My sons all receive monthly or every-other-monthly geeky subscription crates. They love getting parcels in the post, love the surprise of the contents, and love to indulge in collecting geeky items. A few months ago, my oldest son received a blank vinyl “munny” figure in his Loot Crate. The idea of these blanks is that people can customise them. There are some absolutely fantastic creations out there. I know because I had not a clue about these things so I had to conduct a google. There are some most impressive, talented people out there. My oldest had a vague idea about what sort of design he wanted to create on the munny but was too intimidated by the thought of errors to make a start. He, therefore, “commissioned” me to do it for him. I have never worked with a vinyl surface before so that was a challenge. I read about all the possible media I could use to design the munny but most involved all sorts of primers and other things I don’t own in my stockpile of art materials. Good old Sharpies were a possibility though so my son and I decided that we would keep it simple and just work with those markers. The Sharpies worked like a charm but it was tricky working on such a contoured surface.
So here, without further preamble, is the result of my first ever creating on a vinyl figure. My sons love my zombie drawings with all their lines and doodles so that type of mark making and style was the brief. Initially we were going to work with a colour in addition to black but, once I had the black pen work done, we decided to keep it monochromatic. I am not convinced I will repeat this type of project any time soon but it was quite fun.
I’ve seen these around. At Comic-con in San Diego they get very wild with them. Very cool. I’ve been meaning to do one some day.
I had never heard of a munny before my son received one but once I googled I realised that I had occasionally seen custom ones during geeky searches on the internet. I just had not known what they were. Some of the custom designs are amazing, aren’t they? I do hope you get around to creating one. I bet you would do a great job.
I know the vinyl toy thing took off and I was left in the dust as to all the kinds and brands and names involved. But I do see some cool ones.
My kids are into Funko Pops. My oldest son collects them. I’m aware of things like that but didn’t know about the blank munnies that are designed to be customized. It’s a pretty cool idea.
How big is it? Just little? I want one now that I realize such things exist. I need one, in fact.
They have a Wikipedia page. Who knew? Here’s all the info as they appear to come in different sizes. The one I did is standard size. I hope you do it. I would love to see what you created.
I have not heard about this Munny but searching at google lead me to conclude that its an amazing thing to decorate. There are a lot of very intricate designs and there are simple ones too. I prefer the simple ones like yours. I think I want one too 😉 😉 😉
Your doodles would be wonderful as a decoration on a Munny. Actually your faces too. The work some people do on them is amazing. I found some that were the Wizard of Oz characters. Very cool.
I will try to look for them in Manila. Its exciting to know that there are dolls out there we could personalize.
Never heard of these before Laura either but wow, just googled and spent ages looking at what people have done – incredible.
Yes, I went down that Google rabbit hole too. My effort is very paltry by comparison but my son is happy with it so that’s all that matters.
I think yours is great too – worthy of a spot with those others for sure!!
You are too kind, Joy.
It looks wonderful!!! Some of the best ones I’ve seen can be simple black and white. They’re so much fun!
Thank you very much. You are too kind. It was sweet of you to visit my blog and have a look too. Perhaps some time I will be confident enough to paint one of these things in the way you do.