Dutch anime conventions can have their quirks, the concept of a “panel” is usually reserved for Comic Con only while our conventions feature a lot of workshops and home brew cute events. While I do like a workshop in whiskey tasting, AMV making DDR etc. My motor skills being poor prevent me from really shining in Amigurumi stuff etc. I tried once I impaled myself with one of those hook things.. I best stick to shops and cute stuff! So totally on brand today I bring you Pinkie’s Plushies! I present you some potential plush pals and bring you some sweet stuffed toys from some sweet people who normally are dealers on conventions. That is my way of the OWL.
Welcome to my adorable little store, what I sell you today isn’t just plushies! I am trying to sell you on some amazing people in the business as well! A convention isn’t just about us as visitors it’s also about these people who purchase, craft and sell their amazing goods to use trying to make a living. Without them my bed would not look nearly as cute as it did! Without my plushie dealers no one would ever sleep besides me! Without them I would have been a whole lot less me! So I really want to thank them and remind you all that we could not experience these amazing cons without amazing people and little businesses like this. So if you see anything you like please support these amazing people! If you have other stores to shout feel free to do so in the comments! For this post I have supported a dealer myself! And I am super happy with what I got in return!
Tofu Cute is an amazing store that tempts me into buying their adorable stuff every time I see it. It’s an England based company that doesn’t have to do as much with Tofu as it does have to do with cute. Because my oh my do these guys have some cute stuff. From simple Japanese sweets to the most adorable stationary and very special keychains and charms. If you need any cuteness in your life this store is such a safe bet. They have a member plan and pretty manageable shipping prices, at least if you live in the European area like me , not sure how it goes for those living overseas but I still think these ship for pretty sweet deals! You can check them out yourselves right here!
Of course we are mostly here though to check out there plushies so here we go!
Hige Manju Maneki Neko Reiwa Giant Plush
The first thing I am offering in my in my little store are these big Maneki Neko’s that look adorable and perfectly huggable.. which is a pretty good trait for a plushie to have. Being 35 centimeters tall and coming in two variants the Calico and the Black cat. The description Tofu Cute gives to this one is spot on Adorably round lucky cats holding golden amulets, huge & round & huggable! These two deserve a warm home and loving new owners. Both are originally made in Japan by the company Amuse which is quite good quality stuff there. Most of Tofu’s stuff comes from them and it feels super soft and good! So there is my seal of approval.. I once or twice held something similar. Still just look at the black one.. doesn’t he just look like the cutests grouch?! Or look at the calico do you not just want to pinch it’s cheeks! You can click on them to go to their respective store.
AMUSE Micro Pig Giant Plush
Speaking of Amuse , let’s discuss my most recent Tofu Cute Purchase. The clover Giant Micro Pig. It’s pink, squishy it looks great on my bed.. which is pink and white and it’s large enough for me to hug without losing in the middle of the night! I just feel in love with how it’s eyes sparkled and how it’s mouth emotes cute oinking noises and how “anime pig” it looks! I am still on the hunt for an Anime Duck plush but Miss Luckubutt (Which is how I named my plush pig) is very welcome addition to my family! What would make it better is if any of you could adopt her brothers or sisters so through our bond as bloggers our plushies can be together!
