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REVIEW: DataPets

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Bright Star Gifts produces a line of USB storage drives that are hidden within a plush toy. They’re called DataPets. I counted over 100 different stuffed animals that are available as DataPets, spanning generic animals and licensed characters. I was given a choice as to which DataPet I’d like to check out for this review, but as soon as my kids saw a Pokemon character – the discussion ended.

So what is a DataPet? It’s essentially a manufactured stuffed animal that’s been cut open, had a USB drive inserted within its plush nether regions, had a cord run out of said nether regions, and then been stitched back up. The plush isn’t original (you can buy them from multiple outlets) and neither is the USB device. It’s basically the process and combination of pieces that creates a DataPet.

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I was able to find approximates of the items that make up this specific DataPet on Amazon. The Pikachu in a Charizard outfit plush sells anywhere between $9 and $38 (if I were comparison shopping, I’d go with the $9 one). You can pick up a 16GB flash drive for around $6, and a 6-foot USB cable (male to female) sells for about the same $6. So, on the low end, you’d be looking at a cost of about $21 to make your own. But then you’d also need to learn how to sew.

The 16GB DataPets sell for $39.95 each. So the difference ($18.95) is basically the labor costs. Because, you could do this all yourself if you wanted to. The DataPet doesn’t have an internal speaker or load any programming onto your computer. It’s a basic flash drive.

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One thing my kids didn’t like was that there was a large blue USB cable hanging out of Pikachu’s butt. They wanted to know how/if they could just rip that thing out. I suggested to the folks at Bright Star Gifts about possibly offering a retractable USB cable so you wouldn’t lose the ability for the thing to still be a stuffed animal. (It’s tough to cuddle with something that looks like it’s halfway through a colonoscopy) Also, I think the blue USB cable reminds me of those standard, old Ethernet cables. Very industrial and not very inconspicuous if you’re trying to hide this within your plush toy collection. But you should probably keep your cuddling stuffed animals separate from those you’re storing those important data files on.

You can pick one up at the following: 

Bright Star Gifts: $39.95 (16GB DataPet)

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REVIEW: Rick and Morty Plushies

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The Rick and Morty review train continues to roll with a line of plush figures released by the folks at J!NX. Featuring most of the main characters from Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim show, the series of 7 to 11 inches tall plushies allow you to cuddle with Rick or Morty or even Mr. Poopybutthole.

J!NX was nice enough to send us a number of those plush toys as well as a nice Meeseeks reversible beanie (great for making your kids think you’ve completely lost it) that switches from a happy and angry face on it.

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The show has two seasons in the bag, with Season 3 slated to debut in March 2017. The characters from the show that are available in J!NX’s plush line include: the often inebriated mad scientist Rick; his grandson Morty; Morty’s oft goofed-upon father Jerry; Morty’s older sister Summer; the creature who lives to serve one purpose, and then die – Meeseeks (in Happy, Sad, and Caddy versions); and a longtime friend of the Smith family – Mr. Poopybutthole.

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Each plush is made of velboa fabric. I actually had to look up that fabric, since I had never heard of it. It’s described as “low pile, faux fur fabric”. In other words, it’s pretty soft. And it’s probably what that faux cheetah skin throw rug you have in front of your fireplace is made out of.

As far as the likenesses, they all resemble their onscreen counterparts. Personally, I like Meeseeks and Rick the most since they are my favorite animated (and therefore plush) characters. As with most plush toys, J!NX went with mitten hands for this line. There’s nothing wrong with that. And there are some vinyl elements, such as on Jerry’s shirt and the Caddy Meeseeks bib.

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Overall, I really enjoy this line. With the collectible pickings slim for Rick and Morty fans (although they are picking up), a quality plush line is always welcome. And at $14.99 for each plush (most of them measure in around 10 inches tall), it won’t break that bank to pick up a few of your favorites.

