Posts Tagged ‘Munny’
Kidrobot posted a slideshow of photos from Jon’s recent Doodle and Scrawl signing at KRNY. The event looked well-attended, and Jon added colorful doodles to many a Munny. Although the bulk of the objects tended to be Munnyworld, I really dig this one person’s customized hat. A few photos follow. Click through for the slideshow courtesy of KR’s Flickr set.
Jeps, leader of the Dutch Posse and half of the music duo known as Darker, is now also proud parent to two of Jon and Stu’s recent Munnyworld customs. I was such a fan of “Tim-Sam the bad kitten” that I must salute Jeps with a hearty rendition of South Park’s “You bastard!” But there’s no such thing as bitterness in Burgerland. These customs couldn’t have found a better home. Jeps also sent in this animation of the new fellas breakdancing with some pieces by Felt Mistress and Joe Ledbetter!
Following up their 2008 Heroes of Burgertown Dunny/Munny Mashups, Jon joins forces again with Stu Witter on these one-off Kidrobot Munnyworld customs. If you know only three things about me, you probably know that 1) I love the color green, 2) I dislike the majority of platform toys, with a particular disdain for Munnyworld and 3) I am a huge fan of Jon Burgerman. With the #3 bias noted, I can say that Stu’s sculpting and Jon’s doodles have made these the first Munnyworld customs I have seen and liked. Perhaps its the clean solid application of color that reclaims them from the saturated dismal domain of stark white DIY toys? (Read a little thought-provoking article I wrote about all that here). Or maybe doodles really can fix even the most problematic platforms?
This blogography had its beginnings in Jon’s toys, and now, nearly 600 posts later, I’m still digging them. Writes Jon of these toys:
They’re just some customs made for fun with my friend, Stu Witter who I’ve done a lot of customs with in the past. And now we’ve made them. We want to offer them to anyone who’d like to buy them.
These are all one-off, custom pieces. If you’d like to get one, please contact Jon directly: http://www.jonburgerman.com/contact Blank Munnyworld figures cost between $7.95 and $9.95 and are available here.
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I really wasn’t feeling these new Munnyworld figures from Kidrobot until I saw these pictures from Jon’s recent signing at the KR London shop. Maybe it’s that I’m biased toward Jon’s art, or maybe it’s just refreshing to see something other than the same old Munny (even if the new Munnyworld shapes aren’t exaclty “new”). But whichever way you slice it, I’m really digging these doodles. Lucky Londoners. Photos from Kidrobot’s Flickr set. You can see all the customized objects from Jon’s signing in this post.
This ornately doodled Mega Munny is currently available at Burgerplex. The figure stands 18 inches tall and is hand-painted and signed by Jon. The £700.00 price tag includes courier shipping. An amazing piece for whoever can afford it!
If you are in New York right now, you can go see Jon’s 18-inch Mega Munny at The Eloquent Deliquents Gallery on Wooster Street. The MUNNY WORLD show is on view for just 3 days (November 13-15th) and includes pieces by some great artists and toy customizers like Doktor A, Huck Gee, Buff Monster, 64Colors, Devilrobots, Andrew Bell and Touma, among many others. I like a lot of the customs, but I’m iffy on the new line of DIY toys Kidrobot is promoting with this show. I’m not 100% sure we need more blank amorphous animal toys, particularly given that at least one looks like an already existing Qee shape and not to mention what artists can do with a 99 cent “rollie” deodorant stick.
But alas, I am a blogger not a businessman, and I’m sure these will sell like hotcakes and Rosie O’Donnell will buy stock. Not near New York? You can buy Jon’s one-of-a-kind Mega Munny here (through tomorrow only)! Not flush with cash? Enjoy the journey as much as the destination? Here’s a video for you. P.S. That’s Kidrobot’s typo, not mine!
Just now getting around to artkiving this Scribble Face Munny. It’s a nice touch that he’s two-faced and rather KO’d at that. The platform is a 4-inch Kidrobot Munny, and sorry posse, but this hand-drawn custom is long since spoken for. Congrats to whoever got him.
This lucky doodle artist and fan got a customized Burgermunny from his wife for his birthday. Nice!
Jon doodled on a mini Munny for the 2009 charity, 30 Customs by 30 Artists: An Auction to benefit the Children of Cambodia, orchestrated by Kidrobot’s Toy Baroness, Nichole:
I have reached out to 30 of my friends and asked them to create a custom toy specifically for this auction. Every cent from the sale of these customs will go directly to help the children I have met in Cambodia. With the help of people that I have met in Cambodia, I will be delivering clothing, shoes, books, paper, pens, and bicycles to children of Siem Reap villages. It has been a passion and a dream of mine to use art as a way of helping children and communities all over the World, and I am excited about this first step.
Jon’s figure raised almost $200 for the charity.
The legacy of many successful toy artists began with a contribution to a series like Toy2r’s Qees or Kidrobot’s Dunnys. Based on the success of such platform toys (and other going-ons in the designer’s career), a signature figure or a mini-series followed. Leave it to Jon and Stu Witter to reverse-engineer the process, taking The Heroes of Burgertown and morphing them into Kidrobot’s trademark Dunny and Munny characters. Above you see a mashup of Tiny Hero and The Gobbler, which has been dispatched to Kidrobot Miami. Below is Super Golden Bimlar, one of the chase figures in the series, who has been turned into a mega-Munny for Kidrobot LA. Finally, there’s Coco Gulab Juman, with Sausage Dunny ears (and Alfonso mini-Munny) hanging out in the window of the new Kidrobot shop in Chicago. Jon and Stu previously collaborated in 2007 on Pink Turnip and WorryKnott.