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Dream Big Friends – Still Dreaming Big

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David Horvath + Sun-Min Kim (Uglydolls) and Klim Kozinevich (Bigshot Toyworks) are holding out hope that their Dream Big Friends project reaches their Kickstarter funding goal. The project would see their Yuna doll and Kamata cat produced as an alternate collectible to all of the fashion dolls currently available. However, there's that looming Kickstarter end date (Sunday, January 3rd 2016 at 2PM ET) and the fact that they need to bring in over $100,000 ($69,000 pledged of $175,000 goal) in about 4 days.

Closing that gap is a fairly monumental task. And it's pretty surprising, given all of the positive press surrounding Yuna, that more funds have not been raised. Having backed a number of Kickstarter projects, I can only imagine that not offering up a myriad of "Add-Ons" might have hurt Dream Big Friends. Add-Ons often boost up that average pledge amount. But there's still hope. And one can still dream...big...

Kickstarter: Dream BIG Friends’ Yuna from David + Sun-Min

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A trio of toy industry vets - Klim Kozinevich (Bigshot Toyworks) and David Horvath + Sun Min (Uglydolls) - have teamed up for a new project they are launching through Kickstarter - Dream BIG FriendsYuna (the first Asian-American girl to be the center of a doll line) is the very first doll in an all new line called Dream BIG Friends. She's a 10-inch tall, fully articulated doll with real fabric clothing (including a Giant Robot shirt) and accessories - including her cat Kamata

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After watching their own kids play, David Horvath and Sun Min began a discussion with Klim Kozinevich and wondered; what if there was more? The worlds of princesses and pixies, fashion models and super heroes are all fantastic, but something was missing. The trio set out to create a unique personality in a small plastic body, focusing on aspirational, inspirational and imaginative play. Something that would encourage kids around the world to embrace what makes them who and what they are, inside and out. With all that in mind, Yuna was born!

There are currently several different funding levels, but it rounds out to about a $40.00 pledge for the Yuna figure. That includes a 10" tall Yuna doll dressed in Giant Robot t-shirt, skirt, sneakers and red jacket, with a shoulder bag and Kamata cat figure. Not bad price-wise, in my opinion. That's why I went in for two of them.

This project will only be funded if at least $175,000 is pledged by Sunday, January 3rd 2016 at 2PM EST.

Remember...this is not a pre-order. There are many instances of crowd funded projects that have been funded never making good on their promised goods. So back with caution.

Uglydoll and OHM make some Ugly Beads

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The folks from Uglydolls and OHM Beads have announced a rather "Ugly" collection of sterling silver jewelry that will be released on October 1st 2015. Wage, Babo, OX, and Ice-Bat have been cast in sterling silver to wear on a bracelet or necklace. Likely, gentlemen won't be wearing these. But don't they sort of look like Monopoly pieces? Albeit, somewhat expensive Monopoly pieces if they're in the $40 to $50 price range that other OHM beads are.  

Dress Up Like Your Favorite Uglydoll…if they’re Ice-Bat or OX

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Uglydolls and Chasing Fireflies have announced a pair of children's costumes...and it's probably not too early to begin thinking about your Halloween costume. The two characters are Ice-Bat and OX. They're available in various sizes and run $70.00 each. Now, you can confuse folks at various comic conventions and trade shows...as we always see a few of the official Uglydolls dancing around the con floor.

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STX Entertainment and Uglydolls

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STX Entertainment has announced that they've teamed up with the Uglydoll brand to develop a full-scale animated feature. (This is something that's been rumored in the works for a long time) Creator David Horvath and Pretty Ugly Managing Partner Drew Matilsky will serve as executive producers on the new movie. Gigi Pritzker and OddLot Entertainment are also set to co-produce the film.

"We created UGLYDOLL on the premise that real beauty is found in the little twists and turns that make us who we are," said Horvath. "We could not be more excited or optimistic about the future of the UGLYDOLL universe in the hands of the STX Entertainment team. In the past, we have been strategically organic and restrained in developing our business and, with STX now on board as our partners, we look forward to significantly growing the awareness and presence of these unique and lovable characters. We are thrilled to have the most creative, capable and experienced minds in the entertainment industry approaching our uglyverse in a very holistic, 360 degree way. STX understands what makes us distinctive and relatable and they are committed to maintaining the integrity of what makes these dolls so special."