“Monchhichi, Monchhichi… oh so soft and cudd-a-ly!”
So, that humanoid Cabbage Patch Kid just a little too boring for you? Well, fear not, fellow 80s devotees! There’s a new stuffed animal in town!
…because nothing quite says ‘friend’ like a bulbous-headed monkey whose whole body is an afro.
Late in 1979, the first Monchhichi dolls hit American shores after a very successful run in Japan. They were small, furry, and they came in boy-monkey and girl-monkey varieties, so there was plenty of plushie love to go around… so to speak.
And, as with every toy that hit store shelves in the 80s, it became an animated Saturday morning cartoon (we love them!). No, it wasn’t very successful (or good, for that matter), but hey, we all watched at least a little of it, right? No? That was just us? Oh.
In the grand scheme of things, Monchhichis weren’t that much different from any other stuffed toy in the 80s with a plastic face & hands and a fabric body, but they sure did have a cool name, plus they had the added bonus of that long tail that you could use to turn your Monchhichi into a sling-like weapon… perfect for annoying little brothers.
Of course, bonus points go to Monchhichi for still being around today. Anything that can make it through the 80s and live to tell about it? Well, you’re alright with us.
We ♥ Monchhichi.