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Name my Frankenjoe!

Apr 23 // Soul Tsukino
Now it's time to have a little fun. As my collection closes in on the magic number of 500- I thought it would be an interesting idea to take advantage of this site and have YOU the reader come up with a name for one of my newest custom kitbashed soldiers. The chance arrived a little while back when I bought a bunch of spare parts from a lot auction on eBay. Mixing and matching parts, I ended up with this figure. It's the head from Sci-Fi, the arms from Outback, and the chest, waist, and legs from Psyche-out. I'm really surprised and impressed how well it works out. This is where you come in. I need a name. Yes, even the custom part figures get a name in my collection. And you don't have to stop there. Give me a full bio if you want. Is this a Joe? Cobra? Oktober Guard? Amway salesman? Go hog wild and leave your ideas in the comments and let your imagination go wild!  
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Give this guy a name!
If you've read some of my articles here in Tomopop, you would know that I am a big collector of G.I. Joe: Real American Hero figures from the 80's and 90's (and some from the 2000s as well). I've written about my custom "FrankenJoes" and even how I made my own version of one of the most expensive Joe figures you can buy.

Tomopop Original: Creating my own 'Create a Cobra'

May 15 // Soul Tsukino
The figure that I've seen go for the highest prices consistently is one that really doesn't have a name. It was only available, by mail order, for one year in 1993, near the end of the original run of G.I. Joe. It was the "Create a Cobra" figure. (image via) This figure was the Cobra answer to the Steel Brigade figure. You filled out a small form where you gave your character a name, a primary specialty, a secondary specialty, and a few other bits of info about their personality. After a few weeks you got the figure along with a sheet of paper that was a bio with all the info you had filled out for an official dossier. Since the figure was a mail-in available for only a short time, its not a figure that readily comes available on the second hand market like eBay. And boy howdy does its price reflect that. I also think this is the most stupid-looking figure I have ever seen. It's a Crimson Guard Immortal head put onto a TARGAT body, slathered in bubblegum pink, baby blue, and black. This figure seriously looks like it would be a cake topper for a baby shower in 1984. And he is supposed to be THE BAD GUY. In looking at this monstrosity, I literally said to myself that if I tracked down the parts for this, I could make my own figure for a fraction of the price and it would look better than the real thing. So I did. I tracked down a cheap TARGAT figure. I picked the better looking 1989 version. There was a repaint done in 1992, but its color scheme wouldn't look any better for this project than the pink and blue mess that inspired me to write this. For the head I went with the original 1991 Crimson Guard Immortal figure since the later Blue and Silver version is both harder to find and doesn't really match with the body. So let's get this started! First, here is what you'll need. The figure, the head, a small Phillips head screwdriver (Usually found in small screwdriver sets), and a new rubber O-ring. The TARGAT figure itself is not in premium condition, the O-ring is old and stretched out, the knee joints are loose, and the paint on the helmet is worn. Honestly though, it won't matter. If I wanted to I could have bought replacement legs with tighter joints, but I'm fine with it as-is since the TARGAT head doesn't matter and we are replacing the O-ring anyway. First we take the screw driver to the "backscrew," or the small screw that holds the front and back of the chest together. The screw here is rusty, but still in good enough shape not to require a drill to remove.   Once the screw is out, pull apart the chest and break down your figure to its parts. Yup, that's what a Joe figure looks like when it's taken apart. Pull out the old O-ring from its hook and toss it. Take your new O-ring and place it in the small metal hook holding the legs together. Slide the O-ring with the legs attached through the bottom of the waist piece. You probably need to use the screw driver to help feed it through and get it together (This can be a real moment of cussing rage sometimes).   Next, hook the O-ring around the cylinder on the back piece of the figure and pull back a little so that it holds together by itself. Since I am using an O-ring that is slightly smaller than the factory ones, the figure at this point will fly apart easier if not set right. Now comes the "fun" part! Take the chest piece and connect it too the back piece, but not all the way in. Ya need to leave space to get in the arms and head. Remember what I said about the figure wanting to fly apart? This is the point where that can really show itself. Wedge your way into the arm holes with each arm. It takes a little hand dexterity and a few silent prayers to get both arms set without having the whole thing come apart. Once both arms are in place, you can push the chest and back piece together a little more to keep things in place, but again, not completely closed. AND I'LL FORM THE HE- oh wait, wrong 80's show. The heads of G.I. Joe figures from the '80s an '90s are always tricky since some head pieces do not fit with certain body pieces. In this case, since the "Create a Cobra" figure used recycled molds, it's not a problem. The head fits and doesn't wobble around on the body. Now we are ready to finish this bad boy out. Close the front and back chest pieces together and place the screw back in its place. Use the screw driver to make sure the backscrew is actually in the hole that connects the pieces together. Tighten it up (Righty tighty). And we are done! Now, the red paint on his helmet isn't a perfect match to the ones on his gloves and boots, and if you want to get hardcore customizer on it, you can certainly get some paint from the hobby store and go wild. Me, I take 'em as is. Give your new agent of evil a weapon and there ya go! BUT WAIT! Part of the deal with the Create a Cobra figure was having his own bio with name, specialties, and all that cool stuff. But, once again, I found something that is cooler than the goofy sheet of paper that came with the old figures. I just went to Filecard Creator. It's quick, easy, and makes more official looking file cards you can download than that grey piece of paper Hasbro would slap together and send you.  The best part of this is, your Create a Cobra doesn't actually have to be a Cobra! Evil sunovagun isn't he? And the cost for this simple little project? $14.23, and you can probably do even better with that since I paid a little more for the headpiece than what individual parts tend to go for in most cases. Sure beats paying 400 bucks for something that looks like it should have been packed with a set of baseball cards.
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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...

