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Loretta's Pokemon Toy Blog
July 21
, 2008

A TAIL of Two Beanies

Technical difficulties did not stop me from sending you these pictures--to make a long story short, my crapola Disney Pix Click camera's (somewhat recently purchased, can't find a warranty on this thing) button circuit board had too much "give" in it, despite being firmed screwed to the camera casing, causing the contacts to not meet when a button was depressed; so, about a dozen microscrews and a precision screwdriver set later, my camera has wad of saran wrap crushed inside it providing support to the board and the darn thing now works again.  Don't try this at home!--but, for me, it was either that or toss a $50 list "toy" into the trash (mind you I took an electronics course in college...).
 
Anyhow, enough boring details about bad products, I have news!  A few weeks ago, my local Barnes and Noble stores set up endcaps of Pokemon books.  Some of the stores had an additional surprise in store--a Jakks Pokemon Pikachu mini plush!  The "exorbitant" price tag (as compared to elsewhere, like Target or Wal-mart, $5.99) of $9.95 kept me from adopting Pika when first I saw it.  I sort of noticed a difference... yes... unlike the other mini-plush Pikachu's I'd seen in the other waves, this one had an open mouth smile!  Upon closer examination, there were other differences:  This Pikachu's stripes were sewn in cloth, rather than stamped on and its plush tail was stuffed with fluff, as opposed to the nearly flat felt-like tail of the earlier issue.  Hardcore beanie collectors might like this variation; I've seen variations of other Jakks mini-plush as far as cloth and detail, but, this was the biggest divergence I've seen so far.  I am not sure if this toy is a Barnes and Noble exclusive--I must apologize for not really have the PC power this week (I'm off work, at home, dial up, Windows ME, 128 meg RAM!) to net surf around for info...  I guess e-Bay might be a place to scan for clues.  Anyhow, check your local B&N next time you're in there and maybe you might find this happy little Pika!  I'll be tooling around for news while I'm off work this week (in between house-cleaning and my b-day!  ;) and I can tell you for now, Target is busy at work resetting their toy shelves.  Hopefully, we'll see new stock soon--and hopefully a different Pokemon T for fall?  Stay tuned!
 
Pika!






Loretta
 

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