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2:00 PM on 07.07.2014

Anime Expo 2014: inki-Drop

Artist Alley at the recent Anime Expo was bursting with handmade goodies and lesser-known gems. One of my favorite booths in that section belonged to Shelly Rodriguez of inki-Drop (formerly inki-Jinx). Not only did Shelly's b...

Natalie Kipper

11:00 PM on 07.01.2014

Disney Tsum Tsum plushes make their way from Japan to US

I had rumors of this day coming but I had no idea it would arrive so quickly! Disney's Tsum Tsum plushes, originally from Japan's Disney Store (I swear, they get all the good stuff), are finally in the United States, both onl...

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3:00 PM on 06.12.2014

Get a closer look at the upcoming Harvest Moon plushes

Many of the booth's at E3 2014 were vast, grand, or high-tech but Natsume's was the only one that I would call homey. The publisher of Harvest Moon had a faux flowers, a barn backdrop, and even a giant cow (he makes his appea...

Natalie Kipper

12:00 PM on 06.02.2014

Tentatrio Plush Pals need a final push to add Starwhal stretch goal

The last time we checked on Inki-Jinx's Kickstarter campaign for her Tentatrio plushes, she had just barely made it to the halfway mark to the US$8,500 goal. Now with three days left on the clock, a solid US$16,563 has been p...

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12:00 PM on 05.19.2014

Fat Chocobo plush looks like tons of fun

Building on the hype of Theatrhythm: Curtain Call and the upcoming Static Arts Minis in the game's style, comes another character featured in the game, Fat Chocobo! And, oh my Gysahl Greens, does he make the perfect plus...

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6:00 PM on 05.16.2014

Pounce on the pre-order for WeLoveFine's Catbug vinyl figure

Bravest Warriors' Catbug gets even more cutesy in his upcoming vinyl figure, now on pre-order exclusively at WeLoveFine. Entitled "Catbug Pounce," the figure captures the majestic ladybug-cat hybrid in mid-flight. You can alm...

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1:00 PM on 05.12.2014

Flat Bonnie conjures up a Baby Dragon plush

From the magical world of Flat Bonnie's imagination, comes a brand new, darling plush: the Baby Dragon. Images were posted on Flat Bonnie's Facebook page, one a close-up of its face and another in a group shot, to much fanfar...

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11:00 AM on 05.08.2014

inki-Jinx launches Tentatrio plush pals Kickstarter

After her success with the previous Kickstarter for Crabapple plush (reviewed), Shelly Rodriguez of inki-Jinx is going back back to crowd-funding in hopes of bringing three plushes, dubbed the Tentatrio, to adoring fans....

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2:00 PM on 05.02.2014

C2E2 2014: Paisley Fawn

The majority of Paisley Fawn's C2E2 offerings were different varieties of her signature Smudge plushes. If you aren't acquainted with the creature, you need only look in the gallery to learn of the herd of small, pudgy l...

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C2E2 2014: House of Darkly photo
C2E2 2014: House of Darkly
by Natalie Kipper

Seeming to come directly from WonderCon, House of Darkly's roster of kooky and creative plushes may give you a few seconds of deja vu. But once you get a closer look, you'll notice that artist Anne Kirn had plenty of surprises for Chicago's con-goers. For starters, there is the C2E2-exclusive plush Deep Dish Pizza, a thick-crusted fellow with plenty of hand-made detail. I just love the little parmesan "freckles!" Beyond the con-exclusive, many of Anne's plush Flibble monsters (those fuzzy, round guys) were made for the event. Some were even made during the con!

Returning favorites included WonderCon's Super Kale, the Flying Toaster, Windy Weather, and Sassy Pie slices in various flavors. Visitors to the booth also got a look at Anne's puppet of Sam Winchester from Supernatural. That one is, unfortunately, not for sale.

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WonderCon 2014: Flat Bonnie photo
WonderCon 2014: Flat Bonnie
by Natalie Kipper

Stumbling upon Flat Bonnie's delightful booth at WonderCon was akin to falling down Alice's rabbit hole, but this time Wonderland was populated solely by flat plushes of adorable animals. The booth had a carpet made up to look like cartoon grass and was lined with table runners that showed some of the critters peeking out from behind fences. I know the whole atmosphere put me in the mood to hug a plush! And fortunately for me, there were so many of them.

The con-exclusive Shelbun plushes fit the event's pop culture scene perfectly but what really won my heart were the Tiger Cubs that made their public debut at WonderCon. They were originally commissioned by a charity group to help raise money for the protection of, you guessed it, tigers. Other booth highlights included the Octopup (sadly not for sale), which was made in collaboration with Nathan Hamill, a rabbit riding a go-cart, and a really cute sugar glider.

Check out out those plushes and more in the gallery!

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3:00 PM on 04.23.2014

WonderCon 2014: Tentacle Kitty

Tentacle Kitty's booth at WonderCon was the place to be for fans of the universe's cutest tentacle monster and her buddies. The corner booth was lined with art prints and hanging Tentacle Kitty plushes. But, hidden amidst the...

Natalie Kipper