Saturday, January 31, 2009

Magical video of a master making noodles by hand

After reading today that Kung Fu Panda won 15 "Annies" at the 36th Annie Awards, and that WALL-E won none, I finally got around to watching it. As I suspected, I hated it, just as I've hated every other Dreamworks movie I've seen. (Aside from Shrek, which had its moments.) My 4-year-old and 2-year-old also had no interest.

However, the extras include a video of Danny Yip, executive pasta chef at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills making noddles by hand. I've never seen that done before, and it is magical:

*Previously: Video of a cat being cast from glass.

*Buy Kung Fu Panda toys at eBay.

A whole bunch of papercraft robots

Go here to download a whole bunch of robot paper toys. Via.

*Find dozens of easy papercraft projects here.

*Buy books about tin robots at Amazon.


Nathaniel James Nicholson of Eugene, Oregon, traveled throughout the world using coded e-mail messages to plot meeting locations with the Russians, and received tens of thousands of dollars on behalf of his convicted spy father, Harold James Nicholson.

New specimen box by Alex CF

Alex CF finished a new Cthulhu-themed specimen box:

The first of which is this piece, recovered from the Estate of the late geologist William Dyer, a professor from Miskatonic University, massachusetts. It is a specimen case, containing a large quantity of marine flora, and extra terrestrial fauna.
In late 1930, Dyer, accompanied by a large exploration party began an expedition to Antarctica. During this trip various unique fossil specimens were found and drove the scientists to veer from their planned path. It lead them to a mountain range greater than that of the Himalayas. Beyond this, a cyclopean city of alien magnitude - the many million year old remnants of a race known in the pages of the fabled pnakotic manuscipts as the Elder ones.

Contained within this specimen case is the dissected form of an infant Elder; the preserved plastic form of a cellular abomination and slave race known as the The Shoggoth.

And hidden amongst ancient relics, bizarre star shaped talismans, a plethora of samples - is a page of that hellish book, the skin bound, hateful incarnation of prehistoric lore; the book of dead names - The Necronomicon...
Go here for lots of high res photos and to commission your own specimen box.

*Previously: 19th century vampire hunting kit by Alex CF.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Coraline Box #40

The creators of Coraline sent out 50 handmade boxes to some of their favorite bloggers. Each box is unique and includes items from the movie. Box #40 belongs to Ironic Sans and features headless dog bodies:

You can see the rest of the boxes I've found to date here. And for all things Coraline, including interviews, giveaways, and reviews of the books, toys, and videogames, visit Evil Buttons.

*Buy cigar boxes at eBay.

Gangster-inspired packaging for spices

Gangster-inspired packaging by MondoVox for The Spice Outfit, Chicago. A variety of spices are available online here. Via.

*Buy books about packaging at Amazon.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Creature from the Black Lagoon as a little army man?

Creature from the Black Lagoon/Little Army Man mashup toy by Suckadelic. On sale for $25 here, and you can see photos of the creation process here.

"I Can Read" book covers for movies

Mitch Ansara created a series of book covers for movies like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Big, Teen Wolf, Highlander, and more.

Order a personalized Garbage Pail Kid card (link roundup)

Brent Engstrom is selling custom Garbage Pail Kid cards.

And a few more links:

1. Albinos that have the misfortune of being born in Tanzania are often slaughtered, hacked to pieces, and sold to witch doctors, who use the body parts to make potions. Read more at The Economist. Via Tucker Stone, whose weekly summary of The Economist is one of my favorite things on the web.

2. There's a corruption investigation going on England, concerning the House of Lords. Specifically, someone actually named Lord Snape. Via.

3. 14-year-old boy was arrested for impersonating a police officer. After he managed to spend a day on patrol with another officer. Via.

Name this purple luchador and win

This purple luchador is a vinyl toy by Blockhead Brigade and doesn't have a name. Come up with a good name and post it at Spanky Stokes and you can win this custom Madl:

*Previously: Luchador paper doll.

