The Art Of Play: Last Night's Vinyl Thoughts Toy Show

Quixotic World was waist-deep in geek love last night as Vinyl Thought presented its newest show "The Next Level." Based on early gaming and the characters the genre inspired, the gallery show/sale brought collectable toy fans out by the hundreds.

Hoarding vinyl toy art was ranked a phenomenon about five years ago, now it's so commonplace that rare pieces, like entirely handmade works, become much more sought after than a generic Munny or Dunny.Vinyl Thoughts provides the perfect platform for precisely that. It culls together local toy sculptors and collectors, throws in a generous open bar and well, nobody went home alone.

In addition to resin and vinyl mediums, Jeremy Stevens and Tammy Grove rediscovered plastic with two Lego sculptures. "Hammer Brother" (below) was done entirely by Stevens who works as an engineer but takes a more relaxed approach to his inner-child-channeling pastime. He, admittedly, just wings it. There are no schematics or spreadsheets breaking down pieces needed by size or color, Stevens prefers to buy his Legos in large amounts and run to the toy store when his supply is depleted. He claims to know every Lego shop in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and they know him, too.

This second piece, titled "Mario's Clock" stood a little under six feet in height. The couple made it together and had the work completed in about a month.

There was no shortage of creativity at last night's party, so we put together a few highlight pictures anyone who gave into adulthood sedentariness and missed the spectacle.

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