A lot of toy companies have taken the plush plunge in recent years, putting out official stuffed miniatures of iconic comic book and pop culture characters. These mass-produced plushies can be fun, but they're missing a key special ingredient: Love
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Toys: Hot Toys will have an exclusive 1/6 scale The Dark Knight Batman doll in tow at Comic-Con and other 2011 Toy Fairs. It doesn't have a voice chip, but do you really need one? I hear "SWEAR TO ME!" just looking at it.
Upcoming: Jeff Smith's
I don't get pumped about every plushie I see -- especially when aesthetics can waver wildly from consumer grade to... mysterious state fair prize grade. Footzeez upcoming plushies are just goofy-looking (and terry cloth-y) enough to justify a brief showcase
For comic fans, Build-A-Bear Workshops can look like royal yawns, but can you imagine how big the lines would be outside of a Build-A-Cobra-Commander Workshop? A plushie sculptor named Jennifer, who goes by the online moniker "Kittyzilla," wasted no time filling in a gap in the soft supervillain market, and thanks to her, we now have stuffed Deathstrokes and Red Skulls to hold our children hostage while they sleep at night
Comic-based plushies sporting a strong sense of style typically emerge from less-than-licensed sources like Etsy, but Funko's latest crop of soft Marvel superheroes just so happen to bear at least a passing resemblance to the art of a cartooning legend. It's doubtful Funko intended to bite the style of Marvel's Strange Tales II contrib