Yesterday we teased a BIG reveal from our friends over at WARPO (Legends of Cthulhu) and we’re here to deliver. Announced yesterday, co-founders Bryan Katzel, Tommy Baldwin and Eric Lefeber are putting their high level of attention and love of nostalgia together to unleash a legendary Christmas monster: KRAMPUS!
Based on the infamous Bavarian yuletide yeti, Don’t Kuddle the Krampus is an 18.5” tall plush toy that “comes complete with three Naughty Kids pillows to collect and carry in his Naughty Kid bag, and removable molded manacles with chains.” Remind you of anyone? It should, and with good reason. According to Bryan Katzel, Warpo president: “We love the 80’s and the monster toys that existed at the time, especially all the soft goods like My Pet Monster, Madballs, Boglins, and Gremlins. When we hit upon the thought of…[creating] a toy line to compete with the gross-out/monster toys of the era, we knew we needed to make it a reality.”
Enter, James Groman (Madballs, Barnyard Heroes) and veteran plush artist Donna Miranda (Care Bears, My Pet Monster). As part of WARPO’s Method Manufacturing process, Groman and Miranda have been enlisted to reimagine the the halcyon days of monsters and gross-out gags in the form of this hideously awesome Krampus toy. Get your FIRST LOOK at Groman’s concept art for this bizarre beasts below and be sure to check out all the details of WARPO’s “Don’t Cuddle the Krampus” Kickstarter campaign!