When I started Vinyl Pulse, nearly every other day brought a “geek out” moment –- the thrill of seeing yet another incredible vinyl toy. After five years and change, these moments come fairly rarely – for me there’s still plenty of good design, but less head-turning figures and that’s not really surprising. Over time the amazing, becomes the ‘very good’ as conventions form and the eye grows accustomed to them.
When Nakanari, asked me to look at a new toy from new Chinese company 909toy, I had no idea that their Eggcore Rabbit would once again bring out the fan boy in me. The Rabbit is crazy detailed yet still manages to retain the “designer toy” aesthetic. The figure has that precious “it really exists” joy. One look had me scouring the web for as much info as I could digest. Thankfully Vince of VTSS who is 909Toy’s PR person filled in all the blanks. Before I drop the mind dump on the Eggcore Rabbit, I’m happy to announce that 909toy has agreed to sponsor a Vinyl Pulse contest for one of their figures. More about that in a minute.
A brief history is in order. Eggcore? The universe of warring robots came to life in ‘04 with an initial prototype created by Chinese artist Alien. After a HK toy company eventually concluded that the figures were too complex to manufacture, Alien, his brother 01kkk, and another friend decided to go ahead and form 909toy to produce the figure.
After considering and testing the gamut of possible materials, production of the Eggcore Rabbit has been completed and the figure will drop in July in three limited editions. Each figure is built from 56 individual PVC parts and requires half an hour of time to assemble at the factory. The original (black + white) edition is limited to 200 pieces and will retail for $98. There are also two rarer editions – the Black Gold (80 pcs, $128) and the sublime wood edition (30 pcs, $258). While the pricing is clearly on the higher side – this seems to be a result of the tremendous complexity and low run numbers.
In a move that I can’t recall seeing before, 909toy is stirring things up by offering a small number of the two rarer edition figures as chases randomly inserted in the original edition boxes. Specifically, the 200 pcs of the original edition break down into 176 black + white, 20 black gold, and four of the wood edition.
Eggcore is off to a sweet start with Rabbit. Here’s hoping that collectors dig the Rabbit and make the three planned future Eggcore ‘bots a reality.
So as I was saying earlier, 909toy have a graciously sponsored a contest for you, the loyal Vinyl Pulse reader. We’re giving away one of the original black+white Eggcore figs. Entering is simple and painless – write a comment on this post by the deadline of Wednesday, June 9th @ 8 PM PDT. One randomly selected winner will receive the figure. Please note that the figure has not yet shipped, so prize fulfillment will be delayed until it does.
1. To enter write a comment on this post.
2. Deadline to enter is Wednesday, June 9th 2010 @ 8 PM PDT
3. Duplicate entries will result in disqualification.
4. One randomly chosen winner will receive an original (black+white) Eggcore Rabbit from 909toy.
5. Winner must respond to our notification within 72 hours.