Tomopop Review: inki-drop's Tentatrio plushes


With a Starwhal included for good measure

I have been a fan of Shelly Rodriguez for a long, long time. I loved her work way back when her studio was called inki-Jinx rather than inki-drop. There's a little snapshot, right there. Her plush line has grown from the Crabapple and Gummy Ika (reviewed) to these four Kickstarted toys you are about to see.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my review of inki-drop's Tentatrio and Starwhal plushes!

Plush name: Sweetoof, Jellyblub, Ika, and Starwhal
Plush maker: inki-drop
Retail price: US$24.95 each
Available at: inki-drop

Meet Sweetoof

Sweetoof's toof

Let's dive right in! The first of the Tentatrio I looked at was Sweetoof the octopus, measuring four and a half inches tall and six inches wide. His most notable characteristic is his little embroidered tooth sticking out from his mouth. He also has several pink-ish purple spots on his brow of various sizes. Add that to the snaggletooth and Sweetoof gives off a certain preteen vibe (acne and in need of braces). I am not sure if that is intentional, but I found it hilarious all the same.

Sweetoof's underside

Flip Sweetoof over for a delightful surprise: he's got embroidered suckers! They look so perfect, no loose threads or flaws of any kind.

meet Ika

Here's Ika, who I actually consider the weakest link in the Tentatrio chain. I am not saying he isn't cute or well-made. He is definitely both of those things. But he feels like just a recolor rather than of the previously released Gummy Ika. Both toys are even the same height, four inches tall.

Ika's backside

As you can see, the back is entire bare sans tush tag.

Ika's underside

The bottom is also a little boring but I will forgive that. The source material, mother nature's lovely squid, is of a simple design and there isn't much to be done about that.

Meet Jellyblub

Now we come to my favorite member of the Tentatrio, Jellyblub. This little lady jellyfish is just too sweet for words. I just loved her wide-eyed, innocent expression. She measures four inches tall and six and a half inches wide.

Jellyblub top-view

Jellyblub's frills

Details abounds on this toy. The little embroidered white dots on the top of her head add to her youthful look while the peach and pink frills around her lower body resemble a skirt. 

Her little bow!

But the most adorable piece of Jellyblub's ensemble is, without a doubt, her little fabric bow on the side of her head. It is made of the same minky fabric as her body and looks ever-so-dainty. I love this detail so much!

Meet Starwhal

Starwhal's pleasant smile

Finally, we come to the Starwhal, measuring four and half inches tall and seven inches long. I had been really excited to get my hands on this one and let me tell you, she did not disappoint. Her facial expression is similar to Jellyblub's, with the big, dark eyes and simple "u" mouth. Her horn has embroidered grooves on it and is moderately stuffed.

Layout of star pattern

Star pattern up close

As you can see, the Starwhal's star pattern is different on each side of her body. The bigger stars have a soft, fuzzy fabric on the inside portion (a different texture than her minky body) while the smaller ones are just embroidered. The variety in the stars' size and shape looks great and you can tell took some effort.  

The round-up

So now you have met the Tentatrio (plus the legendary Starwhal). I loved working with these guys. The designs are adorable and make me smile. If I had my druthers though, I would make them a bit bigger. That way, there is more to hug!

[a big thank-you to Shelly Rodriguez of inki-drop for supplying me with these samples!]

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inki-Jinx: Tentatrio reviewed by Natalie Kipper


Natalie Kipper
Natalie KipperAssociate Editor/Plush Guru   gamer profile

Living in "The Room of a Thousand Eyes," Natalie Kipper is a plush enthusiast who steadfastly refuses to grow up. As a Tomopop Associate Editor, she focuses on plushes of all kinds as well as Dis... more + disclosures


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