I was looking through the Electric Alice stock room the other day and noticed that on one of the t-shirts and bows there was a picture of a teddy… the exact teddy I was given as a baby. It was then I realised that my haggard, old, pink teddy was actually a Popples!
So of course I used trusty google to find out everything about my, now vintage, Popples. Here’s what I found: Popples are a group of colorful, furry creatures that posses the unique ability to ‘POP’ from a furry ball to a cute and cuddly character.
Original Popples include: PC (Pretty Cool) Popple, Party Popple, Pancake Popple, Puzzle Popple, Prize Popple, Puffball Popple, Pretty Bit Popple, Potato Chip Popple and Putter Popple. (I see they like their alliteration!)
Popples are enjoying a huge comeback in Japan right now, since their cute retro vibe and pretty pastel colours match perfectly with the recent Fairy-kei trend. 6% Doki Doki is leading the way with their exclusive collaboration items, but you can also find loads of real vintage Popples toys in the Harajuku Nile Perch store, as well as cheap Popples stickers and stationary in stores like Kiddy Land.
And to round out this little tour through the world of Popples, here is the opening to the official cartoon from the 80s. Enjoy! =D
Do have a Popples?? Or have kept something for eons, never knowing what it was?? Let us know in the comments!