Customizing on a budget Many of you know about those items that are just a smidge outside our regular budgets. Those special items that are cherished by collectors and the people offering to sell said items know how much they are worth. For me, as a... read feature
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... read
Gary Boon (a.k.a Blue-Frog) is readying up to release his first original character resin, the Bohna Skully. Produced by Tru:Tek, the first run of Bohna Skullies will be 25 white DIY pieces, which have been made for an event I... read
Squid Kids Ink had a nice selection of their items out at SDCC. There were plenty of their 10-Doh! figures; figures that look like classic Nintendo games. There were even limited edition 10-Doh! mini figures called Big City ... read
I think I'll make a Garfield Tuttz To celebrate his birthday, creator of Argonaut Resins, END, has decided to hold a design contest. On social media, he announced that he will be having a Tuttz art contest where fans can win a Tuttz mini. If you want to enter... read feature
From cosplay to customization Cosplayer Tanya Tate has launched an Indigogo campaign for a Do-It-Yourself customizable vinyl figure. The "My Hero Toys!" figure was designed to address a perceived absence of "cool female blank figures".
"I have seen popula... read feature
In the late '80s/early '90s there was a popular anti-drugs ad where an actor held up an egg and said, "This is your brain", then cracked said egg open and fried it while saying, "This is your brain on drugs". It was a simple,... read
Kidrobot’s signature do-it-yourself toy, the Munny, is coming out in a slightly different format. Called the Reusable Munny, this vinyl figure will come with a set of six markers that can be wiped off so you can draw o... read
In Animal Crossing you can collect lots of different items like fossils and furniture. One of their more unique items are called Gyroids. They make noises, shimmy, and shake.
They can also pull together a room if you decora... read
Also see their Emerald City Comicon exclusives Funko has a pretty simple formula for making their Pop! figures. They are able to take dozens of characters based on movie, TV, and video game characters, apply it to their formulaic toy design, and come out with cute figure... read feature
I know quite a few amigurumi enthusiasts who are fond of Ravelry. The site's pattern database is massive and its network of helpful users is a godsend. Plus, every so often you find a pattern that just leaps out at you as som... read
By now it should be no surprise that I like Do-it-yourself toys. I think I want to make it my goal to collect and design every one that’s out there. That might take me some time.
So another one I can add to my list no... read
EDIT: My livestream is running now on my personal account: TomoVanessa due to technical difficulties. I'm live now!
Hello DIY lovers!
Tonight I'll be continuing our DIY toy livestream series. My first episode focused on ... read
This Saturday in NYC there will be a one day event called the New York Comic Book Marketplace. In attendance will be The Jelly Empire, and she’s bringing with her lots of cute new stuff. After selling out in her online... read
Oh, right, there are other events going on this week Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! It's been a pretty busy week in all sorts of ways. We're still plowing our way through Wonder Festival coverage with the shadow of Toy Fair looming over us. But outside of that the Ol... read feature
Technology moves so fast these days. You can drive without gasoline, use wi-fi on an airplane, and even design and order 3D printed monsters from your iOS device. That last one comes courtesy of Mico Studio's Monstermatic, no... read
Hello Tomopop readers!
