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Don Kratzer

Guerrilla Semiotician, Fig-lab || 国際フィギュア研究所 in Tokyo

What Are Kinkeshi?

PRESENTED ON SEP 20, 2013
IN TOKYO @ VOL 106

Don Kratzer takes an inside look at the birth of a toy movement from the mid-1980s, and discusses the ripples this particular line of figures has had on present-day artists. 

This presentation was part of the PechaKucha Global Night 2013, and follows the theme of "hidden heroes."

"Presentation of the Day" on October 11, 2013.

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20 Years in Japan

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 95 ON SEP 26, 2012

Don Kratzer has lived in Japan for 20 years, and following the PK 20x20 format, shares what he's been up to all this time using one image for each year.

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Micro Sofubi

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 99 ON JAN 23, 2013

What is Micro Sofubi? Let our resident vinyl toy expert Don Kratzer guide you through the ins and outs of this category of figures he has so much love for -- and he hopes you'll love them too.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 26, 2013.

PechaKucha Night公式ウェブサイトで26日に「今日のプレゼンテーション」に選ばれたDonさんのミクロソフビプレゼンテーションをご紹介します。

フィギュア好きな方に特におすすめです。

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What Color is Godzilla?

BY DON KRATZER
@ HEINEKEN STAR LOUNGE ON MAY 15, 2013

Don Kratzer attempts to answer the controversial question, "What Color is Godzilla?" Plus, other über-toy-nerd trivia concerning the color green.

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The Japan Superhero Boom and the Pachimon Phenomenon 1971-1975

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 103 ON MAY 29, 2013

Don Kratzer adds to his collection of PechaKucha presentations dealing with the Japanese toy and figure scene with a new installment, this time looking at the explosion of Superheros on Japanese TV and popular culture In the early 1970s. Check out the cast of characters, the amazing vinyl toys, and the charming "pachimon" (bootleg) phenomenon of this bygone era.

"Presentation of the Day" on June 7, 2013.

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What is Sofubi?

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 110 ON JAN 22, 2014

The prolific international figure researcher Don "Datadub" Kratzer does it once again -- an in-depth discussion on the history and creation of sofubi or soft-vinyl toys. Perk up your ears as he offers sweet, colorful nuggets of information on the fascinating mid-20th century products. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 7, 2014.

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Sofubi: Soft Vinyl

BY DON KRATZER
@ PECHAKUCHA NIGHT SPECIAL @ AUTODESK POP-UP ON NOV 08, 2015

"When I say factory, it's often a 60 or 70-year old guy who has a shed out by the side of his house. He's pouring the the plastisol, and running it through the process, pulling out the pieces by hand, one by one."

In Sofubi: Soft Vinyl from PechaKucha Night Special @ Autodesk Pop-Up in TokyoDon Kratzer discusses soft vinyl as a medium, and particularly soft vinyl toys made in Japan. Versatile and vibrant, it has been used for generations as a medium for making toys and figurines that is proven to last. With advancements in digital technology, new opportunities are presented to those who design sofubi figures and collectibles.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, January 23rd, 2016. 

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Doing what I do; Playing.

BY ISAAC HOLLIDAY
@ VOL 5 ON FEB 18, 2016

10 year-old, Issac Holliday, Accident's youngest presenter, discusses a wonderful business opportunity in his home of Grantsville, Maryland. All he wants is a toy store. Enjoy his dynamic presentation of what he enjoys, toys and how he hopes to get a toy store to his town. 

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Articulated Art

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 154 ON JAN 31, 2018

The Designer Toy or “Art Toy” represents an intense love for the materiality of the object itself. Frequent Presenter Don "datadub" Kratzer proposes to lure us into the Designer Toy movement by taking us to where it all started, a time that saw the birth of action figures; “dolls for boys”.   

PechaKuchaでおなじみDon Kratzerのおもちゃへの深い愛は、素材そのものにも及びます。その他にも「男の子も遊べる人形」として世に現れたアクションフィギュアのムーブメントなど、おもちゃの深い世界を教えてくれます。

 

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Big World- Little Toys

BY DIEDRA PETRINA
IN ELLENSBURG

Diedra Petrina did not plan on motherhood, but her surprise path led her down another one, well designed, responsible toys.