Whilst enjoying a winter work break to San Francisco, The Toy Chronicle was lucky enough to go spend some studio time with Designer Toy stalwart – Huck Gee.
Huck, if you didn’t know, is British – born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. So we see Huck as one of our own despite moving over to SF when he was around six years old.
Meeting Huck on the street, in the glorious Californian sunshine, he’s taller than I was expecting. I had forgotten my sunglasses back in London, so I squint as Huck points me in the direction of his studio.
You would never guess it was a studio from the outside. A battered green door greets you first. The studio is amongst a host of car repair workshops. Huck is uber-friendly as he welcomes me in to his 100+ year old studio. His studio is cosy and stripped down. The floor and ceiling going for an ‘au naturel’ look. This makes the walls even more impressive and stand out further as each wall is either rammed shelves or cabinets full of Huck’s work or collections that has caught his eye over the years – Huck loves Donatello from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
It is a thing of beauty spending time going through each shelf. Huck hasn’t risen to the top of the Designer Toy game by accident, the true amount of high quality art, prints, vinyl toys that have been designed & produced by the hands of Huck is amazing. Through a set of plastic dust protector doors is where the magic happens. Huck has a team all working feverishly away on the Skull Leader that Huck designed back in October last year. I leave them to it.
Huck has recently rebranded his website & store during Valentines weekend. On his website, Huck has filmed a short video giving his thoughts on where he is at. It is definitely worth a quick watch. We included the video below.
You can sense from meeting Huck that he has some big things in store for the future. He speaks passionately about the Designer Toy scene, about his plans for the upcoming year. His tone drops as he reminisces about past experiences, challenges he has faced. The Designer Toy world can be an interesting set of cogs that we the customer don’t often see. It is probably for the best too. I think we’ll see a new & rebooted Huck over the course of the next year or so.
He shows me blueprints & drawings for a new project he has planned – they’re impressive. Really impressive. Huck digs through his many drawers and pulls out a prototype of another project. Again, this is superb. These are going to be amazing when they drop. You can see the excitement Huck has in his eyes for these new projects. You’ll have to keep a close eye on The Toy Chronicle for further details.
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Before we embarked on our San Fran trip, we asked you guys for questions to ask Huck. We received some really great questions and Huck was more than happy to provide some answers. So settle in and have a little read..
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