These Nicolas Lesaffre Toy Designs are Cute and Ferocious

 - Apr 27, 2012
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Hong Kong-based, French graphic designer and illustrator Nicolas Lesaffre has an eye for fierce, yet adorable toy design. The Japanese-inspired trend of infusing cute characters with monster-like qualities has progressed from a niche genre into an established style. The outcome of this is that artists cannot merely rely on using the once-niche style as a means of distinguishing themselves, but instead need to demonstrate well-honed talent in their creations. Lesaffre doesn't seem to have any trouble doing this.

The artist's characters incorporate caterpillar-like bodies with bunny ears, compound eyes and big mouths full of jagged fangs. However, this mixture of fearsome features and creepy qualities somehow does not produce a grotesque end result. Rather, the characters are endearing and whimsical.