We are Aiman and Hwa, Los Angeles based designers and creators of Fungisaurs. What are Fungisaurs? Dinosaur-mushroom hybrids, of course!
We share a passion for travel, cute collectible toys, quirky mushrooms, and dinosaurs. We’re both also artists, so it was only a matter of time till we designed and created an original toy line combining our interests.
The idea of Fungisaurs was born on our way back from Yosemite National Park as we were perusing a mushroom identification handbook and were given dinosaur stickers at In-N-Out Burger, truly the birthplace of all great ideas, as we’d like to call it :) We furiously started sketching the new dinosaur-mushroom hybrid species and prototyped them on a 3D printer upon our return home.
- There’s 8 species that have been “discovered” so far:
- C-Rex: T-Rex spliced with a Chanterelle mushroom
- Bracko: Brachiosaurus spliced with Witches Hat mushroom
- Sailamander: Dimetrodon spliced with Turkey Tail
- Pterocap: Pterodactyl spliced with Death Cap
- Paradots: Parasaurolophus spliced with Fly Agaric
- Trishroomops: Triceratops spliced with Glistening Inky Cap
- Scaly Anky: Ankylosaurus spliced with Scaly Hedgehog
- Chick-Rap: Velociraptor spliced with Chicken of the Woods
We figured Fungisaurs start their life cycle like mushrooms, as spores, so, naturally, they’d travel on the winds and end up everywhere! Since 2015, we’ve literally taken our Fungisaurs toys with us on all of our journeys, from remote national parks to bustling cities, all over the world.
We like to photograph the toys as if they are the ones traveling. There were many occasions when we were photographing the Fungisaurs that hikers came over to take a closer look and play with them. There was even an incident, in Tokyo, a large group of tourists gathered round Chick-Rap, one of the Fungisaurs characters, and had a kawaii photo session!
We want to share Fungisaurs with everyone, so we worked really hard and started a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to mass produce Fungisaurs toys and began development on an AR (augmented reality) mobile game, so people could interact with the characters. Learn more about our project on fungisaurs.com or Kickstarter link below.
More info: kickstarter.com
Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Big Sur, California, USA
Zion National Park, Utah, USA
Malibu, California, USA
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA
Mammoth Lake, California, USA
Yotsuya, Tokyo, Japan
This is the moment the tourist group started noticing the Fungisaurs toy in Tokyo, Japan (mentioned in the intro above)
… And took turns to photograph Chick-Rap, the orange character! They told us it was the cutest thing they’d ever seen! :)
Posing with Godzilla in Tokyo, Japan
Palace of Versailles, France
Versailles Gardens, France
Colosseum, Rome, Italy
Roman Forum, Italy
Venice, California, USA
Sacramento, California, USA
Moab, Utah, USA (near HBO ‘Westworld’ filming location)
Downtown Las Vegas, USA
Cloud Gate aka the Bean, Chicago, USA
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
Troia, Portugal (for Trojan Horse was a Unicorn!)
Museum Island, Berlin, Germany
Thanks for checking out! Fungisaurs creators Aiman and Hwa
Now, without further ado, enjoy a world tour adventure through the eyes of Fungisaurs!
If you like what you just saw, we’d love your support on Kickstarter!
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