Earlier this year, Toy2R and So So Happy announced they'd be teaming up for a custom toy show featuring Toy2R's Qees as customized by a number of artists from around the world. The show will be touring to various cons and other events throughout 2012 and perhaps beyond (San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con and DesignerCon, anyone?), with dates and locations yet to be announced. Still, the 30-plus artists taking part have been posting their customs for the last two months, and rather than simply post every single one each time it pops up, we've compiled many of them into one gallery for you to check out.
After the jump, you'll find a rundown of all the custom Qees we've seen so far along with a few words about each one. So what are you waiting for? Get on with it!
The full artist list happens to include the following folks: Albert Art, AW177, Sneaky Raccoon, Chauskoskis, Diego Machado, Frank Mysterio, A Little Stranger, Howie Green, Fuller Designs, JC Rivera, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Julie West, Ardabus Rubber, Kim Mayhew, Leecifer, DGPH, Matt Anderson, MeSmithy, Mikie Graham, Grimsheep, Pocket Wookie, RSIN, Scott Kinnebrew, Scott Tolleson, Shawn Wigs, Steve Lew, Valerie Bermudez and Valerie Gudell. While the header teaser contains everyone's pieces, not all of them have been posted. Here's the ones we've seen so far:
Albert Art's custom is a Dog Qee that takes on the Moodee series of characters. What's cool isn't that there's two faces on his head, so you could display him how he chooses; it's that the face you see above actually fits both the Qee's dog shape (looking like an angry, three-eyed dog) and the So So Happy style.
Next up, we have Alexbreak's Moodees Friendlees split Bunny Qee. Very simply put, it's half happy, half angry. The dynamic works pretty well here, especially since there's such a sharp color contrast with the black and white. Plus, it looks cute, doesn't it? [via SpankyStokes]
Next up, Ardabus Rubber has taken So So Happy's characters Mooshi and Slaver and turned them into customs. Respectively, Mooshi is the little fellow and Slaver the bigger one. Of course, Ardabus has taken his style and applied it to the designs, too, with all of those swirls and black, tentacle-like lines criss-crossing the limbs of the bigger 8-inch Qee.
AW177 has turned his Qee into Mar10 from the Kiibots line, adding in some Chinese motifs along the forehead and waist for good measure, as well as on the back. It's a subtle addition, but I think the finalized product looks pretty clean and nice.
Fuller has decided to put his own twist on Tribe, making him look a little scarier, and including some of the other Luckees in the belly of the best. Check out the leather straps he's used as binding around Tribe's ankles and wrists, as well as the arched brow sculpted onto the Qee.
Grimsheep's custom appears to put his own spin on the Moodees characters, merging some of So So Happy's style with his own. Like some of Owen's usual work, the Qee is dressed in a kimono with obi, and it's a little more his take on a So So Happy character, but the unique color choices here make it stand out pretty well. Doesn't hurt to have a black backdrop in the form of the Moodees' body, though.
Of course, Howie Green's custom Qees are a cornucopia of color, like most of his other custom toys. I'm not sure they're based off any one character as much as they are a take on the So So Happy style, but it seems to work pretty well here.
Next up, there's JC Rivera's So So Happy-inspired Qee. Like Howie Green, it doesn't seem to be based on any one character, but more his take on their style. I like it quite a bit, in particular because those big black eyes and the pink nose are quintessential So So Happy trademarks.
J-Fury's custom for the show is a simple design based on So So Happy's Jester character. Painting it on a Bunny Qee, he's had to do some tweaking to the proportions and whatnot (as Jester has some awfully long legs) and given Jester a slightly more intense expression.
[via Tenacious Toys]
Jon Paul Kaiser is basing his Qee off of So So Happy's Ozzie, except his Ozzie looks a little sad. What's the problem, little buddy? Are you sad about not having color? Well, you shouldn't, because you look pretty cool in two-tone colors. Apparently, JPK added a goatee with the Toyer Qee's teeth, too ...
Scott Kinnebrew's custom Qee takes So So Happy's Fang character, and puts him in a Stormtrooper outfit. Why? Well, as Scott says, "I picked "Fang" after I read all the different bios because he looks like a devil, he's into custom toys, loves Mongolian BBQ, and he dresses like a Stormtrooper at Renaissance Fairs." I have to agree that he sounds like one cool dude, and the sculpting job Scott's done on his Stormtrooper outfit certainly helps this be one of my favorites so far! [via Tenacious Toys]
Next up, we have Rsinart's take on Ozzie. Like Jon Paul Kaiser, he's put his own style into this custm rendition of the character, but for Rsin, that makes Ozzie looks less cuddly and more zombie or monster-like.
RunDMB has taken his graffiti-inspired stylings and do his own version of Fang. What I like most about it is the uneven shadings and lines from the paint that almost make it look like a chalk drawing. That's especially the case, since the paint seems to blend from one color to the next, much like if someone layered chalk on top of the sidewalk.
From Cultured Critter Collective's Valerie G comes a zombified Gertie, featuring a glow in the dark necklace and eyes. It's perhaps the most cuddly and cute little way to get your flesh eaten as part of seeing this show when it rolls through your town! [via Tenacious Toys]
Finally, we have Chauskoskis' custom for the show, Bruno Not So Happy. Carrying a little wrench makes me wonder just what Bruno is up to. Is he going to be fixing stuff ... or taking it apart? Either way, I like the extra sculpting that's gone into this piece, including on the eyes, nostrils, wisp of hair and mouth.
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