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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.

Gund Signs Licensing Deal for Uglydoll Plush

Gund has signed a licensing deal with Pretty Ugly, LLC, to make Uglydoll-branded plush characters. Gund, the plush division of Enesco, LLC, will begin selling and shipping Uglydoll plush products to current and new retail customers worldwide this summer, while Pretty Ugly, LLC, will focus its efforts on expanding licensing programs across multiple product categories for the Uglydoll brand.

The Uglydoll line was launched in January 2001. Created by artists David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, who started with a drawing of a playful orange character known as Wage, the line has grown into a line of characters, stories, and products for all ages.

This post was originally written by Sierra McCleary-Harris and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Pretty Ugly Teams Up with Funko

Pretty Ugly, LLC announced a licensing partnership with Funko, LLC to manufacture Pop! and Blox Vinyl figures of Uglydoll characters. Pop! figures, available this month, are 3.75 inches and feature articulated heads. Blox Vinyl figures are flat with cut-out styling and details, and will hit retail shelves as early as April. Both can be found at specialty retailers nationwide, and are available in an assortment of styles and colors.

This post was originally written by Elizabeth A. Reid and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Limited-Edition Uglydoll: Cookie Chef Babo

Cookie Chef Babo

Love Uglydolls?

Pretty Ugly, LLC has just launched an exclusive promotion: spend $25 in store on Uglydoll products and you can be eligible to redeem the limited-edition Chef Babo Uglydoll in the classic size. The plush comes complete with an apron, chef hat, and, of course, a cookie.

After stopping by any authorized Uglydoll retailer to shop for Uglydolls, save your store receipt, fill out the redemption form, and await the arrival of your very own Uglydoll Cookie Chef Babo (shipping and handling not included).

Uglydoll Tin Toys – One of My New Favorite Things

You know how everyone always wants to know what Oprah’s Favorite Things are? Well, there might be one or two people who want to know what my favorite things are, and Schylling’s Uglydoll Tin Toy line is definitely on my list. The line features the fantastic Uglydoll characters from Pretty Ugly, LLC, and includes tin trucks that double as coin banks or pencil holders, cars, wind up tin robots, a jack in the box, an alarm clock, and keepsake boxes.

Two New Uglydoll Characters Added This Month

Uglydoll fans are sure to welcome the release of  Ikoy Yoki and Heu Googeuy, two new characters who will be added to the franchise later this month:

“Ikoy Yoki are everywhere. They are all around us. Some of us out there don’t believe in them, but they most certainly believe in you. When you get into trouble, you can always close your eyes and ask for guidance from Ikoy Yoki. Not when you’re driving or riding a bike though… and maybe not when you’re walking along in a crowd. Maybe just give Ikoy Yoki a hug when the coast is clear. Oh! And they love snack offerings. Not in a spiritual way or anything; they just like to eat.”

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Uglydoll to Become Animated Film

The Uglydoll franchise is set to reach a wider audience via a new animated film by Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures. Chris Meledandri, the chief of Illumination Entertainment, saw appeal in the unique Uglydoll design that attracts multiple age groups. The film will be produced by Meledandri and executive produced by husband-and-wife team and Uglydoll creators, David Horwath and Sun-Min Kim. The film marks the beginning of plans for the Uglydoll franchise to eventually break into a larger range of media.

New Product: Uglydoll Ceramic Watches

Uglydoll creators Sun-Min Kim and David Horvath have launched their new Artisan Watch Series that feature Uglydoll characters captured in ceramic watches and accented with Swarovski Crystal. The First Edition Series will be a limited release and offered to exclusive specialty retailers and at shop.uglydolls.com.

The first series includes a white ceramic watch, featuring a white ceramic bracelet, stainless steel bezel, a genuine Swarovski Crystal butterfly buckle closure, and a Swiss movement. The watch is available in the Ox, Ice-Bat, or Babo characters. Also available is a black ceramic watch in the same characters.

The Retro Watch has a silver tone bezel, a black leather strap, a Swiss movement, and includes a gift box. The watch is available in the Ox, Ice-Bat, Babo, or Big Toe characters.

All of the watches are water resistant and has a lifetime limited warranty.