Anyway Tofu Cute describes these cuties as Adorable micro pig giant plush, super fuzzy and cuddly with unique patterns! I love my plushies fuzzy! Miss Luckybutt arived a few days ago and I adore her. Amuse miight make crane game plushies but these are leagues apart from your average crane game plush! With this pig you will also have bacon in bed each morning! Talk about lucky! For those who want to get their own Miss Luckybutt .. click the pigs below to continue shopping, or read on…to uhm continue shopping…
Mameshiba Brothers Doughnut v5 Giant Plush
If you are a bit like me you have found yourself staring at your dog wondering why it is not more like a donut. Tofu Cute offers a perfect alternative to flattening and poking a hole in your dog with these adorable Shiba Inu pups! Whether these dogs A Shiba Inu’s hit by a Donut ray, or Donuts hit by A Shiba-Inu-Ray is a mystery to even Tofu Cute itself, but what I can tell you is is that these Pastry Puppies are once again made by Amuse who are also the geniuses behind the famous Alpaca brand Alpacasso. These plushies look so cute when you stack them! Or you can stack other stuff on them, for example a Narwhal plushie which would otherwise roll away! So these donuts even have practical purposes. Adorable shiba inu pups and friends in doughnut shapes as giant plushies, is how Tofu Cute describes them! Coming in White, Blondie, Ginger and Brown there is a donut for everyone. Why get a dog or a donut when you can get both combined in one!
If you are a bit like me you have found yourself staring at your cat wondering why it is not more like an octopus. For those like me who lack the funds to start their own genetic splicing I have come up with a solution in the form of Kittypiplush! She makes these adorable cat octopus hybrid plushies and will make them to order! All Might? Star Platinum, Jotaro Kujo? No Problem for this creator!…. I think…. While they mostly work on commission base their Etsy store holds a few gems for you to pick up right now! Click here to check it out. Of course we are going to take a look at those, as well as some of the the commissions that really stand out. It’s time to show a little love to Kittypi Plush and perhaps pick something up for you to love as well!.
Tony Tony Chopper Kittypi
If you are a bit like me you have found yourself staring at your cat-octopus hybrid and ask. Why is it not more like a humanoid Reindeer with a pink hat! Luckily the brilliant Hannah has come with a solution for this. A Tony Tony Chopper Kittypi that also comes as just a hat! So even if you would not want an adorable tentacle (non) tanuki you can still get cute pink decoration of real high quality! These are really good! Chopper easily is one of the most true looking plushies in this store! In fact if you told me this was a rumble ball form from the Anime, i’d totally believe it! It’s colouring really stands out to me and if I had the money , I’d totally pick it up! Running for about $75 this one unfortunately is a bit of my plushie range, but this little guy will just be as happy if you pick it up today! I bet Hannah will love it if you do as well!
Meowth or Alolan Meowth Kittypi
If you are even more like me you know there can never be enough Pokémon in Your Life. Kittypi Meowth is one of Hannah’s proudest works and with Galar now being a thing she can now make three! As her store is commission based I bet you can make it as crazy as you’d like. Yet her cats all look so adorable that these cat pokémon are like a super safe way to go and add something super cute to your bed , shelves or couch. Now Meowth is a bipedal pokemon so that makes it hard to place a plushie like that. Now that it has become an octopus as well it can be put everywhere! That’s pretty amazing, think of the logistics! I really love how kantonian meowth is totally adorable and it’s dark type counterpart has so much personality as well. I’d totally want to buy them as a set! But now I need my metal furbaby as well so this set can be complete! When I already want more, you are doing something right!
All Might Kittypi
For my last pick it is time to go beyond! Plus Ultra Adorable! This thing is amazing and I feel the show is overrated so to the true fans this guys must be a must buy right? Flying its U.A. colourv scheme and all mights in general I can assure you that this plush is high quality! It will not shrivel up into a skinny weak man! It will save you from your lonely nights and bad dreams for it is a hero. It’s special attack, United States of Hug can defrost even the coldest of hearts! Your girlfriend will steal the covers, your hubby will hug and roll you out of his space or fart under the blankets ! Even your Dakimakura is not as loyal as this All Might.. put it next to you and it will keep you safe and loved All Night! And hey if you just happen to breath in one of its hairs you might gain super powers! Talk about a super deal.
