The Mega Man plush toy I got from Ottawa Commicon

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I’ve always been a pretty big fan of Mega Man. When I was a kid, I played the Nintendo games all the time, although I needed my brother to input Game Genie codes for me because when you’re a kid, you kind of suck at things that require hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. To be honest, I probably have more fun playing them today considering that I’m not a 7-year-old who sucks at video games (although, I still kind of suck at life which is evident by my time spent playing old Nintendo games). I even followed our favourite robot boy in his adventures on the original PlayStation in the Mega Man Legends games, a tragically underrated and overlooked series.

Now, I always liked the character, but I wasn’t ‘like ALL about Mega Man’ until I replayed those Mega Man Legends games in early 2015. I don’t know why, but he really grew on me. I suppose he’s like the little brother I never had who could also defend me against bad guys, and he’s not one of those annoying young characters that are so common. So, considering all this, it’s no surprise that almost everything I picked up at this year’s edition of Ottawa Comiccon was Mega Man related.

I got a cool energy tank flask, an amazing piece of art, a t-shirt with Mega Man’s helmet on it and a few Mega Man energy drinks (one to drink and one to display, of course), but the item I cherish the most is my very own Mega Man plush toy. At ten to twelve inches tall and weighing in at, I’ll say, a pound, my Mega Man plush toy is pretty damn cool. He even has his traditional powder blue/navy blue colour combination and classic mega buster arm. It’s like I have the actual Mega Man right here in my own living room.

There’s always a chance that toys of the stuffed variety will be made of a rough material that has the potential to irritate the user, but my Mega Man plush toy is actually quite soft. When I hold him or even hug him, his velvety exterior feels very soft against my skin. He was also made so that he’s constantly in the sitting position. I really enjoy this because I can sit him down beside me on the couch and it’s like he’s watching TV with me or engaged in the video game I’m playing. I haven’t played any Mega Man games when he’s nearby, but I’m really looking forward to that experience. His light weight, softness and orientation also make it easy to put him on my knee or shoulder when I’m sitting down.

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Admittedly, my Mega Man plush toy can’t do much other than sit and be awesome, but I can, at least, pretend to shoot things with his mega buster arm. His shoulder is very flexible, fortunately, so I can point the mega buster in pretty much any direction. Sometimes, I pretend to shoot things and make a ‘ptew, ptew’ sound or even a ‘bloop, bloop’ sound which is closer to the Nintendo sound effect. I’ll even make his arm recoil slightly for effect. His other arm has a little fist of fury, so, occasionally, I’ll pretend to punch things with that arm as well.

If there’s one thing to criticize about my little blue buddy is that his robo boots aren’t big enough. Some pictures of Mega Man show him with boots that are almost the size of the rest of his body. I don’t know why, but I think that’s kind of neat. My Mega Man plush toy’s boots are pretty big, to be sure, but they’re a little too proportional. Though, the addition of the red circles on Mega Man’s helmet, feet and mega buster as well as the yellow bars on said buster totally make up for the small boots.

But I think what I like most about my Mega Man plush toy are his big anime-style eyes and his kind little smile. He always looks happy and welcoming. He could fight off an entire hoard of robots and defeat their eight robot masters, but he doesn’t have an ounce of anger, bitterness, arrogance or pretense on his face. Sometimes, if I’m having a bad day, I’ll look at my Mega Man plush toy and forget all my troubles.

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I’ve grown to love my little robot friend. He’s worth every penny of that $15 that I settled on with the vendor because I thought $20 was a little steep. And even though he’s kind of my employee because I paid for him and he does work for me in the form of guarding my bedroom at night and so forth, I still consider my Mega Man plush toy one of my best friends.

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