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13 Plush Toys Grownups Will Love

Plush toys really don't serve any serious purpose, and are often bought just to fill a gift obligation. But if you put some thought into it, you can really impress someone with their favorite things, in a form all ready to cuddle up with. You don't even have to look, because the list is right here!

1. Tickle Me Freud
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Forget Tickle Me Elmo! Tickle Me Freud is a serious psychoanalyst until you press his foot, then he shows his real personality with an infectious belly laugh!

2. Monty Python's Killer Rabbit
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From the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this cute little bunny seems harmless, until he bares his teeth and eats you. Available in both original plush-only and electronic flashing-eye version. Run away! Run away!

3. Venereal Disease Microbes
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These toys are greatly magnified versions of the germs that cause Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Herpes. Available individually or as a set of four. Other microbes are available from Giant Microbes, from the flu to Mad Cow prions.

Lots more cool plushies, after the jump.

4. DRDs
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The science fiction series Farscape features little Diagnostic Repair Drones, or DRDs. These cute little robots are available in a 12 inch plush form!

5. Aliens
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You wouldn't think of the creature from Alien and its sequels as a cuddly toy, but someone did. Get an Alien Facehugger with Egg, or a somewhat more mature version of the Alien.

6. Cthulhu
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The elder god comes in many forms, including the original Cthulhu plush toy, the superhero version, a goth version, and the special Christmas version.

7. Badger Badger Badger
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A Weebl's Badger is a perfect gift for someone who has spent way too much time amusing themselves on the internet. If you're not familiar with the Badgers, click here.

8. Space Godzilla
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Space Godzilla is a clone of Godzilla, traveling through space via the power of his shoulder crystals! You may remember him from the movie Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla. Other characters from the Godzilla films are available in plush, too!

9. Celebrity Dogs
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These plush dolls are dogs that look like celebrities, from Happytails Pet Boutique. There are currently fourteen different celebrity dogs.

10. Viking Kitten
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I can never again hear Immigrant Song without thinking of kittens. If you know someone like that, they'd love to have a Viking Kitten of their own, from Rathergood. If you're not familiar with the Viking Kittens, click here.

11. Mars

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You've seen soft cuddly Earth globes, but how about Mars? This Hugg-A-Planet Mars features an accurate map of over 400 Mars locations, including the landing spots for exploratory probes.

12. Roadkill Toys
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This is so new, I'm not sure how it will go over. Roadkill Toys is starting out with a plushie called Twitch the Raccoon, who has been squashed flat, complete with blood and guts, all made from 100% polyester. Other roadkill designs are coming soon.

13. Einstein
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And this list wouldn't be complete without mental_floss' mascot, Albert Einstein. Any genius, wannabe genius, or budding genius could use him for inspiration!

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The Sandlot Funko POPs! Are Coming

In 1993, a 1960s-set family film about a group of baseball-loving kids charmed youngsters and adults alike, and turned The Sandlot into a bona fide hit. Now, 25 years later, Scotty Smalls and the rest of the gang are getting the ultimate pop culture recognition as toy giant Funko has announced a line of POP! toys in the cast’s likeness. A black-eyed Smalls, Benny the Jet, Squints, and Ham (pointing to the fences) will all get their own vinyl figures—which you can also buy as a set—but that won’t be the end of The Sandlot fun.

GameStop shoppers will have exclusive access to The Beast, the baseball-chowing neighborhood hound, while Target will have a special two-pack featuring Squints and Wendy Peffercorn.

While the film’s official 25th anniversary is this month, you’ll have to wait until June to get your hands on these toys. But once you've got them, where, when, and how often you repeat the phrase “You’re killing me, Smalls” is completely up to you.

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Act Fast to Exchange Your Expiring Toys "R" Us Gift Cards
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When Toys "R" Us announced it would be liquidating its remaining stores in March, discussion turned from lamenting the famous toy chain’s demise to wondering what it meant for customers who purchased gift cards or had enrolled in their loyalty program.

Officially, the retailer has announced that its rewards program is no longer active and that Toys "R" Us gift cards will be redeemable in stores only through April 21. (The company is no longer accepting online orders.) For those who don’t think they’ll have interest in spending the gift card at a barren and toy-depleted TRU location by then, there's another solution: According to Today, Bed Bath & Beyond will accept TRU gift cards in exchange for a card that's good at any of their stores.

The catch? You won’t get the full face value of the card. A $25 Toys "R" Us card might be redeemable for only $16 at Bed Bath & Beyond. A $100 toy card has a roughly $64 value.

Bed Bath & Beyond is only offering this buyback program through Thursday, April 5, so you’ll need to act fast. And if you happen to be one of the poor souls holding a Geoffrey Birthday Club coupon, you're entirely out of luck. The giraffe isn't in a celebratory mood.

[h/t WTOL]

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