*Buy luchador masks at eBay.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Door Lock/Maze by Art Lebedev

"Defendius" door chain lock/maze by Art Lebedev.

Gallon jug doubles as a megaphone

Gallon jug design for revolutionaries. Spotted here.

Make your own Other Mother's Button Box

Donovan Beeson didn't receive a button box from Coraline's Other Mother, so she made her own and even posted step-by step instructions. Here's her Etsy shop.

Meanwhile, if you're interested in the Coraline ad campaign, visit Evil Buttons. I've posted photos of the Coraline Nike Dunks, links to half a dozen Coraline giveaways, and warnings about the quality of the Coraline toys and art book.

*Buy Coraline keys at eBay.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Seriously adorable Mickey and Minnie Mouse vinyl toys

These Mickey and Minnie Mouse figures are officially called "Modern Pets Friend Disney" by Organic. They're about $15 apiece, but won't be available until March.

One of many Edward Gorey-inspired costumes spotted here.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Papercraft bird

Letter Pressed hired Matt Hawkins to design a paper toy version of their mascot Preston. You can download Preston here.

Steampunk zeppelin over old San Francisco

Awhile back, I mentioned this steampunk airship by Myke Amend:

And over San Francisco just after the 1906 quake and fire:

Lego Hellboy bust

Lego Hellboy bust by misterzumbi.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Masters of the Universe Attack Squid

Clearly I did not adequately appreciate the genius of the Masters of the Universe toys when they were new to stores. I present the Masters of the Universe Attack Squid, Spitbull, and War Whale.

Attack Squid available at eBay.

Spitbull available at eBay.

War Whale available at eBay.

Some photos via and Virtual Toychest.

*Previously: The worst (best!) Masters of the Universe toy ever.

Tiny Lego Star Destroyer (link roundup)

Tiny Lego Star Destroyer by Matt "monsterbrick" Armstrong.

Tiger, snake, octopus Chimera by Melita "Miss Monster" Curphy. Here's her Etsy store.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Lego Nebuchadnezzar Hovership

Lego Nebuchadnezzar Hovership by Adrian "Brickfrenzy" Drake.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris by Patrick Mate.

Harry Potter-themed mystery box

Inspired by the Coraline boxes, Bruce Wright created a Harry Potter-themed box:

The parcel arrived on our doorstep around eleven pm on the Twenty-fourth. It was addressed to Harry Potter, 12 Grimauld Place, London. It was wrapped in brown paper, and two envelopes from the Department of Mysteries were attached with string.

The letters expressed that this box had been in the custody of the Ministry of Magic’s Department of Mysteries in the intervening years since the passing of Albus Dumbledore, and he had indicated that the items were intended for Harry. Now the Department was insisting that Harry come ‘round to collect it or it would be sent by Owl or disposed of. Also no-one at the Ministry could manage to open the box, or knew what it contained.

The Box was wooden, clad with iron bracing, and sealed with wax and cord. A silver crest bearing the Fleur de Lis was affixed to the front.

The box contained a message from Albus Dumbledore to Harry, as well as the collected effects and writings of Nicolas Flamel, the alchemist who discovered the Philosopher’s Stone.

It also contained the Stone itself, which Harry had believed had been destroyed almost seventeen years ago.
Go here for a photo gallery.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Found item bug sculptures

A few of the found item sculptures recently put on sale in Ann Smith's Etsy store.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Mad Men's Joan Holloway as a paper doll by Dyna Moe.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Hellboy amigurumi

The latest amigurumi from Geek Central Station is Hellboy.

Leather Day of the Dead bandit mask

"Calavera Loca Motorcycle Riding Mask" on sale for $100 at Etsy.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Hypnotizing animated blue ring octopus.

Water Polo t-shirt design by Dan Hipp. You can see a few panels from his issue of Gen 13 here.