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Published on April 6th, 2012 | by Greg


Squishables: Say Hello To Our Not-So-Little Friends

We’re pret­ty sure it’s a rule of hu­man na­ture. Cud­dly wins. Wit­ness the rise of the in­ter­net, which ap­pears to con­sist large­ly of adorable cat pic­tures on some days. Lol­cats. Var­i­ous memes around chip­munks, squir­rels, and oth­er cute crea­tures. En­tire sites, sub­red­dits, and pho­to­blogs de­vot­ed to charm­ing pho­tog­ra­phy of an­i­mals. It’s prob­a­bly on­ly a mat­ter of time un­til you can 3D print your own ver­sions of the dai­ly “awww” at home, but un­til then, there are Squish­ables.

Sim­ply put, these are the hip­per, cuter stuffed an­i­mals you’ve al­ways imag­ined. Their cat­a­log is lengthy- al­most par­a­lyz­ing in it’s scope- but we’ve brought two of them in­to our homes and of­fices where they now serve as un­of­fi­cial mas­cots, peace­keep­ers, sur­pris­ing vis­i­tors and gen­er­al­ly run­ning amok.

The Squish­able T-Rex is clear­ly strug­gling with the mod­ern epi­dem­ic of obe­si­ty- as are per­haps many of the oth­ers- as they tend to­wards im­pres­sive­ly ro­tund shapes. Their spher­i­cal na­ture means they are cozy and com­fy as pil­lows and fun to throw about. Fif­teen inch­es turns out to be sur­pris­ing­ly big, enough to dwarf most oth­er stuffed an­i­mals we’ve col­lect­ed from con­ven­tions and such, which is on­ly fit­ting for the king of the di­nosaurs. Ours goes by the name of Fer­gu­son, and we loved the con­struc­tion- soft, plush in­te­ri­or, fuzzy out­side, cute lit­tle arms and legs and a tail. Ap­par­ent­ly de­signed in con­junc­tion with Ryan North of Di­nosaur Comics, this pho­to­genic beast on­ly has one down-side: he’s al­ways hun­gry. Make sure you check out the va­ri­ety of pic­tures on their site!

On a small­er scale, the Mi­ni Cthul­hu was si­mul­ta­ne­ous­ly scary and fluffy- a tough com­bi­na­tion for most crea­tures, per­haps, but not for this guy. As they say: “Yes he’s an abom­inable El­der God from be­fore the dawn
of time, but he’s al­so afraid of thun­der­storms
and small pup­pies”. Sev­en inch­es is still plen­ty of cute­ness, and though his eyes tend to get hid­den and make him a lit­tle an­noyed, ruf­fling his ten­ta­cles is a sure­fire cure for what­ev­er ails you. Some folks con­fuse the tiny wings for ears, but he doesn’t mind- it just means he’s un­der­es­ti­mat­ed, and there­fore all the more pow­er­ful.

Mi­nis run about $19, and the larg­er ones be­tween $38 and $44. They’ve held up well to a good deal of play, and for those in need of some­thing even larg­er, mas­sive bean bag mod­els are avail­able. Plus, there are mi­cros- an en­tire ecosys­tem of hug­gable col­lectibles, sure to bright­en any­one’s day.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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