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There hasn't been much to report on the Lubies front. Unfortunately, those cute, little softball-sized plush animals appear to be no more. You'll still be able to pick up some of the already produced designs...like that sad pug above. But following founder Michael Perry's unfortunate passing in late 2010, we haven't heard anything from Rocket USA.

The Rocket USA and Lubieland websites haven't been updated since September 2010. And we recently received an email from First & Main touting new low wholesale prices on all Lubies.

Unfortunately, this is all a part of the toy business. Companies come and go (often in droves). But there are several layers of sadness that go along with the Lubies story.

REVIEW: Six New Animal Lubies

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Background

If you're a regular visitor of the site, you've probably seen a review of Rocket USA's line of cute and cuddly plushies – the Lubies. Lubies are described as “a break-through line of plush combining clean, charming designs with the irresistible, playable shape of a ball.”

They're currently closing in on over 100 different designs, with probably about half of them unique animals. This time around, we're going to take a gander at six of the newest Lubies – the Grey Wolf, Manta Ray, Octopus, Pug, Unicorn and Walrus.

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The Facts



Animal Lubies
Series: Lubies
Manufacturer: Rocket USA
Artists: Joy Michel and Michael Perry
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 5” round
Designs: Grey Wolf, Manta Ray, Octopus, Pug, Unicorn, Walrus

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Tag

Each Lubie features a circular tag that features an illustrated version of the animal's habitat on the front. Inside, there's an illustration of the animal on the left side, and a “Did You Know?” factoid on the right.

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Our Opinion

Let's take a closer look at the six new Lubies individually.

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Kiwi Lubies: Four Sizes

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Rocket USA has released the Kiwi, from their popular Lubies line, in three additional sizes variants. Of course, there's still the 5" regular version that we previously reviewed. But they've added a smaller keychain version that's 3" in diameter. It has a rope hoop on the top of its head, which is where the keychain is attached. If you'd prefer the smaller Kiwi as a plush, you could always remove that.

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They also released a pair of slightly larger Kiwi Lubies. There is an 8" Kiwi and a 10" Kiwi plush also available. These are nearly pillow-sized...and soft enough to use as a pillow. One thing I noticed is that it looks like the fur on the Kiwi gets shorter the larger the plush is.

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These are the first animal Lubies (not MLB Lubies) that I can recall seeing produced in various sizes. And while it might not be cost effective to do this with all of the characters (I'd prefer seeing more characters than various sizes), I think they chose a good plush to start with. The Kiwi is one of my favorite Lubies because of its soft fur and goofy look.

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REVIEW: MLB Lubies (Part 7)

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Background

The Best Toy Line of 2010 was won by Rocket USA for their Major League Baseball Lubies plush line. Cute, cuddly plushies plus baseball? Can you ask for more?

While we've seen most teams represented, there still are a few stragglers (Astros, Diamondbacks and Rockies). We'll finally check out two of those three remaining teams. Also, we're seeing a number of teams adding slight variations to their previous Lubies...or going the retro route.

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The Facts



MLB Lubies
Series: MLB Lubies
Manufacturer: Rocket USA
Artist: Joy Michel and Michael Perry
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 5” round
Designs: Arizona Diamondbacks (snake); Chicago Cubs (retro - bear); Cincinnati Reds (red pinstripes and black - bear); Houston Astros (longhorn); Los Angeles Dodgers (white - bear); San Diego Padres (retro - bear); Tampa Bay Rays (dark blue - ray)

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Tag

Like previous MLB Lubies plushies, these all feature an illustrated version of the team's stadium on the outside of the tag. Inside, there's the team's logo on the left side of the tag and a 'Did You Know?' factoid on the righthand side. There's also the official MLB tag to reinforce that these are licensed pieces.

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REVIEW: Valentine’s Lubies

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Background

In case you didn't know...Valentine's Day is quickly approaching. The day of infamy takes place on Monday February 14th this year. Will you go the flowers, candy, jewelry or stuffed animal route? If you go plush, Rocket USA has got you covered with a pair of brand new Lubies.

There are a pair of Valentine's Lubies that you can present to your loved (or lubbed) one. The Valentine's Octopus and Valentine's Gorilla are just trying to help “Spread the Lub”.

