Image of Pokemon Cute Support plushes.
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These New “Cute” Pokemon Plushes are Actually Nightmare Fuel

The more you look, the worse it gets.

So, I’m at work, and I decided to check my emails, and one from The Pokemon Company pops up titled “Supersweet Plush.” I have never clicked so fast because I’m a sucker for a cute plush, but instead, I’m met with something out of a horror movie; seriously, these new Pokemon plushes are… interesting.

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There are four plushes in the “Sweet Support Plush” line that dropped onto The Pokemon Company’s US website this morning, which feature Pokemon and their baby Pokemon versions: Azurill and Marill, Igglybuff and Jigglypuff, Bonsly and Sudowoodo, and Pichu and Pikachu. Sounds cute, right? I thought so, too, until I looked closer.

The adult Pokemon and their baby are connected together with what appears to be a string of elastic from their belly buttons. That’s right – literal umbilical cords. This wasn’t The Pokemon Company’s intention, but it’s hard not to view it as anything but. And that’s not all, either… Take a look at the baby Pokemon’s faces.

Every baby Pokemon is crying, while the bigger Pokemon are beaming with happiness. There’s just something so incredibly creepy about this, and I’m filled with a million questions. Why are the baby Pokemon crying? Why are they attached with an umbilical cord? I may have watched one too many scary films, but I don’t like thinking about the answers.

The Pokemon Company’s intention is actually really sweet – it’s so you can move the crying baby Pokemon to its parent so they can hug and comfort it. And the elastic is likely to keep them together so that you don’t lose them. But I can’t help but feel like they should have put the elastic literally anywhere else.

If your brain is more innocent than mine, and you can see the vision that The Pokemon Company was actually going for, or you simply want some plushes that raise more questions than answers, they’re available for purchase right now.


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Meg was Managing Editor at Prima Games until April 2024. She began as a video games journalist in the UK in 2014, and went on to study Games Journalism & PR. In 2018, she moved to the USA, where she eventually joined Prima Games in May 2022. You'll now find her over at our sister site, The Escapist.