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Sunken World

Sunken World set to release first toy, Maneki Neko


Who said black cats were bad luck?
Aug 13
// Vanessa Cubillo
Montreal artist and designer, Max Charlton recently launched a new brand called Sunken  World. Now Sunken World is releasing their very first toy called Maneki Neko, Black Edition. This resin figure shows a cute, happy, ...
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handmade

Give the gift of tiny magical creatures


Valentine's Day is better with unicorns
Jan 22
// Rachael Chambers
The best gifts are handmade. Better gifts are made of unicorns and tiny dragons. Mijbil Creations has you covered on both counts with her hand sculpted miniature creations. Made from clay and layers of acrylic and varnish, th...
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Laika auction

Laika puts up pieces from Coraline, ParaNorman and Boxtrolls for charity auction


Own pieces of your favorite Laika films for a good cause
Jan 09
// Rio McCarthy
LAIKA is an amazing film studio, and has been very kind to me over the years, so it goes without saying that I'm excited to talk about something they're doing regarding the art from their films. On February 12, 2015, several ...
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papercraft

Papercraft foxes, tigers, and bears oh my


No plastic necessary
Jan 08
// Rachael Chambers
Who says that toys have to be made of vinyl or plastic? Created in a stylized, low polygon vector design, these paper creatures look deceptively simple. Designed and hand crafted by Estudio Guardabosques, their creations...

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resin

Noodles the Panda will slurp his way into your heart


Ramen included.
Jan 06
// Rachael Chambers
What's cuter than a panda bear? One obsessed with ramen, of course! Created by Firestarter Design, Noodles the Panda looks incredibly pleased with his situation and his ability to balance his favorite food on top of his head....
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MLP

Borg Pony plush wants you to join the herd


Resistance is futile.
Dec 31
// Rachael Chambers
This highly detailed and exquisitely cuddly Borg Pony was created by EquestriaPlush, master creator of handmade equine plushies. The quality and attention to detail on all of her ponies is remarkable, but this one takes the c...
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Ghoatbusters

Who you gonna call? Maybe the Ghoatbusters


New Shapeways creation merges goats, Ghostbusters
Dec 30
// Brian Szabelski
Shapeways user TrentTroop has put together something that's caught my Goat Simulator and Ghostbusters loving heart: the Ghoatbusters, four spectral exterminators who also happen to be goats. The four even have goat-themed nam...
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plush

Let your Hobbit flag fly with a DIY plush Sting


The best kind of DIY is the bookish kind
Dec 29
// Kristina Pino
If you've got some time to kill this winter break, might I suggest making a plush version of Sting, the blade Bilbo Baggins carries in The Hobbit? The adorably-titled craft blog Sew Desu Ne? has this great pattern with detail...
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Batgirl

Batgirl statue a breath of fresh air


Jesse Farrell gets it.
Dec 25
// Rachael Chambers
In a sea of lazy, mass produced figures, artist created toys are always fun to come across. Jesse Farrell, sculptor extraordinaire, contributed this fun piece for HUB Comics 6th Annual Dark Knight on a Dark Night and I'm tota...
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Uncanny Critters' Puck

Meet Uncanny Critters' Puck


Nov 18
// Brian Szabelski
Uncanny Critters (a.k.a. Matthew Dennall) is a new U.K.-based toymaker and already has a figure ready for the collecting world called Puck. Shipping out on Dec. 5, the 10-centimeter-tall Puck is based on British folklore, and...
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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...

DesignerCon 2014: Flat Bonnie

Nov 10 // Natalie Kipper
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...

DesignerCon 2014: jellykoe

Nov 10 // Natalie Kipper
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...

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Guy Fawkes Cavey

Celebrate a British holiday with Guy Fawkes Cavey


Arrives Monday, limited to 25 pieces
Oct 30
// Brian Szabelski
Remember, remember, the Third of November ... because that's when a new Cavey arrives! The Guy Fawkes Cavey (or is it Ca-V? Get it?) is releasing Monday at 8 p.m. BST (4 p.m. Eastern, 1 p.m. Pacific) for £25 each. ...
Worry Beans photo
Worry Beans

Feel less anxious with some Worry Beans


New handmade creations from Taylored Curiosities
Oct 21
// Brian Szabelski
Taylored Curiosities knows that it can be a worrisome world out there, so she's made a little something to help folks worry less. The Worry Beans are here, a smile upon their weathered faces, to help do all the worrying for y...
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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...

