From today you can cuddle up to your own Borobi.
Premier Annastasia Palaszczuk said the soft toy souvenirs of the Commonwealth Games mascot will headline a range of 60 items available online.
“From soft toys to backpacks and caps, there are now plenty of options for securing your own Borobi and sharing in the excitement that’s building behind the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast,” Premier Palaszczuk said.
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However the toys have drawn criticism, for being made in China.
Commonwealth Games Minister Stirling Hinchliffe defended the decision saying they were made offshore “to get the scale and size of production and affordable rate”.
“Where it’s possible and appropriate for them to be sourced from Australia and particularly from Queensland they are,” the minister said.
The premier highlighted one local manufacturer who’s been chosen to produce a line of souvenirs.
“Also joining Borobi in the online shop is a range of outback leather hats made by Burleigh-based Jacuru Australia,” she said.
The official online shop will stock more than 500 promotional items in the lead-up to the Games.
GOLDOC master licensee MATEVENTS has appointed a range of sub licensees to produce the merchandise range, with more than 50 per cent of companies based in South East Queensland.
Minister Hinchliffe said the online shop would complement dedicated stores at Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise and in major Australian airports.
Merchandise will also be available from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary with part of the proceeds donated to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation to support koala rescue and conservation.