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String Doll Gang Characters Heading to Hollywood
The Jim Henson Co. to pitch TV show featuring Kamibashi's original String Dolls

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The Jim Henson Co. aims to bring the tactile nature of the String Doll Gang to the TV screen.

Kidscreen Magazine, Oct. 22, 2010
by Lana Castleman

Based on toy property The String Doll Gang™, which The Jim Henson company picked up to license into consumer products in 2008, this new series features just as wide a range of characters as those conceived by doll creator Kamibashi. To help shape what Henson CEO Lisa Henson calls the "world of weirdness" the dolls inhabit in this pure comedy concept, viewers get to traverse the Stringdom with main characters Skates and Emo — the Princess and Prince of Yarnia. In each ep, the pair gets dispatched by their father the King to a far-flung corner of Yarnia, be it to the volcano that spews feathers when it erupts or a seemingly invisible village inhabited by tiny ninjas. Along with the madcap quality of the scripts, Henson says the company is aiming to bring the tactile nature of the dolls to the screen. The just-completed animation test depicts a unique tactile world forged from string, felt and other fabrics.

Features in Periodicals & Books:


Another World Ganbare Bear; Senken Shimbun Fashion Daily Japan (April, 2011)

The Mindful Traveler Kamibashi Cares String Dolls; Scholastic Parent & Child (April, 2011)


The Stringdom of Yarnia; Kidscreen Magazine by Lana Castleman (Oct 22, 2010)

Doll-iciously weird String Dolls & Koonin Pets; TRENDS (Sep, 2010)


Back To School: Fashion Sense String Doll Gang®; TIME OUT New York (Aug 1, 2010)

All the Rage: Our faves for love and loss String Doll Gang®; Koream (Feb, 2010)


Kooky Companions to Carry With You String Doll Gang®; Disney Family Fun (March, 2010)

Did You Know? String Doll Gang®; Dayton Daily News (April 7, 2010)


Don't Say It With Flowers Lover Boy String Doll; Los Angeles Times (Feb 7, 2010)

Their hearts will flutter for these gifts Cupid String Doll; Metro New York (Feb 9, 2010)


The Ultimate Stuffers AstroNeil String Doll; Parenting (Dec 2009)

The Clock Is Ticking String Doll Gang®, Freak-O-Bag™; Scholastic Parent & Child (Dec 2009)


Giving Back: Susie Survivor String Doll Gang®; Organic Spa (Sep/Oct 2009)

Back-to-School Surprises Dexter String Doll; GOTHAM Petite Luxe (Sep 2009)


Fresh Start: Hot Pick String Doll Gang®; Scholastic Parent & Child (Sep 2009)

Bella and Sid String Doll Gang®; Giftware News (Aug 1, 2009)

Charm School Twinkle String Doll; NYLON "Bag Check" (May 2009)

String Gang Multiples String Doll Gang®; Los Angeles Times (March 14, 2009)

For That Special Someone DEBO Superheroes™; The New York Times "Pulse, Fashion & Style" (Feb 14, 2009)

Is It Too Much to Ask? Nope! String Doll Gang®; The New York Times "SundayStyles" (Nov 30, 2008)

Lost in the Supermarket DEBO Superheroes™; Punk Rock Confidential "Give Me, Give Me..." (March, 2008)

Monsterrific! Koonin Family Pets™; PEEL Magazine "Gifts & Decorative Accessories" (May, 2008)

Candy Darling Punk String Doll and Dylan's Candies; The W Hotels Magazine p.22/23 (Dec, 2007)

30 Things We Love Charismatic String Dolls; Where Guestbook (Dec, 2007)

What a Doll: too cute! String Doll Gang®; Knit.1 p.22/23 (Nov, 2007)

Unika Dockor Sid & Judo Sensei String Doll); SvD Magasinet (Jan, 2007; Stockholm)

A Great Stocking Stuffer... String Doll Gang®; East Bay Daily News (Oct, 2008)

Koonin Family Pets™ PEEL Magazine by Kristen Doherty (Nov, 2007)

Waterproofed Scratch String Doll; Café Fashion Magazine (Sep, 2007; Stockholm)

Training Kompis Companions Judo Sensei String Doll ELLE (Oct, 2007; Stockholm)

Quality & Style Iron Davey String Doll; Exhibition News Nat. Stationary Show (July, 2007; Berkhamsted, UK)

Inspiration: Stuff We LOVE This Month The String Doll Gang® JANE p.40 (Aug, 2007)

Dockor Med Personlighed Red Devil String Doll; Tisdag (May, 2007; Stockholm)

Till Den Som Fyller Ar Punk String Doll; MODEttE Sverige (May, 2007; Stockholm)

String Fling The String Doll Gang®; Toronto Star Chicago (July, 2006)

Crafty Virgin & Zombie Boy; The Impatient Beader Gets Inspired! Margot Potter (North Light Books, 2006)

