Vinyl toys are experiencing a resurgence in recent months, and the latest to join the fray under the WOAW roof is Lion City brand FLABSLAB. Founder Jeffrey Koh was inspired to create the company after leaving a toxic corporate career, and his love for pop culture is evident throughout. Infusing a distinctly Singaporean – and by extension, Chinese, Malayan and Indian – outlook on symbols of global street and pop culture, FLABSLAB’s creations are irreverent, tongue-in-cheek, and intimately familiar to those who have lived in the Asia-Pacific region.
Take, for example, a collaborative toy with pop surrealist painter Luke Chueh that depicts Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett dressed not in his signature green Mandalorian armor but a discreet black hoodie and clutching his namesake drink, a boba bubble tea. (link) Another figurine depicts a Chinese terracotta soldier donning a Darth Vader mask, while yet another sees Japanese ‘70s-era superhero Ultraman meditating upon a lotus in a reference to Buddhist iconography.
However, Koh is quick to point out that they are not so much toys as they are art pieces, and owning one no longer equates to being stuck in childhood. As a result, FLABSLAB creations don’t skimp on craftsmanship, and can be counted on to brighten up your home for a long time to come.
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