Sunday, September 6, 2009

If you're threatened by happy meal toys...

So the Bellhedz thing didn't really amount to much, KR was the only ones handing out toys, and it sounds like everyone got a taco.

I was talking to a friend about it, who said it better than I could last time:

"If you're threatened by a Taco Bell happy-meal toy, then it's time to reexamine your shit."


Saturday, September 5, 2009


Well look what came in the mail today...

Friday, September 4, 2009

Bellhedz Shenanigans

So Taco Bell released 'bellhedz' & they're the Dunny form, and they're either ripped-off or derivative Dunny designs. Some people got excited, but not the end of the world, nor the first trespass into mainstream culture. (Qee's at Target & a lot of Kidrobot crap comes to mind ironically enough...)

Then it became a bigger deal. Taco Bell had a truck in NY on the 4th, doing a promo handing out food & the toys. Kidrobot shows up nearby to 'Hand out 1000 Dunnys' (i.e. leftover stock) in what they dub a "Death to False Vinyl" event.

Everyone is making a big deal about the new toys, or the the fact that Kidrobot was there to initiate some sort of Toy Showdown, which seems ridiculous to me.

If I was KR, I would be more worried about ANY association with the KR toy lines, Period. If KR wants to slap Taco Bell for the copies & they're close enough to the originals, then sue Taco Bell.

The Bellhedz are derivitive crap, that's easy to see by anyone who is into vinyl. If you're a vinyl nerd who's worried about the devaluation of your collection by the introduction of a cheap sub-species, then you've been buying toys for the wrong reasons.

Now, instead think how it would look if you weren't a vinyl nerd (i.e. no one reading this.), & as you walk down the street you see the showdown! Some Taco Bell shlubs giving out toys that look a lot like the toys some other weirdos are giving out nearby, except not as good. Now do you think that, as they try to fill your hands with a bunch of plastic crap, you're instilled with rage that Taco Bell ripped off the designs, or that feeling that these guys are clearly in competition with each other selling the same product at very different prices. hmm?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Dunny 09'

I'm not sure if these are truly good, or they just seem that way because the endangered series sucked so hard. Love the Tofus. Check out this great chase:

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


I'm a Futurama fan, so that's definitely affecting my view of these toys, but having said that not too shabby.

When KR released the Simpsons toys I took a pass, I really didn't see the need to further deform characters into a stubby Munny body that were already that deformed to begin with. Wasn't able to resist buying a few of these though. Now that I've had some time to play with them I think they did a good job at preserving the feel of the characters even in this form, & there's tons of extras & accessories (bender's chest box even pops open)

There are some sloppy lines on the paint application but I'm willing to overlook that due to the curvaceous nature of the sculpts (making the lines crisp on the bulging Groening-style eyeballs has to be tough.)

One head-scratcher though is why the neck pegs are different for each figure. They all are so squat there isn't any physical need to make them different sizes. It would have been fun to mix & match, might have even made me buy a few more.

As is, nothing too special but a decent job.