One of my most recent hobbies is painting Munnys. A few of you who have read this blog with some regularity probably already know that, but for most people it’s a new thing I’m doing as of late. Though I’ve always loved painting, there’s something about painting these vinyl toys that is really fun, and feels like a nice creative release.
Munny are a do-it-yourself vinyl toy made by San Francisco’s KidRobot company. I’ve made a few of the little guys, and they’re all chilling on a shelf in our hallway, on display, but I thought I’d share them here – since June is officially Munny month.
[In addition to Munny - who is a little dude - there are Trikky (a cat), Roos (Kangaroo), Raffy (Giraffe), and Bub (a Hippo)]
Really, it all began with Space Hooper.
It’s all Eric’s fault, really. Upon me saying I thought making a Munny might be fun, he bought me a Trikky and commissioned me to paint him. That’s how this all started.
This is Space Hooper. As Eric is a huge Transformers fan, I used red and blue a la Optimus Prime.
After that, I got an actual Munny, and FlowerChild was born.
FlowerChild is a 4 inch Munny (Mini-Munny, if you will) and like all my pieces, he was made with acrylic paint.
Next up was another Munny, who was inspired by a day with dreary weather – Meet “Rainy Days and Mun-Days.”
(He and Flower Child are “The Twins.” April Showers bring May Flowers, right?)
Then, there was my first Raffy figure. Originally, I thought Raffy was a cow – but no, he’s a giraffe.
This is “Raffy’s Had another Disco Dream.” I wanted to play with the colors of brown and purple together, and had gotten my hands on some glitter paint as well.
Next up was a piece inspired by my favorite designer, Betsey Johnson. I’m crazy about her designs, and especially about her iconic shade of pink.
The figure is called Roos (Kangaroo, get it?) and so in my version, he’s “Bets-a-Roos.”
The most recent piece I’ve done is another Trikky, and was loosely inspired by Lindsey and Kris’ wedding invitations. However, as I started painting it, it took on a bad-ass quality.
And so, “Ninja Blossom, ” my first female, joined the gang.
I have another creation to unveil soon (My first 7-inch Munny with Customization!) in addition to my first Bub in a box on the shelf just waiting to be painted.
I hope you like these guys, and I’m on the hunt for fun ideas as to what to paint next. Thoughts?
(Yes, I know I’m a nerd.)