March 15, 2017
The new Visible Dunny by Jason Freeny is almost here, releasing on www.kidrobot.com tomorrow! Wanna get down to the bare bones of the piece? Jason Freeny is here to make some things about the Visible Dunny clear…..
1) What is this piece? Please tell us a few sentences about it.
The Visible Dunny is a piece based on an illustration named “Visible Vinyl” that I created about 10 years ago depicting the inner workings of the Kidrobot Dunny.
2) What was your inspiration for this piece?
The characters I am most inspired by are the ones with shapes that would create interesting skulls with grotesque skeletons and inner workings. The Dunny was certainly one of these characters. Early on in my dissection adventures characters like the Dunny as well as other DIY characters being produced was the foundation of what inspired me to start this in the first place. The Dunny was actually the very first character I dissected and sculpture form, although in a 3 inch size.
3) What is your favorite design element of this piece?
I would say it’s the weight. When I first picked it up, just the weight and the quality of the outer shell was impressive, it almost felt like blown glass. As an industrial designer who loves materials this was a bit orgasmic.
4) What is the Visible Dunny afraid of?
Temperatures above 320° f
5) What is a fun fact about yourself?
I have four years of classically trained ballet under my belt.
6) Please include short bio for yourself.
Jason Freeny is a New York based sculptor and toy designer. Voted “2014 Artist of the Year” by Clutter Magazine readers, Freeny blurs the lines between toy design, art, science and teaching. Known for his iconic and ironic anatomical character dissections, Jason utilizes his industrial design prototyping techniques to create hyper-polished, hand made sculptures that are often confused as actual mass produced toys. Openly displaying his process and techniques in extensive work-in-progress posts on social media as online classroom. Born in Silver Spring Maryland, Jason studied industrial design at Pratt Institute and spent most of his early career in production, retail and properties design with MTV Networks and ESPN before going solo in 2010. Since 2006, Jason has been meticulously exploring the innards of some of our favorite characters.
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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