I hope you'll join me tonight for the first episode in my new livestream series about DIY toys. I’ll be customizing toys live and taking you through my process as we go along. Watch as I work... read
Those into the lore of Disney's Haunted Mansion attraction are no doubt familiar with the Hatbox Ghost. The ghost was designed to have his head disappear from his shoulders and reappear inside the hatbox. But for various reas... read
Just in case you want to prolong the Halloween spirit, or if you're still decorating your home for the big bash this weekend, consider downloading some rad papercraft patterns from Gus Santome and letting these guys hang out ... read
Take your Nendoroid photography to the next level by dressing up your beloved chibi figures for Halloween! But how to get them into fantastic mini kigurumi and make it work with their awkward, deformed bodies? Kixkillradio m... read
Happy Together is a delightful crafting blog that features how-to's on making your own aprons, no-sew ponchos, and oh my, an EVE plush from Disney-Pixar's Wall-E. This pattern came about because of the lack EVE plushes m... read
As a promotion for the new Disney movie, Monsters University, many Disney Stores have been hosting a sort of build-your-own-plush activity called the "Monster Assembly." And while this has actually been going on for a month o... read
If you are a fan of designer vinyl figures and live in Southern California, you'll be interested to know that Giant Robot and Yukinori Dehara will be hosting a figure painting workshop on June 30 at 2 p.m. Pacific. The event ... read
Remember when Kuso Vinyl showed off the design for their Minicel figure with Rotobox? We finally have a finished figure and release date, along with a bunch of accessories to show off. The 4-inch DIY Minicel figure ... read
I may never have seen Dreamworks' How to Train Your Dragon or know much about their character, Toothless, but I certainly appreciate a good, handmade plush. Nooby-banana over at deviantART not only skillfully crafted her... read
Make yourself a fresh pot of tea and get out the design implements! Matt JOnes and Doktor A are hosting a contest which has entrants designing their own Loose Tea Lunartik in a Cup. You don't necessarily have to buy... read
From tiny pandas to a not-so tiny R2D2, Woolbuddy brought pieces of needle felted magic to last weekend's C2E2. These handmade toys were brought to plush life by artist Jackie Huang, who was also in attendance at the conventi... read
Find them at booth #869 Paisley Fawn's signature Smudge plushes will be showcasing some hometown charm when the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo a.k.a. C2E2 begins on April 26. Tomopop featured these quirky handmade toys previously when they mad... read feature
Can you capture the legendary artist's work in 3D form? Well, yes, sort of. Banksy is a name that really needs little introduction; the famous graffiti artist is known for his incredible work and the fact that his true identity remains a bit of a mystery. But have you ever wanted something Banksy-ins... read feature
Meet the app that lets you make your own toys Who knew papercraft could go digital? The creators of Paper Critters, a pretty spiffy iPad app, certainly did. How does the app marry the iWorld with the world of paper toys? Hit the jump to see for yourself! read feature
At the tokidoki Toy Fair booth, we got to see a few old friends and a couple of new ones. The newest of those happens to be the new Phonezies accessories for smartphones. Each is based on a tokidoki character and plugs into y... read
If you are anything like me, at this point in time, you are bundled up from head to toe and sitting next to the heating vent. But, I can't help casting a glance over to my precious plushes and wondering if they are feeling th... read
One of the many things I love about Ravelry is that they have a treasure trove of amigurumi patterns, many of which are free. Two of the more recent uploads to the site are Emjay Bailey's Claptrap from Borderlands series... read
Toro Toys has a little ghostly fellow they've released: meet chiBOO, spirits from a world beyond ours who are quite happy to meet you, and not for nefarious/evil reasons! The little guys are only 1-inch-tall and cast in solid... read
The Disney Parks Blog pointed out that Spoonful has a bunch of great downloadable and printable Disney-inspired papercraft that is perfect for the holidays, including the spotlit Toy Soldier (from the Disney Parks holiday par... read
We've all seen Bobble Budds before ... but blank ones you can customize yourself? Wait no more, because they're happening. As part of the Holiday Pack, which is available at SOTA Toys and other retailers, you'll get 14 differ... read
Creo Design have some news to share with us on their Chebaka figure. Notably, the 4-inch figure now has a DIY variant that you can paint or decorate as you wish. It's the same basic design as the regular Chebaka figures, just blank for those of you with a more artistic bent.
You can pick up the DIY Chebaka now for US$15. The first run is limited to 50 pieces, as well. read
Based on my initial reaction to seeing Dynamite Rex's first figure, Raar!, as well as some of your comments, we knew we had to stop by the booth and check out this little dino dude with the dynamite in mouth. It looks as if R... read
So are the company's other goodies from some pretty spiffy artists. DIY fans planning on attending this Saturday's DesignerCon should definitely make Wrong Gear's booth (#709) one of their top priorities. Their show-exclusive, the Wrongbbit DIY blank garage kit, is sure to be a quick seller (... read feature
Megan Schmidt of Camp and Co. (formerly Campfire Culture, previously featured on Tomopop) is getting into the Halloween spirit with her sweeter-than-candy Pudgenstein and Bride plushes. Each of these plushes measures in at 10... read