Over the past few years (or so), there has been an increasing trend in the collector’s market – the production of seriously collectable pins. And I mean “seriously” collectable.
As an Instagram user, I have become aware of a community of sellers, who are involved in outstanding work in creating quirky and irresistibly awesome pieces. Some of these sellers are producing unlicensed products, so they are not all officially sanctioned pieces, but jeez they are knocking it out of the park!
Case in point, the Joker pin that you can see at the top of this post. This pin – titled ‘Glitter “Boo”‘- is a stunning piece produced by Duncan Artworks and is just one of a few pins I have in my collection.
The pin recreates a memorable scene from the 1989 Batman movie, and as you can see, the likeness to Jack Nicholson is uncanny!
As a huge fan of the Batman movie franchise, I had to grab one of these as soon as they became available. What’s more, the amount of detail that went into this pin (note the glitter effect in the beret) is just fantastic.
Duncan Artworks has produced some truly knock-out pins, especially for fans of Batman. But the studio isn’t the only place you can pick up great pins; take a look at this one below.
Here is an example of a pin from another studio, which I came across a couple of years ago. The Penguin pin was produced by John D. Wiltshire, as part of the studio’s ‘Crime Alley Pins’ collection.
This pin – and its ‘Crime Alley Pins’ stablemates – is based around characters from Batman: The Animated Series. The pins depict the animation style of the classic ‘toon, while also offering a ‘bonus’ feature. In this case, the Penguin’s umbrella swirls when manually spun.
In addition to this action feature, this pin is presented on a backing card specifically designed to replicate the packaging of the old Batman Kenner toys of the ’90s.
How cool is that?!
Not only did the studio consider the best way to make the pin look aesthetically pleasing, it also put some thought into its overall presentation too.
Moving away from Batman now and moving on to horror pins and the work of Alleycat Graphics. Once again, I came across this studio on Instagram, where I was captivated by the work.
Alleycat Graphics produce a selection of horror-themed products. One of my favourites is the Chucky pin above.
The design of this pin was inspired by the poster for Child’s Play 2 (1990) and it is simply superb. Child’s Play 2 is easily my favourite entry in the Chucky series (my favourite horror series of them all), so picking this up was a no-brainer.
The same can be said for this awesome Halloween inspired pin…
And these Nightmare on Elm Street and Jaws inspired pins…
It is at this point that I must mention that I am not a huge pin collector – or at least, I don’t think I am – but I know good products when I see them!
Some of the pins I have come across within the last few years have been so good, I have simply had to grab ’em… and of course share them on It’s A Stampede!
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