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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 (Douglas Cuddle Toys)

Review and photographs by Bryan Divers, edited by Suspsy

Another treasured item in my collection is Cynthia, a unique and truly adorable stuffed woolly mammoth toy by Douglas Cuddle Toys. She is around 8 inches long and stands approximately 5 inches tall.

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First of all, I’d like to say that I think the workmanship on this woolly mammoth is superb. It is so accurate, in fact, that the Chicago Field Museum store carried it for a number of years. It is very similar in shape to the Safari Ltd woolly mammoth figure if you compare the two, despite the obvious difference of one being plastic and the other being a soft toy. The sculpt of the trunk, tusks and head are all very attentive to detail and the back has a nice slope to it. Her eyes have a very endearing expression as well. The ears are small, just like a mammoth’s should be. The fur is also a beautiful reddish-brown colour, which again is very fitting for a woolly mammoth toy. I personally like reddish-brown, henna-haired woolly mammoths, so this piece is one of my favourites.

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Some other nice details that Cynthia has and that are often overlooked in other woolly mammoth stuffed animals are the toenails and the tuft on the end of her tail. I would have to say that this little mammoth makes an excellent companion and is an affordable yet realistic toy for woolly mammoth aficionados of all ages! She is available on Walmart.com, stuffedsafari.com, Amazon, and eBay if you search for “Douglas Mammoth.”

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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.