Summary – Are Monster Factory toys worth buying?
An enthusiastic yes – they are everything you want in a plush toy: hard-wearing, cute and great value for money. Contribute to their Kickstarter to make as many Mythicals as possible happen and get a toy or two as a reward. Can’t afford to buy a toy or contribute to the Kickstarter? Scroll down and enter the giveaway for one of the current 12 Mini Monsters in their roster (excludes Mythicals).
What are Monster Factory toys?
These plush toys are hand made in Toronto (I’ve visited the studio so I can confirm, they do make them by hand), are adorable and full of off-beat personality. They come in three different editions – the medium and mini sizes are available in retail stores, the Studio Editions are available online or at their studio only and Limited Editions which, when they’re done, they’re done.
Our family currently has a mini Doyle and Kyle and I would love to get more. You can visit the Monster Factory website to browse their entire collection or if you’re local, pop into their studio on Richmond St. West.
What do I like about these toys?
- Plush toys can be expensive but at only $12.95 for a Mini I find these Monsters to be competitively priced. The larger Monsters cost more of course but most of them are in the $21.95 to $34.95 range.
- In addition to being affordable these toys are great quality and wear well. Gingerheaddad has four Monsters: mini Mr. Jefferson and Maggie and a full size Eugene and Curtis. I’ve never seen a seam pop on any of them. They hold their shape and colour and generally wear very well. Kyle, as you can see, is mostly white and yet unlike other white plush toys we have, he hasn’t become dingy over time.
- Easy to keep clean – we haven’t washed ours but they have been cleaned occasionally with a damp cloth.
- They are so cute. Not only in how they look but each toy comes with its own quirky, funny biography.
- Their facial expressions are simple. For my autistic children, it makes it easier for them to identify how their toy is feeling.
- They’re Canadian! Love supporting home-grown business.
- The minis are a great size for those of us that are apartment dwellers. (Plush toys take up so much space…) Oliver loves using them in his creative play. For example, Doyle has been a troll in The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Kyle has been a cuddly alien that one of his other toys takes to bed and here are both of them starring in The Three Little Pigs:
Recommendations for manufacturer to consider
The one request I have is for them to reconsider using pink as often as they do as code for “female gender”. There are toys like Veronica, Bianca and Heather (oh how much would I love a Zombie Bianca?!) who aren’t colour-coded pink and that’s terrific. But only one male-presenting toy that I can think of has pink in his colour scheme (Jimmy) and some of the female-presenting toys, like Ella, Irene and Clementine, are simply pink versions of their male counterparts.
Kickstarter campaign for the Mythicals
This Kickstarter has 14 days to go!
Monster Factory wanted to launch a new line of toys but were bumping up against one of the problems that faces every small operation – not enough resources to expand and maintain their original toy line. So, they turned to crowdfunding to see if they could get sufficient capital together to make the Mythicals happen.
It’s been a huge success so far – they have sufficient funding to bring out Spencer the Dragon, Margot the Unicorn and Louie the Cthulhu as well as two additional Mythicals – Pegasus and Yeti. Right now they are trying to raise sufficient funds to add a Sea Monster to the collection. If you have the funds to make a contribution (and earn a very cool reward if your pledge is $25 or more) then click here.
Don’t have the funds to buy a Monster or pledge to the Kickstarter? Well, enter the giveaway via the rafflecopter widget. A Mini Monster of your choice from their current roster of 12 can be won. Check out the gallery below for pictures of the 12 Minis currently available.