I would like to introduce you to Lotso, short for Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear.
He is one of the new characters from the upcoming Toy Story 3 movie. You can find him at Disneyland stores, Disney stores at the mall, and online. He is very soft and smells like strawberries. Check out these commercials for him from a long time ago. Did you have a Lotso when you were small?
Here is a Japanese commercial for him:
Okay, okay, so those commercials are great but they aren't actually real. They were made by Disney to promote this very huggable bear. Lotso seems very nice and he smells like strawberries!
Well, after getting our own Lotso, some friends and I are starting to debate whether or not he is in fact a nice bear. On Facebook, I joined a group who likes Lotso and it seems that there are several people who are questioning if this bear is actually a new friend to the toys of Toy Story or if he is actually a villain (much like the Prospector in Toy Story 2). We keep looking at our stuffed Lotso and thinking, "But you smell like strawberries! You couldn't be bad." But our last trip to Disneyland brought up some doubts on whether or not we should trust this bear! Let's play detective and check out the evidence below....
There is a new trading pin that I found that has Lotso on it.
The pin says he is a hugger but look at his face! Why does he look so angry and mean?!
Exhibit 2 & 3:
Lotso is now in the Pixar Play Parade so I brought our stuffed Lotso bear with me to watch it. While we were standing there, one of the green army men (you can see him in the picture below) came up to me and pointed at the bear and said, "Don't trust him! Just so you know."
Why would he tell me not to trust him? Could Lotso really be the villain? The green army man told me he was not trustworthy. Could this cute bear really be bad? He looks so friendly in his cutout in front of Toy Story Mania.
Finally, on our way out of California Adventure one of the Photopass Cast Members saw the stuffed Lotso and said, "You got Lotso! But you haven't seen the movie, how do you know he's not a villain? I heard he's a villain!" To that all I could think of saying was "But he smells like strawberries" and then I let her smell our stuffed Lotso.
So this new character, Lots-O'-Huggin', seems to have a bad reputation! Maybe he's a character who does an evil deed but redeems himself at the end? I guess I'll have to wait and see for myself on June 18th when Toy Story 3 is released! All the evidence seems to be pointing at him being bad, but he seems so nice and he smells like strawberries and I really like our stuffed Lotso!
So I'm curious to hear what you all think. Do you think Lotso is good or bad? Please comment or email firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know!