Wow. How much does it cost to convert an innocent Hello Kitty bike frame into a canvas for 50,000 Swarovski crystals? I don’t think this is going to be used as a training bike any time soon.
(link via Trendhunter)
Published January 8, 2008
Art , Jason Theodor , Toys
Tags: Art, Cars, creative, decay, Toys, urban
The Chinnychinchin e-shop sells “individually hand burnt… urban collectable cars” for only $49.95 per smoking carcus. How pleasantly creative and dystopian.
Windows, alloy wheels and stereo are not included… Range includes The Joy Ridden 2-Door Hatchback, The Minivan/Insurance Scam and The Petrol Bombed Jeep.
Yo Gabba Gabba, described by Nick Jr. as “life lessons with a beat”, could more accurately be described as H.R. Pufnstuf, Sesame Street animations, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and The Friendly Giant put through a psychedelic-indie-techno-retro-west-coast blender. Here’s the intro:
And here’s a song to help kids eat their veggies.
It only makes sense that Kidrobot, purvayers of all things quirky and vinyl, would provide geek parents with another excuse to buy more toys. Come November 21st of 2007, look for Kidrobot [hearts] Yo Gabba Gabba figures, as well as some kiddie hoodies. Just in time for your (or your kids’) Christmas list.
Published October 10, 2007
Jason Theodor , Toys
Tags: Hello Kitty, Sanrio, Toys, vinyl
Urban Outfitters is now stocking collectible “blindbox” Hello Kitty vinyl figures.
When you thought she just couldn’t get any cuter. Limited edition Sanrio series of collectible Hello Kitty vinyl figures come in 12 designs, including a woodgrain Kitty and an ice cream cone Kitty. Collect them all!
Published August 17, 2007
Artists , Jason Theodor , Toys
Time for me to start working a bit harder, because kidrobot‘s new DUNNYs are hitting the streets September 27th, 2007 (according to toysrevil). This looks to be a very varied and eclectic series. I will have to add as many of these as I can to my currently minuscule collection. I want the Droog and the Chinese Lucky Money Cat. Does anyone else care, or is it just me?
Published August 9, 2007
Animation , Design , Jason Theodor , Toys
Toysrevil has some great background on Dr. Viktor, a graphic plush toy from the design firm Pattern.
Exhibitionist-scientist creator of “The Happy Symbiosis”, hosts Elias: a mollusk which gives him talent, but makes him lose control.
See what happens when Elias grows too big for his host and wants to remodel:
Here’s a beautiful graphic from the film, again, thanks to Toysrevil.
Published July 26, 2007
Japanese , Jason Theodor , Toys
Who hasn’t always wanted a miniature pancreas? Mark Frauenfelder’s friend brought these amazingly mini-anatomical toys over from Japan. Would you believe each box comes with a stick of gum? That’s like eating sushi after seeing a Body Worlds exhibit… (via Boingboing)
You won’t find these in the supermarket gumball machines, but you can buy them at Giant Robot in the U.S.
Published July 9, 2007
Gear , Jason Theodor , Lego , Robots , Toys
Two of my favourite toys, working together to bring back 80s nostalgia. One Daniele Benedettelli built this robot and wrote the code to crack Rubik’s. He calls it the Lego Rubik Utopy, and did it using an IDA* heuristic search algorithm, of course. It’s all available to download and build yourself. All you need is a computer, a Lego Mindstorms NXT kit, a Rubik’s Cube, and a Computer Science and Engineering PhD.