One of the things I enjoy so much about writing this blog, is learning something new. Bearbricks are new to me. Entirely new. I feel quite out of the loop after researching them, as they are very popular. Where have I been? This collection of Bearbricks is Adam’s. He is always in the hunt of quirky, cool things and is an avid collector. No wonder he is in the know about Bearbricks.
Bearbrick is a collectable toy designed and produced by the Japanese company MediCom Toy Incorporated. The first Bearbrick was released on the 27 May 2001 as a free gift to visitors of the World Character Convention 12 in Tokyo. Since then Bearbricks have been released in several different sizes using a variety of materials, including wood, felt, and glow-in-the-dark plastic.
I love the way Bearbricks are sold. They are mostly sold in individual “blind boxes”. The only way to know which particular figure is inside is to buy the box and open it! I guess a little like a Kinder surprise without the chance of getting a naff jigsaw. The box states the frequency of each figure in percentages. While many retailers sell Bearbricks in blind boxes, each for the same price, other retailers calculate the frequency of the figures, and sell them at prices that vary accordingly. Designers can design a “one off” Bearbrick. People like Karl Lagerfeld and Vivienne Westwood have designed a Brickbear. Cool!
Adam starting collecting Bearbricks whilst he was on holiday in Japan. Some were brand new, some were second hand. He then found Bearbricks for sale in Melbourne, which helped grow his collection and then Wellington. They sit proudly in the living room, on an oak cabinet, keeping an eye on the place. It must be very handy for his wife at Christmas, birthday and anniversary time as it’s a wonderful gift that ensures husband happiness. Adam’s favourite Bearbrick is the glow in the dark skeleton.
I so look forward to sharing Adam’s future “outhouse” which will display all his figurines, including the Bearbricks. His love of toys and figurines is quite contagious. At present however, many of the figurines are in storage until the area is ready. I wait with anticipation for it’s completion!