2011 Toy Awards

2011 PAPAs: Vinyl Toy of the Year

Our final category for the 2011 PAPAs is the Vinyl Toy of the Year. With so many deserving toys, how were we able to whittle it down to only five? Try locking yourself in a room with a bunch of toys and a six-pack. 5. Bellicose Bunny (Nathan Hamill - 3DRetro) Nathan Hamill's second vinyl toy […]

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2011 Toy Awards

2011 PAPAs: Plush Toy of the Year

We're finishing off our 2011 Plastic And Plush Awards with one of the big categories - Plush Toy of the Year. Last year was a pretty big year for plush toys. It seems like more plush toys were reviewed than any other category...making it one of the most competitive. 5. Wince (Andi Green - Worry […]

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2011 Toy Awards

2011 PAPAs: Sixth Scale/Articulated Toy of the Year

It seems like we reviewed more Sixth-Scale/highly articulated figures over the past year. Companies have definitely stepped up their games producing better sculpted, more accessorized, and higher quality pieces. So here are our top five picks of 2011: 5. Jayne Cobb TCF (Tonner Doll Company) One of Tonner's better male facial sculpts, this version of […]

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2011 Toy Awards

2011 PAPAs: Resin Toy of the Year

Over the past several years, resin has been the medium for many artists to produce their limited run art pieces. It's cheaper than vinyl production. The artist can monitor every aspect of the creation...even producing them in a garage. And it's much easier to meet that supply/demand equilibrium. So...here's a look at five of our […]

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2011 Toy Awards

2011 PAPAs: Best Toy Line

While we already recognized some of our favorite new toy lines of 2011, there's still our overall toy lines to go over. So here are five toy lines that  5. Uglydolls (Pretty Ugly) In addition to the popular Uglydoll plushies, Pretty Ugly released Series 3 of their Uglydoll Action Figure vinyls. Plus, there were the […]

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2011 Toy Awards

2011 PAPAs: Biggest Disappointment

Even though we saw a number of toy releases in 2011 that we loved...there were a few disappointments. Here are five of those that disappointed us...for various reason: 5. MINDstyle's NBA Vinyl Line (MINDstyle) The rise and fall of MINDstyle in the designer toy scene was quick. But the NBA line designed by CoolRain looks […]

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2011 Toy Awards

2011 PAPAs: Best New Line

Every year, we see a number of new companies and lines released...and we also see a number of them drop off the map. Here's a look at five of those new lines: 5. Bling Squared Bling Squared makes handmade glass sculptures that you can collect, wear as jewelry, or hang off of your cell phone. […]

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2011 Toy Awards

2011 PAPAs: Best Blind Box Series

Yes...those blind boxes. Love them or hate them, they're still a big part of the designer toy world. I had to whittle them down to our top five choices: 5. Hello Kitty Blotz (Sanrio - Mimoco) Mimoco released their own blind box line - the Blotz - of USB flash drive. The series featured Hello […]

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2011 Toy Awards

2011 PAPAs: Customizer of the Year

Customizers make the designer toy world go 'round. They put their own unique spin on platform toys or use bits and pieces of other toys in their maniacal creations. Here are our top 5 choices of 2011: 5. Dan Small (DMS-One) In addition to creation his own resin figures, it seemed like DMS was busy […]

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2011 Toy Awards

2011 PAPAs: Artist of the Year

So...how do I choose the Artist of the Year? I look at the entire art scene to see who had some of the most productive/influential years. The five chosen for 2011 are: 5. Holly Stanway (A Little Stranger) Holly, from A Little Stranger and Hey Cavey, was extremely busy during 2011. In addition to growing […]

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