toy design

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Showcase of how toy makers work, plus how toy mechanics and themes influence games.

All You Can Glue Paper Arcades

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Here are plenty of paper craft templates for arcade cabinets for your paper crafting urges. With a bit of work you can create your own cabinets based on these templates. Have fun.

Dookie-Poo

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Scott C. for IAM8BIT!!

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Wreck-It Ralph

Various paper craft projects as printable PDFs from the official disney site via.

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Magnetic Articulation Kirby

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Smart articulation system for the no-joints-having cute-ball Kirby. It uses a perfect sphere for the body and sliding limbs… all held together by magnets.

If you are interested: http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIGURE-013551

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I Feel Abraham Lincoln Fighting Game

BMO action figure adventure time

BMO from Adventure Time action figure with flippable face piece. Cartoon Network, produced by Jazwares.

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BMO action figure adventure time

BMO action figure adventure time

BMO action figure adventure time

BMO action figure adventure time

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Kotobukiya – Mogwai Playing Donkey Kong

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Check out this gorgeous figure by Kotobukiya. What makes this Gremlins collectible special is the unlicensed knock-off replica of a Donkey Kong machine. Hilarious copyright avoiding cabinet art ahead.

Iconic Shot Kotobukiya focusses on giving us iconic shots from the 1984 Gremlins movie. Every figure gets a unique prop related to their appearance in the film. I happen to have stumbled upon this Mogway playing with a Donkey Kong version of the popular Coleco Mini-Arcade series.

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Left: original Coleco Mini-Arcade via // Right: full set of figures including other iconic scenes via

Kotobukiya – Mogwai playing Donkey Kong gremlins

Still from the movie ©Warner Bros via

Kotobukiya – Mogwai playing Donkey Kong gremlins

Monkey BusinessApparently, while Kotobukiya was able to get the Gremlins license, Donkey Kong was not so easy to obtain. So what we have here is a tiny replica of a Donkey Kong mini-arcade with knock-off cabinet art. Check out how bad it is and how off-model. This is not due to poor production quality – it’s Kotobukiya, people – this is copyright avoidances. And it is super fun (yeah, I have a thing for knock-offs).

Kotobukiya – Mogwai playing Donkey Kong gremlins

Kotobukiya – Mogwai playing Donkey Kong gremlins

Kotobukiya – Mogwai playing Donkey Kong gremlins

The overall quality of the product is top notch. Painting and sculpting are stellar as per usual. I really dig the fact, that you can display the mini-arcade and the figure independently and that they did not mount both things to one base. The figure stands around a bit awkward without the machine, because the Mogway is posed to be playing it.

Kotobukiya – Mogwai playing Donkey Kong gremlins

Kotobukiya – Mogwai playing Donkey Kong gremlins

Stay tuned for more pieces from ym collection in the future.

photos @ Anjin Anhut, except otherwise stated

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