And now, in the spirit of commercialism and good cheer, here is a very large stuffed Totoro from Japan....selling for a thousand dollars. Yes, that really is 92,000 Yen.
In all fairness, merchandising isn't always the epitome of pure evil. Studio Ghibli's first three feature films - Castle in the Sky, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbor Totoro - did not turn a profit. The first picture to do so was Kiki's Delivery Service in 1989. What turned Totoro into a Japanese institution? All of these wonderful little stuffed toys.