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.

Dave Darinko and Brip Join Uglydoll Family

Pretty Ugly, LLC is introducing two new Uglydoll characters next month, Dave Darinko and Brip.

Dave Darinko is a natural-born leader. He’s the one who runs into the crowd with his arms waving around claiming to know where the cheese is, while most have no clue there’s cheese to begin with. He’s the one you want on your side when you’re about to face the music. And when you do face the music, he’s the guy who knows where the volume knob is. Does that make sense? Anyway, Dave gives you the thumbs up. He knows that you know he knows you know.

Brip works down at the local coffee cake shop. He serves thousands of pies and cakes every day, yet he’s not once taken a bite for himself! Not one taste! So we’re hoping you would be OK with showing him around your much larger world. Brip needs to be shown how wonderful that world really is, and what happens when genius enters the picture. That’s obviously you, right? Hello?

New Uglydoll: Uglybot, Here to Serve You

Pretty Ugly has released a new Uglydoll, Uglybot, available in black and blue. Like the other Uglydolls, Uglybot comes with a unique story:

“Uglybots are here to serve you. How may I help you? May I fetch your morning beverage? Need me to do your job for you? Oh, could I please complete more menial tasks for you? How about I take out the trash … I don’t mind. Hey, at least I get to take a two-minute walk down to the curb and get away from it all for a second or two … need somebody to talk to? Join the club, pal! Uh oh … it would seem even robots aren’t made to be robots. What Uglybot really needs is a friend. Hey and who doesn’t? Well this friend will never turn his back on you, never turn over your diary to the press, and, while he may blink ’12:00′ from time to time, you’ll never need to upgrade his love.”

The character is available as Uglybot, Clip-on Uglybot, Little Ugly Uglybot, and Two-foot Ugly Uglybot.

Pretty Ugly Releases Exclusive Uglydoll at Learning Express

Pretty Ugly, LLC has released a limited edition Uglydoll character that is available exclusively at Learning Express stores nationwide, while supplies last. The Learning Express Nandy Bear is bright blue with pale pink eyes, and is available in classic, two-foot oversized, and keychain miniature sizes.

As with other Uglydoll characters, Nandy Bear comes with a special story:

“OK, so you may have Nandy Bear all figured out but there’s still a lot about you [that] Nandy has to learn! No time to waste! Hey, that’s why they call it Learning Express. This special edition of Nandy Bear was created special for Learning Express… but he was made for you. And you are a limited edition of one. OK, so now that everyone is special and everything, let’s go have some fun already.”

To find a Learning Express store, visit www.learningexpress.com.