I warn you, do not stare into the Shiitakes' cyclops eye for too long. These monster mushrooms have a variety of bizarre powers that eventually led to their escape from their creator. Presently they camouflage themselves as regular toys with a convenient clip-on in efforts for you to take them with you! But always keep a good eye on a Shiitake, you never know what they're up to.

Erick Scarecrow’s Shiitakes line of clip-on plush toys was recently released through his ESC Toy label.  Series 1 contains 5 original colorways as well as several secret plushies.



As with most plushies, the Shiitakes line has minimal packaging.  You might still find them in a plastic bag, but the plush will most likely only have a tag attached to it.  The tag has some background information as well as drawings of the characters.


The Figures

Each Shiitake plush is approximately 4” in height.  There are 5
original colorways
, which are limited to 100 pieces each.  We’ve seen 2
secret Shiitakes, but they are secret, so there might be some others
out there.  Each secret character is limited to a run of 50 pieces.
From most retailers, they are shipped randomly. 

The names of the characters are as follows:  Copycat (black and
yellow), Trunk Tunk (blue and pink), Poison (black and white), Moosh
(brown and green), and Escape (red and grey).  Each plush has a clip
attached to the mushroom cap, so that you can attach it to your belt
loop...or maybe that tag on the back of your dress shirt.


Our Opinion

Ahh…fungus!  Who would have thought to create little plush toys out of
something that grows in your backyard?  Erick Scarecrow…that’s who. 

When it comes to plush toys, we always like something that will stand
up on its’ own…for display purposes.  While these won’t do that, the
clip will allow you to hang it from a nail or hook.  Here’s a
suggestion for the wings or trunks that are not straight…try an
iron…maybe some spray on starch. 

Want to know the order of our favorite characters?  Here it is:  Copycat, Moosh, Poison, Escape and Trunk Tunk.


You can pick one up at the following:

Strangekiss: $7.95 ea.

Shiitakes Grades:

Quality: 7/10
Stitching: 7/10
Durability: 10/10
Hype: 8/10
Fun Factor: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Overall: 8.3/10










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