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Plush Vs. Real Life: A Comparative study
Plush Vs. Real Life: A Comparative study
22nd July 2021 • by Adam
22nd July 2021 • For Science. • by Adam
For Science.
Over two years ago on Tofu Cute TV, Devon provided a pretty compelling case for the benefits of plush over real life animals, by comparing plush that we stocked with cute images of similar animals that they found on the internet. It was certainly an entertaining video, and remained one of the most popular videos on the Tofu Cute channel for a long time to come.

Two years later, and we've had lots of different plush arrive at Tofu Cute headquarters and just as many sold to our wonderful customers giving them new homes. I've also had a lot of time to think about that video, and refine the formula of its analysis to scientific perfection. I’m about to definitely prove why most plushies are better than real animals, using a tried and tested ‘Pros and Cons’ method. Let’s look at the data, and arrive at some conclusions.
Comparison 1 - Penguins Vs. AMUSE Penguin Island
As I’ve highlighted in this incredibly scientific chart, there’s obviously a lot of impractical aspects to real penguins. Although they’re undeniably cute, they’re pretty much impossible to keep as a pet, and also fairly hard to meet in other contexts - there’s literally no wild penguins outside the southern hemisphere, so tough luck if you’re in the northern hemisphere, I guess. This already gives the plush versions we stock a huge advantage, which we can send pretty much anywhere in the world (including the northern hemisphere).

You might not know this, but actual penguins can be pretty loud. When they’re not screaming relentlessly for you to feed them some fish, they’re screaming relentlessly at their friends, family and other creatures passing by for literally no reason at all. They’re LOUD. Seriously. Look it up. These AMUSE Penguin Island plush versions though? Whilst they certainly look they have the capacity to get loud (especially the brown screaming one), they’re actually pretty quiet. In fact they make almost no noise at all.

To give real penguins some credit: an advantage real penguins have over the plush is that they’re pretty good swimmers underwater. We don’t recommend submerging your plush penguin in water at all, or it’s likely to just sink. Another vital feature that real penguins have in their favour is that they’re adapted to cold environments. I have to be honest; I have no idea how a plush might fare in subzero temperatures.

To summarise, It’s probably easier to enjoy a plush penguin than a real one. They’re both pretty good, but these plushies are a lot less likely to scream at you, and you won’t have to travel to an arctic environment to see it living its best life.
Comparison 2 - AMUSE Mameshiba Vs. Shiba Inu
As I explained in my post about shibas last month, I’ve been living with a real shiba inu named Tako for a little while now, so this is the first of many scientific comparisons between plush and reality where I have some experiences. shibas are by their nature very independent, can be stubborn and a bit childish - stopping the lead during a walk to have a quick lie down or wandering off to have their own adventures. It should go without saying, but mameshiba plush don’t really have the same emotional or care needs as an actual dog and are a lot less likely to intentionally wind you up.

Real shibas have the benefit of being able to be taught cute tricks. It’s quite difficult to teach a mameshiba plush new tricks. You can certainly try, and if you’re careful you can assist them in doing cool backflips, but other than that they tend to be difficult to train.

Real shibas are quite soft, but I’d argue that most AMUSE Mameshiba (especially the mochikko types we've stocked before) are a bit softer. That’s the benefit of it being a plush designed to be soft, I suppose. This isn’t to say that actual shibas lack softness, but rather that their softness is kind of on a case-by-case basis instead of something that’s guaranteed: there’s definitely plenty of really soft shibas, hence why they were both given this ‘pro’ for this category.

Despite this, I think actual shibas and most types of mameshiba plush are pretty close in terms of how much joy they can bring you. Mameshibas don’t have the benefit of being living, animated creatures with their own unique personalities, but imagination is a powerful tool.
Comparison 3 - AMUSE Micropig Friends Vs. Pig
I think pigs are pretty cool. But real pigs are also going to demand a lot from you. These AMUSE plush Micro Pigs are a lot more chill, and a lot more accessible, which has been reflected on the chart. It’ll be a lot more relaxing to take care of this plush than it would be to take care of a real pig!

Assuming of course, you could get a real pig, then there’s certainly some cuteness there, too. They’re pink! Which is quite remarkable. Obviously we’re big fans of the colour pink, so we’ve got to add that to the ‘pros’ column for both pigs.

On the negatives, however, is the fact that real pigs really enjoy dirt and the act of rolling around in mud. We therefore think the plush have the upper hand in the cleanliness arena, at least.

All things considered; pigs and plush pigs have a lot in common, but maybe a plush pig would be easier for you to look after? Something to think about.
Comparison 4 - Puchimaru Ancient Fantasy Vs. Mythical Creatures..?
The final comparison is an easy one. I can scientifically confirm that the AMUSE Puchimaru Ancient Fantasy Charm series is something that exists. As for the creatures they represent? There’s no proof that anything like unicorns, dragons, or yetis exist. AMUSE wins by providing something that reality cannot.

Your move, reality.
On that note, that's all for today's edition of the Tofu Cute Blog. But we want to know what you think, and continue the conversation in another edition of this plush vs real life debate. What's better - plush or the real thing? Which series would you like us to compare next time? Let us know on our social media, like Facebook and Instagram and we'll take your suggestions onboard.
Over two years ago on Tofu Cute TV, Devon provided a pretty compelling case for the benefits of plush over real life animals, by comparing plush that we stocked with cute images of similar animals that they found on the internet. It was certainly an entertaining video, and remained one of the most popular videos on the Tofu Cute channel for a long time to come.

