Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007
Design Your Own Plush Monster
FAO Schwarz claims, "If you can draw it, we can make it!" That’s right, it’s a
Make-My-Own-Monster Custom Design Kit.
Step 1. Mom and Dad spend $250.
Step 2. Junior draws a monster on a sheet of paper with supplied colored pencils. Dad has him diagram out the monster 10 times on scratch paper first to guarantee perfection.
Step 3. Junior fills out a questionnaire about the monster.
Step 4. FAO Schwarz ships a plush version of his drawing made by the North American Bear Co. with an attached tag that tells the monster’s story.
Step 5. Grandma says, "Two-hundred-and-fifty-dollars? I would have sewn that sorry looking thing myself. The Price is Right ends at 11 a.m. What the hell do you think I’m doing with my time? "
The finished monster is approximately 18" L x 10" W x 21" H. Color options are not explained, but a review of real monsters created by customers points to some combination of four colors that include black and white.
If I had a spare $500 laying around, I’d spend $250 on this kit, and $250 toward a professional artist’s drawing â€” just to see how the plush version turns out. But alas, FAO Schwarz will dash such dreams. A customer review on the site indicates complex drawings get rejected. Tell me again what I’m paying $250 for?
Save $232 by buying some other child’s monster. Seven are being sold on the website at $18 a pop. Four of the seven are the creation of 4-year-old Niko. In other words, Niko’s parents have spent at least $1,000 on stuff animals for their pampered little tyke.
Make-My-Own-Monster is a product of the North American Bear Company.