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  • Re: Share your Duffy Photos

    Originally posted by mmommie View Post
    I actually just had my first experience with Duffy hate. I am still shocked by it. The person filled with Duffy hate is an Ap holder to WDW and so far has not been able to explain "why" they hate Duffy-they just do.

    Sooooo I am going to love my Duffy even more. Shellie May is sitting right here with me waiting no so patiently to try on her new Christmas outfit.
    Here are a few choice phrases that my sister and I call Momisms (from our mom).

    Regarding the Duffy hate but they don't know why, they just do.

    "nothing up here" tap your forehead with your index finger
    "a few screws loose"
    "need your head examined"

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      maybe we can add "need more stuffing"

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        One time when I was going through security check at DL, I had Lil D with me and I could swear that as I was walking away, the CM said, "I can't stand that thing, by the way." Now I don't really know if it was directed at me or if maybe she was finishing some unrelated conversation I wasn't privy to with the CM standing next to her. But I always wonder.

        But yes, there does seem to be a certain degree of hate for the bear, on both coasts. If you start a topic about Duffy on any Disney message board, you get a lot more "I don't get it, it's just a dumb bear" and "Kill it with fire!" type responses than you do positive ones.

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        • Re: Share your Duffy Photos

          Originally posted by JillT View Post
          Here are a few choice phrases that my sister and I call Momisms (from our mom).

          Regarding the Duffy hate but they don't know why, they just do.

          "nothing up here" tap your forehead with your index finger
          "a few screws loose"
          "need your head examined"
          I am far more devious. I bought Duffy's for the children of the hater. The children LOVE Duffy and take him everywhere :angel:.

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            Truly unfortunate.

            Keen observation. Seems plausible to me.

            Originally posted by mmommie View Post
            I actually just had my first experience with Duffy hate. I am still shocked by it. The person filled with Duffy hate is an Ap holder to WDW and so far has not been able to explain "why" they hate Duffy-they just do.

            Sooooo I am going to love my Duffy even more. Shellie May is sitting right here with me waiting no so patiently to try on her new Christmas outfit.
            Really curious what the manifestation was like, and so relieved your Care Package arrived safely. All those breakables made me so nervous!^^

            Originally posted by JillT View Post
            Oh, yes, I always explain about Duffy going on voyages with Mickey and now he's supposed to be a travelling bear (and my bears are very active) but that part, especially to friends who aren't big travelers themselves, gets lost...watered down in their mind and they mostly focus on "the bear of happiness and luck" and his mickey symbols.
            Originally posted by mmommie View Post
            I am far more devious. I bought Duffy's for the children of the hater. The children LOVE Duffy and take him everywhere :angel:.
            :lmao: Now everyone on the train is staring at the hysterical foreigner!

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            • Re: Share your Duffy Photos

              Originally posted by JillT View Post
              Actual "HATRED FOR DUFFY"? Aw, who can hate a stuffed bear?
              Yep real actual hatred as in "DUFFY NEEDS TO DIE!" "DUFFY ISN'T A REAL DISNEY CHARACTER!" type of mentality. He's an innocent little teddy bear, but here in the States, so many see him as nothing but a cash grab on Disney's part (they're really not wrong regarding that aspect... the suits see nothing but dollar signs) and an over-priced Build A Bear rip-off. These people have their minds made up and NOTHING you do will change their opinion so I've given up on those close-minded fools. I just say, "What has a little TEDDY BEAR ever done to you? Huh?" and then leave it at that.

              Luckily most of my experiences with Duffy at the parks has been positive. I've had CM's come up to me saying, "Oh where did you get your Duffy's outfit?" or they totally go NUTS over whatever shoes he's wearing (especially if he's wearing his "Chucks", flip-flops or combat boots). One time I happened to have Shellie May with me and a CM stopped me as she was passing by and said, "Oh my gosh is that Shellie May? Can I hold her?" And I've had random guests come up asking where I got whatever outfit Duffy is wearing to "I just wanted to tell you I think your bear is so cute!"

