DesignerCon

DCon: Beefy & Co. photo
DCon: Beefy & Co.

DesignerCon 2014: Beefy & Co.


Mostly oldies, but definitely goodies
Nov 14
// Natalie Kipper
The DesignerCon booth belonging to Beefy & Co.'s Menh Voong was like a treasure trove of con-exclusives past. There may not have been a specific toy dedicated to DCon but the sheer amount of awesomeness that fans lik...
DCon: Dead Zebra, Inc. photo
DCon: Dead Zebra, Inc.

DesignerCon 2014: Dead Zebra, Inc.


Black is the new black
Nov 12
// Natalie Kipper
Walking up to the Dead Zebra, Inc. booth at DesignerCon, it was easy to see a theme amongst the toys. Heck, you could spot it from down the aisle: Black. Black editions of everything. Artist Andrew Bell had turned his popular...
Explorers Playground photo
Explorers Playground

DesignerCon 2014: Explorers Playground


The Horndriblles arrive in numbers
Nov 11
// Brian Szabelski
Explorers Playground showed up at DesignerCon with their Horndribbles plushes, though their biggest news was the new Horndribbles book, "Meeks and the Great Invention." Most of the plushes on display were from the smaller Nim...

DCon '14: Jeremiah Ketner photo
DCon '14: Jeremiah Ketner

DesignerCon 2014: Jeremiah Ketner


Nov 10
// Brian Szabelski
Jeremiah Ketner's latest works were on display at DesignerCon 2014. His style has the same, vibrant-toned fantasy feel we've come to expect, but he's got a few new customs alongside his new illustrations. In particular, I'm d...
Tolleson, Crooks, Catlin photo
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...

DesignerCon 2014: TOUMA

Nov 10 // Rio McCarthy
TOUMA photo
Knuckle Bear Cosmic makes his debut
TOUMA hit DesignerCon with a vengeance. His DCon exclusive Knuckle Bear Cosmic (US$55) looks crisp as usual, and I always love his designs. He also had little soft vinyl toys of Pico Mao Cat, Pico Hitch Bear and more, also sh...

DCon: inki-drop photo
DCon: inki-drop

DesignerCon 2014: inki-drop


Featuring the Tentatrio plus the majestic Starwhal
Nov 10
// Natalie Kipper
Shelly Rodriguez of inki-drop's booth at this weekend's DesignerCon was colorful, whimsical, and more than a little nautical-themed. My plush-loving eyes immediately focused on the Tentatrio (consisting of Jellyblub, Sweetoof...
Martin Hsu photo
Martin Hsu

DesignerCon 2014: Martin Hsu


Dragon Boy Strikes Back and Dragon Dog Blacky too!
Nov 10
// Rio McCarthy
Martin Hsu's Dragon Boy is one of my favorite characters in the designer toy world. I love all of the different forms he's been seen on, and I love Martin's art as a whole. A few other artists have shown love to Dragon Boy at...
Furry Feline Creatives photo
Furry Feline Creatives

DesignerCon 2014: Furry Feline Creatives


The family just keeps growing!
Nov 09
// Rio McCarthy
Alvin and Cheri Ong have been growing their little Furry Feline Family with incredible speed this past year, and there's only more to come. In addition to their normal fare of adorable plush, they also had some Sweet Purridge...
Designer Con photo
Designer Con

Designer Con 2014: Tasha Zimich has a beautiful customized Camilla d'Errico figure


No Ordinary Love statue in a custom colorway
Nov 05
// Tianxiao Ma
If you're headed to Designer Con this weekend, maybe stop by Canadian-based artist Tasha Zimich's booth (#911). Among other things she'll be showing off a one-of-a-kind customized statue based on Camilla d'Errico's No Ordinar...
Wood Candy Workshop photo
Wood Candy Workshop

Wood Candy Workshop's Scrambled Wood debuting at DCon


New project from Cameron Tiede
Oct 27
// Brian Szabelski
Cameron Tiede has an interesting new project by the name of Wood Candy Workshop, and no surprise, he's got some new wooden collectibles. The first batch of Scrambled Wood figures are here, and the 3-inch-tall pieces have a fe...
DesignerCon 2013 photo
DesignerCon 2013

DesignerCon 2013: Mighty June/100% Soft


Squirrels, as far as the eye could see
Nov 15
// Natalie Kipper
At last weekend's DesignerCon, the booth shared by Mighty June and 100% Soft was all about cute things. Cute, cuddly blue squirrels. Cute plush cats in the shape of pills. Cute poster of, like, a million movie villains i...
DCon 2013: oddfauna photo
DCon 2013: oddfauna

