There is a line of toys called Tubbz that consists of rubber ducks cosplaying as video game and pop culture characters. Today Numskull Designs announced wave two of the line, featuring characters from Street Fighter, Sonic the Hedgehog, Doom, Resident Evil, and The Last of Us. I find them quite disconcerting.
I like a good PVC collectible, especially in a theme I’m familiar with, but there is something about these damn ducks. I should love them. The first wave has Spyro the Dragon, Destiny, and DC Comics ducks. Were I to buy ducks, I would probably buy those ducks. But I can’t.
It might be the way facial hair works in PVC duck land. The mustaches on characters like Eggman or Joel from The Last of Us grow on top of their beaks. That gets me imagining smooth orange beaks dotted with hair follicles. That’s terrifying.