10 Bizarre but Cuddly Plush Toys

Since I posted a list called Plush Toys Grownups Will Love a couple of years ago, I've been collecting new and different stuffed toys that appeal to one's sense of fun, irony, and/or anarchy in one way or another.

1. Human Organs

I Heart Guts has soft and cuddly organs of all kinds, from brains to bladders. Shown is the new Sexy Glands Reproduction Set, which includes testis, ovary, prostate, and mammary glands.

2. Speech Bubbles

These stuffed speech bubble cat toys from Etsy user GEEKitty enable you to transform your cat into a real-life LOLcat! And your kitty will enjoy the catnip stuffing as well. You can order any text you like up to four characters and punctuation, with "meh," "srsly," and "lol" already in stock.

3. The Grim Reaper

A lovely example of memento mori or maybe just a prank birthday gift? The Grim Reaper from Monty Python's 1983 movie The Meaning of Life comes in stuffed toy form! Monty Python fans may also be interested in the live parrot plush which is, of course, dead, complete with nails in his feet.

4. Measles

Who wouldn't want to cuddle up with the cute measles germ? It is one example of the many nasty viruses, bacteria, fungi, and insects from Drew Oliver's GIANTmicrobes, the company that brought us the Venereal Disease plush toys featured in the previous post.

5. Pedobear

Internet memes invade real life in plush toys on a regular basis. We've seen dancing badgers and Viking kittens. Now you can get your very own cuddly Pedobear! Notice he is listed as Pedobear, the Pedestrian Bear. If you're not familiar with Pedobear, an explanation is in the comments of this post.

6. Mr. Toast and Friends

Some comics translate into plush easier than others. Plush toys from The World of Mr. Toast look exactly like their web characters. You can buy them individually or as a group. Notice: this is where you find a plush piece of bacon!

7. Log

Either you remember the log ad from the series Ren and Stimpy or you should watch it now. Today you can have your very own log that won't smash your toes! Rest your head on a Birch Log Pillow from Etsy seller myimaginaryboyfriend.

8. Sweet Meat

Ask any dog, you can get kind of attached to a t-bone steak or a whole ham. Take one to bed with you! Sweet Meats are made from recycled materials and come in ham, steak, pork chop, or bacon shapes in more than one size.

9. Mushroom Cloud

The Huggable Atomic Mushroom from Dunne and Raby is part of the art series called Designs for Fragile Personalities in Anxious Times, which features products designed to comfort one's fears of death, alien abduction, or nuclear holocaust. It's not available to buy, but is part of the permanent collection at MoMA in New York.

10. Critters to Sleep On

For young children and carnival patrons, bigger is always better as far as plush toys go. Incredibeds are about as big as they can get, as these kits will turn a bed into a giant plush animal! See how Incredibeds work in these videos.

See also: Plush Toys Grownups Will Love

LEGO Is Rolling Out Its First Sustainable, Plant-Based Blocks

LEGO produces roughly 19 billion elements each year [PDF], and until recently, most of those bricks, minifigures, and accessories were made using oil. Now, the toy company has announced that it's experimenting with more sustainable production methods for certain items. As Mashable reports, the company will start selling 'botanical' pieces made from real plants this year.

To craft the new type of material, LEGO is sourcing sugarcane from Brazil. The crops are grown on agricultural land rather than former rainforests, and the sourcing has received the stamp of approval from the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance, an organization that encourages corporations to make sustainable, plant-based plastics.

Making LEGO parts from sugarcane results in a softer plastic, so the new method will only be used to make plant pieces like leaves, bushes, and trees for now. The bioplastic botanicals will start appearing in LEGO boxes this year and become standard by the end of 2018.

“The LEGO Group’s decision to pursue sustainably sourced bio-based plastics represents an incredible opportunity to reduce dependence on finite resources," Alix Grabowski, a senior program officer at the World Wildlife Fund, said in a release from LEGO.

Though the switch will reduce the company's carbon footprint, the bioplastic botanicals still only make up of a small fraction of their total product line. LEGO says the change represents one step in its mission to use sustainable materials in core products and packaging by 2030.

[h/t Mashable]

Creative Beasts
These Scientifically Accurate Dinosaur Toys Are Ready to Rule Your Desk
Creative Beasts
Creative Beasts

In May 2016, we told you about Beasts of the Mesozoic, a line of Kickstarter-backed dinosaur toys that would reflect the feathery truth about the mighty beasts and provide an alternative to the Hollywood-enhanced glamour of the Jurassic Park franchise.

Then, absolutely nothing happened. Having being fully funded on the crowd-sourced platform, Beasts seemed to be mired in production issues. Now, nearly two years after designer David Silva announced the project, the toys are finally ready to hit shelves.

A Beasts of the Mesozoic action figure in retail packaging
Creative Beasts

The Beasts line will initially consist of 11 figures due to ship this month, with six more expected to arrive in May. Included in the first wave are Velociraptor mongoliensis, Atrociraptor marshalli, Balaur bondoc, Dromaeosaurus albertensis, Zhenyuanlong suni, Pyroraptor olympus, Linheraptor exquisitus, Velociraptor osmolskae (red), FC (Fan’s Choice) Dromaeosaurus albertensis, FC Pyroraptor olympus, and FC Zhenyuanlong suni.

In his updates, Silva said the delay was due in large part to how quickly the scope of the line grew. At the time the campaign started, he was planning on just three figures that would ship by May 2017. By the end, he had 25 items, including accessory packs.

You can pre-order the first wave ($35 to $40 each) at BackerKit.


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