Uglydolls

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Uglydoll
Uglydoll logo.svg
Product type Plush toys
Owner Pretty Ugly, LLC
Country United States
Introduced 2001
Markets World
Website http://www.uglydolls.com/

Uglydoll is a brand based upon a line of plush toys which began as a long distance letter between the creators David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim. The Uglydoll line was first launched in January 2001 and is distinguished by its definition of the word "ugly." In the "uglyverse," ugly means unique and special, that we should be celebrating that which makes us different, never hiding the twists or turns which make us who we are, inside and out.

Uglydolls were awarded the Specialty Toy of the Year award by the Toy Industry Association in 2006.[1] [2]

History[edit]

David Horvath, the creator of Uglydolls, at the 2012 Free Comic Book Day
Sun-Min Kim and David Horvath, the creators of Uglydolls, at the 2012 Free Comic Book Day

The name of the brand is actually UGLYDOLL with no "s" at the end. It started with a letter David Horvath wrote to Sun-Min Kim just after she had to move away due to a student visa expiring, long before they were married. That letter had a cartoon of his character Wage at the bottom saying: "Working hard to make our dreams come true so we can be together again soon" next to it. That dream was to tell stories through books and toys. As a surprise gift Sun-Min sewed a doll of Wage, and sent it to David in the mail. David showed Wage to his pal Eric Nakamura, owner of the Giant Robot magazine and store, who thought David was pitching him a product and immediately ordered a few more for his shop. David wrote to Sun Min asking her to sew more, while sending emails with stories about Wage, Babo and Ice-Bat's first ever adventure, soon to become Chilly Chilly Ice-Bat.

Uglydoll Characters[edit]

2000-2005

  • Wage
  • Babo
  • Ice Bat
  • Target (Discontinued)
  • Jeero
  • Cinko (Discontinued)
  • Copee (Handmade, one of a kind, discontinued)
  • Picky (Discontinued)
  • Tray
  • OX
  • Uglydog (available in red and pink, and now only in holiday or blue)
  • Wedgehead

2006

  • Chuckanucka
  • Bop 'n' Beep
  • Moxy
  • Big Toe
  • Peaco

2007

  • Abima
  • Deer Ugly
  • Gato Deluxe
  • Toodee (Discontinued)
  • Uglyworm

2008

  • Babo's Bird
  • Plunko
  • Poe
  • Puglee
  • Ugly Ghost
  • Cinko (Re-continued)

2009

  • Trunko
  • Fea Bea
  • Winkolina
  • Mr. Kasoogi
  • Mrs. Kasoogi
  • Turny Burny
  • Uppy

2010

  • Cozymonster
  • Flatwoodsey
  • Jrumpy
  • Ket
  • Mynus
  • Mij
  • Nandy Bear
  • Ninja Batty Shogun
  • Picksey
  • Pointy Max
  • Tutulu
  • Uglybot
  • Wippy

2011

  • Basheeshee
  • Brip
  • Dave Darinko (available in gray and red)
  • Groody
  • Suddy
  • Ugly Charlie
  • Jrizzy (Mentioned in Ugly Charlie's bio only)
  • Brad Luck (As Citizen 1)
  • Nopy (As Citizen 2)
  • Meetso (As Citizen 3)
  • Quippy (As Citizen 4)
  • Querit (As Citizen 5)
  • Sour Corn (As Citizen 6)
  • Heu Googeuy
  • Ikoy Yoki
  • Gerry Berry (As Citizen 7)
  • Thumb Crumba (As Citizen 8)
  • Langis (As Citizen 9)
  • Gleno (As Citizen 10)
  • Wrey Wrinko (As Citizen 11)
  • Zoltan Zolto (As Citizen 12)
  • Tub Nubury
  • Hib Eyebye
  • Niimah
  • Brip Drip
  • Jiker
  • Croudy
  • Indrid (As Citizen 13)
  • Jay Jdizzy (As Citizen 14)
  • Big Brenny (As Citizen 15)
  • Glary Glen (As Citizen 16)
  • Jayberry (As Citizen 17)
  • Small Timer (As Citizen 18)
  • Recky (As Citizen 19)
  • So Greeno (As Citizen 20)

