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Fantasy Island

I used to know a girl named Angela (that is actually her name… I didn’t change it to protect her identity) who shared with me that her favorite animal was a unicorn.  And she was serious.  And we are no longer friends.  In that order.

But the joke is on me.  Not only do they exist, it turns out they are quite vicious…

The Avenging Unicorn Play Set

The kit includes an obviously pissed-off unicorn, 4 magical horns and 3 figures to impale. 

I would love to have been a fly on the wall during that product development meeting.  I image it went something like this…

Hasbro Creative Director addressing the group: 

“I want this toy be a fun/kitchy way to release aggression… we can have the unicorn stab a man in a suit since everybody hates The Man, and a princess because high-maintenance women are a pain in the ass… aaaaaaaand a mime just to add a bit of fantasy.  And don’t let me forget to design the unicorn’s eyes to look deranged because I don’t want to scare people into thinking that ALL unicorns are dangerous.  Oh and while we’re at it, lets design their mouths open like a proper blow-up doll so that we can precondition them to want the Leprechaun Sex Doll we are coming out with next month.”

Buy it here.

 

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Good Cheap Fun

Jake Bronstein recently bought a toy vending machine off the Internet. He filled the toy capsules with ideas of fun things to do and started placing the machine in various spots around New York. For 50 cents you get the original toy, an idea, and a map to guide you to the location for your idea. Each capsule also contains a quarter, refunding half of your purchase price (the machine wouldn’t let him charge less than 50 cents.)  If you find it, please let me know where it is!

Normally, I don’t condone tucking your napkin into your collar unless of course you have the Dress for Dinner Napkins which turn any basic tee wearing man into a Dapper Dan.   Well… that is unless he starts drooling or spilling down the front of himself.

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Where the Wild Things Are

Remember that creepy Stephen King movie called Cat’s Eye?  The movie about a tiny, evil troll who lives behind the skirting board of little Drew Barrymore’s bedroom that comes out at night when she is sleeping to suck away her breath and life?  Well, this should rekindle those fears…

Kage no Sekai

“Although at first glance it looks like a regular wooden table, if you look at the shadows on its surface you’ll see the movement of mysterious life forms. When you approach it to have a better look, they sense your presence and hide away. They do not emerge while human shadows are cast over the table, but the life forms hiding within a distant shadow are watching them.”

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Piggy Back

Ok, I know a lot of brands piggy back on those more successful but I think this is literally taking it too far!

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This Bathing Ape x Spongebob Squarepants plush toy looks even stupider from the back!

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And it is real!  You can buy it at select Bape boutiques.  People, please!

 

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