I don't mean that the new character should not look anything like Duffy. In fact, I think to be tied to him, it should have some resemblance...just not Duffy with a bow, you know what I mean? It could be another shade of brown with Mickey marks as well, or another natural color that compliments Duffy in some way. I wonder if it's a girl, they would just make her pink? That's just lazy though, and I hope they thought about it more creatively than I am right now.
Janell, I am willing to bet there will be more Sweet Duffy merchandise that we have yet to see. More than even last year. Probably lots of cel straps, keychains, cookies, candy, towels, blankets, pillows, etc. We are getting just a hint of it right now, LOL! Not to mention the "new friend" and all the merch tied to that.
Speaking of the friend again. A thought occurred to me about it. It will be the first time that OLC has created an entire character on their own that fits into a Disney universe, right? I mean Camp Nepos had no ties to any of the Disney characters. What about Rocky, Chandu, and Shiriki Utundu? Did OLC create those independently or did Disney have a hand? Because this new character has direct links to Mickey and the gang where the others don't, and has been developed solely by OLC.
Also, Duffy is their first wildly successful attempt at doing their own thing. Sure, he was created by Disney first, but maybe OLC is trying to wean him away and make him their own. This new character could be part of that...and at some point Duffy will establish himself as a separate character from the Disney crew and OLC could develop a whole cast of friends for him and create their own successful franchise. Then, they could have that solo project they've wanted for a while and might be able to open a third theme park with Duffy & friends elsewhere in Japan.
I know that might be a stretch, but I just thought maybe that was what OLC was trying to do...finally have something of their own without Disney's direct influence...and have it be successful.