Couple help bring Asia to Asheville; Asheville Citizen Times (Sep. 13, 2005)

Blog Entries, E-Zine Articles, Video Features & Shopping Guides:

Vincent String Doll Gang®; Condé Nast Traveler by Mark Smith (April, 2013)

Purl String Doll Gang®; Pure Wow. All in the Family: For the special ladies on your list (Dec, 2012)

Walker the Waiter String Doll Gang®; newsobserver Ideas Spring to Life by Stacey Chandler (Nov, 2012)

Titus the Tiger String Doll Gang®; Fashion of Glee by Diana Agron (Nov, 2012)

Susie Survivor String Doll Gang®; LARP COUTURE Fabric Bolt! (Oct, 2012)

Kamibashi's Fare Trade Halloween String Doll Gang®; inhabitots by Jennifer Chait (Oct, 2012)

The Original String Doll Gang String Doll Gang®; The Jim Henson Company by Melissa Segal (June, 2012)

Kamibashi Dolls at FABO Cafe String Doll Gang®; Creative Loafing by Allison Campbell (May, 2012)

Shiloh Jolie-Pitt's New Short Boy Cut Stringasaur; Life&Style Weekly, by Hollywood Life (Jan, 2012)

Kamibashi Gingerbread Man String Doll Gang®; inhabitots by Jennifer Chait (Dec, 2011)

New String Dolls for Christmas String Doll Gang®; Growing a Green Family by Jennifer Chait (Nov, 2011)

The String Doll Gang String Doll Gang®; A PIECE of TOAST Lifestyle Blog by Sally Ann (Oct, 2011)

In depth interview with Julie Armbruster Freak-O-Bag; The Green Stylist, by Jodi Truglio (Sep, 2011)

Ganbare Bear String Doll Gang®; MARMALADE Gift & Home > Home > Kids (July, 2011)

String Doll Gang Figurines String Doll Gang®; Steamy Kitchen by Jaden Hair (April, 2011)

It's Eco-Friendly! Freak-O-Bags; That's it Mommy! Reviews. Giveaways. Travel. Events. Fun. (April, 2011)

Good Knitting Karma Purl String Doll; SweaterBabe.com knitting & crochet™ (Mar, 2011)

Santas Little Helper Santy & Isabelly String Dolls; Oh My Goodness Alexandra's Thoughtful Spot (Dec, 2010)

The String Doll Gang is Boss String Doll Gang®; Dearest Damned Diary Visually Stimulate With (Dec, 2010)

CH GIFTGUIDE Irie String Doll; COOL HUNTING Captain Lucas, Inc. (Dec, 2010)

Halloween Treats The String Doll Gang®; Better Bets! (Oct, 2010)

Doll-iciously weird String Doll Gang®; The Star Online (Sep, 2010)

The 2010 Back to School Guide Freak-o-Bags™; coolmompicks (Aug 23, 2010)

Reusable Totes, the "Must-Have" Bag Freak-o-Bags™; Go Chic or Go Home (Aug, 2010)

The Buyer's Guide for Kids and Parents The String Doll Gang®; Playgrounder (July, 2010)

Case in Point: The String Doll Gang String Doll Gang®; Phoenix New Times (June, 2010)

Want to Hang Some Mini Creatures Off Your Chanel? String Doll Gang®; naag (June 23, 2010)

Jim Henson Company Launches Online Retail Store The String Doll Gang®; TalkMoviesWorld.com (June 6, 2010)

Henson Debuts 4 Brands at Licensing Show The String Doll Gang®; Animation Magazine (June 4, 2010)

Boho Frida String Doll Gang®; Life of a Crazy Beader (May 20, 2010)

The String Doll Gang String Doll Gang®; The Fashionable Bambino (May 12, 2010)

Meet The String Doll Gang The String Doll Gang®; TM4URL (May 3, 2010)

The String Doll Gang® The String Doll Gang®; KidCrave (May 5, 2010)

Kamibashi Reusable Freak-O-Bags Freak-O-Bags®; Inhabitots (May 1, 2010)

Meet the String Doll Gang from Kamibashi String Doll Gang®; Inhabitots (May 1, 2010)

A basket of Easter gift ideas all under $15 String Doll Gang® & ; Cool Mom Picks (March 24, 2010)

Show 'em you know 'em this Valentine's The String Doll Gang®; The Product Pasha (Feb 2010)

Love Aid: Kamibashi String Doll Gang The String Doll Gang®; KoreAm (Feb 7, 2010)

65 Holiday Gifts For Everyone On Your List AstroNeil String Doll; Parenting (Dec 2009)

Gift Ideas For the Teens and Tweens... String Doll Gang® & ; The JYY Blog (Dec 8, 2008)

Gifts for Tweens & Teens Sid String Doll; Holidash Gift Guide (Dec 2009)

