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Tuesday, June 12, 2007


Pleo Dinosaur - Beauty is skin deep, and deeper!

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As we await the arrival of Pleo and work on getting the portal ready for you, I will update this blog regularly with interesting bits about Pleo.

Pleo is a product of love. I know that statement sounds purely sentimental, but it isn't. Pleo's creator is Caleb Chung. He made a small fortune off his previous invention the Furby; a hit product that sold over 40 million units world wide (I have 7 of them)! He is bringing Pleo into the world because his desire to share a little real magic is more powerful than his desire to rest or take a permanent life vacation. Caleb doesn't need the money, but he does need desperately to bring his tiny green cuddly dream into being. Caleb doesn't want to bring Pleo into the world, he has to and won't rest until he does. Instead of Pleo's release date being driven purely by profit and dry engineering goals, it's driven by one man's relentless imagination and creativity. Which is why Pleo has been delayed until he is truly ready for your home.

Metal Gears, Not Plastic

Pleo has been delayed several times because Ugobe refuses to create anything less than a breathtaking heart melting little buddy that will brighten your home and enrich your days. One example of this is Pleo's gears. Instead of using the significantly less expensive plastic ones, Ugobe chose to use metal gears, which are much quieter. I was amazed when I saw Pleo in Eagle, Idaho last April 2007, at just how quiet they were.

Beautifully Scultped Skin

Another reason for the delays was the perfecting of Pleo's skin. Ugobe not only wanted it to be soft and cuddly, they want it to look real. So they decided to redesign it to give the impression of an underlying musculature. The skin of any animal not only covers it but is also a reflection of the bone and muscle underneath it. Anything short of that just isn't realistic and isn't good enough for Ugobe.

Big Beautiful Blue Eyes

Finally, an incredible amount of work went into making Pleo's big blue eyes as lifelike as possible, and many redesigns took place making them as perfect as they can be.

It is this attention to detail that will make Pleo hold a permanent special place in your heart and home.

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