The Sperels are a new plush character from the mind of Orion Spellman. He's set up a fairly lengthy background story of these mysterious little creatures (the first part is reprinted below). And it's up to you to save them.
The first documented sperel sighting was recorded on April 22nd 2002, a short distance off the coast of Mulldrum, as seen by Orion Sperelman. His description of a unique "pale skinned flying creature with reddish plumage that was neither bird nor bat" was accompanied by a very distant and indistinct photograph which was handed over to scientific authorities for evaluation. Lacking any concrete evidence, Mr. Sperelman's claim was quickly dismissed as fraudulent, and following a brief period of tabloid notoriety, "The Plague-Ridden Sperel" (as such under-credentialed publications came to call it) was soon forgotten.
You can adopt a Sperel...even if it's in plush form. And since one just flew in my window, I guess we should get to reviewing it.
Artist: Orion Spellman
Dimensions: 9” tall
There's a small tag on the foot that has the address for the “Save the Sperels!” website.
I'm still not really sure what the Sperels are. But when I first saw the character, I thought the Sperel would have made a great old school Nintendo video game hero. You can't deny the how cute the character is.
The light blue plush features a red mane of faux fur hair. The purplish eyes are embroidered. And Sperels have three dark blue plush claws on their hands and feet. Turn the Sperel around, and you will witness its two large wings. Dark blue on the outside and light blue on the inside, these has a soft, foam feeling to them.
You might notice that the Sperel has a piece of plastic or cardboard in its feet. This lets you stand them upright on your shelf. Perfect for those of us who like to display our plush toys alongside our vinyl and resin pieces.
OVERALL: The Sperels' background story is close to being short story length. But it shows that a lot of development went in to designing the character. I really like the plush. It's produced well enough for a $20.00 plush (that seems to be the new plush price norm). And I'm not joking about a video game. I'd love seeing something 8-bit developed around Orion's characters and stories.
You can pick one up at the following:
Sperel.org: $20.00 ea.
Plush Quality: 8/10
Fun Factor: 9/10