The product of a sudden flash of brain lightning, Lilikin and his hangers-on were born in 2-D in the summer of 2009, and soon took corporeal form in multiple experimental iterations. Their creator, Kimberley Cleland, is a seasoned (read: jaded) toy designer with 10 years of industry drudgery and a lifetime of compulsive DIY-ness keeping her awake at night.
Following an unexpectedly successful run at Montreal indie craft fairs selling hand-made versions of the Friends to babies, kids, grown-ups, hipsters, nerds, weirdos, salsa-dancers and robots, Kimberley decided to take it to the next level, and Lilikin Industries was born.
And the masses are in love with Lilikin, Mollycoddle and Eleven. Adults buy them for themselves or as gifts for their young-at-heart friends. Parents buy them for their school-age children. One family of three young sisters pooled their allowances to lock Mollycoddle into an elaborate shared custody arrangement. And very many have become shower gifts for babies-on-the-way.