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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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Bohna Skully

Gary Boon's Bohna Skully arrives on the scene

New resin DIY figure will be featured in ToyCon 2015 exhibition
Sep 11
// Brian Szabelski
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...

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Squid Kids Ink

SDCC 2014: Squid Kids Ink

Now game cartridges are fun
Jul 31
// Vanessa Cubillo
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 ...
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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...

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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...

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Is this your Pop! on drugs? Awesome DIY Pop! custom

Any questions?
Apr 24
// Scarecroodle
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,...
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Kidrobot introduces the reusable Munny

I guess Recycled Munny didn't sound good
Apr 09
// Vanessa Cubillo
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...
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Animal Crossing

Make your own Gyroid from Animal Crossing with help from TheBitBlock

It's time to break out the clay
Mar 20
// Vanessa Cubillo
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...
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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...

Legend of Zelda amigurumi photo
Legend of Zelda amigurumi

Help this Lost Maiamai find a home

Crochet one of the scattered crustaceans from Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Mar 16
// Natalie Kipper
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...
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Portal 2

Design your own Sentry Turret with this DIY Portal 2 figure

No, you can't design these to kill
Mar 12
// Vanessa Cubillo
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...
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Episode 2 of our DIY toy livestream will air tonight at 9pm EST

I will tackle Lunartik BIY Loose Tea
Mar 04
// Vanessa Cubillo
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 ...
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The Jelly Empire

The Jelly Empire is bringing new stuff to NYCBM

Come out on March 1 to see
Feb 28
// Vanessa Cubillo
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...

