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  • Let's make this easy... Mar 06, 2014 By Shawnimal

    While I love making custom products, I also realize I can't ALWAYS keep up with demand. To that end, I decided to create an OFFICIAL Shawnimals /  Ninjatown Cafe Press account: http://www.cafepress.com/shawnimals

    Initially it will house Wee Ninja-based products, but eventually a whole slew of products. Stay tuned! Let us know what you think in the comments. Like Zazzle better?

    http://www.cafepress.com/shawnimals

  • Fuzzy Friday - You Ready? Nov 27, 2013 By Shawnimal

    Fuzzy Friday – also known as our version of Black Friday – is this Friday! As such, we're giving you another discount code for Nov 29th, along with the final of three previews of our special releases! All at shop.shawnimals.comView the special releases hereScroll down...

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    We're very excited for our 3 special Fuzzy Friday releases and all of the discount codes, and hope you are, too! Here's what's being released, with details...

    • Santa Dumpling (signed) - 30 units available here - $18 each
    • Ninjatown 10-doh limited edition variant w/ digital print (signed, numbered) - 25 units available - $20 each
    • Coachstachio limited edition plush (signed, numbered) - 25 units available - $50 each

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    And then the codes, all used at checkout*:

    • 20% off - unlimited, all weekend - FUZZITUP20
    • 30% off - 15 codes, Friday only - FUZZDAY30
    • 40% off - 10 codes, Friday only - BIGGIE40
    • 50% off - ??? - ??? (will reveal Friday morning via our newsletter ONLY!)

    http://shop.shawnimals.com

    * Note: Codes have no cash value, all are first come, first served. We are not responsible for any technical issues that result from servers being overloaded. We have used our best efforts to ensure a smooth and functional shopping experience for Fuzzy Friday. Thank you!

  • Open House - Dec 7th! Nov 27, 2013 By Shawnimal 1 comment
    We'd love for you to stop by on Dec 7th, 2013 from 10am to 6pm (or at some during that time!) for some fun times at Shawnimals HQ! We'll have snacks, drinks, and plenty of other stuff. First 25 people get a goodie bags, and we'll have our usual awesome stuff, along with a ton of prototypes and rare goods on hand for purchase!
     

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  • New product: Gift Tags! Nov 27, 2013 By Shawnimal

    Happy holidays from Shawnimals! We've created these gift tags for you and yours as a way to make the gifts you give all the awesomer. Here's what's up:

    • 4 different designs: Wee Ninja with hat, Moustachio, Dumpling, and another Wee Ninja
    • 5 of each design, 20 total gift tags
    • 2-inch x 2-inch, professionally printed on heavy card stock
    • Priced as a pack, so $5.00 gets you 20 tags

    $5.00 each 

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  • Fuzzy preview! Nov 12, 2013 By Shawnimal 1 comment

    DON'T FORGET! Fuzzy Friday – also known as our version of Black Friday – is right around the corner! And to entice you further, we're giving you one of the discount codes for Nov 29th, along with the first of three previews of our special releases!

    2013 Fuzzy Friday

    Use the code FUZZITUP20 for 20% OFF your order ALL WEEKEND (that means it'll work Nov 29th - Dec 1st — and no sooner).

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    Look for this holiday Pocket Pork Dumpling release & two others for Fuzzy Friday! Stay tuned for more reveals as we get closer!

    It all starts Friday, Nov 29th at 9am CST! Be there...

  • Fuzzy Friday is almost here! Nov 07, 2013 By Shawnimal 2 comments

    We love the holidays because that means we can share some incredible savings on our super awesome stuff, not to mention FREE goodies! FUZZY FRIDAY – also known as our version of Black Friday – is right around the corner! You'll have to wait for the full reveal once a week over the coming weeks. For now, some info and a little preview of three holiday releases! Any guesses? Post em in the comments below! :D

    2013 Fuzzy Friday

    It all starts Friday, Nov 29th at 9am CST sharp!

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  • NYCC dumpling exclusive! Oct 08, 2013 By Shawnimal 1 comment

    Boiled, steamed, fried... how about ELECTRIFIED?! Mix two parts pork, one part love, and a couple of gigawatts of juice, and here's what you get: Frankenpork! Shawnimals, mphlabs and Squibbles Ink bring us another bowl of Halloween dumpling goodness, randomly packed with either Frankenpork or his lovely bride to be. Frankenpork is available exclusively at themyplasticheart booth #113 throughout NYCC for $12. Spread the word!

