I Am Plastic the Designer Toy Explosion
written by Paul Budnitz
Harry N Abrams | ISBN 9780810958463
Hardback – 368 pages
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"I Am Plastic" is a survey of the vinyl toy craze that began in Hong Kong in 1996 and quickly spread across the Far East to Europe and the United States. Beginning with urban vinyl artists, the phenomenon has taken root not only in the toy world but also in the global art community. Created by fashion designers, comic book artists, underground illustrators, graffiti artists and fine artists, these toys have a hot collector's market and range in price from five pounds to thousands of pounds. With kids, parents, celebrities and design aficionados hooked, the designer toy phenomenon is only going to get bigger. Artists and toys featured include: Frank Kozik, Dalek, Gary Baseman, Bounty Hunter, Junko Mizuno, Jason Siu, Pete Fowler, Maywa Denki, Nagoya Twim, Nathan Jurevicius, David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, Run DMC dolls, Kubricks, Qees, The King of New York and Gloomy Bears.
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