Posts Tagged ‘toys’

Pook-A-Looz

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

I usually don’t wander into the Disney Store (I find all those glittery princess dresses and the Hanna Montana soundtrack somewhat repellent), but something caught my eye the other day and like a moth to the flame, my whole trajectory changed and I was sucked in.

The new Disney Pook-A-Looz line of plush toys is just awesome! See! Simple is better!

(images from Muppet Wiki)

It’s like simmering down these iconic characters to their funniest and best bits. All the different styles of characters have been translated into the same language. After some googling research, I discovered the lead designer is Jose Zamora (you can see his website here) and he described the process as trying to capture “one key element, gesture or trait of each character”. Simplicity and caricature are hard to do sometimes, but these just hit the spot. You can check out all the characters here.

~ Lurgs

World of Uglydolls

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

(via jcsivy’s Flickr)

I have 5 Uglydolls. I’m in my late 20s and I’m not ashamed. What I like about Uglydolls is their cleverness in crazy designs but also in the characters they create. So although they’re totally soft and quite lovable for a small child, they’re great as decorations around the house. For all ages. Like their website says. If you search “Uglydolls” on Flickr, you’ll see some keraaaaaazy & fun pictures of them taken by people who are really into them. For example, Firebeetle’s pic below of Wage shopping for chocolates! Haha! Looks like some Uglydolls have a lot of adventures!

And have I mentioned the cleverness? Oh yes, I have. If you’ve ever read the descriptions of the Uglydolls, you’ll know what I mean. I want to be friends with this person who writes the descriptions. Who are you? Let’s be friends!

Here’s the description of Chuckanucka:

“Ok, you know what? Chuckanucka. That’s what. Chuckanucka worries about pretty much everything under the sun: What if the
phone rings when I go out? What if the mail man tries to deliver my Deluxe Ugly Earmuffs when I’m in the bathroom? Hey, I don’t remember leaving the closet door open Just a crack like that! What if I can’t ever stop thinking about my name over and over?

“Chuckanucka has a pretty strange way of looking at life. Sometimes he wonders if this is all just a hologram, and on other days he wonders what’s going to happen if they stop making CD players… How will I play my favorite CDs??? I have over nine of them!!! Poor Chuckanucka. Lucky Chuckanucka”

So funny. So cute!

~yy

(via Firebeetle’s Flickr)