Tech Toys: Vinyl Collectibles Edition

Tech Toys: Vinyl Collectibles Edition

Mike Cave
Nov 2, 2011

Street art inspired vinyl collectibles ascended from limited edition art boutique collectibles to mainstream mass-produced offerings years ago thanks to the likes of Kid Robot and Giant Robot (permeating so far mainstream now you can get blank Munnys at Aaron Bros. Art & Framing). Here are a few vinyl collectibles with a bit of tech cred to match the collectibility factor...

Andrew Bell's has been making creature illustrations for quite some time and he has had his hand in designing a few vinyl toys too. Apparently the man is quite fond of the Android OS because he launched his Android figures ($8) to great fanfare in the Android community. He has gone on to produce multiple series with the help of other artists who share his zest for the little green robot. In our opinion, everyone needs more robots and what a great way to spice up a workspace.

Marka27 started his career by blending audio and vinyl sculpts to make his Minigods ($40 and up). Speakers like these aren't common, though some of our more astute readers may recognize them from a past Tech Tour. By combining cultural cues and dramatic designs, Marka27 made a package that will get tons of comments and compliments for its look and sound. Of course, you could just make your own too.

You may know KAWS from his puffy skull head alterations of pop culture characters such as Mickey and Darth (or from one of our more popular collector's house tours). He recently produced a KAWS lightbulb ($65 for 3) that will allow fans of his signature "double x" to illuminate their space in stylish colors. The bulbs themselves aren't quite bright, but what it lacks in luminosity it makes up for with flair.

Medicom Bearbricks are noted for their long lasting "make them what you want to be" bear-shaped blanks alongside limited releases of various flavors. The Japanese toy collectibles company recently collaborated with fashion brand Stussy to refresh their large-scale Bearbrick iPod dock mashup, the Medicom Toy Bearbrick Speaker System coming out on November 9th. Compatible with the iPhone 4(S), iPhone 3GS, iPod nano, iPod Classic and iPod Touch.

Be sure to check out this past House Tour showcasing a Long Beach vinyl toy collector's assortment which includes practically everything show above (and much, MUCH more).

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