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  • Renegade: This weekend! Sep 05, 2013 By Shawnimal

    Ah, Renegade! It's that perfect time of year – weather permitting – to hang outside, chat with good people, and sell some awesome Shawnimals goods! We hope to see you there, where we'll have our Baby Ninjas UNBAGGED, Legends of Ninjatown, the return of our Wee Ninja felt bookmarks, and much more! Sept 7th + 8th, 11am - 7pm both days. Booth no. 77 right next to Shawn's new venture Resketch! The show is along Division St. between Damen and Paulina. See you there!

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  • American Made Aug 26, 2013 By Shawnimal

    Think Shawnimals has what it takes to win the American Made contest from Martha Stewart? We sure do! If so, vote for us here & spread the word...

    http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/83097

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  • Busy Beaver + Shawnimals Jul 16, 2013 By Shawnimal

    Happy Birthday, Button! Photo Contest! It's the button's birthday, but we're giving you the presents! Celebrate National Pin-back Button Day (a.k.a. the button's birthday) by showing us your favorite pin-back buttons on Instagram or Twitter. Tag with #happybirthdaybutton for a chance to win prizes from Threadless, Shawnimals, Dark Matter Coffee, Drag City and more!

    Entries can be submitted July 1-19 with prize packs being given away on July 5, July 12 and July 19. Multiple entries per person are accepted. For U.S. residents only. For more details, go to busybeaver.net/happybirthdaybutton. And to see all the button birthday photos, go to busybeaver.net/happybirthdaybutton-gallery.

    About National Pin-back Button Day:
    Christen Carter, owner of Busy Beaver Button Co., started National Pin-back Button Day on July 21, 2011 as a way to celebrate the button's contribution to graphic art and social change. Why July 21st? It's the button's birthday, of course! July 21, 1896 is the official patent day of the pin-back button.

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  • Alert: NotM low stock warning! Jun 19, 2013 By Shawnimal

    As part of an ongoing effort to keep you informed of our rare releases getting down to the nitty-gritty, here's the first alert: Galaxy Ninja!

    NotM: Galaxy Ninja!

    It's no secret there's a meditative, zen-like vibe in Ninjatown now and again, and this Original Ninja helps confirm that. Ol' Master Ninja and other spiritually-leaning Ninjas have learned a lot from Galaxy Ninja's teachings and pass this knowledge on to their pupils. Read on...

    This release, like all Ninja of the Month releases, includes the following:

    • A handmade ~ 7" x 7" plush Ninja limited to 100 pcs.
    • Signed and numbered fancy hang tag
    • Fun, character-specific accessories
    • A character sticker
    • A character button

    From the tag:
    "Yet another Original Ninja has been revealed! This time, encompassing all that surrounds us. Space, the ether, bliss, you name it. Any Ninja that studies the spiritual, looks toward Galaxy Ninja for important teachings on daily life, meditation, and otherworldly fighting techniques."

    Only a few left, so get this limited-edition, handmade plush while you can!

  • Alert: NotM low stock warning! Jun 12, 2013 By Shawnimal

    As part of an ongoing effort to keep you informed of our rare releases getting down to the nitty-gritty, here's the first alert: Mole Ninja!

    NotM: Mole Ninja!

    The fifth of 12 all-new Ninjas from our popular Ninja of the Month handmade plush series is Mole Ninja! There were always rumors of a Ninjatown underworld, but never proof. Until now! This could change everything. Read on...

    This release, like all Ninja of the Month releases, includes the following:

    • A handmade ~ 7" x 7" plush Ninja limited to 100 pcs.
    • Signed and numbered fancy hang tag
    • Fun, character-specific accessories
    • A character sticker
    • A character button

    From the tag:
    "Somewhere deep beneath Ninjatown lies a cavernous realm of darkness and mystery—but not necessarily of evil—where peculiar Ninjas reside. Legends says these digging dwellers possess bat-like sonar abilities, and snack on cookies made of mud and lava rock!"

    Only a few left, so get this limited-edition, handmade plush while you can!

  • Alert: NotM low stock warning! Jun 05, 2013 By Shawnimal 2 comments

    As part of an ongoing effort to keep you informed of our rare releases getting down to the nitty-gritty, here's the first alert: Animal Spirit Ninja!

    NotM: Animal Spirit Ninja!

    Apparently not all things that roam and make spooky noises in the Dark Forest are exclusively evil. Animal Spirit Ninja is a rare and mysterious creature indeed – an odd mix of wolf-like animal and Wee Ninja, with a fierce allegiance to unadulterated nature. But what else? Read on...

