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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...

Natalie Kipper



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

2:00 PM on 04.23.2014

Vamplets' Undead Baby Dragon and Bitemares materialize on Kickstarter

Let me start off by saying that I am a huge fan of Gayle Middleton and her Vamplets, a menagerie of creepy-cuties ranging from werewolf babies to vampiric kitties and even a giant cockroach monster-thing (complete with a...

Natalie Kipper



Flat Bonnie's WonderCon exclusives hop right into my heart photo
Flat Bonnie's WonderCon exclusives hop right into my heart
by Natalie Kipper

Yukari of Flat Bonnie shared with us some exciting news for WonderCon attendees. That's right; it's the unveiling of her con-exclusive plushes! Flat Bonnie's booth #1570 will have two exclusive toys plus a perfectly precious Tiger Cub will make its public debut at the convention. Let's talk about the con-exclusive plushes first. Last WonderCon's Shelbun plush, a bunny-fied version of Big Bang Theory's Dr. Sheldon Cooper, was such a hit that he is making a return appearance, this time in two different color ways. Attendees can choose between last year's "The Flash" design (edition size of 25 pieces) or a brand-new "Green Lantern" one (edition size of 15 pieces). Both versions are 12 inches-tall and feature a special WonderCon tushtag and hangtag. Each plush will cost US$25.

As mentioned previously, the Tiger Cubs are not exclusive WonderCon but the con will be the first place to get them. Yukari will have about seven of the plushes at her booth, with each of the felines costing US$40. 

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Tomopop Review: Blobfish plush by Hashtag Collectibles photo
Tomopop Review: Blobfish plush by Hashtag Collectibles
by Natalie Kipper

Let's not beat around the proverbial bush; I was dying to have Hashtag Collectibles' Blobfish plush in my life. I posted about it when ThinkGeek first listed it. It was my DO WANT choice for March. When I went to sleep, little baby blobfishes escorted me off to dreamland. Okay, maybe not the last one but you get the point; I badly wanted a blobfish plush. And thanks to the press relations fairies over at ThinkGeek, one of them found its way to my home.

Let's take a look at this squishy fellow, shall we? 

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12:00 PM on 04.01.2014

Place your orders for Tentacle Kitty's Pirate Kitty and Little Ones

Today is a very special day. No, not April Fool's Day (well, that too, actually). I mean, that today marks the date that, after much teasing, Tentacle Kitty has put new plushes up for pre-order. And it's a double-feature...

Natalie Kipper



Tomopop Review: inki-Jinx's Crabapple and Gummy Ika photo
Tomopop Review: inki-Jinx's Crabapple and Gummy Ika
by Natalie Kipper

Shelly Rodriguez, also known as inki-Jinx, is known for her whimsical, typically aquatic-themed, designs. Her colorful critters have appeared on clothing, jewelry, and even Nintendo 3DS cases. Plushes had to be included, right? Correct! And I was lucky enough to have the chance to review both her Crabapple and Gummy Ika plushes.

Read on to see what I thought of them!

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House of Darkly announces WonderCon 2014 exclusive plush photo
House of Darkly announces WonderCon 2014 exclusive plush
by Natalie Kipper

WonderCon in Anaheim, California is coming up in less than a month and one of the burning questions on attendees' minds is, "what about the exclusives?" Thankfully, House of Darkly has given us the heads-up in regards to her con-exclusive. Say hello to Wonder-Kale, the Caped Superfood. Limited to five plushes, this veggie hero features a wired cape and movable arms, allowing for all sorts of dramatic poses. Each 10-inch tall piece is made from Minky fabric with felt details and a polyester cape. Wonder-Kale will cost US$50 and be available at House of Darkly's booth #1155.

And if you are attending Emerald City Comic Con this weekend, you will definitely want to head over to booth #1304 where House of Darkly's con-exclusive Hug-a-Mug plushes will be available for purchase. Out of the five piece edition, two will be in Electric Green and the other three will be in Emerald Green. Both will have "creamer art" appliquéd on their tops and stand six-inches tall. Each Hug-a-Mug will cost US$60. 

You can get a better look at the Wonder-Kale and Hug-a-Mug plushes in the gallery.

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2:00 PM on 03.21.2014

ThinkGeek's blobfish plush is huge, blobby

Under the sea, there are majestic creatures like the blue whale and the bottlenose dolphin... and there is this guy, the blobfish. It doesn't always look as bloated as it does in its plush representation. The pressure change ...

Natalie Kipper





Tomopop Review: Crowded Coop's Imps and Monsters Clarence plush photo
Tomopop Review: Crowded Coop's Imps and Monsters Clarence plush
by Natalie Kipper

Crowded Coop's Imps and Monsters line, created by Justin Hillgrove, was one that I had spotted several times in crowded convention halls and online shops, but never really had a chance to get a good look at. The quirky beasts looked playful and fun, but that was about all I knew. Thankfully, I recently had the chance to examine one of the plushes, up close and personal. The toy in question was named Clarence, and I could not have been happier with my good fortune. How happy? Let me count the ways (read on and you can count along with me)!

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