This Giant Crustacean Cuddly Toy Is a Hot Seller in Japan

This Giant Crustacean Cuddly Toy Is a Hot Seller in Japan

This is life-sized pillow of a giant isopod. A deep-sea dweller, the insect-looking giant isopod can grow between 7.5 and 14 inches long. One aquarium in Japan decided they'd sell a cool plush toy. Turns out, that was a good idea.

The Numazu Deep Sea Aquarium in the city of Numazu, Japan, launched a life-sized giant isopod plush toy earlier this month for the 6,090 yen (approximately US$60). Within hours, the entire stock of 140 plush toys was sold out. Not bad for a local aquarium!

This Giant Crustacean Cuddly Toy Is a Hot Seller in Japan

When the Numazu Deep Sea Aquarium first showed the cuddly giant isopod on Twitter, it was retweeted a couple thousand times. People in Japan are calling the stuffed animal (stuffed sea creature?) "kimokawaii" (キモかわいい) or "creepy cute".

This Giant Crustacean Cuddly Toy Is a Hot Seller in Japan

Those lucky enough to snag one of the giant isopods toys have been posting photos on Twitter.

This Giant Crustacean Cuddly Toy Is a Hot Seller in Japan

This Giant Crustacean Cuddly Toy Is a Hot Seller in Japan

If you still need a point of reference for how big an actual giant isopod is, here's a comparison.

This Giant Crustacean Cuddly Toy Is a Hot Seller in Japan

With a cat.

This Giant Crustacean Cuddly Toy Is a Hot Seller in Japan

Such a cute cat! (Creepy sea bug!)

This Giant Crustacean Cuddly Toy Is a Hot Seller in Japan

And then, this happened.

キモかわいさで速攻完売 ダイオウグソクムシぬいぐるみ [Asahi]

Photos: f_worker, licel, Numazu, 995Tabularasa

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