When exactly did monsters stop being frightening and start being friendly? Iâ€™m sure that the gorgeously gruesome Ugly Dolls are partially responsible and now new film Monsters v Aliens is set to rekindle bambinosâ€™ desire for cuddly critters. But how do you avoid all those branded, big corporation products? By creating your very own monster, thatâ€™s how!
Queen of quirk Donna Wilson has a fab Make Your Own Monster Kit for Â£12 – each one is different, so you can buy a few for your little oneâ€™s chums with no fear of arguments. A more bespoke experience is on offer at Curly Q Cuties where children are invited to Design Your Own Monster using the Monster-Maker by selecting the requisite components, from mouth shape to belly colour. Your finished creature will cost you $25, plus $12 shipping to the UK.
The ultimate unique monster comes courtesy of Scottish designer Lucy Moose, whose Stuff Your Doodles are soft figures created from your childâ€™s drawing, no matter how simple, complex or downright bizarre it may be, with prices starting from Â£50. No need to worry if you find any of these under the bed.