Hey everybody, we're back with another episode of the Tomocast! For this episode, I'm joined by Andres Cerrato and Rio McCarthy to talk about our Toy Fair 2014 coverage. We discuss some of the better things to come out of the...
Enkyskulls' booth at DesignerCon was piled high with handmade plushes, many of which were their humanoid Enky characters themed to different parts of pop culture. I spotted a Doctor Who Enky (complete with fez and bow tie), a...
Checking out the Flat Bonnie booth at DesignerCon was akin to visiting a petting zoo stocked with flat, happy animals. The astroturf-lined tables were stacked with displays of the handmade plushes, including con-exclusives Baron Von Battington and Ice Tusk Woolly along with plush versions of Spanky Stokes's mascot, Stroll and his mate, Stroll'et. Another big draw to the booth was the debut of the prototype of Flat Bonnie and Nathan Hamill's Octopup Octoplush. There were actually two prototypes at the convention, the original at Flat Bonnie's booth and a later, more finalized one that Nathan Hamill brought to his signing at 3D Retro's booth. The pre-orders for the Octoplush began during DesignerCon but are still taking place on Flat Bonnie's site.
You can see the Octopup Octoplush prototype along with Flat Bonnie's con-exclusives in the gallery.
Alvin and Cheri Ong of Furry Feline Creatives always put a lot of effort into their booth layout at conventions and DesignerCon was no exception. Their con-exclusive Paratrooper Dude plush demonstrated his parachute-shell while hanging from a two lines of rope atop a towering display of prints, bags, and shirts. The booth had their new book, "I Heart Poop Culture," available for purchase as well. The tome contained prints that combine cutesy poo characters with pop culture icons. The main draw was definitely their plushes, though. The stuffed toys lined the corner booth on both sides.
Have a look at the gallery to see some what Furry Feline Creatives had to offer!
At last weekend's DesignerCon, Fat Rabbit Farm's booth was all about chubby bunnies, some of whom were decked out in superhero attire. Most notable among them were there con-exclusive pair of plushes, Angry Babee and God of Thunder Babee (Babee being the company's rotund rabbit mascot). There were also humorous hero-themed prints, stickers, and postcards. For those not quite ready to embrace their super alter ego, there were also more traditional (yet still comical) shirts and cards.
Fat Rabbit Farm was also promoting their Kickstarter campaign for a new comic series starring the company's adorable characters. Among the pledge rewards is a special limited edition plush of one of the comic's new characters, Mutated Bill (he is cuter than he sounds). They need to raise US$7,000 in 13 days to be successful. The campaign deadline is Monday, November 25, at 3 p.m. Pacific.
In the summer of 2012 exclusive Japanese retailers carried a special line of products featuring My Melody and Kuromi crossed-over with Puella Magi Madoka Magica. At the time they promised there could be more if the series was popular enough. As if there was any doubt. It may have taken well over a year, but they're finally making good on that promise.
The latest step forward is a new plushie featuring My Melody in Ultimate Madoka's dress that has appeared on the Lawson website for ¥3,990. This is a medium size plush that duplicates may of the original design's features like wings and ribbons. Only thing missing is Ultimate Madoka's yellow eyes which can be seen on her tag.
What do you think? We've still got three more girls that still need in on this crossover. Which Sanrio characters would you pick to make a contract?
According to one of Scott Tolleson's Instagram posts, a legend speaks of the first infected zombie, a boy named Rufus. In honor of the tragic lad, Scott has partnered up with Ink It Labs to create a unique wooden toy that will be on sale at DesignerCon tomorrow. What makes this toy so special, besides Scott's whimsical art style that can somehow make a tragic walking corpse look cute, is its three interchangeable heads. The heads go from a mildly zombie-looking "stage 1 infection" to a sort-of foreshadowing "stage 2 infection" to the final "totally f*cked infection." The heads slide into each other for easy storage and display.
Rufus will be limited to 50 pieces. The price is currently unknown. You can find him at Ink It Labs' booth (#800) during the convention.
Last night, Yukari of Flat Bonnie revealed several of the goodies that will be available at her DesignerCon booth (#705) this weekend in Pasadena, California. One big announcement is the debut of her collaboration with Nathan Hamill, turning his popular Octopup character into a plush known as "OctoPup - Octoplush." The joint project was first teased in August. This handmade plush with be available to pre-order first at the con and then online on Flat Bonnie's site starting on November 11. The cost to pre-order is US$100 plus shipping. They will ship starting January 6, 2014. The 12 inch plush is limited to 10 pieces. Each plush comes with a special, numbered tush tag.
