Sunday, December 28, 2008

Market Research- Would You Buy These Toys


Let's say you saw a grab-bag full of these Little babies hanging from a peg in your local drug store or 7-Eleven and it cost 2 or 3 bucks of lousy US dollars.
I know David is gonna want this one. It's his favorite expression.





Would you buy 'em?

If you have Little brothers, sisters or kids, show them to them and ask the same question.

110 comments:

Ryan Cole said...

Holy wow, Jimmy and Stimpy are masterpieces.

eyeslikesugar said...

I'm not much into pencil toppers, or toys of that nature; but I love figurines! I would certainly purchase the figurines. =)

carlo guillot said...

Hi John.
I'll buy them. I don't have nephews, kids or little brothers, but if I did, I guess it would be trouble cause we would fight to play with these :)

Jeremy said...

I would! BRING EM' ON!

Timefishblue said...

I'll buy them all

Roberto González said...

eyeslikesugar
"I'm not much into pencil toppers, or toys of that nature; but I love figurines! I would certainly purchase the figurines."

Same here. All those are pencil toppers? I really like Stimpy and Jimmy ones (Jimmy seems like a figurine I guess). I'd probably buy one of them if they are not too small.

Ryan Dunlavey said...

Gimme gimme gimme! I want them for all my pencils - they're portable cartoon inspiration nuggets!
My wife wanted to know where we could buy them - I showed them to my kid - he laughed his head off at the color Stimpy!

hayden the wise said...

they don't look worth lousy US dollars

i love ren and stimpy i would but they stimpy thing but everything else pales in comparison

Matt said...

in a heartbeat

Kenny said...

I think everyone one of us that reads this blog would buy these. And thats why the market research here is flawed.

Eric said...

Yes, oh God yes!

Eric said...

Yes, oh God yes, I'd buy them!

David DeGrand said...

These toys are beyond awesome. I really don't think my life will be complete if I don't have these on my toy shelf, I'm dead serious. Make them NOW!!

Jamie said...

these are awesome. I'd definitely buy some!

Thornhill said...

Would Stimpy be available in a maquette? That would be awesome if you could get the clearance to do it.

ted said...

those are extremely buyable! go capitalism!

Ethan said...

Are you kidding? Of coarse I'd buy them. If for nothing else they'd be great to draw from.

sean said...

ide buy one of these suckers in a second. theyre hysterical! everyone at the studio i work at here in brooklyn would too!! make em!

Bitter Animator said...

I'd buy the Uncle Eddie one to help my campaign to get him his own show on television. That man needs some air time.

Other than that, I'd certainly be interested in R&S ones. But, just being drawn to what I like personally, I'd go for those guys in the second pic because they're so cute. I guess that's what drew people to the Japanese ones in the first place.

mdouglas said...

I have about 10 people I work with that are obsessed with pencil toppers. They'd all buy em' and so would I! I'd buy the Jimmy and Stimpy one too!

juling said...

I would start using pencils just so I could have these.

Whit said...

Make 'em quick so you can give a bag to Kirk Douglas. He's 91 now and says he no longer buys green bananas.

dibujador said...

I would!!
And most of my friends would.
Send them to Argentina! You have a lot of fans here.

Pete Emslie said...

I'm not into pencil toppers either but, heck, I'm an old fart. I do really appreciate collectible PVC figures though, and I'd love to see you make more of those. Put me down for a figurine of Sody Pop, okay?

By the way, who is that goofy character in the medieval garb? Until you tell me, I am going to call him "Huckleberry Smurf"...

Jeremy said...

definitely. that Stimpy figure is AMAZING.

Vincent Waller said...

Yes

Lex said...

I would definitely buy one of these to dangle from my cell phone. Maybe the Stimpy one. Or the Rip (or is that just Kirk Douglas?) one. Or the Jimmy and George ones... Probably all of them.

- Lex

pumml said...

Cool designs!

I would be less likely to buy pencil toppers from 7-11 and more likely to buy larger, limited edition (500 and less) collector vinyl from a toy store. Between 3 and 10 inches tall-ish seems to be where the big collector base is.

Faso said...

Hell yeah, I would snatch all these up. If anyone is interested I just posted a new blog giving examples of what I want to sculpt next, if anybody can give me your oppinion that would be cool.

