I Got HPV In the Mail AKA Giant Microbes [Review + Giveaway]

Date Mon, May 20 2013

Ever since I first saw Giant Microbes, I thought they were adorable. You see, this company is making plushies out of common bugs, viruses, ailments and other creepy crawlies that are so small that you couldn’t possibly seem them with the naked eye. So, the name “Giant Microbes” doesn’t necessarily mean giant toys They’re just infinitely larger than the real thing.



When I got the opportunity to work with this company to write the review and giveaway, I began scouring the site for original-sized microbes, as my sister calls them, “germs.” They’re divided into groups such as:

  • maladies
  • venereals
  • critters
  • exotics
  • and aquatics

I wound up choosing HPV. It was really between that Giant Microbe and Norovirus. While waterbear is super cute, it was out of stock. So, you might not be familiar with every one of the germs or viruses available from the site, there’s plenty of options.

Now, the designs aren’t exactly carbon copies of the viruses, but some of them are pretty close. Take a look at the Google image search for waterbear, which looks an awful lot like the plush version. HPV is grey with darker spots. It’s pretty cute. It’s so cute in fact, that my sister stole one from me. I still have another left, but I’m sad to lose HPV. It’s also kind of weird to say that I gave HPV to my sister, but I plan to toss my Giant Microbe to people as they enter and be all “Hey! I gave you HPV.”

The quality is topnotch. The sewing and eyes are quality, while it doesn’t shed. The stuffing is soft and squishy enough to sleep with, which you may want to do. The fur is soft on these plushies, too. The filling isn’t beans or stiff like some stuffed animals. All in all, I really like the quality.

Each comes with a tag that tells you a little bit more bout the virus, disease, etc in your hands. Try not to let your skin crawl!

The size isn’t huge. It actually reminds me of this line of plushies that card stores sold when I was in high school. The “original” size is around 6″, give or take an inche. Your microbe’s design will affect the size, of course.

While my sister enjoyed the fluffy HPV molecule, These would make great gifts for geeks and nerds. This is especially true for the mini ones, which come in little cardboard “petri dishes.” ¬†They’d be hilarious pranks. Not everyone has the right type of humor or smarts that works with Giant Microbes, but not everyone is cool enough to be my friend, either.

HPV in Petri Dish

HPV in Petri Dish

Alternatively, Giant Microbes could be used to teach people about diseases and illnesses and how they spread. Keep some by your sink to encourage your kids to wash their hands. Or simply only allow them to play with a Giant Microbe after cleaning up. I’m sure you’re creative enough to think of something. In fact, the website has a helpful page about washing your hands.

Not only did Giant Microbes send me samples to try out, but they’re willing to send one of my readers here at Reviews by Cole any of the original sized giant microbes of their choice. This means you, lucky reader, could have your own awesome, Giant Microbe. Microbes available in this size include, but aren’t limited to:

  • herpes
  • brain cell
  • chicken pox
  • norovirus
  • bed bug
  • common cold
  • mad cow
  • sperm cell
  • mono
  • white blood cell
  • and even yeast!

There’s many more available, however. You can have your pick.

If you’re going to buy one anyway, might I suggest the panorama. These come in little scenes in the background packaging, and they feature a sperm and egg right now. They just look so happy and.. fertile? Maybe you want something bigger than giant? GiganticMicrobes are what you need, then.

GiantMicrobes Sperm and Egg Panoramas

GiantMicrobes Sperm and Egg Panoramas

To enter for any Original GiantMicrobe in the $8- $10 range, use the PromoSimple form below.

Good luck!
Giveaway ends June 18. Open to US and Canadian residents.

Reviews by Cole is not responsible for prize shipping. Winner will be chosen by random.


26 Responses

  1. alena svetelska May 21 2013 @ 3:24 pm

    i would give it to my son

  2. Dez May 21 2013 @ 10:41 pm

    If I HAD to share, I’d give it to a friend, though I’m not sure just how much they would want Chlamydia (Chlamydia trachomatis).

  3. Shaunda Eppes May 22 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    I would give this to my son.

  4. Cindy Ray May 22 2013 @ 2:22 pm

    My son and daughter

  5. Janell May 23 2013 @ 2:33 am

    I would give it to my husband he would get a kick out of these.

  6. Breenah May 23 2013 @ 6:33 am

    I’d probably keep it. They’re just too cute!

  7. Elizabeth M May 23 2013 @ 8:23 am

    I would give this either to my friend Charli or to my boyfriend

  8. Julie Thompson May 23 2013 @ 9:40 am

    I have a teenage son and daughter and soon a teen step daughter and I think they would absolutely have a ball with these

  9. Kylie C May 23 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    My nephew will be going in for a round of vaccines this summer and it would be cute to give him one as a way to explain why he has to get the shots.

  10. Nicole Lancaster May 23 2013 @ 4:29 pm

    I would give it as a white elephant gift at my family’s Christmas Eve party.

  11. john May 23 2013 @ 8:19 pm

    The son of a friend

  12. Kristi Renout May 24 2013 @ 7:32 am

    I’d give this to my son!

  13. Zabrina Caldwell May 25 2013 @ 9:53 am

    I would keep it for myself.

  14. Christina Howell May 25 2013 @ 11:04 pm

    My son would love to have one of these microbes. I would totally give it to him.

  15. jessica edwards May 26 2013 @ 2:40 pm

    my daughter

  16. Diana Stanhope May 29 2013 @ 6:16 pm

    I would give it to my grand daughter.

  17. brian manis May 29 2013 @ 10:11 pm

    i would give this to my wife

  18. Dorothy Turner May 30 2013 @ 12:45 am

    My daughter and my geeky self would have shared custody of it!

  19. Helga May 30 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    I would like this for myself!

  20. Allison June 2 2013 @ 12:47 am

    I’d like it!

  21. Dawn K June 3 2013 @ 3:52 pm

    I’d give this to my daughter for all the weight loss she’s done.

  22. Theresa Miller June 10 2013 @ 5:21 pm

    I would give it to my older son going to medical school now. He just finished his first year and he would love this for his room.

  23. Marie Lah June 15 2013 @ 2:33 pm

    I would give it to my niece’s

  24. Jaime M. June 16 2013 @ 9:12 pm

    I would give it to my son! He loves weird things like this.

  25. Anna H. June 17 2013 @ 10:22 pm

    It would be for me. I think these microbes plushs are so cute!

  26. Betty League June 17 2013 @ 10:39 pm

    One of my grand kids would like for me to win this contest. thank you

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