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He knows you've been naughty
Warpo is bringing the seasons greetings with a Kickstarter for a Krampus plush! It even includes a 80s/90s-themed toy commercial! The Krampus is a formerly obscure mythological counterpart to Saint Nicholas (ie, Santa Claus) ...

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Do you cuddle with them or eat them?
After a slight delay, Inki-Drop's Saltwater Sweeties Kickstarter campaign is currently underway and will run until September 7th. The campaign seeks to raise US$26,000 to fund the creation of three food-themed animal plushies...

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A tasty new campaign is on the way
Fans of sea creatures and food may be excited to hear about Inki-Drop's upcoming Kickstarter which will feature three food-styled animal plushies. The line-up includes the Mint Chocoturtle (a mint chocolate chip ice cream san...

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Almost there
The Kickstarter campaign for Tsume x Aleksi Briclot: Azzar'Hi Worlds & Wonders HQS statue (which launched back in April) is finally nearing the end. With only 3 days left, the campaign still needs to raise a little under ...

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Shenmue 3 capsules

Shenmue III Kickstarter includes capsule figure tiers

I should buy one... more
Jun 15
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
As it seems everyone has heard already (and it was only just officially announced moments ago) Shenmue III is on Kickstarter seeking US$2 million to produce the game for 2017. Fans aren't wasting time in showing their su...
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Goonies plushes

Hey, you guuuuyyyyys: Goonies plushes are here

Kickstarter ongoing, too
Jun 01
// Brian Szabelski
Do you happen to need some Goonies in your life? Well, if you're OK with plush, good news! The folks at Gordos Plush have the license and designs for a series of 8-inch Goonies plushes! The line launches this weeken...
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Kickstart it up! Tsume teams up with Aleksi Briclot for original Azzar'Hi Worlds & Wonders HQS statue

Sure, she's awesome, but how do I even describe her?
Apr 28
// Scarecroodle
Tsume has teamed with artist Aleksi Briclot to bring one of his original illustrations to life (a difficult to describe lava snake warrior goddess?). The statue, which currently has a Kickstarter going, will be limited to 250...
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Cloud Crystal Cuties

Kat Brunnegraff returns with Cloud Crystal Cuties

Kickstarter up for new plush series
Mar 24
// Brian Szabelski
Kat Brunnegraff has been kept busy rather recently, but she's had enough time to announce a new project on Kickstarter, Cloud Crystal Cuties. Yes, they're plushes, all done in Kat's usual fantasy style, complete with big ol' ...
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board games

Kickstart your own Ghostbusters adventure

They only ship to Earth
Mar 01
// Rachael Chambers
 If you've ever wanted a board game to celebrate your love for all things Ghostbusters, you're in luck. With unique illustrations and figures based on original artwork and designs by Dan Schoening, this game seems t...
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Lost Protectors

Play With This Too launches Lost Protectors Kickstarter

Former Hasbro staff and fans team up for Pretenders homages
Feb 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
There are a lot of third party groups these days making unofficial Transformers figures, but here's one with some real credibility. Play With This Too is a new company made up in part of former Hasbro and toy industry em...
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Mega Man X

TruForce streamlines new Mega Man X figure

Help fund the Blue Bomber
Jan 24
// Rachael Chambers
Although it's true that Capcom hasn't given us a Mega Man game in years, at least we can count on toy companies to help keep our love for the franchise alive. The latest version comes from TruForce Collectibles, who are givin...
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Tentacle Kitty KS

Tentacle Kitty: Color Shift makes purple, heads for MIA!

