My children are looking to find a replacement for our beloved “animal”. It is a purple boxey shape with brown ears and was bought at Toys R Us in the late 1980s. It is not an identifiable animal like a cat or dog so it’s more difficult to search for.
In 1986, I worked at Toys R Us for my first High School job. Every night I would sweep the stuffed animal aisle, and every night I would see this one purple stuffed animal. It had been on the shelf for years and had no price tag, and it seemed so forlorn that I resolved to purchase it if it didn’t get sold for Christmas. Christmas came and went and “Squib” was still on the shelf, so I bought him.
For the next 26 years, Squib went with me to college and graduate school and into the military. When I went to Bosnia and Saudi Arabia, Squib stayed with my cousin in Boston, who took pictures of Squib enjoying his time in Beantown. Squib returned to me after my deployments, traveling with me once again to Korea, Germany, and back to the US. He was with me when I got married in 2003 and was there for the birth of my children in 2004 and 2005. He stood by my family when I went to Iraq and on numerous deployments over the past 10 years of the War on Terror.
Squib has become the favorite stuffed animal for my 2 children and is very well loved. Unfortunately this love, along with his advanced age, have left Squib quite beaten and threadbare. We’ve had him professionally fixed once already, but his current state has left my children to despair that he will not last much longer. I have looked for a replacement on the internet, but since he had no tag when I bought him and he is not a particular animal, I have had no luck.
Back in 1986, I looked through the TRU price book and guessed that he might have been a “Plush Fatso”, and since a shipment of new “Squibs” came to the store soon after I bought him, I think I might have been correct. I would love to find a replacement Squib.
In his own way, Squib has served his country at home and abroad in times of war and peace. Although he can never be replaced, it would be wonderful to have a new version of him to absorb some of my kids “love”. Thanks to all for your help!
If anyone knows anything about what this animal is or if they have seen something like it, please let me know. As you can see, he has been loved almost to death!
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Searching for a toy – Originally posted Sunday – 03/11/2012