Creepy Stuffed Animals Feature Your Child's Face
Does owning custom stuffed animals with the face of your child or significant other seem somewhat creepy? Well yeah, kind of - but you can have one anyway, courtesy of Sha@lark, the Japanese company who came up with this odd idea.
Baby let me be, your lovin' teddy bear
Put a chain around my neck, and lead me anywhere
Oh let me be... your teddy bear!
So sang Elvis, though it's certain he was crooning metaphorically. Regardless, Sha@lark seems to have taken The King's soulful sentiments at face value by offering Purimen Gurumi - personalized teddy bears with the customer's choice of visage.
According to Lisa Katayama at Tokyomango, Sha@lark also offers these diabolic dolls with rabbit, frog, tiger, lion, or bumblebee bodies. There's even a Mount Fuji version, presumably for those who want a hunka hunka burnin' love. Ouch... and they also come in a range of sizes including a tiny cell phone strap version, so you can give your soul mate their very own mini-me!
I'm sure Sha@lark means well but just like the Rice Bag Babies, an element of weirdness seems to have set in between the idea's conception and the actual product.
Here's how it works - order online at the Sha@lark website and choose your details, then send them a photo of the victim, er, subject. Wait a short while, and one day your Purimen Gurumi munchkin will arrive.
Take it with you to work, shopping and dining. Talk to it - unlike the uber-creepy doll of George Costanza's mother on Seinfeld, it won't talk back... though a microchip enabled version that speaks sweet nothings in your loved one's pre-recorded voice is only a matter of time. Just like the end of the world. (via Tokyomango and Tokyo Times)