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
DTAs MC, Shotgun Sean and Presenter, Tara McPherson
The Sucklord and Lamour Supreme
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
Ron English getting a reaction out of The Vinyl Frontier’s director, Daniel Zana
Julie B and SpankyStokes
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 them either: Lifetime Achievement Nominee, Frank Kozik with Sharon Kozik
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
Designer Toy Twins: The Beast Brothers!
Gary Ham accepting his award for Best Self-Produced Toy
Jermaine Rogers and Brian McCarty
Ben of 3Dretro and Stephen of Plastic City
Ferg accepting his award for Best 1/6 Scale Figure
Jeremyriad and Toy of the Year Presenter, Ron English!
Skinner, Lamour Supreme, Kirby and Whitney Kerr
Carl accepting his award for Best Collection
Paul Kaiju making with the applause
Awesome trophies by Pete Fowler & Pretty in Plastic
Whitney & Kirby Kerr of Rotofugi presenting the award for Breakthrough Artist
Closeup of Jason Freeny’s trophy for Breakthrough Artist
Shawn Smith of Shawnimals presenting at the DTAs
Brothers from Another Mother: Jeremyriad and Chauskoskis
Patrick Lam of Munky King presenting the award for Outstanding Production to Coarse Toys
ZacPac at the Designer Toy Awards!
Whitney and Kirby Kerr of Rotofugi accepting their awards for Best Toy Store
Holly Stanway, J*RYU, Johnjo, Shawn Smith, Brian Szabelski…
Andrew Bell accepting his award for Fan Favorite
Fan Favorite, Andrew Bell and Artist of the Year Shortlist Nominee, Chris Ryniak
Frank Kozik presenting an award
Johnjo and Holly Stanway visiting from the UK
Jesse Hernandez and Yoskay Yamamoto
Jeremyriad and Ray Suavillo of Dragatomi
Kidrobot accepting its award for Best Platform
Dril One; Best Blog Shortlist Nominee, SpankyStokes and Ritzy Periwinkle
Ron English presenting the award for Toy of the Year
Kevin Winnick of Toy2R USA and Jim Crawford, co-founder of STRANGEco
Triclops Studio presenting at the DTAs
Troy Stith, Matt Hisey and their lovely GFs
Sucklord, Dril One and Scott Tolleson
Quan Vu and Jay222
Simone Legno of tokidoki
Frank Kozik being interviewed for real television!