- Published on Friday, 06 December 2013 17:34
The latest releases adopt short-pile fabrics to avoid triggering allergies. Teddy bears dominate the line.
- Design: Teddy bears continue to dominate the line. Dog, rabbit, lion, monkey and caterpillar styles are also popular. Famous characters such as the Angry Birds and 2014 World Cup mascot are available as well.
- Materials: Cotton and polyester remain the mainstream options. The textiles may be sheared, flocked, or come in polar fleece, velvet and velour constructions. Many makers adopt fabrics with shorter pile as longer nap has a greater tendency to collect dust mites, which can trigger allergies. Some companies even import CE-certified inputs from Japan and South Korea. For the filling, PP cotton is common. Several upscale plush toys use hollow variants. These stretch back to their original shape no matter the pressure.
- Safety features: Suppliers are replacing button and bead facial parts with patchwork, prints and embroidery to reduce choking hazards.
- Increased usability: A number of new designs double as pillows, blankets and bags. Smaller versions can be used as finger puppets, while large horse and deer models also serve as ride-on toys.
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