The PopCult Toybox
On our recent trip to Chicago we couldn’t resist making a return trip to Rotofugi, which we first visited earlier this year. Rotofugi is a combo store/art gallery specializing in designer toys. It is a bit of a Mecca for vinyl art toys that’s was chosen as the best store in the country by the readers of Clutter Magazine.We sorta had to bring you another mini-photo essay.
They carry stuff like Funko Pop figures, but there’s way more of it in a vast variety of different styles, sizes, and prices.We saw everything from small blind-box figures that were only a few bucks to medium-sized figures in the ten to twenty-dollar range to gigantic designer statues selling for several hundred dollars. Of course, there were all sorts of cool things at all points in between, including Funko Pop, Vinyl Idolz, Kid Robot blind-boxes, weird plush, wooden toys, coloring books, Dunnies, Pusheen, and way more than I could possibly list here. It was overwhelming for collectors like us.
While it was amazing to visit Rotofugi in person, if you can’t make it to Chicago, head over to their website and check out their Facebook page for details on how to get in on discounts and other special deals. This is, of course, some of the coolest stuff on the planet and it was an amazing treat to get to go stand at Ground Zero for epic cool-assed weirdness and the world’s niftiest trinketry.
As with our first Rotofugi photo essay these photos were all taken with a Kodak Zi8 video camera, set to still picture mode, which had a fixed focus and less flexibility. I promise that on our next trip I’ll take the real camera to their store. And since we are still dealing with internet gremlins here at PopCult (if you’re looking for the search window and it’s not where it’s suposed to be, try scrolling all the way down to where the archives are at the bottom of the page), we’re just dishing out cool images with no captions. If you see something you like, visit their website. If you do make it to Chicago, you can visit Rotofugi at 2780 North Lincoln Avenue.