THE HELLO TOMORROW SERIES: Off-the-shelf toys? Make your own

Zac Contributor

By Zac in New Products on Friday 22 March 2013

London-based startup company Makielab makes these 10″ super-poseable made-on-demand action dolls with faces and features designed by you. The 3D-printed and hand-dyed makies are pretty cool — and equally impressive is Makielab’s dedication to local manufacturing. The dolls are printed and assembled in London and Amsterdam, entirely assembled in London, and even the packaging materials are sourced from within the UK. Well, now you know where to go if you want to bring your imaginary friend from childhood to life.

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Cool sculptural toys from Russia’s Sergey Safonov

Karlo Ghokasian Reader Find

By Karlo Ghokasian in New Design on Friday 22 March 2013

Sergey Safonov from Moscow has in a short time managed to make quite a name for himself in the toy design world. He won great praise for Moon Fox and other characters from his Moon Wanderer series. Safonov explains that, as a child, he often wondered what happened at night while people slept, and so […]

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Brian Castleforte’s Papertoy Monsters

Didu Losso Contributor

By Didu Losso in New Products on Thursday 7 March 2013

Brian Castleforte is a independent artist, creative director, motion graphics designer, and animator based in Los Angeles and the founder of NicePaperToys, the first papertoy social network. For anyone who hasn’t heard of papertoys, think of it as a mash-up of origami and designer toys, a viral Internet art movement that used to be limited to […]

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Karlo the Useless Friend: a toy in white, all white

Karlo Ghokasian Reader Find

By Karlo Ghokasian in New Products on Saturday 2 March 2013

My newly released toy is inspired by Japanese Kaiju sofubi. It is a solid cast (no articulation) resin figure titled Useless Toy. The first, ultra rare edition, comes in all white with a high gloss coating. What makes this edition extra, super duper special is that going forward, all toys designed as USELESS FRIEND will […]

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Gummy bear bones and organs by Jason Freeny

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Thursday 21 February 2013

If you’ve ever looked at a gummy bear and mentally dissected it to its bare bones and insides, you obviously share Jason Freeny’s vision. He’s been there too and he’s figured it all out for us less imaginative folks. This skeletal amping is quite a pattern — he’s done it to cartoon characters too. In […]

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Knitted pigeons from Oeuf online

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Products on Thursday 14 February 2013

Courtesy of Oeuf online, you can get yourself a plump knitted pigeon, if the ones outside on the street just aren’t enough for you. These little toys are actually pretty cute and lovable, quite different from the scavengers that like to invade your sidewalk lunch.

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Undead teddy bears: series by illustrator Phillip Blackman

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 5 February 2013

Who would have thought that teddy bears would fall to the zombie holocaust too? British illustrator Phillip Blackman clearly did, making these bloody, slobbering brain-thirsty zombies called Undead Teds out of these cute little things formerly known as teddy bears. Always knew soft toys were kind of terrifying. Now we have proof.

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Overgrown children’s toys vs small kids and more

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 8 January 2013

Self-taught photographer Franck Allais messes around with the relative size of objects in his shots, taking them out of context to get a chuckle out of people. The ones of kiddy toys dwarfing their human playmates have a blend of textures and color that’s plain beautful.

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Photographs of China’s toy factories

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 1 January 2013

For his The Real Toy Story photography series, German artist Michael Wolf — who we’ve previously appreciated — visited toy factories in China to document the mass production of heaps of toys ranging from SpongeBob SquarePants to Mickey Mouse, as well as the factory workers behind the assembly, finer paintwork, and the such. Surprisingly, there are very few grumpy faces we spotted in there.

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Amy Swartz: insect sculptures with a twist

Rondal Scott III Reader Find

By Rondal Scott III in New Art on Wednesday 5 December 2012

Toronto-based artist Amy Swartz’s Pests series began in 2011 and has expanded to include thousands of miniature sculptures that fuse insects and toys into one darkly fascinating collection. There’s something meticulously beautiful about the project, especially more monstrous creations like the werewolf butterfly, which the Swartz says ‘explores the idea of obsession — not only in the practice of art, but also in humanity’s perceived control over nature, life, and death’.

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Now you can set off fireworks in your own home

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Video on Saturday 17 November 2012

Fireworks in your home without burning the furniture down. Hell, why not? A Japanese company, Sega Toys — the same manufacturers of the bathtub planetarium that transforms your bathroom into a starry universe — has created the In Home Fireworks Theater to bring the sight and sound of fireworks to anywhere you like indoors. Actually, […]

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Photographic record of a Chinese toy factory

Kevin T. Stein Reader Find

By Kevin T. Stein in New Photography on Wednesday 12 September 2012

Unhappy faces. Workers asleep under benches. The gauzy memories of too much lead in the paint. Interestingly, despite the close-up nature of the work, none of the employees (mostly women) shown in this photographic log of a Chinese toy factory assembly line wear glasses. Or smiles. Okay, one or two have half-smiles.

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The League of Marvels: a custom action toys project

Bello A.G Reader Find

By Bello A.G in New Products on Thursday 30 August 2012

Between 2005-2007, as part of Custom Con, Hasbro Inc and Marvel Inc (along with creators Geneva, Joshua Izzo and Bruce Ross) collaborated on creating a line of action figures based on the Marvel Comics story of The League of Marvels Volume 1, Volume 2: Rise of the Skull, and Volume 3: Denouncement set in 1890.

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Miniature toy butcher shops for kids

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Tuesday 14 August 2012

They just don’t make children’s toys like they used to. We’d hand over all the Bratzs and Winnie the Poohs in the world for one of these snazzy miniature Victorian-era butcher shops filled with slabs of animal carcass, blood-spattered floors and, of course, staffed by doll butchers with chopper in hand.

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Capsule Toys

Gus Fink Reader Find

By Gus Fink in New Products on Tuesday 31 July 2012

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved pumping quarters into those Capsule Toy machines. I’m especially excited by the fun and mystery of not knowing which one you’ll get, as well as how tiny and cool they can be. The best part of it all is I’ll get to have my own line of them soon.

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