- User Rating: Excellent
Pros:Cute; great for kids; no tiny parts to choke on
Cons:Original price was a tad expensive (though I found a sale); not incredibly "pose-able"
The Bottom Line: Domo-Kun is a great addition to any toy collection, and this special-edition Easter domo is outrageously adorable. Roar!
Sometimes, patience is a worthy virtue. And you know, it truly can pay off and save consumers money. I'm a big collector of Domo-Kun memorabilia, and when I saw some Domo-Kun plush toys out in Target a few weeks prior to the Easter holidays, I wanted nothing more than to scoop them all up, even at $8 apiece.
Now, I've done some fairly impulsive things in the past regarding my Domo-Kun collection (paying $25 for a limited-edition lime green vinyl Domo; buying a deck of Domo cards for $9.99 simply because they were cute). But somehow, I managed to control myself and waited to see if they'd go on "post-Easter" clearance -- and they did, for just $1 each, so all turned out favorably. Domo always seems to pop up in Target and in other popular shopping spots around holidays: there were numerous Domo displays around Halloween, and even Domo gift cards around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
What is Domo-Kun exactly?
He's a lovable brown monster who hatched out of an egg in a cave. More specifically, Domo is a "stop-motion" popular Japanese mascot, appearing mostly on the NHK television station in his "homeland." However, Nickelodeon has picked him up for some stop-motion sketches now and then, and somehow via Youtube, silly clips of Domo dancing around or pics depicting Domo and his love/hate relationship with cats have helped him to become an online phenomenon, therefore making him an adorable symbol known all over the world.
Easter Plush Domo
This lightweight Domo plush toy measures in at about 5" tall. Domo is dressed in full "Easter costume" mode, suited up in bright yellow like a baby chicken. The costume is sewed onto him, so it's not entirely removable, but you can sort of lift the beak part of the costume behind his head, effectively leading it to double as sort of a "hoodie" for the little critter. How cute! His arms are spread out to the side, and though he's not incredibly bendable in this fuzzy plush form, you can adjust his legs around to fix him into a seating position.
Additionally, the neat collectors' Domo tag attached is something worthwhile for avid collectors of all things Domo-Kun. It's shaped like an Easter egg basket, with a picture of Domo himself in the basket surrounded by a colorful array of eggs. His huge, black marbly eyes and trademark "open-mouth" grin (or leer?) makes him instantly identifiable from even far-away distances.
The tag notes that this Domo plush toy is best for children 3 and up, and I would think that's definitely an appropriate age bracket. One plus about this toy (and most Domo-kun memorabilia, as a matter of fact) is that there aren't tiny pieces that are likely to be swallowed or choked upon. Domo's fuzzy indeed, but he doesn't really shed thankfully. He's an interesting texture. This toy can certainly serve as something fun for young children; plus, it's a good thing even for adults like myself who enjoy collecting Domo-Kun merchandise. Domo-Kun will always bring a smile to everyone's face, guaranteed!
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Amount Paid (US$): 1
Type of Toy: Stuffed Toy