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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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Look at those cold, dead eyes!
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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?
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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.

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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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