Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread

Discussion in 'Whatever' started by kid_miracleman, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. kid_miracleman

    kid_miracleman Addicted

    Joined:
    May 30, 2015
    Messages:
    622
    Location:
    Atlanta
    Name:
    Chris
    Instagram:
    kid_miracleman
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread


    Oh gee, another Simpsons toy! With a skull! What modern day Michelangelo decided to blend these two totally uncommon ideas together?
     
    612DudeCrew, bammoman and The Moog like this.
  2. The Moog

    The Moog Die-Cast

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2010
    Messages:
    9,909
    Location:
    Gert Brizzle UK
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread
    An almost jaw breaking yawn for this one, and indeed much of Kaws stuff. Soooo boring.

    [​IMG]
     
    Bob and Alebrije like this.
  3. hellscrape

    hellscrape Addicted

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2013
    Messages:
    969
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread

    Milk a bad idea and turn it into a career.
     
  4. kid_miracleman

    kid_miracleman Addicted

    Joined:
    May 30, 2015
    Messages:
    622
    Location:
    Atlanta
    Name:
    Chris
    Instagram:
    kid_miracleman
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread
    "Put skull on thing" is like shitty toy design 101
     
    hellscrape likes this.
  5. Philpenn

    Philpenn Toy Prince

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2010
    Messages:
    272
    Location:
    Keystone Country
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread
    I'm a huge KAWS fan, but this was the biggest pass for me back when it was released. Crazy the money it goes for now simply because it's KAWS.

     
    ---NT--- likes this.
  6. ---NT---

    ---NT--- Super Deformed

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2006
    Messages:
    5,868
    Location:
    PDX
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread
    Also a big KAWS fan. Also think this is awful. And despite being a big fan, I think he's put out a lot of awful things. But the things he's put out that I like are my favorite collectibles.
     
  7. kid_miracleman

    kid_miracleman Addicted

    Joined:
    May 30, 2015
    Messages:
    622
    Location:
    Atlanta
    Name:
    Chris
    Instagram:
    kid_miracleman
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread
    So out of curiousity, what is an awesome Kaws piece and what is an awful one? Maybe some photos of both?
     
    hellopike and zindabad like this.
  8. ---NT---

    ---NT--- Super Deformed

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2006
    Messages:
    5,868
    Location:
    PDX
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread
    Personally, I like the original Companion, the 5 Years Later Companion (and many of the various poses), the Dissected Companion, and the Chum. I got into KAWS through his bus stop paintings, and being into clean lines these nail it for me. Simple, strong, clean.

    I hated things like the Blitz, Cat Ball, Wonderwall. Whereas the others were previously developed in his paintings/prints, these seemed like low-effort easy money without any history or pedigree to them.

    After that he seemed to deep-dive into cross-over characters (Peanuts, Star Wars, Tweety Bird, Pinocchio) which further reeked of low-effort cash-grabs. I do think the Pinocchio figure looks pretty nice, but otherwise all of those sculpts are garbage. There are two cross-over that I actually really like: the JPP (Pipo Kun) and Astro Boy - I'd love to get these, but that ship has sailed. Also, AB figured into his pre-toy artwork.

    There were also a handful of artist collaborations which range from okay to awesome - Lazzarini are pretty fun distortions of the original Companion. The Pushead is a classic. I want to like the Sorayama because I like both artists, but I just don't really care for it. Reas was...eh.

    And there's another distinct subsection of KAWS toys where the original toy seems to be the focus, with KAWS providing a little twist. Things like the dog he did with Neighborhood, the BxH Skullkuns, the ChoroQ racers. I don't care for these (except the BxH have kinda grown on me) but don't think they're garbage.

    And of course there are the Bearbricks. I love 1000% - Chompers (the blue one) is the best! And the wood 400% are beautiful for their iconic simplicity. Aside from those, not a fan of the 'bricks but don't hate 'em either.

