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Squishy and velvety!
Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2017
This adorable and super soft plush is almost perfect. I say almost because the main reason I purchased this was to be a cute squishy pillow to lay on top of while I read and take notes, but it flattens very quickly to about an inch. The included picture of me showing this is with a fairly light touch. This makes the plushie very huggable, but a bit more fluff inside would have made it nicer, especially for a child to hold it, or for anyone who saw the stock photos and thought it would be great as a pillow.
Speaking of stock photos, the size of this cutie is smaller than expected (without the tail it is round 19 inches) and a much lighter gray... I would actually call it a light silver (but not metallic). I personally like this lighter color better, but some people might be disappointed. The one I received also has an eye and eyebrow on one side that are a bit higher up (see photos) which doesn't bother me, but once again it might bother some people. Either way this face is adorable!
The stitching everywhere is flawless, and the embroidered face is well done and in a nice dark gray. The flippers are sewn to have their own fluff so they should stay nice and rounded. The nose area is also more tightly stuffed with fluff, but I can't tell if it's sectioned off or not so it is possible it could get flattened, but should be easy to fix by pushing it back in place. The tail was a very nice surprise by being filled with a thicker flat material, sort of like foam... I can't really tell what it is, but it is very nice.
And speaking of surprises... apparently my seal pooped in transit! The free emoji keychain I received was the poop one.... I am not really thrilled about that... but it is very well made and also has a soft plush texture. It is really nice of the seller to include a bonus, so no complaints. I am sure one of my little cousins might like it, especially with that emoji movie coming out soon.
So in conclusion this is a very well made and soft, huggable stuffed animal. It's just not really great as a pillow unless you don't need much support. I like the size, and am very glad I got this one instead of the smaller version. Even though this was a bit smaller than expected, it is still big for a stuffed animal and would make a wonderful gift. I am in love with how cute the face is! And the plush fabric is really incredibly soft and velvety (and stretchy). It also provides a pleasant warmth when cuddling.
(Pictures with regular soda bottle for size show: the compressed seal in transit bag- this compression left wrinkles but I am sure they will dissappear, and the seal fluffed up to full size right away; close ups of face and keychain; my hand showing how quickly and easily it squishes with even a light push; and full body shots to show size... the photo with the tape measure looks a bit off due to the angle, but the length without tail is 18 1/2 or 19 inches)