In the customizing world, the term "Most Wanted" makes most people think of one thing: the Most Wanted blind boxed custom Dunny series. Born on the Kidrobot message boards, the project was the brainchild of Tim Munz, Igor Ventura, and Manny Rivas, who conceived of a set of customized figures by some of the most talked about artists on the Kidrobot boards in one blind boxed collection. Released in 2009, Most Wanted Series 1 comprised of a limited run of custom Dunny figures and was an instant success, gaining a lot of positive reviews on not only the quality of the pieces but the professionalism and joy with which it was put together. Early last year saw the release of Most Wanted Series 2, which was received with similar demand and satisfaction. And now the team are preparing for the Series 3 release, but they have something else up their sleeves as well: the "Most Wanted: Behind The Hype" custom toy gallery show.
Set to open on May 11th at 6:30PM, with the reception lasting until 9:30PM, and running through June 10th at the 1AM Gallery (1000 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103), this exhibit will be a veritable who's who of the "younger crowd" of customizers you've surely noticed over the last couple of years: RunDMB, Tim Munz, Ryan the Wheelbarrow, Ardabus Rubber, JC Rivera, Grimsheep, Nikejerk, Artmymind, Gomi, Rsinart, Lickyourelbow, Pause, Chauskoskis, Uncle,Ian Ziobrowski, Matucha, Dr Befa, Chica Terremoto, Igor Ventura, Sergio Mancini, Luihz Unreal, Nevercrew, Hugh Rose, Carson Catlin, ClarkR, Muffinman, Lily Black, Me Smithy, Bubo, and Chris Moore.
The show will primarily feature new works by these amazing artists, but â in some cases â there will be a selection of their older, more classic pieces as well. All the customs that are for sale will be simultaneously available in the gallery's online web shop, so those of us unable to attend have just as much chance to purchase a piece as someone present for the opening.
Monday, November 17, 2014 - 22:2964 Colors have turned a few fan's pets into Marshalls with these two new customs. The first is a cute Yorkshire Terrier sporting some snappy plaid pants and suspenders. The second is a Maine Coon cat, complete with the mane often seen in the breed.
Monday, November 17, 2014 - 22:03JPK goes all out for his latest commission. This set consists of four customs, with Amanda Visell's What-Did-I-Eat-Aphunt turned into a war elephant as the centerpiece.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 22:11JPK puts his own spin on the title character of Disney's Wreck-It Ralph. He used a Muttpop Tequila platform, which was a great choice. The bulky, hunched stance of the toy was a perfect fit for Wreck-It Ralph. Jon-Paul modified the toy's stock head, creating an awesome hair-do.