I had high hopes that perhaps Hong Kong Disney might get something totally unique for Chinese New Year in regards to Duffy outfits since I hadn't seen any official pictures on the merchandise release yet. They have been talking about make sure you see Duffy when visiting during CNY, so I thought he might be dressed up and perhaps a new outfit to go with him.
Well, they do have a new outfit to them.....but, it's the sailor outfit from the US Parks! I got to see pictures of all the new 5th anniversary merchandise from a CM there and he's a big Duffy Fan so he had photos of what's in the stores right now. In addition to the sailor outfit, it appears they got the giant Duffy too.
So, when Duffy was released in HK back in November, they got the original Duffy TDS outfit and the Santa TDS outfit. All Duffy stuff was priced in line with TDS totals and now they are getting the cheaper US outfit. I am quite interested to see how the pricing is on this one, along with the big giant Duffy Bear. What pricing are they going to adopt? I am there this weekend for the Chinese New Year and 5th Anniversary kick off, so will definitely check it out.
I am pretty disappointed. I figured if they were going to release a US outfit, it would've at least been the Chinese one that was in line with the holiday. I am not necessarily disappointed they are releasing a US outfit because it is the US version, but I am disappointed by the fact that Duffy appears to be the step child in HK. He is getting outfits from Tokyo and the US -- but what about something that is unique to HK? HK Duffy fans are a large and loyal bunch -- they will get stuff form all the parks so why not even give them the satisfaction of having at least one outfit that is exclusive to HKDL?