Which toy or print started you 'collecting'?

I've mentioned a few times on the site that pulling a Frank Kozik's 'Mecadunny' from Dunny - Series 5 blindbox is what made me want to figure out what the hell Dunnys were and if there were more badass things like this. What's funny though is that wasn't my first Dunny. Years back my wife picked up a blindbox from Newbury Comics for my birthday and I ended up pulling a Queen Andrea from Series 2. Maybe because it was 'too girlie' it didn't really spark an interest at the time. I know if I had pulled a Deph from that series I would have definitely started looking into it more back then. :)

Which toy or print got you started?

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Because of an inside joke with my gf, I generally like tiger-themed stuff, so my first purchase was:

These days, I think I am more into the larger (8") Dunny format. I haven't gotten around to pulling the trigger on one yet. Soon, I hope.

about 7 years ago · Comment ·

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vihkter tigers are cool, on dunnys or any other platform! ;-) about 7 years ago

Being a geek, my first one was a Android Mini Special Edition-Snowman Flakes by Gary Ham, I bought it directly from Andrew Bell store, DeadZebra, then a case of green ones. Later tryed to find Android - Series 1 and the addiction started.

about 7 years ago · Comment ·

Dahem0n-trampt-289f

dahem0n Haven't noticed that really makes sense I have Fakes as avatar, but this one is an AP I received as Xmas present from my girlfriend. about 7 years ago

Keegan-trampt-1698f

keegan a Nice job on Portfolio Tagging and adding an image. I think you're the first to successfully do both. :) about 7 years ago

Dahem0n-trampt-289f

dahem0n Nice! :) about 7 years ago

The first toys that I bought were Peter Fowler's, Monsterism Pets and Owners. And from that time on toy addiction had it's hand on me.

Still love Peter's stuff!

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Teodoru Badiu

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about 7 years ago · Comment ·

Even if my favourite toy is the 3" Dunny in general, I remember being very amused by Cardboy Sneakers (as a product designer a toy wich is also a shoebox is something I had to get :D). So I bougth this one as one of my first toys: http://trampt.com/designer-toys/15392/untitled-cardboy-sneakers-mark-james-strangeco

But I have to say that there were a very long time that I was watching all the Toys of some local stores in Brussels but as at that time I was still using real vinyl (disc) to mix at parties and become an active DJ on the Belgian scene, my piggybank said "you got to choose between too crazyness, I can't afford both"

almost 7 years ago · Comment ·

this little baby started it all. i was on FARK and noticed an ad in the margin for kidrobot. i browsed the site and almost fell off my chair laughing at the prices for "toys". but this guys stuck in my head. the minute i took the plunge, it was all over.

 

almost 7 years ago · Comment ·

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zbakes Which one is this? over 5 years ago

I started collecting when my friend got me into the Dunny 2Tone series. I really wanted the McBess Dunny, now I have it. I just need the Gary Baseman one(s) to finish that series.

about 7 years ago · Comment ·

Keegan-trampt-1698f

keegan a You're not a completist are you? That will make you go broke with mini-series. :) about 7 years ago

Cleareason-trampt-218f

cleareason I bought two cases of the 2 tone series, and didn't get Baseman's dunny. After that I said, I'm not going to get blind boxes anymore. Then I got 2010 Dunny series because it was on sale...
I'm choosy with blind boxes now, I'm focusing more on the larger toys. I'm trying to have a complete set of KaNO's Dragon Kings, now he's releasing the Tai Chi version... about 7 years ago

Keegan-trampt-1698f

keegan a I feel like that's my biggest pet peeve ... just tell me up front how many colorways are coming out so I can figure out which one i like best and just get that one. :) about 7 years ago

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kvnjjwong I learned the hard way. over 6 years ago

My best friend got me this one for my graduation:

 

Andrew Bell's Android - The Big Box Edition

 

 

over 6 years ago · Comment ·

I remeber getting a couple of Qees for christmas one year, one was Cucu Mouse by Kei Sawada and the other (which I can't seem to find in the library *gasp!*) was the Whale (?) by Phil Corbett.  I've got a couple of old photos here and here but they're not really suitable for the library.

Although I never picked up any more Qees (because they were hard to find where I live) I soon found out about Dunnys and well...you know how it goes!  First Dunny: Mad Agent by MAD (Jeremy Madl).

over 6 years ago · Comment ·

Hhyatt-trampt-5309f

hhyatt v There are a ton of qees not here yet! One of these days I'll get around to adding more of them to the library :) And I love the Whale bear qee, one of my most wanted! over 6 years ago

Hhyatt-trampt-5309f

hhyatt v http://trampt.com/designer-toys/52879/whale-bear-qee-phil-corbett-toy2r Couldn't help myself...had to add ;) over 6 years ago

Ruu-trampt-1104f

ruu Thanks for adding it to the library! :) The only place I can find it to buy online is here: https://www.theintoy.co.uk/series-bear-whale-p-3259.html?adz=4
You might have to get in touch to see if they ship worldwide though. over 6 years ago

I started collecting 3" Kat Qee years ago after buying a Tokidoki (Simone Legno) handbag with a Meomi cat qee on it (powder cat). For years I would just pick up a few here and there...and then this year happened.

