Customer reaction to the overpriced toys is mixed as well. One customer going by the screen name Raidy bought a green pig plush toy from another Amazon reseller, and said the toy "seems more like a cheaper knockoff." But Raidy later added the purchase was an "OK deal" considering it was a holiday purchase. The pig Raidy bought is currently selling for $60, but based on the comments under Raidy's Amazon review, Raidy may have paid as much as $100 for the plush porker.
Rovio In Over Its Head?
Rovio appears to be having a hard time with those who ordered plush toys through its site, as well. Some users have complained that they received shipping confirmations for the plush toys in early December only to have the toys fail to show up or see the delivery dates get pushed back.
One commenter on Rovio's blog, Heather M., said she ordered the toys almost immediately after they were announced. She received a shipping confirmation that said the toys would be sent out on December 1. Heather M. said she later received an e-mail saying that due to "logistical problems and overwhelming demand" the toys wouldn't arrive until January. Another commenter going by the name "Angry Customer" said they too had received an early December confirmation. The self-titled Angry Customer sent 5 emails to Rovio customer service after failing to receive the toy order, and as of December 15 had not received one response from Rovio about his missing order.
Rovio was unavailable for comment at the time of this post.
Despite the plush toy hiccups, downloads for Rovio's super popular smartphone game are going strong. Rovio CEO Mikael Hed said during Le Web in Paris earlier this month the company has sold more than 12 million downloads of the paid version of Angry Birds games, largely for iOS devices. Hed also said users have downloaded the free, ad-supported versions of the game about 30 million times. Angry Birds debuted on the iPhone in late 2009.