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Spriggledops

Taylored Curiosities' Spriggledops are multiplying


Blooming in several colors
Aug 11
// Brian Szabelski
Taylored Curiosities has a new creature in her shop: the blooming Spriggledop. These little dudettes (they're females) have found a plant to nest in and lay eggs for the next generation to be born. They also try to ...
SDCC 2014: 3D Retro photo
SDCC 2014: 3D Retro

SDCC 2014: 3D Retro


All about the birds, bears and beasts
Aug 04
// Brian Szabelski
3D Retro's SDCC booth played home to a wide variety of vinyl creations, including Nathan Hamill's Mickey Mouse-colored Lavabear variant, Nathan Ota's Suited Birdies, and Gary Baseman's The Wild Girls and Chou C...

SDCC 2014: Furry Feline Creatives

Aug 03 // Natalie Kipper
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...

SDCC exclusives photo
SDCC exclusives

Flat Bonnie's Sparq the Baby Dragon to debut at SDCC


With an exclusive colorway, no less!
Jul 12
// Natalie Kipper
When we first got a glimpse of Flat Bonnie's Sparq the Baby Dragon back in May, he was a nameless prototype, filled with possibilities and cotton. Now, he is on his way to debut at San Diego Comic-Con. And seeing how at SDCC,...
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Cardio Kitty

Jason Freeny shows heart (and veins) with Cardio Kitty


New custom sculpture with a different anatomical twist
Jul 08
// Brian Szabelski
Jason Freeny's anatomical sculptures and illustrations have become his trademark, but his newest piece — Cardio Kitty — is a slightly different twist on things. Normally, we've see his cutaway-style sculptures, bu...
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Cute custom Poros

Custom Delights: The many hats of a Poro


Custom plushes from BinkehCrafts show off
Jul 07
// Brian Szabelski
League of Legends' little furball Poro is one of my favorite gaming characters as of late, but sadly, there is little in the way of actual Poro merchandise (or really, any merchandise) outside of the crafting community. Thank...
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But they'll look adorable while doing it
After quite a bit of teasing on their Facebook page, Alvin and Cheri Ong of Furry Feline Creatives have fully revealed their new plushes exclusive to San Diego Comic-Con. The series of four is entitled "Kawaii Kaiju Friends" ...

Matthew Freeman Project photo
Matthew Freeman Project

Matthew Freeman Project turns fallen soldiers uniforms into teddy bears


A soft and huggable friend brings help to cope for children
May 29
// Rio McCarthy
I don’t know about big, but I think that I’m making a difference . . . It makes me stop and think about Matthew . . . He’s loving that something good is happening out of something so tragic. Captain Matthew ...
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Kickstarter

Kimchi Kawaii is looking to fund Panda Bar plushes


Don't let these pandas melt away
May 28
// Vanessa Cubillo
At this moment it’s uncomfortably hot where I am. So thinking of ice cream is very enjoyable at the moment. Now seeing an ice cream sandwich that looks like a panda is not only refreshing, but unbelievably cute. Panda...
Disney Stitch Sculpture photo
Disney Stitch Sculpture

Lyla Warren's Stitch sculpture at Disneyland's Wonderground Gallery


Get ready for Stitch spit!
May 16
// Rio McCarthy
Disneyland's Wonderground Gallery is a wonder to behold in Downtown Disney, and Lyla Warren has added an adorable Stitch piece to it. There are only 5 of these hand painted cast wall relief sculptures, and they'll throw you b...
Flat Bonnie Baby Dragon photo
Flat Bonnie Baby Dragon

Flat Bonnie conjures up a Baby Dragon plush


And the little cutie needs a name
May 12
// Natalie Kipper
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...
C2E2 2014 Paisley Fawn photo
C2E2 2014 Paisley Fawn

C2E2 2014: Paisley Fawn


Smudges of many a color
May 02
// Natalie Kipper
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...
C2E2 2014 Jellykoe photo
C2E2 2014 Jellykoe

C2E2 2014: Jellykoe


Up close and personal with the residents of Tox City
May 01
// Natalie Kipper
Jellykoe's booth at C2E2 served two purposes: to sell quirky plushes to con-goers and to promote their recent Kickstarter campaign, Tox City. To raise awareness for the campaign (which is still in progress), two of the Kickst...
Jellykoe Kickstarter photo
Jellykoe Kickstarter

Help decide the fate of Tox City with Jellykoe's Kickstarter


Cutetants versus Goozers
Apr 29
// Natalie Kipper
After weeks of teasers on the Jellykoe Facebook page, the Kickstarter campaign for Kelly and J. Spencer Shull's Tox City line of designer plushes has finally launched. The toy line tells the tale of the citizens of Tox City w...

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