Uglydolls to the Rescue in New Graphic Novel

Apr2.UglyDollVIZ Media LLC has debuted, Uglydoll: My Hero?, its latest original graphic novel from the Perfect Square imprint. It features 10 full-color stories by veteran Uglydoll writers and artists.

Aimed at all ages, Uglydoll: My Hero? is available in print and digital versions. The digital version is available in the U.S. and Canada through the Perfect Square App, as well as for Nook, Kindle Fire, and Kobo eReaders. It can also be found in the iBooks and Google Play stores.

Uglydoll Collaborates with Kiss for New Plush Line

KissPlushUglydoll has partnered with the rock band Kiss to create a global, co-branded set of plush collectibles. The Kiss Uglydoll collaboration was previewed at Licensing Expo in Las Vegas last June and will officially debut at the American International Toy Fair in February. The collection will include plush dolls, from Gund, featuring Uglydoll dressed as Kiss band members: Ox as The Demon, Babo as The Starchild, Big Toe as The Catman, and Wage as The Spaceman.

The dolls are expected to arrive in stores in March.

Uglydoll Launches Android Plush in Google Store

Uglydoll.AndroidPretty Ugly, LLC and the creators of the popular Uglydoll brand have launched unique Android plush toys, which are available in the Google Store. The Uglydoll team’s collectible plush creations, Android Ox and Android Babo, can be found at the Google Store under the Fun and Android brand shop tabs. The toys are available in 11-inch plush and a 4-inch backpack clip accessory.

Uglydoll Releases New Line of Products

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Uglydoll has released a new line including several new products. Uglydoll has partnered with companies, such as Viz Media, DC Superheroes, and Universal Monsters, to assist in different product categories.

Uglydoll has partnered with Viz Media on a comic book series to include four volume series releases with Volume 1 Goin Places and Volume 2 SHHHHHHHH! already released and Volume 3 and Volume 4 following next year.

Collaborations with DC Superheroes and Universal Monsters have been released with Universal Monsters being featured during New York Comic Con. This will continue the plush toy line. The new plush Uglydolls being released are Mathlete Babo, Tae Kwon Wage, and Heavy Lifter Ice-Bat. Also, the themed dolls that love to eat are Ox with Pizza, Ice-Bat with Ice cream, Jeero with Pretzel.

 

Viz Media Launches UglyDoll Comics

uglydollsViz Media LLC launched the Uglydoll original graphic novel series, Uglydoll: Goin’ Places! on July 2. In the series, readers will go on a journey through Uglyverse, a place where ugly means celebrating uniqueness, and is considered to be the new beautiful. Uglydoll Comics are rated A for all ages.

The Uglydoll graphic novel series features stories written by Travis Nichols, art by Uglydoll co-creators Sun-Min Kim and David Horvath, Ian McGinty, and Phillip C. Jacobson. Each volume features special guest artists, including Eisner-winner James Kochalka, Eisner-nominee Jacob Chabot, Peter Fowler, Junko Mizuno, Mike L.E. Kelly and Bwana Spoons, among others.

 

Uglydoll Collaborates with Universal Monsters for New Plush

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Pretty Ugly, the official licensors of the Uglydoll brand, has partnered with Universal Partnerships and Licensing to develop a new series of Uglydoll plush dolls based on the Universal Monsters. The Universal Monsters series of dolls will make its retail debut Halloween this year.

Gund, a division of Enesco, will offer these co-branded characters, including Wedgehead as Frankenstein, Ice-Bat as Dracula, Ox as Wolfman, Tray as Bride of Frankenstein, Big Toe as Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Babo as Mummy.

The first series of plush dolls will launch this fall and will be available at retailers nationwide. Gund previewed these collaborative plush characters at the ASTRA show and will show them at the upcoming summer Gift Shows.

Uglydoll Teams up with DC Comics for Superhero Toys and Accessories

Pretty Ugly, LLC and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, announced that they have entered into a co-branded 1209collaboration with DC Comics Super Heroes and Uglydoll characters. Gund, a division of Enesco, will produce a diverse range of colorful and collectible superhero plush based on the DC Comics and Uglydoll character universes. The initial release this fall will be a trio that includes two versions of Ice-Bat as Batman and Babo as Superman.

The plush characters will be offered at retail and will be available through Diamond Comics and a broad range of retailers. Funko is also set to offer a collection of vinyl figures based on the DC Comics and Uglydoll plush collaboration during the holiday season this year. Additional categories of merchandise and collaborative characters will be announced in the coming months.

Gund will be previewing their new collaborative plush merchandise at the summer Gift Shows and ASTRA show in June. Diamond Comics will be exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con in July and in their infamous Previews catalog. Funko and others will launch merchandise in time for the holiday season.

Thrash Lab and Giant Robot Profile Uglydoll Creator

Ashton Kutcher’s Thrash Lab, in collaboration with Giant Robot Profiles, profiles Uglydoll creator David Horvath. The profile tells the story of how Uglydoll was born around 10 years ago from a simple character drawing in a letter margin to a hand-sewn doll by Horvath’s now wife Sun-Min Kim.

Check out the profile on Uglydoll’s YouTube channel below:

COMMENTARY: Spring into Outdoor Toys

With the recent beautiful weather in New York City, our office is gearing up for spring. We’ve been testing out everything from bikes and scooters to bubble toys and R/C vehicles. We’ve been looking at eco-friendly toys to celebrate Earth Day and flying planes and bionic birds. But there are certain toys that have really triggered my own memories of spring as a child and the activities I used to do with my family.

CatchoftheDayWhen I was a kid, spring meant trout fishing with my dad. But if you can’t make it to the stream, or if baiting a hook with a live worm is a little too much for you this spring, Small World Toys has got an alternative. Catch of the Day is a battery-powered fish that swims through your pool or, on a rainy day, the bathtub. Just drop the line with the magnetic bait attached to the end and wait for a bite. The Catch of the Day swims around the pool or bathtub until the bait is caught in its mouth, then it fights as it is reeled in.

Ali.April11My brother was (and still is) a big fan of flying kites, and I always loved to fly them with him, which may be why I found the WindNSun Uglydoll SkyPals from Brainstorm Products so appealing. These licensed Uglydoll kites feature the characters Ox, Ice Bat, Uppy, and Wage as durable nylon kites that are easy to fly and fun for everyone in the family.

So save the tech toys for a rainy day, and get outside and play! Make some memories of your own!

For more commentary from Ali, click the Commentary tab on our homepage. Views expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Toy Book as a whole. We hope that you will share your comments and feedback below. Until next time!

Mimoco Gets Ugly: The Uglydoll X Mimibot Flash Drive Series Unveiled at NYCC

Mimoco, creator of the Mimibot line of designer USB flash drives partnered with Pretty Ugly to release four very cute and very ugly Uglydoll x Mimibot flash drive designs, which premiered at New York Comic Con 2012. Each flash drive holds up to 64GBs of data and comes preloaded with bonus Mimory and the MimoDesk personalization suite of Uglydoll-themed digital extras.

What is ugly? What is cute? The Uglydoll line of designer plush toys questions traditional definitions of both concepts. Reimagined in classic Mimibot form and function, four favorite Uglydoll characters make portable data storage ugly and simply irresistible: Wage, Ice-Bat, Babo, and Ox.

The series is now available at www.mimoco.com and specialty stores worldwide.