DesignerCon 2013: oddfauna


Despite the name, these creatures are more adorable than odd
Nov 15
// Brian Szabelski
What would you expect from oddfauna at her booth? With an artist name like that, probably strange creatures? Of course you would, and while there were interesting beasts like the bronze-cast Ovok, purple-colored Tricos, a one...
DCon: Hyperactive Monkey photo
DCon: Hyperactive Monkey

DesignerCon 2013: Hyperactive Monkey


Their exclusive might leave you a bit ... jaded
Nov 15
// Brian Szabelski
At DesignerCon, Hyperactive Monkey unleashed a new jade version of the Pocket Master figure. It's not made of actual jade, but resin, though it could look the part. It was also their event exclusive, but not the only thing at...
DesignerCon 2013 photo
DesignerCon 2013

DesignerCon 2013: KachurrynCreations/Gojowind


Anime-flavored fun
Nov 14
// Natalie Kipper
The booth belonging to Kachurryn Creations and Gojowind was a cool discovery that I stumbled upon during my stroll down the aisles of DesignerCon. Catherine of Kachurryn Creations brought clay figures of Plants vs. ...
Dcon: Hi Tree photo
Dcon: Hi Tree

DesignerCon 2013: Hi Tree


A smiling, whimsical wonderland
Nov 14
// Natalie Kipper
The DesignerCon booth belonging to Tina Rodas of Hi Tree reminded me of a pop-up book stuffed full of playful fairy tale friends. I had never seen as friendly-looking a spider as the toy one propped next to Tina's contac...

DesignerCon 2013: Enkyskulls

Nov 14 // Natalie Kipper
Dcon: Enkyskulls photo
Fun plush monsters mesh with pop culture
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...

Ketner/Limon/Winters photo
Ketner/Limon/Winters

DesignerCon 2013: Jeremiah Ketner/Jason Limon/NC Winters


Back for another year with more creatures
Nov 14
// Brian Szabelski
Jeremiah Ketner, Jason Limon and N.C. Winters shared a DesignerCon booth once more, each bringing their original works to the show. For Jeremiah, that  Jason, on the other hand, has been taking his alien fauna style and ...
DCon 2013: Scott Tolleson photo
Also featuring Leecifer, Lana Crooks and Carson Catlin
A lot of artists had shared booths at DesignerCon, like they do at larger conventions, but Scott Tolleson might have taken the cake in this regard. Not only was he manning a booth this year, but Leecifer, Lana Crooks and Cars...

DCon 2013: Kuso Vinyl photo
DCon 2013: Kuso Vinyl

DesignerCon 2013: Kuso Vinyl


New colorways of past releases, plus Fuller's customs
Nov 13
// Brian Szabelski
Kuso Vinyl came to DesignerCon this year with a few new colorways of past releases, but they weren't the stars of the booth. Sure, there's the Bambooshoot Minifah and Neon Genetic Minicel (guess where that one's inspiration c...

DesignerCon 2013: Flat Bonnie

Nov 13 // Natalie Kipper
Dcon: Flat Bonnie photo
Wonderful flat plushes stuffed with love
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&nb...

DCon 2013: Ink It Labs photo
DCon 2013: Ink It Labs

DesignerCon 2013: Ink It Labs


Wooden (designer) toys for girls and boys
Nov 13
// Brian Szabelski
The folks at Ink It Labs brought plenty of wooden collectibles with them to DesignerCon 2013. Those included Scott Tolleson's Lil Rufus, the S.S. Meow Meow from Crowded Teeth, Onorio D'Epiro's Flower Eater, and-&nbs...
DesignerCon 2013 photo
Paratrooper Dude makes the scene
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 whi...

Dcon: Zoms photo
Dcon: Zoms

DesignerCon 2013: Zoms


Because you can't go wrong with a zombie in a banana suit
Nov 12
// Natalie Kipper
Kickstarter lurkers may remember the campaign for Zoms, delightful plush zombies that simply ooze charm. The campaign was a success and the toys even made an appearance at last weekend's DesignerCon. Their booth featured a ba...

DesignerCon 2013: Fat Rabbit Farm

Nov 12 // Natalie Kipper
Dcon: Fat Rabbit Farm photo
Huggable bunny heroes
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 T...

