Wishing All of My Readers a Beautiful Christmas!
I feel no shame admitting that I had stuffed animals on my bed into my thirties. Despite being a grown adult with a day job, I still love and collect toys, and I especially have a sick fetish for Designer Art Toys. This is why the annual Five Points Festival is my jam. Thanks to this awesome blog, I was able to score press passes once again to this year’s Five Points Fest, which took place the first weekend in June. Since Geoffrey is no longer on-the-scene, so to speak, I brought along my photographer and Partner in Squee, Jamie, and we spent about 5 or 6 hours trawling through hundreds of tiny toys and using the words “Cute” and “Adorable” about one hundred million billion times, each. Just being serious. While many designer toys are limited editions that can sell for hundreds of dollars, it is also possible find dozens of captivating art toys at Five Points Fest that can be yours for as little as $10 each. Please enjoy my photos of some of the toys that we found to be most squee-worthy, and you will see how easy it can be to build an affordable toy collection that adds joy to your life.
Do you like Buff Monster? I sure do. This Hot Pink version of his Mister Melty creation is a limited edition that was selling in the Clutter Magazine booth for about $275, I think. That sounds like a big chunk of change, but consider that this piece is also a highly-collectible work of art. Clutter is a generous sponsor of Five Points Fest so I want to give them a big Shout Out, right now!
These cute little guys are called Squash Buddies ($8 each) and, yes, they are scented! Top Trenz is the manufacturer and they were found in the PIQ booth.
PIQ is also where I discovered this shameless Pusheen rip-off series of Fat Cats called Meowchi, by Tasty Peach Studios of Japan. Don’t be fooled by imitations! Demand Pusheen!
Why did I take a picture of the box but not the toy? Clever Idiots, indeed. Sushi Cat sells for $7.99.
Hey look; more cats for you Cat Lovers! This slothful feline is part of the Lazily Sitting Cat Series by Vivi Cat. There are nine different poses to collect (9 Lives = 9 Cats) which sell for $12.50 each, and they are from Pop Mart toys.
More Five Points Action After the Jump!
The Goldberg Company (those responsible for the original 1978 Dolly Parton doll) fashioned an impressive set of four Divine character dolls in 1984. While the full line was on shelves in time for Christmas, most never made it under the tree. Most units were left unsold, even after being discounted as much as 90%. Goldberg was banking on Divine’s disco career creating the necessary interest to sustain the line, but it was an appeal that did not translate in the toy department.
It appeared that American girls under 12 were not ready for this kind of Barbie, which is unfortunate given Goldberg’s future plans to add six more figures to the line.
Upcoming fictionalized Divine characters included Astronaut Divine, Party Girl Divine, Divine as Shirley Temple, President Divine, Waitress Divine (Dawn Davenport) and Surf’s Up Divine.
Photographed as Part of the Lost Merchandise of the Dreamlanders Exhibit at La MaMa Galleria in NYC.
This mesmerizing kinetic art sculpture by Italian Artist Walter Rossi can be observed from the first floor front window of the Agora Gallery, located at 530 West 25th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.
Since 2000, Rossi has been working in kinetic art. He animates action toys and other found items by using a magnetic motor. The results are like theatrical presentations; often very funny and profound at the same time. I could watch them fly around all day long!
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From the twisted mind of The Sucklord himself comes Suckadelic Toys‘ latest Star Wars-themed bootleg collectible: The Vinny Tony’s Suck Pizza! Measuring 5-inches in diameter, this hand painted likeness of Han Solo embedded in a Pizza has been released in a limited edition of just 38 pieces that sell for $125 each. Get ’em while they’re hot at This Link!
This fun Debbie Harry Bobblehead by Drastic Plastic — inspired by Debbie’s iconic white dress and styling on the cover of Blondie’s 1978 album, Parallel Lines — is now available for pre-order, with shipments scheduled for late October, 2013!
Sold by Aggronautix and limited to 1000 Units, this seven-inch high doll is hand numbered and highly collectible at a sale price of just $24.95. Click This Link to reserve yours!
I can’t tell you how many recovering Goths I know that also have an insane obsession Hello Kitty or Uglydolls. It’s weird how those two things sort of end up going together: Goths with a Cuteness Fixation. If you can relate to that, I’ve got your cuteness fix right here.
Gayle Middleton, the designer who did the revamp of My Little Pony (and other popular toys) a while back has a dark side of her own which has led her to create a series of plush toys she calls Vamplets. They are pretty sweet.
Gayle is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund a second run of all of these crazy cute little vampire and monster baby plushies, which sold out of their first runs almost immediately. I think you can see why.
There’s way more to the story that we don’t have time to go into right now, so please check out the Kickstarter page, which features a super fun video staring Gayle, at This Link and make a pledge! There are some very cool and wildly collectable plush gifts available for pledges as low at $35. This campaign expires on April 11th so please help her reach her goal and get some bitchen swag in exchange. Good luck with the campaign, Gayle!