Dinkybox is an independent, small (hence the 'dinky') and totally friendly, on-line shop specialising in equally dinky sized collectable goodies and Japanese (manga) comic art supplies. We're located within a lovely little village right in the centre of England. We officially came into being when we received our first ever on-line order on December 16th 2004 (thank you HW). From day one to right now we have maintained three simple dinkybox goals; to provide the best customer care possible, to only stock something if we would buy it ourselves and to enjoy what we do. Several years on and we can honestly say, hand on heart that we really do love what we do. We totally love our goodies (as our own personal collections can easily testify) and given the absolutely fab feedback from our lovely customers, our customer care is up there with some of the best too.
Of course dinkybox isn't just about who we are and what we do, it's about our fab goodies, too. It's true to say that our goodies are a bit of a reflection of us, especially as everyone here has either worked or still works within the creative industries. Take our fab range of Deleter art supplies for example. These became a part of dinkybox due to Wil Overton, (my hubby). He's a professional illustrator (don't tell him l said that, he always says he just scribbles a bit) who loves comics and makes his own with his mates when time permits. Wil also creates all the fab illos for dinkybox including all the banners and icons and of course, the header graphic which, in my option, is just beautiful. Wil is currently freelancing so he's open to commissions (so long as l can still nab him for dinkybox work of course). If you would like to take a peek at some of his other work (he's got stacks of experience ranging from the Microsoft avatars to gaming magazines such as Super Play and N64) then please feel free to visit: transformationsequence.com. You can contact Wil via dinkybox or via his website.
Other inspirations for dinkybox goodies come from the likes of Raymond Choy, the creator of Qees. Take a blank design such as a Bear, Cat or Dog shape, get a bunch of groovy contemporary artist and designers to customise it and voila! You have a collectable series of figures all for very affordable prices. Blank versions of these Qees can also be purchase by customers with the idea of submitting personal designs to Toy2R for possible inclusion in future Qee collections. What a totally brilliant idea and one that many other design lead companies (such as Kidrobot) have adopted too (i.e. Dunny and Fatcap figures). Then there are goodies that are just beautifully made and represent popular culture such as the Japanese block style Kubrick figures (we're especially loving the ones of Johnny Depp and the whole Star Wars series) not forgetting goodies from the world leading animation company, Studio Ghibli (come on, who can resist Totoro?) There are a few curve balls in there too, including my own personal passion; white knob windup toys, Pinky Street, Revoltech and Cinefex (I'm a big FX fan). Oh, and by the way, l take all the photos. (Yes, really, we do everything ourselves, including all the typos).
If you've read all the way down to here then you've gotten further than we thought you would so we'll let you go now and simply sign off by saying BUY SOMETHING! No, seriously, thank you for visiting our store and if you love our site and you would like to keep up to date with our latest goodies and offers please do follow us on Facebook/Twitter or sign up for our dinky updates. If you enjoy collecting and you're looking for a figure to complete a series please do email us. We really are always happy to help and we'll happily keep our eyes peeled (hopefully that's not as painful as it sounds).
Big smiles Sue and everyone here at dinkybox :