Rhino Beetle DCon Release by Chris Lee x Unbox Industries

Last year we fell in love with Rhino Beetle By Christopher Lee, hunting down every little bit of info we could get our hands on and lucky seeing the resin edition make its debut at DesignerCon 2018. Fast forward to the present day and big news coming in and squashing all the rumours, Christopher Lee has linked up with the fine folks at Unbox Industries to give you all the Rhino Beetle soft vinyl edition! The icing on the cake is the fact that they will be coming in various colourways and still as adorable.

Like we said last year HERE, Los Angeles based illustrator and designer, Chris Lee has his uber cool Rhino Beetle transformed into a resin art figure! Chris landed 2 spots on the already released Kidrobot “City Cryptid” Dunny series with 2 Dunny designs. Today Chris has shown the WIP sculpt if his Rhino Beetle and it looks freaking awesome already, even at this early stage. Rhino Beetle comes straight out of his Moss Kingdom series and we look forward to more to come from the series if its anything like the prints/paintings already done by Christopher Lee.

Earlier this week, whilst listening to the latest episode of the Marsham Toy Hour podcast (listen HERE) the MTH gang were discussing the Rhino Beetle by Chris Lee from DesignerCon 2018 and how Chris had teased a potential release in 2019 with Unbox Industries following a tease image on Chris’ Instagram HERE earlier this month. Who should pop into our email today? Chris with details of his Rhino Beetle DesignerCon release!

As with any Unbox Release, Chris’ Rhino Beetle looks absolutely bang on the money.

There will be three vinyl colourways of the Rhino Beetle at DCon. Peach Mist (limited to 50), Purple Soda (limited to 50) and Midnight Plum (limited to 50). Peach Mist will be available from Chris’ booth The Beast is Back #2101. Midnight Plum will be available from the Unbox Industries booth #1415. The Purple Soda Rhino Beetle will be split between the #2101 and #1415 booth. The price is expected to be $50 for each. These will be available from Friday VIP night.

Resin Rhino Beetle at DCon 2018

I released a self-produced resin Rhino Beetle figure as a passion project at DCon 2018. I worked with my friend Paul Tanompong (@propsandpop) who did the original sculpt as well as all the prototyping and resin casting duties. He handed the separate pieces off to me which I then hand painted and assembled. I was showing Dan (of Unbox) the project at DCon last year and he wanted to take it on. Over the next 10-11 months, we worked together to re-work the figure for vinyl production. They even included an articulated head… something that wasn’t possible with the resin original.

So why a rhino beetle? I just really love their size and how alien they look. They look threatening, but they’re not. My illustration style is very graphic and there are a lot of fun shapes on a Rhino/Stag beetle that I thought would be fun to break down and simplify. That exercise led me to design a version that I turned into an embroidered patch, which then inspired the resin figure, which was then picked up by Unbox.

Chris Lee, November 2019

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