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Tips for Choosing a Despicable Me Plush Toy

Most 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)  Attention 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 online, 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 favourite 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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Cleaning the Play off Despicable Me Plush Toys

Some of the hottest toys this season are the Despicable Me plush toys that let you give a whole lotta love to some of your favourite movie characters.

It’s only natural to assume all the attention given to these huggable mischievous little rascals is going to result in sticky skin, worn clothing, matted fur, unintended spills, dust bunnies and a host of other more unpleasant invaders like dust mites.

Did you know that one of the biggest catalysts for attracting dirt and germs to a plush toy is the natural oil found on human skin?

The one thing you want to avoid is providing a safe haven for germs, bacteria and odors to collect.

 

Cleaning Stuffed Toys is Pretty Straight Forward

While Despicable Me stuffed toys are fairly easy to clean, there are series of steps and considerations we have detailed in the short video below.

You may be inclined to toss your plush or stuffed Despicable Me toy in the washer on a gentle cycle but a washing machine isn’t always the right answer. The manufacturer will provide a tag on the plush toy to let know if your toy is washable — much like you find with kitchen items labeled “dishwasher-safe”.

A washing machine can be pretty harsh on the seams that stitch or glue the toy together as well as soak or mat the stuffing inside. Unless specifically noted as “machine washable” you run the risk of not getting the same Despicable Me plush out of the washing machine as you put in it.

Tips for Drying Despicable Me Plush Toys

  1. When you get the cleaning part of your Despicable Me toys completed, they’ll need to be dried. While air drying is the best, sometimes those little fans want their plush toys right now.
  2. A heated dryer is certainly an option and dryer heat works to kill any dust mites that may have survived the washing.
  3. Because most plush toys have synthetic outer skins, fur and stuffing, too much heat will cause the synthetic to degrade — taking life off that “like new” appearance. Dryer heat, if too hot, can also melt the synthetic or any accessories made part of the plush toy.
  4. To ensure safer drying, in a heated dryer, trying wrapping any facial features likes eyes or hair or any special accessories with a handkerchief or cheese cloth to prevent damage in tumbling and exposure to excess heat.
  5. Your Despicable Me Plush may look like they’ve been blindfolded  or have a toothache but this will extend their usable lifecycle.
  6. Putting the plush in a dryer bag or pillowcase will also keep any residue off the plush should you throw in a dryer sheet for the extra fresh smell.