What is a Giant Microbe? These plush dolls look like common microbes — only a million times their actual sizes! From ulcers to Ebola, they’re humorous, educational and quite contagious. Each 5- to 7-inch microbe doll comes with an image and information about the microbe it represents. These germs of endearment are better than a get-well card for a sick friend. — Dave, founder and head of Sillyasstoys, Richmond, Va., thought the Giant Microbe plush toys are the coolest things around. “They’re one of our biggest sellers.” — “Kids love them and so do teachers. We sell a lot to schools. They make biology fun and cuddly,” explained Susan Richards, manager for Educational Innovations Inc., Norwalk, Conn. — Michael Stipe, lead singer of REM, even got some of these at Kawaii Gifts in Pittsburgh, Penn. (of all places).
The GIANTmicrobes® soap dispenser looks like the common cold microbe and is a fun reminder to wash away germs — the best way to avoid getting sick. It is perfect for adults, children and everyone in between. "Our unique soap dispenser, shaped like the common cold virus, helps remind kids of all ages to keep their hands clean and germ-free," Dan Oliver, director of business development for GIANTmicrobes, told TDmonthly. Launch date: November 2005.
The cute and cuddly GIANTmicrobes® White Blood Cell, which looks like a real white blood cell a million times its actual size, helps kids learn about the science of health. Each GIANTmicrobe comes with an image of the actual cell, plus facts about how these white knights protect the body against attacking germs and cancer cells. “GIANTmicrobes sell best in specialty stores that cater to an educated consumer. As a fun, gentle way to introduce children to health and hygiene, parents love the educational value, and kids love the friendly, cuddly shapes. With 47 different GIANTmicrobes currently available, and more on the way, they make a perfect collector’s item,” Director of Business Development Dan Oliver of GIANTmicrobes told TDmonthly. Launch date: December 2006.
This smaller version of GIANTmicrobes comes three to a pack in see-through, Petri-dish packaging. "It has struck a chord with this community. I'm shocked -- I thought it was only going to be pharmacy driven," Dave Callahan, director of sales for Giant Microbes, told TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2008. Launch date: February 2008.
Billions of people a year catch the cold. Now you can get one too. Kids of all ages and degrees of health can learn about the Common Cold with this cuddly 5" to 7" companion (about a million times the actual size of the virus). Also available are three tiny Common Colds in a Petri dish for 12.95 and a Giant Common Cold (15" to 20") will be available starting April 10, 2009. Launch date: 2006.
This 5-7" plush doll represents the Influenza A virus H1N1 in an oblong pink shape covered with pink fur and adorned with big red eyes and a pig snout. It is part of a line of educational stuffed "animals" that look like mini microbes. The GIANTmicrobes series turns creepy crawly microscopic organisms into irresistible stuffed toys. Launch date: June 2009. — Online Reviews: Minnesota Mamas’ Sarah found GiantMicrobes “a fun way to teach your kids about germs and how to stay healthy as well as why they are ill.” The Mom Buzz thought the plush can help kids develop healthy habits, like washing their hands, as well as alleviating fear of medical procedures.
The new GIANTmicrobes® vinyl figures are inspired by real microscopic images of the microbes that they represent. GIANTmicrobes® characters are perfect for vinyl and toy collectors, kids of all ages, science buffs, teachers, college students, medical students and professionals, and anyone with a healthy sense of humor. Each box contains one highly collectible vinyl figure, an animation flip book, and an action pose sticker.
Hay Fever is the newest addition to the Maladies Category – with no argument from some of the 60 million adults and children in the USA who, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, experience Hay Fever symptoms. Hay Fever, or medically speaking, seasonal allergic rhinitis, is a physiological reaction to the courtship rituals of grasses, trees and weeds. This toy is a plush, five-to-seven inch-high versions of its counterpart in nature. Like all GIANTmicrobes® products, the new additions are humorously educational toys modeled on electron micrographs, enlarged a million times actual size. Each product includes the micrograph image as well as information about the microbe it represents.
If you frequent wooded areas, it’s only a matter of time until you’re bitten. Tick is the newest addition to the Critters Category. This toy is a plush, five-to-seven inch-high versions of its counterpart in nature. Like all GIANTmicrobes products, this new addition is a humorously educational toy modeled on electron micrographs, enlarged a million times actual size. Each product includes the micrograph image as well as information about the microbe it represents.
Merry Christmas Microbes! Tree Ornaments: Trim your tree with Common Cold, Brain Cell, Kissing Disease, E. coli and the limited-edition Red Amoeba, festively adorned with a Santa hat, reindeer antlers, winter scarf, candy cane, and mistletoe. Launch date: November 2010.
Packaged in a beautiful red Stocking Gift Box are five new tree ornaments from Giantmicrobes. Salmonella is adorned with holly, Dust Mite is sporting antlers and a red nose, Red Blood Cell is sprinkled with snowflakes, Penicillin is decorated with colorful ornaments, and an exclusive Green Amoeba available only in this collection is warmly wrapped up in a red scarf and ear muffs. Launch date: November 2011.
Trick or Treat with Anthrax adorning a witch's hat, Flesh Eating with spooky, fake fangs, orange Amoeba with black mask, Black Death embroidered with a skull and crossbones, and Ebola costumed as Frankenstein with stitched mouth and neck bolts. Launch date: October 2011.
Congratulate you graduates with GIANTmicrobes New Graduation Brain Cell Plush Sound Doll that plays Pomp & Circumstance. Like all GIANTmicrobes products, Graduation Brain Cell is inspired by a microscopic image of the microbe it represents (neuron). Comes packaged in a fun graduation scene. Launch date: March 2012.
Each petri dish of orange putty in the company’s new line of product, GIANTmicrobes® Primordial Putty, includes a different collectible figure. Choose from Flesh Eating Disease, Black Death, Ebola Virus or Anthrax. Perfect for Halloween parties and stocking stuffers. Launch date: 2012.
With five favorite mini microbes dressed up for Christmas: a Stomach Ache Gingerbread Man, a caroling Sore Throat, Frosty the White Blood Cell Snowman, an angelic Nerve Cell, and an exclusive Amoeba in sparkly gold lamé, only available in this set.