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Photo Contest reminder: Show us your plushies

The Spawn got her Wind Rider Cub on Friday and it has since been slept with, rained on and taken for a ride with Barbie. His name is now Lionel and he has become good friends with Murky the Murloc. Together they embark on great adventures and battle the nefarious deeds of the Darth Vader Happy Meal toy. (Don't get me started on the fact that McDonalds believes that Star Wars is for boys and iCarly is for girls. Seriously.)

Have you shown us your plushies yet? We have some really great entries already, but yours could be even better. You have until midnight, March 10th to send us your photos of your Plushie in the Wild and/or Plushie in Captivity. has generously provided the loot codes for the prizes.

All of the contest details are after the break.

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Filed under: Contests

Phat Loot Phriday: Wind Rider Cub

Lolegolas the Gnomekiller lounged next to the lumber mill in Arathi Basin. His sinewed arms lovingly stroked his bow. As he traced the intricately decorated shaft, Lolegolas reflected on his good fortune in possessing such a wonderful weapon. The Njordnar Bone Bow was a tool for the clever Sindorei, a proud weapon earned in proud combat.

The blood elf snapped to attention as two Alliance dogs approached the Horde's lumber mill. A mage and a druid. Acting quickly, Lolegolas summoned the ancient wisdom of elder
hunters and dropped to the ground. With a fake, plaintive cry, he played dead.

The Alliance bought the ruse! Quickly taking advantage of this opportunity, Lolegolas leaped from the ground, his golden hair floating in the air like a Maybelline commercial. With unmatched skill and unparalleled daring, the hunter summoned the Beast Within and killed the Alliance
mage in one shot. The druid -- a female Night Elf -- turned to stare at Lolegolas, her blue eyes flashing in rage and anger. She raised her hands to cast a vile, heathen spell, no doubt its power oozing from the reprehensible Elune. Lolegolas cursed as he felt his entire body suddenly become rigid and hard. He was trapped!

druid took a few steps to our hero, her face split in a feral snarl. Then, suddenly, a miniscule growl came from the ground behind the druid. She turned to look behind her, her face broke into a huge smile. A tiny wind rider cub sat on the ground, occasionally standing to wiggle its butt as if it would playfully leap at the Night Elf.

"Oh my god, you guys!" she yelled. "Look how cute!"

Lolegolas summoned the last vestiges of his will. "Percy," he said, forcing the words over his lips with great concentration. "

The wind rider cub attacked the Alliance druid without mercy. To this day, Lolegolas still wakes late at night, shuddering from the nightmare memory. They're small, he thinks to himself. But fierce.

The wind rider cub and gryphon hatchling plushies are hitting the ground all over the world, and worming their way into the hearts of WoW fans both in-game and out-of-game. Of course, the plushies come with what might be the coolest loot in the game: a new vanity pet to ride at your side. The wind rider cub probably won't actually kill enemy druids on your behalf. But I really like to pretend that my little buddy is a fierce warrior waiting to be let off its chain, so that it can tear into the Alliance with heretofore unseen violence.

Don't forget our Plushie Photo Contest ends on March 10th. Take some time over the weekend to get a great pictures of your plushie and see if you can't win your friend a prize!

Name: Wind Rider Cub
Type: Pet
  • Use: Teaches you how to summon this companion.
How to get it: Buy a Wind Rider Cub from the Blizzard store!
How to get rid of it: It becomes a spell, there is no item to sell or delete. And if you have tried to do so, you are a cold, heartless person.

Filed under: Phat Loot Phriday

Wind Rider Cub and Gryphon Hatchling image gallery

Though it took longer than expected to receive them and FedEx decided it was a wise idea to throw them into the mound of snow next to my well-shoveled porch rather than placing them on the porch or (gasp!) ringing the doorbell so I could accept them myself, my house now has two new guests. The Gryphon Hatchling and Winder Rider plushies now have resting places atop my significant other's desk, where they stand vigilant to inflict cuteness on whoever may need it. In the gallery at the bottom of this post, you'll find a number of pictures of them, held by my little sister because there simply wasn't enough cute in the plushies alone.

Like most licensed Blizzard products, these plushies are very high quality. I was almost surprised by the amount of work put into the little details. The necklaces (bibs? zoo-tabards?) worn by the plushies are embroidered. They're not screen-printed felt or anything like that, so I don't expect they'll come apart anytime soon. The plushies also shipped in individual drawstring bags to carry and store them in, so they're not exposed to the elements when you inevitably shove them in your closet because really, are you going to keep these on display forever? Probably not!

I do still think that $25 price tag for a stuffed animal is incredibly steep, but considering what people were willing to pay for in-game pets alone, it's not anymore expensive than what you would usually pay for a Blizzard product. Keep an eye on the site, because we might have a pair of these to give away in the coming weeks.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

Plushies are now available in the Blizzard Store

We first mentioned the upcoming plushies a few weeks ago. The Wind Rider Cub and Gryphon Hatchling are two stuffed animals that will inevitably steal the hearts of women and children. And big, manly WoW bloggers who didn't even cry at the beginning of UP! Nope, not one single tear.

That being said, we thought we'd point out that the plushies are currently available in the Blizzard Store. There's no word on what the availability is going to be like, so I highly recommend that you trot over immediately and pick up your new best friend. However, the site does say they're only available or a limited time. So really, hurry.

Don't worry about us -- we've placed our order. I certainly wasn't sitting here spamming Refresh while I waited for them to become available. Nope, not at all.

Filed under: News items

New plush pets with matching in-game pets coming soon

This is brilliant. Two new plush pets are coming soon to the Blizzard Store: The Wind Rider Cub and the Gryphon Hatchling. As adorable as these toys are, they have one more thing which will make them a mandatory purchase for any pet collector. They include a code for a version of them in-game.

We don't know when they are hitting the store or how much they will be. But there are several of us who will be checking frequently to find out, so we'll let you know when we do. Well, we might order ours first.

Filed under: Blizzard, News items

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