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Only 1 Day Left to Submit your Entry for the Designer Toy Awards 2012

Toys aren’t just child’s play. Over the past decade, a growing number of artists have turned to toys as their canvases of choice, producing figurines so intricate and innovative that they could be considered miniature sculptures. Consumers have responded eagerly, scooping up vinyl toys with the zeal they once reserved for limited-edition sneakers and rare art prints. To commend the most exciting talent in this booming realm, Clutter magazine has organized the Designer Toy Awards, currently in its second year of existence.

The 2012 Designer Toy Awards includes designs selected by the DTA board (which this year includes Bay area artist Kathie Olivas, illustrator and toy designer Brandt Peters, VinylPulse.com founder Jack Muramatsu, custom-painted toy designer and animator Jesse Hernandez, and other luminaries), as well as designs submitted by aficionados and artists.

The Community Choice Awards categories include: Artist of the Year, for those who have released exciting pieces and amassed sizable fan bases; Best Blog, recognizing those who diligently cover the toy industry; Best Sofubi, reserved for toys made of sofubi, a Japanese soft vinyl; Fan Favorite, reserved for top-selling designs; Best Online Toy Store, which nods online retailers with expansive selections; Best Toy Store, dedicated to the top brick-and-mortar retailers; Best Collection, meant to honor toy gurus with particularly impressive collections; Best Toy From A Comic, which encompasses toys whose design was adapted from an officially licensed comic book; and Best DIY Platform, which celebrates blank toys that can be customized by consumers through interchangeable parts, hand-painted motifs, and more.

Whether you’re a toy designer, a blogger, a collector, or just an avid fan, you can nominate your favorite brand, artist, toy release, boutique, and collection by visiting DesignerToyAwards.com/Nominations. The dealine to submit an entry is tomorrow, Friday June 15th, at 11:55 p.m. PST, so act quick!

In the meantime, check out some of the toys currently nominated in the Fan Favorite category. At top, you’ll find the Beast Brothers’ Ivory Warrior Skullendario Azteca, followed by the DrilOne Gas Mask Dunny,  the blue Mini-MADL, the Chaukoskis x Kidrobot Birro The Clown Dunny, and Jon-Paul Kaiser’s Captain Turnbrau.

 

 

 

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