Produced by the largest Japanese collectible Toy company Medicom. The first figure was released 27th May 2001 as a free gift for visitors of the World Character convention. These toys stemmed from the already popular Kubricks, which pay homage to Director Stanly Kubrick, you’ll notice that their logo is the same font as A Clockwork Orange and coincidently has linguistic significance. Ku means 9 in Japanese and every kubrick and bearbrick contains nine parts, (collectors refer to these as tools) head, torso, hips, hands and legs. Additionally, one of the original designers had previously worked at Lego hence the word Brick in their title and their similarity to the lego figures.
Be@rbricks are released in several varying sizes using a variety of materials, including wood, felt, and glow-in-the-dark plastic. The most common are seven centimeters high, and these figures are referred to as 100% Be@rbricks. We also carry 400% that are 28 centimeters high, and 1000% that are 70 centimeters high.
Be@rbricks differ from their
predecessor Kubricks, in that each series includes 18 figures in 10
different themes, which are constant from series to series:
* Basic, a solid-color figure with a letter in a second color on its chest; when all nine figures are placed in a row, they spell the word Be@rbrick.
* Jellybean, a solid-color figure molded in translucent plastic.
* Pattern, a figure with a patterned deco that may range from polka dots to patterns designed by artist and designer Charles Eames.
* Flag, a figure painted as a nation’s flag.
* Horror, a figure with a theme based upon a well-known horror film, or other source in the horror genre.
* SF (an abbreviation of science fiction), a figure with a theme based upon a science fiction source, often a film.
* Cute, a figure which visually represents the concept of cuteness.
* Animal, a figure which depicts an actual animal.
* Artist: two figures, each designed by a visual artist.
They are released twice a year and when
you buy the 100% you usually get a lucky dip. Each series has a
percentage on the box of the likley-hood that you’ll get it, making the
rare ones highly sought after!
Designers and artists from around world are invited to make Bearbricks and these are sometime released individually such as the recent Elvis bearbrick.
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