My daughter was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and during the very very long days in the hospital we did a lot of online shopping as a way to get our minds off of reality. It started again with trying to find some of the older qees I hadn't managed to get my hands on...and from there it blossomed into an obsession as I discovered (with the help of two collection tracking sites, this one included of course) that there was a lot more out there, and being in love with Japanese art as I am, it was a natural fit. 

Now we're home and I am in the process of filling my house and loving it :D

over 6 years ago · Comment ·

Easily_amused-trampt-2928f

Easily_Amused I hope your daughter is doing better! over 6 years ago

Hhyatt-trampt-5309f

hhyatt v Thank you so much!! I really appreciate that, and yes she is :) over 6 years ago

Easily_amused-trampt-2928f

Easily_Amused Good to hear! It's always worse when the young face illness. over 6 years ago

Hhyatt-trampt-5309f

hhyatt v She is in remission from a brain tumor now (9 month treatment)...toys have become my escape and therapy in a way... Life is truly stranger than fiction...thank you for your kindness :) over 6 years ago

Easily_amused-trampt-2928f

Easily_Amused Brain tumor killed my dad. I'm glad she is recovering, and you found a way to cope. i doubt I could handle something like that. over 6 years ago

Hhyatt-trampt-5309f

hhyatt v I am so sorry...there just aren't words really......I keep busy with my own art and collecting when I can, and enjoy the beauty in them, the process, and every day somehow. That is probably why my collection is peaceful, many of the pieces "cute" or even with a carefree spirit... I just added a few of the new Lunartik teas from series 2 this evening. That makes me very happy :) over 6 years ago

Easily_amused-trampt-2928f

Easily_Amused I'm glad it is making you happy. I am busy moving all my possessions into my guest room to have the rest of the place worked on. It's tiring, But, dreaming about the new display cases I'm going to get once this is all finished is getting me through it. over 6 years ago

Hhyatt-trampt-5309f

hhyatt v That sounds exciting! Best of luck...you'll have to let me know what display cases you end up with. I'd like to have proper ones myself someday. over 6 years ago

Easily_amused-trampt-2928f

Easily_Amused Will do! Once I have it up I will also post some pics. over 6 years ago

For me it was Devil Ned Flanders and a case of Android - Series 2. A year later, we're running out of places to put things (the joys of living in a small apartment) but wouldn't change a thing. We've met some amazing people, both on and offline and on a more personal level, collecting has helped kill a long standing artist block.

Hello_katie-trampt-2497f

Hello Katie

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over 6 years ago · Comment ·

Easily_amused-trampt-2928f

Easily_Amused I'd like to hear how it killed the artist block! over 6 years ago

Hello_katie-trampt-2497f

Hello Katie v Having inspiration literally everywhere I look is damn helpful. Seeing amazing artists do so much with simple designs or insanely intricate designs, using whatever materials they have on hand, different techniques, etc. I've met amazing people who have not only inspired me, but encouraged me to keep going or to try something new. over 6 years ago

Hello_katie-trampt-2497f

Hello Katie v While I have come across some pretty negative butts in the toy art scene, the overwhelming majority are fantastic, the community feel of Trampt has been great as well, everyone is so nice! over 6 years ago

Easily_amused-trampt-2928f

Easily_Amused LOL! I didn't think of it that way, maybe it will help cure my writers block to. over 6 years ago

Hello_katie-trampt-2497f

Hello Katie v Blocks of any kind suck like whoa, I hope you are able to squash your writers block swiftly and soundly. over 6 years ago

Easily_amused-trampt-2928f

Easily_Amused It's been here for a long while. I hope it will go away soon though. over 6 years ago

I only started collecting last December and I can honestly say my interest was sparked after watching two artist spotlights for a PS3 game called Modnation Racers, on Jesse Hernandez and Huck Gee. Didn't start collecting straight away, but after reading a few posts about collecting from fellow South African Vinyl Destination on our local PS3 forum, I googled the addiction and went out on eBay to get my hands on Kronk's Gingerman. :) The bug then bit.

