Swag! The Toy Collecting Five Points Festival 2018 Edition

by Hannah Means Shannon

The Five Points Festival was held for its second year over the weekend of June 2nd and June 3rd, and one of big focuses of the show is Designer Toys, while “street art” more generally, as well as good trucks and craft beer, are part of their ethos, too. The DTA’s, or Designer Toy Awards, have been running longer, for 8 years now, but joined forces with Five Points both last year and this year for their awards event, and for showcasing the winners at the Festival itself.
As such, this show is the place to be for original, handmade vinyl and plastic toys particularly, and toys that have been custom altered with artistic vision in mind. I love handmade comics, and I find handmade toys and sculpts very interesting, too. I’m particularly drawn in by the bright colors and use of plastic and vinyl, as someone who collects vinyl toys anyway.

This time at Five Points, I took the plunge and bought some toys that were a little pricier than I usually spring for, but I’m very happy with my choices.
Firstly, I got a vinyl figure with a sci-fi feel labelled “John n’ Yoko’s Space Diary” hailing from Hong Kong. The mid-sized figure is made of starry dark vinyl with a thin rainbow-like sheen over the surface like you might associate with soap bubbles. They seem to have a blog. But a wider search reveals so many toys in this line that I now want. Oh dear.

Secondly, I got a custom Pop Vinyl and limited edition enamel pin from tablemates Mars of Mr. Mars Studios and Cash Cannon of 4 The Luv of Everything. The Pop Vinyl was a customized version of a Toys ‘r’ Us exclusive Star-Lord figure from Guardians of the Galaxy, which had been rendered into dayglo pink with a bronze/gold outer layer and details like spatter. He also has an amazing glow-in-the-dark feature under blacklight.


The custom pin is from a Krispy Kreme run of donut dunnys, which Mars had also produced as a figure, alongside dunnys like Voodoo Donuts.

These guys are both do great work and should definitely check them out.
Though I am a newbie when it comes to custom and designer toys, I think after attending my second year of Five Points Festival, I am becoming a little more aware of how awesome art-driven toys can be and why geeks should explore and get involved in this world more fully.

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