It doesn’t happen so often that I encounter a store that resonates with my sense of aesthetics and cuteness so much that I more or less believe that this shop is lead by an alternate universe version of me.. just one that is more talented, more successful and even more pretty than I am! This store manages to pull it off though! Their Linktree is done in a soft pink, their webstores artwork is done in pink’s and baby blues with white, which is a theme I really like and have used when this was still a Pokémon Blog and basically her entire visual style, the characters they create, the linework everything on this site speaks to me. They sell a lot of other things besides plushies like Tofu Cute, so take a look right here to browse their catalogue by clicking here or check out the three babies I have selected to put in the adoption spotlight.
Giant Meowchi Plush Unicorn
What if you took Nyancat and made it like a billion times cuter, a gazillion times less annoying and infinitely more huggable! Seriously toast is so fragile! Than you’d get this Giant Mewochi Plush Unicorn. Being 10.5 inch tall, which is yet another measurement standard I can do nothing with , I am sure it lives up to its expectations of Giant. This is the one that got away for me! Being on Sale for a very affordable $30 bucks .. with free US delivery during the COVID times, this is a pretty sweet deal for all of you in the states! Lots of Meowchi to love! Just look at it doesn’t it make you happy?! This tiny , big one can’t wait for you to hug it and make your pillows softer as putting your head on a marshmallow as that is it’s magical power! It’s a very neutral plush that can look cute in any decoration as well and bring a little rainbow in your life! Such a great plush for such a sweet deal!
Mallow, The Stegosaurus DinoS’more
One look at and it’s gleeful eyes is enough to fall in love with this little creature! It’s rosey cheeks on it’s desaturated peach skin help sell that joy de vivre this little thing has about life as it tells you exactly how happy and cheery this little DinoS’more is! We don’t even have S’mores here but I just can imagine how soft and squishy Mallow would be to hug! It also shares a name with one of the most Amazing WordPressers I know! So supportive! If this Mallow does even half of that.. I can tell you it’s money well spend! Just looking at the picture as I write this my brain is like.. I want to feed it cookies..brand ones as well! Like Oreo and Chips-Ahoy Chocolate Chip Cookies. As someone who talks to my plushies I know I might be biassed but Mallow has such a strong voice I can just imagine it already..without even owning one! Think of the conversations you can have if you are as crazy as me and more of a United States based than me! If I had a Mallow I might try baking just so I could make the plushie watch me! It will also hear me curse than because I am not good at baking! Luckily I would have a Mallow to cheer me up once I fail! If you want to make that story real but starring you go buy your mallow today and support this amazing store!
Nocturii the Dragon Fruit Bat
When Pinkie was born she did not get one but two bunnies two love, and her favorite one had a face exactly like Nocturii, only Pinkie’s bunny wasn’t pink.. nor could it fly… nor would it taste so good if you eat it… in the fictional sense… This little critter is something truly unique and feels like it should be in a kids anime like Maple Town or something. I do not know why but I also imagine it as the mascotte of a bungalow park! Like on the kids network it would fly all over the map and tell the children where the playground is, where the swimming pool is and where the special magic show and kids club are! All so that mommy and daddy can have some peace and quiet! ‘Momma Momma! Nocturii is at the boulevard can I go and see her?’ I would be so excited if I was a kid seeing this as a mascotte! The Bunny like features make it lovable while the batlike features make it completely unique! That leaf on her head because it’s also a fruit just finish it and making this into one of the strongest OC plushies I have seen. That is Tasty Peach greatest strength.. it all feels so unique yet it also manages to appeal to you on a very core level. An absolute gem of a dealer and I hope people can support them in these difficult times!
In this post I am trying to give you a bit of everything, from people who craft their own plushies and items themselves, to people who completely create their own OC’s to importers from Japanese plushie makers. Like with Tofu Cute , Neko Stop is an importer of amazing goods! I once found them before when I was researching these pokéball with landscapes inside them.. Pokéball Diorama of sorts! They sell a lot. Where Tofu Cute is UK based , Neko Stop has an Adorable looking store in Burbank, so if you are looking for some official merchandise and live in the US this might be the store for you! Check it out here or check out my adoption list first!
