Blind boxes are the greatest gift you can ever give, and Kidrobot certainly has…
Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas never fail to astound our fans with their in depth characters and particular attention to details. This time, adding to the story is the Lucy Curious medium Figure, officially available online at www.Kidrobot.com with the rest of the collectibles. Here to add his two cents on the figure is our favorite, Chris Holt aka The Toy Viking!
With the help of Kidrobot, Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas recently introduced us to the world of Dark Harbor with a mini series full of characters from the tale. Now their heroine, Lucy Curious, is getting her own medium figure that further expands upon the story already set in motion. Here’s a brief synopsis of what has happened thus far:
Lucy Curious is a mysterious girl on a mysterious adventure to find her dear lost friend, Lord Strange. He went out to sea to find her when her boat failed to reach harbor, but hasn’t been seen since. She washed up on the shoreline soon after her ship was destroyed and when he is nowhere to be found begins her quest to track his whereabouts.
The ocean is a place of wonder and danger and Lucy has found a friend in this seahorse (who also doubles as a reliable mode of transportation). Will she find her friend or will she find herself in a world she can’t escape from?
Available now in the standard and Kidrobot exclusive colorways at www.kidrobot.com.
Blind boxes are the greatest gift you can ever give, and Kidrobot certainly has you covered in that department. For instance, how about these Crayola Critters that are beyond freakin cute. Keep these in mind as I break it down for you so you’ll look like a hero on Christmas morning:
1.) They’re like two presents in one. The person opening it will tear through the wrapping paper with rabid anticipation. Once unwrapped they get to open it AGAIN to reveal the actual present! That means every one you give is the equivalent of two presents to open which prolongs the joy of the person receiving the gift. And no, kitchen appliances don’t work the same way because they tell you exactly on the box what to expect. You’re not gonna open a box with a picture of a toaster and have a waffle iron pop out. I don’t want to live in a world where that can happen.
2.) There’s nothing a toy collector loves more than more toys, and with blind boxes you can get a lot of bang for your buck. Think about it: Your loved one could pretend to love that sweater you got a good deal on, or they could cover themselves in a pile of new toys and let the joy of new figures warm them better than the wool of the heartiest Icelandic sheep.
3.) Christmas is not the time for practicality. I have a philosophy about gift giving and that’s to always buy people things they may not normally buy themselves. Let them buy all the boring stuff they need like socks and underwear, and make em feel like kings by presenting them with something they don’t need but will absolutely love.
And there you have it, I have single handedly rescued your friends and family from all of that nonsense you were going to give them, and have instead made you into the Christmas gift boss you always knew you could be.
Available now at www.kidrobot.com to fill your stockings and the pages of your favorite coloring book.
For the past two years we have grown our relationship with the Andy Warhol foundation to expand the love and creation of art with vinyl. Today, Kidrobot released the Andy Warhol Brillo Box Mini Series as another addition to our Andy Warhol collection. Here to say a little something else is our friend Chris Holt aka The Toy Viking.
Kidrobot has upped the awesome level on the traditional Brillo packaging nearly as much as Andy Warhol did. He may have silk screened them and made them huge objects of pop art, but even he never thought to fill them with something more than scrubbing pads. That’s exactly what’s happened with this brand new mini series, as each one contains either a plush or vinyl representation of Andy’s famous work. Sold blind boxed style, what you get will be a mystery but we promise we wouldn’t dare surprise you with cleaning products. That would just be wrong. Hilarious, but wrong.
Available now at www.kidrobot.com, they’re the perfect gift for the art enthusiast on you list.
Love the new Kidrobot.com exclusive colorway of the TEQ 63 figure? So do we. We happen to be big fans of QUICCS and so we decided to ask him a few questions about him and this new piece…. check it out.
How long have you been doing art?
I’ve been drawing and painting all my life. I was born in 1982, and as far as i can remember I’ve been drawing and painting. I was exposed to graphic design in 1999-2000 and decided to build my career around it. Around the same period I bumped into the works of 123Klan, I’ve fallen in love with the Graffiti culture and vector artworks ever since. I’ve always been a fan of Urban Designer Toys almost single-handedly by the early works of Michael Lau during the early 2000’s, but I was exposed into the toy design culture in 2012, via the CE Planet Contest in Thailand where I was invited to participate. I’ve been designing and making my own brand of characters and toys ever since.
What is the inspiration behind this piece?
TEQ63 is my central character to my “Bulletpunk” universe. The design is an amalgamation of most of my major influences — Japanese Robots, the Hip-hop Culture, and Graffiti.I designed it back in 2012 with the goal of representing the cultures I have passion for into one figure that I can work on relentlessly across multiple toy categories and other products.
How would you describe your artistic style?
My art is an expression of the cultures I hold to my heart the nearest — Japanese Robots, the Hip-hop Culture, and Graffiti
What was the first piece you did with Kidrobot?
Back in 2013, I customized one Dunny and envisioned how my TEQ63 character would look in the platform. I came up with the BabyTEQ character and released them in resin format and they were well received by designer toy collectors and enthusiasts. I did a few shows with Clutter Gallery and showcased some one-ofs of the BabyTEQ alongside with my other TEQ63 designs. I was able to participate in Kidrobot’s yearly collaboration show with Clutter and in 2016, I was invited to be part of the Designer Toy Awards Mini-series, and I was really honored and stoked to finally have my once custom-sculpted Dunny design into an official release through the three BabyTEQs that became a part of that series 🙂
What’s something you feel has inspired your art style growing up?
Back in the 80’s, my brother and I really loved watching Japanese Robot shows such as Daimos, Voltes V, Bioman, Shaider and the like. Back in the 90’s, I was a huge fan of the Hip Hop Culture. During the 2000’s, I was exposed to Vector Art and Graffiti by the works of artists like 123klan and Machine56.
What was a defining moment in your career?
Being able to collaborate with Flabslab, a toy producer from Singapore. The projects we worked on opened up my art style and brand to a much broader audience.
What was something frustrating you ran into with this piece?
The original design of this vinyl TEQ63 was hand-sculpted in a 12-inch toy, I had a hard time deciding with Martian Toys if we should do a simple scaled down version, which is what we have now, or a “chibi” style version which back then I really wanted to push. At the end of the day I believe I made the right choice to stick to what we decided to make 🙂
What is some advice you would give artists looking to become more involved in the art world?
Make yourself your primary audience. Create art that makes you happy and drives you to express what you want to express first and foremost instead on working on it to appease everyone else. You have to stand for something and represent a culture, an ideology, or a belief and be passionate about it. Be patient, work hard on your craft, and everything else will follow naturally. Don’t do it with attaining money or fame primarily, as these should be instead the natural by-product of your hard work and strive for perfection.
Tell us something your fans might not know about you…
I’ve had the one single same Red Coleman water jug since 1994 by my side every time i’m at home, it’s 23 years old and still works perfectly 😀
We turned some of your favorite phunny plush, Godzilla and Slimer into larger, better hugable…