Tomopop LinkUP: Gold Medal Panic

Feb 13 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Kahotan posted a gallery for the upcoming Bakemonogatari Nadeko Sengoku Nendoroid. She comes with a lot of neat arm and leg parts for some really great poses. She's up for pre-order now so go get one. AmiAmi did an early photo review of the Beach Queen's Ayase Aragaki from OreImo. She looks great, but a little simple just wearing a white bikini, but I suppose that has its own appeal. She won't be out until June so enjoy the gallery. figsoku blog posted a gallery for the FuRyu Sonico Going Out Time ver. prize figure that was released last month. I'm not much of a Sonico fan, but I might have to reconsider my negative impression of FuRyu. Piapro posted a new colaboration between Pullip dolls and Hatsune Miku with a new Sakura Miku doll. They're not a doll series that's for everyone, but they did an impressive job with the outfit. Piapro also posted a look at a new series of Vocaloid plush products from Sekiguchi. Included are stuffed dolls and dangly things of Miku, Len, and Rin. If you're a gamer then simply by saying 'George Washington with a Gatling gun' should be conjuring up images of BioShock Infinite. So here's a Motorized Patriot made out of LEGO blocks. I got the game when it came out and still haven't played it... Thanks to io9 we're getting a ride back to the obscure side of the Golden Age of comics for a look at the slightly disturbing Fantomah statue based on the works of Fletcher Hanks. She comes in three varieties, all pretty limited. Task One has a new series of seven-inch WeedBears up in his store. Available are Green Crack, Purple Kush, and Stoned Panda for US$69.99 each. There's also a limited pink Bubblegum bear for Valentine's day, but that one has gone away like so much smoke. Akiba Hobby has posted a gallery for FREEing's new Asuna figure coming up in March. She's nicely sculpted and while the pose is a bit awkward at least it's something different. Good Smile Company's Mamitan was over in Japan for Wonder Festival and took the most amazing photos of figma Snow Miku out in the wilds. We've seen a lot of photos for Miku, but these are probably some of the most adorable ones yet. Pinkcheeks posted a surprisingly easy DIY tutorial for making your own Japanese-style table. I think I need to give this a try. And that's it for this week's Tomopop LinkUP. Look for the next installment next week during the craziness of Toy Fair!
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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...

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Monstermatic for iOS

Monstermatic lets you create figures on your phone

And it's free for a limited time
Feb 04
// Natalie Kipper
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...
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Watch our new DIY toy livestream tonight at 9pm EST

I'll be working on Kidrobot's Munny
Feb 04
// Vanessa Cubillo
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...
Papercraft Hatbox Ghost photo
Papercraft Hatbox Ghost

This papercraft Hatbox Ghost is scary-good

Make your own!
Dec 01
// Natalie Kipper
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...
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Halloween Papercraft

Some cute Halloween papercraft to brighten up your home

There are parties this weekend, right?
Nov 01
// Kristina Pino
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 ...
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Dress-up for Nendoroids

Kixkillradio teaches how to dress Nendos up for Halloween

fuzzy, fuzzy, cute, cute
Oct 28
// Kristina Pino
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...
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DIY EVE plush

Make your own EVE plush from Disney-Pixar's Wall-E!

Courtesy of happy together's lovely tutorial and pattern
Sep 24
// Natalie Kipper
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...
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Disney Store

Visit a Disney Store and try out the Monster Assembly!

Now for half-price
Aug 12
// Natalie Kipper
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...
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Giant Robot event

Giant Robot is hosting a vinyl figure painting workshop

Taught by the artist, Yukinori Dehara
Jun 22
// Natalie Kipper
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 ...
Kuso Vinyl's Minicel photo
Kuso Vinyl's Minicel

Kuso Vinyl to debut Minicel at SDCC

Designed by Rotobox
May 31
// Brian Szabelski
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 ...
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plush pattern

How to make your dragon (plush)

Sew your own Toothless, thanks to this handy guide by nooby-banana
May 13
// Natalie Kipper
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...
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Matt JOnes, Doktor A hosting custom Loose Tea contest

Where Do-It-Yourself becomes Brew-It-Yourself
May 06
// Natalie Kipper
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...

C2E2 2013: Woolbuddy

Needle felting at its best
Apr 30
// Natalie Kipper
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...
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...

