Turning on the “On” switch | Rotofugi – Designer Toys

As someone who works in a creative field, I find it hard to be “on” all the time. No one, I don’ t care who you are, is creative, inspired and driven all the time! Sometimes you need a break…whether that’s taking a walk outside, bouncing ideas off a friend, reading a book…or having a mini zombie apocalypse at your desk…say with these guys.

Can you ever really be too old for toys? As a kid you use toys as a source of information; they help a young mind understand the complexities around them, they spur creativity, comfort you when you’re scared, help with hand and eye coordination, etc. Toys are a pretty big part of a growing kid’s life! However, I don’t think toys should end with youth; I think they should carry on into adulthood…

I’m one of those people who still has a bit of fun spirited kid in them. I can see myself as an 80 year-old granny still enjoying a good action figure death match. You need a bit of levity every now and again. There’s nothing like a good laugh to break up the monotony of the day, shake out the fog in your brain and boost your spirits. Laughter really IS the best medicine.

So thanks to my coworker Frank, I recently visited a wonderful little toy store by the name of Rotofugi. Rotowhat? The name, as the owners Kirby and Whitney Kerr say, references roto-casting–the molding process used to make vinyl toys–and the name of their puppy, Fugi.

Rotofugi is a cozy store filled with fantastic objects to delight in. It’s hard to imagine that such a small store could be home to so many wonderful things. I found myself wanting to plop down on the floor right then and there and start playing. I saw a lot of great items like Star Wars charms, Hello Kitty usb drives, Futurama mystery boxes (I want Bender), evil bunnies, sad monsters, marshmallows, fun erasers, canvas bags, buttons, hanging art, and things I can’t even describe–you’d have to see them for yourself.

One set of toys that really did catch my eye was the “Crappy Cat” series. I have no idea what drew me to them. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m a girl and yes, I love cats, but they really are fun little things. I ended up getting the monkey out of the cat collection (they are random), go figure! I have him sitting on my desk pointing a gun at me; I smile every time I look at him.

Inspiration, creativity or the “On” switch can really be had from anywhere. It’s simply a matter of investigating the world around you and not closing your mind off or turning your nose up at things. It may be something different from time to time or you may move on to something else…but for me, this time the “On” switch was a “Crappy Cat” (or monkey) from the toy store Rotofugi.

Next time I’m shooting for a cat…



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