Sucking up to the Twilight trend: Baby vampire dolls

Sucking up to the Twilight trend: Baby vampire dolls
Sucking up to the Twilight trend: Baby vampire dolls

Hoping to take a bite out of the multi-million dollar vampire mania that began with Buffy and has evolved into the passionate following of Bella, Edward and the Twilight series, Vamplets is a new line of limited edition plush dolls that are a mash-up of Webkinz, Beanie Babies and the latest Eclipse merchandise.

Brainchild of designer, G-Ra, the baby vampire dolls ($16.95 each) are 8 to 10-inches tall, and created in soft, fleece-like fabric with over-sized cartoonish heads, large anime eyes and diapered baby bodies. "I was playing around with concept ideas when I suddenly changed direction, drew this baby drinking a bottle of blood with a ball and chain attached to his ankle, and wearing a black diaper with a big red X on it," said G-Ra in an interview with Fangoria, "I could not stop laughing. This little baby vampire became the prototype for the Vamplets ... I felt I had hit upon the perfect concept, baby vampires! Weirdly cute but cuddly!"