I remember there was a post not too long ago about some small pokemon plush starting to show up in claw machines in US arcades. But was there a post about the large ones that have started to show up?
gearpony and I were browsing the mall yesterday and, as we passed the arcade that normally just has the typical Carebear and Shrek fare, an unexpected fire-monkey butt pressed against the glass caught my eye. Huge pokemon plush? In my arcade? Apparently it's more likely that I thought!
After deciding to try my typically horrid luck at chance games, I ended up breaking the claw machine after it ate my quarters and refused to move. Though rather than refunding the two bucks in quarters after sticking an 'out-of-order' sign on the machine, the staff let me pick whatever plush I wanted from the pile. I picked up Croagunk <3.
Here's a size-relation pic comparing it to an average sized house cat.
Croagunk is about 17" in height. According to the 2008 catalog on the company's site (thetoyfactory.biz) there are several other pokemon like Bulbasaur, Chatot, and hyoooge 36" Piplups available. We only saw the large Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, and Croagunk, but I hold out the hope that Mantyke will show up soon.
The website has a catalog PDF for download, but since I had issues opening it, here's a screenshot just in case others have problems with it too. A couple are a bit deformed, but the rest are pretty good in comparison to the junk poke-plush we usually get in the US!