Love 5 Loves
Tagscomics, early elementary, plush toy, tween
When my wife and I brought our first child home from the hospital, I couldn’t wait to start buying him nerdy toys and accessories. In fact, I didn’t wait. That night, when I was supposed to be picking up a few necessary baby items, instead I brought home several action figures, including Usagi Yojimbo (as represented by the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series). I was thrilled over the find, having once owned the 1987 version of the same character. My wife kindly pointed out that this wasn’t exactly age-appropriate. To prove it wasn’t just an excuse to buy myself a toy, I hung Usagi on the wall of our son’s nursery until he grew old enough to enjoy him safely. (Instead, he was joined by more figures when our second and third children were born.)
This 12” Usagi Yojimbo plush from Dark Horse Comics would have made a much better gift. Rather than resembling any TMNT cameo, this rabbit ronin comes right off the pages of Stan Sakai’s original comic book of over 140 issues—from his topknot-tied ears down to his sandals, from his twin samurai swords to his blue kimono, even Usagi’s distinctive arched scar above his left eye. Best of all, you get all this without the hazard of hard plastic parts! My boy might have snuggled up safely with this plush bodyguard, which gives new meaning to the phrase “security blanket.” (Use your own discretion—recommended age is 13 and up.)
Anthropomorphic heroes may have enjoyed their golden age in our youth, but they’re still alive and fighting today, ready to win over our offspring. Grab this huggable samurai for your kids and then introduce them to the cartoons and comics…or this nifty motion comic!