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REVIEW: NTF’s B-KAWZ

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Background

The latest vinyl figure from Necessaries Toy Foundation is called B-KAWZ:

B-KAWZ there isn't enough shit at Comicon already. B-KAWZ you are not a very discerning toy collector. B-KAWZ absolutely everyone bastardizes everyone else. B-KAWZ art imitating art is still art, geddit?

Call it what you will, is it a blatant rip-off or a noble tribute? We at Necessaries Toy Foundation consider it a homage to two successful and very respected artists.

It is also commentary and parody.

Is it an original idea? We think it is, but only in an esoteric sense. In fact, it is a very original idea if you are a lateral thinker.

Appropriator? Perpetrator? Instigator?
It is what it is, and I yam what I yam.

B-KAWZ is a metaphor du jour. Merely this and nothing more . . .

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The Facts



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Manufacturer: Necessaries Toy Foundation
Material: Rotocast vinyl
Dimensions: 11” tall
Points of Articulation: Zero
Edition Size: 250 pieces (Gold Edition)
Pricing: $100.00
 

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B-KAWZ – Appropriating the Appropriator

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B-KAWZ - Appropriating the Appropriator is a parody of a parody of someone else's art.

B-KAWZ there isn't enough shit at Comicon already
B-KAWZ you are not a very discerning toy collector
B-KAWZ absolutely everyone bastardizes everyone else
B-KAWZ art imitating art is still art, geddit?

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Necessaries Toy Foundation considers B-KAWS an homage to two successful and very respected artists. Look for the 11" tall vinyl figure to begin hitting retailers soon. This Gold Edition is limited to a run of 250 pieces and should sell around $100.00.

For wholesale inquiries, contact DKE Toys.

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REVIEW: Sundae Girls – I Want Candy

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Background

The designer toy world has seen more than its' share of vaporware (or whatever the vinyl equivalent of it is called). Many thought that Fawn Gehweiler's Sundae Girls would never see the light of day - there was that July 17th 2006 post on the Necessaries Toy Foundation blog stating a release would be “Soon”. But we all should have learned that NTF and Long Gone John won't let collectors down.

The first of the three previewed Sundae Girls (they were called Candy Girls back in '06) is named I Want Candy. Sculpted by Dave Pressler, and based on Fawn's artwork, this is the 9th figure sculpt to be released by Necessaries Toy Foundation.

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The Facts

I Want Candy
Series: Sundae Girls
Manufacturer: Necessaries Toy Foundation
Artist: Fawn Gehweiler
Sculpted by: Dave Pressler
Material: Rotocast Vinyl
Dimensions: 14” tall
Points of Articulation: 6 (neck, arms, waist, knees - at the socks)
Edition Size: 500 pieces
Pricing: $68.95

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NTF + Fawn = Sundae Girls – I Want Candy

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Six years after unveiling Fawn Gehweiler's first vinyl toy, Necessaries Toy Foundation is ready to release the Sundae Girls. I Want Candy is the first of the Fawn's three Sundae Girls figures sculpted by Dave Pressler. Like everything NTF, this figure is big - standing nearly 14 inches tall with 5 points of articulation.

The figure is a limited edition of 500 figures. Look for I Want Candy to retail around $69.00. For wholesale inquiries, contact DKE Toys

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REVIEW: The Black Doll

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Background

A life-long friend of Edward Gorey's made The Black Doll for him in 1942. Gorey visited her while she was making it, and upon seeing it insisted on keeping it in its unfinished state, lacking a face, arms and clothing. In spite of her objection, Edward Gorey prevailed. It may be the first recorded instance of Gorey's enduring dedication to engaging the imagination. The incomplete Black Doll has remained a recurring enigma for almost 70 years appearing in many of Gorey's books and drawings as well as being the subject of his silent screenplay. This is the first time The Black Doll has been produced for Edward Gorey's devoted following.

Apparently, the project took several years to complete. Since Edward Gorey passed away in 2000, Necessaries Toy Foundation had to deal with his estate. Also, they wanted to get the production of this piece absolutely perfect. Long Gone John of NTF calls the release of The Black Doll “possibly (his) proudest moment with Necessaries Toy Foundation”.

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The Facts



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NTF + Edward Gorey – The Black Doll

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Necessaries Toy Foundation, in conjunction with the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust, will release The Black Doll. The 13" tall doll will be a limited edition of 2,000 pieces. Look for these to begin hitting retailers at around $45.00 each. For wholesale inquiries, contact DKE Toys.

And for more information, Annie Owens of Hi-Fructose has written up a great background story on the doll:

A life-long friend of Edward Gorey's made The Black Doll for him in 1942. Gorey visited her while she was making it, and upon seeing it insisted on keeping it in it's unfinished state, lacking a face, arms and clothing. In spite of her objection, Gorey prevailed. It may be the first recorded instance of Gorey's enduring dedication to engaging the imagination.

The incomplete Black Doll has remained a recurring enigma for almost 70 years appearing in many of Gorey's books and drawings as well as being the subject of his silent screenplay. This is the first time The Black Doll has been produced for Edward Gorey's devoted following.

Antoinette the Sympathy Girl

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Necessaries Toy Foundation has released this great new colorway of the long sold out 2002 Sympathy for the Records Industry logo figurine - Antoinette the Sympathy Girl. This 16" tall rotocast vinyl figure is based on Pablo's art and sculpted by Nathan Cabrera.

This variant of Antoinette is limited to a run of 300 pieces worldwide. Look for this figure to retail around $40. For wholesale inquiries, contact DKE Toys.

REVIEW: Mark Ryden’s YHWH

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Background

Mark Ryden is one of the most popular contributors to the lowbrow art scene. And since there is such crossover between the designer toy world and lowbrow art, for years, collectors have been clamoring for some sort of original Ryden art toy. And after three years, a pair of manufacturers and dozens of prototypes, we have our first (and probably only) Mark Ryden vinyl figure.

Teaming up with Long Gone John and Necessaries Toy Foundation, Ryden has released one of the most anticipated pieces of this year - YHWH. Based on the painting of the same name, the large pink vinyl figure has his fans in a frenzy.

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The Facts



YHWH
Manufacturer: Necessaries Toy Foundation
Artist: Mark Ryden
Material: Rotocast Vinyl
Height: 17”
Points of Articulation: Zero
Edition Size: 2,000 pieces (numbered on the bottom and box)

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Mark Ryden and NTF’s YHWH

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Hi Fructose and Brian McCarty dropped a bombshell on us. But it's a good kind of bombshell. Long Gone John and his Necessaries Toy Foundation are back (had they ever left?) and previewing their upcoming Mark Ryden piece - YHWH. Based on Ryden's painting of the same name, this amazing figure is bound to be one of our personal favorites.

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While the pictured - pink - vinyl will be the standard edition, there are plans for two special edition versions (black - 80 pieces and white - 80 pieces). Look for these to be released in the summer of 2009. And for more information about the figure and the photoshoot, check out the Hi-Fructose blog.

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