2012

  • Gragon
  • Softy
  • Flatter
  • Little Bent
  • Handsome Panther
  • Mover
  • Gassy
  • Ghosty
  • Love & Peace Wippy (available in pink and blue)
  • First Mate Trunko (red)
  • Uglycorn (purple)
  • Sleepy Chilly Ice Bat (new colors)
  • Pirate OX

2013

  • Hot Foot
  • Gorgeous
  • Fishy
  • Cold Feet
  • Cheesy

Uglybuddies[edit]

  • Ox & Ice Bat
  • Ice Bat & Wage
  • Wage & Babo
  • Wedgehead & Ox
  • Babo & Babo's Bird
  • Bop N Beep & Jeero
  • Ninja Batty Shogun & Dave Darinko
  • Ugly Charlie & Ket
  • Tutulu & Wippy

Limited Editions[edit]

2003-2006

  • Green Cinko - FAO Exclusive - edition of 300
  • Green Wage - Tower Records Exclusive
  • Blue Ox - Kidrobot Exclusive - edition of 100
  • Gama Go UglyDoll - Gama-Go Exclusive - edition 50 all handmade
  • Green Wedgehead - Super 7 Exclusive - edition of 100
  • Halloween Ice Bat - Super 7 Exclusive - edition of 75
  • Thawed Ice Bat - Giant Robot Exclusive- edition of 200
  • Sneak Preview Little Uglydolls - SDCC Exclusive
  • Sailor Babo - Uglycon 1 Exclusive - edition of 50
  • Secret Mission Uglydolls - SDCC Exclusive
  • Red Tooth Wedgehead - edition of 200

2007

  • Ice Lodge Uglydolls - SDCC Exclusive
  • Akihabara Pink Ice Bat - edition of 100
  • Blue Abima - edition of 100
  • Ice Bat Uglycon Tokyo Collection - 4 different color variations - editions of 25 each
  • Poe Uglycon 3 NYC Collection - 8 different color variations - editions of 25 each
  • Sailor Poe - edition of 25
  • Hidden Poe Variation - edition of 25
  • Sea Sick Sailor Babo - edition of 100
  • Sleepy Chilly Ice Bat - 3 different color variations - editions of 200 each
  • Red Ice Bat - InTheYellow Exclusive - edition of 100

2009

  • Coldy Holdy Ice Bat - FAO Exclusive
  • First Mate Trunko - SDCC Exclusive
  • Hidden Poe - NYCC Exclusive
  • OX Collection
  • Ket (pink) - Kitson Exclusive

2010

  • Big Toe Collection
  • Blue Nandy Bear - Learning Express Exclusive
  • Ket at Night (dark blue) - Kitson Exclusive
  • Long Time Ago Ice Bat - Giant Robot Exclusive edition of 300
  • Red Flatwoodsey - FAO Exclusive
  • Uglycorn - SDCC Exclusive

2011

  • Uglycat - Japan Exclusive
  • Cookie Dream Babo - SDCC Exclusive
  • Cookie Chef Babo - Redemption Certificate Exclusive
  • Holiday Uglydog - FAO Schwarz and Toys 'R' Us Exclusive

2012

  • 10th Anniversary Wage[3]
  • Power Babo - SDCC Exclusive[4]

2013

  • Money Bags Ox
  • Sleepy Ice-Bat
  • Babo Bear

Non-Produced Uglydolls[edit]

These Uglydolls were sewn by Sun Min, but they were never produced.

  • Tadpole Wage[5]
  • Black Gragon [6]
  • Zakka [7]
  • Coli [8]
  • Aquatic Wage [9]
  • Babo Train[10]
  • Dragon Catcher
  • Jeero Junior [11]
  • TooDoo
  • David Horvath & Sun Min [12]
  • Plaid Ice Bat [13]
  • Plaid Babo [14]
  • Plaid Jeero [15]
  • Ugly Yeti
  • King Wage [16]
  • King Babo [17]

Evolved Uglydolls[edit]

These characters evolved into other existing characters. Here are those characters' names and who they later became.

