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"Emperor" Bechigon and Larvagon by Velocitron

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I have to say I like the

I have to say I like the design of these guys a lot. Something about their aesthetic doesn't really strike me as Kaiju, but I still love it. Especially Larvagon. It looks like something that would pop out of Eternal Darkness! I really want to see these other supposed forms that will come out.

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Posted by Dkun on 31 October, 2009 - 14:11
True, it's kinda weird to

True, it's kinda weird to think of these as "kaiju", per se. I guess by definition they are mystical beasts...but not in the traditional aesthetic sense of Japanese daikaiju. These seem a lot more Western...which I guess makes sense because Ricky *is* a white dude!

Still, in your hands, these sure beat the quality of ANY Spawn toy ever. They definitely feel like something from the depths of hell!

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Sanjeev

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Posted by Sanjeev on 31 October, 2009 - 15:20
I liked the Hawaiian (?)

I liked the Hawaiian (?) version in the flickr link. Very sweet!

This Ricky cat is doing some cool stuff. I get the sense that he's undertaking much of the production himself, which renders more validity to the position on toys as art.

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Posted by Materialist Zen on 1 November, 2009 - 11:10
Agreed. If I were to come up

Agreed. If I were to come up with a list of toy makers I'd consider true artists, Ricky would definitely be up there. I've always had sorta mixed feelings about the topic, though: I'm a toy collector, not an art collector, so these things *have* to appeal to me as toys, first and foremost. Once that's satisfied, if they also carry a strong "artistic" aesthetic, so much the better.

But if a thing is more "art" than "toy", it won't impress me. I know these are really vague and highly subjective terms, but that's what I think about it...

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Sanjeev

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Posted by Sanjeev on 1 November, 2009 - 21:09
On the other hand, there is

On the other hand, there is Sucklord, who I believe is creating the type of "art" that evokes "toy" more so than most of the current toy offerings. His stuff is definitely not toys, but you can't deny it's appeal as such. I get a similar vibe from Velocitron, although he is clearly making toys. His toys cry "art" more than most art I see these days.

I agree with the general consensus on Designer toys around hear. That stuff has nothing to do with art, they're just collectibles. Occasionally these collectibles are customized within the context of being art, at which point the object ceases to be a toy, yet a bunch of people (without much knowledge of toys) keep talking about it like it is.

Our annoyance is justifiable.

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Posted by Materialist Zen on 2 November, 2009 - 20:39
Yeah, I agree that

Yeah, I agree that Sucklord's stuff is like toy-ish art...and you could say that Velocitron's stuff is like art-ish toys! I guess what I like about both is that the work they do is VERY clever and it's devoid of any pretense about the stuff being any more important than it really is. This stuff we collect is generally crap to 99% of the human population! ;)

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Sanjeev

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Posted by Sanjeev on 3 November, 2009 - 16:33
Indeed! Sometimes when I

Indeed! Sometimes when I look at my toy collection, I have to question my sanity.

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Posted by Materialist Zen on 3 November, 2009 - 21:45
 
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