Wanted: Plush and Filled!

Identification photos of the Procyonid Pack, the British Bear Brigade, the Miscellany Mob, theMythologicals, and the Canid Cabal, along with a Passel of Plushie Page Pointers for your Perusal.


1999 images obtained with a Kodak DC265 Zoom Digital Camera, and processed through PhotoShop 5.5. Hardware assists from a Dell Inspiron 3000 laptop (infra-red file transfer from camera) and a Dell Dimension XPS M233s desktop (processing). Both systems are 233MHz MMX Pentiums with 64MB of RAM, running W95. 2005 images obtained with a Canon EOS 20d Digital SLR with a Tamron 28-75 f-2.8 zoom lens, using a 600W Quartz-Halogen light bounced off a white umbrella, with a silver-finish reflecting disk on the other side. Processed through PhotoShop 7.0 on a Dell Dimension 8400 3.4GHz with 2GB or RAM, WinXP Pro. (Yes, the depth of field is rather short; I sought to blur the backdrop, and blurred too many tails in the process.) 2006 images were similar to 2005, but using a diffusing disk with the light aimed at the subject, rather than bouncing off an umbrella. Oh, and this time I remembered to white-balance from a grey-card. 2007: large silvered umbrella bouncing the light and gold/silver reflective disk opposite, white balance from white-card, exposure (f4.0 @ 1/20second) from grey-card; camera raw through Photoshop CS2 Raw module. The setup is shown at the bottom of the page.


The Procyonid Pack

Meeko pair, Mattel
The infamous Meeko, companion to Pocahontas in the Disney animated feature.

On the left is the lesser known "Meeka", who is even more seductive in luring one to trouble. Here she is whispering sordid things in Meeko's ear -- suggestions that should not be made to such close kin.

Toys 'R' Us
Mattel
Disney


Urchin and Pick-Pocket
More of the masked bandits sneaking out of the depths of the night. Be especially watchful for the soulful eyes of the street urchin asking to be picked up... He's likely to be a decoy while the other picks your pockets!

"Urchin": Toys 'R' Us Soft Classics (off brand manufacturer)
"Pick Pocket": Fiesta Concession Corp.


Teacher and Student
Yet another masked bandit -- rather young and inexperienced -- with his mentor, an older and wiser 'coon.

Bandit: Cascade puppet
Elder: Kosen Studio-haus (now a part of Bear Street as I recall)


Ronnie
The name tag says "Ronnie", but with a face like that, I'm sure her name is "Veronica".

Dakin Huggables (Applause)


Ramona
Renatta Ramona is one of the Ranger Gus and his Forest Friends collection. She's been watching too many Schwartzenegger movies; besides speaking her name (with a heavy trill on the "r"), her pet phrase is "Hasta la vista, baby".

RNR, Inc.


Folkmanis Raccoon
"All your trash... Is Mine"

Folkmanis Folktails puppet


sad raccoon
A young raccoon, she appears to be concerned about her future.

Racoon: Hansa Toy (imported by Thomas Bolland & Co. Inc.)


coatimundi
A close relative from the US Southwest and Central America, this nosy fellow is a coatimundi.

Racoon: Hansa Toy (imported by Thomas Bolland & Co. Inc.)


cacomistle
No, this is not Chester.
While not a masked bandit, he feels his tail should earn him a place in the pack. He's a cacomistle, also known as a miner's cat, or a ringtail (sometimes seen as a ringtail cat, but he's not a feline).

Cacomistles and coatimundis are in the overall procyonid family, along with the kinkajou.

Ringtail: Hansa Toy (imported by Thomas Bolland & Co. Inc.)



The British Bear Brigade

My apologies for the distraction of the paper tags still attached to these, at least they came out of the boxes for the portraits.

Folks! I've received many emails asking me for information as to a store from which to purchase copies of the British Bears series. All of mine were obtained from a gift shop located on a small RAF station, during work-related TDY trips. The gift shop was no longer in business during my last such TDY (summer 2002). I have been unable to locate a web presence for the manufacturer, nor have I found alternate distributors or retail chains which carry them.

Buckingham and King
Buckingham Bear (on right), and King Bear


Balmoral
Balmoral Bear


Bobby (police) and Bomber
Bobby Bear, and Bomber Bear.


