Urban Toys? anyone?

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I’ve been wandering around the world of toys and collectibles for almost a year now. In this short journey of mine, I’ve come across so many types of toys. Each and every one of them comes with their own characteristic, uniqueness, and (of course) prizes. It happens that I’m most attracted to the revoltech lines and building scale model. But still, I personally think that all toys are cool!

Just recently, I’ve following the discussion in one of an online forums here in Indonesia. It’s about Urban Toys!

If the question is “What is Urban Toys?” Then there will be different answers. Wikipedia says that it is a toys and other collectibles that are produced in limited editions (as few as 10 or as many as 2000 pieces) and created by artists and designers. An urban toys in my definition are toys which are not produced by a mass production company, and which most of them are not based from comic or TV character. Urban Toys could also mean a toy that made by yourself, a Do-It-Yourself toy!

Kozik's 6" Potamus Figures
Kozik’s 6″ Potamus Figures

One very nice thing from this Urban Toys is that they usually release a plain version of their figures. Thus giving us the ability to customize the figure. And there are also those which comes only in its plain version! Here’s the example of a figure called “munny” in its plain version.

Munny Doll (Plain Version)
Munny Doll (Plain Version)

and here’s a munny from those who hase the creativity

custom munny by okidoki
custom munny by okedoki

Custom Moogle Munny by Chris

Custom Moogle Munny by Chris

That is just some examples, you can find more custom in kidrobot.com. Maybe it adds one more aspect in what I would call as Urban Toys…how it serves as a media for an urban art.

If you’re not the Do-It-Yourself tipe of person, and you wanna have these toys available at you display case anyway, there are artist who sell their customized toys and also figures that doesn’t come in a plain version.

The Liontaur by Huck Gee

The Liontaur by Huck Gee

Dunny

Dunny

World War Robot

World War Robot

Pretty cool eh?

I’m not collecting any urban toys yet…but I really looking forward to do so, and maybe trying to create one someday😀

Here’s some Urban Toys Websites:

Vinyl Pulse.com

myplasticheart.com

huck gee.com

okedoki.com

7 thoughts on “Urban Toys? anyone?

  1. rockleelotus says:

    first pic is O_O lol
    i havent collected any urban toys but they do look cool, those customized Munny dolls are awesome! love the moogle. creating one would really be a cool project someday ^^

  2. chubbybots says:

    I do have one urban toy ^^ and its from the ugly doll series…very cute and interesting stuff to collect. But still I prefer gundams though! But I won’t mind getting those munnies and paint em myself one day ;D But I do love those world war robots! Very unconventional take on the mecha genre!

  3. h4mster says:

    wow, an ugly doll? That is one adorable monster you have there😆
    yeah, the world war robot with all his rust and weathering is really nice!

  4. Xine says:

    Before I started collecting anime-related/Japanese toys, I have a (very) small collection of urban vinyl (Kathie Olivas’ Scavengers, tokidoki) but I wasn’t really able to expand it. If you have traits of being a completist, this can turn out to be more expensive than collecting figmas, nendos and stuff since ‘chase’ items gets really expensive especially if the series they belong to became really popular.

    Since you’re an artist, (and a really good one, I must say) these DIY or blank figs can be a really good platform for your designs. Hope to see some urban vinyl customs here soon. ^^

    • h4mster says:

      Agreed, they are usually released in a very limited number. Thus it makes them a veryvaluable collector’s item. Problem is, sometimes It’s so hard to let go such a unique item, even with all the money that you could gain from it

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