Nestled in Edison, New Jersey, GUND has been creating huggable and adorable plush designs for 120 years. It’s weird to type “nestled” and “New Jersey” in the same sentence, because the so-called Garden State is often derided for being a mecca for mobsters and manufacturing polluters. It’s usually portrayed in pop culture as the stomping-grounds of the Sopranos (the gangster kind, not the Wagnerian type) and smelly gas refineries. So, it’s refreshing to shine a light on Jersey’s joyful Plush Life connection … and GUND does just that!
Toy Fair took over Javits Center in New York City for four fantastic, fierce, and very furry days. From February 17 to February 20, plush delights were everywhere. The exhibiting companies were truly driven this year to make their critter’s coats softer to the touch and easier to squeeze and cuddle.
Photos Courtesy of NBC Sports Division and Official 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics
Stuffed animals and skating rinks have had a long and storied history. There are the Teddy Bear Tosses that happen at hockey games — where plush bears are thrown onto the rink when the home team scores its first goal. The bears are then gathered and donated to children’s charities and hospitals, and the altruistic attendees attempt to break world records with the number of critters they hurl to the ice. (The current world record was set on December 6, 2015, when the Calgary Hitmen hockey fans unleashed 28,815 stuffed toys in a single, triumphant toss.)