It’s going to be a boo-tiful October boys and ghouls.  You’ve come to the right place for hauntingly fun toy and game mashups. We invite you to post a toy or game mashup…if you dare. Choose our ”Submit a Mashup!” link on the menu bar, or send us your mashup and we’ll post it for you. Don’t be scared. It’s fun!

Mashing pumpkins…and toys.

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Doggie Boo!

Not sure how you’re going to dress up your pets for Halloween? How about a little Doggie Boo?

And don’t forget to play the original game Doggie Doo, created by Lund and Company.


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Franken Mindstein

So you think you know everything?  Here’s a spooky Toy Mashup game – Franken Mindstein; based on Peggy Brown’s original game for Marbles, Mindstein.


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Halloween Mayhem

A Disturbance in the Force.

Here’s a little advice for folks who are planning to carve a jack-o-lantern this month. Light sabers are cool, but oh so unpredictable.


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How about a little re-enactment of The Shining – Legos style?


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A spooky little somethin’ to keep you on track this month – Count Trackula.  Hey, even a vampire needs to play every now and then.


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The Phantom of the Opera-tion

Ok, classic spooky mashup #2: The Phantom of the Opera-tion.

Dig around inside the Phantom’s guts, – but don’t be surprised when you hit a nerve and loud organ music plays. These doctors are gonna need finely tuned instruments to save this guy.


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Ghoul Talk

Throughout the month of October, we’ll be posting some fun retro, spooky-themed mashups. Feel free to post some of your own too.

Here’s a popular game for the little ghouls in your life…Ghoul Talk.


Ghoul Talk

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Flip Flop Toys

Flip Flops to Fun

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In Kenya a recycling plant is taking flip flops which wash up on the shore, and making toys out of them.

This is a really innovative way of taking stuff which otherwise would go to the landfill (every year hundreds of pairs of flip flops wash up on the countries beaches) and upcycling them into something completely different, giving the plastic a whole new life!

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Toy Soldiers

Upcycled Action Figures Made by a Soldier in Afghanistan

January 11, 2014 in Creativity

This wonderful collection of junk action figures was put together by Private First Class Rupert Valero, who is stationed at a forward operating base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. A former oil rig engineer, Valero has been collecting and customizing action figures for years, but ever since he was sent to Afghanistan, he had to create his own action figures from recycled materials like bottle caps, soda cans and fabric. The artist/soldier says he has the mind of an engineer and never stops thinking about building things, whether they be robots, buildings, or anything else for that matter. It’s just his way of staying sane in a dangerous place like Afghanistan. Because toys are universal, people react to them the same whether they are in the middle of the desert or in America, and Private Valero says they have allowed him to interact with the locals. By giving a child one of his upcycled action figures he puts a smile on his face and maybe takes his mind off doing something that he shouldn’t do.

You can buy Rupert’s upcycled action figures at reasonable prices, on his Etsy shop, and you can find an extended interview with him, here.

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Plush Lounge

Take a seat on this swanky plush lounge. Reposted from Recyclart’s saturday-morning-cartoons, December 25, 2011.

Idea sent by Don Kennell.

This sculpture is one of my entries into Santa Fe’s Recycled Art Show, at El Museo Cultural this weekend. The lovely and comfortable sofa is made from up-cycled stuffed toys. There is avast untapped resource of stuffed animals out there and I want to use these to make furniture, housewares, and clothing.

Saturday Morning Cartoons in art  with upcycled furniture Sculpture Recycled Art Recycled

Saturday Morning Cartoons in art  with upcycled furniture Sculpture Recycled Art Recycled

More information at Don Kennell ETSY shop !


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Succulosauras Rex

The “Succulosauras”

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I had to keep my oldest busy over Spring Break. She found joy in putting her hands in dirt and digging in the garden – what kid wouldn’t? You can see from my previous post that we made terrariums. Since all the garden supplies were out we continued the planting theme using one of her old toys.


My daughter got this horrid looking T-rex at a party when she was 4. It stuck around the house for FOUR. WHOLE. YEARS.  We’d find it among her “Pet Shop” toys or tangled in some ribbon or doll’s hair (which she never plays with).  I usually would use toys like this as a gift topper instead of a bow. I didn’t know who to “gift” it to—she hasn’t gone to any not-so-girly parties lately. I couldn’t bear to put it in the landfill. I had hoped to sneak it into a geocache along with her other little toys, but it’s too big to fit in some of the geocaches around here.

I’ve seen toys like this turn into toothbrush holders since they’re hollow on the inside. So I thought, why not make it into planter?

The dinosaur went under the knife…


“I’mma cut you..”

I marked the hole with a pen and carefully sawed off the marked lines.


Then she painted the dino with some hot pink craft paint. We just used what we had but you can spray paint it for a more even finish. Tip: Start at the bottom, let it dry then do the top so that it can finish drying while standing up.

Tickle, tickle...

Tickle, tickle…

Once dried, we layered it like we did the terrariums: small gravel, a layer of activated charcoal, and lastly, potting soil. Then came the plant…She sacrificed her “favorite succulent” for this project.


We wrapped the roots in moss and shoved it into the dinosaur so that it stays put. We added a little water and it was done.


It sure makes a stunning centerpiece in the middle of our dining room table. It’s a fun and quirky thing to have in the house. It makes me want to raid the kids’ closet and see what else I can plant things in.

A doll head maybe… or would that be too creepy?

Have you upcycled any of your kids’ toys?

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Retro Cakes

How about some yummy retro game cakes to sweeten your week? Delish!

retro cakes

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