              I'm taking Duffy with me next weekend to Christmas Town at Busch Gardens. I'm going with a friend who is bringing her Duffy as well, so it should be fun. Duffy has gotten a positive reaction from the employees there too. I've had stilt walkers go completely nuts over him. One was all, "OMG It's DUFFY! I WANNA HOLD DUFFY!" It was so funny! Another time my mom and I both had our bears with us and a stilt walker (might have been the same one) was all "DOUBLE DUFFY!" :lol:

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                Haters gonna hate. It's just their nature. I hear things all the time that "hard core" traditional Disney fans hate that I just don't get. I understand how people would think Duffy is just a cash grab in the states but it's not his fault! I always get really positive comments about my ShellieMay bags that I wear in the parks though. Maybe it's the curiosity factor since we don't have her here but people seem to be loving her.

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                  My care package arrived today!! I got the email from my university's mailroom while I was still in class and I was so excited I almost couldn't stand it.
                  It was definitely the "pick me up" I needed-- I've had a form of pneumonia for an entire month so I've been a little down lately but Duffy always makes things better.

                  Tiny Duffy wanted to help, too! The first thing I noticed was the cute stamps around the box. Very nice touch, DuffyDaisuki!


                  Hooray! We got it open!


                  Me and Duffy LOVE the bag! It is amazing quality-- I can't wait to take him out in it.


                  Tea!! The bag is adorable and I'll be using it for cosmetics. I'll be trying the tea tonight as well.


                  And what's this? The cutest Christmas card ever! DuffyD also included some tasty treats and pamphlets from Tokyo Disney Sea

                  DuffyD, you are truly an amazing person for doing this. You put so much thought into the packaging and it really made me feel special. I can't wait for Sweet Duffy!!

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                    Congrats kittyloaf! OMG, I'm loving the tea case. I can't wait until mine gets here later today. I'm going to have to find a use for the adorable Shellie tag attached to it too! Cute Christmas card, DuffyD! You are so thoughtful.

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                      I retrieved my package from the post office today and am still at a loss for a name for the Duffy blanket. Shelby was easy for the Shellie May one. Any ideas?

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                      • Re: Share your Duffy Photos

                        How about Duffket, DuffyB, Dufflett, or Bluffy?
                        Meow

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                          I must say, I like Bluffy! Thanks gurgi. Keep them coming folks!

                          p.s. The DD doesn't like Bluffy.
                          She votes for DuffyB.

                          We need more suggestions.
                          Last edited by Ilovegreataur; 12-02-2013, 02:50 PM.

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                            I vote for Dufflett.

                            And I agree with Kittyloaf on that Duffy bag. So adorable and does look very high quality. Enjoy it and I hope you get well soon!

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                              I immediately like DuffyB!^^

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                                My DuffyPost box arrived yesterday (well, I picked it up yesterday) and I couldn't be happier! It was like early Christmas, and this time I was allowed to open my gifts early (well, most of them anyway).

                                This box is full!


                                Maybe these two are the reason? They couldn't wait to get out and get some air. This is the first time they've seen anyplace but TDS.


                                They got comfortable right away.


                                The large bears are SO soft! The fur is different from the medium bears, because it's more "to scale". It is shaggier, but it makes them really look like they are just upsized regular bears. To help with that effect, all of the tags are scaled up too, which makes it feel like you're a kid and holding the regular bears. So soft and cuddly! Oh, and even ShellieMay's bow is detachable with elastic, just like her smaller counterpart. I was actually expecting the bow to be sewn to her head, but no, it's just like the regular sized bears!

                                Here is Big D and Duffy to see the size comparison.


                                They are welcomed to the family quickly!



                                Here's the whole pile of loot. (Well, except for regular Duffy & ShellieMay, they came to greet.)


                                These are the Colors of Christmas costumes.


                                The colors look great, and the quality is superb. They really look and feel luxurious.

                                Duffy and ShellieMay model the new completed Christmas Wishes/Santa's Coming Tonight costumes.


                                The combined costumes are fantastic, and the details are adorable. One thing I noticed is that the mittens are removable! OLC must have listened when people complained about the mittens on the coats last year being attached. It's SO nice to be able to remove them if you don't want the bears to wear them. The "double bow" on ShellieMay does make her head look small, but it's an interesting concept, and the new bow actually has a velcro strap to keep the old bow from moving around, so it's more like a single unit.