Two years later, and we've had lots of different plush arrive at Tofu Cute headquarters and just as many sold to our wonderful customers giving them new homes. I've also had a lot of time to think about that video, and refine the formula of its analysis to scientific perfection. I’m about to definitely prove why most plushies are better than real animals, using a tried and tested ‘Pros and Cons’ method. Let’s look at the data, and arrive at some conclusions.
Comparison 1 - Penguins Vs. AMUSE Penguin Island
As I’ve highlighted in this incredibly scientific chart, there’s obviously a lot of impractical aspects to real penguins. Although they’re undeniably cute, they’re pretty much impossible to keep as a pet, and also fairly hard to meet in other contexts - there’s literally no wild penguins outside the southern hemisphere, so tough luck if you’re in the northern hemisphere, I guess. This already gives the plush versions we stock a huge advantage, which we can send pretty much anywhere in the world (including the northern hemisphere).

You might not know this, but actual penguins can be pretty loud. When they’re not screaming relentlessly for you to feed them some fish, they’re screaming relentlessly at their friends, family and other creatures passing by for literally no reason at all. They’re LOUD. Seriously. Look it up. These AMUSE Penguin Island plush versions though? Whilst they certainly look they have the capacity to get loud (especially the brown screaming one), they’re actually pretty quiet. In fact they make almost no noise at all.

To give real penguins some credit: an advantage real penguins have over the plush is that they’re pretty good swimmers underwater. We don’t recommend submerging your plush penguin in water at all, or it’s likely to just sink. Another vital feature that real penguins have in their favour is that they’re adapted to cold environments. I have to be honest; I have no idea how a plush might fare in subzero temperatures.

To summarise, It’s probably easier to enjoy a plush penguin than a real one. They’re both pretty good, but these plushies are a lot less likely to scream at you, and you won’t have to travel to an arctic environment to see it living its best life.
Comparison 2 - AMUSE Mameshiba Vs. Shiba Inu
As I explained in my post about shibas last month, I’ve been living with a real shiba inu named Tako for a little while now, so this is the first of many scientific comparisons between plush and reality where I have some experiences. shibas are by their nature very independent, can be stubborn and a bit childish - stopping the lead during a walk to have a quick lie down or wandering off to have their own adventures. It should go without saying, but mameshiba plush don’t really have the same emotional or care needs as an actual dog and are a lot less likely to intentionally wind you up.

Real shibas have the benefit of being able to be taught cute tricks. It’s quite difficult to teach a mameshiba plush new tricks. You can certainly try, and if you’re careful you can assist them in doing cool backflips, but other than that they tend to be difficult to train.

Real shibas are quite soft, but I’d argue that most AMUSE Mameshiba (especially the mochikko types we've stocked before) are a bit softer. That’s the benefit of it being a plush designed to be soft, I suppose. This isn’t to say that actual shibas lack softness, but rather that their softness is kind of on a case-by-case basis instead of something that’s guaranteed: there’s definitely plenty of really soft shibas, hence why they were both given this ‘pro’ for this category.

Despite this, I think actual shibas and most types of mameshiba plush are pretty close in terms of how much joy they can bring you. Mameshibas don’t have the benefit of being living, animated creatures with their own unique personalities, but imagination is a powerful tool.
Comparison 3 - AMUSE Micropig Friends Vs. Pig
I think pigs are pretty cool. But real pigs are also going to demand a lot from you. These AMUSE plush Micro Pigs are a lot more chill, and a lot more accessible, which has been reflected on the chart. It’ll be a lot more relaxing to take care of this plush than it would be to take care of a real pig!

Assuming of course, you could get a real pig, then there’s certainly some cuteness there, too. They’re pink! Which is quite remarkable. Obviously we’re big fans of the colour pink, so we’ve got to add that to the ‘pros’ column for both pigs.

On the negatives, however, is the fact that real pigs really enjoy dirt and the act of rolling around in mud. We therefore think the plush have the upper hand in the cleanliness arena, at least.

All things considered; pigs and plush pigs have a lot in common, but maybe a plush pig would be easier for you to look after? Something to think about.
Comparison 4 - Puchimaru Ancient Fantasy Vs. Mythical Creatures..?
The final comparison is an easy one. I can scientifically confirm that the AMUSE Puchimaru Ancient Fantasy Charm series is something that exists. As for the creatures they represent? There’s no proof that anything like unicorns, dragons, or yetis exist. AMUSE wins by providing something that reality cannot.

Your move, reality.
On that note, that's all for today's edition of the Tofu Cute Blog. But we want to know what you think, and continue the conversation in another edition of this plush vs real life debate. What's better - plush or the real thing? Which series would you like us to compare next time? Let us know on our social media, like Facebook and Instagram and we'll take your suggestions onboard.
About the Author: Adam
Adam is the lead writer of the Tofu Cute Blog and Wordsmith person at Team Tofu. When he's not making fun content for Tofu Cute, he enjoys being a huge nerd. He spends his free time gaming, reading, cooking and figuring out ways to make Godzilla and other giant monsters real.
About the Author: Adam
Adam is the lead writer of the Tofu Cute Blog and Wordsmith person at Team Tofu. When he's not making fun content for Tofu Cute, he enjoys being a huge nerd. He spends his free time gaming, reading, cooking and figuring out ways to make Godzilla and other giant monsters real.
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