REVIEW: Stomper DIY
RocketDesign touts their Stomper vinyl as the first designer toy from Poland. This do-it-yourself platform toy has been released in a pair of DIY colorways (or lack-of-color-ways): White and Black.
Artist: Michal Nowak
Material: Rotocast vinyl
Dimensions: 3” tall
Points of Articulation: Zero
Designs: White DIY; Black DIY
Edition Size: 1,000 pieces of each
The DIY Stomper comes packed in a small cardboard box. It features cityscapes on all four sides, interspersed with some images of the figure. Inside, it's held in place by a ring of cardboard. It's probably not a box that you'd keep or display.
I'm trying to think back to a time when I reviewed a standalone DIY toy. There have been some DIY toy reviews, but they've usually come in conjunction with an artist run version. RocketDesign's Stomper is a pure do-it-yourself rotocast vinyl designer toy.
It's an interesting route to go: release a DIY figure without any artist production pieces. It goes against what pretty much every other designer toy company has done over the past nine years. I'm fairly certain that Frank Kozik would have hit it up with a blood-spatter design.
There also wasn't a big custom show to launch the figure. A custom show in Poland would have been the perfect way to introduce the platform, show what can be accomplished, and bring a few Polish artists some global recognition.
With that all said, I think the overall construction of the figure is okay. (It somewhat resembles the Karuzo resin figure from Chauskoskis and Frank Mysterio) The boxy head will lend to some interesting customs. But in a genre of toys that offers so much to customize...why choose the Stomper? I'll leave that question for customizers to answer.
For wholesale inquiries, contact DKE Toys.
You can pick one up at the following:
Tainted Visions: $19.95