Gimix Toys' DOs and DON'Ts (from the pages of Vice magazine)
Gimix Toys and Vice magazine have teamed up to give you some fashion tips by way of vinyl stylings. The almost monthly, free (!) magazine, Vice, focuses mainly on people's vices (hence the name) with a different theme each issue. Drugs, pornography, personality traits, fashion, and music are just a few themes we've read about. Even though the themes change each issue, a few features run every time. The most loved of these is the DOs and DON'Ts. Here pictures of real people are displayed with a brief reason why that person is a DO (looking hot) or a DON'T (who let you out like that?). They are always a riot to read and now with the help of Gimix Toys, Vice has made four vinyl toys (two DOs and two DON'Ts) for your collection.
The style of these figures is hard to deny. Each one has its own feel and personality. And while the DOs are much more attractive than the DON'Ts, it's hard to say which is funnier. Each toy is packaged in a window display box that is decorated with a scene you'd find in any city. The back of the packaging is full of text giving you a brief description of the character inside and why they are a DO or DON'T. This is hilarious to read and the number one reason to leave these in the box. But if you did that you'd miss out on some fine details each toy has.
Beatrice seems like a nice person to hang out with. She has two points of articulation and comes with two accessories: glasses and a big handbag. The glasses fit her face very nicely, sliding tightly into the slots in her hair to hold them in place. Her handbag can be removed from her shoulder, but while it's there it stays in place very well. This is thanks to a peg on the bag and a hole in the side of her thigh for it to slide into. This was a nice idea. Beatrice's face is very cute and she's sporting some killer shoes. I've noticed that the shoes on all these figures seem to be important and are mentioned in the bio on the back of each box. Anyway, she's wearing some nice heels with a city skyline depicted around the edges.
Quote from box: In fact, the truth is Beatrice is kind of out of your league so instead of wasting everybody's time you should probably accept her as something to shoot for and feel pretty good about yourself if you come even remotely close.
Baby Balls is my favorite of the line. This guy has a style that I can relate to. He has three points of articulation and comes with a bottle of cheap beer that is always full. His hair is sculpted and his cords are textured. He has tattoos on each arm and one of them seems to be in the middle of creating something larger, or he had to get it blotted out. The expression on his face is the classic lost but determined look. He really looks like someone I would hang out with, except he likes to get into fights. I love his shoes. I had a pair just like them in high school.
Quote from box: Weight: Not so much because he's kind of broke. He usually has a BLT or something in the afternoon and then manages to make it to happy hour without having anything else. One beer has as many calories as a sandwich so he tends to forget he only ate a sandwich all day. Age: Young enough to do stuff like that.
At first glance a guy might think Becky is a decent catch. But then when you really get a good look at her you see the truth. She has two points of articulation and comes with no accessories. She does have one of those stupid little backpacks on though. Her face is sculpted nicely, and her hair has texture. The straps of her underwear are showing and they have a bit of a raised quality to the sculpt as well as her toe rings. This figure is pretty boring; perfectly depicting the girl as she would be in real life.
Quote from box: Political Beliefs: All she knows about politics is that the "President is a total retard."
Craig is pretty big guy. He reminds me of frat brothers, football players, or maybe he plays hockey. He has the most articulation of the line with six points. He comes with a hat, sunglasses and a MP3-digital camera-cell phone-blackberry-handheld thing. The hat and glasses stay on pretty well. His face is sculpted in the "Hey there" look for all to see. He has two tribal tattoos and one flaming ankle tattoo. His hair is textured, and his sandals have raised textures for the straps and toes. This is my least favorite of the line...maybe because he reminds me of a me from a long time ago (minus the muscles).
Quote from the box: That's right, today's jock doesn't beat up outcasts. He wants to be buddies with them. Ironically, this slightly softer edge makes us hate him even more. At least the evil preppies had some balls.
This is definitely a line with a lot of character. The designs are solid and the bios are hilarious. The vinyl used is sturdy and seems like it can take some licks. However, I'd be remiss if I didn't point out the paint apps. These are loose and uneven in several places. A few places seemed to be missing a layer of paint with the vinyl showing through. However, this is nitpicking. It's obvious that character is what drives this line and it has it in spades. If you are a fan of Vice magazine or are looking for some vinyl that isn't animals or space creatures you will dig Vice magazine's DOs and DON'Ts from Gimix Toys.
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