Urban vinyl

Strolled through some shops for the first time in weeks, and suddenly there’s a glut of great new books about designer toys. Hard to decide which one’s the best – they all appeal for different reasons… Now the question is: what’s more important – the toys or the books?

I am Plastic: the designer toy explosion by KidRobot. Visit the online shop and events section while you’re at it.

Plastic Culture: How Japanese Toys Conquered the World by Woodrow Phoenix.

Dot Dot Dash! Designer Toys, Action Figures and Character Art by the Pictoplasma people.

This last one is not about vinyl toys, and it doesn’t examine of the development of its genre of soft toys. It’s more of an art book or catalogue documenting various stages of work in progress, covered in tactile felt and badges.

Neighbourhood by Rinzen, published by Victionary. Nice projects at both sites too.

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