In which I really, really want a goofy plush, and then really, really love that goofy plush.
I get the most inexplicable Toreba obsessions sometimes, and this ガブガブうつぼ ながBIGぬいぐるみ (Gabu-gabu Utsubo Naga BIG Nuigurumi, Big Long Gulping Moray Eel Plushy) from Amuse is a perfect example. I spent more than I care to admit trying to get him, and one day I came along him in the type of setup below (it’s one of my favorites because there aren’t really any unforeseen ways to have it not move at all near the end). It only took a few little pulls and finally a push or two, and then he was all mine.
In person, he’s just goofy in the most wonderful way possible. And freaking huge — more than 38 inches long!
And in case you didn’t notice, his “gimmick” is absolutely hilarious — his mouth is designed to eat your arm. (If you look on the tag below, he’s saying 食べっちゃうよ (Tabechau yo, “I’ll eat you up”)!
As you can tell, he is vicious and terrifying and not at all a huge dork.
He’s taken quite a shine to the other inhabitants of The Moon, especially the edible ones…
Gabu-chan is really just made to pose with other plushies coming out of his mouth, isn’t he?
Seriously, though, this is exactly the kind of plush that makes me collect Japanese prize goods; it’s just overflowing with creativity, cuteness, and the kind of appeal kids will go crazy for. It’s an art form, really, and my new moray eel friend is just such an adorable example of it.