Circus Posterus photo
Circus Posterus

DesignerCon 2013: Circus Posterus


Showing the best from artists like Kathie Olivas, Leecifer and Brandt Peters
Nov 12
// Vanessa Cubillo
Circus Posterus brought along a lot of designer items from their line of artists. At booth #400, they had figures from Brandt Peters, Kathie Olivas, Chris Ryniak, Amanda Louise Spayd, Drilone and Leecifer. There were Wanderi...
DCon 2013: Scribe photo
DCon 2013: Scribe

DesignerCon 2013: Scribes Walk/40 Threads


Have yourself a field day
Nov 11
// Brian Szabelski
The husband-and-wife duo known as Scribe and 40 Threads came to DesignerCon, each bringing some of what they're known best for. For 40 Threads, that's her plush creations, like the little bee fellow you see in the gallery, ba...
DesignerCon photo
DesignerCon

DesignerCon 2013: Andrew Bell and Gary Ham


Wooper Loopers, Androids, and more
Nov 11
// Vanessa Cubillo
For this event, Andrew Bell shared a table with Gary Ham at booth #703. Andrew Bell showed some new stuff like his Dealmaker “Blueblood” edition with MPHlabs. He also brought along some older stuff like Groobs, Z...

DesignerCon 2013: Martin Hsu

Nov 11 // Natalie Kipper
DCon: Martin Hsu photo
Featuring the debut of Galactic Dragon Boy
It was easy to Martin Hsu's DesignerCon booth; all you had to do was look for the giant Dragon Boy statue. The life-size, smiling figure stood atop the table of the corner booth. While the big guy wasn't available for purchas...

DesignerCon 2013: Evilos/NRB Relic

Nov 11 // Natalie Kipper
DesignerCon 2013 photo
Custom Androids, Vinylmation, and My Little Ponies from some very awesome artists
Evilos shared a booth with NRB Relic during last weekend's DesignerCon. The two custom vinyl artists had quite an impressive showing. Evilos brought with him his new Breaking Bad Androids, some Carbonite Vinylmation (in ...

DCon: House of Darkly photo
DCon: House of Darkly

DesignerCon 2013: House of Darkly


A menagerie of plush creations
Nov 11
// Brian Szabelski
House of Darkly made it out to DesignerCon, and with that came a new plush debut: the Lead Balloon. While not actually made out of the harmful element, it is an Eeyore-like balloon, stuck on its side and unable to float with ...

DesignerCon 2013: Squid Kids Ink

Nov 10 // Brian Szabelski
DCon: Squid Kids Ink photo
Up close and personal with the new Ante Ups series
As we mentioned previously, Squid Kids Ink brought their Ante Ups to DesignerCon. The gambling trio look pretty nice, and I like the translucent vinyl used on Craps, the die. Stud, the playing card, might have the most custom...

DCon: Super7 photo
DCon: Super7

DesignerCon 2013: Super7


I hunger for more sofubi
Nov 10
// Brian Szabelski
Kicking off our DesignerCon 2013 coverage is Super7, which had a brand new sculpt at the show! And it's something I really want! That would be the new Pie Guy, cast in his orange Pumpkin Pie Guy variation. I love, love, love ...
DesignerCon exclusives photo
Scott Tolleson's Rufus will be an exclusive at the event
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 tha...

Crummy Gummy photo
Crummy Gummy

Crummy Gummy hosts custom toy show for DesignerCon


Gummy bears are coming to DesignerCon
Nov 07
// Vanessa Cubillo
Crummy Gummy is known for releasing gummie bear figures in different colors and styles. For DesignerCon, Crummy Gummy has decided to leave the designing to other talented artists by holding a custom toy show. Artists partici...
DesignerCon exclusives photo
Her plush collaboration with Nathan Hamill will also debut at the event
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 N...

DCon: Carson Catlin photo
DCon: Carson Catlin

Owls and more round off Carson Catlin's DCon wares


Jealousy!
Nov 07
// Kristina Pino
Following the reveal of his badass mofo custom for DesignerCon, Carson Catlin has sent along photos and information regarding the rest of what he's showing at the event. Check out the gallery for images of five micro reticula...
3DRetro DCon exclusives photo
3DRetro DCon exclusives

Here are 3DRetro's DesignerCon exclusives


Strife and Sire, Bitta Critta to have glow in the dark versions
Nov 07
// Brian Szabelski
3DRetro's DesignerCon offerings are of the glow-in-the-dark variety, taking two recent releases and making them a little brighter at night. First, there's the MoonSHINE Bitta Critta, taking Scott Tolleson's character and maki...

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