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Yo Quiero Urban Vinyl?

Bellhedz

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Ahh...yes! If you haven't heard by now, the discussion of Taco Bell's upcoming line of Bellhedz Kid's Meal "Urban Vinyl" toys has been the buzz of Twitter and various discussion boards today. The figure looks like they took the body of a Dunny and added a nipple for a head. O wait! That's supposed to be a bell? 

These actually make me feel a little sick - not unlike those Volcano Nachos. The folks at Taco Bell probably have zero idea about the designer toy scene. They probably have no idea what a Dunny or Munny is. They were probably sold on this idea by some ad agency that told them these designs would be hip and cool with the kids.

And if I were a kid, this would be way better than 90% of the crappy kids meal trash I'd get. But it just further washes down the designer toy scene when you have these awful designs without any heart or creativity behind them trying to pass themselves off as "Urban Vinyl".

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[Photo below from Rondo Estrello]

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lordsketch
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That writing on the package says it all – "which one did ya get?".
They have zero understanding of designer toys as an art form. unsurprisingly.

Sure, there might be a mainstream craze about being "hip", but as long as real artists make real art and there's a community to appreciate it… well, that's the real thing, isn't it?

lordsketch
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That writing on the package says it all – "which one did ya get?".
They have zero understanding of designer toys as an art form. unsurprisingly.

Sure, there might be a mainstream craze about being "hip", but as long as real artists make real art and there's a community to appreciate it… well, that's the real thing, isn't it?

Justin Rudy
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No sir, I don't like it. I am of course speaking about the Taco Bell marketing gimmic that is about to be released. I do agree with your point on the matter.

This unfortunately is just the tip of the iceberg with mainstream marketing. I should know. I work in it. It is very soulless and trend repetitive. If this goes over well with the mainstream market, and the promotion is a success, this little idea will be sold to countless other companies.

-J-R00 😀

Justin Rudy
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No sir, I don't like it. I am of course speaking about the Taco Bell marketing gimmic that is about to be released. I do agree with your point on the matter.

This unfortunately is just the tip of the iceberg with mainstream marketing. I should know. I work in it. It is very soulless and trend repetitive. If this goes over well with the mainstream market, and the promotion is a success, this little idea will be sold to countless other companies.

-J-R00 😀

MMM
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Real artists submit their art and its still sprayed on by a little chinese girl making 25 cents a day. Plus something that probably costs a dollar to make is sold for 8.99. If you ask me Kid Robot and their artists (amazing as they are) are kidding themselves if they didn't think this would go mainstream. I think KR did a great job in convincing people that spending 8.99 for a dunny is like collecting art. If I am mistaken didn't KR borrow heavily from a Japanese toy trend?

MMM
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Real artists submit their art and its still sprayed on by a little chinese girl making 25 cents a day. Plus something that probably costs a dollar to make is sold for 8.99. If you ask me Kid Robot and their artists (amazing as they are) are kidding themselves if they didn't think this would go mainstream. I think KR did a great job in convincing people that spending 8.99 for a dunny is like collecting art. If I am mistaken didn't KR borrow heavily from a Japanese toy trend?

mistuh_t
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these are going to make great custom fodder though, you gotta admit. cheaper then a dunny and you get a coke and a taco with it. it does suck that they blatantly ripped off designs from previous dunnys though

mistuh_t
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these are going to make great custom fodder though, you gotta admit. cheaper then a dunny and you get a coke and a taco with it. it does suck that they blatantly ripped off designs from previous dunnys though

Jason
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custom fodder? have you tried to mod a hasbro mighty mugg? hard unforgiving plastic. you have to wash it and prime it to get any paint to stick.

here's the letter i sent to taco bell via their feedback form:

I can't believe you're ripping off Kid Robot Dunnys (Real Vinyl). Not only did you steal the basic design, but also artist designs for the product. Of course, these cheap knock-offs are probably made of cheap hard plastic and not high quality vinyl. I won't be eating at Taco Bell again, and certainly not ordering these kids meals. The vinyl community farts in your general direction.

Jason
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custom fodder? have you tried to mod a hasbro mighty mugg? hard unforgiving plastic. you have to wash it and prime it to get any paint to stick.

here's the letter i sent to taco bell via their feedback form:

I can't believe you're ripping off Kid Robot Dunnys (Real Vinyl). Not only did you steal the basic design, but also artist designs for the product. Of course, these cheap knock-offs are probably made of cheap hard plastic and not high quality vinyl. I won't be eating at Taco Bell again, and certainly not ordering these kids meals. The vinyl community farts in your general direction.

Strangekiss Art Toys
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A boycott of Taco-Bell and its affiliates (Pizza-hut and Pepsi owned companies) would be good for both your Health and also to keep the rally alive. Use of the internet can be effective when used properly, that is why the Twitter Page for Taco Bell has been suspended.

Stay Strange!

Strangekiss Art Toys
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A boycott of Taco-Bell and its affiliates (Pizza-hut and Pepsi owned companies) would be good for both your Health and also to keep the rally alive. Use of the internet can be effective when used properly, that is why the Twitter Page for Taco Bell has been suspended.

Stay Strange!

The Truth Hurts
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Companies like Kid Robot convince you guys that their “mass-produced classic toys as art” products are really art (laughable), then you get offended when another company produces them in mass, and gives them away.

So, the small company that’s been ripping everyone off by charging $8.99 for something are the good guys, and the large company that is giving a very similar product away for FREE are the bad guys?
-How many of you posters work for Kid Robot????

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