Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Toy Collector - Thimblestump Hollow

My latest toy buy is the Thimblestump Hollow series, the Carnival edition, by Amanda Louise Spayd and Chris Ryniak. This time I have bought a case because each case includes all 10 figures in the series. A case contains 10 different characters (5 characters from Chris and 5 characters from Amanda) and 2 special alternate colorways.

The Oneyes Blog - Toy collector
Photography: © Marianne Roosa
I love these little creatures! I have been a fan of Chris and Amanda's work for a while now but their work is very difficult to get hold of. Each sale is sold out in a matter of minutes so I was happy when the news came out that Cardboard Spaceship had teamed up with them to create this vinyl series.

The toys are slightly bigger than a Dunny but somehow they look much bigger. Even though the typical style of each artist is still recognizable the black eyes bring all the designs together and the end result is one unified series. At first I had my doubts... aren't they too cute? But I am glad I have bought a case because I really like these creatures! They can be cute... but they can also be creepy. It all depends on their surroundings and the lighting. On Instagram I will experiment with light and effects to show you what I mean.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Designer Con 2015

This weekend Designer Con, the annual art and design convention, in Pasadena is taking place. Designer Con is a 2 day event and can be considered as Mekka for a collector of art toys. Everyone who is somehow interested in pop/surrealism art, collectible toys, etc. are going to gather together and enjoy being among people who don't think that you are a weirdo because you collect toys or 'weird' art. So this weekend I will spend my evenings on the couch with my iPad on my lap… browsing through Instagram to see what is going on at Designer Con. This is my only way to be part of it. Plain tickets to Pasadena are expensive…

The week before the event takes place you can see the exclusive editions for Designer Con appear online. So even if I don't go you can put together a wish list hoping some of these exclusives will be available online after the event.

Here's my exclusive wish list: The Oneyes Blog - Designer Con

- Bad Wild Girls by Gary Baseman (3d Retro)
- Rainbow snow cone by Jason Limon ( Martian Toys)
- Ralf "Crimson" edition by Greg Craola Simkins
- Thimblestump Hollow DC editions by Chris Ryniak and Amanda Louise Spayd (Cardboard Spaceship).

Booths that I would love to visit are:
- Beastlies
- Shing Yin Kor
- Circus Posterus
- Martian Toys
- Cardboard Spaceship
- 3Dretro
- Chris Ryniak / Amanda Louise Spayd
- Prints on Wood

If you are one of the lucky people that are going… have fun! And if your not… I know how you feel.