Tips for Choosing a Despicable Me Plush Toy

despicable me minion plush toyMost people when selecting a Despicable Me Minion Plush Toy will choose based on their favorite character. Additional factors contributing the selection will be size for some, packaging for others and of course, the price – factors are not necessarily in any particular order. In some instances what may seem like a great value up front will only lead to disappoint after the product is received.

Unfortunately, around the holidays, many are forced with choosing what’s available rather than having the benefit of both ample stocked selections and time to do some research as a smart step in checking out a product’s quality before buying.

In this article you will find some helpful tips for choosing a plush toy or any plush character from film favorites.

Here are some tips to consider when purchasing a Minion Toy that may help you in choosing one toy over another when appearances may seem the same — but on closer inspection, they’re not. (see comparison at page bottom)

Tips for Choosing a Despicable Me Plush Character

1)  Low price isn’t necessarily your best value. Quality is required to a certain degree by government standards. Did you know according to the CSPC that the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act enacted by US Congress in 2008 mandates that all toys designed or intended primarily for children 12 years of age and younger, MUST be third party tested and be certified with the issuance of a Children’s Product Certificate. This goes for both manufacturers AND importers of children’s products.

2) despicable me gru plush toyAttention to detail, quality feel of the fabrics and construction can often tell you how long a toy will last, and whether it will stand up to washing and constant play. While this can’t be done when buying on line, thank the consumers who have already purchased the product and have taken the time to leave a review. This is a great resource for actual user recommendations. While you’ll run across some who won’t be happy no matter what they buy — there should be enough reviews to give you an idea as to the quality of the product you are getting. If it’s a good product, people will just naturally want to talk about it.

3) Quality is a personal responsibility — after all this is a gift or purchase for a loved one, a child, relative, a friend or you. Don’t rely solely on government standards to do the job for you. What you give, including how well it is made, also sends a message to the recipient. Because plush toys can become life long friends for the recipient and usually received by someone on a special occasion, that’s all the more reason to ensure the recipient will have years of enjoyment and fond memories from the gift.

4) Any plush toys that indicate on their tags and labels that they meet CPSIA and ASTM Toy Safety Standards have been tested for these hazards and are appropriately age-graded. This should be considered when selecting a plush for someone younger than an age-appropriate rating.

5) It’s fairly easy with high definition images today to see what plush toys have sewn, heat-attached or glued on parts. Think about the wear of someone’s favorite plush over time and then what features displayed in product sales images may later prove to be a problem (like fabric quality). If the image offered on a specific retailers website does not offer enough detail, then do an image search for that product on Google, Yahoo or Bing — there will be other images available with the detail you need.

6) Just because it says “Officially Licensed” doesn’t mean it’s a quality product with quality construction. See the comparison of the same sized and priced Stuart Despicable Me Minion Plush Toy below. Notice in particular the differences in hair, the eye, overalls, hands and mouth.

Minion Stuart Plush Toy

For serious Despicable Me fans be sure to check our board game review. When you don’t need hugging by your favorite characters, then see what mini minion action figures can offer.

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