Very shortly after I thought there must be a website to catalogue my growing collection and glanced over a very boring looking Rotocasted, found Trampt and the rest is history.

almost 7 years ago · Comment ·

My first was two 8" tall munnys, during the "Munny Month" back in 2010.

almost 7 years ago · Comment ·

Joe Ledbetter - Terror & Magnus (Death Metal)

So badass.

about 7 years ago · Comment ·

First blind box I bought was a Topsy Carnies from Dragatomi at Wondercon in 2010 

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valleyDweller

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about 7 years ago · Comment ·

Keegan-trampt-1698f

keegan a how long until you were customizing them? about 7 years ago

I start with the Cactus Dunny from Azteca Series 1!

about 7 years ago · Comment ·

I'd been kinda warily circling the designer toy hobby for a while, admiring stuff I saw in Juxtapoz but being too goddamn mystified by the whole thing to step in. Until Andrew Bell's Androids. I only wanted a standard green one... until I saw the Series 1 designs. I missed out on those, so I ponied up for a couple of Series 2 blind boxes when they cam out and the obsession just grew from there. The Android Series turned out to be a gateway drug, and through it I discovered the likes of Scott Tolleson, Gary Ham, Sket One, Huck Gee and tons of other artists.

To make matters worse, I seem to have picked up the customizing bug and have two custom projects on my plate as I type this. I spend all day being creative on a computer and blowing with the winds of executive decisions, so having a project where I can get my hands dirty with paint and clay and dangerous chemicals and work just to please myself is a welcome respite.

about 6 years ago · Comment ·

Spiv-trampt-2f

blake a I like this post, also, I just stalked your twitter (forgive me) and I like that you have typography as a background. One of these days I would love to commission a custom toy. Like picking a tattoo maybe I will just ruminate on it for another year or 5. about 6 years ago

Jollygreenpapa-trampt-1667f

jollygreenpapa v Thanks blake. Stalked and followed, good sir. I promise I'll post up my custom work when I'm done. It's slow going and I'm making plenty of mistakes, but I'm meeting scads of talented people online who are generous with their knowledge and patient with teh noobz. about 6 years ago

Spiv-trampt-2f

blake a I have found that the toy community in general is a pretty welcoming bunch. :) about 6 years ago

for me it was simply a good friend of mine buying me a DIY Munny. After making my first customization i then bought my first seriese ever .Dunny - 2010. my story isn't amazing like most of you though.

over 6 years ago · Comment ·

Jason Sho Green got me in to toys. I saw someone post his work on myspace (about 100 years ago) then started looking in to his work and saw some custom munnies he did. Then the ball started rolling!!

almost 7 years ago · Comment ·

I have two firsts (bought them at the same time). They were a couple blind box pulls from the Kidrobot 2009 Dunny Series - one was the MAD blue ape and the other was the Kozik smoking chef. I was instantly hooked! The stylistic approach of Mad and the humor and re-interpretation of the medium by Kozik were amazing. I have no idea why I bought them to begin with (I didn't even really know what they were) but I'm so glad I did! Although...my wallet was conspicuously more full before that day I started purchasing...

almost 7 years ago · Comment ·

Trexi Series 1 started me off. It is so sad that they have not done another series for about 5 years. I have got all their series complete.

almost 7 years ago · Comment ·

I started with Domo Qees, the candy cane. haha yup then moved onto dunny's and kaws. After a year or so my interests changed and now I collect kaiju/sofubi. very fluid likes 

about 7 years ago · Comment ·

Keegan-trampt-1698f

keegan a I think I'll have to open a conversation about understanding Kaiju. I like the sculpts but I have a hard time understanding the subtlety of the various color sprays. :) about 7 years ago

My first item was a kidrobot one, but not a dunny though.  It was an Debilz series Eduoard by Mist.    I really liked the figure and only found out much later that my first figure was a very rare one.  From there, I started collecting other things including dunnys of course... and towards other pieces, and eventually to my collection of customs.  There was no turning back...  :-)

A turnaround pic of the Debilz Eduoard in my flickr.

about 7 years ago · Comment ·

I can't point to any one item that got me started.  I don't even remember my first purchase any more.  I do remember that I read an article about an architect in the weekend Wall Street Journal and his house was covered in vinyl and prints and I thought at the time I'd love for my family room and office to look like that.  So I started collecting pretty seriously after that point.

about 7 years ago · Comment ·

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masao626 i love this! i'm pretty thoroughly obsessed with displays and integrating collections into decor and this sounds like an inspired start to collecting! almost 7 years ago

I got started just last month. I'm a robot programmer and like robot things. I have robot artwork hanging up at home and my daughter has tons of robot onesies and I have a few humorous robot shirts. Anyways we went to Disney World and we were looking for souvenir's and I spotted the blind box robot mix-up. I love vinyl records and thought badass vinyl toys so I bought 4 boxes opened them up and they were pretty cool. Went online a few days later and found this whole crazy world of awesomeness vinyl toys and my collection has gotten quite large quite fast haha.

over 6 years ago · Comment ·

Easily_amused-trampt-2928f

Easily_Amused Welcome to the addiction! Since you're into robots you should check out Cris Rose and Ashley Wood! They make some pretty cool robbot art toys. over 6 years ago

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