ManagerJosh over at TerraSpore brought this to my attention:
Check out the new EA Spore IMVironment. Customize your IM window by selecting your own creature, background, and accessories. You can interact with your friend’s IM window by sending over love, spaceship attacks or even a mob of little clones! There are also links to the Spore website and more videos. Spore launches this fall, 9/7.
Too bad I use Trillian, otherwise I myself would be using this layout!