Ok just saw this posted on the DisneyParks Blog. It's about Hong Kong's merchandise but look at the shirt in the left corner of the top photo.... That is an ADULT SIZE version of Duffy's pumpkin costume!!! You can even see the Duffy logo on the left sleeve!
Photos don't really do justice to the disparity here, but...
Duffy is centrally and essentially about CAREful design. Besides the fact that it's "cuter," with sparkling eyes and separately molded colored plastic for the different head and BOTH the white AND the blue on the hat, the most significant point here is that the designers working on Tokyo Duffy saw any "solution" that meant a seam going through Duffy's head as if he was scalped as not a solution at all and KEPT WORKING.
Speaking of things photos don't do justice to, WLers who got the SCT Popcorn Bucket are in for a great surprise! I thought something wasn't coming across clearly in those photos, but I never imagined it to be like it is! The Dessert Cups and Plates are also MUCH more vivid and crisp than I ever imagined, and easily the most beautiful application of color EVER. I mean EVER ever. You will be stunned. Previous releases have been great, but this blows them all away in terms of quality, saturation and just gorgeous richness. I wasn't necessarily planning to buy these, but they are MUST haves for me now. The white, too, is fascinating and delicate. It really is snow-colored, and the blue mist inside the cup is so delicate, subtle. This is a fantastic set!
Hong Kong's stuff looks awesome. I really wish we had news about how popular Duffy is there and what the locals think of him.
Last edited by DuffyDaisuki; 11-01-2013 at 07:52 AM.
I think it's really the subtle differences that really make the popcorn buckets too. The eyes of the US version are flat and maybe even a bit too small, while the mouth is just too distracting and the big smile combined with the tiny eyes just seems creepy. You can see also the fur on the Japanese one is much more subtle and not lumpy or distracting. I also think that the smaller hat makes it look more cute, and puts the emphasis on Duffy himself, while the US one you're not really sure what to do with it. It really is a matter of design there, and there was definitely a lot that could have been done to the US one to make it more friendly and nice-looking even if you just ignore the problem of the cut-through-the-head.
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Behind the water bottle looks to be a melamine plate with the Duffys from around the world.
I've seen some other merchandise with this design - one was a writing journal. Not sure if we'll get this in the states because those costumes are discontinued. Yet, maybe, they still sell that little trading pin set with those costumes. Anyway.. (rambling here...) I hope so!
I think I like the strap on the water bottle (but sometimes they mess up Duffy faces; I can't tell from the picture). Interested to see if the US 2014 Duffy matches that one...they usually do, but that looks like a wizard hat (though maybe it's supposed to be a party hat), and so far Disney US has kept the annual Duffys in ordinary clothes.