After the jump you'll find a photo Patrick Michels took 'round 6ish in front of the Kidrobot joint in Mockingbird Station. In it, you'll see only a handful of the 400-plus lined up to get one of the free 200 golden dunnies created by artist Huck Gee, who was on hand to sign the little suckers for the faithful -- many of whom, it turned out, had come from out of state just to get their grubbies on the little goodie.
From Arkansas, Florida and Cleveland and beyond they came, all for something three inches tall. Some were true believers, fanboys and fetishists for whom the opening of a Kidrobot in the flyover's a big effing deal; Brandon Oldenburg and Curiosities' Jason Cohen, of the late Forbidden Books in Expo Park, were among those who'd come out just to observe the big doings in the small store. Then there were those looking to make a mint off the grand opening: On eBay already, you'll find the so-called golden-ticket items going for $129.99 and upward. Says Gee, "I don't mind the secondary market, per se, as long as the die-hard fans can still get it at the original price." That ain't likely to happen.
(Update: We've got more photos from the happening in this slide show. Also after the jump, video from Erykah Badu's return to Kidrobot during Thursday's grand opening.)