It’s been awhile now since I dropped from collecting vinyl collectible toys and figures, partially because I ran out of displayable space at our previous studio apartment, but probably more due to the sense there was too much redundancy, regurgitation within the street art world. Everything started to look the same, yet prices were asking a premium for what was most often glorified toys. I was never into Dunnys or even Be@rbricks, where the redunant form factor was even part of the charm.
Every once in awhile I go online hunting for a much prized Ultraviolence Kozik Beethoven bust, a missed opportunity I regret to this day (Kozik’s most recent release is a Stalin bust with a cig dangling from his mouth, a historical figure I’m not as keen adopting). I guess what I’m looking for are pieces which bridge the gap between the plasticine charm of the vinyl figure with a finer artist eye for detail…it’s proven rare, at least to my eyes (and wallet).
The closest I’ve gotten to scratching the long forgotten collector’s itch is with the release of this Tara McPherson piece, Lilitu, created for Kid Robot’s Black line. She’s quite seductive from every angle isn’t she? The vibrant orange hair against the pitch black form accentuating the demonic equivalent of Venus arising from the sea, she’s your very best nightmare. Too bad/thank goodness she’s just 8″ high…a little more significant in size and I think I would have succumbed to this succubus.