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by Jager

Toy Vault has had some success with their Cthulhu plush toys and decided to take the literary character to new heights with Cthulhu the King. With this plush they have taken the High Priest of the Great Old Ones and put him in an Elvis jumpsuit. Sacrilege? Maybe, but it works for me and I'm willing to bet Lovecraft himself would be impressed at his creation's versatility.

Brief History
For those who may not be privy to Cthulhu or the Great Old Ones here's a quick rundown. Cthulhu was a created by H.P. Lovecraft and featured in his tale The Call of Cthulhu. The beast himself is a monstrous entity who lies "dead but dreaming" in the city of R'lyeh which is presently (and thankfully) sunken below the depths of the Pacific Ocean. As stated before, Cthulhu is the high priest of the Great Old Ones, who are unnatural alien beings who ruled the Earth before humanity formed. It is said that they will return, causing worldwide insanity and mindless violence before finally destroying humanity forever. So basically, the tentacled beast will rise from the oceans some day and cause the end of the world. Cheery, huh?

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As somber as the tale is, the toy is equally as fun. To give this apocalyptic beast a light hearted feeling, they put him in Elvis' best white jumpsuit. Much like the one he wore in his great Hawaiian comeback. The suit is a soft white satin and flows nicely. The cuffs and collar are "studded" with glittery sequins. His cuffs are undone, and his pants of course, are bell bottoms. He has Elvis' red scarf draped around his neck and the cape is lined in yellow. This guy is flashy! Even though the shoes aren't blue suede, they are finely made. They look like patent leather loafers. These are my favorite detail. They are just so spot-on perfect.

Click here!As for Cthulhu himself, he's made of soft fabric and has Toy Vault's signature use of multiple textures. His wings spread behind him through the holes in his cape and have horns on the tips. The face tentacles are soft and light and bounce around when you make him dance. It's really quite pleasing. His evil red eyes stare at you and you start to worry, but then you see his hair. It's a hilarious huge pompadour with a spit curl and sideburns. To prove to you once again Toy Vault's attention to detail, under his tentacles are teeth and an upper lip. Very nice. In lieu of a microphone, he's holding what looks like a mic but has an eyeball instead of a basic mic head. Just to remind us that this creature is evil after all. And will one day drive you mad.

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Overall, this is a fine plush. As always with Toy Vault, the quality is top notch. The subject matter is hilarious in idea and they pulled it off without a hitch. I'm not a big Cthulhu follower so I'm not upset with what has been done to him, but I'm willing to bet neither are the Lovecraft lovers. Cthulhu the King is a great plush and is sure to put a smile on the Elvis fan's face or the literary elite's as well. [Ed note: do the literary elite read this site?]

You can pick up this and other Cthulhu items at Toy Vault's Toy Club. And you can also check out our coverage of other plush and designer toys.

If you'd like to read about Cthulhu check out "The Call of Cthulhu" at

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