A dedicated Pokémon fan has made her bootleg Chinese Detective Pikachu plushie look nearly as adorable as an authentic one after giving it a full makeover.
Japanese Twitter user @a_nyahandmade shared that she ordered a Detective Pikachu plushie from a seller in China but was shocked to find that it looked completely different when the package finally arrived. As the original image shows, the Chinese plushie looked a bit dull and slightly chubbier than it should.
While initially disappointed that the item she received was misleading, she realized that she could use her sewing and crafting skills to transform the counterfeit Pikachu. She then immediately went to work and tried to make her knock-off Pokémon more appealing.
With the use of a needle and thread, @a_nyahandmade was able to reshape Pikachu’s face and make it rounder. She also coated Pikachu’s eyes with some clear paint to make them shiny.
@a_nyahandmade also made Pikachu’s nose closer to the original by adding some extra fiber under it. She then applied some bright red dye to his cheeks to give her plushie Pikachu’s signature glow.
Japanese netizens were quite impressed with the transformation, with many praising the Pokémon fan for not giving up on her initially unfortunate purchase.
“What a great plastic surgery job. He’s totally cute now,” one commenter wrote.
“I ordered the same Pikachu plushie that you did, and when it arrived and I saw how it looks, I was thinking of returning it, but this gives me hope,” another shared.
“This almost makes me want to buy the same knock-off and give it a makeover too,” chimed another.
“It’s like there was a Pikachu who was raised in a bad environment by an evil Pokémon Trainer, but then you saved him and took such kind care of him, creating a Pokémon story of your very own,” wrote a fellow Pokémon fan.