"Lill" (aka Laconic Lurker, aka Nancy) sent me a girl Moomin, Snorkmaiden, who arrived on Solstice. She comes with a "Made in Russia" sticker on her. Lill bought her at a holiday fair in Chicago from a Russian guy, who was selling Moomin as hippos but acknowledged their true identities when asked. (Tove Jansson addressed this confusion in one of her cartoon strips: Moomin definitively declares, "I am not a hippopotamus, I am a Moomin!")
The extra charm of this girl is that she walks when placed on a slight incline. Solstice Snorkmaiden that is, not Lill, who walks on all sorts of surfaces. Here's proof, from my little still camera:
Moomin on the Move
Who knew one of the side-effects of blogging is one gets cool toys and presents?
The Sisu candy is from The Finnish Friend;
the dalek it is resting on is from Rebecca & Sascha (S. made it, in consultation with R.);
the Kirk & Spock mug is from Momo;
and Ginga Squid in New Zealand made the felt triffid.