Creative Post has a nice and concise review of Kid Robot and the Urban Toy movement. Urban Toys, they report, were born in 1997 when designer Michael Lau showed up...

Creative Post has a nice and concise review of Kid Robot and the Urban Toy movement. Urban Toys, they report, were born in 1997 when designer Michael Lau showed up at a Hong Kong toy show with GI-Joes he had customized into hip-hop street fashion figures.

"Over the past few years Urban toys have hit the USA & Europe. As a result, some artists like Michael Lau & Jason Siu (Hong Kong), Pete Fowler (UK), Seen and Tristan Eaton (USA) have become celebrities in their own rights. Artists have begun branching out into mini-figures such as Kubricks & Qees, as well as plush toys, 12” figures, and even good old plastic. Sony Japan recently launched their Time Capsule project, producing capsule toys for Japanese vending machines (and Kidrobot) with Western & Japanese artists."

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