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Monday, August 31, 2009

Wage Portrait

Our family of Wage's got together today to discuss the menu and games for Official Snack Day, September 2. It's hard to get a busy bunch to stand still for a portrait, but I seized the opportunity and snapped this one.

What a happy group of Uglydolls!

Last time I checked in on them, they were hoping to get a peak at the 2010 Uglydoll Calendar and holiday dates. I think they were hoping for more Snack Days.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Abima Goes To Mars

Dr. Max Abima is going to Mars. Well, almost. His NAME is going to Mars! And he is one proud Uglydoll. In 2011 a microchip bearing his name will be launched by NASA on their Mars Rover. There on the Red Planet his name will remain until some visitor far in the future finds that chip. And who knows. Maybe that visitor will carry his name out into the far reaches of space. Perhaps they'll name one of their space ships after him, or even a planet! The planet Abima! The spaceship Max Abima. Kinda has a ring to it.

Close-up of his Official NASA Certificate.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I'm all hung up on Uglydoll Hangers

I'm SO excited by the new Uglydoll Hangers for cell phones etc, that I grabbed this pic of some prototypes off Uglyblog.

Look at that! Holy Tiny Uglydoll! Incredible.

NOW my friends with those sleek, antenna-less phones will not be snickering so hard at my LG 8300! Well, maybe they'll still be laughing, but hopefully it will be at my Uglydoll hanger and NOT my phone.

Official word is that they will be available for purchase in October! Yep, this year. I've already saved the money, and I'm ready to buy one of each.

Is there anything more fun than collecting Uglydolls? I don't think so.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Origin of Uglydolls

Click here to read the best article in the I've ever seen on the origins of Uglydoll. It's a story worth reading. This LA Times article shares the endearing story of David Horvath and his wife, Sun-Min Kim, and the birth of Wage the first Uglydoll. It's a truly inspirational story of a dream that grew despite the odds into the Uglyverse we love today.

The article also features the experience of fans and collectors, without whom there would be no Uglydoll company.

So this is it. The greatest toy story ever told.

Who's that? It's Plunko, Fea Bea, Deer Ugly, First Mate Trunko, Big Toe, Moxy. Oh....and DAVID!
Such a great photo.

Small Packages = Good Things

There is a saying, "Good things come in small packages".

Saying tested and verified. VERY good things come in small pages.

In this case it's Uglydoll Turny Burny. I admit I was concerned for the well-being of his amazing ears. Not to mention the rest of him. It looked like a mighty tight squeeze to me. But the ole Ugly magic was with him and he puffed right up to be one of the biggest standard sized Uglydolls I've ever seen.

In fact, I've been thinking all the new 2009 Uglydolls are on the hefty side. Not a complaint in the least. Merely an observation. They're wider, taller, and seem to have hit the cookie jackpot, twice. Finally, a doll that looks like ME. Well, I'm not so tall...but the rest of it fits.

Coming tomorrow: The flip side of Turny Burny.

Coming up soon: The Big Kahuna of Uglydom....the new First Mate Trunko. Now that's a substantial Ugly.

Also coming: Tracking down the elusive Uglydoll Zipper Pulls. Mr. and Mrs. Kasoogi investigate.
Very good news if you want your own small box of big fun. Turny Burny is a retail release, and widely available for adoption. Google Turny Burny, or contact a local toy shop. You can also adopt him in four sizes! All four! Or in black and white. Or both. That's eight! You can get one just like mine for a mere 20.00. He'd spend it on you!
Check the Official Uglydoll Store linked down the side of my blog.

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Kasoogi Effect

Our "Worker" Wage has been spending a lot of time with Mr. and Mrs. Kasoogi. We suspect a tinsy bit of hero-worship may be taking place.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Arrivals at the Uglydoll Clinic

When we saw this sad group of Ugly refugees, we pooled our cookie money and adopted them.

Old Cinko, Wage and Babo had their mouths ripped off. It was said to be a dog that did it. Ice Bat fought the dog off but was left with a sad frown. Wedgie stood on his head and the dog left him unharmed and went away.

When this mute little group arrived, we'd never treated this type of Ugly injury before. We researched different types of material for mouths and various kinds of glue to attach them. We had the emergency supplies assembled and waiting for them.

We bought several yards of anything we could find that might serve as a mouth. Nothing looked just like the original mouths, but these guys needed something immediately. So we worked with what we could find in our smallish town.

The glue was even trickier than the mouth material. We bought 3 or 4 kinds of fabric glue. After some hugs, our Winged Abima lulled them to sleep with a song and we went to work on the sleeping Uglies. We surface washed the dirt and goo off. Then gently, tenderly attached new mouths.

When the mouths dried, they looked pretty good, but to the touch, they feel stiff.

When the Uglies awoke, they were chattering and singing with joy. Babo used his new mouth to eat an entire package of Mother's Iced Oatmeal cookies with Molasses. I can't even imagine being Babo without a mouth. It makes me cry.

We didn't hear one bit of complaint out of our darling patients about the work we did.

Someday I would like to find better material, and much better glue for our Uglydoll Clinic. These mouths are a bit too thick, and the glue left them much too stiff. We will do new surgery if we ever find the right supplies. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. These will certainly not be the last Uglydolls we rescue from harms way.

And here they are today, safe and loved.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Happy Hat Day

Uglydoll Calendars shows August 1st is Hat Day, so the Uglydolls dug into the closets and searched under the beds for their favorite hats.

After the important activities of eating, nibbling, sipping juice, and dessert, I was able to gather them all up for a group photo.

Here they are, wishing you all the Happiest of Hat Days, and many more. More days and more hats!