What was your inspiration for designing Bernie?
I have been drawing characters and making up stories since the second grade. I first created Bernie my sophomore year in high school (I was drawing in the middle of my math class). I needed a monster character for the story I was working on and he happened to pop into my head at that moment. Funny enough, he ended up not being a vicious crazy monster who would terrorize my other character; he actually ended up being a monster who pretended to be vicious at first, but then actually just wanted to go find something to eat or explore the land.
What made you decide to get a Budsies of Bernie?
Ever since that first comic I drew him in, he just stuck to me and I continued drawing him and improving his design. He was always the character that grabbed the most attention of those I shared my art with. That always kept me inspired to continue developing his design and personality. When I found out about Budsies via an episode of Shark Tank years ago; I decided to save up my money so that I could get a taste of my dream by seeing one of my characters as a stuffed animal. When the time came to order my Budsie, I chose the most well known character I have which is Bernie.
How would you describe Bernie’s personality?
His personality became more relaxed and funny the more I played around with him. He considers his job to be sleeping and his hobby to be eating. If he’s not sleeping all day, he enjoys staying inside and daydreaming or grabbing a cup of coffee and exploring the land. He has pros and cons to his gluttonous personality, which is what I like the most about him.
What makes Bernie a great companion?
Bernie is a great example of not having to be perfect to make a positive impact on someone's life. In his kingdom, he's the only monster of his kind that has spots. This led to him being bullied and discriminated against as a little monster, but Bernie has always carried this confident, careless personality. He loves that he is "one of a kind" and "takes pride in his spots!" Bernie is the perfect companion for anyone that loves to eat, sleep and most importantly, have fun.
Size: Available in 16”
Materials: Super-soft plush with hypoallergenic polyester plush filling
Turnaround Time: Once the campaign reaches it’s preorder minimum, the plushies will be produced and shipped within 6 - 8 weeks.
Please note: There may be reasonable variances between mass produced plush and sample shown
The Budsies Market is all about celebrating creativity and empowering artists to launch their own plush toy lines
Q: Why did you create the Budsies Market?
We believe independent artists can create stuffed animals that are more unique, adorable, and cuddly than the mass produced plush pumped into your local retailer. Our market empowers creatives around the world to launch their own huggable stuffed animal lines, while we take care of all the behind-the-scenes production and fulfillment magic. Having made over 40,000 custom stuffed animals for artists young and old, we’ve seen the most amazing designs and can’t wait to share them with the world.
Q: Why do campaigns have quantity goals?
The minimum threshold lets us keep the price of the plush affordable.
Q: What happens if I pre-order a plushie that doesn’t reach the minimum order?
Anyone who pre-ordered your item will receive a full 100% refund within 5 business days of the end of the campaign.
Q: How do I get a stuffed animal made of my own design? (or my child’s design)
You can order your very own custom stuffed animal at Budsies.com. Once your plush is produced, please reach out to us at [email protected] to set up your own campaign on our Market.
Q: What is the return policy?
If the plushie is damaged, lost, or doesn't meet your expectations, you can send it back to us within 12 business days and we'll refund you in full.
Q: What if I have to cancel my order?
If you have any issues, questions or concerns, please contact us at [email protected]
We'll send you a reminder as promised.
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*Order placed today are guaranteed to ship in time for domestic US Postal Priority Mail holiday deadline.
International orders are shipped via First Class Mail so delivery date cannot be guaranteed. Capacity is an estimate subject to change (impacted by daily order volume, difficulty of orders, and our design team, among other factors).
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