Let's get this Tentacle Kitty going
Dec 11
// Rio McCarthy
I recently brought you word that the Tentacle Kitty: Color Shift Kickstarter was kicking off and ready to go, but in that short time they've already made the goal of their purple Tentacle Kitty! They're only a couple thousand...
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Vamplets release 4 new terrifying plush and cell phone covers

It's time to get spooky
Dec 10
// Rio McCarthy
The Vamplets Nightmare Nursery is ready to welcome four new babies, and six new cell phone covers into the mix. Feraline, the werewolf baby, Vamzomkey, the vampyre monkey (who was bitten by a zombie), Mourning Gloom, the bad ...
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Tentacle Kitty KS

Tentacle Kitty: Color Shift plush up on Kickstarter

Huzzah! New Tentacle Kitty colors inbound!
Nov 25
// Rio McCarthy
We at Tomopop are huge fans of Tentacle Kitty, and are always excited to see what new things they have in store. Currently they have started a new Kickstarter called Tentacle Kitty: Color Shift, and are working on a slew of c...

Tomopop Review: inki-drop's Tentatrio plushes

Nov 21 // Natalie Kipper
Plush name: Sweetoof, Jellyblub, Ika, and StarwhalPlush maker: inki-dropRetail price: US$24.95 eachAvailable at: inki-drop Let's dive right in! The first of the Tentatrio I looked at was Sweetoof the octopus, measuring four and a half inches tall and six inches wide. His most notable characteristic is his little embroidered tooth sticking out from his mouth. He also has several pink-ish purple spots on his brow of various sizes. Add that to the snaggletooth and Sweetoof gives off a certain preteen vibe (acne and in need of braces). I am not sure if that is intentional, but I found it hilarious all the same. Flip Sweetoof over for a delightful surprise: he's got embroidered suckers! They look so perfect, no loose threads or flaws of any kind. Here's Ika, who I actually consider the weakest link in the Tentatrio chain. I am not saying he isn't cute or well-made. He is definitely both of those things. But he feels like just a recolor rather than of the previously released Gummy Ika. Both toys are even the same height, four inches tall. As you can see, the back is entire bare sans tush tag. The bottom is also a little boring but I will forgive that. The source material, mother nature's lovely squid, is of a simple design and there isn't much to be done about that. Now we come to my favorite member of the Tentatrio, Jellyblub. This little lady jellyfish is just too sweet for words. I just loved her wide-eyed, innocent expression. She measures four inches tall and six and a half inches wide. Details abounds on this toy. The little embroidered white dots on the top of her head add to her youthful look while the peach and pink frills around her lower body resemble a skirt.  But the most adorable piece of Jellyblub's ensemble is, without a doubt, her little fabric bow on the side of her head. It is made of the same minky fabric as her body and looks ever-so-dainty. I love this detail so much! Finally, we come to the Starwhal, measuring four and half inches tall and seven inches long. I had been really excited to get my hands on this one and let me tell you, she did not disappoint. Her facial expression is similar to Jellyblub's, with the big, dark eyes and simple "u" mouth. Her horn has embroidered grooves on it and is moderately stuffed. As you can see, the Starwhal's star pattern is different on each side of her body. The bigger stars have a soft, fuzzy fabric on the inside portion (a different texture than her minky body) while the smaller ones are just embroidered. The variety in the stars' size and shape looks great and you can tell took some effort.   So now you have met the Tentatrio (plus the legendary Starwhal). I loved working with these guys. The designs are adorable and make me smile. If I had my druthers though, I would make them a bit bigger. That way, there is more to hug! [a big thank-you to Shelly Rodriguez of inki-drop for supplying me with these samples!]
Review: Tentatrio photo
With a Starwhal included for good measure
I have been a fan of Shelly Rodriguez for a long, long time. I loved her work way back when her studio was called inki-Jinx rather than inki-drop. There's a little snapshot, right there. Her plush line has grown from the Crab...

DesignerCon 2014: jellykoe

Nov 10 // Natalie Kipper
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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...

