Saturday, December 15, 2007

Article on Vinyl Toys in LA Weekly.

Check it out here.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Monsterisms Series 4 and New Tokidoki

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Munny - The Greatest Do It Yourself Toy - Back at Hero Now.

FREE Munny Crayons with Purchase of a Munny, while supplies last!

Thursday, November 29, 2007


Hey everyone!! Hope we're gonna see ya at the party!

Just wanted to let everyone know, the Ninjatown Microplush are releasing at the party, and we hope you will all feel free to trade amongst yourselves, they are a super fucking awesome series! Also, we have a very limited supply of Jamungo's Skllbud 1.3 Red, so if you are hoping to snag one, get there early, limit one per customer.

Check this, we're super stoked...according to UPS tracking, the 2 new Tokidoki Cactus Friends, Bruttino and Carina are supposed to be here in time for the party!! They are the newest members of the Cactus Friends family, and they are so cute!

Oh and guess what we found in back, 1 case of Dunny Series 4, limit 1 per customer, get em before they are gone forever.

Also, we will be introducing our brand new Lucky 13 program, buy 12 blind box toys, get the 13th free, make sure to get your Lucky 13 punchcard while you are here.

See ya at the party!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Ninjatown Microplush + more, this Friday, 11.30

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Stop in to Hero this Friday night for a few drinks and to grab these new toys before they are gone. SEE YA FRIDAY BITCHES!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Yo Gabba Gabba in store now; After Thanksgiving Sale!

Yo Gabba Gabba in store now, available as individual figures or buy the whole set.
Check out our After Thanksgiving SALES. Friday and Saturday ONLY!! Click the image to see larger.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Celebrate 13 Months of Hero in Allentown

Join us on Friday November 30 and celebrate thirteen months of Hero in Allentown. From 7-10pm. We will be introducing a brand new customer rewards program, hope to see you then.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Just Arrived. In Store at Hero Now!

New at Hero, NOW! Hurry in, some of these items are very limited and we only have a couple of pieces or in some cases only one available for purchase.

Thomas Han's Pushers - Spirit and Pirate

Red Demon Original

Red Demon Classico

Kozik's Camo El Panda

Huck Gee's Flying Tiger Sharky

12" GID inflatable Bubble Mole by DGPH.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Article on Hero on Buffalo Rising

Check out this article about Hero on today's Buffalo Rising, click here.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

On Parade - Screenprinted Rock Poster Extravaganza

Check this rad exhibit that Hero is a part of at Clothes Optional 2918 N. Clark St Chicago. Opening November 9, 9pm to Midnight, running through January 9.

Featuring the work of:
Hero Design Studio
Spike Press
Dan Grzeca
The New Year
Burlesque of North America
Aesthetic Apparatus
The Small Stakes
Little Friends of Printmaking
Delicious Design League

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Holiday Labbit, on sale tomorrow October 25.

The 5-inch Holiday Labbit by Frank Kozik with 4 interchangeable accessories goes on sale tomorrow October 25 and he wants ALL the presents. This adorable guy comes with a christmas gift, light bulb, candy cane, and half eaten elf. If you have any of the other 5-inch Labbits or Sarge, the accessories are all interchangeable. Come and get him before they are all gone, they are a great gift.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Saturday, October 20, 2007


October 25
Holiday Labbit with accessories by Frank Kozik

November 8
Kidrobot Supermini Keychain Series 3

November 15
8-inch Bubble Yucky Dunny by Tara McPherson

November 21
Yo Gabba Gabba! 5-figure set!!

This Fall
Cactus Friends - Bastardino by Tokidoki

This Fall
Cactus Friends - BRUTTINO - by Tokidoki
This Fall
Cactus Friends - CARINA by Tokidoki
This Fall
Cactus Friends - Polpettina by Tokidoki
This Fall
Monsterism 4: Pets and Owners by Pete Fowler

Late October / Early November
12" GID inflatable Bubble Mole by DGPH.

Late October / Early November
Doktor A. KANIZA Special Edition

Late October / Early November
Spirit Pusher by Thomas Han

Late October / Early November
Pirate Pusher by Thomas Han

Late October / Early November
Red Demon Classico

Late October / Early November
Red Demon Original

Late October / Early November

Late October / Early November
Kozik's Camo El Panda

Late October / Early November
Huck Gee Flying Tiger Sharky

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Paul Budnitz interviews Frank Kozik

President and founder of Kid Robot, Paul Budnitz interviews toy, poster, & pop artist Frank Kozik, click here to read the interview.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

New Posters Added to the Store

A bunch of new posters have been added to the Hero online webstore and more are coming soon.... check out posters for Minus the Bear, The National, Of Montreal and Spoon. Check out our entire collection of posters for sale here

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Things That Hurt Zipper Pulls

Give peace a chance with the first miniseries by Mr. Shane Jessup and Kidrobot. The Things that Hurt zipper pulls are a blindbox series that redefines the notion of pain. Put the hurt on your hoodie or bag. Available today and they just came in. They are super rad! And yeh, I already snagged the heart for myself!!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Dunny Series 4 - Checklist of the full collection...

