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Halloween Countdown: Undead Teds

Posted in horror, monsters, plush, toys, undead with tags , , , , , , , on October 9, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

It’s pretty easy to find a variety of plush zombie creatures these days, but Undead Teds are a cut above (pun intended).

Watch one in action first:

Each UndeadTed is painstakingly made with individually custom-sculpted parts and hand-painted for a unique, grisly finish.



My favorite part of the descriptive text on the site is the following disclaimer:
Please note this is NOT intended as a toy and as such is NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN.


Undead Teds

Halloween Countdown: Universal Monster Keychain Flashlight Portraits

Posted in kitsch, monsters, retro, toys, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

This series of Universal Monsters keychain flashlights released in 1995 (on which you press a button on the back to illuminate the heads) are kind of cool. BUT…


I’m posting them here because they were made in “portraits” by John Purlia, the master of elevating and imbuing all forms of kitsch with a life force via meticulous staging and photography.


Most of Purlia’s scenes are quite elaborate and rich with symbolism (you should really check out his website), but I love the color choices and singular focus in these shots.


Look at those cold, dead eyes!

It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I think the Wolfman, with his shifty sideways glance, might be my mine. Which one is yours?

John Purlia

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.


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:

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.



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…

…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.

Brent Estabrook’s


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.


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.

…and she inadvertently drew me as a mermaid (or so I tell myself because I wish I looked like this drawing!).

Laura also does fantastic custom vinyl toys and jewelry. Awesome work, all around.



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.

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.


The company website was down, but here are some other incredible toys that show up in a google image search.


Look at this poor lonely fellow! I want to adopt him.

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

24 Stuffed Creatures for Your Offbeat Valentine


Bleeding Hearts


Ron English: Peace, Love and Understanding


Printable Math and Science Valentines


Oh, she’ll be surprised: