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BE@RBRICK 101

A Beginner’s Guide To All Things BE@RBRICK

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What does Pharrell, Grace Coddington and Ben Baller all have in common? An affinity for toy collecting. This may sound peculiar at first, but the toy in question is the BE@RBRICK – a little bear-shaped brick toy that’s made its ways into studios, MTV cribs and galleries across the world. It wouldn’t be too far of a stretch to say that these vinyl toys have become canvases for modern expression, playing a crucial role in the intersection of style, art and fashion.

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BE@RBRICKs are a form of collectible toy that resemble a cross between LEGO and well, a bear. These block-style figurines boast teddy bear-style heads that have become an integral pillar of the collectible toy scene. In fact, it wouldn’t be so far-fetched to say that it almost single-handedly carved out the fad of toy collecting in modern times, treading the very fine line between toy and art. Since its inception, BE@RBRICKs have become one of the most recognizable characters in the world, and some of the most sought after.

While regular toy figurines are normally reserved for kids, these bear-like objects have spoken to a more sophisticated crowd. Having been known to sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars on resell markets (the most expensive one sold for close to $200,000 USD), BE@RBRICKs are anything but juvenile.

With anything is a collector’s item, there’s a bit of a learning curve getting in. Let us teach you the basics.

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The Beginnings

BE@RBRICKS are designed and produced by Japan’s MediCom Toy, a company that is best known for its plastic figurines. The company was founded in 1996 to make limited edition figures and licensed products. It has long created plastic figurines of popular culture.

The BE@RBRICK’S design and concept was loosely based on another line of MediCom Toy’s — the Kubrick, which pay homage to famed director Stanley Kubrick. The line of Kubricks are also represented by a logo that uses the same font as A Clockwork Orange‘s official poster, while the name also coincidentally includes the Japanese word for nine — “ku.” Both Kubricks and BE@RBRICKS are comprised of nine parts — a head, torso, hips, arms, hands, and legs with joints that can move. While the Kubrick toys bear resemblance to a human form, the BE@RBRICK, as mentioned, is an anthropomorphized bear.

Most BE@RBRICKS are comprised of hard plastic, but over time, different series have introduced different materials into the mix, including metal and wood. Regardless, the most common form of BE@RBRICKS are made of plastic, however, MediCom Toy has experimented with different plastics over time.

The first BE@RBRICK was released May 27 2001 and given out as a free gift to attendees of the World Character Convention in Tokyo, Japan. This iteration was a simple white bear featuring the BE@RBRICK logo — a blue bear shape with a red “@” enclosed within. Measuring in at 70 mm, this marked the standard BE@RBRICK size — the 100%.

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Sizing Specifications

With the first BE@RBRICK dubbed the 100%, all following sizes also follow the same system. Generally, BE@RBRICKS range between 50% to 1000%. Aside from these standard sizes, there have been some collections that featured BE@RBRICKS of different shapes and sizes — these fall under the “OTHER” category.

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  • 50%, 35 mm – These BE@RBRICKS are normally released in the form of keychains.
  • 70%, 50 mm – First introduced in 2006, the 70% BE@RBRICKS were originally collectible items alongside other products. Since then, many have adopted this format as a form of lucky charm. In response to this, MediCom toy has produced 70% BE@RBRICKS adorned with auspicious and customizable tags.
  • 100%, 70 mm – The most classic and common format. All BE@RBRICK series are released in this size and are available in blind boxes.
  • 200%, 145 mm – A relatively newer format and are only released in the “Chogokin” Series. These are all constructed of die-cast metal and weigh in at 400 g.
  • 400%, 280 mm – The second most common format, most collectors buy BE@RBRICKS in 400% form.
  • 1000%, 700 mm – The largest regular BE@RBRICK size, the 1000% is normally reserved as collectible statue pieces.

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Releases

All BE@RBRICKS releases can be categorized into “SERIES” and “TYPES.” There are two drops a year, and each BE@RBRICK “SERIES” are released in the summer or the winter. Each SERIES are consecutively numbered and consist of four different TYPES. As of press time, the latest is SERIES 31.

