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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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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.

Don’t Starve: Crabbit Plush

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Scavenging the sandy shores of Don't Starve are the resilient yet timid crabbits. Now, thanks to ESC-Toy and Klei Entertainment, you can cuddle up next to Crabbit plush of your own. Featuring a removable voice box that plays crabbit gurgle sounds (pulled from the game's audio) when pressed, this soft shell crustacean also includes wire reinforced legs, arms, and eyes that can be posed, and an in-game item code. You can pick one up now from Klei's webshop for $34.99.

What’s new from Furry Feline Creatives

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Furry Feline Creatives has announced the NEW Pooplets Plush. (I'm assuming these are feline pooplets) The Pooplets plush, a set of 2, includes the classic brown and the golden poop (rub it for good luck). Each one measures at 5 inches in length by 5.5 inches in height. You can pick up the set for $29.99.

And there's also this...

Five years of Furry Feline Creatives and we continue to challenge ourselves with original art, characters, stories, ideas and concepts. As you may already know, we started making handmade plush that brought the characters into the spotlight. We have since then blossomed into a lifestyle brand through the years having a wide variety of merchandise such as apparel, designer bags, pins, prints, glassware, books and other novelties that caters to people of all ages.

We have been outpaced by our handmade plush selling faster than we can make them, so we have begun outsourcing them. As we begin this transition, all of the handmade plush will be very limited and will be available via "Made to Order" and will increase in pricing. This month is the last chance to score discounted pricing of our current handmade plush. 

 

 

Worry the Aromatherapy Plush

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Taylored Curiosities has released Worry the Aromatherapy Plush. The 3-inch tall plush is soft, stuffed with lavender and squishiness and complete with his trademark wonky eyes. Worry is made from soft, grey, cuddling fleece and has a wonky mismatched pair of safety eyes. You can purchase one now for £8.00 (about $10.50).

'Do you worry? Do you think over and over things or feel anxious?
Well this little creature does! Worrying like there's no tomorrow.
Luckily for you, if you keep it around it will do all your worrying for you.
Being the perfect size to fit in your pockey, lunch box, school bag, you'll always have your Worry around when you feel anxious. Whisper your worries to it and feel them melt away.