Tomopop Review: Apologies to Banksy

Mar 20 // Brian Szabelski
Figure Name: Rude Copper and Bomb HuggerFigure Maker: Apologies to BanksyRetail/List Price: £20Available at: Apologies to Banksy So, box time? Box time. The boxes for the Apologies to Banksy series are rather simple; line art of the figure's design adorns the front and sides of the box, with all the colorways shown on the back. As it says on the box, the figures each come with free paint and a brush, though I didn't happen to find any in mine; the paint itself are just primary colors in small containers, so it's nothing you can't find at a store. Relatively simple packaging, but it does its job. Likewise, Bomb Hugger's box follows the style. Simple, with an outline of the figure on the outside.  Speaking of outside ... I'm kind of feeling like heading out of the studio to photograph these. Shall we? We'll lead off with Rude Copper, based on a 2002 Banksy print featuring a British constable giving the viewer the finger. It's a bit smaller than I was expecting, even at around 6 inches, but what's great for me are the lack of seamlines. You can tell they cast everything except the bottom as a single piece, and I think that was the right call. The lack of seams makes Rude Copper look very smooth, and it doesn't distract you from some of the details on his uniform like the buttons or sleeves of his jacket. It's also worth noting that while it's not a direct copy (likely for various reasons), the figure pretty closely resembles Banksy's design at a first glance. On top of his head is the trademark British bobby hat, and what's nice is that I found the police shield on the hat has some very intricate detailing and lettering. It can be a bit hard to see in some of the photos, but it's there, and I'm happy it didn't get overlooked or obscured in the casting process. My biggest issue with Rude Copper was in the face; there's detail there, but it's obscured by the shadow that the hat's bill casts. Then again, because it's an all-white figure, putting the light directly on the face makes the details blend into the material, so either way, it's very hard to see these details when the figure is unpainted. I expect some of the customs from the upcoming Vinyl Haze show will demonstrate that it has a decent-looking face ... just one that's really hard to see with this colorway. Other details, though, like the shoulder insignia, really pop off the figure from any angle.  And of course, we have the finger being flipped. The hand is actually pretty well defined, not the plastic blob I might have feared at first.  Next up, we've got Bomb Hugger: As you can see, she's a multi-part figure, coming with a base, the actual girl and the bomb she's hugging. I'd guess these are separated to make them easier to paint (especially the bomb) and the assembly is relatively simple. That is, the bomb fits pretty snugly into her arms, and the pegs on the base lines up well with the holes in her feet Assembled, Bomb Hugger looks quite a bit like Banksy's 2003 print, at least from a distance. As you get a little closer, though, you do begin to notice a few issues. The articulated waist is not one of them, and the joint is fairly stable. It's the lack of detail, or perhaps more precisely, the fact that the figure's details don't pop out quite so well which is the first issue. You really can't see a lot of them unless you're staring at her in front of your face or the white figure is colored (either as a colorway or more likely painted).  You can perhaps see it here, but one of my issues with Bomb Hugger is that, in the white unpainted figure, her face is really lacking in definition. The mouth, in particular, could use a little bit more work, as it seems a little too big. Since there's no real shadows or contrast on the figure's face, a lot of Bomb Hugger's details get washed out, and that's a shame.   The bigger problem I ran into, though, were that the shoulder seams had gaps between the arm part and body. Of course, the seam is there so you can disassemble her for painting and customizing, but I would have hoped for a better fit that didn't look so jarring. Hopefully future iterations of Bomb Hugger will be a little better off with the fitting of the different parts so this issue isn't prevalent. On the other hand, the base has this nice shape to it, fits the figure snugly, and provides ample stability for Bomb Hugger. She looks like she's standing on the grass of an open field while hugging the bomb due to the detail work.  --- So, final thoughts? Rude Copper is actually a pretty nice, solid sculpt, but Bomb Hugger's seams are really a bit more jarring and distracting, even if they're meant to make her able to be disassembled for painting. Both blank white DIY figures, though, have traded large details for some smaller ones. That's a bit of a problem for figures of their size; the small details on smaller figures makes those details blend into the base too easily. Take a look at MADL, Qee, Dunny or Munny's lack of small details and use of simple shapes; with smaller figures, simple bases are better.  That's not to say it's a total loss, though; both are fair representations of Banksy pieces of the same name, with Rude Copper being the better of the two. I think both would be great in a black-and-white colorway (especially Bomb Hugger, where the color transitions would hide some of the seams a bit better) or even in one of the non-white versions you can buy off the Apologies to Banksy store. So yes, I'd give you the thumbs up on Rude Copper and a thumbs in the middle on Bomb Hugger ... just not in their white versions, unless you specifically want the blank white canvas for painting. [Thanks to Apologies for Banksy for sending Rude Copper and Bomb Hugger along for review!]
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...

