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REVIEW: Butthole Bear

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Background

Once upon a time, in a far away forest land of Plush Animals, a new, different type of Teddy Bear was born. Different from all the Teddy Bears, he found it hard to fit in, kept at finger's length by all his family and friends. That is, until the day that a certain vice president invented the Internet.

Behold! Butthole Bear, the Teddy Bear with a plush, interactive butthole!

Artist (and sound designer) Boris Popkoff worked for a toy design house, listening to the voices of Elmo, Barney, and other various children's toys. “I thought it would be funny to do a toy that had the intonation of something cute and innocent, but would say something awful,” he said.

Popkoff, under the Twisted Toy moniker, designed a prototype that was given to a friend as a gag gift. I guess he kept getting requests for these, so Boris decided to manufacture the Butthole Bear for the severely deranged public.

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The Facts



Butthole Bear
Manufacturer: Twisted Toy
Artist: Boris Popkoff
Material: Plush
Dimensions: Around 12” tall
Pricing: $37.99

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Tag

The swing tag is very simple. It has the Twisted Toy logo and web address on one side.

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Our Opinion

I haven't been to a mall in several years, but I'm assuming Spencer's is still in existence. Back in the 90's – my mallrat days – Spencer Gifts was a favorite spot. They had all sorts of inappropriate things that 15 year olds probably shouldn't see. When I first heard about the Butthole Bear, it just seemed like something that would be on a shelf next to fart machines and black light posters.

When I received that press release, I really thought it was a joke. But it's very real. It's also really disturbing. You work the voice/fart box by putting your finger in a hole in the teddy bear's behind. It features over 50 fart sounds and phrases, and the more you poke him...the more disturbing the pleas from Mr. Bear become. (I won't even attempt to repeat some of the language, but you can test out a virtual version in the Twisted Toy shop)

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The first thing I noticed about the plush was a few globs of what I hoped was glue. It's the same substance that holds the Velcro over the voice-box compartment on the bear's back. It's actually a very cute plush...a rather generic white teddy bear. But it's very soft (except for that voice box). I'd probably warn against giving this to a child...unless you're okay with paying for lots of therapy down the road.

I'll admit that I have the sense of humor of a 12 year old, but there's something super disturbing about sticking your finger into a teddy bear's keister. But I'm guessing that working on talking Barney and Elmo toys all day long can really mess you up.  Realistically, I can't see the Butthole Bear being anything more than a gag gift. And at $37.99, it's a little pricey for a chuckle or two.

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You can pick one up at the following:

TwistedToy.com: $37.99

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