Corocoro Coronya Plush
If you are like me you have looked at your dog and wondered.. why aren’t it legs more like pastry. San-X made a character for you and Neko Stop made it come to the states while keeping the bun fresh and soft.. the soft part goes for the rest of the dog as well. From what I have seen you can remove the dog from the bun but no guarantees! My research took me to some auto translate Japanese pages that showed me weird dutch queries like “the fatness of Chinese dogs and crusty cats. I am sure something went wrong in translation! Neko Shop tries to respond to all your questions within twenty four hours though so I bet they can answer everything you need to know about this dog in a blanket.. The Edible kind. I myself would just like to have it for the randomness.. a dog in a croissant like thing… Actually it’s that thing from the first episode of Lucky Star where they discuss how to eat a pudding filled croissant like thing.. but I forgot how it’s actually called. I am pretty sure it’s not Chinese Dog’s Fatness. $25 Dollars for a on brand, on model and official plush like this isn’t that expensive! If it isn’t cute enough for you I am sure it will be delicious!
Rilakkuma Autumn Gloves Plush!
While I had plenty of plushies in my life I don’t think I ever had an actual bear.. well excluding my panda.. but still that doesn’t really feel like a Teddy. Rilakkuma most definitely is a Teddy so I really want one! This Autumn Glove Edition is perfect for a Dutchie like me because we like to complain about the weather and I am not sure if this little bear is fit for cold weather. It clearly is wearing Winter Gear for while it is only still Autumn.. we Dutch have a word for this and it’s cold Koukleum.. a person who does not like cold! We are still very much in the middle of summer unless you live in Australia or picked southern Hemisphere in Animal Crossing, so this bear should not be that cold! So time for you to warm it up with warm loving hugs! The tiny gloves it wars are so adorable and it means it will not scratch you even if it’s a bear so this is a total win. Costing around $28 dollars that seems like a fairly fair price for something as Kawaii as this! I have no idea how big it is because the measurements are in inches but my guesstimate size would be .. adorable! This is definitely a teddy I would welcome in my home and if you are into plushies so should you!
Sentimental Circus Shappo
It might not come to any surprise that among all those plushies I have selected at least one in every store had some pink elements since CoroCoro and Rilakkuma miss that I needed something to meet that quota. Presenting Shappo! Shappo is one of the weirder San-X character and definitely takes after me! With a teacup tiny top hat, a bit of a scary face and an adorable puppet this creature blends adorableness with a bit of creepiness. It looks like it could kill you.. or at the very least curse you..so this one is very nice to add if your mom tells you to give up your plushies.. you just sit that on your bed or couch making sure if faces wherever your mom sits when she is over for visits..assuming most my of followers live by myself.. or at least are a bit secluded to their own room! When she says.. you gotta get rid of those your an adult now you just point at Shappo and say….shhh they hear you! She will stare at it and drop it right away. There is also that appeal to bunny plushies.. Maybe it was because it was my first animal but for some reason I feel like all bunny like plushies always come out extra adorable! So do pick up a Shappo today if you want to have something else sitting on your bed for once! It is really ornate and a bit pricey coming in at about $39 dollars so it might not be for everybody.. but I at least love this style.. so I am sure there are more people like me!
The final store is something special. During the OWLS live stream event which I watched later due to not being awake at the time of streaming Naja and Lita eluded to a mysterious OWL having their own store that sells Amigurumi dolls! Of course this person would be on my dealer to support list us OWLS should stick together and they get one of those coveted corner spots of my dealer table as well! So let’s welcome our own Naja into our store and support her own much more real store by looking at these amazing pieces she has made. You are of course free to check her store right here! Or hear me rave about three of her amazing products!
