Review: Tentatrio photo
With a Starwhal included for good measure
I have been a fan of Shelly Rodriguez for a long, long time. I loved her work way back when her studio was called inki-Jinx rather than inki-drop. There's a little snapshot, right there. Her plush line has grown from the Crab... read feature

Review: Grumpy Cat puppet photo
The time I made Grumpy Cat say "Yes"
The internet sure does love cats and I can totally understand the sentiment. Lil Bub, Colonel Meow, and of course, Grumpy Cat (also known as Tardar Sauce) never cease to entertain. Being a fan of said kitties as well as a plu... read feature

DCon: Beefy & Co. photo
DCon: Beefy & Co.

DesignerCon 2014: Beefy & Co.


Mostly oldies, but definitely goodies
Nov 14
The DesignerCon booth belonging to Beefy & Co.'s Menh Voong was like a treasure trove of con-exclusives past. There may not have been a specific toy dedicated to DCon but the sheer amount of awesomeness that fans lik... read
DCon: Dead Zebra, Inc. photo
DCon: Dead Zebra, Inc.

DesignerCon 2014: Dead Zebra, Inc.


Black is the new black
Nov 12
Walking up to the Dead Zebra, Inc. booth at DesignerCon, it was easy to see a theme amongst the toys. Heck, you could spot it from down the aisle: Black. Black editions of everything. Artist Andrew Bell had turned his popular... read
Tolleson, Crooks, Catlin photo
A fantastic mix of designer toys from three amazing artists
The corner booth at DesignerCon that housed Scott Tolleson, Lana Crooks, and Carson Catlin had a eye-catching combination of plushes and figures, both original and customized. It also had several tantalizing con-exclusives av... read feature

DCon: Flat Bonnie photo
More flat, furry friends to love
As is her wont, Flat Bonnie's DesignerCon booth featured flat stuffed critters lined up on tiered displays resembling a grassy knoll. I spotted several fan favorites, like Flat Suggie the Sugar Glider and Flat Dusty the Chinc... read feature

DCon: jellykoe photo
Another citizen of Tox City takes the spotlight
I'm not going to lie; I have a soft spot for jellykoe's Tox City line. The series of plushes were a big success on Kickstarter and I adored their New York Comic Con exclusive addition as well. Kelly and J. Spencer Shull broug... read feature

DCon: inki-drop photo
DCon: inki-drop

DesignerCon 2014: inki-drop


Featuring the Tentatrio plus the majestic Starwhal
Nov 10
Shelly Rodriguez of inki-drop's booth at this weekend's DesignerCon was colorful, whimsical, and more than a little nautical-themed. My plush-loving eyes immediately focused on the Tentatrio (consisting of Jellyblub, Sweetoof... read
Grumpy Cat puppet photo
Grumpy Cat puppet

You can't say 'No' to Hashtag Collectibles' Grumpy Cat puppet


I was a puppet once. It was awful.
Nov 03
The delightfully disinterested feline, Tardar Sauce the Grumpy Cat, just got her first puppet. I already have high expectations for this toy, given that the company producing it, Hashtag Collectibles, was responsible for my b... read
Castle Crashers plushes photo
Bloody-thirsty knights turn cuddly
Many good gamers know about Extra Life, a charity that provides games, toys, and comfort to children in the hospital. The Behemoth, creators of Battle Block Theater, Castle Crashers, and the upcoming Game 4, we... read feature

Fruitimals Kickstarter photo
Fruitimals Kickstarter

Fruitimals plush Kickstarter launches and already succeeds


Orange Fox and friends provide your daily dose of cute animall-fruit hybrids
Oct 22
Cuddly animal/food hybrids make the scene in a big way with Lucky Squid Studios' Fruitimals Kickstarter. Even though the campaign launched a week ago, not only has the initial goal to produce the first plush, the Orange Fox, ... read
NYCC 2014: Kotobukiya photo
NYCC 2014: Kotobukiya

NYCC 2014: Kotobukiya


The perfect accompaniment to Kotobukiya's panel
Oct 11
After reading all about Kotobukiya's future products in Tian's overview of their panel at this year's New York Comic-Con, I am sure you are chomping at the bit to feast your optical nerves on the company's booth from the... read
Pokemon Halloween plushes photo
Pokemon Halloween plushes

Halloween plush collection pops up in US Pokemon Center online shop


These toys are a real treat
Oct 08
The Pokemon Center is getting into the fall spirit with the release of their Halloween plush collection into their US online store. The series is admittedly smaller than the seasonal campaigns seen in Japan but, honestly, I a... read
Harvest Moon plush photo
Harvest Moon plush

The Premium edition of Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley comes with a plush Snow Bunny


Only available at Natsume's online store
Oct 07
Fans of Natsume Inc.'s farming sim series, Harvest Moon, and its spin-offs know that one of the big bonuses for pre-ordering the games are the adorable animal plushes, especially the larger ones in their Premium bundles. Thes... read
Jellykoe NYCC exclusive photo
Part of their Tox City line of plushes
[Update: Each plush will cost US$50.] Jellykoe announced their con-exclusive for New York Comic-Con, which starts in just a few short weeks. Hailing from their Tox City line, meet the beefed-up rabbit-thing, Musclebuns! Stand... read feature

RAH Sebastian Michaelis photo
Available for pre-order soon
Sebastian Michaelis of Black Butler was recently revealed to be the latest in Medicom Toy's Real Action Heroes line of figures. AmiAmi Blog's preview highlighted the demon-turned-butler's accessories and various pos... read feature

