Friday, August 14th, 2009
Smooshies: Mr. Potato Head from an Alternate Universe
Smooshies by Westrim Crafts are plush creature dolls you assemble from Velcro-enabled body parts. You can buy one of four creature kits that each make one complete doll, or buy individual interchangeable parts to play Dr. Frankenstein.
A base torso can accommodate arms, legs, hair, ears, horns or “thingamajigs.” The dolls are rated for ages 3-and-up, a rating that excludes 2-year-olds because of the sometimes fatal Pica eating disorder in which kids acquire an appetite for non-nutritive inanimate objects, like, say, anything that fits in their mouths.
I admit, Smooshies are as ugly as Ugly Dolls, mostly because the company tried its darnedest to make its product’s overall appearance be roughly equivalent to what a schizophrenic LSD-tripping hobo experiences while chewing a mouth full of Smarties. Woof. They’re bad.
But will a kid love Smooshies? Maybe.
The suggested retail price is $10 for a complete doll kit while individual parts go for $2. So far they are being sold in select brick’n'mortar Jo-Ann and Michaels stores in the US. I attempted some store reconnaissance, but both stores in my area aren’t hip to The Smoosh.
The websites for Jo-Ann, Hancock Fabrics, and Ben Franklin Crafts are selling Smooshies. Jo-Ann has the best prices, but the company’s website is selling tetra-amelia Smooshies — no arms or legs. That makes them pretty much plush Frisbees with faces.
Also see previously:
Warning: Mr. Potato Head was discontinued long ago and many of the Fantanimal links are dead. Plush assemble-yourself dolls for “open-ended play” don’t seem to be much of a financial success for some reason.