    Too many discussed (and I didn't even mention the plushies...because they're crap!) to pull pics for everything but I'll leave you with this:

    Good
    [​IMG]

    Bad
    [​IMG]
     
  9. toothaction

    toothaction Team Tsubu Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2011
    Messages:
    11,330
    Location:
    Detroit
    Name:
    David
    flickr:
    toothaction
    Instagram:
    thebeautifulpuffin
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread
    ^ I remain immune to the fellow's potential charms, but I love that you've taken the time to lay some thoughts down and spool out his career a bit.

    Stay sleepy!
    [​IMG]
    I'd credit the snap if I knew who's it was...
     
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2019
  10. bammoman

    bammoman Fresh Meat

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2015
    Messages:
    24
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread
    Woah woah woah.. watch your mouth. Ron English is the man!
    But in all seriousness - he's definitely milking the grins. I have most of his original grins, including one of those 4ft telegrinnies as they were pretty much the first of their kind, but I haven't blinked at any of the releases that he's done over the last 4 or 5 years. Especially with every Joe and Jill mixing skulls and iconic cartoons together. So much unoriginal SHIT out and about atm.
     
  11. kid_miracleman

    kid_miracleman Addicted

    Joined:
    May 30, 2015
    Messages:
    622
    Location:
    Atlanta
    Name:
    Chris
    Instagram:
    kid_miracleman
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread
    I don't like KAWS at all, but I at least get this. One of those is a toy that bores me to death, the other one looks like a way to tap the wallets of idiots. I bet those were $150 a pop when they should be $25
     
    hellopike likes this.
  12. ---NT---

    ---NT--- Super Deformed

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2006
    Messages:
    5,868
    Location:
    PDX
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread
    I definitely understand why some people don't like KAWS and find him boring - diff'rent strokes and all. It's really no different than any niche though - most people would scoff at the stuff collected by SB members (including many SB members!), and then choke on their spit when they hear how much it costs. I wouldn't spend $25 on those Cat Balls - and I wouldn't spend $25 on anything outside of fewer than 10 sofubi makers.
     
  13. Michael Beverage

    Michael Beverage Line of Credit

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2013
    Messages:
    1,661
    Location:
    The Dirty South
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread
    Nah.....Ron English sucks royal donkey balls.

    “To each, they own”.
     
  14. gatiio

    gatiio Side Dealer

    Joined:
    May 19, 2011
    Messages:
    2,042
    Location:
    Chicago
    Instagram:
    gatiio
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread
    Brad Troemels take on all of this on insta is great theory and can put many at ease that at least a scholar is looking at how this art is not good at all.

    worth the time if you enjoy wordy takedowns.
     
  15. badteethcomics

    badteethcomics Side Dealer

    Joined:
    May 31, 2013
    Messages:
    2,496
    Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
    Name:
    Glenn
    Instagram:
    badteethcomics
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread
    If you scroll through this thread fast enough it's just like travelling back to the K.R. boards!
     
  16. 3wing

    3wing Addicted

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2015
    Messages:
    524
    Location:
    Denver, Colorado
    Name:
    Neil
    Instagram:
    Neil_Ewing
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread
    I was not aware of this guy. I kholed into his vids. smart succinct and thoughtful
     
  17. bryce_r

    bryce_r Die-Cast

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2007
    Messages:
    8,775
    Location:
    San Jose
  18. badteethcomics

    badteethcomics Side Dealer

    Joined:
    May 31, 2013
    Messages:
    2,496
    Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
    Name:
    Glenn
    Instagram:
    badteethcomics
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread
    True @bryce_r - although there are a ton of 'cute' style vinyl figures coming out of Asia at the moment which while they may not exactly be fugly, they definitely are boring as watching paint dry... which with half of them being painted with acrylic paint over vinyl, is exactly what you will be doing!
     
    kid_miracleman and The Moog like this.
  19. animator

    animator Mr. Freshly Smacked Ass Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2008
    Messages:
    5,590
    Location:
    Hollywood
    Name:
    David
    Instagram:
    davidjcoffman
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread
    Ron English is the most amazing artist with the worst toys. I don't think he's made a single good toy ever.
     
