Disney is certainly known for turning popular cartoons into merchandise for fans. It was no surprise that Chip N' Dale Rescue Rangers would get the same treatment (which is a good thing, mind you ;) ). With that came all sorts of Ranger toys, cereal promotions, and, in this case, dolls. Unfortunately, those in marketing never thought to give the series' one-shot characters a chance. For Foxy fans like you and I, it was dissappointing. Perhaps the most dissappointed was Roy Neal Grissom ("The Enduring Man-Child"), who many in the Ranger community consider to be Foxglove's biggest fan.
Nearly a decade after the series existed, Foxy's charm still isn't forgotten. In May 1999, Shao started developing plans for a Foxglove plush. 8 months later, a UPS package was delivered to Roy Neal. To him and the rest of us, it was like a dream come true. Here, you'll find Roy Neal and Shao's posts from the Acorn Café highlighting their experiences creating and receiving the world's first Foxy Plush Doll.
Dear and beloved friend:
Never in my wildest dreams did I expect what happened just moments ago. When the UPS truck drove up I assumed it was something my mother had ordered from some vitamin catalogue. Instead it was for me.
It's beautiful, Shao. The colors are perfect, even down to the yellow background for the eyes. And so large too! You say it took you months to make it, and I believe it! If Disney lets us get away with it, you could be the community's plush artist! (Weren't counting on a job out of this, were you??? ;-))
Anyway, thank you again and again, dear and beloved friend. It's very hard to devote such time and detail to something and keep it a secret, I know. You are so very kind and generous of spirit.
Maybe after this current computer problem is cleared up I'll get back to work on that story of mine as a way to repay you and all the Rengerphiles who have showered me with your love and gifts. That'll be next week at the earliest, so please be patient. But I know that I've been kind of quiet lately (except for complaining) and that getting back to writing should make me an active Rangerphile once again, even if I do still love Pikachu and root for Misty to like Ash. Oh, and don't think I've forgotten about Chip and Gadget (sorry, Julie)!
I know of nothing else to say. Thank you, Shao. You are a wonderful friend and an extremely talented artist and creator.
"The Enduring Man-Child"
> You *could* make Foxy plushes (the second one wouldn't take as long as the first, I assume) and sell them for exorborant prices, except Disney could sue you if they found out. On the other hand, if you took 8 months to make one, I don't know that even charging $100 would make up for your time and materials. ^_^
At that, Shao is considering making his plans available to anyone interested in creating their own Foxy plush. However, he mentions that this will happen only if there are enough requests for it. If you are seriously interested in designing your own plush doll, please email Shao with your request. I'd love to see more Foxy Plush Dolls - wouldn't you? ^^
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