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The Facts

Valentine's Lubies
Series: Lubies
Manufacturer: Rocket USA
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 5" round
Designs: Valentine's Octopus, Valentine's Gorilla

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Tag

The Valentine's Lubies feature a slightly different tag. It's still circular, similar to the rest of the line. But, on the inside, there is space for you to write who the Lubies are To and From.

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Our Opinion

I'm not sure if your Valentine's Day “go to” gift for that special someone is a box of chocolates, a dozen roses or a stuffed animal. Hey...maybe it's all of the above.

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REVIEW: 10 New Lubies

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Background

If you thought that the Lubies line was all about the Major League Baseball license, you've been missing out. Rocket USA continues to release new animals - some familiar, some maybe not - in that softball shaped plush.

For this review, we're going to take a look at 10 new animal Lubies. The list of animals involved sounds like a zoo exhibit: Beaver, Blue Jay, Bush Baby, Kiwi, Longhorn, Manta Ray, Ostrich, Parrot, Red Fox, and Zebra.

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The Facts



Animal Lubies
Series: Lubies
Manufacturer: Rocket USA
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 5” round
Designs: Beaver, Blue Jay, Bush Baby, Kiwi, Longhorn, Manta Ray, Ostrich, Parrot, Red Fox, Zebra

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Tag

The Lubies line has one of our favorite tag designs. The circular tag features an illustrated landscape of the animal's natural habitat. Inside, there is an illustrated version of the animal on the left and a “Did You Know?” factoid on the right hand panel (and there are multiple, random fact tags for each animal).

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REVIEW: MLB Lubies (Part 6)

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Background

Baseball season is officially over, but that only means that the offseason has started. And a lot of the time, the offseason is just as good as the regular season. So it's the perfect time to take a look six more Major League Baseball Lubies from Rocket USA. In this go-round, we're winding down our look at all 30 teams with Lubies from the Kansas City Royals, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, and an alternate design from the San Francisco Giants.

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The Facts



MLB Lubies
Series: Lubies
Manufacturer: Rocket USA
Artist: Joy Michel and Michael Perry
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 5” round
Designs: Kansas City Royals (Lion); San Francisco Giants (Panda); Tampa Bay Rays (Stingray); Texas Rangers (Horse, Longhorn); Toronto Blue Jays (Blue Jay)

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Tag

Each of the MLB Lubies features a circular tag with an illustrated stadium scene of the team's actual stadium. Inside, you'll find the team's logo on the left panel and a “Did You Know?” factoid about that baseball team.

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Day 9 of Giveaways: Lubies

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Day 9 of Plastic and Plush's 12 13 Days of Xmas Giveaways is brought to you by the fine folks from Rocket USA and Lubieland. We're teaming up with them to give away three 5" round (softball shaped) Lubies to three different winners...and to win them, we're asking you to:

Tell us what animal you'd like turned into a Lubie or your favorite current Lubie

There are two ways to enter (enter both ways to double your chances):

1. Leave a comment on this post
2. Send a Tweet to @plasticandplush and @lubiesfans

This contest runs:

FROM: December 17th 2010 at 10:30 AM EST
TO: December 18th 2010 at 10:30 AM EST
WINNER ANNOUNCED:
December 18th 2010 at 8:30 PM EST

REVIEW: Destination Lubies

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Background

The Lubies line wasn't always a licensed Major League Baseball series. They actually started out as a regular plush animal line featuring a handful of different barnyard or jungle animals. In addition to the licensed sports Lubies and the normal animal Lubies, Rocket USA has released several souvenir-style Lubies.

I'm calling these the Destination Lubies because each plush is specific to a tourist/vacation destination. And they use animals that the areas are well-known for. The three designs that we'll be looking at are the Cape Cod Lobster, Florida Flamingo and Miami Flamingo.

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The Facts



Destination Lubies
Series: Lubies
Manufacturer: Rocket USA
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 5” round
Designs: Cape Cod Lobster, Florida Flamingo, Miami Flamingo

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Tag

Each Lubie sports a tag that has an illustrated scene specific to that travel destination on the front. Inside, there is the destination's logo on the left panel and a Did You Know? factoid on the righthand side.

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