Voltaire started his career as a stop-motion animator. It is an art form that requires making rubber, posable models. Add to that the fact that Voltaire also creates comic books filled with colorful characters and it's probably not surprising then that Voltaire has always dreamed of seeing some of his creations made into toys.

For years his pursuit of landing a toy deal lead only to having many doors slammed in his face. Voltaire learned the hard way that toys are expensive to make and that toy companies generally don't take risks on intellectual properties unless they have millions of fans (see: Superman, Batman, Mickey Mouse, etc). However that all changed when the "designer vinyl" wave swept over the land. Designer vinyl toys are generally toys designed by artists that are made in limited runs generally ranging from 500 to 1000 pieces. Their rarity as well as the reputation of the artist involved give them their intense value with collectors and fans.

In 2004 Hong Kong's premiere vinyl toy company, Toy2R, introduced Voltaire to the world of "designer vinyl" by manufacturing a toy of his comic book character, Deady. It was an instant hit and lead to a string of other Voltaire toys including a line of "Pocket Goth" plush toys for Toy Network that were made for the games and amusement market. Those toys were available as prizes at all of the major amusement parks as well as in crane machines at Walmart, Toys R Us, etc.  

The coming years saw Voltaire make Hot Wheels cars for the Japanese market and many Deady toys including a figure made by Disney and Mindstyle (of Deady as Stitch from their film "Lilo and Stitch"), an 8-inch Deady figure by Toy2R that was co-branded with the popular on-line role-playing game AdventureQuest World as well as collaborations with the ubiquitous "Skelanimals" characters (also by Toy2R).  

 

 

Recently, bootlegs of Voltaire's toys have begun spilling out of China, a bittersweet sign that his designs are finding fans the world over.

Voltaire continues to make toys, mostly of his character, Deady and is often involved in custom toy shows.

You can see some of the toys Voltaire has designed here in the Toy Gallery section. http://www.voltaire.net/toy_gallery

UPCOMING SHOWS!

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Aurelio Voltaire in Los Angeles, CA at Bar Sinister!

Aurelio Voltaire in Los Angeles, CA at Bar Sinister!, Boardners/ 1652 N Cherokee Ave, Hollywood, CA

Date of show:  2/22/20 venue: Bar Sinister address of venue:   1652 N  Cherokee Ave Hollywood, ca 90028 ticket price:  $10/$15 after midnught No Discunt flyers age policy:   21 + time doors open: 10pm Aurelio Voltaire showtime:  12am Other bands/acts: TBA website for more info: http://www.barsinister.net facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1206619462859254/ Advanced ticket sales: none- at the door only  

   

$10/$15 after midnught No Discount flyers

Feb15

Aurelio Voltaire in St. Louis MO at The Crack Fox

Aurelio Voltaire in St. Louis MO at The Crack Fox, 1114 Olive St., Saint Louis, MO

Date of show: Sat Feb 15th venue: Crack Fox address of venue :  1114 Olive St. Saint Louis MO 63101  ticket price: $20 $5 Surcharge under 21 age policy:   18 +  time doors open: 8pm Aurelio Voltaire showtime: 10pm   Other bands/acts: TBD website for more info: crackfoxbar.com facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/493452641519618/ Advanced ticket sales: $18

$18 adv/ door $20/ $5 Surcharge under 21

Feb9

Aurelio Voltaire in Portland, OR at The Star Theater!

Aurelio Voltaire in Portland, OR at The Star Theater!, Star Theatre - 13 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR

Date of show: Feb 9 2020 venue: STAR THEATER address of venue:  13 NW 6th Ave Portland ticket price: $13 advanced age policy:  21+  time doors open: 7pm Aurelio Voltaire showtime:  9.50pm Other bands/acts if any: ROSEGARDEN FUNERAL PARTY & LORELEI K website for more info:   https://www.facebook.com/CHURCHOFHIVE/ StarTheater.Com facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2763007497097150/?active_tab=about https://www.facebook.com/CHURCHOFHIVE/ Advanced ticket sales: https://www.ticketweb.com/event/aurelio-voltaire-featuring-rosegarden-funeral-star-theater-tickets/10100095?fbclid=IwAR26DddC0XHsOrhRZ32mlinS0_xQzJrRXqFsGcBmegiM1COQW2ebUPGrq88 StarTheater.Com  

Doors at 7pm/ Aurelio Voltaire at 9:50pm

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