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Popples (late 1980s)

Popples were plush toy characters created by Those Characters from Cleveland (TCFC) company. Popples were brightly colored teddy bears or marsupial characters that had long tails with pom-pom tips. They had pouches on their backs that allowed them to roll up into a ball. Susan Trentel was the designer who came up with the idea to roll them up — she got the idea from rolling up socks. Plush Popples were manufactured by Mattel from 1986 to the early 90s.

Soon after the plush toys went on sale, for two seasons, from 1986 to 1987, the Popples cartoon series aired. There were also four comic books published from Star Comics.

In 2007, Playmates Toys attempted to revive Popples with some new characters.