Tomopop Review: Paper Critters

Mar 07 // Natalie Kipper
App Name: Paper CrittersApp Maker: Undonwannun, Ltd.Retail: US$1.99Available at: iTunes   When you first load the app, you'll see a pretty minimalist, stylized screen. If you touch the the information icon (that little "i" in the circle), you'll be lead to a screen that gives more facts about the app as well as links to its Facebook and the company's twitter feed. But, enough of that stuff; onto the toys! You may have noticed the option on the right from first screen that reads, "My Colony." Basically this where all your designs are stored. As a bonus, the app comes pre-loaded with a bunch of really cool designs, perhaps to give you some inspiration. The design on the far left is mine, by the way. Select the "Toy Creator" option and you'll be lead to this area. The blank toy body is broken down into five pieces: front, back, top of the head, right-side, and left-side. You work on each part seperately. Categories of built-in stencils that can be used on the body are shown on the right-side menu. They range from the graffiti-like "Street Inscriptions" to the Mr. Potato Head-esque "Cuddly Toons."  As you begin to customize your toy, you'll see the changes you make re-enacted on a miniature model in the bottom-right corner of your screen. It updates in real-time, which I found to be quite impressive.  You can even enlarge the model and rotate it any way you want, all with the touch of your finger. I did this several times in during the creation of my first toy. It definitely makes it easier to see if one panels works with the others. Plus, it is pretty fun to twirl the little guy around! The app also provides you with the ability to toggle on and off a sort of grid-like overlay that makes it easier to line up stencils. You also have a tool that flips stencils to their mirror-image should you feel the need. And those comfortable with Adobe's line of image software will be happy to see that Paper Critters also uses layers for editing your design. In all honesty, I am not sure how long it took me to finish up designing my first Paper Critter. I spent a good long while looking through all of the available stencils and trying to pick which to use left me with rather an embarrassment of riches. I think I finished my toy, which I named "Candy Jackalope," in around 15 minutes or so.  So, what do you after designing a masterpiece? Print it out and put it together, of course! The instructions are provided right there on the same sheet as your toy. But, I should mention that assembly calls for an X-acto knife (or utility knife) as well double stick tape and a glue stick, among other things. I actually didn't have a glue stick on-hand at my home so I had to make do with extra tape.  All in all, I really liked Paper Critters. The artistically-inclined may get more out of it in the long run, but anyone can enjoy it as a sort of pick-up-and-play game for a short spurt of free time in between their work schedule. I will say, that the actual building of the papercraft was a tad daunting, however, and younger toy enthusiasts might need an elder's hand with it.
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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!


Toy Fair 2013: tokidoki

Everyone's favorite cactus pup is now a plush, plus there's new phone accessories
Feb 14
// Brian Szabelski
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...

Here is a Cavey craft for a chilly day

Make your beloved plush an adorable knitted hat!
Jan 14
// Natalie Kipper
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...

Crochet your own Orko or Claptrap for free!

Yarn craft for all!
Jan 04
// Natalie Kipper
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...

Toro Toys' chiBOO is a little spooky resin buddy

That header image is probably close to life-size
Dec 17
// Brian Szabelski
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...

Spoonful has plenty of Disney papercraft for the holidays

Spruce up your home with toy soldiers or the Mouse himself
Dec 11
// Kristina Pino
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...

Bobble Budds going blank

DIY "Holiday Pack" version available
Nov 21
// Brian Szabelski
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...

Creo Design's Chebaka goes DIY

Nov 10
// Brian Szabelski
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.

DesignerCon 2012: Dynamite Rex

Dinosaurs, plus designer toys, always equals win
Nov 06
// Brian Szabelski
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...
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 (...

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