"Pear shaped" is often used as a perjorative, but for Sticky Monster Lab it's a term of endearment. In 2011 the Korean creative team launched a series of art toys based on their animation, The Monsters. Cast in vinyl and accessorized with ABS extras, the first series was comprised of a robot operator, a football player, a hiker, and an urban dweller. Later series drew from subcultures like sneakerheads and skaters, and some even came with their own hoodies. It was the perfect combo of urban vinyl and cute Asian aesthetics. Collaborations of the platform were later introduced, including projects with Adventure Time and (uhg) Playboy. The 6 inch figures were a bit on the pricey side, ringing in at about $60. Luckily, the original series can be had for about that price, even five years after their original release. Newer variants are still available from the SML web store.
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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 9:06amWe are super excited to have teamed up with Pop surrealist Art Legend, Ron English, to bring you an instantly classic art-toy.
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 5:36pmKidrobot have been doing a great job of bringing OG toy designers back into their fold. Following up releases from Nathan Jurevicius, Junko Mizuno, and more is a new piece by Joe Ledbetter called Pelican't. This poor guy has a beak more like a strainer than a bucket.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 1:39pmThe ninth installment of Medicom's Vinyl Artist Gacha series is getting contributions from both Shoko Nakazawa and Konatsu!