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#1 Cute Plush Toys & Sanrio

Posted February 14th, 2008 by Peter · 24 Comments

plushWhen was the last time you saw this?
Asian people are constantly looking for plush toys to give to their friends or to collect for themselves (No matter how much they hate to admit it). These little fluffy animals, highly overpriced but ever so cute, are at the center of every relationship. This is due to the obvious asian affinity for Sanrio characters like Hello Kitty and Batz Maru.

Asians love Sanrio, because it is in fact an asian product. The animals Sanrio uses are also very highly respected animals in Asian culture. How, you ask? Asian see frogs as symbols of good luck and prosperity. Cats are said to be keepers of the house, and are highly revered in Asian households for their ability to eat insects and rodents. The penguin is a symbol of coolness, and with sun-glasses, who wouldn’t say that Batz Maru is the coolest penguin in the world? Pekkle is a duck, which is seen as an endless source of food for many asian countries. Sanrio has definitely thought out its choice of animals very well. They have a franchise that no longer only appeals to females, but to a very wide male demographic. As one male commenter said, “my pekkle pencil box was like a secret mystery box” back in the 3rd grade. Apparently, your writers are not the only one to agree that girls are the only people that can enjoy Sanrio products. Click Here to find out why.

One thing’s for sure, who wouldn’t want to receive one? Do not be surprised to see a teenage boy walking through the nearest Sanrio shop, scouring the shelves for a pack of trading cards. The truth is that deep down inside, he would rather have that Keroppi or Batz Maru pencil box than the newest pack of Yu-Gi-Oh or Pokemon cards. It’s the truth.

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24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 geekyaznguy // Feb 17, 2008 at 10:14 am

    OMG LOL!!!! SO TRUE!!!

  • 2 Justin // Feb 20, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    wow, this is soo true, i have a brother that loves a cow called mooty!

  • 3 Kevin the Sheep // Feb 24, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Nice picture.

    The one on the left is Nancita.
    The one on the right is Kevinito.


  • 4 KK // Mar 8, 2008 at 7:23 am

    Uhm not entirely true. I hate these little cute things myself. It is mostly kids and girls, and females who refuse to grow up who collects these things :-)

  • 5 Amy // Mar 11, 2008 at 3:54 am

    Oh, there’s also Morning Glory (a Korean one), with Blue Bear & Pingki Pengko & some others I forgot. :-)

  • 6 Racialicious // Mar 11, 2008 at 7:20 am

    [...] People Like serves up semi-stereotypical notes on a culture from those who live it each day. From Plush Toys and Purikura to Honda Civics and Chopsticks, I was also amused at this [...]

  • 7 Amanda // Apr 1, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Haha, that’s so true, I love plush toys way too much. I go to the Dealer’s Room at anime conventions with the sole intent of buying plush toys of my favorite characters. (@_@)

  • 8 Neeks // Apr 8, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Ohmahgawd, I love plushies ._.
    You see that sheep on the left in the picture? I have a smaller version of it xD Ahaha. =O I do know some plushie haters though, it breaks my heart. xP

  • 9 Justin // Apr 8, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    you should post some pix of cute plushies

  • 10 AC Photo Contest | Asian Central Network // Jun 10, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    [...] Plush Toys, #1 off of the SAPL [...]

  • 11 Paula and Frog // Jun 14, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    We’d love some Asian friends. We live in Australia which is close to Asia and use this website to chat. Please join us there
    Paula and Frog

  • 12 Ray // Jun 23, 2008 at 4:30 am

    this is kinda true i guess. btw whoever mentions honda civics as part of an asian stereotype is a moron. I live in a godamned asian country, and i RARELY see a honda civic. I see more freaking 180′s and Silvias. the whole car racing thing is an AMERICAN asian stereotype. keep that bullshit back in the US where it belongs.

  • 13 YASPy Chick // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:19 am

    You can always tell immigrant Asians from locally born….immigrant Asians are more likely to go cutesy…at least in this neck of the woods.

  • 14 Lyn not LIN! // Jul 8, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    my mother in law has tons of cutesy crap all over her house. We always give her greeting cards from the little girls section. From Hello Kitty to Christmas Santa statues, she has it on display wherever she can fit them.
    I personally think it is tacky, but whatever makes her happy. I can tell you right now, that those will NOT be considered family heirlooms… more like goodwill junk.
    I like cute junk too, but when it is everywhere, it isn’t cute anymore. It is an eyesore

  • 15 Lori // Aug 11, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I know many adult Asian female professionals who still collect these things.

  • 16 Vladan // Aug 23, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    what is the deal with the shit needle thing that korean kids do,is there a plush animal doing the shit needle thing?

  • 17 Margarita // Nov 22, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Well, it’s not completely true. I haven’t liked cute plushy things since I was 5. And I’m asian.

  • 18 emu boots // Dec 7, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    this is kinda true i guess. btw whoever mentions honda civics as part of an asian stereotype is a moron. I live in a godamned asian country

  • 19 Popo // Jan 18, 2010 at 12:01 am

    OMG that is the cutest plushies ever…what are the name of the 2 sheeps in the pic above….and where can i get something like that if i live in the U.S.????

  • 20 nuu // Feb 10, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    I found this website after having spent an hour looking at plush toys online. Yes. I admit it. And I laughed so hard when I saw that this was #1!

  • 21 Oversized baby bottles with stuffed animals? « The Weirdest Shit // Mar 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    [...] Come to think of it, uBastard likely has one of these at home (with his penchant for odd asian things). [...]

  • 22 intan // Sep 28, 2010 at 11:30 pm


    not trueeeeeeeeeeeeee…
    if u hate it, why do u look at it or read the article???… u must love it some how….

  • 23 Sunny // Dec 16, 2012 at 6:37 am

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  • 24 ilovehorseyrides // Jun 17, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I had a Pekkle stuffed animal when I was younger but I got rid of it when I was cleaning my room a few years ago

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