Rescue Runts from Bandai are unloved little puppy dogs which need a new home and lots of care to make their character shine.
We were sent Shepherd, a brown and black scruffy little Alsatian Rescue Runt for review. There are currently three other puppy Rescue Runts to collect; Husky, Spaniel and Spotty. There’s also a unicorn Rescue Runt!
What’s in the box?
Inside the box, you get your 7-inch plush cuddly dog, and accessories: a hairbrush, tweezers, flannel cloth, and collar.
There is a cut-out adoption certificate on the side of the box. You can download a large printable certificate by clicking here.
How to play with Rescue Runts
The puppy comes covered in fleas which need to be picked off with tweezers.
These are loosely stitched onto the pup and come away easily.
Unwrap and remove the bandage on their leg. Again, this is super simple to do.
Stretch their ears up (they have wire inside but are flattened in the box) to make them perky and alert, pull their tongue down (again, held up with a loose stitch), and dry their big puppydog eyes by peeling off the tears.
Give them a good brushing and they will look like a new pup!
The Rescue Runts also come with ‘muddy’ paws which you rub to clean.
Lastly, give them a name and write it on their collar.
What did we think of our Rescue Runts pup?
It didn’t take long to cheer up Shepherd and make him look happier.
We couldn’t really get rid of the mud marks completely by rubbing; these come back after time anyway and can be rubbed off again although it’s unlikely you’d be able to make them disappear completely.
The fur will, like any long-haired plush toy, get messier over time and it will therefore need brushing to keep your Rescue Runt looking good.
My only criticism of Rescue Runts really is the name! We have our own rescue dog (you can read aaaaaall about him here) and I don’t think runt is a very nice term. I concede I may be a little over sensitive about this, but I can think of many nicer names!
Other than that, it is a cute plush with an added play element and children will enjoy caring for their pups and transforming them from a scruffy rescue to a lovely puppy dog pal.
How much and where to buy
Rescue Runts have an RRP of £17.99 and are available to buy nationwide and from Amazon using the link below. They are suitable for children aged 3+.