Mr Blank Toys produces limited edition custom hand-made Designer and Bootleg Art-Toy resin figures inspired by the nostalgia for the 80’s, 90’s, and today… since November 2017.
For as long as I can remember I’ve used pieces of barbie dolls, broken electronic toys, baby doll heads, and other pre-existing toys in my own art and performances. So making self-produced customized bootleg art figures wasn’t much of a stretch for me. Whether creating physical or performance based art, I maintain the goal to always create the highest quality of work with as little means necessary, wowing the audience with something they’ve never heard or seen before.
In toy making I remain true to my process by doing everything myself – handmade, hand painted, hand poured and designed using my own twisted commentary on the entertainment culture that shaped and inspired me growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, mixing multiple pop-culture references into my own abstract concepts. As I continue to develop my sculpting, molding, and casting skills further I rely heavily on my own artistic experience, techniques, and abilities… not so much on bootlegged parts from Star Wars or G.I.Joe toys, although that definitely adds to the fun as well!
Currently I have many prototypes in development and in the process of releasing many of them soon. Take a look at the gallery below for pics of past releases:
ACCOMPLISHMENTS / APPEARANCES
2019 Designer Toy Awards “Best Non-Licensed” nominee for the “No Toys 4 Us” (aka the homeless and unemployed Geoffrey the Giraffe Toys R Us mascot) figure released through DKE Toys which sold out first day of San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) 2018.
I have had the privilege of showing pieces at: Clutter Magazine “(In)Action Figures 7“, ZaPow Gallery in Asheville NC in conjunction with the first annual Assembly Required Designer Toy Expo. “The Dead Have Resin #3” group show at Atomic Books in Baltimore MD (April 5), “We Are The Robots” group show at Sp(a)ce Gallery in Pasadena (May 4) curated by Mark Todd & DKE Toys, and at the Winterville Center for Community & Culture (July-Sept).
Coming up you can find me or my art at: Designer Con 2019 (in the DKE Toys booth), *Assembly Required (Feb 15-16, 2020), Toylanta (March 20-22, 2020), and more TBA.
You can view pictures of finished pieces and the process of making, molding, casting, painting, and packaging them by following me on Instagram or reading my Blank Blog. All releases are limited edition runs, hand made and packaged by me, all are only available while supplies last.