Japan's Medicom Toy Corporation is no stranger to collaboration. Look through the gallery for its signature Be@rbrick toy and you'll find everything from Star Wars goodies to figures inspired by British rock band Oasis.
The Be@rbrick dedicated to the King of Rock & Roll is a stellar piece. Released in 2007 for the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, it's about as detailed as you can get while still using the Be@rbrick form. It was released in both the standard size, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, and a larger "400 percent" figure. As is typical for this line, the toy was a limited edition, so good luck finding one.4. Matt Groening figure at Kidrobot
Kidrobot has produced a lot of great toys based on hip cartoons (I'm still trying to collect more of the Adult Swim blind box figures). The company outdid itself, though, with this 6-inch vinyl figure based on The Simpsons creator Matt Groening. Styled like a self-portrait of the famed cartoonist, this fun collectible was released earlier this year, just in time to celebrate the legendary series' 500th episode. The notepad featuring a sketch of Homer Simpson is a nice touch.3. David Bowie mannequins
Australian artist Tanja Stark makes gorgeous mannequin-styled dolls based on famed artists, and her most frequent muse is David Bowie. I first wrote about Stark's work for L.A. Weekly's music blog in 2010, and since then she has created more pieces based on Bowie's ever-evolving looks. Recently, she's re-created Screaming Lord Byron, from the video "Jazzin' for Blue Jean," and the Diamond Dogs-era Halloween Jack. Stark isn't content to stick with Bowie, though. She's added a mannequin of Australian rock hero Nick Cave as well.