Monday, August 1, 2011

Duffy sets sail

It's been a while, hasn't it?  I'm sorry for the long absence from posting.  There have been other Duffy blogs popping up and they have been pretty good at providing the latest information.  It's so nice to see many other people embracing and loving Duffy, and ShellieMay.

Now that the apology is out of the way, I have some news to share.  By now everybody has seen Duffy's introduction to the American Disney parks, right?

He's been to EPCOT, and Disney California Adventure., and even the Disney Cruise Line.  He's been greeting guests for a while.  There have been quite a few cute costumes for him to wear too.  One of which is the sailor suit you see in the picture above.  It's his "default" costume.  Adorable and appropriate.  Some argue that his name on his hat is a little overkill, but nonetheless, it's a darling little outfit.

Here is the 17" plush Duffy wearing this sailor costume.  Look, isn't he adorable?

Now, this isn't news to many of you by now, I'm sure.  What is news is that Tokyo DisneySea is about to release it's own version of the sailor costume.  Granted, they have done this in the past, and in fact, the US version is based on the original Tokyo DisneySea costume.  However, that costume is long sold out and hasn't been seen in years.  The park is about to fix that with a brand new costume release on August 8th, 2011.  The release ties into the show "My Friend Duffy".  The sailor suit is one he wears in the show, and they are also releasing a keychain plush of his friend and local postman, TippyBlue the seagull.  

So, to compare, here is the upcoming sailor costume from Tokyo DisneySea.

It's got 3 separate pieces.  A hat, the shirt, and a pair of pants.  Check it out.

As you can see, it's a bit different from his US sailor suit.  His name is not on his hat; the blue is a bit darker; the scarf is blue instead of red; and he's got pants!  This costume set will cost you 3,000 Japanese Yen.

At the same time this costume is being released, there are a few tie-in products.  The first is a small, plush pin-badge that is wearing the same sailor suit.  It will cost 1,400 Yen.

Also, as I wrote earlier, Duffy's friend TippyBlue the seagull is also being released as a small, plush keychain.  This is the very first time TippyBlue has been released as his own piece of merchandise.  Look at him, he's so cute!

And, to top all of this off, there will be a special item for Duffy that has been a long time coming.  In the story about Duffy, there is a bottle necklace that he wears.  It had the original note that Minnie wrote to Mickey.  There was a version of this bottle in one of the accessory sets for sale. was out of scale, and made of plastic.  It didn't look anything like the one in the book.  Now, they are going to release a version that looks just right.  Also, it matches ShellieMay's heart shell pendant perfectly.  Both have a button clasp to keep it around the bear's necks.

Here is Duffy's new bottle charm.

Look how well it fits Duffy.  This is perfect to compliment his storybook and ShellieMay.  Here is her heart shaped pendant for comparison.  You can see the same button clasps for each.

The Duffy bottle charm will cost 600 Yen, and it's the same price as ShellieMay's pendant.  All of these will be for sale only at Tokyo DisneySea starting on August 8th, 2011.  This is a great way to end the summer.  It's just too bad there is not a sailor dress for ShellieMay yet.  Oh well, until next time, thanks for reading, and I hope to post again soon.

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