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The Internet Bought Me a Cuddly Dinosaur

Steve Guntrip of Bournemouth, UK, became enamored of a stuffed toy he saw in a claw machine. It was a dinosaur called Mr. Dinosaur from the children’s show Peppa Pig. Over the next few months, he tried to win one from claw machines, or even buy one, but found they were becoming scarce. That only made him want one more.  

After lots of research, I came to the conclusion that the dinosaur was no more. It was marked as discontinued on the only website, the official one, which sold it. In a last ditch attempt, I emailed them:

They replied! They actually had some leftover but not enough to put them online. I strongly hinted if they could post me one but they said they were unable. This felt like the end of the road; I do not have very much money at all and while I did adore the dinosaur, bills and rent really must come above cuddly-toy-joy. The cost of the dinosaur was prohibitive but the petrol I’d need to put in the car to get there just made it impossible, especially in the time frame of “we’ll have sold the last of them in a few days”.

So he went to Ask Reddit, and had an adventure raising money to travel to Peppa Pig World and buy one of the few that were left. With the funds in hand, the best part of the story began. Guntrip and his girlfriend Bry documented the trip down to the last detail, in pictures, text, and video, in order to share with his benefactors. The got the last three dinosaurs, one for himself, and two for benefactors who wanted one. You can read the entirely charming saga at his blog. -via b3ta


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