Over the past several years, resin has been the medium for many artists to produce their limited run art pieces. It's cheaper than vinyl production. The artist can monitor every aspect of the creation...even producing them in a garage. And it's much easier to meet that supply/demand equilibrium. So...here's a look at five of our favorite resin pieces from 2011.

5. Pharoah Hound (Argonaut Resins)

Resin Argonaut

The Tuttz's long-lost canine brother was released in several small quantity runs by END and Argonaut Resins. And while I don't believe we've seen everything the Pharoah Hound has to offer, just seeing a glimpse of him made me add him to this list.

4. Zombie Chuck (Brian Fyffe)

Resin zombie chuck

Zombies were fairly popular over the past year. Even the designer toy world got involved. Artist Brian Fyffe brought his Zombie Chuck character from the pages of his comic book to resin form. And it's the spitting image of the illustrated undead Chuck.

3. Turret - WWXXVII Collection (The Krillman)

Resin krillman

The Krillman's figures are actually produced in polymer clay, but since it doesn't fit in any of the other categories...I thought...it almost looks like resin. This insanely detailed figure is a goo dexample of what a well-skilled artist can do with polymer clay.

2. Beastman Ick Monster (Mad Joe Customizer - Overkill Resins)

Resin overkill ick monster

This special edition Ick Monster was customized to resemble the popular Master of the Universe character - Beastman. Mad Joe added an interesting outfit to go along with the unique paint job. Oh...and this resin is articulated at the shoulders.

1. Turtum Micci (Erick Scarecrow - ESC-Toy)

Resin ESC Stone Turtum Micci

While I didn't review this piece last year, I did have to pick one up at New York Comic Con. Erick Scarecrow knocked these out of the park, with a number of different colorways. There were some resin pieces that were sparkling clear, others that were weathered, and a few painted ones as well. Hopefully, we see more Turtum Miccis in 2012.