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Parsons x Dudebox Limited Edition Toy Competition

Dudebox Parsons

This October at New York Comic Con, Parsons The New School for Design and Dudebox, the UK-based vinyl collectible company, will debut toy concepts by Parsons BFA Illustration students developed through a recent collaboration. Working either on computer or by hand, students created dozens of unique characters, complete with their own complex origin stories, likes and dislikes, and even smells. Parsons and Dudebox have narrowed down the field to four finalists, whose work will be presented at New York Comic Con. The winner, who will have his or her toy placed into production by Dudebox, in addition to receiving a cash prize, will be announced at a press event at the Dudebox booth (Booth #2915) on October 11 2012 at 6:30PM.

The four finalists are as follows:

• “Bob” by Loren Kang, is a sailor from Planet Pepp who is rendered in simple black, white, and red, and has two faces, one on each side of his head, which help him express his emotions.
• “Mr. Sir” by Anastasia Lonkin, is a proper-looking gentleman, with a monocle and smartly waxed moustache, who enjoys tea and biscuits as much as Red Bull and Doritos.
• “Glam Greaser” by Katrina Richter, looks like a character from an outer-space production of Grease with her leopard jacket and kerchief. She likes to rock out with her band, The Knuckle Sandwiches.
• “The Rallin” by Cindy Tan, is a shy, gentle creature who grazes on plastic at the edges of landfills and whose scales – intricately designed overlapping triangles hand-painted by Tan -- change color depending on its diet.

Dudebox announces NYCC Lineup

Dudebox has revealed their lineup of 2012 New York Comic Con exclusives. Among the items that you can pick up at NYCC Booth #2915 are:

Dudebox NYCC Eugene

Eugene McGeekson by Andreas Krapf
7.5 inches tall
300 pieces

Dudebox NYCC Franken

Franken by Riccardo Bucchioni
7.5 inches tall
300 pieces

Dudebox NYCC Conzo

Taps Aff! by Conzo
7.5 inches tall
300 pieces

Dudebox NYCC Dai Ocean

Pete Fowler and Fiends
Dai Ocean by Pete Fowler
5 inches tall
300 pieces

Dudebox NYCC Fiend Sneak

And that one other Fiendish friend from Pete Fowler...which has yet to be let out of the bag.

Dudebox x Pete Fowler – Dai Ocean

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Dudebox has announced the first figure from Pete Fowler's ‘Design a Fiend’ series. Dai Ocean is the newest arrival on Monsterism Island. "A seafaring adventurer, originally from Tiger Bay and now a resident of Marina Del Ray, brings a touch of mysterious cool as he comes ashore sporting his trademark sunglasses."

Dai Ocean measures in at 5" tall and is a limited edition of 300 vinyl figures. It's now available for pre-order over at the USA Dudebox Store for $25.00. Dai will be released at New York Comic Con on October 11th 2012 at the Dudebox Booth #2915.

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REVIEW: Dudebox – Neesh by Hicks

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Meet Neesh, a magical little fixer-bot who can't help herself but to go around fixing everything that is broken. No matter how long it takes her, the task will get done.

Dudebox released Neesh as a part of their Big Dudes series. The Big Dudes stand 7.5” in height, while the Mini Dudes measure 3” tall. Designed by artist Hicks, Neesh makes use of the Big Dude Ted platform design and a wide array of colors.

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The Facts

Series: Big Dudes
Manufacturer: Dudebox
Artist: Hicks
Material: Rotocast vinyl
Dimensions: 7.5” tall
Points of Articulation: 3 (shoulders and neck)
Edition Size: 300 pieces
Pricing: £39.95 - $59.99

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The solid cardboard box features artwork on all sides. If you like the character, you'll like what Hicks has done with the packaging design. There's an illustrated version of the figure design on the front, with character illustrations (not fitting the Ted platform) on the sides.

Inside, the figure comes secured between a pair of interlocking plastic trays. And packaged in there is a certificate of authenticity.

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Our Opinion

Out of the three toy platforms that Dudebox has released, I think the Ted design is the most unique. It has a robot vibe to it, and as you can see from Hicks' design...that's the route he went with Neesh.

