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REVIEW: Gus Fink’s Stitch Kittens

07 June 2008 at 11:51 PM 11 Comments

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Background

Rocket USA and artist Gus Fink teamed up to release a cute line of plush characters known as the Stitch Kittens.  The first six figures (Xoom, Blurb, Ava, Nubbs, Patches and Gimpy) are easily displayable and include a mini-comix, trading card and character checklist for your reading pleasure.

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Packaging

Not much packaging as they are plush.  Each figure does have a plastic tag that includes the mini-comix and trading card inside of it.

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The Figures

Designed by Gus Fink, the Stitch Kittens line currently includes 6 characters.  Each figure is approximately 7” in height and the arms, ears, and tail can all be posed (wires inside of them).  Here’s a look at all of the characters, in the order of our favorites.

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Xoom
Do you like Superheroes?? If so then you would LOVE Xoom. He's a hard working hero that protects the Land o' Lint from the Puff Puppies, Dust Bunnies and the Cave Creatures! Without Xoom there would be a lot more chaos, but thankfully he does it all for free! Cuz that's what heroes do!

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Blurb
The most active kitten of them all! He's a master of sports and can shoot lightning bolts out of his head!!! Blurb likes to do things differently, lots of things, all at the same time!

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Ava
The only Kitten that can fly! She's a cute fairy kitten, with a magical wand that can grant wishes and cast magical spells. She usually uses her powers for helping other animals, even the Puff Puppies that cause destruction and doom to the Land o' Lint. Ava loves all animals!

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Nubbs
Princess of the Land o' Lint, Nubbs can be often found taking naps underneath her favorite tree and if you wanna make her REALLY happy just buy her some Vanilla Cupcake flavored Ice Cream, it's her favorite!

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Patches
Dare Devil, Magician, Home Repairer, Stuffed Horse Maker! There are so many things Patches can do! He does them well, and because he is a dare devil, he always ends up getting hurt and can repair himself, which is why he's all patched up!

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Gimpy
Gimpy is the hip cool kat; likes jazz music and puppets. He is one of the best Lint Collectors for the King and has a crush on Nubbs.

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Our Opinion

I’m a fan of the plush collaborations between Gus Fink and Rocket USA.  Most of all, I like that these plushies are displayable.  Of course, there are tradeoffs when you have a plush with a flat bottom (does that sound dirty?).  It loses some of that cuddle-ability.  But collectors are sure to love that they can set these figures alongside their other toys.

Depending on the character, you’ll see a number of different materials used: pleather, a plastic magic wand, rubbery whiskers, and glittery wings.  All of the characters are entertaining, but I’d select Xoom, Blurb and Ava as the highlights of the series.

You can pick one up at the following:

Newbury Comics: $14.99 ea.

Stitch Kittens Grades:

Quality: 8/10
Stitching: 7/10
Packaging: N/A
Durability: 9/10
Hype: 8/10
Fun Factor: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Overall: 8.8/10

Xoom: 9.2
Blurb:
9.0
Ava:
8.8
Nubbs:
8.4
Patches:
8.0
Gimpy:
7.6

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Have these figures?  What do you rate them?


11 Responses to “REVIEW: Gus Fink’s Stitch Kittens”

  1. Giuliano says:

    Super cute and all, but when I saw Xoom, seriously, the first thing that came to my mind, with those triangle in the forehead, was Concentration Camp.

    Because they had not only the stars for Jewish people, but also triangles for the non-Jewish prisioners, and if it happen that the prisioner was like two types of people they didn't like (for example a political dissident that was also homossexual, or gypsy), that's how the 2 triangles would be put together.

    I don't know, just was a little weird, but super cute colors though

  2. Giuliano says:

    Super cute and all, but when I saw Xoom, seriously, the first thing that came to my mind, with those triangle in the forehead, was Concentration Camp.

    Because they had not only the stars for Jewish people, but also triangles for the non-Jewish prisioners, and if it happen that the prisioner was like two types of people they didn't like (for example a political dissident that was also homossexual, or gypsy), that's how the 2 triangles would be put together.

    I don't know, just was a little weird, but super cute colors though

  3. mistuh_thye says:

    I think as long as they don't sell these at the holocaust museum they are gonna be awesome. I really have liked everything Gus Fink has brought out so far and am glad he and Rocket USA seem to be doing well with their products.

  4. mistuh_thye says:

    I think as long as they don't sell these at the holocaust museum they are gonna be awesome. I really have liked everything Gus Fink has brought out so far and am glad he and Rocket USA seem to be doing well with their products.

  5. Gus says:

    Just saw the article , very cool – as for the star –
    for one My father is Jewish –
    also the star has much more meaning behind it , beyond the Star of David –
    it represents male/female – positive/negative and much more – look it up
    and thanks for the comments

  6. Gus says:

    Just saw the article , very cool – as for the star –
    for one My father is Jewish –
    also the star has much more meaning behind it , beyond the Star of David –
    it represents male/female – positive/negative and much more – look it up
    and thanks for the comments

  7. Giuliano says:

    Whoa, easy !

    In no way I meant in my post that the Xoom (and much less Gus Fink) was anti semitic or anything like this. And I feel bad that "Gus" (is it THE Gus ?) had to "out" Fink's father in order defend him as if I was making any accusation of the type.

    I am aware the triangle have many meanings, but maybe the stitching around it's what gave me the "Berlin circa 1941" vibe.

    I still think the toys are extremelly cute.

    PS: If that was THE Gus, I guess I fucked myself out of getting a toy signed.

  8. Giuliano says:

    Whoa, easy !

    In no way I meant in my post that the Xoom (and much less Gus Fink) was anti semitic or anything like this. And I feel bad that "Gus" (is it THE Gus ?) had to "out" Fink's father in order defend him as if I was making any accusation of the type.

    I am aware the triangle have many meanings, but maybe the stitching around it's what gave me the "Berlin circa 1941" vibe.

    I still think the toys are extremelly cute.

    PS: If that was THE Gus, I guess I fucked myself out of getting a toy signed.

  9. ava says:

    love the kittens, they are cute, i have ava the feirie kitty, I WANT THEM ALL!!!! oh, and i dont think that the triangle on xoom's head is supposed to represent the star of david…its just two triangles to make him look cool

  10. ava says:

    love the kittens, they are cute, i have ava the feirie kitty, I WANT THEM ALL!!!! oh, and i dont think that the triangle on xoom's head is supposed to represent the star of david…its just two triangles to make him look cool

  11. Anna says:

    I have Patches and I think it an awesome!
    But a little to many Colors and use of Dark,Dull!
    But it is very unique!

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