Black Knight and Queen
Queen Bear, and Black Knight Bear (something must be afoot, does the King know?)


Buckingham, King, Balmoral, Bobby, Bomber, Queen, and Black Knight: British Bears
Sweet Dreams (A Division of Rexard Enterprises Ltd.)
Worthing, West Sussex, England



Stray Bears

ConiFur Sponsor
The gift given, a few years ago, to sponsors of Conifur Northwest.

Dayton-Hudson (Yangjee Ind., Co., Ltd.)


Booker
Booker the Bear. A 2004 special offer from Borders Books. He is also an example of violating the first rule of portrait photography: Focus on the eyes!

Borders Books (Gund)



The Miscellany Mob

Black-footed Ferret
While masked, this villain belongs to a different gang than the many raccoons. In fact, this one, a Black Footed Ferret, is nearly extinct in its natural habitat.

Douglas Cuddle Toys


Sable Ferrets
Another pair of light-fingered ferrets, more the domestic kind.

Floyd (standing):
Feria (on all-fours): Hand-made by
Stuffe & Nonsense
39120 Argonaut Way #310
Fremont, CA 94538-1304


Anteaters
This pair, both variants of the Giant Anteater, have a tendency to poke their noses (and long tongues) into places they don't belong.

Grey: Douglas Cuddle Toys.
Brown: Folkmanis FolkTails puppet


Ziggurat
He may by shaggy, but he is not dirty! Goes by the name: Ziggurat. If you are still wondering, he's a rat.

Hand-made by
Stuffe & Nonsense
39120 Argonaut Way #310
Fremont, CA 94538-1304


Meerkat
Merely a meerkat. At least there isn't a crude warthog companion (yet?)

Meerkat: Hansa Toy (imported by Thomas Bolland & Co. Inc.)


River Otter
A squirmy River Otter trying to get into the Ferret's fun.

Otter: Hansa Toy (imported by Thomas Bolland & Co. Inc.)


wet otter
Another River Otter, this one is still wet from a swim.

Otter: Hansa Toy (imported by Thomas Bolland & Co. Inc.)


Mongoose
Is it Rikki-Tikki-Tavi? A long-tailed mongoose stands watch.

Mongoose: Hansa Toy (imported by Thomas Bolland & Co. Inc.)


rikki-tikki-roadkill
Looks like this one needed to be more watchful.Dinner, anyone?

Rikki-Tikki-Roadkill: Hand-made by
Stuffe & Nonsense
39120 Argonaut Way #310
Fremont, CA 94538-1304


Lion
This lion's roar is much more impressive than his bite. If he looks a touch depressed, it may be because the old fellow is toothless.

Lion: Folkmanis Folktails puppet


Flying Fox

A Flying Fox, aka a Fruit Bat

Flying Fox: Hansa Toy (imported by Thomas Bolland & Co. Inc.)


The Mythological

Kitsune
An honored visitor from Japan. I'm afraid she doesn't trust me, and kept an eye on me all during the filming. She may have a good reason, as I was rude enough to count her tails. Only one, she's quite young for a Kitsune.

Keiko: Hand-made by
Stuffe & Nonsense
39120 Argonaut Way #310
Fremont, CA 94538-1304


Anubis
Fearsome Egyptian God of the Dead, or just a Misunderstood Puppy-dog? Anubis comes to pay court to Keiko.

Anubis: Hand-made by
Stuffe & Nonsense
39120 Argonaut Way #310
Fremont, CA 94538-1304


Trickster
From the American Southwest comes a rival to Anubis, none other than the old Trickster, Coyote. Will Keiko choose the somber Anubis, or the fool Coyote? Personally, I'm rooting for Anubis.

Dances With RoadRunners: Hand-made by
Stuffe & Nonsense
39120 Argonaut Way #310
Fremont, CA 94538-1304



The Canid Cabal

Laughing Coyote
One of the many children of Coyote, this toothsome fellow is laughing at the games the Mythologicals play.

Coyote: Hand-made by
Stuffe & Nonsense
39120 Argonaut Way #310
Fremont, CA 94538-1304


Big Bad Wolf, and Mate
The Big Bad Wolf reveals his tender side here, standing protective watch over his mate.

