LOL, ok, I couldn't resist that pun...sorry.
Ahem, anyway, it seems like Universal Studios Japan has taken notice of Duffy's success at Tokyo DisneySea and they want a little of that success themselves. So, they have created their very own "Duffy" character. It's not a bear at all. In fact, it's a new Sesame Street character who is supposed to be Elmo's new friend. His name is "Moppy", and it appears the character was developed there, and is a park-exclusive character.
There is an origin story with Elmo, and Moppy has his very own store where you can...buy Moppy goods! Hmm...and you can have your picture taken with Moppy.
Here's the press release about the character.
News & Topics:UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN(R) SITE
This was done during USJ's 10th anniversary...but I only just now found out about this character.
Here's the official Moppy site.
There are a couple of interesting and innovative things they have done with Moppy. The first thing is that the walkaround character has a heart shaped pad on one paw, and a star on the other. If you place your cell phone on the heart pad, it sends special messages and wallpapers to your phone. The star mark does something too, but I'm not sure what. The second thing is the "lucky mirror" inside the store. Each day a guest is chosen who has looked into the mirror to get a lucky surprise. This can include special passes to attractions to skip the line, or special hat, or whatever the random system gives out.
Other than those 2 things, this character does seem to be a very similar idea to Duffy, including magically coming to life. I'm not quite sure Moppy will have anywhere near the success that Duffy has, but it's very interesting to see other companies try it. Even Disney tried it themselves with UniBEARsity.
Personally, I'm not fond of the name...it's generic and seems like a throwaway name. Also, the character itself doesn't look too interesting. They should have let Sesame Workshop design the character. Even Abby Cadabby is cuter than Moppy.
So...what do you guys think of Moppy? Can He give Duffy and ShellieMay a run for their money?