Two artists out of Hong Kong, Ian and Jona, have created a grotesque creature known as the Maggore. She is a maggot monster, with a story as beautifully ugly as she, and I really, really enjoy this toy. I know a lot of collectors are tired of the gross out, macabre, horror type toys, but I feel like this one placates to my 80's horror vibe quite well, and the back story to its inception only adds onto it. I immediately got a Cronenberg feel, a la The Fly. Backstory, concept idea, directly from its creators, and photos below! Toy lovingly borrowed from @plastichunter! Maggore concept: Spoiler Maggore, the aborted baby that got flushed into the dark and filthy toilet coldly by her parents. Expected to be gone, she was raised by the maggots in the sewer, her body deformed after consuming nasty stuff in the sewer. However in there she found another filthy paradise with new friends. Her name came from the people who witnessed the horror scene from the toilet. The huge maggot and gore... Maggore... Some says she lurks in the damp darkness in the toilet, awaiting to seek for the long lost parents. The sound of female yelling reminds the voice of the parents who ditched her, which explains why its usually couples who will find maggore crawls out from the toilet... Brand concept: Spoiler Jona: When I was a child, I’m not sure when but just one day I started to see weird distorted humanoid faces, these faces started to get more and more realistic over the years and I even started to hear voices calling my name. I didn’t tell anyone because I believed that what I saw is supernatural being and I believe that there’s nothing I can do but to be afraid and try to ignore what I see and hear, those horrible distorted faces with huge eyes, long straight nose and a broken mouth. Until sometimes during high school I started to have memory lost and sudden black outs, I told my parents that I should see a doctor, and they tested that I have temporal lobe epilepsy which is a brain epilepsy that is very easily triggered and can happen many times within an hour. My doctor suggested me to sketch out my nightmares to conquer it, as a therapy and after drawing them daily for many years, I have finally conquered it, I have no fear of those horrible distorted faces, I can keep track of my memory lost, I can keep up and live a normal life. That’s the main inspiration for me to create maggore, to use sofubi as a medium to let others feel my nightmares that I have faced for years, and after a discussion with my partner who’s also my childhood best friend Ian, we came up with the idea to combine both of our phobias to create Maggore, which is maggots + the distorted humanoid face. The brand name Trash talk toys actually means that all of our ideas are created through talking trash, talking about everything since we are very close friends, we talk everyday even when we are separated as I have moved to Australia from Hong Kong many years ago.