Plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery

When Michael from OSO Design House asked to come up with some designs for the Bax figure, one of the first ideas I came up with was a gumball machine. It hit me almost immediately because the perfectly round head plus the long body that pushes out at the bottom had almost exactly the same shape as one of these old school candy machines. The fact that with ABS material you could actually make the figure transparent sealed the deal and I created one of the most popular designs in Bax Series 1.  

Skip forward about a year now: During a meeting, Michael pulls out a box of a brand new vinyl figures that one of his good friends has created. The figure is called Monskee (kind of a flatter, smaller munny) and features not designs by popular artists, but designs made in house by staff members. I was pretty surprised to see this figure title “Kandy.” I couldn’t believe how similar it was to my piece. I was a bit offended at first but then actually became proud of what I had done.

I created something special enough that other people wanted to copy it.

3 Responses to “Plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery”


  1. 1 LeeAnn

    Yours is *totally* better!

  2. 2 mfenner

    Hey, I loved your bax bear design. here is another example; Kidrobot is going to sell a dunny version t-shirt, someone submitted it in a contest. See the link…..

    http://www.kidrobot.com/2008/ds5/?p=tee_contest

    I think the t-shirt is pretty much a copy of your design.

  3. 3 admin

    That gumball dunny is pretty crazy! Thanks for sending that in!

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