For all of you die-hard collectors of Dunny Series 4, here is an image (thanks to an awesome Kidrobot forum member) of the ENTIRE collection, so you can see ALL the figures you need to collect to have the whole series. Click on the image to see it larger.

Photos from Circa's Grand Opening Party in Toronto

Click here to check out photos from the world's first Kid Robot room at the brand new nightclub Circa in Toronto, created by Paul Budnitz. Next time you are in Toronto be sure to check it out, its just a hop, skip, and a jump from Buffalo. Unfortunately we were unable to get up for the opening, but when we get up there, we'll be sure to post photos of our own.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Sneak Peek at Of Montreal Poster

Here's a sneak peek at Hero's gig poster for Of Montreal's show here in Buffalo at the Tralf next Wednesday October 10. Oh and that lipstick red is a little sparkly and that grey is a super sparkly awesome metallic silver.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Sneak Peak of Hero's Gig Poster For The National

Here's a early glimpse of Hero's gig poster for The National's show here in Buffalo next Tuesday. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Kid Robot Lounge Opening in Toronto this Weekend

The brand-new Kid Robot lounge inside of mega-club Circa in Toronto has it's Grand Opening this Friday October 5th. You can pickup exclusive releases there too, the 10-inch Silver Bondage Labbit and the 3-inch Peter Gatien Dunny. We will definitely be getting up there soon to check it out.

Monday, October 1, 2007

10 Inch GID Labbits

We just got in a shipment of 10-inch Kozik Smorkin Labbits... we got the glow-in-the-dark green, glow-in-the-dark blue, and more white!! The GID ones are so stinken bright and awesome!! Come in and see em.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Dunny Series 4 - at Hero Now!

Dunny Series 4 are available today at Hero!! Dunny Series 4 is rockin' the block with it's greatest assortment of artists yet.

Series 4 is a 3-Inch mini-series featuring Frank Kozik, Jon Burgerman, MAD, Tara McPherson, Mad Barbarians, Shane Jessup, David Flores, KOA, Sket One, Gary Baseman, Michael Motorcycle, Joe Ledbetter, MIST, Nico Berry, Thomas Han and Mike '2600' Davis of Twelve Car Pileup. Like we said, it's gonna blow your minds.

This 20 piece blind assortment features some designs limited to just 500 pieces and a few of you lucky Dunny hunters will find the 1 in 400 Golden Ticket redeemable for an incredibly exclusive and surely sought after Frank Kozik Dunny.

Come in NOW and check them out, they are KILLER!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Hero Posters at the Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre, New Posters....

A small collection of Hero posters are currently on display and for sale at the Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre in Buffalo, NY. Be sure to check it out, and catch a great flick while you are there.

We just added three new posters to the online webstore, Grizzly Bear, Metric and Andrew Bird. Keep an eye out for new posters for Minus the Bear, Of Montreal, Spoon, New Pornagraphers and more....

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Yinz Got Posters - Rock Art Show - Pittsburgh, PA

Hero is a part of "Yinz Got Posters", the first annual Artists' Image Resource rock art show, featuring the posters of over 30 contemporary, working poster artists from all over the United States, and even a set of Canadians. The show will run September 8, 2007 through October 8, 2007 with a big opening reception on September 8th from 7-10pm. If you are in the Pittsburgh area bring your butt on out for it, and bring yinz friends and yinz friends' friends.

Artists Image Resource, (AIR) Pittsburgh, PA
518 Foreland St, Pgh. PA 15212

Below is the effin' sweet list of the 31 participating artists:
Adam Turman
Amy Jo Hendrickson
Cricket Press
Criminal Design
Dan Stiles
Delicious Design League
Design Medicine
Guy Burwell
Hero Design Studio
Lil Tuffy
Lonny Unitus
Mat Daly
Michael Michael Motorcycle
Mike King
Mile 44
Nate Duval
Powerslide Design
Print Mafia
Screwball Press
Standard Design
Status Serigraph
The New Year
The Small Stakes
Todd Slater
Zach Hobbs

AIR is a dynamic and unique, not-for-profit community print studio in Pittsburgh, PA that has played host to artists and printmakers from all over the world. AIR has initiated work with dozens of regional and national artists over its ten year history such as Mike Budai, Mat Daly, Jay Ryan, John Ritter, The Little Friends of Printmaking, Nathan Ouldage, Julie Meredith, Mary Tremonte, and strawberryluna to name a few.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Hero in Seattle for Bumbershoot - Flatstock 14

Hero will be in Seattle for Flatstock 14 which will be held Sept 1-4 at the Bumbershoot Arts & Music Festival. If you are at Bumbershoot be sure to swing by and say "HEY!" and check out some of the new stuff and special prices we'll have. We added a couple of days on our trip so we could attempt to have what some people like to call a "vacation", although the laptops and iPhones will be in tow and we will be working.

