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BE@RBRICK by Medicom Toy, KAWS, Superplastic and Funko - these brands have the scene covered! BE@RBRICKs are cute miniature figures that have been conquering the art and fashion world since 2001. KAWS, aka Brian Donnelly, became known as an artist and streetwear icon. Superplastic creates figures and designer toys, while Funko has captured the hearts of collectors with its iconic POP! vinyl figures. From nostalgic Wacky Wobblers to the iconic Fantastik plastic figures - this world is just irresistible!
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BE@RBRICK by Medicom Toy
Crafted by the Japanese company Medicom Toy, these miniature characters have dominated the collectibles market. BE@RBRICKs are sought-after figures comprising nine parts—a head, torso, hips, arms, hands, and legs with movable joints. These figures come in various materials, with plastic being the most common. These adorable figures have evolved into icons in both fashion and art since their debut in 2001. They've consistently topped collectors' wishlists, enticing a wide range of collaborators, including Hiroshi Fujiwara, FDMTL, BAPE, Chanel, Disney, and more.
Brian Donnelly, who studied illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York, gained recognition as an artist after working as a background painter on animated series such as Disney’s 101 Dalmations. Donnelly, known for marking buildings in New Jersey and Manhattan with “KAWS,” chose the tag for its appealing combination of letters. In 1999, KAWS collaborated with Bounty Hunter, a cult toy and streetwear brand in Japan, creating his first toy, “COMPANION.” He later launched his own fashion label (Original Fake) in the early 2000s and collaborated with various cult streetwear labels, including Bathing Ape and Supreme.
Superplastic operates as a global entertainment brand, specializing in crafting and managing animated celebrities. The company focuses on manufacturing animated synthetic celebrities, designer toys, and apparel. Founded by Paul Budnitz, in partnership with artist Huck Gee, who oversees art and production, they have collaborated since the early years of Kidrobot (Budnitz's original company). Superplastic has partnered with brands and celebrities like Gorillaz, Rico Nasty, J.Balvin, Steve Aoki, Volkswagen, Gucci, and many others.
Funko's history dates back to 1998 when Mike Becker founded the company with a nostalgia-themed bobblehead called Wacky Wobblers. The first item the company ever created was the Big Boy Bobblehead. Over time, this once-small company grew into a massive obsession for collectors and pop culture enthusiasts worldwide. The company's most successful line, The POP! Vinyl figure, debuted in 2010, sparking a new addiction for fans. In 2005, they introduced a new line called Fantastik Plastik. These little figures are now ubiquitous.