Rev. Lenny Bruce Proust said...

They're really funny.. it's so rare to see a sculpture or drawing nowadays that in itself, without a gag or action, just makes you laugh. I would buy them just for the humorousness of the little buggers

Car2oon said...

John, I think it would be pretty obvious that everyone on this blog would buy them out of sheer fandom. But I think if you want a broader opinion, posting these on some type of toy forum or kids forum should fetch you a greater amount of answers.

I myself would buy them- a bag of two to five for under $4 would be pretty cool. The Stimpy topper is my favorite.

jesus chambrot said...

These are cool John.

John,I just got my Ralph Bakshi Unleashed book. All I can say that the artwork alone blows The Illusions
of Lifes artwork out of the water.

Booo Tooons Ltd. said...

Would I buy these? The question isn't will, it's when. And I will when you put them up for sale.

I LOVE the Stimpy from 'Stimpy's Pregnant' even though I'm a little mad at the colors. I'll buy that, too. What the hell.

BTW, I saw Michael Pataki in a movie called 'Sidehackers' on Mystery Science Theatre 3000... he doesn't sound anything like George... which I suppose is a testament to his talent.

- trevor.

PS: Take my five bucks!
PPS: Carlo should make versions of his cat character too. I'd buy them.

Chris said...

The detail is incredible - I would definitely buy them...but in GBP rather than lousy dollars.

Roo said...

I would die to have that stimpy pencil topper and be the envy of my class! kids seem to go for hyped up collectable toys where you have to complete the collection. come out with more every month or so & soon every kid will want one and those lousy american dollars will come rolling in. keep the goodies comin!

Conrad Pursesnatcher said...

yes yes yes i'd buy them in a hot sec.

Nico said...

yes please

[Moth] said...

i am an immature adult and i'll definitely buy!

distribute them in Spain please, mr Kricfalusi!!

(or i'll have to pay overseas shipping costs...)

toxicwes said...

it's a great idea, but i wouldn't go the convenience store route. i think you 'd be better off going the collectable toy market route as limited editions.

pop;yeah said...

i really want the kid crusaders.

joey said...

I would even buy them online!

Brian said...

Yes! I really like the pencil toppers!

Figurines would be cool if they're about the size of those smurf figurines that used to sell so well. About 2 inches high I think...somewhere around there.

Brian said...

I mean around 2 inches for the smallest characters.

Kali Fontecchio said...

NO...I mean yes of course, do you really have to ask?

stiff said...

hell yeah!

Raff said...

I do really appreciate collectible PVC figures though

Don't make them PVC!

PVC is toxic, and if you can't stick these in your mouth and gnaw them absentmindedly when you're distracted, what's the point?

Josh "Just What the Doctor Ordered" Heisie said...

Well I'm not going to lie, I prefer the original pencil toppers (George with the spatula and sexy Sody Pop), but I'd still buy them for sure.

Most definitely. Sign me up.

The George and Eddies are amazing! No little nephews to show them to, sorry!

What happened to the Tenacious D figures?!? I'd buy those in a minute too!

Josh "Just What the Doctor Ordered" Heisie said...

By the by, who's the guy in the loincloth?

David Germain said...

I wouldn't mind having a few of those at the ends of my pens or pencils. Sure, I'll buy 'em. But, just one question:

I know David is gonna want this one. It's his favorite expression.

Which David are you talking about there?

rodineisilveira said...

Johnny K.,

Actually, you don't exist!

Shawn said...

I'd buy 'em. I'D BUY 'EM ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Make these goddamn toys!

Tommy said...

Heck, I'll tell the truth.

I would not buy those toys.

kate yarberry said...

i love the one where stimpy has the straw up him bum with the happy/ pained expression. Maybe if they were more marketed towards adult collectors you could sell a lot. I think kids are more into plush toys. At least I think girls are. A nice stink Ren to cuddle up with while you dream about the "tooth fairy". Best episode ever btw.

George said...

Do these toys stack together in order to form UltraMegaCartoonZoid?

If not, why would I collect them all?

I might as well just buy the one I like most,..

but if I HAVE to buy them all to make ultramegacartoonzoid then i would start bloodletting small animals just to taste that sweet sweet nectar!

