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Cuddle Up with Howl’s Stuffed Animals from Howl’s Moving Castle

Studio Ghibli likes to bring out adorable merchandise relating to its movies, and this time around they are offering up something a little more on the obscure side. Instead of offering plushies of more well-known Ghibli creations like Totoro or Catbus, they’ve made plushies of two stuffed animals you only briefly see in Howl’s Moving Castle. The stuffed animals in question belong to Howl and you can see them when he’s in bed.

These plushies were released in the past as limited editions and quickly sold out. That could have been the end of it, but Donguri Kyowakoku, the company behind official Studio Ghibli merchandise, is releasing them again. However, this is also a limited edition run, and there’s no guarantee that there will ever be a third limited edition offering.

They first became available on May 12 and will be around till they sell out. If you’re interested, you can get them online here. They can only be bought as a pair, and they cost 7,700 yen, which is about $57.14.

GKIDS has licensed Howl’s Moving Castle in America and gave this description for it:

“From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, and acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki, comes the Academy Award®-nominated fantasy adventure for the whole family.

Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a curse on Sophie and turns her into a 90-year-old woman. On a quest to break the spell, Sophie climbs aboard Howl’s magnificent moving castle and into a new life of wonder and adventure. But as the true power of Howl’s wizardry is revealed, Sophie finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world. Featuring the voice talents of Lauren Bacall, Christian Bale, Billy Crystal, Blythe Danner, Emily Mortimer, and Jean Simmons.”

Source: SoraNews24


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