dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The mysterious adventure of the belated plushie

I'd like to switch gears and talk about something that should have been for Christmas: the Farley plushie. As we all know, Lynn's odd ignorance of the Way Things Work led to a lot of delays to its general release. First off, she sort of flaked on translating him into three dimensions; given that other cartoonists have complained that the three-D versions of the two-D characters they draw never look right the first time around, that's sort of an occupational hazard. Where she sort of went wrong was that she forgot to allow for something that Schulz probably warned her about. The next delay was that, since she didn't know that she actually had to go to the factory where they were produced, she wound up with toys that didn't meet up with safety standards. We next had to deal with more design changes, labelling issues and limited production runs until she's where she is now and ready to release the toy to the general public. The problem I have with the whole thing is the horrible timing of it all; we, after all, know that Farley is going to die and approximately when. This leaves the same bitter taste in my mouth as the ads promoting the lovable pooch in Marley and Me in that both stories are about how yuppies deal with dead pets. You can't kill the dog and use him as a shill, after all. As I've said any number of times, Farley-the-toy made the scene about twenty years too late. If he'd been for sale while the dog was still alive, Lynn would have been able to cash in without looking like a ghoul.

Tags: farley: chew toy of fate

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