Unboxing Asheville, LLC, was formed in 2017 with the express purpose of creating a designer, bootleg and art toy expo for Asheville, NC. Our primary focus – plain and simple – the artist & their art.  With mediums ranging from resin to vinyl, plastic to plush – if you are an artist, collector or admirer of amazing things, *Assembly Required is the place for you!  

:: WHY ::

Turning our eyes to the inside, to see where our energies have gone, *Assembly Required first sets out to honor titans in the designer toy expo subculture, such as Designer Con (Est. 2006), and Five Points Festival (Est. 2017), in order to offer the South East Region, a place in the halls of karma.  

Some material during this event may be inappropriate for children. 

:: WHERE ::

Why Asheville? Well, there is a reason Asheville was rated the #1 US travel destination for 2017. According to the Expert Vagabond “Asheville has to be one of the coolest small cities on the East Coast […] Located in North Carolina’s scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville has a unique mix of hipster coffee shops, award-winning restaurants, outdoor activities, and more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the US.” 

What’s that? You want subculture, do ya? As a full-time adventure travel & photographer for Expert Vagabond, Matthew Karsten continues to write, “Asheville’s creative (and slightly eccentric) locals contribute to a lively downtown unlike any other. You can experience an intoxicating drum circle, shop at vintage boutiques, sit down to an amazing locally-grown meal, and admire cool street art all in the same day”.  The writing was on the wall…

:: WHAT ::

Usually intended as display collectibles rather than playability, designer toys (AKA: Arts Toys or Urban Vinyl), are lowbrow or pop art sculptures, which echo production methods of traditional toys. Each piece is hand made by the artist.