  • Basic — Nine different designs with each figure bearing a letter that all come together and spell “BE@RBRICK”
  • Standard — All BE@RBRICKS in this series consist of th different recurring “THEMES” (see below).
  • Artist — Normally consists of designs created in collaboration with an artist.
  • Secret — Unannounced designs that are usually rarer, may also consist of collaborative designs. They may belong to any of the below Themes

Within the “Standard” Series are different “THEMES.” The most common themes include the following

  • Jellybean — a solid-colored figure constructed of translucent plastic.
  • Pattern — a figure boasting a pattern.
  • Flag — a figure boasting a nation’s flag
  • Horror — a figure that is made to resemble a character or theme in the horror genre.
  • SF (Science Fiction) — a figure based on a science fiction theme, usually a film.
  • Cute — a figure bearing resemblance to something “cute.”
  • Animal — a figure bearing resemblance to another animal.
  • Hero — a newer THEME which was introduced in SERIES 21, and consists of superheroes from DC Comics.

All BE@RBRICKS are limited edition and rarely re-released. All of the aforementioned SERIES are purchasable in blind boxes — each box usually contains one figure. All boxes are available in a case, and each case consists of 24 blind boxes. All contents of boxes are random, and it is impossible to discern what is inside a blind box without opening the package. Hence, it is extremely difficult to collect a whole set.

Aside from the schedule SERIES releases that come in the summer and winter, there are general releases that fall throughout the year. These drops are usually individual designs or sometimes in a collection of two or three. These designs vary — they can be tied to a certain season or holiday, commemorating a theme or event, but they are largely collaborative designs.

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Rarity

Each BE@RBRICK SERIES and THEME has its own level of rarity, with the most common being the Basic themed figures. Each blind box states the rarity of the themes, all of which is listed below.

Basic BE@RBRICKS — 14.58 percent

Standard BE@RBRICKS

  • Jellybean — 11.45 percent
  • Pattern — 11.45 percent
  • Flag — 9.37 percent
  • Horror, 9.37 percent
  • SF — 10.41 percent
  • Cute –13.54 percent
  • Animal — 8.33 percent
  • Hero — 7.29 percent

Artist BE@RBRICKS — 4.16 percent or 1.04 percent

Secret BE@RBRICKS — 0.52 percent (1/192)

In addition to these numbers are even rarer releases. The most difficult BE@RBRICKS to collect are those that were never intended for public purchase — such as giveaways, promotional items and one-of-a-kind figures.

Because BE@RBRICKS are so limited in nature and difficult to collect, there is a lot hype around different releases. While the more common collectibles are not hard to obtain, the rarer figures are often resold for multiples of its original price. Some of the rarest BE@RBRICKS include collaborations with KAWS, Chanel, Andy Warhol and many more. KAWS even went on to collaborate with Medicom Toy on OriginalFake, an offshoot brand that unfortunately shuttered in 2013.

BE@RBRICKS have done almost the impossible, positioning itself in the intersection of art, fashion, culture, and fun. Its simple and familiar design has won over everyone regardless of gender or age. MediCom Toy has opened up the floodgates for collectibles, and pioneered for toys a way to market and sell products with hype. While its limited edition method ensures long-lasting interest, it’s the various collaborations that BE@RBRICKS partake in that truly make these forms of art.

Its collaborative efforts also allows artists, musicians, companies and more to offer their own fanbases a token that they can purchase or vie for. Not only does this help increase the visibility of these brands, but they also disseminate BE@RBRICKS across varied interest groups and demographics — perpetuating its continued success.

BE@RBRICK’s role in streetwear cannot be denied. With its limited edition and rare items, it has paved the way for other brands to introduce their own limited edition products and toys. Figurines have become an undeniable staple in streetwear circles, and it’s surely not going anywhere.