  • Boo Boo - Became Ugly Ghost [18]
  • Smartypants - Became Trunko [19]
  • Nadi - Became Uglydog [20]
  • Bee Fee - Became Fea Bea [21]

Action Figures[edit]

2002 (Critterbox 7-8" vinyl)

2009 (3" Vinyl)

  • Wage
  • Babo
  • Ice-Bat
  • Jeero
  • Ox
  • Wedgehead
  • Red Tooth Wedgehead
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Ice-Bat line

2010 (3" Vinyl)

  • Big Toe
  • Peaco
  • Poe
  • Trunko
  • Uglydog
  • Uglyworm

2011 (3" Vinyl)

  • Babo's Bird
  • Kaiju Ice-Bat
  • Ket
  • Nandy Bear
  • Ninja Batty Shogun
  • Pointy Max

Appearances in popular culture[edit]

In the 2007 film Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, the Uglydolls Wage, Ice Bat, and Tray were seen in the store, and were animated to dance near the end of the film.

On her first day of school in 2009, Sasha Obama, U.S. President Barack Obama's daughter, wore a Babo's Bird keychain on her backpack.[32]

A Coldy-Holdy Ice Bat is seen in FAO Schwarz in the 2011 film "The Smurfs".

An IceBat was seen twice in the 2007 Disney film "Enchanted" sitting with other stuffed toys in the bedroom.

A Wippy Uglydoll was seen in the January 23, 2013 "Get Fuzzy" comic strip.

An IceBat is in several scenes in the film "Zathura."

Uglydoll Action Figures can be seen in the background on bookshelves in the British comedy show, "The IT Crowd."

Film[edit]

In May 2011, it was announced that an animated feature film is being developed by Illumination Entertainment, the production company known for its animated hit Despicable Me.[33]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Uglydolls Win Specialty Toy of the Year" plasticandplush.com; February 18, 2006
  2. ^ Toy Industry Association 2006 Award Winning Products and Nominees List of awards. Retrieved July 2012.
  3. ^ uglydolls (October 10, 2011). "10th anniversary Wage. An exact replica of the very first Uglydoll, sewn by Sun-Min, coming early 2012 http://yfrog.com/mer96ejj". Twitter. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ Kipper, Natalie (July 6, 2012). "Uglydoll's Power Babo fully revealed!". Tomopop. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcsivy/4395026849/
  6. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcsivy/7014278619/
  7. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcsivy/4788873928
  8. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcsivy/6346273048/
  9. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcsivy/9081101600/
  10. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcsivy/4788874904/
  11. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcsivy/9078875355/
  12. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcsivy/7305764916
  13. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcsivy/8384155189/
  14. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcsivy/8385238640/
  15. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcsivy/8385238640/
  16. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcsivy/12682627585/
  17. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcsivy/12682765653/
  18. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcsivy/4788869074/
  19. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcsivy/4788872188/
  20. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcsivy/4788238449/
  21. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcsivy/4788864646/
  22. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/barryoneilphotography/6634789615/in/set-72157623617708306
  23. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/barryoneilphotography/4260202221/
  24. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/barryoneilphotography/4638217040/
  25. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/barryoneilphotography/4340235760/
  26. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/barryoneilphotography/4173109697/
  27. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/barryoneilphotography/4347543365/
  28. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/barryoneilphotography/4524996631/
  29. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/barryoneilphotography/4530877064/
  30. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/barryoneilphotography/4825414873/
  31. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/barryoneilphotography/5824987450/
  32. ^ "Sasha Obama Gives Uglydoll Her Special Sassy Seal of Approval" brandfreak.com; January 14, 2009
  33. ^ Fleming, Mike (2011-05-26). "Chris Meledandri's Illumination To Turn Uglydoll Into Animated Film". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 

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