The Taipei Toy Festival is on right now (mmm, I can almost smell the vinyl wafting from Huashan 1914 Creative Park over to my apartment) and runs through tomorrow. I spend each year looking forward to it and then a day or two running like crazy through the exhibition, taking photos, inspecting handmade figures and blowing way more cash than I planned. I think I comported myself pretty well this year, though, because I only bought an Amanda Visell seahorse and rider figure by Paradise Toy. One of a kind versions of the seahorse made by Visell were also on sale.
This year’s “character of honor” is Old Master Q (老夫子), one of the most popular comic characters in the Chinese-reading world (here is an article I wrote a couple years ago about how the brand, which is nearing its 50th anniversary, keeps itself current). Old Master Q invited artists to re-imagine Old Master Q and his friends. I loved Colasa‘s eerie T-shirt designs.
Mmm… jellyfish and brains, my favorite summer salad.
Three-Eyed Mickey is one of the many limited edition figures for sale at the festival.
One of the Three-Eyed Mickey’s co-producers is COLT, Inc, Edison Chen’s design company. Chen was on hand to sign autographs after the opening ceremony with his (rather attractive) bodyguard in tow. Everyone who wasn’t manning a booth crowded around the stage to take snapshots of Chen, which was just great for me because it made it easier for me to get to my toys.
La Petite Mu Mu by Hong Kong’s Fion Ko, one of my favorite indie toy designers.
D-La‘s intrepretation of Anping sword lions (安平劍獅).
The ever popular, highly customizable C.i.Boys series.
You know how Milan Kundera defines kitsch as the “denial of shit”? Well, what would Kundera say about alien shit? This nifty set up by Dream Worker (夢工廠) attracted a lot of attention.
An absolutely amazing Bruce Lee figure by ENTERBAY.
A figure from Taiwan Kungtsai’s (台灣工仔) laborer series.
A detail from Taiwan Kungtsai’s chandelier-like “fish skeleton” sculpture.