hey everyone! The annual ‘Designer Toy Awards‘ are coming up again this fall, and nominations are open for the next couple of days! May I humbly suggest a few nominations from my 2014 work?
Best Vinyl: Last Knight
I’ve got to say, I’m really proud of this one! The Dead Zebra mascot finally came to life(?) in 2014 in the form of the Last Knight figure. The first edition was an instant hit and sold out quickly, with additional smaller editions being just as coveted. I had no idea it would be so well received, but I’m very happy to be in a number of amazing collections !
Best DIY Platform: Android
I am still amazed by the continued creativity exhibited by the artists bringing out the potential of what seems on the surface to be such a straight forward form! Here are a few recent customs. The 1,000+ and growing custom Androids on record at Trampt speak to the continued popularity of our little guy as an awesome platform.
…Artist of the year? Andrew Bell (Hey why not?)
This is a designer toy award, and 2014 saw 20+ production figure releases from me including the Last Knight, the Back to Back Black series (a decade in the making!), Dealmakers , Mardivale Dunny series, Lemon Drop 3” and Orange Drop 20” Dunnys. Throw in all my resin work for ‘Factory Strangers’ show at Stranger Factory and perhaps you might also consider me for Artist of the Year? 2014 was certainly the busiest in my toy career!
And why not throw in Dead Zebra Inc as brand of the year for shits and giggles?
Thanks for your consideration!
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We were fortunate enough to take home our second Designer Toy Award this past Saturday night! The first one was for Android as Fan Favorite, and this year we snagged Best Licensed Product!
|awesome award design by Pete Fowler, with little green friend..
I honestly wasn’t expecting that one, we were up there with Star Wars themed nominees! Being completely unprepared, and the first award of the night (again!), I didn’t have much of anything to say on stage other than a short awkward rambling thanks. I thought I’d take the time to sit down and write out a proper thank you here.
Obviously first and foremost thanks to my Android crew at Google (who I think I forgot to thank at the ceremony, oops) for continuing to be so supportive and generally awesome. Thanks to the Clutter Magazine / DTA crew for putting the ceremony and party on, it was a blast and I know they did a ton of work to get everything ready. Thanks to my peers on the board who voted for the category. Thanks to the artists who help keep things fresh. Finally and most importantly, thanks to the fans, collectors and customizers out there who continue to support the project and have taken it from “hey this could be neat..” to “…this is pretty amazing!”.
Last week in San Diego marked the annual gathering of the worlds biggest convention of comic, toy, game and pop culture fans at the 2011 International Comic Con. It also marked the first annual Designer Toy Awards put on by our friends at Clutter Magazine. I was proud to be the recipient of the coveted “Fan Favorite” award for my work on the Android Mini Collectibles project! Thanks to everyone who voted!