my new collection. I’m also hoping she makes more Beastlie snow globes because I really need one!