As for special plushes available to take home straight from DesignerCon, Flat Bonnie will be bringing two con-exclusive toys. The first is Baron Von Battington, a monocle-wearing, mustachioed, 16 inch wide bat. The monocle even has a silver chain! This dapper fellow is limited to 10 pieces, each costing US$25. The second is a 13 inch tall, fluffy white woolly mammoth with shimmery tusks aptly named Ice Tusk Woolly. This one will be limited to 5 pieces, each costing US$50. Both of these characters have DesignerCon-exclusive numbered tush tags along with a special con-exclusive signed and numbered hangtag.
It looks to be quite a spiffy line-up so be sure to stop by booth #705 to see these adorable flatties for yourself. Be there or be flat!
Oh goodness, DesignerCon is this weekend! To celebrate the upcoming excitement, let's have a look at Fat Rabbit Farm's con-exclusive plushes, Angry Babee and God of Thunder Babee. As you may have gathered, these two new toys dress the company's mascot, the large bunny Babee, as Marvel's Hulk and Thor. Both versions are handmade from fleece with felt accents. Each plush stands at 14 and a half inches tall.
Angry Babee has a slightly larger edition size than God of Thunder Babee; the former consisting of 20 pieces and the later made up of 15 pieces. As such, God of Thunder Babee costs a tad more (US$55) than Angry Babee (US$48). Attendees have some tough decisions to make as to which plush to purchase. Unless you choose to buy both, I guess, which is certainly an option.
You can find Angry Babee and God of Thunder Babee along with other Fat Rabbit Farm goodies at their DesignerCon booth (#516).
Just days ago, we discussed the teaser images of Scott Tolleson and Lana Crooks' Deadbeet plush that had been cropping up on Instagram. We now have clear images of the plush along with all the juicy information we had been craving. First of all, the official name of this plush critter is Deadbeet: Fresh Edition. He stands a whopping 18 inches tall and is 12 inches wide. He is also posable, as you may have guessed from the header image. Each Deadbeet: Fresh Edition plush is handmade with hand-dyed wool and fleece materials and comes with a signed and numbered wooden tag.
Now, for the nitty-gritty. The Deadbeet: Fresh Edition is limited to just 5 pieces, with each plush costing US$200. They can be purchased at this weekend's DesignerCon at booth #233.
Fans of designer toys are no doubt familiar with Scott Tolleson's Deadbeet soft vinyl figure. The toy has graced the pages of Tomopop more than a few times and even had its own custom art show at Los Angeles' Toy Art Gallery. So, what is next for the monstrous vegetable? Why, a plush, of course! Scott has teamed up with plush artist Lana Crooks for this very special endeavor.
Over the past week or so, Scott's and Lana's Instagram pages have posted teaser images of the Deadbeat plush (more on Lana's than on Scott's). Not much is known about the plush other than that it will be found at California's DesignerCon, taking place on November 9 and 10. I expect more images and information will be posted as we get closer to the con.
I am certainly thrilled with this reveal and the Deadbeet has skyrocketed to the top of my DesignerCon wish list. What do you think about the new direction of this character?
DesignerCon is next weekend (you do have your tickets, don't you?) and we have another con-exclusive to share with you, this time from Alvin and Cheri of Furry Feline Creatives. The couple will be bringing with them a very special limited edition stuffed turtle named Paratrooper Dude. This handmade plush features a camouflage "parachute" shell that detaches with the release of the buckle in front. How clever!
This not-so little guy (he stands 12 inches tall) is ready to dive into action with a daredevil smile. His brigade consists of 15 pieces, costing US$60 each. Every Paratrooper Dude comes equipped with a signed and numbered tag. They can be found at Furry Feline Creatives' DesignerCon booth (#617).
Artist Martin Hsu had a busy time at New York Comic Con, where he not only sold out of his popular Dragon Boy vinyl figures but also was a finalist at the Designer Toy Awards. Not one to rest on his laurels, Martin has been working on several new projects, including preparing for November's DesignerCon. The designer toy convention, which runs from November 9 to 10, will be the stage for his debut of the very first official Dragon Boy custom painted figures by Mark Nagata. Limited to just 3 pieces at the event, the figure has been named "Galactic Dragon Boy." Attendees will have the chance to purchase the piece as well as meet Martin at booth #532.
Fans will also want to mark their calendars for Saturday, November 23. On that day, Martin will be the Artist in Residence at Disney's Wonderground Gallery at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California. He will be bringing with him three new Disney paintings, "The Young Prince" (inspired by Bambi), "Family Affairs" (inspired by Lilo and Stitch), and "Neverland" (inspired by Peter Pan). From looking at the photos, I like the "Neverland" piece best. The pixie dust in the night and the pair's dreamy expressions really make it for me.
Take a gander at this post's gallery to see in-progress shots of the paintings as well as the custom figures!