"Come in, Corneria!" - Fox McCloud Plush

Landing on Earth, fresh from the Lylat System, here's Fox McCloud!

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When Star Fox (or "Starwing", in PAL regions) was released on the SNES in 1993, a series of plush toys of the four main pilot characters - Fox McCloud, Peppy Hare, Slippy Toad, and Falco Lombardi - was made, and they were given away as prizes in Japanese arcades.

This is Fox McCloud, and as you can see, he's based on the look of the promotional photographs used to advertise the original game.

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With the exception of the lighter-coloured marking that should be visible on Fox's forehead, along with the microphone on the left-hand side of Fox's headset (which I assume would have been too flimsy to implement here), every detail is present and correct, albeit in "super-deformed" style, which suits the original SNES versions of these characters nicely.

I particularly like the effort made to use a silvery-coloured vinyl-coated fabric for Fox's jacket, boots, and headset, and the quality of this fabric is very good - as I mentioned in my entry about Crash Bandicoot, later Japanese prize plushes would use a different type of this fabric, from which the vinyl can flake off over time.

Unfortunately, there have never been any more Star Fox plush toys licensed since the original game. I suspect this is due in part to the unfortunate N64 reboot of the series, which ditched the crack team of war-time-style pilots, and replaced them with a group of whiny and unappealing anime clichés who refuse to shut up. Kickass pilots are a much easier sell to merchandise licensees!

I don't have any of the other plushes from this series, but I'd certainly love to find them. In the meantime, I'll keep on hoping that new Star Fox merchandise will one day see the light of day.

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