DolphinWizard Toys Hit the Market!

Packaging design by Derek M. Ballard, Toys designed and made by Daniel T. Ballard

Packaging design by Derek M. Ballard, Toys designed and made by Daniel T. Ballard

We are thrilled to announce that tonight our kaiju toys have been released as the Ghoulanoids, with a tie-in comic published by Sacred Prism.

According to designer Daniel T. Ballard, “The Ghoulanoids are 80s-throwback mini critter-creatures based on the mini-monster movie subgenre, Saturday morning cartoons.” The name is a portmanteau of the titles of “Ghoulies” the movie and “Inhumanoids” the TV show.

The comic, also called Ghoulanoids, is written by Stephen McClurg, a comic, children’s book author and haiku poet, among other things, and illustrated by Derek Ballard, Daniel’s brother, who works on “Adventure Time.” Check out Stephen’s writeups about Ghoulanoids here and here. He says,

Ghoulanoids will be a comic packaged with toys and published by Sacred Prism this fall. We’re early in the process, but our inspiration is most obviously from ‘80s toy lines and films like Critters and Phantasm. We hope to do something unique and fun with those flavors. That “we” is Daniel and Derek Ballard and me. I know the creators and the publisher are excited, I hope our readers will be. Did I mention that Daniel makes puppets and works with Heather Henson sometimes? Yeah, of THAT Henson family. Did I mention that Derek has his own comic book series and works on Adventure Time?

The toys are currently available via PayPal at this link. We’ll let you know as soon as we have our online shop up!

DolphinWizard Co Brings Puppet Film Fest to Gainesville

HMPD posterDolphin Wizard Puppetry and Toys is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Ibex Puppetry’s “Handmade Puppet Dreams” series on Tues. Sept. 30 at the Hippodrome Theatre, with a special screening of the new film “Lessons Learned.”

Handmade Puppet Dreams is a series of puppet films produced by Ibex Puppetry, the company of Heather Henson, daughter of Jim Henson. Ibex’s mission is to promote health & healing for the planet through the fine art of puppetry. In Handmade Puppet Dreams films, gifted puppeteers’  imaginings are made incarnate, with the help of talented performers such as Christopher Lloyd and Elijah Wood.

Lessons Learned“Lessons Learned” is the directorial debut of Toby Fraud, aka the baby in “Labyrinth” and the son of renowned character designer Brian Froud, of “The Dark Crystal,” “Labyrinth,” and “Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book.”

The film fest is Tues. Sept. 30 at 7:30, in the Hippodrome Cinema on the first floor of the Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Place, in downtown Gainesville. Tickets are $10 at door, $8 if purchased in the week prior, or $6 if you order now! Students, educators, and military get $1 off.

We are proud to present Ibex Puppetry’s “Lessons Learned” and the latest volume of the “Handmade Puppet Dreams” series in a celebration of the fine arts of puppetry and moviemaking. With our efforts, Gainesville is now the 3rd city in Florida to host a Handmade Puppet Dreams showing.

A Menagerie at the Farmers Market

Our first month at the Union Street Farmers Market at Bo Diddley Community Plaza has been fun! We’ve been introducing some new creatures, including dragons and dinosaurs. We’ve already been able to entertain quite a few adorable children, and have sated some adults’ Game of Thrones fandom. We’re located on the west side of the lawn as you approach the stage, every Wednesday 7 to 10pm!

Ibex’s Show “Flight” Takes the High Tech Award!

Dan repairs a rod puppet for a frog character.

Dan repairs a rod puppet for a frog character.


Dan assisted in repair and engineering of puppets for Ibex Puppetry‘s show “Flight” at the Orlando Fringe Festival. The show played several times to great audiences, and took home the High Tech Award at the end of the fest, for its incredible kites, rod puppets, bodysuits, costumes, and projections.
Dan repairs the "adolescent" puppet for Awaken, the main character.

Dan repairs the “adolescent” puppet for Awaken, the main character.


Dolphin Wizard Co congratulates Ibex Puppetry on their win, and is proud to have assisted on this excellent show!