Key Takeaways:

  • Store exclusive Squishmallows are limited edition plush toys available only at specific retailers.
  • These exclusives often feature unique designs and are highly sought after by collectors.
  • Knowing where and when to shop can significantly increase your chances of acquiring these cuddly collectibles.
  • Store Exclusives and Check-In Series editions are not the same!

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Squishmallows are absolutely addictive plush toys, have taken the world by storm.

But what sets some apart and adds even more fun are the Store Exclusive Squishmallows, which are only available through specific retailers.

These exclusive editions often come in unique designs, colors, and sizes, making them a hot commodity among collectors and fans.

The term "exclusive" is used to describe a Squishmallow that's only available for purchase at one specific retailer and that isn't intended to ever be made available anywhere else.

Special Note! An Exclusive edition may be a new edition of an existing character. For example, the exclusive Cam the Cat below has a special design and specific size. Eventually, there may be other Cams released to more stores with the same look in a different size.

Retailers will often specify in a Squishmallow's online product description if it's an exclusive to their store.

Additionally, in 2022, the tags of exclusive Squishmallows started featuring the logo of the retailer they belong to, which you can see examples of in these examples.

The Allure of Exclusivity

Store Exclusive Squishmallows offer something special: rarity. Because they're only available through certain outlets, getting your hands on one feels like striking gold.

This exclusivity adds to their charm and desirability, making each find a thrilling victory for collectors. Whether it's a special colorway or a unique character, these limited editions amplify the thrill of the hunt.

Store Exclusive vs Check-In Series: There is also a special subset of exclusive Squishmallows, collectively known as the Check-In Series. Check-In Series Squishmallows are entirely exclusive to a specific one-of-a-kind location (i.e. not chain stores) and will be explicitly labeled with a purple Check-In Series tag. Read our article about this special Series.

Where to Find Them

Typically, Store Exclusive Squishmallows are announced via the brand's official social media channels or through retailer announcements.

Key retailers like Target, Walgreens, and Claire's often carry these exclusives. Staying updated with these sources is the best idea for any collector, ensuring you're always in the loop about the latest releases.

We've included a listing below of retail stores that have had Exclusives in the past. We've linked them to a search of their Squishmallows currently available.

Timing is Everything

When it comes to snagging these exclusive plushies, timing can be everything. Releases are often limited and can sell out quickly.

For the avid collector, setting reminders for release dates and being ready to shop as soon as they drop can make all the difference. It's not just about being there—it's about being there right when it counts.

Online vs. In-Store

While many store exclusives are available both online and in physical stores, some are strictly one or the other.

Online shopping offers the convenience of securing a Squishmallow from the comfort of your home.

However, visiting physical stores can sometimes give you a better chance, especially if online stocks sell out swiftly. It's also fun to get your hands on these completely cuddly characters in person!

The Community Aspect

Part of what makes collecting store exclusive Squishmallows so enjoyable is the community. Forums, social media groups, and collector meet-ups are great places to share information, swap plushies, and even make friends.

These communities are often the first to know about upcoming releases and the best strategies for securing the latest must-haves. My favorite platform for interacting with other SquishLovers is Instagram!

Collecting Tips

For those ready to dive into the world of Squishmallow collecting, here are a few tips.

First, keep a list of the exclusives you're after. This keeps your shopping trips focused.

Second, connect with other collectors who might help you spot hard-to-find models. Lastly, always check the tags to confirm the authenticity and exclusivity of your Squishmallow.

Gotta Love a Limited Edition!

Store exclusive Squishmallows are the gems of the plush world, offering unique designs only available through specific retailers. And they are the cuddliest plush around!

By staying informed, being prompt in your shopping endeavors, and engaging with the community, you can increase your chances of adding these coveted items to your collection.

Enjoy your Exclusive Squishmallow Hunt!


Q: How often are Store Exclusive Squishmallows released?
Releases can vary, but they often coincide with holidays, special events, or promotions. Sometimes you'll get the best news by following Squishmallows on social media, and subscribing to retailer newsletters can keep you updated.

Q: Are Store Exclusive Squishmallows more expensive than regular ones?
They can be, due to their rarity and exclusivity. However, prices vary depending on the retailer and the specific Squishmallow. I have found that the initial prices will be in the "usual" range for the size and type of Squishmallow. However, the price can rise quickly as the initial release sells out of the exclusive store completely.

Q: Can I buy Store Exclusive Squishmallows second-hand?
Yes, many collectors buy and sell exclusives through second-hand markets like Amazon and Ebay. However, ensure you're purchasing from a reputable source to avoid counterfeits.

Some Prior Store Exclusive Releases!

Simon the Sloth, Hot Topic, 8"

His eye markings are brown with shiny pink instead of blue.

Simon the Sloth Hot Topic Exclusive

Shoni the Dodo, Walgreens, 11"

I believe there is only this one release and edition of Shoni, but I could be wrong! I am not aware of any other editions. If you've got different info, I'm happy to hear it!

Shoni the Dodo Squishmallow Walgreens Exclusive

Maya the Mint Ice Cream Scoop, Walmart, 12"

A Fuzz-A-Mallow edition of Maya.

Maya Mint Ice Cream Scoop Fuzz A Mallow Walmart Exclusive

Wendy the Frog, McDonald's Exclusive

A small Wendy with closed eyes and a disco ball on her tummy!

Wendy the Frog Squishmallow McDonald's Exclusive

Holly the Owl, Walgreens 5 year Anniversary Exclusive, 16"

Holly's body is more pink and features tie-dye in her pattern!

Holly the Owl Walgreens Exclusive Squishmallow

Cam the Cat, Walgreens 5 year Anniversary Exclusive, 16"

Cam's black and brown patches are tie-dyed!

Cam the Cat, Walgreens 5 year Anniversary Exclusive

Retailers That Have Carried Exclusive Squishmallows in the Past:

I started this list based on the sites provided on the Squishmallow Fandom Wiki! Over time, I keep adding. Contact us if you have another great resource we can add.

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