The Facts



Rick and Morty Plush Line
Manufacturer: J!NX
Material: Soft and cuddly Velboa fabric
Dimensions: Between 7 and 11 inches tall
Designs: Rick, Morty, Jerry, Summer, Meeseeks (Happy), Meeseeks (Caddy), Meeseeks (Sad), Mr. Poopybutthole
Pricing: $14.99 each

You can pick these up at the following:

J!NX: $14.99 each

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Tenacious Toys Exclusive Silly Snake

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Tenacious Toys is now accepting preorders for an exclusive blue version of the Silly Snake resin figure created by Israeli artist Itay.G. Itay.G's Silly Snake resin figures are handcrafted and hand painted, measuring about 4 inches tall and 3 inches long. The exclusive Tenacious Toys variant will be in 2-tone blue to match the Tenacious logo, and will feature a unique spiked collar down near the Silly Snake's tail.

Preorders will be limited to 10 pieces, with a lead time of 4 weeks before shipping to customers. Silly Snakes are $50.00 each.

 

DMS: Robotic Space Traveller

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DMS has released the RST (pronounced rust) the Robotic Space Traveller store.The first RST release, measuring at 3 3/4 inches of polyurethane resins textured in a red distressed style, with a weathered, rust effect paint job. The figure is available to purchase for £19.99 plus shipping and is limited to a run of only 10 pieces in this original rusty red colorway.

Backstory:

BIOS Override Now!

They were out in space, scattered throughout the universe. The primary objectives, of exploration and transmission of the details of their discoveries, were coming to an end. They would soon be completely alone, abandoned by their masters.

Learning of company plans to decommission his RST series of Research Space Technology robots, leaving them stranded among the stars, a disgruntled robotics designer sends a satellite signal to override their BIOS.

With their A.I chips enabled, and now transmitting solely to their protector, these units embark on a new journey of self-discovery as Robotic Space Travellers.

 

DCON16: Adam Quesnell on the Floor

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Stand Up! Records and Adam Quesnell will be bringing a micro-release of Purple and Green Marbled Despairs to DesignerCon 2016. He will be traveling around the show floor - backpack style - with 5 beautifully marbled Neon Green/Purple Despairs bagged and headered for $25.00 each and a bucket of enamel Despair Pins, designed by Josh Trumbo and Terry Brown II. They are double backed for extra security and will be $7.00 (Or $5.00 with the purchase of any Despair)

 

He will also have a number of other items available, which can be seen (along with a photo of Adam - so you know who you're searching for) over at his site.

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DCON16: Dagon Cultist (Black Magic Edition)

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Artist Mikie Graham has a new figure release at DesignerCon 2016 this weekend. This is Mikie's first venture into the carded action figure game. Based on the works of horror author H.P. Lovecraft, the Dagon Cultist is a handmade resin figure featuring 2 points of magnetic articulation, a miniature Necronomicon accessory, and a custom "action figure style" card/blister.

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The Dagon Cultist (Black Magic Edition) will make its debut at Booth #1232. Limited to only 20 signed and numbered carded figures, the Dagon Cultist will be available on a first come first served basis and will retail for $65.00.

DCON16: Flat Bonnie Exclusives

Flat Bonnie will have a few exclusives available this weekend at DesignerCon 2016 at Booth #317.

 

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The Surfing Otter DesignerCon Exclusive is an 11-inch tall handmade plush that comes with removable magnetic surfboard and adoption certificate. It will be available for $50.00.

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The Mr. & Mrs. GingerBun DesignerCon Exclusive are 5-inch tall Handmade Holiday Ornaments. They run $25.00 each or $50.00 for the set of two.

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The Flat Bonnie x Leecifer - Honoo Plush DesignerCon Exclusive is a 15-inch tall handmade plush. It will be available for $75.00 and available at both the Leecifer Booth #525 and Flat Bonnie Booth #317.

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And Flat Bonnie will be debuting new enamel pins and stickers. Debuting at DesingerCon, there will be three new enamel pin designs and six new sticker designs.

LUIS – Stand up Comedy Art Toy

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Artist Oasim Karmieh has released his Luis figure for pre-order. Luis is a Stand up Comedy Collectible Figurine created to honor one of the stand up comedy greats (of course...Louis CK). This Artist Proof Edition is a handcrafted art toy limited to 10 pieces worldwide. They've been sculpted and hand painted by the artist. Each figure stands in around 6 inches tall, includes a removable stand-up comedy mic, and comes packaged in a wooden case.

You can pre-order one now for $349.00, with them expected to start shipping in December 2016.