Bravo to Kidrobot for producing an affordable vinyl art multiple by Dutch artist, Parra! Within just the past five years, Parra has released several unique large fiberglass sculptures and limited edition porcelains, mainly through Belgium’s Toykyo. These have included the Take a Rest Birds, The Sitting Douche, The Not So Happy Birds, Popfruit and Fly Coffee Tables. They’re all excellent multi-dimensional translations of Parra’s graphic style, but perhaps a little on the pricey side for many toy art collectors.
Enter Pierced, a 10-inch vinyl sculpture by Parra produced by Kidrobot. While Kidrobot has recently had a rough time with quality control problems (most recently this), I’m extremely happy to report that Pierced is fantastic. The minimal tri-color palette alternates between matte and gloss, for a look that really pops.
Pierced also has a unique spin on ‘playability’. There may not be any articulated parts, but since Parra designed Pierced as a 360 degree sculptures, collectors do have a choice in how they display the piece and view its story. You could switch it around or put it on an automated lazy susan if you really wanted to.
The price of $150 is pretty outstanding in my opinion, particularly when compared to more expensive (and less interesting) figures from Kidrobot’s Black line and significantly pricier porcelains. Parra’s Pierced goes on sale this Thursday, June 7th at Kidrobot locations and retailers. There are only 300 pieces in this edition, so if you’re ordering online, make a backup plan in case of server meltdown. I personally recommend picking up Pierced from Dragatomi in California: nice people and quick shipping.
Click through for more photos and another animated gif. I couldn’t help myself! Pierced was made for giffing! If you’re interested in learning a bit more about Parra, check out my notes from his recent guest lecture at SFMOMA here. The 99% also has a great interview with him entitled “My Life Has Surpassed Expectations”.