Munnyworld opened on Thursday night. I've been pumped for this show for quite a while, and it definitely lived up to my expectations. It was a truly overwhelming experience to see so many jaw-dropping customs in one location. Munny and his friends were on full display, and all of the new animal figures were released that night. Many of the artists were there, and alcohol was flowing freely — what more could you ask for in a show? Honestly, it felt more like a party than an art show, which made it an all the more awesome experience. Plus I got to get in before the crowd (thanks Tomopop!), so it was not insanely packed when I got there. By the time I left, however, it was packed to the brim and almost impossible to see any of the pieces. All in all, it was by far the best show I have been to. It is running until November 15th from 12 to 7PM every day, so if you have a chance to get there I would highly recommend it. And if you happen to have a lot of money lying around, perhaps you can own one of there beauties for yourself! ;)
Hit the jump to see my favorite pieces from this amazing show!
Chuckboy's design was revealed before the show, but it looks so much more amazing in person that I imagined it. The paint is glossy and beautiful, and the expressions on these guys are just adorable. The addition of the lollipop really made this piece stand out — not many of them had accessories. This platform is one of the new Munny designs, and I have to say I am really liking the animal additions to this line.
How could I not include Doktor A in a list of my favorites? His work is always amazing, and his work for Munnyworld is no exception. Even though it is a design that he has done many times before, his work is so unique that I really did not mind seeing it again. By the way, all of the Munnys at the show (except for one) were mega-Munnys, which puts them at 20" high.
This Seen X Pon piece is done on the same same platform as the Chuckboy, but they look so radically different. That is one of the greatest things about DIY toys — every artist is able to make something completely unique. I love the wings and horns on this one, and the beak was a very nice spin on the platform.
I am a complete sucker for fluffy things, and it took all of my self-control not to reach out and touch this piece. I was tempted to buy it just so I could take it home and pet it. I have never seen a furry Munny before, and I really, really like how this one turned out. Plus, that face is just too cute.
This is the Tado piece. I can't really tell what animal it is supposed to be (duck? frog? chicken?) but regardless of its bestial origins, I love the design. The head of the munny has been reversed, which was a clever spin on the platform. You can tell by looking at the ears, which are facing the opposite way. I love the colors — so bright and vivid without being garish.
And now I must tell you all the sad, sad story of my relationship with this Andrew Bell piece. First of all, look at it — so awesome! I decided that I wanted to buy it, as I have been saving up for a kick-ass piece like this, and it was reasonably priced for a custom this huge. I was told that the price included tax, which was just barely what I could afford, and ran to the ATM to get some cash. So, barely able to contain my excitement, I went to pay — and found out that tax was, in fact, not included. Cue sad music. I could not afford it with the extra tax, and had to leave empty-handed. I have to say that I left the show in a pretty bad mood because of this — I really, really wish the people working there had know what they were talking about. I am pretty tempted to just go back and get it anyway, but I doubt my bank account could take it.
Even with this tragic, tragic occurrence, I still had a pretty good time. Check out the gallery for more pictures of the customs, and if that isn't enough from you check out my Flickr set that has pictures of all (yes, ALL) of the pieces featured at Munnyworld. The pieces are going up for sale on Kidrobot in a few days, so if you are interested in one, buy away! However, prices are lower at the show, so if you want one and live in NYC it would be best to go pick it up. Which ones are your favorites?
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