We have a weakness for wind-up toys, and what’s the greatest about these is that they can be completely random and daft. Here’s some of the best ones we raked up from eBay.
Ebay is a strange, strange place — it essentially hosts a bunch of stuff that people have and want to get rid of. Recently I’ve become quite fascinated with looking at its listings of space toys from before 1970. These are future-themed toys from the past, so it makes so much sense to actually see […]
Defenseless toys have only one escape from the cruelty of humans: insanity. Want to help them? Enter The Asylum and find the correct treatment to cure each one. Will you give them the Rorschach test, analyse their dreams or watch them paint and play music? Travel deep into the patients mind and discover why Kroko the […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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, […]
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.