Jin Young Yu's Spooky See Through Dolls

Posted on October 14, 2009 Under Art

Okay, I have absolutely no idea what this is (and I don't speak Russian), but it's amazing work by Korean artist Jin Young Yu.

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The Plasma Dunnys

Posted on September 24, 2009 Under Design

Dustin Cantrell's handmade Plasma Dunnys (as seen here on JS last February) sent a ripple through the art toy community--and beyond. First appearing on custoMONDAYs (a series of 20 emerging toy artists curated by yours truly), Dustin's Dunny quickly attracted…

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Mickey Jackson Mouse

Posted on July 28, 2009 Under Design

An interesting/odd project by atelier Alessio Blanco for Walt Disney Company: Mickey Mouse was born as anthropomorphic mouse and from its origins until today has evolved to meet the aesthetic taste of a society in constant transformation. Continuing this process,…

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Pilemon T-Shirt

Posted on July 20, 2009 Under Fashion

Of all the wacky cross-culture mash-ups that come out of Japan, this one gets serious chutzpah points: Phenomenon paired seminal post-punk band, Public Image Limited, with animated feline time-traveler, Doraemon on two new T-shirts. The graphic mixes PiL's logo with…

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Star Wars Vinyl Toys For Good

Posted on July 15, 2009 Under Design

The Empire Muggs Back: Art for a Mighty Good Cause: Artists, comic book creators, toy designers, and celebrity fans are getting out their markers, paint brushes and glue guns to transform blank Mighty Muggs into one-of-a-kind Star Wars art to…

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Deinos Debuts

Posted on July 13, 2009 Under Art

Born in Norway, educated in London and now back in Oslo, Bard Hole Standal aka Bard Vandal is a designer, illustrator and unofficial educator. The tutorials on his blog, and photos on his Flickr have inspired would-be toy artists to…

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Zakka Brooklyn

Posted on July 7, 2009 Under Design

Nestled beneath the Manhattan Bridge overpass in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn is a haven for fans of Japanese art and subculture. It's called Zakka, and it's home to an awesome array of art books and more. We're talking tomes…

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Posted on July 6, 2009 Under Design

Sudokid: Shape. Solve. Share! I love this 6 kids version of Soduku, with shapes instead of numbers. It's designed and developed by the Quirky community. This product requires 300 commitments to buy before it goes into production and is made…

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Re-Ment Sushi Bar

Posted on June 22, 2009 Under Design

Re-Ment's Puchi Petite Collections are tiny, incredibly detailed, and often food-focused toys from Japan. The global cuisine includes assortments ranging from Luxury French to American Kitchen. One of my personal favorites, The Re-Ment Sushi Bar, features campy titles like "Wasabi…

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O-No Sushi Toy

Posted on June 22, 2009 Under Life

A good vinyl toy should be more than a status symbol or dust collector: it should connect with you as an art form, and in an ideal situation, you should feel something. When I look at Andrew Bell's upcoming O-No…

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