Underground Toy Emporium and Spaceship Parking: Incredible art by Randy Regier


19 Responses to “Underground Toy Emporium and Spaceship Parking: Incredible art by Randy Regier”

  1. nixiebunny says:

    I want to go to my local independent toy store an buy all of these! 

  2. inkfumes says:

    Why didn’t I think of this… boy do I feel like a real Space Tool.

  3. designian says:

    INSANELY GREAT POST. This might just be my favourite BB post ever.   thanks.

  4. bam b werk says:

    yes, great stuff. OK- last pic, upper left corner: ‘Shytee Day’ and a frowny Jack-in-the-Boxx? shitty day indeed. Mainline.


    An amazing eye for the details of crap toy design.  And I mean that in only the most admiring way.

  6. sam1148 says:

    It’s an art installation, something for the 1 percent to purchase a ‘art toy’.
    I wonder what is the lowest priced ‘toy’ there?
    It’s not a ‘toy store’ for kids—it’s a fake toy store with art pieces for adults with lots of money. Something adult collectors would like as a art piece. Which is cool. But not a Toy Store for kids…and not intended to be. Only for the very rich with income to burn. It gets points for me as a art gallery which is what it is not a ‘toy store’.


      So you’re saying it’s NOT a toy store?

    • Eliot Daughtry says:

      Presumptive that only the 1% supports art like this. Most people I know that buy art are solidly working poor or middle class.

      I’ve seen his work in person and it is wondrous. Yes the entire point of his work is that these are not toys that existed. It is critical, refined and really smart cultural commentary.You don’t have to buy such things to enjoy it or his contribution to a cultural conversation.

       As I recall, he had pieces available for less that what you would pay for a modest HDTV. That doesn’t say 1% to me. I’m sure that 1% folks buy his work, but most of the people I know that buy work like his are not part of that crowd.

      • Shannon Larratt says:

        Most people you know who buy are are solidly working poor or middle class???? No offense intended, but I think that’s a reflection on your peer group, not on the art buying demographic.

        I suspect with great confidence that are buyers skew to the upper income brackets.

    • fenrox says:

      I get that, I hate art. It’s become this useless thing that only rich people afford or get. When I was an “artist” I didn’t charge for my art (I charged materials), it felt wrong to ask for money for something that is supposed to uplift someone’s soul. What kind of asshole lives like that?

      Of course I had to have a job while I was an artist and eventually it became too much, but yeah, I see this art and would love to own some of it, or play with it, but I am not rich enough, and it’s too “precious” for me to play with. Useless, cool though.

      • Layne says:

        Hah – man, you must’ve slept through art history class. 
        Art has ALWAYS been a business. And the people who usually succeed in it are shrewd businesspeople first and foremost. 

        I’d love to give you points on tying this into the current anti-wealth movement, but patrons buying art goes back through the Popes, Borgias and Robber Barons. If you want your “soul uplifted”, go walk in a park, enjoy a sunset or stroll through a museum that some of those rich people donated.

  7. sam1148 says:

    Well, Hammacher and Schlemmer could be considerd a “toy store”. If you happen to want a 350,000 dollar Animatronic Triceratops. http://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=11907&promo=The-Unexpected&catid=1746

  8. sam1148 says:

    Don’t get me wrong in my criticism.  It’s a brilliant concept for displaying art work, and displaying works of art and promoting the artist, and DO get the concept of consumerism and misrepresentation of promises of toys, vs reality of results.
    As any one who every purchased a “X Ray Spec” or Cardboard sub—shoots real missiles ! from a comic book understands.

  9. pipenta says:

    I’m speechless! Gonna share the hell out of this. 

  10. Layne says:

    Wonderful, funny work, with a quality and attention to all the cheap methods that were being used back in the day this kind of work was manufactured. 

    That ‘man waiting for a train’ is great. Great contrast between the promise of future technology and the reality that it will still, inevitably, be a pain in the ass. 
    “New Dog” is funny too. 

  11. DouglasLucchetti says:

    Hyper efficient envy generating systems. Sure they are not cheaply  made by slave labor in some workers’ paradise in Asia so that we can all enjoy their irony and satisfy our novelty lust, but isn’t that the point? I think this is a brilliant concept with superb execution and does exactly what it was designed to do and more; the hallmark of great art. Thanks for bringing this to us. It’s enriched my life beyond what all the money of the 1% could ever do, may they choke on it. Cheers.

  12. kansas says:

    “In this way, his work finds precedent in that of American literary figures like William Faulkner and Hunter S. Thompson.” Heh-heh-heh! Excellent fictitious annoying academic moron-babble! Really good! 

    “It is at this turgid and murky confluence of fact, fiction, and truth that the real power of Regier’s art resides.” Oh, stop! My cheeks are hurting!

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