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Unique toy made by Pinoy

By Kim Atienza

RECENTLY on our TV show “Matanglawin” (Sundays, 9:45 in the morning on ABS-CBN), we met some Filipinos who fuse talent and creativity together.

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One of them is toy designer Quiccs Maiques, who has turned his hobby into a profession. Quiccs’ art toys are known not only in the Philippines but also in other parts of the world. They fall under the category Urban Vinyl Toys.

One of his most famous works is the Teq63. It all started in 2011 in a graphics designing contest in Thailand.

Quiccs explained to us the toy making process. He usually starts by conceptualizing and sketching the design. Through a process called Rotocasting, skills are needed to sculpt the toys in full detail.

Vinyl is used for these art toys or designer toys. Vinyl is a plastic material also used for medical equipment, toys, and cars.

Michael Lau or the Godfather of Urban Vinyl started the use of vinyl in 1997 for the album covers of the band Anodize.

Quiccs is also proud to say that he is the first Filipino to have collaborated with international toy producers like Flabsab in Singapore, Deviltoys in Hong Kong, Martian Toys and Kidrobot in USA.

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