However, that means the boutique here in Buffalo will be closed from August 30th until Sept 5th, sorry for any inconveniences and be sure to keep an eye out when we return for lots of new stuff to be released, including posters for Elvis Costello, Feist, Grizzly Bear, and for vinyl, the new Joe Ledbetter Finders Keepers series and the Smorkin' Labbit Series 3, and so much more.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Paper Dolls 2007 - Featuring Hero's Elizabeth Manos-Brickey

Elizabeth Manos-Brickey of Hero, will be featured in PAPER DOLLS 2007: Works on Paper. A group exhibition of women poster artists from around the world. This amazing event is a fundraiser for The Women's Art Center in Salt Lake City Utah. The show will run August 17th - September 14th. The opening reception will be Friday, August 17th from 6 - 10 at the Women's Art Center. If you are in the area be sure to check it out.

The Women's Art Center, a non-profit organization, offers a safe and nurturing environment in which women are able to particpate in workshops and classes. The Women's Art Center also provides a gallery space for contemporary artists, both male and female. We also collaborate with organizations like The Road Home Women's Shelter, the Cancer Wellness House of Utah, and the Salt Lake Youth Shelter. This year they are starting a program to offer scholarships to young women in Utah.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Hero is looking for interns for the Fall Semester

We are looking for 2 or 3 college interns for the upcoming Fall semester. We will be interviewing from now until the end of August (or longer if need be) for the positions.

Applicants must have experience in Photoshop and Illustrator, and have a solid understanding of print design. Experience or knowledge of web design and coding including Dreamweaver and/or Flash are a definite plus. We are looking for someone with self-motivation and a strong desire to learn new skills.

These positions are for serious applicants only. Positions will require a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week for the entire semester. Please contact us at [beth at] and let us know a little about you, a resume/portfolio if you have it. Please no phone calls.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

New Posters Added to the Store

Three new posters have been added to the Hero store - A wedding artprint, Social Distortion and The Lemonheads. Start shopping here.

Look for more posters soon!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

New Posters Added; Pitchfork Follow-up

Two new posters have been added to the Hero store - Detroit Cobras and Moe. (summer tour 2007 official poster). Start shopping here.

We also wanted to thank everyone that we met in Chicago at Pitchfork. We met so many awesome people, sold a lot of posters and tees, saw a lot of amazing bands, and had a great time. The weather was absolutely perfect this year. See everyone next year!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Flatstock 13 - Pitchfork Music Festival - Chicago, IL

Hero will once again be in Chicago this upcoming weekend for Flatstock 13!!! Flatstock 13 is being held AT Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park. Saturday & Sunday July 14th & 15th, noon to 10pm both days!!!

Poster artists from around the world will be pitching tents in Union Park for the world famous convention sponsored by the American Poster Institute, dedicated to the promotion of music poster art and design worldwide. Come grab posters and hear the stories behind them straight from the artist. FLATSTOCK is free for everyone with a Pitchfork Music Festival pass so come one come all. Show up early and be ready to be overwhelmed with amazing posters (you might want to bring some dough too since you won't want to leave empty handed.) FLATSTOCK is an all-ages event.

Be sure to stop by our tent and say HI! We have a bunch of new posters and some other fun new things!!

Go to to check out what's happening this year.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Joseph Arthurt Poster Added to the Store!

Check out our latest poster for Joseph Arthur and the Lonely Astronauts from the May 8th and 9th shows at the Roxy Theater in LA. Click here to view and purchase the poster.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Hero Open All Weekend for Allentown Art Festival

Saturday June 9th and Sunday June 10th, Hero will be open 10am - 7pm during the Allentown Art Festival and Allen West Festival.

The Allentown Association hired Hero to design the poster and graphics for this year's Allen West Festival which takes place on Allen Street between Elmwood Avenue and Wadsworth. Not only did Hero design the posters that you see everywhere in Allentown but we also created a hand silkscreened limited edition run of the poster that will be for sale during the event at the Allentown Association's booth in the Allen West Festival or at the Hero Design Studio 93 Allen Street. The organization liked the monsters and puppy so much that they also had T-shirts made with the graphics, so be sure to purchase one and support the Allentown Association.

While you are down in our neighborhood this weekend for the Allentown Art Festival, be sure to stop by Hero and check out the Allentown Specials for this weekend ONLY.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

WNY TypoFest

WNY TypoFest, May 8-11, 2007. A celebration of the graphic and typographic arts right here in Western New York, featuring the premiere of "Helvetica", A Documentary Film by Gary Hustwit. The schedule for WNY TypoFest can be found here.

Hero will be one of ten presenters at Pecha Kucha Night, Tuesday May 8, 7pm at Hallwalls. Each participant gets a six-minute pitch in which they show 20 slides, and talk for 20 seconds about each one. For more about Pecha Kucha click here. Be sure to check it out, admission is just $4, Students $2.

Monday, April 30, 2007

New Posters.

Check out the online store and our boutique on Allen Street for 4 new posters. The Decemberists, The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, Girl Talk, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. And keep a look out for new posters real soon for Joseph Arthur at the Roxy in LA, The Allen West Art Festival, Moe. and more.