Flat Bonnie is taking part in the "Year of the Rooster" Group Art Show at Giant Robot Store. Yukari has made the Good Luck Pocket Rooster Darumas for the show. "Pocket Rooster Daruma can go everywhere with you. He will bring you good luck and encouragement on your journey. Pocket Rooster Daruma believes in you."
The 3-inch tall "Good Luck" Pocket Rooster Daruma handmade plush charm is a limited edition of 10 pieces. The vinyl pleather plush is available to purchase for $25.00 each.
Bleacher Creatures has released a series of Teen Titans Go! Bleacher Creature plush collectibles. Robin, Raven, Cyborg, Starfire, and Beast Boy are all available as 10-inch tall plushies. They run $19.99 each or the entire set of five can be purchased for $84.90.
Funko has announced their Galactic Plushies, a series of stylized plushies that have come from a galaxy far, far away. These 7 to 8-inch tall high quality plush toys feature characters from the original Star Wars trilogy as well as The Force Awakens.
Look for these to be available over at Amazon.com.
Kidrobot has released a new Andy Warhol inspired limited edition plush series based on iconic Warhol pieces. This line of high end plush will give any home a little pop of pop culture and makes a perfect holiday gift for the pop culture lover on your list. There's the Banana XL Plush($150.00), Medium Yellow Banana($19.99), Campbell's Can XL($150.00), Medium White Brillo Box ($19.99), Revolver XL Plush($150.00), Medium Campbell's Can($19.99), Medium Revolver Plush($19.99), and Medium Pink Banana Plush($19.99).
Kidrobot has released the new Exclusive 20-Inch White Dunny Plush. This crisp white plush Dunny stands 20 inches tall and is the first plush version of the Dunny. Limited to an edition of 200 pieces, you can pick one up now for $75.00.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Flat Bonnie will have a few exclusives available this weekend at DesignerCon 2016 at Booth #317.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hashtag Collectibles has launched a new toy based on the "Texts from Hillary" meme. The Texts from Hillary Plush is great for hours of debate. And the 11-inch tall plush comes sporting a pants suit and shades. You can pick one up now for $16.99 (and each purchase gets a free Bernie plush).