Friday, May 11, 2012

Toy Review: Metallic Silver Big Kid Vinyl Figure by Johnny Cupcakes

Unpainted Metallic Silver Big Kid Vinyl Figure by Johnny Cupcakes

There is nothing better for The Blot as a fan and as a collector than when two of passions collide. So obviously when I found out that Johnny Cupcakes would be releasing his own line of collectible vinyl figures The Blot was pretty excited. I have been especially looking forward to the 5.5” vinyl figure of Johnny Cupcakes’ mascot Big Kid, which debuted last October at New York Comic-Con. The only question is which colorway should I get!?!

Obey Giant Mr. Spray Vinyl Figure by Shepard Fairey & Unpainted Metallic Silver Big Kid Vinyl Figure by Johnny Cupcakes

That question got answered pretty quickly when my good friends at Johnny Cupcakes surprised me with a present, an unpainted Metallic Silver Big Kid!!! While the Metallic Silver and Metallic Gold colorways were showcased at NYCC 2011, these awesome figures have not yet been released to the public yet. So I have no idea their run size or price (sorry!). What I do is they’re all kinds of fun. It really is Johnny’s mascot come to live, weird proportions and all! How can you not want a cute and quirky figure like this in your collection?

Unpainted Metallic Silver Big Kid Vinyl Figure by Johnny Cupcakes and Kidrobot Obey Giant 8 Inch Dunny by Shepard Fairey

One thing to note is the Big Kid vinyl figure has no articulation. While it might have been fun to move his head and arms, the lack of articulation goes unnoticed. I mean let’s be honest, with the Big Kid’s huge body there’s really no place for those arms to go! The only negative I’ve heard about this figure is it’s sometimes hard to keep him standing due to its tiny feet. Clearly the Big Kid was not designed with the thought he might be turned into a toy one day. For the most part mine stands with no problems, but you definitely have line him up just right. It’s nothing that a little museum putty won’t cure!

Metallic Silver Big Kid Vinyl Figure Packaging Top by Johnny Cupcakes

Metallic Silver Big Kid Vinyl Figure Packaging Turnaround by Johnny Cupcakes

I might be biased, but I really love this figure. It’s the kind of toy that fits perfectly in any collection, and won’t break your bank whether you want one or all five planned colorways. Currently three Big Kid colorways are available via the Johnny Cupcakes online store: OG “Classic” Painted Big Kid ($34.99), the Blank Do It Yourself Big Kid ($29.99) and the New York Comic-Con 2011 exclusive limited edition Glow in the Dark Big Kid ($99.99). I highly recommend scooping up an unpainted white DIY Big Kid and get to painting, doodling or just letting your imagination run wild!
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