Co-Founder Of Uglydolls Debuts Bumpas Dolls

This Valentine’s Day, gift love with Bumpas plush dolls that hug you and are weighted for soft, cozy comfort. The dolls with their weighted arms, have hands shaped in half hearts that join to create a full heart, a perfect representation of love on Valentine’s Day.


“Hugging is loving,” Bumpas’ creator, Drew Matilsky, co-founder of the brand Uglydolls, said. “Giving and getting hugs is a sign of trust and love. I created Bumpas to give people of all ages a product that can love, hug and protect them.”

Features include a deep, plush exterior for a soft, cozy, sensory feel. The arms are long, and weighted giving hands-free hugs, emotional support, and an all-important sense of love and security. With almost three pounds of weighted arms and legs, they give simulated hugs and piggyback rides while hugging and holding onto you. They also have oval, wide open “eyes” on the back of their head to make sure that when you’re holding them, they are keeping you protected and safe while watching your back. The opposite side features closed eyes expressing that moment when we give and get hugs.

“Hugging creates a connection often giving the feeling of love and support,” Matilsky said.


The four Bumpas characters have their own color, personality and backstory told from the doll’s point of view. There is creative and quirky Shin Shin, daring and adventurous Zeek, gentle and soulful Oz, and cheery and encouraging Lucky. Bumpas are for everyone, especially those who crave a special warm embrace, emotional support, and sensory calming this holiday.

“Love is something we all crave,” Matilsky said. “I created the dolls specifically to address the feeling that we all have when someone looks out for us, puts their arms around us, and tells us everything will be fine. Bumpas dolls express love and are always there for you.”

Celebrities and their kids currently being loved, hugged, and protected by Bumpas hugs are Eva Longoria, Angela Bassett, Mario Lopez, Mindy Kaling, Amber Stevens West, and Rebel Wilson and her partner, Romona Agruma who recently welcomed their first child.

“Similar to Uglydolls, we are expanding products for the Bumpas family,” Matilsky said.
Whether you have a special someone, or just want to give that feeling to yourself, Bumpas dolls are available at FAO Schwarz,, Amazon, Macy’s, Walmart, and many independent toy stores.

Visit to learn more or follow the handle “mybumpas” on Facebook, Tik Tok or Instagram to learn more. Share the love and posts with your own Bumpas, using the with socials’ tag #myheartisyours.

Anton Media Staff
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