I was wondering if anyone can recommend brands, manufacturers, stockists or retailers of good-quality, reasonably-priced (sub-$500USD), large/giant/jumbo (longer than 30-inches, ideally longer than 40inches) plush animal toys?
My favourite used to be Wild Republic's Jumbo Cuddlekins range, I have their Woolly Mammoth, Triceratops and Smilodon toys, but they stopped making them in 2011, now they only make large 'floppy' toys, which is a shame.
I also have a 3-foot-wide Jaag plush Turtle (which I got from Squishables when they did giant stuffies too), but Jaag only do custom stuff.
Today I read about Melissa and Doug: All Giant Stuffed Animals*—*Stuffed Animals and Toys | Melissa and Doug they've got some good stuff, but I'm looking for some soft big-cats
A problem with larger plushies is they tend to use coarser skin fur, or have firmer foam/padding in them because they're designed to be tougher. The ones I don't like are the massive store-display-only novelty toys which are designed to withstand children's beatings and slobber (eww), which is a shame because I'd really love a really-soft giiiiaaannttt Lion or Tiger :3
Any suggestions or recommendations?