Gifts for $25 and under Irie String Doll; Cool Hunting Gift Guide (Dec 2009)

The top-scoring new toys and gadgets The String Doll Gang™; Holiday Toy Review (Dec 2009)

Get your freak on Monster w/Horns Freak-O-Bag™ ; Cool Mom Picks (Dec 9, 2009)

Holiday Gift Guide: Tweak 99 Freak-O-Bag™; Los Angeles Times (Nov 19, 2009)

Freak-O-Bags from INCREDIBLE SHOP Freak-O-Bag™; KIX-Files Hong Kong (Sep 1, 2009)

The String Doll Gang String Doll Gang®; LiveModern (Sep 22, 2009)

Living la vida letterpress Beelzebub String Doll; Crow and Canary by Brandon Mise (Sep 10, 2009)

The String Doll Gang Brings Good Mojo AstroNeil String Doll; Culturewav.es (Aug 18, 2009)

Awesome Reusable Bags and Really Cool Key Chains! The String Doll Gang®, Freak-O-Bags™, BLABBOS™ Buddies; Early Work Toy Station (May 21, 2009)

Naughty Kitty Asian-inspired Print Kirieya Hand-Cut Silhouettes; Modern Cat (May 19, 2009)

Jim Henson signs deal with Asheville-based Kamibashi Corp... The String Doll Gang®; Ashvegas (May 16, 2009)

Jim Henson Co. to expand String Doll Gang line String Doll Gang®; Kids Today Online (May 14, 2009)

Collectible Characters The String Doll Gang™; Daily Grommet (March, 2009)

Kamibashi's String Doll Gang keeps growing String Doll Gang®; Los Angeles Time (March 14, 2008)

10 Valentine Accessories DEBO Superheroes™; The New York Times Pulse (Feb 1, 2009)

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Putting a Spin on the Classic Dolls String Doll Gang® & Koonin Dolls; The Designer Dolls Blog (Nov 19, 2008)

pdf For That Special Someone DEBO Superheroes™; stickersanddonuts (Feb 12, 2009)

pdf Yarn Crawl Sunday String Doll Gang®; Taunton Stitch and Bitch Central (Dec 28, 2008)

pdf Green Stocking Stuffers for Under $25 String Doll Gang®; Green Guide, National Geographic (Dec, 2008)

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pdf Last Minute Gifts String Doll Gang®; WFAA.com Get Listy Dallas/Fort Worth (Dec 20, 2008)

pdf In My Mind's I Column String Doll Gang®; Texas Jewish Post Dallas/Fort Worth (Dec 11, 2008)

pdf String Cuties String Doll Gang®; The Annotated Life: everyday reveries and crafty stuff (Dec 11, 2008)

pdf Holiday Gift Guide String Doll Gang®; The New York Times Pulse (Nov 30, 2008)

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pdf The Key to Entertainment DEBO Superheroes™; Droolicious – Modern Designs for Modern Parents (March, 2008)

pdf Saturday Tasty Links KFPs and String Doll Gang®; The Impatient Blogger™ by Margot Potter (Sep, 2008; Honey Brook, PA)

pdf Can Fish Giggle? String Doll Gang®; word2Sky.net Blog (June, 2008)

pdf Tightly Wound The French Guy String Doll Gang®; A-NU IDEA (June, 2008)

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pdf A Bit of Product Cuteness DEBO Superheroes™ & String Doll Gang®; Arbeds Snuffleguppy (July, 2008)

pdf These Kids Put Hands and Minds to Work DEBO Superheroes™; TDmonthly's Top 10 Artsy Toys (March, 2008)

pdf Cool Ghoul Product Reviews The String Doll Gang®; Kids Trends Weekly Magazine (March, 2008)

pdf Just popping in to say...Happy St. Patricks Day! Finnegan String Doll; My Doll Journal (March, 2008)

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pdf Boo to You... Halloween String Dolls; Tot Trends Weekly Magazine (March, 2008)

pdf Meet The String Doll Gang® In the Name of Rennie Blog (Feb, 2008)

pdf Shopping at W-Hotels Cupid String Doll; HotelChatter (Feb, 2008)

pdf String Things SkullBoy String Doll; Life at 123 House Salt Lake City (Feb, 2008)

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pdf Skydda Dig Mot Dalig Smak The String Doll Gang®; KING Modemag. For Man Stockholm (March, 2008)

pdf Stringdolls: Dockorna Med Olika Personligheter PLAZA Kvinna Stockholm (June, 2008)

pdf Saikin Omoshiroi noga Arimasuyo? Koonin Family Pets™ Yellow Ruby SHOP Blog Tokyo (June, 2007)

pdf Fashion Notes Collin the Pirate String Doll NOW Magazine Toronto (July, 2006)


pdf Holiday Gift Guide 2005 String Doll Gang® GAPERS BLOCK Chicago (Dec, 2005)