July 15, 2019
Earlier this year, Kidrobot and Brooklyn-based designer puzzle-toy gurus “Locknesters,” released a limited-edition, tumbled grey/charcoal puzzle dunny – and it sold out immediately.
Since then, collectors have been chomping at the bit for the release of Kidrobot x Locknesters Puzzle Dunny 8” Art Figure, No. 2 – a vibrant blue/cyan with the same cut lines as No. 1 so that you can mix and match pieces from either version.
The interchangeable pieces, however, only scratch the surface of why these collectible figures are special. As Fleet Hower, owner and creative force behind Locknesters explains – it’s the blending of new and old-world technologies that make the creation of these art figures truly magical.
Each Puzzle Dunny first comes to life in a 3D printer. Hower, an architect by training, was on the ground floor of the emergence of 3D printing technology and quickly became a wizard, incorporating their use into his architecture life and ultimately, his designer toymaking world.
“But they come out rough,” he says of Dunnys that come off a 3D printer. “So we treat them.” And by “treat,” he means they sand them and tumble them. Tumbling, he explains, is the process of placing rough-edged objects in a barrel with water and media (rocks or metal balls), and tumbling the barrel. As objects crash together, the rough parts on the Dunnys are worn down and smoothed out. It’s a finishing process that’s used for a wide variety of objects that you’d never suspect – doorknobs, for example.
After tumbling, the finishing process wraps up with a thorough cleaning of the Dunnys and the application of a water-based topcoat seals the deal.
Be sure and snatch up Puzzle Dunny No. 2 while you still can, but also be on the lookout for upcoming pieces to the puzzle and other surprises – the Kidrobot x Locknesters partnership has more legs! ;)
Based in Brooklyn, New York, Locknesters is building a solid reputation for a unique designer toy company – and they’re only 3 years old! Check out their website, their designs, and most definitely their designer toy production page.
April 23, 2020
Q & A with Toy Designer One-Eyed Girl AKA Kasey Tararuj on release of The Rejects - Dark Chocolate Edition on Kidrobot.com. "I’ve been paralyzed and in a wheelchair for almost 20 years and I spent so much of that time creating all this weird, emotional art to help deal with it. I got to a point where that got old and making these silly characters was way more therapeutic than trying to put my feelings into a painting. So now I make my little guys to make myself laugh or smile and hope that it does the same for others." -One-Eyed Girl AKA Kasey Tararuj
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April 10, 2020
A few years ago, a member of the Kidrobot team met architect and Locknesters founder Fleet Hower at a trade show. At this show, Locknesters was introducing BEAR, their first three-dimensional puzzle bear figure...
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April 06, 2020
Fleet Hower of LOCKNESTERS has temporarily converted their New York-based studio from the production of art decor items like the Puzzle Dunny to the production of face shield visors for health care workers due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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