Plush Toys are a Lo-Fi way into the toy scene, the barrier to entry is low, the options are endless, the materials are at hand, the skills required can be learned are gleaned from the WW Web or You Tube and off you go, creating plush collectable toys along the way.
The most recognized plush would be the Uglydoll series that was created by David Horvath, this range of Plush toys became a massive worldwide hit, and as you would expect the level of popularity they achieved made them ‘not cool’ with the toy collector fraternity, when you have the little sister with an Uglydoll hanging from her backpack and the toys being sold in Wallmart, it takes the Kudos away fro being a collector.?
Kidrobot have always been a strong advocate for the plush scene, they done a great range of donut cushions with Heidi Kenney, that were popular and the quirkiness of the designs made them a collectable item. Frank Kozik turned his Labbit into a plush and opened it up to a whole new market, the Labbit shape is now available in 7” & 12” versions, and sold all over the world.
Plush Toys remain popular because anyone can make one, go round some charity or thrift stores and pick up some interesting bits of materials, some big buttons for eyes, some padding and that’s you halfway to making a plush toy. It gets quite interesting when the shapes evolve and big scale toys can be really impressive, big 50cm toys can be quite a feature piece.
Go online, get some ideas, sketch your idea out, work on your sewing skills, get the right material and objects and start on the road to self fulfillment, the feeling of accomplishment you get from finishing a project is quite remarkable, soon all your family will have plush toys for birthdays and Xmas, just remember to have FUN along the way.