    This release, like all Ninja of the Month releases, includes the following:

    • A handmade ~ 7" x 7" plush Ninja limited to 100 pcs.
    • Signed and numbered fancy hang tag
    • Fun, character-specific accessories
    • A character sticker
    • A character button

    From the tag:
    "Legend tells of a feral, kibble-loving ninja roaming wild just inside the dense walls of the Dark Forest. Animal Spirit howls and growls ferociously each and every night. Evil? Definitely not, yet outside of being a disciple of Sprout Ninja its animalistic intentions aren’t fully known."

    Only a few left, so get this limited-edition, handmade plush while you can!

  • Alert: NotM low stock warning! May 29, 2013 By Shawnimal

    As part of an ongoing effort to keep you informed of our rare releases getting down to the nitty-gritty, here's the first alert: Mastermind Ninja!

    NotM: Mastermind Ninja!

    What's this? Mr. Demon has somehow gained control of Ninjatown Academy?! That seems... impossible! Unless, of course, he knew someone on the inside. Someone incredibly intelligent and evil. Someone who knows the inner working of Ninjatown. But who could this be? Uh oh...

    This release, like all Ninja of the Month releases, includes the following:

    • A handmade ~ 7" x 7" plush Ninja limited to 100 pcs.
    • Signed and numbered fancy hang tag
    • Fun, character-specific accessories
    • A character sticker
    • A character button

    From the tag:
    "We're not sure what went to this ninja's head first—the power or the cookies.Whatever it was, something transformed him into a criminal mastermind, determined to gain control of Ninjatown from the inside out. Thing is, who's he really doing it for? Mr. Demon... or himself?"

    Only a few left, so get this limited-edition, handmade plush while you can!

     

  • DTA nominations! May 22, 2013 By Shawnimal

    We're super excited to be nominated in three categories for this year's Designer Toy Awards hosted by Clutter Magazine! All are listed alphabetically in each category...

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    VOTE EARLY AND VOTE OFTEN! And view all of the categories here.
  • New project: Resketch May 22, 2013 By Shawnimal 1 comment

    Ok, it's not really a Shawnimals project, but it's been developed and designed by Shawnimals creator Shawn Smith! It's called Resketch, and it's on Kickstarter now! What is it?

    Resketch isn't the same old, boring sketchbook you're used to. The mission is simple...

    • Provide a new take on the fundamental building block of creative thinking: a sketchbook that fosters creativity and discovery via a diverse selection of paper types, and simple yet thought-provoking Creative Prompts.
    • Acquire interesting, high-quality reused paper from a variety of non-new sources that would otherwise be destined for a landfill or recycling center
    • Post-Kickstarter, find innovative ways to get Resketch books to people who need them most.

    Learn more on the Kickstarter page!

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  • C2E2 & sad news Apr 22, 2013 By Shawnimal 10 comments

    Hey folks, Shawn here. Just wanted to post a quick message about C2E2 and some changes. I plan on being there as much as possible, but unfortunately I won't be there quite as much as I originally intended. In addition, we won't have the Legends of Ninjatown comic done as we hoped.

    It'll still be an awesome show, and we hope you have a blast.

    This is the sad part, so apologies ahead of time: Late last week my brother passed away unexpectedly, and needless to say my family and I are all incredibly shocked. We will be spending a lot of time together in the coming days and weeks, so my time spent on Shawnimals-related stuff will be diminished. You've all been so awesome and supportive in the past, and I ask that you continue to be just as awesome until I'm able to get past this.

    Thank you, everyone.

  • C2E2 releases! Mar 27, 2013 By Shawnimal 2 comments

    Chicago's beloved comic and entertainment expo is nearly upon us! And with it comes some amazing releases from your pals here at Shawnimals. In addition to our usual awesome stuff, we have a great sampling of never-before-seen releases and exclusives, and we think you'll love what we'll have to offer. Mental note: booth no. 946 in the "Block" area of the show.

    Mucho Moustachio - $50 each

    C2E2 2013 mucho moustachio

    30-inches of pure machismo in plush form! That's right, your favorite moustache with a moustache is here in a mucho capacity. Perfect for your pad, as it will show men and women alike just how amazing you are. This is the first time this gigantic Moustachio is available, and will only be available at shows here on out! Handmade in the USA by Shawnimals.

