A&A Global And David Gonzales Reunite For A New Homies Bulk Vending Release

Posted On: 7/13/2015

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COCKEYSVILLE, MD -- A&A Global Industries is bringing back the legendary Homies bulk vending collectables. Bullyz and Homies Big Heads, two new vendable series created by celebrated artist David Gonzales, are expected to ship by the end of July.

Called Bullyz and Homies Big Heads both consist of eight figurines for 2" capsules, designed for a $1 vend. Both are executed in the distinctive Homies style that made the original series a success.

"It's been approximately 10 years since we last released a set of Homies," Gonzales told Vending Times. "So it's an anniversary of sorts. Former distributors that I remain in touch with tell me there have been a lot of inquiries into whether Homies were still available."

He reported that the Homies Big Heads collection, which brings a caricaturist's style to three-dimensional characters, will include such past favorites as Pelón, Smiley and Hollywood.

The second new Homies series, Bullyz, is an original dog collection in the Homies' style. It includes a variety of "bully" breeds like the Boxer, Alpha Blue Blood, American Bulldog and French Bulldog, along with the Bullmastiff, Olde English Bulldog and Boston Terrier. Created by Gonzales and his son Anthony, each dog is named. And there's crossover between Big Heads and Bullyz, as the ever-popular Pelón character is the owner of Blue­Steel.

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THEY'RE BAAACK! Homies and David Gonzales return to bulk vending with two new series, Homies Big Heads and Bullyz. Both are 2" capsule products designed to vend for $1. A&A Global Industries is offering operators a choice of two different display cards for both lines.

Some veteran bulk vendors have fond memories of the original Homies series and subsequent releases, which were some of the best-selling capsule products in industry history. A&A originally licensed the Homies from a comic strip that Gonzales was drawing for a consumer car magazine.

"Homies were not only a best-selling vending series, they were also a pop culture phenomenon," said A&A president Brian Kovens. "They helped widen the audience for vending toys from the kids themselves to all the kids at heart."

Gonzales pointed out that Homies were an entirely new concept for bulk vending when they were introduced in 1998. They pushed the envelope in a variety of ways, from their portrayal of Chicano culture to their tantalizing collectability. Latino-themed products and collectable toys were relatively new concepts in American bulk vending.

But not everyone approved of the Homies style. Small controversies arose around the figurines, with accusations that the toys glorified criminal lifestyles or traded in ethnic stereotypes.

"Nothing like them had ever hit the market," Gonzales recalled. "As they became controversial, they became even more popular -- and more collectable. That's why we sold over 150 million of them in the vending industry. Now, I think it's a nostalgic thing that will help sell them. A lot of our original collectors are jumping on them because the line takes them to a 'happy place' they knew when they were kids.

"And there is also a whole new group of kids who have never seen the Homies before," he added.

Additional information may be requested from A&A by calling (800) 638-6000, or visiting aaglobal.com.

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FAMILY ART TIES: Homies and David Gonzales return to bulk vending with two new series, Homies Big Heads and Bullyz. Both are 2" capsule products designed to vend for $1. A&A Global Industries is offering operators a choice of two different display cards for both lines.