My Very First Be@rbrick and some Be@rbrick Love

I’ve been a huge fan of Juan Ariel Comia’s blog, Be@rbrick Love for the past year. I just love these cute little bears and he has the largest collection of anyone I know. Plus, he takes the most amazing photos of his Be@rbricks. To date, he holds over 400 of these cute collectibles, some highly prized for being designed by contemporary artists and designers from around the world.

Some of my favorites in his collection include:

Merimekko Be@rbrick

The Kill Bill Be@rbrick

Wicket Be@rbrick from Star Wars

The Avian Flight Be@rbrick

Chill Out Be@rbrick

I’ve hunted high and low in Taiwan to track these lovable toys down. Juan assured me they are here; I just had to look. I finally found them yesterday at the Wan Nian Shopping Complex in Ximending. I purchased four to start my own collection and then rushed home to see what I had bought.

The first box I opened contained the China Be@brick, which I though was very appropriate for my first bear. I love the colors and design on the SF Bear too.

So let me back up a little and give you some more information. The Japanese toy giant, Medicom, designs and produces Be@rbricks. The first Be@rbrick was released in 2001 as a free gift. Today, these highly collectible toys are sold in blind boxes in a series of 18 collectibles. You never know what you’re going to get until you’ve made your purchase.

My Be@rbricks are a standard size of seven centimeters high. These are referred to as 100% Be@rbricks.

Be@rbricks come in a series with 18 figures in 10 different themes.

  • Basic, a solid-color figure with a letter in a second color on its chest; when all nine figures are placed in a row, they spell the word Be@rbrick.
  • Jellybean, a solid-color figure molded in translucent plastic.
  • Pattern, a figure with a patterned deco that may range from polka dots to patterns designed by artist and designer Charles Eames.
  • Flag, a figure painted as a nation’s flag.
  • Horror, a figure with a theme based upon a well-known horror, or other source in the horror genre.
  • SF (an abbreviation of science fiction), a figure with a theme based upon a science fiction source, often a film.
  • Cute, a figure which visually represents the concept of cuteness.
  • Animal, a figure which depicts an actual animal.
  • Artist: two figures, each designed by a visual artist.

Be@rbricks are most often sold individually in “blind box” assortments, in which figures are packed in small boxes, and the only way to know which particular figure is inside a particular box is to purchase and open the box. The box states the frequency of each figure in percentages: Basic, 14.58 percent; Jellybean, 11.45 percent; Pattern, 11.45 percent; Flag 9.37 percent; Horror, 9.37 percent; SF, 10.41 percent; Cute, 13.54 percent; Animal, 8.33 percent; first Artist, 4.16 percent; and second Artist, 1.04 percent.

Contributors range from visual artists such as H.R. Giger to illustrators such as Pushead, graffiti artists such as Stash, and fashion designers including Karl Lagerfeld and Vivienne Westwood. As a result of their limited production, and the participation of artists, Be@rbricks are generally considered designer toys.

Source: Wikipedia

I’m officially addicted. One final word of thanks to my friend, Juan, who introduced me to the wonderful world of Be@rbricks. Thanks for sharing your passion and addressing my many questions Juan!

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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian who has been living in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. I'm an experienced businesswoman and have worked in many leadership positions. My husband and I have owned our own business in Taiwan since 2012. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to several publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. I started writing about my health journey in 2009 after being diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis. In 2014, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS, which came with other massive health issues. These diagnoses were the start of my journey as a health advocate and patient leader. Since then, My Several Worlds has been recognized worldwide as a top site for chronic illness by WEGO Health and Healthline. Twitter @globetrotteri Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/carriekellenberger/. I also have a dedicated page for My Several Worlds at https://www.instagram.com/myseveralworlds/. Each IG feed features different content.

6 thoughts on “My Very First Be@rbrick and some Be@rbrick Love

    Juan Ariel Comia

    (January 1, 2008 - 3:37 pm)

    What a wonderful surprise, this entry! (I am smiling as I write this comment.) Bearbricks are fun figures of creativity – I must credit the different designers who surprised and excited collectors like us with their imagination. Truly wonderful creations!

    Happy collecting, Carrie. Mwah! 🙂

    Wee Lemonspank

    (January 4, 2008 - 7:59 am)

    I heart vinyl & fabric collectable toys too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Truly!!!! I haven’t started a true collection yet but I intend to, some that I am peeping at include those found hiding here:

    http://www.beckwheeler.com/

    http://www.magic-pony.com/

    http://yumfactory.com/index.html

    http://www.myplasticheart.com/c/0020VF/Vinyl+Figures.html

    I gave Marco a two-faced, two-toned, B&W, Sperm-style tiny vinyl monster figurine for Xmas as a stocking stuffer…he likes it!

    I also got him a Spider Boom doll (which he loves!!): http://www.plasticandplush.com/plasticandplush/2005/08/_uglydoll_cocre.html

    I’m going to start buying my own soon….

    Kim

    (January 4, 2008 - 4:02 pm)

    A couple of my friends gave me a Dunny for my birthday (http://www.dunnyinfo.com/laseriesdunnys.html – the broken heart one). I never told them that I was into cute vinyl stuff, so I was pleasantly surprised they knew me so well 🙂
    Next time I’m in Brussels I’m planning to pick up another box.

    globetrotteri

    (January 4, 2008 - 3:45 pm)

    Wee One

    Thanks for the links. I can’t wait to check ’em out and as far as collecting Be@rbricks goes…now I know who to send my doubles to. Expect a package in the mail in the next few months from your bestest!

    Muwah!

    globetrotteri

    (January 4, 2008 - 10:16 pm)

    Kim,

    You’ve left several comments on My Several Worlds and I know nothing about you! Do you have a blog?

    owshawng

    (January 17, 2008 - 11:34 am)

    Is this a biker party or am I suddenly old? Seems like most of the women are sporting tattoos.

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