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The Urban Graduate: [cur.io]

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“…Statuettes’ X eyes on those graffiti’d dolls/ my ghetto b****es ask why, I say ‘It’s just be KAWS’…” – Malice (of  The Clipse)

With all the added pressures of professional life, bills, and grown-up responsibilities, sometimes Urban Grads forget that we are still YOUNG! One of the best ways to infuse that “youthful spirit” is to keep a toy or two around (ok, minds out of the gutter, everybody). The Urban Grad Curio is much more than an action figure — it’s a 5-inch objet d’art… with Kung-Fu Grip. Here are some reasons why you should step your “Curio Game” up:

 

1. Be@rbrick is cool. Period. (We’ve been through this before, Bearbrick releases items in limited series, blind boxes, and always delivers creative collaborations)

Stussy x Reas Be@rbrick by Medicom Toys

Stussy x Undefeated Full Metal Jacket Be@rbrickLeilow Hawaii x Medicom Be@rbrickAnt x Medicom Be@rbrick 400%Levi's x Medicom

 

2. Many of the toys are designed by world-renown artists, i.e. KAWS. (see verse/quote above, and then proceed to Pharrell’s or Lupe’s personal collections)

'Chum' character by KAWS for Original Fake

Kaws Companion Keychain Toys

 

3. (You) + (Japanese Art) = Urban Art Maven. (The artistic culture of Japanese toys has been around for DECADES…are you just now catching on?)

BAPE x Teriyaki Boyz Figures

Inochi Toys by Takashi Murakami

4. They’re Small, Detailed, and EXTREMELY collectible! (A single toy can cost anywhere from $8, i.e.  King Ken by Amos, to $450, i.e. Futura Nosferatu statuette — consider each toy an asset that can appreciate with time).

PAWS! Figure by Coarsetoys

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Coarse x Rotofugi Jaws

 

5. Several suggest, “Hey, I’m a Kid at heart”. BUT, thousands suggest, “Hey, I’m a Kid…and I still prefer pajamas that have footies attached.” (Just like buying framed artwork, make your selections wisely. Be sure that the fun-factor and the art factor are in a balance that reflects your lifestyle).

Throwback Collection by Stussy x Reas x Medicom

Michael Lau Csbooth FiguresMichael Lau FigureLML Edition by Michael Lau x Silly Thingmichael-lau-figures-1

At my office desk: King Ken

Written by great8productions

June 26, 2009 at 10:46 am

u|T|ø Endorses…Be@rbrick!

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Who says adults can’t have toys anymore??

Be@rbrick is a toy made by MediCom Toy Inc. and the company is best known for its visual collaborations. Imagine mashing up a plastic 9 piece Berenstein bear with some of the illest designers like Kaws and Nigo. As basic as it may seem, these toys follow some pretty interesting themes, ranging from patterned bears, to film-inspired bears (i.e. Kill Bill), and (in this case) even Breast-Cancer Awareness bears. What makes these things so dope is that they’re limited, rarely re-released, and extreeeeeemely unpredictable. The dang toy comes in a BLIND BOX**!! (TRANSLATION: you can’t see what bear is inside, until you purchase and open the box up) How Exclusive is that?! I don’t even think Santa’s Elves can get a hold of one of these joints.

** Now I know some of yall are reading this like…”Ninja Please, that ain’t FRESH!! How you gonna camouflage the thing I’m tryna purchase?!” But think about it….if you could see the object inside, would it make it more or less desirable..?

Chanel Be@rbrick

Layered Wood Be@rbrick

Kill Bill Be@rbrick

Bathing Ape Be@rbrick

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Mastermind Japan Be@rbrick

[the clothing line behind the infamous $1,000 t-shirt]

Daft Punk Be@rbrick

Alessandro Dell’Acqua Be@rbrick

Written by great8productions

October 3, 2008 at 4:57 pm