    Hero / Villain Pocket Pork Dumpling custom - $12 each

    C2E2 2013 dumpling

    Everyone loves dumplings, especially when you can route for good or evil. In this case, the mini, vinyl Pocket Pork Dumplings! Painted by Joe Somers, designed by Shawnimal, this 100pc edition dumpling series features two designs – a hero and a villain – and is available exclusively from Shawnimals.

    Legends of Ninjatown comic - $10 each

    C2E2 2013 LoNT comic

    The newest Ninjatown series is now in comic form with this first-ever printed publication! Read along as a young Wee Ninja learns of the rich Ninjatown history thanks to Ol' Master Ninja's wisdom. His vivid descriptions yield amazing if not scary visuals, sure to tickle the fancy of your ninja eyeballs.

    Baby Ninjas Series 1 - $15 each

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    Of course, we'll have our newest release Ninjatown Baby Ninjas Series 1 on hand! Which will you get?

    Legends of Ninjatown Squad Packs - $15 each

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    Not quite a new release but still quite important! The initial release – these LoNT Squad Packs – features one of five Apprentice Ninjas representing the five main Squads: Fire, Forest, Snow, Aqua and Spirit. Choose your favorite Squad below, or order the bundle and you'll get all five plus a Legends of Ninjatown giclee print! Each Squad pack includes:

    1. Plush: 5-inch-tall Pocket Ninja plush with its Squad symbol emblazoned on its chest
    2. Two-sided card: One side with an artful scene from the Squad, the other with important information on that Squad
    3. Membership card: With Legends of Ninjatown info on one side, and blank space on the other for you to fill in
    4. 1-inch button: Featuring that Squad's Apprentice, proudly displaying the Squad's symbol

     

  • Baby Ninjas pre-order Mar 14, 2013 By Shawnimal 3 comments

    We are very pleased to announce our newest Ninjatown project: Baby Ninjas! It's a handmade, blind-bagged series of epic cuteness. We just know you'll love 'em!

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    Aw, sleepy Baby Ninja! You had me at ZzZzZz... This handmade mini, plush series consists of 10 Baby Ninja types, plus 1 chase. Series 1 includes: Baby Ninja, Macho Ninja, Zombie Ninja, Aqua Ninja, Business Ninja, Yeti Ninja, Pink Ninja, Undercover Ninja, Notso Wee Ninja, Animal Spirit Ninja, and, of course, the mystery chase. Each is 1/10 except for the chase which is ??/??. MORE INFO HERE.

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  • What's your Squad? Feb 27, 2013 By Shawnimal 3 comments

    Our newest project Legends of Ninjatown is going strong! So there's only one thing to ask: What's your Squad? Pick your favorite Squad – or collect all 5 – today!

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  • NotM: Now in stores! Feb 26, 2013 By Shawnimal 2 comments

    That's right! We're very excited to let you know that select styles of our popular Ninja of the Month line are now in select stores! Where? Look no further...

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  • Love Ninja is here! Jan 30, 2013 By Shawnimal

    Just in time for Valentine's Day for you or your sweetheart! Get it exclusively from the Shawnimals online shop for $15 through February 14th!

    Love Ninja!

  • Holiday shipping! Dec 15, 2012 By Shawnimal

    We know you want your Shawnimals goodies in time to give as gifts, and we love you for that! However, USPS and FedEx do have rules for such things, so please refer to the info below and plan accordingly when choosing the shipping option for your order. Also a lot 2 business days to process the order.

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  • NotM: Ragdoll Ninja Dec 05, 2012 By Shawnimal 4 comments

    The final Ninja of the Month not only for the 2012 series but for the 3-year-long series overall is nearly here! The adorable Ragdoll Ninja represents friendship, albeit in a grim sort of way. This handmade seated plush with a signed and numbered tag comes with a fable scroll, and more for $30 each. Read on...

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  • Legends of Ninjatown Nov 28, 2012 By Shawnimal 4 comments

    Our newest project Legends of Ninjatown is just about ready for it's full reveal, so we wanted to share a bunch of awesome LoNT info and images with you. It's a lot, but we have a strong feeling that you'll love it. We've alluded to a sort of elemental part of the world of Ninjatown for some time now, both during the 3-year run of Ninja of the Month (eg - Fröst Ninja = Snow Squad) as well as in our award-winning Nintendo DS game (eg - Lava Ninja = throws fireballs). Now we're really digging deep with Legends of Ninjatown! What is it? View it in our shop page here, or read on...

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