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Our Squash-plush range looks like roadkill. Feels like roadkill. And tastes like roadkill. But they’re not. They’re plush toys. Very macabre plush toys. It’s the way we make them that makes them seem so real.
The blood and guts and gore are made using the latest high-tech stuffing and plush, to give it quite a realistic squidgy effect. The body and head and legs are made from specially sourced plush material, that gives them that tactile quality of mangy fur. The body is partly stuffed with beads, to give it extra dead weight. And unlike real roadkill it’s something you’ll want to take home and arrange on your bed.
We’ve tried to make Grind and the rest of his Squash-plush chums as life-like as possible. But at the end of the day he’s only a stuffed toy. All the plush materials and stuffing we’ve used are made from 100% polyester fibres, and are fully compliant with British safety laws.
Grind follows closely in Twitch’s pawprints. His body is stuffed with a mixture of beads and stuffing. The beads give the Squash-plush teddy a bit of extra weight, so he can lie spreadeagled in his blood and gut-pool. The blood and guts and gore are made using the latest, cutting edge stuffing. It’s a special new micro-bead stuffing that gives the guts and organs a more malleable, tactile effect. It makes it more squidgy. For Grind 2.0 we have made some improvements. We have got rid of the zip that used to line the right side of his body. The blood and guts are now pulled out through a narrow opening in his side instead.
The body and legs and head are made from specially sourced Squash-plush material. It’s a really good quality Korean fur, and it gives the teddy a convincingly mangy pelt. The Gut-plush, as we like to call it, is a stretchy thin material that squidges and bulges under your fingers. If you’ve ever squidged a Japanese Barbapapa plush toy, then you’ll know what we mean. A bushy tail sticks up above his bloody remains. It’s made of a different more cutesy plush material. And the claws that protrude from his grasping front paws are made of felt.
His right eye is plastic. It bulges out all blood-shot and goggly. The left hand one is squeezed shut, so that all you can see is the plush eyelids. His nose is also plastic. And all of his features are fully safety compliant.
Streaked across his back there’s a tyre print painted on. The effect gives quite a realistic tyre residue. Flip him over and on his underbelly there’s an embroidered red blood splat. In the middle of this blood splat, there are a couple of embroidered organs. From what we know about Rabbit anatomy, it looks like a spleen and a kidney. Move on up to the underside of his face, and you find an embroidered gaping mouth, fixed in a grim rictus.
He measures a healthy 12 inches from the tip of his twitching nose to his outstretched back paws, and 5 inches across the widest part of his body. His fluffy bunny ears add another 5 inches to his length. One is half-cocked vertically upwards, the other lies flat on the ground. In the middle he squishes out to 3 inches high with the blood and guts stuffed in, and 2 inches high with them out. He weighs a piffling 350 grams. He won’t be the first to admit it, but as his modest dimensions show he was the runt of the litter. A litter which stretched to 211 brothers and sisters.
The teddy bodybag is made from an opaque plastic so you can see the gore inside. It has a white zipper down the middle. And it’s 14 inches long by 10 inches wide. With a bit of prodding and pounding, it’s just enough space for a run over rabbit.
The toe tag is made out of recycled brown card. It’s attached to the toe with string. And there’s even a sew-in instruction label that’s crusted with blood.