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Woolly Mammoth (2007)(Cuddlekin by Wild Republic)

Review and photos by Bryan Divers, edited by Suspsy

This is a review of my most prized possession, the original woolly mammoth Cuddlekin by Wild Republic, released back in 2007. It is not the same as the more recent versions that have already been reviewed, which come in 40-inch, 12-inch, and 8-inch sizes. The original version by Wild Republic is made of noticeably different material and is slightly larger at about 14 inches. I can’t believe I haven’t thought to review it for the blog until now.

This good old woolly mammoth is approaching the 10th anniversary of when I first got her. I was twelve at the time, and my mother bought her for me at the Shop 4 Science gift shop at the Science Museum of Virginia. She was the best of the best for her time, and is probably my most prized possession down to today. I even think that if my house was on fire, I would grab her! A close friend also saw the personality in her and would always ask me about Ellie the mammoth, as we called her. Ellie also accompanied me on a number of family vacations: the most memorable one to me was to Smithfield, Virginia.

My friend always commented on how soft Ellie’s fur was to the touch, and indeed the plush was beautiful. It has become a bit matted over the last ten years, and I actually patched a couple of defective spots on her belly with some felt that matched her fur. The rest of her, though, has remained in fair condition. Although, as her owner, I may be a little prejudiced.

Her trunk is made in a tea spout position, as if she is trumpeting. Her tusks are accurately made, even down to the little brown parts that the tusks grow out of. The end of her tail has little black hairs on it, and the toenails are stitched. The insides of the ears, the soles of the feet, and the toenails are made of a reddish-brown fabric that is flatter than the reddish-brown fur fabric on her head and shoulders. Her mouth is open and makes her look like she is smiling–one of the most appealing features of this toy, to me at least. Her shoulders, hump, and the top of her head are made of a dark reddish-brown fur fabric, and the rest of her body is made of a brown taupe fabric that almost looks dark grey. My mother got her for an easy $12.99, which was moderate considering her quality and that she was sold from a museum gift shop. I think the fact that she remains my favourite stuffed animal into my twenties all the way from age 12 proves that she is as wonderful for the young as for the young at heart.

When my friend was forced to return to her native country, Brazil, in December 2009, Ellie became even more precious to me because she reminded me of the many happy memories with my friend and her family. She is the last connection I have to that beautiful time in my past. If you too see the magic of this beautiful toy and want one for your own, eBay is probably your best bet: search for “mammoth cuddlekins” or “wild republic mammoth.” (A hint: if you want the original mammoth like mine, the fur on the face, legs, and rump looks very dark, almost black, as opposed to the more brown look of the newer version.)

Woolly Mammoth (Mini Cuddlekin by Wild Republic)

Review and photo by Bryan Divers, edited by Suspsy

Meet Ellie, the favourite of favourites in my whole dinosaur collection! I was so inspired by her that I even draw a cartoon called “Skinny and Ellie,” featuring a caricature of her. Ellie is a Wild Republic woolly mammoth, also known as a Cuddlekin. But she is also part of the Mini Cuddlekin family; being only eight inches long and about five inches tall, making her perfect for travel.

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The pattern of her fur is also beautiful, with a soft, reddish-brown, felt-like material composing her face, trunk, mouth, legs, rump, and tail. It is very possible that mammoths’ hair was shorter in these areas.

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Ellie’s cranium tuft and the areas around her hump, shoulders, and stomach are made of longer, dark-brown plush. Mammoths had longer hair on the top of their heads and on their bodies, so that is also nicely accurate. Other nice details are the black nostrils stitched in her pink trunk tip and her open mouth, also made of the same pink material. Black hairs crown the tip of her tail as well. I also really admire that the white tusks grow out of brown tusk sockets attached to the sides of her face, rather than just being stitched directly to her face. This detail is overlooked in a number of stuffed woolly mammoths and elephants.

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Ellie is, without any doubt, a five star toy in my mind. She is beautifully artistic in her construction and as appropriate for any mammoth-loving child as for an adult mammoth lover who likes to travel with a little friend, like me. She is easy to find in museum gift shops or online at Stuffedsafari.com, Amazon, or eBay, where I got mine.

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Woolly Mammoth (Cuddlekins by Wild Republic)

One of the minor perks of being a parent is being able to buy your children things that you want but cannot justify buying for yourself. Such is the case with this cute little plush we’re looking at today. I don’t personally collect plush toys but I appreciate a lot of the nicer made ones and those that do an above-average job of representing prehistoric animals in particular. So when I found this mammoth at my local grocery store I knew that my daughter had to have it. As soft and cute as it is she’s kind of blasé about it, but she’s only 16 months old (she’ll grow into it). I, on the other hand, quite like it so I’m introducing it to you folks here on the Dinosaur Toy Blog.

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Once again the woolly mammoth proves its popularity by being represented not once by Wild Republic but three times! That’s right. Wild Republic has produced three of these pachyderms, all of which are identical aside from their size.  For those that really want to spoil their kids there is a $60 mammoth measuring 30”. The one I bought is the 12” version and there also exists an 8” version. Among the prehistoric lineup offered by Wild Republic there’s also a fairly nice Smilodon and a few generic looking dinosaurs representing the classic genera.

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This plush mammoth checks off all of the classic mammoth attributes; the humped shoulders, tall cranium complete with a patch of hair, long curved tusks, small ears, and a brown shaggy coat. Interestingly, the shaggy portions only cover the shoulders and belly which makes the body of this toy resemble an American bison more than a woolly mammoth once you get past the head.

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The inside of the feet are filled with small plastic pellets which make the feet and legs stiff and heavy, this means that the toy does a reasonable job of standing upright. The trunk is curved upwards with a pink tip around the nostrils; the open mouth is also pink. The tusks are stiff and made with a felt-like material and a small tail is attached to the rear with a black tuft of fur. The eyes are simple black beads inset into the fur. The toy seems well constructed and durable; the seams on this guy shouldn’t break open anytime soon. The toy is incredibly soft, so much so that even an adult might feel compelled to snuggle with it.

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For those that collect plush toys, mammoths, or have a small person in their lives I would recommend this Wild Republic woolly mammoth. However, there is another plush mammoth out there by Hansa that is a much more life-like toy that would serve as a better display piece. That said this one appears to be an easier to find and more affordable toy.