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...
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Fruitimals Kickstarter

Fruitimals plush Kickstarter launches and already succeeds

Orange Fox and friends provide your daily dose of cute animall-fruit hybrids
Oct 22
// Natalie Kipper
Cuddly animal/food hybrids make the scene in a big way with Lucky Squid Studios' Fruitimals Kickstarter. Even though the campaign launched a week ago, not only has the initial goal to produce the first plush, the Orange Fox, ...
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Four Horsemen

Four Horsemen's proud American Gothitropolis Eagle is open for pre-order

This will be a great figure to America!
Sep 14
// Vanessa Cubillo
I think a definite favorite from Four Horsemen’s Gothitropolis series was their Bald Eagle. He was just so extreme! I mean he is the definition of patriotism. His armor is red, white, and blue, he wears the American fl...
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Tentacle Crown

Fulfill your dream of wearing a crown of tentacles with this Kickstarter

The wearable work of art is a success
Sep 07
// Natalie Kipper
Killer Tentacle Octopus (Kaity O'Shea) and Camilla d'Errico's Kickstarter for their wearable Tentacle Crown launched recently and has already garnered the US$10,000 needed to fund the campaign. The accessory ha...
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However, the Second Round may result in a loss
Capo Toys, the would-be creator of a Street Fighter action figure line, has made a second attempt at crowdfunding their line after the original kickstarter campaign failed miserably (obtaining only US$8,079 of.its overly ambi...

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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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Hoodsbee: the hoodie that becomes a friend!

A cute plush, or a comfy hoodie? You decide!
Jul 30
// Rio McCarthy
Hoodsbee is an exciting product that has found its way to Kickstarter recently, and it's sure to delight your kids! I totally wish I was little enough to be able to wear one of these myself, because I'd definitely rock Clobbe...
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So much for a done deal?
Capo Toys has finally provided some release details for its Street Fighter line and... (wait for it...) it's going through Kickstarter. Ryu, the first figure in the line, now has an active Kickstarter campaign which, at the t...

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Monster Factory Mythicals

Monster Factory's new Kickstarter is Mythical, adorable

A unicorn, dragon, and Cthulhu will be the first in the line
Jul 17
// Natalie Kipper
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 ...

Tomopop Review: Monster Factory's Margot the Unicorn

Jul 15 // Natalie Kipper
Plush name: Margot the UnicornPlush maker: Monster FactoryRetail price: TBAAvailable at: Kickstarter (then Monster Factory) And here's Margot! From the tip of her horn to her hoof, she stands about 11 and a half inches-tall and is about 10 and a half inches-long, from snout to rump. She is made of a super-soft fleece fabric. Seriously, I can't recall the last time I have come across this type of fabric with such a soft and welcoming texture. Margot has a rather simple design, similar to many of Monster Factory's other creations. The only real embellishments are her eyes, mane, and horn (more on the latter two in a bit). The eyes are made of a leathery material with a hole in the center and another, darker fabric behind it for the pupils. I love the contrast stitching around the whites of the eyes. It adds a kind of whimsical nature to Margot that just makes me want to hug her! Margot's nostrils and mouth are actually just folds in the fabric. Some people may prefer these features be embroidered but I think this design choice works perfectly with Margot. Actually, embroidery would probably take away from the overall style of the plush.  Her unicorn horn is made of off-white and made of the same fabric as the body. I would have preferred the mane slightly less long as the horn doesn't stand out as much as it should at times.  The design of Margot's hooves is simple and fits the overall aesthetic of the plush. I love choice of a faint rose for the hooves' color. I think it adds to the magical feel. Here's a close-up view. As you can see, the pink color is only on the outside of the hooves. The inside-facing part is pure lavender. I don't think this is a problem though an didn't actually notice it until I started taking the photos. Unfortunately, dear Margot is missing a tail. In its place are her tags. If I had to fix/add one this about her, it would be this. I understand the concept of keeping it simple but I do love my plushes to have tails when appropriate. This is, of course, a personal preference, and the lack of a tail doesn't ruin this otherwise lovable plush.   Monster Factory's Margot the Unicorn is an overall treasure. She fits the style the studio is known for while feeling fresh and, well, magical. If the other plushes in The Mythicals line are anywhere near as lovable as this one, I think they have a real hit on their hands.  [A big thank-you to Monster Factory for supplying us with this sample!]
Review: Margot plush photo
Get a sneak peek at the new Mythicals line, coming soon to Kickstarter
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," th...

