From the creative tandem of David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, the Uglydoll started to be just an orange drawing sent by David to Sun-Min while she was in Korea. It was the year 2001 when the orange character named Wage became a constant character on David’s letter to his soon to be wife. It had a saying at the bottom of the character which stated: "Working hard to make our dreams come true so we can be together again soon". A few months later, Sun-Min had sewn the character into a plush doll which she sent to David as a surprise.
David showed the doll to his friend and owner of Giant Robot, Eric Nakamura. David then asked Sun-Min to create more the plush characters to be displayed at Los Angeles’ Giant Robot store. The 12-inch dolls were first released in 2002 which sold out in one day. This was the start of the couple’s successful venture. In 2006, Uglydoll won the award for Specialty Toy of the Year which was a distinction given by the Toy Industry of America.
Today, the citizens of Uglyverse which is a universe filled with these cute and lovable ugly characters have several items to offer. From plush dolls, the company has action figures, blankets, apparels, ceramics, watches, pillows, books, and other gift sets to offer. Some of the most popular characters from the Uglyverse are: 1) Wage – The original orange character who is a hardworking and works at a local super mart. 2) Dave Darinko – He is a natural born leader who likes music. 3) Brip – This is another hardworking character who serves cakes and pastries at a local coffee cake shop. 4) Suddy – She is an orange cuddly character who is always on the go. 5) Jrumpy – This purple three-eyed thing is all about willpower. 6) Mrs. Kasoogi – She runs the house and keeps it in order. She is an orange Uglydoll who loves to keep attention on small details 7) Basheeshee – He is a blue colored character who has a pair of long ears and is Big Toe’s little brother. 8) Ice-Bat – He likes hanging upside down in ice cave or even in a freezer. 9) Winkolina – Her distinguishable feature is that she doesn’t have eyes but she is an adventurous companion. 10) Tray – She is the brains among the Uglydolls and she even has three brains. Her eyes are blue because of munching too much blueberries.
There are even more characters in the Uglyverse that you might want to check out. But if you have not met these guys until now, wait until you see their upcoming movie from Universal Pictures alongside with its Illumination Entertainment division which created the successful Despicable Me.