Duo as stuffed animal
Why doesn't duoLingo market duo as a stuffed animal - with costume changes of course?
Duo has a plushie, but Duolingo only gives it out as a special gift. It can't be purchased. It took me a few years to get one. But, staff finally gave me one this summer. :D
(Duo's crewmates represent some of my friends among the other moderators that they (and some non-mod friends) have been sweet enough to send to me their representative plushies as gifts over the years.)
Aww, I saw another forum where you can get one as a Birthday Gift. I just started recently and I immediately fell in love with the Duo Plush. I have the time to do my Japanese/Spanish Lessons and Chinese Reviews due to Corona. I even sometimes overdo my lessons LMAO. I hoped that maybe someday if the staff noticed me trying hard on my lessons I might get one. But like I said I just recently started so- who knows?
I doubt that the meagre revenue to be gained from this would be worth the time spent organising it. I seem to remember a staff member saying somewhere once that the current gear actually loses Duolingo money (presumably it is there as it has advertising value—whereas a soft toy would just sit on a someone's shelf and not be publically seen).
As a language nerd, a fan of owls and a collector of offbeat stuffed animals, this would be a dream for me. Sadly, I think that the other people posting about the financials of doing these things are probably right: the amount it would cost to do a run of plushies would be prohibitive, or they would have to sell it for an extremely high price.