be@rbricks (bear bricks)

http://assets1.pitchforkmedia.com/images/original/146776.daftpunkbears.jpg on the subject of lego, and toys in general, my brother has informed me (via pitchforkmedia) that daft punk are to be made in to be@rbricks! if you dont know what be@rbricks are, then here is a little (big) explanation from wikipedia:

Be@rbrick is a collectible toy designed and produced by MediCom Toy Incorporated. The name is derived from the fact that the figure is a cartoon-style representation of a bear, and that it is a variation of MediCom's Kubrick design.

The first figure was released 27 May 2001 as a free gift to visitors of the World Character Convention 12. Since then Be@rbricks have been released in several different sizes using a variety of materials, including wood, felt, and glow-in-the-dark plastic.

The standard size is seven centimeters high, and these figures are referred to as 100% Be@rbricks. Other Be@rbricks are named for their size relative to the standard: 50% are four centimeters high, 70% are five centimeters high, 400% are 28 centimeters high, and 1000% are 70 centimeters high.

Be@rbricks differ from their predecessor Kubricks, in that each series includes 18 figures in 10 different themes, which are constant from series to series.

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. While many retailers sell Be@rbricks in blind boxes, each for the same price, other retailers calculate the frequency of the figures, and sell them at prices that vary accordingly; in this instance, the Basic figure would be the least expensive, as it occurs most often in a case, and the second of the two Artist figures would be the most expensive, as it occurs least often in a case. The figures most valued by collectors are "chase" figures, which are unannounced and not shown in advertisements or on the box alongside other figures in the series.

Within these pre-determined ratios, Be@rbricks are produced in limited numbers, and not re-released. They are highly collectible, and predominantly collected by adults. Their packaging states that the figures are adult collectibles, not toys, and recommends them to collectors 15 years or older.

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as it says, they differ from kubricks, and are very collectable. kubricks have a very interesting history too (if you want to follow the link at the bottom of this post). i bought my brother a metal gear solid figure (below) for his birthday last year, which was very cool!

http://www.ncsxshop.com/images/products/large/1207/metal_gear_20th_anniversary_kubrick_shop.jpg

link to be@rbrick site

link to wikipedia for be@bricks

link to wikipedia for kubricks

link to pitchforkmedia article