US20140273725A1 - Stretchable Plush Doll - Google Patents

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US20140273725A1
US20140273725A1 US13/835,549 US201313835549A US2014273725A1 US 20140273725 A1 US20140273725 A1 US 20140273725A1 US 201313835549 A US201313835549 A US 201313835549A US 2014273725 A1 US2014273725 A1 US 2014273725A1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
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    • A63H3/02Dolls made of fabrics or stuffed
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63HTOYS, e.g. TOPS, DOLLS, HOOPS OR BUILDING BLOCKS
    • A63H3/00Dolls
    • A63H3/04Dolls with deformable framework
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63HTOYS, e.g. TOPS, DOLLS, HOOPS OR BUILDING BLOCKS
    • A63H3/00Dolls
    • A63H3/14Dolls into which the fingers of the hand can be inserted, e.g. hand-puppets

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A plush toy having a torso joined with arms and legs is made of a stretchable material and includes straps on its hands and feet through which a child can slip his hands and feet to thereby animate the toy with lifelike movement. The stretchable material of the toy enhances this lifelike movement by allowing the limbs of the toy to accommodate a full range of movement for the limbs of the child.

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    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • 1. Field of the Invention
  • The present invention relates to a stuffed toy adapted for lifelike movement under the direction of a child.
  • 2. Description of the Related Art
  • Of all the ways that the joy of childhood reveals itself, few are as endearing as the delight of a child in a favorite toy. A good toy provides winsome memories that will endure long after the child has outgrown it. Whether big or small, loud or quiet, for play in the house or the yard, a good toy does not confine a child's imagination to a constrained range of possibilities, but gives the child opportunity to envision as many fanciful worlds as his imagination will permit.
  • Stuffed toys have long been part of a well-stocked playroom. Traditionally, a stuffed toy came in the form of an animal like a bear, cat, or dog, but nowadays a stuffed toy may also be in the form of a fanciful character from movies, comic books, or cartoons. Typically, the stuffed toy is a sewn outer material stuffed with a soft material having a predetermined form corresponding to the shape of the character or animal the toy is to assume. Some stuffed toys assume a fixed posture not amenable to alteration during the normal course of play. For instance, a stuffed puppy may be constructed in a seated posture that a child cannot adjust. Other stuffed toys provide a wider range of movement because they possess extremities easily manipulated by a child to assume different positions.
  • Even these more flexible stuffed toys, however, are not as enjoyable to a child as they could be because they are not lifelike enough. A child who regards such a toy as an imaginary friend will often be disappointed because the looseness of the limbs of the toy causes it to assume a splayed posture that lacks vitality. Such loose-limbed stuffed toys are difficult for young children to manipulate because one hand of a child is fully occupied holding up the toy while the other hand is not enough to fully animate all the limbs in that coordinated fashion that creates the appearance of lifelike movement. Because of these limitations a child at best is able to manipulate only one limb of the toy at a time, which usually makes for a disappointing play experience.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • An object of the present invention is to provide a stuffed toy that enables a child to fully manipulate its limbs in such a way as to mimic lifelike movement.
  • In a stuffed toy according to the present invention having a torso, arms, and legs, the hands and feet are provided with fastening elements (e.g., elastic straps) that a child can slip over his own hands and feet. Once the child has strapped the toy onto his own hands and feet and starts to walk, the toy “walks” in tandem with the child, giving the child a fanciful illusion that the toy has come to life and become a companion capable of following wherever the child leads.
  • Other objects and features of the present invention will become apparent from the following detailed description considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings. It is to be understood, however, that the drawings are designed solely for purposes of illustration and not as a definition of the limits of the invention, for which reference should be made to the appended claims. It should be further understood that the drawings are not necessarily drawn to scale and that, unless otherwise indicated, they are merely intended to conceptually illustrate the structures and procedures described herein.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • In the drawings:
  • FIG. 1 shows a complete view of an exemplary stuffed toy provided with straps on its hands and feet.
  • FIG. 2 shows a close up view of a hand of the exemplary stuffed toy and of the strap attached thereto.
  • FIG. 3 shows a close up view of a foot of the exemplary stuffed toy and of the strap attached thereto.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PRESENTLY PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
  • FIG. 1 shows an exemplary stuffed toy 10 according to the present invention. The toy 10 of FIG. 1 is depicted as an anthropomorphized frog, but the toy 10 according to the present invention can embody any other animal, such as a bear, cat, dog, etc. Alternatively, the toy 10 according to the present invention may embody more fanciful characters such as monsters or comic book super heroes. The height of the toy 10 is not limited to any specific range, but may be of that height that would allow a child of approximately three to six years in age to see over the top of the head of the toy 10 when walking with the toy 10. For instance, the toy 10 may be from 24 to 36 inches in height.
  • The toy 10 includes a torso 15, arms 12, and legs 18. Hands 14 and feet 20 are respectively equipped with fastening elements, for example, elastic straps 16 and 22. The toy 10 may be manufactured using any textiles and stuffing materials appropriate for plush toys and sufficient to impart a degree of stretchability to the limbs. In the exemplary toy 10 of FIG. 1, the outer covering of torso 15 is made of any suitable plush material that provides a textured feel. The outer covering of arms 12 and legs 18 may be made of any suitable elastic material, such as, for example, a synthetic fiber like spandex. Such a material provides a degree of elasticity that allows the limbs to stretch while being manipulated by the child via straps 16, 22. To enhance this elasticity, a certain amount of slack is provided to the spandex material of the arms 12 in the shoulder region 11, so that if, for example, the child (with his hand in hand strap 16) raises his arm, the arm 12 of the toy 10 can stretch and preserve a full range of motion to the arm of the child while playing with the toy 10. Once the child releases the arm 12 or leg 18, the natural elasticity of the stretchable material will return the limb to its unstretched dimension.
  • FIG. 2 shows a close up view of hand 14, provided with hand strap 16. The hands 14 are also provided with Velcro® strips, which imbues the toy 15 with a further degree of verisimilitude by giving the illusion that the toy 15 is gripping an object (one capable of engaging with Velcro®).
  • FIG. 3 shows a close up view of the sole of foot 20 provided with foot strap 22. Straps 16 and 20 may be made of any suitably elastic material that can accommodate various sizes of children's hands and feet.
  • A child would use the toy 10 by standing it up, inserting his hands through hand straps 16 and his feet through foot straps 20. With the toy 10 in effect “standing” on the feet of the child and “holding” his hands, the child could then begin to walk, and as he walks the toy 10 would track the movement of the child, giving the illusion that the toy 10 is alive and is playing with the child. If the child has the toy facing him, then the child can pretend he is dancing with the toy 10. If the toy faces away from the child, then the child can take a walk with his friend.
  • Because of hand straps 16 and foot straps 22, the child is able to simultaneously give all the limbs of the toy 10 a lifelike movement that creates for the child a deeply immersive play experience. A child with his hands and feet strapped to the toy 10 in the manner discussed above can believe he has assumed the identity of the toy 10. In the case of a toy 10 manufactured to resemble a super hero, the child can pretend that he is that hero, battling evildoers or rescuing the innocent.
  • Thus, while there have shown and described and pointed out fundamental novel features of the invention as applied to a preferred embodiment thereof, it will be understood that various omissions and substitutions and changes in the form and details of the devices illustrated, and in their operation, may be made by those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit of the invention. For example, it is expressly intended that all combinations of those elements and/or method steps which perform substantially the same function in substantially the same way to achieve the same results are within the scope of the invention. Moreover, it should be recognized that structures and/or elements and/or method steps shown and/or described in connection with any disclosed form or embodiment of the invention may be incorporated in any other disclosed or described or suggested form or embodiment as a general matter of design choice. It is the intention, therefore, to be limited only as indicated by the scope of the claims appended hereto.

