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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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Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling
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It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.

 

Barnes & Noble's special edition Mister Rogers Funko Pop!
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Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.

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"Weird Al" Yankovic Is Getting the Funko Treatment
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Though the New York Toy Fair—the largest trade show for playthings in the western hemisphere—won't officially kick off until Saturday, February 17, kids and kids-at-heart are already finding much to get excited about as the world's biggest toy companies ready to unleash their newest wares on the world. One item that has gotten us—and fans of fine parody songs everywhere—excited is "Weird Al" Yankovic's induction into the Funko Pop! family. The accordion-loving songwriter behind hits like "Eat It," "White & Nerdy," "Amish Paradise," and "Smells Like Nirvana" shared the news via Twitter, and included what we can only hope is a final rendering of his miniaturized, blockheaded vinyl likeness:

In late December, Funko announced that a Weird Al toy would be coming in 2018 as part of the beloved brand's Pop Rocks series. Though we know he'll be joined by Alice Cooper, Kurt Cobain, Elton John, and the members of Mötley Crüe, there's no word yet on exactly when you’ll be able to get your hands on Pop! Al. But knowing that he's coming is enough … for now.

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