This Simba just arrived in the mail yesterday and I couldn't be more excited (about a plush XD). I've been keeping a close eye on auction sites since around October, after I unfortunately missed out on the Disney Store Mufasa both times he was available in the online store. I still haven't seen a Mufasa, but locating this guy was well worth the time spent scouring Ebay.
Simba is very large (he's laying on a full size bed and takes up the entire width; Mattel Kiara is next to him for comparison) and very beautiful. I think he's a perfect mix between the Lion King cartoon style and a realistic lion plush. He is well-proportioned and his anatomy is well-represented. His plush fur is exceptionally soft and the little details--a two-layer faux-sueded nose to represent nostrils, airbrushing (tail tuft, toes, eyebrows, whisker 'dots'), furry elbows--speak of his quality. He was made by Douglas Cuddle Toys and, in the U.S., was only available as part of promotional giveaways.
I got him from the original owner, who won him in a raffle at a store when The Lion King was first in theaters. He's in very good overall condition, the only real flaw is that some of the black paint on his eyes has been scuffed off. I'm not surprised the paint scuffed off in this area, as his eyes are not flat like the usual Lion King plush, but curve outwards. It's a nice touch, but I think it makes this type of damage more likely. I will figure out a way to repaint his eyes so that the fix is not obvious (I'm open to suggestions). I have a Nala cub with scuffed eyes from a thrift store for practice.
The fur and mane are in nice, fluffy condition and he retains his tush tag. There are a few dark areas on his fur that are probably just dust; I've had it happen with my own older plush that have been on display for years. It's easily removed with a gentle surface cleaner designed for plush.
Finally, I'd like to add some more stuffing. He has almost no stuffing in his elbows and arms, so his head isn't as well-supported and upright as it could be. However, it's not a huge problem; I'm still deciding if it's worth opening a seam (I believe the original fill opening is on his belly).
Here are a few pics of him with his scuffed eyes repaired:[link][link][link]
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