Friday, February 25, 2011

Kawaii Capsule Cuties

A long while back I featured some of Jerrod Maruyama's oh-so-adorable art, which soon had me on a rabbit trail of Kawaii-inspired cuteness.

Ok, maybe less "rabbit trail" and more "obsessive hunt." And you know what that means, right? Time to foist my obsession onto yooou guuuuys! [sing-song]

First off, have you seen the Cutie style Disney characters?

They've been around for a few years now. My favorite, though, is the much rarer *angry* Cutie Donald:

Add a bunch of indecipherable duck swearing, and I am powerless against this kind of cute.

I haven't been able to find much Cutie Donald here in Orlando - much less his angry version - but here's my little cubby shelf devoted to him:

The toy on the left is a solar-powered head bobble, and the globe was a candy container. I also have a small collection of pins on my special "Donald pack" that I bring to the parks sometimes:

If you want to be complimented by random 12-year-old girls, just wear this.

Although my cutie Tigger purse actually gets a lot more use:

I mean, c'mon: it's orange.

Anyway, the Kawaii/Cutie style is still pretty scarce here in the U.S. (except for pins, of course), so you can imagine my envy when I see websites from Japan or Singapore filled to the brim with the most fabulous Kawaii Disney adorbz:

via Capsule-licious

(If you just heard a *thump* that was me fainting over the Donald & Pinocchio charms.)

via Vinyl Aficionada Toy Collection

These are all "capsule toys" (or "yujin") from vending machines, which are quite the rage in Japan. I've yet to find a place online or off that I can buy them. (All the sites I've found only sell to locals - no shipping.) It pains me, guys. It really does. Will someone please open a capsule toy store here in the States so I can throw my money at them?

Ok, two more:

These come with little suction cups! Ack!

If you want to drool and squee some more, check out the three sites I just credited above, or do an image search for "Disney yujin toys." Or leave the "Disney" off, and behold all the fabulous candy-themed, Sanrio, Mario, and Sega goodies, too. Believe me, if you like this style, it's all good.

Oh, and while I was hunting these images down I did manage to find one brand available online: Cosbaby.

They're not cheap - averaging $15-$20 each - but I've seen these on various toy sites from time to time, and also on Ebay. (They're also larger than most capsule toys: about three inches tall.)

Here's the Toy Story set:

Isn't Buzz the best?

I mean, sure, they're not "yujin" cute, but they're still pretty darn cute.

Well, that's all I've got, guys. If you know of any sites selling capsule toys internationally - or even just ones with more photos of them - then please share your links in the comments! My obsession needs feeding. [crazy eyes]

Oh, and if you're ever in Japan, and want to buy me a souvenir, rest assured that I really don't need any more toys, and I'm happy with what I have, and what am I saying get me one of everything! EVERYTHING, do you hear??

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Five Fabulous Geek Tees

I'm still re-working a t-shirt tutorial for you guys (meaning I've now ripped out so many seams I had to take a break so my facial tics could relax), so in the meantime... let's go SHOPPING!!

I mean, sure, half my closet is geeky t-shirts, but you can never have too many, right?


Submitted by Lindsay S., Stay Puft and Carry On, $20.00

Must. Have.

"What Would Geordi La Forge Do?" Tee, submitted by Kelly, $29.99

Made me laugh. I'd actually love to see this design with every Star Trek character... and then I'd buy the Janice Rand one, just to be different. And Q. Gotta have Q!

This next one is pretty subtle; most people will only see a metro line map:

Submitted by KNS, Lord of the Rings "There and Back Again" Tee, only $10.00!

However, it's *actually* a map of the lands in Middle Earth. Aw yeeeah.

Amping up the adorabletude for you crafty crochet types:

Found via SuperPunch, by Doomed to Live Studio.
(Currently out of stock, but she also has an "Octoknitter" design for $15.)

So here's the problem: I don't crochet, but I still want this. But then I'd feel like a phony, 'cuz I don't crochet. But it's so CUTE, and I WANT it. Is that so wrong?

Maybe if I took a crochet class, I'd gain enough "crochet cred" to wear this shirt.

I mean, I *did* once crochet a hideous mauve scarf-thingy as a teenager, which somehow turned into a bag. So there's also that.


Am I over thinking this?

And finally, the Dark Side is staying alive:

Submitted by Katrina, Darkside of Disco T-Shirt, $19.99


'Course, now I can't get that song out of my head. Drat.

Oh, and I believe all of these shirts (with the possible exception of the Crothulhu) are available in both guys' and girls' cuts, so no one can feel left out. With the possible exception of crocheting guys. (Sorry, crocheting guys.)

Seen a great geeky t-shirt lately? Share your links in the comments!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Coin Purse Tutorial & Give-Away!

Since you guys seem to like these crafty tutorials, I've got a great one for you today from Epbot reader Marilou G. of Clothdragon.

Marilou has spoiled me with not one but two fabulous Epbot-inspired goodies. First, this cutey-patootie clay 'bot:

Click here for her blog post on it.

And then most recently with this fabulous little leather change purse:

Isn't it great? It's been hanging on my gray messenger bag purse since the moment I got it. And, fortunately for any of you who'd like to give it a whirl, Marilou made a tutorial here!

But wait, there's more!

Marilou *also* sent me the first pouch she made, which she [cough cough] sort of happened to forget to add the 'bot's ears on:
Still, totes adorbz, am I right?

And, since I'd be insanely greedy to keep both pouches, I'm going to give this one away to one of you, with Marilou's blessing.

So, for your chance to win this one-of-a-kind, handmade, earless Epbot 'bot leather coin pouch, just leave a comment below. I'll choose a winner at random at 10pm EST tonight, and I'll announce the winner both here, on this post, and also on Facebook, so be sure to check back!

The contest has ended, and the winner is vicTORIa, who commented at 3:46pm! Congrats, and please e-mail me your mailing address, vicTORIa.