This past week I was asked to buy a Dunny as a gift for someone assisting me in a photo shoot. I had no idea what a Dunny was and had to look it up on google.
I found out that a Dunny is a kind of vinyl designer toy created by Paul Budnitz and Tristan Eaton, and produced by Kidrobot toys.
The toy is based on a rabbit like figure with distinctive tubular ears. The origin of the name Dunny came from a combination of street slang and one of the early “Devil Bunny” prototypes. They come in three sizes – 3″, 8″ and 20″. They are more for collectors than kids. The toy has three points of articulation; a 360 degree rotational head and two arms. Dunny sometimes comes with accessories that fit inside the sockets of the hand, such as an ice-cream cone or laser gun. An artist card or sticker is also included with each Dunny.
The funny part is, that most dunnys are sold as “blind assortment”, meaning the dunny is packaged inside a sealed foil wrapper, so that the buyer is not able to see which assortment they are buying. Sealing the figure prevents people from opening and peeking in the boxes and buying only the figures they want. Especially since not all figures are sold in the same ratio, some figures are harder to find than others. This is very similar to buying hockey or baseball cards.
When I found a local store that sold them, I drove down to pick two up. These 2 $10 toys ended up costing me $60, due to a $40 parking ticket that was not legal (see previous blog).
I mentioned Dunnys to someone at my Toronto office space today and they told me there are different series of these figurines that people collect. They said the idea of not knowing which one you got when you buy them is similar to Kinder Surprise.