The toy is based on a rabbit figure with distinctive tubular ears. The origin of the name Dunny came from a combination of street slang and one of the early "Devil Bunny" prototypes. The Dunny is sold in 3-, 8- and 20-inch scales, though artists have customized Dunny models as tall as four feet. The toy has three points of articulation; a 360-degree rotational head and two arms. Some come with accessories, such as laser guns, ice cream cones, marker pens, Geisha fans, gas masks, crowns and hooded sweatshirts. Artist cards or stickers are also included, mainly with the annual series releases. Other (often themed) series releases typically include only a leaflet with the designs from that series. The buying and trading of Dunnys has reached to eBay and beyond.
Most 3" Dunnys and some 8" Dunnys are normally sold as "blind assortment": The figure is packaged inside a sealed foil wrapper, preventing shoppers from opening and peeking in the boxes to buy only the figures they want. Blind boxes are sold both individually and in cases including between 18 and 24 boxes. Cases are often designed as point-of-sale advertising for the blind boxes in retail stores, with lids that can be folded to create a popup-style advertising graphic. In addition to the main series released by Kidrobot, "special edition" designs are released that may include a singular or very limited design variation in blind assortments. Some include the annual holiday Dunny release and SDCC releases. As the popularity of vinyl toys as a medium for expression has increased, many fans and artists have put their own designs onto blank Dunnys, and specialty "limited edition" Artists Series releases are designed at least once a year.
Dunnys from more recent series have been packaged inside a clear plastic bag in addition to the foil wrapper, to assure buyers in the second-hand market that the article was never on display and is in a "new" condition.
- Kidrobot's Dunny Archive
- Dunny Forum in Kidrobot
- ShelfLife Dunny List A list of Dunny releases
- Vinyl Creep Another wiki site for vinyl figures
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