Princess Coralie (Klein Toys)

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Sooo… Here’s something that has been in the making since 2014, but we couldn’t show you anything yet!
Marc and I have been working together with the German toy manufacturer Klein Toys to create / expand a new line of toys that finally came out around Christmas last year.

The main part of the work is done by Marc here, I mostly take care of the watercolors. So he designed the characters and illustrated 4 little storybooks. Based on these characters and some of the elements in the books, Klein Toys made quite a few toys – plushies, figures, a toy castle and more.

Around November, we received a BIG package with aaaall of the toys. It was like early Christmas and so exciting to see all the finished products!

For now we’ll just leave you with a few pictures, but we’re going to show you some of the products more up close in the upcoming weeks. :)

These are the 4 picture books that got it all started, in a way.
Look at all that stuff lined up on our sofa!
Here's a closer look.
And here's another one.
This one we received a little later, which is why it's on a separate picture.

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Klara & Po

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For some months now, Marc has been working on little single-panel comics for a butcher’s shop called Baur. He puts these in his promotional flyers and apparently, some people are avid collectors by now!

The ideas and texts are provided by the client (© Frank Baur) and Marc has a lot of fun doing these!
The texts are in Swabian, one of Germany’s many dialects, so I roughly translated the dialogues the best that I could.
And yes, some of them are pretty harsh and not apt for vegetarians! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Po: Oh Klara, why do you have such biiiig red eyes?  Klara: Don't interrupt me, I'm trying to poop!
Klara: Hey Po, I'm leaving for a wellness weekend to pamper myself!  Po: You don't need to do that, we have everything right here! Mud packs, hot stones and massage brushes.
Klara: Oh God, where have you been in your holidays? Didn't you get anything to eat?  Po: I did the St. James pilgrimage and totally forgot to eat with all that self-discovery!
Klara: Why do you look like that, and what kind of place is this?  Po: Thisss is my ssssecret brewerrry!
Klara: Hey Po, did you know you can win a Christmas order at Baur's?  Po: Of course, that's why I made two orders right away!
Klara: Hey Po, are you coming ice skating?  Po: Nah, I'd just break my neck!  Klara: Aw, come on! It will be fine, and if anything happens, the butchers at Baur's will be happy about that!

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Princess Mina Junior Rummy (Haba)

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Princess Mina just keeps coming! Here’s another game in the series, this time it’s a card game for 2-4 players aged 5 – 99.

There were 2 new princesses to design this time, so now we’re up to 6. I love playing with different types and ethnicities and I try to make each princess very unique. Did you know there don’t seem to be any (none!) mainstream princesses with glasses? So I felt that I really needed to include one here.

The cover.

Here's what's inside.

You can collect the different colors for each princess...

...or you can line them all up with the same background.

Closeup for the first 3 princess cards...

...and the second 3, including the 2 new princesses.

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Wedding invitation

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Here’s an invitation Marc made for two of our neighbors who got married last year.
They have 7 Australian Shepherds, so of course they wanted to include them on their invitation.

Front of the card.
Several dogs that were spread across the inner part and backside of the invitation.

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Happy New Year!

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January has already begun a couple of weeks ago, but nevertheless, we wish all of you a very happy new year!

Also, we apologize for the lack of updates last year… It’s been a little difficult to find the time to work on the website ever since our little son was born in April 2016!
Fortunately, with maternity/paternity leave and all, you didn’t miss all that much.

Anyway, we hope to keep you more up to date this year, so let’s start with our annual Christmas Card!

A little explanation might be needed here:
In Catalonia – where Marc comes from – there is a slightly odd Christmas tradition which is called the Tió de Nadal, or Cagatió. This translates into “Christmas Log” or “Poop Log”. Yes, you read correctly.

The Cagatió is a little log with legs, a painted face and a red hat (usually a catalan “barretina”, although Marc chose to draw a Christmas hat). Starting on December 8, the children feed the Tió every day and cover him with a blanket so he won’t get cold.
Then on Christmas Eve, they hit the log with sticks while they sing to him to poop out presents. And surprise, surprise! When they lift his blanket, there are presents underneath.

So yeah. That’s what’s on the card. And it’s so much more fun than Santa.

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