    super77m and kid_miracleman like this.
  20. ---NT---

    ---NT--- Super Deformed

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2006
    Messages:
    5,868
    Location:
    PDX
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread
    I'm not sure I can agree here. In fact, I'm positive I cannot. Whether or not you like KAWS or Ron English (the only ones pictured in this thread so far, aside from an adorable Goji...oh, and some crap Simpsons thing), there is a massive difference between them and Tristan Eaton (?) or Huck Gee or whoever else is considered a KR-artist.
    KAWS and English are - whether you like it or not - legitimate artists that are era-defining. What the definition of that era is, and its worth, is open for interpretation. I do not like Andy Warhol at all, but I will not deny his place in the pantheon of artists. Ditto a great many "masters" of previous eras. Ron is a great painter. I think his toys suck, but I can't deny his ability as a painter or the message of his paintings. KAWS is an internationally recognized artist by well-respected institutions and collectors alike. You may view them as hacks (and to be fair, they may both be mired in quagmires of their successes), but your opinion does not outweigh the opinion of the international art community. If you think the toys collected by the general SB population have any sort of artistic moral superiority over KAWS/English you are full of it.
     
    xSuicide Squadx likes this.
  21. badteethcomics

    badteethcomics Side Dealer

    Joined:
    May 31, 2013
    Messages:
    2,496
    Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
    Name:
    Glenn
    Instagram:
    badteethcomics
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread
    Singular artists creating new characters, sculpting, painting, in some cases pulling the vinyl, packaging, selling by themselves VS lifeless, digital sculpted, swiped characters/ideas pulled in sweatshops... hmmm I'd say there's some moral/sincere/genuine artistic superiority there.

    Anyway, my point wasn't about that - it was just that scrolling through this thread brought back memories of looking through the KR boards. In actual fact Kaws and Ron English sit next to Tristan Eaton, Huck Gee, Joe Ledbetter, Jeff Soto, Jeremy Fish, Dalek and everybody else quite nicely and they always have.
     
  22. Russblue11

    Russblue11 S7 Royalty

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2010
    Messages:
    3,333
    Location:
    Orlando, FL
    Name:
    Kevin
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread
    Similar to the skeleton grin...Jason Freeny’s half skeleton toys. Nothing against the guy, it’s good that he’s making money off his art, but I’d rather see some other ideas from him. And most are a little more anatomically correct than say, secret base’s spongebob
     
  23. hellscrape

    hellscrape Addicted

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2013
    Messages:
    969
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread
    International recognition and fame mean little when discussing the quality of art. By that argument, every crappy pop musician is producing art of the highest caliber. And if you want to say Jiston Bieber is a more talented artist than, say, Sigur Ros, Foetus, or Phillip Glass, then this is where I bow out of the conversation.

    Also, what is the message? Add X to eyes or a skull and make them fat. I'd venture to say that most "art" consumed on the lowbrow level is meaningless. It is product meant to make money.
     
    IronPaw likes this.
  24. Anti Social Andy

    Anti Social Andy Die-Cast

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2006
    Messages:
    9,081
    Location:
    The Grim North
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread
    Hmmmm! If we’re talking about ‘boring’, then having hundreds of the same toy in slightly different colours might rank pretty highly . . . but I still dig Secret Base, RxH and a bunch of others that have the same M.O.

    If we’re specifically talking about uninspiring, phoned-in cash-grabs . . . Carry on!
     
    Grindingmachete and The Moog like this.
  25. Michael Beverage

    Michael Beverage Line of Credit

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2013
    Messages:
    1,661
    Location:
    The Dirty South
    Soft vinyl sleep aids: the most boring toys thread
    I totally agree...even if Kaws and Ron English had some "lofty' artistic ideal to begin with it has been totally obliterated in the pursuit of cash. Which doesn't bother me personally, but I have no interest in the toys. Both artists are talented and noteworthy when it comes to painting IMHO.

    Art doesn't need to have meaning to be relevant or enjoyable. It's quite the opposite really. It's such a shallow and annoying argument that people engage in. Kaiju characters are as meaningless as anything, and yet they bring us great joy. There is no "meaning of life"....art and toys are the same. Enjoy what pleases you. If toys, art, whatever you collect give you some small degree of happiness, that is more than enough.
     
    TattooDougHardy and IronPaw like this.

Share This Page