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Jul 22, 2011

Seen: Black Ball + DTA 2011 Awards


After the first full day of the ‘con, it was time to party. The spot?  Bar Basic for Munky King’s annual party.  This year’s ‘Black Ball’ featured live painting on a giant Possessed sculpture by Luke Chueh, Yoskay Yamamoto, Jesse Hernandez, and Angry Woebots.  Featuring an agreed upon black, blue and white palette, the finished piece feels like a coherent whole and looks sharp as well.

As the live painting wrapped up, attention turned to the  presentation of the awards for the first annual Designer Toy Awards presented by Clutter Magazine .  Hosted by , the ceremony featured guest presenters, and a video display of each category’s nominees.   While one can always quibble with the results, we’re extremely happy with the selection of Michael Lau for the Lifetime Achievement award, the obvious and justly deserving choice.

In case you missed the proceedings, here’s a run-down of tonight’s winners (thanks to my new favorite memory aid aka Steve Talkowski’s twitter):

  • Fan Favorite                 Andrew Bell
  • Best Online Store         Rotofugi
  • Best Plush Design          Plunk and Pop. Anna Chambers.
  • Best Collaboration         Trouble Boys. Brandt Peters & Ferg.
  • Best Collection             Carl “Muton”
  • Best Customizer            Doktor A
  • Best Blog                      Toysrevil (congrats Andy!)
  • Best Licensed                Jumbo Stormtrooper. Super7.
  • Best DIY Platform            Mini Munny. Kidrobot.
  • Best Self Produced         Hermes. Gary Ham.
  • Best Toy from a Comic     Kill Audio. Vinyl Cut.
  • Best Mini Series               Tic Toc Apocalypse. Amanda Visell.
  • Manufacturer of the Year   ThreeA
  • Best Toy Store                   Rotofugi
  • Breakthrough Artist            Jason Freeny
  • Most Influential Event          SDCC
  • Best Functional Toy.            Mimobot. Mimico.
  • Outstanding Production       False Friends. Coarse Toys.
  • Best 1/6th Figure                 Playge Rat. Ferg.
  • Artist of the Year                Ashley Wood
  • Toy of the Year                   4 ft. Companion. KAWS.

Congratulations to all the winners.  Here’s hoping the DTAs inspire folks to keep up the great work and to come together to promote the medium we all love, art toys.


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wow. some horrible shit won.

^^ Agreed..

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