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10 Bizarre but Cuddly Plush Toys

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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

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Stop-Motion Artists Make LEGOs for Breakfast
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LEGO bricks are made from plastic, but a clever stop-motion video makes the toys look tasty enough to eat. The filmmakers behind BrickBrosProductions—a LEGO-focused YouTube channel featuring stop-motion animations, tutorials, reviews, and more—created the film below, which follows a chef as he whips up a home-cooked breakfast using unorthodox ingredients: LEGO pieces crafted to look like butter, eggs, milk, bread, and jam.

The video took three days to film and was shot at a rate of 15 frames per second, Matthew—one half of the filmmaking team—told Ireland's The Independent. “The total amount of pictures taken for the brick film was 1500," he added.

Video edits took around two days to complete, and the filmmakers also added sound effects, including the real sounds of breaking eggs and pouring eggs. Hungry LEGO fans can watch the final product below:

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This Voltron LEGO Set Is Almost Ready to Assemble
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In spite of the fact they need no outside help whatsoever in building a billion-dollar toy empire, and that amateur submissions to toy companies often go unnoticed, building block giant LEGO has had great success fielding ideas from their devoted fanbase. LEGO Ideas regularly sifts through submissions that have accumulated 10,000 votes of support among visitors to determine their popularity and practicality.

For their summer 2017 review, they’ve decided a fan’s idea to revisit a classic 1980s Japanese anime ticked all the right boxes: Voltron will be coming to stores in 2018.

LEGO announced the winners on its website. The concept for Voltron—a giant, sword-wielding robot compromised of five smaller robots—was pitched by Leandro Tayag, a fan from Malaysia who created a mock-up of what the giant ‘bot might look like.

A prototype of a LEGO Voltron set
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A 41-year-old software architect, Tayag says he was inspired by his love for the giant robot genre in the 1980s. After designing the 2100-brick prototype, Tayag’s idea received a voice of support from Voltron license holder Bob Koplar. It only took 22 days for LEGO fandom to meet the required 10,000 votes in order for LEGO management to review the pitch.

No firm release date or price point has been announced, but LEGO expects the set to go into development shortly. Another winner, a LEGO message in a bottle, is also expected to hit shelves next year.

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