I recently discovered a truly magical thing on Kickstarter: Chanditoys.
I pledged to the campaign right away. Unfortunately it did not end up being funded, but that didn’t stop me from purchasing one from the lovely girl who makes them regardless.
Chanditoys are each handmade and 100% unique. They are designed by the artist Cat as a representation of who you are inside. From the website:
Chanditoys are plushies based on people. They reflect who you are and what you feel. They were created to help people (mostly troubled ones) to talk about their experiences and views. This is meant to help as light therapy, as even the toy itself shows you inner beauty you might not see or what you become when filled with negativity. The overall goal of Chanditoys is to help people feel happier -even if it’s the slightest bit of happiness- one smile at a time. (:
That is quite possibly one of the coolest and most adorably caring toy concepts I have ever heard.
So you answer a series of questions about yourself (and don’t be shy! The whole point is to open up!) and the wonderful Cat designs the toy based on your answers. You will then be sent the drawing to double check you like what she has designed, and if you do, the plushie gets created. Each unique. Each special. Each a representation of a beautiful individual.
I’ve decided to name mine Chara.
Beyond just being in love with the concept, I also love the design. They kind of remind me of CLAMPs Mokona character, crossed with something you would find in a Serendipity book. They are super cute, as well as being wonderfully well made. Chara feels sturdy, and shes well stuffed. I couldn’t ask for a better hand made piece.
I highly recommend checking out the website, and getting yourself a Chanditoy. Cat is wonderful every step of the process and will respond to your inquiries with prompt friendliness. Great experience, through and through!
So I have backed another awsome looking kickstarter!
Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. is an awesome looking line of articulated action figures by Boss Fights Studio.
I was instantly drawn to how detailed and realistic the Medusa armor was (Plus, an articulated gorgon figure?? Yes please!)
Upon further checking out their product, I am super impressed by how ludicrously well articulated these things are. I could use the darn things for anatomy study! They are also designed to be easily modified and customized, if thats your thang. They can be taken apart and put back together for ease of repainting and modding. Cool beans!
I think these look super sweet, and I totally want all three of the Gorgon Sisters.
Check out their Kickstarter and show them some love!
I just backed an awesome looking Kickstarter campaign, and I thought Id share the info around because these look AMAZING.
Its no secret in the doll community that in the mainstreme, non doll collecting world dolls are the subject of hot debate for their reprecussions for young girls. I dont really want to touch on that debate too much because I actually really understand both sides of it and dont feel like pointing any blame fingers around. Suffice to say though that while I am a girl who loves to collect super girly princessy kinds of dolls (Ever After High anyone?) I am also a nerd who loves me some awesome super heros and feminist empowered icons. And theres no escaping that in the world of toys, things are pretty skewed to exclude girls from most action oriented characters and play.
Unfortunatly most starry eyed feminist adults with dreams of changing the world one empowered toy for girls at a time dont actually understand toys enough and the results are really sub-par products as alternatives to the status quo. Or they try to tear down on the establishment of the pretty princess, creating feelings of resentment in those of us who really actually happen to like long flowing hair and gorgeous princess gowns thankyouverymuch.
But IAmElemental has fallen into neither of these traps and Im really really really excited by what they are doing. The design is good… like real good. These girls are beautifully feminine while still exuding an aura of power and badassery. They arent scantily dressed… but they arent un-fashionable either. They just look damn good.
I backed this Kickstarted in a heartbeat and cant wait to get some of these figures in person by the end of the year. I am of a firm belife that princesses and super-heroines can and should live side by side.