Oh, they dont make UltraMegaCartoonZoid when you put them all together? I'll just take the big chin one. i like how he has a bump where his chin comes out more.

Kris said...

Dude, YES.

I bet kids would love to get these out of gumball machines too.

Zorrilla said...

I want the cartoony Stimpy

/\/\ikeB said...

YES

Sara said...

I want to blow my money on ALL OF THEM! I would rather spend hard earned cash on these cute little toys than for a stupid dress for my stupid junior prom. XD

I showed these to my eight year old brother, who also loved them. His personal favorite was the George Liquor pencil topper. "Man's Best Friend" is his favorite Ren and Stimpy episode, so one can see why he'd have a fondness for that one.

Just goes to show that this kind of stuff appeals to everyone. ;)

Larry LaBallister said...

I think they are great and would buy every one. I showed my nieces (age 5 and 7) and they LOVE them too!!
I've always found it strange that someone would have a problem slapping down $5 for something like this, yet have NO problem blowing $7 at McDonald's for a meal that promises to make them an even fatter American...
Why not buy these, skip lunch and be healthier?

Jim Rockford said...

How about doing one of Don Knotts as Barney Fife!

Johnny Mastronardi said...

Of course everyone on here would buy them, myself included. What would be totally amazing would be if you kept releasing new toys regularly. When I was a kid, I spent 10$ on one of those quarter machines to get the full collection of "Justice League" figures. Kids always love collecting things, especially if they're silly and appealing.

Sean Worsham said...

I would buy them no questions asked.

AL said...

Why yes, yes I would buy them. Is one of them the salesperson on the beach from Naked Beach Frenzy? If so, yes I would definitely buy these toys.

Jon, Garaizar. superstar said...

i would buy

craig clark said...

Afirmative!

The Butcher said...

Yes, I would buy them. Especially the Stimpy one.

Make ones that morbid little boys and grown men would enjoy too, like one of the crazy poses of Ren when the dog cathers bust in on him in Ren Seeks Help.

The Butcher said...

Wait a minute. John do you have to have a license to sell Ren and Stimpy merchandise, or did you get full ownership rights to your characters back? I'd like to see Ren and Stimpy in more cartoons.

Hryma said...

My sister said:-

“Huckelberry Smurf as that guy called him is great(Pete Emslie)! Hell i'll buy them!:)”

Thanks heaps everybody!

G.M. dela Cruz said...

I would definitely be getting those provided their available in the Philippines! Although, I'm leaning towards the uncolored version of the toys.

Taber said...

I'm usually not into buying this type of stuff but that weird viking kid is pretty tempting. If it was cheap, I don't think I could resist!

patchwork said...

They're all great. Especially the Eddie one!!!

Pseudonym said...

I shouldn't have asked. My eight-year-old daughter now wants to know when we're getting them. (She wants Stimpy in particular.)

Hammerson said...

YES!!! They all look fabulous, especially Stimpy and Jimmy (that's the pose from the Remote Control comic, isn't it?)
And every pencil with Uncle Eddie on the top will become a magic one, and have the power of transforming an average Joe into a genius cartoonist. You can use this as a marketing pitch :)
Can't wait for these toys to be produced.

cemenTIMental said...

YES

Pablo said...

Hi, John im a big fan of you, and Im desesperate to buy some of these toys, please hurry up to finish them

diego cumplido said...

I'll just buy the Ren, and maybe a Jimmy: my favorite ones.

Bill Field said...

John I liked the Log Action figures on the card that were released as premiums with the Mr. Horse and Yak characters that came out a few years back- one was the clear plastic INVISO Log! the other, the openmouthed SINGING Log. I'd sure buy what you sold, I would just hope you had your great spoof packaging to hold 'em all in.

-PS!!!- John, I just got your note on my blog about Harvey Siegle Williams- I'll be more than happy to introduce you- I think Harvey may have been responsible for the Bullwinkle/Redeye Boris episodes you liked, before Hurtz got heavily involved, but I'm sure Harv will be able to sort it out for us- Bill

Spizzerinktum said...

I would buy the Uncle Eddie, if it is life-size. And how much work is it to construct a matching torso (anatomically correct, of course)?

quack said...

i would buy them only if there was also a log pencil topper to complete the set ;)

LOG !

Jordan said...

I would just like to add YES, I would buy these.

