Android Mascot Collectibles Coming to Desk Near You
Geek alert: Artist Andrew Bell and some Googleplexers teamed up to create a collection of 3-inch figurines based on the mascot for Google's open source mobile operating system Android.The news broke in the form of a blog post at the Dyzplastic site. "Andrew, an avid Android user himself, teamed up with some friends at Google to bring their little green mascot to life. Series 1 features 12 different designs in blind-boxed cases of 16. Pick up a few and try your luck, or grab a whole case to secure a nearly-full set. Be on the lookout for some super rare chase editions. Each vinyl figure stands 3 inches tall and features a rotating head and arms," says the blog post. The crew of Android figurines will be sold later this month through an Android collectibles online store at the Dyzplastic site and in "specialty retailers," according to the blog post.
Android is coming of age, as last year ushered in a watershed year for the mobile OS with signature smartphone releases including the HTC Hero and myTouch, Motorola Cliq and Verizon Droid. Most recently added to the family is Motorola's Devour and Backflip and Google's own unlocked Nexus One. In just the past six months, all four major wireless carriers have either begun selling or announced plans to sell Android-powered handsets. In the short amount of time since the blogosphere picked up the story, the mini-Androids are being called "adorably cute," "a geek must-have," and "geeky cool," so we're predicting you'll be seeing them soon on a desk near you, while you wonder why you didn't think of the idea first yourself.