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2006 Toy Awards: Best Packaging

Just like last year...I'll let you know that I'm not a fan of clamshell packaging.  Who is?  You need hedge trimmers to get them opened.  Also, twist ties are simply a barrier between you and your toy.  With that said...what do we like?  Great artwork, informative reading and originality.

#3. Kuggs from Blackwater Toys


Designed like a subway car, the Kuggs packaging allows you to combine several boxes to form a complete train.  Do you want to know the story of the line?  It's available on the rear of the packaging.

#2. Star Wars Line from Sideshow Toys


Sideshow's new line of 12" Star Wars figures are not only impressive in and of themselves...but the new packaging rocks!  The box folds out to reveal 2 panels of background reading, a section for accessories and one containing the figure.  Plus, the box is held together with a magnet...very cool!

#1. Mr. Bumper by STRANGEco - WINNER!!


Jim Woodring's vinyl figure was held up in some very impressive packaging.  Looking more like a retro style board game, the box has a great scene of Mr. Bumper on his way down a street.  Maybe that's why STRANGEco has the figure displayed on the box...because they're equally impressive.

REVIEW: Baby Hellhound Plush



Play Imaginative teamed up with the amazingly talented Japanese artist – Touma – to release their first plush figure.  The man who is most notably recognized as the creator of Knuckle Bear has created a line of 4 Baby Hellhound plush figures (varying in color).

Play Imaginative is known for their Trexi line of mini figures, but they have expanded to rotocast vinyl and plush.  The Baby Hellhounds are the first line of plush toys from PI, with Touma’s Grabbit figures to follow in 2007.



The line is plush, which means that there is not much going on in the means of packaging.  They might have the protective bag removed by the retailer.  The collar is wrapped in plastic which helps protect the vinyl face from any of the paint rubbing off.


The Figure

The Baby Hellhound is currently available in the original blue colorway.  The black, brown and pink versions are scheduled to be released in the next month or so.

Each Baby Hellhound is approximately 10” in height.  The figure is made of plush material with a squishy vinyl face.  The collar is cast of a stiffer plastic than the rotocast face.  The cardboard located in the soles of the figure’s feet allow collectors to balance the Baby Hellhound plush.

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