Nate said...

yes

do sven hoek!

PCUnfunny said...

I would love to buy toys of my favorite cartoon puppets.

Robert said...

I'd buy them! And then display them at work, where my coworkers would buy them, and so on...

Jack Ruttan said...

If they cost 25 cents each and I could stick them on my pencils, of course.

$35 and they have to be kept in a custom glass case filled with argon, then no thanks.

j1m_b0ró: artista del fraude said...

Yes your toy look amazing!

Ryan G. said...

Id buy them all! Throw a keychain on a couple of them!

ChrisL said...

Man, John, with the right sculptors, you could take the underground vinyl toy figure world by storm. Show those pansy hipster AIR-TEESTS* what a real toy looks like.

OH OH, please! A contemplative Mister Horse!

(*disclaimer: I actually really dig those guys too. Tim Biskup is the man.)

Chompers said...

i'd definitely get the little babies for my niece, and probably stimpy, altho then I'd have to get her the DVDs and I'm not sure how her father would feel about that :). I could see the little babies playing with her littlest pet shop toys.

Jax said...

I love the Stimpy with the pencil/straw up his butt. It makes sense with that expression.

Michelle said...

I'd buy them if they weren't pencil toppers. Weird knick-knacks are the best thing ever. I have an army of them on my desk.

I.J.F. said...

The only toy I would probably buy would be the viking kid with that blue skin. And I would probably stick it on a shelf in some future office where I would do my cartoon drawings along with other cartoony figurines.

I'm not much into the pencil toppers, or a fan of Ren and Stimpy really. And a bunch of the expressions on these toys are sending off this constipated look to me, which is turning me off.

But the viking-kid and probably the figurine of that character on his back, yeah.

Emmanuel said...

Yes. Why? Because you think and draw like a kid! :)

Mitch L said...

Hell yeah

Paul B said...

of couurrrrsee!!!

Bob said...

the ren and stimpy one is really good I would definitely buy that and george liquor

Jenny said...

I'd like to find them in those big rectangular, 12-to-a-box packages of Fritos like I did back in kindergarten. 'WC Fritos' and all that...that would be lovely. Even if didn't eat the Fritos.

Aaron J said...

kids seem to like very boring toys nowadays, although i've seen some decent re-versions of GI Joe... I think your toys would DEFINITELY sell in comic book shops. Balancing the quality of sculpture and articulation /movement is very important to me. It sucks if i can't fight with them, but I hate buttons and such jutting out of the backs. on the other hand, i will gladly stare at a sculpture collecting dust on the top of my pencil because i'm very mature now.

Joseff!!1 said...

GOD!!! I would buy them in a heart beat, good job with those, the Stimpy one is AWESOME!!

NateBear said...

Revision "Market Research- Would You Buy These Toys" should read as "Market Research- You Would Buy These Toys"

Dan Spilatro said...

Please YES!!!!!!!

Dav-odd said...

John, they look great. It's not that. You've got a lot of people around who'll say everything you do is good, out of respect. I just think you need a better idea, so through the magic semi-anonymity of the blogosphere, I put some bad drawings of a toy concept on intracerswetrust.blogspot.com. Please don't kill me for the drawings.

Bar said...

God, YES!!

My little kid also loves figurines and pencil toppers, and he loves Ren and Stimpy!!

Hollie said...

I would definitely buy them, especially if they were only a few bucks.
The cuter the better!

André said...

I sure would! And if they were avalible in Brazil, even better!

:P

Freckled Derelict said...

YES YES YES!!!!
I would buy them for every man woman and child I know!!!
they would make great party favors too!!!!

Joel Bryan said...

Without a doubt, if I went into Village Vanguard here in Japan and saw a bag of these for 1000 yen (about 10 bucks), I'd buy them immediately.

I'd go higher than that, too. 2500 yen for a bag of little plastic figures with your characters?

Absolutely.

donny said...

Of course.

Ben said...

Spumco at the 7-11? For a mere few bucks?? Please make it happen! Oh PULEEZEE!!!

By the way, I'm not a cartoonist, but I love the posts on technique. Keep 'em comin'.

Ze [Zuplemento.com] said...

SÍ, SÍ, ¡SÍ!

Ze

dumtoonz said...

I'd buy em. In a heart beat.