Walrus Mania Group Art Show Opens Feb 21st at Toy de Jour, Chicago .



Walrus Mania Group Art Show Opens Feb 21st at Toy de Jour, Chicago


Walrus Mania
Opening Friday, February 21, 2020 – 5pm – 9pm
On view through March 31, 2020
Toy de Jour – 2532 W Fullerton Ave Chicago, IL 60647

Chicago, IL Toy de Jour and Junk Fed present Walrus Mania, a group exhibition featuring 30 artists working in painting, sculpture, toy art, illustration, and photography. The curated works will pay tribute to the vintage Star Wars Walrus Man action figure.

Originally sculpted by Stephen Geddes for the now defunct Kenner toy company and released in 1979 as part of the second wave of Star Wars action figures, Walrus Man is one of the most vividly iconic action figures of its time. With a complementary contrast of orange and blue, flippered feet, and vaguely walrus-like head, the figure is a departure from the character depicted in the film, and remains a favorite among toy collectors.

The Walrus Mania exhibit was conceived by visual artist Todd S Rogers, under the moniker Junk Fed, out of a personal obsession with the aesthetics of the original action figure and the creative liberties taken in its design, separating it from the creature seen briefly in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. The character that so many came to know as Walrus Man thanks to the Kenner action figure was later given the name Ponda Baba by the 1989 Star Wars roleplaying game sourcebook Galaxy Guide 1: A New Hope. The Walrus Mania exhibit conjures a time when the Star Wars universe was young, undefined, and unlike anything that had come before it.

Contributing artists include BattleBabies, The Block Watch, CantinaDanny, Cassie Hart, chooseplastik, Dollar $lice Bootlegs, Galaxxor , Green Plastic Tunnels, Handmade Stuffs, Healeymade, Ironoclast, Jellykoe, Junk Fed, Killer Bootlegs, KrymsynGardImmoral, Lab Monkey Number 9, Mad Monster Lady, ManOrMonster?, Mortar Heads, Mr. Walters, Oscar Cisneros, Pez Banana, poopbird, Super Group Hugs, Terra, The Sucklord, The Tennessee Wolfman, Tiffany Flanagan, and Undead Speed Equipment.

Listings Info

Group Exhibit
Title: Walrus Mania
Opening: Friday, February 21, 2020 – 5pm – 9pm
Address: Toy de Jour – 2532 W Fullerton Ave Chicago, IL 60647
|Hours: Monday – Friday 11 – 7, Saturday and Sunday 12 – 5

Junk Fed is the creative enterprise of visual artist Todd S Rogers, a nostalgist whose reverence for vintage pop culture, kitsch, wonder, and absurdity informs his artistic output. Working as a commercial artist and illustrator for over 20 years, Rogers has provided design for the music industry, working with the bands The Dead Milkmen, Fishbone, and They Might be Giants. As an illustrator, he has been responsible for technical product designs for the toy company Super7, independent toy designers Killer Bootlegs and Healeymade, as well as independently under the Junk Fed brand. For more information please visit: junkfed.com, email: tintod@junkfed.com, or Instagram: @junkfed

About Toy de Jour In March 2014, husband and wife team Sam and Liz opened a vintage collectibles and toy store overflowing with your childhood memories:Toy de Jour: Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts. The shop has been featured in House Magazine, The Jam on WCIU, Logan Squarist, The Daily Beast, DNAinfo, and other crap. Sam and Liz are so grateful to have been covered in numerous other outlets and are pretty proud to have been named Winner of Chicago Magazine’s BEST NOSTALGIC TRIP AWARD. With items ranging from action figures to vintage jewelry to one-of-a-kind finds, and of course fart machines, there’s something for everyone. Instagram: @toydejour

Daniel Pickett

AFi founder and Editor-In-Chief Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on Bloomberg News, MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.