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Junko Mizuno: Brain-San

Posted in anatomy, toys, you can't handle the cute with tags , , on March 31, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

In 2009, Rotocasted posted this impossibly adorable vinyl brain toy, designed by the talented Junko Mizuno, manufactured by Kidrobot.

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There’s very little information about it anymore, but (just seeing it for the first time now), I wish it had been mass produced.

My cat looks at me like this when she’s hungry:
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What a great item.

Brent Estabrook

Posted in art, hyperrealism, skulls and skeletons, toys with tags , , , on March 18, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I recently stumbled upon Brent Estabrook’s vibrant paintings, which range from cohesive, vivid realism, to the abstract and deconstructed.

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Estabrook got his Doctorate in Dental Surgery, practiced for one day, and left the field to pursue his need to paint (a gutsy move, but a good one with this kind of talent!). His paintings are able to conjure up the nostalgia of childhood dreams…
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…memories of when all was possible and world was magic. We remember the toys, the textures, the stories we crafted around items we held dear.
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Brent Estabrook’s

LauraColors

Posted in art, toys with tags , on March 16, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

In keeping with my tendency to be last on every social media bandwagon, I just started up my Instagram. I randomly saw a suggested post by lauracolors, which drew me into her wonderful world of girls ensconced in nature, anthropomorphic plants and otherwise magical worlds.
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While simply being adorable and pretty to look at, her work also has a kind of serene, harmonious feeling to it…a natural flow and order.
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…and she inadvertently drew me as a mermaid (or so I tell myself because I wish I looked like this drawing!).
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Laura also does fantastic custom vinyl toys and jewelry. Awesome work, all around.

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Zollmen Fancy Toys

Posted in japan, toys with tags , on February 15, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

This toy…is amazing. I mean, really, it stops you in your tracks with its globular golden head and triple fanged…whatever that look is. Seeing it made me wish I were more well versed in Japanese designer toys.
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These are called Takemi and they come from Zollmen. Unfortunately, they’ll set you back $125, which some might not be willing to pay for such purposeful ugliness.

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The company website was down, but here are some other incredible toys that show up in a google image search.
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Look at this poor lonely fellow! I want to adopt him.
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If you a bit about where to find more examples of outrageous fancy vinyl toys, please share.

Valentine’s Day Roundup

Posted in art, humor, nature, plush, science, toys with tags , , , , , on February 14, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Time is getting away from me lately with the fundraiser, so I’m making up for it by posting a collection of Valentine goodies.

Ransom and Mitchell: Dearly Beloved
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24 Stuffed Creatures for Your Offbeat Valentine

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Bleeding Hearts

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Ron English: Peace, Love and Understanding

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Printable Math and Science Valentines

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Oh, she’ll be surprised:
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Desktop Goodies 2/2

Posted in absurd, advertising, Books, comics, craft, food, humor, music, photography, sci-fi, thrift horror, toys, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

You realize what happened here: this bird was killed, only to be zoomorphized into a bastardized version of itself in a stupid hat. Talk about adding insult to injury.
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Debatable:
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Terrifying:
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I’m completely entranced by this piece, yet can’t find an artist credit anywhere. Ideas? If no one knows…it’s obviously an alien cell phone.
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Parenthetical note:
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Excellent…I like strong coffee; strong enough to make my head blast clear off my body.
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I almost cropped out the caption because it’s so clear that this thing originated from a very unholy place that it just seems redundant.
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Isn’t this all our monsters ever really want? (No really, think about it.)
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I searched, in gleeful hope, for a vintage TV commercial featuring Drippy the Runny Nose Kid. But alas, no record of one exists. Sorry I couldn’t deliver this thing in action (or maybe I should be saying “you’re welcome”).
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1) Reading books about death becomes considerably more difficult.
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I find this photo incredibly haunting. It actually stirs up a visceral unease.
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Yes, some might consider the following a deal breaker. She seems open minded. The horse (or…man-horse?), not so much.
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Your fist becomes a real face.
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The truth of how brains really work, unveiled. SCIENCE!
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Alien and Predator Lego Portraits

Posted in craft, sci-fi, toys with tags , , on December 29, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Ah yes, time for another installment of my strange compulsion to post all things Alien N’ Predator. Here are two great LEGO portraits by Grantmaster. Predator is definitely my favorite.

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