If one birthday gift wasn’t enough, guess who surprised me with a visit from the Blizz fairy? Yes, you guessed it. Navi had mentioned that she had another gift for me so I wondered if this was it. I originally suspected that this was the gift that she was talking about in that first late night whisper when she said she wanted to send it early. But no, she meant a virtual gift wrapped in a red ribbon and not something you would need to send via the post office.

As soon as I saw the bag, I knew what it was. In fact, I have a matching one on the filing cabinet with a couple of other stuffed animals collected over the years. Navi admits she was checking my collection very closely to make sure I still didn’t have one so it worked out in the end.

Plush set

So what do you think? Even as a Horde player, it’s hard not to appreciate the cuteness of a plushie Gryphon Hatchling.

Although the gift wouldn’t be complete without it’s matching in-game companion.


So here we are on a scenic flight past Stormwind.

On a side note, pet battlers may have noticed a look-a-like through pet battles but no equivalent for the wind rider.


Thanks again Navi, you’re a special friend indeed, especially since our friendship has lasted almost 20 years!!