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4:00 PM on 07.22.2014

Funko announces last batch of SDCC exclusives and new Fabrikation

So we’ve finally reached the end of Funko’s SDCC exclusives. I’ve seen some cool things, some alright things, and stuff I don’t really care about. Still, I would love to score some of this stuff. The...

Vanessa Cubillo


8:00 PM on 07.18.2014

The Elder Scrolls Online's Guar goes plush, courtesy of Gaming Heads

Truth be told, I personally don't see myself playing The Elder Scrolls Online but I will bless almost any game that brings more plushes into the world, especially if they look as cool as Gaming Heads' recently released Guar p...

Natalie Kipper

11:00 AM on 07.17.2014

Monster Factory's new Kickstarter is Mythical, adorable

You guys remember Margot the Unicorn from Monster Factory's Mythicals plush line? Well, the toys' Kickstarter campaign launched a few days ago and I couldn't be more excited! For the uninitiated, Monster Factory is ...

Natalie Kipper



Blizzard's SDCC exclusives are cute, cuddly, and deadly photo
Blizzard's SDCC exclusives are cute, cuddly, and deadly
by Natalie Kipper

Year after year, Blizzard's San Diego Comic-Con booth is swamped with fans hoping to buy their con-exclusive goods. It's easy to see why. Their stuff is spectacular, managing to tie into the company's games while being collectible and, at times, a little silly. This year's offerings are no different.

Blizzard will be bringing a four exclusives with them. The first (and my personal favorite) is the Nether Faerie Dragon plush (US$35; limited to 2,000 pieces), a variant of the remarkable-looking Faerie Dragon Dragon plush coming to the Blizzard Gear Store later on. The second is a Funko Pop! Vinyl - Primal Kerrigan (US$15, limited to 2,500 pieces), a variant on the currently available Funko Pop! Vinyl Kerrigan. The third is the Cute But Deadly Cloaking Zeratul (US$18, limited to 2,500 pieces), from the same line as last year's Sylvanas. The final con-exclusive is the Whimsyshire Treasure Goblin plush (US$30, limited to 3,500), another variant of an upcoming Blizzard Gear Store plush (although the standard one is much more sinister-looking).

In addition to the con-exclusives, Blizzard will be debuting goodies coming to the online store after the show. Highlights include a Hearthstone plush equipped with light and sound effects, a StarCrafts Zergling plush keychain, and a Blizzard Heroes and Villains lanyard.

You can find all these treasures at Blizzard's booth #115.

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Tomopop Review: Monster Factory's Margot the Unicorn photo
Tomopop Review: Monster Factory's Margot the Unicorn
by Natalie Kipper

In the past, the majority of Monster Factory's plushes have been, well, monsters. In their upcoming Kickstarter venture, the studio is branching out into the realm of mythological critters. Fittingly named "The Mythicals," the first run (should they be funded) will feature plushes of a dragon, Cthulhu, and a unicorn. They all look darling but the unicorn in particular spoke to me. Who wouldn't want a ropy-poly fantasy horse-thing? Plus, it's name is Margot.

Suffice to say, I was more than a little pumped to check Margot out in person, and I can't wait to share what I discovered with you!

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Baby Disney villain plushes leave me with high hopes photo
Baby Disney villain plushes leave me with high hopes
by Natalie Kipper

Those who have visited the Disney Parks in the past year or so have no doubt noticed the plush baby Disney characters, all bundled up in themed blankets and begging to be bought. The series draws from a wide spectrum of the Disney universe, ranging from cherubic princesses (such as Ariel) to adorable critters (like Bambi) to beloved characters (Buzz and Woody, for example). One area that has so far not been touched, however, are the villains. I can kind of understand why; finding the right balance between cuddly and evil is pretty hard. But that gap will soon be filled.

The Disney Parks Blog revealed that starting this Fall, the darker side of Disney would represented in the Disney Babies series. Maleficent and Cruela De Vil (not pictured) will be available in November 2014, followed by Ursula's release early next year. Of the two shown, I definitely like Ursula better. Something about Maleficent's pink cheeks really put me off. I'm leaning towards giving this new line the benefit of the doubt, despite the first two designs being a little odd. For starters, I think the idea has a lot of potential. Also, it is a ways until these toys see store shelves and there is still time for improvement. As they say, "this isn't even my final form!" or something.

I hope they give animal villains a chance, too. I would love to see a baby version of Dragon-form Maleficent or Scar from Lion King (the second one especially so). Are their any characters you want to see added to this line?

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2:00 PM on 07.12.2014

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

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,...

Natalie Kipper



Build-A-Bear adds TMNT plushies to its offerings photo
Build-A-Bear adds TMNT plushies to its offerings
by Scarecroodle

Build-A-Bear, a company once known for its customizable bears prior to diversifying its offerings, is once again expanding into new areas with a line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collectibles which go on sale at retail outlets and online starting this Friday.

The selection includes the four turtles, their weapons (sold separately because, well, Build-a-Bear...), a Shredder costume that for the normal bears, as well as some turtle-themed accessories which also seem more geared towards the normal bears.

While the designs are really cute, Build-A-Bear's prices and I have never managed to get along. The individual (ie, weaponless) Turtles retail for US$25 each with their optional weapons costing an additional US$10.

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11:00 PM on 07.08.2014

Anime Expo 2014: Dooodolls

Until this recent Anime Expo, I had never personally met the Dooodolls crew (Tian had the privilege at the last C2E2) and upon seeing them in the exhibitor list, I promised myself to change that. Unlike many of the other vend...

Natalie Kipper

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

1:30 PM on 07.07.2014

Custom Delights: The many hats of a Poro

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...

Brian Szabelski



11:00 PM on 07.06.2014

Anime Expo 2014: Multiverse Studio

If you hopped by Multiverse Studio's Anime Expo booth, you would have been buried under an avalanche of Natsume-licensed plushes. Specifically, Harvest Moon and Hometown Story plushes, featuring the dog, cow and chi...

Brian Szabelski