Yeah, I got mine yesterday too, after the post office attempted to deliver Saturday and nobody was home. I love everything so much, and I'll try to keep this from rambling on and on.
First, like you guys have said, the stickers on the outside of the box were a really nice touch that hinted at what was inside. Those are some strong stickers too! I turned the box over and over to look at all the stickers. The "treat" bag with candies in it was so neat, and...I'll admit I ate them as I opened things. I was hungry, I couldn't help it, and it also made it that much more fun to open the Duffy things. I also have to say how much I love Japanese candies & sweets.
The Duffy Halloween items exceeded my expectations. I was just admiring all of the details on everything. Something that hit me when looking at all of it was how much detail there always is. The fact that OLC has created such a cohesive vision for Duffy there is amazing. They have even made the Cape Cod buildings characters in their own way. In every seasonal celebration, the buildings are represented in some way, and decorated for that holiday. The fact that these are incorporated into the Duffy artwork just ties it that much more strongly to Cape Cod. Nothing is in isolation, even when you only see Duffy and ShellieMay's floating heads on merchandise, you know there is a tie to the land itself, because it's in the larger artwork, and the icons like the mushrooms, pumpkins, and fall leaves. I went back and looked at other past merchandise and the Cape Cod buildings are there in almost everything, and they have different feels and looks for every season, just like the bears.
Disney has done this sometimes with their own merchandise, but not yet with Duffy in the US. Duffy here is isolated from his surroundings and there is very little "world building" going on. He's not really in a specific place. I think that's part of the magic of how OLC treats Duffy...he's grounded in a place, and that place has become a character itself along with Duffy. It's an entire world, not just a bear.
Anyway, this year's Halloween release is just so much better in person. The plates, the costumes, the treats. I just love it all, and it's another layer in my Duffy collection that adds more to Duffy and ShellieMay's charm.
Thank you DuffyD!!!