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Emrys is my largest plushie. He was made in Wales, and his plush is more a short fur, even inside the mouth and ears. The wings look especialy silly with the fat belly -- this is one well-fed dragon.
I caried Verox with me when I moved from one city to another to get work. I told the person picking me up at the bus station to 'Look for the stack of suitcases with the stuffed dragon on top.'
Max and Verox
Spotis the first plush dragon I ever bought. He's about a foot tall. He has a letter-opener for a sword, and I made him a bota (wine skin) to his size. He was in The Old Country, (Busch Gardens, Wiliamsburg, Virginia) the first year it opened.
The Old Country is a collection of small European areas. The original ones were England (a Tudor vilage with a theatre inside an oversized replica of Shakespeare's Globe theatre), Scotland (mostly a stable with some of the Budweiser Clydesdales), Hastings (a castle with catapults on the walls!), Aquitaine (a small French village), and New France ('Canadian' log buildings and a log flume ride). Busch Gardens has since added Germany, Italy, and Ireland.
During the first year, there was a human running around in a dragon costume. I never saw him after that. I imagine the suit was incredibly hot -- a heavy vinyl instead of a fur you might get some ventilation in. I remember the poor thing getting a hug from a little girl holding an ice cream cone -- and most of the ice cream ended up on the dragon.
Rainbowis my largest dinosaur, and the goofiest looking. She's sort of a brontosaurus built on a giraffe pattern, only more so.
Honeyis just your basic golden tan plush brontosaurus. Nice, mellow personality.
The other one wandered in a few hospital visits later. Now they live in my "grab it and go" bag.
It just looks like it's standing there, singing its heart out.
Scaleyis one of the Beany Babies.
Big Rainbow is the size of a Folkmanis handpuppet chameleon I own. Her smaller companions are also generally chameleon shaped. There were two slightly different patterns: Rainbow and Iggy. But there were a number of Rainbow pattern (and Rainboy tagged) animals in Iggy (blue and green mottled) plush.
I got a Lizzy Beany Buddy! She is rainbow fabric.
Combined Lizzy page.
Hillary reminded me of an old country squire, one not too high-brow to do some actual farming himself. His name comes from 'hyla', a family of tree frogs, and 'Rana bombifrons', a species of tree frog, both the same bright green that Sir Hillary is.
Another view of Sir Hillary.
A few samples:
My version is flatter, plumper, and softer -- I didn't get them stuffed quite the same way, and I wasn't about to take the original apart to see its innards.
I found out that there are way too many pieces in the critter, too much fussy sewing, to make it worth my while for what I could sell them for. But I've been looking at them again after several years, and they might have real potential scaled up as pillow covers.
The rhino herd.