I really like things that transform into something else. I covered a WereBear last year that I had fond memories of as a kid, and loved how it could either be something cute or something a bit scary. In the early nineties, Hornby (known for their model railway toys) released a series of plush toys based off Gremlins 2: The New Batch.
The line included some basic plush toys as well as a Gizmo that came with two little newly spawned Mogwai, and finally two different Mogwai that could be opened up, reversed and turned into Gremlins, Mohawk and Daffy. It’s the former, Mohawk that I’ll be looking at today!
From what I remember of Gremlins 2, Mohawk looked like a nasty bastard even before he became a Gremlin. This plush version just looks a little grumpy but is still quite cute. To anyone unsuspecting, it could very well be just a normal plush toy until you turn him around and undo a velcro pouch on his back. Then the transformation begins!
A less-Mogwai looking arm appears…
Then a red-eyed, snarling face!
With a bit of squeezing and velcroing back up, you’re left with this sinister looking creature.
He doesn’t look scaly like the Mohawk seen onscreen, but for a plush he still looks menacing and very Gremlin-like.
I don’t know if these were released outside of the UK. They certainly seem to be more available here than in other countries, going by eBay searches. Hornby actually released a few plush toys in the ’80s and ’90s, but the name Horby will always be synonymous with model railways over anything else.
I think that wraps up this very brief post anyway. I could waffle on a bit more, but there’s only so much you can talk about a plush toy, even if it does transform into something else.
This leaves us with just one final Halloween Countdown post left, so be sure to come back for that!