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5:00 PM on 11.25.2014

Tentacle Kitty: Color Shift plush up on Kickstarter

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...

Rio McCarthy


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Tomopop Review: inki-drop's Tentatrio plushes photo
Tomopop Review: inki-drop's Tentatrio plushes
by Natalie Kipper

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 Crabapple and Gummy Ika (reviewed) to these four Kickstarted toys you are about to see.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my review of inki-drop's Tentatrio and Starwhal plushes!

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DesignerCon 2014: jellykoe photo
DesignerCon 2014: jellykoe
by Natalie Kipper

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 brought several Tox City citizens with them to last weekend's DesignerCon along with an extra-special one: Gillbert - Big Katuna Edition. The exclusive mutant came dressed in swim shorts and felt sunglasses, carrying a hand-painted wooden surfboard. He even comes in a different shade than the original Gillbert, as if he got a tan. As an added bonus, he can be dressed and undressed as you please. He was a riot!

In addition to the Tox City plushes, there was also a display of J. Spencer's paintings and custom figures. You can purchase and see more of jellykoe's work on their website.

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8:00 AM on 11.10.2014

DesignerCon 2014: inki-drop

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...

Natalie Kipper

11:00 PM on 10.22.2014

Fruitimals plush Kickstarter launches and already succeeds

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, ...

Natalie Kipper

10:00 PM on 09.14.2014

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

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...

Vanessa Cubillo

3:00 PM on 09.07.2014

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

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...

Natalie Kipper



Capo Toys' second Street Fighter Kickstarter going better than the first photo
Capo Toys' second Street Fighter Kickstarter going better than the first
by Scarecroodle

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 ambitious US$85,000 goal).

The new campaign offers up more of the line (instead of just Ryu) and is already at US$12,000+ in contributions although it still seems on track for failure given its ludicrous US$550,000 target. As for why the company needs funding in the first place, there was apparently a dispute among the partners where the group allegedly tried to cut out the company's artist/co-founder, campaign creator Rocco Tartamel (who declined to return our emails).

To Tartamel's credit, the packages are somewhat more enticing because you can select the specific characters you're interested in rather than just buying a Ryu and hoping that your support will eventually help the others to appear. To Tartamel's discredit, the goals for these campaigns seem almost completely out of touch with some other companies' offerings. The Four Horsemen's Gothitropolis Kickstarter, for instance, closed with over US$300,000 in pledges for the series *but* the company's target was only US$65,000. Granted, the Gothitropolis stuff shared parts but, even comparing that to the original Ryu-only campaign, it came in twenty grand cheaper on the target. I'm assuming that at least part of the expense is tied into the fact that Tartamel doesn't have the Horsemen's existing infrastructure but something seems a bit off here.

I still wish Tartamel all the luck in the world and I'm strongly considering putting in a pledge for a Sagat, but I just can't see this thing getting funded. It's certainly not a bad line (it even features fabric clothing for added poseability!), it's just that the targets don't seem realistic.

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4:00 PM on 07.31.2014

SDCC 2014: Squid Kids Ink

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 ...

Vanessa Cubillo

3:00 PM on 07.30.2014

Hoodsbee: the hoodie that becomes a friend!

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...

Rio McCarthy



Capo Toys launches Street Fighter Kickstarter photo
Capo Toys launches Street Fighter Kickstarter
by Scarecroodle

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 time of writing, is US$3,225 towards reaching its US$85,000 goal. There's currently no word whether the entire line will be run through Kickstarter. The figures will feature over 19 points of articulation (mostly ball-joints) with a limited use of micro-fiber (including Ryu's headband and belt, Sagat's shorts, etc). While the wording is a little confusing, it appears that (at least) several versions of Ryu will be exclusive to the Kickstarter campaign including both solid-color artist proof editions.

Back when we first saw the prototypes back in January, I thought that the line looked really promising. I had never heard of Capo Toys, but I figured the company had to be pretty legit to land licensing from Capcom. As such, I'm more than a little surprised to see the company launch a Kickstarter. Here's to hoping that it'll get funded (there's still plenty of time left and it's a popular franchise) so we can see the later entries in the line.

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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