Takeru Sasazuka Amigurumi
If you are a bit like me you have looked at a guy and thought.. Shut your face! Like Don’t say anything! Don’t even look at me! All I need now is a hug from you..but don’t be you because you make me angry! This Collar X Malice remake has got you covered. While I know nothing about the game or the character, a little image search leads me to believe that this character is really very much into sweets! That’s cute..but those are my donuts and cookies! With Naja’s Takeru though you get the best of everything you just described! He won’t talk back.. he won’t give you the look and he certainly won’t touch your food! He is just there for you to love! I am not sure what type of ladies he likes..but little love story does not require you to act a specific way! This little love story can be unlocked by supporting Naja! You get a lovely little doll pal, Naja gets happy and you can now chase another guy with Takeru already being there so you no longer have to feel bad for picking him! I am not very good at romancy games because I can never replay it and go for another romance. I feel bad for not picking the first. Dragon Quest Your Story the movie explained that well! So with an option like this I would feel better! So Go play Collar X Malice, do the Takeru Route.. if that is a thing.. and buy this as your trophy!
Sushi Bunny Tamago
No! I have never looked at my bunny and wondered if it would be nicer if it was more like sushi! I just dropped an omelette on my bunny! Just kidding.. That did happen to my dog she did not mind as much as me! She had an omelette that day.. Nowadays I have neither Dog nor Bunny to drop an omelette on! My plushies do usually not go near the kitchen! Now that means there is a hiatus in my house! Tiny Plushies I could decorate my kitchen with! Naja has a great answer in the form of these briljant and adorable Sushi bunnies! All I can say is I truly love these! If I ever marry a rich american girl who’s willing to support me these will definitely decorate our house! You can really see the personalities in them as well. Did you know that a Bunny-Rice-Ball would rather be covered by Tuna than with egg for example? I did not but Naja sure did! So if you manage to have enough for a set, they will all look quite different and unique! A great thing to collect or an totally awesome gift! Egg based creatures can be totally awesome friends! You should know if you read my more experimental pieces!
One of my favourite grass type Pokémon, the former mascot of Owls before Sir Hoot (at least I think that is it’s name) took over. This is a pick for all of you Owls members who would like a physical token of their Owlness. Not only do you support a fellow Owl and one of our long time members, you’d get your own little badge of honour! Plus one of the best pokémon starters ever! Her pokémon work on the store is adorable and throughout! I love the Pikachu as well and I rarely love Pikachu! Pokémon Go kinda keeps ruining it more for me! How many hats do you gotta have! The piplup is adorable as well. Yet Rowlet I say is Naja’s greatest work. I’ve been blogging about Pokémon for a year now so you can take this as an expert opinion as well. I mean that in the positive way.. like comparing fine wines and picking a Château Léoville Barton over a Château Pichon Longueville Lalande. I know a lot of you don’t like Plushies all that much or as much as I do but Naja here shows that a Plush or a little cuddly companion can be more! A symbol of what ties us together!
Phew that was a lot of work! This brings me to my conclusion of today’s post! I know I tried to sell you these things but know I get nothing out of it! Nor is that my intention! These people at least for the most part, normally are out there on conventions selling these things and making trying to make a living. In times like these they can be less discovered and might be struggling. For me Cons for a big part are about shopping and talking to shopkeepers, fangirling over items I might never be able to get but can dream about. These dealers are just as much a part of conventions as we are as guests.So if you have a plushie loving friend, share the links to the stores I shared with you or browse these peoples stores for something you might like as well.
Support your own favourite dealer! If you are into gunpla.. for once buy it online as if you would spend it on a con. If you are into Japanese candy or artwork order some of that! If you can miss something of course. It is why I bought Miss Luckybutt.. she costs me about what I would normally spend on cons! I really get happy when I see a table of plushies in the dealer room of my cons and if we all support what we love just a bit.. we can help the other side of the conventions as well as ourselves! Support your dealers.. by granting your own desires! Now I am sold out for the day!
Remember to be however you want to be and don´t be afraid to give yourself a treat from your dealers…do not take that out of context!
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