Friday, April 15, 2011

Miko Monkey


Since the day it arrived, Me! Me! ABC has been the undisputed king of our alphabet book collection. Quirky, adorable little guys present a request/demand for each letter of the alphabet: Admire me, Buckle me, Call me, and so on. As a result of the book's popularity at our house, I can darn near recite those adjectives by memory alone.

I could not have been more excited to learn that Ingri Von Bergen is back in business as House of Ingri making her signature dolls! Of the eight characters featured in the book, five are available now and the other three will be coming later in the year. We really wrestled with our decision, but chose Miko Monkey over Moki Monkey, Picco Panda, Francis Love Bunny, and Marty. It was a tough choice as each character has his/her own personality and are so weirdly cute in their own way. I love the eyes and sweet heart on Francis, Marty's vivid scarlet body and Picco's little panda likeness. But Miko has his his own unique features that won us over. 

I was pleasantly surprised when Miko arrived for two reasons. He was quite a bit bigger than I was expecting him to be (even though the dimensions are clearly stated - I'm not too good at visualization) and the quality was amazing. Miko's body is made from soft, no-pill fleece - the good fleece, not the cheap stuff. His face and eyes and bum are done in a brushed faux suede, serged onto the body with a solid zig-zag stitch - no chance of these accidentally coming loose. His hands and feet are weighted with beans, a necessity considering his oversized noggin.

Those are the technical details. The overall result is - he's awesome! Just the right size for hugging and as soft as can be. Predictably, my six year old loves him every bit as much as the alphabet book. I should mention that Miko's most prominent asset is actually his butt. That tan faux suede really stands out against the blue fleece, doesn't? We're not lacking for any monkey butt jokes at our house. 

Pig-Pig Piggy Pig, Tito Turtle, and Lilac the Grumpy Gorilla will be released in time for the 2011 holiday season, as well as ... dun, dun, dun, dun .... a second book. House of Ingri has done an amazing job of bringing these characters to life. I'm more than a little excited to see their next batch of products emerge.

Review product provided by House of Ingri. 

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