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AX 14: inki-Drop

Anime Expo 2014: inki-Drop

The Starwhal is spotted in the wild
Jul 07
// Natalie Kipper
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...
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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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Maddie Kickstarter

Kickstarter for Bigshot Toyworks' Maddie begins final fundraising push

56 percent of the way there with 10 days to go
Jun 09
// Brian Szabelski
Were you wondering how Bigshot Toywork's Kickstarter for Maddie was coming along? Well, with about 10 days to go, they're at US$20,638 of their US$37,000 goal, or about 56 percent of the way there. Obviously, 44 percent's a b...
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Tentatrio Plush Pals

Tentatrio Plush Pals need a final push to add Starwhal stretch goal

Only three days left!
Jun 02
// Natalie Kipper
The last time we checked on Inki-Jinx's Kickstarter campaign for her Tentatrio plushes, she had just barely made it to the halfway mark to the US$8,500 goal. Now with three days left on the clock, a solid US$16,563 has been p...
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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...
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IAmElemental is looking for funding to make better figures for girls

Is the tag, "Teenagers with attitude" already taken?
May 22
// Vanessa Cubillo
IAmElemental was started by two moms in New York who wanted to make more action figures for girls. Looking through toy stores, they felt that most female figures were made for adult toy collectors. What adult collects toys? ...
Maddie Kickstarter photo
Maddie Kickstarter

Bigshot Toyworks' Maddie rises from the Kickstarter depths

Who says ponies have to be all about friendship?
May 21
// Brian Szabelski
Have you ever thought, "Man, I just wish someone would combine My Little Pony with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?" No? Well, even if not, Bigshot Toyworks' Klim Kozinevich did, and he came up with Four Horsies of t...
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Mech Maker Kickstarter

Mech Maker makes mech making easy

18 days left on the Kickstarter campaign
May 13
// Tianxiao Ma
Miniatures gaming has always been a great way to pair self-expression with great gaming experiences. Now a new Kickstarter campaign aims to go a bit further in terms of customization with their Mech Maker app. Conversions and...
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Rainbow Mister Meltys

Buff Monster serves up some Kickstarter-exclusive Mister Meltys

Translucent rainbow sofubi available as part of Melty Misfits Series 2 campaign
May 12
// Brian Szabelski
Buff Monster recently decided to head to Kickstarter for his Melty Misfits Series 2 trading cards, hoping to raise US$10,000 to cover printing and other production costs. Needless to say, he's gotten to that goal and more. Wh...
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inki-Jinx Kickstarter

inki-Jinx launches Tentatrio plush pals Kickstarter

And they are already about half-way there!
May 08
// Natalie Kipper
After her success with the previous Kickstarter for Crabapple plush (reviewed), Shelly Rodriguez of inki-Jinx is going back back to crowd-funding in hopes of bringing three plushes, dubbed the Tentatrio, to adoring fans....
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...
Vamplets Kickstarter photo
Vamplets Kickstarter

Vamplets' Undead Baby Dragon and Bitemares materialize on Kickstarter

And another chance to snag a Ghost Pony!
Apr 23
// Natalie Kipper
Let me start off by saying that I am a huge fan of Gayle Middleton and her Vamplets, a menagerie of creepy-cuties ranging from werewolf babies to vampiric kitties and even a giant cockroach monster-thing (complete with a...
Evilos Kickstarter photo
Evilos Kickstarter

Evilos' The Rainy Day Antagonist hits Kickstarter

First original DIY character from artist
Mar 26
// Brian Szabelski
Evilos is a rather well-known customizer of designer toys, especially Vinylmations and Munnys, but he's hopping into the resin figure world with an original character, The Rainy Day Antagonist. Inspired by rain clouds that ke...

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