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Munny World Custom Contest

I just finished designing a submission for a contest that Kid Robot is having to win a spot in their upcoming custom toy show. Five lucky winners will get to have their work displayed at the big event held in New York City. The contest called for any customized 8 inch, mini, or mega Munny, along with a reason why the candidate should be featured in their show. A Munny is a vinyl figure produced by Kid Robot. It looks like this:

I decided to create a snow globe with a mini Munny!

I did some research on the history of snow globes. I found that they have been around for more than 125 years. They first appeared as a successor to the paperweight. In the 1800’s they were considered to be a Victorian upper-crust souvenir. One of the most famous snow globes is the one of the Eiffel Tower that was introduced at the Paris Exposition in 1889. Today, snow globes not only serve as souvenirs and holiday decorations, they also commemorate people or events. My snow globe was a tribute to the Munny.

I transformed the Munny into a snowman and encapsulated it in a slow-motion snowstorm. Creating the snow globe involved quite a bit of thought because the entire Munny needed to be waterproof for its underwater environment.  There are twigs for arms, a sculpted carrot nose, button eyes, and fuzzy bunny earmuffs for warmth.

I think my Snowman Munny turned out nicely. I hope Kid Robot will find the concept of my snow globe enchanting and nostalgic. At the very least, one damn good paper weight!

These are just a few more photos with a different backdrop. . . fancy.

Vinyl Toy Experience

I took almost 2 years off from designing jewelry to experience the world of custom vinyl toy making. It all began as a 3 month internship with Huck Gee which led to a creative director position. I had a lot of fun working with many different types of medium- wood, clay, paint, fabric, etc. Not to mention, working on a larger scale than jewelry was quite freeing. The figures I customized are called Dunnys. They are a product of Kid Robot. I think the name Dunny comes from the combination of the words bunny and dummy. Anyways, the best part of my toy job was that I got to create a few of my own special Dunnys to keep.

This is my apprentice geisha, or maiko. I decided not to give her the white make-up because she is a geisha in training. One of the skills a geisha must learn is how to play the shamisen, which is the instrument she is holding.

I was inspired by the movie “House of Flying Daggers.” The most intense part of this dunny’s outfit was weaving her hat. Let’s just say I have a new found appreciation for the art of basket weaving. This creation was well received by Kid Robot. They produced a 3″ version of it for Dunny series 5. You could only get this figure if you got 1 of the 600 golden tickets hidden inside the box. In other words, it was very exclusive!

Who needs camouflage when you have a panda skin hood and cape for a disguise? No pandas were harmed in the making of this ensemble. His wooden staff is actually a sword. Sneaky!

Do not mistake her ninja outfit for pajamas, she’ll cut you. Hiya! Who knew you could find Hello Kitty satin fabric? I couldn’t help myself.