The Pokémon Company has continued its trend of inaccurately depicting the gargantuan absolute unit Wailord by releasing a Wailord plush toy that is only one-tenth of the Pokémon's canonical size.
This could be you, Trainers! 🐋
Pre-order the Trainer-Sized Wailord Poké Plush now from Pokémon Center: https://t.co/CxDSIHD7Mq pic.twitter.com/oNvO4stcq9
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) February 17, 2023
Granted, a Wailord at a tenth of its canonical size is still bigger than most children under 10 years old, but for many Pokémon fans, it's still a slight to the principle of the matter.
Wailord has long been the center of humorous controversy in the Pokémon universe due to its in-game appearance in most of the games. Canonically, the Pokémon is supposed to be 47 feet long, nearly the size of a standard 18-wheeler (we checked). Naturally, rendering a Pokémon battle between a Pokémon that size and, say, a 4-inch tall Cutiefly has forced Game Freak to significantly tone down Wailord's in-game appearance, and Pokémon fans have been clamoring for the gargantuan, behemoth whale they've been promised for years.
When The Pokémon Company announced the release of a Wailord plush, which will only be slightly larger than a much-memed Mareep plush, fans rushed to (jokingly) call the company "cowards" for not making an accurate plush that couldn't be reasonably placed anywhere in an average home.
Absolutely disgraceful that Pokemon Co. didn't have the balls to release a 1/1 scale Wailord plush smh https://t.co/gGc9RC9cGl
— Naveed (@Naveed_Mohebbi) February 17, 2023
life-sized wailord plush pic.twitter.com/M5B4CVCog4
— Kagerisu💫🐿 (@KagerisuS) February 13, 2023
not big enough, I need a life size wailord plush 🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️ https://t.co/aZ9OkFrbC2
— Jaylen (@Binzi_Blade) February 17, 2023
Of course, there are many who are very excited by the prospect of hanging out with a reasonably sized Wailord, thanks in no small part to The Pokémon Company's photoshoot depicting life with a Wailord.
This is the ideal living space. You may not like it, but this is what peak home decor looks like pic.twitter.com/Klw5Hsm5Ym
— Bootz💋 (@BootyHaver) February 17, 2023
Getting a Wailord will cost a hefty chunk of change, as the plush has a whale of a price tag — $420.
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