Published on April 6th, 2012 | by Greg0
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.