March 23, 2021

Half-Mermaid, Half-Dog, All Cute


Half-Mermaid, Half-Dog, All Cute
Baba Yaga is a much less marketable plush toy. Ikea Newsroom

We here at Russian Life are no strangers to mythical creatures. But Baba Yaga doesn't hold a glowing skull to this cutie.

The Mermaid Dog (собака-русалка) is the creation of nine-year-old St. Petersburger Savva. A doodle of the animal was chosen as one of only five in Ikea's yearly Soft Toy Drawing competition, chosen from a pool of over 66,000 entries.

Each year, the Swedish furniture company invites kids around the world to submit creative drawings of fantastic characters. The best caricatures are part of that year's Ikea "Sagoskatt" limited edition toy collection (We assume "Sagoskatt" means "stuffed toy" in Ikea Swedish). As such, Savva's mermaid-dog will be hitting store shelves later in 2021 alongside the other winning submissions from Canada, Lithuania, Poland, and the U.S.

According to Savva, who reportedly likes to draw and think up stories, the mermaid-dog, who sports a purple hat, likes to help all who are in trouble. We look forward to taking refuge in the soft arms of the mermaid-dog the next time we get lost in our labyrinthine local Ikea store.

Meatballs not included.

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