When I first saw this design, I actually thought it was designed by Attaboy (Daniel does have some production pieces from Dudebox). It uses a black base with shades of pastels for the detail work. As you probably notice, there's a lot going on with the asymmetrical character design. And those details aren't just limited to the front of the figure. The back gives you more of a robotic look, with a myriad of shapes.

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As far as the actual figure, I didn't have any issues with the articulated joints. They move well, but aren't too loose. While the majority of the figure is rotocast vinyl, the legs and feet are made of ABS plastic (I believe). It's probably a smart move, as a number of larger fully rotocast figures end up having balance issues due to the vinyl becoming softer.

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The pad printing is very well done. The only thing I noticed was a not-so-straight black line by the left ear, which probably wouldn't noticeable unless you're looking for it.

Overall, I think it's a pretty cool design with a lot going on. Too much going on? Some might say so. But I like noticing something new every time I look at any given toy.

You can pick one up at the following:

Mindzai: $59.99
Dudebox: £39.95 (around $63)

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REVIEW: Dudebox’s The Dude

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Dudebox has released a pair blind box series featuring the use of their three platform toys – The Dude, Ted, and Scratch. The Big Bang and The Super Amazing Spectacular Collection feature a total of 23 unique designs from 15 different artists. I'm assuming each artist was able to choose the platform design he/she wanted to use, with each one being well represented.

Dudebox sent us one blind box from each series. The designs we received – via blind box - are Eugene McGeekson (The Big Bang) by Andreas Krapf and Big Red Dude (The Super Amazing Spectacular Collection) by Chauskoskis. Both of them make use of The Dude platform.

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The Facts

The Dude
Series: The Big Bang; The Super Amazing Spectacular Collection
Manufacturer: Dudebox
Artists: The Big Bang - Attaboy, Andreas Krapf, Mark Gmehling, Bunka, Grapheart, Travis Price, 2Much, Drunk Park, Dust, Sebastien Pie; The Super Amazing Spectacular Collection – Attaboy, The Yok, Jonny Wan, Mark Gmehling, Chauskoskis, Andreas Krapf, Suki Bamboo, Drunk Park, Travis Price, Junichi Tsuneoka
Material: Rotocast vinyl
Dimensions: 3” tall
Points of Articulation: Either two or three depending on the platform
Designs: The Big Bang – 11 designs (ratios from 1/10 to 1/500); The Super Amazing Spectacular Collection – 12 design (ratios from 1/10 to 1/500)
Accessories: Some include accessories - Eugene McGeekson comes with a lollipop
Pricing: $9.99 to £6.95 ea. (around $11)

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Both Dudebox series are packaged in blind box style. They feature illustrations of the various characters, along with pull ratios, on the exterior of the box. Some of the rarer figures have been blacked out.

Inside, the figure is packaged in a yellow metallic bag. There's a small pamphlet with illustrations of the various designs, as well as the artists' names/logos who designed them. Inside of the bag, each figure includes a small, square card that features a small character illustration as well as artist information.

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Our Opinion

What once was a hot and bustling market, blind box series have cooled off over the past year or so. However, Dudebox has bucked that trend and released a pair of blind box series in quick succession. But since they are very similar (using the same platform designs and many of the same artists), I decided to combine them into one review.

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We received one blind box figure from both The Big Bang and The Super Amazing Spectacular Collection series...and they were the same platform design – The Dude. While he is obviously their “signature” design, it would have been nice to see how the other figures were constructed.

The Dude is an egg shaped rotocast vinyl figure. The two versions I'm looking at are the Big Red Dude from Chauskoskis and Eugene McGeekson from Andreas Krapf. The Eugene McGeekson figure includes an accessory (not all designs do), which is a half eaten lollipop.

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The first thing you notice is that the pad printing on these guys looks great. There is no sloppy paint to be seen. I did notice that the arm joints were a little loose on one of the figures. Also, Eugene's lollipop isn't super secure in that vice-like grip.

I like most of the designs in both series. Dudebox has gone off the map with some of the included artists, which is nice to see - especially when their designs are appealing. I like being able to view what new artists can do with a platform. And Dudebox was able to translate those designs into a solid product that can definitely hang with the big boys.

You can purchase one at the following:

Dudebox: £6.95 ea. (around $11)
Mindzai: $9.99 ea.

Dudebox The Dude Grades
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