Yui Wai Lai Recap & Top Picks of 2016

Chinese New Year 2017 is officially here and The Toy Chronicle Asia part of the family Yui Wai Lai gives his top picks of 2016 and his recap of 2016. First of all, we would like to thank Yui for all the hard work and using his own time to report for The Toy Chronicle whilst spreading the love. These designer toys and art collectables are mostly in his collection or seen in person. Make something to drink and possibly grab a snack as Yui takes you through his 2016 recap and top picks.

2016 has been a year of collaboration between designers around the world and I am very grateful to be part of it behind the scenes.

Toy Photography have never come across my mind before as I always think photography are an expensive hobby but thanks to technology, our smart phones are pretty well equipped with this feature and come in handy.

So I started to take toy photos in various toy shows and exhibition since 2014 as some of the works by the artist are so inspiring that I decided to capture them using my handphone.

Since then I’ve made so many friends after posting toy pics on Facebook and Instagram. That was how I met my dear friend Andy Hung. Finally had a chance to meet him in person at Thailand Toy Expo 2016.

So here are my humble Top List of toys from various toys exhibitions and custom shows I’ve attended in 2016.

Thank you and hope you guys enjoy them as much as I do.

Top 5 TTE 2016 Exclusive/Debut Release

1 Kwaii: Spark  by JPX x COARSE

2. RED TOSSAKAN & The Ugly Duck by Mighty Jaxx x Jason Freeny x XXRAY  3. SkulLoic, HornSkull & Acorn Explorer by Genesis4

4.Panda Moto by Cacooca

5.GeekWok in Carbonite Black & Gold Edition by Umetoys x Pobber

Top 5 STGCC 2016 Exclusive/Debut Release

1. Byron & Rangeron by FLABSLAB x Shoko Nakazawa x T9G

2. Bobett “The Return” by Wetworks

3. Q-bies by Sean Lee Design

4. MAGURO senpai  Kinmedai (Singapore Limited) by Mame Moyashi x Ozzo Collection

5. Rangeas Green Camo by T9G. Photo by Gao QiSheng

Top 5 TTF 2016 Exclusive/Debut Release

Twinkle Twinkle Little Earth by Kennyswork

Underskin by Little Good Things

Monsterlittle by Ziqi Wu

Pookie Circus by Pucky

Wifi Fat Monkey by DaFu ??

Top Blind Box Release

Baby Molly Series 3 by Kennyswork

Top Kawaii Kaiju

Mini Mucky by INSTINCTOY

Top Commercial Collaboration 2016

REGAL by Puma x Limited Edt

Designed byBanaNa ViruS x 13ART. Produce by WHALERABBIT

Top 2 2016 Custom Show

  1. RoadKill, Safe Passage at FLABSLAB x TwelveDot x POBBER – Custom by 13 Art, FLABSLAB, Rich Page (Umetoys), Jon-Paul Kaiser, Caramelaw & TwelveDot

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BV 10th Anniversary at FLABSLAB – Custom by 13 Art, Rich Page (Umetoys), Jon-Paul Kaiser, Luke Chueh, Daniel Yu & Quiccs

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Most Inspiring 2016 Release

Kindreds by Martin Hsu

Top 5 Inspirational Release for photoshoots

Byron & Underskin by Shoko Nakazawa and Little Good Things

SkulLoic & HornSkull  by Genesis4

Loic by BanaNa Virus

Baby Molly & Romeo by Kennyswork and fufufanny

Mon Tae & Q-bies by Little Good Things and Sean Lee Design

We hope you enjoyed the recap as much as we did. Happy New Year!

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A Yellow guy with bad English who's a chef by trade but addicted to toys and art. Instagram nutter rambling food addict who likes to take photos of everything I eat (most Asians do right?) Please don't class me as a journalist or blogger, more on the lines of talent scout and always backs the little guy.

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