Credits to Helena Yeung for the article

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Life Quote to live-by

Yes, I may not have the  superb creative writing style but heck.. I do try to  inspire people to do their best and I never talk bad about my friends, at least I am honest and not stabbing a knife on your back when you turn your back .. definitely a team player with everyone for sure, continuation on my motivational Friday for you guys,

I will continue to post the #RunnersWorld Motivational posters after this again week, I know some of you guys liked that series as I too find it funny as well and best of all it relates to us runners

Some quotes that I think are really beautiful, and would like to share with you guys on this Friday, let me know which one inspire you more ?

This has got to be my favorite… and I know it hurts when you know you have been used especially in a relationship when a guy/girls  just dumps you for another person without letting you know the reason.

Yup, Happiness is always on everyone’s mind, of course sorrow and despair is something that we all hate, but I believe it will make us stronger, we can’t live life on a happy note forever, what about sadness ?

and lastly I believe this is what most people want to do in their life .. but have no strength or courage, I will know if this quote stands for me soon…

I remember I have hold this close to my heart ” To have a enemy is better than having a fake friend”  I really despise people who are just leeching off friends..

Whats quotes do you live your life by? or code of conduct ? Do share some great quotes you hold dear with you,


Gorgeous song !

update : I just watched her singing in the X-factor live show, and I have to say her voice is buttery smooth, infact somewhat like Adele, voice control is beautiful.  You can watch her original MTV below and Glee’s version as well

Just watched  Glee Epi 8 “Choke” and there was this song that is so beautiful I just got to share, originally sung by Florence and the Machine. I am sharing both version here with you as well as the lyrics, I love both equally..Glee’s version is more upbeat but Florence owned it .

 

Regrets collect like old friends
Here to relive your darkest moments
I can see no way, I can see no way
And all of the ghouls come out to play

And every demon wants his pound of flesh
But I like to keep some things to myself
I like to keep my issues strong
It’s always darkest before the dawn

And I’ve been a fool and I’ve been blind
I can never leave the past behind
I can see no way, I can see no way
I’m always dragging that horse around

And our love is pastured such a mournful sound
Tonight I’m gonna bury that horse in the ground
So I like to keep my issues strong
But it’s always darkest before the dawn

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah

And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

I am done with my graceless heart
So tonight I’m gonna cut it out and then restart
Cause I like to keep my issues strong
It’s always darkest before the dawn
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah

And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

And given half the chance would I take any of it back
It’s a fine romance but it’s left me so undone
It’s always darkest before the dawn

Oh woah, oh woah…

And I’m damned if I do and I’m damned if I don’t
So here’s to drinks in the dark at the end of my rope
And I’m ready to suffer and I’m ready to hope
It’s a shot in the dark and right at my throat
Cause looking for heaven, found the devil in me
Looking for heaven, found the devil in me
Well what the hell I’m gonna let it happen to me

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah

And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah

And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah


Criteria for a girl

I was chatting to Ammie about what to look for in a girl and this list appeared out of no where , its just a list of criteria that I look for in a girl, (AHEM) not that I am looking for one but .. ya .. it fit the shoes, its comfortable.. get what I mean, well the list is not in order., so its just general.. the list below would basically be my ideal list of a girl criteria.
Would want to see what is other people think, do you guys/girls have a list, please by all mean add in my comment box I want to see it.. girls always go for.. (hehe better not put any ideas in the mind) I want to see yours own suggestion and criteria of what you look for in a guy.. please .. go ahead.. baffle me !
here is my list:
1. Must be pretty/decent/cute (feast on the eyes ma)
2. Must, MUST not SMOKE (I have nothing against smokers, JUST MY PREFERENCE)
3. Must love the beach and sun and sand.. (woo hoo island here I come)
4. Must love sports (like triathlon, Rock Climbing, wakeboarding etc..etc..)
5. Must dress to kill 😉 (say Manolo Blahnik, or the Cruise collection if it sounds weird your out)
6. Know how to cook (cause I do)
7. Must be independent and extrovert (don’t want those wannabe and trying too hard)
8. Love to travel backpack style.. don’t you just love navigating maps
Well there you go, there you go.. my 8 wonders of a girl, Whats yours ?