Huggy Jesus is one of those sad/funny stories in the novelty world. It was produced locally, in Ballard, by someone with the best intentions. He wanted to create a toy that would teach kids about Jesus by letting them hug Jesus. Because Jesus was all about the hugs. Or something.
At the time he made them, he tried to sell them to us and we declined. Suggested retail was $29.95. We said to ourselves, we'll just buy them when he's forced to sell them at a loss. Well, we got them at a very reduced price. Retail now, $8.95.
I fell a bit sorry for him, but he was so oblivious to the failings of his product it couldn't possibly succeed. I think he never realized how creepy Huggy Jesus really was. The tag attached to it says, "Have you hugged Jesus today?"
No, no I haven't.
I also don't think it helped that Huggy Jesus is in the same position as crucified Jesus.
Maybe that was his lesson to kids, Jesus isn't in pain on the cross, he's just using nails to hold his arms ready for a hug.