The Designer Toy Awards [PICTORIAL]

Awesome trophies by Pete Fowler & Pretty in Plastic

The Designer Toy Awards were an attempt to “celebrate the creativity, innovation and artistic excellence of the Art Toy market”. Say what you will about how it actually went down, but I still think it’s a good idea. While I’m happy to go on about the DTA’s many flaws (perhaps over a pot of coffee), I’m currently letting tales of appreciation from some of the night’s winners (like Gary Ham, Doktor A and Jason Freeny) wash over me. Here’s your Facebook for the DTAs.

Jim Crawford, Josh Kimberg and Miranda O'Brien: organizers of the DTAs

Jim Crawford, Josh Kimberg and Miranda O’Brien: organizers of the DTAs

DTAs MC, Shotgun Sean and Presenter, Tara McPherson

DTAs MC, Shotgun Sean and Presenter, Tara McPherson

The Sucklord and Lamour Supreme

The Sucklord and Lamour Supreme

Best Plush Shortlist Nominee, Holly Stanway and Best Customizer Shortlist Nominee, Chris Ryniak

Best Plush Shortlist Nominee, Holly Stanway and Best Customizer Nominee, Chris Ryniak

There is a lot more ahead. Like 50 photos, dude. Click through.

SpankyStokes presenting the award for Best Collaboration

SpankyStokes presenting the award for Best Collaboration

Ron English getting a reaction out of The Vinyl Frontier's director, Daniel Zana

Ron English getting a reaction out of The Vinyl Frontier’s director, Daniel Zana

Julie B and SpankyStokes

Julie B and SpankyStokes

Ferg accepting the award for Best Collab (Trouble Boys w/ Brandt Peters)

Ferg accepting the award for Best Collab (Trouble Boys w/ Brandt Peters)

Don't mess with us: Dril One, Super Cooper, SpankyStokes, Jeremyriad

Don’t mess with us: Dril One, Super Cooper, SpankyStokes, Jeremyriad

Lifetime Achievement Shortlist Nominee, Frank Kozik with Sharon Kozik

Don’t mess with them either: Lifetime Achievement Nominee, Frank Kozik with Sharon Kozik

ThreeA Legion accepting Artist of the Year for Ashley Wood

ThreeA Legion accepting on behalf of Artist & Manufacturer of the Year, Ashley Wood/3A

Miranda O'Brien of Clutter and Julie B of Pretty in Plastic

Miranda O’Brien of Clutter and Julie B of Pretty in Plastic

Designer Toy Twins: The Beast Brothers!

Designer Toy Twins: The Beast Brothers!

Gary Ham accepting his award for Best Self-Produced Toy

Gary Ham accepting his award for Best Self-Produced Toy

Jermaine Rogers and Brian McCarty

Jermaine Rogers and Brian McCarty

Ben of 3Dretro and Stephen of Plastic City

Ben of 3Dretro and Stephen of Plastic City

Ferg accepting his award for Best 1/6 Scale Figure

Ferg accepting his award for Best 1/6 Scale Figure

Jeremyriad and Toy of the Year Presenter, Ron English!

Jeremyriad and Toy of the Year Presenter, Ron English!

The Designer Toy Awards at Bar Basic

Skinner, Lamour Supreme, Kirby and Whitney Kerr

Carl accepting his award for Best Collection

Carl accepting his award for Best Collection

The Designer Toy Awards at Bar Basic

Paul Kaiju making with the applause

Awesome trophies by Pete Fowler & Pretty in Plastic

Awesome trophies by Pete Fowler & Pretty in Plastic

Kirby Kerr presenting the award for Breakthrough Artist

Whitney & Kirby Kerr of Rotofugi presenting the award for Breakthrough Artist

Closeup of Jason Freeny's trophy for Breakthrough Artist

Closeup of Jason Freeny’s trophy for Breakthrough Artist

Shawn Smith of Shawnimals presenting at the DTAs

Shawn Smith of Shawnimals presenting at the DTAs

Brothers from Another Mother: Jeremyriad and Chauskoskis

Brothers from Another Mother: Jeremyriad and Chauskoskis

Patrick Lam of Munky King presenting the award for Outstanding Production to Coarse Toys

Patrick Lam of Munky King presenting the award for Outstanding Production to Coarse Toys

ZacPac at the Designer Toy Awards!

ZacPac at the Designer Toy Awards!

Whitney and Kirby Kerr of Rotofugi accepting their awards for Best Toy Store

Whitney and Kirby Kerr of Rotofugi accepting their awards for Best Toy Store

The Designer Toy Awards at Bar Basic

Holly Stanway, J*RYU, Johnjo, Shawn Smith, Brian Szabelski…

Andrew Bell accepting his award for Fan Favorite

Andrew Bell accepting his award for Fan Favorite

Fan Favorite, Andrew Bell and Artist of the Year Shortlist Nominee, Chris Ryniak

Fan Favorite, Andrew Bell and Artist of the Year Shortlist Nominee, Chris Ryniak

Frank Kozik presenting an award

Frank Kozik presenting an award

Johnjo and Holly Stanway visiting from the UK

Johnjo and Holly Stanway visiting from the UK

Jesse Hernandez and Yoskay Yamamoto

Jesse Hernandez and Yoskay Yamamoto

Jeremyriad and Ray Suavillo of Dragatomi

Jeremyriad and Ray Suavillo of Dragatomi

Kidrobot accepting its award for Best Platform

Kidrobot accepting its award for Best Platform

Dril One; Best Blog Shortlist Nominee, SpankyStokes and Ritzy Periwinkle

Dril One; Best Blog Shortlist Nominee, SpankyStokes and Ritzy Periwinkle

Ron English presenting the award for Toy of the Year

Ron English presenting the award for Toy of the Year

Kevin Winnick of Toy2R USA and Jim Crawford, co-founder of STRANGEco

Kevin Winnick of Toy2R USA and Jim Crawford, co-founder of STRANGEco

Triclops Studio presenting at the DTAs

Triclops Studio presenting at the DTAs

Gorilla Mouth and Toypinionated

Troy Stith, Matt Hisey and their lovely GFs

Sucklord, Dril One and Scott Tolleson

Sucklord, Dril One and Scott Tolleson

Quan Vu and Jay222

Quan Vu and Jay222

Simone Legno of tokidoki

Simone Legno of tokidoki

Frank Kozik being interviewed for real television!

Frank Kozik being interviewed for real television!

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