                                The big guys needed some winter fun too, so I pulled out some scarves they could wear.


                                Oh, and as I was fawning over my new large additions, I had a realization. I thought it would be nice if there were big heart cockle and bottle charms for the large bears, then I remembered the balloons! I know they don't sell the balloons anymore, but when they did, each one came with a weight that looked like each bear's charm. A big heart for ShellieMay and a bottle for Duffy. So...I found the ones I had and...they are just the right size!



                                Thank you again, DuffyD, for the hard work to get everyone exactly what they wanted. I'm so happy to finally own the large bears. I've had them on my list for years, and finally owning them is great! I'll have to take a picture of the whole family together. I think it might be too much Duffy love...
                                Last edited by gurgi; 12-03-2013, 09:14 AM. Reason: Adding more description.
                                Meow

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                                • Re: Share your Duffy Photos

                                  WOW. Wow wow wow!

                                  Gurgi, I cannot even imagine the amount of money you spent! It is terrible for that to be my first thought, but it is.
                                  Nice pickings and great find for the pendants for the big bears.

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                                    Jealous of your haul there, Gurgi!!

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                                      Gurgi, those giant bears are AMAZING! They look really beautifully-proportioned. I noticed your Shellie May looked especially cute, but I didn't get a sense of scale from the first photo, so I assumed you got more 17" bears for some reason. I had no idea they were the giant bears until you put them on the bed. Wow!

                                      Unboxing time!

                                      Actually, Santa Duffy, Tiny Duffy, and Tiny Shellie May guarded the box. (I tried to use an elastic to hold down Tiny Shellie May's green bow, but she wouldn't let me. Something about wanting a "Super Bow".)

                                      "Wait!" said Santa Duffy. "None of you are Christmas-y enough to open the Christmas box."



                                      It took exactly 1.5 seconds for Shellie May to change into a dress from Aimster's aunt, jump up, and give Santa Duffy a giant bear hug. "Am I Christmas-y enough yet??????"



                                      "Ack!" said Santa Duffy. "Yes."

                                      "YAAAAAAY!!!"

                                      Through the magic of scarfs, the rest of the gang passed muster at last.



                                      "Wait," said Dusty (the 8" bear). "Where are the itty Christmas bears?"

                                      But no one had enough patience to wait. Yes, Even Santa Duffy was naughty and burst right in to the box!



                                      The duffel bag is every bit as amazing as photos indicated. Maybe even better! It's a cute fit for smaller bears, but (assuming I find a cute one) I'm actually planning to buy a 17" Duffy in Epcot in January, so it will be for him.



                                      Inner bag/lining fabric is perfect!



                                      The rest of my haul (though Tippy Blue is a friend for my mom's Duffy).



                                      This bag is WAY bigger and nicer than I'd assumed from the website--I'd thought the price was a bit steep (but still bought it for someone who loved/wanted it until she figured out how much it cost). Seeing it in person, I think the pricing is right on. I haven't opened it--it looks so great in the packaging, I think I have to leave it instead of putting another present inside! But it could probably fit a Spring Voyage bear with its head sticking out (or maybe squished all inside).



                                      Oh, and look. Even some candy for the latecomers, my itty Christmas bears. So glad they weren't left out of the fun!



                                      Thank you so much, DuffyD! Merry Christmas! :love:
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                                        Wow, Eeee-va and Gurgi! I really :love: when the unboxing photos include both cute storytelling and detailed product commentary. These posts really make it all worthwhile. Your critical eyes convince me that Duffeteers are not simply riding on Disney's latest bandwagon, but looking carefully and noticing what matters, taking real joy in the details. If not for that very care-full selection, what a waste Duffy would be. And isn't it only the fact that Duffy is "not that"...isn't that the thing we love most about this whole crazy ride? To be honest, I think part of the reason I'm collecting so much now is that I really wonder how long it can last. How long until the creativity and commitment run dry and Duffy becomes a commodity or corporate mascot (yes, I see the inherent irony there and in some ways it "futureproofs" him^^)? But so far, so good. So I am hopeful and optimistic.

