Platinum A’design Award winner (2012 – 2013) more info
The boys were exhibited to the public for the first time at Designboom mart, as part of Tokyo Designers Week 2012 and are now sold exclusively online.
You can find photo’s documenting the making process of Real Boys on the studio’s facebook page (give the page a like while you’re there!).
Nickel-plated steel pins are over-moulded in white ABS by a specialist low-volume injection moulding company in Cornwall, UK (tooling cut and polished from brass.)
Once the raw moldings arrive in Tokyo the faint 'witness-lines' are removed, with the edge of a scalpel. They’re then brush painted by hand, using enamel paints, and finished with a semi-gloss, clear top-coat. Packaged in high-quality acrylic boxes, made in Japan and presented inside the box using push-fit cork (cut to blocks in-house, by jig & knife). Paper labels and thank you notes are cut in-house from sheet, then individually numbered and signed by hand. These are no doubt the most finely crafted thumb tacks that have ever existed.
ABS plastic (body), Nickel-plated Steel (Pin), Tamiya Enamel (paint), Cork, Acrylic (boxes), Paper (label)
31mm x 10mm x 7mm (pins)
29mm x 44mm x 15mm (pack)
Small and sharp. Not meant for children.