Yes, she is as young as her face indicates. Much too young for her condition. Apparently some randy male caught her alone in her first year. BBW has since adopted her and her future cubs even though they are not his.

BBW: Folkmanis FolkTails puppet.
Mate: UNIPAK International; via some nature oriented (Serengetti, etc.) catalog. She has two cubs in a zippered belly pouch


Husky
Equal time must be given to the ladies.

This domestic husky greets you with a happy tongue, and then steals your heart when you turn around.

Lucky Plush Toys Inc.
838 W. California Ave.
Sunnyvale CA 94087


Wolf
Another heart-stealer, but this time she is of the forest nobility.

Douglas Cuddle Toys


Wolf cub
We also have the juvenile delinquents.

These grey wolf cubs are relatively benign at present -- but wait until they grow up to fill those paws!

Folkmanis FolkTails puppet
Hand puppet: K&M International, for The National Geographic Society


Fox pup
Another troublesome juvenile delinquent. He has a record of disturbing the peace with his sharp and loud yips.

Folkmanis FolkTails puppet


Fox kits
The girls aren't innocent either... Here we have two of them starting up a vixen gang.

Arctic: © 1993 K&M International Inc.
Red: Toys 'R' Us Soft Classics (Dakin)


Shy fox kit
Not all of the girls have evil girlish minds, here is the Arctic fox's sister, looking all worried about the great world waiting outside her den.

Curled-up Arctic: © 1993 K&M International Inc.


Collie
This fellow with the relaxed and pleased look claims to be a collie. Don't tell him he's smaller than some Shetland Sheepdogs.

Collie: Kosen Studio-haus


Dalmatian
Here he is, the carriage dog who should be protecting me and my possessions from these many miscreants.

Where is he?

He hides out in the other room, out of sight of the bunch living in my bedroom. Perhaps the fact that he had been neutered prior to my adopting him took the aggressiveness out of him?

Avanti
© 1989 Applause Inc.
® Jockline, Italy
Limited/Numbered Edition: 120/6000


Bat-Eared Fox
For some reason this, rather rare, Bat-eared Fox, refused to look at the camera. Perhaps afraid of how big it would make his ears seem?

Bat-eared Fox: Hansa Toy (imported by Thomas Bolland & Co. Inc.)


Willamina
Willamina Wolf is one of the Ranger Gus and his Forest Friends collection. Given the accent, I'd say this is a wolf in drag.

RNR, Inc.


Fabian
Fabian Fox is another of the Ranger Gus and his Forest Friends collection. I have to keep him on the other side of the room from the vixen gang. After all, would you trust your daughters to someone who introduces himself with the line: "Hi! I'm Fabian Fox. Would you like a café au lait?

RNR, Inc.


Raoul
This blood-shot and resigned-looking fellow must be an endangered Spanish wolf. His name's Raoul.

Lou Rankin Friends Collection (Applause)


Bernese Mountain Dog
A young Bernese Mountain Dog.

Animal Alley Purebred Collection (Geoffrey, Inc. for Toys'R'Us)


Hansa Wolfcub
Another young wolf

Wolf cub: Hansa Toy (imported by Thomas Bolland & Co. Inc.)


Winged Wolf
A wolf with wings? Apparently even wolves are allowed in...

Unknown source: I suspect the wings are custom additions to a commercial product.


Border Collie
One of the most dangerous critters in the world. A bored Border Collie puppy.

Folmanis Folktails puppet


Red Fox
A Big Red Fox (near life-sized, I'd say)

Red Fox: Hansa Toy (imported by Thomas Bolland & Co. Inc.)


Don Coyote de la Mancha
Dreaming the Impossible Dream... Don Coyote de la Mancha.

Folmanis Folktails puppet


Arctic Fox
A lounging Arctic Fox. She's still not used to the California weather, and was shedding her winter coat when I took her home.

Arctic Fox: Hansa Toy (imported by Thomas Bolland & Co. Inc.)



The 2007 photography setup.

setup left
Views from left and right of the shooting camera (these were taken with a Canon G-2, with forced fill flash to overcome the extreme contrast from the 600W lamp). The umbrella is actually a black outer surface, with a second silvered inner surface, and still glows purple from light getting through it.
setup right


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