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I claim:
1. A toy, comprising:
a body having a plurality of limbs joined to a torso; and
a plurality of fastening elements, wherein each fastening element is associated with a respective one of the plurality of limbs.
2. The toy according to claim 1, wherein:
the plurality of limbs includes a pair of arms provided with respective hands and a pair of legs provided with respective feet, and
each fastening element is joined to one of the hands or one of the feet.
3. The toy according to claim 1, wherein each fastening element is sized to accommodate a hand or a foot of a child.
4. The toy according to claim 1, wherein each fastening element includes a strap made of an elastic material.
5. The toy according to claim 1, wherein a material of the body includes a stretchable material.
6. The toy according to claim 1, wherein a slack amount of the stretchable material sufficient to permit enhanced elongation of the plurality of limbs is located at a region of the body.
7. The toy according to claim 6, wherein the region of the body includes a respective shoulder region between each arm and the torso.
8. The toy according to claim 2, further comprising a Velcro pad attached to at least one of the hands.
9. The toy according to claim 5, wherein the stretchable material includes a synthetic fiber.
10. The toy according to claim 9, wherein the synthetic fiber includes spandex.
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US2754121A (en) * 1953-06-22 1956-07-10 Jupiter Jacob Dancing doll
US4300307A (en) * 1980-07-17 1981-11-17 Biasuzzi Patricia A Animated toy
US4729751A (en) * 1986-08-11 1988-03-08 Schiavo Cynthia G Doll with attachment means
US4762494A (en) * 1987-03-18 1988-08-09 Woods Ruth E Psychotherapy device
US4799889A (en) * 1987-09-23 1989-01-24 Patricia Yockey Stuffed bear as teaching aid
US5209691A (en) * 1992-05-14 1993-05-11 Penny Ekstein Children's toy and garment
US5415580A (en) * 1993-07-19 1995-05-16 Onilco Innovacion S.A. Variable height double-faced doll, adaptable to the body and height of the user
US5643037A (en) * 1995-11-22 1997-07-01 Randice Lisa Altschul Puppet-like toy
US6041436A (en) * 1998-12-03 2000-03-28 Keen; Warren J. Versatile costume system
US6173450B1 (en) * 1999-12-13 2001-01-16 Beverley A. Hari Costume and toy and associated methods
US6425795B1 (en) * 2001-02-12 2002-07-30 Beth G. Horsfall Baby doll gift set and method of manufacture thereof
US6848967B2 (en) * 2003-03-31 2005-02-01 Ik Sung Kim Transformable toy
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