Martin Hsu's Blacky photo
Martin Hsu's Blacky

Martin Hsu's Dragon Dog Blacky now available online


Available in two different colorways
Sep 19
After the arduous journey through conception to release at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, Martin Hsu's Dragon Dog Blacky, is available for purchase via the artist's online store. Dragon Boy's canine companion is cur... read
Big Hero 6 photo
Big Hero 6

Get hyped for Disney's upcoming Big Hero 6 with their new toy line


Figures and plushes as well as apparel are now available at the Disney Store
Sep 16
Disney's next animated film, Big Hero 6, arrives in theaters November 7 and their merchandising department has finally started to release toys of the characters at the Disney Store. If you mosey on over to Disney Store Online... read
Megadrive plush photo
Megadrive plush

Hug gaming history with COSPA's Megadrive plush


I heart 16-bit
Sep 07
At the end of Wreck-It Ralph, "retro" was defined as "old but cool." In the case of COSPA's new Megadrive plush, I would substitute "cool" with "absolutely, freaking adorable." I mean, look at this thing! It's arms are contro... read
Tentacle Crown photo
Tentacle Crown

Fulfill your dream of wearing a crown of tentacles with this Kickstarter


The wearable work of art is a success
Sep 07
Killer Tentacle Octopus (Kaity O'Shea) and Camilla d'Errico's Kickstarter for their wearable Tentacle Crown launched recently and has already garnered the US$10,000 needed to fund the campaign. The accessory ha... read
Loot Crate photo
Themed to Star Trek, Star Wars, and Firefly
We officially have one foot firmly in September and Loot Crate has announced the theme for this month's box. Drawing from the Sci-fi realms of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Firefly, the next round is called "Galactic." As always,... read feature

Pullip Sailor Mercury photo
Pullip Sailor Mercury

Sailor Mercury is revealed as the next Sailor Moon series Pullip


Available for pre-order now!
Aug 29
The brains of the Inner Senshi, Sailor Mercury, is joining Sailor Moon in the realm of Pullip dolls. This may just be me, but Mercury seems to look a lot better in this line than Moon does. Maybe it's the haircut. Groove also... read
Tomopop Unboxes photo
Anime Bento's debut box yields all sorts of surprises
Anime Bento is a cool new subscription service that delivers hand-picked Japanese toys, accessories, and tasty treats right to your door. For this unboxing video, I open up their first box and examine its innards. Fun stuff. You can find out more about subscribing to Anime Bento here. [a big thank-you to Anime Bento for supplying me with this sample!] read feature

SDCC 2014: Vamplets photo
SDCC 2014: Vamplets

SDCC 2014: Vamplets


Undead Baby Dragon's day out
Aug 17
Vamplets was celebrating a recent Kickstarter success at San Diego Comic-Con and their booth was fittingly decked out with gothic theming. The success in question was, of course, their campaign for the production of the ... read
Mega Drive Megatron photo
Transformers fans, get pumped!
With the new images from Takara Tomy's site, we get another chance to "ooh" and "aah" over Sentinel's Mega Drive Megatron. Andres posted the pre-order information last May and I totally share in his excitement. As previously ... read feature

Fat Chocobo pre-orders photo
Fat Chocobo pre-orders

Fat Chocobo plush waddles into pre-orders


Someone had too many Gysahl Greens
Aug 16
The time has finally arrived. After whetting our palate with a preview in May, Square Enix's Fat Chocobo plush is up for pre-order. And with that pre-order listing, comes more information on our chubby, feathered friend. The ... read
SDCC 2014: Uglydoll photo
DC comics' cast of characters walk on the ugly side
When Uglydoll's David Horvath revealed their con-exclusive, a plush of their Big Toe character cosplaying as The Joker from DC Comics' Batman, I knew the booth was going to be swarmed even more than usual this year. This... read feature

SDCC 2014: So So Happy photo
Featuring an exclusive Skelanimals plush and limited edition apparel
The San Diego Comic-Con booth belonging to So So Happy and Skelanimals was split in half, with each brand taking up a wing of the long set of tables. Much of So So Happy's merchandise was apparel with a few character bac... read feature

SDCC 2014: We Love Fine photo
SDCC 2014: We Love Fine

SDCC 2014: We Love Fine


Dota 2, Puppycat, and Tentacle Kitty highlight the toy offerings
Aug 07
We Love Fine's San Diego Comic-Con booth was broken up into three different locations: one near the Star Wars exhibits, one in the designer toy area, and another just chilling in the center of the action. The last of the trio... read
SDCC 2014: Furry Feline photo
Alvin and Cheri Ong's furry family cosplay as Kaiju
San Diego Comic-Con's designer toy section was a veritable gauntlet packed full of bodies and vendors but even with all the chaos, it wasn't hard to spot Furry Feline Creatives' booth. Topped with a giant doll of their Chef T... read feature

SDCC 2014: ThinkGeek photo
A treasure trove for every flavor of geek
The majority of ThinkGeek's San Diego Comic-Con booth was dedicated to upcoming goodies with a smaller vending section to the side. The company's con-exclusive goods included a Bee and Puppycat inflatable sword, Star Wars R2-... read feature

SDCC 2014: Blizzard panel photo
Even more Blizzard news from San Diego Comic-Con
Along with having a very awesome booth, Blizzard's San Diego Comic-Con presence also included a panel, the Blizzard Entertainment 2014 Showcase. Jason Bischoff, the company's Senior Toys and Collectibles Manager, was in atten... read feature







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