Before the Skinny Minnie line of merchandise there was Flat Minnie from SegaPrize USA. You couldn’t buy one. The only way to get one was as a prize redemption from the gaming giant SEGA.
Here is what SEGA has to say about its prize and merchandise line: We take great pride in developing the highest possible quality of product, whilst continuing to meet our core objectives offering our customers the best value for money. We view every prize as a cherished memory from the moment it’s won, immortalizing a great day out with friends and family. Sega Prize doesn’t just aim to meet our customers’ expectations, we strive to exceed them! Attention to detail is key to our design philosophy, every item is developed with the needs of our customers and visitors in mind.
The plush I am featuring here is a Series 1 release from SegaPrize USA:
Even flat as the proverbial pancake, Minnie Mouse still manages to look cute! She is attired in her signature red bow and polka dot skirt.
For whatever reason, the manufacturer of Minnie’s clothing must have run out of white polka dots, because the back of her skirt doesn’t have any! What’s up with that?
While visiting Walt Disney World some time ago I noticed a new line of Minnie-inspired merchandise called Skinny Minnie. It was presumably meant to mimic the fashion models found on runways around the world. But no matter how thin Minnie was for that line, she couldn’t have been as thin as this Minnie plush!
The tags for the plush make it clear that this release was not for retail sale. Only via a prize redemption with SEGA could you obtain your very own.
So this was probably released in either 2003 or 2004, as Series 2 was released in 2005 and 2006. Series 2 was called Disney Villains and offered the characters Captain Hook, Jafar, Ursula, Evil Queen, Cruella De Vil, and Maleficent. The plush in this line were not flat, but of normal plumpness and also 14″ high, like our Flat Minnie.
I think there was a Series 3 called ‘Nappers’ with Disney characters, well… napping. It appears there was no Series 4. However, there have been and continue to be many Disney-themed prizes on the SEGA site.
For more unusual Disney plush, check out my earlier post entitled Disney Princess Plush Dolls. They look like little ballerinas!