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Monday, November 23, 2009

Shopping: Kid Robot - Goes Home Decor and Lacoste

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For those looking for toys that are not mainstream - go to Kid Robot this holiday season. As these products are in limited editions they remain collectors items instead of destined landfill like most other children's toys. Although not as recognizeable as most TV related toys - they are extremely well made and designed by some of the worlds top graphic and interior designers. Grownups like them because there are options for all white ones that can be decorated by the buyer or the children in a Do it yourself concept. The figurines range from $4.95 for small 3" figures to well into the thousands for 6' high versions. Kids of all ages love these inventive and creative figures. Unlike Mass producted TV sponsored toys, these toys get their intrigue from the things they remind us of. Kid Robot figures have been used in a variety of designer homes, cafes, as well as haute couture retail stores. Some how with the ability to invite hip new designers these creatures stay hip and fresh well past the normal (kid boredom) expiration date. And who doesn't like getting collectible limited edition designer products that can someday be sold on Ebay for a profit? - Ecomanta
Baby To-Fu / 4-Inch / By: Devilrobots / $13.95


Evirob / 18-Inch / By: Devilrobots / $370.00
Chiseler Wooden Custom Dunny / 8-Inch / by DAVID WEEKS / $1,200.00
International Love Hearts 1000% Be@rbrick / 27-Inch / By: undefined / $350.00
Evil Ape Qee / 36-Inch Brown Edition / By: MCA / $1,500.00
Bear Qee / 36-Inch Green Edition / By: Gary Baseman / $1,500.00





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Kidrobot is a producer and retailer of designer toys founded in 2002 by Paul Budnitz, specializing in artist-created toys and imports from Japan, Hong Kong, and Europe. Kidrobot has a commercial website, as well operating retail stores in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami Beach, and Toronto, Canada, and just opened one in London last week. There is currently a pop-up shop in Dallas, Texas. Most items are produced in limited numbers and are, or become, collector's items. Each of the three retail stores features a gallery of designer toys and related art, and often host artist signings to commemorate the release of limited-edition figures, such as the Bondage Labbit by Frank Kozik.

As a producer of designer toys, Kidrobot is known for its proprietary Dunny and Munny figures, soft vinyl figurines which resemble cartoon animals based on urban graffiti and stencil art. Artists and designers are commissioned to create Dunnys, while Munnys are released unpainted as "blank canvas" do-it-yourself pieces. Contributing artists include Swizz Beatz, Ed Templeton, Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park, Fort Minor), Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant), Futura 2000 (Mo'Wax), Jamie Hewlett (Tank Girl, Gorillaz), MF DOOM (Madvillain),Huck Gee and Mark Hoppus (blink-182, Atticus). A selection of Kidrobot figures are carried by Urban Outfitters, both online and in its retail stores across the U.S. Collectible Dunny's have been sold in limited edition box sets. Many older Dunnys are very rare and can only be found online through ebay at higher prices than the original Kidrobot retail pricing. They are creating a home furnishing line with pillows and other home accessories.

In addition to toys and dolls, Kidrobot produces limited-edition apparel, particularly screen-printed t-shirts and hoodies (typically in editions of 256) featuring Kidrobot characters. They are starting to collaborate with many big companies such as Lacoste, and artists such as Tilt. Lacoste and Kidrobot are making limited edition sneakers with vivid colors and designs that are trademark of Kidrobot. They range from around $175.00 each pair. Kidrobot also makes monogram bags with the artist Tilt. ($90.00-$150.00.) The new clothing line for women and men comes in funky bright and colorful colors combined with artistic never before seen characters. These garments often sell-through within minutes online, and are known to create long lines at their stores. Although Kidrobot apparel is primarily sold in its own stores, some garments are also sold in Barneys NY stores as well as cutting edge boutiques such as the Sneaker Bistro Boutique in Patchogue NY.[1]
In August 2008, Kidrobot collaborated with jewelry designer, Tarina Tarantino, to launch a limited edition jewelry line, kidrobot by Tarina Tarantino.
There is also a Kidrobot themed room at CiRCA Nightclub in Toronto Canada.