Self initiated project.
As a long time collector and admirer of designer vinyl figures I've always had an itch to create one of my own. Years ago I had the luck to work with Kidrobot customizing two of their world famous Dunny figures, but this time I didn't just want to add a design to a pre-existing figure, I wanted to design the whole figure itself. On top of that I wanted it to represent the Mexican culture without falling into the clichés of the lucha libre. Not necessarily because it's bad, but because I felt it had already been done in vinyl toys before and with very good designs too.
Combining the ideas of Mexican food, street culture and my memories of growing up there, I decided that the characters were going to be a 'taquero' (street tacos vendor) and a foul mouthed raw piece of stake as his sidekick.
After the first sketches I realized that if this was going to be a real figure I would need help of a sculptor in order for it to look good from every angle and have evenly distributed weight for it to stand firmly. I approached my friend David Dick
and he took the project to the next level, turning it into something tangible.
With this first part of the project done, we got a manufacturing partner and the figures were mass produced, fulfilling the dream of having a designer 8-inch vinyl figure of our own out in the world.
This is how Lethal Taco was born.