Title: I Am Plastic, Too
Author: Paul Budnitz
Who says toys are just for kids? I mean, seriously, you can’t tell me that you weren’t ecstatic that time you were at home digging through your old stuff and you happened upon your My Little Ponies! Or your Pog collection! Man, I had a great slammer. What I’m trying to say is, we don’t have to be satisfied with the memories from our childhood. Because there’s a whole world of toys out there made just for you and me. And the best place to look for them is at Kidrobot. Or you could get a thorough overview of the designer toy world in a new Book From My Desk, I Am Plastic, Too. The second book from Kidrobot, this volume contains all the hottest artists and illustrators pumping out creepy, crazy, and cute little toys perfect for your cubicle. I have a Santa with a skull-and-bones Santa hat and a bottle of boozy eggnog looking at me right now! He’s been celebrating all year round and is just working up to the holiday buzz.
Suddenly I really, really wanted that Smorkin’ Labbit (a rabbit with a cigar for the uninitiated). The big silver one! Or this awesome blinged-up Gorilla by Da TeamBronx. With toys from over 140 artists and companies from six continents, the book features all the latest, coolest collectibles. Some are one-of-a-kind creations that draw huge bids on eBay, while others go for a couple dollars on Kidrobot’s website. I’ve been eyeing that walrus plushie for awhile now. . . (click “Continue Reading” for pictures!)Working on this book was a blast. I literally found myself thrown into a whole new world of creatures and critters. Many of the creators in the book will be familiar, from the worlds of fashion, art, graffiti, comics, and design. Toys are just the next step for them or one aspect of their craft. Could I choose a favorite artist? That’s like asking if I have a favorite book!! I can’t choose, the others will be upset. And the toys are just too varied. Some are funny, some are pretty, and some are just plain bad ass.
But if someone wants to send me the British Royal Guard from Ye Olde English Dunny series, I’ve got a really good spot for him by my stapler. Krunk-A-Claus needs more friends (he’s anti-social). Check out a copy at your local Barnes and Noble or order online.