Plush!, Toy Reviews

REVIEW: MadKnits Minis

Background Kaitlin Juarez and Max Yax are the creative forces behind the MadKnits line of handmade plush creatures. They’ve been creating these little monsters for several years now, and have come up with the following background story on the line: Years ago while on a intergalactic voyage across space Ender, the Captain of the monsters […]

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Plush!, Toy Reviews

REVIEW: Monster Factory – Buddy Mini

Background The Toronto-based Monster Factory has been crafting plush monsters for around 10 years now. They’ve grown from their original six monsters to over one hundred unique characters from dozens of series. This past summer, the company released their first retail line of mini plush monsters. These are currently available throughout North America. The series […]

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Handmade, Toy Reviews

REVIEW: Mystical Warriors of the Ring – Leo Corazon

Background Inspired by the M.U.S.C.L.E. line of the 1980’s, The Mystical Warriors of the Ring is a line of resin (PVC is currently in production) figures meant to be showcased in a wrestling ring. The Mystical Warriors of the Ring is a collaborative project spearheaded by Fantastic Plastic Toys. Mark Vasquez of Fantastic Plastic Toys […]

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Sideshow Toys, Toy Reviews

REVIEW: Sideshow’s Sixth Scale Boba Fett

Background No name strikes more fear into the heart of a galactic fugitive than that of Boba Fett. The famed bounty hunter's cool, helmeted visage is known to the denizens of countless worlds, though few have ever encountered the mysterious warrior, and fewer still would have any clue to his true identity or face. Boba […]

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Toy Reviews, Uglydolls

REVIEW: Mathlete Babo and OX with Pizza

Background With GUND taking over the production of David + Sun-Min’s Uglydoll plush toys last year, we’ve seen a number of new collaborations (Hello Kitty and DC Comics) as well as a few different takes on classic Uglydoll characters. Two of those new-look Uglys are the Mathlete Babo and OX with a slice of Pizza. […]

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Miscellaneous, Toy Reviews

REVIEW: The Elder Scrolls V and DOOM Symbiotes

Background While I’ve never played Elder Scrolls, I remember waiting hours (or maybe it just felt that way) to install the four 3.5” floppy disks it took to play DOOM on my old Gateway 2000 computer. Both videogame franchises have spawned plenty of sequels to their initial release. But for being so successful in the […]

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Circus Posterus, Tomenosuke, Toy Reviews

REVIEW: Tide Pool Stinky Ginger

Background Produced by the T+CP (Tomenosuke and Circus Posterus) partnership, Chris Ryniak’s Stinky Ginger sofubi vinyl joins Brandt Peters’ Stingy Jack and Kathie Olivas’ Calliope Jackalope as the initial trio of T+CP designs. The third, and newest, version of Miss Ginger is the Tide Pool Stinky Ginger. This Stinky Ginger features two spray masks (white […]

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Plush!, Toy Reviews

REVIEW: The Horndribbles

Background The Horndribbles are a series of four unique plush toys from artist Lucas Richards and Explorers Playground Inc. The Horndribbles are friendly, and fun-loving, monsters who live on--you guessed it!--Horndribble Island, a wild land full of endless places to go exploring. In addition to their plush line, those four characters – Hux (bright blue), […]

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Geared For Imagination, Toy Reviews

REVIEW: Topobots

Background The Topobots are the latest series of wood toys from Geared For Imagination’s Topozoo line. While we’ve seen various animals and dinosaurs in the past, this series is made up of four special robots: Herobot, Piratebot, Rockbot, and Vampbot. As can probably be surmised from their names, each wooden 3-D toy puzzle combines a […]

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Plush!, Toy Reviews

REVIEW: Brobo

Background Brobo is a huggable night-light. In addition to plush toys, Brobo and friends can be seen in cartoons (they have their own YouTube channel) and storybooks. Canadian artists Kim Blair and Jeff Lai have designed the series of five plush characters: • Brobo is a brave red robot from the future. He likes adventures […]

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