                                        2014 is a new year, and 2013 has been the biggest expansion for our MiceChat community. I hope next year we can all start putting our heads together for some grassroots campaigning about bringing the quality, spirit, and MESSAGE of Cape Cod Duffy to more people in more regions where Duffy is sold. That is, for me, what the Duffy Post is all about. It's not just convenient and cheap.

                                        The goal of the Post is to make WishListing feel like writing to Santa, to make anticipation of your Care Package feel like an exciting wait (not a troublesome one), and finally opening it up should feel like getting a gift that just happens to be exactly what you wanted while also somehow managing to surprise you.

                                        All of that is how I feel about the Tokyo Duffy Design Team. Although I'm fortunate enough to live in Tokyo, I experience the same wishing for future releases, anticipation of what's coming next, excitement waiting for the seasonal releases, and wonder at the talented team which nearly always manages to somehow exceed the high expectations they themselves have encouraged me to expect. I try as hard as I can to pass that experience, that energy, on to WishListers. I do this because it makes me feel better to know that there are people in the world who understand it. People who understand that "materialism" doesn't have to be a dirty word. That corporations, marketing, merchandising and design don't have to be just about making money. That toys, imagination, and cute for cute's sake, for the sake of how it softens the heart is not something that stops being valuable just because we grow older.

                                        But we are older, and it is difficult to convince others. It is hard for people to think more about the energy being nurtured than the money spent/wasted in order to nurture it. I have friends who spend money on massage, fine food, expensive clothes, whatever. And some of them simply cannot understand that Duffy has the same effect - for me.

                                        I'm not sure the message of what Duffy really is and why that matters is getting through. I'm not sure that everywhere Duffy is sold, he is more than a thing to buy. I hope in 2014 we see lots of creative projects like kittyloaf's awesome calendar and mmommie's Etsy renewal that help put that energy out into the larger world, and I hope our grassroots Duffeteering is the branding that lives in people's hearts and minds, even if it means Disney makes more money selling more bears they don't really care about.

                                        Although, I have to admit... Disney has had some great releases this year, the standout being the most recent Christmas Elf. I'm hopeful that the Company, too, has turned a corner, and we may see some real magic happening as Duffy gallops ahead in the Year of the Horse.

                                        Thanks, MiceChat Duffeteers (and thank you so much, WishListers^^), for a fantastic 2013. Let's make next year even better, and make sure everyone who knows Duffy also knows Happiness, Luck, and Cape Cod! Round up the horses, Duffeteers! We're in for another exciting ride!

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                                          That is why I like to post details about the products. I really didn't intend for my post to seem like I was showing off or anything. We all have our particular hobbies, and mine just happens to be Duffy. I don't spend nearly as much collecting as some people that I know who collect other things. It's all relative. I just found out a friend of mine is in financial trouble because he spent $19K on online gaming. So, that kind of puts the amount I spend on Duffy in perspective for me. At least I have something to look at (and hug) with the money I spend. It's also not at all about how much things cost for me either, I collect because I love Duffy. I do realize that I would never be able to sell my collection and make back what I spent. I don't collect anything that way actually. Sometimes I do feel like it's an addiction though, when new releases come out and I "need" to buy things because of the quality and cuteness. Maybe I shouldn't, especially now that I've returned to school full-time and it's certainly not cheap...money could be better spent, but I love Duffy and can't help it.

                                          Those big bears were always a "someday" thing that I wanted, but didn't feel like I could justify it. But, then I saw JillT's big Shellie, and thought it might be time. It's interesting to me that I felt a little bad about spending that much on them, but then the same day my care package arrived and I got to cuddle the big guys for the first time, I found out my friend was in debt for online gaming...and I felt like maybe I shouldn't be upset with myself, it's all relative.

                                          As for the quality, and feeling like the DuffyPost is Christmas every time, yes! Even though we are making lists with exactly what we want, it still feels like something new once we have them in our hands. The quality is not easy to see online in tiny pictures. As KittyLoaf and Eeee-va found out with the beautiful Duffel tote, it's just so much more amazing in person. That's what's like Christmas every time. That's why was so impressed with the big bears, and the way they were made to scale with the big tags & Shellie's detachable bow. It's in the little details.

                                          Speaking of those little details, I love everyone else's unboxing photo stories. The interactions between your bears, and the excitement about the contents are infectious.
                                          Meow

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