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REVIEW: Hashtag Collectibles – Weird Animals

When you think of stuffed animals, images of teddy bears, puppies, and cats probably speckle your mind. You likely aren’t thinking about cuddly water bears or roly poly pill bugs. But Hashtag Collectibles is bringing a boatload of weird animals to plush collections around the world. They’ve sent us a handful (more like two handfuls) of their unique cuddly creatures to get a closer look at them.

Pangolin ($39.99)
Hashtag’s plush pangolin is much cuter than the real thing. I had never heard of the pangolin, so I had no idea what it was or how it looked. After doing a little research (yeah…just Googling), I came across an animal that looks fairly similar to an armadillo. No, these scaly anteaters aren’t bright pink. And they do have long, slender necks and tails. But, for some reason, I don’t think a scientifically accurate pangolin plush would be as cute as this one.

Mudskipper Mini ($15.99)
The mudskipper definitely qualifies as a weird animal. While I was already familiar with the animal (if only from Ren and Stimpy’s Muddy Mudskipper Show), I wasn’t aware that these amphibious fish can actually survive on land for three and a half days. Hashtag went for a look that’s quite close to that of Muddy, giving their mudskipper a blue-green body and blue fins/tail. And he/she has got a big old smile...or is just gasping for air.

Pill Bug Mini ($14.99)
When I was a youngster, I used to dig up all sort of creatures and put them into a homemade terrarium. Pill bugs were heavily represented, as they were in abundance. But I had no idea that they were actually a land crustacean. Yes…like a crab or a lobster. One thing I do remember is that pill bugs are not blue. But Hashtag’s version is by far better looking than the original. And if you try, you can probably scrunch the Pill Bug Mini into a little ball.

Blobfish Mini ($14.99)
Hashtag Collectibles’ blobfish plush is probably their most popular. I think folks like it because of how close it resembles the infamous blobfish photo that circulated several years ago (and likely freaked a lot of people out). This version of the deep-sea fish has its well-known frown and disturbingly human-like nose. This is one of their characters that they have available in all different sizes...including a pair of slippers.

Water Bear Mini ($14.99)
The Water Bear, or Tardigrade, is one of the most resilient animals on the face of the earth, being able to live through extreme temperatures and bouts of dehydration/starvation. Hashtag’s version is equally resilient. I watched my children toss it back and forth to each other without the little Water Bear taking any damage. This plush ‘weird animal’ might be my favorite of the lot, with it’s simple blue color palette and big black eyes.

Year of the Earth Dog Chinese New Year Pitbull (Red)

Tenacious Toys is celebrating the Chinese New Year with the release of a 100% American-made resin figure - of an American dog breed - because, 'Merica. The Year of the Earth Dog Chinese New Year Pitbull (Red) measures in at a substantial 2.5-inches in height. The figure was sculpted by Mike NEMO Mendez, based on an illustration by Playful Gorilla, and produced by Dead Hand Toys. Pre-order yours for $25.00.

"This is a limited-edition red variant of our Tenacious Toys shop mascot Danger. Red is an auspicious color for the Chinese, so we had this little dude cast in red and bagged with a festive and totally on-brand header card fashioned after the lucky red envelopes handed out this time of year."

AJ Styles Bleacher Creature

Bleacher Creatures has announced the pre-order availability of their WWE - AJ Styles Bleacher Creature. "The Phenomenal One" will be making his first appearance in the line. And - as you can see - he's dressed in his red wrestling attire. You can currently pre-order this 10-inch tall plush for $19.99. It's expected to begin shipping around February 25th 2018 (which is just way too long for my 6-year-old son...who must have this).

Huang Da Xian Neon Space Custom Lotto Release

Zukaty has announced all of the details for the Huang Da Xian Neon Space Custom Lotto Release. This is a collaborative work with Sheng Da Wang on the 7-inch tall Huang Da Xien Weasel figure. The Space Neon theme custom by Zukaty comes with wand accessory. There will be 8 pieces available, each one running $185.00 ($160.00 plus $25.00 international tracked shipping).

To enter lotto, please E-mail: zukaty.toyz@gmail.com with "Space HDX" as the subject, and include:

1.Your name
2.Instagram name
4.Shipping address
5.Phone Number
6.PayPal account

Entries will be accepted until Wednesday February 14th 2018 at 6:59PM ET, Winners will be contacted by email on the following day.

Coalition of Chaos: Rise of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn Figure

David Withers aka Chaingun! has returned with another politically-themed handmade figure run. 

From the ashes of New Labour, a new hope has arisen. Politician, scoundrel, hero, he is Jeremy Bernard Corbyn, MP for Islington North and one of the great leaders of the Opposition. 

In October 2001 Corbyn was elected to the Steering Committee of the 'Stop the War Coalition', which was formed to oppose Darth Blair’s Afghanistan war which started later that year; he was also vehemently opposed to the Iraq war. Now, having joined John McDonnell in the upper epsilons of the Rebel Alliance, Corbyn is taking the fight to the evil Coalition of Chaos and their leader, the insidious Theresa Mayhem.

The Coalition of Chaos: Rise of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn action figure is a homebrew, low run resin art toy with a bootleg aesthetic. The figure retails at £40.00 plus postage and can be purchased via the above link.

Rusty Pink RST7 from DMS

He’s back, from outer space! RST7 enters Earth’s orbit on Friday January 26th 2018 at 7PM GMT (2PM ET). The seventh colorway of the super cute Robotic Space Traveller by DMS, measures in at 3.75 inches of polyurethane resin. This version is textured in a distressed style with a weathered, rust effect paint job and cute gloss black eyes, with magnetic articulation between the head and body.

This rusty pink colorway is limited to only 25 pieces, priced at £15.99 plus shipping (about $23 plus shipping).

 

High Proof Toys – Sparkle Ducky

High Proof Toys has announced the newest release in their New Friends SeriesSparkle Ducky has landed and wants to be your shiniest new friend. The Sparkle Ducky figure is made using three types of gold glitter all cascading down through its iridescent gold resin body.

This is a run of 10 pieces priced at $35.00 each with a one per customer limit. Sparkle Ducky is set to release January 24th 2018 at 8AM PST via the above link.