Plush toy

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Official Meeko plush
Zig Zag plush (SFW)
Trigger Happy Squirrel's giant inflataplushie.

A plush toy or plushie, as a furspeech term, is a soft, often furry, stuffed toy character or doll with an outer fabric sewn from a textile and stuffed with flexible material

History (mainstream)[edit]

Initially made out of rags and straw for the poorer children of Ancient Rome, or rags, wood wool, or cotton for Ancient Egyptian kids, the initial plush version dates back to the 1880s.[1] Known plushies include the Teddy bear, Sock monkeys, Tickle Me Elmo and/or Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit stuffed toy (the first one to be patented).

Construction and themes[edit]

Modern stuffed toys are commonly constructed of outer fabrics such as plain cloth, pile textiles like plush, fur or sometimes socks. Common stuffing materials include synthetic fiber, batting, cotton, straw, wood wool, plastic pellets, and/or beans. Some modern toys incorporate technology to move and interact with the user (i.e. Teddy Ruxpin).

They are usually made in the shape of something cute, usually animals, especially bears, mammalian pets such as cats and dogs, and highly recognizable animals such as zebras, tigers, pandas, lizards, and elephants. Many fictional animal-like characters from movies, TV shows, books, or other entertainment forms often appear in stuffed toy versions.

Plush toy and furry[edit]

Plushies area perennial favorite of most furries in the furry fandom. Plush devotees may call themselves plushophiles, and gothfurs have coined the term Gundie as another word for "plushie", deriving from GUND, a manufacturer of plush toys.[citation needed]

Plush favorites include Meeko, from Walt Disney's Pocahontas feature animation, and the Zig Zag plush, a fan created product created for the furry company, Furry Dakimakura.

The sexual affinity or paraphilia for plush toys may be called plushophilia, even thought the definition is not 100% sexual.

Funny animal/furry/anthro inflatable toys, also known as inflataplushies, are an almost exclusive creation of the furry fandom. Not to be confused with mainstream animal pool toys, inflataplushies, made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), along with being part of personal collections, they can also be seen at furry conventions and furmeets on display and in a variety of sizes (such as Trigger Happy Squirrel's (died 2021) giant inflataplushies). Companies that create furry inflatable toys include PuffyPaws.


  1. Let's Explore the History of Stuffed Animals article on Retrieved December 8. 2020.

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