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Frankenweenie is a 2012 Disney film, written and directed by Tim Burton. We went to see Frankenweenie at the cinema last year and absolutely loved it. It's not your average Disney film but if you love Tim Burton, you're likely to love Frankenweenie. The film is about a dog called Sparky who gets hit by a car and dies (nice!). His grief stricken owner (a boy called Victor) creates an experiment which brings him back to life - cuts, stitches n all! The weird and wonderful story continues from there...
I first saw the Sparky plush toy on The Disney Store website (it's a Disney Store Exclusive), it looked adorable and I knew I wanted it! However I actually bought it in store. It looked slightly bigger online, so I was a little disappointed when I saw it in person. It's not exactly small but I feel it could be slightly bigger, especially for the price paid. Sparky measures 20.5cm tall and 33cm long.
Sparky isn't your average cute soft toy - he's unconventionally attractive! There's lots of detail and he looks just like he does in the film. He's a grey colour with black ears and tail (it's a black and white movie, so the toy has no colours on it). He's covered in black stitches (including his mouth) which came from his injuries - the stitches are actually stitched on to him, rather than printed on. He has a small patch stitched on one side and a large spotty patch stitched on his back (I assume these patches are to hold him together in the film!). He has a long bull terrier face and his round eyes are stitched on and look slightly sunken (edged by grey lines and grey lines stitched underneath). He also has the cutest little black patent nose stitched on to the end of his face! One of the best features is a soft silver coloured bolt which appears to go through his neck, bearing a resemblance to Frankenstein.
I actually ended up disguising my purchase as a Christmas present for my daughter! I wrapped it up, put it under the tree and she was really pleased when she opened it.
The toy is very soft on the outside. It's very squishy inside too. This makes it a very good plush to squeeze and cuddle up with. My daughter often keeps Sparky in bed with her. His legs are slightly firmer, which allows him to stand up independently. This allows my daughter to play with him better - soft toys don't generally have much playability if they can't be stood or sat up. The toy seems like excellent quality (like most Disney Store plush toys), it seems to have a tough exterior and I imagine that it will stand the test of time.
The Disney Store sell other plush Frankenweenie characters including Victor, Edgar and Persephone (Sparky's 'girlfriend'). Along with Sparky, we also have Persephone who is great. Be quick if you want to get your hands on a Frankenweenie plush, I predict they will be retired soon. Our Sparky plush toy cost £14.00, which may seem a little pricey for a soft toy that doesn't do anything (and is a bit smaller than expected), however it looks very cute, is good quality and is great for fans of Frankenweenie!
The Disney Frankenweenie Sparky wasn't something I had planned on buying. On a day of Christmas shopping, I headed to the Disney store in Nottingham's Victoria Center basically to kill some time and I love having a look around there. Still having my boyfriend's sister to buy for, I noticed some of the really big soft toys were half price so I ended up getting her one on those. It was only when I got to the till did I decide to buy Sparky. As I had spent so much, I could get Sparky for £5.99 instead of his normal price of £14. I would never have paid £14 for him as he is so small in comparison to some other Disney soft toys that I have but £6 was a decent enough price and I couldn't resist.
Sparky's actual sizing is roughly H20.5 x W33cm. He is made out of a light brown/ grey plush fabric for the most part of his body which also has black ears, tail and nose, stitching and a patch of different material on the top of his back. Sparky also has two silver bolts in his neck, one either side. The attention to detail on this soft toy is amazing. If you have seen the film, you will know that Sparky's tail often falls off and around this part is some tiny stitching which shows it has been put back on. He has plenty of stitching scars all over him which shows how battered up he got before he died.
Although Sparky's feet are turned in, he does stand up on his own. This makes it easy to put this soft toy where ever you like. I generally have mine on my bed in my uni flat so he doesn't really need to stand up but it is a nice touch if that's what you want. As Sparky is also quite small, he's easy for children to carry around. Mine pretty much stays in one place though as I don't want him to get ruined.
While you can get other characters from the Frankenweenie film, I won't be doing this. Sparky was by far my favourite and easily the cutest. He's a fabulous soft toy which stays very true to the character in the film. While I wouldn't have paid full price for him, I am glad I got him when I did.