There are so many people hoping to buy the toys. It depends on luck,” says Kan.
Kan came to the event along with four friends, who are all big fans of designer toys. One of th狗亚APP入口夜网女神会所
em is Wang Mei, who started collecting designer toys in 2017 and now boasts a collection of more than 1,000.
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ned a contract with Hong Kong illustrator and designer Kenny Wong, who designed Molly, a wide-eyed girl.
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ol Life and Ocean, were sold on the mainland in 2018, each for 59 yuan, one of the best-selling art toys in China.
The idea for Molly came from Wong’s experience in drawing portraits of child
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hile he painted. All the children were pouting as they followed the instruction not to move.